Having formed in 2013 and with a support slot for Jessie J already under their belts, this quartet have had a busy time of things lately, culminating in the release of their debut album. ‘Braveheart’ kicks things off with a stomping bass beat certain to have dance-floors and bedrooms across the country shaking with the weight of dancing, grooving feet. Meanwhile, the title track is a ballsy, in your face little number, quickly followed by debut single ‘Trouble’ - one of the far better tracks of the collection.
By being able to combine raps and a mix of indie and dancey-pop vibes to the majority of the songs on this album, the four girls aren’t afraid to show what they can do, and nowhere is this more evident than on ‘Louder’. Gone are the electro-hooks of previous material, and instead, in their place comes a brilliant ballad; it is the one track that truly highlights the groups’ vocal abilities and should make a great future release.
If there is a weak number on the album, it’s ‘Can’t Stop The Love’ but ultimately, such cannot be blamed entirely on the group. Instead, while the girls’ great vocals, combined with a hand-clapping chorus and hook are perfectly fine, the guest rap of Snob Scrilla really lets the number down.
Few artists include covers on their debut releases, but NJ break with tradition and struggle. Their rendition of ‘Waiting Game’ by BANKS, is disappointing – with the original being so successful, and so haunting thanks to the emotions expressed throughout it, they were always going to struggle to replicate such a track.
In closing with ‘Fool Me’ the album ends on a relatively high note, and suggests there may be much more to come from this four-piece in the future.