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[Song & MV Review] Stellar - 'Cry'

By eric_r_wirsing   Saturday, July 23, 2016   19,398   1,907   19
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STELLAR -- CRY


Tracklist:
1. Intro
2. Cry
3. Ringtone



Stellar, a girl group that rocketed into the charts with "Marionette," is back again for the summer with their 7th single album "Cry." This time around we may be in for something a little different. "We want to break away from our sexy image...we will find out our own true colors," said Hyoeun about the comeback. We'll get to that in a bit. But first, how does it sound?

The intro track is fairly good, dreamy and ethereal, showing off the girls' voices and giving you a taste of what's ahead, sampling lyrics about crying from the title track. They sing like angels here.



"Cry" is their lead single and what a song! Peppered with driving beats and techno flourishes, and the girls do a great job on vocals, especially Hyoeun. Her voice rises in the last part of the chorus and gives the track that extra special something. I particularly enjoy the way it's arranged, some complexity without drowning the girls out. Breezy and hooky, it's a perfect summer song.

Easy does it is the way to sum up "Ringtone."  It's a slower affair than "Cry," but that's not a bad thing. The girls alter their voices here to fit the mood, bringing some conviction to this endearing ballad. I love the tune, too -- it's got some oomph to it, and an R&B feel that's just a soothing, smooth groove. A nice denouement to the collection.



I have to say I like this more than previous singles. It simply has more to keep my interest than past tunes like "Vibrato" or "Marionette." They get much more than an A for effort in my book. They earn a well-deserved high score for well-crafted tunes.

MV REVIEW


Readers coming across my previous reviews know that I haven't been impressed by Stellar over the last few comebacks. I felt that that they used shockingly sexual imagery to get views. I felt it detracted from the music. I figured that one Stellar comeback was pretty much like another.  Until now. I guess they were in danger of disbanding unless they dared to be dangerous and netted some cash.

And this MV is actually a lot of fun, if a lot less daring. The girls are heading out to a camping spot and rent a trailer to spend the night. But that's not all, because these lovely ladies are out for revenge. Their guy is at the pool, getting undue attention from some bikini-clad sun worshipers, so the masked girls unleash holy hell on the scene with their super-squirt gins, upsetting drinks and pushing him into the pool.



The girls are on point here. The dancing is nicely choreo-ed, and the individual shots are cute. It's not overly funny, at least until the end, but it's definitely watchable and well-filmed. They're still a very visual girl group, but that's not a bad thing at all.

Score

MV Relevance.......8
MV Production......9
MV Concept..........9

Songwriting..........9
Composition.........9
Impression............9


OVERALL............8.8


SEE ALSO: Stellar show their sexy moves in 'Tree of Sephiroth' choreography video


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    v_infires_me Monday, July 25, 2016

    I really loved this comeback, this song has been on repeat!

    exocool Sunday, July 24, 2016

    WATCH THEIR MV!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQPn8f9uls4 :) PLEASE!!

    Xadne Sunday, July 24, 2016

    I was anxious for this review, but I'm so glad it turned out as good as I think of it :)

    KittyKatCouture Saturday, July 23, 2016

    VOTE FOR STELLAR ON M COUNTDOWN NOW PLEASE #SAVESTELLAR

    cassiecassie Saturday, July 23, 2016

    I really like the instrumental. There's a slight hint of retro especially at the start. But honestly the main melody is a little too generic, especially when compared to Marionette, Vibrato, Mask, etc. Their problem was not with the songs, it was with the overly sexualized concepts so idk why they decided to start the change with the songs =.="

    cutieYuuko (Banned) Saturday, July 23, 2016

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    woofwoofwoof Saturday, July 23, 2016

    I love Stellar but this comeback was pretty basic sound wise. I like the image and stylism a lot, and the song is definitely good and an easy listen, but is it something fresh? Not at all, it's the kind of song you'd expect from any other group. Marionette, Vibrato or Sting were INCREDIBLE sound wise, the problem was the forced sexy concept in the mv (except Sting). So yeah, basically image and mv wise Cry is better but the songs quality dropped imo. I just hope this one is good enough to keep them alive in the industry so they can come back with another masterpiece in the future.

    Exo_Leia Saturday, July 23, 2016

    Honestly, this song is so good, I really hope they get the attention they deserve for it.

    Meepu Saturday, July 23, 2016

    This should be a 10. Eric wouldn't know good kpop if it bit him in the face, no wonder his group failed.

    mfmgomes Saturday, July 23, 2016

    My review: 100000000000/10  ^^  <3

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