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 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Shi Shi โ€“ Someday or One day: Song Of Theย Week

I recently went back to watch my favourite scenes fromย 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 seenย 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:

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Someday Or One Day: Drama Review โ€“ Episode 1 โ€“ย 7

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Someday Or One Day: Drama Review โ€“ Episode 8 โ€“ย 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, Taeyong &ย Mark from NCT 127 and finally Ten &ย Lucas 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, andย 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.๐Ÿ˜
  • 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.๐Ÿ˜‚
  • 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 –ย 

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”ย 

I am super hyped for this album, so let’s dive in. If anyone needs a profile on this group, use this link ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผย ATEEZ โ€“ 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.๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ
  • 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!!! ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ—ฃHe looks amazing.
  • Every member came correct in this era. I love their hair colours and lengths.
  • Yep, I know that I’m biased.๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ
  • 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.”ย ย 
  • 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 CHOREOGRAPHY๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ
  • 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.๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ
  • 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.๐Ÿ˜Š

Album Review: img_2454Here is the album preview –

  1. Dear Diary: 2016.07.29 –ย 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 –ย 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 –ย Oh, intriguing guitar entry on this one. I love that – “ah yah yah yah”ย  in the backgroundโ€”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 life๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ. 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 ๐Ÿ”ฅ. 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…”ย YE!!! YE!!! Nah fam, I’m over this disrespect๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ. 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!! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. 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 –ย 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, boys๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘.

Final Thoughts:ย 

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 definitelyย  “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 crossed๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ, 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?๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ
  • 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.

 

 

Catching Up With Recent Comebacks: SOYOU|Jessi|YOON DU JUN

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

“GOTTO GO” by SOYOU

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Reaction to Official MV:

  • The beat is the type that makes people want to move.
  • Soyou sounds beautiful, and she looks great in her outfits.
  • I love the pre-chorus section. The way the beat dropped out and Soyou’s voice just melts into my ears. That’s beautiful
  • My first listen, and I am not the biggest fan of the chorus.
  • I prefer the melody for the verses and the pre-chorus.
  • The choreography is excellent. Soyou will definitely kill this on stage.
  • The chorus definitely sounds better on the second listen, and I love how the song switches up after it.
  • The beat on this track is very upfront in your face, and I love it.
  • “GOTTO GO” is a lovely dance song. I like it, but I don’t see myself playing it a lot. Therefore it gets an 8.5/10.

“NUNU NANA” by Jessi

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Reaction to Official MV:

  • Even though this starts out slow, I know the beat is going to hit later on.
  • I love Jessi’s singing voice.
  • I knew the beat drop would be hard. I LOVE IT.
  • All this upfront, in your face EDM beats, are kind of party anthems.
  • Jessi looks stunning in that green and black swimsuit kind of outfit.
  • Her flow on this song is a whole vibe. I am already jamming, and I love how she sings more on this.
  • The choreography for the chorus is sick. The dancers are killing things.
  • I am listening to this with headphones on the highest volume, and it’s a whole party.๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ
  • Hyori looks amazing. I can’t believe she’s 41, wow.
  • “NUNU NANA” is a certified BOP and a half.

Album Review: This album is titled “NUNA” and has six songs. Here is a preview –

  1. NUNU NANA – This song is going to be on replay for a long time.
  2. STAR – Oh, this is a slow track, and she’s singing. I love her vocal tone, it’s deep. I live for a good slow and sentimental rap song, they always hit the heart differently. “STAR” is another favourite from this album.
  3. Put it on ya (Feat. BM of KARD, nafla) – Every track on this album seems to be a BOP. The beat on this one is groovy and makes me want to body roll. The melody for the chorus is catchy. BM and nafla killed their parts hard. Another favourite people.
  4. Numb – This has a very different vibe from the rest. It started out quite poppish, and I ain’t complaining because every record requires a tasty variety of songs. I love the melody, and the instrumental is fire. “Numb” is a vibe but not a favourite.
  5. Who Dat B – I have heard this already, and I LOVE!!! It. Jessi’s flow on this song was a full power trip, and I live for the message. She doesn’t care what anyone has to say because, in the end, she’s still going to do her.
  6. Drip (Feat. Jay Park) – Another old song, I even reviewed it ๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸผNovember Comebacks/Debut โ€“ Jessi|VICTON|HINAPIA|(G)I-DLE|BVNDIT. “You ain’t f*** with my drip!!!” Both Jessi and Jay Park came hard on this song ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ.

NUNA by Jessi is a solid album. Avery song is a vibe, and I will be replaying this album ‘disrespectfully’ for a very long time๐Ÿ˜‚. It gets a bulletproof 10/10 from me. My first time listening to a Jessi record and she impressed me big time.

“Lonely Night” by YOON DO JUN

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Reaction to Official MV:

  • I definitely needed captions for this one, and they came through.
  • First off, he looks GOOOOD!!!
  • I love the colour palette for this video. I see a lot of brown/red tones, and overall the visuals are slick, mature and very elegant.
  • The instrumental is smooth and groovy. Yoon Du Jun’s voice is literally gliding on the beat.
  • His voice is blessing me right now. It’s so soothing to hear this right after Jessi’s hardcore album.
  • Talent overflows from this man. He is a singer and also a good actor.
  • I didn’t watch any teaser for this release, so I thought he was going to give us a power ballad, but I am happy with this R&B chill groove.
  • “Lonely Night” is going on my playlist right now. I hope the album also comes through because I REALLY LOVE THIS SOUND.

