K-Pop Review: Pandora by KARA
By Staff Writer | September 20, 2012 02:57 PM EDT
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I like this song, it isn't bad at all really, my problem is that it's just not original. "Pandora" reminds me a lot of "점핑 (Jumping)," "루팡 (Lupin)," and even their Japanese song, "Speed Up," plus the concept of this video doesn't stray too far from what we've seen with those songs.
What I loved about "Pandora" is the transformations of some of the members. Nicole has always had the sexy image going, but I think youngest, Kang Jiyoung has grown up a bit with this album, as well as Goo Hara who really turned up the sexy.
However, something I noticed while watching this video was that Park Gyuri, and Han Seungyeon kind of faded to the background, I didn't see nearly as much of them as I did of Nicole, Goo Hara, and Kang Jiyoung. I know there will always be a 'golden member' in groups, but this is pretty small group, and equal line distribution isn't hard to do. I really feel like that was happening when I noticed Park Gyuri, the group leader, and lead singer seemed to have less lines than usual.
As an album, Pandora is one of the worst of this year for two reasons. First, the album as a whole made no sense. They release Pandora and the song, and video is strong, intense, bright, and sexed up, but then I listen to the other tracks, and they're cutesy corny, and full of 'aegyo singing.' "Way," "Idiot," and "그리운 날엔 (Miss U)" sound no different than the other non-title tracks from past albums. To make this a cohesive album the songs could have at least been of similar genres.
Second, the quality of the songs were really...blah. "Pandora" is obviously where the effort went on this album. Like I said before the other tracks are nothing different from what we've heard from KARA in the past, and really just sound like fillers for the album.
KARA is just not showing as much strength in their Korean promotions, and "Pandora" proves it. I can't like this ALBUM, and give it high marks when it's suffering so much from "title syndrome." This was a flop for KARA and not anything memorable, especially when compared to their past hits.
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