While so many music fans and critics are quick to dismiss pop music — especially boy bands and girl groups — I for one am not. Little Mix is a pop girl group formed on The X Factor UK (on which they placed first). Their sound is definitely mainstream pop at the core, but there are heavy R&B and hip-hop influences. The smooth vocals, spot on harmonies and some decent instrumentals are enough to keep me listening but it is the lyrics that keep my interest. In songs like “Boy”, “Salute” most notably “Little Me” the ladies sing about the empowerment of women. Personally it is refreshing to hear songs that are empowering girls, not by slandering men, but my lifting up women. Finally instead of having to listen to overused cliches such as “I’m nothing without you” or “you complete me/make me whole” i can listen to the songs and hear the lyrics “you know a bad boy ain’t good enough for you” and “I’d tell her to speak up, tell her to shout out/ talk a bit louder, be a bit prouder/ tell her she’s beautiful, wonderful, everything she doesn’t see”. This album also has some fun songs like the single “Move” that will be stuck in your head forever after the first listen. Yet, even the annoyingly catchy songs are not nearly as redundant as what is usually overplayed on the radio. Overall, Little Mix’s sophomore album was seriously impressive and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if in a decade these ladies are being mentioned with the likes of the Spice Girls and TLC.