WANNA ONE – 0+1=1 (I PROMISE YOU)
4. WE ARE
5. Day By Day
6. I'll Remember
7. I.P.U (Propose ver.)
Wanna One has released their newest EP, 'I PROMISE YOU.' The band may be dogged by a hot mic controversy, but that hasn't stopped "BOOMERANG" and "I.P.U." from shooting to number one on Melon, Bugs, Mnet, Naver, and Soribada. So how does the rest of the EP stack up?
"GOLD" is what they chose to kick off the album with. It's not a bad choice at all, but somehow it felt like a finisher, with those epic held notes in the chorus. But there was enough going on here to set the tone for the rest of the EP. Do I like it? You betcha. Short for "I promise you," "I.P.U." starts out quietly, but quickly builds into explosive notes in the chorus and becomes a pretty good pounding club-banger. It's their special theme track, released ahead of the mini-album. I like how this developed plenty of energy, and the chorus is bold and loud. A superb bop.
"WE ARE" continues the high energy theme, but this time in a more controlled manner. It's a good pop tune, with nice hooks and some staccato that I heart. I also like the synth washes during the bridge. They slow it down a little with "Day By Day." This is more of an R&B tinged tune than the others, with a good chorus and a cool, smooth feel to it. I like it, particularly with the raps thrown in there for good measure.
This is a really top-notch album. Well-packaged and the ballad-to-banger ratio is exactly right. There was a lot to love about this one, and I was jamming along to nearly every tune. Catchy, danceable, and just right for spring, Wannables are gonna want to snatch this one up. I promise U it's that good.
Plenty of things here don't add up to a coherent narrative. From holding cassette taps, to "boy in the box" shots of the group dancing, to Kang Daniel dodging arrows fired at him (before actually grabbing one out of the air), there's a lot going on. Along with strange environments and rain that falls upward, it's an odd duck.
The dancing was intense, though. Punches aimed at the camera, arm flails, drops, and dips, it was almost violent. But totally hypnotic. The choreo was the bomb and these guys brought everything they had to the dance shots.
Still, as confused as I was, I can't deny that this was an awesome video. There was no time to get bored as they moved from scene to scene, sometimes starting them in media res. I was duly impressed, and it made me keep watching. It was certainly exciting, and I have to give this MV my enthusiastic yes.