This album is a step-up in terms of the maturity of the record. I would probably have to say that it is the most similar to the Salute album, which is still a favourite of mine, than the other Little Mix albums. I love the fact that there are a lot of layered harmonies, as was the case with Salute.
The girls sound great, as usual, but Perrie and Jesy really stand out for me on the album in terms of vocal delivery.
LM5 is not as cohesive as the Salute album, with a crossmix of genres. Nonetheless, after giving it a few spins, I am not too bothered about that and have grown to appreciate the gems within.
1. The National Manthem - 4/10 - My least favourite track. I’m not entirely clear on the message. Thankfully it’s quite brief. 2. Woman Like Me - 8/10 - It did not stand out enough for me as a lead single, but I have found it to be an enjoyable track after a few listens, and I am even starting to shake the “Side to Side” similarities and really enjoy Nicki Minaj’s feature. 3. Think About Us - 8/10 - A mide-tempo club jam. The Perrie/led chorus and Jesy’s delivery on the verse are great. 4. Strip - 9/10 - This is a rather unusual song, by Little Mix’s standard and I did not know what to make of the song structure, with the half-talking/singing, but I really like it now and Sharaya J does her thing on the feature. 5. Monster in Me - 7/10 - Big ballad and Perrie sounds divine leading the chorus, 6. Joan of Arc - 10/10 - This is definitely a club song, and one of my favourites. Very unique song structure. I love Leigh-Anne and Jade on the verses, but less so on the choruses. Jessie, though, really stands out on the choruses. My only peeve with this is that I would have liked each girl to have a go on the choruses; instead, Jade and Leigh-Anne have a go a-piece and Jesy has three goes. There is very little Perrie on the track, but she does the two pre-choruses justice. 7. Love a Girl Right - 9/10 - The “Thong Song” styling is really clever and fresh. Perrie sounds strong on the chorus. 8. American Boy - 6/10 - I alternate between liking this song and being lukewarm towards it. It feels like a big of a filler. 9. Told You So - 10/10 - Very reminiscent of “Girl” by Destiny’s Child in the subject-matter. All four ladies shine on the slow ballad. 10. Wasabi - 9/10 - Great message and fun beat. I like Jesy’s cooing ad-libs over the chorus. 11. More than Words - 9/10 - It is uncommon for vocal groups to feature another singer of the same sex. I was not sure how this song would turn out, as a result, but it is fantastic and quite emotional. 12. Motivate - 10/10 - My favourite track on the album. The up-temp track is everything. All four ladies sound great, but Jesy’s breezy/sexy voice is a highlight for me and I really enjoyed Perrie on the chorus and ad-libs. 13. Notice - 10/10 - Another standout track. Much slower than “Motivate”, and again another Jesy/Perrie highlight. 14. The Cure - 8/10 - The verses don’t do much for me, but the Perrie-led chorus elevated the song. 15. Forget You Not - 9/10 - A club-worthy song. Jade and Jesy sound great on the verses and Perrie on the chorus. 16. Woman’s World - 6/10 - I appreciate the message behind the song, but I have to force myself to wait for the first chorus to kick in, just so I don’t skip the song when it comes on the playlist, as the first verse sort of drags. Perrie’s ad-libs at the end are heavenly. 17. The Cure (Stripped) - 7/10 18. Only You - 9/10 - I did not care for this song when it was originally released as a single, but I have grown to really enjoy it. Perrie and Jesy sound great on the verses, and Jade does a good job on the chorus.