After following their career from their “Break it” days, to “Pretty Girl” era to their recent “Revolution,” I came to the conclusion that: You think you might know the girls of Kara—but you have NO idea.
Kara’s fierce image just a little after debut
Kara minus one, plus two
I’ve always been a bit indifferent about Kara. I think they’re a good group, but nothing stellar—they’re all right, I guess. After their debut album, I’ve lost all interest, as “Pretty Girl” and Honey did nothing but grate on my nerves. Hearing “purrreeetty girl” for me was like hearing long nails scratching on a chalk board. But that was about to change with the coming of their new release, “Kara Revolution 2.”
SECRETLY – Starting with an upbeat tone, cutesy, high-pitched “Why!” thrown in every now and then—I was about to press next until I head the chorus. Very nice! It was cute, but sprinkled in just the right amount. Could it be that Kara is beginning to learn how to restrain themselves from being overly cute and preventing themselves from suddenly bursting into a pillow fight? Could it be that they are starting to grow up and move away from their world of cotton candy, marshmallows and rainbow-ponies?
TAKE A BOW – Just when you’re starting to go on a sugar withdrawal and miss the girls’ cute side—Take a bow comes along! At first I thought they were saying “Think about.. think about!” LOL. But the song is actually very likeable! I’m liking how they’re experimenting with different sounds and effects infused in this candy pop song.
AHA! – This song takes a page off their previous album. It kinda reminds me of their cheery song “Good Day,” only a bit slower. The random dialogues in the background are back! LOL. Kinda like how you can hear giggling and whispering in SNSD’s Genie song. I can imagine this as a JPOP song, it would really work well as an anime OST. If you’re a fan of JPOP singers Coorie, Mai Kuraki, CLAMP soundtrack this one’s for you!
I’m actually rooting for Kara to win in music shows for all their efforts. Though I’m a fan of 2NE1 and BEG, it’s about time Kara got some recognition. They’ve been in the biz for quite a while now and it’s really great that they’re finally showing they’re a force to be reckoned with.
KARA THEN AND NOW
Maknae Jiyoung: I have to be honest. Didn’t like her before at all. I know she’s young and all but she’s just too… ditzy. Sorry. But she’s becoming such a lady now! Very lovely.
Seunghyun: The girl who gets the most flack from netizens (Remember the hairy arms issue? Poor girl!). But she keeps her cool and continues to work hard, you gotta give her props for that.
Doll-like Goo Hara: The very definition of pretty, but perhaps TOO pretty. She needs to work on her expressions a little bit more on stage.
Leader Park Gyuri: She kinda reminds me of high school queen Regina George in the movie Mean Girls—she may appear cold and b*tchy but you just can’t help but love her! Is it just me or does she resemble Ha Ji Won in their album photos (especially in the wet hair and white polo shirt pic)?
My fave girl Nicole! She’s just so naturally cute but when she’s on stage she’s on fire!
P.S. What do you think of their new album? Who’s your fave Kara member?