This is part 3 of my excessive reviewing exercise of all musical output from Loona. The last part has finally concluded all the solo and sub unit activities before the full group debut and we will now start looking at the albums with the whole group combined. To see the other parts, please refer to this list:
Please take a look into part 1 for an explanation of the grading and more general information. Let us now start with Loona’s first mini album with all members present:
Loona – [+ +], Mini Album
(I am aware that “favOuriTe” was seperately released as a single before [+ +], but in these cases I will just glance over that. I am, however, looking at all albums seperately from their repackaged version as I have done before since the normal, original version is a different experience than the repackaged one. It can be a better or worse experience depending on the add-ons. Just for clarification.)
1. + +
2. Hi High
5. Perfect Love
[+ +] suffers from the exact same problem all previous Loona releases have suffered from: There is an amazing single, another passable to good song, and the rest is either terribly uninspiring and forgettable or just kind of bad. It is so sad to see this because Loona’s later albums, as we will soon see, have some amazing B-sides, and writing about one specific B-side was my inspiration for writing about all of their musical output in the first place. “Hi High” is a good song, but the rest sadly doesn’t deliver on that level, not even close.
Loona – Orbit 1.0
Loona gave an exclusive release to the people that purchased their first “Orbit Kit”. This means there is no official upload I can link, but rest assured: that is not necessary.
1. Loona 1/3 & Choerry – 지금 더 좋아해 (I Like You More Now)
This is just 지금, 좋아해 (Love&Live) from Loona 1/3, but with Choerry instead of Hyunjin and with a few different lyrics. It sounds the exact same, and there is nothing noteworthy about it. There is a special choreography video for it in which … well Choerry dances Hyunjin’s part. Riveting.
It is the exact same song, but Jinsoul raps in English. The rap part has been bad in the original, but this is even worse, just because the writing is terrible. Here are the lyrics:
Hey, nothing ever matters, you know? I don’t understand what you’re doing, oh. Think of all the things, little things you did. I heard you’re coming back, now baby turn around. On and on, we on this cycle on and off. I never fall for you again, that’s it, ima lose my mind. I don’t know, don’t matter, what we had, it’s over now. Reminiscent of the past, that’s it, we’re over now.
This is garbage. They couldn’t even be bothered to really rhyme anything. I know it’s fanservice and all, but, my God, put some fucking effort into it, please.
3. Loona – Hi High (Remix)
As the name implies, it’s just a remix, but it is sadly not a good one. The fast paced energetic beat from the original got swaped to some half-assed copy that doesn’t even properly start until half of the first verse is already over, and is then just the tiniest bit too loud on top of that. The song did not need to be fucked with like that.
Loona – [X X], (“[+ +]” Repackaged Mini Album)
1. X X
3. 위성 (Satelite)
5. 색깔 (Colors)
6. Where You At
Everything the repackaged version added sounds more or less the same, really. Not even the big single is really that interesting to me, it’s just saved by the amazing video. Nothing here makes me wince or anything, it’s just that nothing is really that good. It does make [+ +] better overall, just because all B-sides of [+ +] were subpar or bad, but that cannot be the goal, can it? What I can say is that [X X] feels much more like a coherent album than its predecessors. Many of the songs follow a similar style, or are much more alike each other than it has been the case in earlier releases. Still, not very good as a whole package.
Loona – #, Mini Album
2. So What
3. Number 1
4. Oh (Yes I Am)
5. 땡땡땡 (Ding Ding Dong)
“#” is bad. The best song on it is a decent B-side, the rest is either utterly forgettable or utter garbage. I am so, so glad they don’t go down this “I’m so bad” route this much anymore, but sadly the success of it did influence later releases to an extent. These later releases, luckily, have been much, much better than this shit, though. What makes me sad is that this is what brought a bigger audience to Loona, when there have been so, so many good songs before that. The solos are full of high quality tracks and the sub units all have good songs with a unique style to offer that it just pains me that this is what Loona got known for. Why did this get them their first win, when literally the second single they released was a orchestra-style masterpiece with a cinematic gem of a music video (Let Me In)? For the life of me, I cannot understand this.
Anyway, this was the third part of the series. The next part will be released in due time, and contain much better songs, this much I can already say. Thank you for reading.