SUPER JUNIOR Teases Their 10th Album With ‘The Melody’

On November 6th, SUPER JUNIOR returned with a pre-release digital single titled “The Melody”. November 6th also marked the group’s 15th-anniversary, and their 10th album, The Renaissance, drops in December.

I honestly don’t think this group requires an introduction, but since this is my first time making a post just for them, here’s a brief one – SUPER JUNIOR (SuJu) is a South Korean boy group formed by Lee Soo-Man of SM Entertainment. They officially debuted on November 6th, 2005, with twelve members – LeeteukHeechulHan Geng, Yesung, Kangin, Shindong, Sungmin, Eunhyuk, Siwon, Donghae, Ryewook and Kibum. The thirteenth member Kyuhyun joined in 2006. The group currently has nine active members since Hang Geng, Kibum and Kangin left over the years. Also, Sungmin is presently not taking part in group activities.

(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:

  • Already from the guitar entry, I know that I’m going to enjoy this song.
  • Awww, I love the scrapbook edit for the music video. It gives off a nostalgic vibe.
  • The title of the song truly speaks for itself. This song has a lovely melody.
  • I’m enjoying all their beautiful voices coming together in harmony. 😍😍😍
  • The finger clicks, clapping + the whistling during the chorus section is so catchy.
  • Seeing all the clips of them spending time together throughout the years makes me happy.
  • Wow, they’ve been together for fifteen whole years. That’s an accomplishment in its own right.
  • Also, these men are serving it hot with all the suits. I LIKE!!!
  • “The Melody” is a sweet and simple song, and I genuinely enjoyed every second of it. Therefore it gets a 10/10 from me.
  • I am super excited about SUPER JUNIOR’S upcoming album. December is going to be a great month.

My First Time Listening To Jamie as She Returns With ‘Apollo 11’ (Feat. Jay Park)

Yesterday, Jamie returned with a new single titled “Apollo 11” (Feat. Jay Park). This review marks my first time listening to anything from Jamie, but I’m excited to see what she has to offer.

Park Ji-min, popularly known as Jamie (formerly Jimin Park), is a South Korean singer-songwriter and television host born on July 5th, 1997. In 2011, she participated in K-pop Star S1 and emerged as the winner. She then got signed to JYP Entertainment and debuted as part of the duo act called 15&. Eventually 15& went on a hiatus, and Park Ji-min made her official solo debut with the single “Hopeless Love” in 2015. She is also currently a member of the project group – M.O.L.A. After her contract with JYP Entertainment expired in 2019, she signed with Warner Music Korea and changed her stage name to Jamie.

(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 visuals and lighting for the music video are stunning.
  • Jamie has a lovely vocal tone. Her voice is giving me strong R&B vibes, and I always enjoy listening to such artists.
  • Also, she is pretty.
  • “Apollo 11” is a smooth but quite groovy song.
  • I am living for that soft beat drop during the chorus.
  • From now on, I need to pay attention to Jamie. This track is such a solid R&B jam.
  • Ooo, I thought Jay Park was going to rap, but then he came in singing!!! I get butterflies whenever he sings.
  • This song is, for sure, going on my playlist.
  • I enjoyed the chill vibe + the vocals are beautiful.
  • Hence why “Apollo 11” by Jamie gets a 10/10 from me.
  • I am so happy that I have been getting good music back to back throughout this week.

HA SUNG WOON – Mirage: Kpop Album Review

HA SUNG WOON is back with his 4th mini-album Mirage. This record has five songs, including the title track, “Forbidden Island”

Ha Sung Woon is a South Korean singer-songwriter born on March 22nd, 1994. He is currently a member of the boy group – HOTSHOT. In 2017, he participated in the second season of Produce 101 and debuted as the final member of the resulting boy group Wanna One. After the disbandment of Wanna One, Ha Sung Woon made his official solo debut on February 28th, 2019, with the EP – My Moment

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

Reaction to Title Track/MV:

