I went to a Demi Lovato show and walked away raving about Little Mix.
The all-female dance-pop quartet, which originally formed for the British version of "The X Factor" TV series in 2011, was absolutely sensational during its opening set for Lovato on Tuesday at the SAP Center in San Jose.
The vocal troupe, which consists of Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall, actually ended up winning "X Factor" that season. Based on what I saw and heard on Tuesday, I definitely understand why these women came out on top. In concert, they came across like a junior version of the Spice Girls, mixed with a little Pussycat Dolls. Yet, Little Mix isn't quite as cheeky as those other acts. The Little Mix set was entirely appropriate for the young Lovato crowd.
The group has some solid songs and particularly lovely vocal harmonies. It's definitely a case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. I like the individual voices, but it's really how they fit together that makes Little Mix so delightful.
I don't expect Little Mix will be an opening act for long. Next time through town, I suspect the group will headline SAP or another suitably large space.
Check out my Tout videos of the Little Mix set:
I'm headed off to the big Imagine Dragons concert at the SAP Center in San Jose on Thursday. Want to tag along? I mean, of course, in a virtual sense. I'll be tweeting throughout the show, beginning around 8 p.m. You're welcome to follow along on Twitter. You'll find me at @jimthecritic.
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