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[Single Review] T-ara 'Number 9'

October 19, 2013 @ 5:05 pm

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T-ara "Number 9"


Last month, author and New York Times Book Reviewer Christopher Beha wrote an excellent essay about why the Times devotes more space to reviewing literary fiction than genre fiction.


"Genre fiction... Is by and large not very interesting to talk about, although it often happens to be interesting to read. Such fiction, even when very well made, is designed to conform to the expectations of its genre or subgenre, and usually the best that can be said about any given example of it is that it does or does not succeed in conforming to these expectations. [...] There is nothing shameful or ignoble about that goal. But once you have weighed in on whether U is for Undertow has succeeded in delivering the familiar experience of reading a Sue Grafton alphabet mystery, what more of interest is there to say about the book?"


SEE ALSO: T-ara to collaborate with Chinese singers Chopstick Brothers for remake of 'Little Apple'


K-Pop presents the same challenges to a music reviewer as Sue Grafton does to book reviewers- how, for example, does one write about an awesome Sweetune song, when its awesomeness is largely due to the fact that it sounds like a Sweetune song, using all the same instruments and composition tricks that he always uses? I love Nine Muses' "Wild", but how do I tell you how great it is without saying, "it sounds like INFINITE but sung by girls"? How do I explain that "NoNoNo" turned me into an A Pink fan without mentioning that they owe a debt to S.E.S's old concept, and that it was about time for someone to pick up the S.E.S baton now that Girls' Generation has moved on? Should I just pretend that Sunmi's fantastic "24 Hours" doesn't sound like miss A's "Goodbye Baby" 2.0?



Nobody illustrates this dilemma more
than T-ara with their "Number 9" comeback. "Number 9" is awesome, but it's awesome because it sounds like a T-ara song. This song is "Bo Peep". It's "Roly Poly". It's "Lovey Dovey". It's "Sexy Love". It's everything I love about a Shinsadong Tiger / T-ara collaboration, and I wouldn't ask for or want anything else from their big return. The girls have been through their fair share of scandals but through it all, they returned back to 6 members, back to what made them who they are - their roots. I guess you could sum it up as, "They were lost but now they've found themselves again".


So when I say that "Number 9" is your typical T-ara song, know that I absolutely mean that as a compliment. Because your typical T-ara song is pretty freaking great. Welcome back.


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ausgeoff
· Posted November 11, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

Why is this article titled a "review"?  It devoted more lines to the New York Times and Sue Grafton than "Number Nine".  Someone needs to tell this alleged reviewer that half a dozen cut 'n' pasted lines do not a review make!  We expect some substance in reviews—the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Where is the in-depth critique of the composition, the lyrics, the music, the dance moves, the sets, or the girls' outfits?  Why no synopsis of the storyline?  All in all, a lamentable non-review AllKpop.  And sack the writer—he/she is not earning their money.

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171980
· Posted November 3, 2013 @ 9:21 pm

My review: Number Nine was the best song if the year. It's back to their catchy songs that brought us to love T-ara. After almost a year of being overseas out of Korea, T-ara has returned with this treasure. It has a catchy beat that gets stuck I. Your head for every, and you will start singing it without notice. This song is mostly about vocals, because their dance isn't like their lovey dovey, or cry cry breath taking dance. I guess their trying to show that they improved. This comeback, song, shows how they are still strong. And we QUEENS well always love T-ara. Thank God that T-ara is in our lives, and in kpop. T-ara NUMBER NINE=> NUMBER 1

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mary_dino_rose
· Posted October 27, 2013 @ 7:02 am

OH Yeah Goo T-ara Goo :)

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_javine_
· Posted October 22, 2013 @ 10:59 am

Poor review. with almost no content, filled with things that do not matter

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dashsix
· Posted October 21, 2013 @ 1:33 am

Sorry, but is anyone here agree that T-Ara stuck with same pattern songs? i mean.. okay, characteristic you said, but, don't you feel, bored? 