  • Hmmm, I don’t have captions, but that’s okay.
  • Quite a grand but soothing intro with the ocean wave sounds.
  • Already, I love this music video’s visuals + Ha Sung Woon looks good.
  • His voice is so beautiful, and the melody for this song is charming.
  • I love the bass drop for the chorus. That section has a groovy rhythm. Also, the high notes added in the perfect spice.
  • Okay!!!! This song is a whole vibe💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼.
  • The chrome metallic aesthetic for this video is fun to watch. I am here for all the flowers, butterflies and gorgeous colours.
  • The ocean scene with him in that white suit should be illegal. HE IS STUNNING.
  • I enjoyed listening to “Forbidden Island”. Ha Sung Woon showcased the perfect balance of vocals, visuals and choreography👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼.

Album Review:

Highlight medley –

  1. Forbidden Island – THIS IS MY SONG!!! It’s going to be on repeat this whole week.
  2. Candle light – Interesting intro. I love the melody + Ha Sung Woon’s voice is charming. The instrumental progression for this track is impressive. I’m enjoying the drum sections a lot. “Candle light” is a lovely song.
  3. 2000 Miles – I love the vocal effect, and I feel this might end up being another favourite. The EDM chorus is perfect. I wish I could go on a road trip while jamming out to this song. It’s simple but so good!!! + Ha Sung Woon sounds incredible on this track.
  4. Without you – Ooo, this intro is trippy. I’m only 0.30 seconds in, but I know this is about to be another fave of mine. I genuinely love Ha Sung Woon’s voice. How can a human sound so beautiful? If I had a voice like his, I sure wouldn’t close my mouth for even a minute. “Without you” is such a soothing song; I enjoyed every second of it.
  5. Talk to me – Well, that went by fast. At this point, I’ll have to add the entire album to my playlist because every song has served!! The instrumentalization on “Talk to me” feels grand, but the vocalization is more mellow/angsty. Vocal-wise, I have to say that this tops the rest. Ha Sung Woon sounds heavenly on this track.

Here is the album on Spotify:

Final Thoughts:

Honestly, this mini-album felt too short; I was craving for more. Nevertheless, I did enjoy spending 19 mins and 28 seconds of my time taking in HA SUNG WOON’s rich voice. Therefore, Mirage gets a 10/10 from me. I will be having this record on repeat for a long time because good music is food for my soul.

Let me know your thoughts on this album and also your favourite songs.

TAEMIN Is Back and Serving!!! with ‘Never Gonna Dance Again: Act 2’

Yesterday, TAEMIN returned with Act 2 of his 3rd album, Never Gonna Dance Again. This record has nine songs, including the title track – “IDEA”

Feel free to check out my review for Never Gonna Dance Again: Act 1 👉🏽 TAEMIN – Never Gonna Dance Again: Kpop Album Review. Now let’s get started.

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

Reaction to Title Track/MV:

  • The visuals for this music video are pretty + I love the splash of very bright colours.
  • The choreography is so slick and precise.
  • I noticed that the first scene from the MV is a prison visiting session. Quite interesting because his previous title track was called “Criminal”
  • WHAT??? I seriously was not expected such a hard chorus drop.
  • Wow, the beat + the choreography during the chorus is insane. I love this vibe.
  • Also, the dancers are amazing. I can’t only focus on TAEMIN because everyone is calling for my attention.
  • This set, though. It is so bougie and captivating.
  • Once again, they surprised me with the chorus. I was expecting the same drop, but TAEMIN took it to another level.
  • The progression + the different sections on this song are interesting.
  • Nah!! The choreography is crazy. Do you all see the glitching and smooth movements during the second chorus?
  • TAEMIN’s vocals on the bridge are quite haunting but very beautiful.
  • I am enjoying the visuals for “IDEA”. I love the white to black contrasting backgrounds that they are using. The cloud/thunder + fire backdrops added in the extra touch.
  • Visual-wise, this music video gets a 10/10.
  • Music-wise, I prefer “Criminal” over “IDEA”. This song is certainly not my favourite from TAEMIN, but I still enjoyed listening to it.

