Rewind!! Teen Top mini album Natural Born

Hello readers! I’m sure you know this summer has been pretty busy with new releases, sometimes some coming out  back to back or many premiering on the same day. So with this rewind!!segment I have posted my review of Teen Top‘s mini album Natural Born which was released in June. You can check out the review here.

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What is your take on the mini album and Music video?

Let’s go back…….. to 2014 Taemin solo album ACE

Taemin has been a member of the super popular South Korean boyband “SHINee” since its inception (2008). As most boybands go SHINee’s catalog of works contained upbeat candy pop, dramatic anthems and R&B influenced pop songs. Being that Taemin is a member of this group one may typically expect his solo album to have similar influences. However this is not the case. As listeners will find out upon hearing the diverse tracks of Taemin’s first solo album ACE.

A very short video history of SHINee

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The following review is of tracks from the mini album that stood out to me as a listener.
Ace The album’s title track is a surprising intro to the album with its slight 80’s R&B ethereal vibe the airy chimes and keyboard notes creates a cool atmosphere that showcases Taemin’s lucent voice.

Danger Taemin’s debut song contains influences that is blaringly obvious from the first stanza: Michael Jackson. The song as a whole is an interesting mix of 90’s style euro-pop and Michael Jackson. MJ’s influence is heard in the details ranging from the song’s melodic rapping thru Taemin’s shouts of Danger! In case you are still not sure of  the Michael Jackson influence in threaded in Danger the video will clear that up.

Play Me brings us back to the flowy dream like sound that the opening  track Ace introduced. Taemin’s soft voice once again is complemented by lighter instrumentals and delicate melodies. Play me sounds like a homage to an older R&B song “Rock the Boat” by Aaliyah with its cool airy vibe and its repetitive chorus.

Pretty Boy This track interrupts the cooler tone Ace was leading. Taemin voice takes on a hint of base as he sings/raps with confidence and bursts with energy in the chorus. In variance with the track’s title of ”Pretty boy” Taemin tries to come across more macho and “hard” as a stark contrast to the smooth R&B crooner he portrays on the other songs off his album.

For a solo debut Ace demonstrated Taemin’s vocal talent in a musically diverse collection of tracks . The album as a whole establishes Taemin as a possible contender in the R&B realm, giving him a more mature and suave image than his k-pop counterpart (image?).

So what do you think about Taemin’s solo album ACE a year later? Did it help establish him musically and image wise as an solo artist?

SHINee Married to the music review

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With their latest release of their repackaged album Married to the Music SHINee takes on a retro theme. I have always been a been fan of retro fashion, music and movies be it the 50s thru the 80s and even the 90s (now that its considered retro ) so I excitedly awaited this release. Check out my review of the new songs on the album and the unusual (for k-pop anyway) music video here

What do you think of the single or the music video? Better yet what you think of the new tracks?

Let me know in the comments!

Music reviews!

I’ve loved and have been doing music reviews for a long while and for a couple of years fell into a music reviewing hibernation. As of this year i have been woken up from this deep sleep and have been reviewing music (and music videos) for an up and coming website dj2thirteen.com

So… below are two reviews that I have done for them!

My very first review was of the K-pop boy band EXO’s second album EXODUS and you can check it out here

next is my review of French house music artist Allure! Its the first review I’ve ever done of an instrumental album! Check it out here!

First Post!

Hello readers and welcome to my first post ! Here you will find links to my music reviews and sometimes other articles ( music related of course!). Since I’ve started with this blog a little behind feel free to take a look at some of my previously published reviews. As of now whenever I post a review you will find out here first.