Little Mix drops new empowering breakup album


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Little Mix releases one of their best albums yet, exemplifying anyone can move on from a relationship.

By Stefanie Wong, Staff Writer

Breakups are hardly easy to get through, and finding that motivation to power through the day can be just as hard. Finding a song that makes you feel better and helps to realize that there is no need for that relationship anymore, you want to listen to it on repeat.

Released on Nov. 18, “Glory Days” is Little Mix’s fourth album. The album is filled with dance-pop songs about life, heartbreak, relationships gone wrong, and moving forward. Unlike your typical breakup ballads, “Glory Days” offers empowering and inspiring songs to move on.

After becoming the first and, so far the only, group to win “The X Factor UK,” they have continued to show the music industry that they are here to stay. Girl groups were thought to be a thing of the past with the Spice Girls and Dream but have become popular more recently with groups like Little Mix and Fifth Harmony.

The album’s lead single, “Shout Out to My Ex,” was originally released after Little Mix performed it live on the same show that made them famous. I thought it would be hard to top their previous single, “Black Magic,” but this song was amazing.

“Took four long years to call it quits / Forget that boy, I’m over it / Guess I should say thank you / For the ‘hate yous’ and the tattoos”

A slew of clapback lyrics toward former exes in their lead single “Shout Out to My Ex” include other lyrics that are relatable post-breakup. No matter what type of relationships you’ve experienced, these lyrics instantly make you nod your head like “Yes!”

Little Mix continues to make music that is spunky and catchy. Unlike sobbing post-breakup music, you will want to get up and dance to it.

So many albums have the same sound in every song you listen to, however, “Glory Days” has a spread of songs with different sounds. “Oops,” featuring Charlie Puth, sounds like it’s straight out of the 1950s. It instantly had me playing it over and over again. “Oops” talks about the mistakes we may have made by letting a relationship go and questioning whether to try the relationship again even though they know they’re better off alone.

“You Gotta Not” was the second song released as a promotional single. Co-written by singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor, the lyrics display what they need and don’t need in a man.

“Oh, you don’t like kids? / You gotta not / And you still smoke cigs? Ew / You gotta not”

It’s a song that truly puts boys in their place, saying they haven’t quite reached that point of being a man yet.

I typically find that with any new album, there are usually one or two songs I avoid listening to because they’re so terrible. With “Glory Days,” I found it so easy to listen to the entire album on repeat. This is an album that I could listen to all the way through without wanting to hit next.

Little Mix announced The Glory Days Tour in support of this album release with the UK leg of their tour beginning at the end of October and an Australian leg in August 2017. They are currently on tour in the United States with Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman Tour.