CLC is a 7 member K-Pop girl group formed in 2015 by Cube Entertainment. They made their initial debut back in March of 2015 with their first EP First Love. Initially the group was only 5 members, but the two new members, Elkie Chong and Kwon Eunbin, were added to the lineup in 2016.
Crystal Clear released their fifth mini-album, Crystyle, on January 4, 2017. The album featured 6 songs and showed a whole new side of the girls!
The album starts off with “Liar”, an EDM and hip-hop mashup that sets the bar high for the rest of the album. The main beat is faster, but the chorus slows down a bit, which is a nice change of pace since it’s usually the reverse. The vocals match the song’s sound, with a auto-tuned sort of sound.
“Hobgoblin” is the title track track for the album and is energetic and fun. There aren’t as many vocal lines in this track, so it doesn’t showcase the entire groups skills. The one thing that stands out most about this song is how different it is from their normal style, which is both a good and bad thing. Overall, it’s a definite dance track with a catchy beat and beautiful music video.
“Mistake” starts off with a bass guitar riff overlaid later by synthesized beats. The song is heavy in the vocal department and has a definite 90’s/early 2000’s vibe to it. “Meow Meow” has a very distinct sound compared to the other tracks on the album. It’s slower and very hypnotic, in both a dreamy and sexy way.
“I Meant That” seems like the perfect summer track, with a relaxing tempo and adorable background vocals. The song flows smoothly and while slower, has a high level of energy. “Tears Bottle” starts off with a beautiful piano introduction and features strings throughout. There’s a haunting note in this ballad song that just makes the entire song beautiful. Ballad pieces aren’t normally my cup of tea, but it’s so beautiful, I couldn’t stop listening.
CLC showed fans that they could change up their style and be successful with it in their album, Crystyle. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next