TOUCH & MOVE is the second mini-album released by SISTAR. Touch my body was used as the promotional song.
Released: July 21, 2014
2. Touch my body [MV]
3. Naughty Hands (나쁜손)
4. But I Love U
5. OK GO!
The mini opens with an intro, WOW. It’s a nice midtempo, summery R&B tune. I think it would’ve been great if it was transformed into a full song.
It does a good job transitioning right into the upbeat summer song, Touch my body. It takes aspects from their last summer tune, Loving U, but brings us something a little less nostalgic and more lighthearted. The music is nice and relies heavily on the cool saxophone to bring a bit of edge to the music. What is stellar is the great melody. The chorus is the highlight with its catchy hooks, but the verses are even memorable. It’s a sparkling summer tune and fits the season perfectly. Makes you want to hang at the pool.
Maybe we didn’t get the nice R&B tune with the intro, but luckily Naughty Hands got us covered (hahaha). It’s a relaxing R&B tune. I don’t think the music doesn’t particularly stand out, but there is some nice bass to it. The melody is quite good though and the chorus is catchy. The rap by Verbal Jint is also a really nice touch and fits with the song perfectly. Great.
But I Love U starts off with a gorgeous piano refrain before getting some power with the percussion and synths. The song is really dependent on the heavy percussion, but it is really nice to hear this change as many songs tend to keep it in the background. The melody doesn’t falter either. The chorus is sad, but still quite catchy. I especially love the hook where the title is sung. This is definitely one of SISTAR’s strongest album tracks.
OK GO! opens with some annoying adlibbing before hitting us with a heavy beat. I like the song brings us something a bit more dance-focused, but I’m not totally buying this song. I think the beat is a bit generic and the melody isn’t quite as catchy. It seems to be just a bunch of weak hooks strung together into a chorus, but it leaves very little impact. Probably the weakest on the mini.
I thought Sunshine was going to be another ballad, but it has a nice upbeat pop sound. I really matches the title with its soaring chorus. The best part is the music, which has a great bass line as well some cool synths and strong percussion. The melody is refreshing and seems much more streamlined and thought-out compared to the last song. I do find the transition for the final chorus a bit jarring though.
Overall: This was a great mini-album and really captures the sound of summer. Most of the songs were quite strong and three are among SISTAR’s strongest. I do like that OK GO! brings a bit of variety, but I feel like the execution could have been much better. It’s not bad, but could be improved on. Everything else was great though.