BY: MICHELLE SIEBERT
The Fifth Harmony girl group released their composed and danceable album Reflection on Feb. 3. The album contains 14 songs and forms a solid representation of the exuberant style of the group. BO$$, the lead single was released on July 7, 2014 and debuted at number 43 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. This album is less pop and its sound has grown in contrast with the former album Better Together. The group is from Miami, Florida and came together in 2012 while performing in the second season of Fox’s reality vocal competition show The X Factor. The vocalists include Camila Cabello, Normani Kordei, Ally Brooke Hernandez, Dinah Jane Hansen and Lauren Jauregui.
“Top Down” introduces the album and it has a heavy and steady beat that is catchy and hooks the ear. The lyrics give off a party vibe. It talks about riding in a truck, portraying a sense of adventure and fun! The second song “BO$$” is reminiscent of a Beyoncé song and is spirited and full of spunk. It champions females’ independence and inspires a feeling of strength for all those feminists.
“Sledgehammer” is similar to a Demi Lovato song. The title suggests intensity, which is reflected consistently during the song. The lyrics expresses feelings in a hyperbolic way, as the sledgehammer symbolizes how emotions can be quite overwhelming.
“Worth It (feat. Kid Ink)”, is sharp and edgy, while it’s demanding tone is about claiming self-worth and a feeling of entitlement. “This Is How We Roll”, has a tempo that varies from slow to fast, it’s bouncy and has a smooth chorus. The lyrics “Get wild and crazy/if you wanna get crazy/so free, so young” is a fun and free-spirited song. In “Everlasting Love,” the tempo is a little slower and Hansen’s voice is more front-and-center, which allows the listener to appreciate her vocals. “Like Mariah (feat. Tyga)” is high-pitched and upbeat and “Them Girls Be Like” is quite vivacious!
“Reflection”, is dragged out and the vocals are somewhat a capella and has less instrumentals. The lyrics are about admitting being impacted by another and asserting one’s own identity. Both “Suga Mama,” which has a jumpy beat and “Going Nowhere,” which has fast and high-pitched expresses the importance of equality and give and take in a relationship.
“We Know”, is the slowest song on the album with a soft and mellow melody. It allows each of the girls voices to be mesh and shine through. “Body Rock”, has a steady beat throughout and the title, it pretty much speaks for itself. “Brave Honest Beautiful (feat. Meghan Trainor)”, is full of affirming words and upholds a sense of self-respect.
The group fulfills their potential through their album. The album is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon and in stores and is going on a tour for 20 days across North America starting on Feb. 27.