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[Album Review] Hyomin - 'Make-up'

By eric_r_wirsing   Friday, July 4, 2014   14,685   210   60



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Hyomin should need no introduction for most of you. Debuting with the girl group T-ara, she released her first highly-anticipated solo album on June 30 after releasing various risque teasers sporting short, blond locks.

I'll admit it, when I first heard the name of the title track, "Nice Body," I made a snap judgment. I figured "sexy concept," and now they're not just going with a sexy video, she released a sexy song to go hand-in-hand with it. Well, they say never judge a book by its cover, right? Just like that, the song wasn't what I thought it was going to be.

It was worse than that.

The song is essentially about starving yourself to look good. So not only do women compare themselves to these impossibly thin stars, now you have someone basically endorsing an eating disorder? Who had that lousy idea? Oh, that's right: Brave Brothers. The sad thing is that I don't even find it particularly catchy. It's okay, it's safe beat-wise. I find the breathy vocals especially nice. But it's nothing special and certainly not what I would have used as the title track. LOCO seems out of place here, as well, not really contributing to the song but serving as more of a distraction than an enhancement. A Brave Brothers song that 4minute did earlier, "Only Gained Weight," tackles eating with a tongue-in-cheek attitude and does it much better. Skip this one.

The next track is "Fake It" and it's quite a lovely ballad; breathy, whispery vocals, and another collaboration with LOCO. This one works a lot better in my opinion with catchy hooks and it shows off her pipes as she builds to a dynamic chorus. LOCO has more to do here and together they pull off a rather skillful R&B duet. The lyrics talk of pretending everything's okay after a breakup. If you like Mariah Carey, this song will seem familiar to you. And that's not a bad thing at least to my ears.

The final actual track on the mini-album (barring the instrumentals) is "Overcome," starting innocuously with a pretty piano riff and transitioning to a pounding beat and rapid-fire raps. "Overcome" is about loneliness and trying to make it through another day. I don't think I've heard her rap through an entire song before, and it works extremely well. Echoes of T-ara abound here as the raps mix with a beautiful melody. This is what T-ara does best, and this track is no exception. The great thing is that she does this one alone. I'm not a big fan of collaborations because it almost says to me that a girl can't do it on her own; however, this song shows that yes, she can.

So, would I recommend this? Well, obviously I'm no fan of the first track, as you might have guessed, but the rest of the album (such as it is) is solid. The last two are the standout tracks, "Overcome" in particular, and you might be better off just downloading these two tracks on iTunes. My apologies if you enjoy the song "Nice Body," but that one just left me cold. But I have to give credit where credit is due. Hyomin did a good job with the material she had (Overcome) and she really comes through and shines on the third song. A good overall start for Hyomin as a solo artist, I'm interested to see how she evolves from here.

SEE ALSO: Hyomin's pet dog Mini sadly passes away

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utjesz Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Only girls hates this song

multifandomfreak Saturday, July 5, 2014

This some is about a girl who was tired of not being able to find her prince so she went on a diet to live a better life because let's be really honest here our society isn't all that great and let's even be more honest pretty girls are treated better than others.This MV was actually pretty clever in my opinion; the little cool things like one of her out had numbers on the chest waist and hips to show sizes saying how she achieved her goals, or the coca cola shirt was replaced with 'nice body' in my opinion this a fantastic song that has a deeper meaning than just 'diet'

xavier2 Saturday, July 5, 2014


Damaged_Lady Saturday, July 5, 2014

10 out of 10.

Allkpop this ;too much.... stop hating t-ara

wazzzaaaaaaap Sunday, July 6, 2014

it's not too much, the song sucked, DEAL WITH IT

crimsoncupcake Friday, July 11, 2014

AKP isn't hating on T-ara lol, they gave huge positive feedback to Jiyeon's solo (her album got a 9/10) So no, it's not about the T-ara scandal, it's about the music. "Nice Body" is nowhere as good as "1 min 1 sec" which is why it got a much lower rating.

marathon Saturday, July 5, 2014

I love this album

eager_beaver Saturday, July 5, 2014

I have to say I was really disappointed with the lyrics. I was happier about the song when I didn't know what it meant, but reading the translation made me sad. What makes me even sadder is that this is by no means the first K-pop song to teach us that women need to be pretty to get a man, or even subjugate themselves to men.

Now someone might say that I'm overreacting, that I should just "relax and enjoy the music". The problem with that statement is that it completely misses the fact that words matter. People are affected by lyrics and their messages. That's why it is important that we point out the kind of content that can have a negative effect on people, in this case young women. Why someone would write these kind of lyrics makes no sense. ;Oh, that's right, they were written by a dude. The image of a man sitting down to write lyrics for a female artist, and coming up with a song that glorifies suffering to lose weight for a man is pretty sleazy. It just makes Brave Brothers look like a douchebag. I wish someone would tell these male writers to just try a little to see things from a woman's perspective, or ;alternatively ;hire ;female writers.

mj015 Saturday, July 5, 2014

10. ;

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navi_x_loki Saturday, July 5, 2014

My fav song is only Overcome... I can understand this song -_-

afi3_luvkpop Saturday, July 5, 2014

Love this album so much ~ I will rate it 10/10 ;

geoffd Saturday, July 5, 2014

My favorite is "Fake It". ;

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