(Please note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while checking out each artist.)
On March 12th, ROSÉ (of BLACKPINK) made her solo debut with the single album – R –. Let’s check out the two songs on the album, and since I am fashionably late, I get to watch the music video for the B-side as well.
I love the visuals for this music video. ROSÉ looks stunning in every outfit and sounds equally beautiful. From the look of things, this song is entirely in English. “On The Ground” sounds like something that would get good play on Western radios. It’s a cute song, and I could see myself coming back to it a few times.
This music video also has fantastic visuals. “Gone” is more on a mid-tempo, and I love that the base instrument is a guitar. I enjoy ROSÉ’s vocal colour on this one more because it sounds raw and unfiltered. I will be playing this song a lot more than the title track.
WayV released their 3rd mini-album, Kick Back, on March 10th. I will react to the title track first and follow up with some brief thoughts on the album.
My babies!!! I’ve been itching to check out their comeback. I can already tell that the choreography is about to be sickening just from the first few seconds. Xiao Jun’s vocals, though! He gets me every single time; I love his voice. The chorus is quite catchy, the vocalists did a beautiful job during that section, + the choreography is fantastic. When this song first started, I wasn’t feeling it that much, but after hearing the chorus and vocal arrangement, I’m all in. Is it my favourite title track from WayV? No, but I LOVE IT.
I enjoyed the vocal quality on this album a lot. The way they layered the vocals, to how well each singer and rapper mixed on each track, every aspect of the production was beautiful. I sense some growth from WayV in this record. Kick Back gets a 10/10 from me and my favourite songs in no particular order are “Action Figure” – “Horizon” and “All For Love”
Up next is SOYOU. She released a single titled – “Good Night, MY LOVE” on March 11th, so let’s check it out.
The music video is interesting. I love how it starts like a short film before the actual song comes in. Soyou deserves more recognition. She has a great voice, and her MVs come with beautiful visuals, so it’s either her company is slacking on promotions, or people are sleeping on her talent. “Good Night, MY LOVE” is a relaxing ballad, and whoever did the backing vocals on this song served awesomeness on all levels. The way the singer’s voice melts into Soyou’s is impressive to hear. I love everything about this song.
Following up is a collaborative single from Young K (of DAY6) and PARKMOONCHI titled “What A Wonderful Word”.
From the few seconds of the instrumental intro, I can already tell that I will enjoy this song a lot. Young K’s voice is so smooth. The man has a fantastic set of pipes, + he looks good. “What A Wonderful Word” is a chill R&B; I love it. Also, PARKMOONCHI did great on the keyboard. I have to check out more from her.
JUN. K (of 2PM) released his 5th Japanese mini-album, THIS IS NOT A SONG, on March 10th. The title track is “Moon Light, 2003” but since it doesn’t have an official music video, I will go straight into sharing my opinions on the album. Before that, here’s the MV for the pre-release single – “THIS IS NOT A SONG, 1929” –
This album is pure R&B goodness with the combo of smooth and powerful vocals from Jun. K. Also fantastic production on the instrumentals for each track. Therefore it gets a 10/10 from me. Honestly, it’s hard to choose a favourite based on my first listen because every song has something fresh to offer. However, if I was recommending songs on this record right now, it will be “THIS IS NOT A SONG, 1929” for the vocal delivery and “River Flows, 1971” for the comforting message.
That’s all for now, and I hope you all enjoyed reading this post. Feel free to give me your opinions on each artist in the comment section🥰.
Since I have been away for a while, I decided to give an album recommendation for this week instead of one song. My chosen album is Tailor by The BLANK Shop.
Yun Seok Cheol, also known as The BLANK Shop, is a South Korean jazz pianist and composer. He gained popularity in the Korean jazz scene after participating in various national jazz competitions. His first album – Growth, was released in December 2009. He collaborated with two other artists – Jung Sang Yi (bassist) & Kim Yong Jin (drummer), and they were known as SC Yun’s Trio. Yun Seok Cheol’s current label is Antenna. His latest record – Tailor, is a jazz feast that features various singers like Wonpil (DAY6), Yerin Baek, Sunwoojunga, 10cm, Ha Heonjin, CADEJO, Lee Jin Ah, and Hello Ga-Young.
