PARK BOM – 'RE: BLUE ROSE'
1. 4:44 (feat. Wheein of MAMAMOO)
2. Spring (Reggae ver.) (feat. Sandara Park)
3. My Lover
5. Spring (Ballad ver.)
Park Bom is back with 're: BLUE ROSE,' a repackage of her solo debut 'SPRING.' This one has one brand new track, "4:44," featuring Wheein of MAMAMOO, and the ballad and reggae versions of "Spring." It also features the other two B-sides, in case you were wondering.
"4:44" has MAMAMOO's Wheein, and gives off a lot of same vibes as the original version of "Spring" There's a gravitas there, and it's not a happy song. It doesn't have the seasonal theme, either, but it's a breakup song with all that entails. I like it, though, mainly because of the two gals that lend their vocals to it. Wheein's softer voice meshes well with Bom's bombastic style.
I think I like the reggae version of "Spring" more than the original. This one has more of a beat than the old one. And we still get treated to Sandara Park's part. I have no problem with that. I suspect that it's still the exact same vocal track, though.
Spring's ballad version is different. They re-recorded the vocals for this one, and that's where Bom gets to shine. She has a range here, from husky tender parts to belts. The thing I like about this is that it's all her from beginning to end. She doesn't scream to be heard over the music like in other ballads I've heard, and the denouement is a gentle one.
This is a pretty solid re-issue. I still ask why, but at least we're treated to something more than a couple B-sides that didn't make it on the original release. "4:44" is a bop. And if you're looking for something more upbeat, we still have "Shameful." I wasn't sure what I expected out of this one, but it least it left me with some good vibes.
The MV for this one starts out with a blue theme, to match Bom's bluesy delivery on this one. We're treated to various other colors, from red to orange, but her boots are blue, an unnatural, must-be-enhanced color of blue.
The blue theme continues through the video, from lighting to set design, and even props, as in some scenes Wheein is in a jacuzzi, hooked up to an IV, and the tubing is all bright blue. Whether she's blowing out candles on a birthday cake or having smoke enter her mouth, everything's blue. Even Bom's microphone stand matches her boots.
But they don't stop there. There are individual shots of a gal wrapping herself in blue, and "glitch shots" of band members that change color. One of things I like is the spring sky behind Bom. Even that's blue, but it gives a slight sense of hope to the whole thing.
I like this. I wasn't sure what they could do to make this interesting, so they've gone the more literal route. Which definitely sets the mood. I'd like to know why Wheein's trapped inside while Bom gets to be out in the open air, but that's something for fan theories, no doubt. Yeah, I definitely enjoyed this.
MV SCORE: 8.3
ALBUM SCORE: 8.0