WINNER – Hold: Music Review

WINNER just dropped their pre-release single titled “Hold”. This new track is a tease for their upcoming 3rd full album – Remember. img_4334Before providing a profile for this group, allow me to share my personal relationship with them. I got into Kdramas and Kpop in 2013. Hence WINNER, along with INFINITE, were my first groups. I remember watching the survival program, WIN: Who Is Next. Back then, they had five members and were known as Team A. I watched all their shows, interviews and listened to every track they released. Basically, I was seriously committed. But in 2016, my bias Teahyun left the group, and I remember feeling so sad. Like legit, I cried, and my roommates were laughing at me for crying over a Kpop group. But to me, it was painful to see one member leave because I was with them throughout their journey. I still continued to support WINNER, but it was never the same. I feel their sound and vibe changed a bit. I was a bit thrown off at first, but after some time, I got used to it. Also, my experience with WINNER made it quite hard for me to devote my time to newer groups because I was scared๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. Thankfully I am over it now. Currently, I do have a few other groups that I am really dedicated to.

Sorry for my long rant, I just wanted to share my thoughts with you guys. Alright, here is a profile for WINNER –img_4332WINNER is a South Korean boy group that was formed by YG Entertainment in 2013 through the survival program WIN: Who Is Next. They debuted in 2014 with a full studio album titled 2014 S/S. Their debut claimed the number one spot on Gaon Album Chart and Billboard World Album Chart. They were officially named “Monster Rookies”. WINNER was initially made up of five members, but Taehyun left in November 2016 due to health issues. Now only four members remain – Jinwoo, Seunghoon, Mino and Seungyoon. This upcoming album marks WINNERS’ last comeback before the members start their mandatory military service.

(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 like what I heard from their teaser, so I am excited to see how this song turns out.
  • Also, the fact that this features AKMU’s Lee Su-hyun is a plus for me.
  • Is she going to sing as well, or is she just featuring in the video?
  • I already gave a thumbs up to the music video even before watching because they’re my babies.
  • WINNER is such a goofy group, I love them, and I like this green hair on Seungyoon.
  • I love the intro beat, it sounds like a very funky xylophone.
  • So Su-hyun is their little sister?
  • Okay, the beat sure goes hard, and l live for Mino’s raps. He always sounds bouncy and on point.
  • Why are they all trying to get her phone??? What is she hiding?
  • Oooh, how I missed Seungyoon’s voice.
  • I love the build-up that happens right before the chorus.
  • Also, the lyrics for that section are quite catchy – “1 sec.. 2 sec.. 3 sec.. (Brrrr). 1 year.. 2 years.. 3 years.. (Brrrr).” I love the melody.
  • ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ These dorks can never be serious. Their dancing during the chorus is killing me.
  • Also, “Hold” has already proven itself as a BOP.
  • I am already grooving hard๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ. “na na.. na na na na!!!”
  • Are they making fun of Su-hyun because she is in love? Lmao, annoying beings.
  • They are the typical overprotective and annoying older brothers.
  • Seungyoon looks even more heavenly in black hair. He is my current bias, by the way. My maknae leader.
  • I love his rocker style vocals, it’s so distinctive and beautiful.
  • I’m dead๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. What’s wrong with these boys. The butt dancing has me shook.๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ถ
  • What did they drink before shooting this music video??? LOL.
  • I really love this song.
  • Did they just scare Su-hyun’s boyfriend away with all their theatricals? And they are so happy about him leaving.
  • LMAO, this music video is killing me. All members of WINNER are adorable, I can’t deal.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
  • “Hold” is definitely a 10/10. It is going on my playlist, and I am so excited for the full album now.

NCT #127 – Neo Zone: Album Review

This review is coming out quite late because I didn’t have enough time to check it out once it dropped, but I still want to share my thoughts on NCT 127’s latest album.img_3829NCT 127 is a sub-unit of the South Korean boy group known as NCT. They are managed by SM Entertainment. The acronym NCT stands for Neo Culture Technology, and the number 127 represents the longitudinal coordinate of Seoul. This unit debuted on July 7th, 2016, with the EP – NCT #127. The group started out with seven members – Taeyong, Taeil, Yuta, Jaehyun, Winwin, Mark, and Haechan. Later on, in the same year of their debut, Johnny and Doyoung were included in the unit. And in 2018, Jungwoo became the tenth member of NCT 127. Currently, there are only nine active members. Winwin is not an active member due to his participation in WayV, which is the Chinese sub-unit of NCT. On the 6th of this month, NCT 127 came back with their second album titled Neo Zone. The title track for this new release is called “Kick It”

(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:

  • I am excited, and I can tell that this is about to be lit.
  • I tried my best to stay away from the teasers and tweets because I want a full experience.
  • Already… just four seconds in and the beat is calling to me.
  • I hear some rock elements from this instrumental.
  • The colour scheme for this music video is beautiful. The yellow, brown and black are popping off.
  • Oh, yea, yellow and black is Bruce Lee’s colours. I watched a lot of his movies growing up.
  • The choreography is going hard, they are killing this.
  • No, for real is choreo is slick, I LOVE THIS.
  • So it looks like they plan on flashing their abs at me throughout this music video, I ain’t complaining.๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š
  • NO, NO… hold up, WAIT A MINUTE. My man Johnny did not come to play with anyone in this era. He is fine.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
  • I see you, Johnny –
  • I also love the traditional elements that were used for the outfits and set design.
  • Yess Haechan come in with those smexy vocals.
  • I love how the beat switched up for the RnB style vocal entry. Very nice production.
  • Okay, NCT 127’s vocalists are killing it as usual, but Jonny and Yuta… damn, they both have all my attention.
  • Also, can we just talk about the energy in this music video? So good.
  • “new thangs, new thangs, new thangs,” I am vibing.
  • ย Okay, guys, can you all tell NCT 127 to stop disrespecting me with visuals. I thought I was stuck on Johnny and Yuta, but Jaehyun just came out of nowhere and left a sister stunned๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ –img_4037img_4038
  • I need a break, and I am not even halfway through the video. What did I sign up for???
  • On that note, I am just going to leave the teaser images for Yuta here because why not. He looks so good with this hairstyle –
  • There are a lot of high kicks and martial art moves for the choreography. It must be difficult.
  • I always enjoy it when Mark and Taeyong bass the baton of flow during their rap sections.
  • Somebody, please hold Johnny… I’m so done. All I wanted was a bop, not a visual slap in the face.๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ
  • The rhythm for this song is quite catchy. Most especially when they sing – “Baby we go wild… ehhh!!!, one-two seven squad… ehhh!!!, we ain’t never gonna stop. Even if we can’t see the end, just go.”
  • I love how bubbly and intense the instrumental is. I see myself jamming out to this song a lot.
  • Of course, we have a dance break that came in with Taeil’s powerful vocals.
  • Alright, NCT 127. This is their sound, and they nailed it as usual.
  • For me, “Kick It” is a BOP AND A HALF, but I know that there are people who might not really enjoy this sound because it requires a specific mood AND VIBES.
  • All the same, I still enjoyed every second. Every member killed their part. I can see the amount of work the boys put into this comeback.
  • I was slapped in the face with abs, vocals, excellent rap skills, amazing choreo, impressive visuals both from the members and the music video set.
  • THEREFORE, I AM HERE FOR THIS SONG. It is, for sure, going on my playlist.
  • I am even more pumped now to check out the full album.

Album Review: img_3826Neo Zone has a total of twelve tracks. They also released short video teasers for the B-sides. Here is the link to those videos on YouTube – NCT#127 Album Preview. This is my first time listening to a full album from NCT 127, so I am excited to hear what their B-sides sound like.

