Lady Gaga ft. BLACKPINK – Sour Candy: Music Review

American and Kpop collaborations are always a hit or miss for me but let’s see what Lady Gaga and BLACKPINK have for us with “Sour Candy”

(This is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)img_7493

Official Audio –

Reaction to Lyric Video:

  • Alright, I hear that classic electronic sound that I know and love from Lady Gaga.
  • We are starting out with Jennie, and I think I like the instrumental so far.
  • I love it when Lisa sings. She sounds beautiful.
  • Jisoo’s vocal tone is quite shallow and soothing. I love her.
  • By the way, Jisoo is my bias.
  • Right now, we have the girls starting out the song, but I wonder what Lady Gaga’s part and the chorus drop will sound like.
  • Jisoo sounds so sexy on the “uh-huh, uh-huh” part. I love how they dragged and dropped her voice at the end. Plus, the background vocals were perfect for that section.
  • Ooo, Lady Gaga came in fierce and with a more melodic tone. Her part and Jisoo’s are my favourites.
  • I noticed that the beat switched up a bit once she entered the mix.
  • Wait… I wasn’t expecting this kind of chorus. She’s talk-singing in a monotone voice.😂
  • Took me off guard for a minute, but… okay.
  • I like the chorus and the melody for “Come, come, unwrap me. Come, come, unwrap me.” is quite catchy.
  • I really love Lady Gaga’s verses. The production is top-notch, and Lady Gaga’s voice is incredible.
  • And we are back to BLACKPINK with Rose’s sultry voice.
  • Oh, that “Take a bite, take a bite. So sour candy.” is groovy.💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼
  • I am living for the retro instrumental.
  • I have to replay this song before giving my rating.
  • “Sour Candy” by Lady Gaga ft. BLACKPINK is an excellent retro/electronic song, and I absolutely enjoyed listening to it.
  • It took me a while to get into the vibe, but after blasting it on my headphones, I loved it more. So my rating for it is 9/10.

The Rose – Dawn: Album Recommendation

I Initially wanted to make this a song of the week post, but because I have been listening to this EP a lot recently, I couldn’t pick just one song. I love all the songs on The Rose’s second mini-album – Dawn, hence why I decided to make an album recommendation instead. 16402744_1146987525399874_1946048165734708927_oThe Rose is a South Korean band managed by J&Star Company. The group has four members: Kim Woo-sung, Park Do-Joon, Lee Ha-Joon and Lee Jae-hyeong. They made their official debut on August 3rd, 2017, with the digital single – “Sorry”. Before their mainstream appearance, they were already an indie group that wrote their own music while posting covers of songs on YouTube. When asked why they are called ‘The Rose’, Woo-sung said that it is a name to show that music can be like the beauty of flowers and also like the sharpness of thorns. The fandom name for this band is Black Rose.

Before I talk about their music, let me get something off my chest. The Rose currently has a lawsuit filed against their agency, J&Star Company. Apparently, the company has been enforcing unreasonable schedules, and there have been problems regarding payments since their debut. For these reasons, the boys want to terminate their contract. J&Star Company refuted all their claims and announced the decision to sue the boys for violation of contract terms and defamation of character. From my personal experience of being into Kpop for about seven years now, I smell a fat lie, and it’s not from The Rose. Most Korean talent agencies are messed up. All I hope for is that the boys get through this ordeal successfully and find a better space to create their music. If you will like to read more details about this case, use these links – The Rose Request Termination of Contract.  👉🏼 J&Star Company Refutes Band’s Claims

Now back to the primary purpose of this post. The second mini-album – Dawn has four songs + an instrumental for the title track – “She’s In The Rain”

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  1. I Don’t Know You:
  2. She’s In The Rain: Lyric Video – Live Version –
  3. Take Me Down:
  4. Insomnia:

Every song on this EP is beautiful and very touching. This band’s vocalists are amazing. My bias is Woo-sung because his voice gives me major chills every time. He has such a distinctive soulful tone that soothes me. I hope you all enjoy listening to Dawn by The Rose as much as I do. 💕💕💕

English Lyrics:

“I Don’t Kow You”

I don’t know you
But you make me wonder who you are
With the loose jeans
And a casual hairdo
I want to know you

I don’t know you
You smile without saying anything
Sometimes the words I say
Are granted
Just want to know you

Do you want me
Like I just wanna know you girl
Your mysterious smile
Makes me wonder

I don’t know you
A compass pointing only to you
A small full-stop of
To stump your body
Let me travel you

Do you want me
Your lover who will never change
Even your bitterness
Makes me obsessed (Source – 👉🏼 Color Coded Lyrics)

“She’s In The Rain”

Do you hear me
a gloomy day covered in gray fog
I’m afraid I’m blind now
I’ve lost interest in everything

Do you hear me
As I walked down the street, I saw a different way
I turned around and found no one
The dreams I’ve been after, I follow them

I’m dying inside
I wanna think that it’s a lie why why
Even if I shout there is no answer
A flood of loneliness
In the rain rain rain

She’s in the rain
When I look at how beautiful you are
Time stops
It’s hard to even open my eyes now
No whoa, she’s in the rain

Do you hear me
Even if you’re hurt, you don’t show it
I’m so scared of seeing the end
In your eyes, I can see the emptiness

She’s dying inside
She wants to think that it’s a lie why why
Even if I call her, she’s not answering
A shower of rain
In the rain rain rain

She’s in the rain
When I look at how beautiful you are
Time stops
It’s hard to even open my eyes now
No whoa she’s in the rain

In my memory
Your traces spread
As if the rain has soaked them up
I lose track of where to go
In your tears
Of frozen reality

She’s in the rain
You wanna hurt yourself I’ll stay with you
You wanna make yourself go through the pain
It’s better to be held than holding on
No whoa

We’re in the rain
In this falling rain
I fill the scattered you
So I could see how beautiful you are
No whoa we’re in the rain (Source – 👉🏼 Color Coded Lyrics)

“Take Me Down” 

Lonely you are
Your scars that are growing
The door to your heart is closed
You try to force it
Like a kid
But it’s already too late

You won’t be able to turn
Back in the time that you abandoned
I wanna say goodbye
I’m letting go off all of the regrets
I’m erasing them in my head
I just wanna say goodbye

Take me now
Please undo my chain of pain
If I can scape
Like the fire that is growing bigger

Can you take me down?
I’m under cold rain again
If I can avoid it
Like being dull
Can you take me down?

Rough way of speaking
Our view that’s changing
like a seasonal flow
A dark tattoo
My carved mistake
It’s already too late

On the edge of a dark heart
Even the lost memories
I just wanna say goodbye
I can’t just stand there
In a cold heart
I just wanna say goodbye

Take me now
Please undo my chain of pain
If I can scape
like the fire that is growing bigger

Can you take me down?
I’m under cold rain again
If I can avoid it
Like being dull
Can you take me down?

Oh take me now
Please undo my chain of pain
If I can scape
Like the fire that is growing bigger

Can you take me down?
I’m under cold rain again
If I can avoid it
I become dull
Can you take me down? (Source – 👉🏼 Color Coded Lyrics)

“Insomnia”

I wish you told me
“Hold on to me”
I’ll be reluctant
To turn back

The memory that I thought I’d forgotten
It devours me
Where are you now

Just go away
Stay here in my heart
Just go away
Stay here in my heart

I don’t know me
I’m standing somewhere in the shaking ground
It’s just that I already
Passed you

I can’t sleep
Grab onto me
I can’t sleep
I’m going back

I know I’m stupid
What can I do about that?
I have so many things
I couldn’t do

I close my eyes and count the stars,
I still can’t sleep
Why are you still here

Just go away
Stay here in my heart
Just go away
Stay here in my heart

I don’t know me
I’m standing somewhere in the shaking ground
It’s just that I already
Passed you, I can’t sleep

I’m left alone, time goes by, time goes by.
I can’t stop thinking about you.
Even if it’s a nightmare or a dream,
I want to see you

Just go away
You’re standing in my heart.
Just go away
Just go away

I don’t know me
I’m standing somewhere in the shaking ground.
It’s just that I already.
Passed you

I can’t sleep
Grab onto me
I can’t sleep
I’m going back

I can’t sleep
What can I do about that?
I can’t sleep
It’s only you

I know it’s over
I guess it’ll be fine (Source – 👉🏼 Color Coded Lyrics)

 

 

 

Victoria Song – VICTORIA: Album Review

Classes are back in session, so I have been a bit tight on time, but let’s see what I can get done before going to bed.

