Hwa Sa – LMN: Song Of The Week

My chosen song for this week is “LMN” by Hwa Sa. img_1787Ahn Hye-jin, popularly known as Hwa Sa, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and rapper born on July 23rd, 1995. She is also a member of the girl group Mamamoo that is currently managed by RBW. Hwa Sa made her solo debut on February 13th, 2019, with the digital single – “Twit” and then released her first EP – Maria on June 29th of this year. “LMN” is one of the songs on this new EP.

This is one of the most brilliant songs I have heard in a long while. Even the word ‘beautiful’ does not do this song justice. Hwa Sa’s voice gave me chills throughout. Plus, the lyrics are very poetic. Overall, the music video and production for “LMN” gets a 10/10 as pure art. I have been replaying this song, and I just can’t get enough of it. So I hope you all enjoy listening to it as well.

Catching Up With Recent Comebacks: EXO-SC|Crush|JEONG EUN JI

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

“1 Billion Views” by EXO-SC (Feat. MOON)

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Reaction to Official MV:

  • I love their drip and outfits. They both be looking good.
  • Chanyeol’s voice at the beginning tho, It’s so deep and sexy 😏🀭.
  • I appreciate the vocal layering on this track. It feels like an eargasmπŸ˜‚.
  • As the two rappers in EXO, I was expecting them to take the hardcore rap route, but they are giving us smooth retro vocals.
  • My favourite outfits are the blazer looks.
  • I love the music video’s visuals and the arcade concept.
  • This line  πŸ‘‰πŸΌ”I cry I cry, I cry…” is so catchy. The entire chorus makes me want to sing along.
  • Oh, I forgot that this song has a featured artist until she came in. I love her voice; it blends well with Chanyeol and Sehun.
  • Finger clicking in any song instantly captures my attention, and this one makes me want to dance.
  • I don’t need to say much, I LOVE “1 Billion Views” from EXO-SC.
  • It gets a 10/10 rating from me.

Reaction to pre-release single “Telephone”

  • Love how this started right away, and the instrumental is bouncy.
  • Honestly, the vocal layering on both songs is so seamless.
  • It’s also lovely to hear how well Changyeol and Sehum harmonize.
  • The animation for this music video is charming.
  • I live for when Chenyeol goes into his lower register. It’s so sensual.πŸ₯°
  • I want Sehum’s colourful sweater.
  • “Telephone” is the perfect head-bopping song.
  • Okay, that black sweater look on Sehun is a grand mood, and let’s not even talk about how fine he looks with his hair slicked back.
  • WHAT??? I was not expecting the featured artist once again. 10cm just blessed me with his high pitched voice.
  • It is such a sweet background vocal to Chanyeol and Sehun’s harmonies.
  • I enjoyed every minute of this song; therefore, it gets a 10/10.
  • Now let’s check out their album.

Album Review: The album is also titled 1 Billion Views and has nine songs. Here is a preview –

  1. 1 Billion Views (Feat. MOON)
  2. Say It (Feat. PENOMECO) – This also follows the same upbeat flow and singing style. “Say It” is a BOP, and I am already grooving. Since this is a compiled post, I don’t want to write much, so I will just end on the fact that I enjoyed this song.
  3. Rodeo Station – I love the melody, and the background vocals are soothing. The beat also follows the same retro influence. The production on all four tracks I have heard so far is excellent, most notable with the vocal layering. It is so fascinating to me. “Rodeo Station” is another great track on this record.
  4. Telephone (Feat. 10cm)
  5. Jet Lag – Now, this has a slower tempo compared to the rest. I can’t stop ranting about the vocal quality of this album. “Jet Lag” might just be my favourite so far. The chorus is captivating. I appreciate the smooth and chill vibe.
  6. Fly Away (Feat> Gaeko) – The start for this is quite enchanting. I love the rap-talking style on this track and vocals…WOW. Gaeko is blessing my ears. No song on this album has disappointed. It keeps getting better as expected from EXO members. All I need now is a light stick to fully jam out. THE PRODUCTION!!!… I feel like I’m actually flying.
  7. Nothin’ – The instrumental for this one stands out a lot from the rest, but it still fits the album concept. Already, I LOVE IT. The guitar on this track goes off, and I am here for all that energy. I honestly don’t want to analyze these songs so much because I might write too much since they are all equally amazing. Chanyeol and Sehun deserve an A+++++++ for this album.
  8. On Me – OH JUST FROM THE INTRO, I KNOW THIS IS ABOUT TO BE πŸ”₯. This one is the hardcore rap track on a classic trap instrumental. I am in cloud nine right now, all I need is a speaker because it is party time πŸ’ƒπŸΌ. It’s not heavy EDM, but it just makes me want to turn up.
  9. 1 Billion Views – Instrumental

1 Billion Views by EXO-SC is an excellent album from start to finish, and I will be going back to it a lot. I do have my favourites, but I enjoyed every single song on here, so my rating is a solid 10/10.

“OHIO” by Crush

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Reaction to Official MV:

  • Oh, I wasn’t expecting an upbeat start. I thought this was going to be a slow song because I didn’t check out any of the teasers.
  • I love the beat, and I feel this is about to be a good one.
  • His voice is fantastic, as always.
  • That little dance Crush did, in the beginning, was so adorable.
  • So this is about him going all out on partying to forget his heartbreak?
  • The melody for this song is catchy and very bouncy. It makes me want to pull out some weird dance moves.
  • Fun fact, Tablo from Epik High wrote the lyrics for this track.
  • I love that little breakdown clapping section. The rhythm is so good.
  • The pianist is also going off in the background. I am enjoying the jazz influence we have going on with the instrumental.
  • Okay, Crush is going off vocally. He isn’t doing anything too crazy, but his flow and smooth vocal runs are such a vibe.
  • “OHIO” is, for sure, going on my playlist. It is such a groovy song, and I already want to sing along.
  • Plus, Crush’s crazy dancing in the video is a delightful visual feast. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  • “OHIO” gets a 10/10 from me.

Review of B-side – “Let Me (Feat. Dean Morrison)”

  • Oh, I guess this is the softer track.
  • It seems to be entirely in English.
  • This song is so delicate, and I already love it.
  • I approve of the instrumental mix with the keyboard and shallow drum beats.
  • “Let Me” is a romantic track, and I am here for this kind of energy.
  • It reminds me so much of songs I would hear from the 90s American boy groups.
  • Wow, whoever is doing the backing vocals has a rich deep voice. Is that Dean Morrison, or is he just the producer? Kindly let me know in the comment section.
  • Crush’s voice on this track feels like butter melting into my ears.
  • “Let Me” really follows the classic 90s/early 2000s R&B style.
  • I LOVE IT. My rating is 10/10.

“AWay” by JEONG EUN JI

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Reaction to Official MV:

  • I’m sad.πŸ˜₯ There are no English captions on this video.
  • All the same, I am here for this summery vibe.
  • Her voice is so beautiful, and I love how the instrumental brings high energy into the song.
  • The chorus didn’t drop as I expected, but that makes things more interesting.
  • Plus, I think the melody is catchy and easy to sing along.
  • The cinematography for this music video is stunning. The colours pop with a soft glow effect.
  • I am enjoying the overall vibe, and I wish I could go on a road trip while jamming to this.
  • Jeong Eun Ji’s make-up is pretty. Her make-up artist went in.
  • Vocal wise, her high notes are effortless. I also hear some lovely whistle notes in the background.
  • Eun Ji is very talented and blessed with a powerful voice.
  • “AWay” gets a 10/10 from me.
  • Now let’s check the full album she dropped.