Album Review:

Here is a preview of the album –

  1. IDEA (理想) – The chorus always takes me off guard, but I love it all the same. All I need now is a dance video for this song.
  2. Heaven – The intro for this track is soothing. TAEMIN’s voice + the soft beat makes such a beautiful melody. I love how he sings the word – ‘heaven.’ Definitely wasn’t expecting the background choir, but I am here for this haunting vibe. “Heaven” is my first favourite on this album. I honestly adore TAEMIN’s versatility.
  3. Impressionable – Quite an intriguing entry with the synthesized keys. I’ve noticed that the haunting touch from Act 1 continued into this act. However, it is more prominent in this one. Overall, I am enjoying the vocal technique, backing vocals, + instruments used to relay this somewhat frightful feeling. “Impressionable” is my second favourite.
  4. Be Your Enemy (Feat. Wendy of Red Velvet) – The intros on all these songs are captivating. “Be Your Enemy” seems to have a less intricate instrumental than the previous tracks. Splendid continuous soft guitar strumming. I love the melody on this one + TAEMIN sounds so beautiful. Wendy also came in nicely, and their harmonies are sweet. 
  5. Think Of You – Ooo, I love this song. I’m just a few seconds in, but the rhythm is calling to me. Yessss, this is another favourite for me + I love the voice of the female vocalist backing TAEMIN. “Think Of You” is a vibe, and I can’t help but dance throughout the entire song. I feel it was too short😞. No worries, though, I got my replay button.
  6. Exclusive (Korean Version) – I don’t think I have listened to this song before. I like how TAEMIN came in. The retro-pop sound slightly threw me off at first, but I love it. The instrumental and production for this track are incredible. 
  7. Pansy – Am I getting a guitar accompanied ballad? Awww! His voice makes me feel light, like a feather floating in the sky. I seriously needed this track. I searched up the definition of “Pansy”, and it so sweet. It’s derived from the French word – pensée (meaning: thought) that became an alternative Late Middle English name for the garden plant – Viola in the mid-15th century. Pansy is a flower that signifies remembrance. I love this song.
  8. I Think It’s Love – Another soft song? I’m here for all this last-minute angsty/soothing energy + they used a piano as the front instrument for this track😍. TAEMIN is serving wholesome, blissful vocals. I love how softly the drumbeats came into the mix. Okay, this is starting to give me some R&B vibe, and I AM OFFICIALLY IN LOVE. Yes, TAEMIN, bless me!!!
  9. Identity – The last song, let’s see what it has to offer. We’re still on the angsty train, but this brought back the haunting vibe from the earlier tracks. THE VOCALS!!!! SING TAEMIN. What is this chorus??? I so was not expecting an electronic infusion for this song, but I am impressed. The progression/production, vocal and instrumental-wise, is lovely. “Identity” is the perfect closing track; I love it.

Final Thoughts:

I genuinely enjoyed listening to all nine songs. Of course, I have my favourites, but every track was equally substantial. I love how we got upbeat/horror fleek-styled jams in the first half, and then the second half served beautiful/angsty slow songs. I also adore the production. It was top-notch, and TAEMIN sounded terrific all through. Hence why Never Gonna Dance Again: Act 2 gets a solid 10/10 from me.

What do you all think of this album, and what are your favourite tracks?

Mamamoo – TRAVEL: Kpop Album Review

Yesterday, MAMAMOO returned with their 10th mini-album titled TRAVEL, and I’m super excited about this comeback. I enjoyed their pre-release single, “Dingga”. It was a fun/refreshing song + an excellent dance number. Now, this new album has five songs, including the title track “AYA”. The teasers looked spooky and fierce, so I am ready to have a good time with this review. 

