Full music review: Old vs New Brown Eyed Girls


It took me a while to write this review about Brown Eyed Girls’ album “Sound G,” not because I didn’t like it, but because I had a lot to say—and I didn’t know where to begin. So let me start things off with how I reacted when I first saw their video for Abracadabra.


I went from “WHOA!” to “OHMYGOD!” to *AMAZED clapping like Taemin* to “HUHHH” to “OHHKAYY.”



Okay, I wasn’t really shocked that they would go into the direction of fierce and sexy. Girl power is the current trend in KPOP right now, so it’s not too surprising that their concept would somehow fall into that category—while theirs took the sexy image up to a boiling notch. Ga In’s raunchy foreplay, stocking tearing, boob touching, the girls’ slinky floor dance and all other PG-rated things they showed didn’t shock me as much as the drastic change in their music.


An article in MTV Iggy writes: “But over time their sound became more and more processed, their image more and more emphasized & sexualized, and as Ga-in’s skirt got shorter, their popularity increased. Despite all this, I’ve still been a fan and enjoyed the majority of their music. But their latest release has me a little on the fence.”


OLD

VS NEW


It’s like he took the words right out of my mouth! Initially I didn’t like the song at all. It was hard for me to process all the auto-tune that was going on (the auhor writes: “That’s like putting ketchup on a perfectly cooked, expensive steak!”) and all the sexually charged scenes that remind me of a Britney Spears video—Toxic, much?


But that was BEFORE I actually sat down and listened to the whole of their new music.


Abracadabra– Strong dance track with a catchy chorus. A lot of voice synthesizers thrown here and there, but I guess that adds to the sexy feel of the song. Miryo’s rap never ceases to amaze me. You know how some female rappers tend to sound alike (and sometimes annoying), but her flow is so smooth and easy on the ears. She’s just so cool! I’m not crazy over this song, but starting to really like it.

Candyman – I loved this song at first listen! They infused a little old school style with the beat and it displayed the girls’ powerful vocals. A little less auto-tune and more pop-RnB like. It’s a great song to perform on stage and the girls would be able to add a playful attitude to it.

Glam Girl – This song has a very strong intro that immediately pulls you in. Being the first track, it sets the mood of the album—you’ll find yourself singing along with “Glam, glam giiiirrl!” The girls’ harmonization is great especially in the chorus part where one of them sings a high note, and then another sings an even higher note, interchanging the words “Glam! Glam!” I think I’d take 50 years to explain how it goes so it’s better heard than taking my word for it lol.

Addiction – It’s electronica fused with RnB of the 90’s? You know, the TLC, Brandy, Monica era? Okay, I was a bit young then to fully understand 90’s music but I do remember going gaga over “That boy is mine.” lmao. What’s great about BEG is that they keep throwing back old school styles and mixing it with new elements. At the risk of sounding cliche, this  song really IS addictive!

Strange Days – Another surprising intro! It sounds like those video games kids play! I could imagine Super Mario swimming through a tunnel while dodging random sea creatures to save the princess. LOL sorry this is the extent of my video game knowledge. It’s a very cute track to balance the sexy! They went back to their soft/mellow voices (ala Loveholic’s Ji Sun) as if they’re whispering in your ears!


Moody Night – I don’t know why, but it reminds me of one of Hyori’s sexy songs—in her “Anycall” series era, but a little bit slower. It has that mysterious, sultry feel to it. Not my fave, though.

Can’t Go – A very sweet, soulful ballad. It’s what they do best. I can imagine this song playing as an OST of a drama or something. Did I say I love Miryo’s rapping skills? Dammn girl makes rapping in a really sad sounding ballad work!

They have a mid-tempo song called “Even if I have someone else” and “I’ll do well”—I won’t go into any more details because both are worth a listen.

THE LOWDOWN: I do appreciate the fact that BEG is embracing a drastic change. Their “old school” music was great but if you look at it in another angle, it may have not appealed to a broader audience. Their sound now is more appealing to what a lot of listeners would consider “trendy” but they differ in such a way that they make their sound a little more sophisticated by incorporating some elements they were known for. But as for the question of their image, I’m not sure if they’re doing the whole “sex sells” and “shock value” strategy. Maybe they are. From the looks of things, it’s definitely working. And just like when I first listened to Abracadabra—it just takes a little time getting used to.



