Dream Part.01 is the fourth mini-album released by ASTRO. Baby was used as the promotional track.
Released: May 29, 2017
1. Dreams Come True
3. Your Smile (니가 웃잖아)
4. Because It’s You (너라서)
5. Dream Night
6. I’ll Be There
7. Lie (다 거짓말)
8. Every Minute
Dreams Come True opens things on a bubbly note. The song actually reminds me of something that SHINee might do, especially for the vocal parts. It’s a great pop tune with some disco influences in the music and while the chorus isn’t as catchy as I would like, it is a fun and energizing starter. I really love the different elements we hear in the music.
Baby was used as the promo song and it features the carefree and more innocent side of the group, but in a more refined way. It has a great funky element to it that helps it stand out from the group’s other material, especially thanks to that bouncy synth and the simple, but effective chorus hook. It took a while for this song to sink in for me, but once it did I couldn’t get enough.
Your Smile starts off sounding like it will bring that super summery sound of 2016’s ‘Breathless’, but it doesn’t quite hit that mark. It does have some more pop/rock elements to it, which is a nice change and while it isn’t as in-your-face as I want it to be, it has some great moments. The verses are charming and there are some interesting ideas done to the melody. The chorus is pretty nice as well and I think it is quite catchy. It’s definitely a grower.
Every ASTRO mini has a ballad and I think Because It’s You is the first time since their debut mini that I’m actually exciting at hearing something slower. The song is a bit oldschool in its sound and reminds me of something from the late 2000’s ala Beyonce’s Halo or Kelly Clarkson’s It’s Already Gone, but that makes it no less a stellar song. It has a great soaring chorus that has a beautiful melody and the music works well with it. The only slow point is probably the rap that comes up. Great.
I don’t quite know what to think of Dream Night. It has some interesting ideas when it starts off as the music has a heavier guitar backing. Unfortunately, I don’t think it quite works here. The chorus ends up a bit flat as while the melody is fun, it doesn’t quite get the same push from the music. The music should be more explosive to match the energy. Not bad, just could be better.
I’ll Be There is a midtempo tune that focuses more on the vocals. The guys sound great here, but the song itself is a bit boring compared to the other songs. It doesn’t quite have the same energy and the melody lacks a strong hook that makes me want to revisit the song. I do enjoy parts of the music as the acoustic guitar does sound nice and the rap is the strongest part. It’s actually a solid tune, but just weaker when compared to the previous songs.
Since this mini is longer than their other ones, we actually get another ballad! Lie is definitely more melancholic when compared to the first ballad and focuses a bit more on the piano. Luckily, the song has a pretty solid melody to carry the song. My main problem is actually with the vocals because all the guys have really bright voices and they seem to lack emotional depth here. It doesn’t quite hit the same strings as the other ballad.
Ending things on a fun note, Every Minute is a funky pop tune with some touches of funk. Compared to the other upbeat tunes, it’s a bit weaker in its overall delivery as it lacks a really strong hook, but it does have a great energy to it that helps drive it. The title being repeated does get a bit annoying after a while though. It’s a solid filler.
Overall: This is the first mini of theirs that I’ve loved since their debut mini. The songs were much stronger this time round and I feel like there was a lot of diversity. I do feel like making it eight songs was a bit of a stretch and not really needed though as the second half isn’t as strong as the first half. Still, it’s a solid release and definitely one of the group’s best.