Album Review: This EP is titled Simple and has six songs. Here is a preview –

  1. Simple is the best – I adore the soft vibe of this one. The piano is on it is brilliant. I could listen to just the instrumental on its own and still enjoy every second because it’s that fascinating. I love how the tempo switched up throughout the song but came together as a perfect mix. Jeong Eun Ji also sounds breathtaking on this track, and the overall production is excellent.
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  3. Whoo – This is way more chill compared to the previous tracks. I love Eun Ji’s vocal tone. It almost sounds like a neo-soul style to me. It’s like a breath of fresh air that hits you in at the right moments. I’m swaying from side to side while listening to this track because it’s that soothing with the shallow vocals and soft guitar instrumental. “Whoo” is my favourite song so far.
  4. Stay – This is a full-on ballad with the classic piano entry and entrancing vocals. I think this might be my second favourite. It feels like a lullaby that could quickly put me to sleep, and I live for this kind of relaxing songs. I’m just going to stop typing and enjoy every second of this one.
  5. Moisturising – Another soft track but with a guitar entry. The progression of this is intriguing. It’s not too upbeat but not very slow like “Stay”. The guitar and drums give it a more cheerful essence. I feel like it was too short, or maybe the 3 minutes and 25 seconds just went by too fast for me.
  6. A Slow Child – Oh, this is about to be a whole mood just from the first few seconds. I love the deep rhythmic drums, and the way Eun Ji came in was elegant. This track makes me feel light, almost like I’m floating. Also, the inclusion of classical instruments took the song to a grand lev. “A Slow Child” is my third favourite song from this record.

Jeong Eun Ji truly impressed. The EP – Simple is sold, and it will be on repeat for a while. My rating is a definite 10/10.

Catching Up With Recent Comebacks: AleXa|BIBI|Bii

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

“Villain” by AleXaimg_1287Reaction to Official MV:

  • This marks my first time hearing any song from her, so I have my fingers crossed.
  • Alright, we don’t have any English captions, but I can check for them later.
  • I love the intense instrumental, and she has a beautiful voice.
  • The choreography is also good. AleXa and the dancers are synchronized.
  • I love how they used the two outfits to represent her different sides. There must be a theory for that, but of course, I have no idea.
  • The beat goes hard and actually makes me want to move, but I’m not fully vibing with the song.
  • I’m going to listen to it again before making up my mind.
  • I absolutely adore her vocal tone. It sounds unique to me, and the production on the track is quite okay.
  • Overall, “Villian” is a great song, but since I’m not too invested it right now, it gets an 8/10.

 

“I’m good at goodbyes” by BIBIimg_1781Reaction to Official MV:

  • I absolutely loved her previous single – “KAZINO”, and if you haven’t read my review for that song, use this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌΒ BIBI – KAZINO: Music Review.
  • Now let’s see how this one goes.
  • Wow, the visuals for this video are stunning. Most notably that scene with BIBI lying in the grass.
  • I need that red dress, it’s gorgeous.
  • Already this shows her versatility because it’s completely different from “KAZINO”
  • BIBI is so cute and weird. Talent just overflows from her.
  • This music video… DAMN. Who came up with the concept? The visuals are incredible but surprisingly simple.
  • I just noticed that I do not have English captions, but it’s okay.
  • I love the drum beats and piano instrumental for this song. They are soft, groovy and complement BIBI’s singing style really well.
  • Her voice is calming and always draws me in. Honestly, she is too underrated.
  • Her vocal runs and range are very intriguing.Β I also love the falsetto runs she throws in once in a while.
  • This is such a chill song, and I cannot wait to read the English lyrics.
  • There’s nothing more to say, I LOVE IT.
  • “I’m good at goodbyes” gives off a very serene and trancelike vibe. The music video is also well thought out.
  • A definite playlist worthy track.
  • BIBI never disappoints. This song gets a solid 10/10 from me.
  • The English/Romanized lyrics are available with this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Color Coded Lyrics – BIBI (I’m good at goodbyes)

 

“Be Alive” by Bii

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  • Bii released “Be Alive” to mark his 10th Anniversary, so as one of his biggest fans, I have to give him a review.
  • Already from the guitar intro, I am intrigued.
  • No song has English captions today. WHY???
  • Awww, his voice is so sweet.
  • Oooh, I love the rocker vibe of this track. The guitar is going off in the background, and Bii’s runs are beautiful.
  • The instrumental of this song is incredible. It displays astonishing production, most notably when he sings – “Oh, Oh, Oh… Oh, Oh, Be Alive.”Β 
  • The drums and guitar strumming during that section are insanely good.
  • I am enjoying every second of this song because it’s very captivating.
  • Yet another substantial addition to my playlist.
  • Wow, the guitar player is mighty talented. I won’t lie, I think I’m in love.
  • Okay, “Be Alive” by Bii gets a bulletproof 10/10 from me.

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

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

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

Reaction to Official MV:

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

SOMI – What You Waiting For: Music Review

On July 22nd, SOMI released her second single titled “What You Waiting For”. The teaser images she dropped hinted at a more matured concept compared to her previous song, so let’s check it out.Β 

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Ennik Somi Douma, known by the stage name SOMI is a Canadian-Dutch-Korean singer active in South Korea. Her Korean name is Jeon So-mi. She participated in the audition program – Produce 101 and finished first. This led her to debut in the resulting girl group known as I.O.I. After the contract for I.O.I ended, all members went back to their respective groups and solo careers. SOMI made her debut as a solo act on June 13th, 2019, with the single “BIRTHDAY” and she is currently managed by The Black Label.

(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:

  • Already this gives off a more grown-up vibe than “BIRTHDAY” Don’t get me wrong, I love that song, but I like to see growth as well.
  • SOMI looks stunning with blonde hair.
  • I hope she starts putting out music consistently, and maybe we can get an EP soon.
  • Thankfully, I have English captions, so let’s continue.
  • The instrumental for this song is quite intriguing. I think I hear a xylophone?
  • The set design and her outfits are stunning.
  • The ocean scene reminded me so much of AKMU – “How can I love the heartbreak, you’re the one I love.”
  • The build-up towards the chorus is excellent.
  • This song is upbeat, but it still gives off a mellow vibe. I like the tempo variation.
  • Is so cute how she said, “Ring the alarm.”
  • I feel SOMI got to showcase her vocals better in this song, but there’s still some room for her to fill with future releases.
  • “What You Waiting For” is a great song but not something I see myself listening to a lot.
  • I might come to enjoy it more after a few replays, but for now, it gets a 9/10 from me.
  • I will keep following SOMI’s career in hopes of her releasing something that completely blows me away.

LEE HI – HOLO: Music Review

Just yesterday, LEE HI released her new single “HOLO”, and I am here to support my vocal queen. I am excited to hear this song because her voice never disappoints. img_1651Lee Ha-yi, popularly known as LEE HI, is a South Korean singer-songwriter born on September 23rd, 1996. She garnered fame after participating in the audition program – K-pop Star Season 1 and finishing as the runner-up. Her official debut was on October 8th of 2012 with the single – “1, 2, 3, 4.” Lee Hi was managed by YG Entertainment up until December 31st, 2019. She is now signed to AOMG, and this new single marks her first release after parting ways with YG.

(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:

  • Yes! I have English captions.
  • Oh, no girl, you better not jump. Suicide is not the answer, my love.
  • I feel this is about to be a very heartfelt track.
  • I really missed LEE HI’s voice. YG definitely did not give us enough of her, so I am very excited about this fresh start with a new company.
  • She is stunning and black hair always flatters her features.
  • Back to the song, The lyrics are absolutely beautiful.
  • The piano on this track is soothing and very comforting.
  • Exactly. Sing it LEE HI – “One day, it will stop.” I genuinely believe that no matter what we’re going through, it will pass away, and our happy moments will last for a longer time.
  • Fun fact – LEE HI and I are born in the same year, but I’m a December baby. I just felt the need to share that.😊
  • Her voice always gives me chills because it’s so soulful, and this song is really touching.
  • I love how the instrumental went up in tempo for the chorus. Also, nice touch with choir backing for that section, It created an uplifting aura.
  • Basically, she is the little girl’s guiding angel. Giving her strength to continue living, but I think the little girl also represents LEE HI.
  • This means “HOLO” is a letter to herself to continue fighting the sadness, loneliness, depression, and sad feelings because one day, it will all go away.
  • “HOLO” is, for sure, going on my playlist. It is a lovely song with an important message.
  • It gets a solid 10/10 from me. Good job LEE HIπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Cheng Xiao for GQ China

The center of my pictorial faves in this post is Cheng Xiao of the South Korean-Chinese pop group, Comic girls (WJSN). What I love about this photoshoot with GQ China is the slick metallic look, and I think they took some inspiration from Egyptian headpieces. Plus, Cheng Xiao completely stunned in every outfit.

