I need to start by saying that this is my favorite 4MINUTE album so far. I had a feeling that this would happen as soon as I heard the album preview, and now my hopes came true.
‘ACT 7’ begins with the title track ‘Hate’, which was written by Jiyoon and produced by Skrillex. I’ve already gone over and over about how much I loved this song in my article about their music video, but my love for it was like whiskey: it gets better with time. The music video for ‘Hate’ has been open in my browser since it was released, and I can’t stop replaying it. It’s my favorite song of 2016 as of now, and I really doubt that this will change.
The second track, ‘No Love’, gives us a break after such a hardcore song as ‘Hate’. The song is calm and lovely, and it has a kind of Christmas vibe. I think the reason why I liked this song so much is because it sounds like it came from an old Disney Channel movie, like ‘High School Musical’ or one of the Cheetah Girls movies, so it makes me really nostalgic. If these movies were part of your childhoold or pre-adolescence, you’ll sure like ‘No Love’ as much as I did.
‘Blind’ was my least favorite track of the mini-album, but I still liked it a lot. My reason for not liking it as much as the others is because I particularly don’t like too many special effects in songs. I like to hear the singers’ voices as they are, and this song has a lot of voice effects. However, it’s extremely sexy (it could even be part of the soundtrack of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey), and I really hope they release an official choreography for it because I can already imagine them in leather clothes and dancing with chairs, kind of like in Red Velvet’s ‘Be Natural’ choreography.
The last new song of the album is ‘Canvas’. This song has a kind of Egyptian vibe to it, you can kind of imagine the girls dressed in Cleopatra clothes and things like that. It’s almost as sexy as ‘Blind’ and also perfect for dancing. The lyrics compare a prohibited love to a painting, which I thought very creative. It’s the perfect song for completing this mini-album, and it matches all the other really well.
After ‘Canvas’, we have the instrumental version of ‘Hate’, which I didn’t consider as a “new song” because it’s just the instrumental. Since ‘Hate’ has become an instant hit, many fans might be wanting to make their own versions of the song, or simply sing them at home like in a karaoke, so it’s awesome that 4MINUTE released an instrumental version of it.
This was my favorite 4MINUTE mini-album because it was different from everything they’ve done so far, and from everything that is being done in K-Pop at the moment. But what were your thoughts about it? Did you like it? Which was your favorite song? I’m really considering buying it, and if you are too, you can purchase it here.
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Edited by: Jae Alexander