MAMAMOO – WANNA BE MYSELF: Music Review

On September 10th, Mamamoo released a new digital single titled “WANNA BE MYSELF“, and of course, I’m here to check it out.

(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:

  • They are all stunning. I still can’t pick a bias in Mamamoo because these four ladies serve beauty and talent equally.
  • The soft echoing effect they used for the intro is intriguing.
  • The music video has lovely colours.
  • The vocals!!! They give the best vocal delivery in every song.
  • I love how the instrumental switches up for each lady’s come in.
  • It looks like everyone has there designated colours. Wheein got pale green, Solar has nude-ish pink, Hwasa’s is blue, and Moonbyul got yellow & red with hot green.
  • I love the retro chorus. Plus, the bass beat during that section is perfect.
  • Wheein’s falsetto notes during the chorus are enchanting.
  • Okay, this is a BOP with a great message about loving yourself and being original.
  • Their outfits are simple but very fitting for each member.
  • Nice switch up by making Solar took the falsetto notes in the second chorus.
  • That brief guitar riff before the bridge is pure bliss. I LOVE the production on this track. It is well-thought-out.
  • Yes, the vocal intensity towards the end plus the drums is the perfect closing touch.
  • “WANNA BE MYSELF” is a CF song. The ladies of Mamamoo are the new brand ambassadors for ANDAR. They made this song and MV to model some clothes from ANDAR.
  • There’s nothing more to say, this song is playlist worthy, and it gets a 10/10 from me.
  • Mamamoo has done it again. They never disappoint.

Do You Like Brahms?: Drama Review – Episode 1 – 2

Do You Like Brahms? is an ongoing Korean series that stars Kim Min Jae and Park Eun Bin as leads. It started airing on August 31st and will run for sixteen episodes.

Synopsis: In defiance of her family’s opposition, Song Ah gets accepted to the same university’s music school, where she previously majored in business. As she’s seven years older than her classmates, she finds her new academic life daunting and struggles to find strength. One day, she hears Joon Young playing “Traumerei,” which comforts her. Joon Young is a talented pianist who started playing the piano when he was six. He’s been friends with Jung Kyung, Kyunghoo Group’s CEO’s granddaughter, for a long time, and is in love with her. When he decides to keep his distance from Jung Kyung, he meets Song Ah. (source – Viki)

Expectations: I saw the trailers for this drama all over Instagram. Plus, I enjoy the acting of both leads. Hence I decided to check it out and see if it’s worth my time.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review: 

First off, I adore the serene atmosphere of this show. The calm nature makes for a relaxing watch. From what I’ve seen, Do You Like Brahms? is going to be a slow burn romance story. I don’t mind this because we are getting quite realistic interactions. Chae Song Ah and Park Joon Young are so awkward and overly careful around each other. Hence why it will be interesting to watch their relationship progress out of that stage. I’m super excited to see them become friends and gradually fall in love because the subtle glances at each other, in just these two episodes, are screaming chemistry!!!

Another thing I genuinely appreciate about this drama is that Song Ah and Joon Young are friendly and also respectful to others. We all know that a male lead that starts nice is quite rare in the K-drama scene. That’s why when I meet these occasional gems, I remain tuned. Also, the OST line-up is promising. The one from Punch – “Close To Me” is simply beautiful –

Now let’s discuss the existing love triangles holding our leads back –

  • Chae Song Ah Vs. Yoo Dong Yoon & Kang Min Sung: I don’t think this triangle will get messy, but there is tension to unfold. Chae Song Ah lacks confidence due to her academic standing, but she’s brave for pursuing her dream. Maybe the writer plans to use this situation of being in love with her friend’s ex-boyfriend to impact growth and boost her confidence level.
  • Park Joon Young Vs Lee Jung Kyung & Han Hyun Ho: Now, this one will not end well. This triangle is the literal definition of – “it’s about to go down.” Park Joon Young has always done things to please others and provide for his family, hence why I believe this situation might be a device to let him out of his shell. The major problem here is Lee Jung Kyung. She seems quite jealous already, and I’m not looking forward to what will cook up once Joon Young starts shows vital interest in Song Ah.

