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

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

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

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Reaction to Official MV:

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

Reaction to pre-release single “Telephone”

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

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

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

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

“OHIO” by Crush

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Reaction to Official MV:

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

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

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

“AWay” by JEONG EUN JI

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Reaction to Official MV:

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

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

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

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

Catching Up With Recent Comebacks: AleXa|BIBI|Bii

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

“Villain” by AleXaimg_1287Reaction to Official MV:

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

 

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

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

 

“Be Alive” by Bii

img_0211Reaction to Official Lyric Video:

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

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

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

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

Reaction to Official MV:

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

SOMI – What You Waiting For: Music Review

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

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

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

Reaction to Official MV:

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

LEE HI – HOLO: Music Review

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

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

Reaction to Official MV:

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

CHUNG HA FT. CHANGMO – PLAY: Music Review

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

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

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Reaction to Official MV:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

“JUNGLE” by BVNDITimg_7429Reaction to Official MV:

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

 

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

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

 

“Red Moon” by Kim Woo Seok

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

 

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

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

Reaction to “Say hello” by Punch:

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

Final Thoughts:Β 

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

What do you all think of the songs I reviewed?

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

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

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

“Candy” by Baekhyunimg_7410Reaction to Official MV:

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

 

“FANTASIA” by Monsta Ximg_7412Reaction to Official MV:

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

 

“Daechwita” by Agust Dimg_7417Reaction to Official MV:Β 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

Finally Thoughts:

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

What do you all think of the songs I reviewed?

Lady Gaga ft. BLACKPINK – Sour Candy: Music Review

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

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

Official Audio –

Reaction to Lyric Video:

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

MINZY – LOVELY: Music Review

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

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

Reaction to Official MV:

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

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

Victoria Song – Up To Me: Music Review

Victoria Song has finally released her 1st solo album titled VICTORIA. Unfortunately, this record is not available on international streaming platforms, so I can only react to the title track – “Up To Me” since it was posted on YouTube.

Here is the album highlight medley for anyone interested – img_6645Song Qian popularly known as Victoria or Victoria Song is a Chinese singer, dancer, model and actress. She was born on February 2nd, 1987. In 2009 she debuted in South Korea under SM Entertainment as the leader of the girl group – f(x). She gained fame after appearing with 2PM’s Nickhun in the Korean variety program – We Got Married. Victoria is currently managed by Song Qian Studio, and this new album marks her official debut as a solo artist.

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

Reaction to Title Track/MV:

  • Apparently, this album was supposed to be released three years ago. Hence why the music video style seems a bit outdated.
  • Also, there are no English captions.
  • I love the very bright coloured visuals.
  • The song starts out with a soft piano and guitar.
  • The distorted sound that plays before Victoria’s vocal entry makes me feel like I’m entering space.
  • The instrumental is bubbly but not too upbeat.
  • She sounds good, and I love the rap-singing style she used on this track.
  • The choreography is simple and adorable.
  • The electronic sound isn’t overdone on this track. The EDM elements are slightly laid back on this one.
  • It’s a nice song, but I’m not really getting into the vibe.
  • I wish I could hear the entire album because I could find other songs that I love among the B-sides.img_6213
  • From the highlight medley, I like the sound of track 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9 and of course 10 because that is “Roof on Fire”
  • I feel like “Broken Wings” would have been my favourite new song on this album.
  • I will check later to see if any audio files get uploaded to YouTube because, as of now, there’s nothing.
  • Her studio needs to release this album on international platforms because she has international fans who want to support her.
  • Alright, before I give my final rating, I’m going to listen to “Up To Me” again.
  • I definitely love the retro sound and visuals.
  • I appreciate the cute choreography.
  • Victoria sounds fantastic, but “Up To Me” isn’t the kind of song I see myself going back to a lot. So my rating is 7.5/10.

Final Thoughts:Β 

Even though the title track wasn’t to my taste, I am super thrilled that Victoria finally released her solo album, and I can’t wait to have access to the full record. You allΒ best believe that once I get my hands on the album, I will be giving her a proper review.

 

 

LAY – Jade: Music Review

“Jade” is LAY’s pre-release single towards his upcoming 4th album. There is no music video for this track yet. However, I’m too excited to wait, so let’s check it out now. I can still react to the music video once it drops.