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

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CHUNG HA FT. CHANGMO – PLAY: Music Review

On June 6th, CHUNG HA dropped her second pre-release single titled “PLAY”. I already reviewed the first pre-release single – “Stay Tonight” πŸ‘‰πŸΌ CHUNG HA – Stay Tonight: Music Review. The teaser images for “PLAY” are very colourful, so I really want to know what the song sounds like.

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

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Reaction to Official MV:

  • I love the instrumental intro, and I feel it has some sort of Spanish music influence.
  • I wish every artist could include English captions in their music videos. I want to watch and understand everything at once.
  • Anyways, here is a link to a website with the English, Korean and Romanized lyrics of this song πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Color Coded Lyrics
  • Some scenes in this music video have a vintage filter over them, and I like the effect.
  • Chung Ha sounds beautiful, as always. I love her vocal runs and soft falsetto notes.
  • My favourite outfit so far is the one where she’s wearing a flower crown.
  • The build-up towards the chorus section is excellent. I also love the variations with the beat switch during the chorus.
  • Okay, Changmo’s rap came in at the right moment, and I am enjoying his flow.
  • He took the song to the next level, and once again, the instrumental progression/ variation for his part is on point.
  • The choreography is also perfect, as expected from Chung Ha. She and the dancers always nail every move with ease.
  • Another beautiful outfit is the red dress for the bull, or should I say car fight scene.
  • I was right about this song having some Spanish music influence because they even included some of their dance steps.
  • They did a lovely job slowing things down for the bridge section. I love how Chung Ha entered the closing with a perfect high note.
  • “PLAY” is a great song, so my rating is 9/10.

Red Velvet – IRENE & SEULGI – Monster: Album Review

Hello, beautiful people. I hope you all are doing great and staying safe.

For the past two weeks, I haven’t been very active, but I’m officially back. Although my absence led to a lack of music reviews for recent comebacks, I did listen to all the new songs and albums on my own. As you all can tell from this post’s title, I’ll be checking out Red Velvet’s subunit – IRENE & SEULGI. They released their 1st mini album – Monster on June 6th, and I had to show up for this one because their teaser images were absolutely stunning. Both ladies were serving me goddess looks –

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

Reaction to Title Track/Official MV:

  • A weird intro, but okay.
  • The set for the music video’s is gorgeous and really colourful.
  • The bass on this song is quite intense.
  • I’m also enjoying how sultry their voices sound on the track.
  • I appreciate the interactive choreography. Both Irene and Seulgi are killing it.
  • The contoured outfits are such a good look for both ladies.
  • Also, excellent progression with the use of a rap-singing style for the verse, and then moving on to full singing from the pre-chorus section.
  • However, I’m not too sure about the pre-chorus, but let’s continue.
  • I love the switch up for the instrumental during Irene’s second verse. I don’t know the technical name for what happened there, so I’ll just call it an electric fart.πŸ˜‚
  • The visuals and lighting for this music video are beautiful.
  • Okay, the part that starts with – “I’m a little monster, be scared of me…” slightly threw me off at first, but it does sound perfect after hearing it three times.
  • I have to replay this song before giving my final thoughts.
  • Honestly, I acknowledge the good qualities of “Monster” because both Irene and Seulgi sound amazing on the track. The instrumental is quite intriguing, but unfortunately, the overall tone and vibe aren’t doing much for me.

Album Review:

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Here is the album on Spotify –

  1. Monster – Third time listening to this track, and I still can’t get into it. I think it is because I enjoy some parts while the rest are just there for me.
  2. Diamond – Okay, I love the instrumental intro for this one. It’s quite bouncy and makes me move a little. Both ladies are serving beautiful and smooth vocals. This song, to me, is way better than the title track. From the soft melody to the overall production, “Diamond” is a whole vibe. I am genuinely enjoying their voices on this track, and the instrumental with the soft finger-clicks is sitting well with my spirit.
  3. Feel Good – Another intriguing start, and this song seems more hunting than the previous two. I love the short pauses between each sentence as they sing. Also, excellent instrumental progression, most notably with the way they introduced the drumbeat. Oh, are we getting an EDM build-up? I was not expecting the song to take this route. The production on this track is intriguing. “Feel Good” is a great song, but it still feels slightly odd to me. Maybe I just need more time with it. All the same, vocally, both Irene and Seulgi sound incredible.
  4. Jelly – This is more bubbly than the rest. It is giving me classic Red Velvet vibes. Irene is solidifying herself as a vocalist with this album because both ladies have given nothing but clean and beautiful vocals with all four songs. I am really enjoying this track. I can see myself coming back to “Jelly” a few times because it makes me feel good. The drumline style instrumental for the bridge is giving me life. Plus, the subtle falsetto notes are blessing my ears. This is my second favourite on this album after “Diamond”
  5. Uncover (Sung by SEULGI): Bonus Track – This is very R&B styled, and Seulgi’s voice is perfect for this type of song. She has the classic soft and mesmerizing tone for R&B music. “Uncover” is another good one, but I don’t see myself coming back to it a lot. All the same, it is a perfect way to close the album.

Final Thoughts: 

This is their 1st mini-album, hence why I’m cutting them some slack. IRENE & SEULGI sounded terrific together, and the production on the album was kind of okay. I genuinely enjoyed “Diamond” and “Jelly” out of the five songs. Overall, I was not blown away by this record, so my rating for Monster is 6/10.

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: #ClassyLadies – Thursday RollCall

As already explained in my previous post, throughout this week, I’ll be sharing pictures of celebrities that naturally have an air of elegance and poise. From the way they carry themselves to how they speak and dress, they continuously keep things classy.

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

First on today’s list is BLACKPINK’s Rose for ELLE Korea – img_8299img_8298img_8296img_8297

 

Up next is the Chinese actress Cecilia Boey for Marie Claire China –img_6817img_6816

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Third on this list is the Korean actress Kim Ji Won for Harper’s BAZAAR Korea – img_7817img_7816img_7819img_7818

 

To close this post, I have the Chinese actress Tong Yao for Bobosnap China –Β 

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BANG YE DAM – WAYO: Song Of The Week

My chosen song for this week is “WAYO” by TREASURE’s BANG YE DAM. img_8632Bang Ye-dam is a South Korean singer and member of the soon to be debuted boy group – TREASURE. The group is signed to YG Entertainment. Bang Ye-dam was born on May 7th, 2002, which makes him 18 this year. He gained popularity after appearing on the second season of K-pop StarΒ in 2012. After finishing as the runner-up, he joined YG Entertainment. This digital single – “WAYO” marks his solo debut, and TREASURE will be debuting in July.

I initially wanted to write a review for this song, but since I didn’t have enough time, I had to save it for my future song of the week. I love how the song starts out with a guitar that ushers Ye-dam’s soft vocals into the mix. The way he sings “wayo, wayo, wayo” is so catchy and soothing. That part completely sold this song for me. Overall the progression of this song is relaxing and truly showcases Ban Ye-dam’s beautiful voice. I remember watching him on K-pop Star, and he was way younger then. I’m glad that he was able to train and maintain his voice. I can’t wait to hear more from him.

