ATEEZ – PIRATE KING: Song Of The Week

I recently wrote an album review for ATEEZ’s latest release, and I stated that I was going to check out their discography. So I have listened to a lot of their songs since the beginning of this week, but my most played one is “Pirate King” from their debut album.

Therefore it is my chosen song for this week –

Everything about this song screams, “certified bop.” The instrumental is really amazing, and the chorus goes hard. Most notably, when they sing – “Will you be my friend?… Um OEO.” The first time I heard that part of the song, I lost it. And I still go crazy whenever it comes on.

Also, let us not even start talking about choreography, which was on point from beginning to end. These guys are seriously coming for my wigs with their killer vibes.

Another song I have replayed a lot is “Sunrise” from the TREASURE EP.FIN: All to Action album. It has an inspiring message, which I genuinely appreciate. But “Pirate King” is just that perfect upbeat track to jam out to. Honestly, if you have not listened to any of these two songs I mentioned, go check them out immediately.

TAEYEON – PURPOSE: Album Repackage Review

Taeyeon just released the repackaged version of her Purpose album, and I am excited to check out the three new songs. Since I have already given my reaction to the previous ten main tracks and two B-sides, I will not be discussing them on this post. If you still need to read my review for the original album, use these links πŸ‘‰πŸΌ TAEYEON – PURPOSE: Album ReviewΒ &Β TAEYEON – FOUR SEASONS: Music Review.

This repackaged album has fifteen songs. The new songs areΒ  – “Drawing Our Moments”“My Tragedy” and the title track – “Dear Me”img_2774

(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 for Dear Me:

  • Yesss… I have English Captions available.
  • I am always captured by an excellent guitar start, so I think I might really enjoy this one.
  • I love the fall colour palette of the music video. It complements Taeyeon’s voice and also adds some sort of serene atmosphere for the listener.
  • She is so beautiful.
  • I love the encouraging message.
  • Basically, she is telling us to fight through everything that comes our way, so that one day we can all say – “I made it, I love myself and I trust myself… I am well now.”
  • The hope of saying such words should be what keeps the light burning in us to continue living.
  • I am also at a point in life where all is not what I expected, but I try to focus on the good and not overthink. So I truly appreciate this message from Taeyeon.
  • Did anyone notice that the lyric progression shows that it takes time to gain self-love and worth? Taeyeon starts by singing – I want to tell myself these words because I did not hear them before to finally concluding that now she has grown and can stand by herself to say such words freely.
  • That is some excellent writing, and she sounds very soothing on this track as well.
  • I love how the tone of the guitar switches up for each section of the song. It follows the emotion of the lyrics.
  • When the lyrics are sad, the guitar sounds soft and solemn. Then when Taeyeon sings hopeful words, the guitar intensifies.
  • Also, nice touch with the inclusion of classical instruments from the second verse.
  • I just wish I could hear more of her background vocals towards the end.
  • But I know it was an artistic choice to reduce the volume, so that is not a big issue.
  • Since I am not reacting to the full album again. I will rate the songs individually.
  • Overall, I enjoyed listening to this song. What really got my attention was the message. “Dear Me” is a letter to anyone feeling down and tired of life.
  • Also, with all Taeyeon has been through, this is a powerful declarationπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘.
  • As for the music on its own, it is a well-produced and impressive track.
  • But personally, “Dear Me” falls into my great songs category. It does not make it to the mind-blowing top tracks section.
  • Therefore my rating for it is 9/10.

My Tragedy –Β 

  • This has a weird start, but okay.
  • Taeyeon sound more powerful in this track.
  • The consistent note on the keyboard makes me have high hopes for the drop.
  • I love how they layered her vocals for this song. It has a beautiful effect on the ears.
  • The drop is not what I expected. It is way slower, but I love the bass and drums that came in.
  • She sounds flawless, as always.
  • I was not expecting that switch-up for the bridge, but her perfect voice and the high note made up for it.
  • That synthesized keyboard sound from the beginning is back again.
  • Ooh, they added an intriguing effect on her voice. It seems like she is breaking off due to a bad connection.
  • I am going to listen to “My Tragedy” one more time before giving my rating.
  • Okay…. this song is not doing much for me. Maybe if I read the English translations later, I might have a different opinion. But I still do not think I will listen to it often.
  • So my rating for “My Tragedy” is 7/10.

Drawing Our Moments –

  • Hopefully, I like this one more.
  • I love how it starts out. Really relaxing.
  • Β It is always a pleasure to hear singers use the call and response technique.
  • The little humming she does is lovely.
  • Okay, I am definitely enjoying this track more.
  • It is soft and very soothing.
  • Nothing much is going on with the instrumental for now, so all focus is on Taeyeon’s beautiful voice.
  • I love this, and I am not even halfway in.
  • The way the new beat came in was so perfect. Not anything too intense, but I can definitely hear some new elements in the instrumental now.
  • Awesome production.
  • I love all the little vocal runs, and her voice has also been layered in this track.
  • Oooo, I was not expecting a modulation, but it fits.
  • Each section of this song flows perfectly well into the next. It is too good.
  • Yesss, I think I just found THE SONG for me. I am here for this style and composition.
  • Taeyeon is blessing me with her pitch-perfect high notes and background vocals.
  • My rating for “Drawing Our Moments” is a solid 10/10.

Final Thoughts:

I have already added “Dear Me” and “Drawing Our Moments” to my personal playlist. Unfortunately, “My Tragedy” is not my cup of tea.

All the same, these three songs were excellent additions and stayed with the theme of the original album. So I might go check out what new goodies come in the actual physical copy of the repackaged album.

That is all for this post, take care. πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

ATEEZ – TREASURE EPILOGUE: Action To Answer: Album Review

This is my first time listening to anything from this group, so I am not too sure what to expect. I have heard good reviews about them, so I have my fingers crossed. I know this review is a few days late, but I have been busy, and I really wanted to check this out. img_2711ATEEZ is a South Korean boy group with eight members – Kim Hongjoong, Park Seonghwa, Jeong Yunho, Kang Yeosang, Choi San, Song Mingi, Jung Wooyoung and Choi Jongho. They officially debuted on the 24th of October, 2018 with Treasure EP. 1: All to Zero. On January 6th, they released their fourth mini-album – TREASURE EPILOGUE: Action to Answer. “Answer” is the title track for this comeback.Β So they are a relatively new group.

Okay, it is time to see what they have to offer.

