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[Album Review] 4minute - '4minute World'

March 19, 2014 @ 6:41 pm

4minute World

RELEASED

March 17th, 2014

LABEL

Cube Entertainment

SINGLES

Whatcha Doin' Today

overall score8.7

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4minute - 4minute World

Tracklisting:


1. Wait A Minute
2. Whatcha Doin' Today
3. Let You Know
4. Come In
5. Thank You

4minute is a 5-member girl group that debuted in 2009 with the single "Hot Issue." Since that time, they've released chart-topping hits such as "Volume Up" and "What's Your Name?"

4minute - Whatcha Doin' Today MV

It's been a year, but the wait is finally over. Last year's mini-album 'Name is 4minute' was disappointing to me, so I was hoping for something more this time around. Without further adieu, let's start the review, beginning with the first track:

Wait A Minute
This track has a bit of an older R&B feel to it. I like the synth riff here -- it sounds like a fuzzy bell. It's a very catchy tune even though it feels a lot like an intro song (coming in at 3:10, it runs too long for that).

The lyrics seem to have a double-entendre meaning, but if true, it doesn't really work. Stirring, cooking, and dicing sound rather less than inviting, so unless there's Korean slang that I'm missing, it may just be what it sounds like: a song about awesome food.   

Whatcha Doin' Today
I hear a few other songs here: I was immediately reminded of "Pretty Boy" by 2NE1 in the "uh-ah-ahs," and much of T-ara's early work in the beginning. While not a bad thing entirely, I've always felt 4minute had managed to distinguish themselves from other groups. The chorus seems manufactured and fails to capture the distinct voices of any of the five of them. It practically could have been sung by someone else.  

Other than the chorus, I like the different parts from the girls. I've always felt Jiyoon was under-utilized in the hip-hop areas and it's nice to see her shine there.

The song's message was one of just smile, go party. And why not?

Let You Know
This has echoes of "What a Girl Wants" with the numbered rules and "Hide & Seek" with the child-like chant. I like the staccato nature of the melody. The instrumentation sounds like it could have come from the 50s or 60s, but there's a skip right back to the beginning, almost as if it were a damaged record playing the same short portion again and again. It's an interesting melody and works well within the context of the song, which at one moment has our heroines confused because they like you, but the next minute they want you to treat them right. Jihyun, under appreciated as ever, gives a strong performance here. I was grateful for a larger part for Jiyoon, as well, in rapping and singing, both of which she's great at.

Come In
A rather obvious, raunchy song. If you understand the lyrics, it's clear why SBS decided to ban it -- blatant references to intercourse and bodily fluids. I like how it sounds though; it has a sweet air to it, a slow and easy melody with rap verses to maintain interest. It sounds like most of 4minute's ballads: there's a manic twist to them that pulls you in.

Thank You
The final track. It uses an acoustic guitar as accompaniment. It's a pretty, mature song in which our hero thanks her man for believing in her and caring for her. 



So, the question that's running through your minds: is it a great album? No, not really. Is it a good album? Yes. The tracklisting seems like it tells a story from beginning to end: "Wait a minute. What'cha doin' today? Let me tell you something. Come in. Thank you for being with me. I love you." I don't know if this sequence was intentional; if not, it's eerily appropriate.

What keeps it from being a great album is the fact that there's no real stand-out song. Like Spring, it comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb and it's entirely too short. However, despite its flaws, '4minute World' is a worthy addition to the 4minute catalog. 


Now it's your turn, do you like the album?


SEE ALSO: 4minute thanks fans for five years with 'Thank You' anniversary MV


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bobocacayy
· Posted March 20, 2014 @ 3:46 pm
I think Whatcha Doin Today was their best hit so far, the chorus is very addictive, better than What's Your Name. and the MV this time is super cutely random xD haha so funny :*
winnerlove
· Posted March 20, 2014 @ 4:42 pm
Nothing is better as Volume Up, Huh.
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oceaas
· Posted March 20, 2014 @ 3:37 pm

What a joke.allkpop is just 4minute biased

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gaby
· Posted March 20, 2014 @ 5:32 am
The Album is amazing but it is true the title song lacks a little something :) all in all I really enjoyed the songs... Amazing track list <3 not one song I dislike!
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dahstin
· Posted March 20, 2014 @ 5:01 am

Name Is 4Minute wasn't dissappointing! By the way, I love "Watcha Doin' Today" 

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tabii-channie
· Posted March 20, 2014 @ 1:09 am

Good but not amazing or memorable!

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andyboy17
· Posted March 20, 2014 @ 12:01 am

Album is good, just was not expecting the title song to be what it was!