With concerns to his group – TREASURE, I have only heard “Going Crazy”, and it wasn’t exactly my style. But I will still keep an eye out for their official debut.

I hope you enjoy listening to “WAYO” by BANG YE DAM. Continue to have a lovely week, everyone.πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

 

GOT7 – CRASH & BURN: Song Of The Week

My chosen song for this week is “Crash & Burn” by GOT7.

Dance performance –

This was one of my favourite songs when I reviewed GOT7’s tenth EP – Call My Name. “Crash & Burn” is my go-to body roll song, and it always puts me in good spirits. I also chose it because I wanted to stick with an upbeat vibe this week. I really love this song’s choreography, hence why I included a dance performance video for you all. Plus, BamBam’s center parts are a visual blessing for all eyes.😍

I hope you all enjoy listening to this song as well.Β If anyone wants to read my review for GOT7’s tenth EP – Call My Name, use this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌΒ GOT7 – CALL MY NAME: Album Review.

 

 

Music Reviews Compilation: NU’EST|BVNDIT|TXT| KIM WOO SEOK|PUNCH

As promised, my second part of the missed review compilation.

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

“I’m In Trouble” by Nu’estimg_7434Reaction to Official MV:

  • I love the way this song started, and the beat is groovy.
  • This is my first time listening to Nu’est, and I love their vibe.
  • I’ve known about them for a long time, but I never had the opportunity to pay enough attention to them.
  • Finally, I am here now and very ready.
  • Their vocalists are outstanding.
  • I love how their different vocal tones blend so well together.
  • Some of the members seem familiar to me, but I don’t know where I’ve seen them.
  • The music video set is beautiful.
  • I love the melody for the chorus, and the choreography is slick and on point.
  • The instrumental is a whole mood, and I enjoyed how they implemented more bass towards the end.
  • I love this song.
  • My rating for “I’m In Trouble” is definitely a 10/10.
  • Alright, time to check out their 8th mini-album – The Nocturne.
  • The EP has six songs, and all are equally amazing. I didn’t feel disappointed with anyone.
  • I appreciate that they included some slower songs that showcased more of their vocal ability.
  • I think I just found a new group to add to my long list of faves.
  • My rating for NU’EST’s 8th mini-album – The Nocturne is a solid 10/10.

 

“JUNGLE” by BVNDITimg_7429Reaction to Official MV:

  • I loved their pre-release single “Children”, and I had plans to check out BVNDIT’s album but never got to it.πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ
  • Anyways, I’m here now, so let’s start with their title track.
  • Damn, that deep voice came out of nowhere. Who is the first singer?
  • I love the huskier voices and raspy tones I am hearing from these girls.
  • I’ve noticed something recently. Almost every kpop group is adapting the heavy electronic/trap sound.
  • It absolutely works for some, but it also feels off for most groups.
  • Plus, as someone who reacts to a good number of these artists, it does get quite repetitive for me.
  • This is not a direct comment towards this song by BVNDIT but rather an observation on the current trend in Korean idol music.
  • Β The beat drop for the chorus is good. I love how the drums give off the vibe of a marching band.
  • I have seen some of this video’s settings in Jessi’s MV for”Who Dat B.”
  • They probably filmed at the same location and the visuals are stunning.
  • The beat got intense for the bridge, and the dance break was a great touch.
  • “JUNGLE” is an excellent song for BVNDIT because it showcased the girl’s vocal power, and their energy was perfect.
  • My rating for it is 8.5/10 because even though I hear all the remarkable qualities, it’s not a song that I see myself playing often.
  • Now I’m going to check out their 2nd mini-album – Carnival.
  • This EP has five songs. “Children” and somehow “Come and Get It” are the ones that caught my attention.
  • So my rating for BVNDIT’s 2nd mini-album – Carnival is an 8/10.

 

“Can’t You See Me?” by TXTimg_7427Reaction to Official MV:

  • Another first time listen.
  • They’re from Big Hit Entertainment… okay.
  • This group certainly has incredible vocalists. I am enjoying the soft vocal runs and background harmonization.
  • Their choreography is in sync.
  • The instrumental progression is fantastic, and the way the beat switched up after the chorus was pure πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯.
  • The vocals are making me love the song more.
  • Honestly, “Can’t You See Me” is not my usual vibe, but I’m actually in love with it.
  • At first, I was like, ehhh, maybe this is not my arena. Then it came to just simply appreciating talent because TXT has that.
  • Why are they throwing tomatoes and berries everywhere?
  • Lmao and next thing, the house is on fire.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  • Hmmm… I’m kind of stuck between a nine or ten for this one. Okay, I’ll give it a 9/10 for now.
  • I know they also released a mini-album titled The Dream Chapter: ETERNITY.Β I’m going to check it out now.
  • This EP has six songs, and just from the first track, I’m impressed.
  • Wow!!!, the falsetto is insane on “Fairy of Shampoo” Plus the jazz elements are right up my alley.
  • My rating for The Dream Chapter: ETERNITY is a bulletproof 10/10.
  • Lol, I actually had two songs from their The Dream Chapter: MAGIC album on my playlist. I tend to find songs randomly on Spotify, but I’m going to take my time and check out more songs from TXT.

 

“Red Moon” by Kim Woo Seok

img_7425Reaction to Official MV:

  • I have no idea who he is, but I was intrigued by the teaser images and videos.
  • I did a little research, and I found out that he is part of UP10TION and also finished second on Produce x 101. Was also a part of X1, which has already disbanded.
  • Now let’s check his solo debut song.
  • Alright right off the bat, he has a fantastic set of pipes and is a talented dancer.
  • Also, I do see the visuals. Kim Woo Seok is good looking.
  • The beat is fat on this song, and I am living for it. I SMELL A BOP.
  • The choreography is slick and fitting for this kind of sultry sound.
  • WAIT A MINUTE NOW SIR???? WHAT 😳😳😳
  • That chorus, the music video visuals, his voice and moves just slapped me hard in the face at the same time.
  • I AM OFFICIALLY A FAN. Nothing can change my mind at this point.
  • His outfits are also well coordinated. Big ups to his stylist.
  • Wow, MY GUY, chill with the hip sways.
  • Sexy songs are my regular babies, so yes I LIKE “Red Moon”
  • The section right after the chorus, where he says, “yeah, yeah, yeah…” should be made illegal.
  • This music video is stunning. Most notably, the tent scene where Kim Woo Seok is dressed in full black under the chandelier.
  • Wait, the breakdown is insane. This is too good, and the vocals are also incredible.
  • I hear all the background harmonization and vocal runs.Β Kim Woo Seok is smooth on this song.
  • This is another bulletproof 10/10 from me. Time to check out the album titled 1ST DESIRE [GREED].
  • This EP has seven songs, and right from the first track, I SMELL TEMPTATION.
  • Kim Woo Seok seems to be out for my head, and since this vibe is what I love the most, I can’t help but fall for his voice.
  • I’m getting my groove on here.πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌΒ 1ST DESIRE [GREED]Β gets a solid 10/10.

 

img_7413Reaction to “Say Yes” by Punch (Feat. MoonByul of MAMAMOO):

  • Oh, I was not expecting this to be a remix of her soundtrack from the Scarlet Heart: Ryeo.
  • That drama was so heartbreaking, and I got to appreciate IU more as an actress while watching it. Also, Lee Joon Gi is one of my top Korean actors, hence why I wouldn’t mind getting a second season.
  • MoonByul sings so well, and I love her deep, rapping voice.
  • “oh, oh, oh, …I need you…Love is true.”
  • This is one of my favourite OSTs, and both artists are doing great with their harmonization.
  • I will be adding this version to my playlist, and of course, “Say Yes” gets a 10/10 from me.

