Review: 2집 – Who Am I

2집 - Who Am I

After a short 8 months since their last release, and only 3 months before their 4th anniversary, B1A4 has returned with their first full length album.

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For title song, “Lonely” B1A4 takes a moment to shows fans a mature side to themselves, reminiscent of their past hits, “Tried to Walk” and “Baby I’m Sorry.” Jinyoung shows a real understanding of his group’s style, as “Lonely” is the perfect extension of B1A4’s sound. While the video may be similar to concepts past, the song does not feel familiar. While this song was amazing, I can’t say I was pleased with this line distribution that left Gongchan, once again, with a bare minimum number of lyrics. Not only that, but I feel no one other than Baro and Jinyoung were able to stand out on this song. We get to hear those two in a new way, while the rest of the members served as back ups, EVEN lead singer Sandeul.

For their 5th track, and my personal favorite from this album, “Baby,” B1A4 expresses the sadness of saying farewell to a relationship and, despite being an average age being 21, have perfectly draw emotion with this song. The Soul/R&B flare pared with hints of Rock from the electric guitar opening being a freshness to the group’s usual sound.

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With this album, B1A4 has proven to be a reliable constant for fans of the Kpop genre. B1A4 is not one to follow trends with their music, but rather create their own appeal by transforming themselves with each comeback all while maintaining the flare that makes them unique. With “Who Am I,” B1A4 lays out everything they have to show their fans who they are as musician, and the album transports you into the world of B1A4 for a truly enjoyable tour of their unique sense of style and sound. While their album art reflects that of a magazine cover, don’t mistake this album to be filled with shiny, glossy, and generic numbers. Quite the contrary. B1A4 leader, Jinyoung and rapper Baro worked to compose, and pen the lyrics, respectively, of a majority of these songs. With a solid understanding of what their group is, and what they want to be as one of a million Kpop boy bands, those two produced music that outshines the work of some of Kpop’s veteran songwriting idols. There are still areas for major improvement with this group, for a relative rookie, B1A4 has really made their mark, and are paving their way for longevity in the industry.

Scores:

Intro – Prologue: .5/1

없구나 (Lonely): 1/1

사랑 그땐 (When In Love) ft. 하림 (Hareem): 1/1

Amazing: 1/1

Baby: 1/1

Oh My God: .75/1

벅차 (Too Much) (산들 (Sandeul) & 공찬 (Gongchan)): .75/1

예뻐 (Pretty): 1/1

Who Am I: .5/1

음악에 취해 (Drunk On Music) (CNU Solo): .75/1

길 (Road): .75/1

Seoul: .25/1

Final Score: 3.9/5

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