DAWN – DAWNDIDIDAWN: Album Review

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

To read a brief profile for this artist, use this link ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ DAWN โ€“ MONEY: Music Review.

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

Reaction to Title Track/MV:

  • I have heard a bit of the chorus and seen the dance because I follow PNation, DAWN and Jessi on Instagram. It seemed catchy, now let’s see what the full song has to offer.
  • I have my English captions, and I’m ready to get my groove on๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ.
  • Okay, 15 seconds in, and I can officially say that “DAWNDIDIDAWN” is a BOP. No second opinion needed here; I SAID WHAT I SAID.
  • With that out of the way, Ladies and Gentlemen, it is time to PARTY!!!
  • I love the whistling + the black/white pallet for the music video.
  • The choreography is so tight and slick. DAWN and the dancers were killing from the first second.
  • I can’t even pay attention to the lyrics because I’m too busy dancing.
  • The chorus is very catchy and addictive. It’s the type of tune that could stay stuck in my head for days.
  • It’s an excellent marketing strategy to have his name as the album’s title and dropping it all over the promotion track.
  • I adore DAWN’s quirky/edgy personality.
  • His outfits are also perfect for this concept. My favourite is the first piece he had on at the beginning.
  • Yessss, Jessi…“Hey DAWN, What’s going on?” I was waiting for her, and I love the beat switch up for her part.
  • “DAWNDIDIDAWN” is simply a feel-good song, and I am here for that vibe. I LOVE THIS SONG.

Album Review:

Highlight medley –

  1. DAWNDIDIDAWN (Feat. Jessi) – PARTY!!! ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ
  2. Still (Feat. Crush) – This is more on the chill side. I love the groovy beat; it makes me want to body roll. DAWN sounds excellent on this track. I am happy that he made sure to include catchy melodies in these songs. This is essential to push out his music to a broader audience. Yessss! Crush came in smooth like butter on hot toast + his vocal runs in the background add in such a sweet touch. “Still” is a vibe, and I am loving every bit of it.
  3. Tantara – I am living for this trumpet and guitar intro. What the heck is this production? The beat is fat on this track, and I am grooving ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ. The progression into the chorus is a whole mood. Ooo, DAWN, did not come to play with anyone. You all better wake up and dance. The chorus!!! WHAT? I am so pumped, and it’s 12:10 am right now. Sorry for the people living upstairs because it’s a club up in my apartment right now.
  4. Butterfly – I love the intro, and I feel it’s about to be another BOP. The rhythm of this one is insanely good. A few times, I’ve mentioned how EDM/trap has become quite a repetitive sound in the K-pop scene, and I was getting tired of it. Nonetheless, when someone does it this tastefully, I always enjoy and have a good time with the song. “Butterfly” does have elements of that genre, but it can slightly lean towards the hip-hop department as well, so I LOVE IT. Good Job, DAWN๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘.
  5. Ordinary Night – Another song with whistling, and I love the guitar intro. The subtle beat switch up for the pre-chorus threw me off for a few seconds, but I’m good. Is it just me, or is this song an intense pop-EDM mix? I still like it, but if I was to rank the album, “Ordinary Night” would be last on my list. DAWN sounds amazing, + the entire EP stayed solid till the end.

Here is the album on Spotify:

Final Thoughts:

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

Ailee – Iโ€™m: Album Review

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

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

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

Reaction to Title Track/MV:

  • Okay, this is an eleven-minute music video. That’s a lot of minutes but let’s see what it has to offer. Luckily, I have English captions.
  • The keyboard intro is beautiful. I am a sucker for piano entries on songs. So if this title track is a ballad, I will be really pleased.
  • The dog is fluffy and adorable.
  • Ailee looks beautiful in this music video.
  • I thought I had subs, but it seems to be only available for dialogues.
  • The serenity of this song just gave me goosebumps all over my arms.
  • Plus, the visuals for the MV are stunning.
  • Woah, I’m still getting chills all over. The melody + Ailee’s voice is pure bliss.
  • I’m guessing “When We Were In Love” is about longing to spend more time with the people we love, but we can’t always keep in touch due to work and other commitments.
  • Is he giving the dog away for adoption? Why?
  • Awww, this is sad. At least take proper care of the dog.
  • Wow, so she broke off contact with her former lover. Started focusing solely on her career and got a whole new man that proposed to her. After being broken for so long, her ex travelled abroad, and Lui is now a stray dog who happened to find his way back to his former owner’s house.
  • THIS IS TOO SAD๐Ÿ˜ข. At least she reunited with the dog.
  • This reminds me of the Chinese film – Adoring. That movie is so beautiful. I even reviewed it; here’s a link ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Adoring: Movie Review. Pet lover or not, you’re bound to cry a few times while watching.
  • I truly enjoyed this music video; it’s heartwarming. I also love the song. Here is a live performance for anyone interested –

Album Review:

