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 scaredπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. 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.
  • πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ 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 hardπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’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 deadπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. What’s wrong with these boys. The butt dancing has me shook.😢😢😢
  • 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.😍😍😍
  • “Hold” is definitely a 10/10. It is going on my playlist, and I am so excited for the full album now.

Jackson Wang – 100 Ways: Music Review

Jackson Wang released a new digital single titled “100 Ways”, so let’s check it out.Β img_2879Jackson Wang is a Hong Kong rapper, singer and dancer currently based in South Korea. He is a member of the South Korean group GOT7. The group is signed and managed by JYP Entertainment. Jackson also promotes in mainland China as a solo artist and television host. I discovered him through GOT7, and I love his solo projects, so I am excited to hear this new song.

(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 cinematic approach they used for this music video.
  • I’m not sure what kind of martial art moves the soldiers are demonstrating, but I always applaud artists that include traditional elements in their music.
  • Did he just come out from a grave? Oooh, I love dark concepts.
  • Looks like this song is going to be only in English?
  • I love his raspy tone when singing.
  • I love the beat switch that happens once he started singing – “There’s a hundred ways to leave a lover…”
  • Yes, the drums from the instrumental are giving me life.
  • I find it so intriguing that they incorporated the soldiers armouring up Jackson into the choreography. Very brilliant.
  • “100 Ways” feels like a warrior’s chant into battle.
  • Okay, we are experiencing a full vocal show from Jackson.
  • The choreography is impressive. I just love the fusion of martial arts into every little move they do.
  • The production quality for this music video is 100% perfect. I love the colours, scene transitions and set design.
  • So is the story like a rebirth or resurrection of old-time lovers. Jackson Wang must have died a war hero, and now he is back for his bride, who passed away while waiting for his return??? That’s what I’m getting so far.
  • So now they are descending back into a new grave together. Which means Jackon and the lady’s souls have become one at last???
  • Sorry, I’m just messing around. I’m trying to figure out what the story signifies, but honestly, it doesn’t really matter.
  • I am going to listen to this song again before giving my rating.
  • After hearing it the second time, I can conclude with certainty that Jackson did great with his singing. I love that he used traditional flute to spice up the regular EDM styled instrumental. I also enjoyed the intense drums.
  • Therefore, my rating for “100 Ways” is 10/10.

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 πŸ‘‰πŸΌΒ YOOK SUNGJAE – W.A.U: Music Review

πŸ‘‰πŸΌΒ YOOK SUNGJAE – 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. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

 

#. 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 – δΈζž‰εΉ΄ε°‘ 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.

Bii – You: Music Review

My baby Bii released a new single three days ago, and I am more than ready to check it out. LOL, I don’t think I should be calling him my baby any longer because he is now married. For those who are not aware, Bii announced his marriage on Valentine’s day. It took so many fans, including myself, by surprise. I was shocked but very happy for him. His fans were very supportive, they sent him a lot of congratulatory messages.πŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ’“ img_3808I already have a detailed bio for Bii on this blog. It can be accessed with this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Bii: Star Showcase

For those who do not want to click the link, here is a quick breakdown – Bi Shu Jin, popularly known as Bii, is a Taiwanese singer and actor. I discovered him through the Taiwanese TV series Love Around, and I have been in love with his voice since then.

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

Reaction to Lyric Video:

  • There isn’t a music video available for this track yet, so I will be watching the lyric video.
  • I do not have English captions, and since this song is new, I doubt that I will find a video with English translations. All the same, let’s appreciate the vocals for now.
  • First of all, let me just point out that I absolutely love the picture for this single. Something about Bii sitting down in front of an antique clock is doing a lot for me.
  • The beginning of the song gives off a mystical feel, and I appreciate that.
  • Now, if you’ve read a good number of my music reviews, then you should know how I feel about an excellent soft piano entry. This track has that, so I am excited.
  • His voice is so beautiful and soothing. Even without understanding the lyrics, I can feel the emotions that he intends to communicate with each note.
  • I wonder what the music video will look like.
  • “You” has a lovely melody.
  • Bii has this breathy tone that he always uses during the chorus of very emotional songs, and I love listening to him sing like that.
  • The instrumental is absolutely breathtaking with the inclusion of classical elements towards the end of the first chorus.
  • With the second verse, the drums are more intense, and the classical elements are more resonant. I think this was done to indicate the climax.
  • The production for the instrumental makes sense since the vocal parts of the song do not have any strong high notes or runs.
  • The lyrics for this song are definitely heartfelt. Even without understanding anything, I can tell that much.
  • “You” is a beautiful and calming song, so I can see myself listening to it a lot. However, compared to other songs from Bii, it doesn’t make it to the top of my list.
  • Therefore my rating for this new single is 9/10.

