TAEMIN – Never Gonna Dance Again: Album Review

On September 7th, TAEMIN released his 3rd album – Never Gonna Dance Again: Act 1. This record has nine songs, including the title track “Criminal”

Lee Tae-min, known by the stage name, Taemin, is a South Korean singer-songwriter born on July 18th, 1993. He is a member of the boy group – SHINee, which debuted in 2008 and is managed by SM Entertainment. He is also a member of SM’s joint project group – SuperM. Taemin made his solo debut in 2014 with the single – “Danger” and became one of Korea’s best-selling artists with his following solo releases.

(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 visuals!!! Already I am interested to hear this song.
  • Of course, the choreography is on point. It looks like a theatre performance.
  • Taemin’s soft voice and this beat are doing something incredible for my ears. The rhythm is quite catchy.
  • The chorus is perfect. It makes me want to bring out my few Michael Jackson moves.
  • Taemin and the dancers are slick but also sharp with every movement.
  • Wow, this is perfection. I am genuinely enjoying myself here.
  • I need to go back and take in the chorus drop one more time.
  • The visuals for the MV make it seem like an apocalypse just occurred, and Taemin  appears to be the one who orchestrated everything.
  • The chorus is too beautiful. I don’t have more words to describe how unique Taemin’s voice sounds in that section. I’m in awe.
  • The instrumental progression is also on point. Every beat fits perfectly.
  • The inclusion of news reports was a great way to intensify the bridge.
  • Excellent use of silence. I almost thought the song had finished but nope, one more chorus drops.
  • I LOVE THIS SONG.
  • I was expecting a solid track because come on, it’s Taemin, but this has completely blown me away.
  • I am overly impressed with “Criminal”, and it’s going on my playlist right away.

Album Review:

Here is the album preview –

  1. Criminal – This is a certified BOP and no one can change my mind. I’m just going to play it a few times before moving on to the next track.
  2. Black Rose – I love the beat, and the rapper’s flow is good. Taemin’s voice on this track is enchanting. I don’t know who Kid Milli is, but I will check him out after this review because he brought the right sauce to this song. “Black Rose” is beautiful. The high notes and background vocals are top-notch. I love this song.
  3. Strangers – The three songs so far seem to have a similar siren-like vocal, and I am enjoying it. The intro for this one is very soothing and beautiful. “Strangers” is another song with a fantastic instrumental. I love that the intro siren notes stayed throughout the track as backing vocals. Nice song.
  4. Waiting For – The melody for this song is catchy right off the bat. The dense keyboard notes and heavy bass drums are such a perfect combination. “Waiting For” is another favourite for me. I love the rhythm, and the way the chorus drops is pure 🔥. I don’t even need to talk about vocals because Taemin kills that department regardless. This track is a BOP and a half. I had to replay it before moving on.
  5. Famous – Korean Version – The composers for this track are geniuses. Didrik Thott and Daniel Kim, you both served because the beat for “Famous” is incredible. I am listening to this song with headphones, and the way every sound bounces on my ear is pure bliss. I might have heard the initial Japanese version, but I probably wasn’t paying enough attention then. Anyways I love it mainly because of the instrumental. 
  6. Clockwork – This seems a bit slower compared to the rest, and the instrumental is intriguing. I hear a periodic synthetized section, and there are continuous clock ticks that make this song unique. Taemin sounds lovely on this one. This album stays giving me hit to hit, I am impressed. The vocal layering on “Clockwork” sounds quite eerie but enchanting at the same time. I love the production on this song.
  7. Just Me And You – Now, we’re back to an upbeat track, and I love the melody. It’s so beautiful💓. I have been quite repetitive about this album’s remarkable instrumentals, but the composers are just that good. This song is getting me in my feels. I think “Just Me And You” is another favourite for me. I might as well favourite the entire album at this point because I am enjoying myself.
  8. Nemo – The entry on this is quite haunting. Also, is the title a reference to the fish in Finding Nemo?😂 Anyways, “Nemo” is more on the sultry and groovy side. Songs with this type of vibes are right up my alley. Taemin’s voice on this one is like butter. It’s just melting into my ears, and listening to this with headphones makes things even better. The vocal runs on this track is taking me to heaven.
  9. 2 KIDS – I already reviewed this song 👉🏼 Catching Up With Recent Comebacks: TAEMIN|(G)I-DLE, so I don’t need to say much here. “2 KIDS” is an excellent close to the album –

