Since its formation in 2007, Ladies’ Generation has made swapping musical genres, altering ideas, and adopting tendencies look easy. But all through its diversified musical historical past, the group nonetheless managed to maintain on to what has made them enduringly common — spectacular vocal expertise, unbelievable dancing, beautiful magnificence, and enchanting charisma. On August 5, Ladies’ Generation returned from a five-year hiatus with Forever 1, and it’s overflowing with all these qualities.
Nonetheless, the size of the hiatus means Okay-pop newcomers might solely know the legend of Ladies’ Generation and now, intoxicated by the high-energy Forever 1, they’re searching for extra. There’s an in depth again catalog to discover, so to get you began, listed below are six Ladies Generation songs to take pleasure in after Forever 1 — and two of them actually have a enjoyable tech twist.
Launched in 2009, this electropop tune is my private favourite. What makes it so addictive are the advanced construction of the vocals and the attractive harmonization — primarily between three members, Sunny, Seohyun, and Taeyeon — significantly when the tune reaches its crescendo. The controversial-but-cute military-inspired marine uniforms don’t precisely match the tune, however they appear superb within the iconic music video shot on a rooftop helipad.
In an instance of the group’s unbelievable versatility, the Japanese-language model of Genie’s lyrics had been modified up, together with elements of the choreography, to give it a distinct really feel that’s by some means extra assertive, regardless of being basically the identical tune simply sung in a distinct language.
We’re not claiming originality by together with Gee on this record, because it’s in all probability some of the well-known songs from the group, however it unquestionably belongs right here. It was additionally launched in 2009, however it’s nearly fully the other of Inform Me Your Want (Genie). Gone are the military-inspired uniforms and helipads, and in come sugary candy lyrics, costumes in shiny main colours, and cute expressions and gestures. However the lovely harmonization stays, and the tremendous catchy refrain makes Gee the tune many will instantly affiliate with Ladies’ Generation, even when solely vaguely accustomed to the group.
Echo is among the group’s most “conventional” idol songs. Aside from the lyrics a couple of dangerous boy fooling a woman, the music video doesn’t have a strict, polished choreography and as an alternative offers all of the members loads of display screen time as people or as a bunch having enjoyable collectively, full with quite a lot of cute gestures and a beachside location. A part of the 2010 album Run Satan Run, it was fully completely different from the polished eponymous title observe, once more serving to to present the group’s vary.
Teams dream of a debut like Into the New World. Representations of all of the qualities we talked about above are right here: tremendous vocals, completely in-sync dancing, and glowing smiles. Launched in the beginning of August 2007, the memorable intro to the tune was used for the first Forever 1 teaser, which premiered in the beginning of August this yr. It’s the proper companion tune too, as listening to it in the present day is a superb means to see how the members’ abilities have advanced over the previous 15 years.
A number of of one of the best Ladies’ Generation’s Japanese releases are ballads, and whereas All My Love is For You is sweeter, Time Machine’s extra poignant and heartfelt lyrics and always-breathtaking harmonies give it the sting. The music video lets us see the members in a different way too, the place as an alternative of hyper-real visuals and frantic digital camera work, the muted, wintry colours and lingering static pictures let their magnificence shine by means of in a not often seen means.
Digital Tendencies is a tech web site, so why not shut out our introduction to Ladies’ Generation with two tech-related songs from the group. Chocolate Love is a standout idol pop tune by itself, however discover the members are sometimes seen with a telephone of their hand? That’s the LG BL40 New Chocolate, or Cyon Chocolate because it was identified in South Korea, and the tune was used within the business when it was launched in 2009.
For those who’re questioning why the music video is offered in such a decent 21:9 side ratio, it’s as a result of the BL40’s 4-inch display screen shared that very same ratio. The group was additionally featured in promotional pictures for the gadget, predating something LG did with different Okay-pop teams together with Mamamoo and BTS.
If Chocolate Love is Ladies’ Generation with a tech twist executed proper, Visible Love is a chance missed. Commercials for laptop processors are not often memorable, however that is the exception to the rule, as this tune was used to promote the Intel Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 chips in 2011. Whereas the tune itself progresses properly and solely will get higher the extra you hear it, sadly, the choreography doesn’t exploit the group’s abilities in any respect.
Nonetheless, it’s fully price sticking round to the very finish of the video to hear the members harmonize Intel’s well-known five-note sound signature, after which check out this superb promo video the place Taeyeon, Yoona, and Seohyun exhibit the capabilities of a 2011 laptop processor. It’s nostalgic and cute.
Forever 1 is the title observe and identify of the tenth album from Ladies’ Generation, and it was launched digitally on August 5, with a bodily launch on August 8. It’s obtainable from on-line shops together with International Interpark, which has a dependable worldwide transport system.
One last observe earlier than you head off and discover much more Ladies’ Generation music is that you could be typically see the group referred to as SNSD. This can be a shortening of the group’s identify in Korean, Sonyeo Sidae, which suggests Ladies’ Generation, so don’t fear, it’s all the identical group.