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[MV & Album Review] T-ara - 'What's My Name?'

By eric_r_wirsing   9 days ago   14,049   1,727   26
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T-ARA – WHAT'S MY NAME?


Track List:

1. What's my name? *Title
2. Reload
3. 20090729
4. Diamond (QRI SOLO)
5. Ooh La La (HYOMIN SOLO)
6. Real Love (EUNJUNG SOLO)
7. Lullaby (JIYEON SOLO)
8. What's my name? (Chinese Ver.)
9. What's my name? (Inst.)



The latest in a seemingly infinite parade of disbanding's, T-ara has released their 13th and final album. This time they're promoting as a foursome, as Boram and Soyeon have already left the band. Without further ado, let's dig into 'What's My Name?'


The title track "What's My Name?" is reminiscent of their earlier works, as it has some cute, fun things going on in the melody. It's still firmly rooted in 2017, a tropical house track with some sweeping overtones. It's not quite as exciting a track as I'd like, but it's still a fun banger. Oddly, there was some Hello Venus I almost heard in here as well. The girls prove they still have what it takes, even minus two members.




"Reload" has some of that 80s throwback fun to the melody, and there are some flirty parts as well. It's sort of a loud track, with some faux horns and big beats. I love the vocals here even more than in the title track. T-ara has some serious talent sometimes hidden in a simpler pop song. And this time, they seriously crank things up to 11.


"20090729" is their debut date, and meant as a goodbye tune. It manages to avoid the things that I despise about some ballads. It's not billowy, pretentious, or anything other than what it is. One of the things I like about it was that the music is a gift from DIA to their sunbaes. The members of T-ara put their own stories into the lyrics, and it's definitely a gift for the fans. It's tender and heartfelt and remains so throughout the tune. It is a delightful and appropriate farewell.




The first solo tune, "Diamond," is Qri's solo. The tune itself almost has some kind of desert groove in the beginning, though distorted and autotuned up and down. Qri has always had pretty unique vocals, with somewhat of the lower register. The music in "Diamond" is an awesome fit to that, as voice and melody meld. It's a mid-tempo affair, with interesting effects that help the tune along. 


Hyomin is no stranger to the solo scene, having released two successful solo albums already. This song, "Ooh La La" is more in the experimental format she seems to rock nowadays, and it suits her well. Particularly this tune, which lets her use those nicely tuned pipes of hers. Overdubs and soaring vocals really make this song pop. And there's an energy and a power here that just can't be denied.




Eunjung's solo song is in a more traditional format than Qri's or Hyomin's. The vocals are no less awesome, either, and she kind of surprised me here. I wasn't enamored with her first solo effort, and this tune does a lot more for me. It's got some R&B grooves running through it, and combined with a nice, singable chorus. She does some nice things with her voice that I hadn't anticipated. I guess you can say I have a "Real Love" for this track.


"Lullaby" is a soft tune and Jiyeon's solo. I've always been a fan of Jiyeon's whispery vocals, and we get some of those here. I think the tempo is too fast for it to be a proper good night track, but that doesn't stop it from being a good song overall. Particularly during the chorus, where the real payoff to this song is, and she shows off her range there too. Her honeyed vocals really make the song quite sweet.



I liked some of the EDM influences here, as there are things you can do with a synth that you can't do with more traditional instruments, and they did it well here. I listen to music to hear new sounds, not some retread or reinterpretation of bygone days. This is a nice teaser to the girls' future solo careers and a pretty high-quality album overall. But we must bid goodbye to T-ara, gone but not forgotten. This disc is a fitting swan song to a successful career. And the answer to the question "What's My Name?" is T-ara.

MV REVIEW




The girls start out in a classroom, and end up in a park, with fountain, tram, and just beautifully shot nature scenes. There's a guy, but we barely see a hair of him, other than a time when they were presumably happy, and times after they said goodbye.

Despite the fact that this is a somber time, its arrayed against the striking scenes in the MV. There's the sun shot through trees, a fountain against a cloudless sky, a fun-looking wood-paneled tram, and sun dresses. Everything here, including the girls, is simply gorgeous.  



It's definitely a drama MV. There aren't a dozen costume changes, no dancing, and the somber looks on their faces tell you that they're not happy. While this is a reaction to the lover who used to be a great guy (like the song tells us), I can't help thinking there's something more than just that.

About two minutes in, there are reminders that they're missing two members. Six pencils are arranged together, two are upside down; but a second later, there are only four in a square. And in the classroom they started in, there are four desks ready to use -- two more have their chairs resting upside down on top.



Is it a good MV? Yeah, and I think there were some nods to the fact that it is the end, and that two members have already gone. I have to thank them for that. There's a sense of closure here, as well as the fact that we'll miss them. But I think some of the brightness of the scenes lets us know that there is a ray of hope somewhere.