Final Thoughts:

Never Gonna Dance Again: Act 1 served hit to hit. Although I have my picks, no song was a letdown. I could play the entire album on repeat and never get bored. In my opinion, this record is on an A+ level. From the vocal quality to music composition and production, everything was well fitted. My favourites on this album in no chronological order are – “Criminal” – “Black Rose” – “Waiting For” – “Clockwork” – “Just Me And You” – “Nemo” and “2 KIDS” – Seven out of the nine songs. Is there more to say?

TAEMIN’s 3rd album – Never Gonna Dance Again: Act 1 gets a solid 10/10 from me. I am impressed.

HA:TFELT – La Luna: Music Review

On September 10th, Yeeun, also known as Ha:tfelt, released a new single titled “La Luna”. I always wanted to check her out, so this is an excellent opportunity.

Park Ye-Eun, popularly known as Yeeun or Ha:tfelt, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and composer born on May 26th of 1989. In 2007, she debuted as a member of the famed girl group – Wonder Girls, managed by JYP Entertainment. She later debuted as a solo artist with the name Ha:tfelt in 2014. After the official disbandment of Wonder Girls in 2017, Ha:tfelt left JYP to sign with Amoeba Culture and pursue a full-on solo career.

(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:

  • First off, she is gorgeous and has a beautiful set of pipes.
  • I’m getting strong Spanish music vibes from this song.
  • This beat, though!!!
  • The beat is groovy, and it makes me want to body roll.
  • I love the gloomy visuals for the music video.
  • Unfortunately, I don’t have English captions, but I will have to check for them later.
  • I’m glad I checked Ha:tfelt out because this song is 🔥🔥🔥.
  • The instrumental on this track is top-notch perfection. Whoever wrote the music and produced this is super talented.
  • Wait, did that teddy bear just become a human-size doll? That’s creepy, and the big black pupils on it aren’t helping.
  • She has a beautiful voice, and the progression for this song is serving her vocals so well.
  • The human-size teddy is still creepy.
  • I love that she’s not busting out complicated dance moves but just grooving to the beat.
  • Teddy bear aside, the visuals for this song are classy and stunning.
  • I LOVE “La Luna”
  • This song will be on repeat for a while, and it gets a 10/10 from me.
  • Now I’m off to check out the English lyrics and officially dive into Ha:tfelt’s discography.

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.

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.

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.

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 it 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.

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.

DREAMCATCHER – Dystopia: Lose Myself: Album Review

On August 17th, DREAMCATCHER came back with Dystopia: Lose Myself. The title track for this album is “BOCA”

DREAMCATCHER is a South Korean girl group managed by Dreamcatcher Company. There are seven members in this group – JiU, SuA, Handong, Dami, Gahyeon, Siyeon, and Yoohyeon. Each member represents a nightmare or fear. They were initially called MINX with only five members. On January 13th of 2017, they re-debuted with their current name, an addition of two new members and the single album – Nightmare.

(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 BOCA:

  • I always appreciate a good dark vibe music video or concept.
  • Already, I am in LOVE with the beat.
  • I love the continuous background vocals throughout each person’s verse.
  • Dami is such a fantastic rapper. Her parts always call for my attention, and I love her deep voice.
  • Excellent production for the instrumental. I love how it intensifies for specific sections.
  • Oh, this song is groovy. It makes me want to move my body.
  • I don’t know everyone’s name yet, but so far, all the ladies are serving vocals, stage presence and energy. Plus, their outfits are stunning.
  • The variations of vocal tones in this group are perfect. They all compliment each other very well.
  • The visuals for the music video are serene and mystical. I love it.
  • I love the electronic/rock chorus, and the inclusion of martial art moves into the choreography.
  • The rappers are giving me life. The flow and energy are on 100%.
  • The harmonies and high notes are insane. I LOVE “BOCA”
  • Dreamcatcher has impressed me once again. I might not be a stan yet, but I’m getting there slowly.
  • These girls are incredible and stand out from other K-pop girl groups.

