The DJ is Mine is a single from the Wonder Girls’ upcoming US teen movie. I didn’t think the initial songs was that impressive until I heard the version without the duet with the School Gyrls.
By itself, “The DJ is Mine” is a fun dance pop song. It does follow the standard US pop and Korean pop conventions and the problem once again comes from the strange lyrics. The most unfortunate part of the song is the verses consisting of rapping. They just don’t really work.
The Wonder Girls are good singers (end of the year Korean music shows aside) and I think they should have continued releasing music in Korea.
I always liked Jay Park’s style of singing. It’s not really versatile, but does hit good notes and hooks. His previous single had a good flow to it and remained interesting throughout.
New Breed Part 1 dismisses the previous single and tries to reach into two different directions that don’t make much sense.
“Star” features a chorus that has him introducing himself multiple times and would work as an R&B ballad without it. “Enjoy the Show” is where I’m lost because even with the interesting instrumental, the hip-hop is awkward and again the chorus is unfortunate.
New Breed Part 1 is trying to keep his Kpop fans and show his hip-hop interests at the same time. It comes across as sloppy even with songs that otherwise could have been great.
T-ARA have been releasing singles consistently near the end of 2011 and into 2012. Their “Cry, Cry” single was interesting and the 15 minute MV just made me confused on what the actual single was until I heard it by itself.
“Lovey Dovey” is the lead single off Funky Town and they are using the same format by presenting another mini-movie MV.
The actual album isn’t much of an album, but a collection of their newest songs. In the single, the song is a little bit sugar-pop with club beats and also kind of addictive.
It’s a strong single to being 2012 with but the album overall doesn’t present much new stuff.
T-ARA’s concept style hasn’t changed as much as others and if you’ve heard any of their last few singles, it’s more of the same.
I have to say that “Cry, Cry” is not a song by T-ARA, but a duo between Soyeon and Hyomin.
Even with the other members singing partial verses, the majority of the song is performed by these two. The lead single is so important to the overall single that the additional songs are mainly forgettable. I liked T-ARA’s first full-length a lot, so it’s a bit disappointing to see them stuck in the repetition that they are presenting.
There’s nothing wrong with the single, but with the amount of members, there needed to be something a little more substantial from everyone. The 15 minute MV didn’t really present much more than a large budget and confusing song presentation.
Since they’ve found a good formula, it looks like T-ARA is going to use it as much as possible.
The Boys Maxi Single is the first single of Girls’ Generation to hit international shores with the support of the US label. Including the English language version of “The Boys” and multiple remixes, acapella, and instrumental, “The Boys” is a one song overload.
The English language version of “The Boys” actually sounds better than the Korean language, but the song is still strange with the addition of break-beat verses.
The remixes don’t bring much more to the song, even with the addition of Snoop Dogg. It feels like the US label is working as hard as they can to get people to buy the single.
I don’t feel like Girls’ Generation will be able to break internationally with this single, especially considering the overload.
Japan was likely one of the starters of the repackaged album. The reissue of albums with remixes or extra songs has long been a standard for many artists and Girls’ Generation did it with their reissue of their Korean full-length The Boys.
The reissue only has a few new songs, most importantly a Japanese-language version of “The Boys.” This single is still awkward with Japanese vocals and doesn’t hit the strong points that other singles by the group had. The new remixes are “The Great Escape” and “Bad Girl” which are the stronger songs off their Japanese debut.
The following songs are all previously released songs and don’t make much more impact than they did when they were originally released. The repackaged album doesn’t offer anything new and passing on it will not result in much grief.
Their image in Japan is much more mature than Korea and the repackage album takes a step back.
I didn’t keep a close look on f(x) on 2011 because I’ve never really found their music to be that strong and their image is normally splintered.
Pinocchio is another sign of my opinion. The individual members all carry different duties in the group, but they never appear to be as cohesive. Most of the songs on the album also parallel this tone.
A lot of the songs, from the pop standards and the ballad, sound like leftovers from other SM groups that are given to f(x) to perform. While I think the group has a good amount of talent, they do prefer specific members over others and don’t show a real sign of growth with the album.