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Shoujo Jidai – Catch Me If You Can April 12, 2015

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Track Listing

  1. Catch Me If You Can
  2. Girls
  3. Catch Me If You Can (without vocal tracks)

1. Catch Me If You Can

Looks, like the group is finally returning to Japan for their 4th era and it starts off with a bang.  Kicking it off with a very cool synth wave, Catch Me If You Can might be a more basic song, lyrically, but the sound is pretty amazing, giving us a EDM-heavy arrangement with amazing vocals.  Oh yeah, did I mention that the back girls, Yuri, Hyoyeon, Sooyoung, and Yoona are the leads instead of the normal members (sans Jessica)?  That in itself is amazing, because I’ve always wanted to see more of them.  Otherwise, this song is pretty cool and a great leading track!

2. Girls

Then we get the B-side of the single and it’s a simple piano ballad.  Really that’s all that can be said because it’s WAY simple and kind of boring for me.  I will say that the ladies (especially Tiffany and Seohyun) sound really pretty in the song, but the song is still way too basic and doesn’t carry itself very well even as a B-side.

Their first single after Jessica’s departure, Catch Me If You Can is a pretty solid A-side as an 8-nin group!  The energy is pretty epic and having the back girls FINALLY taking the spotlight was quite magical and I hope this means equal line distribution from here on out!  Girls though was just plain and boring as hell to listen to…OK single overall.

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Shoujo Jidai – GIRLS’ GENERATION July 21, 2014

Filed under: Shoujo Jidai — solarblade @ 11:22 am

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Track Listing

  1. MR. TAXI
  2. GENIE
  3. you-aholic
  4. Run Devil Run
  5. BAD GIRL
  6. Beautiful Stranger
  7. I’m In Love With The HERO
  8. Let It Rain
  9. Gee
  10. THE GREAT ESCAPE
  11. Hoot
  12. BORN TO BE A LADY

Repackaged Extras

  1. The Boys (JAPANESE Ver.)
  2. THE GREAT ESCAPE (Brian Lee Remix)
  3. BAD GIRL (The Cataracs Remis) feat. DEV
  4. Time Machine
  5. MR. TAXI (Steve Aoki Remix) (bonus track)

1. MR. TAXI

Ahh, this song brings back some great memories when K-pop was burning up the J-pop waves.  MR. TAXI was actually the group’s first original Japanese song and it kept the flavor and style of the group quite well.  It’s incredibly catchy and the group sounds sexy and together like they always are, especially the middle section with the deep solos from Yuri and Sunny!  As the 3rd A-side, this song did a lot for me getting into Girls’ Generation so I am quite biased when it comes to this song (well this and their Korean song, “TRICK”).  Still, what a great way to kick things off!

2. GENIE

The party just continues with the group’s debut in Japan!  Being as one of the firestarters with the K-pop craze, GENIE is just as slick and sexy as the previous track if not more.  I will say that the auto-tune here was pretty unnecessary and their Japanese wasn’t that great at the time, but this song is just catchy and debonair and one of the group’s signature songs.  I especially love in the final chorus where Taeyeon just blasts her vocals behind the group and gave this powerful set of lyrics!  This is just a song that should be on anyone’s K-pop playlist!

3. you-aholic

Onto new songs, I was wondering what Girls’ Generation could come up with and you-aholic kept the premise of their K-pop sound intact!  I love the 8bit crunch that opens the tune to a full-on sexy track (well like “GENIE”).  The song is mostly spun around Taeyeon, Jessica, Seohyon, Tiffany, and Sunny with the remaining members getting a solo line or two.  It’s a pretty tight track and the vocals (while slightly auto-tuned) sound pretty good.

4. Run Devil Run

Then we come to the sister A-side to “MR. TAXI” and being the 3rd song of theirs that went through the translation machine, Run Devil Run is a pretty weird (especially since it was a Ke$ha demo in the beginning).  It’s a pretty heavy song and has a pretty cool beat going on.  It definitely feels more Western than their other songs, but this song is pretty cool and shows the ladies’ sass and attitude (which by the way props for the equal line distribution).  Another great A-side!

5. BAD GIRL

Finally a string a new songs next!  BAD GIRL follows suit with the K-pop sound that’s been going on and just like the others, also has a more sleek and glossy style.  I once again enjoy the mostly equal line distribution, but this song has a lot of ~oh oh oh ohs~ to it…maybe a little too much.  I do love that the ladies can adjust to the setting of songs though…very versatile!

