[Repackaged] T-ara – WHITE WINTER

WHITE WINTER is the second repackaged version of T-ara’s fifth mini-album. The mini includes a new song and a “winter version” of that new song. “Hide and Seek” was used as the promo track.

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Released: December 14, 2013
1. Hide and Seek (숨바꼭질)
2. Middle of Winter Hide and Seek (한겨울의 숨바꼭질)
3. 1977 Do You Know (1977 기억 안나)
4. What Should I Do? (나 어떡해)
5. Number Nine (넘버나인)
6. I Know the Feeling (느낌 아니까)
7. It Hurts (아파)
8. Don’t Get Married (결혼 하지마)
9. Number 9 (Club Version)

I wasn’t sure what to expect with Hide and Seek since it is supposed to be a wintery tune. It goes for a more mid-tempo route, although it does start off sounding like a ballad. The song only really gains energy in its first chorus when the percussion and sparkling synths come in to really breathe life into the arrangement. It’s not a bad song, although I can’t say I’m particularly impressed by it. It comes off a bit like a B-side from a Davichi single. I think the only difference between the two versions is that Middle of Winter Hide and Seek doesn’t quite open in the same orchestral way.


Overall: This features a solid tune, but it isn’t something that stands out particularly in T-ara’s overall discography.

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[Album] A-Lin – Before, After

Before, After (以前,以後) is the third album released by A-Lin. The album was a success, with multiple singles charting high on the music charts.

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Released: December 28, 2009
1. Need Practice Breaking Up (分手需要練習的)
2. One Life
3. Before, After (以前,以後)
4. Happy Life (快樂生活)
5. Total Romantic (完整的浪漫)
6. Now I Am Very Happy (現在我很幸福)
7. Enlighten (開竅)
8. Brave is Not Me (勇敢的不是我)
9. Trouble is Next (麻煩下一位)
10. One Doesn’t Love, Two Endlessly (一不愛二不休)
11. Family (家)

This album is quite ballad-focused, so it is no surprise that the album opens with one. Need Practice Breaking Up is a bit more on the dramatic side, so at least it has some punch to it. The first verse is pretty soft but gradually builds up power before hitting the chorus. I like the chorus melody because it is really powered by the arrangement and it is pretty nice to listen to as well. It’s a pretty standard sounding ballad, but it does its job.

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Despite being another more generic ballad, I like the energy of One Life. I would say I like it even more so than the last song. The song isn’t as melancholic as the last song and has a bit of a lighter arrangement in the sense that the background vocals are brighter and the instruments used also sound more uplifting. It’s a really beautiful song though and it has one of the stronger melodies on the album.

The title track comes in the form of a ballad as well. Before, After has a bit more of a dramatic quality to its arrangement so it fits more to the sound of the first song than “One Life”. I like it because it has a great melody as well. This time, I feel like the verses are a bit boring though, so they are fortunately short enough to not really take much time. I’ve grown out of this song a bit, but I still like it and it is a solid track.

The first upbeat song comes with Happy Life, a spicy, jazzy pop song. I love its more laid back vocal performance as it still works nicely with the vibing music. Everything has a brighter feel to it, so the feeling it gives off is infectious. I do wish the chorus was a bit catchier because the hooks don’t really stand out, but there are some nice melodic moments here and there.

Getting back to the slower stuff, we have something a bit more jazzy and soulful with Total Romantic. I actually like that it tries to set itself apart from the first three ballads a bit with its smoother arrangement. It’s a bit unfortunate though that the song drops most of it when it hits the chorus and goes for a more pop melody. It’s still a nice song though and I do quite enjoy the melody. I just wish it pushed the soul sound more.

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Yet another ballad with Now I Am Very Happy, but this is actually one of my favourites on the album. It does start things off a little softer and even the first chorus doesn’t really put much power into the arrangement. Instead, the song really gains some steam as it progresses. I like that the melody is a bit more fast-paced instead of dragged out like the other songs because it gives it a bit of energy. It’s a strong song.

A-Lin always puts a pop/rock song on her albums and on this one we get Enlighten. The verses are fun and just glide along. They actually remind me of something from Kelly Clarkson’s Breakaway album with its added attitude. The chorus is where the song really pops off though, with its catchy hook and heavy arrangement. It’s a bit like your usual pop/rock kind of song, but it’s a quality track.

