Sibling Duo AKMU Returns With New Single ‘Happening’

Yesterday AKMU returned with their 3rd single titled “HAPPENING”, and I am so excited!!! It is time to enjoy some beautiful sibling harmonies.

(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 guitar entry combined with their harmonious vocal runs.
  • Chanhyuk’s voice deserves more recognition. I can hear significant growth with each comeback.
  • Suhyun looks beautiful as always. Her solo release – “ALIEN”, is the perfect quirky dance anthem.
  • Chanhyuk is rocking the mullet. His voice keeps catching off guard because it’s so rich and captivating.
  • The music video set is intriguing, especially the lighting for the darker scenes + the transitions.
  • “Happening” is a soft rock song, which is right up my alley. So I’m enjoying it a lot.
  • The transitions between scenes are so smooth. 
  • Wow, the synthesized guitar for the bridge is such a sweet touch. Awesome production.
  • AKMU’s harmonies are always the highlight of their songs for me, and they never fail to deliver.
  • I also love that each new song sounds very different from the previous release. Chanhyuk is killing the songwriting & production game.
  • “HAPPENING” is a vibe, and I loved every second of it. I am so happy that AKMU is back, and I can’t wait to get more music from them.
  • On that note, this song gets a 10/10 from me.

XIA (Junsu) Returns After 4 Years With ‘Pit A Pat’

Lately, I haven’t been feeling up to writing reviews or making any post in general because I have a lot on my mind. All the same, I’m taking each day slowly and praying for the best. So pardon my late reviews😊; I will get back into the groove of things with time.

Alright, on November 10th, XIA released his 2nd mini-album, Pit A Pat. This EP has four songs + two instrumentals. The title track of the album is also called “Pit A Pat”

Kim Jun-su, popularly known by the stage names XIA or Junsu, is a South Korean singer, dancer and musical actor born on December 15th, 1986. He is a member of the pop group JYJ and was part of the original member line-up for TVXQ. C-JeS Entertainment currently manages him.

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

Reaction to Title Track/MV:

  • No English subs. I sometimes forget to pay attention to the lyrics anyway, so it’s no big deal.
  • I don’t know if I’m about to use the right word, but I love the pixeled edit for this music video.
  • This song is quite heavy on the electronic sound.
  • Xia’s voice is strong and beautiful, as expected.
  • The choreography is intricate and well-executed.
  • My favourite outfit is the red suit. It complements Xia’s skin tone so well.
  • Overall, “Pit a Pat” is a solid dance track, but I think it’s one of those that I need more time with because I’m not too in love with it after my first listen.
  • Okay, I gave it a second listen, and It does get better with each new play. I enjoyed the instrumentalization more this time around, and Xia’s vocal runs towards the end are lovely.

Album Review:

Highlight medley videos –

  1. Pit A Pat – Yea, this song is a grower because every replay leads me to notice something new and exciting.
  2. Days – Okay, this is the kind of soothing energy that my mood desires right now. Also, it starts with a piano, which I always adore. Xia’s voice is so beautiful and calming. I love how we got some smooth drumbeats/guitar riffs to lighten things a bit during the hook. This song has a graceful melody, and I could hear this playing in the background for a romantic Kdrama scene. Ooo, I love how the guitar came forward towards the end. “Days” is my first favourite on this album. I LOVE IT.
  3. Writing you – Yes to another ballad. I am living for the serenading section going on right now. Bless me, XIA, bless me!!! Awww, his voice is so beautiful and powerful. His control is top-notch, and it’s like he’s singing to me personally. Hold up; I wasn’t expecting that guitar riff after the chorus. This song is pure bliss. I LOVE IT SO MUCH😢. The instrumentalization + production on “Writing you” is excellent. 
  4. When it snows – Ooo, another ballad. You all can’t even imagine how happy I am right now. I’m getting three therapeutic songs in a row. What did I do to deserve all the beauty??😆Once again, with a soothing keyboard entry. I’m in love with this song; in fact, I’m in love with this album. I’m inspired to create a winter playlist. Xia got my creative juices tingling. Wow, the vocal runs on this track are like butter. Nothing more to say here because Xia served👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼.
  5. Pit A Pat (Inst.) – This is just an instrumental, but I love that he left in some backing vocals. Many Chinese artists tend to include instrumental tracks with all their backing vocals, so it’s nice to see Xia doing this.
  6. Days (Inst.) –  Similar concept but without the inclusion of backing vocals.

