Rewind!!! 3rd Anniversary of Jonghyun’s solo Debut “Base”

 

On this day three years ago the world was introduced to the musical and lyrical stylings of SHINee’s lead vocalist. The rest is history.

Below in order my favorite tracks from his debut album.

 

The first song on my list is not the main promoted track (like usual). Deja-Boo with its warm electronica infused neo soul vibe combined with Jonghyun’s unusual voice this song to be embodies the look and sound of the album. To me it has become (and now always will be) Jonghyun’s leitmotif.

 

 

The next two tracks continue the neo soul/chill vibe going.

 

 

While both the song and the music video were well produced I wasn’t completely feeling the promoted track from the EP. However  Crazy over time eventually grew on me.

This ends my extremely short and simple review.

 

 

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His legacy continues ………

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Its been a while since I’ve posted a review or video here and its unfortunate that this latest post is about such a solemn subject. This post is tentative and subject to be edited and changed but for now I just wanted to post how I feel..

 

I was completely taken aback when I looked at my phone (which was on youtube) and saw the news. In a moment of shock I thought I misread or it was some type of error or maybe even a hoax. But then who would make up such a thing? In my moment of utter disbelief  I kept thinking how could this happen? I had just (no kidding) just watched a couple of his and SHINee’s videos the night before. Then I thought back to his performance of Let me out I had seen last week and it dawned on me.

I must admit I was a little worried.  I’ve always been a really stickler for lyrics. No matter the genre I always zero in on the lyrics, to me its truly what makes a song, what gives it it’s soul and what usually touches you when you hear it. The lyrics to “Let me out” were profound and very telling and I was left saying wow I truly hope he his ok. Then I remembered he wrote the song Elevator and that was a couple of years ago.

I still haunts me, if these lyrics don’t sound like a serious cry for help I’m not sure what does.

 

This was the song that had cast Jonghyun in a different light to me. It was a total foil to the usually cheerful, energetic/passionate image he portrayed. A deeply personal song  that lifted the shroud that covered his inner pain. This song has haunted me way before these recent events( the last line..). Though he seemed to pull through. I thought hopefully that writing and performing/sharing these songs was a outlet for him to deal with his pain.

As a fan I felt uncomfortable and concerned for him again upon listening to his more recent songs filled with fatalistic and self deprecating lyrics, but I felt really what could I as a fan truly do? That would be up to his friends, family, colleagues and producers. I am just an insignificant cog in the machine not to mention I don’t speak his language and live in a totally different country. I expressed this sentiment to someone and they warmly (in short) told me “You never know if you just may be the one to make the difference in someone’s life and/or circumstance.” So the lesson I learned and others should as well in this is to say something if you think something is wrong even if you think it doesn’t matter or wont be taken seriously because we never know.

The sad fact is he is gone and as a artist he had more to give and share with the world and influence it. By doing this he ended a possible future that could have been and the world is worst off for it.

Though his legacy will live on………..

A few(of many) Jonghyun and SHINee songs

 

Always liked this song even though I thought it was kinda wrong ( and semi- blasphemous) LOL

 

 

 

This was one of the videos I had watched the night before the news.

 

 

 

and of course…….

 

Watch This! The New Edition Story

A you a big fan of Boy bands? K-pop? Pop in general?  Have you heard of New Edition? If not you should. Considered the trailblazers of the modern boy band  New Edition was founded in 1978 in Boston, MA. Unfortunately like many pioneers they are often forgotten and the credit given to those who became more “successful” in their wake.

Their former manager Maurice Starr went on to create another boy band comprised of members of the caucasian persuasion named New Kids on The Block who became a huge success and the face of the boy band  in the U.S.and around the world.

All you K-pop and boy band fans should watch this movie to get a little history.

 

Check Out the New Edition Story Jan 24th on BET!

How do you think New Edition influenced the pop and K-pop world?

 

Watch this! King- “The Greatest”Music Video

This post was a long time coming!…

I first discovered King a few years ago (2011 to be exact) while browsing iTunes. I really liked what I heard and then I never heard from them again….until now. King had emerged from the musical abyss and released their first full album entitled We are King in February of this year.

Before their album was release they gave us a preview of what to expect with “The Greatest” MV. Keeping to the little theme I have going with Video Game inspired music videos this one takes all the way with the music having a VGM tinge and the retro video game graphics (Streets of Rage comes to mind while watching) is a great addition.

Check it out below!

What do you think? Does the music video convey the  the video game theme well?

Let’s go back…..Christmas in 1999

Christmas 1999 the last Christmas before the millennium  and in the K-pop world SMTown’s  first Christmas album Christmas In SMTown.com. Featuring the hottest artists of time and the original pioneering groups of K-pop.

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I like how music video gives the feeling of the SMTown  artists as an family.

