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4minute – Volume Up April 8, 2012

Filed under: 4minute — solarblade @ 8:39 am

Track Listing

  1. Get On The Floor
  2. Volume Up
  3. I’m OK
  4. Say My Name
  5. Femme Fatale
  6. Dream Racer
  7. Black Cat

1. Get On The Floor

Opening their next Korean album out, Get On The Floor is your normal 4minute intro but a little more filled out because there’s lyrics going on by HyunA (mostly).  It’s nice and while it doesn’t segue to our next song, this was a cool intro.

2. Volume Up

I have to say as the main promotional song, Volume Up is pretty cool for some reason.  I’m loving the saxophone being in the song and the sheer catchiness found here for some reason.  After being disappointed with “READY GO”, this was a nice return to form.  The verses is a bit eh in places and HyunA sounds odd?  However they made up with the chorus and they high note that is hit by Gayoon (is it?).  Classy 4minute and breaks their monotony with they usual K-pop fare for once!

3. I’m OK

After that excitement wore off, we go into I’m OK which is one of those mid-tempo’s overtaken with depressing emotions that it kind of hits the chords.  To me, the song is alright but it just seems like your normal slow tune from them but it’s nice I guess?

4. Say My Name

I get Indian vibes when I listen to Say My Name for some odd reason but it’s like something I would’ve expected to hear on “Hit Your Heart” because it has that kind of punch to it that would’ve felt right on that mini-album.  It’s alright though and I love hearing the girls in the song.

5. Femme Fatale

I was thinking our next track was going to be a little more sneakier and mysterious but Femme Fetale is kind of once again pulling strings from “Hit Your Heart” with the marching shtick and odd stuff going on but somehow it actually worked for me because I liked the angst of the tune.  I wish there was more bass though but that’s a small negative. 

6. Dream Racer

Probably the closest thing to what they’ve been sounding like recently is Dream Racer which kind etches along this cool K-pop sound and then the chorus is bright and summery.  It’s a giant mess to me for some reason and I just kind of don’t enjoy it very much. 

7. Black Cat

Closing the mini-album out, Black Cat brings the auto-tune to the front line and honestly feels like a mix of T-ara and miss A in this song for some reason.  I will say that I love the mysterious sound of it and the chorus is kind of catchy in its own right but it feels like the music is lacking boom.

 

 

I’ve seriously lost hope for 4minute as of right now, unfortunately.  Besides the title track which is surprisingly good on a mini of mediocre, this mini-album is definitely their worst one yet.  The last three songs were capable of great things but they got hindered by many things (though Black Cat would be my second favorite).  This was just disappointing!

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One Response to “4minute – Volume Up”

  1. ReedTien Says:

    Yeah, I kind of felt the same way. Volume Up is amazing for me, Femme Fatale is pretty good, and I’m OK is decent. Everything else isn;t really worth a repeat unfortunately =/


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