Zhang Yixing, known by the stage name LAY or Lay Zhang, is a Chinese singer-songwriter, dancer, music producer, and actor. He officially debuted in 2012 under SM Entertainment as a member of the Kpop group EXO. His career as a solo singer began in October 2016 with the release of his song – “What You Need?”. He then made his official debut with the EP – Lose Control on October 28th, 2016.

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

Reaction to Audio Track:

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  • I knew we were getting some traditional instruments once I saw the track photo.
  • I love the instrumentalization of this. The way it starts out with the traditional sounds and then that heavy beat drops.
  • It is PERFECT.
  • It looks like this is all in English as I expected from Lay.
  • Oh, don’t mind me, it’s not entirely in English.πŸ˜„
  • I assumed that this was going to be a sentimental song, but Lay is going off. This is a legit BOP!!!
  • I can’t wait to watch the music video because I’m sure the choreography will be superb.
  • I love how he’s says – “jade.” That section is LIT.πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯
  • I am adding this song to my playlist right now.
  • I am already dancing because “Jade” is a full groove.
  • There’s no way anyone can listen to the song and sit still.
  • Lay did not come to play, and I love how we can still hear the Chinese opera elements throughout the track.
  • I love when R&B/hip-hop artists include Chinese opera in their songs. It’s such an entrancing and soothing style of music.
  • Lay’s vocals on this track are smooth like Honey. See what I did there???😏 Pun intended.
  • I’m not okay.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  • I appreciate the 0.43 seconds instrumental-only section at the end.
  • This is my new jam, and I will be leaving it on replay for a long time.
  • As expected from Lay, he didn’t disappoint. Hence my rating for this new single “Jade” is a solid 10/10.
  • Here is a video with English translation –
  • Spotify Link –

If you like the featured image for this post, they are LAY’s cover photos for Madame Figaro Hommes – May 2020 Issue:img_6239

BIBI – KAZINO: Music Review

On April 29th, BIBI released her new single titled “KAZINO”. The cover/teaser photos for this song are quite interesting. I honestly don’t know what to expect – img_5441

Kim Hyung Seo, who goes by the stage name BIBI is a South Korean singer managed by FeelGhood Music. She debuted on May 15th, 2019, with the digital single “BINU”. The first time I saw her was on the audition program – The Fan and I fell in love with her voice and vibe. She is so quirky and adorable. I have been following her releases since her debut, and her songs are excellent, so I have my fingers crossed for “KAZINO”img_5439(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:

  • Yesss!!! I have English subs.
  • Alright, I think this is going to be a darker concept compared to the previous two songs I just reviewed.
  • The music video starts out with a lady being dunked in water. It seems someone is trying to drown her? And she’s clearly struggling.
  • Yep, definitely a darker vibe.
  • Wait a minute? So this casino bets on women and BIBI is trying to win a game?
  • She needs to win that game to save the lady.
  • Am I right?… This is sick, and the fact that such things do happen in real life makes it even more disturbing.
  • All the same, my girl BIBI is looking FINEEEE!!!
  • I love her vocal tone. She transitions smoothly from her full voice to her falsetto.
  • Also, the vocal layering on this is nice. Basically, BIBI sounds beautiful.
  • This song started out with some soft piano and guitar in the background, but things got groovy once the beat came in towards the chorus.
  • BIBI is vocally riding this beat, and “KAZINO” is officially a BOP.
  • Oooh, now I get the name. It’s a play on the word casino… Okay.
  • This music video is really dark. BIBI got chocked and injured for interfering. Now they’re dragging her bloody body casually out of the casino.
  • WHAT A WOW!!!
  • Did I just see Tiger JK?? Nice cameo.
  • For those who don’t know, Tiger is the founder of BIBI’s record label.
  • Ooh, so she isn’t dead, but they brought her to the main boss, who happens to be Tiger JK.
  • Okay, she won the game people. Thank God.
  • I love how the instrumental slowed down again once she won.
  • The bridge sounds so siren-like.
  • Suddenly everyone is down. At the beginning of this video, I saw a scene where BIBI poured some powder into a bottle, so did she spike their drinks??
  • And now the groovy hook is back.
  • Yes, she saved the lady. Good job.πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
  • “KAZINO” gets a 10/10 from me.
  • I love that the music video has a clear and intriguing storyline. Plus, the song goes mad hard.