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BCSN24
· Posted March 19, 2014 @ 9:50 pm

This review is spot on. All the song are good, but there is no stand out. Either way, I like it :)

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kpopislife123
· Posted March 19, 2014 @ 9:41 pm

I liked the album but I didn't think it was amazing. I loved Whatcha Doin' Today but Wait a Minute was honestly cringe worthy. The yummy, yummy, cook it down, cook it down part was weird

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musicallday
· Posted March 19, 2014 @ 8:23 pm

I have to say i liked the album but not as much as their other albums >.>

4m-kill-world
· Posted March 20, 2014 @ 1:39 am
I love all the songs of this album and i love 4MINUTE.
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trevorchae
· Posted March 19, 2014 @ 8:09 pm

Album is good.....But we need Sinsadong Tiger back!

pominit777
· Posted March 19, 2014 @ 8:18 pm
OMG YESH!!!
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dahello2
· Posted March 19, 2014 @ 7:34 pm
Yeah! The song is really growing on me. 4minute Fighting
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alrud
· Posted March 19, 2014 @ 7:32 pm

Havent listened to the whole mini yet, but Whatcha Doin' Today is pure kpop love

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hellobeauty00
· Posted March 19, 2014 @ 7:28 pm

honestly did not like the title song, although the MV was entertaining--but that was just it.

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littlered2244
· Posted March 19, 2014 @ 7:14 pm

well i love this cd,as a 4nia i rated at 10 because i want them to be the best they can be.whatcha doin today is my new dance song,hwaiting 4minute!!!

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vee499
· Posted March 19, 2014 @ 7:13 pm

This album even ranks higher than snsd's mrmr??? :O lmao

mr-snubblez
· Posted March 19, 2014 @ 7:17 pm
well mrmr is mediocre tbh, the music video was low quality as well
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vee499
· Posted March 20, 2014 @ 12:23 am
@mr-snubblez couldn't agree more :)
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saullegend
· Posted March 19, 2014 @ 7:09 pm

The writer didn't talk much about the last two songs but they're the best !!

I understand some people might feel awkward with the lyrics of come in but Thank You is REALLY good

Gayoon and Jiyoon have a flawless voice, rap parts at the right moment from both sohyun and hyuna and cute and melodic parts from jiyoon, gayoon and jihyun... this song has everything. Plus a guitar that envelops the whole song to create an excellent atmosphere of smoothness and emotions. 

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hungry-ninja
· Posted March 19, 2014 @ 7:04 pm

the song is growing on me and catchy. The mv should have have been longer or slow it down. i feel like there were so many things happening in the video, my brain cant process it all o_O cube ent should tone done the sexiness, its distracting n ruining the song 4me. it should have been more humorous less sexy like in the teaser

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kenkeyni
· Posted March 19, 2014 @ 7:04 pm

This maybe their worse mini ever. Rating too high for me. I have them a 1.0 for effort. 

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Devis128
· Posted March 19, 2014 @ 7:04 pm

While I actually agree with the reviewer, I have to say that I'm really disappointed by the quality of the reviews themselves. Lately, these allkpop reviews have been really lacking in detail, descriptions, and justification of their assessment. There's no excuse for poor writing. I'm disappointed. 

megamanx
· Posted March 19, 2014 @ 7:54 pm
Um what? It was a thorough review for a short mini album going over each track one by one. Lacking, really?
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misha-kpopluva
· Posted March 19, 2014 @ 7:01 pm
I think they should get rid of Brave brothers :/
Devis128
· Posted March 19, 2014 @ 7:05 pm
As a 4nia, I agree.
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kenkeyni
· Posted March 19, 2014 @ 7:12 pm
he give them really bad songs.
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bunnigaru
· Posted March 19, 2014 @ 7:58 pm
Eyup.
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jungielovee
· Posted March 19, 2014 @ 8:02 pm
Hey! What's wrong with Brave Brothers? They produce most of the songs from most K-Pop groups today like SISTAR and Teen Top -.- they work very hard to produce music! Do you have no respect?
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trevorchae
· Posted March 19, 2014 @ 8:08 pm
I agree...Sinsadong Tiger gave them better songs like Hot Issue, Muzik, Huh, and Volume Up....the songs by Brave Brothers is kinda boring...
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alysaa
· Posted March 19, 2014 @ 8:13 pm
@jungielovee Calm your tits. The person was not disrespecting Brave Brothers, she/he just said that their music aren't good for 4MINUTE. What BB did for other groups it's not our problem. We're 4nia and we do care about their music. BB doesn't suit 4minute, BB doesn't show how fierce 4minute is, and Tiger can do it perfectly.
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vatouh
· Posted March 20, 2014 @ 2:33 am
Yeah, i also miss Sinsadong Tiger with 4minute.... they were the best for 4minute... >_< they showed how badass and fierce 4minute was :I and Brave Bros just make 4minute look like f(x)...( F(X) is the cheapest group i've ever seen btw :D ) PLEASE NEXT TIME BRING BACK OUR FIERCE & BADASS 4MINUTE!! Even if CUBE won't i will ALWAYS SUPPORT 4MINUTE !!! they are the best <3 <3 ;;;
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bobocacayy
· Posted March 20, 2014 @ 3:52 pm
their previous song makers before What's Your Name was completely incapable of making memorable hit song, they flopped with Mirror Mirror and Volume Up :( and yet with Brave Brothers, they earned their very first triple crown in M! Countdown and scored many other wins on music shows. What's Your Name was their huge and biggest hit so far. thanks to Brave Brothers of course :)
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