Dream Part.02 is the fifth mini-album released by ASTRO. “Crazy Sexy Cool” was used as the promotional track.
Released: November 11, 2017
1. With You
2. Crazy Sexy Cool (니가 불어와)
5. Better With You (어느새 우린)
Opening on a tropical house note, With You is a light pop song. It’s a pretty generic sounding song and is the type you hear quite often in K-Pop nowadays with its airy and catchy melody that slams into a breezy instrumental break. The beat is a bit heavier this time round, so it does change things up a bit. Even if it is generic, it’s still a pretty decent song and pretty catchy.
Crazy Sexy Cool is my favourite title track from the group as it matures their usual bright pop sound. This time we bring the heavy bass-line to drive the chorus with the catchy melody floating right above. The melody isn’t as explosive nor as instantly memorable as “Baby” but it has a way to really getting into your ear. If anything, I would say there is way it is sung that makes it sound more emotional.
Not sure what to think of Butterfly. It has a heavier EDM sound and I quite like the how the verses foreshadow its later energy. The chorus is quite euphoric and I like the atmosphere is tries to build, but I feel like the hook doesn’t quite hit the spot. Maybe because it is delivered in falsetto, but it just lacks the energy that the music brings. It’s a solid song, but I want it to be better.
Run slows things down for something on the acoustic R&B route. I would say this is my favourite of the non-promoted songs up to this point. It has a really beautiful melody that tries to play up its sound a bit with some harmonies. The ending of the chorus where there it tries to have two parts play off of each other with different degrees of intensity is also a really nice aspect that helps to heighten the emotions.
To finish the mini we get Better With You, a slow piano ballad. I quite like the music because it reminds me more of a J-Pop song than of the usual dramatic K-Pop ballads. It’s quite lighthearted and sweet in melody even if the music sounds a tad on the heavier end. Although I like the rap that comes up in the middle, I feel like it would’ve been better suited with a softer delivery. This is a pretty nice ballad though.
Overall: This is another solid mini-album released by ASTRO. Maybe because it is shorter, but I felt like the songs didn’t quite hit the levels of the first part of Dream and besides the promoted track, it sort of lacked some excellent tunes. Still, there are no weak songs and the production for all the songs was pretty good.