Although this drama does not have many funny moments, I laughed out loud when Song Ah asked Joon Young – “Do You Like Brahms?” at the airport. I instantly had a flashback of the iconic line from Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo – Do You Like Messi? 😂😂😂

I am very excited about the upcoming episodes, and if anyone else is interested, new episodes of Do You Like Brahms? are uploaded every Monday & Tuesday on Viki 👉🏼 https://www.viki.com/tv/37214c-do-you-like-brahms

Heart Signal 3 (Korean Version): Watch Progress Update

Since I started writing a recap/review of this program here, I thought it would be only right to update why I stopped.

Honestly, I wasn’t enjoying it. Usually, Heart Signal can be frustrating, but as a viewer, I still enjoy trying to guess the love lines or just watching the housemates interact with each other. This third season of the Korean version wasn’t doing it for me. I tried to push through and give them chances to evolve. But even down to episode 8, I was still dealing with the same unfair allocated screen time issues. Then I noticed that this season had 16 episodes, which doesn’t make sense because halfway through had been a full drag.

I read a few reviews, and many people enjoyed it, and some said it got better towards the end after the housemates started communicating their feelings appropriately. However, I don’t feel inclined to go back, so I will no longer document Heart Signal 3 (Korean Version). Maybe one day, when I have a lot of time, I can watch it personally to get closure.

Currently, I am looking forward to the third season of the Chinese version. I sincerely hope this one doesn’t disappoint me as well. Tencent has announced the new panel line-up.

Returning Panel Members –

  • Yang Chaoyue
  • Du Haitao

New Panel Members –

  • Zhang Han
  • Qi Wei
  • Ding Yuxi
  • Blogger Alex

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Dong Xuan and Liu Lin for Red Magazine

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official magazine websites and social media sites.)

Dong Xuan is a Chinese actress and singer who recently graced Red Magazine’s August 2020 Issue. I love the vibe of this photoshoot, and she is such a stunning lady.


Next is the veteran Chinese actress Liu Lin. She also features in the August 2020 Issue of Red Magazine. I have spotted her in a good number of dramas – The Story of Ming LanSurgeons and Your are My Destiny.

Nothing But Thirty: Final Review – Episode 21 – 43

Alright, it is time to wrap up Nothing But Thirty. Honestly, I already finished watching this series when I wrote my initial review. I took down notes for the remaining episodes, but me being me, I wasn’t able to come back immediately with the next part. Sorry, everyone🤦🏼‍♀️.

Now let’s get it done. Remember, all episodes of this drama are available on Viki with this link 👉🏼 Nothing But Thirty with English subs.

Also, check out the first part review with this link – Nothing But Thirty: Drama Review – Episodes 1 – 20

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

I knew something was fishy about Man Ni’s boyfriend. Liang Zheng Xian thought he could keep a woman for every city he visits. He had my girl looking like a mistress. I’m glad Man Ni broke away from his shackles, even though it took her a while to get over the depressed feeling.

Life happens; we learn and grow each day. By the end of the series, Wang Man Ni grew into a more independent lady and decided to focus on herself rather than conforming to society’s norms.

In the case of Zhong Xiao Qin and Chen Yu, I’m happy that they had their time apart. There’s a saying that ‘you don’t appreciate what you have until you lose it.’ Xiao Qin and Chen Yu had way too many misunderstandings, and they both needed to be mature enough to clear out everything. Thankfully, the writer showed them working on their communication skills.

Chen Yu became more open about his feelings, and Xiao Qin gained self-confidence. As a couple, they were now able to consider things through each other’s perspective, which made me love their reunion.

During the last few episodes, the arc that made me go crazy in the right way was Gu Jia’s. I felt her pain, disappointment and frustration with Xu Huan Shan and his mistress (Youyou). They nearly broke this lady.

The fact that Xu Huan Shan was bold enough to make Gu Jia and her father clean up his mess was what completely blew my mind. You claim that your wife controls everything, but you can’t even do anything on your own. Make it make sense because I’m baffled😤. I just wanted to go into the series and knock common sense into his brain. Plus, Youyou is also another entitlement character. From what I saw, Xu Huan Shan only used her to boost his failed pride and ego. The scene that made me feel heavy throughout Gu Jia’s ordeal was the bathtub moment in episode 40. I cried because it was too painful to watch –

Infidelity in marriage has always bothered me because there are many things to consider before thinking of divorce. However, I don’t think I will be able to trust my partner or even look at the person the same way. It isn’t even the matter of forgiving but rather the stress and emotional distraught I have to put myself through if I want to remain in such a union. Just like Man Ni told Gu Jia – “Getting divorced is a punishment to him. Not getting divorced will be a punishment to yourself.” All the same, I’m glad that Gu Jia stayed strong and made the best decision for herself. Also, as the series concluded, I felt a little bit of sympathy towards Xu Huan Shan. Like I said earlier, life happens, we learn and grow each day.

