Hello! I have been meaning to start reviewing music on my blog so I decided to pick ASTRO’s latest mini album, Dream Part .01, as my first choice. I am part of their fandom, AROHA (AstRO Hearts All Fans), but my review is fair I promise 🙂 I selected it because it actually exceeded my expectations and I hope others give it a chance too.
Let’s begin with a brief introduction of ASTRO. It is 6-member South Korean boy group under Fantagio Entertainment. They debuted on 23 February, 2016 with their title song, Hide and Seek, from their first mini album, Spring Up.
They went on to release a mini album for every season and Dream Part .01 is the beginning of a new series.
Meet the Members
Leader, rapper and slowest member.
Main Vocal, Smile Engine and the most hyper member.
Visual, vocalist and actor.
Vocalist, toughest member and actor. (My bias)
Main Dancer and rapper. He also enjoys choreography. (My biaswrecker)
Vocalist, cutest member and evil maknae.
Dream Part .01 Tracks
Only Baby has an official MV from this album so the others are fan-made lyric videos. I wish people would stop using Google Translate for them because obviously, the results are not that desirable. Let me give my personal thoughts on each song now.
Dreams Come True
The album opens with this fun upbeat song that describes the journey of these six talented boys from trainees to idols. They share their story hoping you’ll gain hope for your dreams as well. Extending a hand to AROHAs, they want them to walk towards their dreams together. It’s has a fresh clean sound that shows off the vocals and rap well. MJ, the main vocal, is lovely as always supported by Eunwoo, Moonbin and Sanha. Rocky’s rap stands out for me as he reflects on the hardships of training and how they led him to success. I’ve always been a fan of Jinjin’s rapping and he doesn’t disappoint here either describing how he’s now in control of the dreams he had as a child. The bridge builds up for the chorus nicely and the chorus leaves you with a sense of well being. A sweet message wrapped up nicely.
This is the title track for this comeback. The MV is refreshing and colorful. They went with pure primary and secondary shades rather than pastels, which is the current trend. Each member has a color that suits their personalities and AROHAs have their own color which is a mix of their official fandom colors Vivid Plum and Space Violet (Aaawwww!!). The idea of the Dream Store (D. STORE) is pretty neat. It’s a place where the boys serve you dreams in the form of drinks (the bottles have been around since forever in ASTRO’s MVs). Lyrically, it’s about falling in love, being thankful for the presence of your loved ones and just feeling on cloud nine. Jinjin’s rap is my favorite part. It just lifts the mood a level higher.
The choreography for Baby is signature ASTRO: powerful and witty. They make it look so easy! I didn’t know humans could jump that high seriously. I’m discovering all kinds of info about human limits while stanning ASTRO honestly. Moonbin was perfect as the center during his parts. As soon as the music begins, you can tell already that the dance is going to be top notch. Rocky’s B-boy tricks are enough to give anyone a heart attack!
This is the mood maker of this album. You won’t be able to stop smiling until the song ends. It’s pretty fast paced in some parts while it has the lazy hip hop vibe in other parts. It’s an interesting blend of all things bright and swag-y. It’s a love song where a guy is a little insecure and concerned because he wants to make his girl happy. He wants to be the reason for her beautiful smile and laughter which mesmerizes him. I don’t really have a favorite part in this track because it has a lot of good parts that work wonderfully as a whole.
Because It’s You
Hands down, my favorite ASTRO song! Most people are deceived by ASTRO’s cute concepts in their title songs but they actually have plenty of mature songs as well. This song is about expressing gratitude to someone who’s been with you through thick and thin and acts like a balm to your wounds even when they’re not there. The producers didn’t make MJ shout as much in this song which I’, thankful for. He’s going to lose his voice if they don’t teach him proper technique.
I like that ASTRO added a mid temp song for those days when you don’t want to drown in sad songs or groove along to dance numbers. Dream Night is a pleasant song that you can listen to anytime and enjoy the vocals. It has a nice composition and I am a sucker for woah oh oh oh oh type stuff so yeah, I liked it 😀 Even though it is a sad song about missing a loved one it doesn’t give off teary vibes.
I’ll Be There
This a nostalgic track that has a bitter sweet feel to it. It’s about missing someone who’s not there anymore with you, going to the first place you met them hoping to see them again. It has a slower tempo than Dream Night and a soft beat. The electric guitar near the end was a nice touch. Jinjin and Rocky’s rap add to the storytelling and lift the mood.
This is another slower, more mature and dramatic song that would have been perfect as an OST for a Kdrama. I really love the composition. It takes your emotions higher and lower with the notes and the vocals are on point! The lyrics are about being separated from a loved one, pretending that you’re okay with them leaving and suffering alone in their absence and at the same time, begging them to say that their them leaving is a lie. Everyone did very well on this track and the rap reflects the emotion of this song beautifully.
The first song of this mini album, Dreams Come True, was about ASTRO’s hard journey to success so this was the perfect way to wrap up this mini album. Every Minute is about helping someone you love achieve their dreams, protecting them, cheering them on and being there for them “every minute”. Moonbin and MJ shine in this song. Moonbin’s “every minute” is cute and funny while MJ’s “good night, sweet dreams” is something I want to hear every night before falling asleep. Their harmony is very sweet.
So, that’s all for my review. Do check out ASTRO’s Dream Part .01 🙂 ASTRO fighting! AROHAs fighting ❤
Disclaimer: Concept photo credits to Fantagio Ent.