4minute World is the fifth mini-album released by 4minute. What Are You Doing Today? was used as the promotional song.
Released: March 17, 2014
1. WAIT A MINUTE
2. What Are You Doing Today? (오늘 뭐해)
3. I’ll Tell You (알려 줄게)
4. Come In (들어와)
5. Thank You (고마워)
WAIT A MINUTE opens the mini on a fun note and is reminiscent of something from f(x) or Red Velvet. I don’t think the group pulls this off as well and I prefer them to do something more hard-hitting. With that said, it’s not a bad opener. It has a fun sound with its funky synths and pounding beat. My only gripe is that the song doesn’t go far enough. The chorus needs to be more in-your-face as the melody doesn’t quite get stuck in my head.
The promo track, What Are You Doing Today? is easily a call to their last few Brave Brothers songs. I actually find this one to be the strongest of the three promo tracks because the song has a silliness to it that works wonderfully with the catchy hooks. The verses are fun and that sung pre-chorus by Gayoon really helps to smooth things out before we get to the simple chorus. It’s just a fun song overall.
I’ll Tell You only features Jihyun, Jiyoon and Sohyun. It’s a bit of a change from the last two brighter tunes as it has a pretty strong guitar and has some sass to it. The verses are interesting, but it’s the pre-chorus where things shine. Unfortunately, I’m not a fan of the chant-like chorus here. It just sounds flat after the build-up. Luckily, the rap really helps the song. It’s a pretty decent song though.
Come In is a duet between Gayoon and Hyunah. Here we get some great midtempo R&B flare and while these songs can get a bit boring at times, I do like that the girls are able to play off each other. Hyunah’s rap helps to bring some spice and Gayoon’s sweet vocals sound especially delightful here. The melody is also surprisingly catchy, which I was not expecting. It’s not the strongest song, but a nice tune.
Unfortunately, the next song just isn’t my cup of tea. I’ve never been a huge fan of mid-tempo acoustic tunes and this is no different. Thank You is sweet, but just feels like it will get forgotten in the background. The melody isn’t particularly catchy and the music just lulls along. Not for me.
Overall: This is their most consistent mini yet. While I did not enjoy the final track all that much, the rest of the mini was quite solid, especially the promo track. I’m still waiting for a release to really blow me away as I still feel like the group’s album tracks are lacking compared to their promo songs, but this is definitely the step in the right direction.