I received a request from Nana to review 4minute’s Heart to Heart, but since their full album was coming out later, I decided to review this instead. Let me just say I’m not a hardcore 4Minute fan; I do like some of their songs, but I get tired of their sound pretty quickly. With that being said, don’t think I’m bashing 4minute because they are pretty talented.Â 4MINUTES LEFT, released on 4.5.11, is 4minuteâ€™s 1st album.
The album begins with 4minutes Left, an intro with a synthesizer beat layered with the girls singing â€œoh oh ohâ€ repetitively. A voice Â I’m thinking Ji Yoon comes in , â€œThereâ€™s only 4 minutes oh~â€, continues back into the â€œoh oh ohâ€ before Hyunah says â€œ4minutesÂ leftâ€.Â That leads in to into ê±°ìš¸ì•„ ê±°ìš¸ì•„ (Mirror Mirror), the main promotional track. The song is heavily synthesized Â and goes for a more sensual overall sound. The song sounds like something I’ve already heard before, the beat is not appealing and makes the song annoying and not interesting to listen to.donâ€™t really like the rap of this song; it sounds really tacky. Itâ€™s an okay song, but not something I would put on replay.
Next is Heart to Heart, a cuter song that begins with an echo-y instrumental and soft vocals saying, â€œheart to heartâ€¦â€ The bridge is strong as Jiyoon sings with strong vocals before going into a chorus where they repeat, â€œLetâ€™s have a heart to heart~â€ The song is better than Mirror Mirror because it has a little more personality, but once again, not something that I would add to my music library. Sweet Suga Honey! is like a weird mix of cute and R&B. Not my thing at all and it’s annoying.
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This oneâ€™s from their first Japanese album, DIAMOND, ALREADY GONE, in Korean version. This one primarily has synthesizer and feels a bit like a lighter version of Heart to Heart, just with synthesizer as the main part of the instrumental. I like the way they sing in the intro, but the auto- tune get’s a little heavy in the verses. I like that Â this is more upbeat and happier, it fits them.Â Another song from one of their Japanese singles, FIRST starts immediately with a rap thatâ€™s covered by the sound of a car engine before 4minute say â€œFIRST!â€ with a really bad accent (sounds more like furst). The instrumental primarily electronica once again and the mood of the song is bright as the girls sing, â€œyou can be my first love!â€This song is totally fun and sooo much better than the previous blah tracks.
HIDE&SEEK is another song off of their DIAMOND album. Itâ€™s a synthesizer song. As soon as I heard the first string of ‘oh’s ‘ I wanted to rip my ears off. I don’t understand why they would make them sing this crap.Â Ending the album is ë‚˜ì˜ê²Œ (Badly), an R&B-ish ballad, this time with the guitar and percussion as its main instrumental. This is the kind of music they need. The instrumental reminds me of another song that I can’t think of at the moment. There are a few parts when the singing goes into screaming territory and stops sounding good.
While I follow 4minute, their songs leave a bit much to be desired. I only really liked Badly because I enjoy R&B. This album disappointed me Â because I thought 4minute would really bring in some nice quality, but all I heard was generic, boring sound. I give this a 2/5 and that’s being generous.