Kim Taeyeon of Girls' Generation (So Nyeo Shi Dae) has made her official comeback with her 2nd mini album “Why”. Taeyeon is known for her powerful vocals and the rough edge within her voice. She is the leader of her group and there is a good reason for it. Not only that but she is also the first out of her group to make a debut about a year ago.
Her first mini album “I” had a chill, relaxing sound to it. Taeyeon is well known for her ballad voice, making her the OST Queen. With her first album, most of the songs were ballad-type songs with a more emotional and powerful design to each song. Even the upbeat song possessed that high emotion, low energy expression.
However with her new mini album “Why”, she is letting out the edgier side of herself. Songs like “Why”, an EDM/Singer-Songwriter song with bits of jazz influence thrown in there and “Up and Down”, a song mixes all sorts of genres including Hip Hop, Trap, 80s Pop, Jazz, and of course a rap section which is delivered flawlessly by band-mate Kim Hyoyeon, both present this high energy side of Taeyeon.
Like MRJKPOP said in his review of “Why”, it seems like there is a distinct contrast being brought to light in this release, and I couldn't agree more. He only mentioned the contrasts between the acoustics of the guitar in the beginning of the song and her vocals. He said the backing track was so wide and spacious; very deep sounding, but her vocals are right up in your face with no depth at all.
My agreement with MRJKPOP is applied within the album as a whole. It seems like Taeyeon is trying to show us her two completely different sides. “I” was a self-expression of her inner emotions and the complexities of love and so on. Whereas “Why” seems to be more of her outer expressions escaping and letting loose. Her jazzy side is attempting to be noticed here and that's the portion of her that came through on this album. Much like Red Velvet with their albums “The Red” - which reveals the energetic, colorful, bright side – and “The Velvet” - which taps into their more sensitive side with more emotion.
As for the music videos of “Starlight” and “Why”, I'm not going to even try to guess what is going on in either of those videos because obviously you people of the internet have a better imagination and ability to read into details more clearly than I could ever. I will leave it to you to explain what is happening in those videos.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this album review. It's a bit different than my normal format, but nevertheless, my album reviews continue on. I know it's been a minute since I've reviewed an album on my site. It is because most of my album reviews are on my Twitter account. Thanks for sticking with me through all of this, and don't forget to like, share, and comment on this with your favorite tracks from “Why”.
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