Women in Music 2016

Watch 4Minute Reveal Their Soft Side on New 'Cold Rain' Ballad

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4minute attend the Gaon Chart K-pop Awards at Olympic Park on Feb. 12, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. 

The spunky girl group tone it down just a little for a wintry single.

Since their debut nearly six years ago, 4Minute has branded themselves as the spunky, in-your-face girl group next door. But for their latest single, the quintet has offered a new side of themselves: their soft and vulnerable one.

For the first ballad they've ever released as a proper single, "Cold Rain" highlights 4Minute's vocal chops, heartfelt rapping and sensitive sensibilities for a captivating K-pop comeback.

Sparse guitar strums, dreamy piano lines, quirky synths and a strong beat create a ballad with bite while the members bring a mix of breathy coos and plaintive raps. While down-tempo tracks aren't usually known for multiple hooks, "Cold Rain" places catchy, repetitive lines inside the verses and throughout the bridge as they detail their struggles while being naive and in love.

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Gayoon and Jiyoon shine in splitting the chorus from the former member's mix of powerful belts to fragile to high notes to the latter's declarative "I cannot live without you" lines. It's a lasting reminder of how strong their duo unit, 2Yoon, was and hopefully leads the way for a return from the project that released one of the strongest albums of 2013 with their Harvest Moon EP.

While fans may be quick to draw comparisons to 2NE1's "Missing You" based off the winter clothes looks used in the video, both "Cold Rain" and "Missing You" stand out for proving both as acts looking to change the approach to the typical ballad. The track is a refreshing approach for 4Minute who aren't forced to lose their signature spirit for the sake of slowing down the tempo. 

"Cold Rain" is a breath the first of two singles 4Minute will be promoting for their upcoming EP, currently untitled.