Remember sometime last year when I was worried that IZ*ONE was never going to release again when there was the Produce scandal? Remember when we thought this full album was never going to see the light of day?
Then somehow, closer to my birthday, I find out that the album was indeed going to proceed and promotions would continue and IZ*ONE would still be a group until the end of their contract. Guess when the album released? I’ll leave you in suspense (P.S. it’s my birthday!).
“BLOOM*IZ” came and made its impact, fighting against all odds (and eventually selling A LOT, and I mean A LOT, of copies).
Was the album worth all the wait? Was it the serene blooming of a group that fought through all the lies and betrayal? Or is this a wilting flower that should have disbanded the group? Carry on…
Here’s a fun little tidbit for you – each of the songs have a different color. Each one corresponds to the members above in the promo image, starting from Wonyoung at Rank 1 to Chaeyeon at Rank 12. The colors are based on their outfits (rather than their official colors), so have fun discerning who’s who! (lol)
BLOOM*IZ begins with “EYES“, based off the pronunciation of the beginning two letters of IZ*ONE. IZ*ONE begs for you to have your eyes on them, and it works very well. This is a VERY catchy song, one that gets you from the start. With Chaewon bringing you in, to the rough and tough rapping of Yena, to everyone soon getting in on their lines, ‘EYES’ is a great introduction to the members and to this album. It’s fast, it’s got a hip-hop but still very pop vibe. It has the right tempo and right feel to move you forward as you start the album. Now it begs the question… are your eyes on IZ*ONE? Because mine are. ⬛
The moment we have all been waiting for – “FIESTA“.
The title song for the album, “FIESTA” a twinkly electro-pop tune filled to the brim with twinkly instruments and grandiose booms, much like its namesake (which also happens to be the name of a flower, following in the footsteps of ‘La Vie en Rose’ and ‘Violeta’). It is in this song that every girl of the twelve-member group has a chance to shine, and everyone’s vocals are so eloquent and delivered so finely, it just makes sense that they’re the twelve girls of IZ*ONE. It has more of a fire than their previous two title tracks, and with the loud horns throughout, it just feels like the event to be at. It’s time to celebrate IZ*ONE’s fiesta. ⬛
Sung by: Wonyoung, Sakura, Yena, Eunbi, Hyewon, Hitomi
Following the grand celebration of ‘FIESTA’ is the ethereal sounds of “DREAMLIKE“, which keeps the positive momentum going. This is my absolute favorite song on the album, of which it wasn’t initially! But upon consistent listens and never seeming to skip the song when it comes up, I found that I was always drawn to the song. It evokes a feeling, taking you through an atmosphere of clouds. With its midtempo beat and twinkly instrumental, ‘DREAMLIKE’ puts you at ease. The vocals are done by only six of the members, which include some of the girls who don’t quite have the vocal prowess as compared to some of the other members; yet, it is here that they sound like a dream. This song ebbs and flows in such a nice way… it is absolutely what it is. Dreamlike. ⬛
Sung by: Sakura, Yuri, Yujin, Nako, Eunbi, Hyewon, Chaewon, Minju, Chaeyeon
Ah yeah, yeah, yeah. “AYAYAYA” is Rumor 2.0.
Well, let’s put it this way. With its whistly intro, to its pulsing dance beat that possesses tango-like elements, to each member involved possessing the right vocal tinge to deliver a song as fierce as this, ‘AYAYAYA’ is the tour-de-force of IZ*ONE’s dance-song catalogue. From its ays to its da-da-da-das, the song’s catchiness is its appeal and has you moving in your seat, or in your car, or in general. ‘AYAYAYA’ has the exceptional crafting of a fantastic dance song, and being one of the songs to be performed prior to the album’s release, has all the right beats to be hotly anticipated. Ah yeah, yeah, yeah, indeed. ⬛
Sung by: Wonyoung, Yuri, Yena, Yujin, Nako, Hitomi, Chaewon, Chaeyeon
I’m your own pilot. You surprise me a lot. A magic flower. How you gonna do, gonna do?
