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RAINBOW – Over The Rainbow March 28, 2012

Filed under: RAINBOW — solarblade @ 6:20 pm

Track Listing

  1. A
  2. Mach
  3. Gonna Gonna GO!
  4. Kiss! Kiss! Disco!
  5. Touch me, Feel me, Love me
  6. Alright
  7. Not Your Girl
  8. Energy
  9. Hello
  10. Gossip Girl

1. A

Kicking off RAINBOW’s Japanese debut, we spin through the A-sides that represent the era which is cool starting with their debut in A.  I’ve always been split over this song because it’s different from other Hallyu Wave songs like it’s more classy and has more spunk.  At the same time, I felt like it doesn’t stand out very much either.  I do like the spy-feel I get from the song but I don’t remember it much.

2. Mach

Moving onto Mach which was their second A-side, I never really liked the song even in Korean because it wasn’t my kind of style I guess.  Hearing it now, it still doesn’t impress me but it does have more attitude than “A” which is a good thing for the song.  It’s grown but just a little bit unfortunately.

3. Gonna Gonna GO!

Of the three singles, I thought their first original Japanese track was pretty awesome!  Of course I still do get KARA vibes from the song but it’s nothing detrimental to my ears.  It’s got the catchy hook like “A” but also mixes great vocals from the ladies.  Even though many people won’t really get into this and call it an original RAINBOW song since it’s similar to other groups tracks…I ended up liking this a lot!

4. Kiss! Kiss! Disco!

Then we get into three new songs (of only four? DISAPPOINTING).  Anyways back to Kiss! Kiss! Disco!, it does have a little bit of a disco-style going on but at the same time I’m hearing a little bit of auto-tune being used here but it isn’t abused which is good.  Sadly, I’m not finding much about the song because it feels like it’s just rolling with the punches without delivering them!  Meaning, it lacks punch and energy even though it’s an upbeat track…oh well…BTW the rap is also awkward too…could’ve been left out.

5. Touch me, Feel me, Love me

Interesting, we slow down for our next new track and it’s kind of classy and soothing of a song funny enough.  I liked that they paid attention to the vocals for the song and it moves along nicely even though the group’s melodic properties are average at best (which is odd).  It’s a good mid-tempo track for sure and perhaps the best of the new songs.

6. Alright

At first, I thought it was going to be another slow song from the group but luckily it doesn’t have that fate.  In the beginning it was more like a heavier R&B styled “Touch me, Feel me, Love me”. but by the time it enters the chorus it adds nice sounding synths and makes it a lot more danceable.  I take it back, I think Alright is my favorite of the new songs hahaha.  It’s just pretty cool and definitely chill yet refined…so good!

7. Not Your Girl

All of the B-sides have also made the album’s cut too.  Starting with the B-side from “Mach”.  Since 2 of the 3 B-sides are also just Japanese versions of their Korean stuff, I wasn’t too impressed either for some reason with “A” and “Mach”.  Not Your Girl did have promise but the song was really repetitive (especially that chorus) so much repeating involved that it makes “A” sound good lol.  The good thing though is that the arrangement is pretty hot and gives a slick and sexy look…but the lyrics needed a lot of work.

8. Energy

Moving to the final new tune, Energy kind of reminds me of “Mach” a little bit with the bumping beat and a little bit of the attitude found here which is cool but like “Kiss! Kiss! Disco!” it’s lacking punch but it does have energy just not quite enough to surpass “Alright” or anything like that.  So it’s not great but not too bad either.

9. Hello

Moving to the original Japanese B-side from “Gonna Gonna GO!”, I have to say that I really like this song still despite some people thinking it’s a pretty messy and jerky song because of the different areas.  I think I liked it for that because it’s so different and not like other songs on the album…plus it has that cool beat that reminds me of “Not Your Girl”.  Great B-side ^^

10. Gossip Girl

Of course I’m thinking of why would they close the album with Gossip Girl because it’s so upbeat and all that.  I still despise that high pitched buzz in the song because it literally hurts my ears when I hear it.  Beyond the buzz issue, the rest of the song isn’t bad but as it’s another upbeat track it does have a difficult time standing out to me even though it’s a well-known song in Korea too…At least it’s not terrible lol.

Tracks Recommended

  • Alright
  • Hello
  • Gonna Gonna GO!
  • Touch me, Feel me, Love me

Song of Avoidance

  • Not Your Girl

RAINBOW’s debut in Japan is at best ok.  I mean it’s not the best and it really doesn’t slump to the point where it just sucks so it stands on an average pedestal.  To me, RAINBOW hasn’t found a true niche on me like other K-girl-groups have so I’m just waiting for a song that’ll solidify them because honestly they have only ridden the waves of KARA and 4minute and even SNSD…I’d like something to pop out!

