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[Single Review] T-ara 'Number 9'

By contagion   Saturday, October 19, 2013   44,756   271   206



October 10th, 2013


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Number 9

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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?"

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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 Monday, November 11, 2013

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.

171980 Sunday, November 3, 2013

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

mary_dino_rose Sunday, October 27, 2013

OH Yeah Goo T-ara Goo :)

_javine_ Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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

dashsix Monday, October 21, 2013

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 Monday, October 21, 2013

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)

truster Monday, October 21, 2013

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!

dashsix Monday, October 21, 2013

@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.

truster Tuesday, October 22, 2013

@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?

dashsix Tuesday, October 22, 2013

@truster well, lets blame personal taste, and 'point of view' term then. case closed? *and, relax.. i still got those minus 5 : ))))*

truster Wednesday, October 23, 2013

@dashsix Closed! Just having friendly conversation amongst fellow k-popers (where ever you are from ;))

dashsix Wednesday, October 23, 2013

@truster and now minus 6. LOL!!

truster Thursday, October 24, 2013

@dashsix At least you have your sense of humor still attached :). I give you a 1.

kpopers20 Thursday, September 4, 2014

Only same pattern but not same tune. Their songs have different style then other groups and i think it's great

kfan1357 Sunday, October 20, 2013

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

migjaggerz Sunday, October 20, 2013

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

Word, man. Word.

ramli Sunday, October 20, 2013

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

rikkuju Sunday, October 20, 2013

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!

truster Sunday, October 20, 2013

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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