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Posted by eric_r_wirsing AKP STAFF Friday, June 9, 2017

[MV & Album Review] DAY6 -- 'Sunrise'



Track List:

1. Lean On Me
2. I Smile
3. Man in a movie
4. I Wait
5. How Can I Say
6. Letting Go (Rebooted Ver.)
7. I Would
8. It's Winter
9. I'm Serious
10. Say Wow
12. My Day
13. You Were Beautiful
14. Congratulations (Final Ver.)

DAY6 has finally dropped their first full album, "Sunrise!" This compilation contains all the tunes from the "EveryDay6" project (even the B-sides from their monthly releases). Not only that, but they include remixes of "Letting Go" and "Congratulations," as well as two brand new releases "Lean on Me" and the new title track "I Smile."

"Lean On Me" takes a bit to warm up. It starts out promising and then goes slow after the intro. Thankfully, it acquires a galloping guitar and gains some energy again. The overall effect is a pensive guy who gets all excited. You can just hear him standing up and shaking the girl. It's got some nice time changes and a sweet bridge toward the end. It's an okay tune.

The title track "I Smile" is quieter overall. It's kind of a soft rock tune. Young K, Sungjin and Wonpil contribute a lion's share of falsetto to the track, which is a bit grating overall. It contrasts a bit with Jae's vocals in the chorus, which are earnest and high without hitting falsetto. It's not bad, but I like "Lean On Me" better. 

"Letting Go (Rebooted Ver.)" is the remake of last year's track of the same name. Basically, they re-recorded some vocals, replacing Junhyuk's parts. Not only that, but they made it harder, with a pounding beat and thrumming bass behind the main verses, and the chorus has a much heavier and crunchier guitar. Between the two of them, I prefer this one, because I'd rather rock hard than chill.  

"Congratulations (Final Ver.)" kinda does the same shtick as the "Letting Go" reboot, except it's not changed nearly as much. Re-recorded vocal tracks, and a crunchier guitar, along with a strong drum beat overall. They do a decent job with it, though, like the other one, I have to ask why bother? Just forge on as a band, respect the old material, and embrace any new sound that comes out of the loss of a member.

My Days should be happy. Not only do you get a lot of their old material in one place, you also essentially get four new songs (if you count the remakes). That's more than what you'd get normally from one of their monthly singles. Is it worth your time and money? Well, you can judge for yourself, but I, for one, still find their output enjoyable.


The MV is an interesting one, because it starts out a bit sad, with looks of desperate longing on the faces of the participants. But by the end, it more mirrors the title, seeing the actors glowingly smile.

It's a simple conceit, but an effective one, as we can see the boys onstage, and the girl's at the party they're playing at. The girl, of course, looks longingly at the stage, obviously not quite present in the moment. But it doesn't end there, as we see some simply gorgeous scenes where the girl and guys walk through sunny fields, and the views are sometimes expansive and majestic, and overall pretty.

No, there's no dancing, and all the performance scenes are pretty thin because the MV's not about that. It's about the guys in thoughtful poses, and the girl doing the same, walking, lost in her thoughts. The wardrobe is pretty decent, for the most part casual, and nothing eye-popping good or bad.

Still, it's pretty well-filmed. What it lacks in some more traditional areas, it makes up for by being fun to watch. The scenes are fairly artistic for all that, and the natural attractiveness of the girl and the band help this MV a lot. If you're a fan of the band, well, you're in for a treat. No boy in a box MV this time around. Nice job.


MV Relevance...........8
MV Production..........8
MV Concept..............8

Album Production.....8
Album Concept.........8


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