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[MV & Album Review] BTOB – 'This Is Us / Only One For Me'

By eric_r_wirsing   Monday, June 25, 2018   8,044   439   4
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BTOB – THIS IS US





Track List:

1. Call me
2. Only One For Me
3. Yeah
4. Blue Moon
5. IceBreaker – Minhyuk, Peniel, Ilhoon
6. 1, 2, 3 – Eunkwang, Changsub, Hyunsik, Sungjae
7. The Feeling



Veteran idols BTOB have just unveiled their 11th mini-album 'This Is Us.' The EP includes 7 tracks, including the title track "Only One For Me," which was co-written by Hyunsik and Eden; the same team that worked on the mega-successful "Missing You." The title track is meant as a companion piece to that one. Can they build on that success?



"Call Me" is an R&B-inspired track. It's okay, but I didn't think it hung together all that well. It's light and happy, but I wasn't as impressed with this one as I was hoping. The title track "Only One For Me" is much better packaged, with some absolutely sick raps by Ilhoon and Minhyuk. Nice attitude there, and some awesome rapid-fire flow. The chorus is nice and bold with all 7 of them singing, and features a great hook. It just contributes to my enjoyment that much more. "Yeah" has some similarities to "Call Me." You can't say that they're not consistent, I guess. It's got much more of a tropical house beat to this one, with not much to shake it up or make it original. I wanted more oomph in this one.




"Blue Moon" is a power ballad, with some interesting piano breaks. It starts with a sort of dinner piano, and then it turns into an R&B dance tune. This is highly original and fun, and I found myself easily sucked in and grooving alone. "IceBreaker" features Minhyuk, Ilhoon, and Peniel. This is a cute hip-hop tune. It's not so much sick as it is endearing. It's got a playful vibe, and I absolutely love the ending. 




The track "1, 2, 3" highlights Eunkwang, Changsub, Hyunsik, and Sungjae as balladeers. Each of these boys just hits it out of the park vocally, and there's a nice line distribution on each chorus, though Hyunsik steals the show a bit. "The Feeling" is soft pop, nice, refreshing, and billowy when it needs to be. The beat takes a bit to come in, but when it does this tune really picks up.  When they all come in on the chorus they really slay it. It is a finishing tune, and they do it well. Not bad for a pre-release track.

So the album started weakly but it more than redeemed itself in the remaining four tracks. That's not to say there aren't glorious moments here: the title track is an awesome jam, but the songs surrounding it not so much. Still, "Blue Moon," "IceBreaker," "The Feeling," and "1, 2, 3" are great bops. I just wish they'd been able to milk that groove all the way through.

MV REVIEW




The MV starts all dark and serious. The members enter a shadowy hotel sweet and sit. One of them grabs a bottle and moves to the other end. Another falls back on the bed and closes his eyes in weariness. And soon we end up on a houseboat type arrangement, complete with a car and other accouterments (that change as the MV goes). They also switch adroitly between a resort location and on the open bay.

Such a contrast between the low-energy members we see in the beginning! The BTOB on the bay parties and dances for all they're worth, while the city slumbers in the background. One thing I love is blue skies and sun. Another thing I like is the lights at night -- Yes, I like 'em both. The members are framed by some gorgeous visuals. It's simple but effective.



I enjoyed this a lot more than I was expecting – once it turned into more of a party MV than a pity-fest. They played fast and loose with the rules, but at least I got some smiles out of it.  

Score



MV Relevance...........8
MV Production..........8
MV Concept..............9
MV SCORE: 8.3

Album Production.....7
Album Concept.........8
Tracklisting...............7
ALBUM SCORE: 7.3

OVERALL................7.8



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