Since her Produce 101
and I.O.I era, Chung Ha has impressed with her choreography skills and sincere personality. She's well loved by the public for her talent, irresistible charm and, of course, her distinctive style of music. Following her chart-topper Gotta Go
earlier this year, the soloist goes for a more chic and fiery style in her new mini-album Flourishing
Hit title track Snapping (Track 5) is composed by producer Park Woo Sang from RBW Entertainment, whose famous compositions include Hwa Sa's Twit and Mamamoo's "Egotistic." The hot number gives a cool and stylish vibe not just musically and visually, but also in the lyrics illustrating a tepidly indifferent attitude towards a past lover. Snapping offers a grand and rich-sounding melody with various layers of music.
Flourishing begins with the Latin electronic plug Chica (Track 1), a song that has really left a strong impression on me. "Chica chica sí, you've got it all. Chica chica sí, you're beautiful. Let it all out, let your feelings out. Let the world know what you're all about" – the song delivers encouragement and advice from one's mature self to a younger self. Chica sounds refreshing because of its catchy melody and lyrics, plus Chung Ha's effortless hitting of the high notes. This self-love anthem builds a strong, independent and powerful image for the soloist.
Following "From Now On" in Blooming Blue, singer-songwriter (and 15& member) Baek Ye Rin gifts a song to Chung Ha again! "Young In Love" (Track 2) owns a serene and tender medium-tempo melody that depicts a sweet, pleasant relationship between lovers. Chung Ha's tone sounds much like Yerin's vocal style in this song. As fond as the title may sound, soft ballad Call It Love (Track 3) stirs memories of recalling and letting go of a past passion. Less is more, and Chung Ha's unique voice stands out the most against this simple melody with piano and string sounds.
Besides her impressive dancing skills and live singing, Chung Ha has also written lyrics for Offset and Hands on Me – her talent knows no bounds! This time, she surprises with her first song composition, the English trap soul number Flourishing (Track 4). Looking back on the past two years, the singer expresses her determination to "keep it flourishing" and show what she's got: "I've got colors of my own, I gotta paint them out."
Two years into her solo career, Chung Ha has absolutely found her own colors music-wise. With her new album Flourishing, she soars to a new height yet again.