TAEYEON – Happy: Music Review

Taeyeonย dropped her new digital single “Happy” on May 4th. I have been looking forward to this song for a long while now. It was initially supposed to be released on March 9th, but Taeyeon lost her dad, so it had to be postponed. May his soul Rest in Peace.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผimg_5231Kim Tae-yeon is a South Korean singer signed to SM Entertainment. She goes by the stage name Taeyeon. Apart from being a well-recognized solo artist, she is also a member of the famous female pop group โ€“ Girls’ Generation. Taeyeon officially began her solo career in 2015 with her first EP titledย I. The title track of her first EP is actually one of my favourite songs. She looks so pretty in the teaser images. I love the orange hair.

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

Reaction to Official MV:

  • I’m thankful for the English captions, and this song started right away.
  • I love the melody – “Happy La La La… Happy, Happy, Happy.” It’s catchy.
  • I miss buying tapes/ CDs and listening to them on a walkman.
  • I plan to buy an adorable CD player soon, so when I get all my albums, I can play them in cuteness.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
  • Ooooh, I LOVE THIS.
  • What is that brassy sound in the instrumental? I LOVE IT.
  • This song is pure bliss for my ears.
  • Taeyeon sounds incredible, and she is serving looks also.
  • “Happy” is one of those songs that have me 100% from the first note.
  • The melody… people. This melody is too beautiful. I’m adding this song to my playlist right now.
  • The drums on this track are so good.
  • I also love the visuals with different types of flowers. The bright colours for the music video are so pretty.
  • “Happy La La La… Happy, Happy, Happy” – that line is stuck in my head now.
  • I love the casual music video. It really fits the mood of the song.
  • Taeyeon is so gorgeous. I wish my skin could be healthy as hers.
  • The background vocals/layering on this are soothing, and I love how smoothly she transitioned into the bridge section.
  • This song truly does justice to its title. I feel very light-hearted and pleased.
  • I hope she is also doing okay.
  • Thank you, Taeyeon, for such an adorable and beautiful song.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
  • My rating for “Happy” is a solid 10/10.

 

Winter/Early Spring Playlist 2020

Hello everyone๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

Recently, I haven’t been posting a lot. I am at that critical point in the semester, where I only have time to study and sleep. That is why this playlist is coming to you guys this late in the season. Winter is almost over, and spring should be here soon. Hence I tried my best to revamp this playlist with a few tracks that could also suit spring. As per usual, I have included short previews for each track.

#. AKMU – How can I love the heartbreak, you’re the one I loveimg_3238 I had to start with AKMU. They are my go-to for this time of the year. They help me feel at peace. “How can I love the heartbreak, you’re the one I love” is one of my favourites from their SAILING album. I listen to this song on my way to school, while studying, and I even use it as my bedtime lullaby. It is that good, so I hope you all love it as well. Also, feel free to check out my album review for SAILING with this link ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผย AKMU โ€“ SAILING: Album Review

 

#. Eric Nam – Hold Meimg_3242 I personally feel that Eric Nam is the perfect selection for spring. His voice gives me the most wonderful tingling sensation ever. “Hold Me” is the kind of song that automatically makes any listener feel loved and cherished. I have written about my love for Eric Nam while covering his content a few times on this blog. So if you need more song suggestions from this amazing artist, simply click on his name tag at the end of this post.

 

#. DAY6 – I’ll tryimg_3239 This is such a lovely track from DAY6. Try to search up the English lyrics because you need to understand how touching this song is. “I’ll try” always make me feel like I am in a warm embrace with someone special. I think it is very fitting for winter. I have ranted about how good DAY6 is a few times on this blog. Honestly, they never disappoint. If you want to read more DAY6 related content, simply click on their name tag at the end of this post.

 

#. Solar, Kassy – A song from the pastimg_3244 A charming duet from two incredible ladies. I absolutely adore this song. The harmonies, melody and high notes are beautiful. I think it is a perfect track for spring. So I hope you all enjoy it as well. I also wrote a review for this song that can be accessed with this link ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผย Solar x Kassy โ€“ A Song From The Past: Music Review

 

#TAEYEON – Wineimg_3269 “Wine” is my favourite track from Taeyeon’s Purpose album. The chorus is infectious, and Taeyeon’s voice during that section is pure bliss. I randomly find myself humming the melody. I am glad that I checked out the full album because I would have missed out on this gem. To read my review for Taeyeon’s Purpose album, including the repackaged version, use these links ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ TAEYEON โ€“ PURPOSE: Album Review

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผย TAEYEON โ€“ PURPOSE: Album Repackage Review

 

#. Eric Nam – 4AMimg_3242 Yess I included another song from Eric Nam and it also from the same digital single release. I love both songs, so I could not pick one over the other. This track is more upbeat, and I live for the raw vocal runs in this one. The man can sing, and no one can change my opinion. He had a concert in my city recently, but I couldn’t go due to school๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ. Anyways I hope you guys enjoy listening to “4AM”.