(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:

  • The first few seconds of the instrumental sounds promising.
  • Plus, the deep humming, in the beginning, is giving me good vibes.
  • This group definitely has exceptional singers.
  • Love how the rap came in and little background vocal runs going on during that section.
  • Their voices are so beautiful.
  • Who has that deep voice? I NEED HIS NAME.
  • The chorus is groovy and catchy. I love how crunchy the instrumental sounds during that section.
  • The music video also has gorgeous visuals, and I like that all members got a fair share of individual screen time.
  • They are all handsome men, by the way. I always appreciate a visual feast.
  • The scene where they have the hats on is pure art.
  • And I like that the bridge before the end took a different turn. It spiced things up and retained any attention till the end.
  • I want to see a live performance because the energy from the music video alone is incredible.
  • Okay, what does this last scene mean? Did they just leave me with a cliff hanger?
  • I am going to watch the video again and then check out a live performance.
  • I love everything about this song. The energy is astounding.
  • The instrumental fits perfectly well with the concept of this track. It gives off that feeling of marching forward while acknowledging every accomplishment on the way.
  • Live performance –
  • Yesss… they kept the same energy while performing. Good job.πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
  • They seem to be singing live, I appreciate that.
  • Okay, I know that this album is a conclusion of an ongoing trilogy but because I have not been following this group. I do not see the need to discuss any theories.
  • All the same, I can tell that ATEEZ is a solid group. So I need to do more research on them after I finish my work for today.

Album Review: img_2718Here is a preview of the album –

  1. Answer – I am just going to chill through this track. I already said it all.
  2. Horizon –Β Why does this sound so Arabian in the beginning. Is it just me getting such vibes from the lady’s voice in the background? Great choice with the EDM instrumental, the start definitely got my attention. I love the switch between a soft tone to a deeper one during the singing parts. They have an excellent range of vocalists, and the rappers are also incredible. What is this trap like feel? I AM IN LOVE. “Horizon” is a very intriguing track. It has an unexpected sound, but it can be appreciated from the first listen. I am genuinely impressed. And the way the beat switches up towards the end, plus the high notes. At this point, I can clearly state that I am in love with ATEEZ. This song is πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯.
  3. Star 1117 –Β Okay, we are taking things a bit slower now. I love their voices, I need to finish this and go learn about each vocalist. This is so soothing. I like how the drums are used to add in rhythm. This is the classic RnB sound but still very refreshing to hear because of how beautiful they sound. Ooo, there is some guitar playing as well. Excellent production on instrumental. Yesss to the vocal runs and high notes. I have to replay this track. At this rate, the entire album will be added to my playlist.
  4. Precious – This starts out in a way that leaves you anticipating how the drop during the chorus is going to happen. Right now, I am just like okay, what is coming next? I like that all the exciting elements are not given away from the start. Yess to the flawless falsetto notes. I KNEW IT. I HAD A STRONG FEELING THAT THE DROP WAS GOING TO TAKE ME BY SUPRISE πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. By the way, I am enjoying the EDM vibe of this album. On a regular, I am not the biggest fan of EDM, but when it sounds this funky, I genuinely appreciate it. “Precious” is a BOP.Β  I have my stank face on right now while grooving πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌ… all I need now is a disco light. The rappers are killing it on this track. YESSS. I love how they all joined in to sing the chorus at the end. ATEEX keeps on giving me more feels with each song, so I think I just found my new obsession. WHAT???… how can they end this song on such a chill and soft note, the disrespect.
  5. Outro: Long Journey – This one has a video, but it is not actually a song. More like a spoken word conclusion to their trilogy, I guess. All the same, the instrumental on this is beautiful. This articulates power and hope. I also appreciate the fact that it is entirely in English.

Final Thoughts:

My rating for TREASURE EPILOGUE: Action to Answer by ATEEZ is a solid 10/10. I was WOWED, so I will be keeping an eye out for them now. I am so glad that I discovered this group because I would have been missing out on such great music. Also, I must get my hands on a physical copy of this album.

Now I am off to go listen to all their albums. Luckily for me, they are a relatively new group.

YOUNHA – UNSTABLE MINDSET: Album Review

On the 6th of January, Younha released her fifth mini-album –Β UNSTABLE MINDSET. “Dark Cloud” is the title track for this EP.img_2714Go Youn-ha popularly known as Younha is a South Korean singer-songwriter and record producer. In 2004, she began her career in Japan with the single – “Yubikiri”. She later gained tremendous success with her second Japanese single titled “Houkiboshi” which was also used as a soundtrack for the anime series Bleach. She even earned the nickname – Oricon Comet for charting high on the country’s music streaming sites. In 2006, she officially debuted in Korea with the digital single – “Audition”

(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:

  • She is so pretty.
  • Yesss… I have English subs.
  • Wow, she starts singing right away.
  • I like how they incorporated the sound of thunder into the instrumental.
  • The colour scheme for the music video is stunning.
  • You all know that I go crazy over soft piano songs, and this is already serving in that aspect.
  • I find myself going back to beginning way too many times so that I can pick out every little detail. Lol
  • They also included the sound of rain, which goes along with the theme of dark clouds, I guess.
  • That aside, I absolutely enjoy the sound of rain. Whenever I cannot sleep, that is what helps put me to bed.
  • I am not even halfway through this song, but I know that I am going to love it.
  • Okay, time to focus.
  • Ooo, it got me with the drums.😍😍😍
  • I am getting chills. Younha’s voice is so beautiful, and the musical progression is impressive.
  • OMG, I have goosebumps for real. The way she scales through each note is so outstanding.
  • Some songs usually give me an okay feeling, but this is one of those rare kinds that instantly wow me.
  • Basically, “Dark Cloud” is about her missing the times when she was still with her ex-boyfriend. Currently, she tries to acts as if all is well, but the time has stopped for her ever since they broke up. So all she has left is heartbreak and longing.
  • The instrumental on this track is golden.
  • Damn, her high note is majestic. I am amazed. Why have I not been listening to her music?
  • She has definitely entered my top 10 list for incredible female vocalists.
  • This is insane, how can someone voice be so good?
  • I AM ADDING THIS SONG TO MY PLAYLIST IMMEDIATELY.
  • So I went ahead to check a live performance, and she sounds smoothΒ –
  • Thank you, Younha, for this pitch-perfect gift.πŸ‘πŸ‘
  • Okay, for sure, this album is about to be exceptional.

