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[Translation | Synnara] GFRIEND The 5th Mini Album Repackage 'RAINBOW' Album Review

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🎶 Album Introduction 

GFRIEND The 5th Mini Album Repackage [RAINBOW]

GFRIEND, announces The 5th Mini Album Repackage [RAINBOW]!
2017 Summer Queen GFRIEND, to release repackage album [RAINBOW]!
Title song 'Summer Rain,' an emotional story that succeeds 'Love Whisper!'
Like the rainbow after a shower, the story of GFRIEND that will twinkle even brighter in the future!

 

After presenting fans a sweet summer in August 2017, GFRIEND will release the repackaged album [RAINBOW] on September 13, looking to extend their sentimental mood into fall.

This summer, GFRIEND stood atop various music charts immediately following the release of 'Love Whisper' and collected 4 music show wins, proving the power of girlgroups once again. This album is the repackaged album of The 5th Mini Album [PARALLEL], which includes the new title song 'Summer Rain' and two additional songs to improve the quality of the album.

The title song 'Summer Rain' is the second part in the trilogy started with 'Love Whisper,' with lyrics that reminisce of the past summer and its memories. Also, the song took samples from Schumann's song cycle 'Dichterliebe op.48-1' (A Poet's Love) to amplify the emotional mood.

 

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< Album Review >

1. INTRO (Belief) 
Composed & Lyrics & Arranged by Iggy, Yongbae / Drum Programming Seo Yongbae / Bass Iggy / Keyboard Iggy / Background Vocals by Yuju / Mixed by Jo-ssi Ahjussi @CUBE Studio

This song will trick you into thinking that you are walking in a thick forest in the summer. This intro song starts with a toy piano, and the repeated piano melody harmonizes with GFRIEND's main vocal Yuju's voice. It naturally flows into the next track, the title song 'Love Whisper,' representing GFRIEND's unique summer colours.

 

2. Love Whisper
Composed & Lyrics & Arranged by Iggy, Yongbae / Drum Programming Seo Yongbae / Bass Iggy / Guitar Young / Piano & Keyboard Iggy / Background Vocals by Kim Sori / String Arranged by Kwon Seokhong / Strings Performed by Yoong String / Recorded by Kwak Jeongsin, Jeong Moyeon @VIBE Studio / Mixed by Jo-ssi Ahjussi @CUBE Studio

The title song 'Love Whisper' is a medium dance song that emphasizes GFRIEND's unique uplifting emotions. The sentimental and lyrical intro part and the members' refreshing voices resemble the cool summer. The lyrics express faith for a loved one and a heart full of love. The chords have gotten much more complex than previous songs and the musicality has matured, all while presenting a melody that is easy to sing along to.

 

3. Summer Rain
Composed & Lyrics & Arranged by Iggy, Yongbae / Drum Programming Seo Yongbae / Guitar Young / Piano Kim Woong, Iggy Keyboard Iggy / Background Vocals by Kim Sori / String Arranged by Kwon Seokhong / Strings Performed by Yoong String / Recorded by Kwak Jeongsin, Jeong Moyeon @VIBE Studio / Mixed by Jo-ssi Ahjussi @CUBE Studio

'Summer Rain' samples from Schumann's song cycle 'Dichterliebe op.48-1' (A Poet's Love) to amplify GFRIEND's unique emotional mood. With lyrics like "Perhaps there is love that abruptly comes like the Summer Rain," the song metaphorically expresses love by comparing love to the whimsical yet beautiful Summer Rain. The song appends a beautiful classical piece to the girls' shining summers and love stories to bring out the fall sentiments.

 

4. RAINBOW
Composed by Fuxxy, VINCENZO, Any Masingga, Anna Timgren
Arranged by Fuxxy / Lyrics By MAFLY / Arranged by Fuxxy / Drum Programming Fuxxy / Keyboard Fuxxy / Guitar Jeong Jaepil, Sa Seungho / Background Vocals by Woo Jungah / String Son Yeongseok / Recorded by Kwak Jeongsin, Jeong Moyeon @VIBE Studio / Mixed by Jo-ssi Ahjussi @CUBE Studio

This song starts with a powerful guitar riff accompanied by a sentimental piano line. The song inherits the previous GFRIEND songs' DNA, while showcasing a more powerful sound than before. Various acoustic instruments were added on top of the unique melody line, coming together to form a dance song based on the Rock genre. Also, the lyrics express GFRIEND's identity, containing the story of GFRIEND that will twinkle even brighter in the future - like the rainbow after a shower.