 

#. millic, HAN – Treasure Islandimg_3241 “Treasure Island” is a jam but the full Vida album that contains this track is a complete BOP and A HALF. Millic worked perfection, and everyone that was featured on it nailed their part. A full-blown masterpiece. For some reason, Vida is no longer available on Spotify, but I hope he brings it back because I need my jams intact. Honestly, Korean RnB is on another level.

 

#. Primary, SUMIN, Qim Isle – woozooimg_3236 Another BOP. Primary is an incredible producer. I discovered this song while reviewing the second part of his PAKTORY EP. To read that review, use this link ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Primary โ€“ 3-PAKTORYO2: Music Review. Immediately the song started, I was captivated by SUMIN’s voice. Honestly, she should be a bigger name because the lady can sing. “woozoo” always gets me in some kind of turnt up mood that I can’t even explain in words.

 

#. Punch – Sometimesimg_3248 This is actually my first song from Punch that isn’t an OST for a Korean drama. I love the chill and carefree vibe this track gives off. Punch has a remarkable voice, so I was determined to check out her personal discography and “Sometimes” is my favourite so far from all her songs I have listed to. To read more content about Punch, simply click her name tag at the end of this post.

 

#. Vincent Blue – Stupidimg_3240 This is the most intriguing song I have heard in a long while. Indeed, music is a compelling tool. There are various ways artists express themselves, and the effect that their expressions have on another individual is incredible. Vincent Blue’s voice and the way he sang this song continually leaves me in awe. He sounds so elegant, especially when he starts those vocal runs that mimic the instruments. “Stupid” is pure art and also an excellent show of intelligent production.

 

#. IU – The visitorimg_3268 My love for IU soars higher each day along with my undying adoration for her Love poem album. I already wrote a review for it, so I will try not to rant again. If you still need to read my review, use this link ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ IU โ€“ LOVE POEM: Album Review. All the songs on this album are equally amazing as expected from IU, but I chose “The visitor” because I feel it suits this season the most.

 

#. Dean, Crush, Jeff Bernat – What 2 Doimg_3246 Since I decided to spring things up with a few RnB and neo-soul tracks, I couldn’t leave out Dean. “What 2 Do” is one of my first songs from him, and I still destroy the replay button on this song to date. It is so good. Plus Crush and Jeff Bernat also held their fort. These three amazing singers came together and disrespected me most beautifully. I LOVE!!!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

 

#. Tia Ray – Ready For Loveimg_3237 The instrumental on this track is LIT๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ. In fact, the entire 1212 album is a groovy anthem. I am so pleased that I randomly discovered this artist. Her voice and energy are perfect. “Ready For Love” always comes on when I need something upbeat but not too loud. Just perfect enough for body rolling. I sit on my bed and dance like the weird human being I am.๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ

 

#. g.o.d – One Candleimg_3261 g.o.d!!!. I love me some first-generation Kpop artists. This song might not fancy some people on the first listen, but I will advise you to give it a second or third try. If you still don’t like it, oh well๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. We can’t all have the same taste because differences are what make the world interesting. Anyways “One Candle” is one of my favourite classics from g.o.d. The lyrics are beautiful, and the chorus always has me dancing.

 

#. DAY6 – days gone by
img_3245 Yes, DAY6 appeared again because according to Spotify, they are my most played Kpop group and I ain’t arguing with facts. My closest friend and I live for this song because of the old school disco vibe. I mean, who can resist a good disco jam with such impressive vocals. There is no way you can see me sitting still when “days gone by” comes on. It becomes a party hall, no matter where I am๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.

 

#. Ailee – Reminiscing img_3249 The powerhouse Ailee is here with her soft and impeccable vocal runs that consistently make me wonder how she sings this song live. Honestly, even after watching a live performance, I am still confused. How does she belt that high-speed line with so much ease? All the same, “Reminiscing” is a beautiful track, and it is precisely the kind of song that I gravitate to during the cold season. To read more Ailee related content, click on her name tag at the end of this post.

