Back to the grind with the second set of my “catching up” compilation –
HyunA – “I’m Not Cool”
This song is the title track of HyunA’s 7th mini-album – I’m Not Cool. She looks stunning in this video. I love her makeup and the vibrant colours for the music video; I can tell they spent money!!! The choreography is quite quirky but still hits hard. As for the song, it’s catchy but not precisely my vibe. In this case, I don’t even mind the heavy EDM elements, but my issue is that the verses lack enough substance while the chorus is a bop. Hence the entire song isn’t hitting the right spot. Maybe “I’m Not Cool” might grow on me much later; who knows?
Overall this is a solid mini-album from HyunA. The title track did get better for me with each new listen, but I still prefer the B-sides. My ranking for the songs in this EP is as follows – “Party, Feel, Love” – “FLOWER SHOWER” – “Show Window” – “GOOD GIRL” & “I’m Not Cool”. I think this record deserves a rating of 9.5/10.
KYUHYUN – “Moving On”
You all know I love ballads, so this song is right up my alley. KYUHYUN has such a powerful and emotional voice, so he delivered “Moving On” so beautifully. The actors also did well with showcasing the sentiments of their roles. From the lyrics, I can tell this is a breakup song, but the video also makes me feel like the boyfriend passed on??? I’m not sure, but I love this song all the same. It’s for sure going on my playlist.
U-KNOW – “Eeny Meeny”
The beat for this song is a groove + the chorus is super catchy. U-KNOW is serving smooth vocals, and the choreography is perfect considering the tempo. I also love the music video’s visuals. I was hoping that Seulgi would sing, but I enjoyed her cameo; she looks beautiful. “Eeny Meeny” is a bop that I will be replaying for a long time.
Yang Da Il – “Hurt”
This song is the title track for Yang Da Il’s 2nd full-length album – our joys and sadness. “Hurt” is a solemn ballad, and I love the music video. The actors did such a fantastic job conveying the emotions of this song. Yang Da Il’s vocal delivery is impeccable; his voice pierces the soul.
“Sometimes” is a pre-release single for the album and an equally beautiful ballad. I’ve noticed that most Korean ballads tend to be about breakups, but I don’t mind since they’re always so relaxing. This song has a very chill instrumental; hence Yang Da Il’s vocal delivery is more soothing and not too power-driven like in “Hurt”.
Another pre-release, and I remember listening to this one when it dropped. It’s such a touching song and has an entirely different storyline from the previous two. “Darling” is about an older man reminiscing the time spent with his now-deceased partner. I love this song, and the visuals for the music video are so peaceful. Of course, Yang Da Il’s lovely vocals are what truly drive home the sentiments of this beautiful piece.
“Understand” is a digital single from the earlier months of 2020. I love the moody colouring for this music video and how the video events occur in the background as Yang Da Il sings his heart out. He sounds incredible on this song, the vocal runs on this one are pure bliss. The actors for his videos are always so good, and yes, I am living for this serene energy.
Another song that was released earlier, but this one is from 2019. By now, if you’re not already familiar with Yang Da Il, you would have realized that he is a core ballad singer. Therefore our joys and sadness is a full-on slow tempo album. “My Love” is not a breakup song but rather like an appreciation letter to that special someone who makes your world more beautiful each day. I love the aesthetics of this music video, the scenery for each scene is stunning.
This album is perfect in every shape and form and deserving of a 10/10 rating. Yang Da Il served vocals and emotions on all twelve tracks, + every single song had something distinctly beautiful that captivated me. I love a good ballad record because I could play it in the background on repeat while doing anything, and it puts me in the most peaceful space. So do I love our joys and sadness, YOU SURE BET I DO. There are also some good chill neo-soul tracks on this record, which means I get an excellent mix with this one.
Alright, that’s all for catching up with the recent comebacks. You all will probably see more of this type of post during the first half of this year because I’m busy with school and can’t react to everything immediately. Still, I’m doing my best to show up as often as possible, and I’m grateful for the support so far. 💕💕💕