MIX­ING IT UP

Attitude - - Social -

I first met Lit­tle Mix dur­ing an in­ter­view at Cap­i­tal FM. I re­mem­ber the girls read­ing a nasty head­line about Jesy while a song was play­ing and in­no­cently ask­ing me why this was hap­pen­ing. I did my best to sup­port them and prob­a­bly told them some­thing use­less such as: “That’s just what hap­pens to fa­mous peo­ple; it’s not per­sonal, ig­nore it.” At that mo­ment, I wit­nessed an un­break­able sis­ter­hood form. While I should never have dis­missed some­thing so aw­ful as “nor­mal”, I’m so proud to see Jade, Jesy, Per­rie and Leigh- Ann har­ness­ing the power of that pain.

Their lat­est al­bum, LM5, fights for equal­ity, fem­i­nism and self­love harder than ever. It’s de­fi­ant, life- af­firm­ing and an­themic, with break- up bops and pop bal­lad bangers. The Cure finds strength af­ter strug­gle, Told You So is your best friends serv­ing you tea af­ter a heart­break and Joan of Arc’s bat­tle cry “I don’t need a man, if I’m lov­ing you it’s cos I can” is a se­ri­ous mood. LM5 is life.

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