Brave is Not Me goes for a softer sound at first with its focus on the acoustic guitar. The ballad is another one of those that steadily gains power as it goes on. It does well in highlighting A-Lin’s vocals at least. Individually, I find this song to be yet another solid track, but it does get a bit lost in the overall sound of the album since it sounds so similar to others.

Trouble is Next sticks out like a sore thumb because it goes for a bit more of a dance/pop sound. It has a really positive edge to it despite the title and it is really catchy. It can be a bit juvenile at times with the hooks and the chant-like delivery at times, but it is a fun song that brings out a bit of versatility on the album.

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The most dramatic and melancholic song comes next. One Doesn’t Love, Two Endlessly goes focuses on the piano and heightens the arrangement by bringing in the strings. I love how the verses are calm, but the energy just heightens suddenly as the song transitions into the chorus. It really brings an overpowering kind of feel that fits the lyrics of the songs. It’s not my favourite of the ballads, but it stands out.

The last song and final ballad, Family, is actually my favourite of all of the songs. I like that it stands out a bit more because A-Lin gives her most emotional vocal performance on the album. We really get to hear her using her falsetto as well as belting out notes. It’s a really touching song that focuses on home. The music really drives this emotion, but the melody doesn’t slouch either.


Overall: This is A-Lin’s most consistent album in my opinion, at least up to this point. The album doesn’t have a bad song and I feel like every song delivers in its melody. It does suffer a bit because the ballads are rather generic and they feel more enhanced by A-Lin’s voice than really delivery strongly in other ways as well. Still, the general quality is higher than her first two and I enjoy a number of songs from this one.

A

[Mini-Album] CLC – REFRESH

REFRESH is the third mini-album released by CLC. It is the first release to feature new members Elkie and Eunbin. “High Heels” was used as the promo track. The mini sold over 2,700 copies, being their lowest selling to date.

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Released: February 29, 2016
1. High Heels (예뻐지게)
2. Refresh
3. Yaya (Say bye to solo)
4. Friend Lover Zone (오빠친구)
5. Eighteen

High Heels opens things up right away with a retro flavoured pop track. It feels like a nice continuation of their last three promoted tracks and it has a bit of sass to it. The verses are my favourite part because the music has some swing to it and the melody is fun and slick. Unfortunately, the chorus just doesn’t quite do much. The first half is a bit dull and the hooks are weak. Things only get good in its second half where things get a bit catchier, but by that time, the first half has already dragged on for some time. It’s not a bad track and I do like it, but it is a bit disappointing that it could’ve been better.

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The title track, Refresh, goes for more of a mid-tempo pace and has a relaxing quality to it. I find the verses to be a bit boring, but the chorus is much better. I like the use of harmonies, which helps to really fleshed out the sound of the melody. The music also isn’t totally boring, so its lighter pace actually brings a bit of punch to it. It’s a solid pop tune.

Yaya (Say by to solo) feels like your average girl group song. It has a bit of spunk to it and goes for a bit of a bratty edge to it. I want to like it more, but by the second verse, the song really loses its energy. I feel like the chorus isn’t very good either. It just repeats “yayaya”, but it doesn’t really change things up all that much. It’s just repetitive and a bit annoying.

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The way that Friend Lover Zone opens is a bit odd with its flat sounding saxophone synth. Mixed with the more talk-sing delivery of the verse, it just really sounds terrible. The chorus gets rid of this synth, but it comes in with a pretty bland melody instead. The arrangement has a bit of energy to it, but the vocal performance is completely dull. Boring.

Luckily Eighteen is next. Despite being released before the last mini-album, it was included on this one. I’m not sure if this includes the new members or not, but at least it’s a solid song. I would say it has lost a bit of its charm at this point, but there are still some nice melodic moments in it. It reminds me a bit of music from T-ara’s first album.


Overall: This isn’t a terrible mini, but it is their weakest one. It has no stand out song. There are some decent tunes that would make solid B-sides, but even the title track is a bit lacking for me. Also, it features two pretty boring B-sides from the group, which is partly because the vocal performances are low in energy.

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[Single] Nine Muses – Let’s Have a Party

Nine Muses was the first a girl group under Star Empire Entertainment that ran from 2010 to 2019. The group was known as model-dols for their tall proportions and prior modelling work. “Let’s Have a Party” is Nine Muses’ debut single. “No PlayBoy” was used as the promotional track, although “Ladies” was also promoted on music shows. Unfortunately, the former was not well-received due to the poor live performances.