Finally, Victoria Song’s 1st solo album is available on international platforms, so I am here to give my review. I already reacted to the title track. That post is available with this link 👉🏼 Victoria Song – Up To Me: Music Review

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

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Here is the album on Spotify –

Since most of the songs are written in Chinese, I’m going to list them by track numbers when reviewing.

Album Review:

  • #1 – “Good Stuff” seems to be entirely in English. I love the consistent claps on the instrumental. The beat progression is nice. This song started with one continuous drum beat, and then more variations were added in after each verse break. The melody for the pre-chorus is quite catchy. I am living for the heavy piano used in that section. “Good Stuff” is definitely a groovy track, and I’m enjoying Victoria’s voice on this. I knew I was going to love this song once I heard it on the album highlight. I am vibing to this more than the title track. The synthesized electronic sound for the main chorus is also perfect. I love the short silence that comes right before she sings each verse. She sounds sexy on this track, and I love that I can understand her. Victoria completely nailed the soft vocal runs at the end. “Good Stuff” is, for sure, going on my playlist.
  • #2 – “Up To Me” is the title track. This marks my third listening to it after my initial review, and my thoughts remain the same. It’s a great song but not my cup of tea.
  • #3 – This song’s title translates to “Nostalgia” I love the soft keyboard entry. If you’ve been reading my reviews, you’ll know that I adore ballads, hence this track is right up my alley. Victoria’s voice is lovely. The Chinese language makes her sound elegant and soothing. I love how the song progressed smoothly with the inclusion of classical stringed instruments. The background vocals on this track are heavenly, and the way her voice ascended slightly as she entered the chorus is beautiful. I love how they used the drums to modulate the pace of the song from the second chorus. Then we got a perfect soft closing with the keyboard. The music video for “Nostalgia” will be released later today.
  • #4 – “I Miss You” also caught my attention when I listened to the album highlight. So let’s see how it goes. Another piano entry. I am falling in love with Victoria’s soft tone. While in f(x), I never got to appreciate her vocals properly, so it’s nice that I can pay more attention now. There is some rapping in this, and I like the pace. I also appreciate the drums on this track. “I Miss You” is a chill track. Both Victoria and the featured artist compliment each other really well. It’s a nice song, but I am currently  50/50 on it.
  • #5 – “Perfect Liar” started out quite slow but then came in with a full beat after 0.24 seconds. I like the instrumental. Victoria does an excellent job of moving between different vocal ranges on this track. She starts out with her full voice and then goes to a higher tone before including some falsetto notes. This is another good song on the album, and I’m sure that most people would enjoy it. However, I am also 50/50 on “Perfect Liar”
  • #6 – I love the instrumental for “Blame On You” because it’s really bouncy. This song is also entirely in English. I love the light vocal layering. I am intrigued by how Victoria’s background vocals sound very airy on this track compared to the rest. I am definitely grooving to this more than the previous two songs. “Blame On You” is a nice club song if you want to fist pump the entire time.
  • #7 – I was really looking forward to this song after hearing the preview, so I hope it comes through. A lyric video translated the title to “Capacity to Dominate” Right off the bat, I love the finger snaps and the drumbeat for this track. Oooh, the beat just got denser and groovier. Is this going to be my third favourite song on the album??? The sound immediately called for my attention. I love the build-up into the chorus, and we are getting a nice electronic beat drop during that section. I love that Victoria is slightly rap-singing some parts of this song. This is an awesome track, but It doesn’t beat “Good Stuff” or “Nostalgia” for me.
  • #8 – The translated title I found for this song is “Diagonal Line” Do I hear an electronic guitar? The beat goes hard on this track. I hear EDM with some rock influences. The bass on this is epic. I bet some dancers could vogue to this song. Wow, the beat suddenly switched up towards the last minute and then came right back to the normal pace. I would love to see Victoria do a dance video for this track. If I heard this song at a party, I would definitely get into dance mode and enjoy myself to the fullest. However, it’s not something I would play regularly. Maybe I just need some visual stimulation???
  • #9 – Another track that caught my attention on the highlight medley. Fingers crossed🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼, please don’t disappoint. It seems she’s slowing things back down with “Broken Wings” I love the soft piano start, and this is another English song. Victoria sounds incredible on this track, and the background vocals are speaking to me. I love the instrumental progression. This is a soothing track, and I am enjoying it. Alright, the second verse brought in some drums. The drums dropped out again during the chorus, and I just love the melody. Okay, “Broken Wings”… I see you.
  • #10 – Alright, this is the last song and something I absolutely love. “Roof On Fire” is an older song from Victoria Song and a full-on BOP. I’m just going to enjoy myself with this track. 💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼

Final Thoughts: 

This album gives me mixed feelings. I am confused because I want to like it, but I also want to provide my real review. I can’t say I am heavily impressed because most of the songs did not convince me 100%. I noticed that I had to give some tracks a few more listens before I could appreciate their sound. I don’t mind that, but the fact is that out of the ten tracks, I somewhat liked six, and my favourites are only four. Hence why VICTORIA lacked the wow factor, I was anticipating.

All the same, I can hear the growth in Victoria Song’s voice, and since this is her 1st album, she has tremendous space to create even better music in the future. I will be waiting for her to give me a masterpiece. Now make no mistake about my review because this record does contain good tracks, but unfortunately, they don’t suit my taste.

Therefore, my rating for Victoria Song’s 1st Solo album – VICTORIA is 7.5/10.

My Favourite songs are –

  1. Good Stuff
  2. Roof On Fire
  3. Nostalgia
  4. Broken Wings

MINZY – LOVELY: Music Review

Gong Min-Ji, popularly known as Minzy, is a South Korean singer and rapper. She was born on January 18th, 1994. Minzy initially debuted in 2009 as part YG Entertainment’s girl group – 2NE1. In 2016, she left the group. She then launched her solo career in 2017 with the EP – Minzy Work 01: Uno. At that time, she was managed by Music Works, but due to some internal conflicts, she left the company on April 17th, 2020. This new digital single “LOVELY” is her first release as an independent artist.

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(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 she dropped, so I have high hopes for this song.
  • Her voice is as beautiful as expected, but I hear some growth compared to her 2NE1 days.
  • I love that the song starts right away with a melodious guitar.
  • I wish I had captions, but I can search up the translation later.
  • The melody is lovely, and I’m enjoying her deep soulful tone.
  • Her outfits and the visuals for the music video are gorgeous.
  • The background vocals on this track are soothing.
  • I feel they dimmed the light on this video because I have my brightness all the up, and it’s still a bit dark for me.
  • I guess that’s the mood they were going for, but I wish the colours were more exposed than this.
  • The instrumental is quite simple, with the main focus on just the guitars.
  • The vocal layering is done so well, and Minzy’s voice truly shines on this track.
  • Her outfits are so elegant in this video. She is stunning.
  • I noticed that no matter how this song progressed, they still kept a standard pace throughout.
  • The only major change starts from the bridge section when they introduce some drumbeats.
  • I love the soft adlibs and runs that Minzy does at the end. Especially that consistent – “you, you, you, you ooo.”
  • The chorus is catchy, so I could see myself listening to this track once in a while.
  • Hence my rating for “LOVELY” by MINZY is 9/10.
  • I can’t wait to hear more songs from her and witness her continuous growth as a solo artist. She definitely has all the potential.

To hear more of Minzy’s voice, check out her EP – MINZY WORK 01: UNO. My favourite songs on the EP are – “Beautiful Lie” “ING” and – “Superwoman”

Shang Wenjie – Rising Above: Song Of The Week

My chosen song for this week is the closing soundtrack for the Chinese drama – Beautiful Reborn Flower.

“Rising Above” by Shang Wenjie.img_6795Shang Wenjie, also known as Laure Shang, is a Chinese singer-songwriter and composer. She was born on December 22nd, 1982. In 2006 she took part in the third season of a Chinese singing contest known as Super Girl and emerged first place. She also won Best Female Singer for the 2011 MusicRadio China TOP Charts Awards. Shang Wenjie can also speak fluent French and English. Her major in university was French.