Reaction to “Say hello” by Punch:

  • I love the piano opening.
  • I hope this song soothes me because I just read some frustrating and annoying news that made my spirit boil.😀
  • Punch sounds flawless as always, and I love the slight modulations that she’s doing within one verse.
  • The breathy notes during the chorus are beautiful.
  • This song makes for such an easy listen.
  • Ballads really help calm me down, and for that reason, I’m glad that I’m reviewing this now.
  • I love the vocal layering. It’s done so well, and the instrumental progression really supports Punch’s voice.
  • A sweet ending with the fading keyboard notes.
  • This felt really short, but everything about “Say hello” is soothing and smooth.
  • I love that I could see Punch in the studio, and the vocals were not heavily processed on this track, which explains why I could hear all her breathy notes properly.
  • My rating for it this song is definitely 10/10.

Final Thoughts:Β 

I enjoyed writing this review, and I also discovered some new talents to follow, so I’m off to go check them out now before I forget again.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

What do you all think of the songs I reviewed?

Music Reviews Compilation: BAEKHYUN|MONSTA X|AGUST D|CHANYEOL X RAIDEN|BAEK JI WOONG

I posted on the blog’s Facebook page that I would be compiling a missed review post. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get this out earlier today due to schoolwork, but here it is. I also have a second part coming soon because I have a lot of groups and solo artists to go through.

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

“Candy” by Baekhyunimg_7410Reaction to Official MV:

  • Already this instrumental is giving straight BOP vibes.
  • Baekhyun’s voice is out of this world beautiful.
  • I am living for the instrumental, and I love how they slowed it down for the pre-chorus section.
  • Beautiful choreography and the chorus is so good.
  • I absolutely love the variations of beats in the background.
  • The deep drum beat that came in during the second verse was too perfect.πŸ”₯
  • The subtle runs that Baekhyun does at the end of each sentence are pure eargasm.
  • This is catchy and easy to groove to.
  • The slowed-down parts get me majorly in my feels.
  • The production is insane. From the vocal runs to the background vocals and even the high notes. Everything is incredible.
  • What else was I expecting?
  • Beakhyun is merely flexing his exceptional pipes on us, and I AM FEELING BLESSED.
  • Hence my rating for “Candy” is a bulletproof 10/10.
  • Now I know this is the title track for Baekhyun’s 2nd mini-album Delight, so I am going to check that out now.
  • This EP has seven tracks, and everyone was equally amazing.
  • I can’t pick a favourite song now because I want to replay the album later today when I’m fully awake. I need to appreciate all the tiny details before deciding.
  • All the same, Beakhyun’s voice is breathtaking, and Delight is a classic, lovely and well-produced R&B album. My rating for it is 10/10.

 

“FANTASIA” by Monsta Ximg_7412Reaction to Official MV:

  • This is my first time actively listening to a song from Monsta X.
  • I only randomly heard “MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT” and “Wish on the same sky” on Spotify, and I LOVE both songs.
  • So why not check out their recent comeback?
  • Okay… I wasn’t expecting the beat to go hard that fast.
  • The first rapper is so good. I love the way he came in, and the instrumental switch up for that section was perfect for his rap style.
  • The visuals for the music video are outstanding.
  • I love the synthesized beat for the chorus section.
  • The boys look amazing in the black and gold outfit.
  • They have great dancers, and the vocalists are also pretty solid.
  • The beat drops for this song are very epic and intriguing.
  • After my first listen, I am 80/20 on this song. I like it, but I’m not deeply in love.
  • EDM influenced tracks are often just okay or major bops for me. Hence why I’m going to replay “FANTASIA” to see if it gets better for me.
  • After my second listen, I will rate this song as a 9/10.
  • I like it, and I think it’s a grower. After a few more listens, I might enjoy it more.
  • Alright, I know they released a mini-album titled FANTASIA X. I am going to check it out now.
  • This album has seven tracks, and they all have electronic elements. I’m new to Monsta X, so I wonder if this is their go-to sound.
  • I think I will enjoy this album more when I blast it on my headphones, but it’s too late for that now.
  • Currently, the songs that stood out to me are “IT AIN’T OVER” and “Stand up”
  • My rating for FANTASIA X is 8.5/10. I will listen to it again later in the day and post more favourites songs on the Facebook page.

 

“Daechwita” by Agust Dimg_7417Reaction to Official MV:Β 

  • I feel this is going to be a theory filled song/MV, so I’m just going to leave an explanation video here –
  • Now let’s get into it.
  • I have already mentioned way too many times how much I enjoy hearing traditional music elements in modern songs.
  • If he keeps this sound for the entire song, then he has my undivided attention.
  • Thankfully I have English captions since I’m fashionably late on this reaction.
  • I love the traditional town setting and costumes.
  • Okay, the beat definitely goes hard.
  • His flow is not even questionable. I might not be an avid BTS follower, but I know he’s talented.
  • I’m paying more attention to the lyrics.
  • Korean rappers have a different level of spice that makes me appreciate rap music.
  • I never used to enjoy hip-hop before discovering the K hip-hop scene. Their flow, energy and lyrics are exceptional and intriguing.
  • I wonder what “Daechwita” means. I will watch the explanation video once I finish this review.
  • Oooh, I love how the traditional elements dropped during the bridge, and his flow switched up entirely. This song is pure πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯.
  • Yep, it’s official for me. “Daechwita” is a BOP and a half. I give it a complete 10/10.
  • I know this is the title track to his 2nd mixtape D-2, so I am checking it out now.
  • This album has ten songs, and every song hit hard for me in a different way.
  • Like Baekhyun’s case, I don’t want to pick favourites now because I need a better listen later in the day.
  • My rating for D-2 by Agust D is a bulletproof 10/10.

 

“Yours” by Raiden x Chanyeol ft. LEE HI & Changmoimg_7418Reaction to Official MV:

  • LEE HI came in smoothly with her soulful and sultry voice. She always puts me in my feels.
  • I love the chill instrumental.
  • I admire rappers that can also sing, and Chanyeol’s voice is blessed.
  • Excellent work with having Chanyeol and LEE HI go back and forth on one verse.
  • Their completely different tones and styles of singing makes things more interesting.
  • I LOVE when featured artists are incorporated throughout the song instead of only appearing in one section.
  • It doesn’t even have to be them singing or rapping the entire time, but at least some background vocals or continuous interaction between the leading artist and featured one sound way better to me.
  • Raiden is calling for my attention with that piano and guitar of his. I know I sound like a broken record already, but I love keyboards.πŸ˜„
  • I love the beat drop for the chorus. It’s still chill but more bouncy.
  • The colours and graphics for the music video are perfect.
  • I love the vocal layering on this.
  • LEE HI’s vocal runs are soft but beautiful. The production on this song is really exceptional.
  • Oooh, nice ending with the synthesized/distorted instrumental.
  • Yep, “Yours” by Raiden x Chanyeol ft. LEE HI & ChangmoΒ gets a solid 10/10 from me.Β Another song for my playlist.

 

“Sometimes” by Baek Ji Woong(Prod. JungKey)img_7494Reaction to Official MV:

  • This marks my second song from Baek Ji Woong.
  • I enjoy his calm and compelling vocal tone.
  • He’s a very talented ballad singer, and I honestly need to find time to check out his previous releases.
  • The slight raspiness of his voice is soothing to my ears. Plus, the vibe of this song is relaxing.
  • This song started out with a soft piano and then paced up a bit with the introduction of a guitar to the mix.
  • The couple in the music video is adorable.
  • Is this song about them reminiscing their time together? Doesn’t that mean they broke up?πŸ˜₯
  • I love the instrumental and vocal progression of this song.
  • Baek Ji Woong’s high note is smooth, and I love how his vocals floated out at the end.
  • CLASSIC BALLAD’S ARE SO BEAUTIFUL.
  • I checked out the English lyrics, and it is about reminiscing the precious moments of a previous relationship.
  • I really enjoyed listening to “Sometimes” by Baek Ji Woong, and it’s since it falls under one of my favourite genres, I couldn’t help but fall in love with this song.
  • My rating is a solid 10/10. I already added it to my playlist.

