Rainbow Syndrome Part 2 is the second part of Rainbow’s first album. Sunshine was used as the promoted track.
Released: June 4, 2013
1. Kiss me
2. Sunshine [MV]
3. Don’t Touch
4. Let’s Dance
5. I’ll Wait for You (기다릴게)
6. Eenie Meenie Minie Moe
7. Chewing Time
The album opens with Kiss me, a funky pop tune with some rock elements to it. I don’t quite understand the addition of the numerous English phrases in the verses and this part of the song isn’t particularly great. The chorus has some more energy to it, but the melody is a little odd and doesn’t really flow that well. It just sounds like a bundle of different hooks put together. I think there are some fun parts of the song and the song has a lot of interesting sounds. I just wish it was a little cleaner in delivery.
Sunshine is a nice transition as this one is a bit more straightforward pop, but with a touch of bubblegum. It’s a cute song and a pretty upbeat and spirited listen. I love the use of synths to mimic a strings-like sound. It helps give the song some edge, but helps blend well with the more programmed sound of the music. The melody is a lot fun and the chorus is especially charming. I think the delivery is much more well-done here and the chorus meets its goal without having to mess around with too many hooks. I do find the first part of the chorus more interesting though as the second half is quite repetitive. The girls sound great anyways and its just an overall fun tune.
My favourite on the (whole) album and one of my top three Rainbow songs, Don’t Touch, is a beast. I can see why it wasn’t chosen as the title track, but I love the somewhat J-Pop touch of it. It has some funk and disco elements in the music and it works so well with the more pop melody. The verses are fun, but the chorus is where the fun is. The chorus is quite short, but it does its job. The melody is executed in a rather clear manner and it is effective where it blends well with the array of synths and touches of rap. It’s great.
Let’s Dance is probably Rainbow’s first attack on straightforward dance music since I Believe from their debut mini. It’s a change from this album and not exactly what I was expecting. I don’t think this one is as strong as the I wish the melody blended better with the music. The verses are great and do a good job of building up to what should be an explosive chorus. However, the choruses seem a bit of a letdown since the more pop melody doesn’t exactly work well with the heavy dance beats. The music is really good, but I wish the melody was stronger.
I’ll Wait for You has some dance elements to it, but it is definitely strongly pop-driven. It’s a nice return and a decent song in general. I like the bouncy beat and the many synths that come into play throughout the song. My favourite part is when the chorus opens up because it really comes with some power. Hyunyoung does a good job with the vocals here, although she does sound a bit screechy at times. The song is a lot fun. I don’t think it’s A-side material, but its a good album track.
EENIE MEENIE MINIE MOE brings us back to a more straightforward pop sound. I like the verses because they are quite bare and don’t feature a lot of instruments, mostly just a beat. It’s a nice contrast to the fuller chorus. With that said, I don’t think this song is particularly great. The melody isn’t bad, but it isn’t something that would get stuck in my head easily. It’s decent, but one of the weaker songs.
Luckily, Chewing Time is fantastic. Definitely one of the strongest songs on the album, this one has so much attitude to it and it is a nice change. I love the funky electric guitar mixed with the touches of brass throughout the song. While the title is a little odd, it actually works really well during the chorus opening and it helps create a strong impression. Lots of fun and one of the group’s strongest.
Overall: I would definitely consider the second half of the group’s first album as the stronger of the two. All of the songs are upbeat and just a lot of fun. While some aren’t particularly strong, there is a good array of dance / pop songs that keeps everyone happy and there are certainly some fantastic songs on here.