Little Mix’s 'Salute' – What You Need To Know
2011 X-Factor champions Little Mix have wasted little time in following up their debut album DNA with their second record Salute, which is due out on Monday (November 11).
They’ll be signing copies of the album at HMV Oxford Circus, London on Monday, so, to get you ready, we bring you everything you need to know about the girl band’s second full-length effort.
What’s The Background?
It’s almost exactly a year after the release of the band’s debut album, a year which has been filled with extensive touring in support of the record. DNA itself was a big hit, selling over 300,000 copies in the UK alone, alongside well over a million sales of big hit single Wings and the album’s title track.
Recorded relatively quickly over a two-month period, the band has already premiered single ‘Move’, which has been lapped up by the group’s army of loyal fans.
Who’s At The Controls?
As you’d expect for a successful girlband under the SyCo umbrella, Salute’s credit list reads like a who’s who in contemporary pop songwriters.
TMS, Future Cut, Fred Ball, Duvall and MNEK all get production credits, while the likes of Camille and Ayah Trakks have also contributed to the record.
Who Are Their Influences?
The band have promised that their second album will be inspired by classic R’N’B and dance music rather than the bubblegum pop of their debut record. They’ve talked up Gwen Stefani, Eve and Alicia Keys in interviews as artists who have inspired them, but have distanced themselves from the current wave of EDM.
What Are The Stand Out Tracks?
The band have definitely been true to their word as this feels a lot more R’N’B influenced than their earlier tracks. Opening number ‘Salute’ has a real early Destiny Child’s feel with its call to arms chorus and big beats. ‘Nothing Feels Like You’ has a driving tribal backdrop in the style of Amerie, while ‘About The Way’ has the kind of bouncy swagger that Eve made her name creating.
There are ballads too, in the shape of ‘Towers’ and ‘These Four Walls’, which are both built around stirring pianos and swelling strings.
Does It Deliver?
If you liked Little Mix’s debut album then you will love Salute. It’s full of big, bouncy, day-glo pop songs that will stick to the inner crevices of your brain. It’s unlikely to bring anyone new to the table, but it certainly won’t turn away anyone who was already onboard.
Salute is released on Monday.