At first, this song was hard to find, but thankfully after Beautiful Reborn Flower aired for about two weeks, a few people started posting the soundtracks.

I absolutely love this OST. It’s entirely in English, so from the first moment I heard it, I deeply felt every word Shang Wenjie sang. It’s such an empowering and beautiful song. I found myself lingering at the end of each episode just to hear more of “Rising Above.” This is my first time hearing anything from Shang Wenjie, and she completely embodied the lyrics of this song. Her voice holds so much emotion and power. She literally sounds like she’s soaring, and that gives the listener some sense of hope.

“Rising Above” has quickly become one of my favourite drama soundtracks, so I hope you all enjoy listening to it as much as I do.💕💕💕

NCT #127 – Neo Zone: The Final Round: Album Repackage Review

Yes, I am here to give you all my review for the repackaged version of NCT 127’s second album. This version is called Neo Zone: The Final Round, and it has seventeen tracks with four new songs added. The title track is “Punch”

Now since I have already reviewed the original album, I will only be checking out the four new songs. If you need to read my previous review or NCT 127’s profile, use this link 👉🏼 NCT #127 – Neo Zone: Album Review

With the original album, I added my six favourite songs (Kick It, Boom, Day Dream, Love Song, White Night and Not Alone) to my personal playlist. So I want to see how many of these new tracks will make my cut.

(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:

  • Oh, what is the computer game sound?
  • I love their robotic choreography.
  • So the first title track was “Kick It”, and now we have “Punch”. They really want to fight.😂😂😂
  • Is that game sound going to stay throughout the song?
  • I kind of like it.
  • I am feeling this gothic leather and chain outfits the boys have on.
  • Thankfully I have English captions, but with everything going on, I can’t really pay attention to the lyrics.
  • Once again, they incorporated some fighting moves into the dance.
  • Okay, Taeyong needs to calm down. The way he came in whispering his part was too disrespectful.
  • Jaehyun just had to follow suit and whisper his lines also. Why are these boys like this?
  • Anytime I react to NCT 127, they keep coming for my neck.
  • That “Hot, Hot, Hot” line is pure eargasm.
  • Wait a minute Johnny…. you didn’t have to come in like that.
  • At first, I thought Haechan was about to slay me, but then Johnny’s vocals said: “hold up, sister, I’M HERE.”😏
  • Honestly, Johnny has been serving me looks, vocals, and center power this entire era. I am living for his energy. DAMN BOY.
  • Yes, Taeil, kindly come in with those classic high notes.
  • The chorus is smooth but still LIT. “Hey, We Ballin’.”
  • I think they switched the beat up a little during that section.
  • I like how the intense beats drop out during the vocal sections. It draws all your focus to the singer’s voice, and Doyoung sounds fantastic.
  • In fact, all the vocalists are killing it.
  • They need to give my boy Yuta more lines. I have only seen him in the center once since the music video started, and he’s just dancing.
  • SM?????😠 Yuta is slaying his look, and yet he can’t even shine like others???img_6652
  • By the way, my second favourite outfit for this music video is the red jacket on jeans.
  • I love how they slowed the tempo of the chorus towards the end before blessing us with incredible vocal runs in the background.
  • I enjoyed listening to “Punch”, It has the classic retro sound, which I appreciate. It’s for sure, going on my personal playlist.
  • However, I don’t think this song holds up to the original title track, so I can’t give it a full score.
  • Therefore, my rating for “Punch” by NCT #127 is 9/10.

B-sides Review: img_6647

  • NonStop – This has a similar retro sound. I love how sharply they came with the rap, and the vocal entry was smooth and fitting. I am here for this vibe. Honestly, the singing sections and instrumentalization on this track are A+++. I’m not feeling the first part of the chorus, but the rest of the song sounds okay to me. I love the intense build-up for the bridge. It definitely took the song to the next level. I’m 70/30 on this song. I like some parts, and then other parts seem off for me. Maybe after a few more listens, I will come to enjoy it more. I have to listen to it again… okay after a few more listens, it sounds way better. My current rating for “NonStop” is 8.5/10.
  • Prelude – This is a 1:45 minute introduction into “Kick It”, and it’s basically a remix of the Kick It instrumental. It starts out quite slow and then gradually builds up into the energy of the next track. I LIKE THAT.
  • Make Your Day – This seems to be a slow song compared to the rest. It’s like an R&B ballad. NCT’s vocalists nail every note that comes out from their mouth, and the vocal runs on this track are blessed. I love the soft piano and classical instrumental, It’s soothing. Taeil sounds like he’s floating through the sky, and Haechan’s voice is killing me softly. I’m living for every moment of this song. So my guess is that only Doyoung, Taeil, Haechan, Jaehyun and Jungwoo are on this. “Make Your Day” is a beautiful song. I LOVE IT. The harmonies and high notes gave me major eargasm. My rating for it is 10/10.

Final Thoughts:

– “Punch” – “NonStop” and – “Make Your Day” are now on my personal playlist. This means I have nine songs in total from the Neo Zone album. Therefore, I can conclude that NCT #127 did a standard job with this repackaged version. Even though I have my faves, I do enjoy going back once in a while to hear the other tracks. So yea, the boys did their thing with this era. I hope they get some well-deserved rest before their next comeback and SM😒, give my boy Yuta more lines next time. Please, and Thank you.

What do you all think of the new songs on the repackaged album?

 

 

Victoria Song – Up To Me: Music Review

Victoria Song has finally released her 1st solo album titled VICTORIA. Unfortunately, this record is not available on international streaming platforms, so I can only react to the title track – “Up To Me” since it was posted on YouTube.

Here is the album highlight medley for anyone interested – img_6645Song Qian popularly known as Victoria or Victoria Song is a Chinese singer, dancer, model and actress. She was born on February 2nd, 1987. In 2009 she debuted in South Korea under SM Entertainment as the leader of the girl group – f(x). She gained fame after appearing with 2PM’s Nickhun in the Korean variety program – We Got Married. Victoria is currently managed by Song Qian Studio, and this new album marks her official debut as a solo artist.

(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:

  • Apparently, this album was supposed to be released three years ago. Hence why the music video style seems a bit outdated.
  • Also, there are no English captions.
  • I love the very bright coloured visuals.
  • The song starts out with a soft piano and guitar.
  • The distorted sound that plays before Victoria’s vocal entry makes me feel like I’m entering space.
  • The instrumental is bubbly but not too upbeat.
  • She sounds good, and I love the rap-singing style she used on this track.
  • The choreography is simple and adorable.
  • The electronic sound isn’t overdone on this track. The EDM elements are slightly laid back on this one.
  • It’s a nice song, but I’m not really getting into the vibe.
  • I wish I could hear the entire album because I could find other songs that I love among the B-sides.img_6213
  • From the highlight medley, I like the sound of track 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9 and of course 10 because that is “Roof on Fire”
  • I feel like “Broken Wings” would have been my favourite new song on this album.
  • I will check later to see if any audio files get uploaded to YouTube because, as of now, there’s nothing.
  • Her studio needs to release this album on international platforms because she has international fans who want to support her.
  • Alright, before I give my final rating, I’m going to listen to “Up To Me” again.
  • I definitely love the retro sound and visuals.
  • I appreciate the cute choreography.
  • Victoria sounds fantastic, but “Up To Me” isn’t the kind of song I see myself going back to a lot. So my rating is 7.5/10.

Final Thoughts: 

Even though the title track wasn’t to my taste, I am super thrilled that Victoria finally released her solo album, and I can’t wait to have access to the full record. You all best believe that once I get my hands on the album, I will be giving her a proper review.

 

 

LAY – Jade: Music Review

“Jade” is LAY’s pre-release single towards his upcoming 4th album. There is no music video for this track yet. However, I’m too excited to wait, so let’s check it out now. I can still react to the music video once it drops.