6. Beautiful Stranger

The next track sets us in a more grittier setting with some (computerized guitar riffs) and the ladies are under filters for a good portion of the song except the chorus.  It seems like Taeyeon and Sunny have the most lines in this song and I’m ok with that as they both sound cool and edgy with their parts, but the rest of the girls like I said before manages to get a line or two to themselves.  I liked the song though…captures the girls in a cooler light (as if the previous songs already have XD).

7. I’m In Love With The HERO

It’s weird that this and the song previous are so short of songs (both under 2:50).  This song takes a more march-sounding feel which is cool but it sounds like the vocals are getting a but more cuter.  It’s an odd song for me because there’s a lot of pairings in this song and most of the solos are for the usual suspects so eh.  The chorus though kind of bores me a bit but the marching drums still interest me.  I don’t know, but this is the weakest song I’ve come across yet on this album.

8. Let It Rain

As the mid-tempo track (oddly enough the slowest of the album tracks), Let It Rain is actually a pretty good song!  It’s a bit of an R&B track but it had nice flow and the emotions were quite there despite that it was really only Seohyun, Jessica, Tiffany, Taeyeon, and Sunny who got the solo lines which is pretty wacky.  Otherwise this was a pretty smooth song one of the better slow K-pop songs I enjoy.

9. Gee

What is there to say about this song?  It’s the group’s signature and most famous song and funny enough, the one that sticks out like a sore thumb too.  What I mean is that this song is sugary and girly cute of a song which is not what this album contains.  A song that shows of equality with the ladies, Gee is a bouncy song that’s really cute.  Like even members like Taeyeon goes into this mode.  Odd song on the album, but no one can’t deny its place in K-pop history.

10. THE GREAT ESCAPE

When I first got the album, THE GREAT ESCAPE was definitely the first song that stuck out in my mind (of the new songs) and still does today!  It has great flow and the members sound strong and full of determination.  Despite that everyone but Yuri, Hyoyeon, Yoona, and Sooyoung didn’t get a line, the ones who did made it work quite well.  It’s a fun song and has a lot of strong moments, one of my favorites songs from the group period!

11. Hoot

So on the album we get a new translated song in the form of Hoot (originally the leading song from their 3rd Korean mini-album of the same name).  I found the whole surfer vibe of this song interesting and totally different for the album (like “Gee”).  The tune is fun to listen to and the ladies sound great of course (and equality!!).  It’s a party song though and you can tell too.

12. BORN TO BE A LADY

Ending the album off, we have BORN TO BE A LADY and I was expecting a ballad, but nope the tune is like “Let It Rain” with the whole R&B and more sentimental tone of the tune.  I do love hearing all the vocalists as usual BUT this time, I kind of dislike Jessica here.  Her cutesy voice is kind of a out there thing to do especially since the rest of them are using a more woman-esque tone.  Otherwise it was a nice closing to the album.

Repackaged Extras

1. The Boys (JAPANESE Ver.)

So 6 months after the release, the group decided to bring a repackaged album out for this album (weird because this is usually seen as a Korean thing).  Anyways we got The Boys which is another big hit for the group.  I mean I’m so used to the English and Korean version of this which is pretty much hard to throw a Japanese on me.  Lyrically it’s totally different compared to the English take.  This take isn’t the worst but I definitely am not sure I really love it.  I think I’ll stick to other versions.

2. THE GREAT ESCAPE (Brian Lee Remix)

So we have three remixes on the repackaged take.  Starting with one of THE GREAT ESCAPE, I was kind of apprehensive because I LOVE the original so anything that tries to do something with it is already meh.  I will say the acoustic guitar mixed with the dance beats is pretty cool.  I guess it pretty much kept it together for the most part, but I still would take the original over it but it’s a nice alternative for remix fans.

3. BAD GIRL (The Cataracs Remix) feat. DEV

Our next remixers should be familiar to Westerners (especially since The Cataracs had become big round the time this album was released).  They took BAD GIRL and definitely made it more approachable to us Westerners and I kind of liked the style and feel of the song.  I especially love the parts where The Cataracs really threw in their arranging expertice which added a lot of life to it.  DEV has a rap moment which is pretty random to hear, but it’s short as well…hmmm.  It’s an interesting remix for sure.