  1. Elevator (127F) – I find it so cute that this song actually starts with an elevator’s arrival sound – ding. I always enjoy some clapping in songs. So far, this is slower in comparison to their title track. I hear some jazzy elements, and I love it. Okay… the chorus is simply the best groovy instrumental-only session I have listened to in a long while. This song is a safe way to start the album, but I don’t think it is going to be part of my favourites once I listen to the other eleven tracks.
  2. Kick It – This here is my ultimate jam and I dying to see if any other track on this album can beat it. For now, I’m just going to vibe before moving on to the next song. ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ
  3. Boom – The starting of this one is giving me major black church choir vibes. I think it is because of the instrumental and choral notes. It feels like they’re about to bust into – “for the Bible says…”. That aside, I love it when they sing” Everyday aye…Yeah, aye” in unison. The way their voices melt into each other during that pre-chorus section is pure eargasm. The vocals in this are outstanding, and that beat switch that happens for the chorus is fantastic. “Boom” is definitely a major vibe. The vocalists are going off on this track. Even the rappers are singing, hallelujah!!.
  4. Pandora’s Box – Remember, I mentioned that I haven’t seen any teaser for this comeback, which means I also didn’t watch the short videos they released for each song. I included the links for you guys, but I was going to check them out after completing this review. Now “Pandora’s Box” started playing, and the Spotify track clips just hit me with Johnny and Yuta’s face. I can’t… I just can’t๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ. What did I do to deserve all this beauty being thrown at me? Okay, enough fangirling.. back to the song. The vocals in this are also perfect. I love it when they sing in unison, their harmonies are incredible. The instrumental on this is also really catchy and bouncy, so it makes me want to move. Oooh, that high note and falsetto towards the end is pure bliss. Unquestionably, this is another excellent track on the album, but I’m not sure if I see myself listening to it a lot.
  5. Day Dream – So this time the Spotify clip hit me with some Doyoung visuals… okay, alright… ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š, moving on. The beginning of this song sounds like I am being put into a trance. This might be my next favourite after “Kick It.” It seems distorted but still, quite soothing. This is such a weird vibe, but I LOVE IT. Plus, the vocals on this are also pure eargasm. I can’t tell who is singing each part, but the person belting out that falsetto note during the chorus has truly blessed me. Yesss, “Day Dream” is my song.
  6. Interlude: Neo Zone –ย This is simply an instrumental break into the second half of the album. So far, aside from “Kick It,” we’ve had slow tempo/groovy tracks. From this interlude progression, I feel that things are about to go up to the LITTY level, and I am so ready.
  7. MAD DOG – I knew it, we are back to the hip-hop vibes. From what I’m hearing, only Mark and Taeyong are on this track. I love the distorted trap instrumental. “MAD DOG” is a party song but still not something I see myself listening to a lot. Oh, Taeil and Doyoung are also on this. The bass and drums on this song go hard, so if you are a core trap fan, this one is for you.
  8. Sit Down! – Another trap vibe… okay. Maybe I might enjoy this one better. Yesss, Jaehyun come in with those hot vocals. This is is more groovy instead of just going hard, and I love it. Alright… I am here for this chorus – “ay you, ay you (Sit down!)…ย  don’t tell me what to be (Sit down!)… don’t tell me where to be (Sit down!)…”. And then Johnny just comes in and kills things more with – “don’t get up, don’t stand up, please don’t put your hand up, and don’t make me tell you again, Sit down!”. Boys, boys, what are these lyrics???๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. I still love it, though. The harmonies on this are so good, and the chorus is very catchy.
  9. Love Me Now – This has a classic summer sound, but they have included some EDM elements to make it more interesting. I love the short vocal runs that were used to start the song. NCT 127, in fact, the whole of SM Entertainment has really talented vocalists. “Love Me Now” will make for a great car trip song. I can imagine a group of friends driving to their next vacation destination. I really wanted to go on a short vacation this summer, but with the way things are going, it won’t happen๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ. I didn’t sign up for all this drama when entering 2020. Please stay safe, everyone.
  10. Love Song – The beginning of this song reminds me of “That’s What I like” by Bruno Mars. The drum patterns are quite similar, but this one is slower. So with “Love Song,” we are getting some well deserved smooth RnB from the Neo Zone album. I am kind of confused about this one. I am grooving to it, but at the same time, I am not 100% into it. Weird right? Hmmm… maybe I should give it a second listen to confirm my feelings. Okay, after replaying it a few times, I actually like it.
  11. White Night – Another RnB type of song. I love how the beat dropped for the chorus section. So smooth but still groovy. I know I have mentioned this a lot already, but they just continue to serve beautiful vocals. I love that I can really hear the piano in this track, it’s so calming. The vocal runs in this are pure bliss, and those soft background vocals are also a great addition.
  12. Not Alone – Oooh, I think this might be another favourite. I love how slow but body rolls worthy this song is. The instrumental is giving me slight 80s vibes, but that might just be me feeling nostalgic for an era I wasn’t born into. So please don’t take my word for a fact๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. The vocal runs at the end are so adorable. This is going on my playlist for sure.
  13. Dreams Come True – Finally, we have reached the last song on Neo Zone. This is a lovely closing song for the album. It fits the concept, but it isn’t doing much for me.

Final Thoughts:

Neo Zone has a lot of great songs, which means many people could easily enjoy at least two or three tracks from this album.

However, I still feel that the album lacked that WOW factor. I was left feeling 50/50 on most tracks. Hence I don’t see myself playing this album very often. I could let it play in the background while working on something else, but not many of the songs will be going on my personal playlist. Do you all get what I mean? Currently, my ultimate favourites are – “Kick It” – “Day Dream” and “Not Alone.” I also really like “Boom” and “Love Song,” so altogether, only five songs are going on my playlist, which falls short to me since this album has twelve songs.

All the same, the boys did a really great job vocally and rap wise, so I will give them Kudos for all the work they put in to create this album๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘. I will continue to support them. Also, I hope Mark and Taeyong get a break soon because those two are working too much. To close this post, my rating for Neo Zone by NCT #127 isย  8/10.

 

 

Missed Reviews Compilation – Part 3

Recently there has been a lot of comebacks and new singles that caught my attention. Unfortunately, I can’t write a review for every single one, but I can still give you guys a few words about the songs that impressed me.

#. ZHOUMI – “I’ll be there” feat. KUN & XIAOJUN of WayVimg_3813 It is nice to hear from Zhoumi again, and I am always delighted to listen to my WayV babies. This song is actually dedicated to encouraging China as they fight against the recent coronavirus (COVID-19). XiaoJun really stood out to me because of his distinct tone and technique. All the same, they all sounded beautiful together. “I’ll be there” is a heartwarming power ballad, and I really enjoyed second of it.

 

#. GAEKO – “Cold” feat. Heizeimg_3816 This is the classic hip-hop/RnB track which I easily gravitate to. Heize is one of my frequent listens, so I had to check this out. I also know Gaeko, but I usually hear him on featured tracks. This is my first time listening to an actual song from him. “Cold” is a groovy and chill track, so I immediately added it to my playlist. The music video is also fantastic with the way it tells the story of the couple.

 

#. John Park – March Lover img_3817 I haven’t heard anything from John Park in a while, so you could imagine my excitement when I saw the notification for this new single. Oooh, how I missed that deep and raspy tone. His vocal control is impressive. I am so happy. “March Lover” is also a groovy track, but it has some disco and jazz elements. I was dancing throughout the entire 3:49 minutes. I LOVE, LOVE THIS SONG!!! Thank you, John Park, for blessing my ears.

 

#. CHUNG HA – Everybody Hasimg_3818 Chung ha continues to impress me as a vocalist. I know she always had a lovely voice, but I appreciate the growth I hear. Everything about this new single is perfect. I love the message that everyone has one of those awful days, but there is always hope. Very relatable, and Chung ha’s voice makes things even more emotional. The music video is stunning, and the instrumental on this is very soothing. I added this to my playlist.

 

#. Dino Lee – Be Meimg_3819 I stumbled upon this song while searching for Bii’s new single and I am so thrilled because this is a gem. I am mad at myself for not giving Dino Lee the attention he rightly deserves. “Be Me” is a simple track, all in English, but what drives this song home is Dino Lee’s voice. He wasn’t doing too much, but he sounded incredible to me. Also, the instrumental gives off warmth, it made me feel like I was receiving a visual hug. I just wish the song was a little bit longer. All the same, I still love it. Definitely playlist worthy.

 

#. YOOK SUNGJAE – Come With The Windimg_3815 This is the title track for SungJae’s recent mini-album titled YOOK O’clock. The mini has seven songs in total, and the sidetracks are all from his 3X2=6 Project. I have reviewed three songs already, and they can be accessed with these links ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผย YOOK SUNGJAE โ€“ W.A.U: Music Review

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผย YOOK SUNGJAE โ€“ 3X2=6 Project Part 3: Music Review

SungJae dedicated this song to Melodys (BTOB’s fandom name). BTOB is honestly one of the most vocally talented groups. Every vocalist in BTOB is fully capable of singing a solid solo. I am so happy with SungJae for putting himself out there and creating this masterpiece. I have enjoyed this journey with him. His voice is beautiful. “Come With The Wind” is a heartfelt letter to his fans. Also, the animated music video is always interesting to watch. Good job, Yook SungJae. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

 

#. Dreamcatcher – Screamimg_3823 I have heard about Dreamcatcher, but I never had the zeal to check them out. I happened to see their teaser images for this comeback, and I was intrigued. I am genuinely impressed with this title track, so I have them on my radar now. I admire girl groups that move away from the conventional cute girl concept. “Scream” showcases incredible singing and rapping skills. I love the way the song starts, the instrumental is insanely good, and the music video compliments their concept. I am here for this kind of energy. I will have to check out the full album later because these girls are gorgeous, fierce and talented.

