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Black Eyes - EP

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Excellent effort from the girls of T-ara.

It's been a whirlwind of a year for idol girl group T-ara; after scoring one of the biggest (if not THE biggest) hits of the year with "Roly Poly" and a successful debut in Japan, many were anxious to see what direction the girls would go in next. Often known as the "Chameleons of K-Pop," the sky was seemingly the limit for the seven lovely girls. Thankfully, their fans would not be disappointed, as Black Eyes marks a complete 180-degree turn from the lighthearted, softer image they adopted for their John Travolta Wanna Be mini-album.

The mini-album opens with "Cry Cry," a song that can best be described as a hybrid of flamenco music and early Britney Spears records (Oops!...I Did It Again instantly comes to mind). The song takes a lot of cues from 90's pop music as well, displaying T-ara's continued willingness to blend the sounds of yesterday with the more modern, electropop sounds of today. Vocally the girls sound strong, embracing their more trot-influenced vocals that were very evident on their first album in songs such as "Lies" and "TTL." They continue this trend with "Goodbye, Ok," which, perhaps more than any other song on the mini-album shows that the girls of T-ara have matured quite a bit since their debut; the song marries synth and strings throughout the production, while the girls sing about finding the strength to leave a man that they know isn't good for them. No sex, no baby-doll voices...just T-ara singing over a relatively simple production (simple for pop music, that is). On "I'm So Bad" the girls show off their cheeky side in what could best be described as a bare-bones cousin of their 2010 smash "I Go Crazy Because Of You." The girls stumble and fall a bit on "O My God," a Christmas tune that was undoubtedly included to get people in the holiday spirit; one can't help but notice how out of place it sounds when compared to the darker, simpler songs surrounding it though. It's definitely a bit of a mood killer and sounds like it would be more at home on a Girls' Generation album.

The mini-album is closed with two ballad versions of "Cry Cry:" the true ballad version, and the simpler music video version. While many have complained that the ballad version sounds like something that may have been found on an OST, it truly has to be heard to be believed. The song rivals (if not completely surpasses) the more uptempo dance-pop version in terms of quality; what was once a peppy marriage of flamenco and Britney-pop is replaced with a sparce, haunting melody that accentuates the girls simple-yet raw-vocals. It's sad, it's emotional...in short, it's everything a ballad should be.

T-ara could have easily gone the "Roly Poly" route and released something catchy and fun; they would have no doubt found their way to the top of the charts without much trouble. It's telling, though, that they risked their increasing popularity to bring their fans and music lovers alike something really worth being proud of. Instead of following the trends and releasing the same tired electropop that seems to have saturated the Korean charts, they released something that shows that they are not afraid of change. They truly are the chameleons of K-Pop, and let's thank our lucky stars for it.

A lot better then their previous album.

Cry cry ballad version is good sad song.

yay!!

I've been waiting for this mini album! i love T-ara!! another great cd:)

Black Eyes - EP, T-ara
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  • $5.94
  • Genres: K-Pop, Music, Rock
  • Released: Nov 11, 2011

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