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

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

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

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Reaction to Official MV:

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

Reaction to pre-release single “Telephone”

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

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

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

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

“OHIO” by Crush

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Reaction to Official MV:

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

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

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

“AWay” by JEONG EUN JI

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Reaction to Official MV:

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

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

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

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

LAY – LIT Part 2: Album Review

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

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

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

Album Review:

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Here is the album on Spotify –

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

Final Thoughts: 

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

Red Velvet – IRENE & SEULGI – Monster: Album Review

Hello, beautiful people. I hope you all are doing great and staying safe.

For the past two weeks, I haven’t been very active, but I’m officially back. Although my absence led to a lack of music reviews for recent comebacks, I did listen to all the new songs and albums on my own. As you all can tell from this post’s title, I’ll be checking out Red Velvet’s subunit – IRENE & SEULGI. They released their 1st mini album – Monster on June 6th, and I had to show up for this one because their teaser images were absolutely stunning. Both ladies were serving me goddess looks –

(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:

  • A weird intro, but okay.
  • The set for the music video’s is gorgeous and really colourful.
  • The bass on this song is quite intense.
  • I’m also enjoying how sultry their voices sound on the track.
  • I appreciate the interactive choreography. Both Irene and Seulgi are killing it.
  • The contoured outfits are such a good look for both ladies.
  • Also, excellent progression with the use of a rap-singing style for the verse, and then moving on to full singing from the pre-chorus section.
  • However, I’m not too sure about the pre-chorus, but let’s continue.
  • I love the switch up for the instrumental during Irene’s second verse. I don’t know the technical name for what happened there, so I’ll just call it an electric fart.๐Ÿ˜‚
  • The visuals and lighting for this music video are beautiful.
  • Okay, the part that starts with – “I’m a little monster, be scared of me…” slightly threw me off at first, but it does sound perfect after hearing it three times.
  • I have to replay this song before giving my final thoughts.
  • Honestly, I acknowledge the good qualities of “Monster” because both Irene and Seulgi sound amazing on the track. The instrumental is quite intriguing, but unfortunately, the overall tone and vibe aren’t doing much for me.

Album Review:

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Here is the album on Spotify –

  1. Monster – Third time listening to this track, and I still can’t get into it. I think it is because I enjoy some parts while the rest are just there for me.
  2. Diamond – Okay, I love the instrumental intro for this one. It’s quite bouncy and makes me move a little. Both ladies are serving beautiful and smooth vocals. This song, to me, is way better than the title track. From the soft melody to the overall production, “Diamond” is a whole vibe. I am genuinely enjoying their voices on this track, and the instrumental with the soft finger-clicks is sitting well with my spirit.
  3. Feel Good – Another intriguing start, and this song seems more hunting than the previous two. I love the short pauses between each sentence as they sing. Also, excellent instrumental progression, most notably with the way they introduced the drumbeat. Oh, are we getting an EDM build-up? I was not expecting the song to take this route. The production on this track is intriguing. “Feel Good” is a great song, but it still feels slightly odd to me. Maybe I just need more time with it. All the same, vocally, both Irene and Seulgi sound incredible.
  4. Jelly – This is more bubbly than the rest. It is giving me classic Red Velvet vibes. Irene is solidifying herself as a vocalist with this album because both ladies have given nothing but clean and beautiful vocals with all four songs. I am really enjoying this track. I can see myself coming back to “Jelly” a few times because it makes me feel good. The drumline style instrumental for the bridge is giving me life. Plus, the subtle falsetto notes are blessing my ears. This is my second favourite on this album after “Diamond”
  5. Uncover (Sung by SEULGI): Bonus Track – This is very R&B styled, and Seulgi’s voice is perfect for this type of song. She has the classic soft and mesmerizing tone for R&B music. “Uncover” is another good one, but I don’t see myself coming back to it a lot. All the same, it is a perfect way to close the album.

Final Thoughts: 

This is their 1st mini-album, hence why I’m cutting them some slack. IRENE & SEULGI sounded terrific together, and the production on the album was kind of okay. I genuinely enjoyed “Diamond” and “Jelly” out of the five songs. Overall, I was not blown away by this record, so my rating for Monster is 6/10.

N.Flying – So, ้€š (COMMUNICATION): Album Review

On June 10th, N.Flying released their 7th mini-album titled So, ้€š (COMMUNICATION). The album has six songs, including the title track “Oh really.”img_8313N.Flying, which is short for New Flying,ย is a South Korean rap rock band managed by FNC Entertainment. This band was formed in 2013, and they released their first Japanese single – Basket that same year. Later on May 20th of 2015, they officially debuted in Korea. Although the group currently consists of five members, there have been a few changes over the years. N.Flying initially started out with four members – Kwon Kwangjin, Kim Jaehyun, Cha Hun and Lee Seunghyub. The fifth member, Yoo Hweseung, was added in 2017. However, in 2018, Kwon Kwangjin left the band, so he had to replaced by Dongsung earlier this year.

The only song I have heard from this group is “Rooftop”, and since they aren’t like the regular rock bands I listen to, I never had the zeal to check them out. All the same, I am finally here. Now let’s see what they have to offer.

(Please note โ€“ 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 captions.
  • I love the strumming guitar intro, and whoever is singing lead sounds fantastic.
  • The boys all look great.
  • I really love the first singer’s tone. He has a sweet lower register.
  • The music video is cute, and the instrumental is beautiful.
  • I love how the second singer came in with a softer tone and just melted me.
  • The vocals and instruments get a checkmark from me.
  • The set with the phone booth is lovely.
  • I love the chorus as well. It’s quite catchy, and the fact that N.Flying is singing that section in unison makes me want to sing along.
  • So they have three instrument players, and the other two are vocalists?
  • I love the rap-singing style they used for the second verse.
  • They also gave a nice flow when the actual rap came in.
  • Maybe after listening to more songs from them, N.Flying will be added to my list of favourite Korean bands.
  • I noticed that instrumental isn’t too heavy on this song, hence why the vocals really stand out for me.
  • I gave all my attention to the music that I forgot to read the captions.๐Ÿ˜„
  • I just rewatched it, and they are singing about relationship issues. Something along the lines of how hard it is to say goodbye and not wanting to let go. I think they also said something about their partner pretending not to care.
  • Okay, I love this song. Now let’s move on to the album.

Album Review: img_8310Here is the album preview –

  1. Oh really. – I absolutely love this song, so I am going to enjoy my 3 minutes and 16 seconds here.
  2. FLOWER FANTASY – Wow, this starts right away, and I love the vocal intro. N.Flying’s vocalists are incredible, and the instrumental for this song is more in your face compared to the title track. The guitar riff for this is insane. Honestly, they came hard with the instrumentalization, and I am completely in love with “FLOWER FANTASY” It sounds like something I could hear during an emotional scene of an anime. The lower register of the lead vocalist gets me every time. He is too good, and my ears are getting blessed. Their drummer is also giving me life, but the guitar players are A++++++++ on this track. LIKE WHAT???… this is insane. It’s a soft song but still hits in the right places…a whole mood.
  3. YOUTH – I love how this song came in right away. I will say this has a similar vibe to the title track, but “YOUTH” has more rhythmic drumming. Once again, fantastic instrumentalization, vocals and beautiful runs. The melody for this song is lovely and really catchy. I like how they included some finger snaps to the instrumental, it adds a sweet spice to the mix. I don’t know why but the vocalization on this track sounds very indie to me. That’s the only way I can explain the style I’m hearing. One thing I love about bands is that they give the best of both worlds in concerns to vocals and instruments. A good rock band is always pure eargasm. It’s a good sign that I am enjoying every song.
  4. I’M GONNA – The beginning is giving me a slight touch of jazz. This also has some hip-hop influence. I am enjoying the beat and vibe of this track. The chorus is excellent. I definitely expected some rapping once this started, and I got good flows. I love the adlibs because they hit beautifully out of nowhere, and I am here for the energy from N.Flying on this track. What??… I was not expecting that high note at the end. It was too perfect. Alright, this is another excellent song on the album.
  5. Last Song – It looks like we have reached the slow track of this album. Oh damn, their voices give me chills, and I absolutely adore the blend between the two different vocal tones. The guitar riff on this is a blessing to hear. Rock ballads are supreme and deserve to be heard on every album. I want to say this is my favourite, but I have equally enjoyed every song so far. Oooh, I love how they sang in unison towards the end, while the main singer powered on top with insane vocal runs and high notes. The ending is so full and beautiful. THANK YOU, N.Flying.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
  6. E-YO – The last song already๐Ÿ˜ฅ. I love that every song on this album starts right away. I love the rhythm for this one, it is groovy. Okay, at this point, the vocalists are disrespectful. They just slapped me with some crazy falsetto notes. The drummer deserves a round of applause for his skills. The chorus is perfect, and I feel the need to sing along. This song would be amazing live, I can already picture it. The instrumental progression is terrific. I have nothing more to say because “E-YO” is a well-produced BOP. N.Flying has really impressed me with this album. I am happy that I gave them a chance.

Final Thoughts:ย 

This album was a beautiful mood all through. I genuinely enjoyed all six songs, and I cannot even pick a fave. I was utterly blown away by their vocalists, and the instrument players also brought their A-game to this record. I have nothing to criticize, and I am officially a fan. I will be looking forward to future projects from them because I am impressed. Great job, boys.

My rating for N.Flying’s 7th mini-album So, ้€š (COMMUNICATION), is a solid 10/10.

HEIZE – Lyricist: Album Review

On June 10th, HEIZE released her 6th mini-album titled Lyricist. The album has five songs, including the double title tracks, “Lyricist” and “Things are going well”

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Jang Da Hye, known by the stage name Heize is a South Korean rapper, and singer-songwriter managed by Stone Music Entertainment. She officially debuted on March 21st, 2014, with the self-titled EP – Heize. She rose to popularity after taking part in the second season of the rap program – Unpretty Rapstar. Her stage name, Heize, is actually a German word that translates to ‘heating something up or making something hot.’

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

Reaction to Title Tracks/Official MV:

  • I think this music video combines both title tracks.
  • I love the guitar and the jazzy instrumental.
  • Heize has such a unique vintage voice. I absolutely adore her sound.
  • Is “Lyricist” is the first song on the video? Whichever one it is, I am in love.
  • It’s so relaxing, and the visuals for the music are perfect for it.
  • I wish I had English captions, but I can check for it later.
  • This song is such a soothing groove. It’s definitely going on my playlist.
  • Heize looks gorgeous.
  • I love how the first song faded out with a soft piano at the end.
  • Oh, the transition into the next song is BEAUTIFUL.
  • The keyboard player has talent flowing through every finger on this song.
  • I am here for this R&B drumbeats, and Heize looks good in red.
  • I know that I am going to enjoy the mini-album because this style is right up my alley.
  • Once again, HER VOICE is giving me life. The way she smoothly runs through each note is impressive.
  • Also, the vocal layering for this second song is excellent.
  • Great job, Heize๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘. I genuinely enjoyed this.