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Released: August 12, 2010
1. Ladies
2. No PlayBoy
3. No PlayBoy (inst.)

Opening things with Ladies, this is a bit of a strange pop song. It has a cheer-like quality with its background vocals and gives a lot of attitude, which is great. The girls sound confident throughout. The verses are a bit more sing-talking, but it does open into a fun and exuberant chorus. The second half of the chorus has a really catchy “lalala” hook that really drives the song. It’s a bit of a mess overall with its different sounds and vibes, but it’s enjoyable nonetheless.

No PlayBoy feels more of a match for the group with its seductive beat and sensual vocals. The song goes pushes for a slick dance sound with some R&B elements thrown in. I know the song gets a lot of flack as it doesn’t quite feel as well produced as their later songs, but I find it really catchy still. It has some fun hooks that help drive the chorus and its more melodic delivery is powered by that thumping beat.


Overall: This is a pretty solid debut single. I think it is a bit messy sounding compared to their later releases and doesn’t quite come off as slick and streamlined, but I do think both songs are fun and have some good moments between them.

B+

[Album] Nakamori Akina – Prologue (Jomaku)

Nakamori Akina is easily one of my favourites if not the only one who could top aiko for favourite J-Pop artist. Her popularity in Japanese music is largely relegated to the music she released in the 80’s, with her peak being from 1982-1989. Although her music hasn’t reached the same commercial heights since, she still releases quality songs. Her most common characteristics are her versatility, dark voice and rebellious image. Prologue (Jomaku) (序幕 (プロローグ)) is her debut album and was released not long after her debut single. The album peaked at #5 and has sold over 450,000 copies over the years. The single only features one single, which wasn’t a big hit when it was first released.

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Released: July 1, 1982
1. Anata no Portrait (あなたのポートレート)
2. Bon Voyage
3. Image no Kageri (イマージュの翳り)
4. Jyouken Hansha (条件反射)
5. T-Shirt Sunset (Tシャツ・サンセット)
6. Ginga Densetsu (銀河伝説)
7. Slow Motion (スローモーション)
8. A Kata Melancholy (A型メランコリー)
9. Hitokakera no Emerald (ひとかけらのエメラルド)
10. Downtown Story (ダウンタウンすと~り~)

Things start off in a dramatic way with Anata no Portrait. The focus on the strings and piano really give it an almost haunting quality, while Nakamori’s sweet voice comes crashing in. Eventually, the song opens up into some more upbeat with its stomping percussion and swirling background vocals. It’s a really interesting way to open the album and I quite enjoy it. I like that her vocals show hints of her darker tone, but still reflect that higher pitch reflective of her early years. A strong opening.

The album goes a funkier route when Bon Voyage comes in. It has a bit of a light-disco vibe that I love. The verses do a great job of showcasing Nakamori’s voice and have a bit more dynamic energy to them. The chorus is nice, but I wish the chorus was stronger on the hooks. I like that is slithers along, but it doesn’t quite land on any high moments. It’s still a pretty solid tune.

The album’s first ballad is Image no Kageri. I love how the music just swirls around and creates this dreamy, magical quality. It’s a bit of the shame that the melody isn’t as strong. There are definitely some nice moments, but nothing really amounts to a strong, impactful hook and Nakamori’s voice is a bit flat throughout (in terms of emotion). It’s definitely not a bad song, but she has better ballads.

Jouken Hansha is the only single’s B-side track. It is the first song that has a lot of edge to it, with its almost rocking arrangement. I love the heavy guitar because it brings such a change and we really get the first glimpse of Nakamori going for an edgier style. It’s not particularly catchy, but it’s cool at least.

I’m a bit on the fence with T-Shirt Sunset. I do like that it tries to change things up by introducing a flute and an almost European vibe, but the overall vibe is a bit off for me. I don’t really find the arrangement quite works with the melody and Nakamori’s vocals here. I feel like it would’ve worked better in later years where the husky darkness would really emphasize the emotion.

Yes, I love Ginga Densetsu. This song just comes in with so much energy and has a really interesting arrangement. It features some strange synths on top of a strange blend of rock and disco. Much like the other songs, despite not quite hitting it harder on the hooks, the song really has a great arrangement and attitude that carries it. It’s a great tune.