I love the sound and overall vibe of this album so much. My rating for it is a bulletproof 10/10. Tailor is refreshing and different from what Korean mainstream music has to offer. It is the perfect relaxation kit that everyone deserves. Ever since I discovered this album, no day has gone by without listening to at least one track. That’s how much I enjoy this jazz feast from The BLANK Shop. Also, the variation of voices on this record is another exquisite aspect. Each artist that Yun Seok Cheol worked with brought a unique and beautiful attribute into the mix. Although I enjoy listening to all fourteen songs, the ones I replay the most are – “AmoneThat’sCapone” – “How can I live without love” – “Lazy mornings – “LAN escape” – “Mold in closet” & – “What I can’t do”
I hope you all take some time to check out Tailor by The BLANK Shop because it is outstanding. Plus, if you’re someone who is into jazz music, this is specifically designed for you. Trust me, because I feel this is one of the best records I have stumbled on this year.
Until my next post, continue to have a beautiful day, everyone💕💕💕.
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 – 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.
Here is the highlight medley –
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 see🧐. Alright, 0.34 seconds in, and this is weird but funny😂😂😂. 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.
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.
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.
Where the sea sleeps – I have said it all already.
Forest -Interlude 2- (DENIMALZ 3) – Yes, come through with that soulful harmonization. Oh, the serenity of it all. I AM IN LOVE.
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.
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.
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.
DAY6 just released their 6th mini-album titled The Book of Us: The Demon. It has eight songs, including the title track “Zombie” DAY6 is a South Korean band managed by JYP Entertainment. The group currently has five members: Jae, Sungjin, Young K, Wonpil and Dowoon. In 2015, they debuted as a six-member band with the EP – The Day. Former member, Junhyeok left the group in 2016. All members of DAY6 are personally involved in the production of their songs. Basically, they write and compose their own music.
On May 10th, DAY6 announced their decision to suspend all team activities until further notice because some members are dealing with anxiety. So, unfortunately, The Book of Us: The Demon will not be getting any promotion, but I don’t care as far as the boys are healthy and safe. That’s all that truly matters to me as their fan. For more details, read this article 👉🏼 DAY6 Temporarily Suspends Team Activities To Focus On Mental Health.
(Please note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exacts thoughts while listening to each song.)
Reaction to Title Track/Official MV:
Thankfully I have English subs.
I don’t exactly know what to expect from this song since I tried my best to avoid the album sample and music teasers.
Nice, we’re starting out with some heavy drums. I see you, Dowoon.
Young K is taking the lead on this track, and he sounds great as always.
My baby Jae, he always looks good blonde.😍😍😍
Yess, Wonpil. Please bless my ears with your smooth vocals.
The lyrics are very relatable. There are times when life suddenly becomes a tasteless hassle.
One minute you’re happy, and then you gradually fall into a down period without realizing why for a very long time. Everything becomes a burden, and nothing seems exciting any longer.
I have felt that pain and frustration, so I know it hits hard, but I can assure you from personal experience that the healing process is absolutely beautiful.
So to anyone whose current emotions mirror that of this song, please remember that you’re doing great, and it’s okay to take things one step at a time. Try to take a step back and relax your mind.
Everyone needs a break from rigorous routines. Your mental health and inner peace are way more important than anything else. Remember, “THIS TOO SHALL PASS.” I LOVE YOU ALL. ❣️❣️❣️
I’m so happy they included the English lyrics quickly because it helped me connect more with this song.
Now, let’s get back to the music.
Woonpil’s first part brought in more melody into this song, and I love how Sungjin came in during that section.
Sungjin seems to have fewer parts in this song.
I am slowing getting into the vibe of “Zombie”, but let’s see how the chorus sounds.
Jae’s voice, though.💕 His tone is versatile, and the way he plays around the notes always gets me.
I love that this song is entirely different from their previous comeback, and they’re still killing it.
The chorus is fantastic as I expected. Not super upbeat but still great.
The instrumental is beautiful and well-produced.
I love the graphics and visuals for the music video.
The melody for the line – “Yeah, we live a life” is so catchy.
The way Jae sang – “This meaningless life” gave me life.😊 I know this is a melancholic song, but that part made me melt.
Yess, Sungjin is finally on the chorus. His voice always suits the climax of their songs.
This second chorus seems a bit more intense than the first drop.
I have to go back and confirm it.
Yep, I was right. The first chorus didn’t include guitars until the instrumental solo, but this second drop came right in with a strong guitar riff.
It’s official, I am into “Zombie”. It took me a while, but once I heard that “yeah we live a life” melody a few times and the chorus, I FELL IN LOVE.
As always, DAY6 didn’t disappoint, and I am ready to fully accept this era’s sound and vibe.
Yesss, Wonpil, come through with your soothing vocal.