 

5. Ave Maria
Composed & Lyrics & Arranged by Megatone, Ferdy / Drum Programming Ferdy / Guitar Ferdy / Synthesizer Megatone / Background Vocals by Jeon Jaehee / Recorded by Kwak Jeongsin, Jeong Moyeon @VIBE Studio / Mixed by Jo-ssi Ahjussi @CUBE Studio

The rhythmical guitar melody and the bass line adds to the excitement of this disco style dance song 'Ave Maria.' The lyrics that contain the faith to be able to meet the loved one someday and the sad hope for eternal love stands out in the song. Having met GFRIEND's sentiments, the song was perfected with full of charms.

 

6. One-Half
Composed & Lyrics & Arranged by Iggy, Yongbae / Drum Programming Seo Yongbae / Bass Iggy / Guitar Young / Keyboard Iggy / Background Vocals by Kim Sori / String Arranged by Kwon Seokhong / Strings Performed by Yoong String / Recorded by Kwak Jeongsin, Jeong Moyeon @VIBE Studio / Mixed by Jo-ssi Ahjussi @CUBE Studio

One-Half is a cute and lovely song, representing a significant other as the 'other half'. The lyrics draw out the path of couples slowly resembling each other: copying each other's habits, facial expressions, behaviour, and speech, encouraging empathy and the nostalgic feeling of the 90's. The arrangement contains brass's half tempo and one tempo, and powerful yet innocent charms can be felt from the song thanks to the GFRIEND members' refreshing and lovely vocals.

 

7. Life Is A Party
Composed by Hyuk Shin, RE:ONE, Davey Nate / Lyric By MAFLY, Ponde / Arranged by RE:ONE / Background Vocals by Le'mon, Ashley / Vocal Directed by Le'mon / Recorded by Kwak Jeongsin, Jeong Moyeon @VIBE Studio / Mixed by Mr.Panda @ Joombas Music Factory USA / Original Title : Life is a Party / Original Writers : Hyuk Shin, RE:ONE, Davey Nate / Original Publisher : Joombas Co., Ltd

Life Is A Party is a retro style, disco pop genre with an impressive harmony between the beautiful bass line and the synthesizer. The lyrics put you in a vacation-ey mood, and the members' energetic raps add more enjoyment.

 

8. Red Umbrella 
Composed by Heuktae, Jang Jeongseok / Lyrics by Heuktae / Arranged by Jang Jeongseok / Drum Programming & Bass Heuktae / Guitar Lee Taewook / Keyboard & Synthesizer Jang Jeongseok / Background Vocals by Kim Sori / Recorded by Kwak Jeongsin, Jeong Moyeon @VIBE Studio / Mixed by Jo-ssi Ahjussi @CUBE Studio

'Red Umbrella' is a Shibuya-kei based song with emphasis on the rhythmical guitar melody and the retro style string sounds. The song's story is based around looking at the red umbrella, being reminded of the young emotions exchanged during a fateful encounter on a rainy day, and the desire to one day be able to meet again.

 

9. Falling Asleep Again
Composed by No Joohwan, Lee Wonjong / Lyrics by MAFLY / Arranged by No Joohwan, Lee Wonjong / Drum Programming by No Joohwan, Lee Wonjong / Bass Kim Yeil / Guitar Ryu Hyunwoo / Piano No Joohwan / Keyboard No Joohwan, Lee Wonjong / Background Vocals by Jang Hyeji Recorded by Kwak Jeongsin, Jeong Moyeon @VIBE Studio / Mixed by Ko Hyeonjeong (assist by Kim Kyeonghwan) @KOKO SOUND Studio

'Falling Asleep Again' is a R&B ballad song with a sentimental piano melody harmonizing with the polished beats. The plentiful instruments and the members' harmony are emphasized in this song. The lyrics represent Buddies, who will always be there for GFRIEND, as beings that comfort them to fall asleep again, and as beings who always support them and give energy.

 

10. Summer Rain (Inst.)
Composed & Arranged by Iggy, Yongbae / Drum Programming Seo Yongbae / Guitar Young / Piano Kim Woong, Iggy / Keyboard Iggy / String Arranged by Kwon Seokhong / Strings Performed by Yoong String / Recorded by Kwak Jeongsin, Jeong Moyeon @VIBE Studio / Mixed by Jo-ssi Ahjussi @CUBE Studio

 

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Source: Synnara
Translated by Albatro

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"이거 하나만 약속해, 변치 않기를 바랄게. 그때도 지금처럼 날 향해 웃어줘"

"Promise me this one thing, I hope you don't change. Smile at me then like you do now"

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2 hours ago, Albatro said:

With lyrics like "Perhaps there is love that abruptly comes like the Summer Rain," the song metaphorically expresses love by comparing love to the whimsical yet beautiful Summer Rain.

AIGOO LYRICS SPOILERRRRRRR

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