TAEYEON – Happy: Music Review

TaeyeonΒ dropped her new digital single “Happy” on May 4th. I have been looking forward to this song for a long while now. It was initially supposed to be released on March 9th, but Taeyeon lost her dad, so it had to be postponed. May his soul Rest in Peace.πŸ™πŸΌimg_5231Kim Tae-yeon is a South Korean singer signed to SM Entertainment. She goes by the stage name Taeyeon. Apart from being a well-recognized solo artist, she is also a member of the famous female pop group – Girls’ Generation. Taeyeon officially began her solo career in 2015 with her first EP titledΒ I. The title track of her first EP is actually one of my favourite songs. She looks so pretty in the teaser images. I love the orange hair.

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

Reaction to Official MV:

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

 

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

HELLO, peopleπŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

You all will be getting a lot of music/album reviews this week, and I’m starting off with IU. She just released a new single which features SUGA from BTS, and it’s called “eight”

IU is an incredible vocalist, so I have been waiting for this single, and finally, it is here. I love the teaser/track images she dropped. They are so pretty, and the animated version of IU is too adorable😍😍😍 –

Lee Ji Eun, popularly known as IU, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actress. IU began her career at the age of 15 under Kakao M. with the album – Lost and Found. She achieved significant success with her song “Good Day”. Ever since then, IU has established herself as a music chart queen. On January 6th of this year, IU announced that she was now under new management called EDAM Entertainment. It is a subsidiary of her former agency, and it was established by her manager of twelve years, Bae Jong Han. She moved along with all her staff members to the new company.

IU’s new single “eight” is already No.1 on the real-time charts of major music sites in South Korea. Also, she has broken the record for most unique listeners in the first hour on Melon.

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

Reaction to Official MV:

  • Unfortunately, there are no English captions, but I’ll check for the translation later.
  • Apparently, this song is about IU’s late friends Sulli, Goo Hara and Jonghyun.
  • It looks like it’s going to be a sad one.
  • We have some kind of studio/lab room at the beginning of the music video.
  • I already like the melody.
  • I love the thinned out instrumental in the beginning, and then the bass came in once IU started singing.
  • So is she in some kind of virtual dimension trying to experience good memories again?
  • I thought this was going to take a very melancholic tone, but it’s actually upbeat.
  • The visuals for the music video are stunning.
  • The first sentence IU sang was, “So are you happy now?… Finally happy now, are you?” and in the chorus, she says – “Forever young, Forever we’re young” This means she hopes that her friends are at peace now, and because they left so early, they will always be young in her memories, Right???
  • That’s what I got so far, and IU sounds fantastic as always.
  • I really love this cartoon version of her.
  • Concerning the plane turbulence scene/ nightmare sequence. My guess is that it represents IU’s sleepless nights and pain from the loss of her close friends. It could also mean that she wishes their deaths were just a bad dream???
  • I’m trying my best to guess the subliminal meanings of each scene, but I might still miss out on a lot.
  • SUGA’s verse came in smoothly. He fits the track, but his part was short. I prefer features that incorporate both artists throughout the song.
  • I just got chills when the other animated girl jumped into the sky. That visual made me sad, plus IU’s voice is that section is so soothing.
  • Now we’re back to the thinned out version of the instrumental, which means less bass.
  • So did the lizard transform into a dragon???
  • Awww, I don’t want to cryπŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯. That smile between IU’s animation on the plane and the girl on the dragon was such a touching moment.img_5513
  • My guess is that the lizard represents Jonghyun, and the girl is Sulli.
  • The music video ends with her waking up from the visual world and returning to reality.
  • She then sings – “So are you happy now?… I know you’re happy now, yea.”
  • This is so heartfelt.
  • By the way, IU is gorgeous in that all-white outfit.
  • Oooh, I just read an interesting comment by (MiMi Park) on the music video. She said in the airplane scene when the storm started, it read “electronic devices off” instead of “seatbelt on.” This is a warning to people who stay behind their phones and laptops to leave hateful comments about others.
  • We are all humans with feelings, so hateful words can surely hurt and break anyone. Please be nice to others because being kind should not be seen as a difficult task.
  • I LOVE the message of this song, but I’m not 100% into the music itself yet. So I’m going to listen to it again.
  • After the second listen, I can definitely say that “eight” is a grower. I enjoy it more as it replays, so this song gets a 9/10 from me.

English Lyrics:

[Verse 1: IU]
So are you happy now?
Finally happy now, are you?
Well, I’m exactly the same
I think I’ve lost everything
Everything comesΒ asβ€…it pleases and leaves without aβ€…goodbye
Like this, I don’t want to love anything
Where the sun has set, as far as the sun sets
I travel in those memories

[Chorus: IU]
Under an orange sun
We dance with no shadows
There is no such thing as decided farewells
Meet me in that memory that was once beautiful
Forever young

[Post-Chorus: IU]
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh
Forever we young
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh
If it is this kind of nightmare, I won’t ever wake up.

