Just a "holy shit" kind of pop song. Like, seriously, that baseline means business. The bridge is magic, the chorus is gold. They even vocalize the sound of what I can only imagine is a hot summer being temporarily relieved by a swift, sexy cool breeze (0:12 and onwards). Even listening to this in Canada, in January, I feel pretty psyched about life. You will too.
Busier than "Hot Summer," "NU ABO" makes that busy-ness work, utilizing the vocal and persona-specific strengths of every girl in the group, paired with the anonymous cheering of a phantom audience. The group's eerie/sassy chanting of "na na na na na na, na na-na na na na" (and so on) is alternately cute and somehow intimidating. While I don't quite love it as much as "Hot Summer," this one is a perfect example of how beautifully multiple vocals can complement one another, and a reminder that we need more pop vocal groups here in the West.
I don't know what it means to do something "chu," but I feel like I should probably figure that out, and soon. It sounds so much funner than doing things the regular way.
Not sure what to say about this one. There's just some kind of kinetic spell that weaves over me when I hear it; not unlike the rest of the entries on this list. I always thought Korean was one of the greatest languages in terms of ability to sound angry, and here they bend that anger and insistence into a sweet-yet-unwavering demand. To do what, I couldn't tell you. But I'll do it. I mean, sure.
Bonus! "Beautiful Stranger"