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f(x)- NU ABO

2010年 5月 22日

Cover looks like it’s from a horror movie ._.

Okay, so I don’t review kpop a lot (actually this is my first time). Japanese music will always represent my soul, my passion. However, since I’ll also be studying Korean stuff as part of my major, I’ve been trying to familiarize myself with the sound of the Korean language (as if I don’t get enough of that from watching kdramas…) I’ve listened to Korean music for as long as I’ve listened to Japanese music, but currently my division of music is 90% jpop, 7% kpop, 3% cpop. Let’s go!

NU ABO, the title track, is an aggressive, hip-hop-based, high-energy track. With a strong beat, fierce vocals, and a crowd cheering during the verses, NU ABO is one of the sexiest songs I’ve heard in a while. This song would be great for dancing, and isn’t too far out of Koda Kumi’s style for those of you who want to try kpop. I don’t like hip-hop very much, but this track is great because of its electronic feel.

The next track is much more of a pop/electric track: Mr. Boogie. This song has a dark feel to it, and has some strong verses. I thought the chorus was a bit awkward/repetitive, but overall not too bad.

All the aggression takes a break to make way for a positive track, Ice Cream. What I like about this track is that it has elements of bubblegum pop, but isn’t too sweet. Overall very cute song.

ME+U is the most electronically charged track on the album. I haven’t learned which vocals correspond to each member yet, but whoever leads the verses has a bit of an annoying voice (but I still kind of like it xD). This song brings back that sass and attitude of the first couple of tracks.

Surprise Party is a cool R&B/pop track, which reminds me of a fusion between the kpop and jpop worlds. Although the song is about birthdays it’s still cute.

Lastly, we can’t have an album without a ballad. I’m still getting used to the fact that Korean songs are so much shorter than Japanese songs. This ballad isn’t even 4 minutes long! Now, Sorry (Dear. Daddy) is totally Korean in style. Basically, this song could fit into an kdrama; it actually reminds me of Byul’s stuff from the best drama EVAR Full House. This song shows off the girls’ strong vocals very well.

Overall: I can’t wait to listen to more f(x)!

Rating: 7/10

Track list:

  1. NU ABO
  2. Mr. Boogie
  3. Ice Cream
  4. ME+U
  5. Surprise Party
  6. Sorry (Dear. Daddy)
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