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[MV & Album Review] Minzy - 'Minzy Work 01 Uno / Ninano'

By eric_r_wirsing   9 days ago   35,146   2,329   17
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MINZY -- MINZY WORK 01. "UNO"


Track List:

1. Ninano (Feat. Flowsik)
2. Superwoman
3. ING
4. Flashlight (Feat. Jay Park)
5. Beautiful Lie
6. Ninano (English Rap Ver.) (Feat. Flowsik)



After leaving 2NE1 / YG and joining Music Works, Minzy's been hard at work on her solo album 'UNO.' Here she teams up with rapper Flowsik and singer/actor/producer Jay Park to bring you 6 tracks on her very first solo outing. To further showcase her talent, she wrote the lyrics to all of these herself (though Jay Park and Flowsik had a hand in the songs they feature on).



"Ninano" is the title track. And thankfully they chose something fairly upbeat. It almost has a reggae beat to it, which I like, but the lyrics are nothing to write home about, being rather standard and cliche. As I listened I couldn't help thinking I'd heard this one before. But that's just the lyrics -- the melody is pretty bomb though and Flowsik is always sick with his raps.





Now "Superwoman" is a much stronger track than the title track. It's got a heavy R&B influence, and is way more modern than retro, has a great chorus, and some nifty EDM effects besides to pad it out. The melody uses Minzy's vocals to great effect, as she has to put some guts behind some of it, and I much prefer that to the high-octave shrinking violets. 2NE1 has always had a tougher sound and this song channels that nicely.

 

"ING" starts out promising, with a repetitive synth riff. This is sort of a hip-hop/EDM fusion, blurring the lines even further between the two. She incorporates some of that staccato sound that I love so much and brings the beat home. She also has that fierce tone to her voice, like she's mad and not going to take it anymore, which goes right along with the song itself. There are some great hooks here which just kick it up a notch in my book.





"Flashlight" is the track I have a problem with. As much as I want to like Jay Park (he actually grew up near me in Seattle), I've personally never been a fan of his rapping. Here his voice is wispy and like at any moment a stray gust of wind could blow it away. Minzy is on top of her game here, though, and bangs out a decent slow R&B track, with some glorious backmasked instrumentation. 


The last one is "Beautiful Lie," and it fooled me. I thought it was going to end up a traditional ballad, but the song pulls the ole' switcheroo and it becomes a soft pop tune with a pounding beat and slightly higher tempo. Her vocals on this really impress. Not only can she pitch her voice lower when needed, they become clear as a bell and higher on the chorus.



So, overall, it's slightly uneven. There are parts of it that I like and parts of it where I didn't. Still, it stands as a pretty good debut and shows what she can do as a singer and songwriter. The only thing I could ask for is Minzy's rapping. We heard little of that here, and I would love to hear her flow again. And I do like most of this EP. Not only is this album a solid one, but it makes me excited about the future of this talented young woman.

MV REVIEW




Minzy and her entourage arrive, not to rumble, but to slay. And Minzy does slay, as she dances in front of mirrors, in front of a store, in a box, on television, and in a mini-arena outdoors. All of these scenes are lit in glorious multi-hued neon.  

The dancing in the MV is the real highlight. Despite the changes in setting, lighting, costumes, the choreo is absolutely on point. More than a few dance moves have the artists advancing toward the camera, an effect that puts you front and center and demands your attention. Minzy has always been known for her ability on the dance floor -- this MV never calls that into doubt.



The costumes are okay, but nothing earth-shattering. There's nothing there you probably wouldn't see on the streets or in the malls, so there's nothing to nitpick or highlight. The company seems to have the wardrobe nailed for both the dancers and Minzy herself.

I'm not that big a fan of blonde hairstyles on Koreans, but when they work they do so gloriously. Minzy's sandy blonde works incredibly well. She has never looked better, even in her old band, and the new look really suits her!



So in case you hadn't guessed, I like the video. Is the most amazing thing she could have done? No. But I like what they did here. The different locations give you a sense of movement, and the camera switches scenes lightning-fast, never letting your eyes settle on one item too long. But still, the lighting, the dancing, and Minzy's unique charm are just a few of the details that make me angle my thumbs to the sky for this MV.

Score


MV Relevance..........8
MV Production..........8
MV Concept..............8
MV Score: 8

Album Production....8
Album Concept........9
Tracklisting...............9
Album Score: 8.7

OVERALL................8.3

SEE ALSO: Minzy demonstrates her fierce girl power for 'Vogue'

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    johnnyvvlog 4 days ago

    I really love it to bits. Every single track but especially Superwoman and Beautiful Lie.

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    BigBlueagain 8 days ago

    This is really interesting to me. What I'm seeing is that those of us who just kinda liked 2NE1 really like this album. Those who are BlackJacks seem disappointed. Why, because she's not "being 2NE1"? As I said before, after seeing this, my opinion is that she was really buried in that group and is just now getting to shine and show who SHE is, artistically.

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    ellagkpopunnie 9 days ago

    I think I was expecting too much from the teaser pictures and album teaser. Bec i'm honestly a lil disappointed with how it turned out. I didnt like any of the songs in this but I'm glad she's finally out there. I'm sure she'll grow into a better artist with better songs after every comeback

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    kiko_san 9 days ago

    thumbs up!

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    kddicted 9 days ago

    good score

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    BigBlueagain 9 days ago

    I was never a 2NE1 fan. I respect what they accomplished, and they had a few songs I liked, but I never was a Blackjack. Minzy was hella buried in that group! I like this a lot. I'd have to agree with the rating just on the fact that I really didn't know what to expect from her, but I likey :)

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    ppase 9 days ago

    Love Minzy, she was my 2ne1 bias, but I think the scoring was a little high. I know its the writers opinion but I rate it 6.7 overall lol I guess I was expecting to be blown away. I know she not in YG so production wise wouldn't be the same and I get it. I still wish her the best and want to see her succeed as a solo artist.

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    NovaLuna 9 days ago

    I don't know how to feel about this album, because I've expected something better. Maybe as a fan of 2NE1, I wanted that badass Minzy, maybe I had my expectations a little too high. I think it is a great album and I really love the fact that she wrote the lyrics herself. However, there is still this annoying thought in my head, that if YG gave her a chance, the songs, music video and promotions would be much better and she would've just skyrocketed to be one of the best soloists. :( But of course I still root for her and hope she achieves her goal, because she deserves it.

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    Lynnbia 9 days ago

    I'd give it a 8 . but i liked all the tracks and my fav was ING . i was also surprised by Beautiful Lie , it's not a boring ballad . Flashlight was kind of disappointing tho . It's one of the few albums i'd listen to all the tracks without skiping any .

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    DUCQUANGHAB383 Lynnbia 8 days ago

    I thought the same! I loved ING and Beautiful Lie, but didn't really enjoy listening to Flashlight.

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    superrisingnova 9 days ago

    Yeah....No. She is a great artist with a lot if potential, but I think that score is way too high. As a fan of minzy and a blackjack, I can honestly say there are a lot of albums, that have deserved better scores, but didnt get them. This album i would give a 7. She is still amazing!!

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    ThatsWhatsup superrisingnova 9 days ago

    It's author opinion. Agreeing with you on this though.

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    SicaLicka superrisingnova 9 days ago

    8 is way too high but you score a 7....what?

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    superrisingnova SicaLicka 9 days ago

    Lolol! you are right, its not a bad album though its just missing something. Fine....she can have a 6.2

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