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2012 release, the debut English album from the South Korean Girl Pop outfit. Also referred to as SNSD (the initials of their South Korean name), Girls' Generation mix Pop, R&B, Hip Hop, Rock and Dance music and create a hearty popalicious sound.
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The English version of the lyrics are pretty kitsch. They do maintain a positive and upbeat feeling that has always drawn me to their music. It makes it pretty easy to learn the lyrics when you can more or less guess what they are going to say next. For me, this doesn't take away from the enjoyment of the song, but I can see how some fans might be disappointed that they lyrics have been so "Americanized." I recommend checking out the Korean version of the song which lyrics (from what I've read in translation) are a bit less predictable.
The vocals have been treated quite a bit which personally, I feel these girls don't need. However, this is for a western pop market and that sound is in right now. Combined with the style of the lyrics, it's pretty clear they are going for a pop dance hit with this song. There's not very strong accents in their English that I notice except a bit with Sunny (I can forgive her since she's SO cute in the video ><).
Best part? If you happen to speak English and not Korean or Japanese, this is one Girls Generation song you'll actually know what the words mean while you're singing!
If you have never heard of Girls Generation and you are a pop/dance fan you will probably enjoy shaking your hips to this one.
The review I wrote below is for the Japanese repackage "The Boys", which is essentially nothing like the Korean or American versions of The Boys.
The Korean and American album cover is mostly pink, with the girls portraits in a circle, like here: The Boys.
The Japanese repackage looks like this: Boys.
They are essentially completely different albums, only having the title and title track in common, but currently, Amazon has lumped all of the reviews together.
This is a repackage of their first Japanese album, which came in three versions: Girls Generation , Girls' Generation, or Girls' Generation.
The differences between this repackage and their first Japanese album are
1) The Boys (Japanese version) and Time Machine are included,
2) The Great Escape and Bad Girl are remixed,
3) and there's an additional (remix) of Mr Taxi.
4) If you get versions with a DVD, the repackage has videos of The Boys (English version) and Bad Girl (Yuri looks GOOD with a bandana), whereas the First Japan Album has Original and dance versions of Mr Taxi, and Japanese versions of Genie and Gee.
If you're comparing this album to the Korean or American The Boys, there's not much to compare. This repackage has none of the songs on the Korean or American versions except the title track. In particular, it doesn't have the four best songs: Top Secret, Oscar, Trick, and Lazy Girl. This repackage is essentially the First Japan Album with The Boys added to it. In turn, the First Japan Album was a greatest hits album (with Japanese versions of their songs, which I personally like better.)
So which to buy?
If you're looking for Japanese versions of their songs, it's almost a toss-up, but I like the non-remix First Japan Album better. If you're debating which version of The Boys to get, I'd get the Korean or American versions, as they are the only real versions of that album. But if you're a big fan, you have to get all of them. I've been listening to their hits songs and Twinkle almost every day for months now, I still love them, and I am not at all tired of them.
Also note: If you're a collector, be aware that their Japanese albums and singles are often also made in Korea, and maybe Taiwan and Hong Kong as well. The ones made in Japan sell for significantly more on Ebay and Yesasia. I'm not sure how one can tell which ones Amazon is selling. Of course if you're not a collector, buy the cheapest one.
I used to just have single tracks of SNSD on my ipod, Gee, OH, Run Devil Run, to name a few. But Listening to this album, I fell in love with every single track. It encouraged me to check out their olderstuff and find out more about them and now I'm HOOKED.
The boys is a fun album filled with tunes that are catchy and will stick in your and you will find hard to get out. Not like you'd want to.
My ultimate favorites from the album are:
1. O.S.C.A.R. - My ringtone, my alarm mp3 and the song I think of every time I see the name Oscar. [Sorry Oscar Meyer.] I really hope this song is their next single/MV. I can picture hard raw choreography and favorable visuals like in The boys. [fingers crossed.] It's got a nice beat like Run Devil Run. Hyoyeon and Tiffany really shine in this song. Taeyeon and Jessica's hugh notes are also amazing.
2. Sunflower - A lovely and sweet balad. Sooyoung and Seohyun's voice in the Chorus is so natural and sweet. This is truly a melodic song I find myself playing over and over again.
3. Trick - This song, like O.S.C.A.R. makes you want to get up and dance.
4. Vitamin - I'm a major Hyoyeon fan, so hearing her voice a few times in a song is so nice for a change.
5. Lazy Girl - According to the english translation, this is my theme song XD. It's so catchy and mod-like, whenever I hear it I just want to kick back and do what I do best..be lazy. this is also JESSICA's theme song.
If you look back to older albums and releases you can see how much they've grown and evolved with their music. I'm so glad I bought this album. <3
(sorry if this is all over the place.)