This week we continue our newly released album review with
Fifth Harmony – Fifth Harmony
Review: Jamie Read.
Fifth Harmony is no longer a harmony of five.
It was nine months ago when Camila Cabello left the group – leaving the famous five Americans as a group of four.
According to reports, the band might now split completely, in the same week they released their new album.
This means then that this could be the last Fifth Harmony album that we’re treated to.
The last one, which Your Local Paper reviewed in the June 3, 2016 edition, was a good debut release.
It had more substance than I had initially expected – which was partly due from my bias towards them having come through the American X Factor.
There are points of the last R&B which continues into this new one.
They are ultimately the best parts of this new album, with tracks He Like That – with an MC Hammer sample – and Angel. The quick vocals on the pre-chorus with Lauren Jauregui creates for a great lead-in to the chorus.
The track of Don’t Say You Love Me is eerily emotional and heart-breaking. It’s a track which really impressed me.
“Don’t promise me tonight without tomorrow too. Don’t say you love me unless you do, unless you do.”
While the tracks like these keep up the impressiveness of the last album, there’s a less impressive pop feel.
Make You Mad, Deliver and Lonely Night kind of blur into middle-of-the-album pop.
The lyrics on Messy feel just that, simply because the use of Shaggy has not been concealed in the slightest.
“Then crying on the bedroom floor.”
The album still has the powerhouse vocals of the first and it has some positives.
But with last year’s success, this would be a shame to bow out on.
Overall star rating: 3.5/5
Songs to play on repeat: Down, Don’t Say You Love Me,
Angel, He Like That