AKMU – SAILING: Album Review

Hello everyone,

Today’s post is a review of AKMU’s latest release. If you follow my blog’s Facebook page, you will know that I have been looking forward to AKMU’s new album. I tried my best to stay away from the teasers because I wanted this review to be solely based on my initial reaction.

AKMU or AKDONG MUSICIAN is a South Korean sibling duo. The duo consists of Lee Chan-hyuk and Lee Su-hyun. They just released their third full album titled SAILING.

“How Can I Love The Heartbreak, You’re The One I Love” is the title track of this album.

Reaction to Official MV of the title track: 

  • It starts off very smooth, so I am already in love.
  • I forgot how much I loved hearing Su-hyun sing. Her voice is so beautiful.
  • And those distinctive AKMU harmonies. I really missed them.
  • Chan-hyuk is such an incredible songwriter and producer, and his voice has matured so much over the years. He is really great at blending his voice into Su-hyun’s at the perfect time.
  • This is such a calming song, it soothes me. I was not in the best mood today, but this definitely helped. I know it is weird because it is a sad song, but sad songs tend to have that effect on me.
  • Yes and Amen to those soft runs from Su-hyun.
  • I really love the instrumentals on this song.
  • My first listen, and I am already sold. AKMU NEVER DISAPPOINTS.
  • The simplicity of the music video was an excellent choice because it directed my full attention to their voices. Also, simplicity does not take away from how artistic and well-directed the music video is.
  • From what I got, this song is about striving through a relationship and making things work because you really love your partner, and you know that a breakup will make you lose that love and only feel pain. But at the same time, you are also aware that with the way things are going in your relationship, a breakup is inevitable.
  • My take on it is that such a relationship is very similar to sailing. You keep on trying to stay afloat and admire all the beauty around you, but at some point, you will hit dry land.
  • I really love this song. The lyric and the emotions are very sincere and heartfelt, so it has been added to my personal playlist.
  • I hope you all enjoy listening to this song as well.

Here is a live performance of “How Can I Love The Heartbreak, You’re The One I Love” from AKMU –


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Before I start, let me put this out there. When I listen to albums, I do not shuffle or pick particular songs because I want to follow the given arrangement. I believe that every singer has a reason for why they place certain songs at a certain point in an album. So if you just shuffle it on your first listen, you might miss the beauty and message that the singer was trying to send.

With that said, let us get right into it –

  1. Chantey – Su-hyun’s voice gave me a nice surprising feeling at the start. Love the mix between the guitar and the classical instruments accompanying her voice. This is such an appropriate opening song. It gives you some insight into the theme of the album and also leaves you anticipating how the next nine songs will sound. I really needed more time with “Chantey,” but I can understand the artistic decision behind making it that quick.
  2. Fish in the water – It starts out being a bit more upbeat and quite country like with the instrumentals. Chan-hyuk’s voice on this song really stood out to me. I found my self just swaying my head from side to side, and I think this might end up being one of my favourites from the album.
  3. How can I love the heartbreak, you’re the one I love – I already wrote about this, so nothing to add here. It still remains a soothing song for me.
  4. Moon – The beginning of each song so far is really captivating. Usually, some songs take a few seconds or a minute before really getting into the groove. But for this album, each song just gets to me from the instant it starts playing. ‘Moon’ is a lovely song. It seems like something I might hear at a coffee shop because it has that perfect balance between a soft and upbeat sound.
  5. FREEDOM – I knew “Moon” was leading up to something even more surprising because the pre-chorus on this is divine (the part right before the instrumental chorus is what I’m referring to). I love the singing style they used here. It is incredible, and I just found another favourite.
  6. Should’ve loved you more – WHAT?!!!😮. The rock intro and chorus goes hard on this one. Another song on this album that made me want to dance. I love how their voices get higher towards the chorus section. Amazing arrangement. One reason why I really admire AKMU is that they make the choruses of their songs very memorable. Another favourite, and at this point, I might end up adding the entire album to my playlist.
  7. Whale – The rhythm for this song is so groovy, and the whistling chorus just took it to another level. “Whale” definitely has an Rnb/neo-soul feel to it, and then at some point, we have some Spanish influences on the instrumentals. Every aspect of the song fits so well together. I think that this will be an excellent song for ballroom dancing. So far, I think this album is my favourite for the year.
  8. Endless dream, good night – This seems to be the only song that took me a few seconds to really get into. By the 0:43 minute mark, when they started singing together, I began enjoying it more. The arrangement for this is quite simple compared to the other songs on the album. It is still a beautiful and soothing song because simplicity always works. Can I mention again how much I love their harmonization? Their harmonies are always tight.
  9. Farewell – I see what they are doing here. We are at the end, so the songs are getting softer now, and we are getting that standard AKMU sound. I am not sure of how else to explain it, so go ahead and listen to a good number of songs from their discography to get what I mean by the “standard AKMU sound.” Also, Su-hyun’s voice on this is breathtaking, and the harmonica section in this song gave me chills (I think it is a harmonica, but correct me if I am wrong). “Farewell” is a perfect lullaby. The only problem I have with this song is that it ends. Another song where I needed more time😥😥😥. I guess I will have to overuse the replay button for a while.
  10. Let’s take time – This is a perfect song to close the album. It has an uplifting and hopeful feel to it. Chan-hyuk and Su-hyun sound incredible on this track. I no longer have words to describe how perfect the entire album is, so just go ahead and listen to it.

Here is a video of AKMU discussing their album and Chan-hyuk’s book called Fish in the Water. They also performed some of the songs. The video has English subtitles, so just turn on your CC button. Enjoy –


34 MINUTES AND 58 SECONDS OF MY TIME WELL SPENT WITH NO SINGLE REGRET. THANK YOU, AKDONG MUSICIAN.

Yes, I ended up adding the entire album to my playlist. I could not live with the idea of not having such a masterpiece accessible to me at all times. AKMU always does this to me because so far, I have all their albums, singles and OSTs downloaded on Spotify, and I am not complaining. I am happy that they are already dominating the Korean charts with this release because they deserve it, and I wish them more success.

My Rating for this album is 10/10

That is it for this post, loves. Here is another lovely song from AKMU to check out after listening to SAILING 💕💕💕.

 

 

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