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AFTERSCHOOL – Rambling girls/Because of you March 10, 2012

Filed under: AFTERSCHOOL — solarblade @ 10:14 pm

Track Listing

  1. Rambling girls
  2. Because of you [Japan Ver.]
  3. Because of you [Korea Ver.] (CD only)
  4. Rambling girls (Instrumental)
  5. Because of you [Japan Ver.] (Instrumental)

1. Rambling girls

Wait…is this AFTERSCHOOL I’m hearing?  I didn’t expect this for their first original Japanese song.  I mean the girls sound deeper and almost to the point where it’s sexually charged haha.  I have to say it’s pretty damn awesome to hear the girls this way because they sound good.  Though I do question if the lyricist got bored somewhere along the line because the chorus is really mostly ~la la la la~ and it does kind of get a little annoying after a while…but this is still a pretty awesome song nonetheless.

2. Because of you [Japan Ver.]

The other A-side of the single is actually a Japanese version of their Korean song, “Neo Ttaemune”.  Unlike the energetic vibes of “Rambling girls” this is a lot more lighter and has piano and strings in the arrangement before gaining a solid beat after Kahi’s rapping.  It does go back and forth between the slow side and the heavier beats.  It’s nice but “Diva” and “Rambling girls” is better XD

3. Because of you [Korea Ver.]

The original version also appears and it has the falling rain in the background which isn’t present in the Japanese take.  This one sounds a little more heartfelt since the vocalists are more emotional here.  Add in the growing power in Kahi’s rapping and I felt this was totally different compared.  I did think the auto-tune was a little ehhh and the addition of dance beats to be a little unnecessary (I was fine with this being a real ballad BTW). 

 

 

As the 3rd and last of the “PLAYGIRLZ” era, This double A-sided single wasn’t too bad actually…almost on par with “Diva”.  While I love the hell out of Rambling girls, I can tell it might test some people with that fail of a chorus.  The Japanese version of Because of you is nice but the Korean one still is on top.  Interesting how that turned out but overall a good single!

 

Shoujo Jidai – MR. TAXI/Run Devil Run

Filed under: Shoujo Jidai — solarblade @ 9:19 pm

Track Listing

  1. MR. TAXI
  2. Run Devil Run

1. MR. TAXI

WHOOHOO!, Girls’ Generation making their primary A-side on the third single an original song and it actually works!  MR. TAXI has a darker tinge kind of like “GENIE” almost but has a ridiculously catchy chorus where it’s ~mr. taxi, taxi ,taxi…soutou jeukshi, jeukshi, jeukshi~ tells you that it’s going to be one of those songs that just drills into your mind.  I actually really loved this song since it’s catchy and the girls sound pretty good (and a lot less cute than in “Gee”). 

2. Run Devil Run

The other A-side is another Japanese self-cover, this time one of their songs Run Devil Run from…well that re-release of the same name.  I do think “MR. TAXI” is still the stronger song but there’s parts of this song that I really like.  Kind of like the chord builds in the chorus with the ~run, run, run, run~ parts.  I don’t get the dislike because this isn’t so bad and kind of works with their style but then again knowing that Ke$ha made a demo with this that should mean something but it doesn’t.  I really like GG’s Run Devil Run a lot and Ke$ha’s too since I can understand the lyrics. 

 

 

Closing the “GIRLS’ GENERATION” era, I have to say their first Japanese original was quite awesome and MR. TAXI is definitely one to enjoy and fits in the Hallyu Wave of must-need to hear songs.  Run Devil Run though was a pretty cool song overall and gives the girls a bit more of a mature feel to them.  Definitely an impressive single here!

