Words: Francesca Lever
A few months ago, Little Mix dropped their sixth album, Confetti, and little did we know at the time that the album would be their last a a four piece. Now it is a postcard in time and a true tribute to Jesy Nelson following her departure in December 2020. But it is so much more than that.
Confetti is the calm that follows the storm of LM5. The girls and their musical direction were repressed for so long, that LM5 was them finally breaking free and showing the world who they truly were. They had stated this themselves numerous times; that they’ve said everything they wanted to say and that Confetti is simply about the girls having fun. They have broken every stereotype that comes with the territory of being part of a girl band, and have also faced media and public scrutiny head-on. Now, they are reminding you that they are those girls and they will not be broken; no matter what.
A typical Little Mix song with catchy lyrics and peppy beats. But currently, as we continue to live our lives under restrictions, it just doesn’t hit the way that it should do. It’s like rubbing salt into the wound, because I really, really just want to go on holiday. Maybe we can blast it out on June 21st and it will have the desired effect?
Another classic Little Mix bop. It is a slight shame that this track becomes somewhat lost due to its position midway through the album. But it’s a position that sometimes harbors some of the most underrated tracks from a record. Nothing But My Feelings is another anthem that craves coverage under the summer sun, and hopefully, this will be the year.
Loving the subtle shade to Simon Cowell and their former record label in general on this one. They know. We know. Little Mix deserved so much better.
The penultimate track on Confetti, If You Want My Love is the perfect example of Little Mix letting go. The vocals, the piano, the beat – everything! The sass from the chorus radiates throughout the rest of the track and is juxtaposed with the whistling highs of the bridge section. It also sets us up perfectly for the calmer tone of the final track Breathe, allowing us to release any pent-up tension and angst.
I love a good empowering breakup song. I mean, who doesn’t? Something to scream in the car when driving back from finally calling that relationship off. Never forget, that self-love is the most important kind of love – and you don’t need a partner to give you that!
Perrie and Jesy starting songs are my complete weakness. Ballads in general are so underrated when it comes to these girls, it hurts and this is such a powerful one, especially in the aftermath of Jesy’s exit.
That sample of Sway? I see you, girl! It’s the ‘naughty’ track of this album and yearns to be released as a single – the video would be incredible. And can you imagine this at a club? The vibes – immaculate.
This is Jade’s song – don’t argue with me about this. She came to snatch our wigs with this bop and that video? Incredible. Of course, they were all amazing, but Jade is such a stand out on this one. It’s almost like the song was written entirely with her in mind.
GIMME THOSE 80’S VIBES! Such a sleeper hit for me. At first, and like many other Mixers, I wasn’t entirely sold on it, but now I am utterly obsessed. Take me back to the 80s please and I’m taking Leigh-Anne with me!
Just missing out on a spot in the top three is this, their title track. If I could give this at least a joint second position, I would. Confetti is the perfect uplifting song and is accompanied by such beautiful imagery too.
Salute, Power, Woman Like Me, move on, we have a new empowering female song in town and her name is Gloves Up. This song makes me feel like I can go out and do whatever I put my mind to. Perrie said she sees this song as the opening track of the next tour – whenever that will be! – and I completely agree. God, I can picture it now – the three of them rising from beneath the stage with the into mix blasting out like a call to prayer.
If Shout Out To My Ex and No More Sad Songs had a baby, it would be this. I’m obsessed with the opening and the breakdown too. It is a more mature approach to their previous break up songs and shows that the girls are forever growing. Leigh’s vocals are a stand out for me too, particularly in the chorus outro
Alright, I’ve got a bone to pick – why is this the last track on the record? This is by far, in my opinion, the best song on the album, deserving a prime position on the tracklist. The girls too us to church with this one. Leigh said this song is like their No Air by Jordin Sparks, and I completely agree. Breathe is one of the best arrangements on Confetti, and the little heys, definitely sound like Harry Styles. Can they just confirm whether we have a Little Mix and Harry Styles collab on our hands here? WE NEED TO KNOW! This is another track that will translate into the live arena beautifully. All we need now is for restrictions to lift, and gigs to be back on the agenda.
Whilst the anticipation of the next tour continues to linger around us, it’s going to be a bittersweet experience. The first without Jesy, it’s the start of a new era for Little Mix, and one which of course, will take some time to. adjust to. Confetti was the guiding light in the dark times that followed Jesy’s departure. But if the troubles of the last few months prove one thing, it’s that the devil works hard, but Little Mix work harder.
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