(Please note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while checking out each artist.)
On March 25th, IU returned with her 5th album, LILAC. First, I will give my reaction to the title tracks “Lilac” and “Coin” and follow up with a brief opinion on the album.
I’m never disappointed when it comes to IU; hence reacting to her songs feels more like an experience to discover new favourites. She is such a stunning lady, and vocal-wise, she sounds fantastic on this track. It’s nice to see her dancing. “Lilac” has some elements of retro/jazz, and I enjoy those genres a lot. The colours for the MV are pretty and nicely depict the spring season.
Once again, with that underlying retro/jazz sound. The set, lighting, outfits and direction for this music video are top-notch, + the choreography is captivating. Among the two title tracks, “Coin” is my favourite. IU’s vocal quality on this is so smooth, and the beat is groovy. I love this for me!!!!
This album was a VIBE from start to finish. A complete masterpiece, in my humble opinion, because IU did not disappoint. I enjoyed the infusion of different musical styles like r&b, ballad, retro and a sprinkle of jazz. The production quality is tight; her vocalization was on point for every song, + I always live for the intricate melodies on IU’s songs. Now, all ten songs are playlist-worthy, but my top picks in order are – “My Sea” – “Troll” – “Flu” – “Empty Cup”, and “Hi Spring Bye”. My rating for LILAC is a solid 10/10.
Up next is BAEKHYUN. He released his 3rd mini-album, Bambi, on March 30th. As usual, I’ll check out the title track first and then share my thoughts on the album after.
From the thumbnail of this music video, I can already tell I’ll love this. The black & white visuals are serving sensual energy, + the quality of the music video is insane; it’s very cinematic. I know Baekhyun is fine, but this suit and fedora look is taking things to a whole new level. The beat is groovy, his voice is smooth, and the choreography is perfect. I am in awe of the beauty that I am currently witnessing. He came to serve with all the vocals!! I LOVE THIS FOR ME!!!!
The vocal disrespect on this album is too much for me to comprehend and should be deemed illegal😂. Like did Baekhyun have to show off and come this hard? Now you all know how I feel about my Rs&Bs, hence I seriously don’t have the right words to describe what I just experienced. What the heck was the vocal insanity on “All I Got”? Nah, I can’t; I just can’t!!! This mini-album, Bambi, was created especially for me. I AM IN LOVE. Therefore, it gets a bulletproof 10/10 for the rich goodness.
It’s time for some Park Bom. She released a new single titled “Do Re Mi Fa Sol (feat. Changmo)” on March 31st.
It’s been a while since I’ve listened to Park Bom, so it feels good to hear her singing. I love the vibe of this song. The music video’s visuals are also pretty, and she looks great in every shot and outfit. Changmo came into the mix so beautifully, and his voice added a nice texture in the background to Park Bom’s section. I love this, so it’s a yes for me.
Next is Kim Sung Kyu of INFINITE. On March 29th, he dropped his 1st single album, Won’t Forget You. Let’s start with the title track – “Hush”, and follow up with the other two songs from this release.
First off, he looks gorgeous with blonde hair. Also, fun fact – INFINITE was my first experience with Kpop, so the bond is strong on this one. I love the natural scenery for this music video. Kim Sung Kyu’s voice is beautiful, and the instrumental for this track is top-notch. I am so happy that every artist has been serving amazing tunes on this post. I love this song. It’s playlist-worthy and will be on repeat for a long time. Sorry, not sorry, neighbours🤭.
All three songs on this album are equally fantastic, but my favourite is “Hush”. I love that the base instrument on all tracks is a guitar. Songs with guitars as their first instrument always put me in a happy place. Kim Sung Kyu’s 1st single album – Won’t Forget You, gets a 10/10 from me.
Closing this post is Jackson Wang. He released a new single titled “Leaving Me Love You” on March 26th.
Why is he always in a restaurant? At least this time, he’s part of the kitchen staff😂. Is it the same actress from his previous videos? Hmm, I don’t think so; this lady looks different to me. I love the mid-tempo vibe of this song, and the melody for the chorus is catchy. It makes me want to sing along. Jackson sounds beautiful, and I think this is my favourite slower tempo song from him. 100% playlist worthy.
Wow, it’s been an incredible ride with this post. My playlist grows fatter with each review. I’m starting to lose track of all the songs there, but it’s always fun to share how each release makes me feel. So that’s all I have, for now. See you all soon💕.