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

Reaction to Title Track/MV:

  • The intro instruments are giving me Arabian vibes.
  • I adore the colour scheme for this music video. It looks very grand.
  • Whoever styles Mamamoo is a beast. They always look good!!! + each member has a nice touch of their individuality in all outfits.
  • Vocals are on point, as expected. I love the growling effect they used at specific points in the song.
  • I am enjoying the rhythmic guitar and deep drumbeats in the background. Once again, all these elements add to the majestic vibe of this song.
  • The production on this track is superb, and the MV is beautiful, but I’m still not fully into the song.
  • The choreography is good, and they’re really in sync with the dancers.
  • Moonbyul’s flow always gives me life. She is bae.
  • Wheein with that bedazzled Fedora hat is a whole queen vibe. The outfits in this music video are stunning.
  • Okay, I certainly was not expecting such a switch up at the end, but that section was still fire.
  • Overall, “AYA” is a good song because the production is incredible. However, I can’t confidently say that I love it. I need more time with this song.

Album Review:

Highlight medley –

  1. Travel – Oh, I wasn’t expecting such a pop-ish sound. The deep drumbeats and their voices make such a smooth/beautiful blend. I was skeptical at first, but I love this song. Once again, Moonbyul is blessing my ears with her exceptional rapping skills, + she’s also singing. “Travel” is a groove, such a great dance track. They all sound so good; I LOVE IT!!! Once again, beautiful production.
  2. AYA – Third time listening, let’s see if it grows on me. Okay, it does pack a better punch this time around, so I will come to enjoy it even more with each replay.
  3. Chuck – Wow, I adore the instrumental on this song. I don’t know the technical terms for the beats or instruments used, but this track sounds super funky. I love the melody + the vocal mix is excellent. The one constant thing that keeps impressing on this album is the production. I’m living for every second of this quality. I think “Chuck” might be my favourite so far. Mamamoo is blessing me with smooth vocals and raps. This song is A CERTIFIED BOP!
  4. Diamond – Wait a minute, this record keeps getting better towards the end. I foresee another bop. The instrumental on this one is entrancing, + the sultry vocals are so soothing. Yessss!!! This song is a whole vibe, and I am enjoying every second of it. Moonbyul keeps coming for my neck this era, and I’m not complaining because sis is serving. “Diamond” is on a superb sultry goddess level.
  5. Good Night – I love the cricket sounds for the intro. It gives off a nice serene feeling. This song also starts with some keys, and by now, most people know that the piano is one of my favourite instruments. “Good Night” is a sweet soft song to close things off. It still has a faint upbeat rhythm to it, which blends well with the album’s theme. The vocal runs and layering on this track are lovely.

Here is the album on Spotify:

Final Thoughts:

I admit that after listening to “AYA”, I wasn’t too confident, but I stand corrected now. I should have remembered that MAMAMOO always comes correct. I love this record, and I came to appreciate the title track more after hearing the full body of work. THE PRODUCTION ON THIS RECORD!!! THE QUALITY, I LOVE IT. The vocals, instruments, down to the beats and layering, each element came together so perfectly. The music video for “AYA” is also very visually pleasing, + the ladies looked beautiful in every shot.

MAMAMOO’s 10th mini-album – TRAVEL, gets a solid 10/10 from me. I genuinely enjoyed reviewing this album. 

Get Groovy with Chancellor’s AUTOMATIC (Feat. Babylon, twlv, MOON, BIBI, & Jiselle)

This week’s chosen song is “AUTOMATIC” by Chancellor, Babylon, twlv, MOON, BIBI, and Jiselle. What a stellar collaboration because every artist on this track is a solid vocalist.

I fell in love with “AUTOMATIC” from the first listen. This song’s sultry vibe is right up my alley + the perfect balance of male/female R&B voices hits home for me. Every artist brought spice to “AUTOMATIC”. Though, when MOON came in, something about how she said – “I’m a savage” took the song to a whole other level. Then BIBI followed up with more vibes, and Jiselle gave a sweet closing. I seriously wouldn’t substitute or remove any artist on this track but the LADIES!!! definitely brought their A++++++ dynamic SAUCE!!! to this one.

I needed to take in some good vibes lately, and this song came through on repeat. So I hope you all enjoy listening to it as well.💕💕💕

DAWN – DAWNDIDIDAWN: Kpop Album Review

On October 9th, DAWN released his 1st mini-album titled DAWNDIDIDAWN. This EP has five songs, including the title track “DAWNDIDIDAWN (Feat. Jessi)”

To read a brief profile for this artist, use this link 👉🏼 DAWN – MONEY: Music Review.

