Pink Tape is the second album released by f(x). First Wisdom Tooth (Rum Pum Pum Pum) was used as the promotional track.
Released: July 29, 2013
1. First Wisdom Tooth (Rum Pum Pum Pum) (첫 사랑니) [MV]
2. Shadowing (Shadow) (미행 (그림자))
3. Pretty Girl
5. Signal (시그널)
7. Goodbye Summer
10. My Fox-like Friend (No More) (여우 같은 내 친구)
12. Ending Page
f(x) always has an interesting way of opening their albums with their title tracks. First Wisdom Tooth (Rum Pum Pum Pum) is a stellar way to begin though. The funky guitar riff that starts the song off is really attention grabbing and helps to lay the foundation of the song until it builds with the strong percussion and layered synths. The vocal arrangement is really well crafted. The mixing of the different vocal lines put together really give it a dreamy factor and the while the vocals aren’t at full strength in the chorus, they have a hypnotic feel to them. Everything is put together well and its a song that easily gets stuck in your head.
Despite the name, Shadowing (Shadow) is actually more lighthearted and pop. I was expecting something a little darker, but it does have a slight haunting quality to it with its sparkly synths and creepy bell sound that pops up throughout. Besides that though, it is quite cute. It’s catchy, but not something particularly stellar. I wish the melody was a bit stronger.
Pretty Girl is what I was looking for. Although it has a more upbeat sound to it, it’s quite fierce and has some heavy beats to work with it. I love how aggressive the chorus is with the heavy rock elements. I also think Amber’s rap is also a fun addition, but the song really relies on Luna’s strong vocals to get things moving. She really works the chorus. This could be a promoted track.
Kick has the oddness to it that feels very f(x). I really like how crazy the beat is and the synths are all over the place. Every part seems to have a different feel to it. With that said, I can’t really get into the song. It’s too robotic for my taste and none of the parts are particularly melodic and easy on the ears. It’s fun, but not my style.
Signal is amazing. The song is totally disco-influenced and it sounds great. The beat is strong and works great with the soaring synths. I actually enjoy the verses more than the chorus because I wish the melody wasn’t so blended into the music. It’s still insanely catchy though and one of the group’s strongest album tracks.
Step is an upbeat pop tune that has a funky beat to it. I love how the beat sounds like a weird foghorn. The melody is quite intriguing and a bit unpredictable, but still very catchy. I do think there are parts that could be worked on as it doesn’t get stuck in my head as much as I want it to. It’s still a fun listen.
Goodbye Summer is a big change because things turn a bit slower. Here we have a nice and relaxing midtempo pop tune that features D.O from EXO. The great thing is that his voice is quite strong and blends really well with Luna during their harmonies. The chorus is great and it is just elevated during the last chorus with the huge notes by Luna and D.O. To be honest, this song would’ve been fine as just a duet without the other f(x) members. Strong tune.
I love Airplane and it is probably my favourite song on the album. The song starts as a soaring pop tune and the verse is very meant to build up to the heavily dance influenced chorus. I love the drop that comes and that the chorus has two distinct parts so it doesn’t sound like it is so empty (like many songs that have a drop do). I find the music doesn’t have a predictable sound to it and the beat always comes a little off, but it all seems to work well with the processed vocals.
Toy keeps up the high energy with a cheer-inspired pop tune. I really like how the song opens as the cheer-like rapping is a lot of fun. With that said, I’m not totally buying this song. The chorus has some cool aspects to it, but everything sort of comes in a flash and it seems a bit messy. I like it, but I wish it was a little more streamlined.
My Fox-like Friend (No More) is a really big switch from the rest of the upbeat songs. This one has a much stronger retro feel to it and actually makes me thing of Girls’ Generation’s Lion Heart. It has that funky doo wop style to it. I do think it sticks out of the album quite a bit at this point, but it’s still a good song and one of the stronger album tracks. The girls sound great and I love how straightforward the delivery is. It’s quite cute and could be a promotional song.
Snapshot at first sounds like it is going to continue that retro sound, and while it does, it really surprised by giving a fuller pop chorus. I love the piano in the verses, but I’m not into the melody of the both the verses and chorus. Maybe because f(x) does talk-singing a bit too often, but it does not work as much here and I wish the chorus was different. It does have some good ideas, but it isn’t executed as well as I would hope.
Ending Page finishes the album up and is a nice addition to the album as it brings a bit of variety. This uptempo pop ballad reminds me of something from the mid-2000’s with its slight rock edge. The girls sound amazing, especially when it all comes together during the chorus. Everything just soars. What a stellar way to end the album.
Overall: This was a really strong album. I had high expectations for it since I see a lot of people rave about this album. At first, I was a little letdown as some of the songs weren’t as strong, but the album did start to solidify itself by the end. There were quite a few great tracks as well and many that could have been used as promotional songs.