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[MV & Album Review] Girl's Day -- 'Everyday 5 / I'll Be Yours'

By eric_r_wirsing   Sunday, April 2, 2017   21,778   1,697   18
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GIRL'S DAY -- EVERYDAY 5


Track List:

1. I'll Be Yours
2. THIRSTY
3. Love Again
4. Kumbaya (Come By Here) (Sojin Solo)
5. Truth (Minah Solo)
6. Don't Be Shy
7. I'll Be Yours (Inst.)



After 20 months on hiatus, Girl's Day is back once more with 'Everyday 5!' Just in time for spring, this 7-track album sees Sojin, Yura and Minah writing lyrics for every song but "I'll Be Yours." They again partner with hitmaker Ryan Jhun ("I," "Love Me Right") for the first time in 7 years on the title tune. 


The title track "I'll Be Yours" starts out with honking horns and a vaguely jazzy style, but the pounding beats quickly distinguish it as modern. This is a very strong title track, and contains Minah's powerhouse vocals: "Like the honey that drips from your eyes/I'll tell you more sweetly/I'll be yours." Her performance on that part is beyond reproach and fits extremely well with the song. I thought 2015's "Ring My Bell" was a bit lacking in vocal prowess. This tune brings it back in a big way.





"THIRSTY" has that groove that I heart so much. Again we have Girl's Day's awesome vocals on display here, and it just brings this song closer to my heart. There's a slinky, sultry feeling to this one, catchy and definitely capable of standing next to the title track as a great tune. It had my head bobbing in time with the beat and makes a fantastic comedown from the frenetic energy of "I'll Be Yours."



"Love Again" slows things down and has an acoustic guitar backing melody that makes it seem very much like a folk tune. It really lends this song a different feel from the other tunes. More and more bands are turning to this style, and it's a welcome change. The honeyed vocals work so well with the guitars and the stripped down melody. Voices are again awesome, and entirely unlike what we hear on the previous tunes on this EP -- further evidence of their talent and range. And they absolutely slay the harmonies.





This is not the version of "Kumbaya" you learned in Sunday School. It's a soft pop tune, and the insistent piano line is something that really helps this tune pop. Sojin handles the vocal duties as skillfully as ever. She injects a wonderful amount of emotion in her voice, giving this song a definite punch without overdoing it. Even the English in the chorus is fantastic -- no fails here at all.  



The next track, "Truth," showcases Minah's vocals. You probably know by now how I feel about that, and she drapes her voice wonderfully around the melody on this track. There's unquestionably some pain reflected in her singing; it goes along brilliantly with the theme of a broken heart. It's a little slow in some parts, but it's not hard to close your eyes and let her voice carry you away.




I wanted to like "Don't Be Shy" more than I did, but I detected some clipping in my copy. I can clean it up by splitting the file and remixing high pass and low pass in Audacity, but they should have released it clean in the studio the first time or even during the mastering. Still, aside from production issues, the song is actually très dope. There's a certain playfulness to it that's evident in the intro, and there are some genius time changes here. I love how seductive it sounds in parts. And there's a glorious marching stomp to the chorus.

Boy did they come back! I broke out some older tunes waiting for this one, and this was not a disappointment. Did I want it to be a little faster in parts? Well, yes, but nothing on here is a deal-breaker. This is a fantastic EP and a breath of fresh air for any fan of Girl's Day. Give this a spin. I think you'll like it.

MV REVIEW




The MV is kind of a hot mess.

You have Hyeri in boxing gloves, struggling to stay standing at the edge of a ring where two combatants square off. Minah's in a hallway. Sojin is at a barber shop. And Yura plays a smoking piano.  All the while they cut to the girls dancing in between the individual shots. None of this makes much sense, but it's not meant to, I don't think.

From one standpoint, you can call it a study in contrasts between a set of classy, lovely ladies and run-down locations. So from that angle, it's art. But to me, it looks like they didn't have a whole lot of money, and the sets look extremely low-rent.



The choreo is extremely meh. All they did was shake their butts and move their legs and knees a bit and not much else. While that can be fun to watch, I wanted something more. Maybe some epic drops, do the nae nae, anything. I know, it's meant to highlight the girls' obvious charms, but in this case... it just felt a little lackluster, especially given the sizzle of the actual tune.

True, they're not known for their amazing MVs, and the music is usually the focus (as it should be). But I feel that this was almost going through the motions. I don't need Star Wars-style special effects, but something was sadly missing from this MV. Kinda makes me wish for the "Nothing Lasts Forever" days. Dynamite album, not so much for the MV.

Score


MV Relevance..........7
MV Production.........6
MV Concept.............7
Album Production....10
Album Concept........9
Tracklisting..............9

OVERALL...............8.0

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Istanhyejeong Tuesday, April 4, 2017

'Thirsty' got me thirsty for more Girl's Day comeback!

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julian09 Monday, April 3, 2017

The tracks on this album are AMAZING !! i wish more groups can go for a similar sound ! love again, thirsty and truth are amazing !!!

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syafickix Monday, April 3, 2017

they never did a powerful choreo anyway so we can't actually judge that. although i actually agreed about the MV set, it might look rustic and indsutrial but the MV director should notice that there are soooo many MV's using that set it looks too plain. but the album though, this is actually the first time i love listening to girls day's whole album, its amazing

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xZukuu Monday, April 3, 2017

"The choreo was meh."I don't have a problem with your opinions,but if you are going to write a review at least write it propely,why use "meh" when there are so many words you can use in replace of this one.

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allinonetonone Monday, April 3, 2017

such a solid album gd deserve more! i voted and bought their new album! <3

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10thsense Sunday, April 2, 2017

The album was 10/10 for me! songs and vocals on point! Mv was weak but i love girls day for their character, charisma and songs, and talents. This comeback should of been more appreciated by music enthusiasts. But oh well

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KimbapJams Sunday, April 2, 2017

This album is SO GOOD!! It's definitely on my top 5. I'm glad the long wait wasn't for nothing

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Jojo_Dancer Sunday, April 2, 2017

Didn't it flop?

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angelicjinwoo Jojo_Dancer Sunday, April 9, 2017

No. The song debuted at #3 on the Gaon Top 100 digital chart in it's 1st week of release with 120k downloads and over 2M streams, they've won 2 music show awards for the song as of now also so i don't know where you got this idea that it flopped?

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Jojo_Dancer angelicjinwoo Monday, April 10, 2017

Yes and they quickly started dropping down the chart. The two show trophies were for participation as we know any group can win at The Show and Show Champion. Nice try hun. How are those physical sells doing? Lol! Auntie Day has been ended. AuntiePink is next.

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angelicjinwoo Jojo_Dancer Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Physical sales are doing fine thanks, they sold almost 10k copies in 5 days not that they really matter since digital sales are more important for Girl groups, and I didn't try anything sweetie only stating facts, if any group can win at The Show and Show Champion then how come every group doesn't have a win then? But go off, whatever makes you feel good about yourself.

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pink_oracle Sunday, April 2, 2017

The title track reminds me so much of U Go Girl though.

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akanchar Sunday, April 2, 2017

Not sure if the music video was trying to convey something, but I had no clue what was going on like most of the K-Pop videos and that probably is because of the language barrier.. Neverthless, I have the title song on repeat since the release .. I liked "thirsty" too ..

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