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Review: Bigbang ‘Still Alive’

It was only a few months back that Korean boyband, Bigbang, released their comeback EP, ‘Alive’. Well, now the boys have released the Special Edition of that same EP called ‘Still Alive’.

So what are the differences? Is it better than Alive? Should you buy it? All these more and will be answered below.

First of all, this new EP shares the same massive hits as Alive, those being Blue, Bad Boy, Love Dust and the massive hit, Fantastic Baby. So for the purpose of this review, I’ll leave them out seeing as how they’re identical versions with no difference.

Still Alive

Still Alive started off as an intro track to the previous EP and only ran for just under one minute. I did at the time say that this had the potential to be a great track only if it were longer. Well, lo and behold, they’ve done just and released onto the album as a proper full length track and it sounds awesome. A great thumping beat over club drums give make this track standout along with an awesome rap from TOP, real stand out track. Nicely paced with a simple piano loop and unobtrusive synthesizer sounds round this off as a tight production.

Monster

The first track to be released, and at last count the MV has had over 2 million hits in 24 hours. And for good reason, this track is an absolute hit and demonstrates what the boys are capable of and indeed what an extremely talented lyricist and story teller that G Dragon is developing into. Easily the most mature track they’ve done to date, this track of a lost love and acceptance of a person is very well played out with a beautiful subtle orchestra in the background and a piano section over the entire length that is to die for. Beautiful, touching and very rare in today’s market to have such a heartfelt track with a traditional medium tempo beat laid over it. This is the track that will define Bigbang as more than a flash in the pan, this track proves they are here to stay and will only help to further define them. AAA+++

Feeling

Another catchy dance track with a pulsating bass and a great vocal turnout from Daesung. Cool chorus with lots of finger tapping moments, simple without having to resort to over production and having loads of sound samples and effects in the background, Nicely done.

Bingle Bingle

Great track with a guitar driven riff, very easy to get into. More of a rock beat as opposed to a dance track but Bigbang cover their tracks as only they can and pull it off making it sound accessible to a mainstream audience. Try not to sing along to the chorus as well, it’s simple and very catchy.

Ego

An easy listening track with gentle vocals that plays on the dance track/pop song genre. Never fully committing to either but still comes across very well. Some might say that it maybe the weakest track on the album if they really had to choose but after having spent some time with it, it’s really begun to grow on me. Really smooth vocals from G Dragon and Co. help to keep this song on that tricky line but they pull it off in a seamless manner.

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Another stellar effort from Bigbang, this comes highly recommended and your ears will thank you!

Review: Bigbang ‘Alive’

EDIT: The new Bigbang EP ‘Still Alive’ has been reviewed and can be seen here!

After a one year hiatus, the boys from the Korean super boyband, Bigbang, return with a brand new EP that picks you up and makes you remember why this group is a force to be reckoned with.

Intro: Alive    
Thumping beats introduce the listener to the first track; a short track which instantly gets you in the mood wanting more and does so nicely with inviting vocals over a tight dance beat. This intro is good enough to be developed into its own song IMO

Blue
What can be said about this track that hasn’t already been said? I’ll give it a try. All the members present gentle vocals over an interesting blend of music fusing electronic beats, guitar and modern instruments. The song has a nice theme to it as well with an insanely catchy hook and a chorus that sucks you in overtime and has you tapping your finger or foot in time with the music every single time. As a launch single, absolutely awesome showing that the Korean super boyband is still capable of delivering the goods and does so with a sweet, unique style.

Love Dust
This is a great dance track with a fantastic electronic beat and a synthesised effect over some parts of the song. An amazing blend of drums with more great vocals by all the members pitching in, especially T.O.P. with his always catchy and undeniable raps in just the right places. The chorus…one of the best ever heard, this a track for those drives by the coastline with a setting sun in the background. Yes, it’s “soundtrack for your life” kind of song. This song needs a music video immediately.

Bad Boy
A song that will bring out the rebellious teenager in any girl, who can resist G Dragon’s smooth vocals over an infectiously catchy riff that borders on reggae style in some parts. The band continues their fusion of different styles that shouldn’t work but somehow they make it all come together. Part R n B, part reggae and all class. Will have you humming this song on the bus, at work or in class, it has that creep on you factor in a great way. T.O.P.’s chorus parts work extremely well with his gravelly voice while Daesung and Taeyang compliment the middle hook of the song beyond well before rolling back into the chorus as smoothly as you like.

Ain’t No Fun
An electronic intro with deep drum beats greets the listener here. One of the lesser publicised songs but still an amazing listen with no desire to skip the song at any point. The trance like quality of the vocals over the chorus is extremely well put together and helps to keep the song flowing nicely. This song will also benefit from a music video and some airplay by radio station and video shows. Has an almost 80’s feel to it but like 80’s brought into the today. Sounds great, plays nicely with more great vocals from the boys.

Fantastic Baby
Ok…this song borders on the absolute ridiculous with how good it is. It is literally an album seller and is a dance floor filler. Electronic techno beats over sublime beats with one of the catchiest choruses heard in the last 10 years, yes it’s that good. G Dragon sounds at his best on this track with his ability to sing while making it sound completely effortless. Both Taeyang and Daesung provide the amazing vocals leading up to the chorus which are amazing, and the ‘Wow, Fantastic Baby’ vocal before each launch into the chorus is an absolute stroke of genius. Works beyond well and is a perfect example of a great dance track done right, a lot of artists and producers can learn from this example. So many sounds going on, you literally have to listen to it more than a handful of times to completely hear everything going on, all the samples, all the instruments, all the vocals. An aural delight.

Wings
The Daesung solo is great example of production done right with the vocal hitting all the highs in the right area and never going overboard. An extremely 80’s sounding chorus done right which I’m absolutely in love with being a huge fan of the 80’s. Daesung demonstrates a fantastic range with his vocals and carries this solo effort very well. Great hooks, clever sound samples with great use of classical instruments make this another dance floor pleaser.


Conclusion
In summing up, this is the kind of album that comes anywhere from once to three times in a band’s career. This album is also a fan converter meaning anyone open enough to listen to Asian pop music will become a fan, this much is undeniable. If anyone is sitting on the fence about picking this up, don’t understand why, but you must pick this up. Either go to the iTunes store and buy it now or buy a physical copy from your favourite importer.

It’s early in the year and there are tail other K-Pop artists to release their latest but I’m going on record right now and saying that will be extremely hard to beat and, I’m calling it, this will be the Asian Pop release of 2012. At the end of the year when they look back at the Asian releases, this will top lists everywhere. Yes, I love it beyond words, not a single track worth skipping or included as filler, the kind of album you’ll play through to the end and then start it again, believe. And really, the title tracks says it all, yes Bigbang, you’re still alive.

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5 out of 5 stars, you will buy a cd player just to play this, believe me!

Bigbang & Blue – The MV

Korean boy band, Big Bang, are coming back to the music charts with a brand new EP entitled, Alive.

The boys have released the first track from the album called “Blue” which is a great mellow track with smooth vocals over a pop and catchy beat.

The EP will contain six tracks and will be released on February 29 so make sure you pick it up if the other tracks are anything like “Blue”.

Also if you’re in Australia, don’t forget to tune into tomorrow morning (26th February) to SBS Pop Asia (@SBSPopAsia) for a Bigbang special show. The action kicks off at 8:30AM til 10:30AM, should be good!

“Blue” the MV – this clip has already had over 6 million views!!