Finally Thoughts:

Although I had to stay up late, I enjoyed listening to all these artists. I discovered some quality R&B, Hip-hop and EDM albums. I also got a fantastic ballad track to soothe my soul, so I am pleased. I will be sleeping well tonight.

What do you all think of the songs I reviewed?

Lady Gaga ft. BLACKPINK – Sour Candy: Music Review

American and Kpop collaborations are always a hit or miss for me but let’s see what Lady Gaga and BLACKPINK have for us with “Sour Candy”

(This is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)img_7493

Official Audio –

Reaction to Lyric Video:

  • Alright, I hear that classic electronic sound that I know and love from Lady Gaga.
  • We are starting out with Jennie, and I think I like the instrumental so far.
  • I love it when Lisa sings. She sounds beautiful.
  • Jisoo’s vocal tone is quite shallow and soothing. I love her.
  • By the way, Jisoo is my bias.
  • Right now, we have the girls starting out the song, but I wonder what Lady Gaga’s part and the chorus drop will sound like.
  • Jisoo sounds so sexy on the “uh-huh, uh-huh” part. I love how they dragged and dropped her voice at the end. Plus, the background vocals were perfect for that section.
  • Ooo, Lady Gaga came in fierce and with a more melodic tone. Her part and Jisoo’s are my favourites.
  • I noticed that the beat switched up a bit once she entered the mix.
  • Wait… I wasn’t expecting this kind of chorus. She’s talk-singing in a monotone voice.πŸ˜‚
  • Took me off guard for a minute, but… okay.
  • I like the chorus and the melody for “Come, come, unwrap me. Come, come, unwrap me.” is quite catchy.
  • I really love Lady Gaga’s verses. The production is top-notch, and Lady Gaga’s voice is incredible.
  • And we are back to BLACKPINK with Rose’s sultry voice.
  • Oh, that “Take a bite, take a bite. So sour candy.” is groovy.πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌ
  • I am living for the retro instrumental.
  • I have to replay this song before giving my rating.
  • “Sour Candy” by Lady Gaga ft. BLACKPINK is an excellent retro/electronic song, and I absolutely enjoyed listening to it.
  • It took me a while to get into the vibe, but after blasting it on my headphones, I loved it more. So my rating for it is 9/10.

MINZY – LOVELY: Music Review

Gong Min-Ji, popularly known as Minzy, is a South Korean singer and rapper. She was born on January 18th, 1994. Minzy initially debuted in 2009 as part YG Entertainment’s girl group – 2NE1. In 2016, she left the group. She then launched her solo career in 2017 with the EP – Minzy Work 01: Uno. At that time, she was managed by Music Works, but due to some internal conflicts, she left the company on April 17th, 2020. This new digital single “LOVELY” is her first release as an independent artist.

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(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:

  • I love the teaser images she dropped, so I have high hopes for this song.
  • Her voice is as beautiful as expected, but I hear some growth compared to her 2NE1 days.
  • I love that the song starts right away with a melodious guitar.
  • I wish I had captions, but I can search up the translation later.
  • The melody is lovely, and I’m enjoying her deep soulful tone.
  • Her outfits and the visuals for the music video are gorgeous.
  • The background vocals on this track are soothing.
  • I feel they dimmed the light on this video because I have my brightness all the up, and it’s still a bit dark for me.
  • I guess that’s the mood they were going for, but I wish the colours were more exposed than this.
  • The instrumental is quite simple, with the main focus on just the guitars.
  • The vocal layering is done so well, and Minzy’s voice truly shines on this track.
  • Her outfits are so elegant in this video. She is stunning.
  • I noticed that no matter how this song progressed, they still kept a standard pace throughout.
  • The only major change starts from the bridge section when they introduce some drumbeats.
  • I love the soft adlibs and runs that Minzy does at the end. Especially that consistent – “you, you, you, you ooo.”
  • The chorus is catchy, so I could see myself listening to this track once in a while.
  • Hence my rating for “LOVELY” by MINZY is 9/10.
  • I can’t wait to hear more songs from her and witness her continuous growth as a solo artist. She definitely has all the potential.

To hear more of Minzy’s voice, check out her EP – MINZY WORK 01: UNO. My favourite songs on the EP are – “Beautiful Lie” “ING” and – “Superwoman”

NCT #127 – Neo Zone: The Final Round: Album Repackage Review

Yes, I am here to give you all my review for the repackaged version of NCT 127’s second album.Β This version is called Neo Zone: The Final Round, and it has seventeen tracks with four new songs added. The title track is “Punch”

Now since I have already reviewed the original album, I will only be checking out the four new songs. If you need to read my previous review or NCT 127’s profile, use this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌ NCT #127 – Neo Zone: Album Review

With the original album, I added my six favourite songs (Kick It, Boom, Day Dream, Love Song, White Night and Not Alone) to my personal playlist. So I want to see how many of these new tracks will make my cut.

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

Reaction to Official MV/Title Track:

  • Oh, what is the computer game sound?
  • I love their robotic choreography.
  • So the first title track was “Kick It”, and now we have “Punch”. They really want to fight.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  • Is that game sound going to stay throughout the song?
  • I kind of like it.
  • I am feeling this gothic leather and chain outfits the boys have on.
  • Thankfully I have English captions, but with everything going on, I can’t really pay attention to the lyrics.
  • Once again, they incorporated some fighting moves into the dance.
  • Okay, Taeyong needs to calm down. The way he came in whispering his part was too disrespectful.
  • Jaehyun just had to follow suit and whisper his lines also. Why are these boys like this?
  • Anytime I react to NCT 127, they keep coming for my neck.
  • That “Hot, Hot, Hot” line is pure eargasm.
  • Wait a minute Johnny…. you didn’t have to come in like that.
  • At first, I thought Haechan was about to slay me, but then Johnny’s vocals said: “hold up, sister, I’M HERE.”😏
  • Honestly, Johnny has been serving me looks, vocals, and center power this entire era. I am living for his energy. DAMN BOY.
  • Yes, Taeil, kindly come in with those classic high notes.
  • The chorus is smooth but still LIT. “Hey, We Ballin’.”
  • I think they switched the beat up a little during that section.
  • I like how the intense beats drop out during the vocal sections. It draws all your focus to the singer’s voice, and Doyoung sounds fantastic.
  • In fact, all the vocalists are killing it.
  • They need to give my boy Yuta more lines. I have only seen him in the center once since the music video started, and he’s just dancing.
  • SM?????😠 Yuta is slaying his look, and yet he can’t even shine like others???img_6652
  • By the way, my second favourite outfit for this music video is the red jacket on jeans.
  • I love how they slowed the tempo of the chorus towards the end before blessing us with incredible vocal runs in the background.
  • I enjoyed listening to “Punch”, It has the classic retro sound, which I appreciate. It’s for sure, going on my personal playlist.
  • However, I don’t think this song holds up to the original title track, so I can’t give it a full score.
  • Therefore, my rating for “Punch” by NCT #127 is 9/10.

B-sides Review: img_6647

  • NonStop – This has a similar retro sound. I love how sharply they came with the rap, and the vocal entry was smooth and fitting. I am here for this vibe. Honestly, the singing sections and instrumentalization on this track are A+++. I’m not feeling the first part of the chorus, but the rest of the song sounds okay to me. I love the intense build-up for the bridge. It definitely took the song to the next level. I’m 70/30 on this song. I like some parts, and then other parts seem off for me. Maybe after a few more listens, I will come to enjoy it more. I have to listen to it again… okay after a few more listens, it sounds way better. My current rating for “NonStop” is 8.5/10.
  • Prelude – This is a 1:45 minute introduction into “Kick It”, and it’s basically a remix of the Kick It instrumental. It starts out quite slow and then gradually builds up into the energy of the next track. I LIKE THAT.
  • Make Your Day – This seems to be a slow song compared to the rest. It’s like an R&B ballad. NCT’s vocalists nail every note that comes out from their mouth, and the vocal runs on this track are blessed. I love the soft piano and classical instrumental, It’s soothing. Taeil sounds like he’s floating through the sky, and Haechan’s voice is killing me softly. I’m living for every moment of this song. So my guess is that only Doyoung, Taeil, Haechan, Jaehyun and Jungwoo are on this. “Make Your Day” is a beautiful song. I LOVE IT. The harmonies and high notes gave me major eargasm. My rating for it is 10/10.

