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4minute – Name is 4minute May 7, 2013

Filed under: 4minute — solarblade @ 1:36 am

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Track Listing

  1. What’s my name?
  2. Ireumi Mwoyeyo?
  3. Whatever
  4. Gimme That
  5. Domino

1. What’s my name?

Opening the mini-album is a short minute and 30 second intro and it reminds of when they opened up “Hit My Heart” with something quite in your face and powerful.  I do love the vocals here because all the members have that attitude (most coming from HyunA)…still the short feel led into the promo track!

2. Ireumi Mwoyeyo?

Moving into the first track, I was kind of shocked that 4minute somehow became f(x) for this song because it seriously could be sung by them.  It does kind of is the opposite to the intro which is cool, but honestly, this song is could of the black sheep song from 4minute because of the weird shit happening.  I do think that whooping synth is annoying and the whole auto-tuning the title of the song was BAD, but the descending synth line is kind of cool in the bridges.  I don’t this just was weird…and didn’t have that good of an arrangement…

3. Whatever

Moving on, Whatever comes next in and it’s also another f(x)-like song with much of that kind of urban/K-pop feel which is a bit strange to listen to.  I do hear a lot of HyunA in this song so this is quite strange to listen to.  Then after the first chorus, the song stops and there’s like a cheerleading-like section with her as well.  It’s a bit strange of a song, but it’s not bad.

4. Gimme That

Remember saying something about urban?  Gimme That sounds a bit like the current hip-hop style that’s going on here which might interest some people, but this is a bit late to the party and I feel like they’re trying to recapture the fire from “HUH”, but this kind of falls flat.  It just felt a bit congested of a song and really nothing stood out.

5. Domino

The final track to worry about, Domino is probably the closest thing to actually sounding like something 4minute which is pretty sassy and sexy to listen to!  It just really has the flair and gusto that really brought me in the fandom.  To say that it’s the only song that really sounds like 4minute is strange…but this is really the only track I would listen to regularly.

This was definitely what I’d call an identity crisis here!  I mean 4minute has done songs that really are aggressive and sexy but nothing that makes them look like f(x) clones.  Name is 4minute, is just an awkward mini-album for me because it didn’t feel like a 4minute piece of work (cept for Domino).  I just didn’t like this…at least Volume Up was more of their style, this was a bit too try hard for me.

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4minute – Love Tension August 26, 2012

Filed under: 4minute — solarblade @ 3:34 am

Track Listing

  1. Love Tension
  2. Volume Up (Japanese Version)
  3. Love Tension (Karaoke Version)
  4. Volume Up (Karaoke Version)

1. Love Tension

I have to say after being disappointed in “READY GO”, I was ready for 4minute to come back strong with a new A-side and Love Tension is definitely what I had asked for!  It’s what they do best and it’s keeping it true to their K-pop roots.  Also there isn’t a lot of HyunA imvolved which is also a great point for the single.  It’s catchy and one of their best songs in Japan!

2. Volume Up (Japanese Version)

Not surprising, they made the B-side a Japanese version of their title track from their most recent Korean release.  It’s still sassy and full of HyunA, but in a different language.  I don’t mind the changes much though I still prefer the original version sadly.  I think this could be the cleanest one’s they’ve done but there is probably others.

 

 

Preceding their first best-of album (wait…this early?), Love Tension is actually one of their best singles seeing as both tracks are pretty good songs.  Love Tension stays true to their style and Volume Up is more of an interesting experiment with their sound and a smoky sax style.  I love it!

 

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!

 

4minute – READY GO December 7, 2011

Filed under: 4minute — solarblade @ 1:19 am

Track Listing

  1. READY GO
  2. SWEET SUGA HONEY! (JAPANESE VERSION)
  3. READY GO (KARAOKE VERSION)

1. READY GO

After that derailment of sound from 4minute’s last single, they came back with the punchin’ READY GO.  I will say that the electric guitar mixed in with the group’s normal K-pop tones surprised me and it worked at first (mostly the verses are pretty awesome).  The chorus though is kind of shady for me since it has a lot of repeating going on (like most K-pop songs).  I mean “WHY” was pretty awesome but READY GO seems to be basic and very straightforward…even for them 0.o.