[Verse 2: SUGA]
Island, yeah, here is an island
A small one that we made with each other
Yeah, um, forever young, the word “forever” is a sandcastle
A farewell is like a disaster cast
A morning greeted along with the yearning
Let us both pass this eternity
Surely meet once more on this island.

[Verse 3: IU]
Like what someone said as they were consoling me, passing
It isn’t that easy to forget a memory merely big as a handspan
Even as time goes by, still
At that place which takes hold of me

[Chorus: IU]
Under an orange sun
We dance with no shadows
There is no such thing as decided goodbyes
Meet me in that memory that was once beautiful
Forever young

[Bridge: IU]
We lie down atop of each other
Share stories that aren’t of sorrow
There is no such thing as gloomy endings
I will forever meet you in this memory
Forever young

[Post-Chorus: IU]
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh
Forever we young
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh
If it is this kind of nightmare, I won’t ever wake up

(source – GENIUS)

 

CHUNG HA – Stay Tonight: Music Review

On April 27th, CHUNG HA dropped her pre-release digital single – “Stay Tonight” in preparation for her upcoming album. Here are some photos and MV stills she released as teasers for this single –

Kim Chung-ha’s actual birth name is Kim Chan-mi, but she is now popularly known as CHUNG HA. She is a South Korean singer-songwriter, dancer and choreographer. She placed fourth during Mnet’s group survival show Produce 101 and was formerly a member of the resulting group, I.O.I. CHUNG HA later debuted as a soloist in 2017 with the EP – Hands on Me.

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

Reaction to Official MV:

  • I’m getting great vibes from the teaser images, so I think this is going to be good.
  • Quite a mystical intro for this music video.
  • I love how the instrumental started out slow and then intensified for CHUNG HA’s vocal entry.
  • She is such a fantastic dancer.
  • I wish this music video had English captions, but I’ll just check for them later.
  • Her vocal power in this song is incredible.
  • That high note right before the chorus is too perfect.
  • I’m living for the beat switch during the chorus section. It’s bouncy and very catchy.
  • I also love the white outfit CHUNG HA has on in that part.img_5113
  • This choreography has major vogue movements. It’s elegant and beautiful to watch.
  • Wow, the male dancers have on heavy makeup, and they’re all dancing in heels. Interesting.
  • The coordination between the dancers and CHUNG HA is impeccable.
  • I love the glitter/diamond filter they used for some scenes in the music video.
  • The chorus section is so groovy, that’s my favourite part of this song. Also, the little waist move they do during that section is another delight.
  • CHUNG HA is killing this song vocally. She sounds so perfect.
  • “Stay Tonight” is another excellent track from the talent soloist CHUNG HA.
  • I enjoyed listening to it, but I don’t see myself going back to play it a lot.
  • Hence my rating is for this pre-release digital single is 8/10.
  • I will still be keeping an eye out for her upcoming album.

KATIE – ECHO: Music Review

On April 24th, KATIE (winner of K-pop Star 4)Β released a new single titled “ECHO”

Kim Seo Hyeon is known by the stage name Katie Kim or KATIE. She is a Korean-American singer born on December 10th, 1993. KATIE gained popularity after obtaining first place in the fourth season of K-pop Star. After the audition program, she joined YG Entertainment as a trainee, but in 2018 she left the label to sign with a new company called AXIS. This company was newly formed by former YG director SINXITY. She then debuted on May 22nd, 2019, with an EP titled LOG. “ECHO” is her latest single.

I remember being so in love with her voice during K-pop Star 4, and then she just disappeared. I love her 2018 single “Remember”, but after then she had little to no promotion. Hence I had no idea that she was still releasing singles or that she officially debuted with an EP. Thankfully I stumbled upon her YouTube channel, so I can now keep up with her. I’m going to check out her EP and other singles once I’m done reviewing “ECHO”

