Music Fix: Shout Out to My Ex by Little Mix
Last year, the girls of Little Mix told us about a “secret potion” that’ll make us fall in love with them in the offering “Black Magic.” It was a throwback to the 80’s and cutesy as hell. The girls are back with their banging new single “Shout Out To My Ex,” which is more modern and edgier then their previous offering. This time around the girls aren’t about luring the guys to them, they’re about pushing their ex’s away.
The song has a nice developing beat that starts with little hiccups and raw vocals of the girls standing at the forefront. But it doesn’t take long for the beat to gain momentum. The first verse is nice, but definitely not the best part of the song. You’ll hear: “This is a shout out to my ex / heard he in love with some other chick / yeah, yeah, that hurt me, I’ll admit / forget that boy, I’m over it.”
As a matter of fact, we found ourselves wondering if the song was going to hit “that sweet spot” that pop songs have been good about hitting at the chorus, and then it does.
“Shout out to my ex, you’re really quite the man/You made my heart break and that made me who I am/Here’s to my ex, hey, look at me now/Well, I, I’m all the way up/I swear you’ll never bring me down/Shout out to my ex, you’re really quite the man/You made my heart break and that made me who I am/Here’s to my ex, hey, look at me now/Well, I’m, I’m all the way up/I swear you’ll never, you’ll never bring me down”
What’s really nice about the chorus is that it’s got a familiar, fist bumping, anthem charm to it. It’s easy to think of yourself riding down the street with your posse (like the girls in the MV) and giving the image of your ex in your head the finger. The girl’s harmonies are also spot on, so it adds to the inviting feel of the song.
The song is wrought with “my ex is an asshole” motif, and the tone of the song oozes with sarcasm. This is what makes the song so much fun. It’s cheeky. The minor key that the song is put in is where the music gets the most energy.
“Shout Out to My Ex” is a well-produced modern pop song with a nice bite to it. Unless you’re tired of the girl power theme in pop music (seriously who is), then you’re going to love it, especially the chorus.