Released September 13, 2012
3. Falling in Love
4. Calling U
5. 1, 2, 3
After spending quality time in Japan, Secret returns to Korea with Poison. The quartet ditches the cute concept from Shy Boy and moved to a grown-up, sexy image. The title track, Poison, falls into the linage of some of their previous singles like My Boy and Madonna (and most pop music, honestly) with a super-catchy, and addictive chorus. The saxophones, along with the group’s booming vocals makes Poison one of the best K-pop songs of 2012.
Although this isn’t a music video review, the video for Poison warrants some mentioning. Poison takes from the film noir genre with a post-war 50’s/60’s aesthetic, femme fetales, guns, and crime. TS Entertainment knows me maybe a bit too well.
Secret went sexy on this EP. Well, sort of. For whatever reason, most of the EP is out of the cute lane. Telepathy, Falling in Love, and Calling U go back to the My Boy/Starlight Moonlight well, while 1, 2, 3 has more of the R&B vibe, but still is tame compared to Poison. It isn’t disappointing that those songs were included because they aren’t bad at all. In fact, Calling U is pretty effective. But the vibe that Poison suggested this EP would have, the result is surprising.
Secret has proven it can do cute and charming. Now, they have proven that they can do the sexy and scheming concept well. With every new release, Secret has never shown any type of regression. Poison proves their progression. But, the rest of the EP might be showing signs that TS Entertainment and the four girls might be getting a bit too complacent. I hope they keep trying new things, because they haven’t stumbled yet.