- Kiss My Lips
- Who Are You (feat. Gaeko)
- Double Jack (feat. Eddy Kim)
- Love and Hate
- Green Light
1. Kiss My Lips
Opening the album up, Kiss My Lips was of course used as the promo track for her Korean comeback and while it wasn’t quite as hard hitting as some of her older songs like “MOTO” and “HURRICANE VENUS” were, it does bring BoA back to her R&B roots and the groove of the track was decent too! Definitely a nice and cool way to open the album up!
2. Who Are You (feat. Gaeko)
Moving to the album’s tracks, Who Are You follows suit by continuing this rather cool, R&B style. At first I thought the synthwork felt awkward, but as the song continued forward, the track becomes a lot more nice and soothing to listen. While Gaeko contributed nicely, but he sure did have more voice-time than BoA it felt like. The chorus is my favorite part though, very bright and upbeat. Overall, OK I guess.
At least things get funky with our next track Smash which literally is a funk song with slap bass and a cool beat and makes things a bit more danceable here. It gives me a little bit of this feel from her American album, but it’s a lot more cleaner and BoA sounds like she’s having a lot of fun with this one and I ended up liking this a lot!
Slowing down a little for the next track, Shattered takes a more deeper route with lower synths and beats for this cool track. I’m definitely a big fan whenever BoA tackles these kind of songs and this is no different. A very smooth and mysterious track to fill the album and then BoA turns the song and makes a total bop out of it. Definitely the first song to really wow me on the album!
I guess to throw some variety onto the album, Fox comes next and I dug the intro of the song but then once BoA begins the verses, the tune kind of reminds me a bit of “Smash” with the funky bass and sound. Though this one has a little bit more of a pop sound to it as the bass kind of falls in the back. It’s nice and whatnot, but I think “Smash” did a bit better as the funky tune on the album.
6. Double Jack (feat. Eddy Kim)
The other collaboration on the album, this one features Eddy Kim in this acoustic guitar-led track and I’m quite surprised at the change of pace. Though after the first half of the verse, the tune changes pace and we’re back to a slightly funky sound. It’s a nice song and even when Eddy joins the song, his parts are just as suited as well…both of them work nicely in this song and it’s just a feelgood love song.
Slowing things down for our next track, Home takes us down a path to more of a mid-tempo jam. With the past tracks having a nice hook to them, Home’s lack of oomph kind of prevents me from getting too into it with its quiet arrangement and low bass synths. It felt a bit flat for me despite BoA giving a nice vocal performance, but this is like some 90’s lowkey R&B track and I was kind of bored through it.
At least things pickup again for Clockwork which has a really interesting arrangement that features fluttery strings and a cool hook to it that opens to an interesting dance track for BoA. I kind of dig the dramatics in the song and BoA’s English has been getting stronger and sticks out throughout. It’s one of the album’s standouts and definitely made up for how bored “Home” turned out.
9. Love and Hate
Things calm down again for our next track which starts out similarly like “Double Jack” with acoustic guitar. Though it seems it’s the focus of the song this time and Love and Hate is kind of an interesting track being light and simple with BoA singing between both Korean and English which is pretty impressive to hear her work on fusing the two together in songs. As such as it is a simplistic track, it was a pleasant listen.
10. Green Light
At first, the intro to Green Light gave me vibes that it was going to be a ballad, but it’s quickly shut down with the funky guitar licks and beat changed it all over. While I do like the addition of said strings, Green Light sounds like a lot of what this album gave us so far so it feels laidback and cool. While it might not strike as much as other funk-driven songs on this album, it’s got a nice chorus and BoA sounds great of course.
See, Hello starts almost the same way that “Green Light” does but instead of going upbeat, it stays as this piano ballad that slowly grows throughout the song. This one doesn’t really do too much for me in the long run sadly because it’s pretty straightforward, but I do like how they filter her voice out in the middle of the track, but besides that, it’s kind of meh.
I was kind of surprised that the final track of the album is a tune called Blah, but I assume it makes things interesting and less obvious than making “Hello” the last track. Though the song here is kind of Western-sounding to my ears with the boom-clap beat here. Kind of feels like a song to end with, but there’s something missing about this one though. Something a bit stale perhaps is preventing me from sticking to this one.
- Kiss My Lips
- Green Light
Song of Avoidance
So, jumping back a bit for her Korean release a couple years ago, Kiss My Lips is OK for the most part…there’s a lot of nice tracks but not enough to surpass something like the best of “HURRICANE VENUS” but it’s DEFINITELY better than “Only One”. Though there’s some stinkers here still, but it’s an OK release.