I love the bridge. WAIT A MINUTE… did I just hear a subtly modulation? Wow, I’m in love.
I love how the drums dropped out after the modulation. Then Young K and Jae smoothly took us to the end with just a piano.
That was a soothing and perfect way to close such a beautiful song.
“Zombie” is definitely going on my playlist.
Thank you, DAY6, for creating such a lovely and relatable song.
Also, congratulations on charting Top 10 on Melon.👏👏👏
Thank you to JYP Entertainment for putting the well being of boys first before any promotion.
I pray they come back healthier and stronger.
Album Review: The Book of Us: Entropy is my favourite from them now, but let’s see if The Book of Us: The Demon can beat it. Here is the album sampler –
Day and Night – I love the instrumental, most especially the drumbeat. DAY6 never fails to bring something new each time they release an album. Their voices make me melt because they all sound beautiful. “Day and Night” is groovy, but I know the lyrics will be deep. I will read the English translations for the B-sides once I’m done with this review. For now, I just want to take in the music. I love this song’s melody. Honestly, they are such good composers and songwriters. Wow, the vocals on this are giving me life. I wish I could sing along. Also, I want to attend a DAY6 concert so bad. Oooh, the tempo suddenly increased a bit for the bridge. The vocal runs in the background are perfect, and now we’re ending things on the regular rhythm. I LOVE THIS TRACK, I was swinging from side to side the entire time. This is such a solid start for the album. I need to listen to “Day and Night” again. I just noticed that Dowoon is singing during the call and response sections. Nice.
Zombie – I am going to listen to this one for a while before moving on. Once again, can I just praise DAY6 for creating the most lovely and catchy melodies? 👏👏👏👏 The ending of this song gets me in my feels.
Tick Tock – Nice shallow guitar entry. Plus, the beat drop on Young K’s vocal entry is perfect. Honestly, DAY6’s entire discography is a masterpiece, in my opinion. The Book of Us: The Demon definitely focuses more on deep lyrics and dark/mixed emotions, so I love this era. I could include the lyric videos at the end of this post for anyone interested. Wonpil’s voice makes me feel like I’m floating in the sky. His vocal runs on this track are light and peaceful. Yes, Sungjin come through with your raspy and powerful tone. I love how they sing – “tick-tock, tick-tock.” DAY6 stays, giving me bop to bop. “Tick Tock” has a jazzy vibe, and I am living for this slow groove.
Love me or Leave me – Another song with a guitar entry, but this is more sharp compared to the last one. WOW!!! The way Wonpil came in gave me chills. I LOVE whatever that repetitive distorted voice is in the background. Okay, I am living for those deep rhythmic claps. WAIT A MINUTE… this song is very different, and I like it. The production on this track is insanely good. I love how they’re singing in unison. The harmonies are blessing ears. The synthesized instrumental for the pre-chorus section is so perfect. Dowoon, I hear you on those drums. He is too good, and he came through big time on this song. The chorus is a vibe. This is 🔥🔥🔥. I love the electronic sound. All songs so far have been incredible, but “Love me or Leave me” took things to a whole new level that I can’t even explain in words. The build-up before the chorus is too damn epic. “Baby, love me or leave me tonight.” 💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼
STOP – Are we going hard rock on this one? I don’t mind. Oh, I see it now… we are in the upbeat section of the album. All I need now is to be in a car while blasting this song on the highest volume. I LOVE the rhythm, and the instrumental is fire. Plus, the chorus drop just transported me to another universe. Nice touch with one person starting a line and all the boys coming in at the end in unison. It’s so good to hear their harmonies. I also hear some beautiful background harmonization, which is giving me life. I’m just here dancing because “STOP” is a JAM, people!!! This song really fits Sungjin’s voice, and he didn’t come to play either. THIS IS MY FAVOURITE ON THE ALBUM, AND ALL THE SONGS BE GIVING ME MAJOR LIFE👏👏👏. I ain’t moving on to the next track just yet. This is going to be enjoyed fully.
1 to 10 – Intriguing start. It’s like with every comeback, Dowoon gets better because the drums are speaking to my soul. This is another upbeat track, and I already love the melody – “1 to 10, 1 to 10.” Coming from “STOP” almost made me miss the distinct features of this song because I was comparing both. So let’s restart “1 to 10”. Alright… The guitar players are clearly finessing their skills. Young K sounds so glorious on the chorus. The tune and pause they use when singing “nobody loves you… more than me baby.” really calls for the listener’s attention. I love how the intense instrumental dropped out for the bridge, and now we have this heavily synthesized sound and some falsetto singing. This is pure eargasm. Dowoon did such an excellent job on the ending drums. He definitely owns this song.