Zhang Yixing, known by the stage name LAY or Lay Zhang, is a Chinese singer-songwriter, dancer, music producer, and actor. He officially debuted in 2012 under SM Entertainment as a member of the Kpop group EXO. His career as a solo singer began in October 2016 with the release of his song – “What You Need?”. He then made his official debut with the EP – Lose Control on October 28th, 2016.

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

Reaction to Audio Track:

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  • I knew we were getting some traditional instruments once I saw the track photo.
  • I love the instrumentalization of this. The way it starts out with the traditional sounds and then that heavy beat drops.
  • It is PERFECT.
  • It looks like this is all in English as I expected from Lay.
  • Oh, don’t mind me, it’s not entirely in English.😄
  • I assumed that this was going to be a sentimental song, but Lay is going off. This is a legit BOP!!!
  • I can’t wait to watch the music video because I’m sure the choreography will be superb.
  • I love how he’s says – “jade.” That section is LIT.🔥🔥🔥
  • I am adding this song to my playlist right now.
  • I am already dancing because “Jade” is a full groove.
  • There’s no way anyone can listen to the song and sit still.
  • Lay did not come to play, and I love how we can still hear the Chinese opera elements throughout the track.
  • I love when R&B/hip-hop artists include Chinese opera in their songs. It’s such an entrancing and soothing style of music.
  • Lay’s vocals on this track are smooth like Honey. See what I did there???😏 Pun intended.
  • I’m not okay.😂😂😂
  • I appreciate the 0.43 seconds instrumental-only section at the end.
  • This is my new jam, and I will be leaving it on replay for a long time.
  • As expected from Lay, he didn’t disappoint. Hence my rating for this new single “Jade” is a solid 10/10.
  • Here is a video with English translation –
  • Spotify Link –

If you like the featured image for this post, they are LAY’s cover photos for Madame Figaro Hommes – May 2020 Issue:img_6239

Victoria Song Poses For Her First Solo Album

Victoria Song is finally set to release her 1st solo album, and I am thrilled about this news. Seriously, I have been waiting for her to give us more music ever since she dropped “roof on fire” I love that song, and she brought solid choreography on that one.

This new album is self-titled – VICTORIA, and it will be released on May 19th. She has dropped some teasers. So that’s what I will be sharing with you all in this post.

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

Let’s start with her first set of teaser images – img_6177img_6181img_6182

img_6183She is gorgeous, and I love that she isn’t afraid to be goofy.

 

Now here are the album concept photos – img_6185

I noticed that the images spell out her name. Honestly, I don’t know what to expect, but I feel Victoria is going to deliver fiercely.  Hence I am so excited about this album.

While waiting for the 19th, her old song – “roof on fire” will be on repeat. I know they took down the official music video from YouTube, but I was able to find a fan audio-video for you all –

Is anyone else excited about getting new music from Victoria Song????

 

PARK WON – all of my life: Song Of The Week

The song I have been listening to repeatedly this week is “all of my life” by PARK WON.

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Park Won is a South Korean singer-songwriter. From 2011 to 2015, he was part of a duo act known as One More Chance. Currently, he works as a solo act.

I discovered this song late last year, and I immediately fell in love with PARK WON’s voice. I tend to stumble upon such gems randomly on Spotify. I am thrilled that I know this artist now because PARK WON’s emotional power and delivery is truly impeccable. He sounds like an angel on this song. The lyrics are really touching, so I hope you all enjoy listening to “all of my life” as much as I do.

Now because I was about to recommend this track to you all, I decided to check out the full EP for it, and I was even more amazed. PARK WON released the EP – OM on July 27th, 2017. There are four equally beautiful songs on there, but I gravitate more towards “all of my life” and “DOWN” –

DAY6 – The Book of Us: The Demon: Album Review

DAY6 just released their 6th mini-album titled The Book of Us: The Demon. It has eight songs, including the title track “Zombie” img_5471_originalDAY6 is a South Korean band managed by JYP Entertainment. The group currently has five members: Jae, Sungjin, Young K, Wonpil and Dowoon. In 2015, they debuted as a six-member band with the EP – The Day. Former member, Junhyeok left the group in 2016. All members of DAY6 are personally involved in the production of their songs. Basically, they write and compose their own music.

On May 10th, DAY6 announced their decision to suspend all team activities until further notice because some members are dealing with anxiety. So, unfortunately, The Book of Us: The Demon will not be getting any promotion, but I don’t care as far as the boys are healthy and safe. That’s all that truly matters to me as their fan. For more details, read this article 👉🏼 DAY6 Temporarily Suspends Team Activities To Focus On Mental Health.

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

Reaction to Title Track/Official MV:

  • Thankfully I have English subs.
  • I don’t exactly know what to expect from this song since I tried my best to avoid the album sample and music teasers.
  • Nice, we’re starting out with some heavy drums. I see you, Dowoon.
  • Young K is taking the lead on this track, and he sounds great as always.
  • My baby Jae, he always looks good blonde.😍😍😍
  • Yess, Wonpil. Please bless my ears with your smooth vocals.
  • The lyrics are very relatable. There are times when life suddenly becomes a tasteless hassle.
  • One minute you’re happy, and then you gradually fall into a down period without realizing why for a very long time. Everything becomes a burden, and nothing seems exciting any longer.
  • I have felt that pain and frustration, so I know it hits hard, but I can assure you from personal experience that the healing process is absolutely beautiful.
  • So to anyone whose current emotions mirror that of this song, please remember that you’re doing great, and it’s okay to take things one step at a time. Try to take a step back and relax your mind.
  • Everyone needs a break from rigorous routines. Your mental health and inner peace are way more important than anything else. Remember, “THIS TOO SHALL PASS.” I LOVE YOU ALL. ❣️❣️❣️
  • I’m so happy they included the English lyrics quickly because it helped me connect more with this song.
  • Now, let’s get back to the music.
  • Woonpil’s first part brought in more melody into this song, and I love how Sungjin came in during that section.
  • Sungjin seems to have fewer parts in this song.
  • I am slowing getting into the vibe of “Zombie”, but let’s see how the chorus sounds.
  • Jae’s voice, though.💕 His tone is versatile, and the way he plays around the notes always gets me.
  • I love that this song is entirely different from their previous comeback, and they’re still killing it.
  • The chorus is fantastic as I expected. Not super upbeat but still great.
  • The instrumental is beautiful and well-produced.
  • I love the graphics and visuals for the music video.
  • The melody for the line – “Yeah, we live a life” is so catchy.
  • The way Jae sang – “This meaningless life” gave me life.😊 I know this is a melancholic song, but that part made me melt.
  • Yess, Sungjin is finally on the chorus. His voice always suits the climax of their songs.
  • This second chorus seems a bit more intense than the first drop.
  • I have to go back and confirm it.
  • Yep, I was right. The first chorus didn’t include guitars until the instrumental solo, but this second drop came right in with a strong guitar riff.
  • It’s official, I am into “Zombie”. It took me a while, but once I heard that “yeah we live a life” melody a few times and the chorus, I FELL IN LOVE.
  • As always, DAY6 didn’t disappoint, and I am ready to fully accept this era’s sound and vibe.
  • Yesss, Wonpil, come through with your soothing vocal.
  • I love the bridge. WAIT A MINUTE… did I just hear a subtly modulation? Wow, I’m in love.
  • I love how the drums dropped out after the modulation. Then Young K and Jae smoothly took us to the end with just a piano.
  • That was a soothing and perfect way to close such a beautiful song.
  • “Zombie” is definitely going on my playlist.
  • Thank you, DAY6, for creating such a lovely and relatable song.
  • Also, congratulations on charting Top 10 on Melon.👏👏👏
  • Thank you to JYP Entertainment for putting the well being of boys first before any promotion.
  • I pray they come back healthier and stronger.

