I.D feat. VERBAL
Kiss & Cry
1. Girl Power
I love how Girl Power opens, it’s so random and out of line, but it was damn cool. Anyways, beginning this mini-album, Girl Power is nothing we haven’t already heard from ICONIQ on the last album but I love the amount of synths available and I like that some of the parts have auto-tune on her vocals and it stood out a bit more. It’s a great start to the mini.
2. TOKYO LADY
Since it was released as the era’s lone single, TOKYO LADY kind of seems a bit underwhelming coming right after “Girl Power” since it’s a bit slower and the arrangement is a bit more emptier but it tries to pull off the same feelings that the last song did and I like the former better. It just kind of failed.
3. Change Myself
Then things get weirder when you look at the tracklist and you see three songs that were from her “CHANGE MYSELF” album and it’s like wtf are they doing here. Change Myself is kind of like the last song which isn’t surprising but I remember liking this on the album more than on here so it’s probably my lack of attention that’s pulling me away from this song on this album.
4. Light Ahead
Being the title track and the second of three new songs, Light Ahead feels like they took the heavy beat out of “TOKYO LADY” and just made a new melody out of it. Even ICONIQ’s vocals are still slightly digitized which is starting to bother me a little bit on the mini-album. It kind of repeats a bit too much, but it’s a nice little tune otherwise. So it seems also that it was resung since the PV was leaked and yeah, this is a bit more weaker than the PV’s version.
5. I.D feat. VERBAL
Of the songs she pulled out of “CHANGE MYSELF”, I.D wasn’t a surprise because it’s hear to add nothing to the mini-album because it’s not as energetic like the other songs she pulled. I guess she sings pretty fast which is a good change, but the arrangement feels like the same smooth synth style that’s been going on for the mini-album. VERBAL’s rap isn’t that bad, but once again he always sounds bored shooting his lyrics out like that. Not bad and I still like the song as much as I did.
6. Kiss & Cry
Damn, I was hoping that ICONIQ was going to cover Hikki’s tune XD. Out of all the songs on the album, Kiss & Cry stands out the most because it’s got energy and nothing of this blah synth style. There’s some different synths involved here and it actually feels like something that I would listen to since it’s the most upbeat of the new songs. Catchy little tune.
7. BYE NOW!
Ending off the mini-album, BYE NOW! is easily my favorite of the mini-album (even though it was released already >.>). It’s the closest thing to feature some actual instruments like acoustic guitar. It’s also mixed with some bubbly sounds and some synths and I think ICONIQ’s vocals sound right because it’s not terribly digitized as much as in other songs.
Oh boy how things fall quickly for ICONIQ. I thought “CHANGE MYSELF” was a breath of fresh air, but Light Ahead just seemed to bore me alot. Even then, adding three old (and already on an album) songs was just a poor decision on her staff. I would’ve been just fine with the three new songs and TOKYO LADY. Then again half of the new songs are worth listening to, the other two kind are boring as well. I think she needs new stuff before she falls hard.