Album Review – Son Dam Bi – 2nd Mini Album
Son Dambi – The Second Mini Album
01 Crazy feat. Eric
02 Invisible Person
03 No Sympathy
05 Crazy (Inst.)
Known for her soft voice and great dance moves, Son Dam Bi had garnered much love from fans and non-fans alike, especially after the success of her first mini album released earlier this year. This fall, Son has returned with a brand new album, which consists of a total of four songs and one instrumental.
The album starts off with the title track Crazy, which like her previous hit Bad Boy, is an electronica dance track. It was composed by the Brave Brothers, who are known to create many of the popular beats in the Korean music industry today. The song utilizes the repetition of the word “crazy” to catch listeners’ attention. However, I feel that the overuse of “crazy” may actually turn listeners off in the long run. Eric of Shinhwa helps break this repetition with some rap towards the latter portion of the song.
The next track is Invisible Person, which in contrast to her title track is a ballad. The piano and saxophone accompaniment flow well with Son Dam Bi’s soft vocals. The song proves that Son is capable of singing genres others than dance. However, I felt that Invisible Person was very generic in terms of melody. Following the ballad number is No Sympathy, a medium-tempo song that makes use of analog synthesizers. I personally found the beats quite interesting, but the song itself was mediocre, nothing unique. The last song is PLAY, which is a retro number very reminiscent of the 80s. It sounded like something that came out of an aerobics video. Two-thirds into the song is some male rapping which sounded like Aqua’s Barbie Girl. Once again, I didn’t think there was anything special with this song.
Overall, this album failed to impress me. I think the only song that had much potential was the title track, Crazy. The rest of the songs seemed like fillers to make a mini album. Hopefully, Son Dam Bi’s next album will provide some more listening-worthy songs.
5/5 – Even if you’re not a fan of this artist/group this album is a must buy.
4/5 – If you’re a fan of this artist/group, you must buy this album.
3/5 – If you’re a fan of this artist/group, you might want to add this one to your collection.
2/5 – I don’t think a fan would even buy this.
1/5 – You might as well just flush your money down the toilet