By Paris365 on November 21, 2012

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Two weeks before the release of their new Japanese album, Girls' Generation are releasing their new Japanese single, "Flower Power." As with past singles like "Papparazzi" and "Mr. Taxi," "Flower Power" has been especially produced for their Japanese fans. It's said to be about love on the dance floor and that's not hard to believe. For one thing, it's impossible to listen to this song and not want to dance. It's bursting with dance pop energy, featuring a throbbing, punchy beat and lots and lots of glorious synth. Not to mention the girls' always perfect harmonizing. "Do you want to be my lover?" they ask in English. "Don't stop DJ," they command. Then there's something about a butterfly and a spider. I'll let you use your own imagination to figure out what that's all about. All I know is that this is one infectious earworm.

The B-side, "Beep Beep," will *not* be on their new Japanese album or any other release, making this single a red hot, must have for any self-respecting Girls' Generation fan. Although it's not as fast-paced as "Flower Power," it's no less catchy. "Hello, hello," begins the chorus. "Every time I hear that beep, beep, beep beep," they sing, sounding sugary sweet as usual. The only bad thing I can say about this song is that you occasionally hear a telephone ringing and that gets slightly annoying once you've heard the song a few times. Still, it's just a slight blemish on an otherwise magnificent slice of J-pop cheesecake.

This single also features "Girls Generation II Smash-Up," a non-stop mix of Girls' Generation hits. For the most part, it's a pleasant medley, but some dude keeps saying things in English like an overly talkative DJ and I could certainly have done without him. There's also quite a bit of air horn in between songs and I really can't stand the air horn, so I suppose that makes this one Girls' Generation track that I could have done without. Still, the two new songs are fantastic and I'd highly recommend this single accordingly. -Michael McCarthy

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The Youtube video starts off with something like 20 seconds of silence, but I assure you that they do start singing eventually and it's a sleekly produced J-pop gem of a video with the girls looking awfully adorable as usual.

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