Review - Little Mix - DNA (Deluxe Edition)
Little Mix have had QUITE the 2012. First they won the UK X Factor, becoming the first group to do so. Immediately after, the winner’s single – which was Damien Rice’s “Cannonball” – went to #1. Shortly thereafter, all of the finalists from that season (with some help from JLS and One Direction) recorded a charity single, which also went to #1. So, before even <i>working</i>on an album, the girls had two number one hits. That’s a good start if I’ve ever seen one.
The momentum that they had behind them was intense, so when lead single “Wings” also hit #1, I don’t think anyone was surprised – forget that it was a great pop tune. Second single “DNA” made it all the way to a hardly-deserved #3, and the album itself surprisingly only came in third place as well. But, perhaps that is because people can now preview the album before they buy it, and thus they heard what else was coming.
‘DNA’ could not have been more done already if…well…I don’t know how to finish this, but you get the point. Other than one or two songs – “Wings” especially – I don’t know that anything on this CD was original. The lyrics are typical and flat, and the girl’s voices are completely indistinguishable and interchangeable. Even the titles (and then the music, words, and themes that follow in order) have been heard. Rihanna did “Mad House” on ‘Rated R’. “Love Drunk” has been done…gosh, I don’t know how many times. And the whole “We Are Who We Are” trend passed about a year ago, and this song ain’t strong enough to bring it back.
While it might not be original, we in the pop music world aren’t always looking for the newest. Sometimes, we just want a tune that makes us move. ‘DNA’ wasn’t really my thing, but I can hear some potential third and fourth singles on there, and seeing as how the British LOVE them some girl groups, we should all expect to hear more of Little Mix.
If you haven’t heard single note of theirs, think The Saturdays, only less dance and more pure Brit pop.
‘DNA’ is only available in the UK, and don’t expect it here anytime soon.
Listen to: “Wings”, “Case Closed”