U-KNOW Returns With A Cinematic NOIR – Kpop Album Review

Earlier today, U-KNOW released his 2nd mini-album titled NOIR. This EP has five songs, including the title track “Thank U”

Jung Yun-ho, popularly known either as Yunho or U-Know, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actor signed to SM Entertainment. He was born on February 6th, 1986 and is currently a member of the duo act – TVXQ. U-Know debuted with TVXQ as the band’s leader in 2003. 

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

Reaction to Title Track/MV:

  • From the teasers, I know this will be a very cinematic music video. I’m excited to see the production quality.
  • U-Know looks good!!! The man is FINEEEE.
  • So he was betrayed by his fellow gang members? Damn, the acting is superb.
  • I wouldn’t mind if they produced an actual film with a similar storyline.
  • Okay, I expected him to open the song with some smooth singing, but his actual intro is still intriguing.
  • The production quality for the visuals is insane. SM spent good money on this one.
  • The chorus is catchy, and U-Know sounds beautiful on the track.
  • I wasn’t so into the sound when this song first started, but the chorus won me over.
  • The choreography for both his dancing and fight scenes is smooth and aesthetically pleasing to watch.
  • Can we give props to the music producer for that lovely jazzy instrumental bridge + U-Know’s charming vocals? I’m in love.
  • ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ The cinematography & storyline for this music video is off the charts brilliant. It kept me entertained from beginning to end.
  • “Thank U” is a masterpiece and an excellent comeback for U-Know. Now I need someone to give this amazing man a similar role in a film or drama because I’m itching to watch.

Album Review:

  1. Time Machine – I am here for the electronic-hip-hop sound on this song. U-Know is serving vocals!! on this one, and I am living my best life. The beat for “Time Machine” is sick๐Ÿ”ฅ. I need to know who wrote and produced this track because I am enjoying every moment of it. It’s a whole vibe.
  2. Thank U – This song is a certified bop that I see myself coming back to a lot. The production on U-Know’s voice + the beat is perfect. Plus, the song has a nice message, so what’s not to love? 
  3. Loco (House Party) –Ooo, I adore the rich bass on this track. It makes me feel like I’m actually at a house party with loudspeakers blasting the best music ever. Nice production๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ. The classic call and response technique was also a brilliant touch. “Loco” is a lit disco track, and I am digging all the energy.
  4. Need You Right Now – Okay, it looks like things are slowing down with this song. I was not expecting the chorus to be such a vibe!!! “Need You Right Now” is more chill than the previous tracks, but the melody & quality is beautiful. I adore how U-Know sounds on this track. It feels intimate because he’s almost whispering in some sections.
  5. La Rosa (Feat. SHIN YE EUN) – Okay, the guitar on this serving the right dose of Spanish flavour and the vocals/harmonies are pure bliss. I sound like a broken record by now, but I AM IN LOVE๐Ÿ˜„. I can’t even pick my favourite yet from all five songs, but “La Rosa” is hitting the feels hard for me. What a song and a very befitting closing to this album.

Final Thoughts:

I didn’t mention it earlier, but this album marks my first time listening to U-Know’s solo material. I love TVXQ, hence why I decided to check him out finally, and I am genuinely impressed. The production quality on this album is impeccable. NOIR is a straight masterpiece. U-Know served vocals and divine energy on every track. No single song on this record was a letdown, so I’m going to enjoy them without stressing about which is better than the other.

With all that said, my rating for U-Know‘s 2nd mini-album NOIR is a solid 10/10.

2 thoughts on “U-KNOW Returns With A Cinematic NOIR – Kpop Album Review

  1. The music video is truly stunning. So glad you like Need You Right Now, that’s my favourite song off the album! Definitely check out his previous solo material.

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