4. Time Machine

So the main focus is that we got a new song out of this re-release!  Though I should’ve saw this coming.  Basically it is the ballad which is surprisingly found here.  I liked the sound of this song and it showed some sense of differentiation from the main album (since this was the first original track before getting the songs that make up GIRLS’ GENERATION.  It is still the main 5 singers who have solo lines which might not impress people but eh…it’s still a pretty good song.

5. MR. TAXI (Steve Aoki Remix)

So as a bonus track we get a remix of MR. TAXI woo!  The beat of the song kicks things up and definitely a track made for clubs.  It’s a bit electronic which might throw some people out for a bit.  It’s really more of Steve Aoki showing his skills more than showcasing the song because the arrangement is just hitting left and right and just trying to throw the song off.  There is a quiet part which was even weirder to me!  I don’t know but it was an odd track.  BTW, this is actually the final track on the repackage.

Tracks Recommended

  • THE GREAT ESCAPE
  • GENIE
  • Run Devil Run
  • Let It Rain
  • you-aholic

Song of Avoidance

  • I’m In Love With The HERO

Ahhhh, had to go back to GIRLS’ GENERATION, the group’s self-titled debut in Japan.  It’s definitely made it’s mark in Japan as one of the signature albums involved in the K-pop wave that happened in Japan (and worldwide at that too).  There was a lot of songs that really signified the group’s coming ashore and those were important tunes.  There were some meh songs and the repackaged album’s exclusives were mostly unneeded but overall…great album should check it out *RECOMMENDED*

 

Shoujo Jidai – LOVE&PEACE December 18, 2013

Filed under: Shoujo Jidai — solarblade @ 9:28 am

loveandpeace

Track Listing

  1. Gossip Girls
  2. motorcycle
  3. FLYERS
  4. GALAXY SUPERNOVA
  5. LOVE&GIRLS
  6. BEEP BEEP
  7. My oh My
  8. LIPS
  9. DO THE CATWALK
  10. Karma Butterfly
  11. Lingua Franca
  12. Everyday Love
  13. blue jeans (Fanclub bonus track)

1. Gossip Girls

Opening the album, I was so ready for what SNSD had planned and they brought it with the opening song, Gossip Girls.  I love the clapping rhythms and the group actually showing a lot of personality and force and it’s definitely one of the best opening tracks the group had yet.  I’m already excited for this album now!

2. motorcycle

I was chuckling when the next song actually begun with the sound of a motorcycle revving away.  It definitely keeps up with the pounding dance beats but it also has the cool pre-chorus and then the cool-flowing chorus.  I also quite enjoyed the song fully and the group actually sounds SO fitting here.  Definitely another hit from the album WOO~

3. FLYERS

I thought they’d go for a streak of 3, but FLYERS changes the style on its head by giving us a poppy summer rock track which is a shift but the group still remains bright and sunny to listen to.  It’s definitely a song you wouldn’t expect a group like Girls’ Generation to actually release, but this song actually appealed to me…so I guess it is a triple hit right from the start!

4. GALAXY SUPERNOVA

Moving onto some old songs, we get the 2nd A-side released in the era and GALAXY SUPERNOVA was the better of two because it did have more of a K-pop dance sound which is typecasting there, but the song was surprisingly fun to listen to.  I will say the spoken dialogue was a bit goofy to listen to, but otherwise…definitely a jam to listen to!

5. LOVE&GIRLS

Weird that there’s also a “Girls & Peace”…so the title of the album is a mish-mash?  Either way, the single released after their sophomore album still doesn’t really resonate with me.  This song is like taking “Gossip Girls” and making it cuter (though this came first).  I don’t know, there’s some parts that’s ear-numbingly catchy but it’s still rather meh to me and the whistling is a bit bonkers lol.

6. BEEP BEEP

Wait, why is the B-side from “FLOWER POWER” on this album?  Yeah, that’s a pretty strange addition but honestly it does work after “LOVE&GIRLS” since it’s still on the cuter side of things and has a lot of phone mannerisms happening in the song and they do that ~beep beep beep~ that still kind of gets on my nerves.  At least the rest of the song is nice to listen to.

