Review: Little Mix – ‘You Gotta Not’

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Little Mix's latest single is a blend of confidence and sass that delivers on most fronts.

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Little Mix’s fourth studio album, Glory Days, is on the horizon and if previous singles are anything to go by, it’s going to be a fiery release!

With lead single Shout Out to My Ex topping the charts for three consecutive weeks in the UK, this is the second taster of the group’s upcoming mature and sassy album. Co-written by Meghan Trainor, ‘You Gotta Not’ is an upbeat, sassy and entertaining anthem. With a confident, self-assured beat and tight harmonies, the track proves that the girls have originality when it comes to writing break-up songs.

With the beat consisting of the piano and drum beats, the Meghan Trainor vibe comes through as her innocent almost playful style is more maturely adopted.  Pleading for their men to grow up (“I don’t get paid to babysit no one / I’m only looking for the one to love”), this could easily be another dig at Perrie’s ex-boyfriend Zayn Malik.

The only slight flaw is that there is a tendency for Jesy to become the ‘lead singer’; the group works best as a cohesive set as tight harmony sections are what makes their style distinctive. This, however, is overcome with a sense of mature and self-assured feistiness, which seems like a natural progression from the more innocent vibe of previous singles like ‘Wings’ have had.

‘You Gotta Not’ is sure to become a female power anthem and offers an epitome of the ‘new era’ they have promised.

‘You Gotta Not’ is out now via Syco

Credit to Craig Blyth for his co-authorship of this article.

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