Angel (Fifth Harmony song)

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"Angel"
Promotional single by Fifth Harmony
from the album Fifth Harmony
ReleasedAugust 10, 2017 (2017-08-10)
FormatDigital download
GenreTrap-pop
Length3:09[1]
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Poo Bear
  • Skrillex
Music video
"Angel" on YouTube

"Angel" is a song recorded by American group Fifth Harmony for their self-titled third studio album (2017). The song was produced by Skrillex and Poo Bear. It was released as the first promotional single from the record on August 10, 2017.[2]

Composition[edit]

"Angel" incorporates a trap-inflected sound with Mike Wass from Idolator writing that it finds the group veering "deep into hip hop territory."[3] Its production is supported by heavy bassline,[2][4] drum machine sound, "squiggly synths"[3] and distorted vocal samples.[5] The song is about being in a relationship based on unrealistic expectations.[4] As MTV News's writer Madeline Roth commented, the group are "warning that they have no problem shrugging off a fuckboy if it needs to be."[6] The group delivers a half-rapped performance on the first and second verses of the song,[5] while in the chorus, they raise a rhetorical question: "When you look at me, what do you see? / Open your eyes, I’m more brilliant than you’ll ever be / Who said I was an angel?”[6][7] The group continue to ask the same question throughout the record, as Rachael Ellenbogen from International Business Times commented.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

Sadie Bell from Billboard considered "Angel" as a "different direction" for the group describing it as "a bit harder than their more recent releases."[2] Madeline Roth of MTV News praised its production and felt that "Angel" is "less poppier" than Fifth Harmony's previous single “Down", providing a "harder backdrop for their brassiness."[6]

Music video[edit]

The song's official music video was released on August 11, 2017 and directed by David Camarena. The clip opens in a dimly lit setting, featuring a man who's been dreaming, then it features the group in an entirely new light, in which they are revealed to be the subject of the man's dream, tormenting those of someone who has wronged them, complete with flashing images and dark VCR filters and neon lighting aesthetics.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
New Zealand Heatseekers (RMNZ)[9] 4
Philippines (Philippine Hot 100)[10] 100
Portugal (AFP)[11] 94
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[12] 88
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[13] 42
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[14] 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Angel (Fifth Harmony) - Single". iTunes (US). Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  2. ^ a b c "Fifth Harmony Shares 'Angel,' the Second Single From Their Upcoming New Album". Billboard. August 10, 2017. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Fifth Harmony Veers Into Slinky Hip-Hop On "Angel"". Idolator. August 10, 2017. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Hear Fifth Harmony's Assertive, Skrillex-Produced New Song 'Angel'". Rolling Stone. August 10, 2017. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Fifth Harmony – "Angel"". Spin. August 10, 2017. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "Fifth Harmony Channel Their Devilish Side On New Song 'Angel'". MTV. August 10, 2017. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  7. ^ "New Music: Fifth Harmony - 'Angel'". August 10, 2017. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  8. ^ "Fifth Harmony's Vocals Prove Why Their New R&B-Tinged Track Is Called 'Angel'". International Business Times. August 10, 2017. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  9. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. August 21, 2017. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  10. ^ "BillboardPH Hot 100". Billboard Philippines. September 4, 2017. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  11. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – Fifth Harmony – Angel". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  12. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
  13. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Fifth Harmony – Angel" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
  14. ^ "Fifth Harmony Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved August 22, 2017.