Favorite Track: Dangerous
Final Score: 4/10
Pre-released Singles ~
Be My Shine is synth heavy, it really doesn't need as much as it has the ostinato pattern either fades away into the backdrop or just gets annoying depending on how you listen. It doesn't change position, it doesn't spatialize, it's just there. Other than that the song is lovely and bright, it has a nice energy from the Melody alone and the beat lends it a feel of urgency. The synths are great in the bridge, but only if you haven't grown to hate them by then.
Dance Dance Dance, as I've said before, is one of the few fusions of cute energy and vibrant power that Boyfriend is likely capable of putting out. There's only a very fine line to walk between the two concepts and they've tried and failed a few times, but they've also hit it right on the mark a few times too. This leans a bit towards using the dance-y synths to push an infusion of energy, but still.
My Lady is sweet and energetic, very suitable for a drama OST or general BGM. It has good shape, but no spark to keep me listening as it progresses.
Hitomi no Melody is a sweet, soft-toned song, even with the introduction of heavy bass. Prototypical of boyfriend, and nothing unique in the world of cutesy boybands.
I give them a 4/10: Meh, Not Bad
Album Originals ~
Code Name; Spy Get Love is a cool intro song, very dramatic. Totally misleading though, there's nothing in the rest of the album to justify it being the 1st track. Even Dangerous & Supernatrual are nothing like it. I LOVE it and there SHOULD be many more tracks like this on future Boyfriend releases. It's still a bit rough, because they've never done anything like it before, but it still has solid energy and melodic movement. A little too much autotune, and a little too much synth overlay, but still pretty good.
First Kiss starts off cool and quirky. It jumps pretty quickly into fairly typical cute-group music and the vamp it samples is a) way over used, and b) totally not suitable for this song. The chorus is lovely and light, but without the rest of the song pulling it's own weight, it falls fairly flat.
Party Plane is nice and bright. It's elegantly built, the transitions are lovely, and it's fabulously catchy. As a whole it has a great energy and it moves well. The bridge seems pretty unnecessary, but it's a cute bit of Engrish. The last few choruses build nicely and the ending comes up with expectations, but it ends on an upbeat, not a downbeat, so it only gets half points.
Supernatural is what I've wanted ever since their water floor teaser way back when. Boyfriend, their cute concept aside, are really good at this sort of aggressive thing. I'd love it if more 'flowerboy' groups went for an aggressive angle. You don't have to be stereotypically manly to have some powerful moves. The song itself is only okay, it's not very well balanced, but I like it conceptually.
Dangerous has some more dramatic elements in it. This is the sort of song I want to hear more of from Boyfriend, they're good at it. There's still the higher pitched aspect that trends towards cutesy, but there's an undercurrent of anxiety and energy that they could really utilize more.
My I is cute, very energetic. Catchy and melodically vibrant, it moves very well.The transitions float lightly together and the piano gives it a chipper and elegant vibe. It's definitely a great song.
Waikiki sounds like a wintertime beach vacation, it has elements of Christmas music and elements of beach-y fluff. It seems like its trying to be too many different things at once, because there's also elements of summer-time relaxation jam and summer-time party-anthem. I like the pitch-bending in the bass, but it doesn't actually feel necessary, it's just a bit neat.
I give them a 4/10: Meh, Not Bad.
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