Album Review:

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Here is the album on Spotify โ€“

  1. Lyricist – I was right, “Lyricist” is the first song on the music video. I live for the jazzy vibe of this track. It’s very peaceful and a whole mood.
  2. Things are going well – Yes, I get to hear that beautiful piano intro again, and the drumbeat that gets me in my feels. Heize’s voice on this track is pure gold. This is such an easy listen type of song.
  3. Your Name ft. ASH ISLAND – I think there’s a music video for this song, but it is not out yet. I love the intro on this track, and her voice is like smooth velvet. It is very pleasing to hear. I am here for this tempo, and the instrumental is well produced. All the songs on this album seem to have some jazz influence mixed with R&B and neo-soul vibes. The rap section from ASH ISLAND came in at the right point, and I love his flow. “Your Name” is another smooth and soothing groove. I would play this is the background when I just want to chill and do nothing.
  4. 1/1440 ft. Ji Chanel – Oooh, the instrumental is really interesting on this one. It also seems denser and more upbeat compared to the rest. Still, Heize’s voice is like butter. I love that I can hear Ji Chanel doing some background harmonies during the intro verse, and he also sang during the last part. The beat on this one is ๐Ÿ”ฅ , and the vocal runs that pair with it are too good. The fact that I can hear Ji Chanel throughout the entire song is giving me life. I just love the blend between both voices.
  5. Not to see you again – Wow, the keyboard intro on this song is giving me chills. I think this was what they used as the transition between both title tracks in the music video. My bad, it is not an intro but a full instrumental-only track, and it’s so BEAUTIFUL. I love that she chose to close the album with such tranquillity. This is absolutely insane and peaceful.

Final Thoughts: 

From my review, you all can tell that this album was an amazing listen for me. It felt quite short because we only got four full tracks, but I still love the vibe, vocals and overall production on it. I usually only listened to singles from Heize, but I will start paying more attention to her because talent overflows from this lady.

With all that said, my rating for Heize’s 6th mini-album, Lyricist, is a bulletproof 10/10.

WayV – Awaken The World: Album Review

YESSS!!!! My babies are back, and I am super excited. WayV just released their first full-length album titled Awaken The World. It has ten songs including the title track “Turn Back Time” img_8140I already have a detailed profile post for WayV, which can be accessed with this link ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ WayV: Star Showcase. Also, if anyone needs the teaser images for this album, use this link ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Official Tumblr Account. Most of the photos that don’t make it to my pictorial|poster faves always go on my Tumblr.

(Please note โ€“ 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:

  • This concept is something else. I love how the song starts with a loud siren and the heartbeat that naturally calls for anyone’s attention.
  • My babies are looking GOOD. Ten is serving me looks.
  • The song hasn’t even started, and I’m already fangirling this hard.
  • Thankfully, Label V always gives captions.
  • This beat is unusual but intriguing.
  • Wait, wait… they didn’t have to come in that hard. I need to start this video from the beginning.
  • By the way, I love their outfits or lack of in some scenes.
  • Okay, I won’t lie. The intro with Lucas kind of threw me off a bit because I wasn’t expecting it to be so hip-hop based. My ears got more in line with this song once Kun started singing.
  • Now let’s see how the chorus turns out.
  • XiaoJun is always slaying me vocally.
  • After the chorus, I’m 50/50 on this song, but I absolutely love the section that starts when Lucas says- “Stop, rewind, turn back time…5432” The melody there is catchy, and the choreography was very smooth.
  • Okay, the rap parts sound way better to me in the second verse. I love Lucas, Winwin and Yangyang’s rhythm and flow. Maybe my ears were just too shocked during the intro.
  • I can see that Winwin has a substantial amount of lines, and for some reason, Label V has decided not to give him a shirt. OKAY.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
  • I like that Winwin gets more shine in WayV, so I always make sure to confirm that they are consistent with him in each comeback.
  • Yangyang is always spitting fire on every WayV song. I literally live for his parts.
  • Everyone sounds terrific, and I like the chorus now. I guess I just needed more time with it.
  • They are really out here not giving these boys shirts. What the heck???๐Ÿ˜ณ
  • Ten looks gorgeous with this length of hair.
  • As always, we have a dance break. Also, this section sounds like a score for a car racing game.
  • That “Stop, rewind, turn back time” is the standout point of this song to me.
  • Alright, I’m going to listen to “Turn Back Time” again before giving my final thoughts.
  • This is a great song, and I love that it showcases a different side from their previous title tracks, but I’m not 100% on it yet. However, visually speaking, it is one of my favourite concepts from them.
  • I think what this song lacks for me is the unique WayV touch. This seems more like a track for NCT 127.
  • Now you all know I love NCT 127, but I prefer each NCT-unit to have their own distinct sprinkle. Hence why I hope to hear a better balance with the remaining songs on the album.

Album Review:

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Here is the album on Spotify –

  1. Turn Back Time – Because this has that standard NCT 127 vibe, it got better after hearing it a lot. I have listened to it four times now, and I can confirm that “Turn Back Time” does slap hard. Once I’m done with this review, I will watch the music video again to enjoy it properly.
  2. Bad Alive – This starts out with a heavily synthesized beat, and Lucas seems to be taking the lead on this album. Okay, this song definitely goes hard, and I love the inclusion of sirens again. The vocal sections are beautiful. “Bad Alive” is also hip-hop based like the title track, but I feel it has more of the balance I was looking for. Or it could just be that my ears are accustomed to this new sound for them. Whatever it is, I LOVE THIS SONG. It will be a total blast if played through a car speaker. I can just imagine the bass of it all. I think so far, what I’ve noticed is that this album is going to allow more room for every member to shine equally because the rappers are giving me life on this track. While the vocalists are also killing me with their insane runs and high notes. Plus, everyone blends well. The melody for the chorus is pure ๐Ÿ”ฅ , and the overall production of this song screams perfection.
  3. Unbreakable – Oh, I love how the instrumental flowed perfectly from “Bad Alive” into this song. XiaoJun is a vocal beast. The boy stays flexing his God-given pipes. The beat on this is body rolls worthy. Okay, WayV, you guys came through. I was kind of scared after the title track, but I love the songs. Yangyang and Hendery stay riding every beat correctly with their epic flow. Plus, Lucas ain’t helping with that his smooth deep voice. “Unbreakable” has a very sexy vibe to it, and I am just here dancing๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ. I love it when they sing in unison because their harmonies are always on point. I constantly wonder where SM Entertainment gets its artists or what sort of training they give them because the talent is overflowing in this group. Some parts of this song slightly remind me of “Highway to Heaven”
  4. After Midnight – This seems a bit slower compared to the previous tracks. Oooh, I wasn’t expecting the melody to sound like this. Nice switch up, and why does the beat sound slightly retro to me? I love songs with finger snaps, and the chorus is beautiful – “Touch me after midnight…I like it better after midnight.” This seems to be “Love Talk” part 2, and I am here for all of it. Also, I noticed that the rappers are singing, but since this a more vocal track, they got fewer parts. “After Midnight” is a BOP, and it is climbing up to be my favourite. The instrumental is pure bliss. WOW, the production is impeccable. You all need to listen to those harmonies during the chorus and the high note at the end. WHAT?… WayV did not come to play with us.
  5. Interlude: Awaken The World – I wonder what the second half of the album is going to sound like, and I do love the beat for this interlude.
  6. Only Human – Things are getting soft and sentimental with this one. I’m guessing that this song has only the rap line. It is officially their time to shine, and I love the rap-singing style they are using. Plus, Winwin’s singing voice sounds lovely. He needs to be added to the vocal line, Lol. Yangyang is a whole king. Among all the rappers, Hendery and Yangyang are the ones that always call for my attention. Also, the rap line stays, giving us solid sentimental bops. Last time it was “King of Hearts”, and now we have “Only Human”. At this rate, every song on this album will end up on my playlist, and I am not complaining.
  7. Domino – The intro is catchy, and whoever started this song is too good? That voice…I need to confirm who it belongs to. I checked, and of course, it’s XiaoJun. At first, I thought it was Ten, but something didn’t feel right. Ten’s voice is slightly softer. YESSS, Lucas is the best hype man for all their songs. I live for the way he leads into the rap sections. Oh, I wasn’t expecting the chorus to be this way, but I like it. They are giving me harmonies and good background vocals, as always. The bass on this beat kind of hits hard. This album is made up of hip-hop influenced tracks and some sexy R&B grooves. A perfect combo if you ask me.
  8. Up From Here – The drum beats are epic, and the vocalists are reigning on this track. Hendery is giving me life, I am here for his energy. Oh, what is the weird beat that comes in when they start singing as if they’re counting each word? Whatever it is, I LOVE IT. The chorus is perfect, and I love the progression during that section. The instrumental feels like very smooth rhythmic claps. The production is insane. Lol when they sing, “Love me like do,” I feel like they are about to continue with, “Love me like do, what are you waiting for?”๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ “Up From Here” is another solid track.
  9. Electric Hearts – This seems to be more of a bubbly pop song. Okay, I can tell for sure that Ten is the one starting this song. I love that “Ah ah, oh, oh.” That was a beautiful falsetto right before the main verse entry. I really like the instrumental progression, and the EDM infusion is perfect for this song. “Electric Hearts” is such a classic dance song. The switch with the rappers during the bridge section is heavenly, and the build-up is pure fire. I need to blast this song on my speaker tomorrow. The ending is beautiful. I love how the stripped away the heavy instrumental and ended with just raw vocals.
  10. Stand By Me – They always end their album with this kind of casual tracks, so I was expecting this vibe. The melody for the chorus is lovely and very catchy. Whenever they sing in unison, I get chills from their harmonies. “Stand By Me” feels like something I would have heard at the ending of a 2000s Disney movie. I am getting major nostalgic waves while listening to this song.

Final Thoughts: 

Overall, I am pleased with this album. Good job, WayV๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘. At first, I was skeptical and nervous about the sound, but I came to love it a lot with each new song. The boys truly brought their A+ game, and I love seeing them grow as artists. I already added the ten tracks to my playlist because although I have my faves, everyone was equally enjoyable and could fit what I like listening to when I’m in a very chirpy mood.

