Finally, B.A.P released their first full-length album, First Sensibility, and I can say that it’s truly worth the long wait. This release gives us more reasons to fall for this group who’s famous for their energy and confidence on stage. Previously, B.A.P experimented with mixed-genre songs in their mini album Badman. Meanwhile, in this album they play safe with sound that fans are more familiar with and polished it with even better quality.
Like other K-pop albums that love to blend many genres in one album, the tracks in First Sensibility also come in various categories. You can hear, of course, hip-hop like in SNS, old school rap a la Beastie Boys in Spy, rock in Bang X2 and sweet ballad in the closing song With You. What makes some K-pop albums fail is that the various genres seem to make the album a mess. Worry not, B.A.P have managed to tackle the challenge. They executed each genre boldly and put B.A.P signature to it, claiming their victory from other new groups that are still trying to handle this problem.
The title is kinda misleading (I thought it would be a ballad), but 1004 is obviously the mightiest song in the album. Even though it’s not like their usual hip-hop singles, it still gives a chance for B.A.P to show what they’re really good at. Leaving the electronic instruments, 1004 relies on guitar work and piano which result to a powerfully emotional song. Another favourite is Shady Lady, a fine song to listen to after a long tiring day at work. The rappers Yongguk and Zelo are known for their toughness but this song proves that they can chill too when they need to. While I’m sure Baby will be one of their fans’ most favourite tracks. I can imagine the six boys running around the stage, singing this song whole-heartedly to their fans.
First Sensibility is tightly constructed and dynamic, which means that the track list is well-arranged. They didn’t put upbeat songs consecutively and gave you time to relax a bit instead before continuing the album with another heavy track. For me this is really important because listening to a whole album should be considered as a journey with intervals to take a break.
I closed my review on Badman with an order to get your whistle ready for B.A.P. I won’t do the same thing for this review since (1) that will be a repetition, clearly, and (2) I barely hear any whistle in First Sensibility. I have no idea whether they’ll prepare an instruction for fans when to blow the whistle or not. Nevertheless, the beginning of 2014 in K-pop music scene sounds amazing, thanks to First Sensibility (and B1A4’s beautiful Who Am I). Earthlings, B.A.P are still conquering our earth but let’s just enjoy it. It’s an extraordinary conquest after all.