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The album’s only A-side, Slow Motion (#30 / 174,000) is Nakamori’s debut song and what a stellar song it is. The song goes for a slower vibe, with an almost ballad-like quality in its melody but there is a bit of oomph in the arrangement to really give it that added energy and beauty. I love its swirling synths and underlying funky guitar that tie in wonderfully with Nakamori’s fresh vocals. She sounds young, but she hits it out of the ballpark here.

A Kata Melancholy returns us to something with a bit more power than fantasy. Like the other songs, I really enjoy the arrangement here because it sounds so full and refreshing. There’s also a bit more brass band in this, which helps it stand out. The melody has some attitude to it that is pretty fun to get into.

The album’s slowest song comes next. Hitokakera no Emerald is another dramatic ballad with an almost eerie-quality found in the music. It’s a bit boring compared to the other slower songs though. Nakamori sounds great, but her voice doesn’t quite resonate emotionally here and just comes off a bit flat.

I feel like it would have been more fitting to end things off with the last song. Downtown Story is a solid tune, but it is more upbeat and feels more fitting towards the middle of the album. It has a lot of energy to it, but what stands out is its strange guitar, which screeches in the background. It’s a cool effect and it adds to the song’s attitude. There are better upbeat tunes, but it is nice.


Overall: This is a pretty good debut album. It’s not one that sets the charts on fire, but it has its fair share of solid songs. There were no terrible songs, but there were definitely some that were fairly mediocre. Luckily, it evens things out with some great pop tracks, including “Slow Motion”, which is the album’s stand out.

B+

[Mini-Album] ASTRO – BLUE FLAME

BLUE FLAME is the sixth mini-album released by ASTRO. The title track was used as the promo song. The mini sold over 120,000 copies.

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Released: November 20, 2019
1. Blue Flame
2. Go & Stop
3. All About You (다야)
4. When the Wind Blows (찬바람 불 때면)
5. You’re my world

I’m not really sure what to think of Blue Flame. The song feels incredibly generic and feels more suited for a different group. It’s not a terrible song and there are some nice moments. I do like how the pre-chorus starts off slower before rapidly gaining speed and launching things into the chorus. The chorus also has a pretty decent melody, but it is unfortunately hidden under a pretty frustrating arrangement. Its slamming beat and odd synths just feel unnecessary and don’t create the right backdrop to really enhance the hooks.

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Things for the tropical house sound with Go & Stop, which I’m already feeling tired of. It’s an overused genre in K-Pop at this point and only rarely does a group or artist change it up enough. I do like the xylophone-like synth backdrop the song has going for it during the chorus, but the general delivery is somewhat underwhelming. The music is flat and the melody just doesn’t push hard enough. Much like the last song, it’s a solid song but forgettable in the group’s overall discography.

Thankfully, we get the stomping All About You next. The beat is already a welcome change with its propelling energy. I also like the overall arrangement because it feels like and airy. The chorus, I feel, could have been a little better. The hook is quite weak and feels unnecessarily repetitive. I feel like a more drawn out and dramatic melody would have been better. But it’s the best song up to this point.

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I was expecting When the Wind Blows to maybe be a ballad or mid-tempo tune, but it surprised me quite a bit. The verses aren’t bad, but the song only really amps things up in its pre-chorus. The chorus isn’t as fleshed out as I want it to be, but I actually enjoy the melody and the dramatic collaboration it does with the arrangement. I wish it just let things go a little more free because it would have really soared.

Here we get the ballad, although it feels more like it goes for a dramatic mid-tempo take. The group has done some really stellar slower tunes in the past, but You’re my world is a bit middle-of-the-road. The verses are light and pretty forgettable. It feels like they drag on forever before we actually get to the chorus. The chorus isn’t bad, but just a bit flat. I wish it really pushed things further. More energy in the arrangement and more soaring vocals would have made it more interesting.


Overall: This the group’s weakest release for me up to this point. The promo track was generic and rather forgettable in melody. It felt pretty messy overall as well. The B-side were a mixed bag. Some were solid, while others were just not up to par or lacking in some areas. Nothing really stood out to me though.

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[Digital Single] THE BOYZ – KeePer

“KeePer” is the first digital single released by THE BOYZ. It was produced by Block B’s Park Kyung.