Therefore my rating for WayV’s first full-length album – Awaken The World is a 10/10.

Before I close this post, I want to speak a bit about the fashion accessories issue with Kun and Winwin teaser outfits. Now I know this caused the delay of WayV’s music video today, and also the release of their physical album has been postponed. Label V wants to make the needed corrections to the printed photos of Kun and Winwin –

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img_8119I’m glad that Label V took people’s advice and are actually working to make corrections before releasing the physical album. I noticed that they already made changes to the digital photos, so kudos to them for being responsive to the risen concerns. Moving ahead, I hope that Label V and the stylist properly cross-check everything before putting them on the boys because such mistakes could quickly escalate into more prominent scandals. I want my babies to succeed and stay problem-free.

That’s my piece on the fashion accessory issue. I hope you all continue to support WayV and keep streaming Awaken The World because it is available online. Love you all.๐Ÿ’•

SEO EUNKWANG – FoRest: Entrance: Album Review

I am here to review Seo Eunkwang’s mini-album titled FoRest: Entrance. This album has seven songs, including the title track “No One Knows”img_8068Seo Eunkwang is a South Korean singer and musical actor. He was born on November 22nd, 1990 and debuted as the leader of the boy group BtoB in 2012. This album marks his official solo debut.

(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: 

  • Is this going to be a power ballad?
  • The instrumental is beautiful.
  • By now, you all should know how I feel about keyboards.
  • The visuals and lighting for the music video are so aesthetically pleasing and peaceful.
  • I wish I had subtitles, but it’s okay. I can check for them later.
  • Every vocalist in BtoB is equally outstanding, hence why I’m not even surprised about the quality of Eunkwang’s voice.
  • Even without any current understanding of the lyrics, I can tell that he genuinely conveyed the emotions of this song.
  • Also, his high notes are full and very stable.
  • I love the instrumental progression of this song. It started out with a keyboard and some classical string instruments, then we got some soft drumming and a surprising modulation.
  • Through it all, Eunkwang sounds fantastic, and I love how he ended the song.
  • Now, I’m going to check out the English lyrics.
  • From what I read, my guess is that “No One Knows” is about putting up a happy front even though you are truly hurting inside. When alone, you cry all the time, but you also fake a laugh in front of friends. Unfortunately, none of them know what’s really going on with you.
  • I appreciate the sentiments of the song because I can relate to it, and I am sure many others can as well.
  • Kudos to Seo Eunkwang for delivering this song beautifully.
  • “No One Knows” is a great ballad song. Right now, I’m not madly in love with it, but it could be a grower.

Album Review: img_8069Here is the album sampler –

  1. Dear My Dear – I believe this was a pre-release single, so that’s why it has an official lyric video. For some reason, the intro reminds me of rain showers…odd, I know. It really gives me the same soothing feeling like rain, and I don’t understand why. The melody is beautiful. I love the nature theme of this mini-album. The blend between Eunkwang’s voice and the instrumental is pure bliss. I’m really enjoying this track. I love the animation for the video, it’s adorable and catchy. The soft twinkles in the background are so enchanting. It makes me feel like I’m gazing at stars. Seo Eunkwang is blessing my ears and soul this morning. His high notes are lovely. On first listen, “Dear My Dear” suits my taste more than the title track.
  2. No One Knows – Now listening to it the second time, I am definitely enjoying it more, but the first song is still my favourite.
  3. Have a nice day – I absolutely adore the vibe of this album and “Have a nice day” seems to be one of those songs that immediately called for my attention. I love the guitar intro and drum beats. I am living for the vocal layering on this track, and the subtle falsetto during the chorus is too good. Seo Eunkwang’s voice is incredible. I changed my mind, this is actually my favourite now๐Ÿ˜‚. It just spoke to me right from the first second and kept me throughout the entire three minutes plus. The production on “Have a nice day” is impeccable, and Eunkwang’s vocal power truly shines on this track. I LOVE IT, and I’m going to do a replay before moving on.
  4. About Eternity – I love how he used a shallow tone to start this one, and it seems to be another ballad with the same serene vibe. I love the shallow whisper-like vocal layering as well, it is beautiful. I can’t… this album has been giving me relaxing gems so far, and I truly needed this kind of songs now. I noticed that once the shallow drumbeat came in after the first chorus, the instrumental somehow still managed to retain the same pacing while scaling upwards occasionally. Eunkwang’s voice seemed to be the only element that consistently soared throughout the song. I like “About Eternity”, but I’m not madly in love. It’s a definite grower, so I might change my mind after a second listen.
  5. The Four Seasons – Oh, this is more upbeat. I wasn’t expecting it due to how it started. “The Four Seasons”  slightly resembles a Christmas tune. It has a bubbly vibe but still relaxing like the previous songs. A lot is going on with the instrumental of this track, but I really love the variations I’m hearing. This is another show of excellent production. The soft jingles in the background are giving me major holiday vibes. I LOVE CHRISTMAS.
  6. Love again – A good guitar intro, but I wonder what it’s going to sound like. Yes, I knew it was going to surprise me because the intros on this album have been quite deceptive. I love the melody on this one, and I’m intrigued to see how the chorus drops. Alright, the chorus isn’t what I was expecting, but I still like it. I appreciate the short clapping section they included, and it also mirrors the rhythm of the instrumental. Nice touch.
  7. With U – Another magical ballad and I ain’t complaining. I feel this might be a fave as well because the instrumental is calling to me. Yes, I love the melody, and Eunkwang’s voice is speaking words of love and positivity to my soul right now. I feel perfect listening to “With U”. I am living for how he ends the chorus sections with those beautiful vocal runs. His voice is breathtaking on this song, and I am enjoying every second. The high notes…YESSS. Please bless me. This is definitely my third fave on the album. I am here for this kind of energy and mood.

Final Thoughts: 

I LOVE this mini-album. I found my three favourite songs, and I will definitely be listening to the full album for a while because of the overall composition and peaceful nature. I might not be super in love with every song, but they all fit the mood and energy that I’m in right now. I’ve been longing for some new soothing tunes, and Seo Eunkwang delivered with Forest: Entrance. Hence why my rating for this solo-debut album is 9/10.

Music Reviews Compilation: NU’EST|BVNDIT|TXT| KIM WOO SEOK|PUNCH

As promised, my second part of the missed review compilation.

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

“I’m In Trouble” by Nu’estimg_7434Reaction to Official MV:

  • I love the way this song started, and the beat is groovy.
  • This is my first time listening to Nu’est, and I love their vibe.
  • I’ve known about them for a long time, but I never had the opportunity to pay enough attention to them.
  • Finally, I am here now and very ready.
  • Their vocalists are outstanding.
  • I love how their different vocal tones blend so well together.
  • Some of the members seem familiar to me, but I don’t know where I’ve seen them.
  • The music video set is beautiful.
  • I love the melody for the chorus, and the choreography is slick and on point.
  • The instrumental is a whole mood, and I enjoyed how they implemented more bass towards the end.
  • I love this song.
  • My rating for “I’m In Trouble” is definitely a 10/10.
  • Alright, time to check out their 8th mini-album – The Nocturne.
  • The EP has six songs, and all are equally amazing. I didn’t feel disappointed with anyone.
  • I appreciate that they included some slower songs that showcased more of their vocal ability.
  • I think I just found a new group to add to my long list of faves.
  • My rating for NU’EST’s 8th mini-album – The Nocturne is a solid 10/10.

 

“JUNGLE” by BVNDITimg_7429Reaction to Official MV:

  • I loved their pre-release single “Children”, and I had plans to check out BVNDIT’s album but never got to it.๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ
  • Anyways, I’m here now, so let’s start with their title track.
  • Damn, that deep voice came out of nowhere. Who is the first singer?
  • I love the huskier voices and raspy tones I am hearing from these girls.
  • I’ve noticed something recently. Almost every kpop group is adapting the heavy electronic/trap sound.
  • It absolutely works for some, but it also feels off for most groups.
  • Plus, as someone who reacts to a good number of these artists, it does get quite repetitive for me.
  • This is not a direct comment towards this song by BVNDIT but rather an observation on the current trend in Korean idol music.
  • ย The beat drop for the chorus is good. I love how the drums give off the vibe of a marching band.
  • I have seen some of this video’s settings in Jessi’s MV for”Who Dat B.”
  • They probably filmed at the same location and the visuals are stunning.
  • The beat got intense for the bridge, and the dance break was a great touch.
  • “JUNGLE” is an excellent song for BVNDIT because it showcased the girl’s vocal power, and their energy was perfect.
  • My rating for it is 8.5/10 because even though I hear all the remarkable qualities, it’s not a song that I see myself playing often.
  • Now I’m going to check out their 2nd mini-album – Carnival.
  • This EP has five songs. “Children” and somehow “Come and Get It” are the ones that caught my attention.
  • So my rating for BVNDIT’s 2nd mini-album – Carnival is an 8/10.

 

“Can’t You See Me?” by TXTimg_7427Reaction to Official MV:

  • Another first time listen.
  • They’re from Big Hit Entertainment… okay.
  • This group certainly has incredible vocalists. I am enjoying the soft vocal runs and background harmonization.
  • Their choreography is in sync.
  • The instrumental progression is fantastic, and the way the beat switched up after the chorus was pure ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ.
  • The vocals are making me love the song more.
  • Honestly, “Can’t You See Me” is not my usual vibe, but I’m actually in love with it.
  • At first, I was like, ehhh, maybe this is not my arena. Then it came to just simply appreciating talent because TXT has that.
  • Why are they throwing tomatoes and berries everywhere?
  • Lmao and next thing, the house is on fire.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
  • Hmmm… I’m kind of stuck between a nine or ten for this one. Okay, I’ll give it a 9/10 for now.
  • I know they also released a mini-album titled The Dream Chapter: ETERNITY.ย I’m going to check it out now.
  • This EP has six songs, and just from the first track, I’m impressed.
  • Wow!!!, the falsetto is insane on “Fairy of Shampoo” Plus the jazz elements are right up my alley.
  • My rating for The Dream Chapter: ETERNITY is a bulletproof 10/10.
  • Lol, I actually had two songs from their The Dream Chapter: MAGIC album on my playlist. I tend to find songs randomly on Spotify, but I’m going to take my time and check out more songs from TXT.

