Give It to Me is the second album released by recently disbanded girl group, SISTAR. The title track was used as the promotional song.
Released: June 11, 2013
1. Miss Sistar
2. Give It to Me [MV]
3. The Way You Make Me Melt (넌 너무 야해)
4. Bad Boy (바빠)
5. Summer Time
6. A Week (일주일)
8. Hey, You
9. If U Want
10. Up And Down (핑글, 핑글)
11. Give It to Me (Inst.)
Miss Sistar is a funky intro and features Duble Sidekick and Jooheon. I love the disco sound of this song and it is really a great start to the album. It is upbeat and makes you want to dance.
Give It to Me follows along the same vein of Alone, in that it has a darker and sexier feel to it. With that said, I think it is much more upbeat. The beat is much faster and there is a stronger array of synths that flash by. At first, I wasn’t feeling this song, but it has grown on me considerably. I love the strings and they really work well with the yearning in the chorus. My favourite part is when Bora comes in with the rap and the song hits the gentle middle 8, which blasts into the last chorus. It’s powerful.
The Way You Make Me Melt really changes things a lot. I’m not totally sure about this transition since we are given a midtempo acoustic pop tune. I do like the rap by Geeks and it really works well with the relaxing vibe of the song. I do feel like the vocals are a little odd though as they have some weird distortion to them that sort of takes away from the more natural feeling of the song. The melody is also nice, but a bit dull at times.
Bad Boy is a fun pop tune with some nice dance qualities to it. I like how it has this soaring quality to it, but I just cannot get behind how repetitive it sounds. The repeated title is actually a bit more annoying. I also wish the chorus had a bit more energy to it because I feel like the melody has potential to be a bit more like their summer songs than this more generic pop sound.
I feel like Summer Time sort of continues the sound of the last song, but with a stronger EDM sound. I do not like the autotune in the vocals, which I feel doesn’t entirely work with this song. The melody isn’t that bad and has some nice hooks and I like how it builds up with energy in the prechorus. However, I wish there was a stronger chorus as it is a bit of a let down when it actually comes. Also, it sounds a bit outdated and seems more like something in 2010 than 2013.
Probably the strongest album track up to this point, A Week is a midtempo pop/R&B tune. I like the beat and the song is really catchy. I just wish the girl’s vocals weren’t distorted. I don’t know what’s wrong with this album, but the song would sound a lot better if the girls didn’t have weird layers on their vocals. I actually really enjoy the rap by Bora here though and it fits into the song more comfortably. A solid pop tune.
Crying is the first ballad on the album and it brings us a slow R&B song. I love the heavy beat as well as the gorgeous touch of piano in the background. I like how the song sounds really relaxing in the verses but brings up the energy in the chorus. The belting is quite nice to hear and the girls sound good. One of the stronger songs on the album.
Hey You starts off as a pretty sweet sounding song. I love the energy and the cool 80’s vibe of the beat. The music sounds really awesome and works really well with the rap-singing style of the verses. However, the chorus goes into total pop zone and I don’t quite like its “cuter” style. I feel like the chorus could have come off much stronger.
Oh I really enjoy If U Want and I think it is the strongest album track. It is a bit more generic in its sound with its midtempo pop/R&B vibes, but the execution is just so much better than some of the other songs. The best part is definitely the chorus with its 90’s styled chorus. Something that fits perfectly to my tastes. I love the relaxed nature of the song and there is just something super charming about the overall delivery.
I actually would have preferred it to have ended the album instead of Up And Down. This one has a stronger 80’s vibe to it as well, but with a beach flavour added to it. I do like the use of the background vocals during the verses and there are some cool parts to the song. The first part of the chorus is quite catchy, but I feel like the melody sort of dies off when it hits the second half of it. I feel like the energy needs to keep going up, but it kills the momentum a bit. It’s a decent tune, but a bit of a letdown.
Overall: I feel like this album just sticks in the average zone. There are some really nice highlights such as the title track and If U Want, but everything else just felt like it could’ve been more. One major problem I had with the album was the odd layering and distortion done to the voices. I feel like a lot of the sounds used in the album were a bit outdated and seemed more from 2009 or 2010 than 2013. It was a OK album, but a bit disappointing considering their first album was quite strong.