Highlight medley –

  1. One Day by Chance – This song also has a beautiful keyboard entry. I absolutely adore ballads + Ailee is going to serve vocals, so I am already in awe. This track is soothing, and the orchestra backing adds to the tranquillity. I missed Ailee’s voice. The power/control this woman has is beyond words. If you need a smooth ballad, “One Day by Chance” is for you.
  2. When We Were In Love – This title track is another excellent relaxation song. Ailee sounds lovely, and I love how the tempo was intensified towards the end with the introduction of drums and the orchestra’s full volume. I also noticed that the orchestra dropped out often to allow Ailee’s voice soar. The instrumental progression/production on this song is incredible.
  3. Beautiful Disaster – This is slightly upbeat than the previous two, but it still has some classic ballad properties. Thus, why I believe that I’m is a ballad album. I love how rhythmic the piano sounds on this track compared to the previous songs’ flowy/smooth feel. “Beautiful Disaster” has a captivating melody, and I think it might be my favourite so far. Also, Ailee’s voice on this track is A++++++.
  4. What about it – Now we’re back to a soft ballad song, but this is slightly on a higher tempo than the first two tracks. The pianist keeps replaying the same notes, and Ailee’s vocals seem very breathy. I think this my second favourite on the album because the melody is so charming. Ooo, the shallow drums introduced for the second chorus are insane. Did I just get a modulation? Wow, Ailee’s vocal runs on this song are superb. I love the production.
  5. What If I – This is the gifted soft R&B track, and I ain’t complaining. It stands out from the rest due to the guitar entry and is also on the groovy side. Ailee is serving smooth vocals consistently. The chorus is catchy – “so sad, so sad…” Plus, her falsetto notes are blessing my ears. I am in love with this song, and I think it’s a perfect closing. At this moment, let us welcome “What If I” into the hall of BOPs ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘.

Here is the album on Spotify:

Final Thoughts:

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

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

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

Catching Up With September Comebacks: eaJ|MOONBIN & SANHA(ASTRO)|TREASURE| punchnello

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

“It just is” by eaJ x Seori (Feat. Keshi’s Strat)

Reaction to Official MV:

  • I’m super excited about this collaboration. I’m new to Seori, I discovered Keshi through Jae, and I love his music + you all should know that Jae is from my favourite band ever, DAY6.
  • Alright, just from the intro, I can tell that I’m going to enjoy this song.
  • “It just is” has such a chill vibe + Keshi is serving excellence on that guitar.
  • Seori has a beautiful voice, and this animated music video is charming.
  • Wow, the background vocals/layering for Seori’s section is captivating.
  • This beat, this melody…PURE BLISS!!!
  • Also, Jae’s voice sounds way shallow than usual, and I love the sultry feeling he’s giving off.
  • It’s official, I AM IN LOVE with “It just is”
  • The production on the track is tight and perfect. I can’t just listen to this song once; there has to be a replay before giving my rating.
  • No more needs to be said, “It just is” by eaJ x Seori (Feat. Keshi’s Strat) gets a solid 10/10 from me.
  • Now all I need is for them to put this song on Spotify.

IN-OUT by MOONBIN & SANHA(ASTRO)

Reaction to Title Track – Bad Idea:

  • This is my second time checking out something from ASTRO, so I’m kind of excited.
  • I love the guitar riff intro; it’s catchy.
  • Right off the bat, the shallow drumbeats are giving me life.
  • The visuals for this music video are absolutely stunning.
  • The vocals!!! Yessss!!! serve it like it’s hot, boys.
  • The black outfits and Moonbin in that suit is perfection + the choreography is smooth.
  • I honestly wasn’t expecting to love this song this much. It’s such a cool BOP.
  • The lighting and overall cinematography for the MV are incredible.
  • Moonbin’s voice on this song is pure eargasm. Can he sing me to bed every day?
  • Now I am even more pumped for the album.

Album Review: IN-OUT is MOONBIN & SANHA‘s unit debut EP, and it has 5 songs. Here is the highlight medley –

  1. Eyez On U – Odd but exciting intro. Of course, their voices came in beautifully. The progression on this track is quite unpredictable. I love that it keeps giving me surprises at every corner. WOW!!! Lovely falsetto notes + well-placed backing vocals. I love this song.
  2. Bad Idea – This here is my jam. I’m just going to groove.๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ
  3. Alone – Ooo, this is about to be a BOP. The intro beat says it all and, once again, the vocals!!! I am living for the production quality and calm vibe of this song. Plus, the piano on this track is superb. “Alone” is my second favourite after “Bad Idea”
  4. All I Wanna Do – I love the continuous finger snaps. At this point, I sound like a broken record, but there is something about their harmonization that melts me. Wait, the chorus on this song should be made illegal. I wasn’t expecting a slow body roll section, but I LOVE IT. At this point, I’m adding the entire album to my playlist.
  5. Dream Catcher – A slow song to close things, and I don’t mind. I want to stop ranting about vocals, but once again, the harmonies!!!๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿฅฐ. What did I do to deserve such beauty this night? Okay, enough of me being extra lol, but honestly, this song is lovely. Moonbin and Sanha are serving pure bliss on this track.