Here is the album on Spotify:

Final Thoughts:

I’m so glad I reviewed this album. Honestly, I was considering skipping it, but this record was worth my time. It gave me a sweet mood reset. After hearing XIA serve pure vocals on each song, I feel very light and at peace. You can tell that the ballad tracks were my favourites, and those will be on replay for a long time.

On that note, XIA‘s 2nd mini-album, Pit A Pat, gets a 10/10 from me.

TREASURE – The First Step: Chapter Three – Kpop Album Review

On November 6th, TREASURE returned with their 3rd Single Album – THE FIRST STEP: CHAPTER THREE, which includes the title track “MMM” and the B-side, “ORANGE”

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

Reaction to Official MV/Title Track:

  • Okurr!!! The way they came in with “Mmm, Mmm, Mmm. Let me treasure you, treasure, treasure you.” is doing a lot for me.
  • I have a feeling that this song is going to be a BOP and a half.
  • Honestly, the beat is sick.
  • Haruto!!! Every single song!!! If you’ve read my previous reviews for TREASURE, you will know that he has been on my neck since day one.
  • The boy doesn’t have any chill, and I’m living for his energy, voice and presence.
  • All the other members are equally astounding, but Haruto does something extra for me. So excuse me as I continue to fangirl, ahhh!!!🥰🥰🥰.
  • The rappers are insanely on point. I love how Hyunsuk came in after Haruto. His flow was smooth and very rhythmic.
  • The vocalists also blend into the mix very well.
  • I’m still not familiar with everyone’s name, but they keep impressing with each new song.
  • “MMM” is hands down my favourite song from TREASURE.
  • The choreography is tight and fits well with the heavy electronic sound.
  • Ooo, the bridge is 🔥🔥🔥.
  • I LOVE THIS SONG, and it’s been added to my playlist already.
  • “MMM” gets a solid 10/10 from me.

Reaction to B-side:

  • It looks like this song is on the softer side.
  • So there will be more space for vocal appreciation.
  • I’m sad that I can’t recognize all the members yet, but I’m working on it.
  • For some reason, this song’s instrumental sounds very 2000 R&B to me and I love it.
  • The melody for “ORANGE” is lovely.
  • The vocalists sound beautiful, + I’m enjoying their harmonies and soft vocal runs.
  • I also like how they layered the vocals under the rap sections.
  • Once again, I have to mention how much I adore the rappers in this group. Each one has a distinct flow and tone that adds a nice texture to TREASURE’s songs.
  • “ORANGE” is a song that I see myself coming back to a lot. Therefore, It gets 10/10 from me.

SUPER JUNIOR Teases Their 10th Album With ‘The Melody’

On November 6th, SUPER JUNIOR returned with a pre-release digital single titled “The Melody”. November 6th also marked the group’s 15th-anniversary, and their 10th album, The Renaissance, drops in December.

I honestly don’t think this group requires an introduction, but since this is my first time making a post just for them, here’s a brief one – SUPER JUNIOR (SuJu) is a South Korean boy group formed by Lee Soo-Man of SM Entertainment. They officially debuted on November 6th, 2005, with twelve members – LeeteukHeechulHan Geng, Yesung, Kangin, Shindong, Sungmin, Eunhyuk, Siwon, Donghae, Ryewook and Kibum. The thirteenth member Kyuhyun joined in 2006. The group currently has nine active members since Hang Geng, Kibum and Kangin left over the years. Also, Sungmin is presently not taking part in group activities.

(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 from the guitar entry, I know that I’m going to enjoy this song.
  • Awww, I love the scrapbook edit for the music video. It gives off a nostalgic vibe.
  • The title of the song truly speaks for itself. This song has a lovely melody.
  • I’m enjoying all their beautiful voices coming together in harmony. 😍😍😍
  • The finger clicks, clapping + the whistling during the chorus section is so catchy.
  • Seeing all the clips of them spending time together throughout the years makes me happy.
  • Wow, they’ve been together for fifteen whole years. That’s an accomplishment in its own right.
  • Also, these men are serving it hot with all the suits. I LIKE!!!
  • “The Melody” is a sweet and simple song, and I genuinely enjoyed every second of it. Therefore it gets a 10/10 from me.
  • I am super excited about SUPER JUNIOR’S upcoming album. December is going to be a great month.

