A Not-So Self-Titled Bubblegum Debut Album . . . For EVERYONE! (Long Title, Huh? Whoops, I just made it longer.) Posted July 21, 2016 By christopher164,
THIS REVIEW WAS ADAPTED FORM MY REVIEW OF 1GN’S DEBUT/1 GIRL NATION’S SELF-TITLED ALBUM. TO READ MY FULL SONG-BY-SONG REVIEW, CLICK HERE!
As one who lived in Korea (as of September 2016), I got my eardrums blasted in the stores by K-POP. And I pretty much feel in love with the style (2010-11 were like the glory years), but it wasn’t lyrically clean.
Anyways, I was so excited when I found out about 1GN (back in the olden days, they were known as “1 Girl Nation”). A pure pop look and five girls. How many Christian artists are there with five girls that perform bubblegum pop music? (I think the number is now zero.) Totally reminded me of Girls’ Generation, which had nine members (now eight). So I immediately jumped on this album.
True, not all these songs sound like K-POP songs, but they were a lot of fun! The lead single, “While We’re Young” is a response song to all those secular songs that talk about how they will waste their lives doing worldly things. And that’s one reason why we love Christian music.
“Count Your Rainbows” was one of the stand-out tracks for me, as it put a little spin on the popular phrase “Count your blessings.” "Vertical" is an anthem declaring a vow to be the hands and feet of Jesus in this world. (IF YOU WANNA SEE MY THOUGHTS ON EACH SONG OF THIS ALBUM, CLICK HERE!)
It is a great album and I really enjoyed it. I think it’s perfect for your pre-teen or early teen girl, but I’m sure all ages (who can handle bubblegum) and all genders (did you figure out that I’m a guy yet?) will enjoy it.
I think Unite will have heavier lyrics that are perfect for girls who are entering their teens, so this contains lyrics more on the simpler side. And for these ears that are constantly picking things up, I felt like some things weren’t thoroughly produced. But I enjoyed it and I encourage you to pick up this album, and let’s “Invade” the world for Christ!
We, we will invade this world for you
Spark a generation with the truth
With all that we do
My favorite songs: “Invade” “Turn Around” “While We’re Young” “Count Your Rainbows” “In The Eyes”
The track that is most like K-POP: “Love Like Crazy”