IU – eight (Prod.&Feat. SUGA of BTS): Music Review

HELLO, people๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

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 adorable๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ –

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 โ€“ 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 โ€“ 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 cry๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฅ. That smile between IU’s animation on the plane and the girl on the dragon was such a touching moment.img_5513
  • 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.

English Lyrics:

[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 comesย asโ€…it pleases and leaves without aโ€…goodbye
Like this, I don’t want to love anything
Where the sunโŸhasโŸset,โŸas far asโŸthe sun sets
IโŸtravel 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
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

(source – GENIUS)

 

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Walk Into Spring

This edition of my pictorial|poster faves is focused on pictures with spring vibes. This post has a lot of photos, so I won’t write much.

(Please note: none of these images are mine, I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

First on this list is the Korean actress, Oh Yeon Seo, for 1st Look Magazine.img_3949

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Next is Taiwanese actress, Alyssa Chia, on the cover of Hongman Magazine – March 2020 issue.img_4054

 

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Chinese actress, Bridgette Qiao on the latest cover of ELLE idol

 

img_3927img_3928img_3926Chinese singer, Huang Minghao(Justin) on the cover of Harper’s BAZAAR Star for Tencent Variety Me+

 

Next up is Chinese actor, Zhu Yi Long on the cover of ELLE China – April 2020 issue for World Wildlife Fund.img_3874img_3873

 

img_4010img_4009Chinese actress, Song Yi takes the cover of Lifestyle China’s latest issue.

 

img_4052img_4051My baby IU on the cover of W Korea, April issue.

 

Rising Taiwanese star, Greg Han, in Gucci for the cover of ๅ‡บ่‰ฒWSJ. – March 2020 issue.

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img_3877img_3876My ultimate queen. Chinese actress, Ni Ni on the cover of Rayli HerStyle Magazine – March 2020 issue

 

Last on this list is AOA’s Seolhyun as the new campaign model for Nike’s Air Max.img_3995img_3990img_3991img_3994

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter/Early Spring Playlist 2020

Hello everyone๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

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 loveimg_3238 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 SAILING album. 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 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผย AKMU โ€“ SAILING: Album Review

 

#. Eric Nam – Hold Meimg_3242 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 tryimg_3239 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 pastimg_3244 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 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผย Solar x Kassy โ€“ A Song From The Past: Music Review

 

#TAEYEON – Wineimg_3269 “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 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ TAEYEON โ€“ PURPOSE: Album Review

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผย TAEYEON โ€“ PURPOSE: Album Repackage Review

 

#. Eric Nam – 4AMimg_3242 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 school๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ. Anyways I hope you guys enjoy listening to “4AM”.

 

#. millic, HAN – Treasure Islandimg_3241 “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 – woozooimg_3236 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 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Primary โ€“ 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 – Sometimesimg_3248 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 – Stupidimg_3240 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 visitorimg_3268 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 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ IU โ€“ 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 Doimg_3246 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!!!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

 

#. Tia Ray – Ready For Loveimg_3237 The instrumental on this track is LIT๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ. In fact, the entire 1212 album 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.๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ

 

#. g.o.d – One Candleimg_3261 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 well๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. 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
img_3245 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 am๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.

 

#. Ailee – Reminiscing img_3249 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 Loveimg_3259 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 Babyimg_3263 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 img_3247 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 Againimg_3258 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 – Wishimg_3255 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 – Goodbyeimg_3252 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 Youimg_3260 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???๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜Š 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 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ YOUNHA โ€“ 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 rainimg_3267 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 Heartimg_3250 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 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Paul Kim โ€“ 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 Aloneimg_3251 I promise that this is my last song from DAY6 on this playlist๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. 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. img_3243 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 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Davichi โ€“ Dear: Music Review

 

#. ATEEZ – Sunrise
img_3270 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 Rainimg_3273-1 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 Dawn album, which contains this song, is also perfect.ย 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: ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Youtube Winter 2020

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผย Spotify Winter 2020

Please like this post and if I introduced you to a new song, let me know in the comment section.

