If there was a girl group that didn’t rely on auto tune to enhance their vocals, it would be ‘Little Mix’. The first time I heard them sing ‘Cannonball’ by Damien Rice, I knew they would probably end up being the next Spice Girls or even the next Girls Aloud. If you’ve heard their debut single ‘Wings’ then you will be asking this question, ‘Why are they not relevant yet?’
Little Mix (formerly known as ‘Rhythmix’) are a British all-girl group formed in 2011, comprising of four members, namely Leigh-Anne Pinnock (19), Perrie Edwards (19), Jade Thirlwall(19) and Jesy Nelson (21). They were formed exclusively for the eight season of ‘The X-Factor’, where they became the first group entry to win in the series eight-year history. Pretty impressive for a quartet of girls who aren’t even twenty-five yet, huh?
While they were on X-Factor, they were mentored by former N-Dubz member Tulisa Contostavlos. They’re currently signed to the Syco Music (founded by Simon Cowell) and are label mates of Leona Lewis, Olly Murs, and One Direction, to name a few.
After winning ‘The X-Factor’, they later released a cover of Damien Rice’s famed ‘Cannonball’ and then became the fastest-number one selling single in X-Factor history. But let’s not go into to how awesome they are already, I’m here to talk about their music and their first single, ‘Wings’.
‘Wings’ is an upbeat anthem anyone will want to sing because it’s sassy, it’s full of spunk and it tells you to not get hung up on whatever haters say to bring you down. It’s a lovely pop song and the moment I heard it, it had me humming along to the very impressive vocals of all four members. The song is a great listen and after a few replays it will stick to you and you’ll be belting out, “These wings are made to flyyyyyyyyyyyy” all over the place till someone tells you to shut up.
It’s a great debut song coming from a girl group, it’s empowering, positive and it shows them off vocally yet it still screams the year ’2012′. I’m quite impressed that they co-wrote the lead single with Iain James (One Direction’s ‘Na Na Na’) and TMS (Lily Allen’s ‘Blank Expression’).
I give it a 4/5, my only complaint was the difficulty I had in differentiating who is who. I have the same problem with One Direction when they sing, it’s hard to differentiate who is singing which line, which gets confusing (the only members I can tell apart are Harry since he has a richer voice and does most of the high notes and Liam who starts most of their songs).
As for the video, it features all the four girls in separate backgrounds which are decorated according to their own symbol – Perrie with flowers and flowery patterns, Jesy in a room full of speakers and boom boxes, Leigh-Anne in a room filled with graffiti and Jade in a room filled with bow ties. It was a good idea to give all four members equal screen time and also giving each on their individual backgrounds in order to familiarise their audience with each member.
The joint sequences they have together are located at an abandoned warehouse where at the end of the video, they bust out some serious dance moves against the Union Jack backdrop with a group of male back up dancers. I enjoyed the video since it was so colourful and pretty much reminded me strongly of a lot of K-pop music videos (notably MissA’s ‘Breathe’).
I hope you do end up liking this girl group because I certainly am looking forward to their debut album later this year as well as their upcoming singles.