Paul Kim – Maum, Part. 2: Album Review

On April 22nd, Paul Kim released part two of his second full-length album titled Maum. I initially planned to review this EP after all the music videos dropped, but I’m going to go ahead and review it now. Then I can watch the remaining videos on my own.

I already have a profile for Paul Kim. Use this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Finally!!! Paul Kim Is Releasing Part Two Of His Maum Album πŸ˜„πŸŽŠπŸŽŠπŸ˜„

Maum, Part. 2 has five songs, and all are set to have official music videos. So far, two MVs have dropped, so let’s check those out first.

(Please note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exacts thoughts while listening to each song.)

Reaction to Overload:

  • Another title for this song is “Katalk”, that’s why we have that adorable notification sound at the beginning of the video.
  • KaTalk or KakaoTalk is a mobile messaging app.
  • Sometimes I don’t mind being late for reviews because by then, the videos already have English subs.
  • I love the soft piano start.
  • Paul Kim’s voice is beautiful and soothing.
  • Lol, I love that the Pinnochio doll appeared when he replied to the text with the classic line of “I have been busy lately, sorry, let’s meet up soon.”
  • The brand of noodles he’s eating is my favourite. If you give me that with egg and kimchi, I will provide you with any information you needπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.
  • Yes, I love food.
  • The lyrics for this song are super relatable.
  • I’m so bad at replying to text messages or having long text chats. Sometimes I remember that I need to check up on a few people, but then schoolwork or other personal things happen that cause me to forget. Then by the time I recollect myself, it feels like I have been ignoring those people.
  • I don’t necessarily see this behaviour as something negative, but I’m still working on reaching out regularly to my few friends and family.
  • The first drumbeat we hear is right before the chorus. A very smooth and perfect entry.
  • It took the song to a whole different level.
  • Paul Kim is so dorky in this video.
  • The chorus is impressive, I LOVE IT.
  • At this point, he is clearly advertising this noodle.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  • Β And now, the second verse continues on with a more groovy piano style and the drumbeat.
  • The chorus is catchy. I’m already singing along.
  • This music video is weird but very fitting. I love the concept.
  • They included some behind the scene clips. Paul Kim is so adorable, and it was clearly difficult for him to get the perfect wink.πŸ˜‚
  • How can a thirty-two-year-old be this goofy? I love that about him.
  • “Overload” is chill groove from the amazing vocalist Paul Kim. I genuinely enjoyed every moment.

Reaction to But I’ll Miss You:

  • Yesss!!! I have English captions.
  • That classic keyboard entry tells me that I’m about to witness an intriguing ballad. I am excited.
  • Wow, that rich deep tone he used to hum the melody is beautiful. I need to go back and hear it again.
  • I want to close my eyes and fully enjoy the 4 minutes and 19 seconds of this song, but I can’t do that now.
  • “But I’ll Miss You” is definitely one of those heartfelt tracks.
  • I’m not even one minute in, and I’m already in my feels.
  • Another great song with very relatable lyrics.
  • As someone who’s moved from city to city/country to country, I can connect with what he’s singing about.
  • I have met a lot of people throughout my life, and no matter how short or bad the encounter was, they all touched or changed me.
  • Now focusing on just the good ones, like my friends from previous schools. When leaving, we all felt excited moving on to the next stage of our lives, but somedays, I do feel sad that I can’t sit face to face and chat away with all of them like before.
  • But then 90% of the time, I’m perfectly okay. Just casually moving on with life and meeting new people.
  • I’m getting so emotional because of all the memories. πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯
  • The nostalgia is hitting me real hard with this song. What are you doing to me, Paul Kim?
  • This is so beautiful.😭😭😭
  • I love this line πŸ‘‰πŸΌ “Life is about farewell, meeting and familiar. And then just live day by day.”
  • Paul Kim’s voice always drives home the emotions of any song he touches. He is super talented.
  • The music video is straightforward with the story and well acted out.
  • Now we are closing with the soft keyboard again. So soothing.
  • “But I’ll Miss You” made me miss home so bad. It takes a great song to bring out hidden emotions in anyone.
  • Thank you, Paul Kim.πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
  • I feel my tears coming up.
  • From these two songs, I can tell that Maum, Part. 2, follows the theme to the core, which is ‘heart.’
  • Paul Kim is literally telling the stories and emotions that we all experience at specific points in life. I can’t wait to hear the remaining songs.
  • I just checked and “But I’ll Miss You” is topping music charts. That’s great.

Album Review: img_4994Here us album sampler –

  1. Hero – I love how each song is a bit different. This one starts out with some soft guitar notes. Paul Kim has an incredible vocal range and control. Oh my, this song is lovely. I’m going to look up the English translations once it’s done playing. I love the marching band drums that come right before the second verse. So cute. I can’t differentiate a cello from a violin, but I can tell that there’s a classical string instrument playing in the background. It’s a nice touch to this music. Wooh!!! the high note right before the bridge is so good. I couldn’t find a video with English lyrics, so I’ll just wait for the official video that drops on May 4th. “Hero” is a perfect relaxation track. I LOVE IT.
  2. But I’ll Miss You – Finally, I can close my eyes and take in this song.
  3. Overload – Okay, this is my favourite so far. It is time to groove.
  4. HOLIDAY – This sounds like something I will play while having a picnic outside on a hot day. It’s giving me major vacation vibes. I love how we have a consistent keyboard note throughout the entire song. Also, “HOLIDAY” slightly sounds like a Christmas jingle because of the bells and trumpets. The background vocals and layering in this song are beautiful. This track is bubblier compared to the previous ones. I’m still 50/50 on it, but it could grow on me after a few more listens.
  5. The Reason for My Spring – We’re back to a ballad but with a guitar entry this time. This song is so calm and comforting. I can’t wait to get English translations for the lyrics. Paul Kim sounds perfects as always. “The Reason for My Spring” is very peaceful, and I think I can attribute that to the inclusion of classical string instruments. This song follows the basic ballad patterns, but Paul Kim sounds beautiful with each note, so I love it.

Final Thoughts:

I truly enjoyed listening to this EP, and I can’t wait to watch the remaining music videos and understand each story. Paul Kim did an excellent job, both vocally and production-wise. He never disappoints.

While listening to this EP, I kept deliberating on which part of his 2nd full-length album I like better. Maum, Part. 2 definitely gives me different feels from Maum, Part. 1, hence I don’t want to choose one over the other. However, as of now, I am more in love with the sound from part one. All the same, Maum, as a full-length album, is PURE EXCELLENCE.

My rating for this EP – Maum, Part. 2, is 9/10.

Updated on May 6th:

Hero –

HOLIDAY –

The Reason for My Spring –

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