Release Date: May 4, 2023
- Cherry 100%
- Cherry Talk
- Hide & Seek
- Dimension (KRE Ver.)
tripleS is the world’s first “fan-participating girl group” that debuted in February 2023 with the EP Assemble.
Having gone in with low expectations, I found their debut EP enjoyable. So I figured why not look at the group’s sub-unit releases since if they are half as decent as the primary unit, they might be worth trying, right?
So, in this review, I listen to +(KR)ystal Eye’s Aesthetic.
tripleS has four sub-units under their collective (so far), and +(KR)ystal Eyes is the second of their sub-units to release music.
Like Acid Angel from Asia, the members of this quartet were decided through a fan vote via the Cosmo app to place members in the first two sub-units.
The members voted into +(KR)ystal Eyes are:
- Yoon Seoyeon
- Kim Chayeon
- Lee Jiwoo
- Kim Soomin
+(KR)ystal Eyes is the freshest of the tripleS groups, and Aesthetic shows it. They differentiate themselves from AAA and the parent tripleS group by having a bright girl pop sound and image.
The title track Cherry Talk encompasses what you should expect from this album. It has a catchy girlish charm that doesn’t go too overboard on the sweetness.
With that in mind, the b-sides don’t stray far from the established formula set by the title track, except for maybe the Rising spin-off song Deja-vu and the KRE version of Dimension. Those seem closer to the style that tripleS have presented up to this release of this sub-unit EP.
I found the three b-sides to be better than the title track. They had a comfortable balance of pop, and the edgier Urban music influences from previous tripleS releases.
In particular, Touch and Hide & Seek bring back those 90s feels. So these are perfectly in line with the current Y2K throwback trend.
Overall, Aesthetic is a more consistent-sounding album than AAA’s Access. The only downside is that its title track isn’t nearly as strong as its counterparts. Otherwise, it’s another album that shouldn’t be overlooked, especially if you like the style of girl pop this group presents.