Girls’ Generation – ‘Forever 1’ Review: K-pop’s Most Famous Girl Groups Prove Why They’re Timeless And Endless

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Longevity isn’t a hallmark of her K-pop as an industry, but whether you experienced this yesterday or spent a few minutes here, the name Girls’ Generation is inevitable. For a while, some fans worried that one of K-pop’s most revered artists would eventually be relegated to the top, but the turmoil surrounding her 15th anniversary has led to Judging, it’s clear that the K-pop hall of fame will always be there. There is a permanent sanctuary for Girls’ Generation.

When examined through the aforementioned lens, the motivation behind “Forever 1,” her seventh album and first full her group release in five years, becomes very clear. Of course, this is a fun celebration celebrating their bond. There’s an obvious nostalgia in his voice, but also a determination to grow. With more than 10 songs “Forever 1”, Girls’ Generation revisited many of their classic sounds and songs, translating them into a more modern and mature image, creating a captivating mix of past and present, and bringing them to the first place. I pulled the strings that made it so much fun…

Straight out of the gate, they shoot that nostalgia into our veins with “Forever 1,” written, composed and produced by Kenzie, who wrote the debut single “Into the New World.” It’s the blissful guarantee that every Sone has been waiting for for years. As the harmonious chorus soars beyond his classic pop sound, the members of Girls’ Generation return to the stage together as one, despite his current solo career success. can see collective goal. .

Some of the best album deals even have group members in the credits, proving how individual journeys enhance Girls’ Generation’s sound. With heavy drums and a playful piano melody, the song manages to capture a head-wrenching moment of glamor, adventurousness and youth as never before.

More notable, however, is the stark contrast to “Villains“, written by Sooyoung and Tiffany: “Seventeen”‘s wholesome piano melody is replaced by heavy bass and drums. Under the reins of an expert, you’ll progress from youthful charm to captivating danger. It’s a delicious sonic whiplash and a taste of how Girls’ Generation leads the listener through different emotions within the same album.

But nothing can prepare you for the journey of “You Better Run”. The track shares electro-her pop undertones with her 2010 predecessor, Run Devil Run, but the similarities end there. The threat and hunger of “Run Devil Run” was milder, but “You Better Run” shows no inhibitions.The choppy progression is held together by a booming beat and electronic loops, over which SNSD Layering joyful and colorful vocals, it goes from an almost lazy delivery to a hasty declaration in seconds. They promise to end the reign of this “demon” and you immediately believe them wholeheartedly.

The transition from that irrepressible power and confidence to what can only be described as the bright sound of summer is jarring, but very little. Almost as quickly as “Villain” and “You Better Run” make us nervous, “Closer” puts us at ease with its nu-disco inspiration. The tension slowly fades away as the exhilarating piano riff turns into a steady, measured rhythm.

It acts as the perfect bridge between the tense energy of hard tracks and the smooth, relaxing effect of ‘Mood Ramp’. Like its name, the R&B track features smooth guitars and almost muffled rhythms without overwhelming intensity. Even when Girls’ Generation’s collective voices echo in the chorus, they’re controlled and calculated, working in tandem with slow arrangements rather than tearing veneer and breaking spells. They perfect this atmosphere with ‘Summer Night’. The mid-tempo track features bouncy “Closer”-style synths, but unlike the latter, whose frenetic beats set the stage for summer parties, this one is set for the night while the festivities are on. More languid, like walking on the beach. they finish.

The dream-like landscapes unfolding in “Closer,” “Mood Lamp,” and “Summer Night” draw us deeper into “freedom.” It moved from disco to various notes of synthpop. It lends itself well to the serious yet evocative realization that love really sets you free. It’s the little things like . They know exactly what it takes to give a relatively simple song a unique twist.

So don’t worry too much about going back to the sound that made ‘Lucky Like That’ and ‘Paper Planes’ so popular. Both tracks are heavy on sophisticated pop sounds, but SNSD treats the vocal work here as an additional instrument, bringing a breath of fresh air to familiar arrangements.

That’s also why ‘Forever 1′ sounds like a fitting album at this point in Girls’ Generation’s career: 15 years after his one of K-pop’s brightest runs, ‘ Forever 1’ could have been his usual collection of vintage his sounds. But on “Forever 1,” SNSD chose to keep the old-school flavor while expanding his palette of sounds on nearly every song, not only praising the classics, but perhaps the most as a collective to date. It offers vibrant images. Their will to evolve makes them timeless. Deeds come and go, but girlhood is forever.