Following the release of their chart-topping single ‘Party’, Girls’ Generation returns with their fifth studio album Lion Heart. Anticipation is high for the full-length effort as it is the group’s first full-length release since the departure of vocalist Jessica Jung, and the girls certainly did not disappoint.
The album opens with first title track ‘Lion Heart’ – a retro 50s-inspired bubblegum pop number whose groove is driven by rich bass and impressive vocals. Each member is given equal opportunity to shine before the beat breaks into the fun rhythm of second title track ‘You Think’.
‘One Afternoon’ unassumingly places itself as one of the best tracks on the 12-track production. The romance on the song is closer to a gentle addiction with the members croon their longing for an ex-lover against a delicate, cheery backdrop. The drama on the Korean version of ‘Show Girls’ throws back to old Hollywood musicals while the dance track setting of ‘Fire Alarm’ reflects the insecurities the girls feel when navigating an intriguing stranger.
Girls’ Generation moves into R&B zone as they laments the misunderstanding between a couple in ‘Talk Talk’. The track signifies the maturity and confidence they have gained over the years, and the same strength can be found in ‘Bump It’ which transits smoothly from an unlikely ballad to poppy dance tune. ‘Green Light’ and ‘Paradise’ mark a more optimistic outlook on romance – the former daringly gives the guy the go-ahead while the latter sees them confessing their love for their beau.
Recommended tracks: ‘Lion Heart’, ‘One Afternoon’, ‘Talk Talk’