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Posted by eric_r_wirsing AKP STAFF Monday, February 26, 2018

[MV & Album Review] Weki Meki – 'Lucky'

Weki Meki


WEKI MEKI – LUCKY



Track List:

1. Lucky
2. La La La
3. Iron Boy
4. Metronome
5. Color Me
6. Butterfly (2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics Special)



Weki Meki fans can consider themselves lucky -- since 'Lucky' is the title of Weki Meki's new EP! Their second mini-album has six new tracks, including a cover of "Butterfly" for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. 


"Lucky" is an intro track, with a few vocals. It's fast and fierce, and the chorus is lifted from "La La La." The too short but funky "La La La" is their title track, and really sounds like a part 2 of "Lucky." It's not a bad track, I was just hoping for something a little different from the intro. They could have positioned these tracks at the beginning and end of the album, naming them Part I and Part II and no one would have been the wiser. Still, when you listen to it you can't deny these girls have serious pipes. 

The disco-inspired "Iron Boy" sounds almost like something out of the 80s, and I love the smooth chorus and the way these girls sound together. It's also a nice comedown from the cacophonous "La La La."



"Metronome" is highly representative of what this EP sounds like -- tons of sweet R&B-tinged dance tracks. That synth line is gold on this tune. "Color Me" is really where they shine vocally. They still hold back a bit, but they have sweet voices all over this tune and some explosive parts for the vocals. 

"Butterfly" is their homage to the PyeongChang Olympics and a pre-release digital single. It's a cover of a tune from 'Take Off,' a 2009 movie about the Olympics. It's a soft, pretty tune, not to mention anthemic. They lend their trademark sweetness to the song, and Suyeon's vocal pyrotechnics during the chorus gave me chills.

This is one of those albums where the rest of the EP is at least as good than the title track. Any of these songs could be the one they promote with and I'd be impressed either way. I like the way their voices combine on the harmonies, and Suyeon really shines when she's allowed to. Catchy, and cool and smooth, what else do you need?

MV REVIEW




This is primarily a dance MV. It's got a couple costume changes, a few different angles, and some individual shots, but the basic shtick is the dance.

The funny thing is, while it appears to be filmed in different rooms, it's not. The long shots tell the tale: sometimes a different background is just a different wall in the same area. I have to hand it to them, though -- for a girl in the box video, they know how to make it look good.


That must have been some wild party...

The dancing ranges between good and mediocre. The nice thing is that they put them in mostly flat shoes. It takes a lot to make dancing in high heels look good -- and it's not always pulled off well. Here, they have the freedom to whirl and stomp without risk of falling over. They probably merit a "B" in the dancing spots.

With a crashing soundtrack, bright colors, and quick scene transitions, the MV tries to be a little more than what it actually is. There are some aegyo cuts, hearts made with the hands and so on. But for the most part, it is what it is. The nice thing is there is enough variation in the scenes to be a pretty fair video. It's not genius, but it's enough.



As a bonus, here's the one for "Butterfly." It's a behind-the-scenes MV with some cute animation.



Score


MV Relevance...........8
MV Production..........8
MV Concept..............8
MV SCORE: 8

Album Production.....9
Album Concept.........9
Tracklisting...............8
ALBUM SCORE: 8.6

OVERALL................8.3


SEE ALSO: Weki Meki's Sei to work with indie duo Ants for 'FM201.8-10Hz'

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