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Released: July 12, 2018
1. KeePer (지킬게)

It’s nice that KeePer goes for a more lighthearted sound with its summery vibes, rocking guitar and bright vocals. It’s definitely not like their past promo tracks in the sense that they were just full of vibrant energy, but it still has its moments and despite its more mid-tempo take, it keeps a steady flow of energy. It comes off more like a refreshing B-side than a promo track, but it is still fun.


Overall: This is a solid track, albeit not one that stands out in their discography particularly. Still, it’s a cute, laid back pop tune.

B+

[Album] Nakashima Mika – MUSIC

MUSIC is the third album released by Nakashima Mika. The album was another success for the singer, although it didn’t quite reach the heights of her first two albums. It peaked at #1 and sold over 547,000 copies. All the singles were relatively successful, peaking within the top ten except for the re-cut single.

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Released: March 9, 2005
1. Sakurairo Maukoro (桜色舞うころ; When The Cherry Blossom Colours Dance)
2. Oborozukiyo~Inori (朧月夜~祈り; Misty Moon-lit Night~Prayer)
3. Hi no Tori (火の鳥; Phoenix)
4. Kumo no Ito (蜘蛛の糸; Spider’s Thread)
5. Rocking Horse
6. Carrot & Whip
7. Shadows of you
8. LEGEND (Main)
9. Hemlock (ヘムロック)
10. SEVEN
11. FAKE
12. Fed up
13. Hitori (ひとり; Alone)

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The album opens on an interesting note with its fourth single, Sakurairo Maukoro (#5 / 105,000). This is the album’s biggest hit and is a pretty piano ballad. It’s a really gorgeous song though. The verses are nice and light and flow smoothly into the song’s touching chorus. The song gradually builds with strings and percussion and it really helps to give it a fuller, fleshed out sound in its final moments. The melody is quite beautiful and Nakashima’s voice works wonderfully with it.

Oborizukiyo~Inori was already released on the mini-album prior to this album’s release. It features a more melancholic arrangement that focuses on a stronger traditional Japanese sound and strings. It’s not the most energizing song, but it makes up for it with its sheer beauty. It’s really something from this era of J-Pop that I miss.

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I find Hi no Tori (#9 / 40,000) to bring something different. While it is on the slower side of things, it has a bit more punch to its arrangement and brings a bit of slick electronic elements in its foundation. Combined with the sparkling synths, subtle strings and dreamy background vocals, the song creates a dream-like quality. It’s a song that I’ve grown to love more over the years.

The first album track comes in the form of the darker Kumo no Ito. I love the overall energy and vibe that this song gives out. It’s arrangement goes for a dreamy, almost nightmare-ish feel that utilizes more soft electronic elements as well. I also feel like Nakashima’s voice fits wonderfully in this song and she is able to bring the right kind of emotion and tone to really emphasize the song’s energy. It’s haunting is cool.

It’s weird to think that we only get our first jazz song five tracks in. Rocking Horse is a bit change because it’s the first semi-upbeat tune and goes for a bit of a cheeky tone instead of the more serious ones that the other songs had. The music is a weird blend of jazz with some 70’s rock elements, but it works out here. It’s funky and cool.

Going for a more lighthearted vibe, Carrot & Whip comes sliding through with its light reggae vibes and jazzier elements. It feels like a song that would have fit perfectly on her last album because it really utilizes the brass sounds combined with a bouncy beat. I love its laid back nature and it keeps up the strong quality of the songs. I’m glad they included this B-side.

The third album track, we get into the more acoustic driven Shadows of you. It goes for a softer, light-rock sound which is an interesting change up, but to me, it’s the weakest song up to this point. It’s not bad, but the overall energy is a bit low and it doesn’t quite hit hard on either the arrangement nor the hooks.

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Luckily, the album’s third single comes right in. LEGEND (Main) (#5 / 67,000) is my favourite Nakashima song because it is absolutely stunning. The song opts for a light, electronic feel and always feels like it is just floating along. Its energy level isn’t very high, but there is something lovely about the way the music transitions into the chorus. It just glides in and brings out a beautiful melody. Things get even better at the end when the song gets a bit more punch in its beat and the gorgeous background vocals give the song an even dreamier quality. Even after fifteen years, it still holds up in its beauty.