Album Review:

This mini-album has a total of six songs. Here is the highlight medley –

  1. Intro – I already heard a bit of this rain and thunderous intro in the title track. Once again, I love the dark and mystical vibe. Plus, the rock elements are incredibly beautiful.
  2. BOCA – I’m just going out jam out here.💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼
  3. Break The Wall – Interesting entry on this track, and I adore the rock instrumental. Also excellent production with the distorted vocals. The drumming on this song is impressive. The harmonization on the chorus is beautiful, and I love the melody of the section that comes right before the second verse. This is my first time hearing a K-pop girl group go all-out rock, and I am enjoying every minute of it. Personally, “Break The Wall” doesn’t beat “BOCA”, but I still love it. 
  4. Can’t get you out of my mind – This track has a softer start. I honestly don’t know what to expect at this point. Even the slow songs have some rock elements. Alright, I need to start paying more attention to Dreamcatcher because I love Korean rock bands, and this album is such a vibe. I am here bopping my head because “Can’t get you out of my mind” is a perfect dance track. The EDM meets rock feels are intense on this one. Also, the production is beautiful, and their vocals sound so trancelike. I think this comes right after “BOCA” for me.
  5. Dear – Another slow one but this time I hear a piano. Dreamcatcher has a great set of beautiful singers. This track follows the standard ballad composition style. Okay, “Dear” was slow for a long while, and I was hoping for some variations in tempo, and they just surprised me with sweet drum beats. I am in love with the production of this mini-album. There is never a dull moment. I love the faded humming at the end of this song. 
  6. BOCA Instrumental – Nothing new here, we have only four songs on this mini-album. Now that I am listening to only the instrumental, certain parts remind me of Chen Linong’s “Taste of Summer”. I don’t know why😂😂😂. It’s so weird.

Final Thoughts:

I enjoyed every minute of this album. Production-wise it is very intriguing, and as I mentioned, there was never a dull moment. DREAMCATCHER is slowing climbing into my list of top girl groups, so I might start learning their names.

I am genuinely impressed with Dystopia: Lose Myself. Therefore it gets a 10/10.

SEJEONG – Whale: Music Review

On August 17th, SEJEONG of Gugudan dropped a new digital single titled “Whale”

Review aside, to my fellow WordPress.com bloggers. Am I the only one who doesn’t like this new default block editor? I don’t mind how complicated it is to learn because, with time, I could get the hang of things. Plus, it does have exciting features. However, this new editor doesn’t support my Grammarly app, so I’m not enjoying it. I have to do twice the work by copying my post to Grammarly and checking for all the errors before bringing it back to WordPress. I spent yesterday trying to learn everything about this new editor, but I am still not vibing. If anyone knows how to switch back to the classic editor, please let me know in the comment section. Thank you. I wouldn’t mind switching back and forth because I like certain features from both editors.

Sorry about that little rant, now let’s get right into this review.

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

Reaction to Official Live Clip:

  • Thankfully, I have English captions.
  • I love the soft intro.
  • Okay, the fast-paced beat caught me off guard because, from the intro, I assumed it was going to be a mellow track.
  • Sejeong voice sounds quite high pitched in this song.
  • The guitar instrumental is lovely.
  • The ways she switches from her normal voice to falsetto is so flawless.
  • I love the chorus. It has a sweet melody, and the EDM influence isn’t too much, which is perfect for me.
  • The visuals for this live video are also stunning, and the sea blue colour is lovely. The lighting is also well done.
  • I love the melody for the bridge. It’s catchy and soothing. Plus, that high note at the end is unique.
  • That’s my favourite section of this song.
  • At first, the high pitched tone threw me off, but now I’m enjoying it.
  • I am going to listen to “Whale” again before giving my rating.
  • Okay, I LOVE THIS SONG. I was skeptical at first, but I am now 100% sold.
  • Therefore “Whale” by SEJEONG gets a 10/10 from me.

Shi Shi – Come Away: Song Of The Week

My most played song of this week “Come Away” by Shi Shi, which is also an original soundtrack for the 2019 Taiwanese TV series – Someday Or One Day.

