[Review] Girls’ Generation-TTS - “Twinkle” Mini Album
This review is solely my opinion, I am not a professional music critic, and it was written based on my preferences as a music listener only. I tried my best to detach myself as a SONE when evaluating the musical value of this album, but I am nonetheless still biased.
When rumors first surfaced about SM Entertainment planning a subunit for Girls’ Generation, my reaction, along with many fellow SONEs, was a combination of surprise, curiosity and a lot of skepticism. As a firm believer of the “Power of Nine”, as cliche as that sounds, their group dynamics and chemistry is irreplaceable to many loyal fans. When it became apparent that SM is taking this subunit far more seriously than the previous pseudo-subunit JeTiHyun with “Oppa Nappa”, I kind of panicked. Many questions started to pop up in my head “What if this venture is unsuccessful?” “What if it becomes too successful that SM starts to get weird ideas?” “What if this is the start of some significant change for the group?”… I had to consciously stop my negative thoughts, and admittedly, it took some convincing both by myself and others to give this release an open-minded assessment.