Album Review: img_5659The Book of Us: Entropy is my favourite from them now, but let’s see if The Book of Us: The Demon can beat it. Here is the album sampler –

  1. Day and Night – I love the instrumental, most especially the drumbeat. DAY6 never fails to bring something new each time they release an album. Their voices make me melt because they all sound beautiful. “Day and Night” is groovy, but I know the lyrics will be deep. I will read the English translations for the B-sides once I’m done with this review. For now, I just want to take in the music. I love this song’s melody. Honestly, they are such good composers and songwriters. Wow, the vocals on this are giving me life. I wish I could sing along. Also, I want to attend a DAY6 concert so bad. Oooh, the tempo suddenly increased a bit for the bridge. The vocal runs in the background are perfect, and now we’re ending things on the regular rhythm. I LOVE THIS TRACK, I was swinging from side to side the entire time. This is such a solid start for the album. I need to listen to “Day and Night” again. I just noticed that Dowoon is singing during the call and response sections. Nice.
  2. Zombie – I am going to listen to this one for a while before moving on. Once again, can I just praise DAY6 for creating the most lovely and catchy melodies? 👏👏👏👏 The ending of this song gets me in my feels.
  3. Tick Tock – Nice shallow guitar entry. Plus, the beat drop on Young K’s vocal entry is perfect. Honestly, DAY6’s entire discography is a masterpiece, in my opinion. The Book of Us: The Demon definitely focuses more on deep lyrics and dark/mixed emotions, so I love this era. I could include the lyric videos at the end of this post for anyone interested. Wonpil’s voice makes me feel like I’m floating in the sky. His vocal runs on this track are light and peaceful. Yes, Sungjin come through with your raspy and powerful tone. I love how they sing – “tick-tock, tick-tock.” DAY6 stays, giving me bop to bop. “Tick Tock” has a jazzy vibe, and I am living for this slow groove.
  4. Love me or Leave me – Another song with a guitar entry, but this is more sharp compared to the last one. WOW!!! The way Wonpil came in gave me chills. I LOVE whatever that repetitive distorted voice is in the background. Okay, I am living for those deep rhythmic claps. WAIT A MINUTE… this song is very different, and I like it. The production on this track is insanely good. I love how they’re singing in unison. The harmonies are blessing ears. The synthesized instrumental for the pre-chorus section is so perfect. Dowoon, I hear you on those drums. He is too good, and he came through big time on this song. The chorus is a vibe. This is 🔥🔥🔥. I love the electronic sound. All songs so far have been incredible, but “Love me or Leave me” took things to a whole new level that I can’t even explain in words. The build-up before the chorus is too damn epic. “Baby, love me or leave me tonight.” 💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼
  5. STOP – Are we going hard rock on this one? I don’t mind. Oh, I see it now… we are in the upbeat section of the album. All I need now is to be in a car while blasting this song on the highest volume. I LOVE the rhythm, and the instrumental is fire. Plus, the chorus drop just transported me to another universe. Nice touch with one person starting a line and all the boys coming in at the end in unison. It’s so good to hear their harmonies. I also hear some beautiful background harmonization, which is giving me life. I’m just here dancing because “STOP” is a JAM, people!!! This song really fits Sungjin’s voice, and he didn’t come to play either. THIS IS MY FAVOURITE ON THE ALBUM, AND ALL THE SONGS BE GIVING ME MAJOR LIFE👏👏👏. I ain’t moving on to the next track just yet. This is going to be enjoyed fully.
  6. 1 to 10 – Intriguing start. It’s like with every comeback, Dowoon gets better because the drums are speaking to my soul. This is another upbeat track, and I already love the melody – “1 to 10, 1 to 10.” Coming from “STOP” almost made me miss the distinct features of this song because I was comparing both. So let’s restart “1 to 10”. Alright… The guitar players are clearly finessing their skills. Young K sounds so glorious on the chorus. The tune and pause they use when singing “nobody loves you… more than me baby.” really calls for the listener’s attention. I love how the intense instrumental dropped out for the bridge, and now we have this heavily synthesized sound and some falsetto singing. This is pure eargasm. Dowoon did such an excellent job on the ending drums. He definitely owns this song.
  7. Afraid – Okay, this is the slowest song on this album and also a nice close since the next track is an English version of “Zombie” The soft guitar start and drumline style beat is beautiful and very fitting. I love the “oooh, oooh, oooh” in the background. Young K is really killing the hooks on this album and Jae with that “I’m so afraid, I’m so afraid” is a whole mood. This track is relaxing but also intense on the chorus. I love the slight beat switch up during the bridge and how they slowed things down before returning to the regular tempo. “Afraid” is lovely.
  8. Zombie (English Version) – At least, I can push this version on my friends who are not into kpop, LOL. I also love this version as much as the Korean one.

Final Thoughts:

The Book of Us: The Demon IS AN ALBUM.🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 DAY6 created a masterpiece. They brought their A+++++ game for this comeback, and I enjoyed every minute spent listening to them slay my life with each song. I was super excited about this new album, so I am glad that it lived up to my expectations. I don’t know yet if this beats The Book of Us: Entropy for me. However, what I’m sure of is that this album is epic, PERIODTTTT. Therefore, my rating is a solid and wholesome 10/10.

Once again, I pray for the boys to feel better and return stronger. Now, I’m off to go read the English lyrics.


Lyric videos are in the same order as the album –

ASTRO – GATEWAY: Album Review

On May 4th, ASTRO came back with their 7th mini-album titled GATEWAY. It has six songs, including the title track “Knock”

This review marks my first time listening to anything from ASTRO. I wanted to review their previous album, but I was too busy during that period. I absolutely LOVE the teaser images for this comeback, so I’ll include my favourite picks at the end of this post.img_5414ASTRO is a South Korean boy group managed by Fantagio. There are six members – Cha Eun-woo, Moon Bin, Yoon Sanha, Rocky, MJ, and Jinjin. In 2016, they debuted with the digital single “Hide & Seek”. I am familiar with Cha Eun-woo from his roles in My ID is Gangnam Beauty and Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung. I also recognize Moon Bin, but I’m not sure how I got to know him. I really want to enjoy this album, so I have my fingers crossed.🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼

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

Reaction to Title Track/Official MV:

  • I love the melody and the R&B vocal entry.
  • This seems promising.
  • I love the soft finger snaps at the beginning of the instrumental.
  • Eun-woo is such a visual. WOW!!!
  • This is my first time hearing him sing, and I love his tone. It’s so soft and beautiful.
  • I’m really enjoying this song. It is smooth, and their choreography is very fitting.
  • Moon Bin’s first part is catchy. I love how he sings – “I still miss, miss, miss you.”
  • This group has an incredible set of vocalists. The other guy with black hair, I think his name is MJ. His voice just gave me goosebumps.
  • I love how the instrumental switched up during his part, and it felt like his voice was echoing. I think this is due to the vocal layering done in that section.
  • I REALLY LOVE MJ’s PART.
  • So Jinjin is the rapper… Okay.
  •  Things are beginning to build up now. I wonder what the drop will sound like.
  • The chorus is nice and catchy as well. I love the second part more that starts from – “Trust, trust me.”
  • I love the instrumental progression for the chorus a lot, and their choreography is clean.
  • I have noticed two rappers in this group, and they are equally good with their flow and delivery.
  • I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the melody for this line, 👉🏼 “I still miss, miss, miss you.” 
  • Okay, that water dance scene with Moon Bin is gorgeous and iconic.
  • I prefer the melody and flow of the verse to that of the chorus, but the entire song is nice.
  • The bridge is also perfect.
  • The visual for the music video is okay. I see a lot of stars, planets and clock references, but since I have no idea what they represent to this group or their ongoing concept. I am staying focused on just music and dance.
  • The background vocals during the ending section are top-notch, and MJ’s voice is giving life.
  • Okay, ASTRO. 👏👏👏👏👏 I am genuinely impressed and happy that I checked them out finally.
  • “Knock” is a beautiful song. I will give my final thoughts on it while reviewing the full album.

