[Mini-Album] OH MY GIRL – Pink Ocean

Pink Ocean is the third mini-album released by OH MY GIRL. LIAR LIAR was used as the promo track.

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Released: March 28, 2016
1. LIAR LIAR
2. B612
3. I FOUND LOVE
4. KNOCK KNOCK
5. One Step Two Steps (한 발짝 두 발짝)

LIAR LIAR is more in line with CUPID’s sound than Closer’s sound. It is an upbeat pop tune that has a bit of an unpredictable chorus. At first I hated the transition into the rather bright chorus because it just sort of ruined the vibe that the pre-chorus built up. The verses are great though and I like the more “talk-singing” going on. Nowadays, I like the chorus, as it does have some charming parts like the hook. It’s catchy. Not their best promo track, but definitely a solid tune. B612 isn’t what I was expecting. This one is more on the midtempo side of things, but still continues the slight electronic sound of the last song with its light synths. Unfortunately, I feel like the transition into the chorus in this song just doesn’t do it. The energy builds up a bit and then the chorus comes in but everything just goes flat. The energy doesn’t go up and it just stays at a consistent level but very few, if any, memorable hooks. Has potential, but it gets boring. I FOUND LOVE doesn’t have more energy, but it isn’t my cup of tea. The music isn’t bad, but the bouncy beat doesn’t feel like it matches the dragged out sound of the melody nor the odd background vocals. Everything doesn’t feel as thought-out as I would hope and it comes off as a B-side from a Disney movie. Luckily KNOCK KNOCK comes dropping in as this one is much better. The song has a bit of funk in its music, which is what I love. The verses are also exciting because the beat tied in with Mimi’s rap helps to bring up the energy. The chorus isn’t as powerful as I want it to be, but it certainly has much better hooks and it comes off quite catchy. The vocal arrangement is more better placed and I like how everything blends into one. It’s fun. One Step Two Steps was released as a pre-release single prior to this mini album’s release. It is an ethereal pop tune written by B1A4’s Jinyoung and it certainly has his touch. It’s the best song on the mini and probably my favourite OH MY GIRL song as it has the perfect mix of energy and hooks.

Overall: I feel like the only thing keeping this mini-album from being really strong are the hooks in the B612 and I FOUND LOVE. B612 sounds like it could be a stellar track if the chorus had more energy and catchier hooks and I FOUND LOVE should either be replaced or tweaked so the music matches the melody more. The other songs on the mini are great and solid pop tunes that show the different colours of the group.

B+

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[Digital Single] OH MY GIRL – One Step Two Steps

One Step Two Steps is the first digital single released by OH MY GIRL. It was released right before the group’s third mini-album.

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Released: March 28, 2016
1. One Step Two Steps (한 발짝 두 발짝)

Up to this point, One Step Two Steps is my favourite of OH MY GIRL’s songs. It is written by B1A4’s Jinyoung and has that ethereal synthpop quality that his music has become known for (like his song In the Same Place for Produce 101). I love the music here because it just has an explosion of synths with such a great synthline. The verses aren’t bad, but the song definitely shines in the chorus where the energy is brought up another level and the girls’ sweet vocals fit the song perfectly. It’s gorgeous.

Overall: Great follow-up to Closer and a solid tune in general. It reminds me a bit of J-Pop, which makes me love it more. Certainly a great introduction into the group’s third mini and it should have been a bigger hit for them.

A+

[Mini-Album] OH MY GIRL – CLOSER

CLOSER is the second mini-album released by OH MY GIRL. The title track was used as the promotional song.

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Released: October 18, 2015
1. CLOSER
2. SAY NO MORE
3. PLAYGROUND
4. SUGAR BABY
5. ROUND ABOUT

Opening with the title track, CLOSER, things take a huge turn when compared to their last promotional song, CUPID. Here we have something more along the lines of a dreamy pop song. Despite have a relatively heavy beat, the song works around a gentle piano line and wisely placed synths. This tied in with the whispery vocals really creates an interesting combo. My favourite part is definitely the middle eight as it calms things down before blasting off into the final chorus and rap. Everything is so nicely put together and this is a gorgeous tune. SAY NO MORE changes things up with something that reminds me of Ariana Grande’s “Right Here”, largely because of the heavy beat and splash of synths. I do wish the song was just a bit faster in the chorus as it doesn’t really change things up from the verses, but I do like that it’s a change from the last song. It does effectively utilize some cool harmonies, which is a nice thing to hear. Pretty catchy tune. PLAYGROUND is more along the lines of a poppier sound. I feel like there are some interesting ideas here, especially the chant-like background vocals and the cool guitar, but everything falls flat during the chorus. The melody just doesn’t go anywhere and the hooks are really weak. It’s unfortunate because the rest of the song is interesting. Luckily, SUGAR BABY is a bit better. I do like the Doo Wop elements the song has and the verses are pretty nice. Unfortunately, like the last song, it’s the chorus that doesn’t quite hit the spot. It’s still pretty decent here, but I feel like it could have been worked on more. It reminds me of something from Girls’ Generation’s first album, but lacking the hooks to really make the saccharine cuteness deliver fully. ROUND ABOUT finishes things with something a bit faster and hard-hitting. I love the funky guitar with the cool background vocals. The chorus is definitely stronger here and the hooks are more plentiful. I do wish the girls’ vocals were a little less edited when they are in unison as it doesn’t come off as impactful as it could be, but this is definitely a step up from the last two songs.

Overall: I was actually hoping for a few more songs as interesting as CLOSER. While the B-sides were decent, there were a few that just weren’t that strong. I feel like the choruses were lacking that one thing that really got the songs to hit that higher level like CLOSER does. The hooks just weren’t there.

B

[Mini-Album] OH MY GIRL – OH MY GIRL

OH MY GIRL are WM Entertainment’s first girl group. They debuted along with an onslaught of more “innocent concept” girl groups. OH MY GIRL is OH MY GIRL’s debut mini-album. CUPID was used as the promotional song.

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Released: April 20, 2015
1. OH MY GIRL!
2. CUPID [MV]
3. HOT SUMMER NIGHTS
4. I Was Curious (궁금한걸요)

The mini opens with the title track, which is an intro. OH MY GIRL! is quite cute with the cheering and nanana’s. The sound combines some percussion and piano into something bouncy and it sort of reminds me of a J-Pop song. It’s a bit generic, but an interesting opener. CUPID opens right after with an awesome beat. I love the percussion in this song tied with the synths that give it this choppy, but interesting sound. The verses are quite nice and memorable, but it’s the chorus that really shines. The first half is more anthemic, while the second half relies more heavily on a repetitive chant-like hook. They both work surprisingly well together. A really strong debut song. HOT SUMMER NIGHTS is actually a bit more laid back with its midtempo pop sound. The beat is still quite strong, but the melody is definitely more calm. The chorus is actually a bit disappointing for me. It’s catchy, but considering the verse buildup, it ends up a bit flat and not as soaring as I would hope. It’s cute though. I Was Curious continues the cheery pop sound. The song actually sounds a lot like the last song, but more gentle. I don’t think it is as catchy, but it does have quite a few interesting features like the whistling during the instrumental break. I just feel the song would have been better without such a strong beat. It doesn’t fit the melody, which would’ve benefited from something a little lighter. The hooks also aren’t very strong and it comes off a bit forgettable.

Overall: This is a pretty decent debut mini. I really like that all three songs have an uplifting pop sound and they were all decent listens. I do think CUPID stands out far more and feels much more put together. The B-sides were fun, but could be worked on a bit.

B+