100% Ver., released on 1.10.12, is MBLAQ’s 2nd mini-album.
What the heck is 「Run」. I thought I heard a bad horror movie in the beginning. Then a synthesizer/electronica instrumental starts up as the guys go, “You better run, run, run”. And then lots of autotune, oh joy. Plus the return of the classic movie screaming. No, really, this is starting to sound like a bad horror/action movie or something.
「전쟁이야 (This is War)」 is their title track. The song starts off with an announcer’s voice before Joon does this quick speaking verse in the beginning. The guys then come in to bring a strong, intense first verse. I’m loving the orchestra in the instrumental as it creates a dramatic mood to the song that goes together with their vocals. At first, I didn’t like the “OH!” in the choruses, but I’ve started to get used to it and it doesn’t bother me that much anymore. The ending is kind of out there with a piano ended it rather peacefully (compared to the abrupt ending in the performances).
Mir’s rap starts up 「낙서 (Scribble)」 followed by Chundoong’s (?) rap. Chundoong is also the one to start up the first verse. The song has this laidback feeling that is very likable. Even with the rapping, the song itself goes at a constant my-pace-like beat which makes for a nice composition.
Wow the dialogue in 「아찔한 그녀」 is really fast. All Mir at first in the beginning before Chundoong comes in to sing his verse. It has a somewhat similar feeling to Scribble, but has a more light airyness to it. It kinda feels like one of those musical songs, haha.
Lastly is 「Hello My EX」, which also has a light, electronica instrumental. Chundoong starts off with a quick dialogue before Joon starts the first verse off. Synthesizers come in for the chorus as the boys harmonize together. The lightheartedness of the song is actually really refreshing, especially considering the topic (?) of the song.
A MV was made for This is War. This MV does not make sense at all. Okay, so Joon is about to kill a girl. But, what is this, she’s also targeted by ANOTHER assassin. So Joon takes out the assassin and saves the girl. Huh? He brings her home and nurses her back to health where he lives with his buddy Chundoong. But then Chundoong and the girl fall in love and Joon feels ~betrayed~ so he starts beating up Chundoong and is about to shoot him, but then the girl is like OH NO YOU DON’T. And then he fires his gun and WTF the bullet makes a U-Turn around Chundoong and shoots Joon in the neck. Uh, what just happened?
I really like this mini-album as, besides Run which is just kinda ridiculous and This is War, which is the darker song, the other three songs were pretty uplifting and light in sound. A really nice mini-album from MBLAQ.