 

#. PENTAGON – Dr. BeBeimg_3821 I have listened to at least one or two title tracks from PENTAGON, but I never got into them like that. This comeback intensely called my attention, so here I am, boys. That whole stomping/marching band movement in the beginning already sold it for me. Plus, I love dark concepts. I lived for whenever they said “Gratatata…”, it so catchy. They have a good set of vocalists and rappers. I was jamming throughout the entire song. “Dr. BeBe” is a well-produced track, and PENTAGON ate this song up. This is already in my playlist, and I will be checking out the full album when I have time.

 

#. Niko Sun – ไธๆž‰ๅนดๅฐ‘ img_3820 I am not sure about the English title. I think it either translates to ‘Not Young’ or ‘Young.’ All the same, it definitely has something to do with youth. This track is from Niko Sun’s latest EP. I also stumbled on this song while searching for Bii’s new single. What caught my attention was the traditional Chinese instruments in the beginning. I just love it when artists fuse the old and new to create amazing masterpieces. This is my first time hearing Niko Sun, and I must say that he has a great set of pipes. Plus, his control is wild. This song is already in my playlist, now all I need is the correct English title.

 

#.MOONBYUL – Eclipseimg_3822 I haven’t listened to the full EP yet, but I like the vibe I am getting from this title track. I am so surprised that she isn’t getting more attention with this song. “Eclipse” sounds like something a boy band could get a lot of hype with. She nailed every second of this track. I was genuinely in awe of her presence and energy. I just hope she keeps doing her and showing that there can be variance in the kind of music that women put out. I also love the choreography for this song because it goes hard.

SECHSKIES – ALL FOR YOU: Song Of The Week

I finally have some free time, so I am here to share with you guys my song for this week, which is “ALL FOR YOU” by SECHSKIES. I left this track on repeat while doing school work and even before going to bed.

Usually, when I’m deciding my song for each week, I try not to pick tracks that I have already reviewed or spoken about, but this is a rare case. img_3796Sechskies is a South Korean boy band that debuted on the 15th of April, 1997 as a six-member group. The members at that time were Eun Ji-won, Kang Sung-hoon, Kim Jae-duck, Lee Jai-jin, Jang Su-won and Ko Ji-Yong. Sechskies is part of the first generation of idol pop groups in Korea. They initially disbanded in 2000 but reunited in 2016 for a special episode of the variety program – Infinite Challenge. That same 2016, the group signed with YG Entertainment and started promoting as five members. Ko Ji-Yong could not continue with them due to work and family commitments, but he is still considered to be part of the group. He and his son later became a part of the hit reality show – The Return of Superman. Moving on to the 1st of January 2019, the main vocalist Kang Sung-hoon announced his departure from the group due to some controversies. Hence Sechskies currently has only four active members, which are Eun Ji-won, Kim Jae-duck, Lee Jai-jin and Jang Su-won.

img_3798

Honestly, I think this is one of the catchiest songs I have ever listened to. The melody got stuck in my head, so I found my self coming back for more. I simply couldn’t resist. I love whenever they sing “tonight, tonight, tonight, tonight… I’ll do all for you.” Plus, “ALL FOR YOU” gives off a sense of warmth and love. I feel at peace whenever I have this song on. I love everything about it. From the aesthetically pleasing music video to the lyrics, which are incredibly heartfelt and down to their beautiful voices. First-generation Kpop idols always have this relaxed and nostalgic vibe that instantly draws me in. I found out about Sechskies after their reunion, and I am so happy to be a fan because they always release the best songs.

Fun fact – This song is actually dedicated to Yellowkies (the name for Sechskies’ fandom). At the end of the video, you can see people in yellow raincoats holding yellow umbrellas. Yellow is the group’s official colour, and the people represent the fans that continue to support Sechskies.

That is all for this post. I hope you all enjoy listening to “ALL FOR YOU” by SECHSKIES as much as I do.

Missed Reviews Compilation – Part 2

A-Lin – Passenger:img_3366 If you’ve been following my blog since it started, you’ll know that I LOVE A-Lin. “Passenger” was released as a single late last year, but she just dropped the music video yesterday. This is such a beautiful song. She always manages to make me feel the emotions even without any understanding of the song. I love how stripped down this track is. It almost sounds acoustic because the only instruments you can actually hear are the guitar and soft drums. So it gives a lot of space for A-Lin’s voice to soar. I also like the aesthetics of the music video, A-Lin is stunning.

 

TREASURE – Going Crazy (Performance Film):img_3362 This is my first time checking out anything for this newly formed group. I didn’t watch the survival show, and the only member I know is Bang Yedam. I wasn’t expecting their sound to be this pop-ish. Apart from WINNER and AKMU, almost all the artists in YG gravitate towards classic hip hop. I guess they went for this sound because of the age range in the group. Also, this is my first time seeing a YG group with so many members. All the same, I think TREASURE did great. They are young and talented, so even if this song is not my style, I am excited to see what they will bring to the Kpop community.

 

Lee Hae-Ri – from h:img_3076 On the 29th of January, Lee Hae-Ri from Davichi released her second mini-album titled from h. It has six songs with “Just Cry” as its title track. Lee Hae-Ri is the queen of ballads. She has a lovely voice and never fails to convey the right emotions when she sings. With these new set of songs, she showcased a variety of ballad styles. So if you enjoy slow songs, this is for you. My favourite song from this album is “Where the love goes”. I tried to add all the official music videos I could find. 

 

SUPER JUNIOR – 2YA2YAO!:img_3364 I love Super Junior, and this song is a BOP. The beat is so good, and the melody for the chorus is catchy. Plus, all the handsomeness going on in the music video, who could resist? Their voices still remain as good as ever. “2YA2YA0!” is three minutes and thirty seconds long, but I still needed more time. It felt too short for me. I already added it to my playlist because I need more groovy songs to relieve stress.

 

Poetic Narrator EP – Poetic License: img_3079This is a newly formed duo. The members are Juniel and Doko, and this release is their official debut. The EP has five songs. Three tracks have music videos, and the rest can be heard on this album sampler ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ They have a really soothing sound. I genuinely enjoyed every song on this album, it was like a mix between neo-soul and R&B. Their voices are beautiful. They complement each other really well. I love the lady’s soft tone. I cannot wait to learn more about them. I added the entire EP to my playlist. It was too good, so I couldn’t select a favourite. Here are the music videos –

 

Kim Jae Joong EP – Love song: img_3365 This EP has four songs with “Tender love” as its title track. I can see myself on the balcony of a beach house staring at the ocean while this album plays in the background. Although I know who Kim Jae Joong is, I hardly listen to his songs. So this album is an introduction to his music for me, and I truly enjoyed every minute. He has a powerful and genuine voice. My favourite song from the album is the title track. Here is a sample of the remaining songs –

Missed Reviews Compilation – Part 1

I have been quite busy, so I couldn’t review most of the songs that got released lately. Now here is a list of the recent releases that I truly enjoyed –

BIBI – Restless: img_3355 This is such a soothing song to listen to. BIBI has a unique tone, and she always makes the most lovely tracks. So I highly recommended “Restless” to anyone who needs some chill music to help them relax. Plus, the music video is beautiful, and BIBI is so adorable.

 

Vince Feat. Zion.T – EMERGENCY:img_3357 I actually planned to check this out because of Zion.T. I really do not know much about Vince, he seems to be a new artist. I could only find two songs on his Spotify account, and I am already in love with his sound. Vince has the classic Korean sexy R&B vibe, so if that is your arena, you will enjoy his songs. Here is his other song titled “MENNAL” –

 

SECHSKIES EP – ALL FOR YOU: img_3358 I am so happy that they are back. I adore the sound of older Kpop groups. They always give off a nostalgic and sweet feel. Plus, their songs are also very catchy. This new EP has five songs. The title track is also called “ALL FOR YOU”. I enjoyed listening to all five songs. My favourites are – “ALL FOR YOU” & -“MEANINGLESS”. Here is a sample of the EP –

 

HYUKOH EP – through love:img_3361 HYUKOH always impresses with their music, so I had to check out their latest album. I recently featured their old song “TOMBOY” as my song for this week. To check out that post, use this link ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ HYUKOH โ€“ TOMBOY: Song Of The Week. This new album has six songs, and it is quite different from their usual sound. It has more instrumental solos and less lyrical sections. The songs made me feel like I was lying in an open field while staring at the sun. They sound very trancelike and give off a sense of serenity. I added the entire album to my playlist because just selecting a few songs will cause me to miss out on the full experience. HYUKOH’s through love is another good recommendation for some good relaxation time.

