I AM THE BEST
DON’T STOP THE MUSIC
1. I AM THE BEST
I’m loving the fact that 2NE1 is moving to the JPN market fully and it starts strong with I AM THE BEST (which is like the other songs on the mini, are merely language covers of their Korean stuff from “2NE1 2nd Mini Album”). I really love this version more than the original because it flows better and of course the new English lines sound so much cooler as well. Since all four members have their own parts and each of them sounds like they have the right amount of attitude…minus Dara…she kind of didn’t fit this one. Still, as a fan of “Fire”, and “Try To Follow Me”…this is pretty damn awesome!
I was kind of surprised at the lyrical content for UGLY for some reason. Unlike the aggressive K-pop flavor of “I AM THE BEST” this was more relaxed but still able to be used to dance along with. I think I was surprised at the chorus because electric guitars are utilized and since the chorus is all in English it surprised me a lot. I didn’t expect such a song to come from them when this was released on their Korean mini and seeing it updated for their JPN debut was actually nice if not better also!
Take “UGLY” and make it even more of a ballad and we get LONELY, however unlike the last two songs this sounds pretty awkward in Japanese for some reason. At least the chorus tries to make up for that and it sounds really pretty since it’s Bom for the most part. However it is was my least favorite from the Korean mini and continues to be that way here for most of the same reasons. It’s very repetitive and now it’s repetitive and sounds awkward.
4. HATE YOU
Likewise, HATE YOU in Japanese sounds off for me. I just got more of a better attitude from the original for some reason. I will say that Minzy and Bom in the verses sound really good and with Dara taking the bridge and CL taking the chorus it’s a great song and of course the whole ~i hate you, ehhh ehhhhh eh eh, I’m fine living without you~ is the hottest part of the song. I still prefer the Korean version though.
5. DON’T STOP THE MUSIC
Closing the mini, DON’T STOP THE MUSIC ends the way it began and that’s with an easy dance track. However, I’ve noticed the crazy amount of auto-tune used here and I’m kind of put off by it. I mean does Minzy really need that…she’s a good of a singer without it for sure. I do like the song a bit and the language switcheroo isn’t totally bad but there’s something about it that never really caught my attention.
2NE1’s reign of terror begins I guess starting with NOLZA and I must say while this is just a Japanese rendition mini of their Korean mini-album (sans Bom’s solo track) this isn’t totally bad but it’s still pretty lazy of a release. Besides I AM THE BEST, UGLY, and DON’T STOP THE MUSIC the other songs just didn’t sound right being sung in a different language but I like the three I listed. At least they’re coming out with a physical single next ^_^ hopes for an original track!