For years, pop music has needed another group to fill the Spice Girls-shaped hole in the marketplace. With their new album, "Salute" (Columbia), the British quartet Little Mix seems ready to fill those high-heeled shoes. Their radio-friendly dance hits like "Move" and "About the Boy" even feel like they came from the dawn of the new millennium. What sets them apart -- aside from Perrie Edwards' high-powered fiancé, Zayn Malik, from One Direction -- is the way they power through Rihanna-ready ballads such as "Towers" and "Good Enough" without losing their momentum. Little Mix really has hit on the right formula this time around.


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BOTTOM LINE A peppy, if predictable, pop collection.