I've been a fan of Little Mix's music since 2013, and absolutely adored their sophomore album, Salute (review here). Thanks to their single Black Magic, they're finally getting some of the recognition they deserve in the United States, taking home their very first Teen Choice Award and becoming much more of a recognized name. Get Weird, their third album, tells more of a story than their previous two releases, while maintaining the confident attitude seen in DNA and Salute, but the attitude seems much more genuine with more ballads that seem to be there for reasons other than "oh wait, we have to have a few ballads on this album, don't we?!" That being said, the album does seem a bit more transitional than Salute did, with a few more weak spots, but it is overall a very strong album.
There's no denying that Selena Gomez is on a winning streak, whether you measure "winning" by commercial success or quality. She hasn't released a full album since 2013's Stars Dance, but in between eras she released the heartbreaking The Heart Wants What It Wants as well as experimenting with a different genre by providing vocals on Zedd's I Want You To Know. With her first album on her new record label, Revival, she proves that she's a force to be reckoned with in the pop world, along with the likes of Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.
[This review will not be a track-by-track review as I am sacrificing in-depth reviews in some cases in order to review all the albums I want to review before 2016.]
It's rare that a lead single of an album so perfectly captures the essence of the upcoming album, but Young Blood from Not an Apology did this. It's full of the same teenage rebelliousness that courses through Not an Apology, making the entire album seem like the kind of album many people would describe as the anthems of millennials. Of course, the themes do become repetitive sometimes, and the lyric writing could've been a lot better on some tracks, but on the whole it's one of the most cohesive albums I've listened to in a while — almost as cohesive as Taylor Swift's 1989, and that's a feat not many can accomplish.
Hailee Steinfeld is one of many (many, many, many) actresses who have tried their hand at a music career, in a move to establish more of a musical personality. Several reviewers have dismissed her debut EP as unoriginal and presenting a confusing image of her as a musical artist, but I disagree with them. Although there is a mix of ballads and upbeat songs on this EP (as there should be), the EP gives a nice taste of Steinfeld's musical style, moreso than her debut single did.
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