This week had so many comebacks, but I couldn’t react to each artist immediately, so here is my usual ‘catching up’ compilation. In this post, I’ll share brief thoughts on each song, and when there’s an album involved, I’ll list out my favourite tracks.
IU – “Celebrity”
I believe this song is a pre-release single for IU’s upcoming album. First off, this music video’s visuals are stunning, and IU is gorgeous. I love all her outfits, and she sounds fantastic as always. The rhythm and melody for “Celebrity” are very catchy. I think this song encourages everyone not to give up no matter how rocky things get. Even if you start to lose yourself in the process, make a trackback, keep working hard and trust that you’re a star that will surely shine someday. That’s the message I got; hopefully, I’m partially correct. All the same, I love “Celebrity”, and I added it to my playlist already.
BOBBY – “U MAD”
This song is the title track from BOBBY’s 2nd album – Lucky Man. “U MAD” is an intense song, right up in your face! I enjoyed BOBBY’s flow, and the beat + the chorus section is LIT🔥. I like how they stripped out the instrumental during the second verse to let BOBBY bring more heat to his rap. The music video’s visuals are good, + the production on “U MAD” served excellence. From the lyrics, I know this one is for his haters, and I LOVE IT!
The one word for this album is LIT!!! Well deserving of a 10/10 rating because BOBBY served bops back to back. I enjoyed the in-your-face vibes, + the features from other IKON members were so good. Every song on this album is perfect; hence, I can’t exactly pick my favourites now.
DREAMCATCHER – “Odd Eye”
“Odd Eye” is the title track off DREAMCATCHER’s 6th mini-album – Dystopia: Road to Utopia. I love the music video’s distorted visuals and the EDM/Rock elements for the beat. The majority of songs I have heard from this group are heavily rock-influenced, but I appreciate how they still sound different on each track. Dami is a force to be reckoned with because her flow and presence are insane. Would I say “Odd Eye” is my favourite song from DREAMCATCHER? No, but it’s certainly a good vibe.
The album is good; it gave me some anime intro vibes but still followed the title track’s EDM/Rock style. My ultimate favourite song is “Poison Love”. My rating for this record is 8/10, which means it’s okay, but still not something I see myself replaying a lot.
NCT 127 – “First Love”
This song is NCT 127’s pre-release single for their upcoming Japanese album – LOVE HOLIC, which releases on February 17th. The main things I enjoyed on this track were their voices, harmonization, and how they layered the backing vocals; it gave off such a cool effect while listening. The beat is also fire, and overall the production is top-notch. I certainly see myself going back to replay “First Love” a lot, and I’m looking forward to the album.
You all will be getting a lot of music/album reviews this week, and I’m starting off with IU. She just released a new single which features SUGA from BTS, and it’s called “eight”
IU is an incredible vocalist, so I have been waiting for this single, and finally, it is here. I love the teaser/track images she dropped. They are so pretty, and the animated version of IU is too adorable😍😍😍 –
Lee Ji Eun, popularly known as IU, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actress. IU began her career at the age of 15 under Kakao M. with the album – Lost and Found. She achieved significant success with her song “Good Day”. Ever since then, IU has established herself as a music chart queen. On January 6th of this year, IU announced that she was now under new management called EDAM Entertainment. It is a subsidiary of her former agency, and it was established by her manager of twelve years, Bae Jong Han. She moved along with all her staff members to the new company.
IU’s new single “eight” is already No.1 on the real-time charts of major music sites in South Korea. Also, she has broken the record for most unique listeners in the first hour on Melon.
(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:
Unfortunately, there are no English captions, but I’ll check for the translation later.
Apparently, this song is about IU’s late friends Sulli, Goo Hara and Jonghyun.
It looks like it’s going to be a sad one.
We have some kind of studio/lab room at the beginning of the music video.
I already like the melody.
I love the thinned out instrumental in the beginning, and then the bass came in once IU started singing.
So is she in some kind of virtual dimension trying to experience good memories again?
I thought this was going to take a very melancholic tone, but it’s actually upbeat.
The visuals for the music video are stunning.
The first sentence IU sang was, “So are you happy now?… Finally happy now, are you?” and in the chorus, she says – “Forever young, Forever we’re young” This means she hopes that her friends are at peace now, and because they left so early, they will always be young in her memories, Right???
That’s what I got so far, and IU sounds fantastic as always.
I really love this cartoon version of her.
