GOT7 – EYES ON YOU
1. One And Only You (Feat. Hyorin)
3. The Reason
5. Thank You
7. Look (Inst.) (CD ONLY)
GOT7 has their 'Eyes on You' with the release of their eighth mini-album. This thing has only been out for two days and it's already slaying the charts. According to Naver, the EP is #1 on iTunes charts in 20 countries: Brazil, Brunei, Chile, El Salvador, Finland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
"One And Only You" is the pre-release track they dropped ahead of 'Eyes on You.' Featuring the lovely and talented Hyorin (ex-SISTAR), it's an odd bird. It's playful and lively, with down-pitched voices, and several different melodies and time changes. It's not terrible, just takes a little getting used to. Their title track is "Look," featuring Youngjae and Yugyeom's signature high notes. I like this, with raps and a catchy-as-all-get-out chorus. I also heart some of those synth flourishes. Definitely has some punch.
"The Reason" is a slower tune, soft pop with occasional harder flourishes. The vocals soar all over this one. The raps are more matter-of-fact here like they're telling a story in a casual setting. It's a soothing listen.
"Hesitate" is another slow one, this time in a different vein. It has some things in common with ballads, and the boys are very expressive here. It contains some seriously smooth harmonies. "Thank You" is an R&B inspired track. There's an edge to the main verses on this one, which almost makes it a banger, but the bridges slow it down. Not a fan of some of the rapping, which crosses over into singing halfway through. The final tune is "Us," which is one of those epic, high-sounding tunes, the inspirational ones that they wrap up so many K-pop albums with nowadays. And yeah, it's a beautiful tune to finish with.
It's not hard to see why this one's topped the charts. GOT7 has adopted a slower, more mature sound. And as always, with JB and other members involved in the sounds as well as the lyrics, it's more personal. They may have shed their more hip-hop side, but – as always – they do what they do well. Looking forward to the next comeback.
This MV just features some eye-popping shots, one right after the other, that keep you on the edge of your seat. There are starry nights, that explosion of anime-colored clouds from 'Your Name,' hallways filled with modern art, and gorgeous city-at-night scenes.
The dancing is quite awesome, as GOT7 dancing sequences usually are. The dips and drops, the gestures and footwork are definitely a worthwhile watch. The fact that the boys are stark against white locations helps the dancing pop even more.
And maybe a lot of it's CGI. And that's okay because what they've done here is create a sense of movement, and some awesome effects. It was hard to look away, and I'm straight. I just wanted to see what else they came up with. And that's a good thing.
And, as a bonus, here's the super-short MV for "One And Only You:"
MV SCORE: 9
ALBUM SCORE: 8.6