That is all I have for you guys today, take care.๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Visual Queens Part 2

If you have not seen the first part of Visual Queens, use this link ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Visual Queens. I had so many ladies, so I could not include them all in one post. Here are the rest:

(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.img_2982

 

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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.

 

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EXID Hani for NYLON Magazine – February 2020 Issue.ย  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.

 

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BLACKPINK’s Lisa takes the latest cover for ELLE Korea’s February Issue. I love the flowery concept. She is beautiful.

 

img_3097Park Eun Bin for COSMOPOLITAN Korea.ย  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.

 

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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.

 

img_2586img_2587AOA’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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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Jung Seung Hwan – My Christmas wish: Music Review

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. img_1877Jung 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:ย 

  • Oh, no English captions.๐Ÿ˜ข
  • 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.
  • Beautiful๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
  • 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.ย 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 –

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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. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

Sung Si-kyung, IU – First Winter: Music Review

Another winter song. Yesss to the holidays and a second yes to my birthday month. I love Christmas.

On the 9th of December, Sung Si-kyung released a new single titled “First Winter” which happens to feature IU. img_1866Sung Si-kyung is a South Korean ballad singer that officially debuted in 2001 with the album – Like the First Time. He has also hosted a good number of South Korean variety shows like 2 Days & 1 Night, Witch Hunt, etc. He is managed by Jellyfish Entertainment. Since debut, he has released seven studio albums in Korean and two studio albums in Japanese. Sung Si-kyung and IU worked together in 2010 on the song “It’s You”, so “First Winter” marks a reunion between both singers after 9 years.

(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)img_1864

Reaction to Official MV for First Winter: 

  • I love a good ballad and the way this started already pleases me.
  • I would love to learn how to play the piano. It is one of the most fascinating instrumentals ever.
  • The cinematography for this music video is stunning. I have a keen interest in landscape videography and photography, so whenever I see such aesthetics, I am sold.
  • I wish this video had English subtitles, but unfortunately, it does not.
  • Sung Si-kyung sounds incredible, and IU soft voice compliments his soulful voice really well.
  • Their harmonization is so beautiful, I literally got chills from the harmonies.
  • The music video is lovely. I love the colours and how the city lights were showcased.
  • This is a simple track, but their voices together are really bringing the desired complexity needed to grab my attention.
  • The song is so short, WHY? I NEED MORE TIME.
  • Okay, so the actual song is longer, but the MV was made short. Time to head to Spotify for the full track.
  • The actual song is 4 minutes long.
  • It looks like IU’s first verse was cut out from the music video.
  • Honestly, such calm and soothing songs are perfect for winter.
  • IU’s voice is so soft and pretty. Her voice always gives off a comforting feeling.
  • Sung Si-kyung’s voice is a blessing to my ears as well.
  • This is the kind of song that I could play before going to bed. It is so peaceful.
  • This is going on my playlist right now.
  • Merry Christmas in advance to all my readers.
  • Thank you, IU and Sung Si-kyung, for collaborating again. This is such a masterpiece. I LOVE IT.
  • Time to look for a video with English subs.
  • So the song is about a couple celebrating their first winter together.
  • Okay, my rating for “First Winter” is a solid 10/10.
  • This song is definitely going to be on my Winter Playlist.

IU’s You & I, Above The Time and Blueming Explained

Hello everyone, so I have been trying hard to understand IU’s vision for her latest release “above the time,” and I finally found a video that explained the meaning behind each song.

This video gave me the insight I needed, but I am not sure if everything he said is correct. At least now I have some background understanding, so the rest is up to me to decipher. Here is the video for anyone interested –

Also if you have not checked out IU’s album – Love poem already, click ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผย IU โ€“ LOVE POEM: Album Review

 

IU – LOVE POEM: Album Review

This is the comeback that I have been eagerly waiting for. IU is back with her ninth EP titled Love poem.ย img_1304Lee Ji Eun, popularly known as IU, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actress. She is managed by Kakao M. IU began her career at the age of 15 with her album – Lost and Found. She achieved significant success with her song “Good Day”.ย Ever since then, IU has established herself as a music chart queen.ย Her latest release is already Top 10 on the realtime charts of major music sites in South Korea.

