If you took a listen to Paradise, you were probably glad that S.E.S. had made such a strong comeback, but you were probably also worried that the rest of the album will be a let down. Let us waylay some of your fears; if you are a fan of the group’s previous work, you’re going to love this.
This is probably the most vocally impressed that we’ve been with the members since their debut. They have come into this project with the determination to show that there is a reason that they are so well regarded by their peers and newcomers. They have the benefit of age and experience while also having maintained a lot of that youthful tone that often gets lost as singers get older and their voices change. It comes out to be a happy medium between the two and gives the ladies a much richer sound than a lot of their previous work showed. The harmonies are especially full as they sound truly layered and not just everyone singing the same note for more thrust.
The writing for the album (as far as we can tell) is pretty solid. One of the things we like is that the group didn’t try to pretend that no time had passed and that they weren’t all married women with families and experiences beyond their youthful ones. They even do an good job with the English version of Remember; it hangs together better than BoA’s English rendition of Every Heart, but the inconsistent rhyme scheme throws you off as you listen. Still worth a few listens, though.
Our criticism of this album is pretty much the same one that we had for Shinhwa, some of the tracks sound dated in the that not-a-throwback tribute way when it comes to production. This is a little less of a problem for female groups as many of the nugus tend to sound a little dated on their offerings until they find their own sound, but it might turn off some listeners who were looking for something a little more updated from the ladies.
Our favorite tracks are Paradise, My Rainbow, Hush, and The Light. The most skippable tracks are Candy Lane and Life.