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. Kim 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!!!🔥🔥🔥
“You know what I deserve (What?)… DESSERT! DESSERT! DESSERT!”
The chorus goes hard💃🏼.
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 👑 did not come to play with you all. So kindly put some accolades on Hyoyeon’s name because she served.
Taeyeon just released the repackaged version of her Purpose album, and I am excited to check out the three new songs. Since I have already given my reaction to the previous ten main tracks and two B-sides, I will not be discussing them on this post. If you still need to read my review for the original album, use these links 👉🏼 TAEYEON – PURPOSE: Album Review & TAEYEON – FOUR SEASONS: Music Review.
This repackaged album has fifteen songs. The new songs are – “Drawing Our Moments” – “My Tragedy” and the title track – “Dear Me”
(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 for Dear Me:
Yesss… I have English Captions available.
I am always captured by an excellent guitar start, so I think I might really enjoy this one.
I love the fall colour palette of the music video. It complements Taeyeon’s voice and also adds some sort of serene atmosphere for the listener.
She is so beautiful.
I love the encouraging message.
Basically, she is telling us to fight through everything that comes our way, so that one day we can all say – “I made it, I love myself and I trust myself… I am well now.”
The hope of saying such words should be what keeps the light burning in us to continue living.
I am also at a point in life where all is not what I expected, but I try to focus on the good and not overthink. So I truly appreciate this message from Taeyeon.
Did anyone notice that the lyric progression shows that it takes time to gain self-love and worth? Taeyeon starts by singing – I want to tell myself these words because I did not hear them before to finally concluding that now she has grown and can stand by herself to say such words freely.
That is some excellent writing, and she sounds very soothing on this track as well.
I love how the tone of the guitar switches up for each section of the song. It follows the emotion of the lyrics.
When the lyrics are sad, the guitar sounds soft and solemn. Then when Taeyeon sings hopeful words, the guitar intensifies.
Also, nice touch with the inclusion of classical instruments from the second verse.
I just wish I could hear more of her background vocals towards the end.
But I know it was an artistic choice to reduce the volume, so that is not a big issue.
Since I am not reacting to the full album again. I will rate the songs individually.
Overall, I enjoyed listening to this song. What really got my attention was the message. “Dear Me” is a letter to anyone feeling down and tired of life.
Also, with all Taeyeon has been through, this is a powerful declaration👏👏👏.
As for the music on its own, it is a well-produced and impressive track.
But personally, “Dear Me” falls into my great songs category. It does not make it to the mind-blowing top tracks section.
Therefore my rating for it is 9/10.
My Tragedy –
This has a weird start, but okay.
Taeyeon sound more powerful in this track.
The consistent note on the keyboard makes me have high hopes for the drop.
I love how they layered her vocals for this song. It has a beautiful effect on the ears.
The drop is not what I expected. It is way slower, but I love the bass and drums that came in.
She sounds flawless, as always.
I was not expecting that switch-up for the bridge, but her perfect voice and the high note made up for it.
That synthesized keyboard sound from the beginning is back again.
Ooh, they added an intriguing effect on her voice. It seems like she is breaking off due to a bad connection.
I am going to listen to “My Tragedy” one more time before giving my rating.
Okay…. this song is not doing much for me. Maybe if I read the English translations later, I might have a different opinion. But I still do not think I will listen to it often.
So my rating for “My Tragedy” is 7/10.
Drawing Our Moments –
Hopefully, I like this one more.
I love how it starts out. Really relaxing.
It is always a pleasure to hear singers use the call and response technique.
The little humming she does is lovely.
Okay, I am definitely enjoying this track more.
It is soft and very soothing.
Nothing much is going on with the instrumental for now, so all focus is on Taeyeon’s beautiful voice.
I love this, and I am not even halfway in.
The way the new beat came in was so perfect. Not anything too intense, but I can definitely hear some new elements in the instrumental now.
I love all the little vocal runs, and her voice has also been layered in this track.
Oooo, I was not expecting a modulation, but it fits.
Each section of this song flows perfectly well into the next. It is too good.
Yesss, I think I just found THE SONG for me. I am here for this style and composition.
Taeyeon is blessing me with her pitch-perfect high notes and background vocals.
My rating for “Drawing Our Moments” is a solid 10/10.
I have already added “Dear Me” and “Drawing Our Moments” to my personal playlist. Unfortunately, “My Tragedy” is not my cup of tea.
All the same, these three songs were excellent additions and stayed with the theme of the original album. So I might go check out what new goodies come in the actual physical copy of the repackaged album.