2. SWEET SUGA HONEY! (JAPANESE VERSION)

Why did they have to choose this song to change when they have much better songs that haven’t been changed yet.  I definitely think reviewing this song for the 4th time is just crap as well.  I guess it was nice they changed it into a Japanese translation since it actually fits them a little better.  Strange that’s said because I’m starting to slightly enjoy this version more than the Korean take…that’s just not right!  It still does come off weird since JPN 4minute is more about the hard music and this stuck on the cuter side of their music.

 

 

As the third single (and possibly the final of the era), READY GO is my least favorite of the A-sides released.  Despite the fact that there’s now electric guitars in the song to make it unique, the song falls flat and just sound too plain EVEN FOR THEM!  Surprisingly, SWEET SUGA HONEY! actually left a better mark on me.  Weird as I totally dislike the Korean version…but here it’s not so bad.  Still at least both tracks are something new/different unlike both “WHY” and “HEART TO HEART”.

 

4minute – HEART TO HEART August 28, 2011

Filed under: 4minute — solarblade @ 7:54 pm

Track Listing

  1. HEART TO HEART (JAPANESE VERSION)
  2. YOU KNOW (KOREAN VERSION) (CD+DVD A only)
  3. BADLY (KOREAN VERSION) (CD+DVD A only)
  4. HEART TO HEART (KOREAN VERSION) (CD+DVD B only)
  5. MIRROR MIRROR  (KOREAN VERSION) (CD+DVD B only)
  6. SWEET SUGA HONEY! (KOREAN VERSION) (CD only)
  7. FIRST (KOREAN VERSION) (CD only)
  8. HEART TO HEART (Instrumental)

1. HEART TO HEART (JAPANESE VERSION)

4minute in Japan had been releasing singles and the main track were giant club bangers so HEART TO HEART is a little twist to the fans of them because it’s more poppy and lighter than songs like “FIRST” and “WHY” but I like the original Korean take of it for sure but the Japanese one is quite nice as well.  I mean the good English hooks are still there and the chorus is still damn catchy and with the language switch I felt a little more comfortable with this one…I like it.

2. YOU KNOW (KOREAN VERSION)

Unfortunately like their previous few singles, especially “WHY”, the rest of the singles is full of their Korean songs from “4minutes Left” which is pretty damn annoying to see a bunch if not all the songs originally from that here.  Starting with You know, I still love this song a lot since it’s not hard but not poppy like “HEART TO HEART”.  Plus it’s kind of cute for a song that basically says there’s no one else like you…meaningful and one of my favorite tunes from the group.

3. BADLY (KOREAN VERSION)

I didn’t know what track was this because it seems when the track is written in Korean it goes into it’s English translation when it goes to a JPN singles.  This is Nappeuge and this was a pretty interesting slow R&B tune from the group since it felt so relaxed.  I was a little taken aback when I heard accordion join in the song but I grew into liking the track for being what it is.

4. HEART TO HEART (KOREAN VERSION)

Yeah, no surprise that the single would come with the original version of the A-side.  The Korean version of Heart to Heart has a lot of punch even though the song isn’t calling for that but I still enjoy this song because it has a lot personality and JiHyun just sounds orgasmic…then again she sounds powerful in any song let’s be honest XD. 

5. MIRROR MIRROR (KOREAN VERSION)

To me Geoura Geoura is definitely the booty poppin song on the single and even though it’s still Korean, I doubt they could pull off a JPN version if they tried.  Still this song is catchy and the chorus with them repeating ~geoura geoura~ is quite catchy as hell.  Yeah this is pretty awesome of a song and is still my second favorite after “You know”.

