Re:BIRTH is the first album released by NU’EST. Good Bye Bye was used as the promotional song.
Released: July 9, 2014
2. Big Deal
3. Good Bye Bye (굿 바이 바이)
4. Darkness (사랑 없는 사랑)
7. Give Me a Shoulder (어깨빌려)
10. Hello (여보세요)
11. Sleep Talking (잠꼬대)
Judgement is a really weird intro. I sort of like it as it has a funky beat, but it just goes all over the place and the rap is a bit awkward sounding. It doesn’t hype things up as well as it should.
Big Deal is a solid tune though. It actually reminds me of something a little older and seems like an updated version of a boy band song from 2008 or 2009. It has a really heavy beat and blast of synths and strings to create a more dramatic sound. With that said, it does update things a bit with some dubstep popping in during the raps. My only issue is that I wish the chorus just went even more into it. I feel like the arrangement is a bit empty and just missing that one thing, which is unfortunate as the chorus delivers. It’s a cool song.
Good Bye Bye is definitely more contemporary and focuses a lot on a pulsating dance beat. I really love the verses as that beat helps to drive the song along and gives the song a bit of drama. The chorus isn’t bad, but it is a bit of a letdown. I think the melody is just a bit too predictable and while the beat is great, the melody just floats above and doesn’t hit in the same way. There are still some nice parts to it though. It is still quite catchy and the second, more melodic half of the chorus helps to deliver something a little more interesting. Decent song, but just missing something.
Darkness is really great though. I actually feel like this would have been a good follow-up to Hello. It’s more on the midtempo side, but it has a gorgeous guitar and plays well to the strengths of the members. The verses are nice and the chorus does a good job of providing a good contrast to them. It’s catchy and everything just flows so well together.
Storybook gives us something a bit more on the generic pop sound. That’s not necessarily bad as these kinds of songs can be quite nice to listen to. In this case, it is a decent B-side. I think the arrangement isn’t particularly original and reminds me of something from U.S pop in 2009~2010. I do wish the melody was a little more interesting though. It has some nice ideas, but just comes off a bit flat. Not a bad song though.
Climax has some interesting ideas, but everything comes off just a bit too messy. It has a nice piano pop sound to it with a cool blend of synths. Unfortunately, I feel like the pace of everything is just a bit too fast. If it was slowed down a bit, the song would actually sound a lot better. The chorus especially just zooms past and there is no time for the song to really sink in and the fast paced doesn’t quite match the more soaring quality of the arrangement. The weakest track on here unfortunately.
Fortunately, the laid back R&B jam, Give Me a Shoulder, pops up next. Featuring vocalist Bumzu, I love the sound of this song as it is definitely something that is popular in Korea nowadays. It has that coffee shop vibe to it, but it keeps things interesting by upping the pace of things. The two rappers in NU’EST do an excellent job of providing their own stories and implementing that into their raps. It gives the song a more personal style. The rest of the album just features their older promotional singles.
FACE and Action are decent electronic pop tunes, but they still aren’t my favourites from the group. Hello is more on the slower side and definitely one of the group’s strongest songs, whereas Sleep Talking a fun and catchy tune.
Overall: This was a pretty good album. I do think the score of it was heightened by the inclusion of the old promotional singles at the end, but the album tracks were still largely on the good side of things and there were a few that were even better than the promotional single. I do find the group to excel on the more midtempo, R&B side of things.