written by: rickyom
Artist/Album: C-Clown – ‘Shaking Heart’
Genre: Dance, Pop, Idol
Release Date: April 18, 2013
Rarely have rookie male groups ever made me think that they deserve to be in this industry. Proved their point that they belong. A lot go too electro-pop while the others go more alternative, bordering on boredom. C-Clown seems to have found some middle ground with their 3rd mini-album ‘Shaking Heart‘.
The intro provides a great starting platform of the overall album genre. Mixing a jazzy feel with r&b vocals and hip-hop-type beats as the EP heads into the title song “흔들리고 있어“. A variety of elements carried from the intro spread out in a more wide array of artistry. The song is really contemporary while keeping it very idol, making it seem like they composed it themselves. From the whistling to the acoustic guitar this track has impressed a little too much. “멀리 멀리” the third track on the EP is almost identical to the title track, only the whistling is missing, but it adds a piano to the mix to keep it from being a carbon copy.
The group opts for a more pop sound on “그땐 그랬지” which features soloist ALi. She adds depth to an already well structured song. However, the sound almost veers from what C-Clown has shown us in the first half of the EP. It does contain a heavily used guitar but the arrangement of that guitar is done in a more pop idol way that would’ve probably suited a girl group more. So it makes sense that they would’ve added a female singer. “너무 예뻐“, the last song on this release follows the rest of the EP more, but in a slower, toned down way. Some parts give off a lounge-y feel, while still keeping the overall style of the album. As is with the rest of the tracks it contains a guitar which seems to be the group’s niche here. The latter half of the song falls short as it seems they rush to finish. They try to mix the last verse with singing and rapping together, but it comes off sloppy in comparison to the rest of the tracks. It’s a slow song, so it shouldn’t seem as rushed like that.
C-Clown is one of those rare rookies that surprised me. I’ve only listened to their title tracks before this release and they already seem like they know what they’re doing and what they’re gonna keep doing.
|Hell Yeah!! (Intro)||
0 – could do without
0.5 – mediocre/filler
0.75 – pretty good/grew on me
1 – liked immediately
Points to stars conversion: [(3.25/5) 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.