Next up on the reviewing block is MIRAE’s first comeback, Splash, which occurred at the end of August of this year. This comeback follows their debut with KILLA (the title of both their debut single and debut mini-album, the latter has not been reviewed).
When I sit down to compare Splash with KILLA, I am left disappointed. You would hope that the first comeback following debut would be better than the debut track (regardless of how good the debut track was). But with Splash, it seems like the opposite is happening. While Splash does line up well with KILLA in the sense that it is an intense and edgy EDM track, Splash feels very plain and boring in comparison. The instrumentation isn’t exciting where it needs to be (i.e. the chorus) and leaves you wanting a whole heap more. It isn’t as bombastic or epic as KILLA was. I am not too sure whether we can blame the hip-hop influence being the main cause of the generic nature of the song, but I feel like past experience says that is the case. The vocals and rapping fair a bit better, as they members really tried to drive up the dynamic nature of the song. The rapping, particularly in the first verse and the bridge, was quite impressive. The vocals did suffer from the generic nature of the song, with the melodies being quite plain and unoriginal. But that being said, the members were pretty clear and were definitely at the forefront of the song. Other than that, I don’t much else to about Splash. It is a step backwards and I hope that their future comeback is able to make up for this.
I think the music video was the strongest aspect of this comeback. The budget and post-production (i.e. that big wave, which makes sense with a song titled Splash, though I feel a capitalised stylisation would have been more suitable as that wave would only lead to a big SPLASH) really gave the video that wow factor that I am usually after, while the sets and the outfits worn by the members really emphasised the edgy factor from the song.
I like how powerful their routine is. It isn’t the most memorable choreography this year, but I liked their intense energy and stage presence. I thought the dance break was pretty cool. It doesn’t seem like much, but it was the highlight of the performance for me.
Song – 6/10
Music Video – 8.5/10
Performance – 7.5/10
Overall Rating – 7.1/10