I never really paid attention to Hemlock before. I actually forgot the song existed, but I’m a bit upset that I did. It’s a really funky, pop tune that brings some of the jazzy disco elements from her first album. The song really gets driven by its cool percussion, groovy guitar and flashy strings. The melody isn’t particularly catchy, but the overall energy and quality of the chorus really brings an infectious feel. My only issue is that it is a tad bit too long.

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Pushing things even further is the album’s first single, SEVEN (#3 / 53,000). This one really drives the jazzy elements, but steps up the energy levels and brings the song’s most upbeat song. The music is really fun and I love how it recalls some of the great moments from her last album. The melody is quite catchy as well, although it does suffer from a lack of power. The decision to have Nakashima use her falsetto to open the chorus doesn’t really bring much impact and causes the song to get carried by its arrangement. It’s still a great single and quite fun.

The only other B-side included, FAKE goes for a slow, loungy sound. These kinds of songs aren’t quite my cup of tea, but it’s clear that Nakashima does a great job with this style. Her voice is really expressive and despite the strained notes, her tone really fits the dramatic style of the melody. It’s not my favourite, but it’s still a solid offering.

While she would later become known for her rock songs as well, Fed Up is probably her first real pop/rock offering. It starts off in a dark way that feels like your usual piano ballad. Things only really amp up when the chorus hits and the music just explodes with the strong percussion, strings and heavy guitars. I love this contrast and it still brings elements that tie it in with the rest of the album. One of the stronger album tracks on here.

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I love how things swing into the final song and the album’s re-cut single. Hitori (#15 / 26,000) feels like it goes in the other direction of the album’s first song, “Sakurairo Maukoro”. Despite both songs having rather sad lyrics, instead of a beautiful and lighthearted sounding ballad, we get one that goes for a darker and more melancholic tone. The arrangement also retains a gradual build up, but it feels more focused on the strings thing time to really bring that haunting edge. It’s a stunning way to end things off.


Overall: This album was exactly as I was expecting. It’s a really great one. All the singles are great and I actually enjoy them a bit more than her last album’s set of singles. However, there were a few weaker album tracks here and there so it wasn’t as consistent. Still, the overall quality of the album is stellar and you can tell how detailed everything felt with the gorgeous arrangements throughout each song.

A+

[Digital Single] Hyolyn – One Step

“One Step” is the eighth digital single released by Hyolyn.

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Released: November 1, 2016
1. One Step

One Step goes for a more laid back, midtempo R&B sound and features Jay Park. This kind of sound works perfectly for showcasing Hyolyn’s raspy voice. The song itself isn’t anything particularly strong, but there are some nice moments. The chorus is especially enjoyable with its simple, but airy hook. I do think things get a bit better when Jay Park comes in as it creates some contrast with their voices.


Overall: This is a solid track even if it doesn’t quite stand out in any particular way. The two singers have nice tones that complement each other.

B+

[Single] SF9 – Feeling Sensation

SF9 is the first dance-focused boy band from FNC. Despite a rather rocky start, the group has recently found more success. “Feeling Sensation” is the debut single released by the group. “Fanfare” was used as the promotional track. The mini sold over 33,000 copies.

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Released: October 5, 2016
1. Fanfare (팡파레)
2. K.O.
3. Together

SF9 started off much in the same way as PENTAGON in the sense that their first title track was hip-hop inspired. Despite it not quite being my cup of tea in terms of genre, Fanfare has grown on me quite a bit. The bouncy beat and the over-the-top energy is fun and infectious. The hook is a bit annoying, but there are moments that lighten its load. The more melodic points that break through for the pre-chorus and in the chorus are the song’s strongest parts.

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Continuing the hip-hop elements, K.O. stomps in with its heavier beat and more drawn out melody. I do like that the song loses the overtly aggressive hip-hop vibe, but it just doesn’t deliver on other fronts. The melody is actually quite catchy and I think it would have excelled really well if the arrangement was just cleaner. I feel like it’s too boggled up and just overpowers the energy that the melody could bring.

I much prefer Together because we get a bit of funk from the group before the sound started seeping into their title tracks. The groovy beat really drives the song forward, but the sweet melody also comes off quite beautifully. It’s slick and smooth and while it lacks a little on having a stand out hook, its general vibe is a nice change up from the energy of the last two songs.


Overall: This is a decent debut single. I grew to enjoy “Fanfare” and “Together” is a stunning predecessor to their later music. I do wish K.O. was a little cleaner in its delivery though as it has a lot of potential in its melody.

B+