 

Lee Seung Chul – I will give you all:img_3118 I saw Park Bo-gum in the teaser, so I decided to check it out, but I stayed for the singer’s beautiful voice. This song is an OST for a webtoon called The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor. This is my first time listening to anything from Lee Seung Chul, but I plan to check out more of his songs later. He is an older singer, so his control of this classic ballad sound is impeccable. If you are a ballad lover like me, you will really enjoy listening to this song. The instrumental for this track also has some rock elements, so if you like that, this is for you.ย 

 

Baek Ji Woong – A Weary Night: img_3218_original I love the deep voice of this singer, and I cannot wait to check out more of his songs. “A Weary Night” is another beautiful ballad. It is the classic slow song accompanied by a keyboard and orchestra. Such songs might seem simple, but what really makes or mars it is the singer’s ability. Baek Ji Woong has a compelling and calming tone, so I was captivated right from his first note. He is really talented. I love discovering new artists to add to my long list of faves.

 

 

ย 

 

YOOK SUNGJAE – 3X2=6 Project Part 3: Music Review

Yesterday, BtoB’s YOOK SUNGJAE released two new tracks as part 3 of his ongoing 3×2=6 Project. The two new songs are titled “HMHN” and “Hypnotized”. I already checked out one of the tracks from part 2. If you haven’t read that post already, here is the link ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ YOOK SUNGJAE โ€“ W.A.U: Music Review.

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

Reaction to Official Lyric Video for HMHN:

  • So this is the title track for 3×2=6 Project Part 3,ย and it features BtoB’s ILHOON.
  • To know what this song is about, read the description box of the video.
  • I love that all of SungJae’s videos have English captions. I genuinely appreciate the effort to accommodate international fans.
  • This is already a groove right from the start.
  • The voice layering going on in this track is delightful to hear.
  • The instrumental is really good, it is so addictive.
  • SungJae’s control over his voice is excellent, and Ilhoon’s rap tone also complements the style of this song really well.
  • I love that they are starting and ending each other’s lines during the chorus. Almost like a call and response technique.
  • Ilhoon is my bias in BtoB, so I always enjoy hearing him rap, and he never disappoints.
  • Yook SungJae has an incredible voice. I am really impressed, and people need to start paying more attention to this project.
  • There is bound to be one or more songs that anyone can enjoy.
  • “HMHN” is a slow tempo song, but it still has a groovy R&B/ hip hop beat.
  • I love it, so my rating is 10/10.

Reaction to Official Lyric Video for Hypnotized:

  • BtoB’s PENIEL is featured in this song. I love how he’s including his members.
  • The tone of the piano gives off a gloomy vibe. Although, I feel it’s trying to throw me off from what the song will actually sound like.
  • I am enjoying these animated videos that he has been using.
  • I know I have complimented him a lot already, but I absolutely love SungJae’s voice.
  • The background vocals on this track are so beautiful and very trance-like.
  • Yesss…. this is what I am talking about. That beat switch and the way Peniel came in was so perfect.
  • I am definitely enjoying this song more than the “W.A.U”
  • This calls for body rolling๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ. “Hypnotized” is a BOP – “ok ok ok what, ok ok ok whoop, ok ok ok yeah.”
  • WHAT???… SHUT UP, what just happened after he said – “drop the beat, let’s go.”
  • The instrumental in this song goes hard, and I am living for it.
  • THIS IS A GROOVE. I am sold, this is my jam for the whole week.
  • Peniel came in and did his thing. Sungjae also came back with his beautiful vocals to serenade my soul. I am in awe of this track.
  • I know I said I needed to hear something better from him after “W.A.U,” but he didn’t have to go this hard. I AM SHOCKED๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ฒ.
  • “Hypnotized” is a well-composed track. The way the beat switches up when entering a new section is impressive.
  • I love the trap/EDM elements for the instrumental. This is going on my playlist.
  • The details on what this song is about can be found in the description box of the video.
  • Nah, I wish you all can see my face at this point. Peniel went too hard on this song.
  • Also, SungJae’s vocal runs at the end were not helping.ย  This song has me hypnotized for real.
  • The intensity at the end is too good. That guitar riff. LORD… I’m out๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’€.
  • They cannot disrespect me like this. How am I supposed to review other songs now with this standard in mind?
  • PENIEL and YOOK SUNGJAE did an excellent job on this track. They nailed every second, so my rating for “Hypnotized” is a solid 10/10.

I absolutely enjoyed listening to both songs. Go check the 3×2-6 Project if you haven’t already done so.

That is all I have for this post, take care.๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

iKON – Dive: Music Review

Just Yesterday, iKON returned with a new EP titled i DECIDE after a long hiatus. This mini-album features five songs with “Dive” as its title track.img_3353iKON is a South Korean group signed to YG Entertainment. They were introduced to the public through the survival show, WIN: Who is Next. Before debuting, the group also appeared on another survival program called Mix & Match, which defined the final seven-member lineup. iKON officially debuted on September 15th, 2015, with the album – Welcome Back. The group currently has six members – Bobby, Jay, Ju-ne, Song, DK and Chan. The seventh member and former leader of the group B.I left the band on June 12th, 2019.

(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 don’t have much time now, so I can only review the title track. However, I will check out the album sampler toย see which songs I might like.
  • I have not seen any teaser, so everything will be new to me.
  • I wasn’t expecting the song to start this way. The instrumental is nice.
  • I missed Ju-ne’s voice. That raspy tone is a blessing to my ears.
  • I am still not used to their new names, so I am finding it hard matching the new names to the right member.
  • I am loving “Dive” so far.
  • DK looks really good with the long hair.
  • The vocalists are shinning in this comeback.
  • Bobby always gets me with the hard rap sections. I love his flow. He is so good.
  • The visual for the music video is beautiful, and the red outfits are my favourite for them.
  • As usual, we have the standard iKON chorus singing at the end. That is iKON’s thing, and they always nail it.
  • I love this song, and I am happy with every member’s input.
  • I hope this comeback gets all the support from fans because iKON really needs it now.
  • I know B.I wrote a few songs on the album because they were already working on it before his departure. So in a way, he is still present for this comeback.
  • I wish they could allow him to rejoin the group, but with the way things have been going, I highly doubt that will happen.
  • All the same, “Dive” is a great upbeat song and has that beautiful iKON flavour, which I always enjoy. It isn’t my favourite from them, but the boys did a fantastic job.
  • Therefore, my rating for “Dive” is 9/10.
  • Now let’s check out the album sampler.

Album Sampler: img_3352

  • Thankfully, YG Entertainment did the right thing and credited B.I for his songs.
  • I absolutely love the way “Ah Yeah” sounds, it might be my favourite because of the guitar riffs.
  • Oh, I also like “Holding On”. My second favourite on the album for sure.
  • Aww, I also love “Flower”, it is that perfect soft bop.
  • Even though I haven’t listened to the full songs. I can already tell that this is a solid EP.
  • It has a good selection of songs, and I can count three that genuinely suits my taste.
  • I am going to listen to the full album while doing my correction read-through for this post. I will probably post my final thoughts on the blog’s Facebook page.

That is all for this post. I wish iKON all the best during the promotion for i Decide.

๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

YOOK SUNGJAE – W.A.U: Music Review

BtoB’S YOOK SUNGJAE released the second part of his 3X2=6 Project on the 16th of this month. There are two songs for Part 2, but I will be reviewing only “W.A.U” img_3226Yook Sung Jae is a South Korean singer, actor, and entertainer. He is a member of the boy group, BtoB. Every member of BtoB is known for their powerful and stable vocals. SungJae is known for his acting in television dramas like Who Are You: 2015, Goblin, and The Village: Achiara’s Secret. He is also a permanent cast on the variety show Master in the House.

