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

By eric_r_wirsing   Wednesday, March 19, 2014   21,185   429   54



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4minute - 4minute World


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?

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bobocacayy Thursday, March 20, 2014

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 Thursday, March 20, 2014

Nothing is better as Volume Up, Huh.

oceaas Thursday, March 20, 2014

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gaby Thursday, March 20, 2014

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!

dahstin Thursday, March 20, 2014

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

tabii_channie Thursday, March 20, 2014

Good but not amazing or memorable!

andyboy17 Thursday, March 20, 2014

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

BCSN24 Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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

kpopislife123 Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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

musicallday Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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

4m_kill_world Thursday, March 20, 2014

I love all the songs of this album and i love 4MINUTE.

trevorchae Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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

pominit777 Wednesday, March 19, 2014


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