Day by Day is the fourth mini-album released by T-ara. The title track was used as the promotional song. It also features new member, Ahreum.
Released: July 3, 2012
1. Day by Day
3. Don’t Leave (떠나지마)
5. Love Play (사랑놀이)
Day by Day is a throwback to the more dramatic sound of Cry Cry. While I do enjoy both, I do believe this one is far better. I love the dominance of the guitar and it works nicely with the funky beat and airy vocals. The chorus is especially gorgeous with the touches of harmonies and catchy hooks. My only issue is this really subtle croaking noise that pops out during the verses. It distracts things a bit.
I wasn’t expecting Holiday to be so catchy, but it is. This music is rather bouncy and has a positive vibe, but the vocals keep the dramatic quality of the last song, which I don’t quite feel fits the music as well. I feel like the song would have been even better if things were pushed further and they really jumped on the positive vibe of the song. It feels like the delivery is just a bit flat despite the songs potential. Not a bad song though.
Don’t Leave is a really melodramatic song that is somewhat like a ballad. This is the third song where the vocals are distorted in a sense to make things sound really blurry and breathy and I’m a little sick of this. It’s a little better here and we can hear the girls’ voices more clearer (especially Soyeon). I wish the song was sped up a bit because I feel like it would have more impact. It’s a decent tune though and I love the vocal power in the chorus.
Hue is a pumping, light-hearted dance tune. It’s sort of brings back the sound of Lovey-Dovey with its disco influences, but it doesn’t quite have the same sticky hooks. I do quite like the music because there is a lot of energy to it, but the song sort of falls a bit flat on the melody. I feel like it things were tweaked a little bit, this could have been a promoted track though.
Another change in sound comes with Love Play, with its touch of retro. I’m not sure what to think of this one, but I do know for sure that I cannot stand that editing on the girls’ voices. The song itself is pretty lackluster. It sort of gets some energy at one point, but the editing on everything just makes it feel like it has no impact at all. It just feels like its being held back.
Overall: This mini wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t particularly impressive either. The promoted song was great and one of the group’s strongest tunes. Three of the songs were decent, but they didn’t stand out and the last song could’ve been better if it was edited better. Pretty much on par with their last mini.