7. My oh My

I kind of unsure how to take our next new track on the album.  I mean the verses didn’t really did give me much of interest and then the chorus opens up into this ditty sound and it’s cute but in a way ultimately forgetful since there’s just not a lot to go by here.  Is it weird that I think of Wonder Girls here?

8. LIPS

~Leeps~…OK…those sampled jingling bells I’ve heard before (Missy Elliot much?) but the song becomes a slicker track for the group almsot crossing that R&B sound.  I think the song is a grower because I do love the sound of the song and the women really made this is pleasant song to listen to.  One of the more surprising tracks on the album IMO.

9. DO THE CATWALK

Moving to the B-side from “GALAXY SUPERNOVA”…there’s just something about it that really caught my eye when I first listened to it and honestly it’s just grown since then because it’s such a catchy dance track but retains the group cute side.  It’s almost at the same level as the A-side from its single.  I just can’t get this tune out of my head and find myself singing to the chorus and whistling throughout lol.

10. Karma Butterfly

Of the songs on the album, I was most curious with this one because of it’s interesting title and this time around I was greeted with a pretty cool synth dance track.  It’s relaxed and has a lot of pretty sounds that just fluorish in and around the arrangement.  It’s one of my favorite songs from the album hands down!

11. Lingua Franca

The B-side from “LOVE&GIRLS” shows up and I still can’t get into this song either.  It reminds me of how I felt about “My oh My” in where the song tries to be cute but i just falls flat on me.  Maybe the group trying new genres isn’t fully a good thing because it seems I can’t get into either of them lol.  Reggaeton huh?

12. Everyday Love

On most editions of the album, we end with Everyday Love and I actually was starting to wonder where our SNSD ballad might be and this might be the closest to what we get to one.  I’m liking that beat that’s pushing the song forward as it’s giving more of that epic beat.  It sounds the most American on the album which is strange but still made for a good closer.

13. blue jeans

HOWEVER, if you’re a fanclub member, you get a bonus track and I’m left thinking WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU NOT INCLUDE THIS ON THE ALBUM?  Honestly, it’s so good and it definitely encases a mix of the group’s cute personalities with a pretty cool EDM arrangement.  I don’t know why, but it’s so fun to listen to and should’ve replace “Lingua Franca” on the album TBQH.

Tracks Recommended

  • Karma Butterfly
  • blue jeans
  • Gossip Girls
  • DO THE CATWALK
  • motorcycle

Song of Avoidance

  • Lingua Franca

Wow, I definitely was led to think this era wasn’t going to be all that great but LOVE&PEACE is such a step up of an album over their last one by a big gap!  All but two songs really left a good enough impression to make me listen to this album over and over.  One of the better Japanese albums to come from a Korean group this year!

 

Shoujo Jidai – GALAXY SUPERNOVA September 30, 2013

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Track Listing

  1. GALAXY SUPERNOVA
  2. DO THE CATWALK

1. GALAXY SUPERNOVA

Honestly, I was coming into this hoping that GS was going to be a banger of a song, but I’m actually OK with this song because it’s kind of more their slicker songs out there (though it won’t beat “GENIE”).  I like the oomph going on and the sound of the girls is quite nice and a lot more memorable than in “LOVE&GIRLS”.  Yeah, this song was quite impressive overall!

2. DO THE CATWALK

Moving into the B-side, DO THE CATWALK actually also improved than their last B-side “Lingua Franca” with a more intensive arrangement and added brass and whistling into the arrangement.  There’s just something cute and catchy about the song overall!  Probably their best B-side in a while IMHO.

 

 

I have to say, after “LOVE&GIRLS”, I felt the group was just going to get bad.  Luckily, GALAXY SUPERNOVA is one of their better singles in recent times.  I love both tracks are cute but still have a good hook and beat to them to just last in your mind!  Definitely a big jump up after their last single.

 

Shoujo Jidai – LOVE&GIRLS August 10, 2013

Filed under: Shoujo Jidai — solarblade @ 4:32 am

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Track Listing

  1. LOVE&GIRLS
  2. Lingua Franca

1. LOVE&GIRLS

I was wondering what they could do after their second album and well…they throw out LOVE&GIRLS which is in the veins of their more bubblegum sounding songs like “Gee”.  Adding a lot of chanting moments and whistle blowing, this song seems to really be kind of generic for SNSD.  I mean it does have a certain bounce that I enjoy, but there’s also something about that just says ~been there, done that~ about the song.  Not a great way to start their 3rd era.