 

Super Junior – Mr. Simple

Filed under: Super Junior — solarblade @ 8:25 pm

Track Listing

  1. Mr. Simple
  2. Snow White
  3. Mr. Simple -Korean ver.-
  4. Mr. Simple -Instrumental-
  5. Snow White -Instrumental-

1. Mr. Simple

Now this was understandable as the group’s 2nd A-side.  Mr. Simple is pretty popular for the group and it’s no surprise since this sounds so much better than “Bijin” to be honest.  I mean the vocals aren’t under auto-tune and the hooks are just a tad more stronger as well which is pretty damn good.  I also like the Japanese in the song since it gives the song a little more punch.  Plus, c’mon, this is such a fun song to listen to…I mean I would love to learn the dance and just be singing the chorus XD.  Add in that this was my first song that I listened to from SuJu and we have this great song that definitely left a mark on me!

2. Snow White

After that excitement, Snow White comes in as the original B-side and it doesn’t sound bad even though it tones things down quite immensely for it.  It is a bit more like their sound when it isn’t a leading song so this shouldn’t surprise me much.  Add in that it feels that it’s their winter song and it also kind of sounds a little cheesy.  I like the amount of solo lines of course but it just seems this is so overwhelming compared to “Mr. Simple”.

3. Mr. Simple -Korean ver.-

I’ll be honest, I love the the long intro for the PV so much but sad that it isn’t connected to the song at all on either versions.  Now I don’t find too much to really bicker about the original version since I like it as equal to the Japanese version so that’s good that I don’t feel bothered by it.  Pretty good!

 

 

Ahhhh the famed Mr. Simple…I love this a lot more as an A-side that I did with “Bijin” for sure since the song was more natural than it and just overall sounds like a stronger song!  Snow White was clearly not going to be as good as the leading track but I don’t remember it very much either since it’s a little bland for being a wintry tune.  Can’t wait for their next single!

 

KARA – Jumping

Filed under: KARA — solarblade @ 7:53 pm

Track Listing

  1. Jumping
  2. Burn
  3. Jumping (Instrumental)
  4. Jumping (Original Version) (CD only first press)

1. Jumping

If you like K-pop songs with a harder drive, than there’s nothing more to look forward to then Jumping which is KARA’s second A-side.  Even though they’re more known for “Mister”, I think Jumping trumps it with a powerful arrangement and crazy hooks abound…it’s like such a great song from KARA.  It’s definitely one of my favorite K-pop songs since the Hallyu Wave started so that’s saying a lot!

2. Burn

~The drop of the beat!~ xD.  While Burn isn’t as extravagant as “Jumping” was, this isn’t too bad of a song.  It’s a little more of their poppier side to their music but it has a little more of a R&B style going on which is nice to hear.  Honestly, I felt that this could’ve been a f(x) song if I knew any better…it kind of fits their style a little more.

3. Jumping (Original Version)

Yeah the original makes the cut on the single as well.  I mean I’m so used to the Japanese version that it’s to the point where I kind of feel that the original sounds awkward…unusual right?  Still it’s pretty awesome!

 

 

KARA’s second and final single for the “Girl’s Talk” era does improve over “Mister” for sure because the leading song is just all kinds of badass.  I love Jumping and is more than likely my favorite KARA song (maybe next to “STEP”).  Burn is alright, maybe a little different for them but still on the good side of things.  Hope the album is good!

 

Shoujo Jidai – Gee

Filed under: Shoujo Jidai — solarblade @ 4:53 pm

Track Listing

  1. Gee
  2. Gee [KOREAN VER.]
  3. Gee [WITHOUT MAIN VOCAL]

1. Gee

Who seriously doesn’t know this song?  I mean Gee is probably one of a few poster Hallyu Wave songs out there given its immense popularity!  I will say that I’m surprised that after “GENIE” this was a lot more cuter and poppy than I would’ve expected Girls’ Generation to actually pull off.  Gee just has all the things that makes a K-pop song work…good vocals and an addictive hook (and more than one for that matter).  While it’s not my favorite GG song out there, I can see why it got so popular so damn fast!

