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[Review] Brown Eyed Girls – “Cleansing Cream”

3 Nov


After their fierce comeback last month with Sixth Sense, Brown Eyed Girls changed their direction from sexual, powerful, and proud to languishing, lamenting, and melancholic with this brand new ballad “Cleansing Cream.”

It’s definitely not the type of music that we’re used to hearing from Brown Eyed Girls. Usually, they inject their songs with raw power and passion which evokes sexuality without being pornographic at all. Here, we here an ethereal, toned down Brown Eyed Girls. I’m of two minds with this song. While I do think it’s a beautiful song, with some creepy synths mixed with an orchestra of violins and guitars, I’m just not used to Brown Eyed Girls sounding so…romantic.

Romanticism doesn’t really fit the Brown Eyed Girls’ theme the way power and pride does. They naturally ooze confidence but it’s hard for me to buy a ballad like this. It’s like picturing 2NE1 doing a song like “Gee”. Speaking of which, it’s odd but 2NE1 is fierce like BEG but I love all of their ballads. It’s because they inject their personalities into these ballads just as much as they would for their fiercer songs.

That’s what I think BEG missed with this song. As gorgeous as the sound design and the restrained vocals are (I honestly love this song) I just don’t feel like it’s a BEG song. They lost their trademark sex appeal and strength. But I guess I’m just being crabby. This is still a sweet song and I especially love the ad-libs as if making some kind of sexually suggestive call. Overall, gorgeous song but it doesn’t sound like BEG.

–Clarence

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4 Responses to “[Review] Brown Eyed Girls – “Cleansing Cream””

  1. Arren November 4, 2011 at 7:05 am #

    I disagree with you but nice review. 😀

    • dramapop November 6, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

      disapproval is fine 🙂 But what do you disagree with?

  2. reglest November 30, 2011 at 3:56 am #

    Probably because we are used to song like abracadabra or sixth sense, while in the beginning, BEG is a girl group which focused in ballad. It just later they are shifting to sexier appearance with abracadabra 🙂

    • Rosa April 14, 2012 at 3:02 am #

      Nice review but I also disagree with you. There are a lot of groups who sing in different styles. And all of them change their style after some time because it get’s boring. That’s why I think BEG wanted to show another side of them with this song. I’m not saying they will always sing like this but you can’t expect them to always act the same and be the same, right? When I read your review I got a feeling that you don’t want them to do something you’re not used to. Like the song is okay as long as it fits their image.

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