4 Walls is the fourth album released by f(x) and their first album to be released with only four members after Sulli’s departure. The title track was used as the promotional song.
Released: October 27, 2015
1. 4 Walls
3. Deja Vu
5. Rude Love
9. Cash Me Out
10. When I’m Alone
4 Walls is euphoric bliss. It is my favourite song by f(x) just because it takes the classic house genre but brings something quite subtly beautiful. I mean the music is quite generic in that it sounds like other house songs although there are definitely a few nice change ups like the middle eight. I just love the melody and the airiness of the vocal delivery. It’s not meant to be a powerhouse song like Red Light, but is instead something calmer.
Glitter initially sounds like an odd followup to 4 Walls, but there are some similarities once the chorus pops in. The verses are really forgettable for me, but the offbeat sound tied with the more explosive delivery of the chorus really brings the needed energy. The song has fun ideas, but I think it should have focused more on the chorus sound.
Deja Vu reminds me of something from the group’s older albums because of its heavier electropop sound. I do like the funkiness of the music in the verses and it does a smooth job of switching the rap prechorus. The chorus isn’t as explosive, but it is an interesting blend. It works with the heaviness of the music. X is a bit more “pop” than the other songs. Like the other songs though, it still brings some quirkiness with the music and the odd tuba-sounding synth. Unfortunately, I’m not the biggest fan of the chorus. I wish it had some more energy and the delivery just comes off a bit flat.
Rude Love opens in a really cool way with the keyboard. It sort of has an oldschool vibe to it that I quite like. The chorus is especially great with its powerful house beat and solid vocal arrangement. It’s really catchy and more aggressive than 4 Walls, but still brings that great production. I do wish we could’ve heard Luna belting it out a bit at the end though.
With the type of title it has, I wasn’t expecting Diamond to have some hip-hop elements to it. I was expecting something to follow-up the house kind of sound. The verses aren’t the most memorable, but I do like it when the song builds up to the drop. The drop is unfortunately a bit flat for me though. This is just not my kind of song.
Traveler features a rap by Zico and opens up with it. It does sound pretty cool and goes well with the funky beat and odd synths. I do find the verses to be a bit dull because it takes so long to get somewhere. I was also expecting the chorus to have a bit more impact, but it sort of just floats along. Probably my least favourite song on the album.
Luckily Papi brings the energy back up and I love it when the girls bring back the fun dance-pop sound. Papi has a great beat and some great synths to really make the song pop. I really like all the different ideas that came up with this like the simple and chant-like chorus. It’s just a fun song and Luna in the middle eight is everything.
Cash Me Out has a huge pulsating beat while the melody reminds me of a summery tune. While I want to like the pre-chorus build up, I feel like the girls are sounding quite thin. The drop is fun, but a bit messy. I think the overall song sort of falls behind the other dance tunes, but it’s still a decent listen.
When I’m Alone is the slowest song. The verses make things sounds like the song will be a ballad, but the explosive chorus just comes in and shakes everything up. I love the ethereal take on the song and the girls sound amazing in this style. It’s a really great way to end the album.
Overall: This is another solid album by the girl group. I don’t think it is as strong as their other two albums, but I do find the highs to hit higher. Unfortunately, there are a few songs I could do without and they are some of the group’s weaker songs since their first album. I do feel like with this album, the girls were able to adapt with the times but still bring something that had their characteristics in it.