So far, Fifth Harmony have given us two offerings from their upcoming sophomore album: sleek lead single “Work From Home” and synthy, sunny jam “The Life.” But lest you think 7/27 will tout only upbeat bangers, the girls have assured fans they’ll also be letting their guards down and revealing their softer sides.
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Camila Cabello explained that their debut album, 2015’s Reflection, was all about the band crafting their sound. This time around, 5H are focused on not just copying that sound, but expanding upon it.
“I think on Reflection, and since we got off of X Factor, we tried to establish what the sound was for Fifth Harmony. What best represented us,” she said. “With our first album, you heard the 808 urban-leaning drums as a skeleton in some of the songs, like ‘Boss’ and ‘Worth It.’ You can hear that now in ‘Work From Home,’ and you’re gonna be hearing an expansion of that.”
EW notes that the girls are quite “guarded” when it comes to discussing the finer details of their new album, but Normani Kordei insisted they “had a lot more creative say” this time around, and the album is “more personal than the last.”
“People will get a deeper insight into who we are,” Ally Brooke Hernandez added. “We talk about topics from love to heartbreak to confusion about someone. The main thing for all of us was having a ballad, a slower song. Finally, they get to hear more of a vulnerable side to us! We didn’t really have that in Reflection, and that’s something we all fought for.”
7/27, in all its personal and vulnerable glory, drops on May 20.