Kim Taeyeon of Girls' Generation released her music video for “Fine” yesterday as well as her 1st Full Album, My Voice. This album is phenomenal as I have already listened to it several times. The only track I haven't heard is the album only song “Time Spent Walking Through Memories”. However, I ordered 2 copies of the album, so I will be hearing that song soon. This album has 2 different versions available for purchase with 2 different concepts. There is the I Got Love version which is a darker and more sensual concept just like the video and then there is the Fine version which also like the music video has a light and innocent looking concept
The first track and the title song of the album is “Fine”. I love the use of guitar and piano in this song. It definitely gives it a more earthy feeling but along with her ethereal voice and the additional subtle instrumentation gives this song a heartbreaking emotion. I can't believe how fast I fell in love with this song. Her voice in the chorus sounds like it's going to break apart. Taeyeon is really one unique artist.
“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.
“Feel So Fine” also has a very earthy sound with the guitars and band instruments. I love the way the beat and many instruments fall away for the pre-chorus. While the melody of this song is quite familiar, it is still fresh and sounds good especially because Taeyeon is Queen.
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.
“I'm OK” is a fun song. Probably one of the most fun songs on the album because it has a sort of western theme. The song is very western influenced. But her vocals on top of that is just heaven. This style of song asks for high notes and higher fluctuation. There are so many instruments included in this song which makes it even more fun.
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.
Next up is the song that is becoming one of my favorite songs and that is “Sweet Love”. I don't know what it is about this song that is so addicting. Maybe it's her high notes in the chorus. Maybe it's her seductive way of saying I want to fall in love with her, which I already have years ago. But this song is a mid-tempo power jam. It has all the elements of a great Taeyeon song; that is it has Taeyeon singing in it. Honestly though, this song is so damn good.
“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.
“Lonely Night” is kind of an interesting mid-tempo track that ends up falling to the wayside due to the incredible tracks ahead of it and after it. But let's not forget how fantastic this song is. Her voice is so beautiful in this song, probably the one of the best in the entire album, but for me it isn't a song I think about often because it's a pretty typical song. The melody and the instrumentation is fairly mediocre, but like I said her vocals are nothing to be messed with. That is why this song is incredible to me. I'm sorry “Lonely Night”. I'll try not to forget about you.
“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.
One of the most talked about songs on this album is “Fire” and for a good reason. The song is raw, addictive, and catchy. It starts off with guitars and is settled into the initial sound of the song with a deep beat. The chorus is the most addictive part of this song. Taeyeon delivers extremely strong vocals in this song. One thing I'm upset about is at the bridge, Taeyeon sings “I feel so alone” about 4 times and it calls for some amazing harmonization lines that I sing to myself every time this comes on, but she doesn't sing those lines. She sings a the same lines but an octave higher which ruins the purpose of have those 4 lines build up like that. I don't know if that was her call or the composers call, but that was a great opportunity missed.
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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Since I finally received my My Voice album in the mail today, I decided to update my album review with the final song, “Time Spent Walking Through Memories”. This song was originally written by Nell and is simply covered by the wonderful Taeyeon. That being said, she is going to rock this song and make it even more timeless than it was prior to this album being released.
“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.
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