Album Review: This album is titled Daybreak and has five songs. Here is a preview – 

  1. 0:00am – Yes, this is a similar vibe. I love me a good R&B record, and Yoon Du Jun’s soft vocal is beautiful. It feels like his voice is melting into my ears. I wish this song was longer, but it serves as a great intro.
  2. Lonely Night – Do I need to say more? NAH! This is a BOP.
  3. Fool of Love (Feat. MOON) – Another smooth one, and I love the piano on this track. The melody is really bouncy, and the vocals are super soothing. I could listen to this before bed and feel like I’m floating in my dream.
  4. Save Me – I love the guitar intro. This is such a nice switch up from the previous songs. I cannot stop praising Yoon Du Jun’s voice. He sounds charming, and I will be coming back to this album a lot just for his relaxing voice. This might be my number one out of all songs.
  5. Be My Light – I love the sensual vibe of this one. I can just imagine what a music video might look like. The melody is lovely, it makes me want to sing along. The simple guitar and drums instrumental are perfect. Wow, the high notes just hit my soul.

I certainly enjoyed listening to all five songs on Daybreak, but the last two hit the spot differently. I believe this is YOON DU JUN’s 1st album, correct me if I’m wrong. He did a fantastic job๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘. This album gets a solid 10/10 from me.

BIBI X Dingo – she got it (cigarette and condom): Music Review

This collaboration between DingoBIBI was released yesterday. Of course, I am here to show some love, so let’s get right into this.

Oh, by the way, Dingo ain’t no artist. It’s a Korean entertainment channel on YouTube. I just wanted to clarify for anyone confused.img_2594

(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 know she’s about to bless me with some smooth vocals.
  • I am excited!!!
  • I love the soft pink colour palette for this music video.
  • Those signature red dots under her right eye are gorgeous.
  • I just knew it. The beat is a groove, and I live for BIBI’s scrunchy R&B vocals.
  • Definitely wasn’t expecting her to say the ‘cigarette and condom’ in English but okurrr girl.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
  • You all better be of age before listening to this song. I don’t have English lyrics, but I know this is not a child’s story.
  • I will get the translation after this review.
  • Lol, the condom pack is actually candy.
  • This music video is simple but so pretty. Dingo did a great job.
  • BIBI looks beautiful, and she’s a goofball.
  • All the soft and floating background runs are blessing my ears.
  • The entire song is a chill-groove type of vibe. I LOVE IT!!!
  • “she got it (cigarette and condom)” gets a 10/10 from me, and it is for sure going on my playlist.

TREASURE – BOY: Music Review

First of all, it’s been a while since I saw a group with this many members. I have gotten used to the seven/eight-member groups. That aside, let’s get into TREASURE’s debut single album – THE FIRST STEP: CHAPTER ONE. This digital single includes the title track “BOY” and a B-side –ย “COME TO ME”

TREASURE, which was previously called TREASURE 13, is a boy group that got formed through the survival program – YG TREASURE Box. This group has twelve members, which include Yedam, Junghwan, Jeongwoo, Haruto, Doyoung, Asahi, Jaehyuk, Mashiho, Junkyu, Yoshinori, Jihoon and Hyunsuk, the leader. There are a lot of Japanese members in this group, wooh!!!

(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:ย 

  • Oooo, sweet vocal entry. I like.
  • The synthesized beat is giving me life. I might enjoy this song more than there pre-debut release, which I also reviewed.
  • I currently can’t recognize any member aside from Yedam, but they all have beautiful voices.
  • I am definitely in love with the first rapper’s voice. I think that is Haruto? Correct me if I’m wrong.
  • When I was gathering their teaser photos, Haruto stood out to me, so he might turn out to be my bias, who knows???๐Ÿ˜Š
  • The music video screams a high budget. The visuals are perfect for the song.
  • The boys are doing a great job in the dancing department.
  • “BOY” is undoubtedly the needed upgrade from “Going Crazy” That song didn’t do much for me, but with this, I am vibing.
  • I mentioned before how repetitive EDM songs have become in the kpop arena, but I also stated that I would still groove to them if a group does theirs tastefully.
  • The chorus here is more of a trap house sound, and I am enjoying it.
  • This song is an exquisite balance of their youthful charm and mature side. I appreciate this because I wouldn’t sit through a full-on cutesy song.
  • Their rappers are astounding, and their vocalists are also powerful. TREASURE has the potential to get far in the industry if YG Entertainment gives them the right promotion.
  • Whoever produced this song did a great job with the instrumental. It never stays the same. The variations for each section are excellent.
  • The ending reminds me so much of IKON – “Shh Treasure. Oh, oh oh oh, oh, oh, oh, oh.”
  • This song gets a 9/10 from me. It’s playlist worthy.

