Girls’ Generation (SNSD) released their fourth full Korean album yesterday and I had a quick listen through all the songs on it. Interestingly, the tune in some of their songs sounds rather familiar. As in, I’ve heard of them before in old songs and old-school video games. Nevertheless, my favorite song out of the album is Romantic Street. It’s fresh, peaceful, and relaxing to listen to. Not to mention, it’s different from most of their songs that they have released since their debut. All nine members of SNSD have improved in terms of vocals and I really love Sunny‘s voice in this album.
As for SNSD‘s title track, I Got A Boy, there were mixed reviews. I saw the music video at first and it was hard to focus on the song and choreography together. The choreography is rather complex and fun to watch, but when it is put together with a song that has a complex structure and no consistency, or too many transitions, then the overall output lacks focus. Moreover, the song sounds like a mashup of three different songs, which many fans have pointed out. However, if one takes a closer look into the lyrics of the song, he/she will realize that there are different stories being told, hence the reason for this.
Additionally, it is noticeable that SM Entertainment was testing out a new concept of merging hip-hop, dubstep, and pop together with I Got A Boy. I didn’t like the song when I first listened to it, but there were definitely parts in the song that I found really nice. I suppose I Got A Boy is one of those songs like Super Junior‘s Mr. Simple that takes a few listens in order to like it. The song may not be an instant hit like Genie or Gee, or as catchy as the title songs used in their Japanese albums these days, but I’m sure that it will still be popular.