IN-OUT by MOONBIN & SANHA(ASTRO) is the perfect album to play on a chill day or whenever you need some relaxing R&B goodness. I love every single song on this EP. Therefore it gets a solid 10/10 from me.

This album is available on Spotify –


THE FIRST STEP: CHAPTER TWO by TREASURE

Reaction to Title Track – I LOVE YOU:

  • I enjoyed the songs from Chapter One, so I have high hopes for TREASURE this time around.
  • The intro is beautiful, and I love the boyish vibe of this song.
  • Wow, the video graphic during the chorus is insane.
  • Whoever came up with the idea of adding that into the MV is brilliant.
  • The chorus is groovy, and the rap sections that came after were smooth.
  • HARUTO!!!๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ EVERY SINGLE TIME!!! This boy keeps coming for my neck.
  • I am not that invested in TREASURE yet, but Haruto is officially my bias because his flow and voice get me in my feels.
  • Their rappers are very impressive, and I’m sure they will get even better with time.
  • I love the little choral section to close off. It’s quite catchy.
  • Okay, TREASURE. I see you, and I love this energy.
  • I can see myself coming to “I LOVE YOU” once in a while, so it gets a 9/10 from me.

Reaction to B-Side – B.L.T (BLING LIKE THIS):

  • This also had their classic boyish charm.
  • I love the melody for the pre-chorus.
  • Compared to “I LOVE YOU”, this doesn’t have such a massive chorus drop, and I appreciate the variation.
  • Even in this song, Haruto tried to come for my neck๐Ÿ˜‚.
  • The melody for the pre-chorus is absolutely lovely, and the vocalists are killing that section.
  • Overall, “B.L.T (BLING LIKE THIS)” isn’t exactly my vibe, so I’ll have to give it a 7.5/10.

“fine!” by punchnello (Feat. Kid Milli)

Reaction to Official MV:

  • The soft drumbeats that started this song are super catchy.
  • Punchnello came in so smooth + the follow-up beat is such a chill groove.
  • The music video is slightly weird, but I love it.
  • I’m enjoying myself . “fine!” is right up my alley.
  • The entire song feels good, and the rap flows are blessed.
  • I’m so glad I checked this out because I would have missed out on a good playlist addition.
  • This song was made for me. Thank you, punchnello๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘.
  • “fine!” by punchnello (Feat. Kid Milli) gets 10/10 from me.

Alright, and that’s a wrap. Have a goodnight, everyone.๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

BLACKPINK – THE ALBUM: Review

Earlier today,ย BLACKPINKย released their 1st full album titled THE ALBUM. There are eight songs on this record, including the title trackย “Lovesick Girls”

(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:

  • Their pre-release single – “Ice Cream” wasn’t exactly my cup of tea.
  • I have my fingers crossed for “Lovesick Girls” or any other track on the album to completely blow me away.
  • Already, the visuals for this music video are stunning.
  • They all seem to be in some sort of toxic relationship and are fully aware of the dangers. The girls want to break away from the poisonous circle but are not strong enough to do so yet?
  • That’s the message I’m getting from the MV.
  • So far, this song isn’t doing much for me but let’s continue.
  • Jisoo seems to be the only one not in a relationship, while Lisa, Rose and Jennie are stuck with the wrong men.
  • The bridge section with Rose and Jisoo is the only part of this song that I love. That melody when Rose starts singing – “love is slippin’ and fallin’, love is killin’ your darlin’…” is quite catchy.
  • My issue is that although this song has a retro sound, it’s still too pop-ish. I have a love/hate relationship with the classic pop sound.
  • I’m going to listen to “Lovesick Girls” again without the video and see how I feel.
  • After my second listen, I think “Lovesick Girls” isn’t my cup of tea.
  • However, I love the bridge section. The vocals/rap are beautiful as expected from the ladies of BLACKPINK.

Album Review:

