[Digital Single] A.C.E – 5TAR (Incompletion)

5TAR (Incompletion) is the first digital single released by A.C.E. It was released as a special single for fans and only featured four members at the time (Chan was in The Unit’s “UNB”).

5tar
Released: March 15, 2018
1. 5TAR (Incompletion)

5TAR (Incompletion), like many special fan songs, is a ballad. It is a pretty good song as it keeps up the contemporary style the boys have going for them, but it drags on a bit too much at times. The beat is really slow and even when the instruments come in, the melody just has to speed nor impact until the end. The guys do sound really great here and this is a nice showcase of their strong vocals.

Overall: I’m a bit on the fence with this song. It has some really nice qualities to it, but then I feel like it loses its impact a bit as it takes so long to really get to that powerful point. It needs to have a faster beat and strong arrangement.

B

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[Single] A.C.E – Callin’

Callin’ is the second single released by boy band A.C.E. It is their last release before the members joined the shows, The Unit and Mix Nine.

callin
Released: October 18, 2017
1. Callin’
2. Callin’ (inst.)

Callin’ doesn’t have the same punch that Cactus has, but it follows a pretty similar sound with its hardstyle chorus. The verses are definitely calmer and they act as an interesting contrast to the explosive chorus. I quite like the music, especially the second part of the chorus, which is more hook based. However, I don’t think the song is as strong as Cactus. The melody just isn’t as memorable and I find the music doesn’t totally suit the melody as well as I would like. I would hope for the melody itself to be more hard hitting and not just float on top.

Overall: This is a decent follow-up to their debut and I do like that they kept up with the same kind of genre. I do wish it was as strong as their debut, but it’s not a bad song by any means. I just don’t find it as memorable and I wish the melody had more punch to it and stronger hooks.

B+

[Single] A.C.E – Cactus

A.C.E is probably most well-known as the boy band with the short shorts, however,  they have started to gain a strong international following. All the members used to be former trainees of rather well-known companies. Cactus is the group’s debut single.

cactus
Released: May 23, 2017
1. Cactus (선인장) [MV]
2. Cactus (Inst.)

Cactus is an interesting twist with something more along the lines of hardstyle. I feel like it has a very aggressive sound that combines the elements of new and older K-Pop. The beat is quite strong and is covered with an array of synths. The melody flows right over it, especially during the verses. At first, I wasn’t very keen on the chorus as the melody is quite heavy sounding when compared to the flashy music. However, it has grown on me and it’s quite catchy. It really doesn’t rely on the repetitive hook and highlights the group’s vocals. It’s a cool song.

Overall: While I do enjoy the song, I’m not sure I’m totally into as much as I want to be. The song is definitely something more on the interesting side and I do hope they continue to experiment with their sound. It’s a solid tune.

A-