suji0216
· Posted October 21, 2013 @ 3:45 am
Nope. In fact, I want them to keep coming up with songs like this. Thats what makes them different than other Kpop groups (their songs all sound the same)
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truster
· Posted October 21, 2013 @ 10:36 am
Nope. This is their style.... Like it, support and buy their music. Don't like it, don't bother with them - very simple.... But don't hate and sobotage!
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dashsix
· Posted October 21, 2013 @ 10:01 pm
@truster sorry, but i never or try to hate them. i just think, if they try another different pattern maybe it would be more more better.. because i believe this group is very talented.
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truster
· Posted October 22, 2013 @ 9:32 am
@dashsix My message was directed towards the general "hate" consensus, not you :). I respectfully disagree, because their so-called pattern and style is what got them recognized around the world in the first, not to mention their beauty and charm. So why change something when it is working?
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dashsix
· Posted October 22, 2013 @ 10:06 pm
@truster well, lets blame personal taste, and 'point of view' term then. case closed? *and, relax.. i still got those minus 5 : ))))*
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truster
· Posted October 23, 2013 @ 11:33 am
@dashsix Closed! Just having friendly conversation amongst fellow k-popers (where ever you are from ;))
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dashsix
· Posted October 23, 2013 @ 11:48 pm
@truster and now minus 6. LOL!!
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truster
· Posted October 24, 2013 @ 10:55 am
@dashsix At least you have your sense of humor still attached :). I give you a +1.
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kpopers20
· Posted September 4, 2014 @ 12:00 pm
Only same pattern but not same tune. Their songs have different style then other groups and i think it's great
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kfan1357
· Posted October 20, 2013 @ 11:36 pm

What the hell kind of review is this? It barely even talks about the f'ing song itself. Like seriously, who the hell thought this was alright to post

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migjaggerz
· Posted October 20, 2013 @ 9:36 pm

"'Number 9' is awesome, but it's awesome because it sounds like a T-ara song."

Word, man. Word.

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ramli
· Posted October 20, 2013 @ 6:56 pm

allkpop deleted the rude comments,, c'mon i open the article because just want to see that one

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rikkuju
· Posted October 20, 2013 @ 2:58 pm

I think this review was fair...the song is great even if it is an usual t-ara song and i wouldn't  have it any other way!

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truster
· Posted October 20, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

To QUEEN'S: Your dedication, loyalty, and "Sexy Love" is unmatched. Together, T-ara and Queen's are "Lovey Dovey" – We are united. Through all the hardships, they have learned alot, did not falter, and have recently uttered "I'm OK" in the HK 2013 concert. Like family, we'll support T-ara always - "Day and Night". To be loved, "I Know the Feeling". On behalf of Queen's, "I Go Crazy Because of You" - T-ara!  Our mission/"Target": Support T-ara, and promote "Number 9" to the top - back to the "Roly Poly" glory days, just "Like the First Time".

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sandera
· Posted October 20, 2013 @ 12:47 pm
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arriss3
· Posted October 20, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

Reviewer should be fired, like seriously. The only thing similar about this song and their past songs is it's catchy. Music is different and there isn't even a rap part. Also 24 Hours and GoodBye Baby? Really? What is wrong with your ears?

lollipoops1
· Posted October 20, 2013 @ 7:22 pm
this is just a review of number 9! not the album
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lollipoops1
· Posted October 20, 2013 @ 7:23 pm
oops sorry wrong reply
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ripiasuperjunior
· Posted October 20, 2013 @ 10:28 am

coz I'm bored my review

Intro starts with girls voice, sounds nice good then breaks into the techno which also blends well, then strait into their singing the first verse, and then the slow build up to the chorus, where they let out the "number nine" repeat, chorus with solid beat and techno, also they're voices compliment the sound of the techno, second verse is different, strait into the beat, then back to their harmonizing vocals, then the "number 9" chorus which is super catchy also with the piano and drumbeat to end the chorus, then bridge breaks in with a small captivating rap, then strait to girl singing with sexy voice and guitar, finally last chorus with high note and harmonizing "number nine" ~..... then end song with catchy tecno that will get stuck in your head and drum beat .................. so the song may seem like your ordinary k-pop song, but it isn't, it's much more complex then that with techno and instruments with catchy beats and captivating voices, I won't comment on the lyrics as I can't understand them, based on the composition and their vocals it would be 9.1 as their vocals were perfect in this song, but only lacking area was the verses composition could've been slightly better, maybe an orchestra or violin in the background? but cause the rest of the song was perfect still get's 9+ rating :) while reviewing this song, think about this song only and don't comment on other songs, as that has nothing to do with this, it's a separate song ~ :P


