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[Album & MV Review] I.O.I - 'Chrysalis'

By eric_r_wirsing   Friday, May 20, 2016   14,382   817   0



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Track List:

1. I.O.I (Intro)
2. Dream Girls
3. Knock Knock Knock
4. Doo Wap
5. Crush
6. When the Cherry Blossoms Fade
7. Pick Me

On the heels of their debut single "Crush," I.O.I has just dropped their first mini-album. The rookie band has emerged from it's 'Chrysalis.' The official story is that the songs were selected by the members, but a controversy over the authorship of the title track makes you wonder

The title track is "Dream Girls" and, yeah, it's not that hot. I like some parts of the song, and that's the problem, it sounds like a patchwork of unfinished tunes. Sometimes that works -- but not here. Frankly, I'm not that annoyed about the alleged nepotism that produced this tune, because it's not like Famousbro doesn't have other songs to his credit (Jessi's "Excessive Love," frex). He's not wet behind the ears. Imagine this: you're friends with Shinsadong Tiger, and over a game of pool you casually ask him if he'd whip up a song for your rookie idol group. How is that different? I just wish they would have been more honest and mentioned it upfront.

"Crush" is the pre-release single which I've already reviewed. "Pick Me" is a cover from the show, and, sadly, the most interesting part of the song is when they're *not* singing, as I find the chorus to be terribly repetitive (plus the juicy EDM elements). The high points of the album are the songs that aren't as high profile, like "Knock Knock Knock" and "When the Cherry Blossoms Fade." They're low-key, mid-tempo, and ultimately pretty pop tunes. They're not amazing, but they work better than the others.

The album is remarkably free of ballads. While I think it would be interesting to hear them tackle that format, I much prefer a faster-paced listen. Something that comes in like a lion. Unfortunately, this disc isn't quite there yet. There's nothing that stands out here, and that's not a good thing. When it's not a mess, it's just forgettable. And believe me, "Crush" got my hopes up.


If the album was only so-so, what about the MV?

The good news is that it's a lot of fun. The girls try their hand at everything from climbing to cake decorating and fail -- badly. I started to get a little angry, as the helpless damsel thing is extremely outdated and so not cool. But then, with a little motivation, they get right back into the game and kill it.

It's not only empowering to watch, but the MV has a good takeaway as well. I like the twist at the end. When I watched it again, I was able to laugh at their foibles and really enjoy it. Not only that, the girls are in fine form, dancing and grinning for all they're worth. Highly enjoyable, and a good entry for a proper debut.

Minor quibble: they couldn't find an opponent for the fencing scene?


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Taejoo80 Sunday, May 29, 2016

10 over 10I like track number 6 the most

Zeith576 Saturday, May 21, 2016

any fans want to join IOI line fan group?add : luffylovetori

Sam_Rocky Friday, May 20, 2016

Poor reviews to be honest.

sototallyrandom Friday, May 20, 2016

To be honest I really like Knock Knock Knock and When The Cherry Blossoms Fade, but Dream Girls didn't do justice to these girls. It's a so-so debut title song for such a trending girl group. Hopefully the next mini-album will be a lot better. Wish they just debuted with Crush. XD

michinpabo Friday, May 20, 2016

For something that basically got whipped up in about a month, it's pretty good. I'm amazed that they got all that done when they were also doing all those CFs and appearances.

i_am_diffrent Friday, May 20, 2016

10/10 and can't wait for next album~ 😁

crazy_parrot Friday, May 20, 2016

I enjoyed watching the MV  but  why do they always sound the same way like their other songs? I find it boring. My bias will always be So Hye. i find her so pretty and very likable. I hope she gets to have a chance in acting because that is her dream.

nami_chan Friday, May 20, 2016

I love them but their album is a 7 and that's a lot, it could has been better.

BigBlueagain Friday, May 20, 2016

A pretty spot on review with a WAY too generous score for a generic album from a temporary group. Yup, that about sums it up.

SHINeeSLAYhaterS BigBlueagain Friday, May 20, 2016

its funny how they gave taemin an 8.3. Reboot by the wonder girls got 8.5. but that cell phone video mv with pink body suits got 8.0 lmao

kpoplover308 Friday, May 20, 2016

Anyone notice how some members are constantly at the centre and other are at the sides. Sometimes when some girls on the outskirts starts singing the camera pans immediately to another girl. I've been noticing this a lot with that Starship girl.

JuLeeA kpoplover308 Friday, May 20, 2016

Im not sure, but was that not depending on which place in the final they ranked? The members who ranked higher stand in the center and get more screentime than the others who ranked lower?

kpoplover308 JuLeeA Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Also apparently that starship girl's name wasn't even on the album or something.

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