HI! PRISTIN is the debut mini-album released by PRISTIN. Wee Woo was used as the main promo track, while Black Widow was also promoted.
Released: March 21, 2017
1. Be the Star
2. Wee Woo [MV]
3. Black Widow
5. Over N Over
6. WE [MV]
We open the mini with Be the Star, a pretty laidback pop/R&B tune. I’m actually quite surprised by this song because this is the style largely done by the K-R&B artists in Korea, so it’s nice to see an idol group do something. I do find the song has a bit of a jarring transition from the prechorus to the chorus though with the choruses’ use of the scratch-like synths. It does give it an interesting edge, but I feel like it could be smoothed over. Despite that, the overall song is pretty strong.
I guess in a way, Wee Woo follows the same path with its more abrupt transitions. The verses are generally progressed with a nice funky beat lying underneath, however, it’s the pre-chorus’ rapping that just comes off a bit odd. It’s an interesting twist, but I do feel like the song would’ve benefited more had it been cut out and a separate rap portion was brought in later on. The chorus just comes and goes, but it does its job. It’s intoxicating and works well swinging right into that great beat and the repetitive hook. I think the only part I could do without though is the bridge, which just doesn’t work at all. It’s all a bit of a mess, but a fun one nonetheless.
Black Widow brings us a more aggressive and seductive pop song. It has portions where it just has so much energy, especially the rapping prechorus. However, the chorus is much slower and relies heavily on some wicked synths and a pretty crazy beat. I do find the use of the dog barks in the chorus to be a bit odd, but it doesn’t detract too much from the rest of it, which is excellent. This is a pretty strong track overall.
Running brings another change with something more lighthearted. This one is definitely on the cuter side of things, but it still utilizes a pretty heavy beat. I actually prefer the verses here. While the chorus is catchy, I do find some parts of it a bit grating, particularly the repetitive portions. The music is pretty good though with its touches of sparkling synths. It’s fun.
Over N Over is the ballad of the album and it’s quite good. I’m a bit skeptical with idol groups doing ballads, but here the group is able to pull off something a bit different. It has the usual R&B vibe to it, but they do seem to make it a bit more contemporary and add some more interesting elements to it. The melody does bring a bit of repetition and everything is much more memorable. The chorus seems more thought over and the production is stellar. I like it.
The album ends on a familiar note with WE. Released as a single prior to the album, this one features all ten members (the original had only eight). This is still the strongest song on the album. It’s a pretty straightforward pop tune, but it’s just so solid. It has a sense of nostalgia to it, but still remains contemporary. Great.
Overall: Wow, this was an impressive mini-album and debut. There was variety through the whole mini and each song provided something different. There were of course stand outs, but this is probably one of the strongest debuts I’ve listened to and it usually takes groups a while to release something this strong.