[Review] Crystal Ball – PURPLEBECK

Yesterday and today, I have covered debuts that I have missed back in May and onwards. I am determined to get out as many reviews for newly debut groups as possible before the weekend. So,  we will continue the release of reviews for these new groups. This one is a little more recent as it occurred early last week (24th of June). PURPLEBECK is a 5-member female group consisting of Yeowool, Mini, La Yeon, Yerim and Seyeon. They are currently under Majesty Entertainment and made their debut with Crystal Ball.

I have noticed that the majority of releases from new girl groups from smaller companies always end up falling into two categories if they choose the upbeat route: Cutesy or generic. Listening to the song, Crystal Ball doesn’t fit any of the two categories. So there is a level of uniqueness with their vocally driven debut track. The instrumental is rather typical, with a bright sound. But managing to get the song to shine so brightly are the vocals of the group. I was blown away the first time I listened to the track. While that feeling has simmered down, the vocals managed to deliver energy and intensities, which I think makes this track memorable. While I really like the harmonies and catchiness that comes from the chorus, the pre-chorus is probably my favourite bit. If I were to criticise the track in any way, I think the rapping could have been a little more interesting. If they managed to go a little harder during the rap section (which would better utilise the rapper’s voice), the song could have been perfect to me.

I have to admit, I did not expect such a bright song for a group were very edgy clothing. I was expecting something a lot darker and serious tone with their outfits, so things were surprising as they progressed. The start of the music video showed a very interesting sequence. A table set up in the middle of nowhere and 5 girls are sitting around the table. A strange clock starts ringing on the table and they all run away in different directions. While acting all bright and happy, the members end up finding red crystal balls, which they bring back to the table (which is now situated within a set). I find the concept to be very intriguing but it also seems to be an odd pairing. I think the concept would have been better suited with a more serious dance track that allows the mysterious vibes to be harnessed to their full potential.

There is a playful vibe to the choreography, which I quite liked. This compliments the fun vibes the song had. Overall, I thought it wasn’t too bad. The first chorus contained a little bit of Michael Jackson, which looked good.

Song – 9/10
Music Video – 7/10
Performance – 7/10
Overall Rating – 8/10

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