Though they will always be linked through their starts on the British version of "The X Factor," Little Mix has very little in common with their male counterparts One Direction these days.

The female quartet's third album, "Get Weird" (Columbia), is filled with lighthearted pop and esteem-building anthems that span the musical spectrum, from a cappella doo wop to sassy hip-hop.

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Jade Thirlwall, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards have a clever knack of mixing styles from different decades to create a style of their own.

On "A.D.I.D.A.S," which takes over Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" vibe, they coo "I've been Googling ways to keep you entertained," over '60s girl-group pop, even stopping to name-check Drake.

They tackle doo wop a cappella in the impressive "The End." They ride a pulsing, trap-inspired groove on the defiant "Hair" -- built around the chant, "Gotta get him out my hair" -- that grows into a thrilling pop spectacle, a route they also take in the new single "Grown."

Whether they are rocking out on "Weird People" or out Iggy-ing Azalea on "OMG," Little Mix show a willingness to try anything and somehow making it work for them.

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THE GRADE B+