This new extended play features six songs withย “Blueming”ย as the title track. For this comeback, IU released two MVs, one for the title track and another for the B-side trackย “above the time”. According to IU, the theme for this EP is love. It could be love for a lover, love for humanity, love for yourself or even love for old times.

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

Reaction to Official MV for Blueming:ย 

  • Already from the thumbnail, I know this is going to be very colourful.
  • Yes…you can never go wrong with a guitar start for a song.
  • IU sounds beautiful, as always.
  • I love the rhythm of this song.
  • The bass on this quite heavy. I was not expecting that since it is a bubbly song.
  • I made the right decision by listening to this song with headphones. I can feel the intensity of the instrumental during the chorus section.
  • The drums and guitar on this track are incredible.
  • IU is so cute and playful. I enjoy watching her dance.
  • There is a particular guitar noteย that stays constant throughout the entire song. It adds a nice touch.
  • Her high notes and vocal runs sound really good as expected.
  • I wonder what the blue flowers represent. I hardly know anything about the interpretation of flowers, so pardon me. Also,ย the music video does not have English subtitles, so I do not understand what she is singing about.
  • So far, the only thing I know is that blueming kind of means bloom. She also sings, “I feel blue,” but in a happy tone, so… I will check for the English translations later.
  • The bridge section towards the end is perfect. The way she talk-sings during that section makes the song more interesting.
  • Also, IU looks really good. I love this blue hair on her.
  • I honestly was not expecting this song to sound this way. When I first watched the teaser, I was expecting something similar to “BBIBBI”, but “Blueming” is more of a rock-influenced bubbly track.
  • It reminds me of “Jam Jam” from her Palette album. Just that “Jam Jam” is jazz-influenced.
  • All the same, “Blueming” is a groove. A perfect soft dance track.
  • I really enjoyed listening to this song, and the music video was also interesting to watch.
  • But it might be low on my list after I listen to the entire album because I have a feeling the other songs are going to be really good.

Reaction to Official MV for above the time:ย 

  • I have been anticipating this track and the music video ever since the teaser was dropped. It is a continuation of her previous song “YOU&I”. If you have not seen the music video for that song, no worries. I got you –ย 
  • Okay let us get started, I am so excited.
  • I am getting strong nostalgic feels right from the first second.
  • Lee Hyun Woo… good to see you back. I hope to get a new drama from him soon.
  • Anyways back to the song… IU has purple hair in this. I love how fluffy her hair colours have been looking for this comeback. It kind of reminds me of cotton candy.
  • Already from the first note she utters, I know this is about to be a beautiful piece.
  • The same kind of time travel theme. Okay
  • She sounds so cute and divine. Like a little angel.
  • I love that – “umm, umm, umm…”ย So sweet.
  • This video is so beautiful.
  • For real, she sounds like an angel, and the classical instruments are adding to that lovely atmosphere.
  • I LOVE THIS.
  • So does she finally get to meet the boy in this video?
  • I love how bouncy her singing sounds in this song. Even some sections of the instrumental are very bouncy.
  • Oooo, I was not expecting that switch up during the dance scene, but both IU and Lee Hyun Woo look amazing.
  • The colours and lighting for this music video are so cinematic. I could watch this a lot and never get tired of appreciating the aesthetic of the MV.
  • So the sped up of version of the instrumental just continues… Okay
  • IU’s voice is so good, and her high notes are really impressive.
  • Alright, things slow downed a bit towards the end.ย  I appreciate how the song ended.
  • “above the time” gave me musical feels. Most especially towards the end.
  • There are no English subtitles, so I cannot understand much of what she is saying, but I really love it when she sings – “I will call your name, wait.”
  • From the video, I feel that Lee Hyun Woo is now awake and well, but IU is stuck in a different world. Kind of. So even though she managed to save him, they still cannot be together. I might be wrong, but when I read the translation, I will get a gist of what is happening.
  • I need to listen to this song again. A lot was going on, and I failed to catch it all.
  • I am always here for a good piano piece, so I love how the song starts.
  • The little humming she does is so cute.
  • That soft jingle like sound during the first minute of the song is intriguing, but I could not pick out what instrument they used to create such a unique sound.
  • Also, the background vocals on this song are trancelike.
  • Yesss… to the classical inclusion and IU’s high notes. Such a perfect combination to give me chills.
  • Okay, at this point, I just have to praise the composition because the complexity of the instrumental is mind-blowing. Amazing production.
  • I really…. truly love “above the time”. It is definitely one of my favourites. I feel this could have been a perfect title track, but I guess IU wanted to go with something more bubbly.

