Tiffany’s “I Just Wanna Dance” Mini Album Review

You know when you check out an artist’s album because their single was good, only to realize the rest of the album sounds nothing like the single? That’s what Tiffany’s debut album I Just Wanna Dance is, except in this case the bulk of the songs are far better than the titular song.

tiffany I just wanna dance albumFor the uninitiated, Tiffany is one of the many members of Girls’ Generation, and for all you English-speakers is probably the one member you know besides Jessica, since both have English names (forgive me, best-girl Yoona!).

I Just Wanna Dance—first track of Tiffany’s debut album under the same name—is the epitome of a modern, safe song. With its heavy pop/synth influence, it’s very much a song I can imagine being overplayed on the radio if only because it’s easy to dance to and has a redundant simple chorus (“I just wanna dance the night away”). It’s in the album’s remaining five tracks that Tiffany’s debut album really shines.

Second track TALK begins to deviate from track one’s feel, but is still pretty standard on the whole. It’s track three FOOL that really stands out, slowing things down ever so slightly and packing enough punch while still maintaining an overall dance-y vibe. The English chorus of “like a fool” is delivered with so much passion—you can just imagine Tiffany gazing up at you in embarrassment as she delivers the words, and it makes the song all the more better. Definitely the stand-out track of the album.

Track four What Do I Do is in the same vein as I Just Wanna Dance and TALK, though is probably the best of the three in that it makes the best attempt at sounding as non-generic as possible. The synth-y whine played to the beat throughout the track may come off as irritating to some, but it defines the track and works to its advantage. The slightly off-kilter beat actually reminds me of the Weird Opponent Encounter theme in the videogame Earthbound, fittingly enough (someone more skilled than me, please mix the two tracks!).

The final tracks—Yellow Light and Once in a Lifetime—are significantly slower than the other tracks, and add for some variety. Yellow Light has some distinct 90s R&B influence which is great, but still doesn’t compare to the “slow-but-not-really” feel of FOOL. Once in a Lifetime, meanwhile, is a love ballad with an oddly fast tempo, paired with some subtle rhythmic snapping and soothing guitar that makes way for its well-timed chorus. Ultimately, a satisfying final track.

For a five-track album, Tiffany’s I Just Wanna Dance offers just enough variety to serve as my current play-on-loop fixation. And while its titular track isn’t anything amazing, the remaining four tracks offer just the right amount of variation to feel fresh, or at the least work well together when listening to the album in its entirety.

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About daemoncorps
Gabe (daemoncorps) has been writing about anime and the like since 2005, but has been babysat by it for much longer. He primarily spends his days distracting himself on twitter or writing for Fandom Post until he realizes he has a weekly webcomic (tapastic.com/series/scramblebouquet) to work on. He also just finished writing his first full-length graphic novel about unemployment (https://tapastic.com/episode/293804).

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