 

#. Urban Zakapa – Nearness Is To Loveimg_3259 You all know how I feel about ballads/RnB and Urban Zakapa always nail their tracks. Plus, “Nearness Is To Love” is entirely in English, so I could understand right away. This song is so soothing, and I remember during the first week of discovering it, I couldn’t listen to anything else. The melody was stuck in my head. It is such a beautiful piece, and the vocal quality is to die for.

 

#. 4Men – Baby Babyimg_3263 This is a song that never fails to get me in my feels. I love it when Spotify recommends new artists to me because I get to try something different every once in a while. I discovered 4Men a few years ago. They are such talented singers and “Baby Baby” is my favourite from them. The vocal prowess they showcase throughout this song is incredible.

 

#. LEE HI – BREATHE img_3247 This song became so hard to listen to for a long time, but I am back on it now. I love the message of hope and reassurance that no matter what is happening, you are not alone. So it is okay to take a break and breathe. Even from the initial release, it was a very emotional piece because I was in an awful mental space at the time. “BREATHE” definitely means a lot to me. I hope anyone dealing with trials finds some comfort through this song.

 

#. Juno Su – Fortunately, We Meet Againimg_3258 I have definitely overplayed this soundtrack from the Chinese drama, Ten Years Late. There is something about the chorus section that soothes my soul, and it perfect for this season. I already featured it as my song for the week and on my list of favourite 2019 OSTs, but I still included in this playlist. Whenever I can’t sleep, I either play “Fortunately, We Meet Again” or rain sounds. That is how much I love this song.

 

#. Urban Zakapa – Wishimg_3255 There are few very popular OSTs from Goblin, but there are some other late releases that I think did not get enough attention. “Wish” by Urban Zakaba is one of those. This song’s progression is intense and captivating. It literally feels like you are soaring on the power of love. I like to pretend like I am singing along with them because it makes me feel invincible.

 

#. Park Hyo Shin – Goodbyeimg_3252 Hmmm, are there really any words that could describe the amazement that is Park Hyo Shin. The man stuns all the time. I know how good he is, but I still get surprised by each new song. “Goodbye” is a magical piece. It starts out slow, but the vocal prowess that Park Hyo Shin displays from the one minute mark just leaves my mouth hanging wide open, and I ain’t complaining. Yesss…. please bless my ears with your breathtaking pipes.

 

#. BTOB – Missing Youimg_3260 I could write a whole page full of praise and love for BTOB because they are more than deserving of that. With each new album, they continue to impress both as a group and individually. So if you don’t know them, what are you waiting for???๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜Š Anyways “Missing You” is an excellent song with beautiful vocals and great rap verses. Also, since it is my favourite from Brother Act., it has to be on this playlist.

 

#. Younha – Dark Clouds I love working on this blog, not just because of my obsession with music and dramas but also because it broadens my horizon. I discover a lot of new things while creating content here. Younha is one of such discoveries. While trying to check out more artists for music review content, I stumbled upon her latest album – UNSTABLE MINDSET, and I was utterly blown away. If you will like to read my review for UNSTABLE MINDSET, use this link ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ YOUNHA โ€“ UNSTABLE MINDSET: Album Review. “Dark Clouds” is a powerful and heartfelt song. It also happens to be one of my faves, so I decided to include it.

 

#. Lee Moon Sae – A welcome rainimg_3267 Another song which I listed as one of my favourite OSTs from 2019. “A welcome rain” makes me feel emotions that I shouldn’t be experiencing. Yes, I have gone through some sad things, but the way this song calls out my tears is still not explainable. This is a sad one, but I still love it. Anytime I hear it play, I recall Shin Hye-sun’s scenes from Angel’s Last Mission: Love. So maybe that’s why the tears flow because her performance was too good. Also, bravo to Lee Moon Sae for an emotional delivery of this exquisite piece.

 

#. Paul Kim – Big Heartimg_3250 Paul Kim is one singer that always calls forth my attention. “Big Heart” was his last release for 2019, and I already wrote a review for it. You can access that post with this link ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Paul Kim โ€“ Big Heart: Music Review. Also, for more content, click on his name tag at the end of this post. Paul Kim was on my first Winter Playlist, and I didn’t even know him so well then. Now, a year later, he is one of my favourite Korean solo acts. His voice is precious, and he is still quite young, so just imagine what he could produce with even more experience. I am excited to hear more songs from him.

