Reviews – NowKPop https://www.nowkpop.com International KPop Media Frontier Sat, 06 May 2017 14:14:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 85292321 [Album Review] GFRIEND – ‘The Awakening – The 4th Mini Album’ https://www.nowkpop.com/2017/05/06/album-review-gfriend-the-awakening-the-4th-mini-album/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=album-review-gfriend-the-awakening-the-4th-mini-album https://www.nowkpop.com/2017/05/06/album-review-gfriend-the-awakening-the-4th-mini-album/#respond Sat, 06 May 2017 14:03:45 +0000 http://www.nowkpop.com/?p=21955

Tracklist:

1. 바람의 노래 (Hear The Wind Sing)

2. Fingertip [Title Track]

3. 비행운: 飛行雲(Contrail)

4. 나의 지구를 지켜줘 (Please Save My Earth)

5. 봄비 (Rain In The Spring Time)

6. 핑 (Crush)

 

Tang Tang Tang! The long awaited GFRIEND comeback has finally happened! However, instead of the usual “Powerful Innocent” concept that has brought them a lot of success in the past, GFRIEND has taken powerful shots at the Buddies’ hearts with a mature concept for their new mini-album “The Awakening”. This extended play has definitely been a success, achieving over 100,000 album sales through pre-sales alone as well as gaining over 1 million youtube views within 24 hours for the title track MV “Fingertip”. What’s even better about this mini album is that it contains 6 full length songs, without the typical Intro or Instrumental track.

바람의 노래 (Hear The Wind Sing)

The album starts off with “Hear The Wind Sing”, a track that creates a great harmony of violin strings and soothing melodies. The lyrics of this refreshing song involves a girl who wishes the wind to carry her to her loving boyfriend. The juxtaposition of strings and electronic music, together with the beautiful vocals showcased definitely makes this the most refreshing song to listen to in this mini-album.

Author rating: 8/10

Fingertip

The title track has definitely earn its title of being the catchiest track of the album. It contains a powerful message of a girl trying to capture her crush’s love by aiming for his heart, accompanied by the catchy phrase “Tang Tang Tang”. The strong and exciting feeling that this song brings will always leave you wanting more.

Author rating: 8.5/10

비행운: 飛行雲(Contrail)

Just like how clouds gather at the tail of an airplane, Contrail talks about love gathering in your heart when you are in love. Although it isn’t your typical catchy kpop track, nor does it have an extremely beautiful melody, the alternation between major and minor chords makes this track a very enjoyable and fun ride.

Author rating: 7.5/10

나의 지구를 지켜줘 (Please Save My Earth)

This track is composed by composer team Mio, which wrote Mermaid for GFRIEND during the Navillera era. This track showcases a great harmony of strings and a sentimental melody, while the sad vocals create a slightly mysterious atmosphere. Although this song has a nice melody at the beginning and is quite relaxing to listen to, it lacks a memorable melody and doesn’t seem to have a clear direction in where it is progressing to. The melody doesn’t have much feeling in it and lyrics also gets quite repetitive near the end, making it sound somewhat mundane and boring.

Author rating: 6/10

봄비 (Rain In The Spring Time)

Easily my favourite song in the album, Rain In The Spring Time is a slow and soothing track that draws a lot of resemblance from songs in their previous albums, such as Mermaid and Rough. The song creates an image of a girl looking out the window at the spring rain, thinking of the person she loves and remembering all the good times that they had together. This track is exactly what the previous song failed to achieve and has one of the most beautiful melodies in GFRIEND’s discography.

Author rating: 9/10

 

핑 (Crush)

The song is based on the rhythm of the swingbeat genre, containing rhythmical melody, string sessions and strong vocals. It describes the dizziness of a girl and her fluttering heart when thinking about her first crush. Similar to Contrail, the upbeat and creative style of the song makes it exciting to listen to.

Author rating: 7.5/10

 

Other than the 6 songs, the album also comes with a poster and 2 random photo-cards, in which I obtained one for Yerin and one for Sowon. The outfits and pictures are generally really nice and I’m pretty satisfied with this mini-album overall. Hence, I give this album an overall rating of 8/10.

