The secret’s out – after a rather long hiatus from the K-pop scene (don’t laugh; 6 months is an eternity in idol years), Secret is back with their first mini-album Secret Time and a rather radical transformation, image-wise. While their first single failed to impress me, I’m looking forward to seeing if the girls have something more appealing to put on the table.
1. My Boy – I like it, nice melody and great vocals from the girls, though I felt like the rap was completely unnecessary (especially since I think Zinger is a much better singer than she is a rapper, or at the very least her voice doesn’t sound as nasal when she sings) and the song ends far too abruptly. To get a little nitpicky, I wouldn’t have put this song as a first track because the transition from mellow to upbeat is a little weird.
2. Magic – I think a lot of people are disappointed in the song because the beat in the teaser was so strong, but I personally don’t care. As a teaser to the sort of image the girls are going for (fun, sexy and confident), it does it’s job reasonably well. As for the song itself, the only complaint I have is the pronounciation of ‘Magic.’ Some have interpreted their pronounciation to be a combination of ‘magic’ and ‘music’ but I don’t buy it, because the line ‘magic music’ would be redundant if that were the case. Still, the song is light, catchy and definitely funky, a throwback to the sort of dance music popular in the 90’s-2000’s. I also like the dance; while it’s certainly no masterpiece, it’s very fun and flirty, which goes quite well with the song.
3. Spotlight – I don’t like it. It sounds rather cutesy and far too…electronic, I suppose. I mean, props to the producers for having enough faith in the girls’ vocals not to autotune the entire song but it sounds very generic and uninspired.
4. Sure I’ll Be Fine – It’s been four hours and I still don’t know what to make of this song. I mean, it’s a nice song but it’s not particularly strong and I can’t shake off the feeling that I’ve heard it before. Am I right in saying that it sounds a little bit like Without You by U-Kiss?
5. I Want You Back (acoustic) – I like this more mellow, chilled-out version. I thought the original was a little too busy in the background so it got a little annoying after awhile, but this version is gentler and sweeter. My only critique is that I would’ve liked it better had they switched up the unnecessary rap for a killer bridge.
6. 3 Years, 6 Months (acoustic) – Conversely, I prefer the original version. I thought the harmonies in the beginning made the song sound more heartfelt.