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RAINBOW – Gonna Gonna GO! March 13, 2012

Filed under: RAINBOW — solarblade @ 6:06 pm

Track Listing

  1. Gonna Gonna GO!
  2. Hello
  3. Gonna Gonna GO! (Instrumental)
  4. Hoi Hoi (CD only first press)

1. Gonna Gonna GO!

Finally the group gets into their first original A-side in Gonna Gonna GO! and this kind of sounds like KARA almost and I don’t know why…but I think it’s a nice change from both “A” and “Mach”.  The girls sound really sweet and pleasant to the ears but the chorus is kind of meh which has been a problem for RAINBOW since their JPN debut.  Not too bad for their first original A-side.

2. Hello

Oh!  The B-side is original too…sweet deal!  I actually have to admit but the opening for this song was pretty as hell for some reason and then just jumps into this gritty dance beat which kind of goes back to “Mach” which is a nice move for them.  I thought this did pretty well since the girl’s sound a lot stronger than before.  Not gonna lie either but the rapping was pretty awesome too…wow best song they’ve done!

3. Hoi Hoi

As a little incentive for getting a first press release, we get the Rainbow Pixie song (still in Korean though).  If you don’t know about Rainbow Pixie, they are a sub-group from RAINBOW that features three members and they’re style is a bit more cutesy pop.  At the same time, I feel like it reminds me of “Gonna Gonna GO!” soooo hmmm.  It’s pretty catchy no doubt and the girls sound good but after “Hello” this is missing a bit of style for me.

 

 

As their 3rd and final single for the “Over the Rainbow” era, Gonna Gonna GO! to me is their best single released yet.  The A-side was a bit more cuter than I would’ve expected after the last two A-sides but it’s alright.  Hello though was the clear winner and would’ve been amazing had it been the track promoting the single.  As for Hoi Hoi, it’s a nice little bonus but still reminds me of the A-side…this album is going to be odd, not gonna lie.

 

RAINBOW – Mach December 4, 2011

Filed under: RAINBOW — solarblade @ 10:18 am

Track Listing

  1. Mach
  2. Not Your Girl
  3. Mach (Instrumental)
  4. Mach (Original Version) (CD only)

1. Mach

I’m already finding myself enjoying Mach a little more than “A” since it’s got a louder vibe and funny enough reminds me of a KARA tune.  Luckily, Mach has a bit more of a mature vibe to it and it works.  Even the brass in the song added kick.  I have to say that overall, this was a hit for me and such an upgrade after their debut.

2. Not Your Girl

The B-sides is a Japanese take of a song originally from their debut in Korea, “Gossip Girl”.  Like the B-side off their debut there’s something lacking a bit in the song as well and to be honest Not Your Girl is kind of too repetitive but the beat is quite solid and the girls sound interesting showing off a lot attitude.  Still it’s hampered by such an annoying hook…

3. Mach (Original Version)

Just like their last single it comes with the original Korean version of the A-side, this time Mach of course.  I can’t say much else really since the stuff I said above applies here as well except the fact that them singing in Korean once again trumps the Japanese version. 

 

 

It seems that RAINBOW flipped the idea for their second JPN single.  Mach was pretty good and really stands out when compared to “A”.  However, it falls flat when we get to Not Your Girl which was a disaster to listen to.  I’m sure the Korean version is just as saddening IMO.  Overall, I think this slightly did worse than “A”.  Bah humbug…this group needs to pick it up!

 

RAINBOW – A December 3, 2011

Filed under: RAINBOW — solarblade @ 11:52 pm

Track Listing

  1. A
  2. Gossip Girl
  3. A (Instrumental)
  4. A (Original Version) (CD only)

1. A

I gotta say, A really seems to follow a certain other song that repeats the title more than enough….*cough cough* “Gee” *cough*.  I will say that the sound of the song is quite different from other K-pop novelties which is pretty.  It’s almost cute and has an underlying sense of seriousness.  The guitar is pretty unique too giving it a little 007 twang lol.  Not a whole lot of solos to be found but the ones that are there are good and light.  It’s good for a debut…but compared to the other groups debut songs…this is pretty weak.

2. Gossip Girl

Perhaps they should’ve debuted with Gossip Girl which has a more hipper sound and has quite a bit more spunk in it.  I will say that this is the first K-group that has weird English with the whole ~gosship girl~.  There’s a sound in the song that bugs me and it’s the high-pitched squeezing synth and it kind of hurts my ears…without that the song would’ve came off better.  I will say, the rappers did better than the singers *gasp*

3. A (Original Version)

Of course it’s not a Korean single without having the original version of the A-side as a bit of a bonus.  Since A was originally one of the two main tracks from “So Nyeo” minis.  Of course the same I said above can be said here but the language in this one sounds so much cleaner and more natural which is not unusual. 

 

 

I think of the K-pop groups that I’ve heard that debuted in Japan, I think RAINBOW needs to catch up majorly!  Not that they’re terrible or anything but A is a bit soft hitting and doesn’t have a lot of bang (even though I’m curious if they were trying to copy out “Gee” with the repeating title multiple times bit).  Let’s hope their next single is better!