Before I conclude, let’s talk about the family that appears at the end of each episode. I think they showed that everyone’s timeline is different. While your up, someone else is down and during your down moments, another person is up. The one factor that should remain the same is everyone moving to better themselves. Remember, age is but time and a number. Nothing and no one should hold us back in life.


Overall, I love that in this series, everyone acknowledged their mistakes. Problems in a relationship don’t just come out of thin air. Sometimes, we have to question ourselves to see if we contributed to it in any shape or form. Gu Jia and Zhong Xiao Qin were an excellent example of this. Another beautiful lesson from this drama is that life cannot always be smooth. Struggles arise to promote growth and impact knowledge, so keep fighting.

Nothing But Thirty not only provided viewers with excellent acting, cinematography and a phenomenal soundtrack album. It also showcased the friendship and life struggles of three equally beautiful and strong women. Everything from pacing to the storyline came out perfect. I truly learnt a lot, and this is the kind of drama that I can always come back to and still feel satisfied each time. Therefore this series gets a 10/10 from me. To better understand how I rate each movie or drama, click 👉🏼Drama|Movie Rating Guide

YES, this was another long review, oops😂😂😂. Have a great day, everyone.

DAY6 (Even of Day) – The Book of Us : Gluon – Album Review

On August 31st, DAY6’s new sub-unit – Even of Day, released their debut mini-album titled The Book of Us: Gluon – Nothing Can Tear Us Apart. This unit includes Wonpil, Young K, and Dowoon. Being that I am a My Day, I couldn’t skip writing a review for this album.

The mini has seven songs, including the title track – “Where the sea sleeps”

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

Reaction to Official MV/Title Track:

  • I always enjoy animated music videos, and the plushies are adorable.
  • The plushies are DAY6’s animal characters – The fox (Kke) is Young K, the rabbit (Pil) is Wonpil, the dog (Don) is Dowoon, the bear (Bang) is Sungjin and the chicken (Jje) is Jae.
  • Wonpil soft vocals coming right after Young K’s more resonant voice is just perfect.
  • The melody for the song is smooth and soothing.
  • From the lyrics, I think they’re singing about friendship. The members are going to keep supporting each other through the stormy and happy moments. 
  • I was hoping to hear Dowoon’s voice, but maybe he might come in later?
  • Young K’s vocal range/control is incredible, and Wonpil’s voice is simply beautiful.
  • No, their spaceship crashed. What happens now?
  • The instrumental variation for the bridge is excellent. I also love the occasional synthesized beat in that section, and the harmonization/riff between Wonpil and Young K is pure bliss.
  • Yeah, the denimalz are safe and still together.
  • I LOVE THIS MUSIC VIDEO. It’s cute, somewhat sad, and the storyline is engaging.
  • I noticed that Sungjin and Jae’s plushies are in the video. 
  • Honestly, I wasn’t expecting a slow song, but as expected of anything related to DAY6, they came through.
  • “Where the sea sleeps” is a lovely song with a fantastic message. The production on the track is superb, and the vocal quality deserves an A+++++++
  • I LOVE IT, and I will listen to a live version before moving on to the album.
  • Even the live performance is heavenly –
  • “Where the sea sleeps” is such a touching song. I don’t have enough words to describe how much I love it.

Album Review:

