Grown-Up, released on 1.31.12, is F.T Island’s 4th mini-album.
「지독하게 (Severely)」 begins with a strong guitar and percussion instrumental that quiets down a little when Hongki comes in. The instrumental switches to acoustic guitars and another member (probably JaeJin) does some back-up vocals for Hongki. Hongki’s vocals are strong, but full of emotion as he sings steadily against the instrumental. At chorus, Hongki enters with a strong key line as the instrumental gradually returns to its mix of electric and acoustic guitar. I feel like this is a really strong song and Hongki brings out his vocals again by using everything he has in his voice to express the song.
「친구마저 잃었다 (I’ve Even Lost a Friend)」 starts off soft with an acoustic guitar but the addition of the electric guitar and percussion heats things up a little before quieting to a simple acoustic guitar instrumental. Hongki sings with vulnerable vocals and builds up wonderfully in the bridge to the chorus, where he continues with his emotional vocals for a strong song.
A twinkling keyboard (?) instrumental starts up 「난 못난 사람입니다 (I’m a Foolish Person)」 before some orchestra and guitar come in. For some reason, how Hongki sang the first part of the song reminded me of something Disney… Anyway, the verse instrumental is fairly simple with a light hearted guitar and keyboard instrumental as Hongki sings calmly against the instrumental (and I heard some JaeJin as well). I am seriously getting Disney vibes from this song, haha.
「다 큰 남자가… (Grown Man…)」 has an acoustic guitar instrumental with some simple percussion, this time starting with JaeJin, who sings the verses, while Hongki takes care of the chorus and presumably the bridge as well.
Lastly is 「애인이 돼 주길 바래요 (I Hope We Become Lovers)」, the token acoustic guitar which is sung by all the members! The other members don’t sing that much, so I can’t recognize their voices, but they sound really nice for not being normal vocalists. Of course, later once Hongki comes in, the electric guitar comes in, as if the members are going back into the regular roles and playing as a band again.
This is a really strong album and I love it. Each song is strong in their own right and although a bit of the same pattern, each song is still individually strong.