Since the group won last years X Factor, it looked almost certain that they would be thrown out the back door of Syco Music, into the nearest ally way with the rest of the other deceased dreamers of Matt Cardle, Leon Jackson and Joe McElderry. Especially after they did the Joe McEldery and lost out out on the converted crimbo number one. But if ‘Wings’ is anything to go by, they will remain a part of Syco music for now.
It’s almost a shock to the system after hearing the first thirty seconds of ‘Wings’. The song appears to be full of ego, as the drum beat echoes methodically to the sound of all four members singing ”spread your wings, my little butterfly.” It’s as if they’ve heard the criticism that has plagued the winners of the X Factor previous and are waving them the middle finger, especially with the lines ”we don’t let nobody bring us down.”The online taunters that targeted the group after their talent show triumph haven’t phased them either. It resonates in the songs lyrics as all four of them sing ”don’t let what they say, keep you up at night,” strongly. All four vocalists, who are Jade, Perrie, Jesy and Leigh-Anne, work best when they are in unison for the chorus but don’t let themselves down individually when left on their lonesome.
Releasing this close to the same time as fellow X Factor competitor Amelia Lily has decided to show-off her new material, Little Mix won’t be outdone. With their upcoming debut album on the cards, ‘Wings’ shows us why the public propelled them towards stardom in the first place. It has everything that is missing from a lot of 2012 pop songs. The funky handclaps, with alternating bursts of tempo makes it last in the mind. It’s attitude gives the girls the personality they need in order to shine within the charts and unlike Joe, Matt and Leon, stick around this time. 8/10.