TWICE – MERRY & HAPPY
1. Heart Shaker
2. Merry & Happy
5. MISSING U
8. Look at Me
10. LOVE LINE
11. DON'T GIVE UP
12. You in My Heart
13. Sleep Tight, Goodnight
TWICE is back, this time with the repackage album of 'Twicetagram' released in November. The new album is called 'Merry & Happy,' and contains all the tracks from the original album, plus two brand new songs. As the original has already been reviewed (see here), this review will cover the two new singles.
"Heart Shaker" is the title track for the repackage, and the first song we'll concern ourselves with. Starting with the xylophone riff that accompanied Samantha's magic-making nose-wiggle in the old 'Bewitched' TV show, and containing chants and easy hooks, this is a fantastic song for the holiday season. Eschewing a more traditional ballad, the girls ring in the holidays with this upbeat jam.
"Merry & Happy" has more of the traditional sounds we associate with Christmas, light and happy strings and bells. It's simple, cute and really catchy. I always like to hear new Christmas tunes, rather than the same songs over and over, and this is a worthy addition to the holiday canon.
So, is it worth it? Well, if you haven't guessed yet, I like TWICE. Not every song, but these two tunes are a lot of fun. And if you haven't picked up 'Twicetagram,' then the repackage is for you.
The MV pretty much cements TWICE's title as queens of aegyo, and there is enough of it in here to make even the Grinch crack a smile. There are hearts galore, hearts made with their hands, and hearts framing the shots. The transitions are really well done, as we move from set to set, and everything moves like we're traveling there through heart-shaped portals (rendered with some sweet CGI)
The dancing is okay, though as I said they're more concerned with projecting an adorable image than wowing us with dance moves. However, they are animated and bright and cheery as they hop and throw their arms up. They don't do a bad job, and it is fun to watch.
The sets themselves are bright-hued and happy. And while every set is obviously a soundstage, they don't let that stop them, even dancing "outside" while glowing "snow" falls all around. The MV ends as just about every TWICE MV should end, with the band posing outside, kneeling or standing.
And you know what? Warts and all, the song and the MV together make this a really awesome package. It's the holidays, and what better way to celebrate?