Here is the album preview โ€“

  1. How You Like That –I listened to this song once it dropped, but I’m still going to give some thoughts on here. I absolutely love the instrumental build-up, and vocal progression on this track + the chorus is very catchy. When I first heard “How You Like That”, I wasn’t into it, but it stuck after a few replays. I think it’s a great dance song that I wouldn’t mind going back to once in a while.
  2. Ice Cream (Selena Gomez) –Still a no for me. In my review for “Ice Cream”, I mentioned that only one section of the song stands out. If you would like to know what I’m speaking on, read my review ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผย BLACKPINK & Selena Gomez – Ice Cream: Music Review.
  3. Pretty Savage – Interesting start and melody + the trap beat ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ. Now, this is more up my alley. FINALLY!!! a song that I love right off the bat. “Pretty Savage” is a BOP. The chorus is groovy with those sultry vocals in the background. The girls sound beautiful and powerful. The whistling at the end isย a perfect touch. I LOVE THIS SONG!!! It calls for body rolls.
  4. Bet You Wanna (feat. Cardi B) –ย I’m listening to the enhanced album on Spotify, and I just saw a note that this song has the same producers as “Ice Cream”. I don’t know how to feel about that. Already, I’m getting a similar vibe, but this sounds way better. I love the deep drumbeats, + the chorus has a lovely melody. The background vocals are top-notch, and Cardi fits nicely into the song. Right now, I’m 90/10 on “Bet You Wanna”, but I will be sold entirely after my second listen because this is a well-produced track.ย 
  5. Lovesick Girls –ย This marks my third listen, so let’s see if my opinion changes. I love the melody on the verses/rap/bridge sections, but the chorus ain’t for me. Kudos to Jennie and Jisoo for taking part in the writing of “Lovesick Girls”
  6. Crazy Over You –ย The intro does give the oriental feel they mentioned in the notes + the hip-hop beat that comes after is perfect. I also hear some Arabic influences. Lisa’s rap on this track is so good. Jisoo’s vocal tone always stands out to me in all of BLACKPINK’s songs. She has a rich tone. Wait, I wasn’t expecting a low tempo chorus drop, but I love it. I thought it was going to be a massive drop. “Crazy Over You” has a lot of surprises, and I am enjoying the production choices on this song.
  7. Love To Hate Me –ย Jennie is always a good starter for BLACKPINK’s songs. She has a way of making her voice sound different and very befitting for each track. The way “Love To Hate Me” started, I thought I wouldn’t be the biggest fan, but the pre-chorus stole my heart. The instrumental is a bop + a nice message. Anybody who is always hostile towards you isn’t worth your time or effort. So throw their drama and attitude into the galaxy and live your best life. This song is perfect.ย 
  8. You Never Know – Looks like we are getting a soft song to close off the album. Rose sounds like a breath of fresh air. Excellent progression. I love how that it doesn’t stay on one tempo throughout. The switch-up is a perfect way to keep listeners intrigued. “You Never Know” is a beautiful song that I see myself coming back to every now and then. Rose nailed this song because, wow, she sounds lovely.

Final Thoughts:

Honestly, I was a bit scared after hearing the title track, but thankfully, the B-sides saved the day. My favourite song on this record is definitely “Pretty Savage”. I also enjoyed listening to “How You Like That” – “Bet You Wanna” – “Crazy Over You” – “Love To Hate Me” & “You Never Know”

Six out of eight songs is an excellent ratio, in my opinion. The girls worked hard on this, and I am glad that they finally have a full album on their discography. With all that said, my rating for THE ALBUM by BLACKPINK is an 8.5/10.

TAEMIN – Never Gonna Dance Again: Album Review

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

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

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

Reaction to Official MV/Title Track:

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

Album Review:

Here is the album preview –

  1. Criminal – This is a certified BOP and no one can change my mind. I’m just going to play it a few times before moving on to the next track.
  2. Black Rose – I love the beat, and the rapper’s flow is good. Taemin’s voice on this track is enchanting. I don’t know who Kid Milli is, but I will check him out after this review because he brought the right sauce to this song. “Black Rose” is beautiful. The high notes and background vocals are top-notch. I love this song.
  3. Strangers – The three songs so far seem to have a similar siren-like vocal, and I am enjoying it.ย The intro for this one is very soothing and beautiful. “Strangers” is another song with a fantastic instrumental. I love that the intro siren notes stayed throughout the track as backing vocals. Nice song.
  4. Waiting For – The melody for this song is catchy right off the bat. The dense keyboard notes and heavy bass drums are such a perfect combination. “Waiting For” is another favourite for me. I love the rhythm, and the way the chorus drops is pure ๐Ÿ”ฅ. I don’t even need to talk about vocals because Taemin kills that department regardless. This track is a BOP and a half.ย I had to replay it before moving on.
  5. Famous – Korean Version – The composers for this track are geniuses. Didrik Thott and Daniel Kim, you both served because the beat for “Famous” is incredible. I am listening to this song with headphones, and the way every sound bounces on my ear is pure bliss. I might have heard the initial Japanese version, but I probably wasn’t paying enough attention then. Anyways I love it mainly because of the instrumental.ย 
  6. Clockwork – This seems a bit slower compared to the rest, and the instrumental is intriguing. I hear a periodic synthetized section, and there are continuous clock ticks that make this song unique. Taemin sounds lovely on this one. This album stays giving me hit to hit, I am impressed.ย The vocal layering on “Clockwork” sounds quite eerie but enchanting at the same time. I love the production on this song.
  7. Just Me And You – Now, we’re back to an upbeat track, and I love the melody. It’s so beautiful๐Ÿ’“. I have been quite repetitive about this album’s remarkable instrumentals, but the composers are just that good. This song is getting me in my feels. I think “Just Me And You” is another favourite for me. I might as well favourite the entire album at this point because I am enjoying myself.
  8. Nemo – The entry on this is quite haunting. Also, is the title a reference to the fish inย Finding Nemo?๐Ÿ˜‚ Anyways, “Nemo” is more on the sultry and groovy side. Songs with this type of vibes are right up my alley. Taemin’s voice on this one is like butter. It’s just melting into my ears, and listening to this with headphones makes things even better. The vocal runs on this track is taking me to heaven.
  9. 2 KIDS – I already reviewed this song ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Catching Up With Recent Comebacks: TAEMIN|(G)I-DLE, so I don’t need to say much here. “2 KIDS” is an excellent close to the album –

