While You Were Freaking Out Over Taylor Swift’s New Single, Your Fave Girl Group Dropped an Entire Album
I have trouble believing anyone could've made it through the week without hearing all about Taylor Swift‘s single and her upcoming album, Reputation. The country-pop singer is well overdue for new music and considering all of her recent controversies — including a highly-publicized sexual assault trial and dropping off of the literal face of the earth after Kim Kardashian publicly exposed her for lying about not giving the OK for Kanye West‘s lyrics saying he “made that bitch famous” (while referring to T.S.) — people were anxiously waiting to see what new T.S. music would bring and naturally so.
Well, it's true that Tay's new song “Look What You Made Me Do” that dropped in the wee hours of this morning is a banger and seems to be a pointed shout-out to Kimye. But with all the hooplah surrounding this Taylor, it seems like we've overlooked another major music moment. Fifth Harmony dropped a brand-spanking-new self-titled album. Fifth Harmony is their first complete record released since Camila Cabello dramatically left the girl group last December. Fans were excited (and honestly, a little concerned) to see how the band's new music would come together without one of their most popular members. Their first four-person track, “Down,” dropped on June 1 and it showed that even widdled down to fewer members their music would be promising.
Now that I've listened to the new album in complete during my morning commute I can say it's confirmed: 5H is just as good, if not even better, with four women. Ally Brooke herself said we'd hear the group, “really experimenting with a lot of different sounds,” and I can corroborate her statements and say that their experimentations paid off. All their new tunes — from ones that sound like trap-inspired tracks to their more classic pop songs are absolute fire. “He Like That” is a perfect listen for those of you turning your summer flings into full-time relationships and “Sauced Up” will be your new go-to for future GNOs.
Some were curious if there would be a subtle shade to Camila within the lyrics of any of their new songs — and some did perceive a sly dig in the ultimate track on their 10-song album, “Bridges.”
The girls sing,
Can’t spend time in rewind, I’m sorry
Many times I remind myself
We’ve come way too far in our stories, oh
To build these walls and to blind ourselves
And for every action, there’s a reaction.
While these lyrics are sung in a song where Normani Kordei, Lauren Jauregui, Dinah Jane and Ally Brooke repeatedly insist they “won't separate” (something clearly Camila couldn't commit to), IMO, they aren't trying to diss their former bandmate. In fact, it almost seems like they're reaching out for reconciliation. They say they're “building bridges,” not burning them — and that's a big distinction to make!