written by: rickyom
2012’s hard-hitting rookie group, B.A.P, seems to dislike long breaks from the music scene. What’s a rookie to do though? As long as their hard work shows through great music, then we shall listen.
“Punch” opens on a strictly K-Pop-hip-hop note. High notes are sprinkled all throughout the song, much like their 3rd single “No Mercy“. Somehow this song’s structure seems more distorted in comparison. Coos are weirdly placed in the song and makes it lose its hard-hitting vibe. An overwhelming song where some things could’ve definitely been left out.
“One Shot“, the album’s title song, is a bit more interesting, and it’s great example of well-blended rap segments with vocals. Having a rapper handle the chorus is a little underwhelming, but it provides the power of what the song should represent. Every verse basically meshes with the underlying beats, almost perfectly, making this one of the better singles to come from a male group so far this year.
As the EP continues, a slower side of the boys is displayed through “Rain Sound“. A typical start with a rap, but is followed by a mesmerizing vocal chorus. Rap verses start smooth with a sad tone then pick up to represent a stronger side of sadness. A lasting impression comes from this tantalizing ballad, leaving you to want to listen to it over again.
“Coma” starts out weird but takes a turn to another hip-hop lead track. The vocals on this track are slightly overshadowed by the powerful raps. A stanza of a female voice adds dimension to the song, but might seem as a weird placement here. As I listen to it, another stanza in the song might’ve balanced it out. Meanwhile, “Zero” is similarly a more uptempo version of “Rain Sound”.
Overall, ‘One Shot’ is a really solid 2nd mini-album from B.A.P. Where their 1st mini-album showed variety, this album’s efforts show fluidity and a more composed group of K-Pop idols.
0 – could do without
0.5 – mediocre/filler
0.75 – pretty good/grew on me
1 – liked immediately
Points to stars conversion: [(3.75/5) x 5] + 0.25*
*there is a 0.25 bonus for every album. The logic is that, if every song were “pretty good”, it’s a 4-star album.