It certainly is interesting to see bagel girl Hyo Seong making her debut and I’m not entirely surprised at the image she chose to represent this time around considering she has always been the “sexy” member of Secret. TOP SECRET is her debut single, with Good-night Kiss being the promo song.
Released: May 12, 2014
1. You Don’t Know Women (여자를 몰라)
2. Good-night Kiss [MV]
3. I Hate the Night (밤이 싫어요)
You Don’t Know Women features rapper J-Kyun and is a fun pop song with hip-hop and funk elements. It is a bit repetitive at times, but there are some really killer parts to the song. The section after the middle 8 is especially fun with the interchanging lines between the singer and the rapper. I also really love the use of the saxophone that comes blaring in after the choruses. I also enjoyed the rap break. He sorta lacks energy, but it works with the feel of the song that is upbeat yet not entirely out in full force.
The promo song, Good-night Kiss, brings something a bit sexier with its clap-beats and soft vocals. The verses are rather seductive and I really love the prechorus with the “K-I-S-S-I-N-G” chanting. Despite sounding somewhat jarring, it brings a bit of fun to the song. My only problem lies with the chorus. It just seems like a let down compared to the rest of the song. The melody is catchy, but there is no impact that really makes it standout. The second half the chorus helps to lighten things up, but sometimes it just feels like an awkward addition meant to add a bit of hook into the song. With that said, I actually enjoy the song quite a bit.
I Hate the Night is definitely the most exhilarating song on the album. The dance-pop song has some funk elements and certainly catchy, but a lot of the song just seems to blur together. The melody isn’t particularly strong and coupled with a somewhat messy instrumental, the overall result ends up somewhat forgettable. It’s a nice song, just the weakest on the single.
Overall: I was actually surprised with this single. I really enjoyed how all three songs were upbeat, which fits very well with Hyoseong’s image and sound. The first two songs were fun listens and I have really grown to enjoy the promo song quite a bit. The last song was ok, but certainly B-side material.