Reaction to B-side:

  • Okay, this is giving me tropical summer vibes.
  • I love the bouncy instrumental. It makes me want to dance. ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ
  • I am willing to accept this level of adorable because it just a feel-good track.
  • TREASURE is going to be big. I see the talent and potential flowing from each member.
  • The vocalists are pulling on the stops on this song, and I love everyone’s vocal colour. So beautiful
  • “COME TO ME” has a lovely melody, and I will be replaying this song a lot.
  • Is Haruto singing as well? I love his low tone.
  • Yoshi’s flow is very catchy. I also noticed him in “BOY”
  • I don’t why this is giving me slight WINNER vibes, or maybe I’m just comparing due to them being from the same company.
  • All the same, I LOVE THIS SONG.
  • It gets a solid 10/10 from me.

Eric Nam – The Other Side: Album Review

Honestly, procrastination has been my second name recently. I have been chilling without allocating time to work on this blog. Henceforth, I refuse to fall to that disease, so here I am. Let’s check out Eric Nam’s new album๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰. On July 30th, he came back with his fourth mini-album called The Other Side. Itย has five songs, including the title track – “Paradise”. I have been looking forward to this release!!!

If you need a profile for this artist, use this link ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผย Eric Nam โ€“ BEFORE WE BEGIN: 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 Official MV/Title Track:

  • The intro melody is catchy, andย Eric Nam’s voice is beautiful.
  • Nice drumbeats. I love how they intensify as the song progresses.
  • The chorus also has the same heavy drums but with an EDM feel. This instrumental is interesting.
  • I guess “Paradise” is a virtual reality game?
  • Hmm, I don’t see multiple Erics๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฉ.
  • He looks good in that flower suit. I honestly can’t believe this man is 32.
  • Unfortunately, this video lacks English subs, so here is a link for the Romanized and English lyrics ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผย Color Coded Lyrics: Eric Nam-Paradise.
  • The music video’s visuals are not anything mind-blowing, but they are alright for the given concept.
  • I don’t know why this song felt short to me. Let me listen to it again before giving my final thoughts.
  • “Paradise” is great, but it took a few listens for it to actually kick in. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I was in a very hyper mood, but overall,ย it’s definitely a grower.

Album Review: img_1463Here is the full album –ย 

  1. Trouble With You – Wow, this song started right away. No instrumental intro or anything, just Eric’s voice instantly, and I don’t mind. “Trouble With You” suits my current vibe more. It’s upbeat but still has a chill melody. The background vocals are incredible. Eric Nam sounds fantastic on this track. The breathy notes are so lovely to hear, and the tune for this line – “trouble with you…” is very catchy. Oh, I will be overplaying this because it’s way too short. How could he make it only 2 minutes and 33 seconds long? It’s always the best songs that artists decide to leave us wanting more on. This is my first favourite.
  2. Paradise – Since I am used to the tempo, it sounds great.
  3. How You Been – I love the intro for this one. It gives off a tranquil vibe, and since it’s late over here, I am all about this type of energy. Oh, I wasn’t expecting the tempo to change. Anyways, excellent progression and Eric Nam’s high notes are flawless. The instrumental build for this song is heavenly. This is another favourite of mine. Just like “Trouble With You”, this track is upbeat but chill. Although I feel “How You Been” is way smoother. Yet another song on this EP that it’s barely 3 minutes long. Why is Eric Nam giving me short bops?๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ
  4. Down For You – This sounds like a classic R&B summer bop, and I am already dancing. Okay, whoever makes Eric’s beats is very innovative. If he does it himself, then kudos๐Ÿ‘. The tempo variations in this EP always caught me off guard, but that made each song exciting. I am living for the jazz influence on this track’s instrumental. It is bassy and really groovy. Right from the start, I was moving my body๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ. YESSS!!! Eric, please bless me with those smooth vocal runs. This song is a whole vibe.
  5. Love Die Young (Korean Version) – This is from his English album – Before We Begin, so there isn’t much to say because it was one of my faves on that record. I’m just going to enjoy my time here – “Please don’t let this love die young…If I’m going to love someone, then let it be you.” Lol, I am used to the English version.

Final Thoughts:

Here is my ranking for this EP –

  1. Love Die Young (Korean Version)
  2. How You Been / Trouble With You (Don’t mind me, I couldn’t decide๐Ÿ˜Š)
  3. Down For You
  4. Paradise

I absolutely enjoyed listening to this album. The production of every song is of high quality. Eric Nam sounds flawless as expected. His voice is the perfect R&B flavour that never fails to bless my ears. The only song that I can say fell a bit short for me at first is “Paradise”, which is why it’s that low in rank. Nevertheless, the entire body of work is solid. Therefore this fourth mini-album – The Other Side gets a 9.5/10 from me.

 

 

Hwa Sa – LMN: Song Of The Week

My chosen song for this week is “LMN” by Hwa Sa. img_1787Ahn Hye-jin, popularly known as Hwa Sa, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and rapper born on July 23rd, 1995. She is also a member of the girl group Mamamoo that is currently managed by RBW. Hwa Sa made her solo debut on February 13th, 2019, with the digital single – “Twit” and then released her first EP – Maria on June 29th of this year. “LMN” is one of the songs on this new EP.

