4Minute – Volume Up
Volume Up Album Review
Volume Up is the third mini album (extended play album) by the five member kpop girl group, 4Minute. It was released on April 9th, 2012 – roughly a year after the release of the first studio album, “4minutes Left”. 4Minute’s Volume Up album features seven tracks in total and is available in both digital formats and physical copies.
It is said that 4Minute’s work ethic is to break the expected style or trend; “Volume Up” certainly progressed in terms of 4Minute’s music style. The title song gives off a very techno-trance sound with the right mixture of the saxophone. The use of the instrument was rather random, but worked in favor of the song. The title track as well as a few other songs in the album was produced by none other than the producer who’s been around since 4Minute’s debut, Shinsadong Tiger.
4Minute – Volume Up Album Review
The album, “Volume Up”, is full of variety. The title song aims to stay ahead of the trend with powerful beats in sync with meaningful lyrics. The intro song, “Get on the Floor” is made up of strong synths that mix perfectly with 4Minute’s hiphop music. The Latin influenced song, “Say My Name”, is an excellent piece on its own. “Femme Fatale” was co-produced by Lee MinWoo (M) from the first generation kpop boy group ShinHwa. The one song which gained an indie influence was “Dream Racer”; it was produced by the Korean indie band The KOXX, just for 4Minute. The album also contains “I’m OK”, which happens to be the only ballad song in the album. Last but not least, “Black Cat” is an electro-dance song that has a bit of a “swing” feel to it. From reading the tracklist and learning how the songs were created, it is certain that the year spent creating this album was not put to waste.
4Minute Volume Up Tracklist
Artist: 4Minute Album Title: Volume Up Release Date: April 9, 2012 Genre: Pop, Korean Pop, Dance, Electronic Language: Korean