SEVENTEEN – YOU MAKE MY DAY
1. Oh My! *Title
3. Come to Me
4. What's Good
6. Our Dawn is Hotter than Day
Yes, Seventeen, the boy group with 13 members and 3 units, is back again with their fifth mini-album. 'You Make My Day,' with 6 brand new songs to light up your summer. This contains the single "Oh My!" which is burning up local and international charts alike.
For pure modern R&B, you can't get closer than "Oh My!" Each boy brings the magic here, and the vocals, of course, are top notch. This is one of their club-bangers, which they always do quite well. This song is a jam like all of their other bangers. And what summer would be complete without a song about a "Holiday?" This song has some tropical house beat aspects to it while changing up the melody and bringing some surprises. It's a good dance-pop and puts you in just the right mood for a holiday.
"Come to Me" by the Vocal Team is undeniably built on a tropical house beat. But for all that, it's actually quite well done. Because the melody is familiar, it gets out of the way so the boys can deliver the smoothness. And it is quite soothing, despite the pulsing beat and the backing melody. "What's Good" is probably my favorite song on here, done by the Hip Hop Team (S.Coups, Wonwoo, Mingyu and Vernon), and not because they say it is. I love the funky backing tune on here, and the hip is absolutely lit in places. Yeah, this is an awesome, playful jam.
The Performance Team's "Moonwalker" is the comedown from the unrestrained fun of "What's Good." They get back to R&B on this song, and that deep bass line is golden. This song has some parts that I'm not that much of a fan of, but the way they sing "Moonwalker" (moonwakkawakka) is adorable, and that magical bass line just hooks me. "Our Dawn is Hotter than Day" is some bright-yet-chill R&B and more uplifting than "Moonwalker." If you want a song that makes you think of the band up there on a hill as they pan away showing the whole band as well as a panoramic view, cue this one up. It's an awesome way to wrap up the EP.
One of the things I really enjoy about Seventeen is how they carve up the songs. Each team gets a song that plays to their strengths, making each tune a bop. Add a dash of that unique Seventeen charm and you have the ingredients for a good mini-album. Every song deserves its place here and should satisfy Carats til their next comeback.
Let me put it out there: The MV is not all that.
I wish it was, but it just feels low-rent at almost every other turn. The 13 boys sing about their feelings underneath the covers of a blanket fort while walking along the clouds, while eating dinner together, and even on a tropical island (obviously a soundstage). Every time they did something cool, I saw something to offset that. And that's not good.
The choreography is where they shine. While the sets are not amazing, the dancing is always where they excel. Plenty of arm and leg action, moving in sync, and at times mimic a bow being shot. It's always fun to watch expert dancers in action, so these parts are exempt from my protests.
But in some ways, I felt they could do better, particularly with the CGI we have now. I mean, it's a good song -- it just needed a better MV to go along with it.
MV SCORE: 7.0
ALBUM SCORE: 8.3