(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 don’t have English captions.
  • I see a spaceship. Okay.
  • I haven’t seen the teaser, so I really don’t know what to expect.
  • I think this is going to be a classic cross between R&B vocals and hip-hop beats.
  • The beat is bouncy and quite groovy. I LIKE IT.
  • I love KATIE’s deep vocal tone.
  • This song is entirely in English, which explains the missing English subs.
  • I love the graphics and visuals for the music video. They’re quite trippy but beautiful.
  • The drums on this track are legends. They go hard.
  • The overall production is incredible, but I’m still not feeling the song 100%.
  • I’m going to start again from the beginning just to get a better feel of “ECHO”
  • Something is still missing for me. I don’t know what exactly, but my ears are not entirely in love.
  • Even though I’m not into this, I do love KATIE’s sound, and I’m absolutely living for the instrumental because the production is insane.
  • I think “ECHO” is a track that I wouldn’t mind listening to casually, but I don’t see myself including it to a personal playlist.
  • All the same, who knows?? Maybe after a few more listens, I might like it more.
  • But now, my rating for this song is 7/10.

Here is a song from her that I always enjoy –

Update: I just listened to her EP – LOG, and I am so in love with all six songs. I should have reviewed it first before “ECHO”

Solar – Spit It Out: Music Review

Earlier today, Solar released her solo debut single album titled Spit It Out. I thought this was going to be a full album because of the initial teaser image, but it’s actually just a digital single. img_4978Kim Yong-sun, popularly known as Solar, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and leader of the girl group – Mamamoo. She was born on February 21st, 1991.

(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 of the bat, the visuals are impressive.
  • Yes, I have English captions.
  • I love the beat during the intro with her dancers. I thought that was the start of the track but nope.
  • The actual song begins quite abruptly.
  • I am living for the choreography. It’s so fluid and interactive.
  • I hope they bring back that beat from the intro. It was great.
  • I love the sultry vocal tone that Solar is using for this song.
  • Nice touch with the short guitar riff entry into each verse
  • So far, the instrumental for this mostly includes drum beats and that constant note on the guitar.
  • Solar is stunning, and this hair colour is doing her major justice.
  • This song gets better and better as it progresses. I like it.
  • I love the use of silence right before the chorus. Such a perfect way to lure your listener.
  • The chorus is lit, and “Spit it out” is officially a BOP.
  • At first, I was skeptical, but I am genuinely feeling this tune. Great job, SolarπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘.
  • All her outfits and makeup are on point. She is beautiful.
  • Okay, this verse after the chorus is giving me strong Spanish vibes. Starting from the lyrics – “Sin prisa pero sin pausa,” to the guitar and then that section’s choreography.
  • I love this music video. Simple setting, but the lighting and filming technique make it suitable.
  • I am living for that silence and her “Set a fire, fire, fire” that comes right before the chorus.
  • Once again, this chorus. Whoa!!!… it is classic.πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌ
  • Oooh, sis decided to slow things down. Now I’m body rolling πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌ.
  • Yesss, Solar, show them!!!!
  • The beat and everything about the slow breakdown screams pure excellence. Solar did not come to play with this debut single.
  • Sis is killing it.
  • Oh, that perfect use of silence again, and she looks great with the bald look.
  • Yesss.. my chorus is back. Party after party things people!!!!πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌ
  • I don’t care what anyone thinks. “Spit it out” by Solar gets a solid 10/10 from me.
  • Now I am off to play this song to my heart’s content.

Bii – Shape: Music Review

Yesterday, Bii released his second single of the year titled “Shape”. I already reviewed his first 2020 single – “You”. If you haven’t read that post, use this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌΒ Bii – You: Music Review. At that time, he only dropped a lyric video, so here’s the official music video for “You” –Β img_4669Bi Shu Jin, popularly known asΒ Bii,Β is a Taiwanese singer-songwriter, and actor. Born on July 7th, 1989, to a Taiwanese father and Korean mother. His Korean name is Pil Seo Jin. Bii was born and raised in South Korea and only learned how to speak Mandarin after relocating to Dongguan, China, to stay with his father. He officially began his music career in 2010. I discovered Bii through the Taiwanese drama Love Around. The opening song for the series – “Come Back To Me” is actually the song that shot him to fame in 2013. After gaining much popularity,Β many of his self-composed songs have been featured in various Chinese and Taiwanese TV series. A few of these dramas include Someone Like You, Bromance, Prince of Wolf, Sweet Combat, Better Man, Princess Jie You, Love Cuisine, Memory Love, Before We Get Married, etc. Bii is also a member of the Unstoppable Trio which includes Ian Chen and Dino Lee. To read an even more detailed profile for Bii, use this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌΒ Bii: Star Showcase

Before I move on, he recently created a YouTube channel. If you’re interested, use this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌΒ Bii’s Official YouTube Channel

