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GFRIEND is finally back with their first studio album, ‘LOL’. The album is a feel good album with various GFRIEND flavors, the girls had experimented with multiple music genres for this album! It has 12 tracks, which are all food for the ears. The girls’ concept this time for the title track ‘너 그리고 나’ (NAVILLERA) is a bit of a retro-ish, but still had the GFRIEND caliber. The girls tried reggae with their track ‘Distance’, ‘Water Flower’ has a rock vibe, ‘Mermaid’ is a pop ballad which was inspired by Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’. ‘Sunshine’ is an R&B song with electronic rhythm and acoustic piano harmony, while ‘Compas’ is in the house music genre. ‘Click’ is a medium-tempo pop song, and is in the style of 1990’s American pop music. The girls also tried a dubstep song through ‘Gone with the Wind’.
Now let us all watch the MV..
As you guys can see, the girls really gave off that retro-ish vibe in this music video. Now, about the song title, ‘NAVILLERA’. Basically, since the title had really no language origin, I made quite a few research about it, and I’ve seen a statement saying that the concept of the song was inspired by a French novel, ” Le Papillon Des Étoiles ” which means, ‘The butterfly of the stars’. Well, after finding out about the story of the novel, I’m guessing NAVILLERA means, 나비’NABI’ (Korean term for butterfly) + 레라 ‘RELA’ (Probably from ‘Cinderella’), this is just my personal thought tho.
Well, the MV is not enough, here’s the comeback stage!
Anyway, the girls definitely improved aesthetically. I’m loving Eunha’s look, she definitely owned this era, her short hair really fit her. My girl, Yuju, she’s the best, no words for this girl. Yerin, still the same bubbly chicken from the very beginning. SinB is lovely, her hair suits her as well. Umji baby, she’s literally a baby, such a cutiepie, as for our leader, Sowon, her beauty is exceptional.
In my honest opinion, they gave SinB more lines tho, but in all fairness, SinB deserved these lines, but I was hoping Umji could get quite a few more lines tho, Sowon too, but still, I’m loving this comeback.
These girls had a very good start, the title track is doing well in the charts, but, is it enough to replicate ‘Rough’s’ success? Well, I hope if they couldn’t repeat their success, I hope they’d exceed more than what they have done before. I hope these girls could fly even more higher! GFRIEND FIGHTING!
Note: I made this post on July 12, so I included the comeback stage at MTV The Show.