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 πŸ‘‰πŸΌ DAWN – MONEY: Music Review.

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

Reaction to Title Track/MV:

  • I have heard a bit of the chorus and seen the dance because I follow PNation, DAWN and Jessi on Instagram. It seemed catchy, now let’s see what the full song has to offer.
  • I have my English captions, and I’m ready to get my groove onπŸ’ƒπŸΌ.
  • 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!!! πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌ
  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 πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌ. 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, DAWNπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘.
  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.

DAWN – MONEY: Music Review

img_1421Kim Hyo-jongΒ now goes by the stage name DAWN, but he was formerly known as E’Dawn. He is a South Korean rapper and singer-songwriter. He debuted in 2016 as a member of the boy group PENTAGON. In 2017 he joined Hui and HyunA to form the group known as Triple H. In 2018, his contract with Cube Entertainment was terminated. He is now signed to P-Nation and made his official solo debut on the 5th of November 2019, with the single “MONEY.”

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

Review of “MONEY”:

  • Damn, he looks like he just got a good beating, LOL.
  • I already love this.
  • The lyrics are deep and relatable.
  • People say money cannot buy happiness, but almost everything in this world requires payment.
  • I also believe that money does not equal true peace or joy, but it is a necessity for survival. So the continuous struggle of how far to pursue riches is real.
  • I can see why most people said this song has a G-Dragon vibe.
  • The melody for the chorus is catchy.
  • The production of this song is impressive. The instrumental is quite shallow, so that DAWN’s voice stands out more. But it also goes up in volume during specific sections to create more emphasis and capture the listener’s attention.
  • Another song with good drums.
  • The choreography is very intriguing to watch.
  • I love the rasp in DAWN’s voice and how he talk-sings most parts of the song.
  • The visuals for the music video is excellent. Very representative of his emotions towards money.
  • The video starts out dark, but as he begins to accept that he does not need to depend entirely on money, the video gets colourful. And I guess the flowers represent spring, which means hope.
  • I absolutely love the message of this song.
  • This is my interpretation – Yes, money is needed to survive but do not let the continuous pursuit for riches eat you up. At some point, be content with what you have. Focus more on the things that genuinely bring you joy and peace of mind.
  • I like to think that joy is different from happiness.
  • You are happy when something good happens, but joy is an internal feeling of delightfulness regardless of what might be going on at the moment.
  • Time to check out the live performance and dance practice before giving my rating.
  • Live Performance –
  • He is a great dancer.
  • DAWN is a promising artist. The fact that he co-composed this song shows how much talent he possesses. I am going to keep an eye out for him because I sincerely want to see how he grows and the kind of songs he will release in the future.
  • My rating for “MONEY” is a solid 10/10. This a fantastic song and plus, it has a great message. I will be adding it to my personal playlist.

Here is the dance practice video for anyone interested –