Release Date: November 14, 2012
- Speed Up
- Electric Boy
- Give Me Give Me
- Shake It Up
- Kiss Me Tonight
- Rock On
- Innocent Girl
- Girls Power
KARA is one of the rare K-Pop crossover groups that have managed to captivate the imaginations of the Japanese for more than a cup of coffee. Their third album offers the same type of catchy dance pop that has been heard on their first 2 offerings.
That may not sound like a lot of progress but the way this group has been able to adapt to the J-Pop world has to be commended. By now you would expect them to go in the greatest hits route due to lack of any original material or just because it’s easier to re-hash the past from South Korea.
Thankfully that isn’t the case and there’s plenty of original Japanese material to keep the KARA train storming towards increasing their street cred to the levels of those before them such as Tohoshinki and BoA.
With that said you could probably assume that this is another example of the Hallyu crossover done correctly right? And you would be correct in that assumption. Girls Forever starts off strong and continues its momentum throughout. There’s no front-loading of the good stuff here and instead the quality is spread out amongst the ten tracks.
Of course you can always rely on the singles if you need a quick fix but it’s better to dig deeper and check out songs such as Give Me Give Me, Orion and Oops! to give yourself a better taste of KARA in their element.
I’ll be honest and say that I’m surprised KARA has lasted this long after the success of Mister and it’s associated dance wore off. But hey, good for them for proving they aren’t one trick ponies in Japan. If only other Hallyu acts followed the same path.
Girls Forever (Regular Edition)
Girls Forever (Type A)
Girls Forever (Type B)
Girls Forever (Type C)