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[Album & MV Review] Dal Shabet - 'Fri, Sat, Sun'

By AllK_Maknae   Friday, September 30, 2016   7,562   808   1
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The sweet ladies of Dal Shabet returned to liven up our weekends with the release of their 10th mini album 'Fri. Sat. Sun' and promotional track of the same name. 


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Tracklist:


1. Ya Heart

2. Fri. Sat. Sun

3. Hard 2 Love

4. Fly Boy

5. Some, What?


The infectious party anthem song panders to the weekend club-goers and socialites waiting to escape their mundane Monday through Friday lives. With a fun, brassy club beat, Dal Shabet turned things up a notch. Upon first listen, "Fri, Sat, Sun" is a bit slow, but the bridge builds up towards something more rewarding. The song comes alive as it nears towards the chorus, like us nearing the weekend. 




The MV is charming, emphasizing their sexy dance moves and, as always, trendsetter fashion sense. It depicts the girls carrying out their daily tasks at the workplace, boxed in and feeling a bit lonesome. But once Friday night approaches, they come together, let loose and get wild as they shout "Fri, Sat, Sunday, Move your body!" While the MV isn't too extraordinary, the song remains upbeat and becomes irresistible upon a second listen. See for yourself in the MV below!


 

The energized lyrics make this song more of a hit as it adds more value to this dance track. "Fri. Sat. Sun" is speaking to the minds of the working class. The 4 fab ladies essentially tell off our bosses for us with lines like, "Don't call me until Monday," and "Send me a message? I won't read it." Be sure to blast these parts extra loud in the office on Fridays as you wait to clock out. After all, "We can't be bothered," and "no one will know" about your weekend personality! 


The lyrics contain a lot of charisma and are divided evenly among the members, with each bridge and chorus suiting their individual vocal ranges. The instrumental has a sassy saxophone mixed in with lively sounds like flirtatious whistling, rough clapping, a fast-paced drumming, shaker percussion, and bold notes coming from an electric piano. 

Dal Shabet perfected the track with a smooth refrain, especially when they hold the "ooooooh" in the lyrics "without anyone knowing, mooove." The slightly higher pitch for when they count down "Fri. Sat. Sun" is a nice change without altering the tune negatively as it balances the song nicely alongside the instrumental.

 


But the fun doesn't end there. The album starts off with the more mellow but colorful track "Ya Heart." The song doesn't seem like Dal Shabet's familiar style, which reveals they are trying something different in more than one song. 


The song isn't too loud or ballad-like either, as it consists of a more gentle instrumental, picking up in volume more towards the end. It doesn't shy away from trendy sounds either with more jack-swing snaps, auto-tuned "oohs" and distant whistling. Serri and Ahyoung's vocals are more noticeable on this track in comparison to the other members. The song is a good addition to the album, without making or breaking it for the listener. 





After opening with "Ya Heart" and shaking things up with "Fri. Sat. Sun," Dal Shabet follow things up with the band-like track "Hard 2 Love." This song works up the listener with its video game-like, animated instrumental. Ironically, "Hard 2 Love" is a song that lives up to its name as it isn't very extraordinary in comparison to other tracks. Their vocals appear to have a lot of editing done over them, and the track seems rushed by the zany, synthesized tune. Not the best song, but still different from many generic side tracks. 



Finally, the album simmers down a little bit with the rough and bouncy track "Fly Boy." The instrumental ventures from the album concept a bit with a drummer boy instrumental and rugged army, marching band sound. 




The introduction is a tad bit misleading as it begins with a more hip-hop influenced sound, out of something Black Pink would use, and switches over into something more bubbly and energetic like DIA. The song has a lot of interesting additions such as water drops, high-pitched notes from an electric piano, almost galactic sounds then the blare of a trumpet. The rise in tempo makes the song stand out a bit, but not as addicting as "Fri. Sat. Sun." 



The 10th mini-album comes to a close with their summery song "Some, What?" If this was their initial comeback song, I'm relieved they took some time to wait and reconstruct their image and sound. The song is charming with its 80's shoo-bi do-bop jive theme, like something out of SECRET's "Yoo Hoo," but it doesn't close the album all that well. The song does have a perky sound as the lyrics are zesty with the subtle "chi chi chi - ahh," cutesy squealing, charming countdowns, and repetitious "Summa, Summa, Summa Baby!" But still, all the cuteness aside, the track can be a hit or miss depending on the listener. 




In the end, Dal Shabet took a risk trying out this new concept, but it was well worth their efforts. The girls mentioned how they postponed their Summer '16 comeback for a well-made mini album and they didn't disappoint. Will they score #1 on the charts? With comebacks from other top competitor groups I doubt it a little, but still root for them as I personally download this into my weekday playlist.


Score


MV Production.......7
MV Concept............8
MV Relevance........7


Album Production..7

Album Concept.......8
Tracklisting..............6


Overall Score: 7.1

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    Atbash Friday, September 30, 2016

    They should've comeback with "Fly Boy". It's a really good song.

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