Mirage is the repackaged version of T-ara’s mini album, Day By Day. This was their first release after the bullying scandal and didn’t include member Hwayoung. “Sexy Love” was used as the promotional track and the other new song, “Day & Night (Love All)” was released as a digital single on the same day.
Released: September 4, 2012
1. Sexy Love
2. Day & Night (Love All) (낮과밤)
3. Day By Day
5. Don’t Leave (떠나지마)
7. Love Play (사랑놀이)
Sexy Love is classic T-ara. It is an upbeat dance song and is most similar to their song, “Lovey-Dovey”, with its trendy sound. This one is a bit different because it matches its name with a more sensual vibe in the vocal delivery for the verses. The chorus doesn’t feel like classic hooks, but instead relies a bit more on the melodies delivery and the music. It’s bit on the sillier side of things, especially with that added synth riff, but it’s a clever tune that is a lot fun.
The other new song is a ballad that also features Shannon and Gavy NJ member, Geonji. Day & Night (Love All) is your standard K-Pop ballad and actually feels more like something from the early 00’s than early 10’s. It takes a similar vibe like that of the group’s last collaboration with Davichi, “We Were in Love”, but I don’t feel like it’s quite as strong. The melody is lacking and the vocally performance is rather sad but weak in energy. I was expecting something a little more powerful, so I’m a little disappointed.
Overall: The two new songs were contrasts to each other, but they were still two solid tracks. Sexy Love is amazingly catchy and another trendy highlight in the group’s discography. I wasn’t as interested in the ballad as it feels like a weaker rehash of the group’s past ballads. It’s still decent, just easily overshadowed.
B+ (new songs)