TWICE – TWICETAGRAM
3. MISSING U
6. DING DONG
8. Look at Me
10. LOVE LINE
11. DON`T GIVE UP
12. You In My Heart
13. Sleep Tight, Good Night
TWICE is back for their second anniversary! To celebrate, they've released their first-ever full album 'TWICEtagram!' The title is a portmanteau of their name + Instagram. Judging by their past output, this might be something special.
The album starts off with the title track. I was all prepared to hate it, the title conjuring earworms of Red Velvet's "Rookie." Instead, I am pleasantly surprised. "Likey" is a really hot jam, and I'm pumped to hear the rest of the album. "Turtle" slows it way down, with a pretty acoustic guitar jam. This tune should silence any haters who say they can't sing.
"24/7" starts out sounding like a mature track. I love the vocals in the main verses. The chorus is a surprise, and it has some of those girl power chants popular nowadays, not to mention that stop-start rhythm I heart so much, as well as some cute raps. "Look At Me" is a high-energy upbeat track (few tracks by TWICE aren't), but this has its own identity. It's a great bop. "Rollin'" is a hip-hop track, with some great choruses, and a funky beat. Is it great rapping? No, but it's definitely adorable.
The LP actually exceeded my expectations. And one of the things I like is that it didn't go too far astray from their concept, but still, the producers weren't afraid to experiment. And it worked in most places. This is probably one of their best and most ambitious projects to date. You'll be listening to this one more than twice.
Filmed entirely in Vancouver, Canada, we have veritable travel vlog of gorgeous and interesting sites. Inside the SkyTrain, the Stanley Park Seawall, the Gastown steam clock, and a couple retro gas pumps at Steveston's gas station. Aside from that, we have the usual assortments of the hoods of cars and alleyways, but there's enough going on where it's never dull.
Since I'm not a Canadian native, I don't know everywhere they visited, but day or night it makes for absolutely stunning scenery. Who knew a cityscape could be that interesting? But put the nine girls of TWICE in there, and it becomes a serious place for a Once's bucket list.
The dancing ranged from okay to good. Sometimes, it seemed like they were just doing their own thing and having a good time. Other times they'd drop right into formation and start doing the moves. Some of the moves, as I said, were less than inspiring (like the hips back and forth). Everything else was on point.
At the end of the video, we have a super-cute nod to the whole point of the song, coaxing a like on social media from a crush. For some reason, I found myself smiling. This MV is fun from the first second to the last. There's a reason it's racking up all these views: it's getting the attention it deserves. The MV might well be even better than the song.