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The first group to ever win The X Factor, Little Mix release their debut album DNA. It includes the Number One single "Wings" as well as the lead single of the same name. It also features collaborations with Slick Rick and T-Boz.
Considering even JLS and One Direction couldn’t do it, Little Mix must have something pretty special to become the first group to win The X Factor.
But with the show’s runners-up increasingly outperforming champions, a win could well be construed as the proverbial albatross. So as Little Mix step out on their own, they can no longer rely on emotive VTs or Tulisa making tactical pleas to the viewership – their debut album DNA needs to be able to cut it.
Of the three singles Little Mix have presented thus far, DNA takes its lead from the slinky RnB track of the same name – as opposed to the addictive, hater-baiting call-to-arms of Wings. (Mercifully, the autocue-led, coffee-break cover of Damien Rice’s Cannonball has been ditched altogether.)
With placid, feline production, tight harmonies and breezy beats, much of DNA ambles along the well-trodden path of the temperate demi-ballad. But it’s the ventures away from this that prove Little Mix function far better either side of mid-tempo.
Going Nowhere, an end-of-the-night sway-along with Spanish guitar, drops everything to accommodate beatboxing and an attitude-laden rap, and to great effect. Meanwhile, Perrie Edwards’ intense, rich vocals prove a powerful weapon, best demonstrated on the lovelorn Turn Your Face.
And at the other end of the spectrum, there’s military drumbeats; De La Soul samples; an appearance from T-Boz; and, most enjoyably, the swizzled strings and give-away-the-farm magnitude of closing track Madhouse. Thankfully, such ventures carry enough gusto to prop up the more neutral moments.
DNA is not a big statement piece in the vein of Survivor, Spice or CrazySexyCool; but in fairness, it’s not trying to be. It’s a sensible and substantial launchpad for a group – who let’s not forget, are little over a year old – providing an opportunity to find their collective feet. And with the group’s name peppering the writing credits, it’s a challenge they’ve admirably stepped up to.
Whether the unforgiving masses will allow Little Mix to build upon DNA’s plus points remains to be seen, but if they survive the winners’ curse, could prove a very interesting prospect indeed.
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Top Customer Reviews
Love Wings and DNA they are catchy dance tunes. I think my fave is 'Change your Life' as seen on Children in Need.
Here is my opinion on the individual tracks:
1. Wings: What a song! Great voices, great lyrics, great rhythm...just great :o) 10/10
2. DNA: I love this song, the lyrics, the music and the "chorale singing". 10/10
3. Change your life: At first it reminded me a bit of Never ever" from All Saints. Pop song, easy-going, very melodic, confidence booster. 7/10
4. Always be together: The first ballad on this album. Nice, but not my favorit. 5/10
5. Stereo soldier: Dance track with Latin elements 6/10
6. Pretend it's ok: Rather quiet, but very melodic and I fell in love with this song immediately. 10/10
7. Turn your face: Beautiful ballad, great voices, the more I listen to it, the better it gets. 10/10
8. We are who we are: Another confidence booster. 06/10
9. How ya doin'?: Uses a sample of Curiosity Killed the Cat's Name and number". 07/10
10. Red planet feat. T-Boz: This song is sooo cool. The more I listen to it, the better it gets. Kind of oriental. 10/10
11. Going nowhere: A bit of Flamenco. Song about a woman who is not happy with her boyfriend. Pop meets rap. 07/10
12. Madhouse: Crazy song, makes you feel like a patient in a madhouse. 08/10
13. Love drunk: Fast song. A bit of rap, a bit of pop. Gets better and better. 08/10
14. Make you believe: My least favorite song on this album. 04/10
15. Case closed: Beautiful ballad. 07/10
16. DNA: Unplugged Version.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This CD is great and comes with so many catchy songs! There's even a nice DVD with music videos and interviews in the deluxe version. A great buy!Published 23 days ago by bearamy98
I love little mix this is the best CD/DVD combo i have ever hadPublished 26 days ago by Liam Alderton