 

“Red Moon” by Kim Woo Seok

img_7425Reaction to Official MV:

  • I have no idea who he is, but I was intrigued by the teaser images and videos.
  • I did a little research, and I found out that he is part of UP10TION and also finished second on Produce x 101. Was also a part of X1, which has already disbanded.
  • Now let’s check his solo debut song.
  • Alright right off the bat, he has a fantastic set of pipes and is a talented dancer.
  • Also, I do see the visuals. Kim Woo Seok is good looking.
  • The beat is fat on this song, and I am living for it. I SMELL A BOP.
  • The choreography is slick and fitting for this kind of sultry sound.
  • WAIT A MINUTE NOW SIR???? WHAT ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ
  • That chorus, the music video visuals, his voice and moves just slapped me hard in the face at the same time.
  • I AM OFFICIALLY A FAN. Nothing can change my mind at this point.
  • His outfits are also well coordinated. Big ups to his stylist.
  • Wow, MY GUY, chill with the hip sways.
  • Sexy songs are my regular babies, so yes I LIKE “Red Moon”
  • The section right after the chorus, where he says, “yeah, yeah, yeah…” should be made illegal.
  • This music video is stunning. Most notably, the tent scene where Kim Woo Seok is dressed in full black under the chandelier.
  • Wait, the breakdown is insane. This is too good, and the vocals are also incredible.
  • I hear all the background harmonization and vocal runs.ย Kim Woo Seok is smooth on this song.
  • This is another bulletproof 10/10 from me. Time to check out the album titled 1ST DESIRE [GREED].
  • This EP has seven songs, and right from the first track, I SMELL TEMPTATION.
  • Kim Woo Seok seems to be out for my head, and since this vibe is what I love the most, I can’t help but fall for his voice.
  • I’m getting my groove on here.๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผย 1ST DESIRE [GREED]ย gets a solid 10/10.

 

img_7413Reaction to “Say Yes” by Punch (Feat. MoonByul of MAMAMOO):

  • Oh, I was not expecting this to be a remix of her soundtrack from the Scarlet Heart: Ryeo.
  • That drama was so heartbreaking, and I got to appreciate IU more as an actress while watching it. Also, Lee Joon Gi is one of my top Korean actors, hence why I wouldn’t mind getting a second season.
  • MoonByul sings so well, and I love her deep, rapping voice.
  • “oh, oh, oh, …I need you…Love is true.”
  • This is one of my favourite OSTs, and both artists are doing great with their harmonization.
  • I will be adding this version to my playlist, and of course, “Say Yes” gets a 10/10 from me.

Reaction to “Say hello” by Punch:

  • I love the piano opening.
  • I hope this song soothes me because I just read some frustrating and annoying news that made my spirit boil.๐Ÿ˜ค
  • Punch sounds flawless as always, and I love the slight modulations that she’s doing within one verse.
  • The breathy notes during the chorus are beautiful.
  • This song makes for such an easy listen.
  • Ballads really help calm me down, and for that reason, I’m glad that I’m reviewing this now.
  • I love the vocal layering. It’s done so well, and the instrumental progression really supports Punch’s voice.
  • A sweet ending with the fading keyboard notes.
  • This felt really short, but everything about “Say hello” is soothing and smooth.
  • I love that I could see Punch in the studio, and the vocals were not heavily processed on this track, which explains why I could hear all her breathy notes properly.
  • My rating for it this song is definitely 10/10.

Final Thoughts:ย 

I enjoyed writing this review, and I also discovered some new talents to follow, so I’m off to go check them out now before I forget again.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

What do you all think of the songs I reviewed?

Music Reviews Compilation: BAEKHYUN|MONSTA X|AGUST D|CHANYEOL X RAIDEN|BAEK JI WOONG

I posted on the blog’s Facebook page that I would be compiling a missed review post. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get this out earlier today due to schoolwork, but here it is. I also have a second part coming soon because I have a lot of groups and solo artists to go through.

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

“Candy” by Baekhyunimg_7410Reaction to Official MV:

  • Already this instrumental is giving straight BOP vibes.
  • Baekhyun’s voice is out of this world beautiful.
  • I am living for the instrumental, and I love how they slowed it down for the pre-chorus section.
  • Beautiful choreography and the chorus is so good.
  • I absolutely love the variations of beats in the background.
  • The deep drum beat that came in during the second verse was too perfect.๐Ÿ”ฅ
  • The subtle runs that Baekhyun does at the end of each sentence are pure eargasm.
  • This is catchy and easy to groove to.
  • The slowed-down parts get me majorly in my feels.
  • The production is insane. From the vocal runs to the background vocals and even the high notes. Everything is incredible.
  • What else was I expecting?
  • Beakhyun is merely flexing his exceptional pipes on us, and I AM FEELING BLESSED.
  • Hence my rating for “Candy” is a bulletproof 10/10.
  • Now I know this is the title track for Baekhyun’s 2nd mini-album Delight, so I am going to check that out now.
  • This EP has seven tracks, and everyone was equally amazing.
  • I can’t pick a favourite song now because I want to replay the album later today when I’m fully awake. I need to appreciate all the tiny details before deciding.
  • All the same, Beakhyun’s voice is breathtaking, and Delight is a classic, lovely and well-produced R&B album. My rating for it is 10/10.

 

“FANTASIA” by Monsta Ximg_7412Reaction to Official MV:

  • This is my first time actively listening to a song from Monsta X.
  • I only randomly heard “MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT” and “Wish on the same sky” on Spotify, and I LOVE both songs.
  • So why not check out their recent comeback?
  • Okay… I wasn’t expecting the beat to go hard that fast.
  • The first rapper is so good. I love the way he came in, and the instrumental switch up for that section was perfect for his rap style.
  • The visuals for the music video are outstanding.
  • I love the synthesized beat for the chorus section.
  • The boys look amazing in the black and gold outfit.
  • They have great dancers, and the vocalists are also pretty solid.
  • The beat drops for this song are very epic and intriguing.
  • After my first listen, I am 80/20 on this song. I like it, but I’m not deeply in love.
  • EDM influenced tracks are often just okay or major bops for me. Hence why I’m going to replay “FANTASIA” to see if it gets better for me.
  • After my second listen, I will rate this song as a 9/10.
  • I like it, and I think it’s a grower. After a few more listens, I might enjoy it more.
  • Alright, I know they released a mini-album titled FANTASIA X. I am going to check it out now.
  • This album has seven tracks, and they all have electronic elements. I’m new to Monsta X, so I wonder if this is their go-to sound.
  • I think I will enjoy this album more when I blast it on my headphones, but it’s too late for that now.
  • Currently, the songs that stood out to me are “IT AIN’T OVER” and “Stand up”
  • My rating for FANTASIA X is 8.5/10. I will listen to it again later in the day and post more favourites songs on the Facebook page.

 

“Daechwita” by Agust Dimg_7417Reaction to Official MV:ย 

  • I feel this is going to be a theory filled song/MV, so I’m just going to leave an explanation video here –
  • Now let’s get into it.
  • I have already mentioned way too many times how much I enjoy hearing traditional music elements in modern songs.
  • If he keeps this sound for the entire song, then he has my undivided attention.
  • Thankfully I have English captions since I’m fashionably late on this reaction.
  • I love the traditional town setting and costumes.
  • Okay, the beat definitely goes hard.
  • His flow is not even questionable. I might not be an avid BTS follower, but I know he’s talented.
  • I’m paying more attention to the lyrics.
  • Korean rappers have a different level of spice that makes me appreciate rap music.
  • I never used to enjoy hip-hop before discovering the K hip-hop scene. Their flow, energy and lyrics are exceptional and intriguing.
  • I wonder what “Daechwita” means. I will watch the explanation video once I finish this review.
  • Oooh, I love how the traditional elements dropped during the bridge, and his flow switched up entirely. This song is pure ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ.
  • Yep, it’s official for me. “Daechwita” is a BOP and a half. I give it a complete 10/10.
  • I know this is the title track to his 2nd mixtape D-2, so I am checking it out now.
  • This album has ten songs, and every song hit hard for me in a different way.
  • Like Baekhyun’s case, I don’t want to pick favourites now because I need a better listen later in the day.
  • My rating for D-2 by Agust D is a bulletproof 10/10.

 

“Yours” by Raiden x Chanyeol ft. LEE HI & Changmoimg_7418Reaction to Official MV:

  • LEE HI came in smoothly with her soulful and sultry voice. She always puts me in my feels.
  • I love the chill instrumental.
  • I admire rappers that can also sing, and Chanyeol’s voice is blessed.
  • Excellent work with having Chanyeol and LEE HI go back and forth on one verse.
  • Their completely different tones and styles of singing makes things more interesting.
  • I LOVE when featured artists are incorporated throughout the song instead of only appearing in one section.
  • It doesn’t even have to be them singing or rapping the entire time, but at least some background vocals or continuous interaction between the leading artist and featured one sound way better to me.
  • Raiden is calling for my attention with that piano and guitar of his. I know I sound like a broken record already, but I love keyboards.๐Ÿ˜„
  • I love the beat drop for the chorus. It’s still chill but more bouncy.
  • The colours and graphics for the music video are perfect.
  • I love the vocal layering on this.
  • LEE HI’s vocal runs are soft but beautiful. The production on this song is really exceptional.
  • Oooh, nice ending with the synthesized/distorted instrumental.
  • Yep, “Yours” by Raiden x Chanyeol ft. LEE HI & Changmoย gets a solid 10/10 from me.ย Another song for my playlist.

 

“Sometimes” by Baek Ji Woong(Prod. JungKey)img_7494Reaction to Official MV:

  • This marks my second song from Baek Ji Woong.
  • I enjoy his calm and compelling vocal tone.
  • He’s a very talented ballad singer, and I honestly need to find time to check out his previous releases.
  • The slight raspiness of his voice is soothing to my ears. Plus, the vibe of this song is relaxing.
  • This song started out with a soft piano and then paced up a bit with the introduction of a guitar to the mix.
  • The couple in the music video is adorable.
  • Is this song about them reminiscing their time together? Doesn’t that mean they broke up?๐Ÿ˜ฅ
  • I love the instrumental and vocal progression of this song.
  • Baek Ji Woong’s high note is smooth, and I love how his vocals floated out at the end.
  • CLASSIC BALLAD’S ARE SO BEAUTIFUL.
  • I checked out the English lyrics, and it is about reminiscing the precious moments of a previous relationship.
  • I really enjoyed listening to “Sometimes” by Baek Ji Woong, and it’s since it falls under one of my favourite genres, I couldn’t help but fall in love with this song.
  • My rating is a solid 10/10. I already added it to my playlist.