Album Review: img_2733Here is a preview of the album –

  1. WINTER FLOWER(Feat.RM) –Β  This features RM from BTS. Okay, just from the first second, I already love this song. RM’s deep voice with Younha’s soft tone is giving me life. The instrumental on this is groovy. Once again, her high notes are insane. The chorus is so good. I am being blessed this evening. What did I do to deserves such an angelic presence? Yesss….RM come in with that perfectly timed rap verse. I need to check out the English translation for this song, and whoever composed this track is a genius. The way the instrumental flows as the song intensifies is astounding. Also, the mix between Younha’s vocals and the backing track is well balanced. I went ahead to check for the English translation. The song is about how everyone struggles and might feel like giving up at some point. Do not give up, hold on because there will always be someone or people who give support and love until the end. I also researched the composer, his name is Eden. He is a solo artist and producer managed by KQ Entertainment. Oh, he also helps produce ATEEZ’s song. I am about to check out their latest comeback, so if it has this same awesomeness, that will be great.
  2. Dark Cloud – Still lovely. I will enjoy it for a while before moving on to the next song.
  3. See You –Β This seems like a more calm track. I always enjoy a good ballad. I love the soft tambourines that come in periodically at the beginning. Younha sounds more soothing here. Oh, the second verse comes in with drums and takes the tempo up a bit. The production of all three songs so far is fantastic. I have a feeling that I will be replaying this album for a while. I love how she harmonizes with herself at the end. That spiced up the song a bit more. “See You” is the kind of track you play to help you relax or meditate. I have to listen to it again before moving on.
  4. One Day of Twenty – The instrumental on this has an odd timing, but that also makes it intriguing to hear. It still goes perfectly well with Younha’s singing pace. I love it when she sings, “ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh…” A beautiful and catchy melody. This track actually has bass, and I think a xylophone is part of the instruments being played, but do not take my word for it. Younha falsetto is flawless. She has excellent control over her voice. Okay, the tempo goes up a beat during the last minute. Once again, this has been achieved with a full drum set. I genuinely love instruments, and I wish I could play at least one. Maybe during the summer, I might take a few guitar or keyboard lessons.
  5. 26 – I want to know what tempo this is going to take. Are we going to get an upbeat outro or a slow one?Β  Β  Oooh… yes, it makes sense to have an upbeat song to finish things since the last two tracks were quite slow. I am here for the guitar in this song. It almost sounds like something I will hear in an anime, most notably the guitar solo sections. Okay, things got a bit more interesting after she gave out that troll-like modulation. I call it troll-like because it sounds like a modulation, but it was actually just a high note. The guitar is what made “26”.

Final Thoughts:

I absolutely enjoyed every minute of this album. There was no letdown, every track is equally captivating. I will be getting a physical copy of this EP soon because it is too good to not have in my collection. This is my first time listening to Younha, and she truly surprised me, so I have her on my radar now.

My rating for UNSTABLE MINDSET is a solid 10/10. If you have not listened to this mini-album yet, please go check it out. You are certainly going to love two songs or more.

 

 

BTS MAP OF THE SOUL: 7 ‘Interlude: Shadow’ Comeback Trailer – Music Review

I was talking to my cousin recently, and she asked why I have not featured BTS on my blog yet. My answer was that I do not keep up with their activities. I simply listen to a few songs that get my attention. Plus, when I started doing more music reviews on this blog, I focused mainly on present comebacks. After our little talk, I promised her that once they release a new song, I will check it out. Finally, today is the d-day. My school has resumed, so I hardly have enough time to write. But I am a bit free now, so let us get right into this –

This solo track from Suga is a teaser for their upcoming album titled Map of the Soul: 7, set to be released on February 21st. Here is a comeback map for anyone who wants to stay up to date –img_2772(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 instrumental.
  • The way Suga starts this song is quite intriguing – “I wanna be a rap star, I wanna be the top, I wanna be a rockstar, I want it all mine, I wanna be rich, I wanna be the king, I wanna go win, I wanna be…”
  • I feel like this is about to be some personal reflective track.
  • Of course, his rapping skill is on point, so I am just going to focus more on the message and music composition.
  • Okay, I was definitely not expecting the singing part. I thought this was going to be a full rap track.
  • I am impressed and pleasantly surprised because I love musical compositions that are not too predictable.
  • “Please don’t let me shine, Don’t let me down, Don’t let me fly, Now I’m afraid.” This is such a deep line.
  • Honestly, being famous is not all blink, there are numerous negatives. Celebrities are deprived of almost all their rights to privacy. They are also constantly scrutinized for every little mistake they make.
  • Hence even though, they would love their music to gain more recognition, I feel that there is still this fear in knowing that they might have to give up more of their freedom and individuality.
  • At some point, I am sure they contemplate if the fame is even worth all the stress.
  • This song has a beautiful message.
  • I now have big expectations for the upcoming album.
  • The production on this track is remarkable. I love the way things got quite dark towards the end, and you can sense it from the instrumental.
  • Wait a minute… the entire beat just switched up on me. Starting from the 2:19 minute mark of the music video, I was kind of thrown off a bit. I do not know if I appreciate that section.
  • Okay, it sounds better with time. It gives me a very cypher like vibe.
  • Now I want this particular section to have an entire song of its own. Lol
  • Damn all those photo clicks. That is the celeb life. You will always have cameras pushed on your face. Sad. I also noticed a few other visual representations, but due to time, I cannot point out all.
  • Anyways, I truly enjoyed listening to “Shadow” by Suga. I absolutely love the music and message, so my rating for it is 10/10.
  • I will be keeping an eye out for the album.

Tia Ray – More: Song Of The Week

Hello everyone, it is officially the last day of 2019 over where I live, but I am sure that most of you are already in 2020. All the same, My wish is that you all experience the very best in the new year.

So I actually want to recommend an entire album. I randomly discovered 1212 by Tia Ray about a week ago, and I been listening to it a lot. Now one of my favourite songs from the album is “More”, so I decided to choose it as my song for this week, but in all honesty, all the other five songs on this mini by Tia Ray are equally great. img_2502Tia Ray is a Chinese singer. She began her career as a background singer for other Chinese singers like Jane Zhang and Ma Tianyu. In 2013, she participated in The Voice China and officially debuted with a self-titled album after the competition. She is currently sighed to Warner Music Group. While researching her, I discovered that she sang my favourite OST – “Waiting For You” from the Chinese series Bloody Romance. I absolutely loved the opening theme of that drama, and the fact that I can now find it on Spotify is fantastic.

I love how soft and sultry she sounds in “More”. The instrumental is not too loud but very groovy, and the background vocals on this track are so beautiful. Tia Ray has a very captivating voice. Listening to her is like taking a journey into paradise. I hope you guys enjoy listening to this song as well and check out the other tracks with this playlist link πŸ‘‰πŸΌΒ Tia Ray – 1212

Tia Ray has definitely caught my attention, so my radar is on and waiting for a new release. So far, she has released music videos for three songs on the 1212 album. They are as follows – “Time Wasn’t Right” – “Complicated” – “Looking Out For You”:

 

 

My Favourite OSTs Of 2019: Final Part

The second half of my favourite OSTs –

DAEON – “Liar”img_2437 This song gives me goosebumps. A badass track that served as the perfect red carpet for Mo Seok Hee in the Korean TV series – Graceful Family. My only problem with this OST is the length. How can it be only two minutes and twelve seconds long? I need more time for epicness.

 

Sa Ji – “Never Let You Go”img_2448 This is such a beautiful and calming song. Definitely my favourite OST from the Chinese drama – Le Coup de Foudre. Also, the fact that it is entirely in English is a nice bonus. I LOVE … LOVE THIS SONG. Sa Ji’s voice really embodied every word that she sang.

 

Xiao Zhan & Wang Yibo – “Unrestrained”img_2472 The elegant “Unrestrained’ from the Chinese TV series – The Untamed. I love it when actors sing the soundtracks for their drama. This was a great main track from Xiao Zhan and Wang Yibo. Listening to this song always makes me want to rewatch the series again.

