Summer Special is a special mini-album released by OH MY GIRL. A-ing was used as the promotional song. All the songs were covers of past Korean songs. This was also the last release to feature member JinE before her hiatus and eventual departure.
Released: August 4, 2016
1. A-ing (내 얘길 들어봐)
2. Christmas in Summer (한 여름의 크리스마스)
3. Je T’aime
4. Can See Your Lies (거짓말도 보여요)
A-ing is a cover of PAPAYA’s past hit from the early 00’s. It’s a pretty bright pop tune with its bouncy beat and sparkling synths. This song is a bit cartoon-ish at times, but it has a really catchy melody. The chorus is especially intoxicating with the airy vocals and touches of brass to give it some pop. The rap that comes in by Skull, HaHa and Mimi is really fun, even if it is an odd breakdown.
The next song goes for a more bossa nova and jazzier appeal. Considering the title, Christmas in Summer really comes off sounding like a Christmas song, so it doesn’t quite have that brightness that I would associate with mid summer. It’s still a pretty nice tune though and the girls all sound particularly good. Not quite my tastes, although I do wonder how the original holds up.
Je T’aime is the kind of song I wasn’t expecting the group to cover as it has a bit more of a pop/rock vibe to it and it’s great. I really like the energy the song has and it has a great nostalgic quality that sets it apart from the other songs. My only problem is that the chorus is a bit too powerful for the girls and their airy vocals don’t quite match and they get lost in it.
Things end on a slower note with the relaxing Can See Your Lies, which is a laid back R&B tune. The girls are much better adapted to this kind of tune and the tones of their voices work great here. The song itself is relaxing, which makes me think of the end of the summer. It’s not the most interesting song, but it is quite charming.
Overall: This is a pretty average mini. I think the only song I truly connected with was A-ing. While Can See Your Lies worked well with the group, it just isn’t the kind of song that makes me going back often. I wish there were a few more brighter pop songs.