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[Album Review] NCT 127 – ‘NCT #127 – The 1st Mini Album’ https://www.nowkpop.com/2016/07/11/album-review-nct-127-nct-127-the-1st-mini-album/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=album-review-nct-127-nct-127-the-1st-mini-album https://www.nowkpop.com/2016/07/11/album-review-nct-127-nct-127-the-1st-mini-album/#comments Sun, 10 Jul 2016 15:34:56 +0000 http://www.nowkpop.com/?p=20126 NCT 127 #

Tracklist:

1. 소방차 (Fire Truck) {Title}

2. Once Again (여름 방학)

3. Wake Up

4. Another World

5. Paradise

6. Mad City

7. Switch (Feat. SR15B)

NCT 127, the second sub-unit of SM Entertainment’s new boy group NCT (Neo Cultural Technology)  has finally made their debut! Without further ado check out their debut mini album review below!

01. 소방차 (Fire Truck)
Korean Lyrics by Lee Taeyong, Mark Lee, Jung Jaehyun, Lee Seuran (Jam Factory)
Composed by LDN Noise, Tay Jasper, Ylva Dimberg
Arranged by LDN Noise

Like NCT U’s debut title track The 7th Sense, NCT 127’s newly released title track 소방차 (Fire Truck) is a fusion genre dance track; fusing the hip hop and trap genre together in one track. Through their strong and rhythmic title track, the boys aim to bring people out of their stresses with music!

02. Once Again (여름 방학)
Korean Lyrics by Jo Yun Gyeong
Composed and Arranged by Chris Wahle, Andreas Oberg

After presenting the strong and manly side of them, the seven NCT127 members transforms into cute little boys giving out all their aegyo! Once Again (여름 방학) is a dance pop track with retro sounds embedded throughout the track. Along with the catchy track and the members’ harmonized sweet vocals the track aims to tell a love story between a man and a women who reunited at the beach during their summer vocation. Therefore make sure you listen to this song throughout your summer and if you have a lover definitely enjoy the music with him/her!

03. Wake Up
Korean Lyrics by Kim Min Hyeong (Jam Factory), Baek In Young (Jam Factory), Jo Jin Ju
Composed by LDN NOISE, Tay Jasper
Arranged by LDN NOISE

Wake Up! Wake Up! NCT 127 has arrived with their newest electronic pop track Wake Up in 2016! This electronic pop track has a dreamlike and mystery atmosphere to it aiming to express the hopes and dreams the boys have to wake up the world with their distinct and unique music!

04. Another World
Korean Lyrics by Kim Min Ji (Jam Factory), Lee Seul (Jam Factory)
Composed by Timothy `Bos` Bullock, MZMC, Leven Kali, Jamil `Digi` Chammas, Tay Jasper, Adrian Mckinnon
Arranged by Tay Jasper, Timothy `Bos` Bullock

Another World is another fusion genre track by NCT 127, this time the track mixes the genres pop, future and urban together, giving the track a fresh and unique feel to it. Through the synth sound and the rhythmic drums the track aims to build up an extraordinary atmosphere for music listeners. 

05. Paradise
Korean Lyrics by Jam Factory, Realmeee
Composed by G.Bliz For Tdl, Inc., The Colleagues, Otha `Vakseen` Davis III, Henry Hill
Arranged by G.Bliz For Tdl, Inc., The Colleagues

Paradise is a medium tempo urban pop track bringing out the message that ‘the place that I would like to spend time with you is a heaven like island which consists of blue seas’. Singing from their hearts, the seven NCT 127 members would like to gift this track to their amazing fans who supports them not only when they were trainees but also now as members of NCT!

06. Mad City
Korean Lyrics by Lee Taeyong, Mark Lee, Double Dragon
Composed by Double Dragon, Donald Hazel Sales
Arranged by Double Dragon

Mad City is a hip hop track that Taeyoung and Mark presented when they were having activities as a SM Rookie in the past. Now that they have debuted the song is also released so that fans could enjoy their music as well as the chemistry between the two NCT rappers!

07. Switch (Feat. SR15B) 
Korean Lyrics by Kang Eun Jeong (Jam Factory), Jeong Ju Hee (Jam Factory)
Composed by LDN NOISE, Trey Campbell, Tay Jasper, Rosina `Soaky` Russell
Arranged by LDN NOISE

Switch is another fusion track which blends in the tropical house genre into the electric pop dance genre. This track aims to express the message of hope as well as the future commitments of the NCT members. Through Switch, the NCT members hopes that their fans could reminisce the times when they were trainees, looking back at the activities and performances they did when they were SM Rookies.