This is one of the most brilliant songs I have heard in a long while. Even the word ‘beautiful’ does not do this song justice. Hwa Sa’s voice gave me chills throughout. Plus, the lyrics are very poetic. Overall, the music video and production for “LMN” gets a 10/10 as pure art. I have been replaying this song, and I just can’t get enough of it. So I hope you all enjoy listening to it as well.

Catching Up With Recent Comebacks: EXO-SC|Crush|JEONG EUN JI

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

“1 Billion Views” by EXO-SC (Feat. MOON)

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Reaction to Official MV:

  • I love their drip and outfits. They both be looking good.
  • Chanyeol’s voice at the beginning tho, It’s so deep and sexy ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคญ.
  • I appreciate the vocal layering on this track. It feels like an eargasm๐Ÿ˜‚.
  • As the two rappers in EXO, I was expecting them to take the hardcore rap route, but they are giving us smooth retro vocals.
  • My favourite outfits are the blazer looks.
  • I love the music video’s visuals and the arcade concept.
  • This line  ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ”I cry I cry, I cry…” is so catchy. The entire chorus makes me want to sing along.
  • Oh, I forgot that this song has a featured artist until she came in. I love her voice; it blends well with Chanyeol and Sehun.
  • Finger clicking in any song instantly captures my attention, and this one makes me want to dance.
  • I don’t need to say much, I LOVE “1 Billion Views” from EXO-SC.
  • It gets a 10/10 rating from me.

Reaction to pre-release single “Telephone”

  • Love how this started right away, and the instrumental is bouncy.
  • Honestly, the vocal layering on both songs is so seamless.
  • It’s also lovely to hear how well Changyeol and Sehum harmonize.
  • The animation for this music video is charming.
  • I live for when Chenyeol goes into his lower register. It’s so sensual.๐Ÿฅฐ
  • I want Sehum’s colourful sweater.
  • “Telephone” is the perfect head-bopping song.
  • Okay, that black sweater look on Sehun is a grand mood, and let’s not even talk about how fine he looks with his hair slicked back.
  • WHAT??? I was not expecting the featured artist once again. 10cm just blessed me with his high pitched voice.
  • It is such a sweet background vocal to Chanyeol and Sehun’s harmonies.
  • I enjoyed every minute of this song; therefore, it gets a 10/10.
  • Now let’s check out their album.

Album Review: The album is also titled 1 Billion Views and has nine songs. Here is a preview –

  1. 1 Billion Views (Feat. MOON)
  2. Say It (Feat. PENOMECO) – This also follows the same upbeat flow and singing style. “Say It” is a BOP, and I am already grooving. Since this is a compiled post, I don’t want to write much, so I will just end on the fact that I enjoyed this song.
  3. Rodeo Station – I love the melody, and the background vocals are soothing. The beat also follows the same retro influence. The production on all four tracks I have heard so far is excellent, most notable with the vocal layering. It is so fascinating to me. “Rodeo Station” is another great track on this record.
  4. Telephone (Feat. 10cm)
  5. Jet Lag – Now, this has a slower tempo compared to the rest. I can’t stop ranting about the vocal quality of this album. “Jet Lag” might just be my favourite so far. The chorus is captivating. I appreciate the smooth and chill vibe.
  6. Fly Away (Feat> Gaeko) – The start for this is quite enchanting. I love the rap-talking style on this track and vocals…WOW. Gaeko is blessing my ears. No song on this album has disappointed. It keeps getting better as expected from EXO members. All I need now is a light stick to fully jam out. THE PRODUCTION!!!… I feel like I’m actually flying.
  7. Nothin’ – The instrumental for this one stands out a lot from the rest, but it still fits the album concept. Already, I LOVE IT. The guitar on this track goes off, and I am here for all that energy. I honestly don’t want to analyze these songs so much because I might write too much since they are all equally amazing. Chanyeol and Sehun deserve an A+++++++ for this album.
  8. On Me – OH JUST FROM THE INTRO, I KNOW THIS IS ABOUT TO BE ๐Ÿ”ฅ. This one is the hardcore rap track on a classic trap instrumental. I am in cloud nine right now, all I need is a speaker because it is party time ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ. It’s not heavy EDM, but it just makes me want to turn up.
  9. 1 Billion Views – Instrumental

1 Billion Views by EXO-SC is an excellent album from start to finish, and I will be going back to it a lot. I do have my favourites, but I enjoyed every single song on here, so my rating is a solid 10/10.

“OHIO” by Crush

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Reaction to Official MV:

  • Oh, I wasn’t expecting an upbeat start. I thought this was going to be a slow song because I didn’t check out any of the teasers.
  • I love the beat, and I feel this is about to be a good one.
  • His voice is fantastic, as always.
  • That little dance Crush did, in the beginning, was so adorable.
  • So this is about him going all out on partying to forget his heartbreak?
  • The melody for this song is catchy and very bouncy. It makes me want to pull out some weird dance moves.
  • Fun fact, Tablo from Epik High wrote the lyrics for this track.
  • I love that little breakdown clapping section. The rhythm is so good.
  • The pianist is also going off in the background. I am enjoying the jazz influence we have going on with the instrumental.
  • Okay, Crush is going off vocally. He isn’t doing anything too crazy, but his flow and smooth vocal runs are such a vibe.
  • “OHIO” is, for sure, going on my playlist. It is such a groovy song, and I already want to sing along.
  • Plus, Crush’s crazy dancing in the video is a delightful visual feast. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
  • “OHIO” gets a 10/10 from me.

