In a bizarre move, 4minute‘s HyunA and BEAST‘s Hyunseung have teamed up to lay down the law this season with their collaborative EP, “Trouble Maker“. It’s a joint project that I couldn’t have expected, but as promotions for the co-ed group quickly began rolling, I found myself more intrigued as the days went by.
By the time the EP landed, I was frantic to hear what the fuck these two had conjured. I mean, it is HyunA. Scandalous, scandalous HyunA with Mr. Modesty, Hyunseung. Like, what on earth are these two doing together on an album?
Well, they’re unfortunately not breaking headboards, I’ll tell you that right now.
“Trouble Maker” – the EP – isn’t as rebellious as I would have liked it to be. It’s not even the least bit sexually inclined. With a title as mischievous as that, I wanted at least one baby making song.
Instead, “Trouble Maker” is light, mellow, and easygoing. HyunA, known for her excruciating raps, leaves the scratchy vocal processing behind and delivers her cleanest performance to date. She’s trying to break out of the ‘rapper’ mold here, and I can’t really knock her for that.
However, because HyunA has no dimension to her voice/delivery, all of that hard work had very little effect on what is supposed to be a collaborative EP (see: “Time“).
On the other hand, Hyunseung pulls most of the vocal weight here, as his congested singing is the driving force of “Trouble Maker”. He’s no Yoseob, but he’s not not talented either. The dude sounds stupendous on all things R&B, and lucky for us, there’s some of that included here (see: “아무렇지 않니“)
“Trouble Maker” – the single – is a contemporary song with a sweet Maroon 5 vibe to it that is right up Hyunseung’s alley. If HyunA had brought more to the table – say, actual decent singing – it would have taken this song to the next level.
As for the rest of the EP, it’s a give and take of oohs and mehs. Most of it is reminiscent of the less flashy moments in BEAST’s “Fiction & Fact” album, as the songs are just soft and pretty. Nothing more, nothing less.
Conceptually, it almost feels like HyunA and Hyunseung were swapping roles, in that feisty HyunA became more of a supporting actress and Hyunseung took the lead as the understated charmer.
Did it work? Well, if I said the instrumental was the breakout star, would that answer your question?
via Asian Junkie
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