Catching Up With Recent Comebacks: TAEMIN|(G)I-DLE

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

“2 KIDS” by TAEMINimg_2848Reaction to Official MV:

  • Interesting guitar strumming for the intro, and as expected, Taemin is serving vocals.
  • The cityscape visuals for this music video are stunning.
  • The guitar instrumental is really intriguing and beautiful.
  • I love the chorus, it has a graceful and somewhat relaxing melody.
  • Taemin dancing is so unique and fluid. It’s always fun to watch him dance.
  • So this song is about two young people that fell in love and unfortunately had to break up? I guess they were too immature and hurt each other a lot.
  • That’s what I’m getting from the lyrics so far.
  • The instrumental is incredible, it keeps surprising me.
  • I know Taemin wrote the lyrics, but whoever produced the music is mighty talented.
  • “2 KIDS” is playlist worthy. The rhythm and melody are going to be stuck in my head for a while.
  • I love this song. Therefore it gets a 10/10 rating from me.

 

“DUMDi DUMDi” by (G)I-DLEimg_2852Reaction to Official MV:

  • Thankfully most of the music videos I’m watching today have English subs.
  • I am getting strong Old West vibes from this music video and intro.
  • All the girls look beautiful.
  • Well, that was an abrupt way to end the intro. I would have preferred a better blend into the actual song.
  • The song itself is giving me major Arabic vibes.
  • Honestly, at this point, I have no idea what to expect. Fingers crossed🀞🏼🀞🏼🀞🏼, please be a good song.
  • WAIT, I am so confused. The Arabic sound that I assumed was the beginning of the song is not actually the song?πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£
  • Okay… okay, let’s continue, but at least that makes up for the abrupt switch I didn’t like.
  • All the ladies are in the same motel, and it’s about to go down!!!
  • You see, the actual song intro blended in perfectly like I wanted.
  • Oooh, the beat is hard, and Soyeon looks stunning with the long hair.
  • They are all doing well in the vocal department. Unfortunately, I wasn’t feeling it until Minnie’s part came in.
  • She looks gorgeous with pink hair.
  • The chorus is captivating but still feels off to me.
  • Soyeon’s flow is excellent, as always.
  • I vibe with the chorus more on the second listen.
  • I think Minnie might be my bias in (G)I-DLE. I love her voice, and she is so pretty.
  • “DUMDi DUMDi” is a fun song. I love the chorus, but I don’t think it’s something I would listen to a lot, hence why it gets an 8.5/10 from me.

 

 

HYO (Feat Loopy, SOYEON of (G)I-DLE – DESSERT: Kpop Music Review

Another comeback I was looking forward to. On July 22nd, Hyoyeon released her new single titled “DESSERT”, and I am ready to hear what this song sounds like. img_1667Kim Hyo-yeon, popularly known as Hyoyeon or DJ HYO, is a South Korean singer and DJ born on September 22nd, 1989. She is also a member of the popular girl group – Girls’ Generation and is currently managed by SM Entertainment.

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

Reaction to Official MV:

  • SOYEON always comes in fierce, and she is already serving it hot on this song.
  • I am happy with all the videos today because they all have English subs.
  • The beat goes hard, and I am here for all this energy.
  • I love the raspy tone of Hyoyeon’s voice. She sounds great, and I like how she came into the mix smoothly.
  • I was so focused on the visuals that I forgot to pay attention to the lyrics.
  • The music video set is quite impressive.
  • OKAY!!! ALRIGHT!!! THIS IS LIT!!!πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯
  • “You know what I deserve (What?)… DESSERT! DESSERT! DESSERT!” 
  • The chorus goes hardπŸ’ƒπŸΌ.
  • I love that red outfit. Hyoyeon looks so good, I can’t deal.
  • How can someone be this gorgeous and slay effortlessly?
  • She is a full truckload of talent, and I love seeing her win.
  • The choreography is solid, and the way Loopy came has me grooving hard.
  • “DESSERT” is a certified BOP and a half.
  • This was made for my playlist, and it must go on there for constant replays.
  • It is such a simple track but well produced with the right artists on it.
  • The beat switch up for the bridge got me hollering. This is a perfect EDM track that will feel right on every listen.
  • I don’t care what anyone says, but I am giving my rating even before the song ends.
  • “DESSERT” by HYO (Feat. Loopy, SOYEON of (G)I-DLE) gets a bulletproof 10/10 from me.
  • The πŸ‘‘ did not come to play with you all. So kindly put some accolades on Hyoyeon’s name because she served.
  • 🎀🎀🎀

(G)I-DLE – I Trust: Kpop Album Review

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

Hello, everyoneπŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

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

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

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

Reaction to Title track/Official MV:

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

Album Review:

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

Okay, enough of my stories.

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

Final Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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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