In this post, I will be reviewing the bonus tracks for Taeyeon’s second album – Purpose. “Four Seasons” and “Blue” were released earlier this year by Taeyeon as digital singles.
“Four Seasons” was initially released on the 24th of March, 2019. It included the B-side track – “Blue.” This single debuted at number one on South Korea’s Gaon Digital Chart. It also reached number six on the Billboard World Digital Songs chart.
Review of “Four Seasons” MV:
Right from the start, this is a beautiful song. It has a great melody.
Taeyeon looks stunning, and her voice is charming.
I love the colour scheme for the music video. The aesthetics of the video makes it really fascinating to watch.
The instrumental of this song is perfect. Not too upbeat and very relaxing.
“Four Seasons” has a different feel from what I usually hear from her. From the few songs I have listened to, I can already tell that she likes to try different concepts.
The song speaks about reminiscing a past love and how it once felt like that relationship would last forever. A lot of effort was put into maintaining the relationship, but now everything is over.
I believe that the change of seasons shown in the music video represents how love progressed in the relationship. And at the end, the tree without leaves symbolizes the death of love. Also, Taeyeon is standing by the tree with a briefcase, which means that it is time to move on.
This is a lovely song. I enjoyed listening to it.
My rating for “Four Seasons” is 10/10 because I can definitely listen to it on repeat without getting bored.
Here a video with the English translation of the lyrics –
“Blue” is the B-side track for the digital single.
“Blue” is a ballad track, so it is much softer compared to “Four Seasons.”
I always enjoy ballads because of the beautiful piano pieces played in the background.
I LOVE THE CHORUS. Taeyeon’s voice sounds enchanting in that section. The way she draws the note on the word blue during the chorus is really catchy.
This song is about longing for the presence of a past lover. You try to go about your daily life, but your thoughts are still focused on the person who has already left you.
The instrumental on this is simple, but the soft vocal runs she does throughout the song is a nice touch to make up for that simplicity.
Even though this song was released in March, it has a winter feel because of its serene vibe.
My rating for this is a 9/10 because I know I might not listen to it a lot. It is one of those songs that I can play a few times, but I still have to switch to something else.
Of course, my rating is based on my personal preference, so it does not take away from how good a song is.
Overall I really enjoyed listening to both songs, so I have added them to my personal playlist. From now on, I will try my best to keep up with Taeyeon’s comebacks. She is a great vocalist. Also, I sincerely hope she heals from everything going on with time, much love to her.
That is all for this post, loves. I hope you all continue to have a great week. Here is a live performance of “Four Seasons,” enjoy.💕💕
Taeyeon came back yesterday with her second studio album. I wanted to write this review yesterday, but I was so busy. And when I had little time to spare, I was just too tired to focus on anything. So now that I have enough time, let us check out Taeyeon’s latest release together. Kim Tae-yeon is a South Korean singer signed under SM Entertainment. She goes by the stage name Taeyeon. Apart from being a well-recognized solo artist, she is also a member of the famous female pop group – Girls’ Generation. Taeyeon officially began her solo career in 2015 with her first EP titled I. The title track of her first EP is actually one of my favourite songs. Although I do not follow her comebacks diligently, I do have a good number of songs I love from her.
On the 28th of October, she came back with a new album titled Purpose, which features twelve songs – ten new songs and two bonus tracks.
“Spark” 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:
Perfect choice of starting the song with just the guitar playing.
The drums came in at the right time to raise the intensity.
I love the clapping during the chorus.
My favourite parts of “Spark” are the pre-chorus and the chorus itself. The instrumental is fantastic in those sections.
Taeyeon sounds great. Her vocal is clear and sturdy.
The visuals for the music video is impressive. I really love the scenes with the sunset backdrop. Those scenes and the orange/red colour scheme of the entire video gave a perfect autumn feel.
Taeyeon looks stunning.
I love her makeup and outfits for this music video. My favourite outfit is the black dress with feather ruffles.
From the lyrics, I got that this song is about striving to achieve your dreams. Basically, no matter how long it takes, never lose your spark. Just keep moving forward.
Nice message. Everyone needs some motivation once in a while, so thank you, Taeyeon.
“Spark” is a groovy track that I do not mind listening to over and over again. As of now, while writing this sentence, I have rewatched the music video five times.
I will be adding this song to my playlist. I love it.🥰🥰🥰
(My reaction for each song is solely based on how I feel about the music. I have not checked out the English Translation of the lyrics.)