Album Review: img_1305Alright, so far, I have listened to three songs on this EP – “Blueming” – “above the time” and “Love poem”, which was the pre-release single. Now it is time to hear what the remaining three have to offer.

  1. unlucky –ย Love the keyboard start. I live for how IU’s voice can be so soft but yet very powerful. I love the melody of this song, and her little humming always gets me. When you are so good that you begin to harmonize with your background vocals, LOL. What is that sound that she makes after the first verse? Hahahaha, so cute. The note on the piano stays constant, and her voice keeps getting higher, then they start adding new elements into the instrumental. I love this song. IU’s vocal runs are too good. I am already dancing to this๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ. A perfect way to start the album. “unlucky” is so groovy. Her voice is smooth. In the last few seconds, the way the instrumental drops out of the mix for a while, leaving the focus on just her voice gave me chills. IU is a great vocalist.
  2. The visitor –ย Another song I was really looking forward to on this album. Yesss…once again, a guitar start never fails. WAIT??? what is making that groovy rhythm. No..no, I have to restart this song. I need to figure something out. At first, it sounds like it is coming from the guitar, but later on, it seems to be drums. I am confused, but whatever is going on is very pleasant to my ears. Apparently, this song was composed by IU. Her voice on this is to die for. I LOVE THIS SONG. Whoever is playing the guitar on this track is so talented. The roughness of the guitar took me on a ride, so many twists and turns. SO BEAUTIFUL. “The visitor” is another favourite for me. The entire time listening to this track, I was in awe. Like wow, wow.
  3. Blueming –ย I genuinely enjoy this song. The intensity of the guitar and her vocal runs are beautiful. But remember, I said it might be low on my list. I knew it. The other songs are just insanely good. I cannot decide, so I am just going to dance to it and not worry about ranking the songs. IU blessed me with a beautiful album, so I might as well enjoy it fully๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ. Once again, the drums on this song are amazing.
  4. above the time –ย This is a masterpiece. No one can change my mind. I have already said a lot about it, so let me enjoy the moment.
  5. Lullaby –ย A soft track. I always enjoy a good ballad. This is very calming. I wish I could see IU perform live. Oh my, her voice is just out of this world. I love how raw this track sounds, I can hear her breathing. I like it when ballad songs are not too overly processed. The instrumental on this is quite simple, so her voice is what really carries the song. It is official people. I love every single song on the album. Thank you IU, this will sustain me till next year. SO CALMING.
  6. Love poem – This is a heartfelt song. I have listened to it so many times ever since it was released, and I even shared it on the Facebook page for this blog. The lyrics are so comforting, and the melody is beautiful. I sometimes play it at night and just fall asleep. That is how soothing this track is for me. IU nailed every single note of “Love poem”. I just hope that as she provides comfort for others, she will be comforted.

Now it is time to listen to each song again. While I do that, here is a preview of the EP โ€“

Final Thoughts:ย 

The entire EP lasted for 25 minutes, and I truly enjoyed every second. This album is a masterpiece. Once again, IU outdid herself. She never disappoints.ย  My rating for the EP – Love poem is a solid 10/10. I am not even going to bother with ranking the songs because each one was equally beautiful. I still have my favourites, but I will be listening to the entire album for a long, long time.

If you have not listened to IU’s new album already, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Go check it out, you are bound to love a few songs or even all.

This is all I have you guys today. Until my next post, take care.๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•