P.S. What do you think? Do you like the old or new BEG? Does their new album Sound G for “G-rated” or G for “Great”?
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14 Responses

  1. just like the writer I am on the fence. the autotone must go. i was not feeling beg new concept at all.. then i saw the video… HATED the oversexualized bits…but the simple hip sway action is so great to me and miryo on the chair no dancing I just love it. I think they are just as fierce without all the clothes ripping// i am hoping that its just for attention to get ppl in the door to take a listen to their music cuz the album really is rather good.

  2. I really liked Abrcadabra but I had never really been a fan of BEG, but Abracadabra really pulled me in, it is trendy and they managed to make it their own =3

  3. B.E.G.! can’t believe i’ve been on fangirl recess for like a week! like what i said before, i really love how all the girl groups are doing their own interpretations of sexy. B.E.G. really took it to a whole new level. some say skanky hoe, some say wannabe gaga, some say “woah ga-in’s legs!”, i say ferocious divas.

    first of all, well they really need to stand out in this year’s girl group battle extravaganza. and stand out they did. a korean fanboy friend said that the Abracadabra MV was “too pervert (perverse)” for his taste. i think that the MV was more well-received outside of Korea (international fans). I personally love it. it was shocking and steamy and was really on the edge of crossing over to hoochy sleazy hoe level, but didn’t. It’s a very artsy and expensive-looking MV. and the girls (or women. they really are old enough to flaunt their sexy vibe) look so pretty diva!! (love ga-in’s edgy short do and heavy eyeliner! and miryo’s wig with the asymmetrical bangs is ♥). the simple dance moves really go well with the hypnotic nature of the song. i can’t stop hip-swaying along every time it plays lol! even before i saw the MV’s teaser, i fell in love with the song Abracadabra. the sound was so different from the current songs going around and even if true it was too digitalized sounding, B.E.G. delivered it. and they did get to showcase their amazing vocals and harmonies in their other songs! ♥

    i was wowed by their strong vocals in Candy Man too! i loved the retro feeling of some of the songs! lol at your Monica Brandy That Boy is Mine comment. haha i love that song! i remember staying glued to MTV waiting for that MV to be played. i kept going back and forth on who I liked more in the MV, “Monica and Brandy”? lol! and yes! Glam Girl is damn catchy! you just have to shout out the glam glam girl part with them lol! Moody Night is one of my faves! it’s so slinky sexy lol and something you would listen to when you’re out during well, nighttime lol. Miryo’s raps pawns in every song! she’s truly one of the best rappers out there.

    Thanks for the review girl!! B.E.G. is truly one of the most talented groups out there. and i love how they often stray from the usual idol route. they really focus on the long-term sound of their songs instead of coming up with rushed projects. My Style and L.O.V.E. ♥♥♥

    • lol i love reading your comments! very detailed and looks like you took time and thought about it pretty well. thanks so much. anyways, i agree they were pushing the envelope but not too far as to go into the skanky route. i would think snsd’s genie with the whole ahjusshi come hither vibe was more creepy lol sorry but that vid was a bit less expensive looking like it was taken by a hand camera lol. oh wait, that was the point! lol. and omg i LOVE the boy is mine! i couldn’t choose between the two either! i still remember the mv pretty well—they were both dating twins so they thought they were being played by the same guy. lmao whut. and my fave in BEG has to be miryo. girl is FIERCE!!! and you’re spot on, BEG comes out with well produced and well prepared albums instead of churning out half-assed songs as fillers.

      • lol thanks! and here i was thinking “omg damn i didn’t know my comment was that long!!!” >__<. and what's with the first person perspective thing going on! holding their hands while being dragged to bed with 3 girls?? gawsh. that's why it took me and my sister a while to like their current Genie phase.