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 πŸ‘‡πŸΌ 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 πŸ‘‰πŸΌ HYUKOH – 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.Β 

 

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.

 

 

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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 πŸ‘‰πŸΌ YOOK SUNGJAE – 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,Β 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 rollingπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌ. “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 SHOCKED😲😲.
  • “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.Β  This song has me hypnotized for real.
  • The intensity at the end is too good. That guitar riff. LORD… I’m outπŸ’€πŸ’€.
  • 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.πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

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 toΒ 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.

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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. πŸ‘πŸ‘
  • It is definitely EDM Pop, and I like the beat.
  • This is already a groove.πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌ
  • 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.

Paul Kim, CHUNG HA – Loveship: Music Review

Paul Kim and CHUNG HA released a duet titled “Loveship” on the 21st of this month. This song was written and composed by Paul Kim. I have some time to spare, so let’s check it out.

I already have a short bio for Paul Kim available on this blog, so use this link for that πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Paul Kim – Big Heart: Music Review.

img_2573Kim 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, dancer, songwriter and choreographer. She placed fourth during Mnet’s group survival show Produce 101. She was a member of the resulting group, I.O.I. CHUNG HA later debuted as a soloist in 2017 with the EP – Hands on Me. My favourite song from her is is “Gotta Go”

(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 ballads. I could listen to such songs for years.
  • Another music video without English captions. WHY do they do this to me?
  • I missed Paul Kim’s voice. It is so soulful.
  • Damn that lower note from him was chilling.
  • This is my first time hearing Chung ha’s voice on a slower song, and she sounds fantastic.
  • She is so pretty.
  • So they are childhood friends.
  • I love the call and response style going on here. Also, the harmonies are soothing.
  • I am enjoying this breathy tone that Chung ha is used while singing in harmony with Paul Kim.
  • This has such a lovely melody, and it is also the type that can quickly become addictive.
  • So they are friends that have feelings for each other?
  • The build-up is excellent. The instrumental, Paul Kim and Chung Ha’s voices begin to reach climax without you even noticing that the key has changed.
  • The production is impressive.
  • Yesss… to the high notes during the bridge and that instrumental solo was also a perfect touch.
  • They both look stunning in formal wear.
  • I got goosebumps when they sang, “you are my everything to me” in unison. So adorable and sweet.
  • The music video is also quite intriguing with the stage-like scenes. Creative concept.
  • Time for a replay before giving my rating.
  • Awww the ending is too cute. The younger versions pushed them towards each other.
  • I thought it had ended because the screen went black.
  • I’m swimming in sugar at this point.😍😍😍
  • It remains a beautiful piece on the second listen.
  • My rating for “Loveship” by Paul Kim and CHUNG HA is 10/10.Β This is going on my playlist.

Dynamic Duo, CHEN – You: Music Review

Dynamic Duo, in collaboration with EXO’s CHEN, released a new digital single titled “You” on the 23rd of this month. I have been itching to check this out.

Before I begin, here is my regular short bio for both parties:

img_3228Dynamic Duo is a South Korean hip hop group formed by two rappers, Choiza and Gaeko. They were friends since childhood. Both were previously part of the hip hop trio CB MASS. After CB MASS disbanded in 2003, Choiza and Gaeko became Dynamic Duo. The duo rose to fame in 2004 with the release of their debut album, Taxi Driver. It became the best-selling hip hop album in South Korea. They are now signed to Amoeba Culture. A hip hop based record label established by the duo and their partner, Go Kyung-min.

img_3229Kim Jong-Dae, popularly known as Chen, is a South Korean singer and songwriter. He debuted in 2012 as part of the South Korean-Chinese boy band EXO. He is famous for being the main vocalist of the group and has also participated in a good number of soundtracks for South Korean dramas. In 2019 Chen made his official solo debut with the EP – April, and a Flower.