A profile for this singer is available with this link 👉🏼 Shi Shi – Someday or One day: Song Of The Week

I recently went back to watch my favourite scenes from Someday Or One Day, and this time around, “Come Away” really stood out to me. Since the beginning of this week, I have been replaying this song. I adore the mellow tempo and comforting feeling I get when listening to it. Plus, Shi Shi’s voice always soothes me, so I can’t resist going back every day.

I hope you all enjoy listening to this song as well, and if anyone hasn’t seen Someday Or One Day, you need to check it out immediately. It is such an excellent drama. I already have a two-part review available on this blog but be warned of spoilers:

👉🏼 Someday Or One Day: Drama Review – Episode 1 – 7

👉🏼 Someday Or One Day: Drama Review – Episode 8 – 13|FINALE

SuperM – 100: Music Review

SuperM just released a new digital single titled “100”, so let’s check it out. img_2911SuperM is a South Korean boy group managed by SM Entertainment and Capitol Records. The group consists of seven members – Taemin from SHINee, Baekhyun & Kai from EXO, TaeyongMark from NCT 127 and finally TenLucas from WayV. They officially debuted on October 4th, 2019, with a self-titled EP.

(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:

  • Oh, sweet whispering harmony.
  • I love Lucas’ intro. They might not give him many parts, so its good to see him first.
  • Very energetic start, and all the boys look good.
  • I am enjoying the colourful and techno edits on this music video.
  • Another EDM track, but let’s see how it goes.
  • Ten, Ten, TEN!!! My boy always looks beautiful.😍
  • Okay, Mark, come in with the flow, and Baekyun slid in perfectly with his soft voice. His vocals are top-notch.
  • I can see the budget on this music video was limitless.
  • SuperM’s music videos are always iconic.
  • The futuristic visuals for this song are stunning.
  • Their makeup artist really went in with black and red eyeliners.😂
  • Taemin is always looking like a snack that I can only admire from afar. I love him.
  • Okay, whoever put those grayish-blue contacts on Ten deserves a raise.
  • Choreography wise, the boys are killing things.
  • I really love the energy of this song.
  • I think my favourite section is the bridge with Taemin breakdown and Baekyun’s iconic high note.
  • Alright. I’m going to listen to this song again before giving my final thoughts.
  • “100” by SuperM is a great song. I like it, but I’m not in love.
  • I might come to really enjoy it after a few more plays, but as of now, it gets a 9/10 from me.

NIve – bandages: Music Review

This artist is probably new to a lot of people. I discovered him through his collaboration with Sam Kim on the song “Like A Fool” After listening to their joint work, I decided to dive into NIve’s discography since I was already familiar with Sam Kim.

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Jisoo Park, known by the stage name NIve (spelt as nive & pronounced as neeve), is a Korean-American singer-songwriter. He records and produces music for both the U.S. and Korean markets. NIve was born in Seoul, South Korea and lived there until his teen years. He later moved to the Gold Coast of Australia before settling in the U.S. NIve is a relatively new artist, so I was able to get through all his song in a day. I fell in love with every single song from his discography. They are all on my chill grooves playlist. That’s why once I got the notification for his new release, I was thrilled.

bandages is a single album with the title track – “how do i” and a B-side called “new light”

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

Reaction to Title Track/MV:

  • I know that I’m going to love this song. There are some artists that you can never go wrong with, and NIve is one of those rare gems.
  • I love the guitar intro and old home video filter used for the music video.
  • Thank you, NIve, for the English captions.
  • His voice is rich and beautiful.
  • This song is a mix of Korean and English.
  • There is this unique colour that I love in NIve’s voice, but I don’t have the technical words to describe it accurately.
  • The way he slurs his notes at the end of each sentence is very fascinating to me.
  • The instrumental production is perfect and very suiting. Even though NIve used a drumbeat, it doesn’t overpower the chill vibe of this song.
  • Oh, he is definitely singing more in Korean for this song. Most of his songs are entirely in English, and I will recommend a few that have videos at the end of this post.
  • The high notes are powerful and entrancing. If I had NIve’s voice, I wouldn’t keep quiet.
  • Basically, “how do i” is about missing an old partner and wishing for them to come back and try dating again.
  • My rating for this song is a 10/10. It is, for sure, going on my playlist.

