After nearly a year of absence, Secret has returned to the Kpop scene with a new sexy and womanly concept, releasing their 3rd mini album, “Poison.” These girls have never ceased to amaze me and this new album just brought back so many reasons as to why they are one of my favorite female groups. “Poison” consists of five fresh and lovely tracks that make people want to just immerse themselves into the music.
The album starts off with a familiar song. Sweet and simple like their past releases, “Telepathy” brings us into a magical, sparkling world filled with flowers, butterflies, rainbows, and unicorns. You know, it’s that feeling when you’ve just discovered a wonderful new love! The song is exactly that, pretty and soft with acoustic instrumentals. Not only did Ji Eun, the main vocalist, perform this song well but the whole group did an amazing job. Leader Hyosung, Sunhwa, and even rap master Zinger helped carry the song to new heights with the balance of all their voices.
Title song “Poison” follows up as the second track. This track is an uptempo song with influences from RnB and old school Jazz. The repetitive saxophone segments and cymbal strikes take us back to the 40s. Those with vivid imaginations will be able to visualize the live band dressed in striped suits playing on stage as the songstresses are decked out in red sequin dresses, singing their hearts out; at least that’s what I saw in my head. Lyrically, the song expresses the character’s feelings of being unable to depart from a lousy relationship even while knowing that it will only be poison to the individual in the end. “Poison” is a marvelous song with the ability to make you sing it throughout your entire day and even into the night.
The following song is called “Falling in Love,” having a chill but cuddly RnB sound. The song tells a story about how a girl is heavily falling in love with the man she’s with; hence, the title of the track. It’s a quiet song that can be enjoyed when one takes a stroll around the park. Smiles will automatically form on your lips as you think of or reminisce about your significant other when listening to this song. “Falling in Love” can melt snow in the winter and make flowers bloom in the spring, have a listen to it.
With more Pop influences, the next song is called “Calling You.” It starts out with this quirky flute tune that leads onto the bass and rhythm of the song becoming more prevalent soon after. The song is about flirtatious vibes being passed to one another by two people who share mutual attraction towards each other. It’s an entertaining and catchy song to dance to.
The last song is called “1, 2, 3”, being a bit more upbeat compared to the previous songs, it closes the album nicely. It depicts the tiresome approach that many men use to win a girl over. All a girl wants is a sincere confession from the man of interest, no need for typical pick up lines or expensive cars and fancy gifts. “1, 2, 3” tells the true story of many girls’ experience with men and so I’m sure people connect with this song and enjoy listening to it. Besides, the line “1, 2, 3 do you want to love with me?” is such a catchy phrase!
“Poison” is feminine and inviting. The main theme of the album deals with love and attraction. It tells the many different kinds of affections that women are exposed to throughout their lives. Secret does a great job with this theme by performing the songs in such a way that it captures the emotion of the song perfectly, making the album appealing and filled with charm. I believe that each song captivates its listeners and brings them back to those experiences; therefore, many girls are able to connect with the songs quite easily. I’m sure that guys will also like the album because it’s ‘all woman’ and what else do men want but to have sweet and sassy lady in their arms? Try listening to Secret’s mini album “Poison” for yourself, you may feel the same.
Below is the MV for their title track “Poison.”
Review By: Samantha Her & Alona
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