Afraid – Okay, this is the slowest song on this album and also a nice close since the next track is an English version of “Zombie” The soft guitar start and drumline style beat is beautiful and very fitting. I love the “oooh, oooh, oooh” in the background. Young K is really killing the hooks on this album and Jae with that “I’m so afraid, I’m so afraid” is a whole mood. This track is relaxing but also intense on the chorus. I love the slight beat switch up during the bridge and how they slowed things down before returning to the regular tempo. “Afraid” is lovely.
Zombie (English Version) – At least, I can push this version on my friends who are not into kpop, LOL. I also love this version as much as the Korean one.
The Book of Us: The Demon IS AN ALBUM.🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 DAY6 created a masterpiece. They brought their A+++++ game for this comeback, and I enjoyed every minute spent listening to them slay my life with each song. I was super excited about this new album, so I am glad that it lived up to my expectations. I don’t know yet if this beats The Book of Us: Entropy for me. However, what I’m sure of is that this album is epic, PERIODTTTT. Therefore, my rating is a solid and wholesome 10/10.
Once again, I pray for the boys to feel better and return stronger. Now, I’m off to go read the English lyrics.
I’m clearly overexcited, but I don’t care. Let me live🎉🎉🎉. I had to wait for all the individual and group images before composing this post. Now let’s enjoy this visual feast together.
First off is their tracklist photo for the upcoming album – The Book of Us: The Demon.
Then here are the group teaser images. I love the suits. They are all serving looks. I’m already imagining how amazing the music video is going to be.😃
Up next is our leader, Sungjin’s individual teaser images.
Jae’s individual teaser images. My bias.💕💕💕
Wonpil’s individual teaser images. I can’t wait for him to slay me with vocals.
Young K’s individual teaser images. Somehow only him and Dowoon’s pictures came in a different format.
Our baby, Dowoon’s individual teaser images.
Honestly, I love the vibe so far. I’m going to stop checking for photo/video teasers now because I want a full experience when I review the album. I still need some element of surprise; hence I won’t listen to the album sampler if they do drop one.
Is anyone else as excited for DAY6’s comeback, or am I the lone ranger here????
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that DAY6 is one of my favourite Korean bands. I just found out that they have a comeback set for May 11th at 6 p.m KST, and I am super excited!!! This new album is titled The Book of Us: The Demon, and it is the third installment of The Book of Us trilogy.
They previously released The Book of Us: Gravity on July 15th, 2019 and The Book of Us Entropy on October 22nd, 2019. I only reviewed The Book of Us Entropy. If you’re interested in that post, use this link 👉🏼 DAY6 – THE BOOK OF US: ENTROPY: Album Review
Now here is the teaser, they just released –
DAY6 has never disappointed me with any comeback, so I’m really looking forward to this new album.
Just for fun – my go-to song from The Book of Us: Gravity is “Time of Our Life” –
and for The Book of Us: Entropy. This one is quite hard to decide because this album is my regular jam, but I’ll have to go with “Not Fine” –
Recently, I haven’t been posting a lot. I am at that critical point in the semester, where I only have time to study and sleep. That is why this playlist is coming to you guys this late in the season. Winter is almost over, and spring should be here soon. Hence I tried my best to revamp this playlist with a few tracks that could also suit spring. As per usual, I have included short previews for each track.
#. AKMU – How can I love the heartbreak, you’re the one I love
I had to start with AKMU. They are my go-to for this time of the year. They help me feel at peace. “How can I love the heartbreak, you’re the one I love” is one of my favourites from their SAILINGalbum. I listen to this song on my way to school, while studying, and I even use it as my bedtime lullaby. It is that good, so I hope you all love it as well. Also, feel free to check out my album review for SAILING with this link 👉🏼 AKMU – SAILING: Album Review
#. Eric Nam – Hold Me I personally feel that Eric Nam is the perfect selection for spring. His voice gives me the most wonderful tingling sensation ever. “Hold Me” is the kind of song that automatically makes any listener feel loved and cherished. I have written about my love for Eric Nam while covering his content a few times on this blog. So if you need more song suggestions from this amazing artist, simply click on his name tag at the end of this post.