 

#. DAY6 – All Aloneimg_3251 I promise that this is my last song from DAY6 on this playlist๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. I tried my best to have one artist to one song, but people like Eric Nam and DAY6 could not let a sister be great. I really like “All Alone” because of the stripped-down acoustic style of the song. It puts more attention on their voices, and I love, I MEAN I REALLY LOVE to hear them bless me. Ladies and gentlemen, yes, this is for sure the curtain roll on my DAY6 rants in this post. I hope you enjoyed every section. Moving on…

 

#. Davichi – Dear. img_3243 Another beautiful set of vocal queens. This song is a chill love and appreciation vibe. Davichi effortlessly nailed each note while still keeping the progression a bit simple. I adore the instrumental for “Dear” because it reminds me of Christmas jingles. Which makes sense since this track was released in December of last year. Anyways, I play Christmas songs throughout the year, so this can be included in this list. I have a review for”Dear” on this blog, it can be accessed with this link ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Davichi โ€“ Dear: Music Review

 

#. ATEEZ – Sunrise
img_3270 ATEEZ is another new discovery, and I have been fangirling over them a lot recently. Currently, I have two stable biases (Park Seonghwa and Kim Hongjoong), but every now and then, I get swayed by other members. After reviewing their most recent album, I went ahead to check out their discography, and “Sunrise” was one of the first songs that caught my attention. I love the message and the heavy drumbeat used for the instrumental. For more ATEEZ content, simply click on their name tag at the end of this post.

 

#. The Rose – She’s In The Rainimg_3273-1 Finally The Rose comes into the mix. Another one of my favourite K-bands. I really hope they get good results concerning the recent dispute with their management company. “She’s In The Rain” was the first song I heard from this group, and I immediately fell in love. The Dawn album, which contains this song, is also perfect.ย So all I did was choose my number track from it.


Well, I hope you all were at least intrigued by one or two songs. This playlist is available on YouTube and Spotify with these links: ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Youtube Winter 2020

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผย Spotify Winter 2020

Please like this post and if I introduced you to a new song, let me know in the comment section.

That is all I have for you guys today, take care.๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

TAEYEON – PURPOSE: Album Repackage Review

Taeyeon just released the repackaged version of her Purpose album, and I am excited to check out the three new songs. Since I have already given my reaction to the previous ten main tracks and two B-sides, I will not be discussing them on this post. If you still need to read my review for the original album, use these links ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ TAEYEON โ€“ PURPOSE: Album Reviewย &ย TAEYEON โ€“ FOUR SEASONS: Music Review.

This repackaged album has fifteen songs. The new songs areย  – “Drawing Our Moments”“My Tragedy” and the title track – “Dear Me”img_2774

(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 for Dear Me:

  • Yesss… I have English Captions available.
  • I am always captured by an excellent guitar start, so I think I might really enjoy this one.
  • I love the fall colour palette of the music video. It complements Taeyeon’s voice and also adds some sort of serene atmosphere for the listener.
  • She is so beautiful.
  • I love the encouraging message.
  • Basically, she is telling us to fight through everything that comes our way, so that one day we can all say – “I made it, I love myself and I trust myself… I am well now.”
  • The hope of saying such words should be what keeps the light burning in us to continue living.
  • I am also at a point in life where all is not what I expected, but I try to focus on the good and not overthink. So I truly appreciate this message from Taeyeon.
  • Did anyone notice that the lyric progression shows that it takes time to gain self-love and worth? Taeyeon starts by singing – I want to tell myself these words because I did not hear them before to finally concluding that now she has grown and can stand by herself to say such words freely.
  • That is some excellent writing, and she sounds very soothing on this track as well.
  • I love how the tone of the guitar switches up for each section of the song. It follows the emotion of the lyrics.
  • When the lyrics are sad, the guitar sounds soft and solemn. Then when Taeyeon sings hopeful words, the guitar intensifies.
  • Also, nice touch with the inclusion of classical instruments from the second verse.
  • I just wish I could hear more of her background vocals towards the end.
  • But I know it was an artistic choice to reduce the volume, so that is not a big issue.
  • Since I am not reacting to the full album again. I will rate the songs individually.
  • Overall, I enjoyed listening to this song. What really got my attention was the message. “Dear Me” is a letter to anyone feeling down and tired of life.
  • Also, with all Taeyeon has been through, this is a powerful declaration๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘.
  • As for the music on its own, it is a well-produced and impressive track.
  • But personally, “Dear Me” falls into my great songs category. It does not make it to the mind-blowing top tracks section.
  • Therefore my rating for it is 9/10.

