Hello, there! I’m Christopher, which you should have known if you saw my cute little green logo. So, let me not distract you from the following post. I hope you like it! I’d love to hear your thoughts after you’re done reading it! Enjoy!
As you may (or may not) know, I live in the land of K-POP. The mainstream music is electronically synthesized. Ya know, dance beats, bubblegum pop. So I guess you can say I live in the land of bubblegum. And they are yummy!
But back to music . . . or you can skip the dropbox.
How Did I Start Listening To 1 Girl Nation?
Music is like food. There’s the style of music, like rock and pop and hip-hop (K-HOP, LOL!) and mellow stuff, for example. Like there’s fruits, veggies, wheat, and whatnot. And then there’s the nutrients in the food. Food may be very healthy for you, and some are called “junk food.” Ditto with music. (And, seriously, I’m making this up as I go along.) The lyrics are the nutrients or calories. If the lyrics and messages are bad, then you’re getting fattened up for the kill. But with positive lyrics and messages, then you are getting your fill of nutrients. Amen!
Junk food is yummy, but it’s not good for you. Yeah, I eat some chips occasionally, but it’s not good for us. I try to eat healthy, especially considering the fact that I sit around a lot.
But in music, I don’t consume secular media, I only hear it occasionally. (If you consider “Silly Songs With Larry” “secular,” then I listen to them occasionally.)
“Don’t understand? Let me put it another way.”
That’s a line from one of my parodies. But I might be changing it. I think I got a better idea for that.
Anyways, what I mean is I go outside, say, to the store. Blaring speakers with the music. Some annoying, some sounding cool. Except for the English they may have occasionally, I’m not getting any bad messages, in a sense. But I still wouldn’t own them for pleasure (though if I wasn’t a Christian, then I would).
But the thing is that I like the style. I like the type of most of the songs. But I don’t really own any media of that style. pureNRG is the closest I can come to, but it’s not exactly the same.
Yeah, I create parodies (awesomeness), but that’s only like a substitute.
And, one thing that I didn’t state is that I kinda prefer the girl group stuff over the guy stuff. Those guys just don’t know how to do it right. They are trying to sound cool, the beats are monotonous, and they don’t sing with much emotion. I’m talking like the regular stuff, not the mellower stuff. Duh. So I prefer the girl stuff. It’s me. “You are you and I am I, and that’s okay.”
So, flipping thru a CBD catalogue, I saw an album cover that looked quite teeny and pop and whatnot (and was a girl group). The only thing that sorta bothered me was the awkward name “1 Girl Nation.” It just reminds me of the K-POP group named “Girls’ Generation.” (Nope, it didn’t remind me of SISTAR, ha, ha.)
So I looked it up on CBD and Amazon, and nearly all the reviews were positive. (I think iTunes had some negative reviews, but I didn’t really read them, but the majority were positive, from what I remember.) The lyrics were good, the talent was good, but the kicker was the style! It was what I wanted! Wheee!
I proposed to my dad about buying it, and he was hesitant at first. The thing is that I said that it was EDM. That was probably the only electrona style I knew the name of, though I do remember the CBD review/blurb said it was bubblegum pop. So I was thinking K-POP was EDM, not bubblegum pop.
“Bubble, bubble, POP! POP! Bubble, bubble, POP! POP!”
Then I corrected myself. And my dad told me that K-POP is actually bubblegum pop. #embarrased
“Bubble, bubble, POP! POP! Bubble, bubble, POP! POP!”
Even though he wasn’t fully convinced about it, he allowed me to buy it. I got the Amazon copy because it was an Auto-Rip supported album, so it’s almost like buying a digital album, but they throw in the physical copy for free (if I pay the tax and shipping). Or it’s the other way around. Anyways, I got my copy and listened to it a few days later (I was busy working on my sermon, for I purchased it on Saturday and listened to it on Monday). (Oh, apparently, we got the Newsboys’ Restart album in the same order. Yeah, the electronically synthesized style, but he was so natural and he wasn’t trying to be cool. He was just being himself. Thumbs up for that! So that’s one of the few guy-electronically-synthesized-group stuff I like. I’m your music teacher and now you know how to sing properly.)
