Gorgeous is the second mini-album released by F.Cuz. Midnight Sun (Original Ver.) was used as the promotional song, while Friend’s Graduation was used as the follow-up.
Released: November 8, 2010
2. U Crazy
3. Midnight Sun (Original Ver.) [MV]
4. Friend’s Graduation (친구졸업) [MV]
5. Say U Say Me
6. Mine (내꺼)
7. I’m Okay (괜찮아)
8. Midnight Sun (Remix Ver.)
9. Midnight Sun (Instrumental)
10. Friend’s Graduation (Instrumental)
Busting into this mini we are blasted with the Intro which is just a 1 minute piece of random noises and them trying to make us guess who is back.
But it flows nicely into U Crazy, which is an upbeat dance tune with an assortment of interesting synths. The arrangement of it is very similar to that of No One, but in this song everything seems more polished. The sound is smoother and there seems to be more substance in the music. I also enjoy that there is not that much unnecessary autotune covering the voices since it brings out more personality. It’s quite catchy and could have been a promotional single too.
We are suddenly thrown into Midnight Sun (Original Ver.) right after though and what an interesting twist we have. Midnight Sun while still upbeat has a darker quality to it that is emphasized by the use of piano in the verses and the strings in the chorus. I’ve heard people say it’s a little more J-Pop and I can hear some of it in the production quality. With that said, it’s a solid song with more focus on the melody which is a nice change from the repetitive sound. The song also helps emphasize the vocals of the group members and it helps that there isn’t a rap here since I think it would ruin the flow on this song. Excellent!
Once again we are thrown around as Friend’s Graduation is a straightforward pop tune. Compared to the last song, I’m not as impressed as it doesn’t stand out as much, but it’s a still a quality track with a catchy melody. Much like the last song, it was nice to see the talents of the members as the melody helped show that.
Say U Say Me pretty much continues the same style as the last song but with a slightly more upbeat sound. With that said, it lacks the charm of the last song. It isn’t really memorable and the arrangement seems much messier. The chorus doesn’t really have a focus and much of it seems like an attempt to get some hooks in there but it didn’t really work out.
But that’s all ok since Mine makes up for it with it’s more club-friendly sound. This song is much more focused than the last one and the production is just so much smoother. My favourite about this one are the heavy beats which have been missing in this mini when compared to their last. The chorus melody is nice, but there seems to be something missing that would really give it that extra push. Nevertheless, it’s still a good song.
I’m Okay slows things down a bit with a midtempo R&B ballad. I’m gonna say that this is the weakest song on the album just because it’s so dull. The lyrics are quite nice and everyone’s vocals sound good, but the melody has very little going for it and the arrangement is just flat. I can barely get through this song.
Basically the only difference between Midnight Sun (Original Ver) and Midnight Sun (Remix Ver) are the beats as they are much heavier in the latter. I was hoping for something a little more different…
After we are given two instrumentals which is quite nice and then the Outro which has a great beat. This sounds like it could make a great song.
Overall: For the second mini I was quite impressed with what F.Cuz brought to the table. Sure there were some odd moments in there like the ballad and a messy dance song, but for the most part it was pretty solid and there were 4 really high quality songs and all of them were upbeat tunes. Since it’s a mini I sorta wish they would of just had those four songs and not the other two, but oh well.