Finally Thoughts:

Although I had to stay up late, I enjoyed listening to all these artists. I discovered some quality R&B, Hip-hop and EDM albums. I also got a fantastic ballad track to soothe my soul, so I am pleased. I will be sleeping well tonight.

What do you all think of the songs I reviewed?

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 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Victoria Song โ€“ Up To Me: Music Review

(Please note โ€“ 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”ย 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 –ย 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 –ย “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 currentlyย  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 crossed๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ, 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”ย is an older song from Victoria Song and a full-on BOP. I’m just going to enjoy myself with this track. ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ

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

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.ย 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 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ NCT #127 โ€“ 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 โ€“ 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.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
  • 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.”๐Ÿ˜
  • 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?????๐Ÿ˜  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.ย 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 SM๐Ÿ˜’, 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?

 

 

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 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผย DAY6 Temporarily Suspends Team Activities To Focus On Mental Health.

(Please note โ€“ 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.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
  • 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. โฃ๏ธโฃ๏ธโฃ๏ธ
  • 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.๐Ÿ’• 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.๐Ÿ˜Š 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.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
  • 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 โ€“

  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? ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ 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.”ย 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 ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ. 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.” ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ
  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 LIFE๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘. 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.”ย 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.๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ 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.๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ

(Please note โ€“ 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.
  • ย 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, ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ “I still miss, miss, miss you.”ย 
  • 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. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ 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.๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ 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.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ 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.”ย 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 ofย  “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. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ 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.”ย 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 –ย 

 

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 me๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿฅ‚. As of now, the only members I know are Jeno and Haechan.ย 

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 โ€“ 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.๐Ÿ˜
  • 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.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
  • Anytime Jisung appears on my screen, I go aww!!! and then oooh!! he grown.๐Ÿ‘€
  • 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.๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ
  • 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 be๐Ÿ”ฅ. WHAT WAS THAT?… “yea, ooh.”ย Haechan, please stop coming for my neck. I most certainly just experienced eargasm๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. 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.๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ 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:ย 

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.

 

 

 

Paul Kim – Maum, Part. 2: Album Review

On April 22nd, Paul Kim released part two of his second full-length album titled Maum. I initially planned to review this EP after all the music videos dropped, but I’m going to go ahead and review it now. Then I can watch the remaining videos on my own.

I already have a profile for Paul Kim. Use this link ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Finally!!! Paul Kim Is Releasing Part Two Of His Maum Album ๐Ÿ˜„๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽŠ๐Ÿ˜„

Maum, Part. 2 has five songs, and all are set to have official music videos. So far, two MVs have dropped, so let’s check those out first.

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

Reaction to Overload:

  • Another title for this song is “Katalk”, that’s why we have that adorable notification sound at the beginning of the video.
  • KaTalk or KakaoTalk is a mobile messaging app.
  • Sometimes I don’t mind being late for reviews because by then, the videos already have English subs.
  • I love the soft piano start.
  • Paul Kim’s voice is beautiful and soothing.
  • Lol, I love that the Pinnochio doll appeared when he replied to the text with the classic line of “I have been busy lately, sorry, let’s meet up soon.”
  • The brand of noodles he’s eating is my favourite. If you give me that with egg and kimchi, I will provide you with any information you need๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.
  • Yes, I love food.
  • The lyrics for this song are super relatable.
  • I’m so bad at replying to text messages or having long text chats. Sometimes I remember that I need to check up on a few people, but then schoolwork or other personal things happen that cause me to forget. Then by the time I recollect myself, it feels like I have been ignoring those people.
  • I don’t necessarily see this behaviour as something negative, but I’m still working on reaching out regularly to my few friends and family.
  • The first drumbeat we hear is right before the chorus. A very smooth and perfect entry.
  • It took the song to a whole different level.
  • Paul Kim is so dorky in this video.
  • The chorus is impressive, I LOVE IT.
  • At this point, he is clearly advertising this noodle.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
  • ย And now, the second verse continues on with a more groovy piano style and the drumbeat.
  • The chorus is catchy. I’m already singing along.
  • This music video is weird but very fitting. I love the concept.
  • They included some behind the scene clips. Paul Kim is so adorable, and it was clearly difficult for him to get the perfect wink.๐Ÿ˜‚
  • How can a thirty-two-year-old be this goofy? I love that about him.
  • “Overload” is chill groove from the amazing vocalist Paul Kim. I genuinely enjoyed every moment.

Reaction to But I’ll Miss You:

  • Yesss!!! I have English captions.
  • That classic keyboard entry tells me that I’m about to witness an intriguing ballad. I am excited.
  • Wow, that rich deep tone he used to hum the melody is beautiful. I need to go back and hear it again.
  • I want to close my eyes and fully enjoy the 4 minutes and 19 seconds of this song, but I can’t do that now.
  • “But I’ll Miss You” is definitely one of those heartfelt tracks.
  • I’m not even one minute in, and I’m already in my feels.
  • Another great song with very relatable lyrics.
  • As someone who’s moved from city to city/country to country, I can connect with what he’s singing about.
  • I have met a lot of people throughout my life, and no matter how short or bad the encounter was, they all touched or changed me.
  • Now focusing on just the good ones, like my friends from previous schools. When leaving, we all felt excited moving on to the next stage of our lives, but somedays, I do feel sad that I can’t sit face to face and chat away with all of them like before.
  • But then 90% of the time, I’m perfectly okay. Just casually moving on with life and meeting new people.
  • I’m getting so emotional because of all the memories. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฅ
  • The nostalgia is hitting me real hard with this song. What are you doing to me, Paul Kim?
  • This is so beautiful.๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ
  • I love this line ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ “Life is about farewell, meeting and familiar. And then just live day by day.”
  • Paul Kim’s voice always drives home the emotions of any song he touches. He is super talented.
  • The music video is straightforward with the story and well acted out.
  • Now we are closing with the soft keyboard again. So soothing.
  • “But I’ll Miss You” made me miss home so bad. It takes a great song to bring out hidden emotions in anyone.
  • Thank you, Paul Kim.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
  • I feel my tears coming up.
  • From these two songs, I can tell that Maum, Part. 2, follows the theme to the core, which is ‘heart.’
  • Paul Kim is literally telling the stories and emotions that we all experience at specific points in life. I can’t wait to hear the remaining songs.
  • I just checked and “But I’ll Miss You” is topping music charts. That’s great.

Album Review: img_4994Here us album sampler –

  1. Hero – I love how each song is a bit different. This one starts out with some soft guitar notes. Paul Kim has an incredible vocal range and control. Oh my, this song is lovely. I’m going to look up the English translations once it’s done playing. I love the marching band drums that come right before the second verse. So cute. I can’t differentiate a cello from a violin, but I can tell that there’s a classical string instrument playing in the background. It’s a nice touch to this music. Wooh!!! the high note right before the bridge is so good. I couldn’t find a video with English lyrics, so I’ll just wait for the official video that drops on May 4th. “Hero” is a perfect relaxation track. I LOVE IT.
  2. But I’ll Miss You – Finally, I can close my eyes and take in this song.
  3. Overload – Okay, this is my favourite so far. It is time to groove.
  4. HOLIDAY – This sounds like something I will play while having a picnic outside on a hot day. It’s giving me major vacation vibes. I love how we have a consistent keyboard note throughout the entire song. Also, “HOLIDAY” slightly sounds like a Christmas jingle because of the bells and trumpets. The background vocals and layering in this song are beautiful. This track is bubblier compared to the previous ones. I’m still 50/50 on it, but it could grow on me after a few more listens.
  5. The Reason for My Spring – We’re back to a ballad but with a guitar entry this time. This song is so calm and comforting. I can’t wait to get English translations for the lyrics. Paul Kim sounds perfects as always. “The Reason for My Spring” is very peaceful, and I think I can attribute that to the inclusion of classical string instruments. This song follows the basic ballad patterns, but Paul Kim sounds beautiful with each note, so I love it.

Final Thoughts:

I truly enjoyed listening to this EP, and I can’t wait to watch the remaining music videos and understand each story. Paul Kim did an excellent job, both vocally and production-wise. He never disappoints.

While listening to this EP, I kept deliberating on which part of his 2nd full-length album I like better. Maum, Part. 2 definitely gives me different feels from Maum, Part. 1, hence I don’t want to choose one over the other. However, as of now, I am more in love with the sound from part one. All the same, Maum, as a full-length album, is PURE EXCELLENCE.

My rating for this EP – Maum, Part. 2, is 9/10.

Updated on May 6th:

Hero –

HOLIDAY –

The Reason for My Spring –

GOT7 – DYE: Album Review

Yesterday GOT7 released their 11th EP titled DYE. It has six songs including the title track “NOT BY THE MOON”ย 

There are also four extra tracks, but those are only available on the physical CDs. Here is the full tracklist for this comeback – img_4897I already have a short profile for GOT7. Use this link ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ GOT7 โ€“ CALL MY NAME: Album Review

(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:

  • It opens up with us entering a circus or theatre tent.
  • I like the visuals for the music video.
  • Oh, so this is going to be a smooth R&B groove with some hip-hop influence… Okay.
  • I like the melody.
  • BamBam is always a vibe with white hair.
  • The choreography is sharp. I am enjoying this.
  • From what I’ve seen so far, I can tell that there’s a theme for the theatrical scenes, but I can’t figure it out.
  • The room they’re dancing in looks like a Greek/Roman museum because of the carved statues and interior design.
  • I don’t know how I feel about the chorus yet. Maybe the second drop will sound better to me.
  • That aside, JB and Yugyeom did great with the vocals during the chorus.
  • There is a consistent drumbeat that runs throughout the song, and I like it.
  • I love how Mark came in with his rap. Very smooth
  • The choreography is solid. Every member is killing the moves.
  • I like it when the dancing scene switched to them dressed in black and white standing on that pillared podium. I think those outfits are my favourites.
  • I see a lot of Roman-inspired visuals, and I know it means something.
  • I like the chorus now that I have heard it the second time. It might be my favourite section of this song.
  • The background vocals and layering on this song are very soothing.
  • Yesss JB hit me with vocals.
  • Also, Yugyeon, with that final high note was epic.
  • Everyone is serving looks and talent as always, but JB came for my heart in this comeback.
  • Oh, what does the horse carriage scene at the end mean??
  • I know I am missing out on the subliminal messages in the music video, but I do like “NOT BY THE MOON”
  • Another good song from GOT7.
  • Before I move on, I have to look up the interpretation of the visuals.
  • So this song is inspired by act 2: scene 2 of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In that play, there is a scene where Romeo professes his undying love to Juliet while swearing on the moon, and she warns him not to swear by the moon because of its ever changing nature.
  • Aside from the title reference, there were other hints made to Romeo and Juliet in the music video. For one, them staring at the balcony represents Romeo waiting for Juliet, and I think the pigeons are a sign of exchanged letters between the lovers.
  • Also, the little bottle that appears during the first chorus mirrors the poison that the lovebirds drank, and the white coffins signify their death.
  • Even GOT7’s outfits fit the period setting of Romeo and Juliet.
  • The track order for the EP also follows the story of Romeo and Juliet. If you’ve ever read Romeo and Juliet, you will get what I mean but if you haven’t here is my little breakdown –

    – “AURA” (this is the first encounter)

    – “CRAZY” (the intense feeling of love)

    – “NOT BY THE MOON” (a confession of love and the hint of danger)

    – “LOVE YOU BETTER” (willingness to give up everything and put love first)

    – “TRUST MY LOVE” (fighting to keep your relationship no matter what, hence they must trust each other)

    – “POISON” (this, of course, implies death)

  • Okay, now that we all understand the concept, let’s go ahead and check out the remaining songs.