(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:

  • This already feels like it’s going to be an emotional trip. Just the opening atmosphere tells me a lot.
  • I love that it’s in black and white, which naturally makes anything even more aesthetic.
  • Unfortunately, there are no English captions, but I will check for the translation later.
  • Even the instrumental confirms my initial intuition that this will be emotional.
  • Bii always composes the most beautiful tracks. I have never been disappointed by him.
  • I love the piano and violin entry for this song. So soothing.
  • So the guy in the music video wants to be an actor??? But he has to take up various jobs to save up money.
  • And now all the interviews he’s going to are not paying him any attention.
  • That’s life sometimes. Pursuing your dreams is a struggle, and most things don’t work out the way you’ve planned but keep fighting.πŸ’ͺ🏼πŸ’ͺ🏼πŸ’ͺ🏼
  • The instrumental is beautiful.
  • I really wish I could understand what’s he’s singing.
  • Awww the actor’s tears and Bii’s voice during that scene gave me goosebumps.
  • The music video is excellent, and I love the message, but I have to listen to this song again.
  • I feel like I wasn’t paying much attention to Bii’s voice because of the story.
  • I sincerely admire Bii’s soft tone because of how comforting he sounds. Whenever I listen to him sing, I feel the need to close my eyes and just lie down.
  • I want to enjoy this moment fully, but I have to share my thoughts with you all.
  • I love how the instrumental gets a bit harsher for the chorus section. An excellent way of showcasing angst.
  • There is this subtle synthesized beat that I keep hearing whenever he’s about to enter the chorus. It feels out of place but very fitting at the same time.
  • The guitar goes off towards the end, and I am living for it.
  • I noticed that the guitar riff was used as the entry into the bridge along with Bii’s high notes. That is some charming and well-done production.
  • I love how we ended on the piano but softer in comparison to how we started.
  • I like this song, but because it’s Bii, I keep comparing it to his previous releases and how I would rank “Shape” to my favourite songs from him.
  • This one is definitely a grower, I appreciate it more now because I have it on replay while concluding this post.
  • So for this review, I will keep all those older songs aside and rate “Shape”Β by Bii as a solid 10/10.

Dino Lee – I’m Coming Home: Music Review

I am slowly falling in love with Dino Lee’s sound, so I have taken it upon myself to check out all his new releases. Last month, I reviewed his beautiful single “Be Me”. If you haven’t seen that post, use this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌΒ Missed Reviews Compilation – Part 3. At that time, I only had the lyric video, but he has released the official music video –

For this post, I will be reviewing his latest single – “I’m Coming Home”, which dropped yesterday. img_4674Lee Yu-Hsi, popularly known as Dino Lee, is a Taiwanese singer-songwriter, composer and actor. He was born on March 31st, 1993, which makes him 27 years old. He began his career in 2014 with the single – “Everything Changes”. He is best known for his role as Ou Yang Fei in the 2015 Taiwanese romance film – Our Times. He is a member of the Unstoppable Trio, which also includes Ian Chen and Bii.

(Please 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:

  • He’ll probably release a music video for this later on.
  • The sound, in the beginning, makes me feel like I’m in a time-travelling machine hoping to arrive in the future. Weird, but that’s the vibe I got.
  • Oooh, I love the guitar start for this song.
  • I’ve noticed that Dino Lee’s voice is quite shallow, and I like the effect it creates when I’m listening to his songs.
  • He possesses excellent vocal control. Sometimes he sounds light on the ears, then other times, he seems very powerful.
  • I’ve also noticed that both “Be Me” and “I’m Coming Home” have simple melodies that are easy to follow. I caught myself singing along when the “oh, oh, oh, oh” section. It’s catchy.
  • The background vocals in this are quite spontaneous, but they’re perfect.
  • I can also hear some beautiful vocal layering whenever he draws his ending notes.
  • I LIKE THIS. It’s a feel-good song, and I am enjoying every moment.
  • The song progression is not too over the top just like “Be Me”
  • What truly brings this song home for me is Dino Lee’s voice, the guitar and drums instrumental, and finally, the background vocals.
  • “I’m Coming Home” is 3 minutes and 14 seconds long, but it felt too short. I definitely need more time with it.
  • I’m going to go ahead and listen to it again.
  • I have listened to it four times now, and yea, I genuinely love it. I just added it to my playlist.
  • My rating for “I’m Coming Home” by Dino Lee is 10/10.