T-ara – Breaking Heart

Release Date: March 3, 2010

Track Listing

  1. Neo Ttaemune Michyeo
  2. Naega Neomu Apa
  3. One & One
  4. Cheoeum Cheoreom
  5. Bo Peep Bo Peep
  6. Tic Tic Toc
  7. Bye Bye
  8. Apple is A
  9. Falling U
  10. Neoneoneo
  11. Geojitmal (Dance Ver.)
  12. T.T.L (Time To Love)
  13. Geojitmal (Slow Ver.)
  14. T.T.L Listen.2
  15. Joheun Saram
  16. Norabollae?


T-ara (pronounced Tiara, like the crown beauty pageant contestants wear) is a South Korean pop group formed by and signed to the Mnet label. Breaking Heart is the repackaged version of their debut album Absolute First.  Breaking heart includes all the tracks from that album and two extra songs, Neo Ttaemune Michyeo and Naega Neomu Apa.

If any of you follow Korean pop you know that girl groups seem to pop out every day like they’re manufactured in some sort of factory or something. Which is kind of true in a way… Anyway, T-ara is one of those groups.

The thing that one has to wonder about this group is do they have something that makes them stand out? Their first few singles (Lies, TTL and TTL Listen 2) showed that they had some potential to not get lost in the shuffle of similar groups. For me Lies was a great example of what they’re capable of vocally and the two versions of TTL gave me an idea of what kind of productions they would be getting.

This album does prove that they do have something that will allow them to be around for a while. How long? Beats me. The shelf life of any pop group is pretty limited these days.  With quality songs like Neo Ttaemune Michyeo, Tic Tic Toc, Bye Bye and Neoneoneo I think they’ll be around to make a 2nd album.

It’s not surprising that I picked the more up tempo and dance like tracks. The group tends to excel a bit more at those kind of songs instead of ballads. (with the exception of the slow version of Lies) Overall this was much better than I expected it to be.  I’d say it’s a fairly solid debut and is worth investing some time in.

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