Final Thoughts:

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

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

DAY6 (Even of Day) – The Book of Us : Gluon – Album Review

On August 31st, DAY6’s new sub-unit – Even of Day, released their debut mini-album titled The Book of Us: Gluon – Nothing Can Tear Us Apart. This unit includes Wonpil, Young K, and Dowoon. Being that I am a My Day, I couldn’t skip writing a review for this album.

The mini has seven songs, including the title track – “Where the sea sleeps”

(Please note 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:

  • I always enjoy animated music videos, and the plushies are adorable.
  • The plushies are DAY6’s animal characters – The fox (Kke) is Young K, the rabbit (Pil) is Wonpil, the dog (Don) is Dowoon, the bear (Bang) is Sungjin and the chicken (Jje) is Jae.
  • Wonpil soft vocals coming right after Young K’s more resonant voice is just perfect.
  • The melody for the song is smooth and soothing.
  • From the lyrics, I think they’re singing about friendship. The members are going to keep supporting each other through the stormy and happy moments. 
  • I was hoping to hear Dowoon’s voice, but maybe he might come in later?
  • Young K’s vocal range/control is incredible, and Wonpil’s voice is simply beautiful.
  • No, their spaceship crashed. What happens now?
  • The instrumental variation for the bridge is excellent. I also love the occasional synthesized beat in that section, and the harmonization/riff between Wonpil and Young K is pure bliss.
  • Yeah, the denimalz are safe and still together.
  • I LOVE THIS MUSIC VIDEO. It’s cute, somewhat sad, and the storyline is engaging.
  • I noticed that Sungjin and Jae’s plushies are in the video. 
  • Honestly, I wasn’t expecting a slow song, but as expected of anything related to DAY6, they came through.
  • “Where the sea sleeps” is a lovely song with a fantastic message. The production on the track is superb, and the vocal quality deserves an A+++++++
  • I LOVE IT, and I will listen to a live version before moving on to the album.
  • Even the live performance is heavenly –
  • “Where the sea sleeps” is such a touching song. I don’t have enough words to describe how much I love it.

Album Review:

Here is the highlight medley –

  1. Landing -Intro- (with DENIMALZ 3) – I believe Denimalz refers to DAY6’s animal characters. I’m not sure how they plan to input them into the audio tracks, but let’s see๐Ÿง. Alright, 0.34 seconds in, and this is weird but funny๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. I guess this is supposed to be the denimalz talking in the spaceship. Too cute and creative. The beautiful harmonies layered over such intense instrumental makes for an intriguing opening.
  2. Landed – As expected, the drums on all DAY6’s songs are A+++. Dowoon is an epic drum, and yes, I said drum. The music for this track is hugging their vocals so tightly instead of just being in the background. The production is impressive. I love the falsetto backing vocals, and this song has a lovely melody. “Landed” makes me want to move from side to side. I need to check out the English lyrics later.
  3. Ocean -Interlude 1- (with DENIMALZ 3) – At this point, I know that DENIMALZ 3 refers to the animated plushie’s voice. “Ocean” is an excellent track for bedtime. The whistles are beautiful. The vocal layering on this one is perfect and very soothing.
  4. Where the sea sleeps – I have said it all already. 
  5. Forest -Interlude 2- (DENIMALZ 3) – Yes, come through with that soulful harmonization. Oh, the serenity of it all. I AM IN LOVE. 
  6. Thanks to – Why does this sound retro-ish? I might be wrong about the retro vibe because I’m no music expert, but I love what I hear. “Thanks to” is another song with a lovely melody and incredible vocals. It makes me want to dance, but I hope the lyrics are not sad. Is that Dowoon’s voice in the background, or is it just Young K singing in a lower pitch? Anyways, Young K went off good on his guitar towards the end.
  7. To be continued -Outro- (Sung by DENIMALZ 3) – The denimalz singing is too adorable, I can’t deal. Cuteness aside, this is a good song. I love the ending keyboard note.

