25 is the first mini-album released by Secret’s Song Ji Eun. Pretty At Age 25 was used as the promotional track, although Don’t Look At Me was released as a digital single prior to the mini’s release.
Released: October 14, 2014
1. Janus (Intro.)
2. Pretty At Age 25 (예쁜 나이 25살) [MV]
3. Don’t Look At Me (쳐다보지마) [MV]
4. La Boum
5. Star (별)
I wish Janus (Intro.) was a full song. It is probably the most aggressive tune that Song Ji Eun has released and it’s really strong. Unfortunately, it is only a minute long. The vocals sound great and the melody is really catchy.
Right after, we are swung into Pretty At Age 25, one of my favourite K-Pop songs. Unlike the intro, this one maintains the upbeat sound but in a much more lighthearted way. I love the saxophone refrain used during the instrumental breakdowns as it gives the song a bit of life. The arrangement is quite fun as I love the clap-beats of the verses that blends with a few other different sounds and explodes with the saxophone and heavy beat in chorus. The chorus is definitely the highlight and the hooks are clearly divided into two parts, but everything pieces together surprisingly well. Amazing.
I already reviewed Don’t Look At Me, but it brings us what Ji Eun does best. This emotional ballad is reminiscent of her hit song, Going Crazy. The heavy beat tied with the haunting quality of the synths and Ji Eun’s voice really help to express the emotion in the lyrics. It’s a strong song.
La Boum is a nice change of pace. Here we are given a fast-paced pop-rock inspired tune. The quality of this song is really high and could’ve easily been the promo track as well. I love the attitude that Ji Eun gives and everything flows together well. The cool guitar riffs tied with the strong percussion really keeps the song moving. I love how catchy the chorus melody is, but I do wish the music here was a bit stronger. The song also has this really weird dance break part, but it surprisingly ties into the song well. Very solid.
Star is the calmer ballad and is probably the best song to match with Ji Eun’s sweet voice. It’s primarily acoustic driven, but it does bring does gain some steam as it progresses. It does sound a bit empty at first, but the melody really gets up there when the chorus comes in. A great way to end the album.
Overall: I was pleasantly surprised with this mini-album. It is literally K-Pop perfection. Every song is really strong, even the intro (which I wish was a full song)! The best part was that there was so much variety, but each song was of high-quality. I love Ji Eun’s sweet voice and she really showed that she can bring some variety. She might not be a powerhouse vocalist, but she knows what works with her voice. One of my favourite K-Pop releases.