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Album Review: Fifth Harmony’s ‘Fifth Harmony’: “Thorough, decisive pop”

The female entourage show they're stronger than ever and with that comes an album full of sliding bops and an empowerment anthem for the world.

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Fifth Harmony’s self-titled album isn’t just their third piece of work, but a more personal take on the past years shifting process in finding each other as a group. Their creative control became more apparent as noted by the girls’ extended co-writing throughout the album. ‘He Like That’ is one of the records highlights blowing through an easy breeze of ska and reggae with a chorus that’s “boom boom boom” in every way. Songs like ‘Sauced Up’, ‘Make You Mad’ and ‘Lonely Night’ showcase R&B and tropical house influences, a tad similar to the sounds of their previous album 7/27.

Although the record comes off short in terms of emotional reach, ‘Don’t Say You Love Me’ and ‘Bridges’ takes that lack thereof and turns it into steady-tempo empowerment reached songs, mostly the latter. With lyrics like “so we build bridges not walls”, there’s no lost touch in the groups perspective of the outside world - impending political words and actions that have clashed the world heavily within the past year.

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Fifth Harmony for Galore Magazine.

Photography & Creative Direction | Prince and Jacob
Art | Patrick Keohane of Revolving Style
Makeup | Cherish Brooke Hill using Marc Jacobs Beauty
Hair | Laura Polko
Styling | Gigi Fernandez

Production value aside, the album is one of thorough and decisive pop. Although there are no groundbreaking elements, Fifth Harmony have proved that it’s certainly possible to create a 10-track album that makes you appreciate the small and enjoyable things of creating music as unified women.

Fifth Harmony Interview With The Huffington Post

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Member Lauren Jauregui discusses feminism with the Huffington Post and the groups' role as a unified force.

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