 

Lee Hae-Ri – “Maybe”img_2480 Lee Hae-Ri’s voice with the sweet chemistry from the leads of Her Private Life was a perfect combo. I remember waiting eagerly for TVN to release this particular soundtrack. Till the end of the series, it remained my top OST from the drama.

 

Ju Jingyi – “Passing Feelings”img_2475 Ju Jingyi’s rendition of this song gives me chills. She sounds so trancelike. This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful songs I have heard in my life. Listening to it puts me at peace. “Passing Feelings” is an original soundtrack for the Chinese drama – The Legend Of White Snake. I remember watching the version with Jet Li as the monk, but this new version is equally impressive.

 

Ju Jingyi – “A Millennium’s Wait For A Return”img_2473 Another artistic delight from The Legend Of White Snake. Ju Jingyi proves herself not only as an actress but also as an exceptional singer. Her soft and smooth voice was a perfect choice for the OSTs. This also has a trancelike vibe, most notably when they sing the line – “alone waiting for a thousand years.”

 

Ju Jingyi – “Bai Suzhen under Mount Qingcheng”img_2474 I live for the drums in this song. The instrumental is not so loud, but it still stands out. Yet another astounding soundtrack from The Legend Of White Snake. This drama definitely had one of the best soundtracks among Chinese dramas this year.

 

Samuel Seo – “Pain Or Death”img_2478 Doctor John had a fantastic set of OSTs. “Pain & Death” is my favourite. This is also my first song from Samuel Seo, and I must say that he has a very compelling voice. The lyrics for this song hit really hard because it speaks about the one thing that all humans most experience – Death. But all the same, it was a very befitting soundtrack for the drama.

 

MINSEO – “Star”img_2477 This was another emotional song from Doctor John. Honestly, even though this drama did not have a lot of romantic scenes between the leads, their chemistry was still undeniable. Anytime I listen to this particular soundtrack, I always remember all their sweet and comforting moments.

 

SALTNPAPER – “Look At”img_2479 A very comforting song from the phenomenal SALTNPAPER. Whenever this OST came on, I knew it was going to be an emotional but yet hopeful scene. SALTNPAPER never fails to deliver intriguing OSTs. I first heard Satelite from Chicago Typewriter, and I have been hooked since then.

 

Sean Chen – “How are You These Days”img_2494 Another OST I discovered without actually watching the drama. Fun fact: I just figured out the English title and artist while writing this post. I randomly found the OST album for the Chinese TV series – Hope All Is Well With Us on Spotify, so almost everything was in Chinese.  But I can confidently state that every track from the series is fascinating.

 

Xu Jun – “Chasing”img_2494 And last on my list is my ultimate song from Hope All Is Well With Us. I do not know much about the artist, but his voice really captured me. I have replayed this song a million times, and I even listen to the instrumental version. Honestly, I had no plans to watch the drama, but they did such an excellent job with the soundtracks, so I am quite tempted to see a few episodes.


That is all I have for this post. If there is an OST that you loved that did not make my list, please feel free to mention it in the comment section. Also, I have provided a synopsis for most of these dramas on some previous posts. So simply click on the tag for the specific show, and you will see all the related posts.

I hope you all continue to enjoy this holiday season.πŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ’“

My Favourite OSTs Of 2019: Part One

Hello, hello… How is everyone’s holiday going? I hope you all are having a good time.

In this post, I will be sharing some of my favourite original soundtracks from this year. So let us get right into it –

Lee Moon Sae – “A welcome rain”img_2434 This is a soundtrack for the Korean drama – Angel’s Last Mission: Love. This is such a soulful OST, and I remember crying the very first time I heard it on the show. Lee Moon Sae is an older singer, and all his songs I have listened to are always heartfelt and very emotional.

 

Aska Yang – “Its Fate”img_2436 This lovely soundtrack is from the Chinese TV series – Love and Destiny. Aska Yang is an incredible singer. The build-up of that happens in this song, with each chorus section gives off a very majestic vibe. This fits perfectly with the theme of the drama.

 

Shi Shi – “Someday or One day”img_2441 I already wrote about why I love this song so much when it was featured as my song of the week. If you have not read that post already, check it out with this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Shi Shi – Someday or One day: Song Of The Week. I also gave a description of the drama by the end of that post. This OST is so soothing.

 

HEIZE – “Can You See My Heart”img_2438 Another song that automatically calls forth tears from my eyes. All the soundtracks for Hotel del Luna are astounding, but this one by HEIZE stole my heart. I cannot even begin to explain the emotions this OST holds. It is so heartbreaking but also quite comforting.

 

Monday Kiz, Punch – “Another Day”img_2443 Another beautiful OST from Hotel del Luna. Punch is such an OST queen; she had three songs in the same series. Monday Kiz also did really well on this track. It was the first soundtrack for the show, and it solidified the awesomeness that was about to be delivered.

 

Liver and Gallbladder – “The Street You Left”img_2482 This is my favourite soundtrack from the Korean drama – When The Devil Calls Your Name. Liver and Gallbladder is not a real band. It was created specifically for the series. This song gives off the feeling of nostalgia, and I love it. The guitar in this is phenomenal.

 

Kim Igyeong – “Say to Myself”img_2483 Another unique song from When The Devil Calls Your Name. I am not sure if this was sung by Lee Seol or Sondia. Sondia is the artist who voiced most of Lee Seol’s music scenes in the drama. Anyways, this track hit me with the feels from the first moment I heard it.

 

Juno Su – “Fortunately, We Meet Again”img_2435 This was my song for last week, but I still had to put it on here. To know what I have to say about this lovely song, click πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Juno Su – Fortunately, We Meet Again: Song Of The Week.

 

Bii – “I miss you more”img_2440 Bii’s voice always speaks to me and then when you combine it with a good drama, you will definitely get my attention. This song is from the Taiwanese series – Before We Get Married. I just love how soft this track is. A perfect chill pill.

 

Hu Xia, Yisa Yu – “Don’t You Know?”img_2445 I have never heard of any other OST that is so poetic and soothing. I lived for whenever this song came on during The Story Of Ming Lan. Ahh, now I feel like going back to watch the scene when Ming Lan finally accepted Gu Tingye’s marriage proposal. So cute.

 

Yoga Lin & Yisa Yu – “Chasing Youth”img_2491 I featured this OST as my song for the week in September. To read that post, click πŸ‘‰πŸΌYoga Lin & Yisa Yu – θΏ½ε°‹εΉ΄ε°‘ηš„ε…‰: Song Of The Week. “Chasing Youth” is from the Chinese drama – River Flows To You. I have not seen the series yet, but I stumbled upon the music video on YouTube. The keyboard instrumental at the beginning caught my attention. Both singers are pure art on this soundtrack.