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

Reaction to official Lyric Video:

  • According to the description provided under the video, “W.A.U” is an EDM Pop describing a gentle longing that comes when we feel light after a breakup.
  • I thought this was a ballad, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
  • Now I am excited to hear what it sounds like.
  • Yes, it has English captions. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
  • It is definitely EDM Pop, and I like the beat.
  • This is already a groove.๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ
  • SungJae’s voice is so good, and it is lovely hearing him on a very upbeat track.
  • I love the beat drop during the chorus, it is very catchy.
  • So W.A.U stands for “what about you?”
  • Wow, this is a short song. It is not even up to three minutes.
  • I was waiting for more, and it just ended on me after two minutes and fifty-six seconds. WHY?
  • I have to go back and take my time.
  • Honestly, It is a lovely song, but the length doesn’t give me much to appreciate.
  • Overall, I’ll rate it as 8/10.
  • I truly enjoyed it, but it left me hanging. This is just my opinion.
  • I will still be keeping an eye out for more releases from SungJae. Hopefully, I will get something I genuinely love.

ATEEZ – PIRATE KING: Song Of The Week

I recently wrote an album review for ATEEZ’s latest release, and I stated that I was going to check out their discography. So I have listened to a lot of their songs since the beginning of this week, but my most played one is “Pirate King” from their debut album.

Therefore it is my chosen song for this week –

Everything about this song screams, “certified bop.” The instrumental is really amazing, and the chorus goes hard. Most notably, when they sing – “Will you be my friend?… Um OEO.” The first time I heard that part of the song, I lost it. And I still go crazy whenever it comes on.

Also, let us not even start talking about choreography, which was on point from beginning to end. These guys are seriously coming for my wigs with their killer vibes.

Another song I have replayed a lot is “Sunrise” from the TREASURE EP.FIN: All to Action album. It has an inspiring message, which I genuinely appreciate. But “Pirate King” is just that perfect upbeat track to jam out to. Honestly, if you have not listened to any of these two songs I mentioned, go check them out immediately.

TAEYEON – PURPOSE: Album Repackage Review

Taeyeon just released the repackaged version of her Purpose album, and I am excited to check out the three new songs. Since I have already given my reaction to the previous ten main tracks and two B-sides, I will not be discussing them on this post. If you still need to read my review for the original album, use these links ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ TAEYEON โ€“ PURPOSE: Album Reviewย &ย TAEYEON โ€“ FOUR SEASONS: Music Review.

This repackaged album has fifteen songs. The new songs areย  – “Drawing Our Moments”“My Tragedy” and the title track – “Dear Me”img_2774

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

Reaction to Official MV for Dear Me:

  • Yesss… I have English Captions available.
  • I am always captured by an excellent guitar start, so I think I might really enjoy this one.
  • I love the fall colour palette of the music video. It complements Taeyeon’s voice and also adds some sort of serene atmosphere for the listener.
  • She is so beautiful.
  • I love the encouraging message.
  • Basically, she is telling us to fight through everything that comes our way, so that one day we can all say – “I made it, I love myself and I trust myself… I am well now.”
  • The hope of saying such words should be what keeps the light burning in us to continue living.
  • I am also at a point in life where all is not what I expected, but I try to focus on the good and not overthink. So I truly appreciate this message from Taeyeon.
  • Did anyone notice that the lyric progression shows that it takes time to gain self-love and worth? Taeyeon starts by singing – I want to tell myself these words because I did not hear them before to finally concluding that now she has grown and can stand by herself to say such words freely.
  • That is some excellent writing, and she sounds very soothing on this track as well.
  • I love how the tone of the guitar switches up for each section of the song. It follows the emotion of the lyrics.
  • When the lyrics are sad, the guitar sounds soft and solemn. Then when Taeyeon sings hopeful words, the guitar intensifies.
  • Also, nice touch with the inclusion of classical instruments from the second verse.
  • I just wish I could hear more of her background vocals towards the end.
  • But I know it was an artistic choice to reduce the volume, so that is not a big issue.
  • Since I am not reacting to the full album again. I will rate the songs individually.
  • Overall, I enjoyed listening to this song. What really got my attention was the message. “Dear Me” is a letter to anyone feeling down and tired of life.
  • Also, with all Taeyeon has been through, this is a powerful declaration๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘.
  • As for the music on its own, it is a well-produced and impressive track.
  • But personally, “Dear Me” falls into my great songs category. It does not make it to the mind-blowing top tracks section.
  • Therefore my rating for it is 9/10.

My Tragedy –ย 

  • This has a weird start, but okay.
  • Taeyeon sound more powerful in this track.
  • The consistent note on the keyboard makes me have high hopes for the drop.
  • I love how they layered her vocals for this song. It has a beautiful effect on the ears.
  • The drop is not what I expected. It is way slower, but I love the bass and drums that came in.
  • She sounds flawless, as always.
  • I was not expecting that switch-up for the bridge, but her perfect voice and the high note made up for it.
  • That synthesized keyboard sound from the beginning is back again.
  • Ooh, they added an intriguing effect on her voice. It seems like she is breaking off due to a bad connection.
  • I am going to listen to “My Tragedy” one more time before giving my rating.
  • Okay…. this song is not doing much for me. Maybe if I read the English translations later, I might have a different opinion. But I still do not think I will listen to it often.
  • So my rating for “My Tragedy” is 7/10.

Drawing Our Moments –

  • Hopefully, I like this one more.
  • I love how it starts out. Really relaxing.
  • ย It is always a pleasure to hear singers use the call and response technique.
  • The little humming she does is lovely.
  • Okay, I am definitely enjoying this track more.
  • It is soft and very soothing.
  • Nothing much is going on with the instrumental for now, so all focus is on Taeyeon’s beautiful voice.
  • I love this, and I am not even halfway in.
  • The way the new beat came in was so perfect. Not anything too intense, but I can definitely hear some new elements in the instrumental now.
  • Awesome production.
  • I love all the little vocal runs, and her voice has also been layered in this track.
  • Oooo, I was not expecting a modulation, but it fits.
  • Each section of this song flows perfectly well into the next. It is too good.
  • Yesss, I think I just found THE SONG for me. I am here for this style and composition.
  • Taeyeon is blessing me with her pitch-perfect high notes and background vocals.
  • My rating for “Drawing Our Moments” is a solid 10/10.

Final Thoughts:

I have already added “Dear Me” and “Drawing Our Moments” to my personal playlist. Unfortunately, “My Tragedy” is not my cup of tea.

All the same, these three songs were excellent additions and stayed with the theme of the original album. So I might go check out what new goodies come in the actual physical copy of the repackaged album.

That is all for this post, take care. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

ATEEZ – TREASURE EPILOGUE: Action To Answer: Album Review

This is my first time listening to anything from this group, so I am not too sure what to expect. I have heard good reviews about them, so I have my fingers crossed. I know this review is a few days late, but I have been busy, and I really wanted to check this out. img_2711ATEEZ is a South Korean boy group with eight members – Kim Hongjoong, Park Seonghwa, Jeong Yunho, Kang Yeosang, Choi San, Song Mingi, Jung Wooyoung and Choi Jongho. They officially debuted on the 24th of October, 2018 with Treasure EP. 1: All to Zero. On January 6th, they released their fourth mini-album – TREASURE EPILOGUE: Action to Answer. “Answer” is the title track for this comeback. So they are a relatively new group.

Okay, it is time to see what they have to offer.

(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:

  • The first few seconds of the instrumental sounds promising.
  • Plus, the deep humming, in the beginning, is giving me good vibes.
  • This group definitely has exceptional singers.
  • Love how the rap came in and little background vocal runs going on during that section.
  • Their voices are so beautiful.
  • Who has that deep voice? I NEED HIS NAME.
  • The chorus is groovy and catchy. I love how crunchy the instrumental sounds during that section.
  • The music video also has gorgeous visuals, and I like that all members got a fair share of individual screen time.
  • They are all handsome men, by the way. I always appreciate a visual feast.
  • The scene where they have the hats on is pure art.
  • And I like that the bridge before the end took a different turn. It spiced things up and retained any attention till the end.
  • I want to see a live performance because the energy from the music video alone is incredible.
  • Okay, what does this last scene mean? Did they just leave me with a cliff hanger?
  • I am going to watch the video again and then check out a live performance.
  • I love everything about this song. The energy is astounding.
  • The instrumental fits perfectly well with the concept of this track. It gives off that feeling of marching forward while acknowledging every accomplishment on the way.
  • Live performance –
  • Yesss… they kept the same energy while performing. Good job.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
  • They seem to be singing live, I appreciate that.
  • Okay, I know that this album is a conclusion of an ongoing trilogy but because I have not been following this group. I do not see the need to discuss any theories.
  • All the same, I can tell that ATEEZ is a solid group. So I need to do more research on them after I finish my work for today.