 

 

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[Single Review] Kim Heechul, Kim Jungmo, Wheein – ‘나르시스 (Narcissus)’ https://www.nowkpop.com/2016/04/15/single-review-kim-heechul-kim-jungmo-wheein-%eb%82%98%eb%a5%b4%ec%8b%9c%ec%8a%a4-narcissus/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=single-review-kim-heechul-kim-jungmo-wheein-%25eb%2582%2598%25eb%25a5%25b4%25ec%258b%259c%25ec%258a%25a4-narcissus https://www.nowkpop.com/2016/04/15/single-review-kim-heechul-kim-jungmo-wheein-%eb%82%98%eb%a5%b4%ec%8b%9c%ec%8a%a4-narcissus/#respond Thu, 14 Apr 2016 15:43:23 +0000 http://www.nowkpop.com/?p=19107 SM STATION heechuk wheein

Tracklist:

1. 나르시스 (Narcissus) {Title}

2. 나르시스 (Narcissus) (Inst.)

Vocal Directed by: Kim Jung Mo
Background Vocal by: Kim Jung Mo, Kang Tae Woo
Drum Performed by: Kang Su Ho
Bass Performed by: Choi Hun
Guitar Performed by: Kim Jung Mo
Piano Performed by: Gil Eung Yong
String Performed by: Yung
String Arranged & Conducted by: Lee Na Il
Lyrics by: Kim Hee Chul
Composed by: Kim Jung Mo

 SM Entertainment’s 10th SM STATION has finally been constructed. For their 10th station, Super Junior’s World Big Star Heechul, TRAX’s Jungmo and MAMAMOO’s Wheein collaborated for the track 나르시스 (Narcissus). The song 나르시스 (Narcissus) is a rock-ballad track talks about a man’s decision to break up with this girl whom he still has feelings for. The music video filmed using a third person point of view to describe how the man views the girl. Through the emotional track and music video, the release aims to stimulate the emotional side of music listeners.

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[Album Review] Red Velvet – ‘The Velvet – The 2nd Mini Album’ https://www.nowkpop.com/2016/03/17/album-review-red-velvet-the-velvet-the-2nd-mini-album/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=album-review-red-velvet-the-velvet-the-2nd-mini-album https://www.nowkpop.com/2016/03/17/album-review-red-velvet-the-velvet-the-2nd-mini-album/#respond Wed, 16 Mar 2016 15:47:20 +0000 http://www.nowkpop.com/?p=17974 rED vELVET

Tracklist:

1. 7월7일 (One Of These Nights) {Title}

2. Cool Hot Sweet Love

3. Light Me Up

4. 처음인가요 (First Time)

5. 장미꽃 향기는 바람에 날리고 (Rose Scent Breeze)

6. 7월 7일 (One Of These Nights) (De-Capo Ver.)

7. 7월 7일 (One Of These Nights) (Joe Millionaire Ver.)

8. 7월 7일 (One Of These Nights) (Piano Ver.)

Red Velvet has finally returned with their second mini album The Velvet! Red Velvet made a strong and bold comeback last September with their first full length album The Red, their first full length album mainly focused on the girls’ bright, red and vivid image, showing their fans the energetic side of them. Their second mini album titled The Velvet on the other hand aims to show a different side of Red Velvet, instead of being bright and bold like last time, the girls’ have decided to take on a softer and smoother concept; showing the elegant and soft side of them.

01. 7월7일 (One Of These Nights)
Korean Lyrics by 서지음(Jam Factory)
Composed by Hwang Chan Hee / Andreas Oberg / Maria Marcus
Arranged by Hwang Chan Hee / Lee Seung Joo, Hong So Jin

Their newly released title track 7월 7일 (One Of These Nights), is a lovely dreamlike ballad track which features the beautiful orchestra and piano as the background instruments. The song is written based on the mythology Gyeonwoo & Jiknyeo”, it talks about the aftermath of a couple who was forced to part ways. While reminiscing the sweet memories they have been through together, the lovers have a small, simple hope, which is to meet each other one day. 

02. Cool Hot Sweet Love
Korean Lyrics by Kenzie
Composed & Arranged by Daniel ‘Obi’ Klein / Charlotte Taft / Michael Nordmark / Thomas Sardof

 Along with Kenzie, well-known composers Daniel ‘Obi’ Klein, Charlotte Taft, Michael Nordmark and Thomas Sardof joined the crew and produced the unique urban R&B track Cool Hot Sweet Love. Along with the upbeat drums and stylish piano serving as the instrumental, the reversal of the chorus adds to the fun atmosphere of the song. The track describes the tastes cool, hot, sweet and love, making fellow listeners to fall in love with Red Velvet’s cool, hot, sweet love. 