My Tragedy –ย 

  • This has a weird start, but okay.
  • Taeyeon sound more powerful in this track.
  • The consistent note on the keyboard makes me have high hopes for the drop.
  • I love how they layered her vocals for this song. It has a beautiful effect on the ears.
  • The drop is not what I expected. It is way slower, but I love the bass and drums that came in.
  • She sounds flawless, as always.
  • I was not expecting that switch-up for the bridge, but her perfect voice and the high note made up for it.
  • That synthesized keyboard sound from the beginning is back again.
  • Ooh, they added an intriguing effect on her voice. It seems like she is breaking off due to a bad connection.
  • I am going to listen to “My Tragedy” one more time before giving my rating.
  • Okay…. this song is not doing much for me. Maybe if I read the English translations later, I might have a different opinion. But I still do not think I will listen to it often.
  • So my rating for “My Tragedy” is 7/10.

Drawing Our Moments –

  • Hopefully, I like this one more.
  • I love how it starts out. Really relaxing.
  • ย It is always a pleasure to hear singers use the call and response technique.
  • The little humming she does is lovely.
  • Okay, I am definitely enjoying this track more.
  • It is soft and very soothing.
  • Nothing much is going on with the instrumental for now, so all focus is on Taeyeon’s beautiful voice.
  • I love this, and I am not even halfway in.
  • The way the new beat came in was so perfect. Not anything too intense, but I can definitely hear some new elements in the instrumental now.
  • Awesome production.
  • I love all the little vocal runs, and her voice has also been layered in this track.
  • Oooo, I was not expecting a modulation, but it fits.
  • Each section of this song flows perfectly well into the next. It is too good.
  • Yesss, I think I just found THE SONG for me. I am here for this style and composition.
  • Taeyeon is blessing me with her pitch-perfect high notes and background vocals.
  • My rating for “Drawing Our Moments” is a solid 10/10.

Final Thoughts:

I have already added “Dear Me” and “Drawing Our Moments” to my personal playlist. Unfortunately, “My Tragedy” is not my cup of tea.

All the same, these three songs were excellent additions and stayed with the theme of the original album. So I might go check out what new goodies come in the actual physical copy of the repackaged album.

That is all for this post, take care. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Visual Queens

There are celebrities that always wow me with their looks for editorial shoots. And this is not about beauty because I believe that everyone person is gorgeous in their own right. Instead, it is about their ability to nail every concept or outfit assigned to them. I am talking about fashion queens, the ones who always make a statement. I like to refer to such individuals as Visual Queens.

(Please note: none of the images are mine, I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

The first lady of all is Ni Ni. She nails every shoot I have seen her in. img_2459Ni Ni recently graced the cover of LEON China as the first female artist to take that spot in the ten-year history of the magazine.

img_2227img_2244img_2228She is stunning in this royal blue gown from Alex Perry during her attendance to iQiYi Scream Night 2020. She won the Award for Drama Actress of the Year with her most recent series – Love and Destiny.

img_2145Here she is again on the cover of NY Times Travel Magazine China. Honestly, most times, Ni Ni looks like a painting to me.

 

Next on this list is King Taeyeon. I have featured her a lot on my pictorial faves because she looks gorgeous in every photo. img_2773This is a teaser image for her upcoming repackaged album. I love the makeup look.

img_2908img_2909More teaser images for PURPOSE – The 2nd Album Repackage.

 

๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฅ – the one and only Fang Bingbingimg_2814img_2815img_2817This are cover photos for the latest issue of Flaunt Magazine. I love the gothic, wet hair concept. She is rocking this look effortlessly.

 

img_2849img_2848img_2850Lee Seol is radiant in this sun beamed photoshoot for Allure Korea. Her expressions and poses are what draws attention to these images.

 

img_2867img_2862img_2863Shin Min Ah looks quite haunting and very pretty in these photos for DAZED Korea. img_2868

She has this unique look about her that I really adore, and she is a wonderful actress as well. img_2818

 

img_2685img_2684Japanese model Koki never fails to give her best in every shoot or cover she graces. These are cover photos for the inaugural issue of MiniBAZAAR.

 

And of course, even though I do not have many photos of her. I cannot leave out the gorgeous Song Hye Kyo, who practically stuns in everything she wears. b4f30a11-c787-42bb-a4fa-3f92c32e0242-8690-0000068ab74eab1cHer beauty is breathtaking.

