“Cover Up” has a more modern pop sound that is pretty typical of female artists, but that doesn't stop Taeyeon from taking over and dominating this song. The EDM influence is very present in this track and utilizes it really well without overdoing it. I love how it is an EDM song but the chorus isn't cut out like several EDM and EDM-influenced K-pop songs. After listening to this song a few times, I realized the reason I'm not a huge fan of this song is because to me it sounds like a song that f(x) would do or SNSD as a group, but not a Taeyeon song. That is the reason I can't wrap my head around this song even though the song itself is phenomenal.
You guys have heard my rants about “I Got Love” several times especially if you follow me on Twitter. Well, I love this song. I love everything about this song except one little detail. EDM is a sub genre of techno music and it has taken over the world including K-pop. What EDM does is there is a build up and then a drop. EDM was primarily instrumental but recently has been intertwined with lyrics and vocals. The only issue is that a lot of EDM songs tend to build up to a chorus and drop right at the chorus. This typically leaves out a vocal chorus and is strictly just instrumental. “I Got Love” is the same way. That's the only thing I hate about this song. On the other hand, I love the instrumentation and the sensual feeling that encircles this song.
The next track is my absolute favorite song on the album. “Time Lapse” is a magical musical journey through what I assume is the mind of Taeyeon. The use of guitar, synthesizers, drums, piano and several other instruments is just phenomenal. Her voice is almost drowned out through most of the song but it forces its way through the chaos. I love it. The way it slowly builds on top of the already present chaos is just incredible. The noise level gets more and more noisy. There are some nice distortions used on her voice and just the overall emotion in this song is just unbelievable. The cut off from all the noise and her voice peeking through until the very end. If you can't tell I'm very passionate about this song. “Time Lapse” is just epic.
“When I Was Young” is a ballad song that for me is reminiscent of “Farewell” from Taeyeon's first album, I. Every time this song comes on in my car I start belting the lyrics (the ones I know: “When I was young” and “When I was a fool”). I think the simplistic build from a piano ballad to an orchestral piece of art is what makes this song similar to “Farewell” for me. There are so many subtle layers in this song with the piano, guitar, and various strings. This is another song I'm falling in love with.
“Love in Color” is a fantastic song that utilizes her voice and piano and that's it. Nothing else. However, this song had a familiar tone to it. I couldn't figure it out for a while. Then it hit me. This song sounds somewhat similar to “Sunday Bloody Sunday” by U2. And not necessarily the entire song, but the beginning of the chorus and then the “ohs” near the end of the song definitely are reminiscent of “Sunday Bloody Sunday”. But I love how raw this song is. This is the reason I loved “11:11” so much was because of the raw energy that she delivers with her powerful vocals.
Finally, we reach the end of our digital release of My Voice by Taeyeon with her final song “Eraser”. However this isn't the last song of the album. When I receive my albums I will add a review of the final song that isn't released digitally onto this review. “Eraser” is a different kind of song, but a great way to end the album. It's such a powerful song vocally. I don't even know how to describe this song. It's just a bop. I'll leave it at that.
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“Time Spent Walking Through Memories” is a song that will stick with you. The melody and instrumentation in this song is subtle and gentle, but powerful at the same time. Her rough but soft voice suits this song so well. This is like “Time Lapse” part 2. I might not have listened to Nell a whole lot, but seeing as two songs that I really enjoy from this album were written by Nell just proves that I need to listen to them. The “la la la's” at the end of this song are the perfect way to end the album. I know I said that “Eraser” was a great way to end the album, but this song is so much better at the end of the album. Personally, I think “Time Lapse” could've worked at the end as well.