WJ PLEASE? is the fifth mini-album released by Cosmic Girls. It is the group’s first release to not include their three Chinese members. “Save Me, Save You” was used as the promotional track.
Released: September 19, 2018
1. Save Me, Save You (부탁해)
2. You, You, You (너, 너, 너)
3. I-Yah (아이야)
4. Masquerade (가면무도회)
5. Hurry Up
6. You & I (2월의 봄)
The promo track starts things off on an upbeat note and it’s probably my favourite song from the group. Save Me, Save You took a while to sink in, but the group tackles their usual dreamy-pop sound while bringing a more aggressive beat and hook heavy delivery. I love how it keeps up the energy with the synths, but it’s the wonderful melody that really helps to propel the song forward. It feels like the type of song that always has something surprise me with every listen. It’s stunning and I love the direction the group has gone.
You, You, You brings that dreamy quality, but goes the bubblegum route with this sparkly pop tune. I wasn’t really expecting something like this, but there is still a great energy to it as well. The girls don’t go the cuter route with their solos, but there the mature delivery actually works in favour of the song as it brings a nice contrast to the higher-pitched chorus. It’s a catchy tune and easily one of the group’s strongest B-sides.
I would argue that I-Yah is easily the best B-side that the group has put out. This could have been a title track. It follows a similar route that “Save Me, Save You”, but the melody isn’t as hook driven. Instead, it feels like it focuses on the build up and eventual blast of the chorus. That’s not to say the chorus isn’t memorable because the melody is still quite beautiful. It’s just an urgent, swirling tornado of a song and it’s quite great.
Masquerade starts off with an almost waltz-like sound, but it soon brings a punch of a beat. I feel like this one tries to depart from the dreamy synths for a bit and instead brings something more in-tune to GFriend’s sound. It has a wonderfully layered chorus that has a brighter quality to it. It’s not as catchy as the other tracks, but I do enjoy the music quite a bit, although I would’ve enjoyed it more if they brought more waltz elements into it.
The next song stands out a lot. Hurry Up is pop, but with a bit of a retro influence to it due to the added brass backup. It’s another bright song, but I feel like it fits into the group’s older mini’s than this one. It’s cute and it is fun, but it’s a bit lackluster compared to the other tracks.
Ending things on a slow note, we get You & I, which is a pretty R&B/pop ballad. It’s not a bad song, but it’s the type of tune that many group’s have done before. When I listen to K-Pop ballads, I look for a strong melody. This song has a pretty nice vibe to it and I like the jazzier vibe of the chorus. I think it could be better, but it’s still a pretty solid ballad, albeit a bit forgettable.
Overall: This is easily the group’s strongest effort to date. The first three songs are great and while the quality teeters a bit in the second half, the songs aren’t that bad. “Save Me, Save You” and “I-Yah” are especially great and among the group’s best songs to date.