#. DAY6 – I’ll try This is such a lovely track from DAY6. Try to search up the English lyrics because you need to understand how touching this song is. “I’ll try” always make me feel like I am in a warm embrace with someone special. I think it is very fitting for winter. I have ranted about how good DAY6 is a few times on this blog. Honestly, they never disappoint. If you want to read more DAY6 related content, simply click on their name tag at the end of this post.
#. Solar, Kassy – A song from the past A charming duet from two incredible ladies. I absolutely adore this song. The harmonies, melody and high notes are beautiful. I think it is a perfect track for spring. So I hope you all enjoy it as well. I also wrote a review for this song that can be accessed with this link 👉🏼 Solar x Kassy – A Song From The Past: Music Review
#TAEYEON – Wine “Wine” is my favourite track from Taeyeon’s Purpose album. The chorus is infectious, and Taeyeon’s voice during that section is pure bliss. I randomly find myself humming the melody. I am glad that I checked out the full album because I would have missed out on this gem. To read my review for Taeyeon’s Purpose album, including the repackaged version, use these links 👉🏼 TAEYEON – PURPOSE: Album Review
#. Eric Nam – 4AM Yess I included another song from Eric Nam and it also from the same digital single release. I love both songs, so I could not pick one over the other. This track is more upbeat, and I live for the raw vocal runs in this one. The man can sing, and no one can change my opinion. He had a concert in my city recently, but I couldn’t go due to school😭😭😭. Anyways I hope you guys enjoy listening to “4AM”.
#. millic, HAN – Treasure Island “Treasure Island” is a jam but the full Vida album that contains this track is a complete BOP and A HALF. Millic worked perfection, and everyone that was featured on it nailed their part. A full-blown masterpiece. For some reason, Vida is no longer available on Spotify, but I hope he brings it back because I need my jams intact. Honestly, Korean RnB is on another level.
#. Primary, SUMIN, Qim Isle – woozoo Another BOP. Primary is an incredible producer. I discovered this song while reviewing the second part of his PAKTORY EP. To read that review, use this link 👉🏼Primary – 3-PAKTORYO2: Music Review. Immediately the song started, I was captivated by SUMIN’s voice. Honestly, she should be a bigger name because the lady can sing. “woozoo” always gets me in some kind of turnt up mood that I can’t even explain in words.
#. Punch – Sometimes This is actually my first song from Punch that isn’t an OST for a Korean drama. I love the chill and carefree vibe this track gives off. Punch has a remarkable voice, so I was determined to check out her personal discography and “Sometimes” is my favourite so far from all her songs I have listed to. To read more content about Punch, simply click her name tag at the end of this post.
#. Vincent Blue – Stupid This is the most intriguing song I have heard in a long while. Indeed, music is a compelling tool. There are various ways artists express themselves, and the effect that their expressions have on another individual is incredible. Vincent Blue’s voice and the way he sang this song continually leaves me in awe. He sounds so elegant, especially when he starts those vocal runs that mimic the instruments. “Stupid” is pure art and also an excellent show of intelligent production.
#. IU – The visitor My love for IU soars higher each day along with my undying adoration for her Love poem album. I already wrote a review for it, so I will try not to rant again. If you still need to read my review, use this link 👉🏼 IU – LOVE POEM: Album Review. All the songs on this album are equally amazing as expected from IU, but I chose “The visitor” because I feel it suits this season the most.
#. Dean, Crush, Jeff Bernat – What 2 Do Since I decided to spring things up with a few RnB and neo-soul tracks, I couldn’t leave out Dean. “What 2 Do” is one of my first songs from him, and I still destroy the replay button on this song to date. It is so good. Plus Crush and Jeff Bernat also held their fort. These three amazing singers came together and disrespected me most beautifully. I LOVE!!!😍😍😍
#. Tia Ray – Ready For Love The instrumental on this track is LIT🔥🔥🔥. In fact, the entire 1212album is a groovy anthem. I am so pleased that I randomly discovered this artist. Her voice and energy are perfect. “Ready For Love” always comes on when I need something upbeat but not too loud. Just perfect enough for body rolling. I sit on my bed and dance like the weird human being I am.💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼
#. g.o.d – One Candle g.o.d!!!. I love me some first-generation Kpop artists. This song might not fancy some people on the first listen, but I will advise you to give it a second or third try. If you still don’t like it, oh well😂😂😂. We can’t all have the same taste because differences are what make the world interesting. Anyways “One Candle” is one of my favourite classics from g.o.d. The lyrics are beautiful, and the chorus always has me dancing.
