PREVIEW: 5 reasons to be excited about new Little Mix album Get Weird

OUT: 6/11

  1. Love Me Like You

The poptastic 7th Heaven remix of this second single from Get Weird removes the Motown and propels it further on to the dancefloor (clip above). We predicted it would be a second number 1 from this album but it hasn’t quite turned out that way, peaking at a lowly 21 so far. Part of the problem may well have been the enduring popularity of its predecessor which is still big on radio and was undoubtedly one of the songs of the summer if not the year.

2. Weird People and Lightning

Mentioned in the clip above are two tracks from the album which are already available. Weird People really embraces the 80s influences that made Black Magic such a monster hit. The ‘little muffins’ don’t really strike us as outsiders but here they are working that vibe and letting their audience know it’s OK to be different. Sample lyric: ‘I’m just gonna twerk it out like I ain’t afraid for my health.’ Plus it’s a lot of fun and there’s a key change.

Lightning is one of seven tracks (including the 7th Heaven remix above) which features on the Love Me Like You EP. It’s been described by the band as a sister to one of their best-loved singles DNA and, although it’s nowhere near such an instant smash as that, it does share a similar dark mood.

3. Hair

Hair was released as an instant grat track to iTunes in the summer when it became clear that Black Magic, the first single from the album, was still popular on radio and would be featuring all over the new series of X Factor. It’s familiar lyrical territory: less wash that man out of my hair and more get a new ‘do to get over him. It’s also far closer to the R’n’B sound of last album Salute than all of the other tracks we’ve so far heard from Get Weird.

4. The tour

The Little Mix tour runs across 16 dates 13/3 to 3/4, including two gigs at The 02. We’ve seen them both at the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith and The 02 in 2013 and 2014 respectively and they’ve no trouble stepping up to entertain an arena crowd. Rather than touring they’re currently spending their time appearing on shows like the one on which they made their name across the globe, including in Australia (above) and Sweden (below).

5. Tracklist

Black Magic/Love Me Like You/Weird People/Secret Love Song (featuring Jason Derulo)/Hair/Grown/I Love You/OMG/Lightning/A.D.I.D.A.S/Love Me Or Leave Me/The End (deluxe version only) I Won’t/Secret Love Song (part 2)/I Won’t/The Beginning

We’re surprised Love Me Like You has not been a bigger hit but the album so far very much feels more pop than we’ve ever heard from them previously. The coup of bringing one of today’s biggest pop stars on board for a duet (see tracklist above), can’t be overstated. There’s also a Jess Glynne writing credit on Grown which could make it this album’s Little Me.

  • Tickets for the Little Mix tour are available here. Enjoyed this review? Follow author Neil Durham on Twitter @NeilDurham

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