Reaction to B-side:

  • Another guitar intro song, and he started out with very soft vocals.
  • I love this song already.
  • It’s even more relaxing than the title track, and NIve is soaring vocally.
  • I just want to close my eyes, lie down and take in the beauty.
  • I love the background harmonization, and the instrumental is so trancelike.
  • There’s no need to overanalyze this song. It gets a 10/10 from me.

Chancellor & Younha – Walking In The Rain: Music Review

This collaboration between Younha & Chancellor was released on August 4th. While doing all my music reviews last week, I totally forgot about it. This is my first time listening to anything from Chancellor. img_3251Kim Jung Seung or Michael Kim is a Korean-American singer-songwriter and producer born on October 22nd, 1986. He is currently active in South Korea and managed by Million Market. Although Chancellor debuted in 2013, he has been active since 2010. Once a member of the hip-hop group – Oneway and also the co-founder/former member of the producing team – Double Sidekick.

(Please note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)img_3244

Reaction to Official MV: 

  • Unfortunately, I don’t have English subs, but I can always check for the translation later.
  • I am already into the guitar intro and soft humming.
  • The dancers are beautiful. Especially the lady, she is gorgeous.
  • Chancellor’s voice is like butter. It’s smooth and relaxing.
  • I love the black and white picture, it feels like an old romance film.
  • This song is remarkably calm, and the melody is lovely. I’m so happy that I decided to check this out.
  • I missed Younha soulful vocals.
  • It’s as if both their voices are floating on the mix.
  • I ABSOLUTELY ADORE “Walking In The Rain”
  • It’s a classic R&B flavour that instantly puts its listeners in their feelings.
  • Yesss, Younha bless me with those beautiful and effortless vocal runs.
  • She has such a powerful and versatile voice.
  • I am also genuinely impressed with Chancellor’s voice. I need to check out more songs from him.
  • The instrumental is very simple with just a guitar, so what really brought home the track is their vocals and rich harmonies.
  • I also love what they did with the music video. The two dancers interpreted the sentiment of this song very well. It’s the perfect cute, and romantic visual representation.
  • I thoroughly enjoyed every second of this song, definitely playlist worthy.
  • “Walking In The Rain” by Chancellor & Younha gets a 10/10 from me.
  • Before leaving, here is a duet film version of the MV –

Jun. K – THIS IS NOT A SONG, 1929: Song Of The Week

The song I have been going back to a lot recently is “THIS IS NOT A SONG, 1929” by Jun. K.img_5475_originalKim Min-jun is a South Korean singer-songwriter, producer and musical actor that goes by the stage name Jun. K. He was born on January 15th, 1988 and is also the main vocalist of the boy group 2PM, which is managed by JYP Entertainment.

My chosen for this week has two versions –

Korean Version –

Japanese Version –

I absolutely love both versions, but I have been listening to the Japanese one more since that’s what I could find on Spotify. I absolutely adore Jun. K’s voice on this track. It is soothing and powerful. The lyrics are heartfelt, and anytime he hits that high note in the chorus, I get chills from how beautiful he sounds. So I hope you all enjoy listening to Jun. K, as well.

Here is a live performance for anyone interested – 

ATEEZ – ZERO: FEVER Part. 1: Album Review

On July 29th, ATEEZ came back with a mini-album called ZERO: Fever Part. 1. It has seven songs including the double title tracks “INCEPTION” and “THANXX” 

I am super hyped for this album, so let’s dive in. If anyone needs a profile on this group, use this link 👉🏼 ATEEZ – TREASURE EPILOGUE: Action To Answer: Album Review.