This is not the first time Dynamic Duo is working with Chen. In 2017, they collaborated for the track – “Nosedive”

(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, you all know how I feel about songs that begin with a keyboard.
  • Oh damn, there aren’t any English captions available.
  • Chen’s voice is beautiful and relaxing.
  • I love the perfectly timed finger-snapping that was included in the mix.
  • Β The way the beat dropped before the rap is so good.
  • I never used to enjoy rap music, but Korean hip hop has changed my opinion. The songs are always groovy and lit.
  • This song is a BOP.
  • Choiza and Gaeko are giving good vibes with their fantastic rhythm and flow.
  • The instrumental has a lot of intriguing elements. I can hear something new in every section.
  • I wish I knew the technical terms to explain better.
  • Also, the background vocals are so good. Chen did an excellent job.
  • The instrumental is smooth and entrancing. It makes you feel like you are riding through a time machine.
  • The music video is also relaxing because of the chosen tone.
  • After reading the English translations, this is what I got – the song is reminiscing about the good and bad times of a previous relationship. Then you get a realization of all the mistakes made. Now you are at that point where you can’t live without the other person.
  • I love this song. Everyone played their part perfectly well, but I do not see myself listening to it all the time.
  • So my rating for it is 9.5/10.

Lu Han – Dream Up: Music Review

I have featured a song from Lu Han on this blog before, but I have not written a short bio for him yet. So Let’s do that first before getting into the review.

Lu Han is a Chinese singer and actor. Up until October 2014, he was a member of the South Korean boy group EXO. His official debut for China was in 2015 with the album Reloaded. He has also starred in several box office hits and popular TV series like Fighter of the Destiny and Sweet Combat. On January 16th, he released a new single titled “Dream Up”

(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)img_3188

Reaction to Official MV:

  • I appreciate the urban-graphic vibe of the music video.
  • Oh, it is an animated music video. Such videos tend to be interesting.
  • Thank you, Lu Han, for providing English captions.
  • Where are you heading to Mr. Dear or Antelope? Sorry, I honestly cannot differentiate both.🀭
  • Wow, Mr. Dear is looking good with his shades.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  • Okay, I am going to stop now. Let’s focus on the song.
  • Lu Han’s songs are always groovy. I enjoy listening to him because he brings perfect rhythm and flow.
  • So this is about staying true to your dreams no matter what you go through.
  • I love the animation style.
  • The music video also showcases the different ways people move towards their goals.
  • The other animals gave up, but Mr. Deer kept pushing through.
  • The beat is a bit mellow, but it is still a BOP.
  • Lu Han encourages everyone to not give up halfway because the future is uncertain. Try to stay in the race until the end.
  • You still have many chances, so keep dreaming.
  • This is a compelling message accompanied by beautiful music.
  • I am here for it, therefore “Dream Up” is going on my playlist.
  • Honestly, I need to take some time and organize my Asian music playlist. I would love to arrange the songs according to mood.
  • Anyways, I truly enjoyed watching this music video.
  • My rating for “Dream Up” is 10/10.

Solar x Kassy – A Song From The Past: Music Review

IT IS FINALLY FRIDAYπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌ, I AM FREE. I HAVE BEEN SO BUSY THIS WEEKπŸ˜ͺπŸ˜ͺ.

I have a lot to catch up on. I have to complete music and drama reviews, variety show discussions/recaps and a winter playlist. Hopefully, I can get everything done by Sunday. To begin the marathon, let’s check out Solar and Kassy’s latest collaboration. The teaser poster for their new song caught my attention, so I made a note to check it out once I have enough time. I already know Solar from Mamamoo, but I do not know much about Kassy.

I did a little research on her and here is what I found – Kim So Yeon, known by the stage name Kassy is a South Korean singer and rapper. She debuted in 2015 and in 2016, she participated in the hip hop survival reality show – Unpretty Rapstar 3. So far, she has released two extended plays and a good number of singles. She is currently managed by Nextar Entertainment.

