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[MV & Album Review] Highlight - 'Calling You'

By eric_r_wirsing   Wednesday, May 31, 2017   8,964   1,238   0
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HIGHLIGHT – CALLING YOU


Track List:
1. CALLING YOU
2. SLEEP TIGHT
3. Plz Don't Be Sad
4. It's Still Beautiful
5. The Beginning
6. So, Dangerous
7. CAN YOU FEEL IT?



On the heels of 'Can You Feel It?', the boys of Highlight follow up with a repackage 'Calling You.' It's got all your faves from the first album, plus two brand new tracks, "Calling You" and "Sleep Tight." Check out the original edition review of 'Can You Feel It?' here.

"CALLING YOU" is far from a real jam. It's more of a mid-tempo piece that reflects the pain of the singer. I think part of its strengths lies in the vocal work that marks it as particularly Highlight, from Junhyung's husky voice to Yoseob's high notes. The song itself really pops. I like the beat, this sort of double-timed rhythm that adds some flair to the whole piece.



"SLEEP TIGHT" is their nod toward soft rock. It's another mid-tempo tune, but this time there's less pain, and it's more matter-of-fact. Of note is the second verse, where it's sort of half-rapped-half-sung, and I like how many syllables they stuff into each line. Junhyung does his trademark best here, but it's kind of an average tune.

Each of these tunes is not out of place on this album, and I'm sort of thankful they didn't do a ballad. They had some beautiful pieces on the original and those didn't need any competition. That said, there is one good tune and one average one. Is it a reason to buy this? Well, if you missed the first one you've got two more tunes to choose from. If you bought the first one, well, there's one more song you might want if you're craving more Highlight.

MV REVIEW


The go along with the song about regret, we get the boys going through their days but drinking at night to forget. With friends, business partners, pretty girls, or alone, they quaff. Sometimes they end up at the payphone. Other times, the boys dance.

The theme is loneliness, a sense of not being able to enjoy life when she's not there with them. They play off this theme pretty well. It's also understated; there are no scenes of them screaming or breaking things. They're calling their ex after a drunken night. It's as much about missed chances as anything.



I like the different environments. While a couple of them seem fake, the rest of them are outfitted like you'd expect, and pretty convincing. They did a good job with the sets and wardrobes, and the scene transitions as well.

The dancing is done pretty well. It's nothing earth-shattering (nor should it be, in a mid-tempo tune), but they're in sync and do a fair amount of footwork. What's amusing about the dancing scene is that they return to what they were doing like nothing just happened, an interesting 4th wall nod.



Overall, this is dynamic and hi-color. As a whole, it's a pretty enjoyable experience, and words barely do it any justice. But don't take my word for it -- take a look for yourselves.

Score

MV Relevance...........8
MV Production..........9
MV Concept..............8
Album Production.....8
Album Concept.........8
Tracklisting...............8

OVERALL................8.3


SEE ALSO: Highlight reveal carefree 'smile version' of 'Calling You' MV

  1. Highlight
  2. calling you


ccole95 Thursday, June 1, 2017

i agree with the score, calling you and sleep tight wasn't intended to outshine pdbs and it's still beautiful but they were both great additions nonetheless. I really loved sleep tight though, i could listen to yoseob belt out his vocals all day

fantasticlau Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The MV is really nicely done I'm in love with it. The song too! For the first time I agree with the score given.

Max_South fantasticlau Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Who is the model puffy lips lad? I like him, as well as the puppy-eyes lad and the leader. :)

fantasticlau Max_South Thursday, June 1, 2017

Puffy lips lad is Kikwang. Puppy eyes lad, I believe you're talking about the main vocal, Yoseob. And the leader is Doojoon the one with his coworkers :)

Max_South fantasticlau Thursday, June 1, 2017

I my gosh, they are just too sexy. :) I wonder if there is a fan site with a collection of their in-depth interviews somewhere. Because otherwise I can only see the stupid variety shows that are cute and funny, but are superficial and mainly useless if I want to know the lads. Did not stumble upon something like that?

fantasticlau Max_South Friday, June 2, 2017

I actually don't know much about fan sites. I've read some sincere interviews and such, but I didn't save the links unfortunately. (I'm not really a fan, but I love this group and have mad respect for them) But you can research their history if you want to learn more about them, they are one of the groups that started from the bottom, all of the members were rejected trainees from other companies so they used to be called a recycled group. 2016 was a milestone for them. They lost one member and their contracts have expired but they didn't just disband, instead they started all over again because they really care about music and you can see they're so sincere with it. Other than that their variety skills are also great of course lol.

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