After a brief absence, Girl’s Day sort of returns with “I Miss You (Want To See)”, a ballad which would be a strong filler track on a mini album but one that feels a little lackluster as a single for a music video.
The best and worst thing about ballads is how hard it is to mess them up. The elements of a ballad are about as by-the-numbers as a romantic comedy, so the floor and ceiling of ballad’s potential is fairly small. The quality often comes down to the song’s vocals, and even then production tricks often mask any flaws there as well. All of this is to say that “I Miss You (Want To See)” is fine. The piano-driven beat has a lightness to it which helps keep the song from being completely overwrought. The vocals by every member are nice and the double-tracking adds some layered richness to the lyrics. Yura gets to K-Pop rap for real and she is able to put a little twist on her usual delivery, opting for a little more husk than she usually does. Sojin and Hyeri get some space to show off their chops but “I Miss You (Want To See)” is appropriately a Minah platform. Having Minah provide the climax to a song with a wail is the “running to the airport to express your feels” cliche of Girl’s Day songs but it’s impossible to fault Girl’s Day for going that route when it so neatly fits into what they’re doing here. Girl’s Day may have better ballads out there (“I Don’t Mind,” “White Day”) but even a standard Girl’s Day ballad is pretty good and “I Miss You (Want To See)” is a standard Girl’s Day ballad.
The music video is also unsurprising and non-fussy in its approach. It’s a sad ballad so get ready to see a lot of soft Lifetime lighting, black and white motifs (color is for chumps) and sad Girl’s Day (except when there’s snow. Snow is joyful). The resulting video is OK filler but when it’s combined with a mere solid ballad, it makes the whole project seem more like a friendly reminder that Girl’s Day exists rather than a triumphant return to the scene. At least Girl’s Day got down the incredibly hard art of “pretty-crying”? That takes skill.
“I Miss You (Want To See)” ends up sounding and looking like a project which Girl’s Day could have scrounged together in a couple of weeks, which makes sense considering that the single is the only new track on the group’s first smart card album. However, as far as low-risk jobs go, “I Miss You (Want To See)” is fine. Getting more Sojin and Minah is never a bad thing but hopefully “I Miss You (Want To See) won’t mean that the group will be gone from K-Pop for long.