Release date: January 10, 2011
Label: J.Tune Camp


  1. Sad Memories (Intro)
  2. Stay
  3. Cry
  4. Darling
  5. 버린다 (Throw Away)
  6. 녹 (Rust)
  7. Tonight
  8. 이러지 않았으면 해 (Wish You Hadn’t)
  9. You’re My +
  10. Rolling U
  11. Oh Yeah (C-Luv & Blue Magic Remix)
  12. Y (JR GROOVE Remix)
  13. 또다른 시작 (A Different Beginning) [Outro]

MBLAQ have made their return to the Kpop scene with their first full-length album, and I must say that I am impressed. The boys are sticking to the heavy beat and club sound that gave them success with their last single, Y. I’m happy that they’re sticking with this sound instead of trying out something completely different because it’s something that I think all Kpop idols should do; find a sound that works for them and stick to it (*cough*2PM*cough*).

Though there are slower songs as well. The song Cry has an R&B feel to it and Rust is a full-out ballad that really shows off the boys’ vocal talent.

What impressed me the most was that MBLAQ participated in the production, personally choosing all songs on the album. Seungho composed and played the piano for the intro song Sad Memories and Mir wrote the rap lyrics for You’re My +. From what I know this is more work than an average idol puts into their music. Rain has taught his boys well.

To finish off, I’m going to quote Seungho’s lyrics from 또다른 시작 (A Different Beginning) since I feel it pretty much summarizes everything: “We are MBLAQ, just MBLAQ. Faster, stronger, deeper.”

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

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Ghost Writer

Here. There. Everywhere. Punished soul that usually watches what nobody wants, but sometimes gets lucky.

4 Responses

  1. amy says:

    Nice review. However, I disagree with this “find a sound that works for them and sticking to it.” I think it’s good to find something you’re good at, but in terms of musicians, they should infused their “sound” with something new each time they release a new album. Otherwise it’s just the same all sing over and over – cough, Avril Lavigne.

    She found her sound, she found her market niche. That’s one of the reasons there was some expectations, because there was a slight change from Let Go to Under my Skin… but then she found her sound in songs like He Wasn’t or Nobody’s Home, and she’s been dishing the same songs since then.

    • Julili says:

      @amy, I think that what the writer meant is that there is too much mixing of sounds going on in the kpop scene right now. Makes u slitgthly crazy. But I get what you mean, if they stick to one sound then it’s going to be very boring. Hmm…. food for thought

    • Dani says:

      @amy, I agree, though with kpop in particular I think it goes wrong more often then not when they try to experiment and try something new

      • amy says:

        @Dani, it depends, though… isn’t it? I mean, there is a niche for same-sounding bands, and once they change, fans can hate it. It’s a question whether they want to keep the fans they got happy… or whether they experiment with something weird that might sound off, but it might bring new fans in.

        After all, there are loads of people who have made long-lasting carriers out of sounding the same in every decade… *cough*Julio Iglesias*cough* xD

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