• Nate Broadus

    I wouldn’t give it a 5/5, but it was way better than average. The song doesn’t start out remarkably, but gets catchier as it goes along. I might give scarlet haired Qri a 5/5 (I’ll never understand why that girl is continually overlooked). The song for me: 4/5.

    Hyomin is Hyomin. To say she looks great is like saying the sky looks blue, or a beluga whale looks a little rotund.

    • superfangirl

      Qri is a goddess. I dread the day she does something stupid to her face. *cough Soyeon cough Boram cough*

  • Kitsu-Ken

    Ever since the scandals last year and the slightly lack-luster of countryside life (I liked it but none of my k-pop friends did) I was really worried that they’d disband soon (they are my favourite girl group). Thank god they didn’t. this song produced by Shinsadong Tiger (who practically did all/most of their title tracks in past albums) helped make T-ara known in the k-pop world again for better reasons. and thankfully all the hate that was given to them is now minimal.

    This song has become a repeat on my iPod, I can’t get enough of the catchiness that is T-ara’s “sound” and omg… these girls have never looked hotter, something most definitely happened during their absence that gave them a more mature/sexy look.

  • Mini Squid

    I might not like the members personally, but yeah. I am always in awe at how charismatic each of the members are. Their costumes are often tacky, but one look from Hyomin and boom I am unaware.

  • Sylarah

    While I’m not a fan of T-ara, I do like a lot of their singles, so I was looking forward to “Number 9”, especially after hearing so many people rant about how good it is.

    My verdict: Meh.

    “Number 9” is catchy, and I do appreciate a slightly darker, more mature sound and concept, but I don’t think the song is particularly good or all that memorable. The song is solid, and the techno-ballad concept is interesting, but the end result (and the chorus in particular) felt bland. I feel like I’ve heard it all before and done better in T-ara’s earlier releases, and with T-ara being an established act, that’s just not good enough for me.

    • NoctLightCloud

      You have good points& arguments to state your opinion^^ But as soon as you include the trend(?)-word “meh” to express your limited excitement, your comment unfortunately looses this good points, making me think you’re 10yrs old…:-/ (I hope I didn’t insult you…:-D)

      • Sylarah

        Lol! I don’t know if ‘meh’ is a trend word, but since I grew up in the 90’s it has been a staple part of my vocabulary, along with words like ‘eeew’, ‘urgh’ and ‘bummer’. I totally sound like a 90’s kid at times :-)

        Also, I’ll admit that ‘I feel limited excitement over this’ is perhaps more articulate (and proper english) that ‘meh’

        • NoctLightCloud

          You have a great personality!:-D I really thought I’d get stoned by you or sth for answering you in that way. I guess I’m just used to worse things from allkpop (which I quit today)…:-P
          By the way, never in my life have I heard of the word “bummer”!xD (ok, considering the fact that English isn’t my mother-tongue – not even my second language – it’s ok to not know that, …is it?xD)

  • http://www.pkal.se/ Patrik_k

    I’m really happy for them that they come back with such a strong song, or two strong songs.

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  • http://thekurofune.blogspot.com/ kurofune

    I love Number 9! It’s so catchy, and the beat is fun to jam to. One criticism I have is with Hyomin’s “I’m addict” part. It’s kinda weird, and Engrish makes me cringe.

  • Streby

    I find that they always produce super catchy and interesting songs when they work with Shinsadong Tiger. Guess they’re a perfect match….

  • dikodiko

    I really cant imagined how big t-ara would be if those bullying scandal didnt happened.

  • FreakyFlyBri

    This review pretty much hits the nail on the head as far as my sentiments regarding “No. 9” go. The girls traded in the gimmicks (as fun as they are and as much as I love them, they were gimmicks) that were so prevalent on previous title tracks and just allowed themselves to show that they didn’t need an outlandish concept to captivate an audience. And boy, did they succeed.

    While “No. 9” isn’t necessarily my favorite title track from T-ara (that award goes to “Sexy Love,” which is an absolutely perfect pop song in my opinion) that still doesn’t mean it’s not an incredibly good one. Like you said in your review, T-ara manages to meld their two best-known sounds together perfectly: the earworms and hooks of their dance-pop singles along with the melancholy nature of their ballads. It’s a beautiful marriage, and one that lends itself well to a maturing T-ara.

    All in all, I would say that “No. 9” does a great job at doing exactly what it’s supposed to do…it re-introduces the Korean public to T-ara. There are no frills, no gimmicks, just six girls, a song, and a dance. And I think T-ara delivers, hands down. T-ara simultaneously proves that not only are they not going anywhere, they are also much more talented than many of their detractors often gave them credit for…in essence, they are going ahead and wiping their slate completely clean.

    It’s good to have T-ara back, they have definitely been missed.

    Great article, by the way! :)

  • Smile

    I didn’t liked the song. I listened to it a few times but yeah that’s it. I don’t even know how the song sound anymore. It is not an outstanding song like T-ara’s usual songs.

  • Strawberryicon

    I’d give the song and the mv a 3/5 as it was pretty standard in kpop . it wasn’t wowing .Also the transitions from the verses to the bridges was a lil jarring.I guess shinsadongtiger didn’t take the time 2 master it cause it didn’t flow right. Also what’s up with the incomprehensible mumbling man-voice in the bridge.why was that in the song!

  • NoctLightCloud

    Though I don’t know anything about the members (nor do I care tbh), I’d call T-Ara my 2nd fav-group after snsd… They have this coolness to pull off any concept (similair to SHINee imo), are very professional and, as a plus, aren’t bad at singing at all! None of this girls I would call the “Korean beauty ideal”, but that’s what draws my attention to them. Their songs are catchy, they have good choreos (which are funny & easy to copy^^), and their MVs are entertaining. I’d give it a 4.5/5, the only thing is that tge concept is somehow been used pretty often in Kpop, but I’m glad that T-Ara tried it out this time! :-)


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