With an intro like that, “SO CURIOUS” already has me. Perhaps the cutest song on the album, apart from ‘PINK BLUSHER’, which we’ll get to later, “SO CURIOUS” is bubblegum pop in full-form. We could call this the AKB song of the single, as it pushes Nako and Hitomi to the forefront and gives them ample opportunity to outshine the other girls in the song. Their ad-libs! Fantastically sweet and sugary like candy. It’s also a wonderfully catchy song, full of soft hooks to sink your teeth into (ouch). Its quirky, twinkly booming beats turn this song into something so fun and joyful… I’m so curious as to who else likes this song like I do. ⬛
I gotta admit it here, but I’m not a big fan of “SPACESHIP“, which is one of the several few tracks on the album that is performed by OT12 IZ*ONE and not a unit. That being said, it isn’t a terrible song whatsoever. The track feels very off-beat when you merge the instrumental to the girls’ vocals, and its cutesy melody is not quite as catchy as that of ‘SO CURIOUS’. However, once we hit the chorus, it really feels like we’re off in space, and it does have an appeal that I find myself taking a liking to. It’s another bubblegum pop song, a genre I love, but for this particular case, I think I’ll just ride another spaceship. ⬛
Romanization: Uyeoni Aniya
Translation: No Coincidence
The fiesta soon starts to slow down, as we now approach closer to the end of the album. The first of several mid to ballad tempo tracks, “Uyeoni Aniya”, also known as “DESTINY“, has more of a mid-tempo sound than its ballad counterparts, but it is an exercise in the girls’ vocal prowess. Starting off slower with a piano melody before it hits its chorus into full motion with a very powerful instrument-driven backing, this track is very pretty, and every girl has something to offer with their vocals, no matter how low or high. Perhaps my favorite of the slower tracks, it must be destiny for this song to be on the album. ⬛
The album gets even slower with “YOU & I“, a ballad that has all 12 members performing. Gotta say, not a huge fan of this. I’m not really big on ballads. That being said, with its acoustic vibe of guitar behind the girls’ pretty vocals, the song is really soothing and nice to listen to. I just don’t find myself listening to this often because this album seems to have a lot more going in its upbeat department. Unfortunately, it won’t be you and I tonight, but perhaps another time… ⬛
Sung by: Yujin, Eunbi, Minju, Chaeyeon
Ever wonder what it’s like to get hit with something so spectacular? How do you feel afterwards? That’s what happened with “DAYDREAM“. In what is possibly the most avant-garde track on the album, ‘DAYDREAM’ flips the script of what songs IZ*ONE is capable of. It has the appeal of a 90s synth track, with its instrumental going heavy on it, with little twists and turns of distorted noises to give this song an experimental vibe. It’s a driving song. It’s a fantastic driving song. Imagine yourself at night driving to this. ‘DAYDREAM’ is a surprise, and it is performed by only 4 members. Can we get more of this unit? I can only daydream… ⬛
As I mentioned earlier, “PINK BLUSHER” is the other cutesy song on the album. It is not quite as in-your-face as ‘SO CURIOUS’, but it isn’t too far off, either. A majority of this song is fueled by the cute higher pitches of the J-line members, as well as Wonyoung. Perhaps this song is more along the reins of an AKB song, but compared to ‘SO CURIOUS’, this one doesn’t have very much of a catch. It’s a fun little jam, but apart from it being fun, there’s really nothing that stands out in its speedy bubblegum melody. It feels like a filler for an album filled with really good tracks. Probably won’t try this pink blusher too much. ⬛
Sung by: Yuri, Yena, Chaewon
Romanization: Eonjenga Uriui Bamdo Jinagagessjyo
Translation: Someday Our Night Will Pass
The last ballad on the album, “Eonjenga Uriui Bamdo Jinagagessjyo”, also known as “SOMEDAY“, is solely driven on the vocals of main vocalist Yuri, as well as Yena and Chaewon, who both showcased their amazing vocals both in IZ*ONE and on Produce 48. This is a very beautiful song, powered by strings and piano to accent the girls’ vocals. That being said, I was never a fan of ballads and so I almost always skip over this song when I listen to the album, much like ‘YOU & I’. Disappointing? Yes. But someday I’ll enjoy this… ⬛
To end off the album, “OPEN YOUR EYES” brings BLOOM*IZ out with a bang-er. Taking from the first track in terms of titling, the last song on the album goes full speed with its electronica and twinkling backing. Once it hits the chorus, we’re thrown into full light speed with its almost nature-like instrumental, taking on flutes. Following this is several awesome rap segments before we’re looping back. It’s a rush of a song, evoking a sense of wind against the body. It’s a fantastic ender for the album, as much of IZ*ONE’s concepts were floral, tackling what could possibly be the end of the growth of elegance chapter for IZ*ONE. We’ve opened our eyes and cannot wait to see what the girls have in store next. ⬛
Having been released on my birthday, this release was… just so right.
It was my FIESTA. Every day afterwards was DREAMLIKE, and my EYES have been OPENed and are on IZ*ONE since then. SOMEDAY we’ll get another fantastic release like this one, perhaps another album, because their contracts are ending in 2021… it has to be DESTINY. It’s a DAYDREAM for now, but I can’t help but be SO CURIOUS for what’s to come. YOU, the reader, and I will have to wait and see. I have no other uses for AYAYAYA, SPACESHIP, or PINK BLUSHER, but I hope you enjoyed this review (lol).
All jokes aside, this album is fantastic!
The girls have bloomed into amazing vocalists, dancers, performers, etc. I’m so impressed with every member. They really proved that they deserved their spots in the group despite all the drama and conflama of the Produce series. This album marks the end of their ‘floral’ concept era and now they are into their ‘ONE’ series… here’s looking out to more future success for the girls!
MUST-LISTEN: DREAMLIKE, DAYDREAM, FIESTA
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