Final Thoughts:

– “Punch” – “NonStop” and – “Make Your Day” are now on my personal playlist. This means I have nine songs in total from the Neo Zone album.Β Therefore, I can conclude that NCT #127 did a standard job with this repackaged version. Even though I have my faves, I do enjoy going back once in a while to hear the other tracks. So yea, the boys did their thing with this era. I hope they get some well-deserved rest before their next comeback and SMπŸ˜’, give my boy Yuta more lines next time. Please, and Thank you.

What do you all think of the new songs on the repackaged album?

 

 

ASTRO – GATEWAY: Album Review

On May 4th, ASTRO came back with their 7th mini-album titled GATEWAY. It has six songs, including the title track “Knock”

This review marks my first time listening to anything from ASTRO. I wanted to review their previous album, but I was too busy during that period. I absolutely LOVE the teaser images for this comeback, so I’ll include my favourite picks at the end of this post.img_5414ASTRO is a South Korean boy group managed by Fantagio. There are six members – Cha Eun-woo, Moon Bin, Yoon Sanha, Rocky, MJ, and Jinjin. In 2016, they debuted with the digital single “Hide & Seek”. I am familiar with Cha Eun-woo from his roles in My ID is Gangnam Beauty and Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung. I also recognize Moon Bin, but I’m not sure how I got to know him. I really want to enjoy this album, so I have my fingers crossed.🀞🏼🀞🏼🀞🏼

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

Reaction to Title Track/Official MV:

  • I love the melody and the R&B vocal entry.
  • This seems promising.
  • I love the soft finger snaps at the beginning of the instrumental.
  • Eun-woo is such a visual. WOW!!!
  • This is my first time hearing him sing, and I love his tone. It’s so soft and beautiful.
  • I’m really enjoying this song. It is smooth, and their choreography is very fitting.
  • Moon Bin’s first part is catchy. I love how he sings – “I still miss, miss, miss you.”
  • This group has an incredible set of vocalists. The other guy with black hair, I think his name is MJ. His voice just gave me goosebumps.
  • I love how the instrumental switched up during his part, and it felt like his voice was echoing. I think this is due to the vocal layering done in that section.
  • I REALLY LOVE MJ’s PART.
  • So Jinjin is the rapper… Okay.
  • Β Things are beginning to build up now. I wonder what the drop will sound like.
  • The chorus is nice and catchy as well. I love the second part more that starts from – “Trust, trust me.”
  • I love the instrumental progression for the chorus a lot, and their choreography is clean.
  • I have noticed two rappers in this group, and they are equally good with their flow and delivery.
  • I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the melody for this line, πŸ‘‰πŸΌ “I still miss, miss, miss you.”Β 
  • Okay, that water dance scene with Moon Bin is gorgeous and iconic.
  • I prefer the melody and flow of the verse to that of the chorus, but the entire song is nice.
  • The bridge is also perfect.
  • The visual for the music video is okay. I see a lot of stars, planets and clock references, but since I have no idea what they represent to this group or their ongoing concept. I am staying focused on just music and dance.
  • The background vocals during the ending section are top-notch, and MJ’s voice is giving life.
  • Okay, ASTRO. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ I am genuinely impressed and happy that I checked them out finally.
  • “Knock” is a beautiful song. I will give my final thoughts on it while reviewing the full album.

Album Review: img_5435Here is the album sampler –

  1. Knock – This song is like an R&B ballad but with an electronic beat. The verses sound very melodic while the chorus is sharp and upbeat. The entire song is still SMOOTH, and that’s what I really love about it. So yeah, I can conclude that “Knock” is a tune. I LOVE IT.
  2. When You Call My Name – Oooh, I love how this starts. The piano note sounds cute at first, but then it switches to a more electronic vibe. The electronic version is so groovy.πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌ I think I might enjoy this more than the title track. The rap entry is perfect for this kind of song. The boys were riding the beat for the first 0.43 seconds, and then suddenly slow things down. The vocal sections on this pure eargasm and the way the beat drops in the chorus section is iconic. It’s official, “When You Call My Name” is a BOP and a half. IT’S SO GROOVY AND SMOOTH LIKE BUTTER.πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ The drums on this song give me life. I am dancing right now because ASTRO definitely made this song just for me.
  3. SOMEBODY LIKE – Okay, a guitar entry and finger snaps… I LIKE. This song is giving me some disco vibes. Another beautiful melody – “Somebody like somebody like, somebody like, like, like.”Β The chorus drop and the instrumental is seriously giving me soft disco vibes mixed with pop. I am a strong disco head, so I am enjoying every second ofΒ  “SOMEBODY LIKE”. The background vocals on this one are excellent. The soft “ooo, ooo, ooo” is classic. The harmonies when they all sing together is lovely. The rappers of ASTRO are good at fitting their flow into different styles and rhythms for each song. I love how they ended this track on a soft note.
  4. We Still – Looks like we’re back to the ballad style instrumental. This album has a lot of finger-snapping, and this song also has claps. I love the instrumental progression. The vocal parts sound very full and powerful. “We Still” is like a ballad over a soft hip/pop beat. I love the little drum beat they used as an entry for the chorus. This song is slower compared to the previous two, and I am really enjoying it. Another track on this album with excellent drums. The vocalist killed their parts, and their runs are so beautiful. Oooh, they gave us some modulation. This track also ended on a very soft note. I LOVE IT.
  5. 12 Hours – This seems even slower, and yep, we still have the finger-snapping. I love the soft piano entry. This has a ballad sound, but the guitar is giving me pop-rock/slight jazz vibes. I genuinely appreciate the vocalists in this group. They have very soft and smooth tones, but at the same time, they are powerful enough. Nice harmonies going on in the background. It’s very soothing how they drag the notes at the end of each sentence. “12 Hours” is such a calming track, and ASTRO sounds so pure on this. The rappers came in with a more acapella style for this song. The vocal layering and runs are blessing my ears. Once again, with that perfect soft end. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ This is another favourite for me.
  6. Lights on – Quite interesting… this starts out with the sound of someone winding a clock. The beat seems a bit distorted to me, but it might just be my ears. I love how they keep saying – “tik tac tok” … CUTE. Oooh, I wasn’t expected the rappers to come in hard. It took me off guard, but I like it. I love the call and response technique between the rap and vocal sections. “Lights on” is like pop with an electronic beat. I love the build-up into the chorus. Again with the “tik tac tok.”Β It’s so adorable and catchy. The flow for the rap parts on this track is too good. This is a JAM and a perfect way to end the album.

Final Thoughts:

I am pleased with this album. I enjoyed every minute spent, and it’s definitely going to be on repeat for a while. I also plan to dive into the rest of ASTRO’s discography once I have enough time. This is my first time listening to their work, and I am impressed.

Therefore my rating for ASTRO’s 7th mini-album GATEWAY is 10/10.


Here are the teaser photos I mentioned earlier on –Β 

 

They also released a stunning set of lyrics wallpapers –

NCT DREAM – Reload: Album Review

I find it odd that this is the only subunit of NCT that I don’t keep up with. Therefore today, I am going to give them a shot. Here’s to hoping that they impress meπŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚. As of now, the only members I know are Jeno and Haechan.Β 

NCT DREAM is a South Korean pop group that currently consists of six members – Renjun, Jeno, Haechan, Jaemin, Chenle and Jisung. They are a sub-unit of NCT managed by SM Entertainment. They initially debuted as seven members in 2016 with the digital single “Chewing Gum”. Mark from NCT U/NCT #127 was formerly in this unit, but he graduated??

