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

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

(Please note – 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.🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️
  • 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.
  •  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 🔥🔥🔥.
  • 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.😂😂😂
  • 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. 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 😳😳😳
  • 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. 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.💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼 1ST DESIRE [GREED] 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.😤
  • 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: 

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.😂😂😂

What do you all think of the songs I reviewed?

November Comebacks/Debut – Jessi|VICTON|HINAPIA|(G)I-DLE|BVNDIT

As part of my initiative to check out more groups/artists, I decided to review the November comebacks and debuts that I missed. So this post is going to be a bit long.

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

Jessi Feat. Jay Park – 

On November 1st, Jessi released her new single titled “Drip”img_1428

Review of “Drip”:

  • It has a very bouncy beat. I love that.
  • This is actually my first time hearing anything from Jessi, and I am here for her groove.
  • I love the rasp of her voice.
  • I can definitely hear American rap music influence. Jessi is Korean-American, so that makes sense.
  • I admire her confidence. Her vibe and style is quite unique.
  • Jay Park came in and killed his verse as expected. His flow was TOO GOOD.
  • This is such a party song.
  • I mean, if I want to hype myself, then this is the song.
  • The music video is simple and fitting. Jessi and Jay Park both look good.
  • Also, I was not surprised by the sexual lyrics. I was kind of expecting it.
  • I really enjoyed listening to “Drip,” so I am going to go ahead and check her other song “Who Dat B” –
  • The music video for “Who Dat B” is more artistic. I absolutely love her tone and style. I also love the outfits she had on, she looked stunning.
  • My rating for “Drip” is 9.5/10 because even though it is a LIT song, it is not something that I see myself listening to regularly. I have a mood for such songs.

VICTON –

On November 4th, VICTON came back with their fifth EP titled nostalgia. “nostalgic night” is the title track. img_1429

Review of “nostalgic night”:

  • This is also my first time hearing anything from VICTON. I do not know anything about this group. So depending on how this song sounds, I might do more research on them.
  • Beautiful melody in the beginning.
  • They have good vocalists.
  • At the start, it feels like their voices are being overshadowed by the instrumental, but it gets better. I wonder if that is an artistic choice.
  • I absolutely love the chorus section.
  • The instrumental has an EDM vibe, which I enjoy.
  • The rap part was short and perfect. I love the deeper voice used for the ad-libs during that section.
  • I am going to listen to this song again before giving my rating.
  • So I did a little research and noticed that they debuted in 2016. So VICTON is a relatively new group.
  • I enjoyed listening to this song, but I will have to check out more songs from them to really get into their groove.
  • “nostalgic night” is a beautiful track, but the volume of the instrumental kept distracting me. My rating for this song is 9/10.

HINAPIA –

HINAPIA officially debuted on the 3rd of November with the song “DRIP”img_1430

Review of “DRIP”: 

  • Another drip song…
  • So apparently four members of Pristin which recently disbanded are in this group. I never listened to any song from Pristin, so this is all new for me.
  • Okay, straight up from the start, this seems promising.
  • I love their outfits. They all look amazing.
  • The way they say “drip, drip, drip…. drip, drip, drip” is really catchy.
  • One member is really standing out for me. I have to pause the video and figure out who it is……
  • Okay, I am back, and I found out that her name is Gyeongwon. She is the lead rapper and vocalist. I love her voice and vibe.
  • I am actually glad that they are not doing an overly cutesy concept.
  • I think this is an excellent debut song. It is catchy enough, and the girls all sound great.
  • I am going to check out their live performances before giving my rating.
  • This is a hard one. I love the song, but only certain parts stood out for me. So my rating for “DRIP” is 8.5/10.
  • I will keep an eye out for HINAPIA’s future releases.

(G)I-DLE –

On the 3rd of November, (G)I-DLE released an official music video for their Final Queendom stage single “LION”img_1425

Review of “LION”:

  • This is my first time listening to anything from them. I have not watched Queendom yet, but I heard a lot of good reviews about this song. So I really hope it lives up to the hype (fingers crossed).
  • Ooooh, I love how it starts. That dark and deep tone is such a perfect way to get my attention.
  • Also, the drums are perfect. It gives the song an epic feel.
  • Yesss, I am here for this chorus. So much power.
  • I absolutely love the visuals for the music video. It screams royalty. Also, the switch from black/white to colour added a nice touch to the video.
  • The accessories they have on their fingers are beautiful. I usually see that in Chinese historical dramas.
  • Thankfully, I have subtitles that mention which member is singing at each point because Minnie is serving vocals. They all sound great, but she is giving me LIFE.
  • Yesss queens rock your crowns.
  • Every section of the song is so good, but the chorus, DAMN.
  • Soyeon came in with her rap and left me in awe once she said: “I’m a queen.” At this point, I am lost for words.
  • I am so late on discovering these girls. I need to check out more songs from them. I always see their videos on YouTube, but I just never felt the need to click.
  • I am in love. I love the message of the song, the delivery. Their voices and outfits. Everything was so well put together.
  • I need to listen to this again.
  • That “ooh I’m a lion, I’m a queen” gives me chills.
  • Time to check out a live performance –
  • I am SHOCKED. This is pure FIRE. Their aura on stage is impressive.
  • My rating for “LION” is a solid 10/10. I have added it to my personal playlist.
  • I always love discovering powerful girl groups because I am all for female empowerment.

BVNDIT –

BVNDIT released their EP – BE! on the 5th of November. “Dumb” is the title track.img_1433

Review of “Dumb”:

  • This is a very new group. They debuted in April of this year.
  • Already loving the visuals for the music video.
  • This is giving me a Latin/dancehall vibe.
  • I love the voice of whoever started the song.
  • The way the song sped up for the chorus was not what I was expecting, but it still sounds great.
  • They are all fantastic vocalists. The ad-libs, high notes, and runs are perfect.
  • The beat does not change much throughout the song.
  • I only started getting into the groove of this song at the last minute. So I will have to listen to it again before I give my rating.
  • Once again, the vocals really stood out.
  • I love that each girl got an opportunity to shine. This is why I prefer smaller groups.
  • They all look gorgeous.
  • The choreography is outstanding.
  • The music video does not have a lot going on, so more attention is on the girls, and they are impressive dancers.
  • I think they are great for rookies.
  • I enjoyed this song after listening to it a few more times.
  • My rating for “Dumb” is 9/10.

Final Thoughts:

I love checking out new groups outside of my regular favourites.  I had a fantastic time listening to each song.

There are more comebacks that I am yet to review, so stay tuned for a follow-up post.

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