SPICA – SECRET TIME
1. Secret Time
2. One Way
3. Secret Time (Inst.)
Debuting in 2012, SPICA has been cranking out hit after hit since ever since. Known for singles such as "You Got Lucky," they signed with CJ E&M most recently and this is their first comeback in two years.
The first thing you notice about "Secret Time" other than the R&B stylings is the vocals. Undeniably these girls are vocal powerhouses, particularly Bohyung. There are pretty harmonies and soaring vox galore on this track, and I love that. The lead-in to the chorus is fantastic, and the payoff is true gold. It's funky and danceable, and the girls pack a lot of power into this catchy tune.
"One Way" sort of goes the other way. After the extremely upbeat "Secret Time," this ballad calms things down some. It's not a bad tune and doesn't sound as jarring as you might think. Again, the girls' pipes really get a workout here, and I love the emotion they can inject into a line. There's some genuine sounding pleading during the chorus, and it really makes this a joy to listen to.
Both these tracks put together make for a solid single album, even if super short. These girls are exceptionally talented and deserve more love than they get. I definitely like
SPICA submits an entry to the "make an innocent video out of a not-so-innocent song" contest.
The song "Secret Time" is about an intimate encounter, but the MV is more about a secret party. The girls close up shop and proceed to live it up, with roller skates, glitter, dancing, sparklers, and all that. Of course, a spider upsets their plans, so they banish it with bubble guns.
Everything about this MV screams fun. There's no hidden subtext here or any of that -- just a good time. The girls move well, and the dancing is pretty good, though we don't get to see that much of it. The transition to a party area was well done -- it actually looks like there's some room in there, so maybe they found a real roller rink or something akin to it.
Yeah, I was laughing through most of this. It's cute and not serious at all, but still an enjoyable time.