6. SWEET SUGA HONEY! (KOREAN VERSION)

Of the songs from their Korean album, Sweet Suga Honey! was and is still one of my least favorite songs from the group because it’s way poppy and it didn’t really suit the members really.  Like I said before, HyunA’s rap just did not work here either and made the song worse by doing that.  Lame song!

7. FIRST (KOREAN VERSION)

The only song that I would’ve expected to have seen on a JPN release somehow is the Korean take of FIRST.  I really think FIRST sounds a little different than the JPN version for some reason but I think it’s because of the lyrics and how they’re sung.  They even took out some of the English lyrics to put in some Korean and it feels VERY awkward to listen to.  It just didn’t work being reversed like that and I just rolled my eyes for this version.

 

 

Really 4minute?  Another single was an absurd amount of already released Korean songs and only one true Japanese song (and at that, a JPN remake of Heart to Heart).  I liked HEART TO HEART no doubt but as a whole this single feels a lot like “WHY” as a presentation and I’m sorely disappointed.  Luckily there’s only a few Korean songs left to really shove on a JPN release sooooo…who knows…

 

4minute – 4minutes Left April 7, 2011

Filed under: 4minute — solarblade @ 12:22 am

Track Listing

  1. 4minutes Left
  2. Geoura Geoura
  3. Heart to Heart
  4. Sweet Suga Honey!
  5. Moreuneun Cheog
  6. You know
  7. ALREADY GONE
  8. FIRST (Korean ver.)
  9. HIDE&SEEK
  10. Nappeuge

1. 4minutes Left

I really don’t know what else to say about this opening that I haven’t talked about in the mini-album review.  Out of the three that are out, this is the most impressive one, but it’s still just an intro.  It’s dark and quite the intro…but it could’ve been turned into a full song. 

2. Geoura Geoura

As one of two new tracks on the album, Geoura Geoura was the missing piece that made “Heart to Heart” such a disappointing mini-album since it’s heavy and follows fellow songs like “HUH”, “Muzik”, and the like.  However, it kind of feels a little more like it’s taking slight notes from “FIRST”, but has tons of hooks.  It’s definitely my favorite of the album right now since the vocals are pretty good.

3. Heart to Heart

As it was the promotional track on the mini-album, Heart to Heart was a surprising choice since it wasn’t really as jaw-dropping as previous promos.  I do think the lighter dance K-pop feel is pretty interesting and the members put enough effort in the song to make it float…but after “Geoura Geoura”, it kind of feels underwhelming.

4. Sweet Suga Honey!

One week later and Sweet Suga Honey! still hasn’t found its hook to me.  It’s one of the cuter songs the group has under their belt, but it did nothing for me.  It just simply passed over my head…I think if the arrangement had more going on, it would’ve been slightly better IMO.  I still think HyunA’s rap is out of place xD

5. Moreuneun Cheog

I was kind of surprised that of the “Heart to Heart” songs here, I was surprised they switched around “You know” and this song on the tracklist.  It does seem a bit strange as this is a ballad and all.  Vocally, I was most impressed here since there wasn’t any auto-tune present and the style of the song was more softer and more towards R&B.  To me GaYoon had much more of a presence than in any other song, but everyone else was present as well.  It’s a nice tune after all.

6. You know

After the ballad, You know seems to move the energy back up again and I thought it was pretty awesome since it was my favorite off the mini-album despite the similarites to “Heart to Heart” in some of the arrangement.  It’s fun and just full of life and I can’t wait to see this turned into Japanese to be honest XD

7. ALREADY GONE

Do you remember “DIAMOND”?  You know, their debut Japanese album?  Yeah, there were two new songs on there that were in Korean and they find their place on this album.  ALREADY GONE is just like “WHAT A GIRL WANTS” with the cuter vibe and a slightly refined R&B sound in it.  I still don’t really find anything amazing about it, but it’s a little better on this album than on “DIAMOND”.