Anyways, let me jump into my review.
Okay, anyways, here we go.
While We’re Young: This is the first and main single of the album, and a good start! Anyways, as Kelsey says, haven’t you noticed that so many songs today are like “we’re gonna do this and that and live while we’re young?” So this song takes it from a Christian perspective: we’re gonna live for Jesus while we’re young. And what a great anthem that is! It’s a really great song . . . tarnished by a not-so-great music video, which you can watch down below.
Vertical: I really like the message and style of this song, but I honestly don’t get the “We’re goin’ vertical part.” But this is a good song, reminding us to help others and do things for the Lord. Ya know, do hard things.
Live For You: Besides the last song, this is my least favorite track on the album. I just don’t really like the lyrics, and the message of “Live For You” was pretty much already portrayed in the first track (or in K-POP, the title track).
In The Eyes: And this song is beautiful! It’s encouraging girls to look at themselves in a good light, in good self-image. We know who created us and he loves us. We are special masterpiece. Again, a great song.
Count Your Rainbows: Along with “Live For You,” this is the only song where there’s a rap, which is fine, but I expected a little more. (Like I can say that I have heard three SISTAR songs, and in each one there’s a rap.) Anyways, about this song, I really like it! It’s one of the highlights on this album! Remember you’re told to count your blessings? Well, Lauren Taylor changed it up a bit and now we can count our rainbows
Love Like Crazy: Now, Royal Tailor (who?) makes an appearance in this song, but I’ll say that I’m not crazy about them. Another “guy-electronically-synthesized-group” that tries to sound cool. Besides that, it’s a pretty good song. Royal Tailor pretty much messed it up, that’s all. But I don’t understand the concept of “loving on people.”
Turn Around: This mellow song is such a great reminder that God forgives us whenever we sin! A song I highly recommend you hear!
Invade: My . . . FAVORITE SONG on the album! This almost sounds like Kevin did this track, like how he sometimes does his remixes and such. But it also carries on one of my favorite topics: evangelism. We are to invade this world with God’s good news and give it to everyone. We need to invade this world for God.
Daddy’s Girl: Because I’m a guy, this song isn’t really a big deal for me . . . until my daughter sings it to me. But also, it’s weird: I don’t know who’s the “daddy” in the song. An Amazon reviewer said it was God, but I keep taking it as fathers. Either way, good song.
1 Girl Nation: This is one of the most awkward tracks on the album for me. I guess this album was directed to the gals (yet it’s not a “Girls Only Club”), so this song was for them. But it’s kinda a non-gender song, in the sense that we all have the same mission: to proclaim the good news and to do our part in the world and be nice to others.
Anyways, I think I’ll be making 1 Guy Nation, or Guys’ Generation (I can’t believe there are not sequel groups yet!). Ha, ha. (Oh, Chris Green, remember BROTHAR?) Well, this is a 1 Guy Act. And this is a 1 Family Read. I hope you are enjoying this 1 Review Only. (There’s a 3 God Head, like 8000 Visitor Count, and 75000 Page Views. I can go on and on 1 More Time, but I’ll get it over with.)
Overall, it’s a really fun album. Want “tobyMac meets One Direction,” except that the girls sing it? This is it! . . . unless there’s more out there, like Gabe Miller, maybe? Yeah, maybe a few things that could have been better, but this is a great album!
But I went to a website, and I saw a picture of the girls that I’ve never seen before. You might say, “Oh, that was probably a picture in the Cmas EP that you just haven’t seen yet.” Oh, I don’t think you’re correct. I’ve never seen them like this before:
“Boom! I said; it’s in front of your face
Some people could have guessed that Lauren Taylor was actually Blanca.
I really believe this is a photo from their upcoming album.
So I kinda predict to see a new album from them in 2016. If there isn’t anything, then I kinda predict that they’re done.
Anyways, have you checked these girls out yet? I think you should! And if you have, let me know what you think of them down in the comments below!
Oh, and from the picture, do you have any predictions of the upcoming album?
Hello again! I’m so happy you finished reading my post, and, boy, do I hope you liked it!