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Reflection (Album)
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Album by Fifth Harmony
U.S. Release February 3, 2015
Track Count 11 (14 - Deluxe Version)
Recorded 2014
Producer Stargate, Dr. Luke, Rock City, Julian Bunetta, Tommy Brown, Chris 'Flict' Appari, Ricky Reed
Total Length 37:35 (48:40 - Including Deluxe Version)
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Fifth Harmony released their first studio album "Reflection" on February 3, 2015. This album was released with Syco Music and Epic Records, Simon Cowell's and L.A. Reid's record label. It was executive produced by multiplatinum producer-songwriter Julian Bunetta (One Direction, Boyz II Men, Flo Rida, Natasha Bedingfield, Leona Lewis), who worked with the group as a music producer on X Factor. The album features collaborations with artists such as Kid Ink, Tyga and Meghan Trainor.

Background

After finishing in third place on the second season of The X Factor USA and releasing debut EP titled Better Together , Fifth Harmony announced they would be releasing a full-length album in the fall of 2014.The album will be executive produced by multiplatinum producer-songwriter Julian Bunetta and released by Syco Music and Epic Records.

The group said that the album is less pop and has a more mature sound than their EP. Fifth Harmony fans were asked to vote for the group to help unlock the cover for the album, each vote adding into the percentages needed to unveil the cover art. The title and the cover of the album were unveiled on Fifth Harmony's official website on August 12, 2014. Due to the negative feedback about the cover art, they decided to change it and released a new version on August 22, 2014. 

Singles

BO$$ was released as the lead single from Reflection on July 7, 2014, and the music video was released a day later on Vevo. The song debuted at number 43 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart with first-week sales of 75,000, becoming the group's best week sales as well as highest-charting song.

Sledgehammer was released as the second single from Reflection on October 28, 2014, and the music video was released on November 25, 2014. Upon release it shot straight to number three on iTunes. It peaked at number 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 making it the group's highest-charting single at the time.

Worth It featuring Kid Ink was sent to radio in the US as the third single on March 3, 2015. The song has since peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. The first three singles have all achieved Platinum certification by RIAA for selling over 1,000,000 copies in the United States.

Critical reception

Reflection received generally positive reviews from music critics. Writing for TIME, Jamieson Cox states in a positive review that the group is "agile, and have intuitive understanding of how their differences in vocal texture and range can impact their songs by introducing surprise and tension." He continues to say that, "Reflection is certainly enjoyable on a purely musical level, but Fifth Harmony's perspective and positivity is often even more exciting." Matt Collar, from AllMusic, gave the album four out of five starts saying that it "is a slick production showcasing the group's multi voiced approach to contemporary R&B." He notes the diversity of musical genres, "from electronic-infused dance music to synthy, rhythmically bumptious hip-hop, to retro-'90s R&B," although adding that "it is very much a savvy pop product of the moment."

Rolling Stone wrote a favorable review for Fifth Harmony's debut album, stating that the tracks convey "infectious empowerment". The album received 3 and a half stars out of 5, and the song Like Mariah was highlighted as a standout. Jason Lipshutz, from Billboard, gave the album four out of five starts saying that "most of the songs work." He adds that the group shows "that they are capable of slick synth-pop, grungy hip-hop and fluttering R&B, the latter clearly indebted to the girl groups of the '90s." Lipshutz also compares the group's message to Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, and Katy Perry's, noting that "the back half of Reflection is basically a misandrist constitution, with the 5H ladies brushing off lazy dudes on "Suga Mama," game-players on "We Know" and the flight-before-fight bros on "Going Nowhere."

Writing for Idolator, Christina Lee gives the album three and a half starts out of five, saying that Fifth Harmony "nails every song with absolute precision, as if its members had known each other for far longer than just three years since The X Factor." She also predicted that the group is "bound to move on to the next round in this pop game" with a "No. 1 single, at the very least." Rebecca Mattina, from ANDPOP, gave the album three and a half stars out of five, saying that "the lyrics are fun, strong and full of swagger, and their vocals are always on-point. If they can really hone in on their sound, it won’t be long before they’re dominating the charts." She notes that "Bo$$" "might just be one of the best female empowerment songs since Destiny’s Child’s “Independent Women," and calls the lyrics of "Brave Honest Beautiful" one of the group's most powerful.

Track Listing

Standard Edition
# Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Top Down" Linnea Deb, Joy Deb, Anton Malmberg Hård af Segerstad, Maurice “Verse” Simmonds The Family 3:40
2. "BO$$" Eric Frederic, Joe Spargur, Daniel Kyriakides, Gamal "Lunchmoney" Lewis, Jacob Kasher, Taylor Parks Ricky Reed, Joe London, Daylight 2.51
3. "Sledgehammer" Jonas Jeberg, Meghan Trainor, Sean Douglas Jeberg, Harvey Mason, Jr. 3:50
4. "Worth It" featuring Kid Ink Priscilla Renea, Stargate, Ori Kaplan Stargate, Kaplan 3:44
5. "This Is How We Roll" Dr. Luke, Theron Thomas, Cirkut Dr. Luke, Cirkut 4:32
6. "Everlasting Love" Victoria Monet, Shane Stevens Tommy Brown, Travis Sayles 3:04
7. "Like Mariah" featuring Tyga Justin Tranter, Tyga, Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri, Manuel Seal Rotem 3:28
8. "Them Girls Be Like" James Abrahart, Victoria Monet, Tinashe 'T-Collar' Sibanda, Emily Warren, Brit Burton T-Collar, Benjamin Rice 2:42
9. "Reflection" Jacob Kasher, Julian Bunetta, Victoria McCants Julian Bunetta, Victoria Monet 3:08
10. "Suga Mama" Meghan Trainor, Chris "Flict" Apparri Chris "Flict" Apparri 3:39
11. "We Know" Victoria Monet, Kyle “K2” Stewart II Tommy Brown, Victoria Monet 2:57
Deluxe Version
# Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
12. "Going Nowhere" Priscilla Renea, Breana Marin, Andre Merritt, Chris 'Chris "Flict" Apparri' Aparri Chris "Flict" Apparri 3:34
13. "Body Rock" Harmony Samuels, Theron Thomas, John DeNicola, Donald Markowitz, Frank Previte Harmony Samuels 4:03
14. "Brave Honest Beautiful" featuring Meghan Trainor Meghan Trainor Meghan Trainor, Chris "Flict" Apparri, Taylor Parks 3:28

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  • Recording (2/16/2013 - 8/12/2014)

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