Summer Vibes is the second mini-album released by ASTRO. Breathless was used as the promo track.
Released: July 1, 2016
1. Fireworks (불꽃놀이)
2. Breathless (숨가빠)
3. Growing Pains (성장통)
4. Polaris (북극성)
5. My Style (내 멋대로)
6. Breathless (Acoustic ver.)
Summer Vibes opens with Fireworks and I’m not totally sure what to make of it. It is a soaring pop song and it has some really nice parts to it. I love the heavy beat and the powerful harmonies that pop up here and there throughout the song. It does a good job building to that chorus. However, I feel a bit letdown with the chorus. It just feels like it is missing that thing that really makes me get into the song. I think part of it might just be the vocals that come off a bit too nasally and sweet for this song. It’s not bad, just doesn’t quite hit the spot for me.
Breathless, on the other hand, is just great. It keeps up that positive pop vibe that their debut single had. I would say this one definitely fits the summer feeling with its bright chorus. I love the beachy vibe that the arrangement brings with its strong percussion and guitar foundation. The verses are a fun mix of rap and singing, which helps to keep them interesting despite the chorus still being the highlight. Just a fun song that is catchy and cute.
Growing Pains is the ballad of the mini-album. I don’t quite like the verses because I find the music just distracts from the gentleness of the melody. The chorus is a bit better and I do like the R&B beat that pops up. With that said, everything does come off a bit forgettable and I don’t think the melody is as strong as the ballad from their first album. The whole song just seems too light and floats along which causes it to be a bit forgotten.
Polaris brings back the bright pop sound of the promo track and it does seem like a good follow-up to it. The verses have a similar trade off of singing and rapping, although there is a bigger dominance of rap in the second part. Unfortunately, I don’t find the chorus to be that strong. The beat is so heavy and the melody is really flat in its delivery, which just doesn’t match that well. There is no power in the hooks either.
My Style brings a completely different vibe though with its more dramatic sound. I was actually quite surprised to hear the group do this style of song, but it’s definitely a cool departure from their usual material. I do like the arrangement and the verses are cool. The melody is a bit disappointing though. Why does it have no power to it? I feel like it should have even more energy to it. The music should be stronger and the melody should be more dramatic. It’s a bit of a letdown.
Luckily, the acoustic version of Breathless comes by and I love it. The melody was already great and this version calms things down, but creates a really interesting twist on things.
Overall: I am really disappointed in this mini-album. I loved the promo track, but the B-sides were just so weak compared to their first mini. They all had potential, but the choruses just lacked something. They just weren’t catchy enough or they lacked the strength to really make them memorable. What happened?!