ASTRO has been gaining momentum in the industry with their last comeback in November, Crazy Sexy Cool. However, with indivudal schdueles and the previous concern of Fantigo’s stability due to company politics, ASTRO’s comeback was delayed. But that is no longer the case, as the group have finially released their second special mini-album, Rise Up, and the title track, Always You.
Always You is a more mature sound than what we are used to from the group. It is a shift from their previous work which tends to focus on a brighter canvas. It is even a big shift from their last comeback, which was quite mature sounding as well. For this comeback, they went with a pretty epic piece of instrumentation that really sets the tone of the song. It is nothing special when you think about how it contains synths and electronic influences but it is definitely something. I really like the drop during the chorus, which really does make the song memorable and grabs your attention. I felt that despite it not being your usual Summery song, the song does have momentum and does feel refreshing. Their vocals were pretty good. But I think the real winners of the track are the rappers. I feel like their part showed off a different side of them, a side that we don’t see all too often in their bright and bubbly songs. While it is different, I do like this new sound and hope that they can incorporate it somehow into their future releases (but doing so in a unique manner).
Not exactly sure how the video adds up. Besides the fact that the atmosphere is a lot darker and serious, the members do a good job at portray what I am taking as sorrow and pain. There is a scene within the video which shows the members coming together, which may allude to the fact that they are coming back as a group very soon. That is my guess at the meaning of the video. I did like the cinematography and the use of colours throughout the sets. It makes this video feel even more powerful, going hand-in-hand with the music.
It seems like Moonbin, JinJin and Rocky partipated in the choreography of this song, whereas the other members did not. Not too sure why that was the case. But doing so, the choreography looks extremely well down and powerful, which also goes well with the song (as mentioned previously). [Note that they are not promoting this release so I am basing my review purely on what I saw in the video].
Song – 8.5/10
Music Video – 8.5/10
Performance – 9/10
Overall Rating – 8.6/10