 

Elaine – “Search”img_2476 This is such a badass soundtrack that fits so well with the theme of Search: WWW. I have not completed this series. I just did a premiere watch, but I have plans to continue. I love how unique Elaine sounds, she always pulls you in with all her OSTs.


I had to make this a two-part post because I had a long list of songs. The final part will be up in a few seconds, so keep an eye out for that.Β Also, I have provided a synopsis for most of these dramas on some previous posts. So simply click on the tag for the specific show, and you will see all the related posts.

πŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ’“

MIND U – Wrong Number: Music Review

MIND U formerly known as Acourve, is a South Korean duo formed by Bridge Media. They debuted on the 25th of October, 2013 with the single – “What I Want To Say”. They later made another official debut under Starship Entertainment on the 27th of April, 2017 with the song “Loved U”. The name change was due to trademark issues with their previous agency. The two members of the group are Jaehee (vocalist) and Godak (producer). img_2312The duo released their new digital single – “Wrong Number” on the 20th of December. This is my first time listening to a song from this group.

(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)img_2308

Reaction to Official MV:

  • Okay, so the couple just broke up.
  • The singer’s voice is quite unique.
  • So they are reminiscing their time together as a couple.
  • I love a good ballad.
  • I like that his voice does not seem too overly processed. It feels raw, almost as if he was singing live.
  • I love how the drums came in with the second verse.
  • His singing also gets a little bit more intense after the drums come in. Nice build-up.
  • This is a very calm track.
  • So my guess is that this song is about the feeling of still being in love with an ex and wondering if they still miss you once in a while. I do not have English captions, so I am not sure.
  • This is a lovely song, but I do not see myself listening to it a lot.
  • I will check out other songs from this duo, just to see if there is anything in their discography that suits my taste more.
  • My rating for “Wrong Number” by MIND U is 8/10.

 

Punch – Yesterday: Music Review

Bae Jin-young, popularly known by the stage name Punch, is a South Korean singer managed by Naym Naym Entertainment. She is well known for her beautiful soundtracks for various Korean dramas. I believe she made her official debut in 2014. img_2311On December 17th, Punch released a new digital single titled “Yesterday”

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

Review to Official MV:

  • I always appreciate a good keyboard start.
  • Ahh, there are no English captions.
  • Her voice is so captivating.
  • Honestly, she was meant to tell stories with her voice.
  • Is this meant to be a Christmas song?… She seems to be bidding someone farewell.
  • The struggles of an international fan… I do not understand anything, but this is a lovely ballad.
  • The visuals for the music video are excellent. It gives off the feeling of loneliness but, at the same time, warmth.
  • “Yesterday” is the second song that I have heard from Punch’s personal discography. My first was “Sometimes” which was released on the 18th of September this year.
  • I really loved that song, but so far, this new single is not doing much for me.
  • Do not get me wrong. It is a lovely song, but it is just not as exciting.
  • I am going to try listening to it again with English translations before giving my final thoughts.
  • It sounds much better on the second listen, but it is still not something I see myself listening to a lot.
  • All the same, I love the instrumental on this. It seemed quite simple at first, but I can now hear a lot of exciting background additions going on during different sections of the song.
  • Yesterday” is a beautiful song from Punch, but it just did not do much me, so my rating for this track is 8/10.

Primary – 3-PAKTORYO2: Music Review

Choi Dong-hoon, popularly known as Primary, is a South Korean hip hop artist and producer. He is currently managed by Amoeba Culture. Primary collaborates with various artists to produce his albums. The first song I ever heard from him is “Manna”, which features Zion. T. My favourite EP from Primary is Lucky You!, which was released in 2015 in collaboration with OHHYUK. Primary has also produced a good number of albums for other Korean artists and groups. He is known for wearing a specially carved cardboard box over his head. img_2069img_2068On the 10th of December, Primary released his new single titled 3-PAKTORY02. It consists of two songs – “When I fall in love” by Meego and SURAN & “Slow down” by Meego and HAON. PAKTORY 02 is the second part of the PRIMARY 3 album.

(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to each song.)img_2075

Reaction to Official MV for When I fall in love:

  • Ooooh, this is already a groove. I love the instrumental.
  • Nah, I need to restart this. I need to soak in the beat.
  • The music video is also on point with the visuals.
  • I guess that is Meego singing. I do not know much about him, but his voice is soothing and sexy.
  • SURAN has one of the most uniques voices I have ever heard. Her voice is so captivating.
  • The way her voice scales almost makes her sound like an actual instrument. I do not know how else to explain it. SURAN’s vocal technique is just insanely good.
  • The actors for this music video are stunning.
  • In fact, the entire video was shot so beautifully. PURE ART.
  • Meego and SURAN sound lovely together.
  • I am enjoying every second of this song. I cannot believe I waited so long to check this out.
  • I love how Meego is repeating the chorus in the background as SURAN sings. It creates a charming effect on the ears.
  • Ooooh, and she is doing the same thing when he sings the chorus. Nice.
  • This song is so relaxing and groovy.
  • The lighting and videography style for the music video is so pleasing to watch.
  • Yesss… thank you, SURAN, for those sultry vocal runs at the end.Β I LOVE.
  • This music video deserves way more views than it has currently. STOP SLEEPING ON TALENT PEOPLE.
  • I had to listen to the song again.
  • It is so rhythmic and also has some elements of jazz.
  • So basically, we see the lady falling asleep a lot throughout the video and later on, the guy also begins to fall asleep. I guess that represents the way they fell in love with each other.
  • Anyways “When I fall in love” by Primary feat. Meego & SURAN is a really soothing and beautiful song, so my rating for it is 10/10.
  • I will be adding this track to my playlist, and I plan to check out other songs from Meego.

Reaction to Official MV for Slow down:

  • The instrumental on this is also a blessing to listen to. SO GOOD.
  • Great choice with the black and white. It is stunning and adds to the melancholic feel of the song.
  • A similar technique with someone repeating the same words of the main singer. I like it.
  • I desperately need English translations to fully appreciate this song.
  • The music video for “Slow down” was also shot in the same place as “When I fall in love”
  • Meego is such a fantastic singer. His sound is so sultry and powerful.
  • Thank you, Primary, for introducing me to another incredible voice.
  • I was not expecting HAON to be a rapper. I need to check all the artists out.
  • He nailed his part. I love that his rap was chill and very rhythmic to flow perfectly with Meego’s singing style.
  • I can hear some slight Mexican influence in the instrumental towards the end.
  • The actor for this music video is so good. He nailed it by showing the right emotions in each scene.
  • And that classic bow from him at the end. WOW.πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
  • I thought I was not going to enjoy this song as much as the first, but they are both solid tracks and equally unique.
  • My rating for “Slow down” by Primary feat. Meego & HAON is 10/10.
  • I will also be adding this track to my playlist.

For anyone interested, check out 3-PAKTORY01.Β It is the first part of the PRIMARY 3 album and also has two songs.

