Fifth Harmony- 'Fifth Harmony'
Originality3
Lyrics 3
Replay Value2
Instrumentation5
Overall Impact4
What we liked...
  • The band staying true to their morals
What we didn't like...
  • Lack of originality
  • Monotony
  • Disappointing lyrics
3.4Overall Score

When it comes to a girls night out, there’s no doubt that there’s an abundance of unwritten rules that must be followed. A week prior, you must send numerous outfit ideas to the girl’s group chat for approval (before still heading to Missguided to buy a new one). Naturally, on the evening, you must leave ample amounts time for potential makeup dramas, wardrobe malfunctions, and gossiping. A group member must be elected as head photographer to get the best ‘candid’ shots with your glass of rosé to upload to Instagram in the morning.  But without a doubt, the most essential rule is getting the pre drinks playlist perfect.

 

The girls night playlist needs to be strong, sassy and sexy. It should fill you with party vibes and masses of confidence. It should be plentiful in Beyoncé, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, and needless to say Fifth Harmony.

 

After their X Factor US debut in 2012, Fifth Harmony have well and truly earned their place in the girls night playlist, with singles Work from Home and Worth it both spending extensive amounts of time in both the club and in the charts top 40. Despite their epic success 1/5th of the band, Camila Cabello opted to pursuit a solo career in December 2016. With the band continuing to produce their third album as a four piece, the pressure was on to preserve their reputation and create an album that packed just as much punch as Reflection and 7/27. However, their latest album, self-titled ‘Fifth Harmony’, spoke volumes before even hitting play. A lack of originality.

The girls have truly remained loyal to their style, sound, and image that fans have grown to love. They’re still sustaining the strong, independent woman morals throughout all of the records featuring, and still creating R&B sounds comparable to that of Destiny’s Child and TLC. Despite this, considering the huge opportunity to reinvent themselves and experiment with new sounds during this album, it sadly didn’t happen. Bigger risks could’ve been taken.

 

Tracks like Sauced Up prove the girls still have that sexy, sultry, attitude. A track that’s through and through R&B. Angel keeps it R&B but in a different sense. The deep, numbed, background beat lies lonely, with rattlesnake shivers in the foreground to spice it up and accompany the vocals. It’s moderately suggestive, yet the lyrics are bland, making it almost too PG. He Like That is certainly more of a pop track, with summer beach vibes and annoyingly catchy lyrics, it’s got the most potential to be released as a single.

 

 

Despite this, it feels like a slightly disappointing effort on the girl’s behalf, with the least amount of content available compared to their previous two albums. All the singing arrangements seem exactly the same, with Normarni taking lead vocals on almost every song. It makes it incredibly difficult to pick a favourite or get excited about almost any of the songs. It feels like you’ve heard them all before. There’s a severe lack of BO$$ like blaring trombones that ooze confidence, there’s a severe lack of pizzazz filled lyrics, and there’s a severe lack of Camila’s intense and springy vocals to liven up the records monotony.

 

In a nutshell, ‘Fifth Harmony’ is the same, but different. It’s a deflated attempt at reworking their first album. It’s the perfect album for hardcore fans of the band that wanted an extended version of their previous records. However, if you were hoping for something a little braver, bolder, and brazen to shimmy in your bandage dress to, then this isn’t the one. Sadly, this won’t be making the cut for the girls night out playlist.

By Beth Judge

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