Narsha – NARSHA

July 17, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Posted in Narsha | 3 Comments
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  1. Fantastic
  2. Bbi Ri Bba Bba 
  3. I’m In Love (with Sungha Jung)
  4. Queen B
  5. Radio Star
  6. Mamma Mia (Preview)
  7. Bbi Ri Bba Bba (Inst.)

Lately, Korean pop music has been quite repetitive with its predictable electropop styled songs but luckily Narsha avoids that with her debut mini-album, NARSHA.

The album opens with Fantastic, a light and addictive dance song. The “oohs” and “ah-has sung throughout the song are excellent and her vocals shine during these moments. The chorus is fun and I love the way she says “fantastic.This is a great album opener and I was surprised by how well she sounds on this track. The album’s title track, Bbi Ri Bba Bba, is a mysterious and dark electropop song. It’s rare to see dark pop songs in Korean music and it’s very refreshing. The production is slick and her vocals during the chorus really add to the overall dark theme of the song. The repetition of the title “Bbi Ri Bba Bba” went well with the synths and was catchy. This is one of the best songs on the album. Narsha strips things down for the lovely I’m In Love (with Sungha Jung). This song is absolutely beautiful and has a wonderful relaxing sound. Only backed up by a guitar and piano Narsha delivers a heartfelt performance. This is one of my favourite songs on the album because of its simplicity. It contrasts well with Bbi Ri Bba Bba and doesn’t ruin the flow of the album. Narsha has a great voice and she really shows it off in this song. The album kicks back into up-tempo tracks for the album’s finale.

Queen B is the album’s weakest song but it still is somewhat enjoyable. I find this track to be a straightforward dance song and it really isn’t that interesting. Her vocals are good and the chorus is kind of catchy but this song doesn’t do anything for me. However, the final song, Radio Star, is my favourite on the album. The guitar that opens up the song is gorgeous and it has a great summer vibe. While Bbi Ri Bba Bba is dark Radio Star has a very light feel to it. I really like the airy sound of Narsha’s vocals on this track and the backing vocals add to the summery vibe of the song.

Conclusion: Narsha really surprised me with this album. It has a great balance of summery and light songs that contrast well with the darker songs on the album. This is one of the best Korean releases so far this year because it moves away from the predictable sound that runs rampant in Korean pop music. Narsha’s vocals are strong and much better than I expected them to be. It’s a shame that this is a mini-album because a full album of this kind of material would have been amazing.

Recommended Tracks: Radio Star, I’m In Love (with Sungha Jung), Fantastic and Bbi Ri Bba Bba

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  1. I actually want to say that Narsha does better as a soloist. She’s totally got a charisma that shines best when she’s on her own, doing her own thing. Nice review!

    • Thanks! I definitely agree that’s she better as a soloist. I don’t really like BEG and the only song I like by them is Abracadabra.

  2. As much as I love BEG myself, she totally works it about a thousand times better as a soloist. Loved this mini so much. ♥♥


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