8. FIRST (Korean ver.)

I’m just a little surprised they’d go ahead and Korean-ize FIRST and not “WHY”.  I love the Japanese version to death, but this I just can’t get into because of the change of languages here.  It sounds so…mechanical and not clean when compared and it’s just a hard pill to swallow.  I swear there’s a little change in the composition too…it’s so off XD  I want my Jappy version plz!

9. HIDE&SEEK

The other Korean song off of “DIAMOND”, HIDE&SEEK isn’t much better than “ALREADY GONE” since it follows the cuter side of the group than focus on something deeper and/or have a heavy arrangement.  All-around, it’s just not my cup of tea and the abuse of auto-tune is to a maximum in this song…it’s just very annoying. 

10. Nappeuge

Closing the album with the other brand new song, Nappeuge is more of the chilled out mid-tempo song.  It’s a bit weird because they’re dealing with not just only the slower R&B-side to the music…but an accordion-based arrangement which is very strange and yet charming at the same time.  I’m not sure if to like it or not, but the vocals are more pleasant after that mess in “HIDE&SEEK”

Tracks Recommended

  • Geoura Geoura
  • You know
  • Heart to Heart
  • Moreuneun Cheog

Song of Avoidance

  • HIDE&SEEK

Just like the mini-album, I felt the full debut album from the group was a little disappointing.  The new songs were pretty interesting at best, but it was surrounded by somewhat mediocre songs and a bad Korean version of FIRST…plus adding the Korean songs from “DIAMOND” was also pretty poor as well.  They are showing a bit more experimentation, but it’s not done well here for the most part.

 

4minute – Heart to Heart March 29, 2011

Filed under: 4minute — solarblade @ 12:10 am

Track Listing

  1. 4minutes Left
  2. Heart to Heart
  3. Sweet Suga Honey!
  4. You know
  5. Moreuneun Cheog

1. 4minutes Left

I like the mini-album opens with an intro song and I’m so surprised they showed off GaYoon’s vocals so brightly in the song sinec she had the loudest song in this, kind of dark but cool kind of intro.  It’s different and I must say it’s more impressive than the previous two intro tracks.

2. Heart to Heart

Being the promotional song from the mini-album, Heart to Heart might not be as edgy as “HUH” or “I My Me Mine”, but this song is light enough and yet steady to keep up with those songs since it’s catchy.  I love the colorful vocals this time around and it sounds like they actually put effort in the song and everyone sounds lively and great.  It doesn’t even feel all that short either XD

3. Sweet Suga Honey!

As I listen to our next track, this song feels like the same way I did when they released “WHAT A GIRL WANTS” and that it’s just not them for the most part since it’s more cute than anything else which is an interesting change and does good making the mini not bland, but the song is kind of just not them…case in point is HyunA’s rap…awkward much?

4. You know

Odd enough that the song feels like a bit like some older stuff, but a little more upbeat and fun (kind of like “Heart to Heart”).  There’s a lot more synths involved and slight auto-tune as well which slightly seperates the two songs, but other than that they’re exactly similar to one another.  It’s just as catchy especially that chorus being mostly in English hehehe….it’s a fun song to listen to and it’s somewhat better than the title track IMO.

5. Moreuneun Cheog

Closing this short mini off, Moreuneun Cheog is unsurprisingly the ballad track here which might be a bit less than disappointing, but they’ve gotten better with dealing with the slower songs and GaYoon shows off a whole lot more of her vocals here and it’s no wonder why she’s the group’s best vocalist.  It’s pretty, but I liked some of the other ballads more….I think XD

As it’s such a short mini-album (it’s the 3rd) Heart to Heart might not be much to people’s expectations because 4minute kind of ditched the harder songs for a more lighter experience which might sadden people.  To me, yeah songs like “HUH” did pull me in because it was fierce and we didn’t get that here…maybe there’ll be a rerelease?