[Review] Jackpot – ELRIS

Now, since I have taken multiple breaks over the last few weeks, I have fallen behind in the reviews on this blog. And so, starting today, I aim to start reviewing these missed reviews (before I leave them to brew on a list for a couple of months). The first review will go to ELRIS, who recently made their comeback with their fourth mini-album and the title track, Jackpot. It has been a while since I have heard from this group. My last review for the group was back in 2018 for Summer Dream. Since then, the group returned with Miss U and added two members to their lineup just this year.

Jackpot attempts to be a playful tune that suits the group’s youthful charms. I thought it was very vibrant (notice the past tense here) and there is a slight quirkiness in the instrumental to give it that playful tone. It isn’t until I started digging into my thoughts about the song’s element that I started to realize that my intiial impressions may not be as strong as I hoped. The music was relatively plain for the pop genre and I felt the song could have been a lot more dynamic in this regard to give the song some oomph. What did give the song some dynamism were the vocals, particularly around the chorus. I liked how they provided the song with a blast of energy through their voices and melody. And as any song, the chorus was by far the strongest part of the song. The verses was hugely forgettable. I didn’t like how they relied on the rapping for the verses. Some songs/groups can execute this well. But sadly for ELRIS, it feels repetitive and this disappoints me. When the group does switch to vocals, it consistently followed up with a repetitive sounding rap sequence, and this bores me as a result. Honestly, it seems like the weaker aspects of the song outweigh the strong in this case, as opposed to what I had in mind originally.

The music video is very typical. I am trying very hard to find different things to say about the music video. But I find everything just standard. The members try to give off a cute impression while doing some everyday stuff like acting bored or speaking on the phone. This is in no way a new idea and basically every female group who have attempted the cutesy concept has done this already. The lip syncing in this video was pretty poor for current standards. Throw in pastel colours that ended up dulling the video and choreography scenes shot with ordinary camera work, I think you might understand where I am getting with this section of the review.

The opening move when they all pulled each other up looked impressive. The rest of the choreography was very ordinary as well, a definite recurring theme in this review. Nothing else is worth mentioning.

Song – 6/10
Music Video – 5/10
Performance – 6/10
Overall Rating – 5.7/10

[Review] Hurry Up – SOHEE (ELRIS) ft. BOL4

ELRIS made their debut last year with We, First and had a summer comeback with Summer Dream. Now, one of the members have branched out for solo promotions and it seems like she has brought the ‘big guns’. Sohee was a former participant on KPOP Star and was runner-up in her year of participation. Her solo debut, Hurry Up, was written by (and also features) BOL4, whom last year reached the top of their charts with their indie hits.

Right off the bat, Hurry Up doesn’t deviate from the traditional light-weight and youthful sounds that most KPOP girl groups start their careers with. It does, however, manage to stay modern with the use of its colourful and upbeat synth-based instrumental, which I personally like, as it is the what makes the song feel light. Her vocals also doesn’t step into that cutesy domain, staying at the border, which was nice. BOL4’s featuring was in the form of a rap, which I am genuinely surprised about, given their success with their vocals. Altogether, it was a rather clean song that was quite pleasant and well-balanced. Its memorability is the concern that I wish to raise. The hooks were there but they weren’t strong. Pleasant is good but the song can easily come and go and I wouldn’t bat an eye. Hence, it would be a nice addition to playlists but can easily be hidden around other tracks.

The music video is another ‘out-there’ video, which makes you question things. However, it is quite interesting to see the quirkiness, which I found to be quite cute. And the good thing is that is doesn’t go over the top. I really like the start of the choreography scene (first chorus), where she brings a completely different vibe with her outfit. I also like how the backup dancers were added to the video with the editing. It looked cool and quite unique.

The choreography was okay. I just didn’t find it that interesting while watching the live performance. Sorry for my lack of comments here.

Song – 7/10
Music Video – 8/10
Performance – 6/10
Overall Rating – 7.1/10

[Review] Summer Dream – ELRIS

ELRIS has made their return to the stage with their Summer single, Summer Dream. This is my first time reviewing a song from these ladies, so let’s get acquainted with them. ELRIS is a 5-member girl group under Hunus Entertainment, who made their debut last year in 2017, with We, First. Summer Dream is their second comeback as the girls made their first comeback in September 2017 with Pow Wow. The group consist of Sohee, Yukyung, Bella, Hyeseong and Karin.

Summer Dream is your standard KPOP cutesy track fitted well for the Summer season. It isn’t necessarily the most catchiest or memorable song out at the moment but it has a few moments that really had me interested in the song. Despite the song being ‘standard’, the song does give off APINK’s Remember vibes. That being said, the two songs are not the same. Another section which I felt was odd was the instrumental breakdown at the bridge. It doesn’t necessarily suit the cutesy vibes of the song but it manages to work well together. The girls also have really nice vocals. Throughout the song, I was drawn to the song through the vocals, especially the moments where they are singing without any instrumental playing in the background as they sound the best there. Apart from that, the ‘standard’ issue does get to you. If they managed to make the chorus more dynamic and make the hook more catchier, I think they would have a really nice song. For now, it is decent.

There really isn’t much in the video to talk about. Summer makes you think of the beach, so this is where the video is set at. It does also take a cutesy approach, which was expected from the song’s sound. They also went with a sailor outfit, which looked cute. They managed to bold the colour blue, which really made the music video pop. But other than that, I wasn’t that interested in the music video.

It was a nice performance to watch, fitting in with the cutesy vibe of the song once again. But it wasn’t a memorable stage that makes me want to return to watch their performances.

Song – 7/10
Music Video – 6/10
Performance – 5/10
Overall Rating – 6.3/10