American pop band Fifth Harmony released their latest album “Reflection” on Jan. 30.
Made famous by the popular television show, “The X Factor,” Fifth Harmony consists of Ally Brooke Hernandez, Normani Kordei, Dinah-Jane Hansen, Camila Cabello and Lauren Jauregui. Originally, all five girls had entered “The X Factor” as soloists but were not featured on the show. It was not until Simon Cowell’s boot camp that the group qualified for “The X Factor.” Fifth Harmony released their EP “Better Together,” which was released in October 2013.
“Reflection” is Fifth Harmony’s debut full-length album. The group recorded all of the tracks for the album in 2014 and the album was released in January 2015.
“There are fewer pop influences, but they’re definitely still in there,” Cabello said in a recent interview. “There are a little more urban and hip-hop influences, because we dance more now and there’s a lot more girl empowerment too. I feel like we’ve kind of grown and matured since the “Better Together” EP. That era was very, very close to our hearts, but we’ve moved on. We’re really excited for the fans to hear the new stuff.”
Girl empowerment, the running theme behind most of the albums tracks, is shown most emphatically in the first single released off the album “Bo$$.” Debuting at No. 43 on big name charts, “Bo$$” is highly dance -oriented with strange supposedly empowering lyrics. While the beat is infectious and makes you want to dance, the lyrics are odd and contain references to Kim Kardashian’s love life, Michelle Obama and Oprah. While some of the lyrics are actually about being confident in what one does, the rest of the lyrics are excessive, repetitive and forgettable.
The second single off the album, and by far the catchiest, is “Sledgehammer.” Released on Oct. 28, “Sledgehammer” peaked at No. 21 on the top charts. This song is co-written by Meghan Trainor of “All About that Bass” fame. “Sledgehammer” is very fast-paced, fun and danceable. The lyrics are highly relatable to someone who has ever truly felt love. It’s about the feeling one gets when he or she is around that special someone.
“Them Girls Be Like” is the worst song on the whole album. While the music behind the lyrics is exotic and familiar to other pop artists, the lyrics are highly repetitive and difficult to get past. They are a cohesive thought, but they are not creative at all. While the lyrics are quite relatable to girls pretty much anywhere, they are not executed well.
“Reflection” by Fifth Harmony is filled with upbeat energy and danceable hooks. But it is also filled with horrible lyrics. The girls of Fifth Harmony have beautiful voices that complement each other quite well, but the lyrics are very difficult to get into and take it seriously. None of the songs are written by any of the members. Maybe the girls should think about writing their own lyrics. Maybe the songs will be more creative and will complement their true voices in the future.