IU – eight (Prod.&Feat. SUGA of BTS): Music Review

HELLO, people🤗🤗🤗

You all will be getting a lot of music/album reviews this week, and I’m starting off with IU. She just released a new single which features SUGA from BTS, and it’s called “eight”

IU is an incredible vocalist, so I have been waiting for this single, and finally, it is here. I love the teaser/track images she dropped. They are so pretty, and the animated version of IU is too adorable😍😍😍 –

Lee Ji Eun, popularly known as IU, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actress. IU began her career at the age of 15 under Kakao M. with the album – Lost and Found. She achieved significant success with her song “Good Day”. Ever since then, IU has established herself as a music chart queen. On January 6th of this year, IU announced that she was now under new management called EDAM Entertainment. It is a subsidiary of her former agency, and it was established by her manager of twelve years, Bae Jong Han. She moved along with all her staff members to the new company.

IU’s new single “eight” is already No.1 on the real-time charts of major music sites in South Korea. Also, she has broken the record for most unique listeners in the first hour on Melon.

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

Reaction to Official MV:

  • Unfortunately, there are no English captions, but I’ll check for the translation later.
  • Apparently, this song is about IU’s late friends Sulli, Goo Hara and Jonghyun.
  • It looks like it’s going to be a sad one.
  • We have some kind of studio/lab room at the beginning of the music video.
  • I already like the melody.
  • I love the thinned out instrumental in the beginning, and then the bass came in once IU started singing.
  • So is she in some kind of virtual dimension trying to experience good memories again?
  • I thought this was going to take a very melancholic tone, but it’s actually upbeat.
  • The visuals for the music video are stunning.
  • The first sentence IU sang was, “So are you happy now?… Finally happy now, are you?” and in the chorus, she says – “Forever young, Forever we’re young” This means she hopes that her friends are at peace now, and because they left so early, they will always be young in her memories, Right???
  • That’s what I got so far, and IU sounds fantastic as always.
  • I really love this cartoon version of her.
  • Concerning the plane turbulence scene/ nightmare sequence. My guess is that it represents IU’s sleepless nights and pain from the loss of her close friends. It could also mean that she wishes their deaths were just a bad dream???
  • I’m trying my best to guess the subliminal meanings of each scene, but I might still miss out on a lot.
  • SUGA’s verse came in smoothly. He fits the track, but his part was short. I prefer features that incorporate both artists throughout the song.
  • I just got chills when the other animated girl jumped into the sky. That visual made me sad, plus IU’s voice is that section is so soothing.
  • Now we’re back to the thinned out version of the instrumental, which means less bass.
  • So did the lizard transform into a dragon???
  • Awww, I don’t want to cry😥😥😥. That smile between IU’s animation on the plane and the girl on the dragon was such a touching moment.img_5513
  • My guess is that the lizard represents Jonghyun, and the girl is Sulli.
  • The music video ends with her waking up from the visual world and returning to reality.
  • She then sings – “So are you happy now?… I know you’re happy now, yea.”
  • This is so heartfelt.
  • By the way, IU is gorgeous in that all-white outfit.
  • Oooh, I just read an interesting comment by (MiMi Park) on the music video. She said in the airplane scene when the storm started, it read “electronic devices off” instead of “seatbelt on.” This is a warning to people who stay behind their phones and laptops to leave hateful comments about others.
  • We are all humans with feelings, so hateful words can surely hurt and break anyone. Please be nice to others because being kind should not be seen as a difficult task.
  • I LOVE the message of this song, but I’m not 100% into the music itself yet. So I’m going to listen to it again.
  • After the second listen, I can definitely say that “eight” is a grower. I enjoy it more as it replays, so this song gets a 9/10 from me.

English Lyrics:

[Verse 1: IU]
So are you happy now?
Finally happy now, are you?
Well, I’m exactly the same
I think I’ve lost everything
Everything comes as it pleases and leaves without a goodbye
Like this, I don’t want to love anything
Where the sun has set, as far as the sun sets
I travel in those memories[Chorus: IU]
Under an orange sun
We dance with no shadows
There is no such thing as decided farewells
Meet me in that memory that was once beautiful
Forever young[Post-Chorus: IU]
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh
Forever we young
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh
If it is this kind of nightmare, I won’t ever wake up.

[Verse 2: SUGA]
Island, yeah, here is an island
A small one that we made with each other
Yeah, um, forever young, the word “forever” is a sandcastle
A farewell is like a disaster cast
A morning greeted along with the yearning
Let us both pass this eternity
Surely meet once more on this island.

[Verse 3: IU]
Like what someone said as they were consoling me, passing
It isn’t that easy to forget a memory merely big as a handspan
Even as time goes by, still
At that place which takes hold of me[Chorus: IU]
Under an orange sun
We dance with no shadows
There is no such thing as decided goodbyes
Meet me in that memory that was once beautiful
Forever young[Bridge: IU]
We lie down atop of each other
Share stories that aren’t of sorrow
There is no such thing as gloomy endings
I will forever meet you in this memory
Forever young

[Post-Chorus: IU]
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh
Forever we young
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh
If it is this kind of nightmare, I won’t ever wake up

(source – GENIUS)

 

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