Wonder Girls/REBOOT Album Review!

JYP AND THE WONDER GIRLS, we are back!

This is the opening message of their first single “I Feel You” since their three year hiatus from the K-pop music scene. Fans are rejoicing from the return of the Korean Pop legends, Wonder Girls. The group is composed of four members, Lee Sunmi (bass guitar), Kim Yubin (drums), Woo Hyelim (guitar) and Park Yeeun (piano). The group debuted as a dance group in 2007, but three years ago fellow member Yubin, approached her managed with the request to learn to play an instrument. Now each member plays an instrument and they released their 80s inspired album. The group has always been known for their retro image and music concepts, but this time they are making a serious comeback.  If you’ve been feeling nostalgic about the 80s, this will cure your 80s blues. REBOOT differs from other K pop artists’ releases because the girls introduce a new concept, they play instruments and they also composed/wrote their own songs.

It has been a long time since I liked an album from start to finish and this one is on replay since its release day. Each single brings diversity and nothing sounds the same! The album has twelve tracks:

1. Baby Don`t Play
2. Candle (Feat. Paloalto)
3. I Feel You
4. Rewind
5. Loved
6. John Doe
7. One Black Night
8. Back
9. OPPA (오빠)
10. 사랑이 떠나려 할 때 (Faded Love)
11. 없어 (GONE)
12. 이 순간 (Remember) 

This album is a mix of different genres such as pop, synthpop and R&B, including the diversity of instrumental composition that produces addictive catchy songs. A key signature sounds that are present in many songs throughout this album are drone cords and the synth/keyboard keyboard that would play different chords over the top of a bass note. REBOOT will also showcase new talents of members who will surprise their fans with rapping verses in songs such as “Back” and “OPPA.”  The vocal work throughout the album is confident and expressive of the emotion in each song. An example of a soulful and expressive vocal work can be heard in song such as “Gone” and “Remember.” The job of an artist is to make you feel the happy and sad emotion when listening to a song, the Wonder Girls have done a fabulous job channeling out this aspect in the tracks from the album.

REBOOT brings something new and fresh to the Korean music scene, the Wonder Girls have completely revamped themselves into something more advanced. The group now has the flexibility to choose their own sound and create their own music. The instrumental work for this album stands out and the instrumental accompaniments are rhythmic and engaging. With this album the Wonder Girls can be accepted in the Western music industry, considering how similar it sounds to 80s Western music. REBOOT has a big potential for commercial success!

This is by far is the best comeback and album from the Wonder Girls, this album receives a well deserved 9/10!

Here is a preview of each song from the album and you can support the Wonder Girls by purchasing their new album on iTunes.

Thank you very much for reading and stay tuned for more music reviews!

See you soon!

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