#. DAY6 – days gone by
Yes, DAY6 appeared again because according to Spotify, they are my most played Kpop group and I ain’t arguing with facts. My closest friend and I live for this song because of the old school disco vibe. I mean, who can resist a good disco jam with such impressive vocals. There is no way you can see me sitting still when “days gone by” comes on. It becomes a party hall, no matter where I am😂😂😂.
#. Ailee – Reminiscing The powerhouse Ailee is here with her soft and impeccable vocal runs that consistently make me wonder how she sings this song live. Honestly, even after watching a live performance, I am still confused. How does she belt that high-speed line with so much ease? All the same, “Reminiscing” is a beautiful track, and it is precisely the kind of song that I gravitate to during the cold season. To read more Ailee related content, click on her name tag at the end of this post.
#. Urban Zakapa – Nearness Is To Love You all know how I feel about ballads/RnB and Urban Zakapa always nail their tracks. Plus, “Nearness Is To Love” is entirely in English, so I could understand right away. This song is so soothing, and I remember during the first week of discovering it, I couldn’t listen to anything else. The melody was stuck in my head. It is such a beautiful piece, and the vocal quality is to die for.
#. 4Men – Baby Baby This is a song that never fails to get me in my feels. I love it when Spotify recommends new artists to me because I get to try something different every once in a while. I discovered 4Men a few years ago. They are such talented singers and “Baby Baby” is my favourite from them. The vocal prowess they showcase throughout this song is incredible.
#. LEE HI – BREATHE This song became so hard to listen to for a long time, but I am back on it now. I love the message of hope and reassurance that no matter what is happening, you are not alone. So it is okay to take a break and breathe. Even from the initial release, it was a very emotional piece because I was in an awful mental space at the time. “BREATHE” definitely means a lot to me. I hope anyone dealing with trials finds some comfort through this song.
#. Juno Su – Fortunately, We Meet Again I have definitely overplayed this soundtrack from the Chinese drama, Ten Years Late. There is something about the chorus section that soothes my soul, and it perfect for this season. I already featured it as my song for the week and on my list of favourite 2019 OSTs, but I still included in this playlist. Whenever I can’t sleep, I either play “Fortunately, We Meet Again” or rain sounds. That is how much I love this song.
#. Urban Zakapa – Wish There are few very popular OSTs from Goblin, but there are some other late releases that I think did not get enough attention. “Wish” by Urban Zakaba is one of those. This song’s progression is intense and captivating. It literally feels like you are soaring on the power of love. I like to pretend like I am singing along with them because it makes me feel invincible.
#. Park Hyo Shin – Goodbye Hmmm, are there really any words that could describe the amazement that is Park Hyo Shin. The man stuns all the time. I know how good he is, but I still get surprised by each new song. “Goodbye” is a magical piece. It starts out slow, but the vocal prowess that Park Hyo Shin displays from the one minute mark just leaves my mouth hanging wide open, and I ain’t complaining. Yesss…. please bless my ears with your breathtaking pipes.
#. BTOB – Missing You I could write a whole page full of praise and love for BTOB because they are more than deserving of that. With each new album, they continue to impress both as a group and individually. So if you don’t know them, what are you waiting for???🙄🙄😊 Anyways “Missing You” is an excellent song with beautiful vocals and great rap verses. Also, since it is my favourite from Brother Act., it has to be on this playlist.
#. Younha – Dark Clouds I love working on this blog, not just because of my obsession with music and dramas but also because it broadens my horizon. I discover a lot of new things while creating content here. Younha is one of such discoveries. While trying to check out more artists for music review content, I stumbled upon her latest album – UNSTABLE MINDSET,and I was utterly blown away. If you will like to read my review for UNSTABLE MINDSET, use this link 👉🏼 YOUNHA – UNSTABLE MINDSET: Album Review. “Dark Clouds” is a powerful and heartfelt song. It also happens to be one of my faves, so I decided to include it.
#. Lee Moon Sae – A welcome rain Another song which I listed as one of my favourite OSTs from 2019. “A welcome rain” makes me feel emotions that I shouldn’t be experiencing. Yes, I have gone through some sad things, but the way this song calls out my tears is still not explainable. This is a sad one, but I still love it. Anytime I hear it play, I recall Shin Hye-sun’s scenes from Angel’s Last Mission: Love. So maybe that’s why the tears flow because her performance was too good. Also, bravo to Lee Moon Sae for an emotional delivery of this exquisite piece.