        "looking like it was taken by a hand camera lol. oh wait, that was the point!" – LOL!! but you know me, im a true SNSD fangirl! *starts leg kicking* and oh i'm fascinated at the way they stretched the military marine sailor pilot whatever look with their outfits lol.

        lol yeah that was the ending of the boy is mine right? haha so fun reminiscing gawsh haha. it's kinda like the Same Girl MV of usher and r.kelly with the twins and cheating doubts. but i was leaning towards brandy a bit more i think. i was more exposed to her (Moesha!) haha.

        thanks again for the BEG review!! i like the fact that they released a full-length album. and i love miryo too!! i love how she's a bit shy in real life. at least from what i saw in that idol army episode when she was partnered with chansung hotness. 2PM!!! did you see that episode?? how cute (and hot) is jae fighting for ga-in?! haha

      • oh no. i replied to this reply of yours but it’s not coming out huhu i dunno what’s wrong. maybe it’s too long lol

      • lol thanks! and here i was thinking “omg damn i didn’t know my comment was that long!!!” >_< lol. it was either an essay-esque comment or some random "kyaaah BEG hawt love them forever fighting!!" line haha kidding! i just can't help getting caught up in the energy of witty, enetertaining, and well-made articles (like yours!! always ♥ all your diva posts!)! so i tend to bounce back the same fangirl spazzing energy haha. hope that made sense.

        haha i was actually rushing fangirling when i replied to this post cause i was on my way to pick up my fangirl sister from school!! haha she didn't wait too long and she'll understand cause it's fangirling haha kidding. oh and i meant narsha's wig with asymmetrical bangs! not miryo. lol see i was rushing!! (by the way i love their names!!! miryo narsha jea even ga-in! so diva unique)

      • lol thanks! and here i was thinking “omg darn i didn’t know my comment was that long!!” >_< lol it was either an essay-esque comment or some random "kyaaah BEG hawt love them forever fighting!!" line haha kidding! i just can't help getting caught up in the energy of witty, entertaining, well-made articles (like yours!! always ♥ your diva posts!) so i tend to bounce back the same fangirl spazzing energy haha i hope that made sense.

        haha i was actually rushing fangirling when i replied to this post cause i was on my way to pick up my fangirl sister from school!! she didn't wait too long and she'll understand anyway cause it's fangirling haha kidding. oh and i meant narsha's wig with the asymmetrical bangs! not miryo. lol see i was rushing! (by the way i love their names!!! miryo narsha jea even ga-in! so diva unique)

      • it keeps saying my comment is here but it’s not! sad! same thing happened at the comeback article. :c

      • oh hey! was there a problem with the comment box? your messages showed, but some are duplicated. anyway, it’s okay now. gosh it would be a waste if your comments didn’t show! all that hard work! lol

      • haha omg it’s all here now! so weird! now it’s all bombarded with duplicates. oh my god sorry dunno what happened >__<;

    • oh, and i forgot to add, come back to the fandom!! 1 week is TOO long for fangirl recess! i’d be having withdrawal syndrome now if that happened to me lol

      • lol i know right! i’m rushing fangirling now! first off! your artilces i missed! haha

      • lol thanks! and here i was thinking “omg damn i didn’t know my comment was that long!!!” >__<. and what's with the first person perspective thing going on! holding their hands while being dragged to bed with 3 girls?? gawsh. that's why it took me and my sister a while to like their current Genie phase.

        "looking like it was taken by a hand camera lol. oh wait, that was the point!" – LOL!! but you know me, im a true SNSD fangirl! *starts leg kicking* and oh i'm fascinated at the way they stretched the military marine sailor pilot whatever look with their outfits lol.

        lol yeah that was the ending of the boy is mine right? haha so fun reminiscing gawsh haha. it's kinda like the Same Girl MV of usher and r.kelly with the twins and cheating doubts. but i was leaning towards brandy a bit more i think. i was more exposed to her (Moesha!) haha.

        thanks again for the BEG review!! i like the fact that they released a full-length album. and i love miryo too!! i love how she's a bit shy in real life. at least from what i saw in that idol army episode when she was partnered with chansung hotness. 2PM!!! did you see that episode?? how cute (and hot) is jae fighting for ga-in?! lol

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