So as it turns out, 4Ten released a music video for the first song on their album, Jack of All Trades called Tornado. The music video was released a year ago however. Wow! I had no idea. I'm really excited for this because I love the song Tornado and was just thinking to myself that they should do a music video for that song. I guess I got my wish granted a year ago. They also released a video for Why, so I'm going to review both of these videos in this post.
The music video for Tornado was really boring. It was basically them just dancing in the streets of LA? The cinematography was really good and some of the shots were excellent, but overall the video was really boring. I thought for sure with an anthem type of song like that they would have done something more like what Spica did with Tonight or what The Naked and Famous did with Youngblood
Why's music video was a lot better than Tornado. Not by much though. While they were still just dancing in the streets of New York, they had a selfie stick to give it a more authentic feelings for parts. And it had the four girls site seeing throughout New York. This is the kind of video I was hoping Tornado would have been.
CLC (Crystal Clear) is back with their new song High Heels. This is their first comeback since late in the summer of 2015 with Like. The video however is a short version. Where are we? Japan? Why is it a short version of the music video? I hope this trend won't stick too long because I noticed a B.A.P song earlier that was also a short version video. Anyway, I'm excited for this, especially since CLC just added two new members to their lineup.
The music video, while short, was quite bubbly and really bright. I couldn't quite find a concept within the video besides just cutesy. CLC is really good when it comes to cutesy concepts. Although I didn't like this one as much, it still was pretty good.
The song however was a major letdown actually. It seemed to be building up and up and even into the chorus, it was still building, but never quite reached that climax point. Then it all just drops away before the second verse. This kind of song gives me anxiety because I'm waiting for a massive drop or something new to catch my attention but it continues to climb and then just fall away. It's quite annoying that they produced this song like that.
Sorry this review is so short, but hey the video was short so I can do a short review. Overall, this song wasn't a huge hit for me. While it may be number 1 for other people, for me it just didn't do it. Did you enjoy the song? Do you like having short videos? Let me know in the comments section.
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Today I'm doing something a little different. I'm going to be sharing my thoughts about 4 albums I've just recently listened to. This will be like a review, but not as in depth. More of a gloss over what my thoughts, likes, and dislikes about each album. Hope you enjoy it and I think I will be doing these sort of reviews a lot more because it saves me time and time is something I don't have a lot of.
The first album is Mamamoo's Melting album. This album is really relaxed and chill much like the sound of a coffee shop soundtrack. I don't think the name Melting really is the most appropriate name for the album. I would think something like Afternoon Haze or something like that to indicate the feeling of a coffee shop soundtrack. The album is really good and I'm not even a fan of Mamamoo. I like them, but I definitely don't follow them. Overall, the feeling in this album was very calm and laidback. It didn't have a huge sound except for the last couple of songs and even those tracks had a smooth classic feeling to them. The vocals within this album were excellent and completely 100% on point. It is weird to think of a group like this that conveys a more classic style of sound has two rappers that both know how to lay down sweet lyrics. Other than that, the album is solid and a really great comeback for these four ladies.
Next up is Jack of All Trades by 4Ten. 4Ten is a group that tends to get overshadowed and I think it's partially about their timing. They released a song last year that got completely overlooked because they released it at the same time as BTS or something. This year they released Jack of All Trades on the same day as Taemin's comeback album Press It. Not a smart move for a smaller group to release the same day as a huge group or artist. However, the album is really great. It has a very dance/clubby feeling throughout most of the album. The only song that feels rather disjointed is Go Easy and that might be because it was released a year prior to this album being released. All the songs however, maintain that dance feeling throughout. It has a very energetic sound and style that keeps you wanting to move. And I figured out why the first song, Tornado sounds so familiar and that's because the song pattern and style is the same as Spica's Tonight. It has a very rebellious, take-the-night, inspirational feeling. It is very addicting to listen to.
Roh Jihoon is an amazing artist and not too long ago, maybe in early fall of 2015, he released an album called Kam, I think. The lettering is Chinese and the translation into Korean is Kam. This album is fantastic. It utilizes so much energy and power within the instrumentation, his voice and just the way the songs build. This album is a ballad album which many don't like but I am one of those strange people that love ballad songs. There's a song on this album called September 7th which is said to be a dedication to his close friend RiSe of Ladies' Code who had past away on September 7th the previous year.
Finally, Stellar, a group known for their risque music videos, released their mini album Sting. Sting is an album with many elements within it but the overall feeling of the album is a dreamlike one. From Sting to Insomnia, it plays very kindly on the ears and is an easy listen. My favorite song on this album is probably either Insomnia which captures that dreamlike effect very well or Cinderella which does almost the complete opposite with the guitar intro and the heavy hits in the chorus. Overall this album is a great one that everyone should check out.
Taemin of SHINee has released his comeback album just a little bit ago and it has made a serious splash around the k-pop world, being talked about everywhere. And having listened to it several times, I can honestly say this is the best release of 2016 thus far. It presents the sheer element of Taemin while at the same time giving us a fresh look on that idol we have come to love. This album is fresh and so great.
