Prelude is the third mini-album released by April. April Story was used as the promotional song.
Released: January 2, 2017
1. April Story (봄의 나라 이야기)
2. As It Is Now (지금 모습 이대로)
3. Stop Time (시간아 멈춰라)
5. Fine Thank You
6. Dream Candy (Special ver.) (꿈사탕)
7. Muah! (Special ver.)
8. Snowman (Special ver.)
9. April Story (instrumental)
The mini opens with the promo track, April Story and this is one of their best songs. It’s far more dramatic and mature than the more innocent songs they had done before and this change pays off. The song has a great beat, a wicked guitar and a beautiful touch of strings and synths. The melody doesn’t quite rely on repetition, but it still has a way of inching its way into your head. It’s quite beautiful and works wonderfully with the music.
As It Is Now is definitely more on the synthpop side of things and I love it. It’s something more upbeat and faster, but it doesn’t lose any quality. The beat is powerful and the girls singing in unison really works well here before it pushes the melody forward. It has an intensity to it that hasn’t really been heard from the group before. I do wish the melody was a bit catchier though.
Stop Time is another solid tune although this time we get something brighter and cuter. The strings and the bouncy beat really give it a more positive feeling and the girls change their vocals a bit to suit the song. It’s really catchy and I quite like the energy that the song brings. I do wish it pushed a little harder at times, but it’s still a good track.
Continuing the bright pop sound, WOW comes rolling in. It isn’t as energetic as the last song, but I do think the chorus is much stronger. The melody is fun and it is quite catchy. The music has some pop/rock elements and a bit of funk that help it to stand out a little more from the last song.
The last of the new songs is a ballad. Fine Thank You is definitely more on the gentle side of things, but it’s unfortunately the album’s weakest song. The music is mostly consisting of sparkling synths with very little solid foundation while the melody isn’t really that interesting either. It’s quite boring, which is unfortunate considering the rest of the mini is quite strong.
The last three songs are basically special versions of their promo tracks. There really isn’t much difference from the originals besides the updated line-up singing and a few instruments being changed around. Dream Candy is still amazing, Muah! is still catchy and Snowman is still cute.
Overall: This is a great mini album. The majority of the newer tracks are upbeat and catchy and there is some variety to help keep things from getting boring. The promo track is especially great and one of the group’s best songs. I did like the idea of having the updated versions of their older songs on here as well.