The new ‘Buono!’ mini-album, ‘Partenza’, just crashed my car. Brought home my bacon. Shivered my timbers. Warmed the cookies of my heart.
‘Buono!’ has lived up to its reputation as the quirky experimental group, and with this mini-album, can now be considered full-fledged pioneers of H!P. It’s been a long time since I… well… I’ve actually never been this surprised and excited by a H!P release, ever. This selection of new songs and recent single releases put into this mini-album is such a diverse and incredibly fresh package, and I can’t stop listening to it. These are idol songs with some serious quality.
The new tracks of an album are usually approached with apprehension because from my experience, most idol albums end up sounding half-baked and underdeveloped. But from the wildly different like ‘Partenza Let’s Go!!!’, to the incredibly soothing ‘My Alright Sky’, all of them have such personality and backbone that several of them could be released separately as stand-alone singles.
But a number of these songs can polarize fans. To a long-time H!P fan that prefers H!P’s current sound, one needs to come into this with an open mind. And by that, I mean you need to be a fan of music in general. If you think k-pop, electro or r&b is unbearable or too much of a departure for your tastes, then this probably isn’t for you. But to me, this is a colorful celebration of different genres that take residence in the pop-scene, and done in a very whole-hearted way. I really appreciate that this group was taken out of its comfort zone, and yielded very impressive songs as a result.
During my first listen-through my mind was stunned, trying to wrap my head around this album. “Is this really a UFA release? How?” It takes such risk and balls to make a move like this, which seems to be everything that H!P hasn’t been for a long time. It’s like witnessing a super-speed race boat climbing up the Niagra Falls. You never expect it to happen, and it’s something beautiful, not to mention, something mega-super-awesome.
Will this experiment prove fruitful? Will this be the start of something big? Whatever becomes of this, I hope there will be more exploration in store in the near future.
P A R T Y – E N Z A ! ! ! ! !