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Brown Eyed Girls – SIGN January 18, 2012

Filed under: Brown Eyed Girls — solarblade @ 10:21 pm

Track Listing

  1. SIGN
  2. Love is…
  3. SIGN (Korean version)
  4. Abracadabra (FRAKTAL Voodoo Remix) (Limited B bonus track)
  5. Abracadabra ~ Dondake Beauty Mix (Limited C bonus track)
  6. SIGN (Junjamin Remix) (Limited C bonus track)

1. SIGN

I’m curious to why BEG chose SIGN to debut because I felt like “Abracadabra” was the more well-known but it just seemed to work this way I guess.  SIGN is kind of different from the normal K-pop songs since this is a little more light and fluffy.  I actually really like the song though since it’s got catchy lines and the members really sound pretty not gonna lie.  Though I will say Miryo (the group’s rapper) kind of sticks out but she always does so it’s not news to me.  They even made the last run through the chorus be in Korean…COOL BEANS!  Yeah, I’m just loving the song right now!

2. Love is…

The B-side, Love is… features half the members in Jea and Miryo.  Kind of interesting to see these two together but it somehow works in the end.  The tune is kind of the norm R&B style they have and like I know it’s split between Jea taking the melodious route while Miryo sticks to rapping.  Pretty good B-side to be honest.

3. SIGN (Korean version)

I’m surprised that the Korean version of SIGN has more English than the Japanese version…that’s a surprise to me actually.  Same things apply here since the song is otherwise the same with its rather glossy appearance and such.  Still funny enough, this is one of those times where I prefer the Japanese over the original *gasp*.

4. Abracadabra (FRAKTAL Voodoo Remix)

I’m pretty surprised that they would fill the single out further with remixes…(even though two of the three are from the “Sound-G Sign” mini-album).  The first takes from the Korean version of Abracadabra and adds a more dance-friendly beat that isn’t like the original’s beat.  It sounds like it doesn’t have enough dimensions to it to make it strong but it didn’t destroy it which is good I guess. 

5. Abracadabra ~ Dondake Beauty Mix

At first this new remix of Abracadabra begins like the original but kind of takes a rather subdued line.  I’m not really a fan of this but I’m hearing this as a Japanese version of the song which is kind of meh to begin with.  Then there’s this IKKO guy that has lines deep into the song and I’m just not liking this remix at all…TBH, it sounds like BEG resang the song since Miryo sounds different from the original Japanese mix of the song…Iono…it’s weird.

6. SIGN (Junjamin Remix)

The other old remix…SIGN’s actually is the best of the three mixes oddly enough.  Now since this is based off the Korean version it’s not much of a bother to me.  Instead of the whole glossy pop style, it sounds a little more synthy and electropop which is cool and all that and it works for the song’s melody as well. 

 

 

As this is BEG’s debut in Japan, I thought their choice of SIGN was odd, but somehow worked for them since the song is quite catchy actually and in both languages as well!  Love is… was also a good song since it was catchy and the two members featured worked quite nicely.  As for the remixes, I think SIGN’s was the best since I felt that there was something lacking with both Abracadabras…I will say it’s been nearly a year…where’s our next JPN release ladies…I mean a Japanese “Sixth Sense” is so wanting to happen!

 

Shoujo Jidai – GENIE

Filed under: Shoujo Jidai — solarblade @ 9:12 pm

Track Listing

  1. GENIE
  2. GENIE (Korean Ver.)
  3. GENIE (Without Main Vocal)

1. GENIE

Even though many people don’t consider this as SNSD’s BIG hit, GENIE was a fair way to debut with actually.  I really like the song for some reason since the vocals are really smooth and since I enjoyed GENIE when it was first released, it was great that they chose this to debut with.  Though I’m still kind of lulzing over the whole ~genie for yo weeesh~ lines.  Great tune!

2. GENIE (Korean Ver.)

Funny enough, I’m enjoying the Korean version more because overall it seems that this version of GENIE feels more alive and has a bit more going on than in the Japanese version.  Then again it feels like the vocals worked better her even though both versions were great.  I don’t I’m split because the both lyrically sound good…but the music in the Korean version is better.

 

 

As it is SNSD’s debut in Japan, GENIE was a solid choice but still undermines their next single actually lol.  The song is pretty strong and since it doesn’t have the uber cute charm like some of their others, this was more than easy to enjoy!

 

KARA – Mister

Filed under: KARA — solarblade @ 8:40 pm

Track Listing

  1. Mister
  2. Umbrella
  3. Mister (Karaoke)
  4. Mister (Original Korean Version) (CD only First Press Bonus Track)

1. Mister

Of course one of the more recognizable tunes in the Hallyu Wave is KARA’s JPN debut song Mister (which is a language cover of their big Korean sister).  It’s weird coming to this after reviewing the singles from “Super Girl” because everything prior wasn’t uberly poppy.  The song actually is catchy and even though there’s the typical use of auto-tune and the PV was something that was memorable and you got a pretty good song.  As for their Japanese, it wasn’t bad actually and I could understand it easily.

2. Umbrella

Though the B-side (which is also a cover of one of their Korean tunes), Umbrella kind of does sound like their current sound of being more poppy then K-poppy.  I do like that it’s more laidback and kind of light for them since it lets the other members actually stand out more than usual.  It’s kind of sweet to listen to and it moves swiftly so that’s good.  Not as good as “Mister” but it’s a nice song!

3. Mister (Original Korean Version)

So on certain editions of the single, we get the original Mister which is still just as good as the Japanese but I do prefer the original more!  Still got a great groove and just sounds all kinds of great.  No wonder why it’s popular!

 

 

KARA’s Japanese debut single was a little obvious of a choice since Mister was so huge and all that.  The song is great to listen of course and Umbrella made for a really good B-side.  Yeah, this was a solid single from them ^_^

 

ikimono-gakari – Itsudatte Bokura wa

Filed under: ikimono-gakari — solarblade @ 3:06 am

Track Listing

  1. Itsudatte Bokura wa
  2. Akai Kasa
  3. Itsudatte Bokura wa -instrumental-
  4. Akai Kasa -instrumental-

1. Itsudatte Bokura wa

I’m enjoying ikimono’s more upbeat songs as of recent and with their A-side for Itsudatte Bokura wa.  It sounds really happy but not to the point where it’s just happy happy.  I’m loving Kiyoe’s enthusiasm the most of the song as she gives a rather great performance.  Even throwing brass in the mix helped the song give more color!  Impressed…they haven’t disappointed me at all in the era.

2. Akai Kasa

While it isn’t as energetic as “Itsudatte Bokura wa”, Akai Kasa is still upbeat and has a rather happy flow to it that made me sway my head back and forth.  However, it doesn’t have a very memorable sound to it and kind of seems forgetful (though it does remind me of other songs of theirs).  Not their best, but certainly not their worst.

 

 

As the third and final single representing their upcoming “NEWTRAL” album, ikimono-gakari still is releasing rather good A-sides and with Itsudatte Bokura wa, it’s one of their best upbeat songs but I’m not sure where it lies since all their A-sides were impressive.  Akai Kasa is alright, but their B-sides usually aren’t all that great….hmmm weird LOL.