[아주 작은 Review] GFriend / HALO / (G)I-DLE / Cross Gene

So! May is starting off very slowly, although we all are aware how many big names are about to strike the charts again (Crush is already on top of MelOn as I write this post), but nonetheless!

I took a short break from everything for a week due to family issues, and will soon take another one for my upcoming trip to Indonesia, where I’ll be attending NU’EST W concert Double You in Jakarta (which is a part of their Asian tour). I’ll try to compile a vlog of all of my movements there, so I’m looking forward to it as well (lol)

Back to 아주 작은 Review, today I have another quartet of artists to talk about: GFriend, HALO, (G)I-DLE and Cross Gene.


GFriend – Time For The Moon Night

Release date: April 30, 2018

What’s interesting about this song:

GFriend are changing their sound again, and this time, I don’t feel disappointed, but I’d still need time to get used to it. One thing I can tell for sure, it’s very filled with anime opening vibes, and it’s been a while since I’ve heard a song that can 100% work as one (other songs that I usually put in that category suit the theme for less than 100% (maybe 90 only), honestly speaking). The instrumentals are complex and overlaying with each other, so it’s okay if you find it a bit hard to absorb at first! The vocals got even more solid, and it’s nice to see the girls constantly improving their skills. The choreography is probably their hardest one as of now.

𝓡𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰 – 8 out of 10


HALO – O.M.G.

Release date: April 30, 2018

What’s interesting about this song:

I’m not familiar with HALO; I only saw them performing live once during K-Wave 2, and I did a quick search on their music. I remember only not being that impressed with what they had at that time, so I wasn’t really expecting much, but they surprised me this time. The song goes retro funky, with very, very interesting choreography that demands flexible hands and lots of handwork (almost at the level of iconic Super Junior Sorry Sorry dance break). O.M.G. is funky and energetic, but, like I said, the highlight here is definitely the choreography.

𝓡𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰 – 9 out of 10


(G)I-DLE – Latata

Release date: May 2, 2018

What’s interesting about this song:

Wow, another pretty solid debut here! Although at first I wasn’t really sure that going Tropical house-ish way was a good choice (but then, Cube stated that the song is in “Moombahton Trap”, but honestly, it is much different from Tropical House? Somebody please enlighten me~), but the solid voices and unique vocals tones compensated me that slight disappointment. I’m already interested in hearing more from member Yuqi, she has a voice deeper than you’d expect from a vocalist, and I’m incredibly hooked in. For me, despite the song being in overused genre, it’s still a solid debut. My only hope is that Cube don’t overuse Jeon Soyeon’s image to keep the group on float, because all members have that charisma, and it really stood out to me in the song.

𝓡𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰 – 9 out of 10


Cross Gene – Dystopia

Release date: April 30, 2018

What’s interesting about this song:

Another favorite boy group of mine that desperately needs to get recognized for their skills, visuals and solid discography. Ahead of their main comeback, which will take place on May 8, here’s their pre-release track called Dystopia, AND GOD DAMN YOU Amuse, why is it not the title track??? It’s a perfect fusion of traditional and pop, and could serve as a perfect epic fantasy soundtrack. I love EVERYTHING about this song, from instrumentals, to vocals, to lyrics, to harmonies! I’m not sure how I will like or dislike the title track, since it’s gonna be in, again, tropical house genre. I’m very conflicted about this comeback. But aside from that, I 120607% love this pre-release track. A solid addition to Cross Gene’s wonderful discography that is very, extremely underrated.

𝓡𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰 – 10 out of 10

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