COSMIC GIRLS – DREAM YOUR DREAM
1. Dreams Come True
2. Love O'Clock
4. Starry Moment
6. Dreams Come True (Chinese ver.)
Fans of Cosmic Girls, your dreams have come true. They have just dropped their 4th mini-album 'Dream Your Dream.' This is probably one of the more involved comebacks for the Cosmic Girls. They split into three subunits for this one: The Carrier unit (Eunseo, Yeoreum, Dayoung and Yeonjung); the Imposter unit (Xuan Yi, Exy, Soobin and Cheng Xiao); and the Dream unit (SeolA, Bona, Luda, Dawon and Mei Qi). The concept itself is a wizard school.
Starting with a rockin' intro, "Dreams Come True" doesn't waste any time getting to the sweet vocals. The girls have grown by leaps and bounds, and this song is a good example of this. A great banger, and catchy AF. "Love O'Clock" begins with those clockwork/music box sounds we heard in the teasers. It quickly develops into a cool bop, with some staccato in the melody, and some weirdness in between everything -- between the winding sounds and the hyperactive synths. A highly original production.
"Renaissance" is pure girl group goodness, sweet, refreshing, and more traditional than the other tracks. One of the things I like about Cosmic Girls is that the raps are short, sweet, and usually on point. "Starry Moment" is done in that cute style that Apink, April, and other such bands made popular. The girls deliver here, too. "Thawing" is soft pop and a little derivative. It's also very cutesy. It's not bad, but it needs some more originality to be great.
I'm impressed all over again. With 'Happy Moment' their songs seemed more filled out, less generic. And on this one, they've continued to build on that trend -- and turned out a kickin' title track on top of it all. And killing the Hanteo and Synnara charts is the result of hard work paying off. Nice job.
This is fairly involved, as every subunit is up to something different. One unit is learning to work magic, others are out on the street and watching the magic under an angry sky. The clouds turn red and lightning flashes, and eventually. a magic vortex opens up. Of course, the vortex absorbs the meteor impact and saves the day.
The dancing was pretty spot on. They do well for a unit of that size and use space and positioning to their advantage. The choreo isn't the best I've seen, but it's pretty damn good. The costuming is interesting as well -- they dance in light-colored costumes in the first half and then switch to dark-colored uniforms afterward.
The color scheme is odd, to say the least. I actually thought my screen was on the fritz. The blacks are replaced by blues, and the filter just makes things a little more indistinct. It takes some getting used to. But I really loved the lightning, the angry sky, and some of the shooting star and cosmic skyscape sequences -- they really went all out on those effects. Makes it look like an anime -- namely 'Kimi no Na wa.' And that anime is one of the best.
So yeah, this MV gets an unambiguous thumbs up.