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

Reaction to INCEPTION MV:

  • Alright, it is time to fangirl into neverland. I discovered ATEEZ during their last comeback, and I have been obsessed since then.
  • My biases are Seonghwa and Hongjoong. However, San and Wooyoung have been crashing my heart with this era’s teaser photos.🤩🤩🤩
  • My boys are looking good, and I AM HAPPY TO BE AN ATINY!!!!
  • Okay, let’s start the music video.
  • Already, I love the sweet vocal intro and Yeosang with blonde hair is gorgeous.
  • Thankfully, KQ Entertainment always provides English subs.
  • Look at Seonghwa!!! 🗣🗣He looks amazing.
  • Every member came correct in this era. I love their hair colours and lengths.
  • Yep, I know that I’m biased.😊😂🤣
  • The visuals for the music video are perfect, most notably the lighting for each scene.
  • The vocalists are killing things, and Hongjoong came in smoothly with his rap section. That blue hair!!!
  • The beat on this song goes hard, and I am listening to it with headphones.
  • The beginning of the chorus threw me off a bit, but I got into the melody after a few seconds.
  • Awww, Jongho. His voice is so powerful that it surprises me on every ATEEZ song.
  • Okay, this chorus is sick. The way it closes with Seonghwa’s breathy note is beautiful – “Every day & night, I’m gon’ chase you… I’m in love.”  
  • What? I wasn’t expecting an instrumental-only section or dance break this soon. The entire set for this music video is stunning.
  • YESSSS!!! BRING ON THE CHOREOGRAPHY💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼
  • Yeosang is finally here. I was waiting for your lines, boo. What is that dance move he just did on the floor?
  • Mingi!!! His deep voice was what made me fall in love with ATEEZ during my review of “Answer”
  • This video is a movie experience. So many things are happening, and I just started.
  • My favourite scene is them dancing in water with all those red lights.
  • Wooyoung is disrespectful with those sexy dance moves. Guy, I’m here for the music.😒😏😂😂🤣
  • Now Seonghwa is following along with all the ab flashing. Boys take it easy, please.
  • Yunho sounds so lovely in this song. Plus the orange hair, WOW.
  • San as always does the most with his facial expressions, and a sister isn’t complaining. I love him for that.
  • The high notes are flawless. These boys brought their A-game for real.
  • Alright, I’m going to replay this video and pay more attention to the music.
  • On the second listen, yes, I genuinely LOVE this song. The chorus is catchy, and the instrumental progression is incredible. The vocals are smooth and soft on my ears. The choreography and visuals are insane.
  • I can’t wait to watch the live performance because these boys brought all the emotions and A+++++ energy to this song.
  • At the beginning of this review, I had my fingers crossed because I wanted a good song. No matter how much I stan them, if this song didn’t suit my taste, I would be upfront about it like always.
  • I’m delighted that ATEEX didn’t disappoint.
  • However, before I dive into the album, I am off to watch some reaction videos on YouTube.😊

Album Review: img_2454Here is the album preview –

  1. Dear Diary: 2016.07.29 – Alright, I’m back, and I have been playing “INCEPTION” on repeat all this while. This is just a spoken intro, and the message is beautiful. I love the inclusion of music once the words became hopeful and happy.
  2. FEVER – I already love the instrumental for this track, and that smooth vocal run entry gave me life. “FEVER” is about to be a certified BOP. I am always up for some sweet R&B flavour. The chorus is beautiful, and I love the melody so much. Yunho is seriously coming for my throat this era. Hongjoong and Mingi are perfect with their rhythm and flow. The vocal runs and high notes on “FEVER” are ridiculous.
  3. THANXX – Oh, intriguing guitar entry on this one. I love that – “ah yah yah yah”  in the background—another song with a catchy melody. WAIT, PAUSE, RESET, WHY??? Did Hongjoong have to come in that hard? I wasn’t ready, but my ears are living their best life💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼. No one can stop my groove right now. The drums on this song are so good, and the rappers are going off!!! I can’t wait for the music video to drop. “THANXX” is 🔥. Jongho just blessed me with the most magnificent high note ever.
  4. TO THE BEAT – I feel it in my bones that this is about to be lit. I love the intense claps, and it’s somewhat funny to me – “To the beat, to the beat, move your body to the beat…” YE!!! YE!!! Nah fam, I’m over this disrespect🚶🏽‍♀️🚶🏽‍♀️🚶🏽‍♀️. Do you all hear that beat drop and those whispers? I didn’t sign up for this, but GO OFF!!! “TO THE BEAT” is my new twerk anthem. Nothing more needs to be said because I AM IN LOVE. My Nigerian side just came out with the YE!! 🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂. The instrumental on this track is a certified BOP and a half. I think this tops all the other songs for me.
  5. INCEPTION – All four songs so far are amazing. I am in awe of ATEEZ. They are monsters, and I hope that more people start paying attention to them.
  6. Good Lil Boy – This is a bit more chill. I think it’s not all in your face like “THANXX” and “TO THE BEAT”. I love the choral singing style, and the rappers are genuinely on point for this album. The instrumental progression is impressive with how the guitar switches up in tempo for different sections. Oh, the vocals on this are beautiful, and harmonies are coming through also. I have danced so much that I now feel hungry. I’m getting something to eat right after I round up this review.
  7. One Day At A Time – Last song already, is it going to be a slow one? Okay, it’s on a chill tempo so far and has that standard pop groove. The vocals are beautiful and so soft. I love the chorus because of the sweet harmonies. “One Day At A Time” is a perfect way to close this album. After all the partying, a sweet relaxing song is necessary. I also love the message of being together and helping each other in everything because life is one day at a time. Good job, boys👏👏👏👏👏👏.

