PRISM is Rainbow’s fourth mini-album and the group’s last release. Whoo was used as the promotional track.
Released: February 15, 2016
1. Saying I Miss You (보고 싶다는 그 말도)
2. Whoo [MV]
3. Black & White
5. Eye Contact
6. Whoo (Inst.)
I think the oddest choice with this mini-album is that it opens with Saying I Miss You, a piano ballad. At first, I was a bit worried because Rainbow’s past ballads haven’t been that interesting. However, this one is surprisingly pretty good and the girls sound great. They almost sound unrecognizable as they come off far more mature. The song is pretty standard with its standout piano, gentle guitar and touches of percussion. The thing that really brings the song up is that the melody is nice and memorable. It’s a bit standard, but good.
Whoo brings some life into things with its pop/rock sound. It’s probably most reminiscent of the energy that their single, A, brought, although the synthesizers are replaced with heavy percussion and guitar riffs. It’s insanely catchy. The chorus is the highlight of the song with its melodic hooks. That and the breakdown, where the repetitive title hook comes in handy. It’s great.
While Whoo was a great promotional track, Black & White swoops and in and takes the crown as the strongest song on the album and one of Rainbow’s strongest tracks in general. A much more serious twist that seems to combine the 80’s synths with the rock elements of the last song, Black & White is an explosion of energy. The verses do a great job of building up the energy, which is let loose in the chorus. That array of synths combined with the background vocals really give the song some energy. It’s an exhilarating song!
Click! is a great surprise with its much more 70’s retro sound. I really love how this song just screams of something from that era with its groovier sound with its wicked bass line and splashes of brass. I think the funnest part is that the song has these really odd vocal parts and sounds added in that really give it a weird, but cool edge. This is all tied with an infectious melody. This seriously could have been a promotional song.
Ending the mini with the shortest song, Eye Contact is a sultry pop song with a nice eeriness to it that is reminiscent of 90s R&B. While it isn’t the most exciting song on the album, especially compared to the last three songs, it does help bring some variety. It’s not particularly catchy, but it does get back. I quite like the music with its recognizable beat and the melody just seems to glide right over everything. It’s quite smooth and cool. Not bad.
Overall: I knew Rainbow delivers from time to time and their last mini was great. This is just as good as that one. The mini is filled with five high quality tunes and while three of them are definitely higher, everything seems well-produced and brings variety to the table. Some of Rainbow’s strongest songs are on here and it’s a great release to depart with.