My First Time Listening To Jamie as She Returns With ‘Apollo 11’ (Feat. Jay Park)

Yesterday, Jamie returned with a new single titled “Apollo 11” (Feat. Jay Park). This review marks my first time listening to anything from Jamie, but I’m excited to see what she has to offer.

Park Ji-min, popularly known as Jamie (formerly Jimin Park), is a South Korean singer-songwriter and television host born on July 5th, 1997. In 2011, she participated in K-pop Star S1 and emerged as the winner. She then got signed to JYP Entertainment and debuted as part of the duo act called 15&. Eventually 15& went on a hiatus, and Park Ji-min made her official solo debut with the single “Hopeless Love” in 2015. She is also currently a member of the project group – M.O.L.A. After her contract with JYP Entertainment expired in 2019, she signed with Warner Music Korea and changed her stage name to Jamie.

(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:

  • The visuals and lighting for the music video are stunning.
  • Jamie has a lovely vocal tone. Her voice is giving me strong R&B vibes, and I always enjoy listening to such artists.
  • Also, she is pretty.
  • “Apollo 11” is a smooth but quite groovy song.
  • I am living for that soft beat drop during the chorus.
  • From now on, I need to pay attention to Jamie. This track is such a solid R&B jam.
  • Ooo, I thought Jay Park was going to rap, but then he came in singing!!! I get butterflies whenever he sings.
  • This song is, for sure, going on my playlist.
  • I enjoyed the chill vibe + the vocals are beautiful.
  • Hence why “Apollo 11” by Jamie gets a 10/10 from me.
  • I am so happy that I have been getting good music back to back throughout this week.

HA SUNG WOON – Mirage: Kpop Album Review

HA SUNG WOON is back with his 4th mini-album Mirage. This record has five songs, including the title track, “Forbidden Island”

Ha Sung Woon is a South Korean singer-songwriter born on March 22nd, 1994. He is currently a member of the boy group – HOTSHOT. In 2017, he participated in the second season of Produce 101 and debuted as the final member of the resulting boy group Wanna One. After the disbandment of Wanna One, Ha Sung Woon made his official solo debut on February 28th, 2019, with the EP – My Moment

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

Reaction to Title Track/MV:

  • Hmmm, I don’t have captions, but that’s okay.
  • Quite a grand but soothing intro with the ocean wave sounds.
  • Already, I love this music video’s visuals + Ha Sung Woon looks good.
  • His voice is so beautiful, and the melody for this song is charming.
  • I love the bass drop for the chorus. That section has a groovy rhythm. Also, the high notes added in the perfect spice.
  • Okay!!!! This song is a whole vibe💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼.
  • The chrome metallic aesthetic for this video is fun to watch. I am here for all the flowers, butterflies and gorgeous colours.
  • The ocean scene with him in that white suit should be illegal. HE IS STUNNING.
  • I enjoyed listening to “Forbidden Island”. Ha Sung Woon showcased the perfect balance of vocals, visuals and choreography👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼.

Album Review:

Highlight medley –

  1. Forbidden Island – THIS IS MY SONG!!! It’s going to be on repeat this whole week.
  2. Candle light – Interesting intro. I love the melody + Ha Sung Woon’s voice is charming. The instrumental progression for this track is impressive. I’m enjoying the drum sections a lot. “Candle light” is a lovely song.
  3. 2000 Miles – I love the vocal effect, and I feel this might end up being another favourite. The EDM chorus is perfect. I wish I could go on a road trip while jamming out to this song. It’s simple but so good!!! + Ha Sung Woon sounds incredible on this track.
  4. Without you – Ooo, this intro is trippy. I’m only 0.30 seconds in, but I know this is about to be another fave of mine. I genuinely love Ha Sung Woon’s voice. How can a human sound so beautiful? If I had a voice like his, I sure wouldn’t close my mouth for even a minute. “Without you” is such a soothing song; I enjoyed every second of it.
  5. Talk to me – Well, that went by fast. At this point, I’ll have to add the entire album to my playlist because every song has served!! The instrumentalization on “Talk to me” feels grand, but the vocalization is more mellow/angsty. Vocal-wise, I have to say that this tops the rest. Ha Sung Woon sounds heavenly on this track.

Here is the album on Spotify:

Final Thoughts:

Honestly, this mini-album felt too short; I was craving for more. Nevertheless, I did enjoy spending 19 mins and 28 seconds of my time taking in HA SUNG WOON’s rich voice. Therefore, Mirage gets a 10/10 from me. I will be having this record on repeat for a long time because good music is food for my soul.