Okay, on January 16th, Solar x Kassy released a digital single titled “A song from the past”

(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 Live Version Video:

  • I already love the melody.
  • Kassy has a beautiful voice, and I know that Solar is going to sound great.
  • They are both stunning ladies, and I love this hair colour on Solar.
  • Wait, I just got chills. The subtle instrumental switch-up and Kassy’s breathy notes during their entry to the chorus section is so good.
  • The chorus section is my favourite part of this song.
  • Yes, to the heavenly harmonies.
  • Lol Solar cannot be serious for too long, I guess.
  • Love her happy vibes even when singing an emotional ballad.
  • Oooo, more harmonies.πŸ’“πŸ’“
  • I need to check out more of Kassy’s songs because her voice keeps on giving me goosebumps.
  • The high notes in this song are not too climactic, but they are very efficient and stable.
  • Wait a minute… Did they just subtly modulate on me? I was not expecting a modulation at this point, and it was done so quickly.
  • I am enjoying this song.
  • Yes… Solar come in with those chilling high notes.
  • Also, the way she smoothly switches back into her lower register is impressive.
  • Awwww, they ended in harmony… SO BEAUTIFUL.
  • I said it. Solar cannot hold back her happy vibes.
  • Immediately they stopped singing, she started laughing. I can’t deal.πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  • I am going to have a second listen before giving my rating.
  • Although I do not have the English translation now, this song gives me some sense of peace.
  • I could see myself listening to just the instrumental of this track because it has a very soothing and lovely melody.
  • WOW. Solar and Kassy effortlessly nailed every second of this track.
  • I checked out the English translation, and the lyrics are so comforting.
  • I also watched their actual live performance on Yu Huiyeol’s Sketchbook:
  • Their voices go so well together.
  • I am in love, this is for sure, going on my playlist.
  • So my rating for “A song from the past” by Solar x Kassy is 10/10.

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.

MIND U – Wrong Number: Music Review

MIND U formerly known as Acourve is a South Korean duo formed by Bridge Media. They debuted on the 25th of October, 2013 with the single – “What I Want To Say”. They later made another official debut under Starship Entertainment on the 27th of April, 2017 with the song “Loved U”. The name change was due to trademark issues with their previous agency. The two members of the group are Jaehee (vocalist) and Godak (producer). img_2312The duo released their new digital single – “Wrong Number” on the 20th of December. This is my first time listening to a song from this group.

(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)img_2308

Reaction to Official MV:

  • Okay, so the couple just broke up.
  • The singer’s voice is quite unique.
  • So they are reminiscing their time together as a couple.
  • I love a good ballad.
  • I like that his voice does not seem too overly processed. It feels raw, almost as if he was singing live.
  • I love how the drums came in with the second verse.
  • His singing also gets a little bit more intense after the drums come in. Nice build-up.
  • This is a very calm track.
  • This song is probably about the feeling of still being in love with an ex and wondering if they also miss you. I do not have English captions, so I am not sure.
  • This is a lovely song, but I do not see myself listening to it a lot.
  • I will check out other songs from this duo, just to see if there is anything in their discography that suits my taste more.
  • My rating for “Wrong Number” by MIND U is 8/10.

 

Punch – Yesterday: Music Review

Bae Jin-young, popularly known by the stage name Punch, is a South Korean singer managed by Naym Naym Entertainment. She is well known for her beautiful soundtracks for various Korean dramas. I believe she made her official debut in 2014. img_2311On December 17th, Punch released a new digital single titled “Yesterday”

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

Review to Official MV:

  • I always appreciate a good keyboard start.
  • Ahh, there are no English captions.
  • Her voice is so captivating.
  • Honestly, she was meant to tell stories with her voice.
  • Is this meant to be a Christmas song?… She seems to be bidding someone farewell.
  • The struggles of an international fan… I do not understand anything, but this is a lovely ballad.
  • The visuals for the music video are excellent. It gives off the feeling of loneliness but, at the same time, warmth.
  • “Yesterday” is the second song that I have heard from Punch’s personal discography. My first was “Sometimes” which was released on the 18th of September this year.
  • I really loved that song, but so far, this new single is not doing much for me.
  • Do not get me wrong. It is a lovely song, but it is just not as exciting.
  • I am going to try listening to it again with English translations before giving my final thoughts.
  • It sounds much better on the second listen, but it is still not something I see myself listening to a lot.
  • All the same, I love the instrumental on this. It seemed quite simple at first, but I can now hear a lot of exciting background additions going on during different sections of the song.
  • Yesterday” is a beautiful song from Punch, but it just did not do much me, so my rating for this track is 8/10.

