written by: wordkills
Don’t let Never Mind’s name fool you — they’re definitely not a group you’ll want to skip checking out. In an attempt to stand out from the handful of other idol rock groups, they’ve taken a pop punk approach. (Think early Blink-182 or Yellowcard.) Choosing a route so far removed from the mainstream is daring for a rookie group, but it works out in Never Mind’s favor.
“Shooting Star” is the definition of a successful pop-rock anthem. From its high energy to the agonizingly catchy chorus, all the elements of the song intertwine together to create an interesting title track that hooks the listener. “Shooting Star” is the perfect track to put first on the album because it promises the listener a fun, fast-paced album, which is exactly what we get.
“Push and Pull” is, to put it simply, addicting. Everything from the hook to the chorus screams earworm, and the synths interlaced throughout are a nice touch. The token rock ballad on the album, “Rain of Tears,” however, is less successful. The song itself is alright, but there’s a disconnect in the execution. The instrumental is too busy and distracting for the song to have the sort of emotional impact it’s trying for.
Fortunately, the album picks back up with the next track. “Hoi Hoi” matches the energy found in “Shooting Star” and brings the album back up. “It’s Ok” sounds dangerously filler-ish. It’s meant to be an upbeat, consolatory sort of song, and it is. The only problem is that it’s generic in its delivery.
“Again, Rain of Tears” remedies the problems in “Rain of Tears.” The playful instrumental is stripped away and replaced with subtle guitar and a piano backing. It sounds cleaner and allows for a much more mature vocal performance. While “Rain of Tears” falls flat in the emotional department, this track resonates much better with the listener. The slow tempo of the track makes it the perfect ending song. That’s one of the greatest things about this mini: the track placement is thoughtful.
Overall, ‘Shooting Star’ is a fun, energy filled album. It has the sort of lighthearted sound that’s perfect for the summer. Another positive for Never Mind is that I find it hard to compare their sound to any of the other pop-rock idol acts out there. They have a unique sound and definitely bring something new to the k-pop scene.
|Push and Pull||
|Rain of Tears||
|Points scale0 – could do without
0.5 – mediocre/filler
0.75 – pretty good/grew on me
1 – liked immediately
|Again, Rain of Tears||
Points to stars conversion: [(4.5/6) 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.