By Amanda Wicks
There’s still no date set for Fifth Harmony‘s sophomore album, but Lauren Jauregui did reveal new details about its sound.
Speaking with SPIN, Jauregui explained, “Honestly, I think there’s quite a few songs on this album that I’m really excited for the fans to hear because it’s a step-up from the last album. It’s not even more mature, I think it’s just less gimmicky than last time—not to say that the music was, but in a sense, this sounds more honed in on a sound. We’re going for the more urban, R&B vibes and then we also have a lot of different little moments and genres that are typically tied into the R&B vibe but not so strictly married to it.”
Part of those R&B vibes have much to do with Tinashe, who collaborated on several songs with the group. “She has really sick melody flows and lyrics,” Jauregui said of the singer co-writing tracks for their album. “It’s very cohesive with us. It’s drawing from the same experience. That’s what’s important at the end of the day: having an authentic sound and having someone who understands what we’re going through.”
Speaking about the album’s uncertain release date, Jauregui said there’s a reason it hasn’t been announced. “We don’t want to make any promises, because we’ve had some situations in the past where our album release date got pushed and pushed and pushed,” she said. “We don’t want to disappoint fans, but it should be coming out in the beginning of the year. We’re still working on it, putting final touches on it, making sure we’ve got all of the final tracks that we need. We’re just starting that process now.”