Here is the highlight medley –

  1. Landing -Intro- (with DENIMALZ 3) – I believe Denimalz refers to DAY6’s animal characters. I’m not sure how they plan to input them into the audio tracks, but let’s see🧐. Alright, 0.34 seconds in, and this is weird but funny😂😂😂. I guess this is supposed to be the denimalz talking in the spaceship. Too cute and creative. The beautiful harmonies layered over such intense instrumental makes for an intriguing opening.
  2. Landed – As expected, the drums on all DAY6’s songs are A+++. Dowoon is an epic drum, and yes, I said drum. The music for this track is hugging their vocals so tightly instead of just being in the background. The production is impressive. I love the falsetto backing vocals, and this song has a lovely melody. “Landed” makes me want to move from side to side. I need to check out the English lyrics later.
  3. Ocean -Interlude 1- (with DENIMALZ 3) – At this point, I know that DENIMALZ 3 refers to the animated plushie’s voice. “Ocean” is an excellent track for bedtime. The whistles are beautiful. The vocal layering on this one is perfect and very soothing.
  4. Where the sea sleeps – I have said it all already. 
  5. Forest -Interlude 2- (DENIMALZ 3) – Yes, come through with that soulful harmonization. Oh, the serenity of it all. I AM IN LOVE. 
  6. Thanks to – Why does this sound retro-ish? I might be wrong about the retro vibe because I’m no music expert, but I love what I hear. “Thanks to” is another song with a lovely melody and incredible vocals. It makes me want to dance, but I hope the lyrics are not sad. Is that Dowoon’s voice in the background, or is it just Young K singing in a lower pitch? Anyways, Young K went off good on his guitar towards the end.
  7. To be continued -Outro- (Sung by DENIMALZ 3) – The denimalz singing is too adorable, I can’t deal. Cuteness aside, this is a good song. I love the ending keyboard note.

Final Thoughts:

I don’t mind that there are only three main songs on this mini-album because the interludes are equally beautiful. I enjoyed every minute, and I will be replaying the entire record for a long time. Young K and Wonpil served incredible vocals, and the overall production is fantastic. I only wish they had included more of Dowoon’s voice, but I’ll take what I got.

The maknae-line did an admirable job with this debut album. Therefore The Book of Us: Gluon – Nothing Can Tear Us Apart by DAY6 (Even of Day) gets a solid 10/10 from me.

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: A Simon Gong and Chen Kun Exclusive

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official magazine websites and social media sites.)

Recently, Simon Gong posed for a photoshoot with Jalouse China. I think the magazine was going for a boy scout/camping theme. I love the summery vibe of these photos.


Next is one of my favourite Chinese actors ever, Chen Kun. He graced the September Issue cover of Dazed China Magazine.

Jackson Wang x Galantis – Pretty Please: Music Review

Earlier today, Jackson Wang released a new single titled “Pretty Please”

(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:

  • Thankfully Jackson has blessed me with English captions.
  • This music video feels like a short film.
  • Ooo, excellent beat.
  • I LOVE the vibe of this MV. It’s classy and sort of vintage.
  • Plus, the way Jackson is following that lady reminds me of Michael Jackson’s -“The Way You Make Me Feel”
  • It interesting to see that they choreographed every little movement.
  • So Jackson is a wolf, and that’s why they mentioned wolves earlier in the video.
  • Lol, he even did the Michael’s kick dance.😂 I LOVE THIS.
  • Jackson Wang is a great dancer and also a good actor. He’s been impressing me with these recent cinematic music videos.
  • So this was all a dream? Was he sitting in that restaurant the entire time?
  • Am I the only one that feels this story is connected to “100 Ways” because the female actress is the same. 
  • It is nice that he got the inspiration for this music video from classic Hong Kong movies. The visuals were well thought out, and the final product is beautiful.
  • Now I’m going to listen to the song without the visuals before giving my final opinion.
  • The production is incredible, and Jackson’s voice is charming.
  • Although it’s not something I can listen to any time, I do love this song.
  • Therefore “Pretty Please” gets a 10/10 from me.

SuperM – Tiger Inside: Music Review

It took me a while, but I’m here now. Let’s check out SuperM’s latest digital single – “Tiger Inside” 

(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:

  • Starting with Ten always gets my attention. HE LOOKS FINEEEE!!!
  • “100” wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, so I have my fingers crossed on this one.
  • I love the entry beat and melody.
  • Nah, does Mark have a mullet?
  • Honestly, mullets are either a hard no or a subtle pass for me.
  • I love the instrumental. It’s giving me a dark/martial arts vibe.
  • I’ve noticed that the melodies in most SuperM songs change too quickly. I don’t know if it’s just me, but before my ear can adapt to a sound, new sections come in with totally different rhythms.
  • These sudden changes make it hard for me to enjoy the song on my first listen, but I appreciate the experimental production style.
  • I’m just 0.43 seconds into “Tiger Inside” and am hoping they serve.
  • Okay, Mark is rocking the mullet. I’m not mad.
  • Taeyong was disrespectful with that growl during his rap.
  • This pandemic is causing SM Entertainment to go back to their box music video ways. 😂😂😂
  • I still love the visuals, though. It’s perfect for the theme of this song.
  • That deep black eyeliner on Mark is fire.
  • Baekhyun is always going off in all their songs.
  • My favourite outfits are the black/blue and gold ones –
  • I’m going to listen to this song again without the visuals before giving my final thoughts.
  • After paying more attention to the vocals and music, I can see myself getting down with “Tiger Inside”. My ears love it more with each new listen.
  • I enjoyed a few melodies here and there. I absolutely love the rap flows, but I’m not in love with the entire song yet.
  • Therefore it gets a 9/10 from me.