Review of B-side – “Let Me (Feat. Dean Morrison)”

  • Oh, I guess this is the softer track.
  • It seems to be entirely in English.
  • This song is so delicate, and I already love it.
  • I approve of the instrumental mix with the keyboard and shallow drum beats.
  • “Let Me” is a romantic track, and I am here for this kind of energy.
  • It reminds me so much of songs I would hear from the 90s American boy groups.
  • Wow, whoever is doing the backing vocals has a rich deep voice. Is that Dean Morrison, or is he just the producer? Kindly let me know in the comment section.
  • Crush’s voice on this track feels like butter melting into my ears.
  • “Let Me” really follows the classic 90s/early 2000s R&B style.
  • I LOVE IT. My rating is 10/10.

“AWay” by JEONG EUN JI

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Reaction to Official MV:

  • I’m sad.๐Ÿ˜ฅ There are no English captions on this video.
  • All the same, I am here for this summery vibe.
  • Her voice is so beautiful, and I love how the instrumental brings high energy into the song.
  • The chorus didn’t drop as I expected, but that makes things more interesting.
  • Plus, I think the melody is catchy and easy to sing along.
  • The cinematography for this music video is stunning. The colours pop with a soft glow effect.
  • I am enjoying the overall vibe, and I wish I could go on a road trip while jamming to this.
  • Jeong Eun Ji’s make-up is pretty. Her make-up artist went in.
  • Vocal wise, her high notes are effortless. I also hear some lovely whistle notes in the background.
  • Eun Ji is very talented and blessed with a powerful voice.
  • “AWay” gets a 10/10 from me.
  • Now let’s check the full album she dropped.

Album Review: This EP is titled Simple and has six songs. Here is a preview –

  1. Simple is the best – I adore the soft vibe of this one. The piano is on it is brilliant. I could listen to just the instrumental on its own and still enjoy every second because it’s that fascinating. I love how the tempo switched up throughout the song but came together as a perfect mix. Jeong Eun Ji also sounds breathtaking on this track, and the overall production is excellent.
  2. AWay
  3. Whoo – This is way more chill compared to the previous tracks. I love Eun Ji’s vocal tone. It almost sounds like a neo-soul style to me. It’s like a breath of fresh air that hits you in at the right moments. I’m swaying from side to side while listening to this track because it’s that soothing with the shallow vocals and soft guitar instrumental. “Whoo” is my favourite song so far.
  4. Stay – This is a full-on ballad with the classic piano entry and entrancing vocals. I think this might be my second favourite. It feels like a lullaby that could quickly put me to sleep, and I live for this kind of relaxing songs. I’m just going to stop typing and enjoy every second of this one.
  5. Moisturising – Another soft track but with a guitar entry. The progression of this is intriguing. It’s not too upbeat but not very slow like “Stay”. The guitar and drums give it a more cheerful essence. I feel like it was too short, or maybe the 3 minutes and 25 seconds just went by too fast for me.
  6. A Slow Child – Oh, this is about to be a whole mood just from the first few seconds. I love the deep rhythmic drums, and the way Eun Ji came in was elegant. This track makes me feel light, almost like I’m floating. Also, the inclusion of classical instruments took the song to a grand lev. “A Slow Child” is my third favourite song from this record.

Jeong Eun Ji truly impressed. The EP – Simple is sold, and it will be on repeat for a while. My rating is a definite 10/10.

Catching Up With Recent Comebacks: AleXa|BIBI|Bii

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

“Villain” by AleXaimg_1287Reaction to Official MV:

  • This marks my first time hearing any song from her, so I have my fingers crossed.
  • Alright, we don’t have any English captions, but I can check for them later.
  • I love the intense instrumental, and she has a beautiful voice.
  • The choreography is also good. AleXa and the dancers are synchronized.
  • I love how they used the two outfits to represent her different sides. There must be a theory for that, but of course, I have no idea.
  • The beat goes hard and actually makes me want to move, but I’m not fully vibing with the song.
  • I’m going to listen to it again before making up my mind.
  • I absolutely adore her vocal tone. It sounds unique to me, and the production on the track is quite okay.
  • Overall, “Villian” is a great song, but since I’m not too invested it right now, it gets an 8/10.

