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
MelodyDay has returned with a brand new single. The last time we saw them on stage was through the promotions of Colour, last year. Unfortunately, I didn’t get time to review their comeback last year. As you can tell from the title of this review, their newest track is titled as You Seem Busy and it features Ilhoon from BTOB.
The girls came back with a much slower song, compared to that last few releases. I love the ballad instrumental in the song. To me, it sounds very calming and soothing. Throw in their vocals, along with Ilhoon’s rap, and the song pretty much makes you sway along with it. Not technically fond of the first verse, as it felt quite dry. But those final moments leading up to the first chorus really builds the song up from out of nothing, launching straight into the chorus quite well. The rest of the song doesn’t really repeat that same sort of impact and that does leave the song hanging a bit. The only other flaw with the song is that it can fall into the more “generic ballad” catergory. It did take a few listens to shake that feeling off. It wasn’t until I unexpectedly listened to the song (through YouTube automatic recommedantions) did I actually notice the impact and the song itself.
The music video tells the story of a waiter who seems to just be pushing through with work to just pass the day (or make a living). The same thing happens every single day, which makes his life dull and boring. On this paritcular day, the customers (the two comedians) give him a hard time. One of them notices him and starts a conversation, while the other one becomes jealous and tells the waiter to essentially get lost. He takes some time out and notices the girls on stage, who are in fact MelodyDay themselves. They perform their song, which also lifts his spirits, which leaves a smile on his face. It isn’t a flashy video, but very fitting for the song, as both goes hand-in-hand with each other (just check the English lyrics in the video below). A nice video to watch.
Song – 8/10
Music Video – 10/10
Overall Rating – 9/10
MelodyDay is a 4 member girl group who made their debut last year. While their past songs have been mediocre, this song proves that there is something more to them. This is your typical KPOP song and it is something that makes me remember the golden years of KPOP. This song has great vocals, catchy tune, smooth sounds and a great instrumental to it. The song had promised a rock / chic sound and we got just that. The song actually matches up with the title. The speeds in the song does the song wonders. And that is what made the song sound so smoothly. Yes, there was a few stoppages that got to me, but it did not bother me that much. I would have loved a bit more rapping, but each member of this group has really great vocals and I am quite satisfied with what I got. There was one English line that did annoy me: “I’ll be parking in the party”. What does that even mean? While the song had great references to driving and whatnot, that line just annoyed me a little too much. But overall, I think this was a great song and it really caught my attention.
The music video features Junior from GOT7 and I thought while his addition to the music video was okay, it was definitely not needed. Honestly, he looked like he stumbled upon the magazine Playboy. It was just a simple pop culture magazine, there was no need to exaggerate the acting that was required. And the ending. I am just going to conclude that it was too exaggerated for me to watch. As for the girls, there was not much to them in this video. Wait, I meant plot wise. Cause 90% of the video was just them dancing and singing. The other 10% was the start and end of the video featuring Junior. I actually like the sets and the bright lights in this video. It gave off that atmosphere of an upbeat song. I felt like there could have been more to the video. For example, there was a lot of imagery in the lyrics, so why not add some of that imagery to the video? It would added more depth and might have made it a little more interesting.
They are not known for their dancing, let me get that straight. There was nothing for me to go wow about in this dance and that was disappointing. This song has so much potential for a powerful routine. Well, at least they did not forego their vocals. Their vocals during the live performances were pretty strong and solid.
This song put these girls on my list of groups to watch for. Not sure if they would become the next big thing in KPOP yet, but if they do put out more amazing songs like this, that catches my attention, I am willing to give these girls a listening ear. (Their debut song was not that bad, but the music video is something you should check out – it won last year’s Best Music Video at Melon Music Awards). 7/10