Album Review: img_4899Here is the album sampler –

  1. AURA – I like how this starts with some soft vocal runs. Right before the chorus, the instrumental seems distorted, and I love the build-up effect it creates. From the little English lyrics, I think this is about a first meeting that feels like deja vu because of the strong attraction towards that certain someone. The vocal sections on this are so good. I like the melody for the chorus and the way they say the word “aura.” I also like how the beat drops whenever they say aura. The rap sections are chill and perfect for the tempo of this song. I appreciate the electronic breakdown for the bridge because it’s groovy. I have noticed a significant EDM influence on a majority of GOT7’s songs. It’s an continuous theme. I truly enjoyed this song, it took me a while to get into it, but it’s a grower. “AURA” is playlist worthy.
  2. CRAZY – That distorted sound again. I guess we are getting R&B bobs throughout this EP, and I don’t mind. I am living for the soft starts, smooth vocals and groovy raps. I LOVVEEEE the chorus. “CRAZY” is for sure, going on my playlist, and it’s my favourite from all three songs I have heard. I love the bouncy but calm feel of the beat. The vocals on this are absolutely a blessing to my ears. I want to close my eyes and thoroughly enjoy this song because it’s that good.
  3. NOT BY THE MOON – Yea, this hits better listening to it the second time, and the chorus is undoubtedly my favourite part. “NOT BY THE MOON” also follows the chill and bouncy vibe that I have been getting from the previous songs. I like this EP. At first, I was skeptical, but I am officially in love with this era’s vibe.
  4. LOVE YOU BETTER – Nice touch with the finger-snapping and once again, the vocals are high-quality. That quick falsetto entry was perfect. “LOVE YOU BETTER” makes me want to do a little shoulder shimmy-shimmy dance, Lol. I love how they sing this part ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผย “Yea, I need you in my life. I want you for my whole life.”ย It’s so beautiful. The chorus is delicate and soothing. I like how they rapped in unison, the harmonization between their different tones is perfect. Another chill but groovy track and I am savouring every second.
  5. TRUST MY LOVE – The beat on this one is very catchy, and it reminds me of something, but I can’t place it right now. Yesss Jackson come in with that deep voice. Is it just me that hears some Latin influence??? Or are my ears playing tricks on me??? Anyways, “TRUST MY LOVE” is a bit different sounding in comparison to other songs, but it still follows the same chill vibe. I think for me, this song is more on the hip-hop side than R&B. I still like it, but I might have to give it a few more listens to really love it.
  6. POISON – Alright, last track, what do you have for me?? I hear some whistling, and this is also more on the hip-hop spectrum. Jackson’s voice is so distinct; hence I can easily pick him out. Oooh, this is a BOP๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ. I think I just discovered another favourite. Yesss, this is a LIT and excellent way to close this album. I’m just going to enjoy myself because this goes hard but still in a chill type of way. GOT7 ain’t playing. Was that JB on that high note towards the end?? Also, those vocal runs for the closing are pure eargasm. My head has been bouncing since this song started. I need to listen to it again. “POISON” is playlist worthy.

Final Thoughts:

As I mentioned earlier, I was quite skeptical when I first heard the title track, but mid-way through this review, I came to appreciateย DYE’s sound. I love how they kept things chill and soothing but still went hard. I love the Romeo and Juliet concept, and I can’t wait to read all the lyric translations for the B-side tracks. I genuinely found something intriguing in each song, so I can say that GOT7 impressed me with this EP. I believe everyone can find at least one song they truly like among all six tracks. As of now, my favourites songs are – “POISON” – “CRAZY” and – “NOT BY THE MOON”

My rating forย GOT7’sย eleventh EP –ย DYEย isย 10/10. As always, I will continue to look forward to new releases from this talented group.ย 

If you’ve listened to this EP, what are your thoughts?

 

WINNER – Remember: Album Review

WINNER just released their 3rd full album – Remember, and I am ready!!!. The title track for this album is also called “Remember”

I already reviewed their pre-release track “Hold”, and I also included a profile for WINNER in that post. If you haven’t read that post, use this link ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผย WINNER โ€“ Hold: 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/Official MV:

  • I have a feeling that this is going to be a sentimental music video.
  • Awww, the video started with them watching their logo intro for their debut album 2014 S/S.๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ
  • It’s been a beautiful journey since 2014 and WINNER has come so far.
  • Even though the fans won’t be seeing four of them together for a while due to their compulsory military service, I’m sure that everyone will continue to show their support while eagerly waiting for their next comeback.
  • I have been with them since they were Team A, so I ain’t going nowhere. WINNER Fighting!!!!
  • We have Mino with his smooth rapping style to start off this song.
  • Thankfully, I have English captions.
  • Awww they’re watching clips from their debut era. This is going to make me cry.
  • As always, WINNER is giving off a very classy vibe with the suits.
  • All the past concerts and performances. It’s good to look back and appreciate the growth process. I love them so much.
  • Seungyoon with blue hair is gorgeous.
  • I love the soft piano instrumental they used. It’s really soothing.
  • Seungyoon’s voice always gets me in my feels, but the way Jinwoo came in, plus that rhythm, switch up. I think his part is my favourite so far.
  • Yesss… Jinwoo, show them that you’ve got vocals for days. I love that he’s more confident in his vocal abilities now.
  • Jinwoo from Team A or early WINNER days will feel ecstatic looking at this current era’s Jinwoo. My baby is all grown up.
  • Something about rappers singing never fails to get me in my feels. Mino’s vocal tone is lovely.
  • “Remember” is giving me “Empty” era feels but in a more mature way. I’m sure that was done intentionally since they’re looking back to their beginnings.
  • I love that “ah ah ah ah ah” that is being used as background vocals during some sections.
  • I just saw a glimpse of Seunghoon’s single shot and boy is he looking fine.
  • The beat during Seunghoon’s first solo section is a bit groovy.
  • Seunghoon looks good with blonde hair.
  • The background vocals and layering for this track are excellent.
  • Awww they just showed a clip of their reactions when they won WIN: Who is Next? My heart.๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ
  • So many memories.
  • Yess… Seungyoon, bless me with your amazing vocals.
  • I LOVE THIS SO MUCH. I am getting emotional.
  • I love the bond that WINNER has a group. The boys are like family to each other, and I feel so happy supporting them.
  • “Remember” is a beautiful and nostalgic song. The lyrics are perfect, and it’s a lovely gift to their fans.
  • I am so excited to check out the full album now.
  • Fun fact: Before WINNER, I never listened to albums, I only looked for the title tracks or songs that caught my attention randomly on radio, in stores or restaurants. 2014 S/S was the first album I ever listened to from beginning to end, and I immediately fell in love with diving into full bodies of work instead of just going with the promoted tracks.
  • I had to take a quick break just to recommend this song to my friend, and She loves it.

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Here is the album sampler –ย 

