[Review] Kiss On The Lips – MelodyDay

Two weeks ago, I reviewed the pre-release for MelodyDay’s latest mini album. The pre-release, You Seem Busy, featured Jung Ilhoon from BTOB. Now, they have released their mini album with the title track of Kiss On The Lips.

Kiss On The Lips is a fair attempt at the reggae genre, with a more tropical feel to it.  It isn’t terrible but the release for it is a little off. This sound suits more a summer feel and it is barely Spring in South Korea. Moving away from that, the song gives off the same vibe as Why So Lonely by the recently disbanded senior group, Wonder Girls. The song has a few nice rhythmic portions, such as the “Ringa-ringa-ring” parts in the song (and is one of the catchiest phrases of the year). However, the song just doesn’t seem to stand out. To me, it sounded like the girls held back with their vocals. They needed to give the song a boost of some sort (either vocals or a build up within the instrumental) but everything felt too consistent. There wasn’t much of a buildup in the song and that did leave the ending to be quite lacking, as that tends to be where songs peak at. The ad-lib at the end was present and it could have given the song that powerful boost (provided they had built up appropriately to it). But instead, it sounded distant. It was as if I was listening to the song (with no ad-lib) on the train and someone from the next carriage started to randomly hit that high note. Overall, in my personal opinion, if they managed to give the song a boost and geared towards a release date during hotter months, the song would have been better received.

The music video was lacking as well. As much as the song didn’t stand out, the same goes for the video. But there were things that I liked in the video. First of all, it reminded me of the Wonder Girl’s Why So Lonely video. Not sure if MelodyDay is doing it on purpose but the vibes from the two videos are quite similar. Moving along, I like the colour filter that they used. Surprisingly, I thought the dullness and pastel like effect matched the song quite nicely. That might come across as a criticism but honestly, it is a compliment. The fake set was obviously and it is unavoidable to notice. But the use of lighting in the video, alongside the set, was something that I thought was quite cool. Especially the dance scenes on the beach. The lights are usually on the singers, but instead, they highlighted the background. It gave it a very sophisticated and polished feel. Everything else felt like a bore, though.

The dance was the best part of the comeback. The girls have gone for a more sensual dance, something that we haven’t seen from the girls. While the dance moves aren’t necessarily new, the moves seemed to match the song perfectly. Especially for the “Ringa-ringa-ring” parts.

Song – 6/10
Music Video – 6/10 
Performance – 8/10 
Overall Rating – 6.5/10

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