Little Mix – Confetti


Little Mix

2020 – Pop


The new album by the British female musical group, Confetti, is full of synthesizers and attempts of celebration, however, constantly sounds without personality.

In an interview for Apple Music, the girls from Little Mix said that their new album, Confetti, came out of casual and fun situations. “We wrote it with a bottle of wine and we just had fun,” said Leigh-Anne Pinnock. According to them, the album, which was all written during sessions between London and Los Angeles before the 2020’s global lockdown, was meant to sound like a celebration, filled with songs about self-love, feminism and broken hearts. However, as pure as their intentions may be, Confetti, the sixth studio album by the British musical group, is full of synthesizers and attempts of celebration, however, constantly sounds boring, irritating, monotone and even without personality.

The album really starts off promising with “Break Up Song,” which, thanks to synthesizers, vocal layers, voice remix and explosive hook, easily recalls Carly Rae Jepsen’s E•MO•TION and its Pop Perfection of modernizing the 80’s sound. However, Confetti quickly cuts off its own wings and moves its efforts to create tight-lyrics Pop songs that are more concerned with trying to create something that impresses with explosive synthesizers than something really interesting, exciting, different and striking. In other words, much of the album delivers songs that fly around tiring and boring synthetic samples while the girls sing short lyrics that are rarely impressive or show anything that really catches the eye. At the end of the party, Confetti was the most irrelevant thing in the midst of 2020’s turmoil, sadness and isolation.

Firstly, pointing out the positive points of Confetti ― which, unfortunately, also end up not being so interesting — are the few cliché songs that manage to deliver something out of the ordinary that the whole album works around. The opening, as already mentioned, is a very energetic track with well-coordinated explosive synthesizers and an intelligent lyrics: self-awareness about the power of a break up song. They sing, “So tonight, I’ll sing another, another break-up song.” In the case of “Not a Pop Song,” it is the lyrics that deliver something interesting with them singing, alongside soft strings and choirs, about how they are seen as a group that only makes songs about love and separation. Finally, “Gloves Up,” one of the best of the album, appears as a sonorous highlight where, despite some moments the music seems dated, they deliver a very striking and cool hook performed by remixed and electronic voices. Of course, these points are not nothing new, but it even seems something experimental within this set of tracks.

Unfortunately, the rest of the album doesn’t deliver anything more than generic Pop tracks that are not very enthusiastic. “Sweet Melody,” which talks about an ex-boyfriend who was part of a band and wrote music about one of them, but all they cared about was the melody, is really displaced and weird with them trying to create an onomatopoeia (“Doo-doo, doo-doo-doo-doo”). The title track, in turn, has darker and heavier beats from the album, however, throughout the entire time, in addition to appearing unfinished, it feels like reading another song. At the end of the album, “Rendezvous,” seems like a failed attempt to bet on something different, however, the transitions on this track and some sound elements are really bad and poorly positioned, and “If You Want My Love,” a very simplistic track, ends becoming a totally nauseating piece that doesn’t seem to talk to anything else. Instant skips.

Also, it is worth mentioning some songs that, although not impressive at all, are decent, but ended up being spoiled by their lyrics, which are incoherent and inconsistent. This is clear in the final track, “Breathe,” in which they wonder how they can breathe without their ex-partner. The problem is that, as much as they have worked the entire Confetti on getting over their ex ― and at different times they have overcome ―, here they seem to ignore everything they have sung so far and go back to almost the stake 0. However, their lyrics do not seem inconsistent just in that. In “Happiness,” which, despite being a good track about loving yourself, they use the bad attitudes to achieve this. They sing, “I was searching for happiness/I was using you to fill up my loneliness.” Aren’t they just as bad as the boys who broke their hearts? After all, not even the possible catchy hits “A Mess (Happy 4 U)” and “My Love Won’t Let You Down” seem to stop the Little Mix celebration from being boring.

LISTEN ON: Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal

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