  • “woozoo” by SUMIN and Qim Isle
  • Bad High” by Jade

That is all for this post.πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

Red Velvet – Psycho: Music Review

Red Velvet just released a repackaged album – ‘The ReVe Festival’ Finale, which features the title track “Psycho”o_1dsopdpc01hsk9bsnou16ovmd91u Red Velvet is a South Korean girl group managed by SM Entertainment. The group consists of five members – Irene, Wendy, Joy, Seulgi and Yeri. They officially debuted as a four-member group on the 1st of August, 2014 with the digital single – “Happiness.” Later on, in March 2015, Yeri was added to the group as the fifth member.

(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)img_2292

Reaction to Official MV:

  • Damn, they already got me with that high note. I am pumped and ready for this to be a bop.
  • That note hits hard because of the silence at the beginning of this song. You do not expect it.
  • All the girls look stunning.
  • I love this dark makeup look going on here.
  • Nice touch with the finger-snapping at the start.
  • What is this beat? It is weird, but I like it.
  • Yesss, Wendy bless me with your wild falsetto.
  • The chorus is perfect, and I love the choreography. Very smooth and sharp.
  • The aesthetics of this music video is quite impressive. I love how everything looks a bit faded out.
  • Wait a minute there. Everyone sounds great, but WHATEVER SEULGI JUST DID AT THE 1:37 MINUTE MARK DESERVES A REPLAY.
  • Woooh, she served vocals on that line.
  • Irene’s beauty is a blessing to my eyes. How can someone be so beautiful and talented?
  • The pre-chorus section is definitely my favourite part of the song. That falsetto start always gets me.
  • The instrumental for this track is so good. I am not a music expert, so I cannot point out all the exciting things I hear correctly.
  • Like just listen to the beat right at the 2:54 minute mark of the music video. What is that? Whoever engineered this is a genius.
  • That part of the instrumental sounds like a car engine, but it fits so well with the song.
  • Red Velvet always comes out with such experimental sounds, but it works for them.
  • Yesss….. to this ending section of the song “Hey now we’ll be ok… it’s alright.” I LOVE THIS.
  • THIS IS DEFINITELY A BOP AND A HALF. lit, lit….lit
  • πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘. Great job, Red Velvet.
  • They nailed every part of this song. I also love this concept.
  • Time to watch the MV again.
  • I think a few scenes in this music video reference some visuals from their previous videos.
  • This is so good. The girls popped off.
  • I love this era for them.
  • I am adding this song to my playlist. Also, I need the actual album.
  • My rating for “Psycho” by Red Velvet is 10/10.

Juno Su – Fortunately, We Meet Again: Song Of The Week

Hello… hello,

I was swamped during the first week of December, and last week I had to focus on music reviews, so I could not give my regular weekly song recommendation.

I am back now, and my song for this week is “Fortunately, We Meet Again” by Juno Su. It is one of the soundtracks for the 2019 Chinese drama – Ten Years Late which stars Shawn Duo and GΓΌlnezer Bextiyar as leads. img_2078 I tried my best to get information about this singer, but I did not find anything substantial. All I know is that her name is Su Shi Ding, and she goes by the stage name – Juno Su. She is a Chinese actress and singer.

Also, I could not find an official music video for this song. I simply added in a lyric video –

I might not know much about Juno Su, but I can confirm that she is a great singer. Her voice is powerful and soothing. I will try listening to more of her songs and hopefully get to know more about her. Honestly, I was kind of disappointed that I could not find much information. Is she a new artist?… I do not think so, though.

Anyways, while watching Ten Years Late, “Fortunately, We Meet Again” really stood out to me. I immediately searched it up and added it to my Spotify playlist. It is such a beautiful song. I was always happy when it played during the romantic and emotional scenes of the series. And ever since the beginning of this month, I have been leaving it on repeat before going to bed. It helps me relax.

“Fortunately, We Meet Again” has become my regular bedtime song, so I had to share it with you all. I hope everyone enjoys listening to this song as well.

Until my next post, take care.πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

 

LAY – Grandma: Music Review

For this post, I will be reviewing LAY’s latest single. I once featured his song – “Honey” as my song of the week. If you have not read that post, use this link to check it out πŸ‘‰πŸΌΒ LAY – HONEY: Song Of The Week

On December 15th, LAY dropped an MV for his new single “Grandma”. This song is a tribute to his late grandmother, who passed away in July of this year. He lived with his grandparents growing up and even wrote the song “I Need U” about them.

(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)img_2065

Reaction to Official MV:

  • I love that song starts out with him just singing the melody.
  • And then he says, “I miss you, I miss you.” 😒😒
  • I was expecting a slow song, but it is a bit upbeat.
  • Unfortunately, the music video does not have English captions.
  • I really love the pre-chorus and chorus sections. LAY’s voice shined more in those parts.
  • I feel like I am missing out on a lot because I cannot understand what he is saying.
  • He seems to be going to all the places that he once visited with grandma. Kind off like walking through his memories of her.
  • I love it when videos show the scope of a city.
  • He must really miss his grandma. Also, I read that she wanted to attend his concert but could not make it.
  • I am going to search for a lyric video now.
  • Found one –
  • Now that I can understand the lyrics, I am definitely enjoying the song more.
  • The lyrics are so heartbreaking but touching. Stay strong, LAY.
  • This song is basically about his memories of living with his grandparents and his grandma’s words of encouragement to him during her last moments. He also talks about wanting to make her proud and how he wishes to return to her embrace.
  • Apparently, the lyrics during the chorus section and bridge is actually an old lullaby that grandma used to sing to him.
  • This is a beautiful and heartfelt song. I really love it.
  • I am not going to be rating “Grandma” by LAY because it represents his feelings and pain.
  • My sincere condolences to LAY and his family, may her soul rest in peace. I wish you all the best, LAY.

 

 

Davichi – Dear: Music Review

I saved the queens for last. img_1914Davichi is a South Korean duo formed in 2008. The group consists of Lee Hae-Ri and Kang Min-Kyung. They are also the unbeatable queens of South Korean drama soundtracks. I discovered them through OSTs, and I have come to love their music ever since then. My favourite songs from Davichi are “Nostalgia” and “Beside Me”. I listen to both songs a lot.Β “Dear” is a new digital single that was released by the duo on the 3rd of December, and I have been itching to check it out. Finally, I can now listen to it, so let us get right into it.

