Big Bang – Always (album review)

I was ready to give the 5 boys from Big Bang more credit, right before the release of their last album, Tonight. That was compassionate Tha. Back then I even had a thing for Daesung. Meantime there was that horrible car accident, GD&TOP playboy incident and an announcement about a G-Dragon solo album release in october. Oh, and a Universal Tonight craze. A bit too much drama for my taste.

I have nothing but respect for G-Dragon for being such a prolific composer. He’s the brain behind most of Big Bang albums. Well, he and his label mate Teddy, however he does get on my nerves every times he plays the fashion diva.

 

TOP can be an interesting rapper when he’s not on peroxide and steroids :

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seungri will always be the overestimated maknae of the group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taeyang has to tame his hormones, they’re all over the place. And don’t even get me started on his stubborn refusal to wear tops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Daesung …I am really SAD about that nightmare he’s in right now. He had the most vocal potential out of all of them and I  envisioned a nice solo career for him. It really was his turn to shine. He shouldn’t be remembered solely for this powerful interpretation!

Their first mini album is actually one of their best releases. Each of the boys is well incorporated in the songs and the choruses are top-notch. The intro is fun, most of the intros by r&b and rap artists are something different. The sampling could have been more carefully selected, but their solo parts each have a nice flow. They make me shake my booty.

Lies is a great song. The chorus and the middle 8 are stunningly well sung and the moment when G-Dragon says something in Korean that sounds exactly like : Drop dead, bitch!, oh… pure ecstasy.

I knew Wrong Number’s English version, So Beautiful, which, if you were to ask me, sounds better. I have no idea which of the two is the original, but even the raps are better synchronized with the beat in the English version. G-Dragon really sounds tacky with that “that’s the shit/real shit” insertion.

TOP’s solo track, As If Nothing’s Wrong featuring Ji Eun has a sampling very similar to that gruesome song by Busta Rhymes and Mariah Carey. This is the one reason why I don’t like it.

Oh My Baby sounds very generic and I can’t put my finger on exactly where I heard it before, however I like G-Dragon’s cries at the end of the song.

Always can be  a playful quite enjoyable song if you are capable of  ignoring G-Dragon’s “Bang them” from time to time.

Kids, what have we learned from the listening of this mini album ?

All together : That G-Dragon  has a very dirty mouth!!!

Final rating : 6.5/10

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