On the heels of ‘Can You Feel It?’, the boys of Highlight follow up with a repackage ‘Calling You.’ It’s got all your faves from the first album, plus two brand new tracks, “Calling You” and “Sleep Tight.” Check out the original edition review of ‘Can You Feel It?’ here.
“CALLING YOU” is far from a real jam. It’s more of a mid-tempo piece that reflects the pain of the singer. I think part of its strengths lies in the vocal work that marks it as particularly Highlight, from Junhyung’s husky voice to Yoseob’s high notes. The song itself really pops. I like the beat, this sort of double-timed rhythm that adds some flair to the whole piece.
“SLEEP TIGHT” is their nod toward soft rock. It’s another mid-tempo tune, but this time there’s less pain, and it’s more matter-of-fact. Of note is the second verse, where it’s sort of half-rapped-half-sung, and I like how many syllables they stuff into each line. Junhyung does his trademark best here, but it’s kind of an average tune.
Each of these tunes is not out of place on this album, and I’m sort of thankful they didn’t do a ballad. They had some beautiful pieces on the original and those didn’t need any competition. That said, there is one good tune and one average one. Is it a reason to buy this? Well, if you missed the first one you’ve got two more tunes to choose from. If you bought the first one, well, there’s one more song you might want if you’re craving more Highlight.
The go along with the song about regret, we get the boys going through their days but drinking at night to forget. With friends, business partners, pretty girls, or alone, they quaff. Sometimes they end up at the payphone. Other times, the boys dance.
The theme is loneliness, a sense of not being able to enjoy life when she’s not there with them. They play off this theme pretty well. It’s also understated; there are no scenes of them screaming or breaking things. They’re calling their ex after a drunken night. It’s as much about missed chances as anything.
I like the different environments. While a couple of them seem fake, the rest of them are outfitted like you’d expect, and pretty convincing. They did a good job with the sets and wardrobes, and the scene transitions as well.
The dancing is done pretty well. It’s nothing earth-shattering (nor should it be, in a mid-tempo tune), but they’re in sync and do a fair amount of footwork. What’s amusing about the dancing scene is that they return to what they were doing like nothing just happened, an interesting 4th wall nod.
Overall, this is dynamic and hi-color. As a whole, it’s a pretty enjoyable experience, and words barely do it any justice. But don’t take my word for it — take a look for yourselves.
SEE ALSO: Highlight release MV for “Calling You”
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