I never paid any attention to Seungri that much because his attitude annoyed me and he just seemed like “the other Big Bang member”. Then, he had ‘Strong Baby’ and I was like this is alright. I wasn’t even going to listen to VVIP, but I don’t know what made me do it, but I’m pretty happy that I did.
The title tracks aren’t my favorite tracks(VVIP and ì–´ì©Œë¼ê³ ), actually I could do without them. They have heavy synth beats. I was suprised that they didn’t sound exactly like Strong Baby, but it definitely had a new style from the standard K-Pop sound. I was so happy when I heard this wasn’t produced by Teddy, because his sound is starting to sound redudant. ì–´ì©Œë¼ê³ is pretty club sounding with the synth. It reminds me of something Jason Deulro might sing. I like it more after a couple listens than VVIP.
Open the Window (feat. G-Dragon) is the best track on here, better than his selected title tracks. It’s very laid back and I like the way G-Dragon’s rap has a different beat than the rest of the track. MAGIC does have that Teddy touch, but it’s a decent track. This doesn’t have as much heavy synth, but it’s an okay track.
What?! A YG artist collaborated with a person outside of their company? What a breathe of fresh air. I Know (feat. IU) is a cute duet that blends the soft vocals of IU and Seungri’s deep voice. I was surprised how well they sounded together. This is another stand out track, but it’s not my favorite track.White Love totally reminds me of a Big Bang track that’s missing all the other members. I don’t really like this song because it reminds me of an American song that I can’t think of at the moment.
Well Seungri outdid himself with Outro(In My World). Since I’m not really a fan, I wasn’t expecting too much and then I listened to it and I was blown away. It’s more of an ballad. I think this was a nice way to end the album with a song for the fans.
Overall I was pretty impressed with this mini album. I can’t wait for Big Bang to release their new album.Â I would give this a 3.5/5 because while I did like some songs, some of them reminded me of other members and that’s not what I wanted when I was listening to his album.