• Ambika_SB

    Blown away! Tying for my favorite in this album are “If…,” “Tried to Walk,” “What Do You Want to Do,” and “In the Air.” In particular, the last one seems to be the most similar to their previous works, albeit in a toned down manner.

    Great review, Jasper!

  • Gaya_SB

    I really enjoyed this album!

  • http://twitter.com/twinnersc Gracie

    I was super impressed with this album, and with the growth that can be seen here especially since so many groups… don’t grow.

    B1A4 hasn’t even been on my guilty pleasures list because I hate half of their promoted songs. Can I sing good portions of “Baby Goodnight” and “Beautiful Target”: absolutely.  Do I hate it?  Yes, but I only needed a single listen to catch on.  However, just about everything else I at least like, and it’s obvious that they have a ton of potential, and quite a bit of talent.  So I’m grateful that this album has come to fruition.  And hopefully they’ll continue to grow as a group.

    I love the review Jasper, but there are several typos that I found somewhat distracting.  You may want to take more care to catch them next time.  Thanks for the review though!  Seoulbeats is where I come to hear sane commentary on K-pop, so I love you all!

    • Gaya_SB

      Thanks for the heads-up on the typos, it should be better now!

      • http://twitter.com/twinnersc Gracie

        Thank you!

  • hanje

    I already talked about how much I love this album in the last B1A4 post but hey, I can’t resist the opportunity to gush about it even more. Baby I’m Sorry always felt like it was B1A4 trying way too hard to grow up and it never felt natural or believable (it doesn’t hurt that I found the song really lacking too) but with In The Wind is a more successful transition from their cutesy stuff to something more mature but unlike Baby I’m Sorry doesn’t come off as too try-hard or fake. It actually feels like the group has grown up instead of them trying to grow up. The album is also really great in that I think all of the songs are solid from start to finish and it’s immensely listenable too. It’s the only album I’ve listened to this past week and I haven’t gotten sick of any of the songs at all yet. 

    I haven’t been following sales or anything but I do hope this album (and Tried to Walk as a single) is their breakout hit because then I feel that would convince their company that this is the kind of concept and sound that this group is perfect for. My only fear is that for their next album the boys end up regressing like they did with Baby I’m Sorry to Baby Goodnight. Their cutesy stuff is fun and they do it well but I do think it’s time to let the boys mature and fully utilize their talents. I think if Jinyoung’s composing continues to improve and as the group grows up and continues to mature and hone their skills, they have the potential to be one of the best kpop groups out there .

    lol I know I come across as super biased and gushy in this comment but I seriously only got into them after I saw their Immortal Song performance and was so impressed and then I listened to their music and was underwhelmed by most of what I heard (there were some exceptions like Wonderful Tonight (Unplugged) and most of their ballads) so them putting out an album I love fully is a really great and welcome surprise for me. 

  • sahar shaikh

    i dont really follow b1a4′s activities but during their debut along side boyfriend and that other group full of 180cm tall guys (forgot their name and have no idea where they went) b1a4 got me curious. i liked the whole manhwa teasers and their debut song was cheerful and cute but i didnt pay much attention outside of that, and when they had combacks i would watch their mvs and first live stages but that’s about it. when b1a4 went on immortal song that’s when i thought wow there’s more to these guys, plus i gotta day sandeul’s solo was so precious. so when the teasers for the album came out, i told myself that i have to keep an eye out for it and whoa would i have been silly to miss out on this

    this album is quality. in my opinion it feels like the whole album is going back to the basics of music. once again i haven’t listened to all their stuff so they have less electro based songs but listening to the songs its just such a lovely blend of intruments (love love love how they use the gutiar) and the way they perfectly blend with the sweet vocals. it’s also a plus that there is a member who had a part composing such a beautiful intro and title song, i wish more idols were given a chance to do so, i know there are many capable producers/composers/lyricist for hire but i think when an artist actually contributes to the music that they are performing it gives off a completely different feel , in this case it sounds very mature and fitting to them, i saw their comback stage and it didnt feel forced, they just seemed so intune with the song, and wouldnt the singer themselves feel more proud/comfortable doing so? however i do know that a huge chunk of idols are not there because of musical talent.

    anyways i hope this album allows more people to see b1a4′s talents and they get more recognition because going by neitizenbuzz b1a4 are seen as useless rookies just like any other new idol group which is unfair but then all my favourite groups went through the same thing to get where they are now. just how lies was for big bang hopefully this album can be that for b1a4 or put them on the track to make that big break-through.

