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[Album & MV Review] HyunA - 'A'wesome'

By eric_r_wirsing   Saturday, August 6, 2016   26,398   4,119   36
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HYUNA – A'WESOME


Track List:

1. U&ME♡
2. How's this? *Title
3. Do It!
4. Morning Glory (Feat. Qim Isle)
5. Flirt
6. Wolf (Feat. Hanhae of Phantom)



On the heels of 4minute's breakup (*sob*) comes HyunA's new solo album  'A'wesome.' This time, HyunA has added a personal touch, having contributed lyrics to all the tracks. With the album featuring collaborations with rappers Hanhae and Qim Isle, the sultry songstress unveils six fresh tunes to put some sizzle into your summer.

The title track is "How's This?" with electrifying horns and a beat that drags you to the dance floor. It's got almost everything I could ask from a HyunA song: fierce attitude, bold lyrics, and an awesome club-banger beat. The only thing I could wish for is stronger breaks. Some of them seem almost dainty, which is somewhat off-putting and a little anti-climactic.



Now "Do It!" shows off HyunA's playful side rather than all attitude. There's plenty of cheekiness here, don't get me wrong -- but there's also a few chuckles between verses. Here she unveils several too-obvious hooks, which just serve to make this a great anthem to get your fist -- not to mention your blood -- pumping.

"U&Me♡" is probably the most familiar sounding song on this album. It's got lots in common with what's being put out these days, but there are little details about the track then actually make it fresh and inviting. There's a lot of EDM embellishment here, which is always interesting to listen to, at least for gearheads like yours truly. Not only that but also it's nice to hear HyunA's natural singing voice.



I'll be honest, here. When I heard the audio preview I was not impressed. The only previews I liked were "U&ME♡," "Morning Glory," and "Wolf." But I also told myself I'd wait to judge. I'd been fooled before. And I'm glad I did -- this is probably one of her stronger albums. Tracks 4 and 6 turned out to be the weakest tracks on the album, to my surprise. It sounded like they were trying to replicate "Starlight" (feat. DEAN), and we already have one of those. We don't need three. They grew on me after a bit but still seemed like filler. Other than a couple duds, I really enjoyed this disc. If you're a fan, you should pick this up. If you're not a fan then why not? She's a'wesome.

MV REVIEW



In this MV, HyunA paints herself as a raver or at least a club chick. She changes outfits here and there, and she has her backup dancers as well as the other patrons of the crowded venue. The whole point would seem to be to drool over HyunA. But it's not.

You see, she's not the only one objectified in the video. While we get generous shots of the sexy singer, we also see other club-goers shirtless being sprayed with alcohol and in sexy  outfits and poses. It's like her producers said "in for a penny, in for a pound" and just rolled with it. It's a ballsy move and not without risk. I think it works here.



I've only just scratched the surface, as far as description goes. There's a lot to see. People dancing, drinking, making out in bathrooms, and even a half-hearted attempt at b-boying (could you be any more obvious than a 'mill?). Still, I loved it. And that song is going to be stuck in my head for days. :)

Score


MV Relevance..........9
MV Production.........10
MV Concept.............9


Album Production...9
Album Concept........9
Tracklisting..............9


OVERALL...............9.1



SEE ALSO: HyunA talks about the secret to being the sexy queen

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SumitD Monday, August 8, 2016

U & Me is really nice but the rest is just ok. Hate and A+ albums were better IMHO...

Exo_Leia Monday, August 8, 2016

I think the rating for this song is way too high. I love Hyuna but wow... There were better songs and MV's than this that got lower scores

PandDays Monday, August 8, 2016

how this? is a really great song .. I mean it's really "my taste" , I don't know why people keep saying hyuna voice is bad .. this voice is really unique and it suits well with this song. I always dancing like a crazy person when I play "how this" loudly :D hyuna fighting !!!!

BAP_STARLIGHT Sunday, August 7, 2016

I am a huge fan of HyunA but even I wouldn't give this album a 9.1. AKP is so biased.

xxStrlght Sunday, August 7, 2016

I don't want to put her music down or anything but the last Wonder Girls review got only a 7.3. Can someone explain this to me???

SumitD xxStrlght Monday, August 8, 2016

Agreed. Awesome is good but Why So Lonely album was way way better

imthatxx Sunday, August 7, 2016

9.1 seems WAY too high!!

ygbad_boy Saturday, August 6, 2016

Man, AKP just keep getting the bar lower and lower with these reviews. Not saying this is a bad album but 9? Seriously? xD Jesus! Get out there and listen to more music than just KPop to actually make a real review for fucks sake!! AKP never has posted a believable or unbiased review throughout the years, it's embarrassing.

Mrs_Petty_Noodl Saturday, August 6, 2016

Wolf is the only song I like. I do like HyunA, but I'm tired of her monotone, nasally voice. She's been in the business for several years and should have shown growth by now. Everything about HyunA is just mediocre now..basic rapping skills, basic dancing, her singing is terrible tbh. Change Era-Ice Cream Era was slayage, but that was a long time ago....and she shouldn't still be at the talent level she had in 2012. Time to improve talent-wise, because even her sexiness couldn't shield that hot mess of a title song. Hmm, on a positive note...at least she's doing stuff behind the scenes so she doesn't 'retire' with just being an idol LOL

multimusic Mrs_Petty_Noodl Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Wtf she has improved so much since her debut, are you kidding me? LOL If you were a real fan you would know. Her singing in this album is much better than early albums and her rap style changed to fit her voice better. She's still sexy af and her dance is amazing lmao. She writes her own songs and she doesnt gaf about people wanting another Change or Bubble Pop. This is her preference and let the girl do what she wants. What a hater.

nami_chan Saturday, August 6, 2016

Who is it 9.1? akp is so biased

shyloone Saturday, August 6, 2016

I love her album, my favorite song is U and me with Hanhae

shyloone Saturday, August 6, 2016

u and me my fav and the song with Hanhae i like i meant

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