2NE1 – 2NE1 1st Mini Album

2NE1 1st Mini Album Cover

Track Listing

  1. Fire
  2. I Don’t Care
  3. In The Club
  4. Let’s Go Party
  5. Pretty Boy
  6. Stay Together
  7. Lollipop (feat. Big Bang)

Review

I’m a noob when it comes to K-Pop.  The only Korean music I listen to consists of Clazziquai, Hyori, Loveholic, BoA and the Wonder Girls.   I’ve been looking for some new groups to listen to and have asked around the forums I’m a part of for assistance.  One of the groups recommended to me was 2NE1.

2NE1 (pronounced “to anyone” or “twenty one”) is a South Korean group signed to YG Entertainment.  The group consists of 4 members. CL (Leader, Rapper, Vocalist), BOM (Lead Vocalist), MINZY (Rapper, Vocalist) and DARA (Vocalist).  Their sound is of the R&B/Pop crossover kind with a touch of Hip-Hop thanks to some MC’ing from CL & MINZY.

To be honest this isn’t too far from the pop music I hear on the radio now, it just happens to be in (mostly) Korean.  Still, it’s some catchy stuff.

Whoever their songwriter is knows how to work a hook, the one in I Don’t Care being particularly addictive.  It’s kind of like Rihanna’s Umbrella (with the repeating of the end of a word) but not annoying.  It’s probably because these girls can actually sing.

Pretty Boy has a pretty hot beat.  I like the aggressive (yet still very pop) kind of vibe with the military like percussion & stabbing horns & synths.  The way this track is structured kind of reminds me of parts of Hollaback Girl.  The MC sections of this are sweet.  I had no idea what anyone was saying but it really didn’t matter.

My two favorite tracks on this mini-album are FIRE & Stay Together.  FIRE is exactly as the title describes it to be.  Definitely hot.  The track grabs you from the start & doesn’t let go at all.  Just the way a club banger track should  be.  Short, to the point & never outstaying its welcome.

Stay Together is something much closer to the kind of groove I prefer in my DJ sets.  I was surprised to hear a House track on this as everything before it was very Urban oriented.  But, it was a nice surprise.  I would drop this in a set for sure.

The last track worth mentioning is a collaboration with another YG Entertainment group called Big Bang (a 5 member Hip-Hop group) called Lollipop.  This song was used for a cell phone campaign & was never an official single release.  Yet it still seemed be rather popular.  I’m not sure why really.  I think the song is kind of lame compared to the other tracks on this album.  But that’s just me.

Overall this was much better than I had expected it to be.  I’m looking forward to what else they’ll be releasing.

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