Hello~ Today, January 1st 2013, SNSD released their new album I Got A Boy. From what I have seen so far, the reactions to the title track itself have been mixed. I guess it's one of those things you either love or hate. Personally, I usually listen to songs more than once because the first time I usually don't feel anything.
Anyways, after listening to the song a few times, I must say it's growing on me. Yes, it does sound like it's all over the place, and yes, some of the transitions could have been better (although those are growing on me too), but overall I'd still say it's a good song. The dancing is definitely on the better side, and the quality of the video itself is really good. And of course the girls all look amazingly stunning in their various outfits and hair colours, but who didn't expect that?
Actually, I think this opinion about the song itself came to me after watching this
Separately, all the different parts of the song are really good (in my opinion), but together, like I said before, they take some getting used to. But it all makes sense if you read the english lyrics. Basically,
1st: (the hip-hop swagger part) it's the mean girls who gossips about a girl they know who changed for the better cuz of a boyMoving on! Dancing Queen... This song was released not too long ago, and the music video was filmed during their Gee era. This song was originally Duffy's Mercy, but SM bought the rights to it like they did with a bunch of other songs. So, first of all, to everyone who was having a cow at the fact that it wasn't an original song, RELAX. People buy other peoples rights to songs all the time. And if the lyrics aren't the same then I see no problem, AND NO NEED TO COMPARE THEM.
2nd: (the catchy chorus part) THAT girl feels awesome because of his handsome boy
3rd: (Yoona&Hyoyeon rap) Hyoyeon tells Yoona not to reveal too much to that guy til you have fully taken his heart
4th: (Tiffany&Taeyeon part) they’re angry of the fact they can’t feel the same way THAT girl feels like, confused to what to do with their own boyfriends
The music video itself was very Gee-like, which I didn't mind. Gee was the song that made them really famous, after all. The dancing was very "look how sexy and cute we can be at the same time!!!!11!!!111". No but really, it was good, and the cat move thing was cute, but it's not one of my favourite dances.
Baby, Maybe- Apparently this song is another one that was bought from someone. Yes, this was originally a demo of Pixie Lott, called What You Do. Now I haven't heard the original version yet, but they are more or less the same. I know this song is going to draw a lot of attention because of that. The lyrics actually aren't the same (as far as I can tell), but they are still similar, so we'll see how this one goes.
It is one of the slower songs on the album, and I'm not a slower songs type of girl, but it's very girly and sweet and SNSD pulled it off.
Say The Words is one of my favourites off of this album. It just screams "femme fatale".... Well not fully, but it does in my head! Plus it's one of those songs where you could just tell legs will be showing when performed. So yay~~ It's short and catchy, which is perfect for people like me. Definitely going to be listening to this one more.
It's ballad time! Ah, Promise. Like I said before, I'm more into upbeat songs, but lately certain ballads have been creeping their way into my heart. I still prefer dance-worthy/head banging songs, but ballads are a lot prettier. This one in particular shows off SNSD's vocal talents, which is the main reason I listen to ballads. And you can just tell a live version of this song would bring tears to your eyes. I mean I'm not one to cry from songs, but this one is really beautiful nonetheless.
Express 999 is kind of like I Got A Boy in the fact that the chorus is really different from the actual verse. The transition here is...regular, I guess. This song probably isn't getting as much hate as IGAB because it's basically two different ...um...songs.
As soon as I heard the chorus I knew it would be a favourite. And it is one, just not the absolute. Maybe if it was catchier.....
Side note- apparently there is an anime of the same name. I need to remember to check that out later.
Lost In Love is another really pretty song. Taeyeon and Tiffany really do sound beautiful together. I know some people say their voices don't blend well, but I honestly don't hear that. I wouldn't mind if they did more duets together actually. And once again this is coming from a person who doesn't really care for ballads.
Wow, SNSD seems to really like having parts of their songs sound completely different to other parts. Look At Me starts off all rapping and like "hell yeah bitch we here to fuck shit up" and then BOOM- POWERPUFF GIRLS. The beat of this song is really interesting, and I quite like it. The lyrics are pretty catchy, and topped with the music makes it another one of my favourites.
XYZ is actually my absolute favourite at this moment in time. Yuri and Seohyun apparently wrote this one, and damn did they do a good job! I know I'll be singing this one for the rest of the month. Good job girls! It's another nice and short song, which I have no problem with. Not much else to say about this one, I keep getting distracted with singing it while I'm trying to think.
Listening to Romantic Road has me seeing pink fluffy hearts and flowers and parasols everywhere made of lace and shit. No but really, it's so positively girly. I love it. I can also see them in short trench coats holding the parasols while singing this. PLEASE, SM, PLEASE MAKE THIS HAPPEN. (unlikely though...remember when we wanted SHINee to sing honesty live with an acoustic guitar and sitting on stools hahahahaaaa)
This song also makes me think of Sunny especially. I don't know, it just fits her voice and her face and her blonde hair (when it was blonde).
That's one thing- Sunny's voice really fits her face (unlike TOP's for some reason, especially how he looks in music videos with the whole "barely open my mouth" thing, when I first heard his voice I was like O__O).
So overall, I give this album 4/5 stars! If you haven't listened to this album yet, go do it now! It is definitely one I wouldn't regret buying. You go, GG! Thank you for starting off my year with KPop, I'll always appreciate that. I can't wait to see what you have in store for us this year. SNSD fighting!! (does that make me sound like a koreaboo though?)