SEO EUNKWANG – FoRest: Entrance: Kpop Album Review

I am here to review Seo Eunkwang’s mini-album titled FoRest: Entrance. This album has seven songs, including the title track “No One Knows”img_8068Seo Eunkwang is a South Korean singer and musical actor. He was born on November 22nd, 1990 and debuted as the leader of the boy group BtoB in 2012. This album marks his official solo debut.

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

Reaction to Title Track/Official MV: 

  • Is this going to be a power ballad?
  • The instrumental is beautiful.
  • By now, you all should know how I feel about keyboards.
  • The visuals and lighting for the music video are so aesthetically pleasing and peaceful.
  • I wish I had subtitles, but it’s okay. I can check for them later.
  • Every vocalist in BtoB is equally outstanding, hence why I’m not even surprised about the quality of Eunkwang’s voice.
  • Even without any current understanding of the lyrics, I can tell that he genuinely conveyed the emotions of this song.
  • Also, his high notes are full and very stable.
  • I love the instrumental progression of this song. It started out with a keyboard and some classical string instruments, then we got some soft drumming and a surprising modulation.
  • Through it all, Eunkwang sounds fantastic, and I love how he ended the song.
  • Now, I’m going to check out the English lyrics.
  • From what I read, my guess is that “No One Knows” is about putting up a happy front even though you are truly hurting inside. When alone, you cry all the time, but you also fake a laugh in front of friends. Unfortunately, none of them know what’s really going on with you.
  • I appreciate the sentiments of the song because I can relate to it, and I am sure many others can as well.
  • Kudos to Seo Eunkwang for delivering this song beautifully.
  • “No One Knows” is a great ballad song. Right now, I’m not madly in love with it, but it could be a grower.

Album Review: img_8069Here is the album sampler –

  1. Dear My Dear – I believe this was a pre-release single, so that’s why it has an official lyric video. For some reason, the intro reminds me of rain showers…odd, I know. It really gives me the same soothing feeling like rain, and I don’t understand why. The melody is beautiful. I love the nature theme of this mini-album. The blend between Eunkwang’s voice and the instrumental is pure bliss. I’m really enjoying this track. I love the animation for the video, it’s adorable and catchy. The soft twinkles in the background are so enchanting. It makes me feel like I’m gazing at stars. Seo Eunkwang is blessing my ears and soul this morning. His high notes are lovely. On first listen, “Dear My Dear” suits my taste more than the title track.
  2. No One Knows – Now listening to it the second time, I am definitely enjoying it more, but the first song is still my favourite.
  3. Have a nice day – I absolutely adore the vibe of this album and “Have a nice day” seems to be one of those songs that immediately called for my attention. I love the guitar intro and drum beats. I am living for the vocal layering on this track, and the subtle falsetto during the chorus is too good. Seo Eunkwang’s voice is incredible. I changed my mind, this is actually my favourite now😂. It just spoke to me right from the first second and kept me throughout the entire three minutes plus. The production on “Have a nice day” is impeccable, and Eunkwang’s vocal power truly shines on this track. I LOVE IT, and I’m going to do a replay before moving on.
  4. About Eternity – I love how he used a shallow tone to start this one, and it seems to be another ballad with the same serene vibe. I love the shallow whisper-like vocal layering as well, it is beautiful. I can’t… this album has been giving me relaxing gems so far, and I truly needed this kind of songs now. I noticed that once the shallow drumbeat came in after the first chorus, the instrumental somehow still managed to retain the same pacing while scaling upwards occasionally. Eunkwang’s voice seemed to be the only element that consistently soared throughout the song. I like “About Eternity”, but I’m not madly in love. It’s a definite grower, so I might change my mind after a second listen.
  5. The Four Seasons – Oh, this is more upbeat. I wasn’t expecting it due to how it started. “The Four Seasons”  slightly resembles a Christmas tune. It has a bubbly vibe but still relaxing like the previous songs. A lot is going on with the instrumental of this track, but I really love the variations I’m hearing. This is another show of excellent production. The soft jingles in the background are giving me major holiday vibes. I LOVE CHRISTMAS.
  6. Love again – A good guitar intro, but I wonder what it’s going to sound like. Yes, I knew it was going to surprise me because the intros on this album have been quite deceptive. I love the melody on this one, and I’m intrigued to see how the chorus drops. Alright, the chorus isn’t what I was expecting, but I still like it. I appreciate the short clapping section they included, and it also mirrors the rhythm of the instrumental. Nice touch.
  7. With U – Another magical ballad and I ain’t complaining. I feel this might be a fave as well because the instrumental is calling to me. Yes, I love the melody, and Eunkwang’s voice is speaking words of love and positivity to my soul right now. I feel perfect listening to “With U”. I am living for how he ends the chorus sections with those beautiful vocal runs. His voice is breathtaking on this song, and I am enjoying every second. The high notes…YESSS. Please bless me. This is definitely my third fave on the album. I am here for this kind of energy and mood.

Final Thoughts: 

I LOVE this mini-album. I found my three favourite songs, and I will definitely be listening to the full album for a while because of the overall composition and peaceful nature. I might not be super in love with every song, but they all fit the mood and energy that I’m in right now. I’ve been longing for some new soothing tunes, and Seo Eunkwang delivered with Forest: Entrance. Hence why my rating for this solo-debut album is 9/10.

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