Score



MV Relevance...........9
MV Production..........9
MV Concept..............9
MV SCORE: 9

Album Production.....9
Album Concept.........9
Tracklisting...............9
ALBUM SCORE: 9

OVERALL................9.0


SEE ALSO: T-ara receive praise for their hilarious skits on 'SNL Korea'

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PandDays 9 days ago

the song is pretty good .. whats my name :D

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mango_91 9 days ago

They are definitely the best 4 visuals in T-ara and not to mention their new songs still got T-ara flavor in it which I totally ship even more. Please continue as 4 members PLEASE. T-ara is the best happened to K-pop.

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mango_91 9 days ago

Plot twist: T-ara will continue as 4 members ^^.

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pink_oracle 9 days ago

I love how Qri just went balls to the walls with a totally unexpected Lorde-esque track. She seems to be getting the most attention out of all the solo's. Hyomin's is my jam though, sounds like something you'd want to hear on an OST. I like 20090729 but it has that, sounds a lot like something I've heard before, quality to it.

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dashcub pink_oracle 8 days ago

I was really surprised by Qri's solo track too. The Lorde vibes with a spacey sound, the harmonies, Qri's voice, all blended really well. <3

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ke6drt 9 days ago

Way to go T-ara, you've done it!!  Against all odds, with everything that you've gone through, I think it's safe to say you've finally come all the way back.  The final concert as 6 in Taiwan, the wonderful comeback showcase, the overwhelmingly positive response for this album, and two amazing music show performances.  The fanchants, OMG the fanchants.  I do hope you finally get another music show win, but even if you don't, you've already won in my book.  I do hope the full 6 can reunite next year, but even if you don't, I wish each of you all the best with where ever you go from here.  T-ARA FOREVER!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

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Wang_Sejung 9 days ago

RIP bully gang T-ara even with score 9  given by AKP!

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queenbeelove Wang_Sejung 9 days ago

Ok, no. It is confirmed by numerous people including previous staff that Hwayoung was just an idiot.

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Wang_Sejung queenbeelove 9 days ago

No bully fan. It was confirmed by numerous people like Bully gang T-ara Co including videos that Hwayoung unni was bullied by gang T-ara !

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ke6drt Wang_Sejung 9 days ago

*yawn* BORRRRRING. Come back when you have an original thought.

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Wang_Sejung ke6drt 9 days ago

It's boring for you but it was hard for my unni Hwayoung !

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ke6drt Wang_Sejung 9 days ago

Lol alright dumbass, lets figure this out right here right now. Okay, I'll agree that Hyomin had no business tweeting what she did, it should've been kept behind closed doors. But her sentiment was 100% correct. It IS about dedication. Take pro sports, for example. When Lebron James gets hurt does he stay home and play Xbox while his team goes to work? NO. He still shows up. He'll be there, doing whatever he can during practice. He'll be there at the games, on the sidelines, cheering his team on. That's what you do, and that's what the rest of T-ara does. Soyeon, on crutches, STILL showed up and sung her lines. Eun Jung, with a bad leg, not only FLEW TO PARIS with the group, but showed up at the concert and APOLOGIZED to all the fans for being unable to perform. Jiyeon has performed hurt MANY times. As has the rest of the group. When it came time for Hwayoung to step up, she went out and got her nails done while the rest of the group was rehearsing double-time to learn new choreography. Instead of showing up, supporting her group, or at least staying at the room getting rest like she SHOULD, her selfish ass thought for herself. The difference is dedication. *mic drop*

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OppaBean Wang_Sejung 9 days ago

For a person like you who hates T-ara. Why are you always saying shit in their articles all the time? Why don't you just come clean and admit you LOVE THEM SOOOO MUCH. To me Hwayoung got a free pass to become "famous"

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Wang_Sejung OppaBean 9 days ago

Free pass ? so please watch Nice Body of Hyomin the bully pig nose to see who is a bitch !

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OppaBean Wang_Sejung 9 days ago

Bitch = Hwayoung and her fans. HA

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OppaBean ke6drt 9 days ago

Yes, when you're a professional you give it your all. My reference for me when something it just too much and I don't think I can take anymore. I remember Michael Jordan playing a game when he had the flu. That's dedication and not letting your team down.

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Thebirth 9 days ago

I'm not being rude, but are they still going on with 4 members? I heard that their last concert was in Taiwan or something

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ppase Thebirth 9 days ago

I think so, the 4 remaining member's contracts ends by the end of the year.

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kpoppower 9 days ago

9.0? You feeling ok AKP? i half expected to see something like 5.5! because i know what AKP is like when it comes to T-ara. Anyway... im pleased with the 9.0. TY

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4Nia_Love 9 days ago

"What's My Name"? Really? Copycat much?

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kpoppower 4Nia_Love 9 days ago

So just because 4Minute had a song called "Whats My Name" that means no one else can have a song by the same name? Get real.

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andrew0126 4Nia_Love 9 days ago

4minute's song is what's YOUR name

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tzuu_x 4Nia_Love 9 days ago

You're really in the comment section right now crying over a title? a SONG TITLE? Really? It doesn't sound anything like 4Minute's song so shut the hell up. You look stupid.

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4Nia_Love andrew0126 8 days ago

@andrew0126 You should check out the name on the first song on the "Name Is 4Minute" album then ;)

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eager_beaver 9 days ago

Straight nines? Pretty strong.

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