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Music PopWrapped | Music

Fifth Harmony Shines Through With A New Sound

Stefanie | PopWrapped Author

Stefanie

03/11/2015 11:36 pm
PopWrapped | Music
Fifth Harmony Shines Through With A New Sound | Fifth Harmony
Media Courtesy of Epic Records
Fifth Harmony’s highly anticipated album, Reflection, has finally been released… well, kind of. The album is available for streaming on iTunes. I have to say that I’m pleasantly impressed by their debut album, which will officially hit store shelves and iTunes on February 3. (Get it, seriously, do it. Orstream it now. Yes, right now.) Coming off of X-Factor, the group released a few EPs, flooded the airwaves with various bubblegum pop singles and hit the road with some of the hottest teen acts in music including Demi Lovato, Cher Lloyd and Austin Mahone. They even embarked on a couple of headlining tours, secured a deal with Wet Seal for their own clothing line and another with Mattel, which resulted in their own Barbie Dolls being produced. Needless to say, it’s been a long three years for the group. They are finally opening up to their fans and showing a new mature side. Let’s just say the days of throwing Bieber and Demi on at slumber parties are long gone for these future superstars. Seriously, their new sound is so diverse and not what you would expect from them at all. Even if you aren’t a fan, check this album out. REFLECTION TRACK BY TRACK

“Top Down”

is the first track and really shows us that the new Fifth Harmony is here to party and taking us to the electric city. If they’re inviting me to come cruise with them, I’m totally down. Fifth Harmony, can I tag-along for the ride?

“Boss”

was released this summer as the first single from the album. After giving the entire album a listen, I’m kind of surprised that this was their lead-off single; but it’s sassy and c-o-n-f-i-d-e-n-t, and portrays the perfect new sound for the group.

“Sledgehammer”

was released as the second single from the album. Last time I checked, it was shooting up the radio charts. The beat is cleverly crafted and unlike anything else out there. Definitely give it a listen if you have not already done so.

“Worth It” (feat. Kid Ink)

is the track that I really want to love, but I just can’t. It’s too similar to Jason DeRulo’s recent single “Talk Dirty.” Like most of the songs on Reflection, the lyrics are on point and sassy; but I just can’t help it, I keep waiting for Jason DeRulo to belt out his famous, “Talk Dirty To Me.”

“This Is How We Roll”

is hands down one of my favorite tracks on the album. The electro beat, produced by Dr. Luke and Cirkut, is a nice sound for Fifth Harmony. The lyrics can come as a surprise, given their previous bubblegum pop reputation, but it helps show that these girls are serious and maturing in the spotlight. Perhaps, they’ll release this as their third single from the album to showcase a newer sound.

“Everlasting Love”

is that feel good love song that you just can’t help but sing along to it. The harmonies are on point and the beat is a nice throwback to old school R&B. More piano, please, more piano.

“Like Mariah” (feat Tyga)

is a track that I just, again, I want to love it, but I can’t. It was cleverly crafted as an ode to Mariah Carey, but since I grew up in the ’90s, I have to say that Queen Mariah can never be touched. Nice try, though, it deserves an A for Effort!

“Them Girls Be Like”

is what I’ve shamelessly been jamming out to for the past few hours. So many pop culture references, it seriously just warms my heart. #IWokeUpLikeThis..

“Reflection”

is lyrically fun. I know that I’ve said this so many times, but the way this song is set up so cool. The girls are building up a boy’s ego by complementing his image, but, in the end, they only let him down and let him know that they were talking to their reflection—not him. The lyrics are stacked on a nice urban flowing beat, which makes this song another favorite of mine.

“Suga Mama”

is the new-age TLC “No Scrubs.” You ’90s kids know what I’m talking about. If you ain’t got the money and you can’t take care of yourself and me then you have gots ta go. Not particularly a favorite track of mine, but it could potentially be what I like to a call a “grower.” Give it a listen, more than once, and then decide how you feel about it.

“We Know”

is the slowest R&B track on the album and it gets a gold star. Every girl sings on the track and really gets a chance to showcase their vocals. It’s something I could potentially see the girls releasing from the album as a single.

BONUS TRACKS:

“Going Nowhere”

is surprisingly another one of my favorite tracks. It’s very forward and girl-power-oriented. The beat is indescribable, in a good way, so definitely give it a listen.

“Body Rock”

is another fun song that makes me want to hit the club and start to dance. It’s a pleasant pop hit that I could have seen J-Lo singing 5 years ago. I’m not even mad about them putting this song out.

“Brave Honest, Beautiful (feat. Meghan Trainor)”

is a great track that features the vocals from their Epic Labelmate, Meghan Trainor. Side Note: Meghan just released her own debut album, Title, a few weeks ago. The song references her “All About That Bass” hit and calls out to girls, letting them know that they deserve their Hollywood and should channel their inner Beyonce and Shakira. I can definitely see Dove picking this song up with their Real Body campaign. Dove, are you out there? Are you listening? Because you should be.

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