TWICEcoaster: LANE 1 is the third mini-album released by TWICE. TT was used as the promotional song for the group and has become the group’s biggest hit.
Released: October 24, 2016
2. 1 to 10
4. Jelly Jelly
6. Next Page
7. One in a Million
TT opens the album up and it is a blast of a song. It has a similar feel to Cheer Up with its cuter verses and explosive, hook-heavy choruses. I would actually say this is stronger than that one as the hooks are more cleverly worked around instead of just thrown in your face. Once the first chorus hits, it feels like the song never really lets up and there are only a few moments here or there where the song lets you catch a breath. It’s fun though.
I like that 1 to 10 slows things down for something more on the midtempo pop side. The group has tackled songs like this before, but this is probably one of their best of this tempo. I wouldn’t say it is perfect, but there are some nice points to it. The music is rather laidback, but still has a nice punch to it. I do find the melody to be a bit overpowered at times though. I wish the music was a bit brighter because I feel like it would have fit the girls’ voices better.
Then we swing into the pop/rock Ponytail. I think this is a fun sound to get into, but there is something rather lackluster with the melody. The energy of the music is quite powerful and while I was scared of the girls not being able to fit this genre that well, they do a surprisingly good job. However, I just wish the song was catchier. The chorus just zooms by and doesn’t really get stuck in my head.
Jelly Jelly is something a bit cheerleader-like. It has a fun beat and I like it’s somewhat retro vibe. I just wish the song wasn’t so high because the girls sound like they are straining in the verses. The transition into the chorus isn’t that obvious either and it’s a bit of a letdown because I was hoping the verses would translate into something more explosive for the chorus. Not bad, but not quite there.
Pit-a-Pat pretty much continues the sound of the last song with its bright pop vibe. I do find this one to be a bit better because there are some more interesting transitions brought in. The pre-chorus could be a little better though. Unfortunately, like the last few songs, the chorus just doesn’t quite do it for me. It frustrates me a bit because I know the group has it in them to hit it with the melodies, but these just go by with little interest for me.
Next Page is a bit slower and has a more relaxed vibe to it, but it still has a bounciness to it that keeps it from getting boring. The music has a lot of weird synths coming in and out and I like that it changes things up a bit. The chorus is probably the strongest in a few songs. It’s a bit empty and features a few lines here and there, but it is much more memorable than some other songs. I wish it went a little harder, but it’s not bad.
One in a Million is a slower pop song and focuses more on the acoustic guitar. This reminds me of bubblegum pop songs from the early 00’s in the US and I actually like this throwback. Luckily, this is the second best song on the mini. The chorus is strong and has a catchy melody that works wonderfully with the music. I don’t think it is in a sound that totally matches the girls, but it is a really nice surprise.
Overall: This is the group’s weakest release up to this point of my reviews. I was expecting something a bit stronger considering the quality of TT, but for the most part, the B-sides just fell flat. There was some great music, but the melodies just weren’t what I was looking for and it’s a bit frustrating because the girls have it in them, as they proved on their last minis and in One in a Million.