 

img_2832img_2831img_2830Chinese pop star Naomi Wang Ju glitters in Nicole + Felicia for the Lifestyle Media Style Gala – Youture.

img_2194img_2193She loves her blinks. In this second photo, she is wearing Blurberry at the 2019 Sina Style Awards – Multiverse in Beijing.

 

And last on today’s list is mummy Victoria Song. img_2787img_2795img_2794Victoria for NEUFMODE MAGAZINE. You all know I am attracted to red, so these photos are very appealing to me. I love how fierce she looks.

And even when she has on softer makeup for her shoot with Chanel Beauty, Victoria still exudes grace and beauty.ย img_2797img_2796

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Korean Stunners Edition

I woke up way too early today, and since I had nothing important to prepare for,ย  I spent my morning looking for new intriguing pictures to share with you all. So here are the stunning photos that caught my attention this morning –

(Please Note: none of the images are mine. I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

First on my list is Taeyeon for Allure Korea –ย 

This particular photoshoot has a gorgeous and captivating set of images. I like how the makeup on Taeyeon was done.

 

img_2572img_2570Yeri’s teaser images for Red Velvet’s latest release are absolutely breathtaking. She is glowing. img_2569All the girls were giving me life with this comeback.

 

The one and only milky man – Lee Dong-Wook. He radiates beauty and grace in this photoshoot for NYLON Korea.

 

img_2581Moon Geun-young for VOGUE Korea December 2019 edition. This picture is striking.

 

img_2583img_2582Han Ye Seul serves fall season charm in this shoot for the September edition of Allure Korea.

 

img_2578Kim Seo Hyung stuns in black & white for VOGUE Korea. She looks snatched and fine.img_2609

 

img_2610Namgoong Min is as radiant as ever in this picture for COSMOPOLITAN Korean. Everything about this just oozes warmth.

 

img_2592Lee Sang Yoon is giving off mysterious vibes in this Allure photoshoot that also features his VIP co-star Jang Nara.img_2593

 

Jang Nara is fierce for Allure. She looks sensational in these set of photos.img_2589img_2591

 

 

My Pictorial|Poster Faves: Time For Some ART Appreciation!!!

I have always had an interest in photography, but recently, I have been obsessing over magazine pictorials. So I decided to post a few of my favourite photos on here. I will also add in movies/drama posters that I like. (Please Note: none of the pictures are mine. I got them from official websites and social media sites.) This post is just for fun.

First on my list of celeb editorial pictures is known other than the amazing Chinese actor – Chen Kun.
9e9f6a1e-430d-4d2f-aa1f-71b7ca72dd46-28876-0000176a9f25e392The way the light hits his face in this black & white photo is stunning.

img_1890Character Poster for Chen Kun’s upcoming film – Fengshen Trilogy. He looks good. The long hair and beard are doing him justice.

 

15cc85ae-7db4-4468-a61b-6c8dee32c47d-28876-000017695add7233Character Poster for Ruyiย (played by Zhou Xun)ย for the Chinese drama –ย Ruyi’s Royal Love In The Palace, everything about this poster screams elegance.

 

Lee Hi looks incredible in the June 2019 Issue for Harper’s BAZAAR Korea.

 

img_2014The beautiful Jisoo graces the latest issue of Harper’s BAZAAR Korea.

 

I am so glad that I discovered another amazing actor this year. After watching the Chinese drama –ย Love and Destiny, I am now a big fan of Chang Chen.

 

img_1812The glow is real for Jang Ki-Yong in this HIGH CUT shoot. I also love how the colour of his blazer blends into the background.

 

5dbea98b-d0e8-4653-b1aa-5ba6ea25e9b0-42578-000023acce6811d4a6af9150-68da-4d82-8c4b-f4dcd4b6449a-42578-000023acdc726f70The details and colours for the costumes caught my attention. The title of this drama isย Ming Dynasty. It just started airing, and I am excited to check it out. I have been waiting for this series for so long.

 

img_1770img_2018Han Hyo-Joo’s stance for these pictures is so good. She gives the feeling of power and control.

 

These are exclusive photos from GQ’s 10th birthday party. The main thing that won me here is the concept.

 

img_1788Yang Se-jong for Harper’s BAZAAR Korea. All I have to say here is – EYES AND LIGHTING, such an incredible shot.

 

6fc5aaa4-0faa-49b7-8693-aa94342a509a-39130-0000217556541e9bThe first poster for the 2020 Chinese drama –ย Love Is Sweet. I love how cozy they look in this picture. They seem very peaceful.