#. Paul Kim – Big Heart Paul Kim is one singer that always calls forth my attention. “Big Heart” was his last release for 2019, and I already wrote a review for it. You can access that post with this link 👉🏼 Paul Kim – Big Heart: Music Review. Also, for more content, click on his name tag at the end of this post. Paul Kim was on my first Winter Playlist, and I didn’t even know him so well then. Now, a year later, he is one of my favourite Korean solo acts. His voice is precious, and he is still quite young, so just imagine what he could produce with even more experience. I am excited to hear more songs from him.
#. DAY6 – All Alone I promise that this is my last song from DAY6 on this playlist😂😂😂. I tried my best to have one artist to one song, but people like Eric Nam and DAY6 could not let a sister be great. I really like “All Alone” because of the stripped-down acoustic style of the song. It puts more attention on their voices, and I love, I MEAN I REALLY LOVE to hear them bless me. Ladies and gentlemen, yes, this is for sure the curtain roll on my DAY6 rants in this post. I hope you enjoyed every section. Moving on…
#. Davichi – Dear. Another beautiful set of vocal queens. This song is a chill love and appreciation vibe. Davichi effortlessly nailed each note while still keeping the progression a bit simple. I adore the instrumental for “Dear” because it reminds me of Christmas jingles. Which makes sense since this track was released in December of last year. Anyways, I play Christmas songs throughout the year, so this can be included in this list. I have a review for”Dear” on this blog, it can be accessed with this link 👉🏼 Davichi – Dear: Music Review
#. ATEEZ – Sunrise
ATEEZ is another new discovery, and I have been fangirling over them a lot recently. Currently, I have two stable biases (Park Seonghwa and Kim Hongjoong), but every now and then, I get swayed by other members. After reviewing their most recent album, I went ahead to check out their discography, and “Sunrise” was one of the first songs that caught my attention. I love the message and the heavy drumbeat used for the instrumental. For more ATEEZ content, simply click on their name tag at the end of this post.
#. The Rose – She’s In The Rain Finally The Rose comes into the mix. Another one of my favourite K-bands. I really hope they get good results concerning the recent dispute with their management company. “She’s In The Rain” was the first song I heard from this group, and I immediately fell in love. The Dawnalbum, which contains this song, is also perfect. So all I did was choose my number track from it.
Well, I hope you all were at least intrigued by one or two songs. This playlist is available on YouTube and Spotify with these links: 👉🏼 Youtube Winter 2020
Today’s post will be a review of DAY6’s latest release. I am so excited. I tried to stay away from the teasers and the album sampler, but I could not resist. From the little I heard, I feel the album is going to be good. So let us get right into it.
DAY6 is a South Korean band managed by JYP Entertainment. The group has five members: Jae, Sungjin, Young K, Wonpil and Dowoon. I will be reviewing their third regular album – The Book of Us: Entropy.
“Sweet Chaos” is the title track for this album.
(This is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to the songs.)
Reaction to Official MV/Title track:
I am just a few seconds in, and I already love it.
I do not know if it is just my ears, but the beginning instrumental has a slight jazz feel.
Anyways “Sweet Chaos” is definitely hardcore rock, and I am here for it.
Okay, because I could not get over the jazz sound, I had to pause the music video to do some research. According to the information from DAY6’s official profile on the JYP Entertainment website, “Sweet Chaos” is a combination of the swing genre and the explosive sound of punk rock. The swing music style is commonly used in blues and jazz, so my ears were not deceiving me.
They all look so good.🥰🥰🥰
Young K, with his “right is left, left is right,” really got me. He came hard with his verse. An excellent way to start the song.
Oooh, they made a great decision on starting the music video in black and white and then splashing in the colours.
I am in love with the aesthetic of this video.
All the vocalists sound fantastic, as always.
I am already jamming to this, and I am only halfway through the song.
Basically, “Sweet Chaos” is about losing control of your life because of the person you are in love with.
The individual shots of them with wet hair is so beautiful. Way too much handsome faces on my screen. Once again, the music video is stunning.
I love how it ended. I believe it was Jae that sang the last bit (please correct me if I am wrong).
As of now, typing this sentence, I have not listened to the album yet, but I can already tell that it is going to be good. This title track is superb, so my excitement to check out the full album is on another level now. But before I do that, I am going to watch this music video again.😄😄😄
I just did my fifth watch, and the song is still hype and intriguing with every listen. So… I think it is safe to say that I really love “Sweet Chaos.”
I hope you all enjoy listening to this song as well.
