May 14, Salute (Deluxe Edition) by Little Mix
Total Number of Tracks: 16, including four bonus tracks not on the standard edition. Of those four, three are bonus songs and one is an acoustic version of “Little Me,” which is on the standard edition but the acoustic version is not.
Songs you might know:
– “Little Me”
My prior relationship with the album: I am one of many people who initially discovered Little Mix because one of its members used to be engaged to Zayn Malik. At the time, Salute was their most recent album and I listened to it out of curiosity, as many Directioners did. As I listened to it more and more, my affinity for Little Mix eventually surpassed my affinity for One Direction. They’ve put out three more albums since, but Salute might STILL be my favorite. Looking back, this album deserves more credit than any other in terms of opening to my mind to more mainstream pop music, as it was one of the first I encountered that showcased top notch vocals as well as traditional pop production.
My impression this time around: I still love this album, though this has been the first time I’ve revisited it in a while. As mentioned above, there are some great vocals on display and as I also mentioned in my reviews of another Little Mix album, I love how all four members of the group bring a very different voice to the equation but no one is really the “lead” singer.
Salute also does a great job of showing off Little Mix’s musical versatility. Some of the best songs on here are the ballads, including “Towers” and “Good Enough,” albeit the latter took me several listens before I fully appreciated it. Yet there’s still songs to help you get pumped up like “A Different Beat” and “Little Me.” There’s some a capella happening on “Boy” and some ’90s R&B influence on “Mr. Loverboy.” Each song brings its own distinct flavor that no other song does, making me feel like the omission of any track would weaken the whole album. That’s not easy to do.
Possibly my top two song here are both deluxe exclusive tracks, “See Me Now” and “Stand Down.” Both are the kinda stick-it-to-the-man songs I expect from girl groups. And since Salute does feature a fair share of relatively generic lyrics about being attracted to men, I find these two bonus songs help balance the equation.
Who would enjoy it? People who like pop music that SLAYS. THE. VOCAL. GAME. And I will reiterate that I didn’t really consider myself much of a pop fan before this album entered my life, and I think Little Mix is one of those artists that deserve a listen even if this kind of music isn’t what you’d typically go for.