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A review of TWICE’s “Between 1&2”

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TWICE came out with its 11th EP on Aug. 26, 2022 called “Between 1&2“. TWICE is a nine-member South Korean girl group that debuted on Oct. 20, 2015 with its first EP “The Story Begins”. TWICE had been teasing their EP on their social media to rile up fans since Aug. 4, 2020. ONCE (TWICE’s fandom name) has been non-stop supporting TWICE with the insane comeback from “Formula of Love: O+T=<3” to “Between 1&2”. The nine girls are super talented and have everything ranging from vocals, dance, rap, and visuals with all the members having their own position that they excel in. 

“Between 1&2” consists of seven songs. Members Chaeyoung, Dahyun, and Jihyo all contributed, helped compose, and write some of the songs on the tracks such as “Basics“, “When We Were Kids“, “Trouble“, and “Gone“. The rest of the songs on the EP being  “Queen of Hearts“, “Brave“, and their title track, “Talk That Talk“. Not long before this album was released, the long-awaited seven-year contract renewal was signed by all nine members of TWICE. ONCE were extremely happy when they heard the news. 

Continuing on with “Talk That Talk”, all the members contributed to the lyric writing process. When listening to the song and to the lyrics, you can feel the connection TWICE was trying to convey with ONCE. The song has a high energy beat which is a really great album opening because it contradicts the other songs on the album like ”When We Were Kids”, which has a slower rhythm. To me, the song was very unique and fun, with their music video having a retro theme to it and the lyrics being meaningful and catchy. The upbeat song truly exemplifies TWICE’s voices without sounding childish, which is comparable to ”The Feels“, a more recent track from one of TWICE’s singles.

TWICE has also incorporated many references to their own music into their new song “Talk That Talk”. Not just from the lyrics, but the music video as well. In the pre-chorus of “Talk That Talk”, they reference the title track of their sixth extended play, “YES OR YES“. In that same verse, “Push & Pull” is mentioned, which goes back to the members Jihyo, Sana, and Dahyun’s song from their studio album “Formula of Love; O+T=<3”. All throughout, there were also hidden codes in the music video, including 151020, which is a reference to TWICE’s debut album, “The Story Begins”. Their creativity with secrets and references really help TWICE stay connected with their fans and make them a more original group compared to their contemporaries . 

Following “Talk That Talk”, “Queen of Hearts” has a very pop-rock vibe to the beat from the guitars and the drums.  This is the only song on the album to be fully in English, with the other songs being in a mix of Korean and English. “Queen of Hearts” has a very unique chorus talking about how they, as girls, are taking over and doing things how they want while also being surrounded by love by the other members and ONCE. In the order of the tracklist, “Queen of Hearts” is the perfect song to follow “Talk That Talk”. It still has a bit of pop to it which transitions nicely from “Talk That Talk” and into “Basics”.

On to the fan favorite, “Basics”. This song has a more of a pop/R&B tone to it, which is probably why so many people enjoy it. It has more of a chill mood and an added maturity to it than some of the other songs on the album. I definitely understand why it’s liked by fans. 

Adding on the addictive beat, “Trouble” is the next song on the album. “Trouble” has a really good beat to it that sticks in your head especially with their strong vocals that go well with the instrumentals. After all the tracks before this having a strong upbeat and cheery, “Trouble” has a vibe that isn’t in-your-face, but still compliments the other songs very well. The song has an almost dance and a slight EDM feel to it, but in a way that works with the other songs. 

“Brave” and “Gone” are two of those songs that are perfect after tracks that have a mellow tone, as opposed to “Talk That Talk”, which has more of a strong burst of energy to it. With “Brave” and “Gone”, you have less of a strong pop sound. Even something simple like putting the songs in order the way they did makes a huge difference when you’re listening to the album in order. It goes from bubblegum pop, which TWICE is known for, to a deeper and calmer vibe like “Brave”. Additionally, “Gone” is talking about betrayal, which member Dahyun portrayed strongly while writing the lyrics. 

For the final track on the album, “When We Were Kids”, when engaging with the lyrics, audiences may feel like this begins a new chapter for TWICE. With all the repetitions in the song, it’s not hard to listen and acknowledge that it’s about the past and how the past interferes with the future. 

Although this album has no skips for me, something I would’ve loved to hear are more ad-libs in more of the songs. It really would have tied this whole album together. The entirety of the album gives you everything and more as expected from TWICE. It really contrasts the other albums the group has released by giving us more mature music. Overall, the genre is pop, but I would describe the sub genre as synthpop with an overall ’80s sound, especially with the music video of “Talk That Talk”, which references an ’80s Apple commercial. An additional subgenre I would describe this project as, is bubblegum pop. 

TWICE never disappoints and always puts so much hard work into their albums. “Between 1&2” is definitely a new chapter for them, and me, along with the rest of ONCE, are excited to see what TWICE has to offer for their next album.

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