I finally got some time on my hands, and I didn’t want to miss out on reviewing CHUNG HA‘s latest single, “X”. This song is a pre-release to her 1st full album titled Querencia, which drops on February 15th.
(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:
Right off the bat, I love the instrumental for this song.
I truly missed Chung Ha’s voice.
I know she’s been releasing singles since last year, but I didn’t have the opportunity to check them all.
So far, I’m enjoying the soft vibes of this song + Chung Ha sounds lovely.
The visuals for the music video are fascinating. I love how the base is black & white with a few splashes of chromatic colours. These all add to the striking presence of the music video.
Wow, Chung Ha is stunning, and her outfit is also beautiful. I would love to buy all the jewelry she has on.
I like the message of this song. If someone doesn’t support you during the downtimes, they don’t deserve friendship or love once you’re in a better place or position.
It’s always refreshing to hear Chung Ha’s vocals on a ballad, + the instrumentalization on this track is superb, so “X” is playlist worthy.
Earlier today, U-KNOW released his 2nd mini-album titled NOIR. This EP has five songs, including the title track “Thank U”
Jung Yun-ho, popularly known either as Yunho or U-Know, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actor signed to SM Entertainment. He was born on February 6th, 1986 and is currently a member of the duo act – TVXQ. U-Know debuted with TVXQ as the band’s leader in 2003.
(Please note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to each song.)
Reaction to Title Track/MV:
From the teasers, I know this will be a very cinematic music video. I’m excited to see the production quality.
U-Know looks good!!! The man is FINEEEE.
So he was betrayed by his fellow gang members? Damn, the acting is superb.
I wouldn’t mind if they produced an actual film with a similar storyline.
Okay, I expected him to open the song with some smooth singing, but his actual intro is still intriguing.
The production quality for the visuals is insane. SM spent good money on this one.
The chorus is catchy, and U-Know sounds beautiful on the track.
I wasn’t so into the sound when this song first started, but the chorus won me over.
The choreography for both his dancing and fight scenes is smooth and aesthetically pleasing to watch.
Can we give props to the music producer for that lovely jazzy instrumental bridge + U-Know’s charming vocals? I’m in love.
👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 The cinematography & storyline for this music video is off the charts brilliant. It kept me entertained from beginning to end.
“Thank U” is a masterpiece and an excellent comeback for U-Know. Now I need someone to give this amazing man a similar role in a film or drama because I’m itching to watch.
Time Machine – I am here for the electronic-hip-hop sound on this song. U-Know is serving vocals!! on this one, and I am living my best life. The beat for “Time Machine” is sick🔥. I need to know who wrote and produced this track because I am enjoying every moment of it. It’s a whole vibe.
Thank U – This song is a certified bop that I see myself coming back to a lot. The production on U-Know’s voice + the beat is perfect. Plus, the song has a nice message, so what’s not to love?
Loco (House Party) –Ooo, I adore the rich bass on this track. It makes me feel like I’m actually at a house party with loudspeakers blasting the best music ever. Nice production👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼. The classic call and response technique was also a brilliant touch. “Loco” is a lit disco track, and I am digging all the energy.
Need You Right Now – Okay, it looks like things are slowing down with this song. I was not expecting the chorus to be such a vibe!!! “Need You Right Now” is more chill than the previous tracks, but the melody & quality is beautiful. I adore how U-Know sounds on this track. It feels intimate because he’s almost whispering in some sections.
La Rosa (Feat. SHIN YE EUN) – Okay, the guitar on this serving the right dose of Spanish flavour and the vocals/harmonies are pure bliss. I sound like a broken record by now, but I AM IN LOVE😄. I can’t even pick my favourite yet from all five songs, but “La Rosa” is hitting the feels hard for me. What a song and a very befitting closing to this album.
I didn’t mention it earlier, but this album marks my first time listening to U-Know’s solo material. I love TVXQ, hence why I decided to check him out finally, and I am genuinely impressed. The production quality on this album is impeccable. NOIR is a straight masterpiece. U-Know served vocals and divine energy on every track. No single song on this record was a letdown, so I’m going to enjoy them without stressing about which is better than the other.
With all that said, my rating for U-Know‘s 2nd mini-album NOIR is a solid 10/10.
Hello everyone🤗, Merry Christmas once again. I hope you all enjoying your day!
Instead of my regular weekly song recommendations, I will be sharing a link to a chill Christmas Playlist created by yours truly on Spotify. I hope you all enjoy listening to it, and may these holiday tunes brighten your season.
