After resolving the dispute with their record company and promoting solely in Japan for a while, KARA has now returned to Korea with a new album!

KARA ~ Step

KARA ~ Step

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The first song they’re promoting is Step, which is the title track of the album. I was a bit, not disappointed, but unimpressed after seeing the teaser for this song. I watched it in very poor quality on a cellphone, so I didn’t really get a good look at the girls, but I could hear the snippet of the song that was featured. I think what bothered me was the keyboard-thingy that loops over and over. Then the full audio was released and I thought it was a little better. Good, but not great. Good enough to listen to a few times and it started to grow on me little by little.

The music video brings the song to another level though. Very cheerful and colourful! The choreography starts off a bit awkwardly, but then it takes off. They’ve incorporated some old stuff, like Ji-young’s salute and other things. Me like :) .

Give Step a few listens if you don’t like it at first. It quickly grows on you.

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I’m happy that they didn’t reuse their Japanese songs on this album (except the bonus track 내 마음을 담아서 (Dear Kamilia) which is a Korean version of 今、贈りたい「ありがとう」). It’s listed as a full-length album, but it’s really just six new songs (including the bonus track) if you don’t count the intro and outro tracks. It’s a nice touch in a way, after the turbulent times with rumours about disbandment, to include an acoustic version of 나는.. (ing), which is from the first album they released with the current members of the group. I’ve only quickly listened through the album once. I’m going to listen to it “properly” tomorrow.