(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)img_1912

Reaction to M2 LIVE of Dear:

  • Here is the official audio on Davichi’s YouTube channel –
  • But what I will be reacting to is their live performance since this song does not have a music video –
  • They both look stunning
  • I was expecting a ballad, but this is quite upbeat.
  • Their voices are like heaven to my ears. Some people are just blessed with angelic voices.
  • The instrumental on this is very melodic.
  • All their notes are stable and effortless.
  • This is almost like a slow dance song. I am really enjoying listening to “Dear”.
  • Yess, harmonies.
  • This is such a lovely song.
  • Honestly, they make the high notes seem too easy, but I know if I tried, it would be a different story.
  • I love it when songs have modulations.
  • I love how they ended the song in harmony, so beautiful.
  • Okay, this is going on my playlist for sure.
  • I love the melody of this song. It is catchy.
  • Time to watch it again with English captions.
  • Listening to it the second time, I just noticed a constant drum note which I love.
  • So “Dear” is about their appreciation for each other and all the times they have experienced together. The good, the bad and the ugly. Thanking each other for always being around and supportive. Finally, no matter how the journey goes in the future, they will still share every moment together.
  • I love the message. Sister love. Spread the love.
  • Love, love…. and more love. It is the season.
  • I really enjoyed listening to this song, it puts me in a cheerful mood.
  • My rating for “Dear” by Davichi is 10/10.
  • Am I too generous with my ratings today, or is every song I listened to just awesome?
That is all from me today, take care guys.πŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ’“Β 

 

SEJEONG – Tunnel: Music Review

I remember seeing the first few episodes ofΒ  Produce 101 and taking notice of SEJEONG. I later watched School 2017, which I really enjoyed, but I could not recognize her then. It was when I heard the song – “Paramour” from Mr. Sunshine that I finally researched and made the connection that it was the same Kim Se-Jeong from Produce 101. img_1908Kim Se-Jeong, who usually goes by SEJEONG, is a South Korean singer and actress signed to Jellyfish Entertainment. She was a member of I.O.I and is currently a member of the girl group gugudan. SEJEONG is a remarkable vocalist, so I am excited to check out her latest single titled “Tunnel”

(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)img_1905

Reaction to Lyric Video for Tunnel:

  • One of those songs that starts right from the first second.
  • Her voice is so soothing. She deserves more recognition as a vocalist.
  • The instrumental on this is not over the top, so her voice stands out more.
  • I also appreciate the message of the song. It gives comfort.
  • Another beautiful ballad to add to my playlist.
  • This is such a relaxing piece, and the imagery for the lyric video compliments the song so well.
  • I adore songs that try to reach out and say it is okay, take a break and relax. Because life can be so busy that you forget to just pause and breathe.
  • Thank you, SEJEONG, for singing such comforting words.
  • I love how the drums came in during the second chorus section. An excellent way to uplift the listener and give hope.
  • Apparently, the Korean lyrics seen in the video were handwritten by SEJEONG. Nice personal touch.
  • She is so pretty – img_1909
  • I need to listen to this again.
  • Still a lovely song after the second listen. I can play this before going to bed today.
  • I find it hard to sleep at night, so such songs help me relax.
  • Here is a video of her performing “Tunnel” for anyone interested –
  • My rating for the healing song “Tunnel” is 10/10.
  • Please go show support for SEJEONG’s latest release. If “Tunnel” does well, she will release more songs, and I NEED MORE DONGS FROM HER.

Blue. D (Feat. MINO Of WINNER) – NOBODY: Music Review

This is a new artist, and I know nothing about her. So this will mark my first impression and our future relationship😊😊. Blue. D made her official debut with the single – “NOBODY” on the 1st of December. The track features MINO of WINNER. I have a special relationship with the kpop group – WINNER, but I’ll save that story for later. img_1900As of now, there is not much information on this singer. All I could find is that she is currently signed to YGX Entertainment, which is a subsidiary label under YG Entertainment. Her birth name is Jeon Ho-Yeon, and she is 19 years old. Anyways I am sure that I can find out more about her with time, but for now, let us check out her music.

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

Reaction to Official MV for NOBODY:

  • She has a very unique look.
  • Her voice is good so far. She has excellent control.
  • I love the aesthetics of the music video. Very intriguing. Almost like inception with different versions of Blue.D while zooming out from each frame.
  • Nice touch with the finger-snapping.
  • The groovy beat during the chorus section definitely got my attention.
  • Ooooh, I am actually enjoying this. I LIKE.
  • I just love how groovy the beat is.
  • I am already dancing to the songπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌ.
  • I am impressed. I honestly was not expecting much.
  • Oh, quite dramatic with the gunshot and flat heart sounds.
  • Does this mean she killed her lover, or he just died somehow? Maybe it signifies a breakup?
  • Yesss MINO. I love how he raps. His style is quite distinct.
  • So MINO’s section comes in and ends with a gunshot.
  • I am living for these visuals. So now, instead of zooming out from each frame, the camera is zooming into new scenes. NICE.
  • So basically, this song is about Blue. D stating that nobody can replace the feeling she has for that particular person that happens to be dead? OR not with her any longer?
  • I am a bit confused about the storyline, but it does not matter much to me. I am just going to continue grooving to the song.
  • Okay so there is another video where I can actually see MINO, so I am going to check that out –
  • Blue. D has a lovely voice, and her control is impressive. She has the potential to become big if appropriately managed. I am rooting for her.
  • Lmao MINO just came out of nowhere in this video. Where did he jump out fromπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚? Editing on fleek.🀣🀣
  • I love both videos. The visuals are all stunning, and both artists sound great together.
  • Now unto the acoustic version –
  • I am going to go ahead and subscribe to her official YouTube channel now. That way, I can check out all her videos later when I have enough time.
  • I really enjoyed listening to “NOBODY” by Blue.D, so my rating for this song is 10/10.
  • I will be looking forward to more activities and releases from her.

Ailee – Sweater: Music Review

About two days ago, Ailee released her new single “Sweater” in two versions, Korean and English. For this review, I will be checking out both versions. img_1896Amy Lee, popularly known as Ailee, is a Korean-American singer-songwriter based primarily in South Korea. The singer made her official debut in 2012 with the single “Heaven”. I really love that song. Ailee is also known for her powerful voice and emotional OSTs. With the release of her new single “Sweater’, Ailee also announced her plans to enter the U.S. market. I guess that is why we got an English version for this song.

(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)img_1892

Reaction to official MVs:

  • I will be watching the Korean version first.
  • She looks stunning, as always.
  • Yesss, I missed her soulful voice.
  • Oh, I got chills when she sang – “I’ll wear your Christmas sweater on me tonight.”
  • Did the wife of the guy in the video pass away? Sad
  • Everyone in the music video seems to be missing someone.
  • I love the visuals when she is sitting with the dry trees around her.
  • Okay, this is definitely a sad song, and I have not even listened to the English version yet.
  • Ailee’s voice is lovely.
  • This is a simple song, but I still enjoyed listening to it.
  • Time to check out the English version –
  • The instrumental accompanying the song is melancholic and definitely gives off that feeling of despair.
  • Her voice is so soothing but also powerful when it has to be.
  • I love both versions equally.
  • All the Christmas songs I have listened to so far showed different perspectives of what people might be feeling during this season.
  • Not everyone is happy during this holiday. The music video shows individuals that have lost their loved ones and have to spend their first Christmas without them. So sad.
  • My rating for “Sweater” is 9/10. It is a beautiful song, but it did not captivate me as much as the other songs I have been listening to since yesterday.
  • Β All the same, I wish Ailee success on her U.S debut and future activities in Korea.