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: A Murderous Affair In Horizon Tower

A Murderous Affair In Horizon Tower is a 2020 Chinese TV series that starred Yang Zi ShanGuo TaoLu Yu LaiAngelababyRexen ChengBaby Zhang more. It ran for 16 episodes.

Summary: A beautiful coffee shop owner named Zhong Meibao suddenly dies in a condominium at the Horizon Tower. She had on a doll-like makeup. Hence the case was referred to as the “Doll Murder Case”. This case shocks the whole tower, and after investigation, the clues point to three suspects – security guard Xie Baoluo, architect Lin Dasen and property manager Lin Mengyu. Zhong Meibao’s beauty enthralled all three suspects, and all had an intimate relationship with her. All clues seem to point to the possibility of a love crime. However, during the investigation, new clues begin to emerge and turn the focus to Zhong Meibao’s complicated and painful youth. Her family, consisting of her step-father, mother, younger brother and foster mother, were implicated. Just who could be the real murderer? (source – MyDramaList)

Trailers –

This drama seems interesting. I might start watching it soon. My main reason for this post is to share the official posters with you all. I found them to be intriguing and stunning.

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official magazine websites and social media sites.)

If anyone has seen A Murderous Affair In Horizon Tower, leave some mini-reviews in the comments section. I need to know what I’m signing up for.

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My Pictorial|Poster Faves: A Zhang Jianing and Fu Jing Exclusive

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official magazine websites and social media sites.)

First off is Zhang Jianing for NeufMode Style. I first saw her in The Story of Ming Lan as the fifth sister (Sheng Ru Lan). She is a simple beauty.


Next is Fu Jing for Cosmopolitan China’s September 2020 Issue. This woman is gorgeous, and her facial structure is quite edgy/chiselled.

The Rose – Black Rose: Song Of The Week

I finally decided on my song for this week. It’s The Rose’s latest single titled “Black Rose”

For a short profile on this band, use this link 👉🏼 The Rose – Dawn: Album Recommendation.

The Rose released this song on Sunday. I don’t think they plan to promote since some members are off for their mandatory military service. All the same, I am delighted to hear something new from them. I missed their beautiful voices so much. “Black Rose” is a chill and soulful song. It makes me sad, but at the same time, I feel comforted. I love the message that everything will okay, so don’t be afraid. Also, Black Rose is the fandom name, which makes this song extra special. I pray that the boys stay healthy and continue to strive for their dream because they are super talented.

I hope you all enjoy listening to this song as well. If you will like to keep up with The Rose’s activities, here are their new official platforms:

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/therosesound/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/TheRoseSound

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/therosesound

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtAVRsk51HikP2jrVHCWb7Q

BLACKPINK & Selena Gomez – Ice Cream: Music Review

Earlier today, BLACKPINK released their collaboration single with Selena Gomez. It is titled “Ice Cream”

(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:

  • I love the teaser images for this comeback, and I feel it’s going to be a softer concept compared to “How You Like That”
  • They all look adorable, and I love the hot pink. Not my favourite colour but it looks beautiful in this video.
  • I love this short bob on Lisa, and Jennie is rocking that black shoulder-length hair. She is stunning.
  • Rose came in nicely, and I see my bias, Jisoo, is serving face.
  • I don’t know how I feel about the song yet, but I love the heavy drums during Rose’s first entry.
  • Whoever does BLACKPINK’s makeup deserves a raise. They are all stunning.
  • As of now, the only section I enjoy is – “it looks so good, yeah, it looks so sweet. Looking good enough to eat… Baby, you deserve a treat.”
  • The remaining parts of the song fall short for me, but I love the music video. It’s colourful and catchy.
  • Oh, I wasn’t expecting a solo rap section or Lisa with long hair.
  • “Ice Cream” is a cute song, but aside from the section, I pointed out, nothing stands out for me.
  • I will listen to it again, but this does not enter my top songs from BLACKPINK.
  • After my second time, it does sound better, but I’m not in love. 
  • Therefore “Ice Cream” by BLACKPINK & Selena Gomez gets a 7.5/10.