Basically, NCT DREAM was meant to be the teenage unit with an average age of 15. Once a member turned 20, they would have the opportunity to join the older members, but during April of this year, the graduation system was scrapped. All members are now fixed. So even though Mark left, he still has the opportunity to come back and promote as a fixed member. I personally feel Mark should step back from this unit because the man is in almost every NCT unit and other joint projects. SM??? Give the boy a break.

Anyways, on April 29th, NCT DREAM released their 4th mini-album titled Reload. It has five songs including the title track “Ridin'”

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

Reaction to Title Track/Official MV:

  • Okay, we are starting out with some sirens.
  • I love the toy car in the beginning. So cute.
  • They all look good, but the guy with the blue hair, I believe his name is Jaemin. He is calling to me.
  • You know, in Kpop, you don’t just casually choose a bias. The bias picks you.
  • I’ve always had a thing for Jeno, but Jaemin… hmmm.😏
  • Thankfully, I have English captions.
  • The beat seems heavily synthesized, or is it just my ears? I love it, though.
  • Yep, Jaemin needs to calm down and stay in his lane. I AM TRYING TO FOCUS ON THE MUSIC HERE.
  • I love their sound. It still has that classic NCT vibe, but it’s more youthful.
  • WAIT A MINUTE… Haechan. These boys are going to kill me.
  • The way he came in smoothly with those vocals at the 0.50 seconds mark. He never fails to amaze me.
  • As expected from any NCT unit, their vocalists are solid.
  • I think his name is Renjun. He sounds so beautiful. Plus, the blonde hair is doing him justice.
  • Honestly, Renjun has so many hair colours in this music video. I also saw white and pink???
  • The chorus and choreography are slick. It makes me want to body roll and bust some moves even though I can’t dance to save my life.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  • Anytime Jisung appears on my screen, I go aww!!! and then oooh!! he grown.πŸ‘€
  • The rap line is bringing the perfect level of groove to this song. Their flow is good.
  • Jaemin is really coming for my neck, guys. I can’t help myself.🀩🀩🀩
  • Okay… Chenle. His voice is soothing.
  • I love to stan multi-talented kings.
  • I am really impressed and happy that I gave them the chance to show me their skills.
  • Jaemin with that “Let’s roll” is a whole vibe.
  • I love how they slowed things down and then came back in with an accelerated bridge. SO GOOD.
  • “Ridin'” is a BOP, Periodttttt.
  • It has it all. From the vocals, raps, to the instrumental, even the choreography and set. Everything is perfectly produced.
  • All the boys stood out to me, and I am ready to dive more into their discography.
  • The set where they’re on the motorbikes reminds me of EXO’s “Tempo”, which is another bomb song from SM.
  • I’m glad they got their first win with this song. I LOVE IT.

Album Review: img_5397

  1. Ridin’ – I’m just going to leave this song on repeat for a while before moving on. I am listening to the album on Spotify, and the track clip is killing me with all their close-up shots. They are all so beautiful. I can’t deal.
  2. Quiet Down – I love this electronic beat, and I have a strong feeling that this song is going to beπŸ”₯. WHAT WAS THAT?… “yea, ooh.”Β Haechan, please stop coming for my neck. I most certainly just experienced eargasmπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Also, who has that deep background vocal in the beginning? These boys will be the death of me. SOMEBODY SEND HELP. I don’t think I can get through this track in one piece. BREATHE Chris… BREATHE. Okay, I’m good, let’s continue. “Quiet Down” is too groovy. I love their harmonies during the chorus section. All I need now is to plug my phone to a speaker to enjoy this song to the fullest. I just want to dance. The vocalists in this group are very disrespectful will all their falsetto and R&B vocal tone. Plus, the production on this is lit. “Quiet Down” is going on repeat for a while.
  3. 7 Days – Okay, this seems more bubbly and the right level of cutesy. I know I’ve mentioned this way too many times already but their voices, WOW. And I didn’t forget the rappers. Their tone and flow come together so well. I love that the beat still goes hard on this bubbly track. The melody for “7 Days” is lovely. Yet another awesome song from NCT DREAM. I appreciate the very different vibes from all the songs so far. I am also going to replay “7 Days” because I LOVE IT. The vocal runs on this song are excellent.
  4. Love Again – Alright, “Love Again” is more bouncy, and the bass on this makes me want to bob my head. I always enjoy a good call and response singing style. I’m also enjoying the little English/vocal improvisation throughout the verses. It looks like I will be adding the entire album to my playlist. The chorus reminds me of another song, but I can’t place it now. All the same, this is a dance anthem.πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌ WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE… what was that beat switch up after the chorus? “Keep, keep, keep it on the low” – I like whatever they did there. I am feeling the rappers more in the one. Their rhythm is giving me life. Quite Interesting… I just heard someone saying “low'” in a very shallow tone right before the bridge, and I love that effect. The production quality for this album is 100% solid.
  5. Puzzle Piece – This went by too fast. How can I be on the last song already? The guitar entry for “Puzzle Piece” reminds me of something else. Jaemin is beautiful, and Spotify isn’t helping by having only his scene for the track clip. This is clearly the soft song of the album and a nice way to end things. It’s very peaceful and perfect for my bedtime. Not my favourite on the album but an equally beautiful song where they don’t do much vocal runs or raps. I appreciate simplicity every now and then.

Final Thoughts:Β 

I can’t lie. I am officially a fan of NCT DREAM, and I will be keeping up with all their future activities. I had high hopes for them, and they exceeded my expectations. I am genuinely impressed with the standard of this album. Reload was like a sweet and beautiful gift. I feel uplifted, and I’m in a delightful mood now. I added all five songs to my playlist, and I followed them on Spotify to get regular updates. I am off to check out the English lyrics for the B-sides now.

My rating for NCT DREAM’s 4th mini – Reload is a solid 10/10.

 

 

 

TAEYEON – Happy: Music Review

TaeyeonΒ dropped her new digital single “Happy” on May 4th. I have been looking forward to this song for a long while now. It was initially supposed to be released on March 9th, but Taeyeon lost her dad, so it had to be postponed. May his soul Rest in Peace.πŸ™πŸΌimg_5231Kim Tae-yeon is a South Korean singer signed to 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 titledΒ I. The title track of her first EP is actually one of my favourite songs. She looks so pretty in the teaser images. I love the orange hair.

(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:

  • I’m thankful for the English captions, and this song started right away.
  • I love the melody – “Happy La La La… Happy, Happy, Happy.” It’s catchy.
  • I miss buying tapes/ CDs and listening to them on a walkman.
  • I plan to buy an adorable CD player soon, so when I get all my albums, I can play them in cuteness.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  • Ooooh, I LOVE THIS.
  • What is that brassy sound in the instrumental? I LOVE IT.
  • This song is pure bliss for my ears.
  • Taeyeon sounds incredible, and she is serving looks also.
  • “Happy” is one of those songs that have me 100% from the first note.
  • The melody… people. This melody is too beautiful. I’m adding this song to my playlist right now.
  • The drums on this track are so good.
  • I also love the visuals with different types of flowers. The bright colours for the music video are so pretty.
  • “Happy La La La… Happy, Happy, Happy” – that line is stuck in my head now.
  • I love the casual music video. It really fits the mood of the song.
  • Taeyeon is so gorgeous. I wish my skin could be healthy as hers.
  • The background vocals/layering on this are soothing, and I love how smoothly she transitioned into the bridge section.
  • This song truly does justice to its title. I feel very light-hearted and pleased.
  • I hope she is also doing okay.
  • Thank you, Taeyeon, for such an adorable and beautiful song.πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
  • My rating for “Happy” is a solid 10/10.