Album Review: img_5435Here is the album sampler –

  1. Knock – This song is like an R&B ballad but with an electronic beat. The verses sound very melodic while the chorus is sharp and upbeat. The entire song is still SMOOTH, and that’s what I really love about it. So yeah, I can conclude that “Knock” is a tune. I LOVE IT.
  2. When You Call My Name – Oooh, I love how this starts. The piano note sounds cute at first, but then it switches to a more electronic vibe. The electronic version is so groovy.💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼 I think I might enjoy this more than the title track. The rap entry is perfect for this kind of song. The boys were riding the beat for the first 0.43 seconds, and then suddenly slow things down. The vocal sections on this pure eargasm and the way the beat drops in the chorus section is iconic. It’s official, “When You Call My Name” is a BOP and a half. IT’S SO GROOVY AND SMOOTH LIKE BUTTER.👏👏👏👏👏 The drums on this song give me life. I am dancing right now because ASTRO definitely made this song just for me.
  3. SOMEBODY LIKE – Okay, a guitar entry and finger snaps… I LIKE. This song is giving me some disco vibes. Another beautiful melody – “Somebody like somebody like, somebody like, like, like.” The chorus drop and the instrumental is seriously giving me soft disco vibes mixed with pop. I am a strong disco head, so I am enjoying every second of  “SOMEBODY LIKE”. The background vocals on this one are excellent. The soft “ooo, ooo, ooo” is classic. The harmonies when they all sing together is lovely. The rappers of ASTRO are good at fitting their flow into different styles and rhythms for each song. I love how they ended this track on a soft note.
  4. We Still – Looks like we’re back to the ballad style instrumental. This album has a lot of finger-snapping, and this song also has claps. I love the instrumental progression. The vocal parts sound very full and powerful. “We Still” is like a ballad over a soft hip/pop beat. I love the little drum beat they used as an entry for the chorus. This song is slower compared to the previous two, and I am really enjoying it. Another track on this album with excellent drums. The vocalist killed their parts, and their runs are so beautiful. Oooh, they gave us some modulation. This track also ended on a very soft note. I LOVE IT.
  5. 12 Hours – This seems even slower, and yep, we still have the finger-snapping. I love the soft piano entry. This has a ballad sound, but the guitar is giving me pop-rock/slight jazz vibes. I genuinely appreciate the vocalists in this group. They have very soft and smooth tones, but at the same time, they are powerful enough. Nice harmonies going on in the background. It’s very soothing how they drag the notes at the end of each sentence. “12 Hours” is such a calming track, and ASTRO sounds so pure on this. The rappers came in with a more acapella style for this song. The vocal layering and runs are blessing my ears. Once again, with that perfect soft end. 👏👏👏👏👏 This is another favourite for me.
  6. Lights on – Quite interesting… this starts out with the sound of someone winding a clock. The beat seems a bit distorted to me, but it might just be my ears. I love how they keep saying – “tik tac tok” … CUTE. Oooh, I wasn’t expected the rappers to come in hard. It took me off guard, but I like it. I love the call and response technique between the rap and vocal sections. “Lights on” is like pop with an electronic beat. I love the build-up into the chorus. Again with the “tik tac tok.” It’s so adorable and catchy. The flow for the rap parts on this track is too good. This is a JAM and a perfect way to end the album.

Final Thoughts:

I am pleased with this album. I enjoyed every minute spent, and it’s definitely going to be on repeat for a while. I also plan to dive into the rest of ASTRO’s discography once I have enough time. This is my first time listening to their work, and I am impressed.

Therefore my rating for ASTRO’s 7th mini-album GATEWAY is 10/10.


Here are the teaser photos I mentioned earlier on – 

 

They also released a stunning set of lyrics wallpapers –

NCT DREAM – Reload: Album Review

I find it odd that this is the only subunit of NCT that I don’t keep up with. Therefore today, I am going to give them a shot. Here’s to hoping that they impress me🥂🥂🥂. As of now, the only members I know are Jeno and Haechan. 

NCT DREAM is a South Korean pop group that currently consists of six members – Renjun, Jeno, Haechan, Jaemin, Chenle and Jisung. They are a sub-unit of NCT managed by SM Entertainment. They initially debuted as seven members in 2016 with the digital single “Chewing Gum”. Mark from NCT U/NCT #127 was formerly in this unit, but he graduated??

Basically, NCT DREAM was meant to be the teenage unit with an average age of 15. Once a member turned 20, they would have the opportunity to join the older members, but during April of this year, the graduation system was scrapped. All members are now fixed. So even though Mark left, he still has the opportunity to come back and promote as a fixed member. I personally feel Mark should step back from this unit because the man is in almost every NCT unit and other joint projects. SM??? Give the boy a break.

Anyways, on April 29th, NCT DREAM released their 4th mini-album titled Reload. It has five songs including the title track “Ridin'”

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

Reaction to Title Track/Official MV:

  • Okay, we are starting out with some sirens.
  • I love the toy car in the beginning. So cute.
  • They all look good, but the guy with the blue hair, I believe his name is Jaemin. He is calling to me.
  • You know, in Kpop, you don’t just casually choose a bias. The bias picks you.
  • I’ve always had a thing for Jeno, but Jaemin… hmmm.😏
  • Thankfully, I have English captions.
  • The beat seems heavily synthesized, or is it just my ears? I love it, though.
  • Yep, Jaemin needs to calm down and stay in his lane. I AM TRYING TO FOCUS ON THE MUSIC HERE.
  • I love their sound. It still has that classic NCT vibe, but it’s more youthful.
  • WAIT A MINUTE… Haechan. These boys are going to kill me.
  • The way he came in smoothly with those vocals at the 0.50 seconds mark. He never fails to amaze me.
  • As expected from any NCT unit, their vocalists are solid.
  • I think his name is Renjun. He sounds so beautiful. Plus, the blonde hair is doing him justice.
  • Honestly, Renjun has so many hair colours in this music video. I also saw white and pink???
  • The chorus and choreography are slick. It makes me want to body roll and bust some moves even though I can’t dance to save my life.😂😂😂
  • Anytime Jisung appears on my screen, I go aww!!! and then oooh!! he grown.👀
  • The rap line is bringing the perfect level of groove to this song. Their flow is good.
  • Jaemin is really coming for my neck, guys. I can’t help myself.🤩🤩🤩
  • Okay… Chenle. His voice is soothing.
  • I love to stan multi-talented kings.
  • I am really impressed and happy that I gave them the chance to show me their skills.
  • Jaemin with that “Let’s roll” is a whole vibe.
  • I love how they slowed things down and then came back in with an accelerated bridge. SO GOOD.
  • “Ridin'” is a BOP, Periodttttt.
  • It has it all. From the vocals, raps, to the instrumental, even the choreography and set. Everything is perfectly produced.
  • All the boys stood out to me, and I am ready to dive more into their discography.
  • The set where they’re on the motorbikes reminds me of EXO’s “Tempo”, which is another bomb song from SM.
  • I’m glad they got their first win with this song. I LOVE IT.

Album Review: img_5397

  1. Ridin’ – I’m just going to leave this song on repeat for a while before moving on. I am listening to the album on Spotify, and the track clip is killing me with all their close-up shots. They are all so beautiful. I can’t deal.
  2. Quiet Down – I love this electronic beat, and I have a strong feeling that this song is going to be🔥. WHAT WAS THAT?… “yea, ooh.” Haechan, please stop coming for my neck. I most certainly just experienced eargasm😂😂😂. Also, who has that deep background vocal in the beginning? These boys will be the death of me. SOMEBODY SEND HELP. I don’t think I can get through this track in one piece. BREATHE Chris… BREATHE. Okay, I’m good, let’s continue. “Quiet Down” is too groovy. I love their harmonies during the chorus section. All I need now is to plug my phone to a speaker to enjoy this song to the fullest. I just want to dance. The vocalists in this group are very disrespectful will all their falsetto and R&B vocal tone. Plus, the production on this is lit. “Quiet Down” is going on repeat for a while.
  3. 7 Days – Okay, this seems more bubbly and the right level of cutesy. I know I’ve mentioned this way too many times already but their voices, WOW. And I didn’t forget the rappers. Their tone and flow come together so well. I love that the beat still goes hard on this bubbly track. The melody for “7 Days” is lovely. Yet another awesome song from NCT DREAM. I appreciate the very different vibes from all the songs so far. I am also going to replay “7 Days” because I LOVE IT. The vocal runs on this song are excellent.
  4. Love Again – Alright, “Love Again” is more bouncy, and the bass on this makes me want to bob my head. I always enjoy a good call and response singing style. I’m also enjoying the little English/vocal improvisation throughout the verses. It looks like I will be adding the entire album to my playlist. The chorus reminds me of another song, but I can’t place it now. All the same, this is a dance anthem.💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼 WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE… what was that beat switch up after the chorus? “Keep, keep, keep it on the low” – I like whatever they did there. I am feeling the rappers more in the one. Their rhythm is giving me life. Quite Interesting… I just heard someone saying “low'” in a very shallow tone right before the bridge, and I love that effect. The production quality for this album is 100% solid.
  5. Puzzle Piece – This went by too fast. How can I be on the last song already? The guitar entry for “Puzzle Piece” reminds me of something else. Jaemin is beautiful, and Spotify isn’t helping by having only his scene for the track clip. This is clearly the soft song of the album and a nice way to end things. It’s very peaceful and perfect for my bedtime. Not my favourite on the album but an equally beautiful song where they don’t do much vocal runs or raps. I appreciate simplicity every now and then.