 

“I’m good at goodbyes” by BIBIimg_1781Reaction to Official MV:

  • I absolutely loved her previous single – “KAZINO”, and if you haven’t read my review for that song, use this link ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผย BIBI โ€“ KAZINO: Music Review.
  • Now let’s see how this one goes.
  • Wow, the visuals for this video are stunning. Most notably that scene with BIBI lying in the grass.
  • I need that red dress, it’s gorgeous.
  • Already this shows her versatility because it’s completely different from “KAZINO”
  • BIBI is so cute and weird. Talent just overflows from her.
  • This music video… DAMN. Who came up with the concept? The visuals are incredible but surprisingly simple.
  • I just noticed that I do not have English captions, but it’s okay.
  • I love the drum beats and piano instrumental for this song. They are soft, groovy and complement BIBI’s singing style really well.
  • Her voice is calming and always draws me in. Honestly, she is too underrated.
  • Her vocal runs and range are very intriguing.ย I also love the falsetto runs she throws in once in a while.
  • This is such a chill song, and I cannot wait to read the English lyrics.
  • There’s nothing more to say, I LOVE IT.
  • “I’m good at goodbyes” gives off a very serene and trancelike vibe. The music video is also well thought out.
  • A definite playlist worthy track.
  • BIBI never disappoints. This song gets a solid 10/10 from me.
  • The English/Romanized lyrics are available with this link ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Color Coded Lyrics – BIBI (I’m good at goodbyes)

 

“Be Alive” by Bii

img_0211Reaction to Official Lyric Video:

  • Bii released “Be Alive” to mark his 10th Anniversary, so as one of his biggest fans, I have to give him a review.
  • Already from the guitar intro, I am intrigued.
  • No song has English captions today. WHY???
  • Awww, his voice is so sweet.
  • Oooh, I love the rocker vibe of this track. The guitar is going off in the background, and Bii’s runs are beautiful.
  • The instrumental of this song is incredible. It displays astonishing production, most notably when he sings – “Oh, Oh, Oh… Oh, Oh, Be Alive.”ย 
  • The drums and guitar strumming during that section are insanely good.
  • I am enjoying every second of this song because it’s very captivating.
  • Yet another substantial addition to my playlist.
  • Wow, the guitar player is mighty talented. I won’t lie, I think I’m in love.
  • Okay, “Be Alive” by Bii gets a bulletproof 10/10 from me.

HYO (Feat Loopy, SOYEON of (G)I-DLE – DESSERT: Music Review

Another comeback I was looking forward to. On July 22nd, Hyoyeon released her new single titled “DESSERT”, and I am ready to hear what this song sounds like. img_1667Kim Hyo-yeon, popularly known as Hyoyeon or DJ HYO, is a South Korean singer and DJ born on September 22nd, 1989. She is also a member of the popular girl group – Girls’ Generation and is currently managed by SM Entertainment.

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

Reaction to Official MV:

  • SOYEON always comes in fierce, and she is already serving it hot on this song.
  • I am happy with all the videos today because they all have English subs.
  • The beat goes hard, and I am here for all this energy.
  • I love the raspy tone of Hyoyeon’s voice. She sounds great, and I like how she came into the mix smoothly.
  • I was so focused on the visuals that I forgot to pay attention to the lyrics.
  • The music video set is quite impressive.
  • OKAY!!! ALRIGHT!!! THIS IS LIT!!!๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ
  • “You know what I deserve (What?)… DESSERT! DESSERT! DESSERT!”ย 
  • The chorus goes hard๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ.
  • I love that red outfit. Hyoyeon looks so good, I can’t deal.
  • How can someone be this gorgeous and slay effortlessly?
  • She is a full truckload of talent, and I love seeing her win.
  • The choreography is solid, and the way Loopy came has me grooving hard.
  • “DESSERT” is a certified BOP and a half.
  • This was made for my playlist, and it must go on there for constant replays.
  • It is such a simple track but well produced with the right artists on it.
  • The beat switch up for the bridge got me hollering. This is a perfect EDM track that will feel right on every listen.
  • I don’t care what anyone says, but I am giving my rating even before the song ends.
  • “DESSERT”ย by HYO (Feat. Loopy, SOYEON of (G)I-DLE) gets a bulletproof 10/10 from me.
  • The ๐Ÿ‘‘ did not come to play with you all. So kindly put some accolades on Hyoyeon’s name because she served.
  • ๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽค

SOMI – What You Waiting For: Music Review

On July 22nd, SOMI released her second single titled “What You Waiting For”. The teaser images she dropped hinted at a more matured concept compared to her previous song, so let’s check it out.ย 

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Ennik Somi Douma, known by the stage name SOMI is a Canadian-Dutch-Korean singer active in South Korea. Her Korean name is Jeon So-mi. She participated in the audition program – Produce 101 and finished first. This led her to debut in the resulting girl group known as I.O.I. After the contract for I.O.I ended, all members went back to their respective groups and solo careers. SOMI made her debut as a solo act on June 13th, 2019, with the single “BIRTHDAY” and she is currently managed by The Black Label.

