Sorry about the double up on album reviews today. I thought I had already published Winner’s album review last night, but I guess I got distracted. Despite already publishing one album review today, I have decided to publish a second album (the usual Sunday album review release) to keep on track and not impact the upcoming release of reviews this week. The focus of this second album review will be on Oh My Girl, who recently returned with their most successful comeback yet, Nonstop. Both the album and title track shared the name, Nonstop. The album also features four other tracks, so let’s dive into the album to see it can be replayed nonstop.
1. Nonstop (살짝 설렜어) (Title Track) – Click here for the full review of Nonstop. (9/10)
2. Dolphin – If you have been following my Weekly KPOP Charts segment, you may notice that I have been mentioning this song over the last few weeks. Dolphin has fast become my favourite side-track of the year. It is extremely addictive, catchy and fun sounding. I also liked the light tone that the members adopted for the song. I thought it contrasted nicely with the relatively deep thumping and instrumentation that featured in the song. Per usual, I would have pointed out that consistency could have been an issue with this song. After all, this whole song is built on repetition. But I thought that adding that trap influence to the final part of song was quite clever and avoided me drawing the consistency red card. (10/10)
3. Flower Tea (꽃차) – Flower Tea is a ballad. No surprises there, as the title felt like it was going to be a ballad. While the main suspects in the instrumental are those classical associated instruments, the chorus seems to pick up a slight jazzy vibe, which I thought were very nice. It is a very soothing ballad and it shows off the member’s vocals really nicely. When I listen to the song, I feel like I am sitting in front of a warm fireplace as the song gives off that warm feeling. I just don’t find this song all that memorable. I just find Flower Tea to be the type of song that I would be happy to listen to this song if it pops up on my playlist, but it isn’t one I would go out of my way to find, if that makes sense. (7/10)
4. NE♡N – The title of this song is pronounced exactly like the word it is trying to spell. Neon. I don’t like the love heart in the actual title of the song. It just feels cringy and alludes to that form of cutesy in KPOP that I don’t really like. One thing I am glad about NE♡N is that it doesn’t go into that cringy cutesy style. It feels like a pop track with a mild level of cutesy in it. There was a good beat and the instrumental seemed to be incorporated an 8-bit type of feel. Part of me wants to say this song was very retro, but it also feels very contemporary. I also liked their vocals in this song, which was the usual Oh My Girl style. I must say that this song is more suited for when Oh My Girl had that young girl image. It suited them then and feels a little displaced in this more mature limelight. But it was still good nonetheless. (8.5/10)
5. Krystal – The melody of Krystal really stood out to me. It reminds me of BoA’s old tracks. It has that throwback type of vibe, which helps it become another strong song in my books and on this album, which helps end the album on a good note. If you can somehow replicate that same vibe as the Queen of KPOP and yet make the song your own, you are doing something right. I liked how the producers linked the overall sound of the song to the title. To me, it truly felt like the percussion and synths all came together to become a crystal that is glimmering and shining in the light. I also liked how light the vocals in the song were as well. But yet it was very different to the light vocals we got in Dolphin. In this song, the vocals felt warmer and sweeter. (9/10)
Overall Album Rating – 8.7/10