A.C.E Adventures is the first mini-album released by A.C.E. Take Me Higher was used as the promotional song. The newer songs don’t feature member Chan as he was taking part in The Unit’s project group, UNB.
Released: June 7, 2018
1. Cactus (선인장)
3. Black and Blue
4. Take Me Higher
6. 5STAR (Incompletion)
7. Cactus (inst.)
8. Callin’ (inst.)
9. 5STAR (Incompletion) (inst.)
First off, we begin with two of the group’s first digital singles, Cactus and Callin’. Both these songs go for the hardstyle and they are great tunes. Cactus is especially great and has a punch to it. The chorus is still catchy and I love the pounding music. Callin’ doesn’t go quite as hard initially, but the chorus is fun. I don’t think it is as catchy, but it still a quality tune. The mini also includes the group’s third digital single, 5TAR (Incompletion), which is a slow-building ballad. This is the weakest of the old tracks, but it is still a solid tune.
The first of the new songs is Black and Blue, which brings something more hip-hop. I’ve never been the biggest fan of these kinds of songs, so this isn’t really up my alley. Still, there are some great parts to it. The pre-chorus does a great job building things up to the chorus, which has a lot of energy to it. Not quite sure if it’s that catchy though.
I much prefer Take Me Higher. Here we are given something on trend with its dance-EDM sound. I find it a great match for the group because the light-hearted style really fits the group’s image well and the girls have some strong vocalists that can take advantage of those soaring choruses. It’s a really catchy tune. I also quite enjoy the rap portion that pops up right before the bridge.
DESSERT has some tropical house influence in it, which isn’t a totally bad thing. Although the genre has been overkilled in the last few years, this is still a solid entry to the genre in K-Pop. I like its more serious tone. My only problem is that the pre-chorus is a bit too repetitive and would’ve benefited from some variety in lyrics. The drop into the chorus isn’t so hard-hitting, but the synth is pretty catchy, albeit generic.
Overall: This is a pretty solid mini-album and the group sounds great doing all these sounds. I do wish the group tried less to follow trends like they did with Cactus and Callin’, but it is understandable as they come from a smaller company. With that said, the group does have some quality tracks and there are no bad songs on here. The guys are all good vocalists, so they help to elevate songs.