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

Reaction to Official MV:

  • Already this gives off a more grown-up vibe than “BIRTHDAY” Don’t get me wrong, I love that song, but I like to see growth as well.
  • SOMI looks stunning with blonde hair.
  • I hope she starts putting out music consistently, and maybe we can get an EP soon.
  • Thankfully, I have English captions, so let’s continue.
  • The instrumental for this song is quite intriguing. I think I hear a xylophone?
  • The set design and her outfits are stunning.
  • The ocean scene reminded me so much of AKMU – “How can I love the heartbreak, you’re the one I love.”
  • The build-up towards the chorus is excellent.
  • This song is upbeat, but it still gives off a mellow vibe. I like the tempo variation.
  • Is so cute how she said, “Ring the alarm.”
  • I feel SOMI got to showcase her vocals better in this song, but there’s still some room for her to fill with future releases.
  • “What You Waiting For” is a great song but not something I see myself listening to a lot.
  • I might come to enjoy it more after a few replays, but for now, it gets a 9/10 from me.
  • I will keep following SOMI’s career in hopes of her releasing something that completely blows me away.

LEE HI – HOLO: Music Review

Just yesterday, LEE HI released her new single “HOLO”, and I am here to support my vocal queen. I am excited to hear this song because her voice never disappoints. img_1651Lee Ha-yi, popularly known as LEE HI, is a South Korean singer-songwriter born on September 23rd, 1996. She garnered fame after participating in the audition program – K-pop Star Season 1 and finishing as the runner-up. Her official debut was on October 8th of 2012 with the single – “1, 2, 3, 4.” Lee Hi was managed by YG Entertainment up until December 31st, 2019. She is now signed to AOMG, and this new single marks her first release after parting ways with YG.

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

Reaction to Official MV:

  • Yes! I have English captions.
  • Oh, no girl, you better not jump. Suicide is not the answer, my love.
  • I feel this is about to be a very heartfelt track.
  • I really missed LEE HI’s voice. YG definitely did not give us enough of her, so I am very excited about this fresh start with a new company.
  • She is stunning and black hair always flatters her features.
  • Back to the song, The lyrics are absolutely beautiful.
  • The piano on this track is soothing and very comforting.
  • Exactly. Sing it LEE HI – “One day, it will stop.” I genuinely believe that no matter what we’re going through, it will pass away, and our happy moments will last for a longer time.
  • Fun fact – LEE HI and I are born in the same year, but I’m a December baby. I just felt the need to share that.๐Ÿ˜Š
  • Her voice always gives me chills because it’s so soulful, and this song is really touching.
  • I love how the instrumental went up in tempo for the chorus. Also, nice touch with choir backing for that section, It created an uplifting aura.
  • Basically, she is the little girl’s guiding angel. Giving her strength to continue living, but I think the little girl also represents LEE HI.
  • This means “HOLO” is a letter to herself to continue fighting the sadness, loneliness, depression, and sad feelings because one day, it will all go away.
  • “HOLO” is, for sure, going on my playlist. It is a lovely song with an important message.
  • It gets a solid 10/10 from me. Good job LEE HI๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

LAY – LIT Part 2: Album Review

There is no way I could miss reviewing LAY‘s album again. Although I couldn’t react to part one of LIT, I did listen to it, and it’s a solid 10/10 for me. Both parts of LIT have six songs that combine to form a full-length album with twelve tracks in total. I know all the titles for this record are in Chinese, so here are the track titles for part one: “Lit” – “Jade” – “Eagle” – “H20” – “Fly” and – “Soul”

Now let’s check out what this second part has to offer.

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

Album Review:

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Here is the album on Spotify –

  1. Changsha – Okay, I love how this started. I think the first instrument is a traditional flute, but don’t take my word on that. I truly appreciate this album for the fusion of traditional and modern elements. As expected, the beat came in hard, and LAY sounds fantastic. I am already dancing, which means “Changsha” is a vibe. In some verses, LAY seems to be rapping or is someone else featured on this track? I am intrigued by his vocal technique. He’s not really singing or fully rapping, but whatever artistic choice he made lead to this BOP. I absolutely love this song. The continuous flute melody for the instrumental is catchy, and it will be stuck in my head for a while. I think the overall production is solid, and this is a perfect way to start out this second part of the album.
  2. Mama – The beat on his songs are so epic. You all need to get a speaker or headphones to fully appreciate the bass. I love the lyrics for “Mama”. He’s basically talking about the support and care from his mother, right? I love the line when LAY says – “If I fall, at least I tried.” This is honestly the key to life. You just have to try. If you fail, stand up, dust yourself and move on to the next agenda. Do not stay down because that’s when you’ve failed. I love this song, it’s upbeat but on a different vibe from the previous one. I personally feel it was too short, but that’s not a big deal when I have a loop button.
  3. Boom – This I have already heard, and I honestly was not the biggest fan, but let’s see how my second listen goes. I love the beat, and this line – “to the right, to the left…” is really catchy. I think “Boom” is a casual dance song just like LAY intended it to be. The chorus actually makes you want to move. I certainly enjoyed it more this second time, and it’s a definite grower. I might not go back to play this particular song a lot, but on this album, it is a substantial entree.
  4. Call My Name – Alright, we have arrived on the slow train of this record. Excellent start with the guitar instrumental. It made me feel relaxed and ready to soak in LAY’s vocals. Plus, he sounds so soft and soothing on this track. I noticed that they doubled his vocals in certain parts, it almost seems like an echo, and it gave me chills. The production is incredible. The chorus didn’t go where I was expecting, but it is perfect. I thought it was going to be slow all through, but he gave us a groovy vibe with the introduction of a smooth bassy beat. “Call My Name” is an ultimate BOP and a half๐Ÿ”ฅ. LAY’s voice on this track is pure eargasm. The effortless vocal runs in the background… WOW!!! I AM IN LOVE.
  5. Late Night – The intro gives off such a serene and trancelike vibe. I am enjoying these last few songs a lot. Their calm but swift energy is giving life. The fact that I get to hear more of LAY’s singing is also adding to my joy. I need to know who creates his beats. If he does it all by himself, then he’s a genius because the way they hit is LIT… yes๐Ÿง, pun intended. I couldn’t resist, sorry๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚. I love how the tempo goes up a note during the chorus and then comes back to the chill mood for the verses. The falsetto notes in the background are soothing. “Late Night” is another great song on this album and also one of my favourites.
  6. Wish – The last song already? This was too fast. Still following the slow tempo with beautiful vocals. I enjoy how the slower songs start out with a guitar, which is an excellent differentiation from the regular piano intros. Okay, hold up, I just looked at my phone, and this song is only 2 minutes and 43 seconds long. That is way to short LAY. You can’t be making short length bops like this. This is unacceptable because I need more time. “Wish” is definitely the softest song on the album because there aren’t any heavy beats on it. We just have LAY’s voice and the guitar doing their best all through, and I LOVE IT. This is a perfect way to end the album.