Final Thoughts: 

I can’t lie. I am officially a fan of NCT DREAM, and I will be keeping up with all their future activities. I had high hopes for them, and they exceeded my expectations. I am genuinely impressed with the standard of this album. Reload was like a sweet and beautiful gift. I feel uplifted, and I’m in a delightful mood now. I added all five songs to my playlist, and I followed them on Spotify to get regular updates. I am off to check out the English lyrics for the B-sides now.

My rating for NCT DREAM’s 4th mini – Reload is a solid 10/10.

 

 

 

HYNN – Bad Love: Song Of The Week

I didn’t give a song last week, therefore even though this is coming late, I don’t want to miss it.

My chosen song for this week is “Bad Love” by HYNN.

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Park Hye-won, known by the stage HYNN, is a South Korean ballad singer born on January 15th, 1998. In 2016, she participated in the audition show – Superstar K and finished in the top three. HYNN is currently signed to New Order Entertainment, and she debuted in 2018 with the single “Let Me Out”

I decided to stick with something mellow because I’ve been in a chill mood lately. Plus, HYNN is such a phenomenal vocalist, and she brought to life every note she sang in this song. There is an iconic and beautiful high note when she sings “No, No, No, No… No, No, No, No… Bad Love” towards the end of the song. That note never fails to amaze me. She is really powerful, and I can’t wait to dive more into her discography.

I hope you all enjoy listening to “Bad Love” as much as I do.💕💕💕


Here is some extra content from HYNN if you’re interested –

Earlier this year, on March 31st, she released a new album titled When I tell you goodbye. I couldn’t review it because I was preoccupied with school at that time.

BIBI – KAZINO: Music Review

On April 29th, BIBI released her new single titled “KAZINO”. The cover/teaser photos for this song are quite interesting. I honestly don’t know what to expect – img_5441

Kim Hyung Seo, who goes by the stage name BIBI is a South Korean singer managed by FeelGhood Music. She debuted on May 15th, 2019, with the digital single “BINU”. The first time I saw her was on the audition program – The Fan and I fell in love with her voice and vibe. She is so quirky and adorable. I have been following her releases since her debut, and her songs are excellent, so I have my fingers crossed for “KAZINO”img_5439(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:

  • Yesss!!! I have English subs.
  • Alright, I think this is going to be a darker concept compared to the previous two songs I just reviewed.
  • The music video starts out with a lady being dunked in water. It seems someone is trying to drown her? And she’s clearly struggling.
  • Yep, definitely a darker vibe.
  • Wait a minute? So this casino bets on women and BIBI is trying to win a game?
  • She needs to win that game to save the lady.
  • Am I right?… This is sick, and the fact that such things do happen in real life makes it even more disturbing.
  • All the same, my girl BIBI is looking FINEEEE!!!
  • I love her vocal tone. She transitions smoothly from her full voice to her falsetto.
  • Also, the vocal layering on this is nice. Basically, BIBI sounds beautiful.
  • This song started out with some soft piano and guitar in the background, but things got groovy once the beat came in towards the chorus.
  • BIBI is vocally riding this beat, and “KAZINO” is officially a BOP.
  • Oooh, now I get the name. It’s a play on the word casino… Okay.
  • This music video is really dark. BIBI got chocked and injured for interfering. Now they’re dragging her bloody body casually out of the casino.
  • WHAT A WOW!!!
  • Did I just see Tiger JK?? Nice cameo.
  • For those who don’t know, Tiger is the founder of BIBI’s record label.
  • Ooh, so she isn’t dead, but they brought her to the main boss, who happens to be Tiger JK.
  • Okay, she won the game people. Thank God.
  • I love how the instrumental slowed down again once she won.
  • The bridge sounds so siren-like.
  • Suddenly everyone is down. At the beginning of this video, I saw a scene where BIBI poured some powder into a bottle, so did she spike their drinks??
  • And now the groovy hook is back.
  • Yes, she saved the lady. Good job.👏👏👏
  • “KAZINO” gets a 10/10 from me.
  • I love that the music video has a clear and intriguing storyline. Plus, the song goes mad hard.

TAEYEON – Happy: Music Review

Taeyeon dropped her new digital single “Happy” on May 4th. I have been looking forward to this song for a long while now. It was initially supposed to be released on March 9th, but Taeyeon lost her dad, so it had to be postponed. May his soul Rest in Peace.🙏🏼img_5231Kim Tae-yeon is a South Korean singer signed to SM Entertainment. She goes by the stage name Taeyeon. Apart from being a well-recognized solo artist, she is also a member of the famous female pop group – Girls’ Generation. Taeyeon officially began her solo career in 2015 with her first EP titled I. The title track of her first EP is actually one of my favourite songs. She looks so pretty in the teaser images. I love the orange hair.

(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’m thankful for the English captions, and this song started right away.
  • I love the melody – “Happy La La La… Happy, Happy, Happy.” It’s catchy.
  • I miss buying tapes/ CDs and listening to them on a walkman.
  • I plan to buy an adorable CD player soon, so when I get all my albums, I can play them in cuteness.😂😂😂
  • Ooooh, I LOVE THIS.
  • What is that brassy sound in the instrumental? I LOVE IT.
  • This song is pure bliss for my ears.
  • Taeyeon sounds incredible, and she is serving looks also.
  • “Happy” is one of those songs that have me 100% from the first note.
  • The melody… people. This melody is too beautiful. I’m adding this song to my playlist right now.
  • The drums on this track are so good.
  • I also love the visuals with different types of flowers. The bright colours for the music video are so pretty.
  • “Happy La La La… Happy, Happy, Happy” – that line is stuck in my head now.
  • I love the casual music video. It really fits the mood of the song.
  • Taeyeon is so gorgeous. I wish my skin could be healthy as hers.
  • The background vocals/layering on this are soothing, and I love how smoothly she transitioned into the bridge section.
  • This song truly does justice to its title. I feel very light-hearted and pleased.
  • I hope she is also doing okay.
  • Thank you, Taeyeon, for such an adorable and beautiful song.👏👏👏
  • My rating for “Happy” is a solid 10/10.

 

IU – eight (Prod.&Feat. SUGA of BTS): Music Review

HELLO, people🤗🤗🤗

You all will be getting a lot of music/album reviews this week, and I’m starting off with IU. She just released a new single which features SUGA from BTS, and it’s called “eight”

IU is an incredible vocalist, so I have been waiting for this single, and finally, it is here. I love the teaser/track images she dropped. They are so pretty, and the animated version of IU is too adorable😍😍😍 –

Lee Ji Eun, popularly known as IU, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actress. IU began her career at the age of 15 under Kakao M. with the album – Lost and Found. She achieved significant success with her song “Good Day”. Ever since then, IU has established herself as a music chart queen. On January 6th of this year, IU announced that she was now under new management called EDAM Entertainment. It is a subsidiary of her former agency, and it was established by her manager of twelve years, Bae Jong Han. She moved along with all her staff members to the new company.

IU’s new single “eight” is already No.1 on the real-time charts of major music sites in South Korea. Also, she has broken the record for most unique listeners in the first hour on Melon.