Let me know your thoughts on this album and also your favourite songs.

TAEMIN Is Back and Serving!!! with ‘Never Gonna Dance Again: Act 2’

Yesterday, TAEMIN returned with Act 2 of his 3rd album, Never Gonna Dance Again. This record has nine songs, including the title track – “IDEA”

Feel free to check out my review for Never Gonna Dance Again: Act 1 👉🏽 TAEMIN – Never Gonna Dance Again: Kpop Album Review. Now let’s get started.

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

Reaction to Title Track/MV:

  • The visuals for this music video are pretty + I love the splash of very bright colours.
  • The choreography is so slick and precise.
  • I noticed that the first scene from the MV is a prison visiting session. Quite interesting because his previous title track was called “Criminal”
  • WHAT??? I seriously was not expected such a hard chorus drop.
  • Wow, the beat + the choreography during the chorus is insane. I love this vibe.
  • Also, the dancers are amazing. I can’t only focus on TAEMIN because everyone is calling for my attention.
  • This set, though. It is so bougie and captivating.
  • Once again, they surprised me with the chorus. I was expecting the same drop, but TAEMIN took it to another level.
  • The progression + the different sections on this song are interesting.
  • Nah!! The choreography is crazy. Do you all see the glitching and smooth movements during the second chorus?
  • TAEMIN’s vocals on the bridge are quite haunting but very beautiful.
  • I am enjoying the visuals for “IDEA”. I love the white to black contrasting backgrounds that they are using. The cloud/thunder + fire backdrops added in the extra touch.
  • Visual-wise, this music video gets a 10/10.
  • Music-wise, I prefer “Criminal” over “IDEA”. This song is certainly not my favourite from TAEMIN, but I still enjoyed listening to it.

Album Review:

Here is a preview of the album –

  1. IDEA (理想) – The chorus always takes me off guard, but I love it all the same. All I need now is a dance video for this song.
  2. Heaven – The intro for this track is soothing. TAEMIN’s voice + the soft beat makes such a beautiful melody. I love how he sings the word – ‘heaven.’ Definitely wasn’t expecting the background choir, but I am here for this haunting vibe. “Heaven” is my first favourite on this album. I honestly adore TAEMIN’s versatility.
  3. Impressionable – Quite an intriguing entry with the synthesized keys. I’ve noticed that the haunting touch from Act 1 continued into this act. However, it is more prominent in this one. Overall, I am enjoying the vocal technique, backing vocals, + instruments used to relay this somewhat frightful feeling. “Impressionable” is my second favourite.
  4. Be Your Enemy (Feat. Wendy of Red Velvet) – The intros on all these songs are captivating. “Be Your Enemy” seems to have a less intricate instrumental than the previous tracks. Splendid continuous soft guitar strumming. I love the melody on this one + TAEMIN sounds so beautiful. Wendy also came in nicely, and their harmonies are sweet. 
  5. Think Of You – Ooo, I love this song. I’m just a few seconds in, but the rhythm is calling to me. Yessss, this is another favourite for me + I love the voice of the female vocalist backing TAEMIN. “Think Of You” is a vibe, and I can’t help but dance throughout the entire song. I feel it was too short😞. No worries, though, I got my replay button.
  6. Exclusive (Korean Version) – I don’t think I have listened to this song before. I like how TAEMIN came in. The retro-pop sound slightly threw me off at first, but I love it. The instrumental and production for this track are incredible. 
  7. Pansy – Am I getting a guitar accompanied ballad? Awww! His voice makes me feel light, like a feather floating in the sky. I seriously needed this track. I searched up the definition of “Pansy”, and it so sweet. It’s derived from the French word – pensée (meaning: thought) that became an alternative Late Middle English name for the garden plant – Viola in the mid-15th century. Pansy is a flower that signifies remembrance. I love this song.
  8. I Think It’s Love – Another soft song? I’m here for all this last-minute angsty/soothing energy + they used a piano as the front instrument for this track😍. TAEMIN is serving wholesome, blissful vocals. I love how softly the drumbeats came into the mix. Okay, this is starting to give me some R&B vibe, and I AM OFFICIALLY IN LOVE. Yes, TAEMIN, bless me!!!
  9. Identity – The last song, let’s see what it has to offer. We’re still on the angsty train, but this brought back the haunting vibe from the earlier tracks. THE VOCALS!!!! SING TAEMIN. What is this chorus??? I so was not expecting an electronic infusion for this song, but I am impressed. The progression/production, vocal and instrumental-wise, is lovely. “Identity” is the perfect closing track; I love it.