  • Streby

    Baro and CNU really shined in this album, I love that they were able to hold up the quality with the live performances too. I love the album cover designs also even though its very remiscent of SHINee’s ‘Romeo’.

    My only criticism is that CNU’s hairstyle makes his head look like an egg, he is usually so cute!

  • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

    Love it. Love that Jinyoung’s composing has improved this much, love that Baro’s an amazing rapper, and I love the chemistry between the members’ voices. They are an extremely talented group, and they have a bright future. :)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/M3A5VXTZXZOEH62VXL4FJ7AT7Q Xinran

    This mini-album is definitely more polished than their past releases, and the direction they’ve taken this time suits them a lot more than the cute ones in the past. Only significant downside is that Baro’s lack of proficiency at rapping has become more prominent this time round given the overall sophistication of the album. Because of poor enunciation, flow and the overall rhyme scheme, his parts just didn’t add value to the tracks like i hoped they would. In fact i find myself skipping his parts whenever they come along esp in ‘tried to walk’. Regardless the rest of the members still executed their parts relatively well and they can be even better if they let their personality show through a bit more in their singing, esp in the acoustic tracks. I may sound nitpicky here, but i think the sophisticated route they’re going for this time also necessitates better technique that generic pop tunes don’t. Personally i liked ‘tried to walk’, ‘ i won’t do bad things’ and ‘what do u want to do’.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/DLXHKYQZV53HMZKZDLD3QW3E7U NadYa

      Yeah I agree.. Sometimes Baro doesn’t sound clear and his flow kinda messy, but its mostly because of his lisp (he naturally can not spell any word containing the letter ‘s’) so yeah his rap would never be 100% clear, but his efforts still worth a praise imo, he managed to write each of his part on his album, on which the meaning really connected with the song in a whole. He just need a little more time to grow, but he got the potential.. 

  • AcadiasFire

    This album was just super perfect. Very polishec and just wow…What do You do is my favorite and following is In the Air. The intro was just beautiful. Honestly the members have such beautiful voices. Especially Sandeul who’s voice is just fluid and emotional imo. I just really love it. Baro and his rapping is always a treat. Jinyoung and his talented composing skills. He never dissapoints.

  • AcadiasFire

    This album was just super perfect. Very polishec and just wow…What do You do is my favorite and following is In the Air. The intro was just beautiful. Honestly the members have such beautiful voices. Especially Sandeul who’s voice is just fluid and emotional imo. I just really love it. Baro and his rapping is always a treat. Jinyoung and his talented composing skills. He never dissapoints.

  • Judith Mopalia

    I’ve liked this group  from the beginning, and this album  is a complete delight. But I don’t know the individual members very well.  Can you help me out?  Who is the deep voice on “I Won’t do Bad Things” that immediately follows Suzy?  I think that is the sexiest voice in K-pop; it’s like listening to chocolate, butter and cream.  Delicious!  Thanks. 

  • Judith Mopalia

    I’ve liked this group  from the beginning, and this album  is a complete delight. But I don’t know the individual members very well.  Can you help me out?  Who is the deep voice on “I Won’t do Bad Things” that immediately follows Suzy?  I think that is the sexiest voice in K-pop; it’s like listening to chocolate, butter and cream.  Delicious!  Thanks. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/DLXHKYQZV53HMZKZDLD3QW3E7U NadYa

      Ahh, it’s Baro the rapper who sings that. Yeah ever since Wonderful Tonight (Unplugged Ver) on ignition he has tried to sing more.. You should check that song too^^

      • Judith Mopalia

         Thanks!  I think I’m in love . . . nice to know who I’m in love with.  ;)

  • Judith Mopalia

    Ah, thanks!  I think I’m in love . . .  ;)

  • black_rose45000

    Lol, I have just finished listening to Beautiful Target for the first time (which I love to bits and probably grew addicted to), when I checked seoulbeats and saw this post.

    Great review! I also liked this album a lot :)