2. Lingua Franca

Strange title of the B-side.  They took more of a reggaeton sound at first but like LOVE&GIRLS, it still kind of has a cutesy tone to it and actually sounds a little more generic than the A-side!  I mean the chorus can be cute for a couple spins, but after a while this track makes you question what you just listened to.

 

 

After their 2nd album, I was kind of wondering what they would do.  After “I Got A Boy”, I was kind of getting a bit tired of their sound and sadly brought it over with LOVE&GIRLS.  Neither tracks on the single really stood out to me and just kind of felt like a generic single overall.

 

Shoujo Jidai – GIRLS’ GENERATION II ~Girls&Peace~ December 3, 2012

Filed under: Shoujo Jidai — solarblade @ 5:57 am

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Track Listing

  1. FLOWER POWER
  2. Animal
  3. I’m a Diamond
  4. Reflection
  5. Stay Girls
  6. T.O.P
  7. BOOMERANG
  8. Oh!
  9. ALL MY LOVE IS FOR YOU
  10. PAPARAZZI
  11. Girls & Peace
  12. Not Alone

1. FLOWER POWER

The album starts off with the 3rd A-side released for the era and I have somewhat started to slighly like it.  It’s still a pretty messy song and the lyrics are a bit sketchy, but FLOWER POWER does have some good parts throughout like the chorus.  Strange way to open the album up with, but it’s OK for now.

2. Animal

I guess we want to get through majority of the new tracks first huh?  Starting with Animal, I was mostly excited to listen to this song from the smash-up from the single preceding the album and this song is still quite impressive if not moreso because it has a cool beat and arrangement.  It’s definitely a memorable song for me.

3. I’m a Diamond

Something about our next track never really appealed to me during it’s short preview from the single.  I do like how they sampled that familiar melody that’s kind of played during deaths.  I feel like I’m a Diamond pushes the group into a new direction since it has that badass R&B kind of groove to it.  I like how aggressive it is, but the girls sound so…unattractive in it…and the chorus is a bit meh for me…

4. Reflection

Moving on to Reflection, I was initially kind of at a standstill with the preview of it, but it seems in full that the song is somewhat better than my initial thoughts.  It doesn’t strike as hard as “Animal” did but I can get behind this song even though it really is a song that stays on the same level the entire way. 

5. Stay Girls

As one of the three songs that didn’t have previews from the “FLOWER POWER” single, Stay Girls is kind of obvious to me why it wasn’t in the preview because unlike the other songs on the album, it’s one of the more slower tracks and I’m kind of enjoying it because the vocals have a lot more going for it than some of the previous tracks.  It does sound like something I would’ve came across on their first album so that’s pretty good.  I just love the vocals here!  Good song!

6. T.O.P

Our next track instantly reminded me of “I’m a Diamond” with the similar aggressive nature with the horns thrown in for kicks.  I guess it’s primarily the reason why I don’t enjoy the song very much which isn’t totally surprising but I don’t know, I’m probably going to need more time with it.  I’m just not really into hearing the girls chanting/speak-singing.

7. BOOMERANG

It seems that this track has been around for quite a while before the album’s announcement…hm…BOOMERANG is the album’s shortest dit at under 3 minutes.  It’s weird because this song actually sounds a tad weak and feels unfinished when compared to the other slick tunes off the album.  This is pretty damn weak of a song…why did they add this to the album anyway?

8. Oh!

So finally we get to the remaining A-sides to represent the album starting with Oh!  Y’know, it’s strange that it’s the only conversion song on the album (as in language edit from Korean to Japanese).  For being a pretty old song (EARLY 2010), Oh! actually stands out strongly on the album and strangely enough, it’s my favorite A-side from the era as well.  It really has their signature K-pop feel (which none of the other songs really have (or have little of).  It’s just really catchy and everyone sounds good and sexy too lol.  A little out of place for the album, but I love it nonetheless.

9. ALL MY LOVE IS FOR YOU

The sister A-side after “Oh!”, ALL MY LOVE IS FOR YOU is the slowest song on the album, but I think this was also a pretty good song for the album despite not bringing anything totally new to the table.  Similar to “Stay Girls”, it’s really more of a song to showcase the girls’ singing abilities and they shine here once again.  Of course they’ve got better ballads in their repetoire, but for this album, it’s a nicely done song. 