2. Gee [KOREAN VER.]

Which could attest to the fact there’s a Korean version of the song of course LOL.  I liked it but I’m a little more used to the Japanese version (because I did hear that one first oddly enough) but I still do like the cute and petite sound going on…This is just a good song here! LOL.

 

 

As this is the group’s most popular song, Gee is definitely one of those rare times where I like a cute and poppy K-pop song but it’s just so hard not to fall in love with the hooks and groove of the song itself.  It’s going to be tough for the group to top this but by the direction they’ve been going…they might!

 

AFTERSCHOOL – Diva

Filed under: AFTERSCHOOL — solarblade @ 4:39 pm

Track Listing

  1. Diva [Japan Ver.]
  2. Ready to love
  3. Diva [2011 New Korea Ver.] (CD only)
  4. Diva [Japan Ver.] (Instrumental)
  5. Ready to love (Instrumental)

1. Diva [Japan Ver.]

I find it awesome that their 2nd single was Diva.  Though what I wasn’t expecting was the besides the lyrics being translated into Japanese, the song went under a gloss and came out a LOT MORE STRONGER than the original Korean version.  I couldn’t stand the original very much and felt weak as a promotional track, but this new arranged version is more heavy and synthy but not annoying.  Plus the ~diva-diva-di-di-diva~ parts aren’t sung by the girls but more like heavily filtered.  It’s really cool and made much more of an impression than “Bang!” did.

2. Ready to love

As their second original B-side, Ready to love does seem to chill out from the excitement coming from “Diva”.  It still does have synths but they don’t blaze the song out which is alright.  I will say that I do like the kind of sexual undertones of the song and the vocals, but it’s lacking oomph except in the chorus that was nice.  Hmmm…definitely think it’ll catch on I bet!

3. Diva [2011 New Korea Ver.]

See even the Korean version needed the upgrade it seems.  While I felt the Japanese version felt more fuller and complete with it’s new sound it made the Korean feel just a little unusual but it still works.  Not much else to really say otherwise but this is nice.

 

 

AFTERSCHOOL’s second single for the “PLAYGIRLZ” era is a LOT better of a release than “Bang!” was by far!  The leading song was great and I’m happy it got a new arrangement to avoid using the rather uneventful one of the original which didn’t work as well to the Korean advantage.  Ready to love was also a nice song as well…lighter but not letting up on the synths which was a good sign.  Overall strong single!

 

Super Junior – Bijin (BONOMANA)

Filed under: Super Junior — solarblade @ 4:07 pm

Track Listing

  1. Bijin (BONOMANA) Japanese Version
  2. Bijin (BONOMANA) Korean Version
  3. Bijin (BONOMANA) -Less Vocal-

1. Bijin (BONOMANA) Japanese Version

I was surprised that SuJu would redebut in Japan with BONOMANA since logic would’ve said “SORRY, SORRY” would’ve made a better choice but I guess we have to deal.  Now Bijin isn’t their best effort because the song is encased in tons of auto-tune and repetition which makes it a little bit harder of a listen to be quite honest.  It’s hard to tell who the vocals are belonging to but I think they were focusing on the melody and catchiness of the song.  To be honest their Japanese was alright, but there are certain parts where it felt muddled and kind of like they were squeezing words into certain spots which sound like tongue twisters LOL.  Eh.

2. Bijin (BONOMANA) Korean Version

The Korean version or “Miina” as I’m calling it is of course a lot better but I still think it’s hard to distinguish the vocals to the members because of the amount of auto-tune which is a bit of a beef when dealing with K-pop.  They do have better as well which isn’t surprising but hmmmm this song is kind of different for them lol.

 

 

As the group’s debut (or re-debut…I don’t know) Bijin is an alright choice but I wouldn’t say it’s the best choice because of how it was handled with the Japanese and stuff and even then there’s issues I had with the original that carried over liked the over necessity of auto-tune.  It might grow on me but I doubt the Japanese version will ever.