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Fifth Harmony "Sledgehammer" Review: Girl Group Goes '80s on New 'Reflection' Single [LISTEN]

 

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Fifth Harmony are looking to break into the top of the charts... and the girl group will use a "Sledgehammer" if they have to. Yesterday (Oct. 28), in anticipation of its debut album Reflection, 5H released the record's second official single, the '80s channeling sparking love anthem "Sledgehammer."

"If you could take my pulse right now / It would feel just like a sledgehammer / If you could feel my heart beat right now / It would hit you like a sledgehammer," 5H sings in the song's glitzy chorus. Fifth Harmony didn't get its band name randomly - these girls can meld their five distinctive voices perfectly. The resulting chorus makes for a sparkling, jangling and endearing musical moment.

As for the rest of the song, "Sledgehammer" falls completely into average territory. The mid-tempo pop ballad lacks the pizazz and sass of lead Reflection single "BO$$" and, thankfully, it moves away from the slang-friendly and kitschy sampler song "Them Girls Be Like."

There's something distinctly '80s about "Sledgehammer," be it the heavy hand of the synth or the perfectly melded melodies. If there were only a more interesting melody to really bump this song up, it could have been star status.

Listen to Fifth Harmony's new single "Sledgehammer" below:

"Sledgehammer" is the second official single from Fifth Harmony's forthcoming debut album Reflection. Previously led by the fiery single "BO$$," Reflection will be released in December.

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