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

Reaction to Title Track/MV:

  • I have heard a bit of the chorus and seen the dance because I follow PNation, DAWN and Jessi on Instagram. It seemed catchy, now let’s see what the full song has to offer.
  • I have my English captions, and I’m ready to get my groove on💃🏼.
  • Okay, 15 seconds in, and I can officially say that “DAWNDIDIDAWN” is a BOP. No second opinion needed here; I SAID WHAT I SAID.
  • With that out of the way, Ladies and Gentlemen, it is time to PARTY!!!
  • I love the whistling + the black/white pallet for the music video.
  • The choreography is so tight and slick. DAWN and the dancers were killing from the first second.
  • I can’t even pay attention to the lyrics because I’m too busy dancing.
  • The chorus is very catchy and addictive. It’s the type of tune that could stay stuck in my head for days.
  • It’s an excellent marketing strategy to have his name as the album’s title and dropping it all over the promotion track.
  • I adore DAWN’s quirky/edgy personality.
  • His outfits are also perfect for this concept. My favourite is the first piece he had on at the beginning.
  • Yessss, Jessi…“Hey DAWN, What’s going on?” I was waiting for her, and I love the beat switch up for her part.
  • “DAWNDIDIDAWN” is simply a feel-good song, and I am here for that vibe. I LOVE THIS SONG.

Album Review:

Highlight medley –

  1. DAWNDIDIDAWN (Feat. Jessi) – PARTY!!! 💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼
  2. Still (Feat. Crush) – This is more on the chill side. I love the groovy beat; it makes me want to body roll. DAWN sounds excellent on this track. I am happy that he made sure to include catchy melodies in these songs. This is essential to push out his music to a broader audience. Yessss! Crush came in smooth like butter on hot toast + his vocal runs in the background add in such a sweet touch. “Still” is a vibe, and I am loving every bit of it.
  3. Tantara – I am living for this trumpet and guitar intro. What the heck is this production? The beat is fat on this track, and I am grooving 💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼. The progression into the chorus is a whole mood. Ooo, DAWN, did not come to play with anyone. You all better wake up and dance. The chorus!!! WHAT? I am so pumped, and it’s 12:10 am right now. Sorry for the people living upstairs because it’s a club up in my apartment right now.
  4. Butterfly – I love the intro, and I feel it’s about to be another BOP. The rhythm of this one is insanely good. A few times, I’ve mentioned how EDM/trap has become quite a repetitive sound in the K-pop scene, and I was getting tired of it. Nonetheless, when someone does it this tastefully, I always enjoy and have a good time with the song. “Butterfly” does have elements of that genre, but it can slightly lean towards the hip-hop department as well, so I LOVE IT. Good Job, DAWN👏👏👏.
  5. Ordinary Night – Another song with whistling, and I love the guitar intro. The subtle beat switch up for the pre-chorus threw me off for a few seconds, but I’m good. Is it just me, or is this song an intense pop-EDM mix? I still like it, but if I was to rank the album, “Ordinary Night” would be last on my list. DAWN sounds amazing, + the entire EP stayed solid till the end.

Here is the album on Spotify:

Final Thoughts:

Honestly, this was a feel-good album and the perfect way to close my day. I will be listening to this EP on repeat throughout this weekend. I’ve been in a very hyper mood recently, and I want to maintain the momentum. Every song was a jam, but I do have my favourites, which happen to be the first three tracks. Thank you, DAWN, for such a solid fifteen minutes and fifty-one seconds of continuous dancing. My rating for his 1st mini-album, DAWNDIDIDAWN, is 10/10.

The Vocal Queen!!! Ailee Is Back With Her 5th Mini Album

The vocal queen is back, and I’m super excited!!!