If you’re an older Asian drama fan or just a well-versed watcher, then you probably have certain older actors (i.e. 30+ years) that continuously amaze you with their acting skills and beauty!!!. Yes, that’s the focus of this post. I will be sharing pictures of some of my favourite older Korean actors. Also, I’m discussing how I discovered them + some recommendations of their dramas/films. To keep this post brief, I will create a female/Chinese version later.
(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official magazine websites and social media sites.)
Lee Joon-gi was born on April 17th, 1982, making him 38 years old. He recently starred in ‘Flower of Evil’, and he is one actor with a very secure place in my heart. When I dived into the Korean drama scene, Lee Joon-gi was the first older actor that caught my eye. It all started with ‘Iljimae’ (2008) and then every other drama/movie from him because I fell in love with his acting style, charisma and beauty. So here are some recent photos of the actor from Allure Korea.
Recommended film/dramas of Lee Joon-gi (click photos to see titles) –
Lee Dong Wook, who recently starred in ‘Tale of the Nine-Tailed’, was born on November 6th, 1981, making the actor 39 years old. He sure is ageing like fine wine, both physically and career-wise. I first saw Lee Dong Wook in ‘Blade Man’ (2014), and I’ve found him to be a great actor after watching his other movies/dramas. Hence he is my second feature with recent shots from GQ Korea.
Recommended film/dramas of Lee Dong Wook (click photos to see titles) –
Lee Je-hoon is more of a film actor. Hence, I haven’t had the time to dive into his works because that would require some days of sitting through different stories. For some reason, dramas are much easier for me to watch😆. All the same, after watching ‘Signal’ (2016), I have been obsessed with him. He’s such an engaging actor that always brings distinction and life to his character. Lee Je-hoon was born on July 4th, 1984 (36 years old). Here are some recent shots of the actor from W Korea.
Recommended dramas of Lee Je-hoon (click photos to see titles) –
Rain (Jung Ji Hoon) was born on June 25th, 1982, making him 38 years old. Most people knew him as a singer, but I discovered him as an actor through the 2014 drama – ‘My Lovely Girl’. Honestly, that drama did not do much for me, which affected my perception of Rain’s acting skills. Thankfully I watched ‘Please Come Back, Mister’ (2016) and then began to notice his strengths as an actor. Plus, we all have to admit that the man is fine!!!! Hence why he is my last feature on this post with some photos from GQ Korea.
Recommended dramas of Rain (click photos to see titles) –
Christmas is around the corner, and although 2020 hasn’t been the best, I still have things that made my year. One of such items on my list are bloggers who dedicated their time throughout this year to provide beautiful content that comforted readers. The Blogger Recognition Award serves as an appreciation for them.
First off, I would like to thank Hallyureviews for nominating my blog; it truly means a lot. Although I discovered hallyureviews quite late this year, I love their take on Korean music and dramas + it sometimes feels like we’re in sync with our content, and that’s so fun😄. Kindly check them out.
THE RULES OF NOMINATION:
Thank the person who nominated you and feature a link to their blog in your award post.
Post the award banner somewhere on your blog.
Share the reason why you started your blog.
Share two pieces of advice that could benefit new bloggers.
Nominate a maximum of fifteen other bloggers.
Tell your nominees about your award post so they can participate!
Why I started this blog?
I always enjoyed sharing my thoughts on Kpop/Kdramas with my friends, so at some point, I felt the need to share my love for these things with a broader audience. After researching various platforms, I decided to start a blog.
My advice for newbies:
Once you have an idea, write!! It might not be perfect, but it is undoubtedly a good beginning. Trust me, with time, everything will fall into place, and you will find your niche.
While you research and try to get ideas from other people’s blogs, never forget your originality. Always leave a piece of you in every post by appreciating your unique writing style.
To close off, here are my nominations, please check them out –
Since I have been away for a while, I decided to give an album recommendation for this week instead of one song. My chosen album is Tailor by The BLANK Shop.
Yun Seok Cheol, also known as The BLANK Shop, is a South Korean jazz pianist and composer. He gained popularity in the Korean jazz scene after participating in various national jazz competitions. His first album – Growth, was released in December 2009. He collaborated with two other artists – Jung Sang Yi (bassist) & Kim Yong Jin (drummer), and they were known as SC Yun’s Trio. Yun Seok Cheol’s current label is Antenna. His latest record – Tailor, is a jazz feast that features various singers like Wonpil (DAY6), Yerin Baek, Sunwoojunga, 10cm, Ha Heonjin, CADEJO, Lee Jin Ah, and Hello Ga-Young.
