BoA – WOMAN

October 28, 2018 at 12:10 PM | Posted in BoA | 1 Comment

woman1ALBUM REVIEW
BoA – WOMAN

1. Woman
2. Like It!
3. Irreversible
4. Encounter
5. Little More
6. U&I
7. If
8. No Limit
9. Good Love
10. I want you back

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woman2WOMAN is the ninth Korean album by South Korean singer BoA, released on October 24, 2018.

Woman is a kick-ass track with lots and lots of attitude (I mean, that click-clack of stiletto heels at the beginning of the song – FIERCE). It has a very groovy feel to it, but it also sounds quite contemporary. I love how BoA references her album ‘Girls on Top’ as well. This track is quite short at only 2:50 minutes, but a catchy opener and lead track!

Like It! is filled with synths, handclaps and catchy chants in the chorus. That chanting makes the song memorable, the rest of it isn’t forgettable or anything but it’s not BoA’s best track in her discography. That having been said, I think this one can definitely grow on me and it might become one of my favorites yet (never say never).

Slowing things down with Irreversible. It’s not quite a ballad, more of a midtempo pop song and it’s so steady that I almost lost my concentration and wandered off. There’s a quality to the chorus that keeps it interesting nonetheless so it’s not bad at all, I just think this one needs a little more time to really stick.

Encounter wakes me up in the best way possible with its borderline Major Lazer approach, very sexy and danceable. It’s so well produced that it might eventually be better than the title track (which up till now slays pretty much everything). Please hold while I play this on repeat.

Once Little More comes around, it once again proves BoA is a very versatile artist (and longtime followers now how much I love versatile albums). It’s a joyful and happy track filled with drum beats and horns, almost like BoA’s own K-pop take on Kool and the Gang’s ‘Celebration’. I love her high-pitched vocals in the chorus, no one can pull it off quite like BoA.

woman3From the first note, I instantly recognized the hit that U&I is. If Encounter was well produced, this one is even better. It’s clear that the arrangement combines everything that’s good about Swedish and Dutch electronic music and this is obviously my favorite song so far.

BoA did not only write the lyrics for If, she was also involved in the arrangement along with Stainboys. It’s another slow but groovy track with a lot of emphasis on BoA’s vocals and the guitars. That’s probably what makes it stand out, otherwise it would’ve been a bit like Irreversible.

I love the sound of No Limit, very dancehall and it reminds me of Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry’. The hook is very catchy and BoA displays killer vocals. This might be what some call mainstream, but if that’s what it is then hit me with some more mainstream stuff BoA.

Good Love channels 90s R&B, which was one of BoA’s biggest inspirations. It’s a feel-good track and it’s almost like BoA takes me back to the music scene circa 1997. I just feel very happy listening to this so she definitely earned some bonus points here.

I want you back throws in some groovy disco vibes a la the Jacksons. It’s well placed behind Good Love to ensure that little throwback section to close the album. It offers pretty much everything a BoA fan could ever want; amazing vocals, old school music and an infinite amount of sass.

Though I might not be able to graps the idea of why there’s such a hype around this album, I do recognize the value of it for BoA’s career. It’s like her third comeback this year and the woman still manages to improve and be original with every release. BoA did not only dab into 2018’s most popular musical styles, she also stayed true to her inspiration and the music that influenced her from the very beginning. I’m giving this album a high rating because I just know that some of the songs I wasn’t that enthusiastic about will definitely grow on me soon enough.

Favorite songsWoman | Encounter | Little More | U&I | No Limit | Good Love

OVERALL RATING
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4½ stars

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  1. Welcome back! I didn’t realize you were back posting.


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