On October 6th, Ailee retuned with her 5th mini-album titled I’m. This record has five songs, including the title track “When We Were In Love”

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

Reaction to Title Track/MV:

  • Okay, this is an eleven-minute music video. That’s a lot of minutes but let’s see what it has to offer. Luckily, I have English captions.
  • The keyboard intro is beautiful. I am a sucker for piano entries on songs. So if this title track is a ballad, I will be really pleased.
  • The dog is fluffy and adorable.
  • Ailee looks beautiful in this music video.
  • I thought I had subs, but it seems to be only available for dialogues.
  • The serenity of this song just gave me goosebumps all over my arms.
  • Plus, the visuals for the MV are stunning.
  • Woah, I’m still getting chills all over. The melody + Ailee’s voice is pure bliss.
  • I’m guessing “When We Were In Love” is about longing to spend more time with the people we love, but we can’t always keep in touch due to work and other commitments.
  • Is he giving the dog away for adoption? Why?
  • Awww, this is sad. At least take proper care of the dog.
  • Wow, so she broke off contact with her former lover. Started focusing solely on her career and got a whole new man that proposed to her. After being broken for so long, her ex travelled abroad, and Lui is now a stray dog who happened to find his way back to his former owner’s house.
  • THIS IS TOO SAD😢. At least she reunited with the dog.
  • This reminds me of the Chinese film – Adoring. That movie is so beautiful. I even reviewed it; here’s a link 👉🏼 Adoring: Movie Review. Pet lover or not, you’re bound to cry a few times while watching.
  • I truly enjoyed this music video; it’s heartwarming. I also love the song. Here is a live performance for anyone interested –

Album Review:

Highlight medley –

  1. One Day by Chance – This song also has a beautiful keyboard entry. I absolutely adore ballads + Ailee is going to serve vocals, so I am already in awe. This track is soothing, and the orchestra backing adds to the tranquillity. I missed Ailee’s voice. The power/control this woman has is beyond words. If you need a smooth ballad, “One Day by Chance” is for you.
  2. When We Were In Love – This title track is another excellent relaxation song. Ailee sounds lovely, and I love how the tempo was intensified towards the end with the introduction of drums and the orchestra’s full volume. I also noticed that the orchestra dropped out often to allow Ailee’s voice soar. The instrumental progression/production on this song is incredible.
  3. Beautiful Disaster – This is slightly upbeat than the previous two, but it still has some classic ballad properties. Thus, why I believe that I’m is a ballad album. I love how rhythmic the piano sounds on this track compared to the previous songs’ flowy/smooth feel. “Beautiful Disaster” has a captivating melody, and I think it might be my favourite so far. Also, Ailee’s voice on this track is A++++++.
  4. What about it – Now we’re back to a soft ballad song, but this is slightly on a higher tempo than the first two tracks. The pianist keeps replaying the same notes, and Ailee’s vocals seem very breathy. I think this my second favourite on the album because the melody is so charming. Ooo, the shallow drums introduced for the second chorus are insane. Did I just get a modulation? Wow, Ailee’s vocal runs on this song are superb. I love the production.
  5. What If I – This is the gifted soft R&B track, and I ain’t complaining. It stands out from the rest due to the guitar entry and is also on the groovy side. Ailee is serving smooth vocals consistently. The chorus is catchy – “so sad, so sad…” Plus, her falsetto notes are blessing my ears. I am in love with this song, and I think it’s a perfect closing. At this moment, let us welcome “What If I” into the hall of BOPs 👏👏👏.

Here is the album on Spotify:

Final Thoughts:

I love how this album started out slow and gradually progressed into higher tempos with each track. It showcases a well-thought-out and beautiful arrangement. Production-wise, I’m is an excellent album. Although I haven’t checked out the English lyrics, I believe this record gave the best in all departments. From vocals to instrumentalization, I rate it an A+. Even though Ailee gifted me with a sweet R&B track, I still consider I’m a solid ballad record. Therefore, it will be going on my playlist immediately. I genuinely enjoyed listening to all five songs. If I was to rank them from this first listen, this would be my list – 

  1. Beautiful Disaster
  2. One Day by Chance
  3. When We Were In Love
  4. What about it
  5. What If I

Alright, with all that said, Ailee’s 5th mini-album titled I’m, gets a 10/10 from me.