Gift from Secret is the third mini-album released by Secret and is a bit more Christmas-themed than their usual stuff. I Do I Do was used as the promotional track.
Released: December 19, 2013
2. I Do I Do [MV]
3. Remember Me
Snowmelt is a nice intro. It has that slow jazzy quality to it that makes you think of sitting by the fireplace during Christmas time. It isn’t too long, but I actually enjoyed it and it would’ve been nice to see it transformed into a full song.
Interestingly, the relaxing tune swings right into I Do I Do, an upbeat pop song (of course Xmas-themed). I’m all for cute songs from Secret as they are usually executed with a lot of quality and in a way that is infectious but not over-the-top. I don’t know what to say about this one though. The quality is there and it is somewhat infectious, but there just seems something weird. Maybe it’s just a bit too (oddly) generic. It’s cute but doesn’t have the pizazz of YooHoo or Shy Boy. The arrangement itself is quite charming though.
Remember Me is a bit different and gives us an R&B-pop ballad. I like this one probably the most. It isn’t too slow and has some wintery flair, but it still has the feeling of sadness with it with its ethereal vibe. The vocals are kept rather simple and nice.
FANTASTIC is probably the least “Christmas” of all the songs on here and is a pretty straightforward uptempo pop song with some dance elements. It’s a lot of fun and it was great to hear some rapping from Hana, who has been primarily taking a singing role in Secret’s recent releases.
Overall: I was a little skeptical of how this mini would turn out to be because I Do I Do is my least favourite promo track from Secret to date. It’s not bad, but a little forgettable. On the other hand, the other two and a half songs were actually decent and gave us a bit more variety. I especially enjoyed Remember Me because it was able to work the Christmas theme in a bit more of a contemporary way.