[Mini-Album] TWICE – The Story Begins

TWICE debuted in 2015 and while they weren’t met with immediate success, they slowly crawled up to the top of the girl-group pack in 2016. The Story Begins is the debut mini-album released by TWICE. Like Ooh-Ahh was used as the promotional track.

Released: October 20, 2015
1. Like Ooh-Ahh (OOH-AHH하게)
2. Do It Again (다시 해줘)
3. Must Be Crazy (미쳤나봐)
4. Truth
5. Candy Boy
6. Like a Fool

Right away, we are thrown into the promo track. Like Ooh-Ahh is still my favourite of TWICE’s song because it works so well with their image, while providing a catchy and straightforward pop tune. I do enjoy how the vocal arrangement plays around with all the different members and many parts play off of each other to create more excitement. The chorus didn’t seem that strong when I initially listened to the song, but it has a way of growing on you. The mixture of some more melodic parts tied with a touch of repetition really blends well together in this case. But my favourite part is actually the breakdown that comes right after the middle-8. It keeps things going really adds a bit of edge to the song. This is a strong tune. I’m pretty sure Do It Again was featured on the TWICE’s pre-debut show, SIXTEEN. I do like that it has some stronger hip-hop elements to it and we get to hear the girls belting it out a bit more. I wasn’t a huge fan of the song at first, but it has grown on me. I don’t think the more melodic pieces are as strong as they could be and the girls do end up sounding like they are screaming through the song, but it’s that cool breakdown for the second half of the chorus that really brings the song to life with its “wahhh” hook. It’s really intoxicating. Must Be Crazy is a bit more on the cuter end of the scale. I do like the beat to the song, which is emphasized by the cool synths. The highlight of the song is definitely the chorus, where the melody is just really catchy and the girls sound great here. The rap break also helps keep the song from getting stale and really works well here. While I do feel it’s definitely B-side material, this is certainly a strong song. Truth is definitely different. It keeps that upbeat pop sound, but gives us something a bit less predictable with its mix of rapping and singing in the verses. The chorus is totally different though as the song has a soaring feel to it. I don’t think this is the strongest song, but it’s definitely an interesting mix on things and reminds me of something from f(x). Another song that reminds me of f(x) is Candy Boy. Unfortunately, unlike the last song, this one is definitely not as well executed. Actually, the melody in the chorus is quite annoying. I do like the music and I think there is a nice build-up, but I just do not like the transition into the chorus and how high-pitched it is. The girls are straining and the melody just doesn’t sound pleasing. Not my cup of tea. Like a Fool is a total switch-a-roo. Here we have the first mid-tempo tune and it just doesn’t fit with the rest of the mini. I do like that it goes for something a bit more progressive with its soaring chorus. I just wish the hooks were a bit stronger and that they went 100% into this the song. It always feels like its losing a bit of potential and the music should be even stronger to help that the melody. It’s quite nice though.

Overall: I was surprised with this mini as I haven’t really been into TWICE’s B-sides as much as their A-sides. There were some decent tunes on here though and while they aren’t songs I would revisit often, they are still pretty solid. I did wish they cut out Candy Boy though cause it really weakens the mini.