Here I Am – The beginning is so siren-like. She sounds spectacular on this track. Her voice caught me off guard. Also, the piano on this is entrancing. Great start for the album. I am genuinely amazed at how great “Here I Am” sounds. Excuse me while I rant about the same thing again, but Taeyeon’s voice on this is out of this world. I have to listen to this song again before moving to the next track. Like what?….😮😮
Spark – Still grooving to this song. “hoo hoo hoo hoo.” 🎶🎶
Find Me – Her voice starts off a bit deeper. I love the drums on this. Her vocal runs are excellent, and the background vocals add a nice touch to the song. This is another beautiful piece on the album. So far, all the songs feature different styles, and I am enjoying the diversity.
Love You Like Crazy – The switch from “Find Me” to this is real. I love the instrumental on this; it is so groovy. I am living for the jazzy feel of this track. Taeyeon sounds fantastic, as always. I do not know why, but some parts of “Love You Like Crazy” sounds like something I would have heard from old American girl groups. I love her singing style in this song, it is as if she is skipping vocally on each note.
LOL – This gives me a blues/afro-jazz feel. I love how Taeyeon switches singing styles for each track. The bass on this is heavy… I LIKE. Damn, the horns during the chorus are EPIC. I admire how calming her vocal sounds on this. Also, the intense instrumental at specific points is perfect. I could listen to this song a million times.
Better Babe – At first, I thought it was going to sound like a cafe song because of the chatting in the beginning. This is also another great song on the album, but it is not my favourite. I do not see myself listening to it often. All the same, Taeyeon sounds really powerful on “Better Babe.”
Wine – Whoever is playing the piano on this is blessed. This is a perfect soft ballad. Her falsetto on this track is breathtaking. The runs at the end of the chorus are so good. Once again, her background vocals are adding the well-needed touch to the song. “Wine” might be one of my favourites on the album, along with “Here I Am.” Everything about this song is so well put together. It is beautiful.
Do You Love Me? – Okay, at this point, I am in love with the piano player. If anyone knows who it is or who they are in each song, please let me know. This song has a Christmas vibe. Once again, her falsetto is a blessing to my ears. I also love the classical music touch for this track, it is DIVINE. Words cannot describe how amazing “Do You Love Me?” sounds. Another favourite on the album.
City Love – So things are now getting more cheerful towards the end. This one has a groovy beat, and Taeyeon sounds really soft and fluffy on this track. But if I were to rank the songs on this album, “City Love” might be really low on my list. It is a lovely song, but there have been so many good ones so far.
Gravity – The last song already😥. Love the softness of this, it is the perfect way to end the album. Ooooh, I love the call and response kind of chorus going on here. The shallow drum beats on this are really amazing. Also, I think a tambourine is being played during the chorus section and other random parts of the track. It is not too noticeable but definitely adds a magical touch. This is a brilliant song, and it is also one of my favourites. Great RnB track from Taeyeon. The ending notes for “Gravity” are outstanding.
Here a preview of the album for you all to hear what each song actually sounds like –
Taeyeon definitely exceeded my expectations with Purpose. Maybe this is because I hardly ever listen to her albums. I usually pay more attention to her title tracks or OSTs. She legitly blew me away with this comeback. My rating for this album is 9.5/10. I really wanted to give a full score, but that one song that I did not enjoy as much took a few points off.
If you have not checked out this album already, go do so now. I can promise you a good set of songs to add to your playlist.
The chosen song for this week is Run For Your Life by Tiffany Young. Stephanie Hwang, professionally known as Tiffany Young, is a Korean American singer. I am sure that many of us in the Kpop community know her as a member of the famous pop group, Girls Generation. Although Tiffany remains a member of Girls Generation, she left SM Entertainment in 2017 and moved to Los Angeles to focus on her solo career. After moving to the States, she has released an EP titled Lips on Lips and eight singles. “Run For Your Life” is her latest single.
I really love the electronic sound of this song. It gives me a strong lady gaga vibe. From what I heard, it was made by the same producer who worked on lady gaga’s early stuff. So that explains the similarity in sound. That aside, Tiffany nailed this song. She came on fierce, and her voice sounds great. According to Tiffany, this song is for the ambitious and passionate dreamers that never stop… run towards life like your LIFE depends on it. She hopes that RFYL inspires everyone to run, fight and shine.
I have been listening to this song on repeat. It is groovy and also has a great message. My favourite part is when she sings, “I’m ice cold, baby on an ocean of glitter.” My only problem is that the song is way too short. It is not even up to three minutes.
Anyways, I hope you all enjoy listening to “Run For Your Life” and also check out more songs from Tiffany Young. “Magnetic Moon” is another fantastic single from her, so maybe start with that if you have not listened to it already.