Before I wrap up, let me get something off my chest.

The amount of hate that BLACKPINK gets is unreasonable, and the ones from within their fanbase are even more ridiculous. In this video’s comment section, the highest things I could see were spam messages and sickening comments. On twitter, I see some blinks bashing one member for getting more parts this time around. Yes, most groups have unfair line distributions, but in my opinion, BLACKPINK isn’t one of them. I think this time, the producer was going for a certain vibe, which led to Lisa getting a rap section added to her regular lines. What’s wrong with that?

This type of individuals need to grow up, and the offensive fan wars need to stop. These girls are humans and deserve respect. They put in work just like every other group, hence why keyboard warriors shouldn’t try to undermine their effort. I wonder if these so-called warriors have tried dancing and singing live. It’s easy to mind your business if you don’t support a group or what they put out. Ain’t nobody forcing you.

Rant aside, I finally figured out how to switch back to the classic editor, but I’m also enjoying the block editor. I’m happy😊. That’s all I have to say. Enjoy the rest of your day, everyone.💕💕💕

KARD – Way With Words: Album Review

Earlier today, KARD released their 1st Single Album – Way With Words. This single has three songs including the title track “GUNSHOT”

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

Reaction to Official MV:

  • All the members look amazing.
  • From the intro beat, I know this song is going to go hard.
  • Somin sounds heavenly. I love how she started this song.
  • The chorus is exciting, but it took me a while to get accustomed to it.
  • I love that I can hear an actual gunshot.
  • The visuals for this music video are on the creepy side, and I’m love it.
  • J.Seph came in smoothly, and his flow is excellent.
  • Jiwoo is a good actress. I love the energy and psycho presence she’s bringing to this track.
  • So are there like two versions of each member? One evil and the other good OR one experienced and the other sill obsessed with toxic love? Because Jiwoo just shot herself at the end.
  • Alright, I ain’t one to bother with theories, so I’m going to listen to “GUNSHOT” again before giving my final thoughts.
  • I enjoyed this song’s energy, and the chorus is pure 🔥. I can see myself going back to it, but not too frequently.

Album Review:

Here is the highlight medley –

  1. AH EE YAH – Beautiful high note to start things out. Nice instrumental. BM and J.Seph are great rappers, and I love it when they go back and forth. The ladies are also killing the vocal department. I’m genuinely impressed. “AH EE YAH” is okay, but I’m not entirely in love with it. Maybe after a few more listens, it will grow on me.
  2. GUNSHOT – I prefer this to the first track.
  3. HOLD ON – The intro on this one is intriguing. I love the instrumental. It’s smooth but still sharp, and the progression is excellent. Once again, the vocals are lovely, and the background vocals are also pitch-perfect. “HOLD ON” is my favourite so far. I can see myself coming back to it a lot.

Final Thoughts:

The energy of this album is fantastic. After hearing the first track, I was kind of scared that I wouldn’t fall in love with any song, but thankfully, “HOLD ON” came through.

I am impressed with the vocal power and perfection on this album. Somin and Jiwoo went off.

My rating for Way With Words by KARD is 7.5/10.

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: A Krystal Jung and Kim Hee-ae Exclusive

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official magazine websites and social media sites.)

Krystal Jung takes the cover of Rayli Magazine – September 2020 Issue, which also happens to be a 25th anniversary issue. She is beautiful and her cold look gave these photos more life.


Next is Kim Hee-ae for 1st Look Magazine. She is gorgeous and I wish to look this snatched at 53.

ITZY – Not Shy: Album Review

On August 17th, ITZY released their 3rd mini-album titled Not Shy. The title track for this album is also “Not Shy”

ITZY is a South Korean female pop group managed by JYP Entertainment. The group consists of five members – Yeji, Ryujin, Chaeryeong, Lia, and Yuna. They officially debuted on February 12th of 2019 with the single album – It’z Different.

