I don’t really have all the time in the world to make a decent review of this new album by Girls’ Generation/ SNSD. So i decided to copy+paste a good review of the album that i got from their official website. I know it’s such a mortal sin to copy+paste things which you should have written in your own words and style, so i really am sorry for that. I do not claim this review as my own though, and my only intention in posting this is to increase the awareness of people about the latest album and hopefully, help the girls promote it in my own little way. I’ll probably edit this once my schedule lightens a bit~ ^^
So here it goes. BTW, i love the album. And i definitely think it’s worth the money. My favorites so far are “Oh!”, “Show! Show! Show!”, “Forever”, “Star Star Star”, “Talk to Me”, and “Boys and Girls”. “Gee” and “Tell Me Your Wish (Genie)” is a given cause they rocked my 2009. Haha! So without further ado, the review~
The title song of the 2nd album ‘Oh!’ is a refined electronic pop song presented by the hit composer Kenzie. This song irresistibly gives the pleasure to the listeners with the unique melody development as well as arrangement, exquisitely capturing the core splendor of the latest trend. In other words, it boldly changes the typical format of ‘Introduction – Development – Refrain’ by placing each part in the unexpected timing and making continuous alterations to represent the lively and cheerful energy of Girls’ Generation. Also, the lyrics contain the candid and lovely way of the girls’ confession to the lovers.
02. Show! Show! Show!
‘Show! Show! Show!’ is the work of ‘hitchhiker’ who composed ‘Abracadabra’. The strong synthesizer sound is from Electro Pop Genre and Girls’ Generation’s unique voice is tastefully combined with colorful arrangement to manifest the perfect harmonization. Especially ‘Show! Show! Show!’ drew the explosive responses from the audience at the Girls’ Generation the 1st Asia Tour ‘Into the new world’ in Seoul in December 2009.
03. 뻔&Fun(Sweet Talking Baby)
‘Sweet Talking Baby’ is a sweet pop dance music with a motif from ‘Boccherini’s Minuet’ built on the combination of the natural sound played by 12 strings orchestra and the electronic sound. Also, the melody of Korean traditional instrument, Gayageum (12-stringed Korean harp), adds a kick to the song.
04. 영원히 너와 꿈꾸고 싶다(Forever)
This is the work of Jin-hwan Kim who composed the duet by Jessica and ONEW, ‘One Year Later’ and ‘Motion.’ The grand scale leading to the climax and the addition of the poetic lyric all together present the high quality to the music. Since this is a style that has never been presented by Girls’ Generation, the members paid enthusiastic attentions during the recording and hence it is sure that this song will deliver the great impression to the hearts of music fans.
05. 웃자(Be Happy)
‘Be Happy’ is a unique club style dance music that turns to hip hop mood at each point of the song along with the trendy house rhythm. This song was presented by E-TRIBE who created the hit song ‘Gee’ and the dynamic rap, cheering voices, and synthesizer are all together very impressive and unique. Especially, Girls’ Generation is sending a lovely but powerful message of the encouragement to those who are exhausted and weary of life and hence it is expected to draw great responses from various kinds of music fans.
06. 화성인 바이러스(Boys & Girls) -feat.key(SHINee)
‘Boys & Girls’ is based on the genre of blues and the collaborative work of Chan Hee, Hwang and Eun Hee, Cho who wrote the Song for Kim Jong Gook’s ‘One Man’. The melody line got much groovier and authentic than the stereotypical dance music in order to depict the various happenings caused by the different way of thinking between the boys and girls. The title takes an idea from the book called ‘Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus’, explaining why girls are attracted to this type of boys. Especially, the male part of the song was sung by SHINee’s Key to add more fun effects and he , perfectly plays the role of a confident man expressing his thoughts clearly even in the situation thoroughly surrounded by many girls.
07. 카라멜 커피(Talk To Me)
‘Talk To Me’ is the first duet by Jessica and Tiffany, representing the mind-comforting bossa nova rhythm and the beautiful arrangement which perfectly match with the colorful voices of the two. The lyric about caramel-sweet love gives flutters to the hearts of the ones envisaging the start of a beautiful love.
‘☆★☆’ is a R&B song with impressive lyric that sounds as if it depicted a scene from a romance comics where a girl cries with the memory of old love while looking at a star in the night sky. The lyrical melody, emotional voices of Girls’ Generation, and the sweet string sound will definitely capture the ears of the listeners.
09. 무조건 해피엔딩(Stick Wit U)
‘Stick Wit U’ is electronic dance music with witty lyric and addictive melody. The combination of strong beat and lead of analogue synthesizer create a sound that would make listeners feel much relieved, and with the refreshing voices of Girls’ Generation, the song will make listeners feel happy.
10. 좋은 일만 생각하기(Day by Day)
‘Day by Day’ is the work of Young-suk Yoo who has becoamee famous with musical style songs such as ‘Rectangle’s Dream’ and ‘White’. This song gives the refreshing feeling from the beginning that reminds of the princess in the fairy tale. The lyric shows great choice of sweet words like the ones in a secret diary written by a girl who fell in love, and the smooth key transposition fully exhibits the sophistication of the song itself. Also the rhythm avoids simple beat and the voices of girls are carpeted by the acoustic guitar, based on bossa nova melody as if presenting a good luck to the listeners. ‘Day by Day’ was also included in the OST of the popular drama, ‘Beethoven Virus’, under the title of ‘Love Rides on a Melody’ with the different lyrics and hence it would be fun to compare the original song with the OST.
The repetition of the word, ‘Gee’, the lyric with unique rhythm, and the exciting melody line in the refrain will capture your ears at once. The fresh voices of the Girls’ Generation make the listeners to picture a girl who fell in love for the first time and does not know what to do., ‘Gee’ is created by E-TRIBE and based on R&B Hip-hop but delivering very unique color that is perfectly balanced with the personal magnetism of Girls’ Generation.
12. 소원을 말해봐(Genie)
‘Genie’ is a trendy dance music created by the collaboration of hit composers Young-jin Yoo, Han-jin Yoo and ‘Dsign Music’ which, a team of composers who are actively engaged in Europe as well as America music scenes. The dreamlike intro and bright and delightful refrain altogether make an impressive balance.