Release Date: April 9th, 2018
- Monday Blues
- 花요일 (Blooming Day)
- 내일 만나 (Sweet Dreams!)
- Vroom Vroom
- 휴일 (Lazy)
Total Runtime: 00:22:32
Recommended For: Those looking for something simple, yet easily enjoyable. If you prefer more R&B oriented tracks or the use of synths, then you should definitely check out this EP.
NOT Recommended For: Anybody looking for an album with particularly forceful tracks, whether it comes to instrumentation or vocal performance.
TRACK 01 | Monday Blues
Starting off the album, we have the simplistic, R&B tune of Monday Blues.
Highlighted by pretty synths and occasional bar chimes, this track takes it slow and steady with its approach. CBX’s vocal performance matches the laid-back vibes, complimenting the instrumentation and helping to make this an overall enjoyable track.
Monday Blues is a gentle opener to the album, and we get a taste of the synth sounds and beautiful vocals that are yet to come in the rest of the EP. It’s quite mellow for a starting track, however that doesn’t take away from its appeal, as Monday Blues excels with its dreamy and delicate style.
TRACK 02 | 花요일 (Blooming Day)
With a stronger beat backing the song and CBX stylishly singing their way through, Blooming Day amps up the energy after the softer sound of Monday Blues.
Blooming Day’s instrumental is much more minimalistic, however it is accentuated by small details such as the periodic clapping heard throughout the track. The chorus’ hook is punchy and addictive, with its simplicity complimenting the vibe of the instrumental. Beautiful singing from the boys is also emphasized by the smooth “Oh baby, oh baby” verses that appear during every chorus.
Reaching the bridge at the 2:13 mark, the atmosphere is stripped back even more and CBX’s performance is able to take centre stage. This short part adds a little something extra to the track, and it’s perfectly topped off by Chen’s impressive high note.
Even though it’s much more relaxed compared to their previous title, Hey Mama!, Blooming Day definitely isn’t a decline in quality. After the release of their first EP, I was intrigued to see what CBX would do with their next comeback, and it would be an understatement to say this title track was everything I hoped for.
Easy-going and effortlessly enjoyable, I’ve consistently been playing Blooming Day on repeat since its release, and that doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon.
TRACK 03 | 내일 만나 (Sweet Dreams!)
Welcomed by strong synths, Sweet Dreams! starts out bolder than expected. The vocals on this track have a bit of flair to them, however it’s really the instrumentation that captures my attention.
The synths become even more prominent during the chorus, working as a catchy melody to get the listener hooked. Throughout the song the flow is quite straightforward, however at the 2:13 mark there is a short bridge where the synths are much less intricate and we have drum beats that are noticeably more hard-hitting. This bridge adds a nice dynamic to the song without setting it too far outside its established boundaries.
The verses and choruses themselves aren’t very intense, but it’s the bold instrumentation that gives Sweet Dreams! a needed extra punch. CBX’s lines flow smoothly, their gentler tones mixing well with the instrumental. Exuding an almost retro feel, this track will definitely be a favourite for those who enjoy synths as much as I do!
TRACK 04 | Thursday
Moving onto the next track, we have the soft R&B sound of Thursday. Led by a simple piano melody, Thursday is complimented by gentle clapping and the subtle shimmering of bar chimes, while synths lay the choruses.
The vocals on this track are smooth and delicate, matching the coffee shop vibes this song seems to have mastered. I particularly have a soft spot for Baekhyun’s vocals on this track, especially when he channels his higher register. Around the 2:17 mark, both Chen and Baekhyun alternate between falsettos for a short bridge part. This bridge helps bring the song to a nice conclusion, as following directly after it is a repeat of the chorus that finalizes the track.
With soothing instrumentation, light falsettos, and fluttering synths, Thursday is brought to life by its atmosphere and EXO-CBX’s beautiful vocal performance.
TRACK 05 | Vroom Vroom
Vroom Vroom caught my attention immediately, with Baekhyun’s passionate Lady~ line strongly opening the track. While relatively simple when it comes to the verses, Vroom Vroom’s instrumentation is really where the track draws in the listener.
A steady drum beat is paired next to intense synths and occasional bright hi-hats, the retro feel vibing with CBX’s stylish vocal performance. During the chorus the synths hit their peak, and the “vroom vroom vroom” hook is addictive, working as that go-to catchphrase that any listener can easily remember.
This track definitely stood out the most to me, even more than the title track I would say. With its captivating instrumentation and funky vocals, Vroom Vroom has taken the spot as my favourite track on Blooming Days.
TRACK 06 | Playdate
Playdate boasts a fun, light-hearted instrumental, immediately giving the song a youthful feel, and CBX’s lively vocals add even more energy to the track, highlighting the overall playfulness of the song.
This track features cheerful guitar and bright chimes twinkling in the background, which compliment the ease from verse to verse. These small details help add to the bigger picture, giving Playdate its own distinct sound.
CBX themselves especially add to the joyful atmosphere, with their enthusiasm shining through every line. The “you and I, you and I, you and I” hook is sweet and simple, and sounds even better when it’s paired next to CBX’s pleasant harmonies.
TRACK 07 | 휴일 (Lazy)
The final track off of Blooming Days, Lazy is driven by soft verses and an engaging instrumental.
Taking the spotlight right from the beginning, the instrumental enthusiastically opens the track. Featuring an interesting synth mixed in between strong drum beats, the instrumentation gives some life to the more mellow verses and choruses. As CBX sensually sing along, each verse flows smoothly into the next.
The prominence of the synths at the start of the track gets the listener hooked immediately, and the drum beats guide the song until the synth takes over again in the chorus. With occasional crash symbols and Baekhyun’s sparse English lines, Lazy has a playful yet gentle feel to it.
Being the final song, Lazy brings the album to a nice conclusion, summing up what Blooming Days has to offer and working as a relaxing stand-alone track as well.
Overall, Blooming Days perfectly tackles the minimalistic sound.
Each song is unique in its own way, featuring many interesting, synth-driven instrumentals and pleasant vocal performances. Excelling in its addictive simplicity, if you’re a fan of more R&B oriented or synth influenced tracks, then Blooming Days is definitely for you.
My favourite tracks off the album would have to be Vroom Vroom, Blooming Day, and Sweet Dreams!, however I highly recommend checking out each track as they all have something to offer.