Final Thoughts: 

I am genuinely impressed by all six songs. LAY did an excellent job with this record. I once again want to point out how much I appreciate the fusion of traditional and modern musical elements. Although I did notice that blend was more prominent in the first part of the album in comparison to this one. All the same, every song on the LIT album is playlist worthy to me. Therefore my rating for LIT: Part 2 is a bulletproof 10/10.

Golden – Hate Everything: Song Of The Week

Throughout this week, I have been going back to “Hate Everything” by Golden, so it had to be featured.

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Kim Ji Hyun is a South Korean singer-songwriter born on June 16th, 1988. He debuted as an R&B/Soul soloist in 2015 with the EP – Coming Home. At that time, he was signed to JYP Entertainment and known as G.Soul. After leaving JYP in 2017, he signed with H1ghr Music and later changed his stage name to Golden in 2019.

“Hate Everything” is actually the title track of his first EP under the name Golden. This song has two versions – English and Korean. I listen to the English variant more.

His voice on this song is pure bliss. Honestly, Golden is one of the most beautiful/powerful voices in the K-r&b scene. Plus, the emotion he pours into each song is just incredible. I absolutely love the lyrics for “Hate Everything” because they are very relatable and touching. Thankfully with the English version, international listeners can understand everything at once, and the Korean one is basically a direct translation.

I hope you all enjoy listening to this song. If anyone wants something more lively from Golden, try listening to the full EP, which is also titled Hate Everything. You all are bound to enjoy at least two or more tracks on it. Apart from the Korean version of “Hate Everything”, all other songs are in English. If I was to describe this EP, I would call it a ‘Soul Healer’ and rating wise, it gets a solid 10/10 from me.

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Here is the EP on Spotify –

Chen Linong – This is How I Feel You: Song Of The Week

The song I have been going back to a lot throughout this week is “This Is How I Feel You” by Chen Linong.

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Chen Linong is a Taiwanese singer and actor. He was born on October 3rd, 2000, which makes him 20 this year. He participated in the Chinese audition program – Idol Producer, and debuted as a member of the resulting boy group known as Nine Percent. The contract for Nine Percent officially ended on October 6th of 2018, and all the members moved on to there respective groups or solo careers. Although Chen Linong had released a few singles and featured on some OSTs, his official solo debut was on May 29th of 2020. He released a full-length album titled ๆ ผๆ ผไธๅ…ฅ(Out 0f Place). This record has twelve songs including the title track “This Is How I Feel You”

I remember seeing the MV teaser for “This Is How I Feel You” on twitter, and I took a screenshot. I listened to the song a week after it dropped, and I was utterly wowed by the power of Chen Linong’s voice. I have never listened to him sing before. I did like a few of his pictures on twitter, but I don’t follow his music career religiously. So imagine the disappointment I felt when I realized that I had been neglecting such a gem๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ. Therefore I embarked on my research until I found the full album on Spotify.

“This Is How I Feel You” is a beautiful song, and when I first heard it, I got goosebumps. It starts out slow and gradually progresses into this intense guitar instrumental before fading out again. The other eleven songs on the album are equally amazing. It has a mix of ballads, pop and R&B music, and I have never skipped a track when listening to the full album. That’s how impressive Chen Linong’s debut is for me. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Here are the other songs from ๆ ผๆ ผไธๅ…ฅ(Out 0f Place) that have official music videos:

“Unsure” (Features Lala Hsu ) –

“Taste Of Summer” –

“Lost In You” –

“Unmask” –

“Masterpiece” (Features Hailee Steinfeld)

And here is the full-length album for anyone interested –

I hope you all enjoy listening to “This Is How I Feel You” by Chen Linong. Take care, everyone.๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•