[Album Review] NEW MEN (9th Mini Album) – BTOB

Welcome to the first album review of 2019! Today, we will be having a closer look at the NEW MEN mini-album released by BTOB on the 17th of November 2016. But why are we looking at an ‘older’ album? Well, starting this week, I will be posting an album review for an album released prior to this year. This way we can both discover new songs from the releases in the past as there are always songs being overlooked when it was first released and we can see an artist progression over the years. I have many more reviews coming, so be sure to check them out every Tuesday!

NEW MEN Album Cover

1..New Men (Intro Track) – For a 1 and a half minutes, we are bombarded with this epic intro track that really sets us up with what is to come. It shows their fierceness and toughness, which leads nicely into their title track. The electrical guitars give the song that edgy feel, while their vocals and rap combination show how serious they are. I like how they managed to incorporate all members into the track despite its limited time span, which usually a difficult feat for a group of many members. (9/10)

2. Pray (I’ll Be Your Man) (기도) (Title Track)Click here to read the full review for I’ll Be Your Man. (8/10)

3. Love Drunk (취해)Love Drunk is a mid-tempo ballad. Instead of the usual softness of instruments typical of ballads, the song features a harsh drum beat, which contrast nicely. There seems to be something a tad electrifying hiding in the background (though I am not too sure) during some of the transitions. The song features strong vocals that fit the song well and they incorporated the rapping in a way that still feels soft to match the ballad feel but still harsh enough for the drums. (8/10)

4. I’m Bored (무료해 (콕 To Me)) – With a song that is titled “I’m Bored”, the logical thing is to start off with a yawn. It is a lot brighter than any of the songs that we have heard thus far. I also liked its light-hearted and care-free vibes. The whistle during the bridge was a nice addition as well. Once again, the vocals were good, but I felt like they could have done more for the song. Without the rapping, I felt like I could have easily been bored with the song, which is quite ironic. The rapping gave the song the right amount of kick and energy. (6.5/10)

5. Yes I Am – Besides the title track, the album’s more upbeat songs were my favourite. The chorus for this song is amazing and I always enjoy listening to it when it appears on my playlist. It had the ‘This Is Me’ (from The Greatest Showman. I liked the guitar start to the song and the chorus just kind of came out of nowhere. Vocals were superb in this song. The rapping added another layer of colour to the song, which made it quite unique. Minhyuk’s second verse rap sequence left me surprised for some reason. I assuming it is the speed of his delivery, which is mismatched for the song yet it still working. (9/10)

6. Come On Over (놀러와) – The most upbeat song on this album is awarded to Come On Over. And like my first statement in the previous song, I actually thought this was an awesome track. It was a happy tune, with the chorus here is very bright and lively, which instantly makes it favourite in my books. It is the type of song that you just want to get up and dance to. The falsetto vocals gave the song a little flair, but the winner must be Ilhoon’s vocal lines during the second half of the chorus. The rest of the members shined, whether through vocals or raps. (9/10)

7. I Love You Forever (예지앞사) – Given how the song was written by all the members, it is dedicated to the fans. Reading the lyrics to the song, you can tell that they extremely grateful for their fans and how much their fans mean to them. I found the style of the song to be interesting. It isn’t straight forward like your traditional pop song or ballad, like other fan service songs. Instead, its individualistic side shines through. I personally do prefer their fan dedicated song in a later album to this, but this was still quite nice. (7/10)

Overall Album Rating – 8.1/10

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