Seeing as how I have the day off and not a whole lot to do, I will be posting at least two, maybe three, posts today! For some reason, I just really feel like blogging! This first post will be about the latest extended play from the nation’s girl group Girls’ Generation, which is called Mr.Mr!
Track 1 – Mr.Mr.
This is obviously the title song, and in case you’ve somehow missed it, their new promotional single. I honestly can’t decide what I think about this… I think they went a bit (way) over the top with the rough-sounding computer sounds, and I’m not loving it. It’s a big shame because if you eliminate those sounds, I would really love this song. I love the way the girls sing it, and the chorus is super catchy.
I didn’t really feel like writing a single review of over a thousand words for just this song and video, since I’m not a huge fan of the song and the video isn’t really that much to talk about, which is why I’m doing the whole album instead. I am very happy with the fact that Girls’ Generation completely shed the cute image this time, and I’ll pray to all the kpop gods that it’ll stay this way.
About the video… I feel like there was a plot in there somewhere, but that it was lost in editing. I’m used to kpop videos not having a plot though, so I’m fine with that. And the fact that the girls all look more gorgeous than ever before, covers for the lack of plot quite well. I’ve never really understood why some people are so in love with Sunny’s look, but in this video I get it.
LOVE the dancing. I feel like Girls’ Generation really stepped it up in the dance department when they released ‘I Got a Boy’ and this time they stepped it up even more. I loved loved loved the dance break and I’m really looking forward to seeing the rest of the choreography when they do this live.
Track 2 – Goodbye
I’m in love with this song! While I think ‘Mr.Mr.’ was way too rough on the ears, this song is super smooth! It’s catchy, it’s pretty and the girls’ voices blend together beautifully.
Lyrics-wise it’s not super original, but I like the feeling of a happy closure. Not every breakup gets you all depressed. Sometimes you’re just happy that it’s over and glad to move on, and that’s the feeling of this song. As someone who has yet to experience a breakup that was significantly hard, I can relate to this song way more than all the depressed songs about breakups.
Once again, I really love this song. It’s truly great.
Track 3 – Europa
I’ve just got to say one things first… When I read the track list I was sure that this song was about Europe, since Europe is called Europa in my native language. And while it would have been cool if SM had thrown some random Swedish in there (since we write so many of their songs), this isn’t about Europe, it’s about the moon of Saturn called Europa! Oh. I knew that.
While this is certainly a very cute and at least slightly catchy song, I don’t find it memorable. There’s nothing especially bad about this song, but it certainly doesn’t stand out, and that’s too bad.
The lyrics for this song are really creative, it’s a very interesting take on the one-sided love we’re all so familiar with. Given that the girls are singing from the perspective of the moon Europa (who’s crushing on Saturn, I guess), lines like “I revolve around you every day, a Europa that only looks at you”, “In the black darkness, I only see you”, “I am endlessly revolving but even with all my strength, I know I can’t get any closer” and “The stars are cold and I’m alone, you are at the same distance as always” are really fun and quirky. I like that touch a lot, and it makes this song a lot more interesting.
Track 4 – Wait a Minute
I’m really liking this song as well. It’s about them being “chic” women who are now crushing on a guy, but they don’t want to put themselves out there and ruin their chic image so they’re telling him to confess first. I think it’s a very funny theme, and I can definitely see myself in these lyrics. I know I’ve thought something similar to this at least once or twice.
I especially love the line where they sing “I’ll pretend to have no choice but to accept you, so be a man and tell me”. That line is hilarious, to me. Especially that they have to pretend to have no choice, when it’s obvious that they want nothing more.
This is a cute song, and the lyrics give it a kind of funny sass, I like it a lot.
Track 5 – Back Hug
This is this album’s standard ballad, and it’s absolutely beautiful. I’ve mentioned before that I’m very picky when it comes to ballads, and it takes a lot for ballads to be songs that I actually want to listen to often. But this song could definitely be one. It’s delicate and sweet and the girls harmonize and sing together in an absolutely stunning way.
I feel like most kpop ballads are sad, and in most situations that’s not really something I can relate to. And in the situations when I can’t relate I also don’t want to make myself sad by thinking too much about the sad things they’re singing about. Thankfully, this isn’t a sad ballad. This is a beautiful romantic ballad, and that’s much better to me. Because even though I sadly can’t relate to it that often, these are things I want to think about. I want to imagine myself having the kind of relationship that these lyrics describe, I really do.
This has to be mentioned: “Then if I get tired, I can fall asleep under you, always” I can’t have been the only one that interpreted this as, well, something else than what it’s supposed to mean? It made me chuckle and I think that the rest of the descriptions and metaphors used in this song where all very pretty and symbolic, so I appreciate one little innuendo.
Track 6 – Soul (Korean Version)
This is the Korean version of Girls’ Generation’s first ever Chinese song, which I haven’t heard. For some reason I don’t want to listen to the original version, even though I really like this.
This is very good ‘go and get it’-song and a song about figuring out what you want and going for it. As someone who soon has to make a lot of decisions about her future, this song feels really motivating. Excuse me while I go find my soul now.
This is a very good album, my girls didn’t let me down whatsoever. I’m still not that fond of the promotional single and when I first heard it I was worried that the rest of the album would be in the same style, and that I wouldn’t like it. But it’s not like that at all. The rest of the album embraces much more of Girls’ Generation’s original sound than the title song does, but is still much more adult (and better) than most of their older stuff. I’m so happy that these girls are finally allowed to make music that legitimately fits their ages. If they keep moving in this direction I soon won’t have any problem whatsoever admitting that I’m a SONE.
This is the start to what will be a fairly intense blogging day for me and I hope you enjoyed this post and that you’ll enjoy the one or two posts to come.
If you have any suggestions, comments or requests for Friday’s list of the week, Sunday’s random post or next Tuesday’s review then leave me a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
– Admin A