Album Review: img_2718Here is a preview of the album –

  1. Answer – I am just going to chill through this track. I already said it all.
  2. Horizon – Why does this sound so Arabian in the beginning. Is it just me getting such vibes from the lady’s voice in the background? Great choice with the EDM instrumental, the start definitely got my attention. I love the switch between a soft tone to a deeper one during the singing parts. They have an excellent range of vocalists, and the rappers are also incredible. What is this trap like feel? I AM IN LOVE. “Horizon” is a very intriguing track. It has an unexpected sound, but it can be appreciated from the first listen. I am genuinely impressed. And the way the beat switches up towards the end, plus the high notes. At this point, I can clearly state that I am in love with ATEEZ. This song is ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ.
  3. Star 1117 – Okay, we are taking things a bit slower now. I love their voices, I need to finish this and go learn about each vocalist. This is so soothing. I like how the drums are used to add in rhythm. This is the classic RnB sound but still very refreshing to hear because of how beautiful they sound. Ooo, there is some guitar playing as well. Excellent production on instrumental. Yesss to the vocal runs and high notes. I have to replay this track. At this rate, the entire album will be added to my playlist.
  4. Precious – This starts out in a way that leaves you anticipating how the drop during the chorus is going to happen. Right now, I am just like okay, what is coming next? I like that all the exciting elements are not given away from the start. Yess to the flawless falsetto notes. I KNEW IT. I HAD A STRONG FEELING THAT THE DROP WAS GOING TO TAKE ME BY SUPRISE ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. By the way, I am enjoying the EDM vibe of this album. On a regular, I am not the biggest fan of EDM, but when it sounds this funky, I genuinely appreciate it. “Precious” is a BOP.  I have my stank face on right now while grooving ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ… all I need now is a disco light. The rappers are killing it on this track. YESSS. I love how they all joined in to sing the chorus at the end. ATEEX keeps on giving me more feels with each song, so I think I just found my new obsession. WHAT???… how can they end this song on such a chill and soft note, the disrespect.
  5. Outro: Long Journey – This one has a video, but it is not actually a song. More like a spoken word conclusion to their trilogy, I guess. All the same, the instrumental on this is beautiful. This articulates power and hope. I also appreciate the fact that it is entirely in English.

Final Thoughts:

My rating for TREASURE EPILOGUE: Action to Answer by ATEEZ is a solid 10/10. I was WOWED, so I will be keeping an eye out for them now. I am so glad that I discovered this group because I would have been missing out on such great music. Also, I must get my hands on a physical copy of this album.

Now I am off to go listen to all their albums. Luckily for me, they are a relatively new group.

BTS MAP OF THE SOUL: 7 ‘Interlude: Shadow’ Comeback Trailer – Music Review

I was talking to my cousin recently, and she asked why I have not featured BTS on my blog yet. My answer was that I do not keep up with their activities. I simply listen to a few songs that get my attention. Plus, when I started doing more music reviews on this blog, I focused mainly on present comebacks. After our little talk, I promised her that once they release a new song, I will check it out. Finally, today is the d-day. My school has resumed, so I hardly have enough time to write. But I am a bit free now, so let us get right into this –

This solo track from Suga is a teaser for their upcoming album titled Map of the Soul: 7, set to be released on February 21st. Here is a comeback map for anyone who wants to stay up to date –img_2772(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 instrumental.
  • The way Suga starts this song is quite intriguing – “I wanna be a rap star, I wanna be the top, I wanna be a rockstar, I want it all mine, I wanna be rich, I wanna be the king, I wanna go win, I wanna be…”
  • I feel like this is about to be some personal reflective track.
  • Of course, his rapping skill is on point, so I am just going to focus more on the message and music composition.
  • Okay, I was definitely not expecting the singing part. I thought this was going to be a full rap track.
  • I am impressed and pleasantly surprised because I love musical compositions that are not too predictable.
  • “Please don’t let me shine, Don’t let me down, Don’t let me fly, Now I’m afraid.” This is such a deep line.
  • Honestly, being famous is not all blink, there are numerous negatives. Celebrities are deprived of almost all their rights to privacy. They are also constantly scrutinized for every little mistake they make.
  • Hence even though, they would love their music to gain more recognition, I feel that there is still this fear in knowing that they might have to give up more of their freedom and individuality.
  • At some point, I am sure they contemplate if the fame is even worth all the stress.
  • This song has a beautiful message.
  • I now have big expectations for the upcoming album.
  • The production on this track is remarkable. I love the way things got quite dark towards the end, and you can sense it from the instrumental.
  • Wait a minute… the entire beat just switched up on me. Starting from the 2:19 minute mark of the music video, I was kind of thrown off a bit. I do not know if I appreciate that section.
  • Okay, it sounds better with time. It gives me a very cypher like vibe.
  • Now I want this particular section to have an entire song of its own. Lol
  • Damn all those photo clicks. That is the celeb life. You will always have cameras pushed on your face. Sad. I also noticed a few other visual representations, but due to time, I cannot point out all.
  • Anyways, I truly enjoyed listening to “Shadow” by Suga. I absolutely love the music and message, so my rating for it is 10/10.
  • I will be keeping an eye out for the album.

Red Velvet – Psycho: Music Review

Red Velvet just released a repackaged album – ‘The ReVe Festival’ Finale, which features the title track “Psycho”o_1dsopdpc01hsk9bsnou16ovmd91u Red Velvet is a South Korean girl group managed by SM Entertainment. The group consists of five members – Irene, Wendy, Joy, Seulgi and Yeri. They officially debuted as a four-member group on the 1st of August, 2014 with the digital single – “Happiness.” Later on, in March 2015, Yeri was added to the group as the fifth member.

(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)img_2292

Reaction to Official MV:

  • Damn, they already got me with that high note. I am pumped and ready for this to be a bop.
  • That note hits hard because of the silence at the beginning of this song. You do not expect it.
  • All the girls look stunning.
  • I love this dark makeup look going on here.
  • Nice touch with the finger-snapping at the start.
  • What is this beat? It is weird, but I like it.
  • Yesss, Wendy bless me with your wild falsetto.
  • The chorus is perfect, and I love the choreography. Very smooth and sharp.
  • The aesthetics of this music video is quite impressive. I love how everything looks a bit faded out.
  • Wait a minute there. Everyone sounds great, but WHATEVER SEULGI JUST DID AT THE 1:37 MINUTE MARK DESERVES A REPLAY.
  • Woooh, she served vocals on that line.
  • Irene’s beauty is a blessing to my eyes. How can someone be so beautiful and talented?
  • The pre-chorus section is definitely my favourite part of the song. That falsetto start always gets me.
  • The instrumental for this track is so good. I am not a music expert, so I cannot point out all the exciting things I hear correctly.
  • Like just listen to the beat right at the 2:54 minute mark of the music video. What is that? Whoever engineered this is a genius.
  • That part of the instrumental sounds like a car engine, but it fits so well with the song.
  • Red Velvet always comes out with such experimental sounds, but it works for them.
  • Yesss….. to this ending section of the song “Hey now we’ll be ok… it’s alright.” I LOVE THIS.
  • THIS IS DEFINITELY A BOP AND A HALF. lit, lit….lit
  • ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘. Great job, Red Velvet.
  • They nailed every part of this song. I also love this concept.
  • Time to watch the MV again.
  • I think a few scenes in this music video reference some visuals from their previous videos.
  • This is so good. The girls popped off.
  • I love this era for them.
  • I am adding this song to my playlist. Also, I need the actual album.
  • My rating for “Psycho” by Red Velvet is 10/10.