The first track “Drip Drop” has a great energy. The song flows so well and even with the glitchy sounds, it still is really smooth. The energy level in this song is so high and makes anyone listening to it want to dance like Taemin.
The next song is the title track “Press Your Number” with which Taemin worked with Bruno Mars. This track definitely has Bruno Mars written all over it. It has that smooth jazz/funk sound to it and those extended long notes over the chorus with underlying dubs and vocals hidden away beneath. This song is very addicting.
“Soldier” is my personal favorite song from this album. The way it starts out with the deep piano and his vocal layering throughout the entire song along with that strong piano and strings backing him up gives me chills. The extremely filtered out drum set gives it a sort of ominous feelings that I love.
I heard that “Already” was written or produced by SHINee's Jong Hyun. If it was, I can definitely get that vibe from it. It sounds similar to a lot of the songs from Jong Hyun's solo debut album “Base”. The way this song has a slight trap feeling interlined with a vocal ballad is incredible. If I were to choose a second favorite song, this song might win it for those powerful vocal lines in the chorus.
“Guess Who” begins with ominous noises like wind, footsteps, gunshots and a scream. This song feels very much like a Michael Jackson song. It has the funk thing going on with the bass and the slightly muted guitars with a heavy driving beat. However, this song may be my least favorite song on the album. Not that it's a bad song, just out of all of these incredible songs, this song feels very mediocre.
The opening guitar riff in “One by One” at first seemed rather annoying to me, but over time I've actually come to love it. That song repeating over and over in the background and eventually being drowned out by the other sounds makes for a great sound. It gives it that upbeat rock sound throughout the entirety of the song.
“Mystery Lover” rings throughout anyone's ears after hearing that ominous music box introduction. This song is actually really catchy however. The music box, much like the guitar riff in “One by One”, seems to be drowned out. This song gives the feeling of a creepy doll house or something much like that.
I love “Sexuality” not because I'm imagining Taemin's sexuality, but because the driving beat sounds much like an 80s song or like Depeche Mode. The chorus is fantastic in this song and definitely shows what Taemin is capable of.
“Until Today” begins with guitar. This song also gives off the ability that Taemin has. It's heavily driven by the beat and the backing vocals. The R&B feeling suits Taemin and he is able to do it well.
The final song on the album is “Hypnosis” and as it should, it is a ballad. A piano ballad with powerful vocals and emotional expression is exactly what this album needed to finish it off. The song continues to build throughout the entirety of it. I feel like this song was given the most emotion. It bleeds right through my speakers and into my ears, that emotion.
Thanks you for reading my album review of Taemin's newest comeback “Press It”. I tried to keep it a short and simple track by track. Did you enjoy this album? Is it the best of the year so far? What is your favorite song and why?
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Mamamoo is back again with their newest song “You're the Best”. Mamamoo stole the charts last year with their song “Um Oh Ah Yeh” and I'm not sure yet, but I think they could do it again with this song. However, I didn't really enjoy their last song “1cm”. I felt that song was really repetitive and kind of annoying. Anyway, let's get this started.
That music video was fun. The aesthetics of the video were very bright and color tones. The video reminded me of a throwback video with the retro style. The story behind the video was that the girls (sorry not to good with names) fall in love with some guys and begin following them around. That's basically the gist I got from this video. Very colorful though, they were definitely showing off their colors.
The song was definitely better than “1cm”. The song was soulful and had some strong vocal points, definitely a good thing for Mamamoo. The song actually kind of sounded like a Sistar song at different points in the song.
So that's my review of Mamamoo's “You're the Best” music video. I couldn't think of any more to say, so this one is going to be short. Did you enjoy it? Who's your favorite member?
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Today is SM Station day again, and this time around SM released a video by Yoon Mi Rae, who I didn't actually know is under SM Entertainment. The song is called “Because of You”. I don't know much about Yoon Mi Rae. She released a song not too long ago that I really liked, but I don't remember the title or anything like that. The thumbnail for this video is a picture of her singing with headphones on, so I'm thinking this is an in-studio live performance, meaning, that the song is studio recorded, but the video will just be her performing it in the studio as if she were recording it.
The music video was pretty much as I predicted. It was their recording process including the orchestra they brought in and shots of webchats and practice sessions. The video wasn't anything to write home about, but it seemed to have a sort of sepia tint to it, not too much, but it was definitely there. Also the video had a film grain filter on different scenes to make the process seem like a memory. I like that aspect, but honestly nothing special about this video.
The song was alright. I wasn't super impressed with it, but it was good. Yoon Mi Rae has powerful vocals that kill at times, and this time was no exception, however, I felt like this song has been done before. And what I mean by that is that it's a ballad-type song with an orchestra and a huge swell towards the end. I would like to see more creative style ballads. Like a guitar and piano ballad would be cool or a violin and guitar. Anyway, the song was good, but it wasn't amazing.