Final Thoughts:

I don’t mind that there are only three main songs on this mini-album because the interludes are equally beautiful. I enjoyed every minute, and I will be replaying the entire record for a long time. Young K and Wonpil served incredible vocals, and the overall production is fantastic. I only wish they had included more of Dowoon’s voice, but I’ll take what I got.

The maknae-line did an admirable job with this debut album. Therefore The Book of Us: Gluon – Nothing Can Tear Us Apart by DAY6 (Even of Day) gets a solid 10/10 from me.

KARD – Way With Words: Album Review

Earlier today, KARD released their 1st Single Album – Way With Words. This single has three songs including the title track “GUNSHOT”

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

Reaction to Official MV:

  • All the members look amazing.
  • From the intro beat, I know this song is going to go hard.
  • Somin sounds heavenly. I love how she started this song.
  • The chorus is exciting, but it took me a while to get accustomed to it.
  • I love that I can hear an actual gunshot.
  • The visuals for this music video are on the creepy side, and I’m love it.
  • J.Seph came in smoothly, and his flow is excellent.
  • Jiwoo is a good actress. I love the energy and psycho presence she’s bringing to this track.
  • So are there like two versions of each member? One evil and the other good OR one experienced and the other sill obsessed with toxic love? Because Jiwoo just shot herself at the end.
  • Alright, I ain’t one to bother with theories, so I’m going to listen to “GUNSHOT” again before giving my final thoughts.
  • I enjoyed this song’s energy, and the chorus is pure ๐Ÿ”ฅ. I can see myself going back to it, but not too frequently.

Album Review:

Here is the highlight medley –

  1. AH EE YAH – Beautiful high note to start things out. Nice instrumental. BM and J.Seph are great rappers, and I love it when they go back and forth. The ladies are also killing the vocal department. I’m genuinely impressed. “AH EE YAH” is okay, but I’m not entirely in love with it. Maybe after a few more listens, it will grow on me.
  2. GUNSHOT –ย I prefer this to the first track.
  3. HOLD ON – The intro on this one is intriguing. I love the instrumental. It’s smooth but still sharp, and the progression is excellent. Once again, the vocals are lovely, and the background vocals are also pitch-perfect. “HOLD ON” is my favourite so far. I can see myself coming back to it a lot.

Final Thoughts:

The energy of this album is fantastic. After hearing the first track, I was kind of scared that I wouldn’t fall in love with any song, but thankfully, “HOLD ON” came through.

I am impressed with the vocal power and perfection on this album. Somin and Jiwoo went off.

My rating for Way With Words by KARD is 7.5/10.

ITZY – Not Shy: Album Review

On August 17th, ITZY released their 3rd mini-album titled Not Shy. The title track for this album is also “Not Shy”

ITZY is a South Korean female pop group managed by JYP Entertainment. The group consists of five members – Yeji, Ryujin, Chaeryeong, Lia, and Yuna. They officially debuted on February 12th of 2019 with the single album – It’z Different.

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

Reaction to Official MV:

  • I enjoyed their debut song, but I never got the opportunity to check them out after then.
  • I love when groups include their names in music video intros. ITZY is new. Some people might still not be familiar with all the members.
  • The old west intro is well done.
  • The beat for this song is quite groovy, and I love the way Ryujin came in. Nice flow.
  • The progression towards the chorus is excellent. I like that the drop is not overly intense.
  • The chorus itself has a beautiful melody and rhythm.
  • The visuals for the music video are cinematic and exciting.
  • I love the choreography and how the girls scream ITZY during the chorus.
  • In their debut song, Yeji stood out to me, but this time Ryujin is giving me presence and energy. I love her vibe.
  • Ooo, the matching white outfits are stunning.
  • The chorus is my favourite part. It’s so catchy with the ITZY scream. The rest are 50/50 for me, and the liked 50% is mainly rap parts.
  • I enjoyed listening to this song. The rhythm is beautiful, and I might come back to it a few times.

Album Review:

This mini-album has a total of six songs. Here is a preview –

  1. Not Shy – The chorus is still the best section.
  2. Don’t Give A What – Another electronic sound. I’ve noticed that ITZY’s songs are always empowering. The beat on this one is intriguing. I’m enjoying the vocal colour and progression on this one more. However, I don’t know how to feel about the chorus yet. The rappers are hype, and I love that for me. “Don’t Give A What” will make a great girls’ night theme song. I love the energy, and the guitar instrumental is top-notch.
  3. Louder – Okay, I love the marching band vibe of this song. The melody is already catchy, so let’s see how the entire song goes. I love the instrumental. It’s so bouncy and groovy. The chorus intro threw me off a bit, but “Louder” is my song. It had me right from the start. Plus, the production on this sick. I will be dancing to this song for a while ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ.
  4. iD – I’ve noticed that all the songs follow a similar electronic pop/disco pattern? I’m not complaining, though, because each still has distinctive progression styles and sass. Like in this track, I can hear a cowbell. I love every section of “iD” I can party out to this once in a while. It seems like something that will grow on me with more listens.
  5. SURF – The falsetto entry is beautiful, and the drumbeats on this one are perfect. I’ve noticed a lot of claps and finger-snapping in this album. This song sounds more pop-ish in comparison to the rest. “SURF” is another song with a great rhythm that makes me want to move. The vocals on this song are lovely. I am enjoying the harmonies and background vocalizations. So far, nothing has beat “Louder” for me, but I’m enjoying this EP’s energy.
  6. Be In Love – Being the last song, it is quite slower than the rest. I love the harmonies and soft vocal runs. Plus, the melody for this song’s verses is beautiful. The girls did a fantastic on this track. “Be In Love” is giving me strong summer vibes. I like it.ย 

