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4minute – DIAMOND December 16, 2010

Filed under: 4minute — solarblade @ 8:49 am

Track Listing

  1. FOR MUZIK
  2. Muzik (Japanese Version)
  3. BABABA
  4. HOT ISSUE
  5. HIDE&SEEK
  6. WHO’S NEXT (feat. BEAST)
  7. HUH
  8. CAN’T MAKE UP MY MIND
  9. WHAT A GIRL WANTS
  10. FIRST
  11. I My Me Mine (Japanese Version)
  12. ALREADY GONE
  13. DECEMBER

1. FOR MUZIK

Figures that 4minute would begin the album with the intro from their debut Korean mini-album.  FOR MUZIK is the opening intro and it features only the rappers of the group and while it’s great to hear em, it’s definitely not really an intro that tells you what the album will fully sound like (which it doesn’t, but a nice amount does.

2. Muzik (Japanese Version)

It does make a great intro before 4minute’s JPN debut which was also their first Korean song (but of course a change in language).  Since then I’ve grown to enjoy this song a whole lot since it’s just a whole lot of fierce in a song especially with the almost intoxicating chorus and after-chorus and let’s not forget HyunA’s kickass solo.  This song has the right amount of power and energy that would get anyone onto the dancefloor.  Definitely such a good song to debut with in any language.

3. BABABA

From “Hit Your Heart”, we get the original version of BABABA on the album.  Since it’s kind of like not glued to my head that the girls do anything but club bangers, but BABABA is actually more poppy than most of the album and it’s a good surprise for me.  The slower tempo does make it quite interesting to listen to and it gives the girls more room to showcase their vocals.  The only disappointing factor (and it occurs a lot on this album and that’s the fact they didn’t try to do a Japanese version). 

4. HOT ISSUE

I hope they wouldn’t have gone ahead and include both “HUH” and HOT ISSUE as they both were B-sides on the JPN singles to begin with.  I still think the song has a darker glow than “Muzik” did and a slightly better sexual sound going on, but some of the vocals are a little wonky for some reason.  Jihyun’s vocals kind of make me squint a little since they’re just iono…they just don’t fit for this song.  Might not be as good as other songs found on the album but it’s nice.

5. HIDE&SEEK

It’s nice though that we got 4 new songs for the album, however it’s split half, with one side Korean and the other Japanese.  HIDE&SEEK is one of the new Korean songs and it’s follows the more poppier songs like “BABABA” and “WHAT A GIRL WANTS”.  I know the girls love auto-tune, but it shouldn’t have taken over the song like it did here because it got annoying quickly with the clipping and such as well.  It’s too much for one song and it kind of just took me out.

6. WHO’S NEXT (feat. BEAST)

Just like how “FOR MUZIK” opens for “Muzik”, WHO’S NEXT opens up for “HUH”.  Of course if you don’t know who BEAST is, they’re a Korean boyband on the same label as 4minute.  Anyway, WHO’S NEXT has an in your face beat that just makes you pay attention.  Add in that once again the rappers are featured and adding the calls of BEAST it’s an interesting interlude (since it’s called that for this album). 

7. HUH

Beginning with one of the members of BEAST calling the group out for our next song that was the lead track from “Hit Your Heart” and was the B-side on the JPN release of “I My Me Mine”, HUH might not be focused on the speed, but more on the impact of the music and I loved that they sound fierce and just kicking ass and not taking names in the progress.  It’s another one of those songs I wished wasn’t in Korean for this release but w/e…it’s kickass.

8. CAN’T MAKE UP MY MIND

Strange that we go from a club-banger into more of an slick R&B song from the group and it’s also the first of the new Japanese songs which is great since it gives us a new side for the girls in the JPN world.  I also loved that there’s less usage of auto-tune in the song!  The main vocalists are just hitting the right notes and since it’s supposed to be kind of sensual, it’s a good song here and one of the songs that show me that they can do amazing with songs without machinery.

9. WHAT A GIRL WANTS

Funny that we get into another Korean song from “For Muzik” and WHAT A GIRL WANTS brings us back into the more lighter songs from them and I’ll be honest, I’m not used to them in this style and it kind of shows because the rapping actually sounds immensely out of place and HyunA’s vocals are a tad annoying here for me.  I wished they had avoided bringing this song onto 4minute’s debut, but w/e.

10. FIRST

Of course I was so damn happy they included their first original (though literally 2nd) JPN song onto the album and FIRST is just all kind of epic for some reason.  Yeah, I do think it does feel like many ideas thrown together (mostly noticeable with the chorus, the area before the 2nd verse and after the 2nd run-through the chorus).  Even with those kind of odd areas, the girls all get parts and they really sound clear as a bell in their JPN unlike “Muzik”.  The thing I kind of wished they had added was the ending with the piano closing and not just randomly finish on whims during the whole ~my, my, my, my~ part.  Still one of the best songs of the year and it shares the place with…

11. I My Me Mine (Japanese Version)

Yep, I My Me Mine impressed me just as much as well as being my first 4minute song I ever listened to.  This song is just slick and full of chick vigor that I was surprised K-pop could even reach to that (even though it’s quickly becoming like that LOL.  To me, this song has a lot more hooks and memorable parts than “FIRST”, but somehow the fact that FIRST was an original tune while this was a new version of their Korean hit, it’s a tough decision which was better.  I love that they did sort of add to the song with HyunA yelling in English, and that caught my attention the most, epic beats, cool vocals, and edgy attitude…this was a winner!

12. ALREADY GONE

Nearing the album’s final song, ALREADY GONE is the other new Korean song for the album and while it has a lot more oomph than the slower songs, it’s like a better sounding “WHAT A GIRL WANTS” and it’s got a catchy beat to add with.  Something tells me though that with “HIDE&SEEK” these two will be on their next Korean release which kind of makes me worry since both songs aren’t up to snuff…let’s hope I’m wrong about that.

13. DECEMBER

Finally, closing the album up is the other new JPN track and it kind of makes sense since it’s December and all.  I actually love the melody of the synths for this song and it fits both the singers and the rappers equally and doesn’t create riffs.  To me it’s also like “ALREADY GONE” but more synthy and smoother.  It’s actually kind of good, even better than the other new JPN song. 

Tracks Recommended

  • I My Me Mine (Japanese Version)
  • FIRST
  • HUH
  • Muzik (Japanese Version)
  • DECEMBER

Song of Avoidance

  • WHAT A GIRL WANTS

Let’s be honest, this album would’ve done so much more better if there was just Japanese songs and nothing of the Korean language found here.  That’s the biggest disappointment was that some of the songs were still in the original formats.  The new material for the most part was OK, the two Koreans being the main flaws while the two JPN were better.  I hope they don’t pull this again if they decide to go for their sophomore release.