  1. Remember –ย I’m just going to take in this song a few more times before moving on. Let’s let it simmer.
  2. Dduk (JINU SOLO) – Jinwoo’s part in “Remember” truly impressed me; hence I am excited about his track. I love the soft keyboard start. He sounds amazing. His soft vocal tone has always been beautiful, but he’s really standing out in this comeback. Okay, things sped up a little bit, but it’s still a ballad. He’s vocal runs, and falsetto is impressive. I know he released his first single last year, but I’m going to need YG Entertainment to give him an album once he comes back. This song has me in my feels. Plus, if you’re my constant reader, you should know how I feel about R&B/ballads. “Dduk” is right up my alley. The voice layering during the second verse was such an excellent decision production-wise. It sounds like Seungyoon’s voice in the background. I love the song progression, there isn’t any dull moment.
  3. Hold – I already reviewed this one. The link is at the beginning of this post. I still enjoy this song just like the first time. “Hold” is a BOP x 10000000.๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ
  4. Just dance –ย This is another upbeat one, and I love the clapping. “Come, baby, just shake it, like a mad man.” This is already a groove. Mino rapping style is so distinctive. Ooooh… Seungyoon did not come to play on this song. Those vocal runs… damn. The name for this song is very fitting. It makes you move๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ. I am living for the horns they included in the instrumental. Mino’s rap tends to be groovy and smooth, while Seunghoon’s rap is bouncy and sounds more like a soliloquy. “Tonight, tonight, tonight…dance, dance, dance”, so beautiful. I love how they slow things down towards the end and then bring back the groovy beat with some EDM entry for the finishing. SO WELL-PRODUCED. Seungyoon’s high notes are incredible.
  5. My bad – Nice start with the guitar, and then Mino comes in. He is serenading me with his voice. Then we have Jinwoo next, and he sounds perfect. I have listened to WINNER for long, so I can quickly tell who is singing each part. Seungyoon’s falsetto section is pure eargasm. Lord, these boys are trying to kill me, but I ain’t complaining. I love the soft beat drop for the chorus. “My bad” is a chill head-bobbing type of song. Seunghoon’s rap comes in at the right moment in every WINNER song. His style and energy showcase his zeal and passion for music. The chorus is catchy, and the vocal runs towards the end make it even better.
  6. Teaser – I almost thought Mino was saying, “bitch, I’m sorry… bitch, I’m high.” I had to check the lyrics quickly, and that’s not what he’s saying.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ WAIT… WAIT A DAMN MINUTE, THIS IS ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ. It has the classic R&B/Hip-hop sound, which I enjoy. I need to restart this song. I can see myself grooving to this in a car on some lit night because the beat goes hard. Also, the harmonization during the chorus is so beautiful. I love how they sing this part – “baby you, you, you, you…” Hmmm, this album is solid as expected from WINNER. “Teaser” is a body-rolling kind of song, and that’s precisely what I am doing now. All the boys brought their A+ game on this one, and the production is exceptional.
  7. Well – Okay, WINNER, I hear you loud and clear. They’re telling us to eat well, sleep well, rest, well, and stay well. The beat for Mino’s verse slightly reminds me of “IMMATURE” from their EP – EXIT: E. Maybe it’s because both songs have some rock elements. The build-up into the chorus with drums is epic. This another great song on the album and I am already dancing. Oooh, I love the little chant they did at the end of the chorus, so cute. The killing points of the songs for me are the drums and the background vocals on each verse. They slow things down for a while, and I’m sure they’re going to take us back to the heavy drums soon. Yess… I was right. I LOVE THIS SONG. Plus, the lyrics are heartfelt.
  8. Serenade (HOONY SOLO) – Yess, my baby, has a solo track. Is it just me, or does this remind anyone of a song by BIG BANG? I can’t place it right now, but I know what I’m talking about. I’ll stop forcing my brain to remember, let’s focus on Seunghoon. I love the soft piano intro, and then the instrumental grows stronger as the song progresses. His energy is fantastic. This one makes me want to jump. WAIT… I feel like I have heard this exact song somewhere before. Yess!!! I remember now, Seunghoon performed this song during the 2014 Melon Music Awards. No wonder it sounded familiar, my ears didn’t fail me. Also, the other song it reminds me of is G-DRAGON’s “Crooked”. LOL, I feel so relieved after figuring things out๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. I love the “singing, singing” part. This has always been a catchy song, and I am thrilled that he finally released it officially. I love the call and response technique. I also enjoy how synthesized the beat sounds. This another perfect dance track on this album.๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ
  9. Empty (4 ver.) –ย This is going to get me emotional again. These last four songs are updated versions of their debut tracks. We are going back to 2014 S/S. “Empty” has always been my ultimate fave from WINNER. I’m not going to bother going into much details with the remaining songs. My favourite parts from “Empty” are the continuous finger clicks, the falsetto chorus and Seunghoon’s rap section. Yes, thank God, Seungyoon took over that falsetto run at the end because that is the climax of this song for me. It’s so smooth and soothing. This was the song that made WINNER monster rookies.
  10. Don’t flirt (4 ver.) –ย I loved watching their live performances of this song. It was the most adorable thing to see. I can hear that their voices have matured, and Jinwoo’s vocal technique is so much better now because he is the highlight of “Don’t Flirt” for me. Another part of this track I enjoy is when they go, “oh, oh, oh, don’t joke…oh, oh, oh, I’m not joking.”ย Plus, the counted claps or clicks during that section add a sweet flavour. I feel like they did something new to the beat, but it still sounds great. I also enjoy the ending of “Don’t Flirt” a lot. It’s catchy, and I usually sing along.
  11. Color ring (4 ver.) –ย This was such an underrated masterpiece when it first came out, so I hope it gets the attention it deserves this time around. The simple guitar instrumental is really calming. Seungyoon wrote “Color Ring”, and I love him extra for that. I just pictured the music video and damn, the nostalgia hit me hard with this one. The music video was perfect. They definitely added new elements to the instrumentals for these new versions, but they’re very subtle changes.
  12. Different (4 ver.) –ย This was another ultimate favourite of mine. Such a lovely song with great lyrics. My favourite part of this song is the chorus. I love singing along with them. The verse for “Different” is soft, and then the chorus comes in and uplifts you. The rap sections in this song are excellent. Seungyoon kills the bridge section every time, and I love it when he brings out that raw rocker tone. Mino’s little solo at the end is also captivating.

Final Thoughts:

This review is coming out so late in the day because I was really exhausted earlier on. However, I feel energized now, thanks to WINNER. So I am going to go ahead and work on another post before going to bed.

No WINNER album has ever disappointed me and thankfully, Remember is not an exception. Personally, I felt for a long time that nothing new could touch 2014 S/S, but this album is up there with their debut release. Great job boys, I sincerely enjoyed every moment. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ Also, I came to Canada in 2013 and WINNER has accompanied me since then. A big thank you to these amazing human beings that have continuously comforted me with their music.

Jinwoo has reported for his military service, so we won’t be seeing him for a while. I wish him all the best. The boys mentioned in their V Live that the remaining three members are already working on their solo projects. So we will be getting music even though all four are not together at the moment.

My rating for WINNER’s 3rd full album –ย Remember is a solid 10/10.

Vincent Blue – Graffiti: Album Review

On March 28th, Vincent Blue released his first EP titled Graffiti. It has five songs, including the title track “LTNS”, which features Verbal Jint.

I showcased the title track from this EP as my song for last week. Hence I will not be reacting to the music video since I have already seen it. Here is a link to that post ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Vincent Blue feat. Verbal Jint โ€“ LTNS: Song Of The Week. You all can watch the music video there and also read a short profile for Vincent Blue.

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

Album Review:

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I love this album cover. I’ve noticed that most of the visual covers for his songs incorporate Vincent Van Gogh’s painting – Starry Night. Apparently, his mom is an artist, and she illustrated most of these covers.

I had to touch on that because I found it fascinating. Now let’s get into the EP.

  1. Dream – Okay, I hear some distorted radio signals, and there was a similar sound in the title track. It seems to be an ongoing theme. I love how Vincent came in, humming the melody. His vocal tone is soothing. Whenever I listen to his songs, I feel the need to close my eyes and lay back. This song started out quite mellow, but it went up a bit once a guitar was introduced into the instrumental. I am being serenaded. This track feels like a trance-like experience. No wonder it was named dream. The piano playing on this is beautiful. Things just got groovy, they introduced drums this time. Every element is coming together perfectly, such a good production. The instrumentalization is brilliant, but Vincent’s voice makes it ten times better. That distorted sound is back again. “Dream” is a smooth introduction to the remaining songs. I LOVE IT.
  2. J – I love the start for this song, it’s catchy. I don’t even know what is about to come, but I am already bobbing my head. It kind of gives me a nostalgic feeling for some reason. The melody is beautiful. I know why it gives me nostalgia. It sounds like some songs that my dad used to play in his car when I was younger. This track is entirely in English, and it looks like we are going to get a Korean version at the end. Yet again, Vincent is giving me that peaceful vibe. His voice is smooth. He makes the vocal runs, and high notes look too easy. The instrumental for this song is so good. I love how Vincent pauses and then goes very slow before going back to the regular rhythm of the song. Nice technique. My favourite part is “from me…. from me, from me, yeah.”
  3. LTNS (feat. Verbal Jint) – The funky breathing sounds he makes at the beginning of this track are intriguing. This song truly samples the standard Vincent Blue sound that you should expect from most of his songs. The guitar on this is fantastic. In fact, the entire production is superb. “LTNS” has elements of jazz, R&B and Cuban music. This is a perfect slow dance song. I love how he sings “ooooh… let me love you… let me hold you…. lonely, lonely…” Verbal Jint also came in very nicely and gave his little verse. What I love about Vincent Blue is that unlike other singers, he doesn’t emphasize too much strength when hitting high notes. He simply plays around with the note in a very floaty manner. I am enjoying myself. The last-minute of this song goes hard with the Latin influence.
  4. Came from you – This is another slow one. Is this also entire in English? The lyrics are beautiful, and I love that the instrumental isn’t too complicated. That way, more attention is placed on Vincent’s voice. HIS VOICE… THAT’S ALL๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’“. This is a much simpler song, so I am just going to sit back and enjoy it. He makes me want to sing along with him. His falsetto ending notes in this are pure eargasm. “Came from you” shows that you don’t need to do too much to make a good song. I LOVE IT.
  5. J (Korean Version) – Okay, the final song on the album, which is a Korean remake of the original. I genuinely love this version as well, it doesn’t sound awkward or out of place. I would have loved it if he added a sixth song, but I don’t mind since this is an excellent EP. I am just noticing now that this song has some country elements. Nice.

Here is a preview for those who have not listened to this EP yet –

Final Thoughts: 

Graffiti is a very soothing EP. I genuinely enjoyed every moment. All five songs are incredible, and Vincent Blue’s voice is out of this world beautiful. I have already added the entire EP to my personal playlist. LOL, my playlist is so long now because of all the reviews I do.

My rating for Vincent’s first EP is 10/10. I will be looking forward to more releases from him.

MAX (Changmin) – Chocolate: Album Review

I am super excited to check this one out because I know the power of Changmin’s voice, and from the teaser images, I am getting strong R&B vibes. So a sister is ready to be blessed and serenaded!!!! But before I continue, let me drop some of the teaser images here – 

Shim Chang-min is a South Korean singer and actor popularly known either as MAX or Changmin. He is a member of the pop duo TVXQ, which is currently managed by SM Entertainment. At the age of fourteen, he was the youngest member to debut with the former DBSK that is now TVXQ. Changmin released his 1st mini-album titled Chocolate yesterday. This represents Changmin’s solo debut. It has six songs including the title track that is also named “Chocolate”

(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/Official MV:

  • Wait…wait… I just started, and the song hit me immediately. I knew I was going to love this.
  • I love the black and white visuals for the music video. Really classy.
  • Damn, Changmin… vocals!!!. He started with a high note and then went low with “I ain’t scared of electricity.”
  • WHAT???… I got chills, and I’m just ten seconds in.
  • I love his low notes. My ears are being blessed for real.
  • The beat is groovy. I am listening to this with headphones, so the bass is giving me life.
  • I also love the vocal layering.
  • WAIT…WAIT A DAMN MINUTE. Changmin got me shook๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ.
  • He is so beautiful. Dear Lord, take the wheel.
  • “shock me, back to, back to, back to”… I love the instrumental progression during that section. It goes full EDM on us.
  • Damn, his lower register is pure eargasm.
  • Yesss.. .. Changmin hit me with that unimaginable high note.
  • Honestly, I don’t have much to say because I’m just enjoying myself.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
  • I’m going to listen to it again and try to pay more attention. I want to see if I can point out any intriguing details.
  • Okay, the first thing I can say is that Changmin’s vocal range and control is impeccable.
  • Throughout this song, he switches from his regular voice to a lower tone and then throws in some high notes. The man is blessed with a fantastic set of pipes.
  • I love his blonde hair. I am trying to listen to his song, but he keeps distracting me with his perfect visuals.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
  • After paying more attention to the lyrics, I can tell that this song is about romantic desires but in a very seductive manner.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
  • Alright, guys, all I have left to say is that I LOVE THIS SONG.
  • Changmin has always been my bias in TVXQ, so I am pleased to see how far he has come as an artist.
  • I am genuinely impressed.
  • “Chocolate” is a legit BOP, and it’s going on my playlist.
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Album Review:

