HALO -- HAPPY DAY (2nd mini album)
3. Shoot Away
5. We're sunny
HALO is back to bring you a 'Happy Day' with their 2nd mini-album. Their concept, this time around, is bright and ecstatic. With cheerful imagery and upbeat, uptempo songs, it looks like they've succeeded.
Right away everything about this album tells it's going to be bright and happy, and the first track holds to that. "Popcorn" is a bright, cheery track. If not quite a club banger, it hews closely to that label with big beats. But a jangly guitar and upbeat chorus make it more characteristic of a jam band. This makes it a lot of fun to listen to. The hook "I'll tell you something" is pure gold, and a breakneck rap just completes the awesome.
The title track "Mariya" is even more effervescent and enthusiastic than the title track. The chorus is a strong one, as well as its strong point. This one more closely resembles pop, and it's a cute love song. Inhaeng's rapping isn't as sick on this track. It's serviceable, and that's about it. The nonsense words after the chorus ("ppippappa rariya") are extremely hooky.
I like the energy on this album. The rapping takes center stage in this tune. Inhaeng gets two verses, not to mention the first verse. We go back to the jam band sound that I enjoy a lot. This is very much a summer song, and is probably better than the title track, IMHO. This song has me thinking about beaches and volleyball.
The rest of the songs are calmer. Not ballads by any stretch of the imagination, but they're quieter and not quite as ebullient as the first three tunes. But none of them are bad at all. I'm not as blown away as I could be, but I was pretty happy with the overall result. Listening to this made for a pretty happy day, actually.
The MV is funny. Exceedingly low budget, but funny. First off, it's funny how they try to camouflage that they're basically in a tiny room, and that's as good as it's going to get. The second way it's funny is more intentional, with corny special effects and bait and switch tactics, where a scene might not be how it appears at first.
The dancing is more adorable than skillful. Jumping in place together or standing around while one guy bends his knees some does not constitute choreography. It is, however, entertaining to watch. They look like they're having a good time, and I'm all good with that.
It's fun song married to a fun MV. It probably didn't take a lot of money to make, but it made me laugh. I enjoyed myself, and you probably will too.