They may as well have called this album Rehash Box, as there are 13 songs and two original Japanese songs on this album. That's exactly why I had no intention of buying this album. Who buys an album for just 2 new original songs and 11 horrible remakes?
Frankly, I like the two original songs. They're not great, but the songs are what T-ara should be: Soyeon, Hyomin and Eunjung singing while the rest of the members don't do shit. I was looking forward to T-ara's first Japanese album because I knew useless idols in Japan didn't get any lines. As such, the two new original songs are basically Soyeon, Hyomin and Eunjung singing, reminding me of their Breaking Heart album when those three carried most of the songs.
You see, Hwayoung single-handedly ruined what worked for T-ara. Personally, I wasn't fond of Hyomin and Eunjung rapping all the time, but I'll take that shit over what they have now. 6-ara songs were Soyeon singing everything with Hyomin and Eunjung rapping with the other three getting a line per song. Enter Hwayoung and now Hyomin got bumped to a full-time vocalist and Eunjung was without a role. There were already two vocalists and Hwayoung took her spot as the main rapper.
I thought Jewelry Box would have been T-ara's last attempt to have good songs before the two new members joined, but EMI blew it by having an album full of remakes. Hell, for all we know, their second Japanese album might be what Jewelry Box should have been.
That's why I can only give this album a 2/13.