  1. Chocolate – No matter how many times I hear it, the beginning of this song gives me chills. The vocals!!!… That’s all I have to say.
  2. High Heels – Nice, it actually starts with the sounds of heels. The beat is quite retro. Almost like something I would hear on an 80’s disco track. Ooooh… the instrumentalization of this song is too good. I love old school tunes, so this is getting me in my feels right now. The bass guitar is speaking to me. Changmin’s voice in this is softer. So he’s still talking about desires… okay. The vocal runs are so good. He is just flowing and giving me life. This is another song that I really love. “High Heels” is a smooth groove.
  3. Lie ft. CHUNG HA – I know I have praised him a lot, but his voice is beautiful. I love the way this starts out with some soft drumming and then Changmin just smoothing slides in. Oooh… the higher register just made me melt. It feels like he’s floating on each note. The chorus is lovely… oh my, I LOVE THIS. During the chorus, the beat becomes a bit more groovy and faster, but things go back to the slower pace from the next verse. So I guess that is CHUNG HA on the chorus, she sounds great. This is the R&B track that I was waiting for on this album. “Lie” is definitely my favourite so far.
  4. Piano – It’s interesting how the names for most songs go in sync with the first sound you hear. Like this one, the first thing you hear is someone strumming the same keys on a piano continuously. The drums on this are also perfect. It looks like we are back to him using his lower register a lot. WAIT… WAIT A DAMN MINUTE. He just came for my neck with that high note entry into the chorus. I love the call and response style he’s using. “Piano” is another BOP. This entire album is killing me. All four songs have been amazing. I love the car screeching sound they added to the instrumental. They used it as a build-up into the chorus section. This particular song is a different level of groovy that I can’t even express in words. I’m in awe. Changmin is nailing every note, and his vocal runs on this track are insane. I love it when he sings – “when you play on my piano… I go, go, go.” This is another favourite. Even the way it ends is too perfect, WOW.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
  5. Me, Myself & I – This seems to be following the classic R&B instrumental progression, and the way Changmin’s voice is riding the beat makes it even better. From the little English lyrics I hear, I guess this song is about focusing on yourself and no longer giving energy to an ex. This one is so relaxing, and he is back to the similar smooth style vocalization that he used in “Lie”. I also love how he harmonized with himself during the chorus, very beautiful. This just makes me want to bop my head and snap my fingers, it’s very catchy. Oooh… wait, the beat just dropped out, and he went acoustic for a short while. I felt that moment, and the vocal layering made it even better. HIS VOICE…HIS DAMN VOICE, I CAN’T DEAL.
  6. No Tomorrow – This has some slight country element because of the guitar. “No Tomorrow” is a perfect way to end such a beautiful album. I love how the voice layering this time included him singing in falsetto. The build-up into the chorus is well done. It actually makes you anticipate how the drop is about to happen. Yess… I love songs that include clapping. This one is giving me major camp vibes. It’s just a beautiful jingle that everyone can sing along to. Happy, Happy!!!๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†. He used that acoustic technique again. This track gives me a sense of peace.

Final Thoughts:

I spent 20 mins and 20 seconds listening to this mini-album, and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment. Chocolate is the gift that kept giving more and more blessings with each song. I sincerely didn’t want it to end because it was such an incredible experience. Thank you, Changmin, for this masterpiece.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

My rating for Chocolate is a solid 10/10. The entire album has been added to my playlist.

What do you guys think of Changmin’s solo debut?

(G)I-DLE – I Trust: Album Review

It’s been a long while since I reviewed an album on the actual day it dropped. I am so thrilled to have this opportunity again.

Hello, everyone๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

It’s the beginning of a new week, and I feel good. I hope you all are in good health while adhering to the rules of social distancing. Please stay safe at home, and if you’re bored, here is something new for you ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ (G)I-DLE just dropped their 3rd mini-album I Trust. It has five songs including the title track “Oh my god”

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So let’s check it out together. (G)I-DLE is a South Korean multinational group managed by Cube Entertainment. There are six members – Miyeon (Korean), Minnie (Thai), Soojin (Korean), Soyeon (Korean), Yuqi (Chinese), and Shuhua (Taiwanese). They debuted on the 2nd of May, 2018 with the EP – I Am. The first song I heard from this group was their final Queendom stage track – “LION”, and I really enjoyed it. So I am excited to see what they do with this new mini-album.

(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/Official MV:

  • From the teaser images I saw, this comeback seems to follow a dark concept.
  • And oh, how I LOVE DARK CONCEPTS.
  • Is that a church bell?…okay.
  • The beginning vocals are quite mysterious.
  • I love how the instrumental and vocals for the first seventeen seconds sound like something you would hear during a catholic mass.
  • There is no actual beat until when they say – “Oh god.”
  • I love the breathy high tone they used to sing the end of these lines, ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ “help me, help me as if I’m out of breath… I feel. Set me free, set me free as if I’m gonna melt… So sick.”
  • This is fierce. I am enjoying the energy.
  • Oooh, this beat is really doing a lot. It just switched up on me.
  • Thankfully I have English Captions, but I can’t really pay attention to them because I am focused on the song itself.
  • The visuals for the music video are stunning. The set looks expensive, and the girls are looking like goddesses.
  • Yesss… this beat is definitely switching up a lot. This is the second time, but I ain’t complaining because it flows.
  • You know what??… I am going to start this video from the beginning. I need to listen to everything I just heard again.
  • The chorus is trippy, and I LOVE IT – “Oh my god, She took me to the sky.”
  • The transitions between each scene are well done.
  • I don’t know if I am using the right terms, but I feel like the chorus section is a mix between Electropop and trap.
  • I genuinely love that breathy high tone they use at the end of each note when they start the verse sections.
  • Yesss… Soyeon come in with the rap, and the beat switched again. It’s more bouncy compared to before.
  • Okay, I think I figured out the difference. All these while we had both drums and a keyboard going hard in the instrumental.
  • Previously the keyboard took the lead, meaning it was louder. But during the first half of Soyeon’s rap verse, the keyboard dropped out, and the drums became louder.
  • That’s why it sounds bouncy. There is more bass.
  • Oh, by the way, her flow is sick.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
  • Damn, what did heck did Soyeon do with her tongue at the end of her verse๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. Girl!!!… you better calm down.
  • Every member is giving their best vocally. It’s just that for now, I can only recognize Soyeon and Minnie, so I can’t compliment everyone equally.
  • However, I have my eyes on all six ladies.
  • And now we’re back to that very stylish EDM style beat for the pre-chorus.
  • I am living for the chorus.
  • Damn, the visuals are so good.
  • Okay, we are now back to the catholic mass sound with the chapel bells.
  • It ends the same way we started. Nice.
  • I am going to take my time and listen to this song again without trying to overanalyze everything.
  • Let me just enjoy the music. This will determine if I genuinely like it.
  • OKKUURRR!!! (G)I-DLE๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘. They didn’t disappoint me.
  • “Oh my god” is a very intriguing song, production-wise and vocally. It caught my attention, but I wasn’t too sure of it after my first listen.
  • It’s definitely a grower because the more I hear it, the more I appreciate it.
  • I have high hopes for the album but because this review is live and direct.
  • ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ—ฃLadies and Gentlemen, It’s 12:35pm now. I have to take an intermission to take part in my final test for this semester.
  • So by the time I start reviewing the album, I would have aced my test!!!. AMEN๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

Album Review:

I am back and ready to dive into this mini-album. Before that, can I just say that professors are bad? My prof knew that many students wouldn’t read for the test. Most students refer to the class slides last minute while answering the questions. So she took down all our online slides before opening the test for us. Hmmm… but I had my best friend, google and my textbook๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. ๐ŸŽถI feel good…๐ŸŽบ… I knew that I would. So good, so good. I got you๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ

Okay, enough of my stories.

  1. Oh my god – I am just going to groove with this song. This now marks my fourth time listening to it. I see wings on the album cover. Does that mean that the theme for this mini is ‘fallen angels’? They had a mass-like sound and chapel bells, so there are some biblical references, I guess.
  2. Luv U –  Are they using tongue clicking sounds to start this one? Quite odd but intriguing. Oooh, the beat DIRTYYY!!!!. Wait a minute… let’s restart this. I think I might like this more than “Oh my god”. Like you know, when something instantly calls to you without any doubts. “Luv U” is speaking to me. I have a feeling that I Trust is the kind of album I will reach for when I want to get really LIT. This song goes hard, it’s a BOP people. There is a lot of rap/rap-singing sections. The regular singing verses are also okay. Okay, after listening to it, I’m still unsure of which song I like more – “Oh my god” OR “Luv U”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”.
  3. Maybe – This is also building up to go hard as well. The beat sounds like the stomping moves they usually do in dance movies. The singing parts are way better in this one in comparison to “Luv U”. I love the falsetto notes, and I wish I could recognize who sang that part. The chorus for this song is purely EDM based. I’m not sure if I like it or not. I will have to listen to it again. “Maybe” is also a great track, but I’m not really clicking with it like the former two. Which is odd because they all have similar electronic sounds.
  4. LION – I have already listened to this song a million times, so there’s no need to write more. I also have a review for it on this blog. To access that post click here ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ November Comebacks/Debut โ€“ Jessi|VICTON|HINAPIA|(G)I-DLE|BVNDIT
  5. Oh my god – English Version – Now, let’s see what this version sounds like. So it’s basically the direct English translation of the Korean lyrics. I like it, but I still prefer the Korean one. Maybe my ears are already accustomed to the first one.

Final Thoughts:

I Trust gave us only three new songs + an English version. “LION” has been around for a while, and it is my stable, so I’m not counting it. If I am to base my rating on just the new songs I heard, this mini-album will get a 7.5/10 from me. I would have preferred if they left out “LION” + “Oh my god – English version” because, as of now, I only see myself adding two new songs from (G)I-DLE to my playlist, and this doesn’t make me happy.

All the same, the girls did great, and I will be looking forward to their next release. I seriously need to take my time and learn more about all six members individually.

That is all for this post. Here is a preview of the album for anyone who has not listened to it yet –

What do you guys think of (G)I-DLE’s comeback??