 

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img_1810img_1809Taeyeon looks gorgeous in these shots for HIGH CUT. Blonde is her colour.

 

And last on my list for today is another stunning angel. Chinese actress of Uyghur descent – Gรผlnezer Bextiyar, also known as Nazha.d2aeaf79-5744-4969-acb4-c43548afe764-35915-00001ea10ec3ab50She looks like a diamond, so shiny

Like I mentioned earlier, this post is just for fun. I wanted to share my recent interest with you all. I have more pictures saved on my phone, so I might be creating a similar post soon.

 

TAEYEON – FOUR SEASONS: Music Review

Hello everyone,

In this post, I will be reviewing the bonus tracks for Taeyeon’s second album – Purpose.ย “Four Seasons” and “Blue” were released earlier this year by Taeyeon as digital singles.

star_5c90600236806“Four Seasons” was initially released on the 24th of March, 2019. It included the B-side track – “Blue.” This single debuted at number one on South Korea’s Gaon Digital Chart. It also reached number six on the Billboard World Digital Songs chart.

Review of “Four Seasons” MV:ย 

  • Right from the start, this is a beautiful song. It has a great melody.
  • Taeyeon looks stunning, and her voice is charming.
  • I love the colour scheme for the music video. The aesthetics of the video makes it really fascinating to watch.
  • The instrumental of this song is perfect. Not too upbeat and very relaxing.
  • “Four Seasons” has a different feel from what I usually hear from her. From the few songs I have listened to, I can already tell that she likes to try different concepts.
  • The song speaks about reminiscing a past love and how it once felt like that relationship would last forever. A lot of effort was put into maintaining the relationship, but now everything is over.
  • I believe that the change of seasons shown in the music video represents how love progressed in the relationship. And at the end, the tree without leaves symbolizes the death of love. Also, Taeyeon is standing by the tree with a briefcase, which means that it is time to move on.
  • This is a lovely song. I enjoyed listening to it.
  • My rating for “Four Seasons” is 10/10ย because I can definitely listen to it on repeat without getting bored.
  • Here a video with the English translation of the lyrics –

star_5c906001e5091“Blue” is the B-side track for the digital single.

  • “Blue” is a ballad track, so it is much softer compared to “Four Seasons.”
  • I always enjoy ballads because of the beautiful piano pieces played in the background.
  • I LOVE THE CHORUS. Taeyeon’s voice sounds enchanting in that section. The way she draws the note on the word blue during the chorus is really catchy.
  • This song is about longing for the presence of a past lover. You try to go about your daily life, but your thoughts are still focused on the person who has already left you.
  • The instrumental on this is simple, but the soft vocal runs she does throughout the song is a nice touch to make up for that simplicity.
  • Even though this song was released in March, it has a winter feel because of its serene vibe.
  • My rating for this is a 9/10ย because I know I might not listen to it a lot. It is one of those songs that I can play a few times, but I still have to switch to something else.
  • Of course, my rating is based on my personal preference, so it does not take away from how good a song is.

Overall I really enjoyed listening to both songs, so I have added them to my personal playlist. From now on, I will try my best to keep up with Taeyeon’s comebacks. She is a great vocalist. Also, I sincerely hope she heals from everything going on with time, much love to her.

That is all for this post, loves. I hope you all continue to have a great week. Here is a live performance of “Four Seasons,” enjoy.๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

TAEYEON – PURPOSE: Album Review

Taeyeon came back yesterday with her second studio album. I wanted to write this review yesterday, but I was so busy. And when I had little time to spare, I was just too tired to focus on anything. So now that I have enough time, let us check out Taeyeon’s latest release together.star_5daff56b212ec Kim Tae-yeon is a South Korean singer signed under SM Entertainment. She goes by the stage name Taeyeon. Apart from being a well-recognized solo artist, she is also a member of the famous female pop group – Girls’ Generation. Taeyeon officially began her solo career in 2015 with her first EP titled I. The title track of her first EP is actually one of my favourite songs. Although I do not follow her comebacks diligently, I do have a good number of songs I love from her.

On the 28th of October, she came back with a new album titled Purpose, which features twelve songs – ten new songs and two bonus tracks.

“Spark” is the title track for this album.

