Colör

Black: A Night for You

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A splinter group from the hyper-successful boy band Exile, Colör has always focused a little more on an R&B format and a stronger technical prowess on the vocal end. Although the main members of Exile had returned to their primary group by the time of Black: A Night for You, the remaining (and/or replacement) members of Colör carried on, refining their R&B sound further. On Black (part of a series of color themed albums), they start out by making their intentions clear -- an a cappella break shows off a strong Boyz II Men-influenced approach to four-part harmonies, with a mix of modern innovations and 1990s era elements bonded together. It's their harmonization abilities that really carry the group through the album. The compositions and arrangements are relatively standard fare from the American R&B scene of the '90s, putting a strong emphasis on the vocal talents of the members rather than carrying too much energy in the instrumentation itself. Remixed elements and accentuated points are kept to a minimum. The quartet really shines as a result, smoothly delivering their lines, only occasionally submitting to Autotune distortions, and harmonizing effectively for long stretches. Their voices, when focused, hold a surprising range and they rarely miss a note. If more of the album had been in English (a few songs are), the group could have been part of the "East Coast Family." There are few tracks that specifically stand out from the crowd, and the album as a whole is exceptional. Colör is a J-pop boy band without any allegiance to the trappings of hyper-engineered pop music who runs entirely on their vocal ranges and techniques, and proves they're worthy.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
1:07
2
0:56
3
3:53
4
4:05
5
3:55
6
4:11
7
1:11
8
4:52
9
3:45
10
3:53
11
3:56
12
4:29
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