Primary – 3-PAKTORYO2: Music Review

Choi Dong-hoon, popularly known as Primary, is a South Korean hip hop artist and producer. He is currently managed by Amoeba Culture. Primary collaborates with various artists to produce his albums. The first song I ever heard from him is “Manna”, which features Zion. T. My favourite EP from Primary is Lucky You!, which was released in 2015 in collaboration with OHHYUK. Primary has also produced a good number of albums for other Korean artists and groups. He is known for wearing a specially carved cardboard box over his head. img_2069img_2068On the 10th of December, Primary released his new single titled 3-PAKTORY02. It consists of two songs – “When I fall in love” by Meego and SURAN & “Slow down” by Meego and HAON. PAKTORY 02 is the second part of the PRIMARY 3 album.

(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to each song.)img_2075

Reaction to Official MV for When I fall in love:

  • Ooooh, this is already a groove. I love the instrumental.
  • Nah, I need to restart this. I need to soak in the beat.
  • The music video is also on point with the visuals.
  • I guess that is Meego singing. I do not know much about him, but his voice is soothing and sexy.
  • SURAN has one of the most uniques voices I have ever heard. Her voice is so captivating.
  • The way her voice scales almost makes her sound like an actual instrument. I do not know how else to explain it. SURAN’s vocal technique is just insanely good.
  • The actors for this music video are stunning.
  • In fact, the entire video was shot so beautifully. PURE ART.
  • Meego and SURAN sound lovely together.
  • I am enjoying every second of this song. I cannot believe I waited so long to check this out.
  • I love how Meego is repeating the chorus in the background as SURAN sings. It creates a charming effect on the ears.
  • Ooooh, and she is doing the same thing when he sings the chorus. Nice.
  • This song is so relaxing and groovy.
  • The lighting and videography style for the music video is so pleasing to watch.
  • Yesss… thank you, SURAN, for those sultry vocal runs at the end.Β I LOVE.
  • This music video deserves way more views than it has currently. STOP SLEEPING ON TALENT PEOPLE.
  • I had to listen to the song again.
  • It is so rhythmic and also has some elements of jazz.
  • So basically, we see the lady falling asleep a lot throughout the video and later on, the guy also begins to fall asleep. I guess that represents the way they fell in love with each other.
  • Anyways “When I fall in love” by Primary feat. Meego & SURAN is a really soothing and beautiful song, so my rating for it is 10/10.
  • I will be adding this track to my playlist, and I plan to check out other songs from Meego.

Reaction to Official MV for Slow down:

  • The instrumental on this is also a blessing to listen to. SO GOOD.
  • Great choice with the black and white. It is stunning and adds to the melancholic feel of the song.
  • A similar technique with someone repeating the same words of the main singer. I like it.
  • I desperately need English translations to fully appreciate this song.
  • The music video for “Slow down” was also shot in the same place as “When I fall in love”
  • Meego is such a fantastic singer. His sound is so sultry and powerful.
  • Thank you, Primary, for introducing me to another incredible voice.
  • I was not expecting HAON to be a rapper. I need to check all the artists out.
  • He nailed his part. I love that his rap was chill and very rhythmic to flow perfectly with Meego’s singing style.
  • I can hear some slight Mexican influence in the instrumental towards the end.
  • The actor for this music video is so good. He nailed it by showing the right emotions in each scene.
  • And that classic bow from him at the end. WOW.πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
  • I thought I was not going to enjoy this song as much as the first, but they are both solid tracks and equally unique.
  • My rating for “Slow down” by Primary feat. Meego & HAON is 10/10.
  • I will also be adding this track to my playlist.

For anyone interested, check out 3-PAKTORY01.Β It is the first part of the PRIMARY 3 album and also has two songs.

