Tell Me Your Wish (Genie) is Girls’ Generation’s 2nd mini-album and it was released on July 2, 2009.
1. Tell Me Your Wish (Genie)♠♠♠
5. My Child
6. One Year Later / Jessica & Onew
Following in the foot steps of their previous hit Gee, SNSD takes a new approach this time with Tell Me Your Wish (Genie), an undeniably catchy dance track with heavy beats and some very fierce synth. The whole concept of the song is a lot sexier than they’ve ever previously done and they pull it off as well as their cuter pop tracks. It’s really hard for me to choose a favorite between this and Gee but it’s safe to say that this song is easily on the same level of awesomeness.
Immediately after that first track, I toned down my expectations which was a good call with Etude being up next. While I do think that the girls sound best with a pop sound, this track’s arrangement and melody are just poor and force the girls to resort to some annoying vocal styles. Sure it may be cute with its bubbly synth and wide array of instruments but it’s still a forgettable song.
I get an 80’s vibe from Girlfriend and while I’m not a fan of that music, this song’s structure is a lot more interesting than the previous pop songs they’ve done since it isn’t just bubbly pop but instead uses vintage and feminine synth along with a calmer atmosphere. I actually enjoy how simple the song is.
Boyfriend would be the only other dance-pop song after the title track. The intro is promising with its heavy and sexy synth and the repeated English vocals, not to mention that siren but ultimately the rest of the song doesn’t meet up to those expectations since it just sounds like a dirtier version of their pop tracks with some additional chanting sequences. There’s only so much that a nice hook can do for a song.
Of course the mini-album had to include ballads. The first is My Child which is as unremarkable as I was expecting it to be. It’s kind of a lullaby but not sleep inducing. You got your K-Pop ballad formula down perfectly, generic beats, strings and good vocals. I’m still waiting for a SNSD ballad that I can enjoy.
Last up is a duet with Jessica and Onew, One Year Later. Unfortunately, it’s even more boring than the previous ballad and that they used the most minimal of instruments just makes it all the worse. No even the duo’s obviously powerful vocals can make me enjoy this track.
As an overall package, Tell Me Your Wish (Genie) was weak. Sure, it did have that spectacular title track and maybe two tracks that I might listen to once in a while but everything else was just filler material. I think the problem is getting a ballad to keep me interested without wanting me to go back to Genie or Gee.