Kwon BoA is a legend when it comes to Kpop. Anyone who’s been in Kpop for more than, I’ll say, five year knows BoA is truly the Queen of Kpop. For me, she is my first. She is the original artist that got me into Kpop. Not initially but as a reference point, she kept me moving deeper into this crazy genre. With that being said, she has several albums, as she has been doing this since year 2000. While many people know a lot of Girls’ Generation, Big Bang, Super Junior and others, BoA is truly classic Kpop. She has released several albums and yet this year, she released her first ever mini album. When BoA was at her peak, mini albums didn’t exist. Single albums were mini albums and mini albums were albums. She has released songs in Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and English. One Shot, Two Shot doesn’t see her descending in her artform but rather adapting and moving where music progresses.
“One Shot, Two Shot” is a banger but has its quirks. BoA’s voice is truly soothing in this song but the beat keeps you going. The hard hitting synths drive the song forward while BoA creates a fluid atmosphere within the song. There is fluidity and complexness to this song that isn’t necessarily upfront and in your face about it.
In “Everybody Knows”, BoA serenades us with a toxic beat and her yearning voice. The water drop synth tones create a poppy, bubbly effect throughout the song. The chorus kicks in and BoA begs us to keep listening, even though it’s not hard at all to continue along. The way BoA sings the chorus and fluctuates her voice makes us as the listener feel like she’s trying to persuade us.
“Nega Dola” brings back the Latin vibe that was present in many of her earlier tracks such as “Valenti”. On top of that, she adds in her own Latin flair and actually sort of raps. BoA doesn’t rap very often but she nails it in this song. This track becomes stuck in your head with her singing “Nega Dola”. The song is driven forward with a guitar-littered beat.
After “Nega Dola”, I would think we would need a break, but BoA disagrees. She pounds us with powerful Hip Hop track “Your Song” featuring Junoflo. She predicts our plans by singing “It’s my song, It’s my jam”. She knows beforehand that this song is in fact a bop. Her voice pulls us and entangles itself in our eardrums. BoA has one of those seductive voices that can trap its listener. Even Junoflo’s part in this song is much needed and appropriate. Most of the time, I don’t necessarily like the male parts in female songs. The dirty beat and BoA’s beautiful vocals team up to leave us shook.
“Recollection” is a song that creeps up on the listener. It’s slow starting but will be caught in your head days after the initial listen. The club hit is a bit slower than expected for a dance track, creating a sort of melancholy atmosphere throughout most of the song. The instrumentals also allude to that tone and keep pushing it in our faces. It has a funk style to it but is so much more than funk or club or pop. It’s BoA creating a masterpiece.
“Always All Ways” begins with droning bass and some hard kick hits. Not much of instrumental starting out in this song. The glitch synth tones are reminiscent of Trap music but the song is a bit R&B. The song features Chancellor whose part is a little less welcome in this song but still fits nicely in the finished product. The song is smooth and flows quickly but is sultry.
At last, we have “Camo”, a song that was released months prior to the release of this album. Many listeners are used to this song but I can’t think of anyone that is tired of it. The hard bass synths driving the beat along until the rhythm section drops out for a breathtaking pre-chorus. The chorus reverts back to the original beat but the way she fluctuates her voice when singing camouflage is beautiful and sort of sexy. I personally love the build up to the chorus when everything but some synths and her voice drop out.
This is one of the first album reviews I’ve done in this style for a long time. In fact, it’s one of the first album reviews I’ve done period for a long time. I felt it was respectful and almost required of me to review the Queen’s first mini album. After eighteen years of full on success, eighteen full length albums and this being her first ever mini album, it is definitely necessary to review this album. The album is gold. Obviously, if you listened to the same album I did, then you’d know that as well. BoA doesn’t make bad music and eighteen years of success will prove that point. What did you think of the album? What was your favorite song? My favorite song is hands down “Everybody Knows” but like I said, I love the entire album. Thank you for supporting me. Please support BoA as well. Thank you and I’ll see you in my next review.
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