SEJEONG – Tunnel: Music Review

I remember seeing the first few episodes ofย  Produce 101 and taking notice of SEJEONG. I later watched School 2017, which I really enjoyed, but I could not recognize her then. It was when I heard the song – “Paramour” from Mr. Sunshine that I finally researched and made the connection that it was the same Kim Se-Jeong from Produce 101. img_1908Kim Se-Jeong, who usually goes by SEJEONG, is a South Korean singer and actress signed to Jellyfish Entertainment. She was a member of I.O.I and is currently a member of the girl group gugudan. SEJEONG is a remarkable vocalist, so I am excited to check out her latest single titled “Tunnel”

(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)img_1905

Reaction to Lyric Video for Tunnel:

  • One of those songs that starts right from the first second.
  • Her voice is so soothing. She deserves more recognition as a vocalist.
  • The instrumental on this is not over the top, so her voice stands out more.
  • I also appreciate the message of the song. It gives comfort.
  • Another beautiful ballad to add to my playlist.
  • This is such a relaxing piece, and the imagery for the lyric video compliments the song so well.
  • I adore songs that try to reach out and say it is okay, take a break and relax. Because life can be so busy that you forget to just pause and breathe.
  • Thank you, SEJEONG, for singing such comforting words.
  • I love how the drums came in during the second chorus section. An excellent way to uplift the listener and give hope.
  • Apparently, the Korean lyrics seen in the video were handwritten by SEJEONG. Nice personal touch.
  • She is so pretty – img_1909
  • I need to listen to this again.
  • Still a lovely song after the second listen. I can play this before going to bed today.
  • I find it hard to sleep at night, so such songs help me relax.
  • Here is a video of her performing “Tunnel” for anyone interested –
  • My rating for the healing song “Tunnel” is 10/10.
  • Please go show support for SEJEONG’s latest release. If “Tunnel” does well, she will release more songs, and I NEED MORE DONGS FROM HER.

Blue. D (Feat. MINO Of WINNER) – NOBODY: Music Review

This is a new artist, and I know nothing about her. So this will mark my first impression and our future relationship๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š. Blue. D made her official debut with the single – “NOBODY” on the 1st of December. The track features MINO of WINNER. I have a special relationship with the kpop group – WINNER, but I’ll save that story for later. img_1900As of now, there is not much information on this singer. All I could find is that she is currently signed to YGX Entertainment, which is a subsidiary label under YG Entertainment. Her birth name is Jeon Ho-Yeon, and she is 19 years old. Anyways I am sure that I can find out more about her with time, but for now, let us check out her music.

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

Reaction to Official MV for NOBODY:

  • She has a very unique look.
  • Her voice is good so far. She has excellent control.
  • I love the aesthetics of the music video. Very intriguing. Almost like inception with different versions of Blue.D while zooming out from each frame.
  • Nice touch with the finger-snapping.
  • The groovy beat during the chorus section definitely got my attention.
  • Ooooh, I am actually enjoying this. I LIKE.
  • I just love how groovy the beat is.
  • I am already dancing to the song๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ.
  • I am impressed. I honestly was not expecting much.
  • Oh, quite dramatic with the gunshot and flat heart sounds.
  • Does this mean she killed her lover, or he just died somehow? Maybe it signifies a breakup?
  • Yesss MINO. I love how he raps. His style is quite distinct.
  • So MINO’s section comes in and ends with a gunshot.
  • I am living for these visuals. So now, instead of zooming out from each frame, the camera is zooming into new scenes. NICE.
  • So basically, this song is about Blue. D stating that nobody can replace the feeling she has for that particular person that happens to be dead? OR not with her any longer?
  • I am a bit confused about the storyline, but it does not matter much to me. I am just going to continue grooving to the song.
  • Okay so there is another video where I can actually see MINO, so I am going to check that out –
  • Blue. D has a lovely voice, and her control is impressive. She has the potential to become big if appropriately managed. I am rooting for her.
  • Lmao MINO just came out of nowhere in this video. Where did he jump out from๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚? Editing on fleek.๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ
  • I love both videos. The visuals are all stunning, and both artists sound great together.
  • Now unto the acoustic version –
  • I am going to go ahead and subscribe to her official YouTube channel now. That way, I can check out all her videos later when I have enough time.
  • I really enjoyed listening to “NOBODY” by Blue.D, so my rating for this song is 10/10.
  • I will be looking forward to more activities and releases from her.

Ailee – Sweater: Music Review

About two days ago, Ailee released her new single “Sweater” in two versions, Korean and English. For this review, I will be checking out both versions. img_1896Amy Lee, popularly known as Ailee, is a Korean-American singer-songwriter based primarily in South Korea. The singer made her official debut in 2012 with the single “Heaven”. I really love that song. Ailee is also known for her powerful voice and emotional OSTs. With the release of her new single “Sweater’, Ailee also announced her plans to enter the U.S. market. I guess that is why we got an English version for this song.

(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)img_1892

Reaction to official MVs:

  • I will be watching the Korean version first.
  • She looks stunning, as always.
  • Yesss, I missed her soulful voice.
  • Oh, I got chills when she sang – “I’ll wear your Christmas sweater on me tonight.”
  • Did the wife of the guy in the video pass away? Sad
  • Everyone in the music video seems to be missing someone.
  • I love the visuals when she is sitting with the dry trees around her.
  • Okay, this is definitely a sad song, and I have not even listened to the English version yet.
  • Ailee’s voice is lovely.
  • This is a simple song, but I still enjoyed listening to it.
  • Time to check out the English version –
  • The instrumental accompanying the song is melancholic and definitely gives off that feeling of despair.
  • Her voice is so soothing but also powerful when it has to be.
  • I love both versions equally.
  • All the Christmas songs I have listened to so far showed different perspectives of what people might be feeling during this season.
  • Not everyone is happy during this holiday. The music video shows individuals that have lost their loved ones and have to spend their first Christmas without them. So sad.
  • My rating for “Sweater” is 9/10. It is a beautiful song, but it did not captivate me as much as the other songs I have been listening to since yesterday.
  • ย All the same, I wish Ailee success on her U.S debut and future activities in Korea.

[STATION X] NCT U – Coming Home: Music Review

NCT U just dropped a winter track titled “Coming Home”

For this song, we have our regular vocalists from NCT U, which are – Taeil, Doyoung, and Jaehyun. The new addition to the unit is Haechan. star_5de4b9cf4385aWinter songs are my favourite, so I am excited.

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

Reaction to Official MV:

  • First I have to check if this video has English subs… Okay, it does have subs.
  • Yes, to the drum starts. I have a strong feeling that is going to be good.
  • The instrumental on this is impressive.
  • Yesss Doyoung, please bless my ears. I always enjoy listening to him sing.
  • The visuals for the music video are clean and beautiful. Plus, the lighting is also really amazing.
  • Okay, Haechan come in with those soft vocal runs.
  • I love Jaehyun’s voice. His voice seems slightly deeper compared to the others, and that really adds a nice touch.
  • As expected, they all sound amazing, and Taeil is a freaking vocal powerhouse.
  • Oh, my these boys are not playing. Their voices are so beautiful.
  • This is a perfect ballad/RnB winter track, I LOVE IT.
  • WAIT, WAIT A MINUTE…WHO JUST HIT THAT HIGH NOTE. I believe it was Doyoung. WHAT??? THIS IS AMAZING.
  • Honestly, all these vocalists need to stop disrespecting me with their pitch-perfect voices.
  • I need to watch this video again. I did not pay much attention to the lyrics because I was so caught up in appreciating the vocals.
  • So this song is about coming home to someone special after being away for a long time. Basically, their time without that person was not pleasant, so they want to go back and experience the blissfulness once again.
  • Can I just mention again how perfect the drums on this track are? Also, the guitar rift section before Doyoung’s high note was excellent.
  • Jaehyun’s voice at the end of the song is too beautiful. He is an exceptional vocalist.
  • I love how soft and soothing this is. Very perfect for the season.
  • Everything was so well put together for this track. 100% from visuals, vocals to the emotions.
  • My point of climax for “Coming Home” is definitely when Doyoung hits that high note.
  • I have added this track to my personal playlist. So it is going to be on repeat for a while.
  • I really wish I could hear them perform this song live because they nailed every note.
  • I loved every moment of listening to “Coming Home” by NCT U. So I will have to agree with Haechan on the conclusion that it is a BOP.
  • My rating for this song is 10/10.

EXO – OBSESSION: Music Review

I am back, and there is a long list of music videos/albums to be reviewed, so let us get right into it.

EXO released their new album titled OBSESSION on the 27th of November. The title track is also called “Obsession”. I saw the teasers, and I love the dark concept. I know I am very late with this review, but a sis was so busy these past few weeks. All the same, I am so excited.

