written by: rickyom
Artist/Album: G.NA – ‘Beautiful Kisses’
Release Date: March 14, 2013
Sexy soloist G.NA finally makes a much needed comeback in an idol group-filled world. She does so with her 4th mini-album ‘Beautiful Kisses‘ in her 3 year long career.
Starting off with the sweet title song “Oops!“, with help from labelmate Ilhoon (BTOB). Now G.NA takes a step back towards her debut days, pulling off beautiful vocals over a piano intro followed by synths all throughout the song. It’s her best comeback song to date, but the spotlight is shared because of the all too intrusive rap verses. The two match quite well, to the point that it could just be considered a crossover sub-unit effort much like 2011’s Troublemaker (4Minute‘s HyunA and BEAST‘s Hyunseung). However it’s labeled as a G.NA comeback so it’s quite odd and interesting how a newer rookie is overly used.
G.NA keeps up with the labelmate help by including Huh Gak in “같은 생각“. Their voices don’t quite suit each other but they try their best. It’s beautiful, but not the most formidable duet. “Oh, Good!” is a cuter version of her past title song “Black and White“. She speaks in an aegyo filled voice from beginning to end. The song is nice, but definitely doesn’t suit her songstress image. “First Kiss” takes a turn for the better, placing her voice in a sappy mid-tempo ballad. Slowing it down even further for the last track, “밉다 싫다” is an all too OST-like ballad. She gets to show off her beautiful chops and the rhythm keeps it from being too monotonous. It is quite short for such a ballad, though.
The album effort overall is solid, but for a soloist in her 3rd year she shouldn’t be too reliant on a heavy featuring artist for a title song (unless it’s less of an aid and more of an embellishment). Other than that, this mini-album has its dull moments, but nothing terrible.
0 – could do without
0.5 – mediocre/filler
0.75 – pretty good/grew on me
1 – liked immediately
Points to stars conversion: [(3.5/5) 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.