I love the sound and overall vibe of this album so much. My rating for it is a bulletproof 10/10. Tailor is refreshing and different from what Korean mainstream music has to offer. It is the perfect relaxation kit that everyone deserves. Ever since I discovered this album, no day has gone by without listening to at least one track. That’s how much I enjoy this jazz feast from The BLANK Shop. Also, the variation of voices on this record is another exquisite aspect. Each artist that Yun Seok Cheol worked with brought a unique and beautiful attribute into the mix. Although I enjoy listening to all fourteen songs, the ones I replay the most are – “AmoneThat’sCapone” – “How can I live without love” – “Lazy mornings – “LAN escape” – “Mold in closet” & – “What I can’t do”
I hope you all take some time to check out Tailor by The BLANK Shop because it is outstanding. Plus, if you’re someone who is into jazz music, this is specifically designed for you. Trust me, because I feel this is one of the best records I have stumbled on this year.
Until my next post, continue to have a beautiful day, everyone💕💕💕.
It’s been exactly 23 days since my last post. I had to take time off to sort out some essential things, and I also needed quality ‘me time.’ I feel a lot better now, and I am so pumped because Taeyeon is back + tomorrow is my birthday!!!! Yaayyy me!!!🎉🎉🎉. I love this early birthday gift. Honestly, 2020 has been a lot, hence why I am super grateful to have reached this point of the year.
Enough about me, let’s get into TAEYEON’S new release. What Do I Call You is her 4th mini-album. This record has five songs, including the title track of the same name.
(Please note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to each song.)
Reaction to Title Track/MV:
I can never get over how pretty Taeyeon is. How can she be so gorgeous and talented?
I didn’t watch any of the teasers, so I wasn’t expecting an upbeat sound.
The instrumental is beautiful. I love how well the guitar pairs with the bass beat +Taeyeon’s perfect vocals.
The music video’s visuals are so crispy clear with a hint of earthy tones—effortless but stunning aesthetics.
This song is about figuring out how to relate to an ex-lover because that person can’t exactly be called a stranger after spending together. At the same time, an ex cannot always become a friend after the breakup, which means they’re just someone you know?
I adore this song’s progression, most significantly, the way the beat deepened during the chorus.
Wow, smooth backing vocals!!! In general, Taeyeon’s sounds so captivating in this song.
The bridge is the standout point of this song for me. The way Taeyeon’s voice scaled throughout that section is pure bliss.
I LOVE “What Do I Call You” It’s catchy and beautiful as expected from TAEYEON. Trust that I will be replaying it for a long time.
What Do I Call You – I already added this to my playlist. It’s such a groovy song even though it’s about a sad topic.
Playlist – Exciting intro. I also got a similar vintage-jazzy vibe from the title track, but it was quite subtle. I enjoy this style of music, and Taeyeon is pulling it off so well. “Playlist” is the perfect mid-tempo dance song. The instrumentalization/production on this track is excellent, + the smooth top-notch vocals add an extra touch of perfection. I love everything about this song.
To the moon – Ooo, another captivating entry + the vocal quality is serving already. This song is a bop and a half!!! I am over here, body rolling💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼. YESSSS!!!! TAEYEON. She did not come to play with anyone on this track. I have nothing more to say than “To the moon” is THAT SONG!!
Wildfire – Not to come off repetitive, but I adore how catchy the intros are for each track. In my opinion, the first few seconds can make or mar a song because not everyone has a long attention span. Getting any listener’s interest in the first few seconds is crucial, and Taeyeon has been doing that for me on this album. “Wildfire” has an odd, quirky, but intriguing sound + Taeyeon’s voice on this is very powerful. It’s something that I would love to jam out to during a road trip.
Galaxy – Okay, are we getting a slow jam to wrap up things? I’ve noticed that this record had guitars as one of the main instruments in all five tracks, and I love the soulful vibe that brought to each mix. “Galaxy” is just a chill song and a perfect way to close this sweet album. I love it.
First off, I am so happy to be back. I didn’t realize how much I missed doing music reviews. I sincerely enjoy discovering new songs/artists and having a good time. With that said, TAEYEON did such a fantastic job with this mini-album. She served quality vocals, + the production on all five tracks are excellent. I appreciate the subtle vintage-jazzy vibe for “What Do I Call You” & “Playlist”. I think those two, along with “To the moon”, are my favourites on this record.
Overall, TAEYEON’s 4th mini-album – What Do I Call You, gets a solid 10/10 from me.