Concerning the plane turbulence scene/ nightmare sequence. My guess is that it represents IU’s sleepless nights and pain from the loss of her close friends. It could also mean that she wishes their deaths were just a bad dream???
I’m trying my best to guess the subliminal meanings of each scene, but I might still miss out on a lot.
SUGA’s verse came in smoothly. He fits the track, but his part was short. I prefer features that incorporate both artists throughout the song.
I just got chills when the other animated girl jumped into the sky. That visual made me sad, plus IU’s voice is that section is so soothing.
Now we’re back to the thinned out version of the instrumental, which means less bass.
So did the lizard transform into a dragon???
Awww, I don’t want to cry😥😥😥. That smile between IU’s animation on the plane and the girl on the dragon was such a touching moment.
My guess is that the lizard represents Jonghyun, and the girl is Sulli.
The music video ends with her waking up from the visual world and returning to reality.
She then sings – “So are you happy now?… I know you’re happy now, yea.”
This is so heartfelt.
By the way, IU is gorgeous in that all-white outfit.
Oooh, I just read an interesting comment by (MiMi Park) on the music video. She said in the airplane scene when the storm started, it read “electronic devices off” instead of “seatbelt on.” This is a warning to people who stay behind their phones and laptops to leave hateful comments about others.
We are all humans with feelings, so hateful words can surely hurt and break anyone. Please be nice to others because being kind should not be seen as a difficult task.
I LOVE the message of this song, but I’m not 100% into the music itself yet. So I’m going to listen to it again.
After the second listen, I can definitely say that “eight” is a grower. I enjoy it more as it replays, so this song gets a 9/10 from me.
[Verse 1: IU]
So are you happy now?
Finally happy now, are you?
Well, I’m exactly the same
I think I’ve lost everything
Everything comes as it pleases and leaves without a goodbye
Like this, I don’t want to love anything
Where the sun has set, as far as the sun sets
I travel in those memories[Chorus: IU]
Under an orange sun
We dance with no shadows
There is no such thing as decided farewells
Meet me in that memory that was once beautiful
Forever young[Post-Chorus: IU]
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh
Forever we young
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh
If it is this kind of nightmare, I won’t ever wake up.
[Verse 2: SUGA]
Island, yeah, here is an island
A small one that we made with each other
Yeah, um, forever young, the word “forever” is a sandcastle
A farewell is like a disaster cast
A morning greeted along with the yearning
Let us both pass this eternity
Surely meet once more on this island.
[Verse 3: IU]
Like what someone said as they were consoling me, passing
It isn’t that easy to forget a memory merely big as a handspan
Even as time goes by, still
At that place which takes hold of me[Chorus: IU]
Under an orange sun
We dance with no shadows
There is no such thing as decided goodbyes
Meet me in that memory that was once beautiful
Forever young[Bridge: IU]
We lie down atop of each other
Share stories that aren’t of sorrow
There is no such thing as gloomy endings
I will forever meet you in this memory
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh
Forever we young
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh
If it is this kind of nightmare, I won’t ever wake up
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
(Please note: none of the images are mine, I got them from official websites and social media sites.)
Nana for COSMOPOLITAN Korea -January 2020 Issue. Her radiance is astonishing. She is gorgeous, and I love the apricot/peach coloured makeup look on her.
Yao Chen graces the cover of Variety China for its January 2020 Issue. I don’t know why but to me, she looks like the exact description of snow white in these photos.
EXID Hani for NYLON Magazine – February 2020 Issue. I love her funky and goofy poses.
IU for J .Estina Jewelry. I love all the photos for this jewelry campaign with IU. She always looks fresh with the minimal makeup look.
Cecilia Boey exudes casual charm for FireBible. She is so beautiful, and she nails so many different concepts.
BLACKPINK’s Lisa takes the latest cover for ELLE Korea’s February Issue. I love the flowery concept. She is beautiful.
Park Eun Bin for COSMOPOLITAN Korea. She looks like a flower that just bloomed. Honestly, I wish I could rock peach coloured makeup like her. Maybe I’ll give it a try.
Sun Yi for SoFigaro Magazine. She is one of those who doesn’t even have to try. She has a natural and relaxed charm to her.
AOA’s Seolhyun looks stunning in this shoot for Allure Korea. I love the incorporation of fruits. I hardly get attracted to pink, but this got my attention. The way her hair was pulled back, allowing her face to have all focus and the soft makeup look was a great choice as well.