Even though these next songs are from  albums  released in 2000 and 2001 it still has the 90s vibe their predecessor contains.

One of my favorite Christmas songs. I even include this song in my Christmas mix for Christmas parties lol.

Another great music video with the SMTown “family”. Angel Eyes is not your typical sounding Christmas song but is upbeat and joyous (and it also sounds like songs from the  Sonic R video game lol).

Do you have any favorite K-pop Christmas songs?

 

Merry Christmas!

 

 

B.I.G.-Taola MV and single Review

Boys in groove

 

For this review I’m going to have to rescue a review from my music abyss (lol). I discovered B.I.G.( which stands for Boys In Groove mind you) by way of their second single Between Night n Music. I was attracted to their neo disco sound and cute MV with a simple but actual storyline and their outfits (who could forget those polka dot outfits). Between night n music was released in March of 2015 and B.I.G. has been silent since. This November B.I.G. emerged from the silence with a new look and of course new single! This new single is entitled Taola.
With this new single B.I.G. is still going strong with the retro theme this time jumping from 70’s inspired neo disco beats to a dramatic 90s R&B/pop melody (the melody of the song and vocals sound very familiar). Taola contrasts greatly with their last single Between night n music the latter they sound much younger and upbeat. Taola showcases the members deeper voices (especially in the rap segments) well with the dramatic chorus which brings back memories of old school k-pop hits. In the beginning of the track a member is heard stating that this song is a “New chapter” it seems his statement is correct.

 B.I.G. Then

As one can see  the Between night n music mv was produced (well) on a meager budget and gave B.I.G. an image that truly matched their name (boys in groove) as (invisible) disco dancers that help cheer up a woman evening that was going wrong.
  B.I.G Now

     Taola takes a cue from old 90’s videos were each member has their own theme and room but updated with the trend that’s overtaken almost every music video..neon lights. With its use of bold and dark colors (both in the member’s clothing and background sets) and shots of the members looking intensely into the camera Taola gives off a much more mature and dramatic vibe. Despite the differences B.I.G. stays true to their name and delivers a great dance song.
With this new single I look forward to their next incarnation if they choose to stay with this look and vibe or go with a totally different theme its bound to be a dance hit.

Rewind!!Xia – Yesterday album and MV review

 

Now that its officially Winter, Ready for some “Autumn music”?

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Kim Junsu (known as XIA) was one of the members of the original DBSK who left in 2009 (for more info on the reasons why click here). After Kim and two other members left DBSK  they formed a trio named JYJ  and released a few albums. During this period Junsu under the name Xia began a solo career. He released his first album Tarantallegra in 2012 followed by Incredible in 2013 and Flower in 2015. Xia released his most recent album Yesterday in the fall of 2015.

A short video history of XIA

This is the first solo track I’ve heard from “Xia” back when he was still in DBSK

Xia’s music videos are always dramatic and often rife with symbolism. So despite Xia’s newest single Yesterday being a slow ballad I knew the mv would at least be interesting to watch the mv did not disappoint. In short the video is a story of a man surviving a disaster and remembering his loved one that he had a fight with just before the disaster occurred. We follow the man on his journey to find his lost loved one. In the end he finds her and thinks she is dead but it is implied she is not and we see the entire earth in a red hue perhaps signifying a global disaster has occurred. In the last scenes the moon begins to break apart (meaning more awful things to come) so it makes one wonder, he found his love when the world is truly about to come to an end?

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Xia’s Yesterday album contains eight tracks. While all of the tracks are great in their own right I will be reviewing the four tracks that stood out to me.

Now on to the review.

Oeo a bright dance track with a chorus of the exact spelling of OEO is very catchy and definitely a club song. Unlike most of his EDM tracks OEO has a cooler  sound to the instrumentals as compared to Xiahtic for example.

 Midnight Show takes me back to old school J-pop from the late 90s. It’s a very upbeat track with strong piano chords which give the song a more mature pop sound.

Tarantallegra (Acoustic Ver.)  is a great rendition of the song as the vocals are re sung (not just laying the original track with new music) this version takes on a much less dramatic tone and with Spanish flavored guitar melodies and raspy vocals lends this version  a “warmer” vibe.

Incredible (Acoustic Ver.) is the surprising track out of the mini album. Incredible is a prime example of how loud or distracting instrumentals can drown out good vocals. In the acoustic version only the notes of a piano accompany Xia (as well as the background singers) giving Incredible an intimate feel like you’re listening to Xia live at a small venue.

 The Yesterday album was released as autumn  release to give listeners music that fits the season (much like the brighter, upbeat “summer music” genre) with its cooler tone instrumentals in its dance songs such as OEO as well as R&B flavored songs such as Midnight Show and ballads such a Yesterday and the touching Incredible Xia’s album surely is a great “fall music” release.