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

Reaction to Official MV:

  • I enjoyed their debut song, but I never got the opportunity to check them out after then.
  • I love when groups include their names in music video intros. ITZY is new. Some people might still not be familiar with all the members.
  • The old west intro is well done.
  • The beat for this song is quite groovy, and I love the way Ryujin came in. Nice flow.
  • The progression towards the chorus is excellent. I like that the drop is not overly intense.
  • The chorus itself has a beautiful melody and rhythm.
  • The visuals for the music video are cinematic and exciting.
  • I love the choreography and how the girls scream ITZY during the chorus.
  • In their debut song, Yeji stood out to me, but this time Ryujin is giving me presence and energy. I love her vibe.
  • Ooo, the matching white outfits are stunning.
  • The chorus is my favourite part. It’s so catchy with the ITZY scream. The rest are 50/50 for me, and the liked 50% is mainly rap parts.
  • I enjoyed listening to this song. The rhythm is beautiful, and I might come back to it a few times.

Album Review:

This mini-album has a total of six songs. Here is a preview –

  1. Not Shy – The chorus is still the best section.
  2. Don’t Give A What – Another electronic sound. I’ve noticed that ITZY’s songs are always empowering. The beat on this one is intriguing. I’m enjoying the vocal colour and progression on this one more. However, I don’t know how to feel about the chorus yet. The rappers are hype, and I love that for me. “Don’t Give A What” will make a great girls’ night theme song. I love the energy, and the guitar instrumental is top-notch.
  3. Louder – Okay, I love the marching band vibe of this song. The melody is already catchy, so let’s see how the entire song goes. I love the instrumental. It’s so bouncy and groovy. The chorus intro threw me off a bit, but “Louder” is my song. It had me right from the start. Plus, the production on this sick. I will be dancing to this song for a while 💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼.
  4. iD – I’ve noticed that all the songs follow a similar electronic pop/disco pattern? I’m not complaining, though, because each still has distinctive progression styles and sass. Like in this track, I can hear a cowbell. I love every section of “iD” I can party out to this once in a while. It seems like something that will grow on me with more listens.
  5. SURF – The falsetto entry is beautiful, and the drumbeats on this one are perfect. I’ve noticed a lot of claps and finger-snapping in this album. This song sounds more pop-ish in comparison to the rest. “SURF” is another song with a great rhythm that makes me want to move. The vocals on this song are lovely. I am enjoying the harmonies and background vocalizations. So far, nothing has beat “Louder” for me, but I’m enjoying this EP’s energy.
  6. Be In Love – Being the last song, it is quite slower than the rest. I love the harmonies and soft vocal runs. Plus, the melody for this song’s verses is beautiful. The girls did a fantastic on this track. “Be In Love” is giving me strong summer vibes. I like it. 

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I love the energy of this album. My favourite songs are “Not Shy” & “Louder”, and I could equally dance to all the other four tracks. I truly enjoyed myself. The only issue is that, as of now, this record does not strike me as something that I can come back to often. I like ITZY’s 3rd mini-album – Not Shy, but I’m not in love with it. Therefore it gets an 8/10 from me. 

BTS – Dynamite: Music Review

On August 21st, BTS released their new English digital single titled “Dynamite”

(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:

  • The only members are I am familiar with in BTS are Jungkook, RM, and Suga. I do not follow this group religiously. With them, I listen to whatever song that catches my attention.
  • So let’s see how this one goes.
  • From the first scene, this looks like it’s going to be a colourful video.
  • I love Jungkook’s voice. He’s the main reason why I listened to my first ever BTS song – “Dope”
  • He came in beautifully on this track, and I see those smooth dance moves.
  • I love the bouncy instrumental. It sounds retro-ish and makes me want to dance.
  • The sets for the music video are pretty and very vibrant.
  • The melody for the chorus is catchy and easy to sing along.
  • Charming casual concept and the choreography is adorable.
  • Ooh, I love the inclusion of trumpets. It gives it a funky feel, which is perfect for summer.
  • The modulation towards the last chorus is sweet. The vocalists took things up a notch, and I am living for that energy.💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼
  • As expected from BTS, vocal-wise, they nailed things.
  • “Dynamite” is an adorable and catchy song.
  • I could see myself grooving to it once in a while. Hence, it gets a 10/10 from me.

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: The Ladies of ‘Nothing But Thirty’

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official magazine websites and social media sites.)

This post focuses on the three leads of Nothing But Thirty. Starting with Rachel Mao’s recent shot with her onscreen partner Eric Yang for BAZAAR Film

Bonus – Rachel Mao for Calvin Klien Qixi Festival Collection.

Next up is Maggie Jiang on the cover of ELLE China’s special 75th anniversary Issue –

Last on this list is Tong Yao. She shared some new pictures on Weibo with the caption – “Summer, summer, secretly passing, leaving behind little secrets.”