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

Reaction to Official MV/Title Track:

  • Right from the start, I am already into this sound.
  • Is it just me, or does this song give off a trap feel?
  • The beat drop at the beginning already testifies for how epic this song is about to be.
  • Baekhyun gives me life.
  • The visuals kind of remind me of “Monster”.
  • For some reason, Kai’s crop tops keep getting shorter and shorter with each comeback.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
  • Okay, when Suho came in, I was shocked. Boy…who told you to look so beautiful and sound so amazing?
  • Oooohh, what is this – “I don’t think so.”ย 
  • The beat for this track is insane. I LOVE.
  • It is official, “Obsession” is already a BOP and a half. EXO came hard with this one.
  • The visuals for this music video are exceptional.
  • Chanyeol’s raps are always on point. He stays killing all his parts.
  • My favourite section is definitely when they get to sing, “I don’t think so.”
  • The choreography looks good. I am ready to watch a live performance and dance practise.
  • Yesss to that groovy bridge and Chen just slew me with his beautiful high note. I am in space at this point. I LOVE THIS SONG.
  • Also, Sehun’s slow talk-rap was the perfect build-up into the bridge๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘. The transition was flawless. He came in smooth and left us more space to appreciate the vocals.
  • So basically, they are battling another version of themselves. Okay.
  • EXO’s harmonies are to die for. They like to flex with their vocals a lot. My ears have been blessed.
  • Nah… HOLD UP, Chen, Baekhyun and Suho just disrespected me with vocals towards the end, but I am not complaining.
  • All members did great for this comeback. Everyone had their stand out moment, but I could not pinpoint it all because I was too busy grooving to the song.
  • Suho stood out a lot to me. That red suit with his red hair and then when they shot him in black/white… DAMN. Also, excuse me but ABS FOR DAYYYS…๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜. I am in love with his look for this comeback.
  • I have to watch this music video a few more times to take everything in.
  • There is no argument here, “Obsession” is a BOP, and I am ready to play this song on repeat. I already added it to my playlist. Thank you, EXO.
  • This song is definitely a 10/10 for me.

I have to go now. I will be checking out the full album later on at my own personal time.

Until my next post, take care.๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

 

MAMAMOO – REALITY IN BLACK: Album Review

THE VOCAL QUEENS ARE BACK, AND I AM SO EXCITED.

Mamamoo is a South Korean girl group managed by RBW(Rainbow Bridge World). The group consists of four members – Solar, Hwasa, Wheein and Moonbyul. They officially debuted in 2014 with the digital single “Mr. Ambigious.” So far, including their latest release, the group has three studio albums, nine EPs and eighteen singles. They have also been featured by other artists and have a good number of soundtracks for Korean dramas.ย I absolutely adore this group. I fell in love with their jazz concepts, and I have been following their activities ever since they debuted.ย img_1503Mamamoo just released their third studio album titled reality in BLACK. It has eleven songs andย “HIP” is the title track.

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

Reaction to Official MV/Title Track:

  • Okay, time to do this.
  • The beat is groovy right from the start.
  • Ahhh, Hwasa is really a big girl crush.
  • They all look gorgeous, and I would not mind rocking most of the outfits that each member had on.
  • As always, the queens are serving vocals.
  • I was not too sure about this concept, but so far, it is working.
  • Yesss… Moonbyul’s deep voice always gets me.
  • This song has a retro kind of feel, and I am here for it.
  • The choreography is impressive.
  • When I first saw the teaser for this song, my thought was that I might not enjoy it, but boy was I wrong.
  • Mamamoo nailed this concept.
  • The instrumental is what made this track for me. It is bouncy and really catchy.
  • I admire them for giving some attention to our dying planet. Global warming and climate change are real. SAVE OUR PLANET.
  • Also, Hwasa addressed all the airport fashion critics.
  • Apparently, the music video shows what the members of Mamamoo would have been if they were not the Mamamoo we all know today. Sort of like a different dimension.
  • I am going to listen to this a few more times before giving my final thoughts.
  • “HIP” is definitely not their usual vocal power song. I enjoyed listening to it. It is catchy, but not top on my list from Mamamoo.
  • This concept is very different from all their previous releases. I think they rocked it. I love that Mamamoo is always willing to try something different.
  • Here is a live session video I found –
  • Time to check out the other ten songs.

Album Review:ย img_1414Before I get started, here is a sample of the album for anyone who has not listened to it yet.

  1. Destiny –ย The beginning sounds like an intro for an Old West film. I love the mysterious feel that their voices are giving off. I was not expecting the fast beat to come in. Yesss… this is the vocal touch that I was missing on “HIP.” And although the song style switches up a lot, I still enjoyed it. “Destiny” is the perfect opening song for this album because if the first song is this good, then imagine how the rest are going to sound. I have to listen to this track again. IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL. The guitar on this is impressive. Okay, so apparently this was their final stage single for the show Queendom. I have not seen Queendom, but with all the awesome songs coming from this show, I might as well check it out.
  2. Universe –ย I always enjoy songs that have good drums. Mamamoo’s vocals๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•… no words to explain. “Universe” is an upbeat RnB track. I say this because the singing parts have the typical RnB touch, but the beat sounds like something I could hear on a rap song. This is another excellent song on the album. Yes, to the background notes, so good.
  3. Ten Nights –ย Okay, this sounds like a ballad. I got chills from the calm way the song started, and their voices sound so soft. The high notes, Damn. Mamamoo is such a vocal powerhouse. They never fail to impress me every single time. Their harmonization just took me by surprise. I love this song. OMG WHAT????… the high notes will be the death of me. This is a perfect ballad. Although I wonder why it was placed at this point in the album. Because everything so far has been a bit upbeat but then “Ten Nights” comes in as if things are about to slow down for a while, but “HIP” is definitely not a slowdown. Maybe when I read the English translations for each song, I might understand why. OMG, so Moonbyul also sings on this and hits some notes. This group is super talented.
  4. HIP – I still love it. A perfect dance song.
  5. 4x4ever –ย This is one energetic track. The instrumental in this is epic, it makes me want to march into a battlefield. “4x4ever” is a BOP, and it could also be a title track. This song is powerful. I love how the instrumental switched up for Moonbyul’s rap section, and she killed it. They all sound great on this, as always. I am not even going to talk about their high notes any longer because I have been blown away into another universe. I am really enjoying this album, but this song, along with “Destiny,” are my favourites so far.
  6. Better –ย This is more chill compared to the last two tracks. The melody for “Better” is very catchy. Wheein is blessed with the voice. Oooh, the modulation on this is perfect. I really enjoyed listening to this song. Another favourite. It is chill and groovy. I need to hear it again.
  7. Hello Mama –ย There are some songs that just automatically give me winter feels, and this is one of such. The very calm and emotional vibe is perfect for this season. I love the falsetto singing on this. Also, the instrumental is beautiful. Anything classical influenced always touches me. Yesss, to harmonization done perfectly well. I need to read the English translation for this song. “Hello Mama” soothes me, I LOVE.
  8. ZzZz –ย Okay, we are back to upbeat songs. This is another bouncy track. The falsettos are so good. This is such a cute and feel-good song, very playful. I am already dancing to this ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ. “shimmy shimmy shimmy… “, I absolutely love this song.
  9. rEALITY – This is also another good song on the album, but it took me about a minute to really get into the groove. They also sound good on this, so there is no point in even discussing that. I really love Hwasa’s part –“I’m fine, it hurts.”ย Unfortunately, this might be really low on my list if I were to rank this album. It is a great track, but not one that I might listen to a lot.
  10. High Tension –ย I love the chorus, the vocal runs during that section are impressive. Also, Moonbyul’s rap is incredible. The way she always manages to perfectly blend a rap section into very different songs is quite remarkable. It took me a few seconds to get into the groove of this track, but I am actually enjoying it. This is another groovy BOP.
  11. I’m Your Fan –ย And the last song almost sounds like a cartoon opening in the beginning, Lol. The switch up that happened at 0.47 seconds into the song kind of took me off guard. The chorus really sounds like something I will hear on a kid’s show, which is not bad becuse I do enjoy watching cartoons. Hmmm, I honestly do not know how to feel about this song. I mean, it is cute but not something that I see myself listening to.

Final Thoughts:ย 

As I mentioned earlier, when I first saw the teaser images/videos for this comeback, I was not too sure about what to expect (I will insert the teaser images at the end of this post for anyone interested). But overall, I really enjoyed listening to reality in BLACK. It is a great album, the girls sounded amazing in each song.ย The only song that is a no for me is “I’m Your Fan.” There was just something off about the song to me. I feel they could have used another song to end this album. Maybe “rEALITY” could have been the closing track because although I did not enjoy it as much as the other songs, it still has good stand out points.

Anyways I really love this new album from Mamamoo, so my rating for reality in BLACKย is 9/10. I will be adding all the songs except “I’m Your Fan” to my personal playlist.

Here are the teaser images –

This slideshow requires JavaScript.