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I love the energy of this album. My favourite songs are “Not Shy” & “Louder”, and I could equally dance to all the other four tracks. I truly enjoyed myself. The only issue is that, as of now, this record does not strike me as something that I can come back to often. I likeย ITZY’sย 3rd mini-album –ย Not Shy, but I’m not in love with it. Therefore it gets anย 8/10ย from me.ย 

DREAMCATCHER – Dystopia: Lose Myself: Album Review

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

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

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

Reaction to Official MV for BOCA:

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

Album Review:

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

  1. Intro – I already heard a bit of this rain and thunderous intro in the title track. Once again, I love the dark and mystical vibe. Plus, the rock elements are incredibly beautiful.
  2. BOCA – I’m just going out jam out here.๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ
  3. Break The Wall – Interesting entry on this track, and I adore the rock instrumental. Also excellent production with the distorted vocals. The drumming on this song is impressive. The harmonization on the chorus is beautiful, and I love the melody of the section that comes right before the second verse. This is my first time hearing a K-pop girl group go all-out rock, and I am enjoying every minute of it. Personally, “Break The Wall” doesn’t beat “BOCA”, but I still love it.ย 
  4. Can’t get you out of my mind – This track has a softer start. I honestly don’t know what to expect at this point. Even the slow songs have some rock elements. Alright, I need to start paying more attention to Dreamcatcher because I love Korean rock bands, and this album is such a vibe. I am here bopping my head because “Can’t get you out of my mind” is a perfect dance track. The EDM meets rock feels are intense on this one. Also, the production is beautiful, and their vocals sound so trancelike. I think this comes right after “BOCA” for me.
  5. Dear – Another slow one but this time I hear a piano. Dreamcatcher has a great set of beautiful singers. This track follows the standard ballad composition style. Okay, “Dear” was slow for a long while, and I was hoping for some variations in tempo, and they just surprised me with sweet drum beats. I am in love with the production of this mini-album. There is never a dull moment. I love the faded humming at the end of this song.ย 
  6. BOCA Instrumental – Nothing new here, we have only four songs on this mini-album. Now that I am listening to only the instrumental, certain parts remind me of Chen Linong’s “Taste of Summer”. I don’t know why๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. It’s so weird.

Final Thoughts:

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

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

ATEEZ – ZERO: FEVER Part. 1: Album Review

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

I am super hyped for this album, so let’s dive in. If anyone needs a profile on this group, use this link ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผย ATEEZ โ€“ TREASURE EPILOGUE: Action To Answer: Album Review.

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

Reaction to INCEPTION MV:

  • Alright, it is time to fangirl into neverland. I discovered ATEEZ during their last comeback, and I have been obsessed since then.
  • My biases are Seonghwa and Hongjoong. However, San and Wooyoung have been crashing my heart with this era’s teaser photos.๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ
  • My boys are looking good, and I AM HAPPY TO BE AN ATINY!!!!
  • Okay, let’s start the music video.
  • Already, I love the sweet vocal intro and Yeosang with blonde hair is gorgeous.
  • Thankfully, KQ Entertainment always provides English subs.
  • Look at Seonghwa!!! ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ—ฃHe looks amazing.
  • Every member came correct in this era. I love their hair colours and lengths.
  • Yep, I know that I’m biased.๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ
  • The visuals for the music video are perfect, most notably the lighting for each scene.
  • The vocalists are killing things, and Hongjoong came in smoothly with his rap section. That blue hair!!!
  • The beat on this song goes hard, and I am listening to it with headphones.
  • The beginning of the chorus threw me off a bit, but I got into the melody after a few seconds.
  • Awww, Jongho. His voice is so powerful that it surprises me on every ATEEZ song.
  • Okay, this chorus is sick. The way it closes with Seonghwa’s breathy note is beautiful – “Every day & night, I’m gon’ chase you… I’m in love.”ย ย 
  • What? I wasn’t expecting an instrumental-only section or dance break this soon. The entire set for this music video is stunning.
  • YESSSS!!! BRING ON THE CHOREOGRAPHY๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ
  • Yeosang is finally here. I was waiting for your lines, boo. What is that dance move he just did on the floor?
  • Mingi!!! His deep voice was what made me fall in love with ATEEZ during my review of “Answer”
  • This video is a movie experience. So many things are happening, and I just started.
  • My favourite scene is them dancing in water with all those red lights.
  • Wooyoung is disrespectful with those sexy dance moves. Guy, I’m here for the music.๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ
  • Now Seonghwa is following along with all the ab flashing. Boys take it easy, please.
  • Yunho sounds so lovely in this song. Plus the orange hair, WOW.
  • San as always does the most with his facial expressions, and a sister isn’t complaining. I love him for that.
  • The high notes are flawless. These boys brought their A-game for real.
  • Alright, I’m going to replay this video and pay more attention to the music.
  • On the second listen, yes, I genuinely LOVE this song. The chorus is catchy, and the instrumental progression is incredible. The vocals are smooth and soft on my ears. The choreography and visuals are insane.
  • I can’t wait to watch the live performance because these boys brought all the emotions and A+++++ energy to this song.
  • At the beginning of this review, I had my fingers crossed because I wanted a good song. No matter how much I stan them, if this song didn’t suit my taste, I would be upfront about it like always.
  • I’m delighted that ATEEX didn’t disappoint.
  • However, before I dive into the album, I am off to watch some reaction videos on YouTube.๐Ÿ˜Š