Minah looks lovely with her rosy cheeks in this photoshoot for COSMOPOLITAN Korea.
Guan Xiaotong takes the cover of SoFigaro Magazine’s latest issue. The freckles called to me. She is serving direct eye contact that just makes you want to stare.
BLACKPINK’s Jennie in her latest photoshoot with W Korea. She is definitely someone that can rock any style. She always makes a fashion statement.
And last on this list is Xuan Lu for Aida Fashion. Whatever colour editing that is going on in this set of photos is pure magic. I love the brown-goldish tone they used. I have seen many of Xuan Lu’s photoshoots, and she always slays.
Hello everyone, I hope you all are having a great day.
In this post, I will be reviewing Jung Seung Hwan’s latest release. On the 5th of December, the singer released a new digital single titled “My Christmas Wish”. The single also has a b-side track titled “Hello, goodbye winter”. This will be my first time actually listening to music from Jung Seung Hwan. I know him from Kpop star 4, and I have heard a few of his OSTs and features, but I never got to check out his own music. “My Christmas Wish” was composed by Kim Jae Hwi, and the lyrics were actually written by IU. I know Jung Seung Hwan to be a great singer, so I really wanted to check this song out. Jung Seung Hwan is a South Korean singer signed under Antenna. He was the runner-up contestant for K-pop Star Season 4. The singer made his official debut in November 2016 with the EP – His Voice. Even before debut, he had already gained recognition through his soundtracks for South Korean dramas, which charted quite high on music streaming sites.
(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 My Christmas Wish:
Oh, no English captions.😢
I love how this song starts. It really gives off that festive feeling.
I remember the first time I ever listened to Jung Seung Hwan on Kpop Star, his singing style reminded me of older Korean ballad singers. He has a very distinct style and a sweet voice to top.
Some songs naturally give off a nostalgic vibe, even without English translations. I do not know why, but “My Christmas Wish” is making me miss home and how it was spending Christmas with my family.
His voice is so beautiful. It gives off such a warm and embracing feeling.
The backing vocals on this song are angelic.
The soft keyboard in the background is so soothing.
Also, the music video is pretty. I love the fall colours that were used.
Oooohh, I love how he modulated towards the end of the song. That gave me chills and just brought this song to a whole different level.
I love this song. An excellent ballad is always a blessing to listen to.
Nice touch on ending softly.
I knew he was going to nail this ballad, and he sure did his thing.
I am so glad that I decided to check this song out. Time to listen to it again but with English captions
So he wants to confess to the person he loves while the snow is still falling. He wants her to hurry up and meet him before all the snow goes away. Basically, his Christmas wish is to gather courage and confess his feelings. That is what I am getting from the lyrics.
The modulation he does towards the end always hits me hard. That might be my favourite section of the song.
My rating for “My Christmas Wish” is 10/10. All the Christmas songs I have listened to so far are just amazing.
Thanks to IU, I was able to know about this song, and I will start checking out more music from Jung Seung Hwan now.
Here is a clip of him performing this song live –
Reaction to B-side track – Hello, goodbye winter:
I love how the first note starts out softly but takes to the climax before the actual instrumental comes in. That is just divine.
I need to hear it again. The first 0.36 seconds of this song is powerful. This is going to be good
I appreciate how Jung Seung Hwan sings the beginning of each line in a shallow tone.
Oh My, he sounds so angelic.
I keep going back just to catch every little way he explores his voice on this song.
His ability to flow between high notes to lower notes and also from falsetto to his regular voice is incredible. He was born to sing.
“Hello, goodbye winter” is another fantastic ballad.
In some parts of this song, it almost sounds like he is adopting a classical style of singing for a few seconds and then quickly switches back. I am not a music expert, so I cannot give technical terms.
The instrumental for this song is really astounding.
I love the drums that came in towards the end. Excellent addition to bringing in more intensity before the end of the song.
Wow, that high note he just hit was insane. It felt so full. Almost like the sound came from every part of his body. I am in awe.
There are some high notes that you go – “oh yeah, that’s amazing,” and there are some that leave your mouth hanging – “how did he belt out such a note.?”
I loved every moment of this song.
“Hello, goodbye winter” gave me a lot of wow moments, and I will be adding both songs to my playlist.
My rating for this song is also 10/10.
Guys go check out both songs if you have listened to them already. Jung Seung Hwan is a phenomenal singer, so you definitely will not be disappointed.
I hope you all are getting into the holiday spirit. 💕💕