Almost three years ago, girl group Little Mix released their sophomore record Salute to overall positive reviews. Critics highlighted their harmonies, the album’s empowering lyricism, and the deep rooted R&B genre. While it did moderately well worldwide, reaching the top 10 in numerous countries including the dominating United States, Salute did not receive the ‘more’ all around success it deserved according to some music reviewers.
Recent critic outlets, hailed the album as a “lost pop masterpiece” as well as a “compelling emblem of feminist, dominant, self-assured womanhood” (2016). In fact, Billboard called Little Mix’s ‘Nothing Feels Like You’, a “girl group smash from the distant future” (2015) – and that was two years after the album had already been released.
Bloggers around the globe have noted Salute’s afro-beat inspiration and conclude that the genre most likely helped influence the rest of the album’s sound.
While many continue to label the girl group as an underrated bunch, the U.K. press seem to be enamored with the girl group and continue to receive praise for their live performances.
Eerily enough, many songs from the record (such as ‘Salute’) made huge impact worldwide including a recent video showcase on the Rio 2016 Olympics for the Women’s Team (USA).
Another prime example – when an Iranian woman danced to their intro song (once again, ‘Salute’) on a Tehran tube train in “defiance of the mullahs”.
So while the record continues its quiet legacy among the public, its attentive grabbing presence continues to hold a mighty candle among critics and non critics alike.
Perhaps the album won’t be too “lost” of a pop gem, as its underground praise continues to rise.
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