Electric Shock, released on 6.10.12, is f(x)’s 2nd mini-album. Also the creepiest album cover ever.
The mini-album starts off with 「제트별 (Jet) (Jet Star)」 (Though in another source I found, the order for Jet and Electric Shock is switched, so I’m not sure which is correct). It’s a heavy electronic and synthesizer song starting off with a continuous, “Make you lose control…” in the beginning before going into a bright first verse where Krystal (?) starts off with a slightly high-pitched cutesy voice. Actually, all of them are pretty much singing in this way (with the exception of Amber). In the chorus their vocals are prominent over the instrumental, more like its fused into the instrumental as one.
「일렉트릭 쇼크 (Electric Shock)」 is the title song with a powerful electronic instrumental coupled with some synthesizer to provide some power. The song kinda reminds me of NU ABO except not really. Luna does a really amazing job creating the bridge between the verse and chorus. The chorus isn’t very outstanding with only it being “nananana” coupled with “electric shock”s said in the background before going back into the next verse. And can I say it’s amazing that Amber is actually singing in this song? Love love her part in the third verse, she does it really well.
「지그재그 (Zig Zag)」 is an interesting tune as the girls sing in low vocals coupled with what sounds like the xylophone creating the beat of the song. Electronica does come in later as the girls bring the pitch up a bit while Amber’s main role in this song is adding in rap and speaking lines. The third verse takes a little twist in the sound of the song, as the girls go to their familiar route of using high pitched “speaking” vocals with other instruments coming in to create an alluring sound to the song.
Next up is 「Beautiful Stranger」 which just makes me think of Beautiful Goodbye (on their Pinocchio album) right away. It’s more of an R&B/electric pop song straight away instead of a ballad as constant electronic beats and clapping make up the instrumental. Amber introduces the song with a rap, “It’s just another story… yeah and it’s all about me.” The way she raps and the placement reminds me of American songs actually. Amber really takes charge of the third verse, it’s not really a rap, but it’s not singing either.
「Love Hate」 has a constant percussion beat as the song starts immediately with ad-libs as Luna sings with powerful, but breathy high vocals. The electronica comes in during the bridge as their vocals blend in with the instrumental before going into the chorus where they sing, “I hate you! I love you!” in a cheerleader-like fashion. More Amber singing, yay!
The mini-album ends off on a nice note with 「훌쩍 (Let’s Try) (Whimper)」, the token R&B ballad which Luna starts singing first before Krystal comes in and some light electronica and guitar come in later in the bridge/chorus. Amber then sings a portion of the chorus, which is always nice to hear. It’s a bit of a strange song with the constant reflecting back and forth of the same words/phrases, but it’s interesting.
This was promoted as a fully electronic mini-album and it is one; I quite like Electric Shock, not so much the other songs. They were composed nicely, as with f(x)’s other electronic songs, but there are just little things that bother me with the way they’re singing or the instrumental itself.