Review of MBLAQ’s Album ‘Broken’

Well, this week I’m really going to write a review! This was the album I actually wanted to review last week, but I couldn’t find most of the tracks with English lyrics, so I gave up. But now I’ve found them! All except one that is, but that’s just the outro, so I think we’ll make do anyway.

Track 1 – Broken (Intro) 

(Co-written by Thunder)

 

Wow. I’m listening through this album for the first time at the same time as I’m writing this, and I’m really sensing what kind of album this is going to be, based on this, the intro. This is a hauntingly beautiful and sad track, and despite some Engrish, it’s close to perfection. I’m not a big enough fan of MBLAQ to be able to really to distinguish their voices, but whoever’s doing the falsetto, or whatever you call it, (I’m assuming it’s G.O) is doing a flawless job. Fabulous.

Track 2 – Be a Man

(Co-written by Mir)

 

This, the promotional single, is very much in the same style as the intro. And it’s perfection. When I first heard it I thought it was pretty, but not that memorable, but oh how that has changed. This song is now one of my absolute favorite tracks from MBLAQ (after ‘This Is War’, which will never be dethroned) and it’s just… wow. It’s smooth, it’s sexy and it’s gorgeously sung. Everyone’s voices shines, especially Joon and G.O’s. The video is very nice too, with the guys looking mighty dapper in those nice suits. Only thing that would have made this whole thing better is if Joon had taken off his shirt, but oh well, you can’t get everything.

Track 3 – Our Relationship

(Co-written by Mir)

 

Mir… Did something happen with you that we need to talk about? Are you having girl troubles? Come on, you can tell me!

Anyway, this is a perfectly fine track and it sticks to the style set by the earlier two tracks, both in lyrics and composition, and while I do like the whistling, this track doesn’t do much for me. There’s nothing wrong with it per se, but it isn’t very memorable at all. Filler maybe? Or maybe my expectations on this album were set too high by the single? We’ll see soon.

Track 4 – 12 Months

(Co-written by Mir and Thunder, and co-composed by Thunder)

 

So far this is looking like an incredibly consistent album, both in feel and sound. And I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, but after 4 fairly similar songs about being sad because of love, I’m becoming slightly bored. Especially since I’m not experiencing any love troubles whatsoever at the moment, so I can’t relate to any of this. I’ve never had this amount of troubles due to love, so well. It becomes a little too distant. This song isn’t that memorable to me either, though I do like it better than the last one.

Track 5 – Key

 

I like how they changed things up with this track! The first four tracks were all about missing a lost love, or being about to lose a love, so I like the fact that this song tackles a different kind of love troubles: being the one who’s always there to help, the one that loves in secret. Frankly this song is about how much it sucks to be friend-zoned. And while I’m not this desperately in love with any of my friends, I can definitely relate to the feeling of being frustrated by the fact that they don’t seem to get it. As a song, I’m still not enamored, but this is yet another step up.

Track 6 – Because There Are Two 

(Co-written by G.O and Mir, and co-composed by G.O)

 

Another fine song, but also another one that I know I would just constantly skip if I downloaded it. And now we’re also back to missing a past love, and yet again, there are no places whatsoever that I would avoid because they remind me of someone I used to date, so this song doesn’t really resonate with me. It’s a perfectly alright track, but yet again I don’t find it to be that memorable.

Track 7 – Still With You (Outro)

(Co-written and co-composed by G.O)

 

Well don’t I feel dumb. Of course it’s impossible to find this with English lyrics, it’s just an instrumental! But wait… Then how can G.O have co-written it? I’m now officially confused. Anywho, this is a nice instrumental and all, but well, it’s a minute long and it’s just instrumental so there isn’t much to say here. It’s nice though.

Final Thoughts

I definitely made myself expect myself a little too much greatness from this album, since the single was so amazing. This isn’t in any way a bad mini album, but the songs aren’t really that distinct or memorable. Except for the single that is, which is perfection. But I won’t be downloading any of the other songs, because I know that I would just skip them. It’s nice to see so many of the members helping with the writing and producing of this album though, even if I’m not in love with it. I always support it when kpop stars want to contribute, because that’s awesome.

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I know, this a short post for it to be me, but this is just a mini album, and since I’m not in love with most of the songs, there’s no reason for me to do a lot of spazzing. I hope you enjoyed anyway though!

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 a comment or email me at topofthekpops@gmail.com!

– Admin A

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2 thoughts on “Review of MBLAQ’s Album ‘Broken’

  1. I love the string/piano combination on “Broken” and “Be a Man.” And, yes, I agree. It’s always nice to see the members of the group taking an active role in the music-making process, but, like you, I find myself snoozing off a bit after that third track or so. I’m sure if I didn’t have a sort of restless energy right now this would be a good minialbum to sit back and reflect on, but I kind of wish some of those electronic sounds from the outro had found their way into the mini album at one point or other. It seems to me that would have helped to diversify the sound.

    1. I did very much like the first few tracks, but after that it just got too repetitive. I might give it another try when I’m at a more melancholic mood though, it might be just excellent for that.

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