[Song Review - Star of the Week] Kara Levels Up with ‘Pandora’
You can’t think of Kara without thinking of Sweetune, and the group has chosen to stay under the hit-making composer team’s umbrella again for its latest release.
Ever since Break It flopped, Kara has settled down with Sweetune and its songs. This means that every single one of Kara’s promotional singles, excluding Break It, have been composed by Sweetune. In other words, the group is practically a Sweetune-produced group.
So what image did Sweetune give Kara this time? After making the group start off as cute little girls, Sweetune slowly lifted the group higher and higher with each album until its most recent single, Pandora, turned them into goddesses.
So far, Sweetune has done a good job at keeping the trademark Kara-style balance between cute and sexy. Even though the girls have promoted with darker and sexier songs such as Lupin or Mister, there has been a certain flower-topped feminine quality to them.
Pandora also walks that same line, sounding more like a girly, teen-variation of sexy that could have served as the opening to a Japanese anime featuring transforming girl warriors like Sailor Moon. (Netizens had fun with this idea, as they took to playing Pandora over opening videos of popular anime pieces.)
Sweetune doesn’t deserve all of the credit, however, as the Kara members were able to take the song and made it their own.
With every song, they’ve strengthened their vocal skills—even Goo Hara, who, despite her beautiful image, was known for her less-than-stellar vocal abilities—and Pandora proves this once again.
Han Seung Yeon and Park Gyuri give the song the power it needs and Goo Hara plays her own part well, while Nicole again sets herself up as the wild one with her rap and Kang Ji Young successfully takes on her first rap part.
Although Kara seems to have stuck with one composer for far too long, the two teams appear to be the perfect match for each other.
So why complain?