One word I would use to describe this album would be beautiful, inside and out. The girls look stunning whilst each having an individual style on the cover, imposed on top of the loveliest shade of blue. Independence and freedom is beaming off of them. The booklet inside the case shows each of the girls as classy and confident young women as they pose next to an impressive car. Then there’s a more quirky, goofy picture under the CD itself of the girls pouting and laughing. It’s like when you open up the album, you can see another side of the group; that they are not only mature and confident and at times are just as normal and goofy as any other girl.
That’s My Girl is the first song and is probably best represented as a girl power ballad. I can see why this is the first track on the album. I feel like the girls are trying to express their friendship and support of each other through this initial song, and it’s a brilliant first message to listeners. It’s very catchy, there’s so many different voices and sounds that go into it and, in my own words, it has a funky beat.
Work From Home Ft. Ty Dolla Sign is next and it’s just as great as it’s always been. I know most people are officially sick of it by now, but I still can’t get enough of it and there hasn’t been another song in 2016 that has beaten it in my opinion. It’s a song that you can very easily sing along to, as is the following track, This Is The Life. As much as I can argue that the lyrics are extremely repetitive, this song got stuck in my head on many occasions. This was already a massive hit before the album release and I do understand why. The glamour and excitement of living the dream that Fifth Harmony are living resonates from this song and I think people really enjoy that fun vibe.
Camila Cabello has named the next song as her favourite on the album; Write On Me, a slow and sweet romantic track with a very unique message involving a relationship where someone has made a permanent impact on you, like if they were physically writing on your skin. I absolutely loved the music video for this tune, as I felt that the simplicity of the video matched that of the song. I was super excited to hear it on the album and it obviously didn’t disappoint. Lauren Jauregui handles the lead chorus with confidence and elegance.
Bringing the beat back again, I Lied is another love song but with quite a bit too much of, what I call, base club music in between the verses. Later on in the album, there is a song called Squeeze that is slightly more intimate but, in retrospect, is practically exactly the same; romantic lyrics and club music in alternate bursts.
Finally, we have the song which is the reason I bought this album in the first place; All In My Head (Flex) Ft. Fetty Wap. After watching the girls perform this one live, I fell in love and thought it was so fresh and new. After listening to the full song, I’ve also realised that it can be very relaxing as well and is probably my favourite track on the album. Fetty Wap does a beyond amazing job at supporting the girls, and it’s comparable to Work From Home as it is very sexual and cheeky. I also think Dinah Jane Hansen flourishes as the lead singer; an incredible performance from such a young musician.
After the aforementioned Squeeze, Gonna Get Better is next and I feel like it’s really Ally Brooke‘s time to shine. The oldest member of the band has such a powerful set of pipes and I think that her voice really suits the song. For me, she truly leads this track. Additionally, I feel that the girls have never sang about anything like this before. The message of the song is to stay with the person you love, despite any financial issues or money problems. The lyrics even say that being loved is “paradise” in itself, without money or materialistic things. The vibe coming from this tune is definitely strength. There is something inspiringly strong about a couple who continue to encourage each other that things are going to get better for them.
Some of the last songs on the album are, in my opinion, no where near as good as the ones I have mentioned so far. We have Scared of Happy, another dose of strange lyrics and club music once again and Not That Kinda Girl Ft. Missy Elliot, a Little Mix sounding replicate. I have never been a fan of Missy Elliot and I don’t feel like she pulls her appearance off here either. The tune really does sound like Little Mix , in particularly like their newest single Hair, and I didn’t buy a Fifth Harmony album to listen to Little Mix. I also think that the song is childish and immature and I know that’s not what the girls wanted to present.
However, Dope is beautiful. Relaxing, impacting, romantic; the music really envelops you in that completely-in-love feeling. It’s a declaration and announcement of that love and the lyrics are pin-point accurate of that feeling, “I don’t know what else to say but you’re pretty f**king dope, just so you know”. I personally love the lines that are sung by Normani Kordei because I think her unique, husky voice perfects the words.
The last song is one of my least favourites and I’m not sure if that’s because it is the last song and so can be forgotten or overlooked but No Way never got stuck in my head, I never found myself immersed in the morals of the song, and the tune was not memorable for me. I also found that, unlike the other songs, I could hear their large intakes of breaths in between lines and, once I had noticed, I became very irritated by it. Now I have convinced myself that they didn’t spend enough production time or effort on this track to fix those small annoyances.
So, that’s everything, 12 new songs from the girls. I purchased the UK edition of 7/27 so the hit song from Fifth Harmony’s first album, Worth It, was added onto the end of the track list, with a few minor changes that I didn’t appreciate. I, unlike most people, really love the rap performed by Kid Ink in the original version, but they cut that out entirely and it just doesn’t feel that same in my opinion. However, it’s always great when you get to hear Worth It again.