  • “woozoo” by SUMIN and Qim Isle
  • Bad High” by Jade

That is all for this post.πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

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
  • πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘. 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.

LAY – Grandma: Music Review

For this post, I will be reviewing LAY’s latest single. I once featured his song – “Honey” as my song of the week. If you have not read that post, use this link to check it out πŸ‘‰πŸΌΒ LAY – HONEY: Song Of The Week

On December 15th, LAY dropped an MV for his new single “Grandma”. This song is a tribute to his late grandmother, who passed away in July of this year. He lived with his grandparents growing up and even wrote the song “I Need U” about them.

(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)img_2065

Reaction to Official MV:

  • I love that song starts out with him just singing the melody.
  • And then he says, “I miss you, I miss you.” 😒😒
  • I was expecting a slow song, but it is a bit upbeat.
  • Unfortunately, the music video does not have English captions.
  • I really love the pre-chorus and chorus sections. LAY’s voice shined more in those parts.
  • I feel like I am missing out on a lot because I cannot understand what he is saying.
  • He seems to be going to all the places that he once visited with grandma. Kind off like walking through his memories of her.
  • I love it when videos show the scope of a city.
  • He must really miss his grandma. Also, I read that she wanted to attend his concert but could not make it.
  • I am going to search for a lyric video now.
  • Found one –
  • Now that I can understand the lyrics, I am definitely enjoying the song more.
  • The lyrics are so heartbreaking but touching. Stay strong, LAY.
  • This song is basically about his memories of living with his grandparents and his grandma’s words of encouragement to him during her last moments. He also talks about wanting to make her proud and how he wishes to return to her embrace.
  • Apparently, the lyrics during the chorus section and bridge is actually an old lullaby that grandma used to sing to him.
  • This is a beautiful and heartfelt song. I really love it.
  • I am not going to be rating “Grandma” by LAY because it represents his feelings and pain.
  • My sincere condolences to LAY and his family, may her soul rest in peace. I wish you all the best, LAY.

 

 

Davichi – Dear: Music Review

I saved the queens for last. img_1914Davichi is a South Korean duo formed in 2008. The group consists of Lee Hae-Ri and Kang Min-Kyung. They are also the unbeatable queens of South Korean drama soundtracks. I discovered them through OSTs, and I have come to love their music ever since then. My favourite songs from Davichi are “Nostalgia” and “Beside Me”. I listen to both songs a lot.Β “Dear” is a new digital single that was released by the duo on the 3rd of December, and I have been itching to check it out. Finally, I can now listen to it, so let us get right into it.

(Note – this is a real-time review, meaning I am typing down my exact thoughts while listening to this song.)img_1912

Reaction to M2 LIVE of Dear:

  • Here is the official audio on Davichi’s YouTube channel –
  • But what I will be reacting to is their live performance since this song does not have a music video –
  • They both look stunning
  • I was expecting a ballad, but this is quite upbeat.
  • Their voices are like heaven to my ears. Some people are just blessed with angelic voices.
  • The instrumental on this is very melodic.
  • All their notes are stable and effortless.
  • This is almost like a slow dance song. I am really enjoying listening to “Dear”.
  • Yess, harmonies.
  • This is such a lovely song.
  • Honestly, they make the high notes seem too easy, but I know if I tried, it would be a different story.
  • I love it when songs have modulations.
  • I love how they ended the song in harmony, so beautiful.
  • Okay, this is going on my playlist for sure.
  • I love the melody of this song. It is catchy.
  • Time to watch it again with English captions.
  • Listening to it the second time, I just noticed a constant drum note which I love.
  • So “Dear” is about their appreciation for each other and all the times they have experienced together. The good, the bad and the ugly. Thanking each other for always being around and supportive. Finally, no matter how the journey goes in the future, they will still share every moment together.
  • I love the message. Sister love. Spread the love.
  • Love, love…. and more love. It is the season.
  • I really enjoyed listening to this song, it puts me in a cheerful mood.
  • My rating for “Dear” by Davichi is 10/10.
  • Am I too generous with my ratings today, or is every song I listened to just awesome?
That is all from me today, take care guys.πŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ’“Β