(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:

  • Unfortunately, there are no English captions, but I’ll check for the translation later.
  • Apparently, this song is about IU’s late friends Sulli, Goo Hara and Jonghyun.
  • It looks like it’s going to be a sad one.
  • We have some kind of studio/lab room at the beginning of the music video.
  • I already like the melody.
  • I love the thinned out instrumental in the beginning, and then the bass came in once IU started singing.
  • So is she in some kind of virtual dimension trying to experience good memories again?
  • I thought this was going to take a very melancholic tone, but it’s actually upbeat.
  • The visuals for the music video are stunning.
  • The first sentence IU sang was, “So are you happy now?… Finally happy now, are you?” and in the chorus, she says – “Forever young, Forever we’re young” This means she hopes that her friends are at peace now, and because they left so early, they will always be young in her memories, Right???
  • That’s what I got so far, and IU sounds fantastic as always.
  • I really love this cartoon version of her.
  • Concerning the plane turbulence scene/ nightmare sequence. My guess is that it represents IU’s sleepless nights and pain from the loss of her close friends. It could also mean that she wishes their deaths were just a bad dream???
  • I’m trying my best to guess the subliminal meanings of each scene, but I might still miss out on a lot.
  • SUGA’s verse came in smoothly. He fits the track, but his part was short. I prefer features that incorporate both artists throughout the song.
  • I just got chills when the other animated girl jumped into the sky. That visual made me sad, plus IU’s voice is that section is so soothing.
  • Now we’re back to the thinned out version of the instrumental, which means less bass.
  • So did the lizard transform into a dragon???
  • Awww, I don’t want to cry😥😥😥. That smile between IU’s animation on the plane and the girl on the dragon was such a touching moment.img_5513
  • My guess is that the lizard represents Jonghyun, and the girl is Sulli.
  • The music video ends with her waking up from the visual world and returning to reality.
  • She then sings – “So are you happy now?… I know you’re happy now, yea.”
  • This is so heartfelt.
  • By the way, IU is gorgeous in that all-white outfit.
  • Oooh, I just read an interesting comment by (MiMi Park) on the music video. She said in the airplane scene when the storm started, it read “electronic devices off” instead of “seatbelt on.” This is a warning to people who stay behind their phones and laptops to leave hateful comments about others.
  • We are all humans with feelings, so hateful words can surely hurt and break anyone. Please be nice to others because being kind should not be seen as a difficult task.
  • I LOVE the message of this song, but I’m not 100% into the music itself yet. So I’m going to listen to it again.
  • After the second listen, I can definitely say that “eight” is a grower. I enjoy it more as it replays, so this song gets a 9/10 from me.

English Lyrics:

[Verse 1: IU]
So are you happy now?
Finally happy now, are you?
Well, I’m exactly the same
I think I’ve lost everything
Everything comes as it pleases and leaves without a goodbye
Like this, I don’t want to love anything
Where the sun has set, as far as the sun sets
I travel in those memories

[Chorus: IU]
Under an orange sun
We dance with no shadows
There is no such thing as decided farewells
Meet me in that memory that was once beautiful
Forever young

[Post-Chorus: IU]
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh
Forever we young
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh
If it is this kind of nightmare, I won’t ever wake up.

[Verse 2: SUGA]
Island, yeah, here is an island
A small one that we made with each other
Yeah, um, forever young, the word “forever” is a sandcastle
A farewell is like a disaster cast
A morning greeted along with the yearning
Let us both pass this eternity
Surely meet once more on this island.

[Verse 3: IU]
Like what someone said as they were consoling me, passing
It isn’t that easy to forget a memory merely big as a handspan
Even as time goes by, still
At that place which takes hold of me

[Chorus: IU]
Under an orange sun
We dance with no shadows
There is no such thing as decided goodbyes
Meet me in that memory that was once beautiful
Forever young

[Bridge: IU]
We lie down atop of each other
Share stories that aren’t of sorrow
There is no such thing as gloomy endings
I will forever meet you in this memory
Forever young

[Post-Chorus: IU]
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh
Forever we young
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh
If it is this kind of nightmare, I won’t ever wake up

(source – GENIUS)

 

🗣🗣THIS IS NOT A DRILL: DAY6 Releases Teaser Images For Upcoming Album

MY BABIES ARE LOOKING GOOD🤩🤩🤩

I’m clearly overexcited, but I don’t care. Let me live🎉🎉🎉. I had to wait for all the individual and group images before composing this post. Now let’s enjoy this visual feast together.

First off is their tracklist photo for the upcoming album – The Book of Us: The Demon.img_5159

 

Then here are the group teaser images. img_5471-1img_5473img_5472I love the suits. They are all serving looks. I’m already imagining how amazing the music video is going to be.😃

 

Up next is our leader, Sungjin’s individual teaser images.

 

Jae’s individual teaser images. My bias.💕💕💕

 

Wonpil’s individual teaser images. I can’t wait for him to slay me with vocals.

 

Young K’s individual teaser images. Somehow only him and Dowoon’s pictures came in a different format.img_5259img_5260

 

Our baby, Dowoon’s individual teaser images. img_5360img_5361


Honestly, I love the vibe so far. I’m going to stop checking for photo/video teasers now because I want a full experience when I review the album. I still need some element of surprise; hence I won’t listen to the album sampler if they do drop one.

Is anyone else as excited for DAY6’s comeback, or am I the lone ranger here????

 

Let’s Talk Music Streaming Sites – Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, etc

Hello, hello, everyone🤗🤗

I hope you all are having a great day and staying safe indoors.

Today, I’ll be discussing music streaming sites. As a k-pop lover and likewise a lover of various types of music, I appreciate being able to access my favourite songs at any time for a reasonable price. That’s why when I include links or videos in my music reviews/playlist posts, I try my best to use music streaming sites that are accessible and beneficial to a majority of my readers. If you all have noticed, I tend to use either YouTube or Spotify.

However, other great streaming sites might suit a few peoples’ tastes better. A few examples are YouTube Music, Pandora, Apple Music, etc. Still, before anyone jumps into these sites, you need to know how each operates, how much they cost, and their advantages/disadvantages. So here is a constructive post that provides a detailed review of such sites based on actual research and experience 👉🏼 Customer Advocate In-Depth Review of Music Streaming Services.

Customer Advocate is a website that focuses mainly on Reviewing and Recommending products or services based on actual research and hands-on experience.

“From life insurance to a new yoga mat (and everything in between), we inform and empower consumers with objective company reviews and recommendations… “Decisions made easy” is our motto, and it’s what we work toward every day.” – Customer Advocate.

I found their linked article to be very accurate and helpful, so kindly take your time to check it out.

That is all for this post. I hope you all find the perfect music streaming sites for your songs. Once again, please stay safe everyone.💕💕💕

 

 

CHUNG HA – Stay Tonight: Music Review

On April 27th, CHUNG HA dropped her pre-release digital single – “Stay Tonight” in preparation for her upcoming album. Here are some photos and MV stills she released as teasers for this single –

Kim Chung-ha’s actual birth name is Kim Chan-mi, but she is now popularly known as CHUNG HA. She is a South Korean singer-songwriter, dancer and choreographer. She placed fourth during Mnet’s group survival show Produce 101 and was formerly a member of the resulting group, I.O.I. CHUNG HA later debuted as a soloist in 2017 with the EP – Hands on Me.

(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’m getting great vibes from the teaser images, so I think this is going to be good.
  • Quite a mystical intro for this music video.
  • I love how the instrumental started out slow and then intensified for CHUNG HA’s vocal entry.
  • She is such a fantastic dancer.
  • I wish this music video had English captions, but I’ll just check for them later.
  • Her vocal power in this song is incredible.
  • That high note right before the chorus is too perfect.
  • I’m living for the beat switch during the chorus section. It’s bouncy and very catchy.
  • I also love the white outfit CHUNG HA has on in that part.img_5113
  • This choreography has major vogue movements. It’s elegant and beautiful to watch.
  • Wow, the male dancers have on heavy makeup, and they’re all dancing in heels. Interesting.
  • The coordination between the dancers and CHUNG HA is impeccable.
  • I love the glitter/diamond filter they used for some scenes in the music video.
  • The chorus section is so groovy, that’s my favourite part of this song. Also, the little waist move they do during that section is another delight.
  • CHUNG HA is killing this song vocally. She sounds so perfect.
  • “Stay Tonight” is another excellent track from the talent soloist CHUNG HA.
  • I enjoyed listening to it, but I don’t see myself going back to play it a lot.
  • Hence my rating is for this pre-release digital single is 8/10.
  • I will still be keeping an eye out for her upcoming album.