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

Reaction to Official MV/Title Track:

  • Perfect choice of starting the song with just the guitar playing.
  • The drums came in at the right time to raise the intensity.
  • I love the clapping during the chorus.
  • My favourite parts of “Spark” are the pre-chorus and the chorus itself. The instrumental is fantastic in those sections.
  • Taeyeon sounds great. Her vocal is clear and sturdy.
  • The visuals for the music video is impressive. I really love the scenes with the sunset backdrop. Those scenes and the orange/red colour scheme of the entire video gave a perfect autumn feel.
  • Taeyeon looks stunning.
  • I love her makeup and outfits for this music video. My favourite outfit is the black dress with feather ruffles.
  • From the lyrics, I got that this song is about striving to achieve your dreams. Basically, no matter how long it takes, never lose your spark. Just keep moving forward.
  • Nice message. Everyone needs some motivation once in a while, so thank you, Taeyeon.
  • “Spark” is a groovy track that I do not mind listening to over and over again. As of now, while writing this sentence, I have rewatched the music video five times.
  • I will be adding this song to my playlist. I love it.๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ

Album Review:Taeyeon

(My reaction for each song is solely based on how I feel about the music. I have not checked out the English Translation of the lyrics.)

  1. Here I Am – The beginning is so siren-like. She sounds spectacular on this track. Her voice caught me off guard. Also, the piano on this is entrancing. Great start for the album. I am genuinely amazed at how great “Here I Am” sounds. Excuse me while I rant about the same thing again, but Taeyeon’s voice on this is out of this world. I have to listen to this song again before moving to the next track. Like what?….๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
  2. Spark – Still grooving to this song. “hoo hoo hoo hoo.” ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ
  3. Find Me – Her voice starts off a bit deeper. I love the drums on this. Her vocal runs are excellent, and the background vocals add a nice touch to the song. This is another beautiful piece on the album. So far, all the songs feature different styles, and I am enjoying the diversity.
  4. Love You Like Crazy – The switch from “Find Me” to this is real. I love the instrumental on this; it is so groovy. I am living for the jazzy feel of this track. Taeyeon sounds fantastic, as always. I do not know why, but some parts of “Love You Like Crazy” sounds like something I would have heard from old American girl groups. I love her singing style in this song, it is as if she is skipping vocally on each note.
  5. LOL – This gives me a blues/afro-jazz feel. I love how Taeyeon switches singing styles for each track. The bass on this is heavy… I LIKE. Damn, the horns during the chorus are EPIC. I admire how calming her vocal sounds on this. Also, the intense instrumental at specific points is perfect.  I could listen to this song a million times.
  6. Better Babe – At first, I thought it was going to sound like a cafe song because of the chatting in the beginning. This is also another great song on the album, but it is not my favourite. I do not see myself listening to it often. All the same, Taeyeon sounds really powerful on “Better Babe.”
  7. Wine – Whoever is playing the piano on this is blessed. This is a perfect soft ballad. Her falsetto on this track is breathtaking. The runs at the end of the chorus are so good. Once again, her background vocals are adding the well-needed touch to the song. “Wine” might be one of my favourites on the album, along with “Here I Am.” Everything about this song is so well put together. It is beautiful.
  8. Do You Love Me? – Okay, at this point, I am in love with the piano player. If anyone knows who it is or who they are in each song, please let me know. This song has a Christmas vibe. Once again, her falsetto is a blessing to my ears. I also love the classical music touch for this track, it is DIVINE. Words cannot describe how amazing “Do You Love Me?” sounds. Another favourite on the album.
  9. City Love – So things are now getting more cheerful towards the end. This one has a groovy beat, and Taeyeon sounds really soft and fluffy on this track. But if I were to rank the songs on this album, “City Love” might be really low on my list. It is a lovely song, but there have been so many good ones so far.
  10. Gravity – The last song already๐Ÿ˜ฅ. Love the softness of this, it is the perfect way to end the album. Ooooh, I love the call and response kind of chorus going on here. The shallow drum beats on this are really amazing. Also, I think a tambourine is being played during the chorus section and other random parts of the track. It is not too noticeable but definitely adds a magical touch. This is a brilliant song, and it is also one of my favourites. Great RnB track from Taeyeon. The ending notes for “Gravity” are outstanding.

Here a preview of the album for you all to hear what each song actually sounds like – 

Final thoughts: 

Taeyeonย definitely exceeded my expectations with Purpose. Maybe this is because I hardly ever listen to her albums. I usually pay more attention to her title tracks or OSTs. She legitly blew me away with this comeback. My rating for this album is 9.5/10. I really wanted to give a full score, but that one song that I did not enjoy as much took a few points off.

If you have not checked out this album already, go do so now. I can promise you a good set of songs to add to your playlist.