Catching Up With Recent Comebacks: SuperM|Davichi|Kyuhyun|Kang Daniel & Wheein

Although I have older releases that I plan to review, I’ve decided to be on track with this week’s comebacks since I have more time on my hands now.

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

On April 9th, SuperM released a collaborative campaign single with Prudential Corporation Asia titled “We DO”, so let’s check that out –

Wow, it took a good minute and fifty-three seconds for my brain to register that this song is entirely in English. I was busy grooving to the retro instrumental, which I love and forgot that, oh, I could understand everything😂😂😂. The production quality on the instrumental is fantastic. Also, the guys look good, and their vocals are on point. I also like the choreography; it’s fun. My only issue with “We DO” is the uneven line and screen distribution. However, I think the vocalists got more attention because this is a heavy vocal track. All the same, “We DO” is undoubtedly one of my favourites from SuperM.

Up next is Davichi, who released their new digital single, “Just hug me”, yesterday –

I missed their beautiful voices and harmonies, so this is a well-needed comeback. Another song with a beautiful instrumental + how their vocals blend into the string instruments is pure bliss. I also love the music video because it gives me a sense of what the song’s about since English subtitles are not available. The actors did a great job of showcasing the couple’s emotions. “Just hug me” gets a yes from me.

Following up is KYUHYUN (of Super Junior). Earlier today, he released a new digital single titled “Coffee”

Nice, it’s the same actors from his previous single, “Moving On”. This video seems to be showing how their relationship started in high school. Kyuhyun’s voice is very calming. I could listen to him sing all day, + the chill vibe of “Coffee” is just perfect for me. I have nothing more to say than this is a 100% playlist-worthy song for me.

KANG DANIEL also released his 3rd mini-album, Yellow, earlier today. First, let’s check out the title track – “Antidote”, and I’ll follow up with a quick opinion of the album –

I have been hearing a lot about this artist but never found the time to check him out. This comeback presents the perfect opportunity to see what Kang Daniel has to offer. First off, he has a beautiful voice, and I love the intricate choreography. I’m usually hesitant about diving into new singers, but I’m pretty impressed in this case. I love his vibe, and “Antidote” is a lovely song.

What sold this album for me were the groovy beats, beautiful vocals and overall production quality. Not every song caught my attention on the first listen, but the few that did were brilliant. This record gave me a good feel of Kang Daniel’s potential, so I’ll be keeping an eye out for him in the future. My rating for Yellow is 9/10. My favourite songs in order are “PARANOIA” – “Save U” and “Antidote”.

To close, I have Whee In (of Mamamoo). Earlier today, she released her 1st mini-album, Redd. Per usual, I’ll first react to the title track – “water color” and follow up with my opinion on the album –

Right off the bat, I love the cinematography for this music video. Very classy and clean visuals, + Whee In looks gorgeous. The blue gown is my favourite outfit. Also, the vocals are on point. I’m thoroughly enjoying this retro surge in Korean music. “water color” is a song that I can see myself listening to a lot because it’s right up my alley.

This album was such a beautiful experience. I enjoyed every minute of listening to Whee In’s lovely vocals + the featured artists were some of my favourites. Every song got my attention on first listen, mainly because they completely align with my music preference, but all the same, Redd is an excellent record. Therefore it gets a 10/10 rating from me. It was hard to pick favourites, but for now, I’ll have to choose “Butterfly (feat. GSoul)” because the vocal quality and harmonies on that song are immaculate.

I hope you all enjoyed this post, and feel free to leave your opinions on each artist’s comeback in the comment section🥰.

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?

SuperM – Tiger Inside: Kpop Music Review

It took me a while, but I’m here now. Let’s check out SuperM’s latest digital single – “Tiger Inside” 

(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:

  • Starting with Ten always gets my attention. HE LOOKS FINEEEE!!!
  • “100” wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, so I have my fingers crossed on this one.
  • I love the entry beat and melody.
  • Nah, does Mark have a mullet?
  • Honestly, mullets are either a hard no or a subtle pass for me.
  • I love the instrumental. It’s giving me a dark/martial arts vibe.
  • I’ve noticed that the melodies in most SuperM songs change too quickly. I don’t know if it’s just me, but before my ear can adapt to a sound, new sections come in with totally different rhythms.
  • These sudden changes make it hard for me to enjoy the song on my first listen, but I appreciate the experimental production style.
  • I’m just 0.43 seconds into “Tiger Inside” and am hoping they serve.
  • Okay, Mark is rocking the mullet. I’m not mad.
  • Taeyong was disrespectful with that growl during his rap.
  • This pandemic is causing SM Entertainment to go back to their box music video ways. 😂😂😂
  • I still love the visuals, though. It’s perfect for the theme of this song.
  • That deep black eyeliner on Mark is fire.
  • Baekhyun is always going off in all their songs.
  • My favourite outfits are the black/blue and gold ones –
  • I’m going to listen to this song again without the visuals before giving my final thoughts.
  • After paying more attention to the vocals and music, I can see myself getting down with “Tiger Inside”. My ears love it more with each new listen.
  • I enjoyed a few melodies here and there. I absolutely love the rap flows, but I’m not in love with the entire song yet.
  • Therefore it gets a 9/10 from me.

SuperM – 100: Kpop Music Review

SuperM just released a new digital single titled “100”, so let’s check it out. img_2911SuperM is a South Korean boy group managed by SM Entertainment and Capitol Records. The group consists of seven members – Taemin from SHINee, Baekhyun & Kai from EXO, TaeyongMark from NCT 127 and finally TenLucas from WayV. They officially debuted on October 4th, 2019, with a self-titled EP.

(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:

  • Oh, sweet whispering harmony.
  • I love Lucas’ intro. They might not give him many parts, so its good to see him first.
  • Very energetic start, and all the boys look good.
  • I am enjoying the colourful and techno edits on this music video.
  • Another EDM track, but let’s see how it goes.
  • Ten, Ten, TEN!!! My boy always looks beautiful.😍
  • Okay, Mark, come in with the flow, and Baekyun slid in perfectly with his soft voice. His vocals are top-notch.
  • I can see the budget on this music video was limitless.
  • SuperM’s music videos are always iconic.
  • The futuristic visuals for this song are stunning.
  • Their makeup artist really went in with black and red eyeliners.😂
  • Taemin is always looking like a snack that I can only admire from afar. I love him.
  • Okay, whoever put those grayish-blue contacts on Ten deserves a raise.
  • Choreography wise, the boys are killing things.
  • I really love the energy of this song.
  • I think my favourite section is the bridge with Taemin breakdown and Baekyun’s iconic high note.
  • Alright. I’m going to listen to this song again before giving my final thoughts.
  • “100” by SuperM is a great song. I like it, but I’m not in love.
  • I might come to really enjoy it after a few more plays, but as of now, it gets a 9/10 from me.