Final Thoughts: 

This album took me on a ride and danced way too hard because every song was such a vibe. ATEEZ DID NOT COME TO PLAY WITH ANYONE IN THIS ERA. So all those who are sleeping on them, need to WAKE UP!!! Don’t be late to the party.

ZERO: Fever Part. 1 came through and served it hot on all six songs. Top on my list is definitely  “TO THE BEAT”, but overall, the entire record is playlist worthy. Therefore it gets a bulletproof 10/10 from me. I will be waiting for part 2 while enjoying this one on repeat.

Catching Up With Recent Comebacks: TAEMIN|(G)I-DLE

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

“2 KIDS” by TAEMINimg_2848Reaction to Official MV:

  • Interesting guitar strumming for the intro, and as expected, Taemin is serving vocals.
  • The cityscape visuals for this music video are stunning.
  • The guitar instrumental is really intriguing and beautiful.
  • I love the chorus, it has a graceful and somewhat relaxing melody.
  • Taemin dancing is so unique and fluid. It’s always fun to watch him dance.
  • So this song is about two young people that fell in love and unfortunately had to break up? I guess they were too immature and hurt each other a lot.
  • That’s what I’m getting from the lyrics so far.
  • The instrumental is incredible, it keeps surprising me.
  • I know Taemin wrote the lyrics, but whoever produced the music is mighty talented.
  • “2 KIDS” is playlist worthy. The rhythm and melody are going to be stuck in my head for a while.
  • I love this song. Therefore it gets a 10/10 rating from me.

 

“DUMDi DUMDi” by (G)I-DLEimg_2852Reaction to Official MV:

  • Thankfully most of the music videos I’m watching today have English subs.
  • I am getting strong Old West vibes from this music video and intro.
  • All the girls look beautiful.
  • Well, that was an abrupt way to end the intro. I would have preferred a better blend into the actual song.
  • The song itself is giving me major Arabic vibes.
  • Honestly, at this point, I have no idea what to expect. Fingers crossed🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼, please be a good song.
  • WAIT, I am so confused. The Arabic sound that I assumed was the beginning of the song is not actually the song?😂😂😂🤣🤣
  • Okay… okay, let’s continue, but at least that makes up for the abrupt switch I didn’t like.
  • All the ladies are in the same motel, and it’s about to go down!!!
  • You see, the actual song intro blended in perfectly like I wanted.
  • Oooh, the beat is hard, and Soyeon looks stunning with the long hair.
  • They are all doing well in the vocal department. Unfortunately, I wasn’t feeling it until Minnie’s part came in.
  • She looks gorgeous with pink hair.
  • The chorus is captivating but still feels off to me.
  • Soyeon’s flow is excellent, as always.
  • I vibe with the chorus more on the second listen.
  • I think Minnie might be my bias in (G)I-DLE. I love her voice, and she is so pretty.
  • “DUMDi DUMDi” is a fun song. I love the chorus, but I don’t think it’s something I would listen to a lot, hence why it gets an 8.5/10 from me.