That's my review of Yoon Mi Rae's song “Because of You”. Look forward to Mamamoo's newest video in review form. Did you like this song? What did you like or enjoy about it? Thanks for the support!
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Ladies' Code. I don't know very much about these girls. Actually, I don't know anything about them, but I do know that they just released a new music video, “Galaxy”. I saw the second teaser for the video and a comment caught my attention. Someone commented that it is Red Velvet – Dumb Dumb + Automatic = Galaxy. And if you've seen the teaser, I think that's an accurate statement.
The music video was done in a pastel sort of color scheme. There were lots of faded looking colors and black and white scenes as well. The video seemed to be playing a lot with the idea of “3”. 3 being the number of girls in this group. They utilized the triangle wherever they could including playing Sheldon Cooper's version of chess. There were tons of symbolism throughout the entire video and it's true, it did very much seem like a Red Velvet – Dumb Dumb video.
The song however, was smooth and chill. There were a bunch of breaks in the song that actually worked quite naturally and a synth keyboard driving the entirety of the song. The song did feel like something Red Velvet would do for their Velvet album. I very much enjoyed the song for that reason.
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So 4Ten who was formerly known as Poten who actually changed their name from 4Ten before that has released a new music video for their song “Severely”. The last we heard from them was last year with their song “Go Easy” or “Sarsarhae” whatever you want to say. But that song didn't get much attention and I'm afraid a similar thing is going to happen here because they promoted at the same time as Taemin and Taemin is more well-known. Either way, I did like their song from last year and actually listen to it quite frequently. So I'm excited to hear this song and see what new ideas they have in store for us. The thumbnail, I think was one of the girls sitting in a basketball hoop, so if that gives us any idea.
So I'm not exactly sure what happened in the music video. It seemed the girls tied up a guy and were teasing him and then he woke up on a balcony and that was the end of the video. I did like the contrast the was present in this song between the punk girls look to the elegant dress girls to the hip hop girls. It all worked out quite well.
The song felt very much like a video game theme or song. If this song were more metal, it would be featured in Final Fantasy 15. And another thing, I've decided I really like 4Ten. They are a good group that puts out solid music every year. I respect them for that and the bravery their company has to put out a song from them during high promotions of other companies.
Either way, I enjoyed the song and I can't wait to listen to this album. I'm sure it will be great. We honestly haven't had very many mediocre songs so far this year. All of them have been really good. I'm feeling a good year for k-pop once again. Although, it's already a bad year because Kara, one of my favorite groups, disbanded just barely. But we'll skip over that.
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Okay, so Taemin of SHINee is back again with his second video release of this year. This is Taemin – Press Your Number. I've already listened to the entire album except this song. I've been waiting all day for this. Believe me, I was jamming out to Soldier, One by One and Hypnosis at 8:30 this morning. So I have definitely been waiting for this moment. I put off listening to this song to give me a fresh perspective on watching it. I didn't want to taint anything by listening to the song beforehand. I guess this is it!
The music video was very artistic. There were tons of symbolism in there that I can't name all of them. A few were the blue roses, the cards, the tree, and of course the gas and lighter at the end. The video, while strange, doesn't seem very far off from SHINee especially with View last year. View was a crazy weird video. This video seemed to express the emotional struggle of someone having done something bad in the past and regretting it. In the video, Taemin holds a girl up at a convenient store and robs her. He and his friends go and celebrate their new earnings, but not before the cops show up. Then I think Taemin crashes his car trying to get away. That's where he remembers everything he's done and sets fire to his car to try to erase the memories he has.
The song is bomb. This album is gold and everything about it is just phenomenal. The song definitely sounds like something that Bruno Mars would produce. It has that smooth jazz style underlying the fullness of the song. While it felt like Bruno Mars, it definitely felt like something SHINee would have done, especially in the more recent years. So I'm glad that those two paired up. It's a great match. Also, Taemin's dance moves are yet again on fire. And that crotch grab!
Anyway, that's my music video review for Taemin's Press Your Number. I loved it and can't wait to binge this entire album over the next little while. Did you like it? What was your favorite part of the song/video? Do you think that Taemin/SHINee and Bruno Mars should partner up again in the future? Leave your comments below. I'd love to hear from you.
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Taemin just released his performance video of his new song “Drip Drop.” Taemin is the the man! In the words of EatYourKimchi, “He's TaeMAN!” I don't know what else to say, so I'm going to just jump right into it.
Holy crap that was fantastic! Those are literally the words I said once the video finished. The video wasn't anything special. It was just a dance performance video, but wow was that dance fantastic. I haven't been that wowed by a dance since BTS with Dope. The video takes place in a red rock environment. He's actually there because he kneels down in the dirt with black pants on and when he stands up there is actual red dirt on his pants.
The song was just as phenomenal. The song has a very sexy vibe meshed with some dubstep and EDM influences. The way the instrumentation sounded was very much like skipping on a CD. It was very well done and once again SM strikes!
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