This is a re-release of Girls’ Generation’s second full-length studio album, Oh!. Because the repackage includes all the songs from the original album including three new tracks, this review will include only the new songs.
Oh wow, hot hot hot! Looking good there, Yoona.
The title track of this album repackage, Run Devil Run is a complete turnaround lyrically from the girlish, naive Oh!. Featuring strong synths, this song is all about telling a wandering lover to either get serious or get out. As expected from SNSD, this is one seriously catchy song and it’s guaranteed to get in your head at some point. If you couldn’t already tell, I loved it.
Echo definitely fits in with the cute sound of Oh!. It has a simple hook and an exceedingly poppy sound, making it more or less a typical SNSD song. In a good way!
If you’re looking for a drastic change, 별별별 (✩✭✩) (Acoustic R&B Vers.) will not give it to you. The only real difference between this new version and the original is the addition of some acoustic guitar and a beat. Other than that, they’re pretty much the same thing.
Summary: I’m not a big fan of repackages. I think they’re kind of a waste. The title song of this particular repackage happens to be excellent, however, and its other additions range from tolerable (Echo) to just flat-out unnecessary (별별별 (✩✭✩) [Acoustic R&B Vers.]). All in all, though, I thought it was pretty good.
Album Grade: B
Run Devil Run | Echo