10. PAPARAZZI

When I dive back into the group’s first single for the era, PAPARAZZI really does sound like a T-ara song for some strange reason.  Not that I don’t mind because this song is kind of groovy and does try to stand out and it worked nicely even though it doesn’t really beat “Oh!” lol.  It’s a pretty catchy song though and was a great single to release after their first album.

11. Girls & Peace

Then we hit the title track and Girls & Peace has a pretty cool arrangement from the beginning and it’s the first evidence for me that auto-tune does a lot of work here.  It’s not terrible because it lightens up from it in the chorus which has a kind of nostalgic sound to it.  It’s a pretty cool song and is probably my favorite new song on the album.

12. Not Alone

The album finally comes to a close with Not Alone which is appropriate as it’s a ballad.  The vocals are filtered a smidge, but it’s a really smooth and pretty ballad from the group!  I like that it’s a little more dramatic than “ALL MY LOVE IS FOR YOU”.  I actually really liked this track for some reason and happy that it was the song that wrapped the album up in a bow LOL.

Tracks Recommended

  • Girls & Peace
  • Animal
  • Not Alone
  • Oh!
  • PAPARAZZI

Song of Avoidance

  • BOOMERANG

I was kind of worried about GGII when FLOWER POWER released because it just felt like this album wasn’t as strong as their debut and it’s true when I listened to the album in full.  It’s not a bad album, but this felt underwhelming comparing it to “GIRLS’ GENERATION”.  Even the great songs couldn’t match with the awesomeness that happened in their debut which is sad but true.  I don’t know, I guess I felt that they didn’t put in as much effort here which showed in some of the more experimentive tracks like I’m a Diamond, BOOMERANG, and T.O.P.  BTW, Oh! definitely does belong here, even if it’s a great song in its own right…it just felt strange as the only “Korean” song here. lol

 

Shoujo Jidai – FLOWER POWER November 18, 2012

Filed under: Shoujo Jidai — solarblade @ 6:16 am

Track Listing

  1. FLOWER POWER
  2. BEEP BEEP
  3. Girls’ Generation II Smash-Up

1. FLOWER POWER

SNSD have been kind of shady during this era releasing not-so-good songs (and “Oh!”) and it just seems to get weirder with FLOWER POWER which tries to put the group in a sexier and edgier glow, but it feels like with the lyrics, the song is just quite cheesy and doesn’t make much to me (plus their English is just yikes here).  I do like the arrangement the most, but otherwise, thist song just doesn’t work and I rather listen to “PAPARAZZI” again.

2. BEEP BEEP

Then the B-side comes in and I’m kind of intrigued by the song since it’s more of a cuter and synth-front track.  I do feel so torn about it though.  I mean, it’s no “Gee” but it has that same vein and kind of has the same tactics as well.  I guess some of my meh comes from the fact that the verses are mostly spoken and there’s phone sounds are all over the place.  Plus the repetition of ~beep beep beep~ kind of irks me.

3. Girls’ Generation II Smash-Up

  • T.O.P.
  • I’m a Diamond
  • Reflection
  • Animal
  • PAPARAZZI
  • Girls & Peace

So like with a couple of other J-pop groups have done before, we get a little taste of what’s going to be on their upcoming album and I’m more excited for this than the single preceding it.  You get a pretty good lengthy preview of the 5 new tracks plus PAPARAZZI.  For what I’ve heard, I think Animal and T.O.P. are going to be favorites of mine.  The other three tracks are definitely going to need the full versions for me to see if I truly enjoy them because right now…they aren’t lookin’ too well…still a pretty good review and doesn’t spoil ALL the new tracks luckily.

 

 

As SNSD closes their sophomore era out, we get one more single in FLOWER POWER and I’m kind of feelin’ the same way I have been for the other two singles in the era.  There’s something missing IMO and the songs don’t shine as bright as stuff on their first album did.  FP has a cool arrangement and all, but damn the lyrics are just ew (especially that chorus).  BEEP BEEP does better but only by a little bit as I feel their vocals took a push back.  The smash-up is just a little incentive to the fans who are excited for their album…let’s hope it won’t crash and burn!