melvin91
· Posted October 20, 2013 @ 10:37 am
well said :)
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greenrosey
· Posted October 20, 2013 @ 11:59 am
Nice review!
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arriss3
· Posted October 20, 2013 @ 12:36 pm
Like it except the beat isn't techno XD It's an elctrohouse beat. House=EDM but House=/= techno. EDM=/=techno.
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ripiasuperjunior
· Posted October 20, 2013 @ 5:21 pm
@arriss3 oh yes, I'm not the well with with names :)
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_javine_
· Posted October 22, 2013 @ 11:06 am
Better than the allkpop review haha
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arriss3
· Posted October 22, 2013 @ 9:22 pm
@ripiasuperjunior =) It's ok, we all have to learn at some point right?
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leadja2pmforever
· Posted October 20, 2013 @ 10:25 am

How can you call this a review? There are barely 2 lines about the T-Ara's song itself. And more about how absolutely different KPOP songs sound similar. I mean, 24 hours and Goodbye Baby? WTF?
The Infinite and Nine Muses one is even wierder. Is there something wrong with your ears or something?

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koduse04
· Posted October 20, 2013 @ 10:24 am
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SamKang
· Posted October 20, 2013 @ 9:50 am

I'm sorry..

I love T-ara's songs.

But I think, they are popular because they always got a great song from shinsadong tiger.

I Think t-ara is not that talented, the only one who can sing is Soyeonwho almost become the member of snsd.

I kinda disagree when someone say t-ara is the best. They do workhard, but not the best.


Just sayin.


BUt I totally support T-ara, I love their songs, and I love Hyomin.

And I glad that they are in 6 members form again


GOGO T-ARA, show us moree.. I need more...

FIGHTINGG!!!

melvin91
· Posted October 20, 2013 @ 10:13 am
lol only soyeon can sing?? you need to check your ears darling :3
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famas
· Posted October 20, 2013 @ 11:14 am
the reason why t ara song is so good because all the members voice are so unique and can blend with each other.The catchy music is their bonus. Even if the music is catchy but if the voice is not good,so the song will not going to be very smooth. Shindong tiger is not the only one who made songs for t ara. Soyeon voice is good because she is main vocalist.Of course every main vocalist can sing.
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lollipoops1
· Posted October 20, 2013 @ 7:26 pm
please... hyomin and eunjung are probably better than soyeon! her voice is not strong and fades away during live performances sometimes but eunjung can hit high notes perfectly well and hyomin has a strong voice! boram released a solo album before and she's just way underrated! go watch their variety shows if you wanna see them sing! 1000 song challenge, we got married (eunjung singing ep 6), happy together (hyomin singing classical music) then judge
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migjaggerz
· Posted October 20, 2013 @ 9:42 pm
you just don't know t-ara enough to say t-ara is not talented and soyeon is the only good singer.
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ausgeoff
· Posted November 11, 2013 @ 4:16 pm
I'm guessing you need new batteries in your hearing aid? Eunjung is just as competent as Soyeon in the vocal department.
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orpdsns
· Posted October 20, 2013 @ 9:46 am

i'd give it 9. awesome song. and the girls are hot while at it.

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daesunglovesme
· Posted October 20, 2013 @ 9:27 am

I still can't let go of the fact that the writer thinks 24 Hours and Goodbye sound the same...24 Hours and Touch do...but not Goodbye Baby.  The instrumentation is very different...I don't know how contagion comes to that conclusion...

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bulldogtwchn2013
· Posted October 20, 2013 @ 9:14 am

Where's Chris Brown? I really miss him when he was a D.J behind N4! !

t_ara_number_1
· Posted October 20, 2013 @ 10:01 am
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inspirit8
· Posted October 20, 2013 @ 9:00 am

I'm sorry to say this but this is not a good review :/

btw, I love Number 9, I'm so addicted to this song