I already mentioned this in my previous album review, but I am going to state it again. When I listen to albums, I do not shuffle or pick particular songs. I follow the given arrangement. Every artist has a reason for placing certain songs at a specific point of an album. So shuffling on your first listen, might cause you to miss the beauty and message that the artist was trying to convey.
Now time to dive in –
Deep in love – The beginning reminds me of funky Motown songs. Kool & The Gang came to my mind once the song started. Oooh, the chorus on this is too good; it so catchy. It sounds quite trippy at first, but I really love the harmonization. They went crazy with the drums and the guitar riffs towards the end, and I LOVE IT. I think this might be my favourite song on the album, but it is too early to decide that, so I will just chill. 😆😆
Sweet Chaos – It still sounds great, and this is my sixth time listening to it. I already wrote about this song, so I am just going to enjoy it.💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼
EMERGENCY – What is this techno sound? I love the beginning – “Breathe in, Breathe in and out and in and out and out.” It is so cool. Lol, I hear Dowoons voice. I cannot even focus on typing my reaction; I am here dancing. Honestly, no exaggeration here, this song goes hard. I have to listen to it again.
Rescue Me – Straight up started like an anime opening. YessSS Wonpil, please bless me with vocals. I am not even going to discuss instrumentalization anymore because DAY6 has already confirmed the fact that they eat their instruments for breakfast, lunch and dinner. LMAO, the song ended I was like really, is that it? I need more. I need to see them live😥. “Rescue Me” is definitely anime music.
365247 – This seems more mellow. Definitely Pop with Latin influence. I also hear a slight dancehall influence, most notably with the singing style. “365247” is softer compared to the previous tracks but still upbeat. I enjoyed it. The bridge towards the end is my favourite part. Dowoon sang the bridge section, and it really suits his voice. This is another great party song.
About Now – The beginning of “About Now” sounds like the background tune for a video game. And then at some point, it changes to lift music (i.e. elevator music). Do not get me wrong, the music is charming, but that just came to mind once I heard it. I believe the album is taking a different direction at this point. This is why I do not shuffle. I want to see how things flow. I love the calmness of this track. That “lalalala, la la la” is so soft and cute. They all sound beautiful on this.
OUCH – This also starts out like lift music, but I could picture it being played at a cafe. This is also another great song. I love the “Aya ya ya ya, neomu apa na na na na.” It is always interesting to hear such lyrics in songs. Because at first, I thought they were singing “you’re my banana na na,” but I had to look it up to be sure.😂😂😂 Yes, Young K comes in with the rap. Some Latin influence again. So this song is still upbeat, but I think it has a melancholic feel.
Not Fine – I love the bass on this. I think this might be one of my top songs from the album, along with “Deep in love.” It is a groovy track but still emotional. It reminds me of another song I have heard, but I cannot place it. So far, all the songs have been great, not one was dull. As expected from DAY6. The vocalization on “Not Fine” is really captivating.
Stop Talking – Yes, to the reggae style of this song. The guitar playing during the chorus really took me by surprise. I was not expecting it to take that route. I feel like I am a broken record at this point, but their vocals. Some people are just blessed. I really love the rasp in Sungjin voice, and the guitars on this song are epic.
Not Mine – Why does the beginning of this song sound like they about to sing a musical number? Once it started, I felt like I was listening to the phantom of the opera. Sorry for all my random thoughts😂, but this is how my brain works😂😂. Damn…Wonpil did not have to come for my edges like that with that start. The intensity of this song can get anyone’s attention. Another favourite for me. From “Not Fine” to “Not Mine,” we seem to be slowing getting back into the intensity from the beginning of the album but in a different style. Excellent arrangement.
Like a flowing wind – Looks like we are ending things with a rock-ballad. Very powerful vocalization on the chorus of this song. This is such a beautiful track to end the album with. I really enjoyed listening to “Like a flowing wind.” Now it is time to listen to the entire album again.
While I do that,
Here is the album sampler for you all to get a real feel of what the songs sound like. I listened to The Book of Us: Entropy on Spotify and it is also available on iTunes and Apple music.
This album has already been added to my playlist. I enjoyed the entire 37 minutes and 25 seconds of listening to The Book of Us: Entropy. DAY6 produced a fantastic album. They did not disappoint me. I was really excited about their comeback, and I am happy that I did not miss out on such a masterpiece. I loved every song, but I definitely have my favourites that will be on repeat longer compared to others.
My rating for this album is 10/10.
That is it for this post, loves. Go listen to The Book of Us: Entropy because it is a full experience. And when you are done with that, check out other great songs from DAY6. I have one right here –