Album Review: img_2454Here is the album preview –

  1. Dear Diary: 2016.07.29 –ย Alright, I’m back, and I have been playing “INCEPTION” on repeat all this while. This is just a spoken intro, and the message is beautiful. I love the inclusion of music once the words became hopeful and happy.
  2. FEVER –ย I already love the instrumental for this track, and that smooth vocal run entry gave me life. “FEVER” is about to be a certified BOP. I am always up for some sweet R&B flavour. The chorus is beautiful, and I love the melody so much. Yunho is seriously coming for my throat this era. Hongjoong and Mingi are perfect with their rhythm and flow. The vocal runs and high notes on “FEVER” are ridiculous.
  3. THANXX –ย Oh, intriguing guitar entry on this one. I love that – “ah yah yah yah”ย  in the backgroundโ€”another song with a catchy melody. WAIT, PAUSE, RESET, WHY??? Did Hongjoong have to come in that hard? I wasn’t ready, but my ears are living their best life๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ. No one can stop my groove right now. The drums on this song are so good, and the rappers are going off!!! I can’t wait for the music video to drop. “THANXX” is ๐Ÿ”ฅ. Jongho just blessed me with the most magnificent high note ever.
  4. TO THE BEAT – I feel it in my bones that this is about to be lit. I love the intense claps, and it’s somewhat funny to me – “To the beat, to the beat, move your body to the beat…”ย YE!!! YE!!! Nah fam, I’m over this disrespect๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ. Do you all hear that beat drop and those whispers? I didn’t sign up for this, but GO OFF!!! “TO THE BEAT” is my new twerk anthem. Nothing more needs to be said because I AM IN LOVE. My Nigerian side just came out with the YE!! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. The instrumental on this track is a certified BOP and a half. I think this tops all the other songs for me.
  5. INCEPTION – All four songs so far are amazing. I am in awe of ATEEZ. They are monsters, and I hope that more people start paying attention to them.
  6. Good Lil Boy – This is a bit more chill. I think it’s not all in your face like “THANXX” and “TO THE BEAT”. I love the choral singing style, and the rappers are genuinely on point for this album. The instrumental progression is impressive with how the guitar switches up in tempo for different sections. Oh, the vocals on this are beautiful, and harmonies are coming through also. I have danced so much that I now feel hungry. I’m getting something to eat right after I round up this review.
  7. One Day At A Time –ย Last song already, is it going to be a slow one? Okay, it’s on a chill tempo so far and has that standard pop groove. The vocals are beautiful and so soft. I love the chorus because of the sweet harmonies. “One Day At A Time” is a perfect way to close this album. After all the partying, a sweet relaxing song is necessary. I also love the message of being together and helping each other in everything because life is one day at a time. Good job, boys๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘.

Final Thoughts:ย 

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

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

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

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

“GOTTO GO” by SOYOU

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Reaction to Official MV:

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

“NUNU NANA” by Jessi

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Reaction to Official MV:

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

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

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

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

“Lonely Night” by YOON DO JUN

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Reaction to Official MV:

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

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

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

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

Eric Nam – The Other Side: Album Review

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

If you need a profile for this artist, use this link ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผย Eric Nam โ€“ BEFORE WE BEGIN: Album Review.

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

Reaction to Official MV/Title Track:

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

Album Review: img_1463Here is the full album –ย 

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

Final Thoughts:

Here is my ranking for this EP –

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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Reaction to Official MV:

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

Reaction to pre-release single “Telephone”

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

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

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

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

“OHIO” by Crush

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Reaction to Official MV:

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

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

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

“AWay” by JEONG EUN JI

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Reaction to Official MV:

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

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

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

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

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?