Final Thoughts:

I genuinely enjoyed listening to all nine songs. Of course, I have my favourites, but every track was equally substantial. I love how we got upbeat/horror fleek-styled jams in the first half, and then the second half served beautiful/angsty slow songs. I also adore the production. It was top-notch, and TAEMIN sounded terrific all through. Hence why Never Gonna Dance Again: Act 2 gets a solid 10/10 from me.

What do you all think of this album, and what are your favourite tracks?

Mamamoo – TRAVEL: Kpop Album Review

Yesterday, MAMAMOO returned with their 10th mini-album titled TRAVEL, and I’m super excited about this comeback. I enjoyed their pre-release single, “Dingga”. It was a fun/refreshing song + an excellent dance number. Now, this new album has five songs, including the title track “AYA”. The teasers looked spooky and fierce, so I am ready to have a good time with this review. 

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

Reaction to Title Track/MV:

  • The intro instruments are giving me Arabian vibes.
  • I adore the colour scheme for this music video. It looks very grand.
  • Whoever styles Mamamoo is a beast. They always look good!!! + each member has a nice touch of their individuality in all outfits.
  • Vocals are on point, as expected. I love the growling effect they used at specific points in the song.
  • I am enjoying the rhythmic guitar and deep drumbeats in the background. Once again, all these elements add to the majestic vibe of this song.
  • The production on this track is superb, and the MV is beautiful, but I’m still not fully into the song.
  • The choreography is good, and they’re really in sync with the dancers.
  • Moonbyul’s flow always gives me life. She is bae.
  • Wheein with that bedazzled Fedora hat is a whole queen vibe. The outfits in this music video are stunning.
  • Okay, I certainly was not expecting such a switch up at the end, but that section was still fire.
  • Overall, “AYA” is a good song because the production is incredible. However, I can’t confidently say that I love it. I need more time with this song.

Album Review:

Highlight medley –

  1. Travel – Oh, I wasn’t expecting such a pop-ish sound. The deep drumbeats and their voices make such a smooth/beautiful blend. I was skeptical at first, but I love this song. Once again, Moonbyul is blessing my ears with her exceptional rapping skills, + she’s also singing. “Travel” is a groove, such a great dance track. They all sound so good; I LOVE IT!!! Once again, beautiful production.
  2. AYA – Third time listening, let’s see if it grows on me. Okay, it does pack a better punch this time around, so I will come to enjoy it even more with each replay.
  3. Chuck – Wow, I adore the instrumental on this song. I don’t know the technical terms for the beats or instruments used, but this track sounds super funky. I love the melody + the vocal mix is excellent. The one constant thing that keeps impressing on this album is the production. I’m living for every second of this quality. I think “Chuck” might be my favourite so far. Mamamoo is blessing me with smooth vocals and raps. This song is A CERTIFIED BOP!
  4. Diamond – Wait a minute, this record keeps getting better towards the end. I foresee another bop. The instrumental on this one is entrancing, + the sultry vocals are so soothing. Yessss!!! This song is a whole vibe, and I am enjoying every second of it. Moonbyul keeps coming for my neck this era, and I’m not complaining because sis is serving. “Diamond” is on a superb sultry goddess level.
  5. Good Night – I love the cricket sounds for the intro. It gives off a nice serene feeling. This song also starts with some keys, and by now, most people know that the piano is one of my favourite instruments. “Good Night” is a sweet soft song to close things off. It still has a faint upbeat rhythm to it, which blends well with the album’s theme. The vocal runs and layering on this track are lovely.

Here is the album on Spotify:

Final Thoughts:

I admit that after listening to “AYA”, I wasn’t too confident, but I stand corrected now. I should have remembered that MAMAMOO always comes correct. I love this record, and I came to appreciate the title track more after hearing the full body of work. THE PRODUCTION ON THIS RECORD!!! THE QUALITY, I LOVE IT. The vocals, instruments, down to the beats and layering, each element came together so perfectly. The music video for “AYA” is also very visually pleasing, + the ladies looked beautiful in every shot.

MAMAMOO’s 10th mini-album – TRAVEL, gets a solid 10/10 from me. I genuinely enjoyed reviewing this album.