[Mini-Album] Jun Hyo Seong – Colored

Colored is the second mini-album released by Jun Hyo Seong. Please Find Me was used as the promotional song.

Released: March 28, 2016
1. Follow Me
2. Please Find Me (나를 찾아줘) [MV]
3. Busted (딱 걸렸어)
4. So Good
5. Dear Moon
6. Hello

Follow Me reminds me a bit of the material from her last album, but in a more bombastic way. The song has a marching band kind of sound with percussion and blast of brass. This is all mixed in with some rock elements as well. The verses are quite good at bringing up the energy, but I sort of wish the chorus had a bit more power. I feel like it needs to be even more explosive but it sort of leaves it at the same level. It’s quite catchy, but just could be stronger.

Please Find Me brings us the synth pop sound that Hyo Seong has brought with her last two promo songs. This time, we are given the most upbeat version, but it is in my opinion, the weakest of her promo songs. It’s still quite nice with its dance beat and blast of synths. This type of song fits her voice very well. My only gripe is that I think the melody could be stronger. The melody just sort of floats above the music and doesn’t really make much impact. It’s still a solid song though.

Busted gives a bit more attitude, but it still has that synth pop sound to it. It has some really interesting features to it like the second half of the chorus being computerized in an odd way. I really like the electropop aspects to this song, which give it a bit of edge. The melody is also very catchy. Pretty good song!

So Good is a lighthearted dance/pop tune. I quite like how the beat is a bit heavy, but works well with the lighter aspects of the rest of the music. The vocal arrangement is decent and has some nice hooks to it, but the first half does lack that really strong and catchy one and the second half is just too repetitive. It’s still a decent pop song, but one of her weaker songs.

Dear Moon is a bit different as it leaves behind the dance/pop elements and brings something a bit more organic in its music. Heavily reliant on the acoustic guitar, the song does add a bit of percussion half way through, but this is a pretty laidback song in general, especially from Hyo Seong. With that said, I don’t find her vocal performance that enchanting and the song ultimately ends up a bit dull.

Hello keeps up the more laidback sound, but with a loungey R&B/pop tune. It reminds me quite a bit of the kind of music popular in Korea at coffee shops. This type of music isn’t really my favourite type as I do find it comes off a bit boring and forgettable in the long run. It’s cute, but the melody just isn’t enticing and the vocals aren’t particularly outstanding.

Overall: This isn’t a bad mini at all, but it is the weakest among Hyo Seong’s releases. I just find that the songs are decent, but the melodies aren’t as strong as her last mini-album. And while her last mini had some slower tunes, they were much stronger. It’s a solid release, but nothing particularly standing out.


[Mini-Album] Jun Hyo Seong – FANTASIA

FANTASIA is the first mini-album released by Jun Hyo Seong. Into You was used as the promotional song.

Released: May 7, 2015
1. Come See Me (날 보러와요)
2. Into You (반해) [MV]
3. Taxi Driver
4. Been Your Dream (꿈이었니)
5. 5 More Minutes (5분만 더)

Come See Me is a sexy R&B pop tune. I love the saxophone refrain used as it reminds me a little of Careless Whisper. The whole song is really full when it comes to its arrangement and while Hyo Seong isn’t the strongest vocalist, her airy vocals work really well here. The chorus is quite melodic and features quite a few strong hooks to keep the song going forward. Excellent.

Keeping up the sexy sound, Into You, is one of my favourite songs ever. Unlike the last song, this one is more in the pop territory, which is heard in the funky synth refrain. The beat is strong and the music has some cool brass elements about it. My favourite part of the music are the quiet synths heard in the background that help the song feel so full. The melody is really as well and superbly catchy. Also, Hyo Seong raps! To be honest, this song reminds me of something by Koda Kumi at the start of her career.

Taxi Driver is a midtempo R&B tune. While the song is slower than the last two, I love how much attitude the vocal arrangement has. The music is also quite cool with its spanish guitar and harmonica. It has some aspects that really make it stand out and give it this kind of haunting quality. This is another solid tune released by Hyo Seong.

Been Your Dream brings us a relaxing pop ballad with a nice R&B beat. I love really like the acoustic quality of the song as it gently overlays the heavy beat. The melody is also quite nice and there are some nice hooks that spring up. However, I do feel the song does get a bit slow and can be a bit dull. I do really enjoy Hyo Seong’s vocals though.

5 More Minutes is a funky midtempo pop tune. I love the beat as it is quite bouncy and works really well with Hyo Seong’s airy vocals. My favourite part of the song is definitely the small rap section though, as it surprisingly ties into the song really nicely. The melody is quite fun, although it isn’t as memorable as I would like in the end. Still a good tune.

Overall: The girls of Secret always seem to be pulling out quality releases and FANTASIA is no different. While Hyo Seong’s voice isn’t as strong as Ji Eun’s, she is able to hold her own and each of the songs seems crafted to work with her airy voice. I love how the mini is quite consistent in quality as well as in sound and all the songs have this full arrangement that is able to allow different quirks to spring up. Solid mini.


[Single] Jun Hyo Seong – TOP SECRET

It certainly is interesting to see bagel girl Hyo Seong making her debut and I’m not entirely surprised at the image she chose to represent this time around considering she has always been the “sexy” member of Secret. TOP SECRET is her debut single, with Good-night Kiss being the promo song.

Released: May 12, 2014
1. You Don’t Know Women (여자를 몰라)
2. Good-night Kiss [MV]
3. I Hate the Night (밤이 싫어요)

You Don’t Know Women features rapper J-Kyun and is a fun pop song with hip-hop and funk elements. It is a bit repetitive at times, but there are some really killer parts to the song. The section after the middle 8 is especially fun with the interchanging lines between the singer and the rapper. I also really love the use of the saxophone that comes blaring in after the choruses. I also enjoyed the rap break. He sorta lacks energy, but it works with the feel of the song that is upbeat yet not entirely out in full force.

The promo song, Good-night Kiss, brings something a bit sexier with its clap-beats and soft vocals. The verses are rather seductive and I really love the prechorus with the “K-I-S-S-I-N-G” chanting. Despite sounding somewhat jarring, it brings a bit of fun to the song. My only problem lies with the chorus. It just seems like a let down compared to the rest of the song. The melody is catchy, but there is no impact that really makes it standout. The second half the chorus helps to lighten things up, but sometimes it just feels like an awkward addition meant to add a bit of hook into the song. With that said, I actually enjoy the song quite a bit.

I Hate the Night is definitely the most exhilarating song on the album. The dance-pop song has some funk elements and certainly catchy, but a lot of the song just seems to blur together. The melody isn’t particularly strong and coupled with a somewhat messy instrumental, the overall result ends up somewhat forgettable. It’s a nice song, just the weakest on the single.

Overall: I was actually surprised with this single. I really enjoyed how all three songs were upbeat, which fits very well with Hyoseong’s image and sound. The first two songs were fun listens and I have really grown to enjoy the promo song quite a bit. The last song was ok, but certainly B-side material.