Jung Seung Hwan – My Christmas wish: Music Review

Hello everyone, I hope you all are having a great day.

In this post, I will be reviewing Jung Seung Hwan’s latest release. On the 5th of December, the singer released a new digital single titled “My Christmas Wish”. The single also has a b-side track titled “Hello, goodbye winter”. This will be my first time actually listening to music from Jung Seung Hwan. I know him from Kpop star 4, and I have heard a few of his OSTs and features, but I never got to check out his own music. “My Christmas Wish” was composed by Kim Jae Hwi, and the lyrics were actually written by IU. I know Jung Seung Hwan to be a great singer, so I really wanted to check this song out. img_1877Jung Seung Hwan is a South Korean singer signed under Antenna. He was the runner-up contestant for K-pop Star Season 4. The singer made his official debut in November 2016 with the EP – His Voice. Even before debut, he had already gained recognition through his soundtracks for South Korean dramas, which charted quite high on music streaming sites.

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

Reaction to Official MV for My Christmas Wish:Β 

  • Oh, no English captions.😒
  • I love how this song starts. It really gives off that festive feeling.
  • I remember the first time I ever listened to Jung Seung Hwan on Kpop Star, his singing style reminded me of older Korean ballad singers. He has a very distinct style and a sweet voice to top.
  • Some songs naturally give off a nostalgic vibe, even without English translations. I do not know why, but “My Christmas Wish” is making me miss home and how it was spending Christmas with my family.
  • His voice is so beautiful. It gives off such a warm and embracing feeling.
  • The backing vocals on this song are angelic.
  • The soft keyboard in the background is so soothing.
  • Also, the music video is pretty. I love the fall colours that were used.
  • Oooohh, I love how he modulated towards the end of the song. That gave me chills and just brought this song to a whole different level.
  • I love this song. An excellent ballad is always a blessing to listen to.
  • Nice touch on ending softly.
  • BeautifulπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
  • I knew he was going to nail this ballad, and he sure did his thing.
  • I am so glad that I decided to check this song out.Β Time to listen to it again but with English captions
  • So he wants to confess to the person he loves while the snow is still falling. He wants her to hurry up and meet him before all the snow goes away. Basically, his Christmas wish is to gather courage and confess his feelings. That is what I am getting from the lyrics.
  • The modulation he does towards the end always hits me hard. That might be my favourite section of the song.
  • My rating for “My Christmas Wish” is 10/10. All the Christmas songs I have listened to so far are just amazing.
  • Thanks to IU, I was able to know about this song, and I will start checking out more music from Jung Seung Hwan now.
  • Here is a clip of him performing this song live –

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Reaction to B-side track – Hello, goodbye winter:

  • I love how the first note starts out softly but takes to the climax before the actual instrumental comes in. That is just divine.
  • I need to hear it again. The first 0.36 seconds of this song is powerful. This is going to be good
  • I appreciate how Jung Seung Hwan sings the beginning of each line in a shallow tone.
  • Oh My, he sounds so angelic.
  • I keep going back just to catch every little way he explores his voice on this song.
  • His ability to flow between high notes to lower notes and also from falsetto to his regular voice is incredible. He was born to sing.
  • “Hello, goodbye winter” is another fantastic ballad.
  • In some parts of this song, it almost sounds like he is adopting a classical style of singing for a few seconds and then quickly switches back. I am not a music expert, so I cannot give technical terms.
  • The instrumental for this song is really astounding.
  • I love the drums that came in towards the end. Excellent addition to bringing in more intensity before the end of the song.
  • Wow, that high note he just hit was insane. It felt so full. Almost like the sound came from every part of his body. I am in awe.
  • There are some high notes that you go – “oh yeah, that’s amazing,” and there are some that leave your mouth hanging – “how did he belt out such a note.?”
  • I loved every moment of this song.
  • “Hello, goodbye winter” gave me a lot of wow moments, and I will be adding both songs to my playlist.
  • My rating for this song is also 10/10.

Guys go check out both songs if you have listened to them already. Jung Seung Hwan is a phenomenal singer, so you definitely will not be disappointed.

I hope you all are getting into the holiday spirit. πŸ’•πŸ’•

Paul Kim – Big Heart: Music Review

Paul Kim released a new single on the 29th of November titled “Big Heart” img_1868Kim Tae-hyeong, popularly known as Paul Kim, is a South Korean singer signed under Neuron Music. He debuted in 2014 with his first single titled “Would You Like Some Coffee?”. I got to know him through his soundtracks for South Korean dramas, and he is now on the top of my list for South Korean male soloists. The emotions his voice delivers are undeniable. I am always in my feelings whenever he releases new music. My favourite song from him so far is “Me After You”

I am not so sure, but I think this song “Big Heart” might be a tease for part 2 of his Maum album. By the way, if you have not listed to Maum Part 1, you should. All 5 songs on the mini are equally amazing.

(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)img_1867

Reaction to official MV:Β 

  • I appreciate music videos that show an actual story, it makes the song easier to understand.
  • From what I am getting so far, the girl’s parents have divorced. Her dad has remarried and now has a new baby at home… Okay.
  • When a marriage ends in divorce, it definitely takes a toll on the children if not handled properly. In this scenario, it seems that Ga Eun is still not used to the fact that her parents are no longer together.
  • I love how the instrumental comes in. The soft piano indicates how emotional this song is about to be.
  • From the instrumental, I could tell that this would be a heartfelt song, but now actually reading the lyrics, it really hits deep. This is sad.
  • I am sure she feels like her dad no longer needs her.
  • Ga Eun dear, I think you forgot your coat on the bus.
  • I love how this music video was shot during Paul Kim’s scenes. The backgrounds were blurred out, leaving the camera to focus entirely on him.
  • Also, his image seems to be still while everything around was moving forward. That symbolizes how it is to be lonely, sad and alone. You seem stuck in the same position while everything else is evolving. So kudos to whoever directed this music video for such astounding imagery.
  • Although I am not in a similar situation as Ga Eun, the lyrics still speak to me because I know how it feels to be going through a lot and yet never have the zeal to talk to anyone about it.
  • At such points in life, being alone just seems like what gives more comfort, but I will advise that no matter what, try to talk to someone.
  • I love that her mom was there to comfort her.
  • “Big Heart” is a beautiful piece, and Paul Kim delivered the emotions and message of this song so well.
  • Awww, Paul Kim returned her coat.
  • Yess to the choir that came in at the end of the song. That just added the well needed magical touch to an already perfect piece.
  • This entire track was breathtaking. I loved every moment of it.
  • My rating is 10/10.
  • All the songs I have checked out today are beautiful.
  • I hope “Big Heart” brings comfort to those who try to hide how much they are actually hurting inside. Please talk to some and know that you are loved.
  • Here is another version of the music video for “Big Heart” –

Until my next post, take care.πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•