EXID have never been afraid to try new things. With five years under their belt and an edgy girl crush concept that stands out among the wave of innocent groups, EXID have been able to try more mature musical styles. They’ve shown this on brassy hip-hop hits like “Ah Yeah” and “Up & Down,” all the way to their last hit, the reggae-tinged electro-pop banger “L.I.E.”
Now the group are back with their third mini-album, Eclipse. As expected, the girls try a totally new sound on lead single “Night Rather Than Day.” The track, produced by Shinsadong Tiger, blends classic disco with R&B, electronica, and a touch of acid jazz. It’s different to the other girl group songs out at the moment, and the racy lyrics further cement EXID’s bold image.
Album opener “Boy” has a unique trip-hop style that sounds like something an indie Western artist would do, while “How Why” is an addictive synth-pop song with a tropical twist. Members Hani and LE also get the chance to showcase their individual talents with solo tracks. Hani’s “Woo Yoo” is a melancholy R&B mid-tempo that perfectly suits her voice, while rapper LE shows off a more sensual side of herself on the buttery smooth “Velvet.”
The only thing missing from Eclipse is Solji. The group’s main vocalist unfortunately had to miss out on this promotional cycle due to health issues. Luckily, EXID has another powerful vocalist in Hyelin, who proves that she’s more than capable of filling Solji’s parts until she’s ready to return to EXID.
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