Fifth Harmony, left to right: Dinah Jane, Normani Kordei, Ally Brooke, Lauren Jauregui.

Having been reduced to a four-part harmony following the departure of Camila Cabello, US girl band Fifth Harmony’s self-titled third album simultaneously feels like a statement of intent and a hastily cobbled together swansong. There are flashes of brilliance, on the low-slung, sweaty R&B of He Like That (which samples MC Hammer), Don’t Say You Love Me’s airy heartbreak and the Skrillex-assisted Angel, which features scattergun drum-claps slowly distorting into a head-spinning cacophony. Unfortunately, there are also some real “will this do?” moments spread over the album’s streamlined 30 minutes, most notably lazy lead single Down’s basic facsimile of last year’s excellent Work From Home. Overall, a mixed bag.


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