03. Light Me Up
Lyrics by Kenzie
Composed by Kenzie / Deez / Rodnae ‘Chikk’ Bell
Arranged by Deez

 Light Me Up is an R&B Ballad track which illustrates the comfortable and peaceful atmosphere. The use of rhythmic drums and harp as the instrumental captivates the listeners’ ears. Just like the title, the song lights up the dark atmosphere with Red Velvet’s bright, soothing vocals!

04. First Time
Lyrics, Composed & Arranged by Kenzie

Following Super Junior Kyuhyun’s success for his pop ballad track A Million Pieces, Kenzie decides to once again pull out the pop ballad genre. Through the quiet and peaceful atmosphere First Time illustrates a soft and beautiful atmosphere for the listeners’ ears. The song expresses a young girl’s view towards love, illustrating the scene where she cannot sleep but think of the man which she encounters.

5. 장미꽃 향기는 바람에 날리고 (Rose Scent Breeze)

Lyrics by Chung Hae Kyung
Composed by Hong Jong Hwa
Arranged by Park Geun Chul, Jeong Su Min

Rose Scent Breeze is a remake of SM Entertainment’s founding chairman Lee Soo Man’s song of the same name. Rose Scent Breeze is a song sang by SM Entertainmetn’s founding chairman Lee Soo Man in the year of 1989; it was released as one of the side tracks of his eighth full length album Newage 2. The soothing ballad track talks about the pain that people suffer due to an irreparable relationship.

6. 7월 7일 (One Of These Nights) (De-Capo Ver.)

7. 7월 7일 (One Of These Nights) (Joe Millionaire Ver.)

8. 7월 7일 (One Of These Nights) (Piano Ver.)

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[Album Review] Ryeowook – ‘The Little Prince’ https://www.nowkpop.com/2016/01/29/album-review-ryeowook-the-little-prince/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=album-review-ryeowook-the-little-prince https://www.nowkpop.com/2016/01/29/album-review-ryeowook-the-little-prince/#respond Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:09:38 +0000 http://www.nowkpop.com/?p=16415 Ryeowook The Little Prince

Tracklist:

1. Like A Star

2. 어린왕자 (The Little Prince) {Title}

3. 그대 (Hello)

4. 알 수도 있는 사람 (People you may know)

5. Foxy Girl (Feat. 딘딘)

6. 품 (POOM)

The eternal maknae of Super Junior, Ryeowook, has finally made his long-awaited solo debut with his first mini album The Little Prince! His debut mini-album consists of six tracks which highlights Ryeowook’s unique and angelic voice. Through his solo mini album, Ryeowook hopes to take on a sad, depressing concept which allows him to convey the theme of love. During his promotions, Ryeowook will once again address himself as a rookie singer, the title “rookie” will allow Ryeowook to sing humbly and sincerely for all the music listeners out there! 

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01. Like A Star
Lyrics, Composed & Arranged by: 4beontaja

Even though deep yearning shines painfully, the moon shines coldly; the memories will always be in my heart, shining brightly Like A Star. Like A Star is a depressing ballad track which talks about a man, whose lover will always shine in his heart no matter how crestfallen he is. The piano serves as the instrumental of the track, and slowly unfolds the depressing lyrics, one by one…

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02. 어린왕자 (The Little Prince) {Title}
Lyrics by: Ppalgangmeoliaen, Oh Ja Hyeon (CLEF CREW)
Composed by: Ppalgangmeoliaen (CLEF CREW), Shin Yun Soo (11:11)
Arranged by: Hwang Seong Jae (BJJMUSIC Hwang Gun Dan) 

The title track of Ryeowook’s debut mini album The Little Prince, is a ballad track that is inspired from Saint-Exupery’s classic novel of the same name. Ryeowook starts the ballad track off without any accompaniments, highlighting Ryeowook’s gentle yet sweet voice. The track then gradually builds up to its climax; this depicts the level of pain that a man is currently suffering due to love. The lyrics of the song is made up of conversations between the man and the protagonist of Saint-Exupery’s novel “The Little Prince”. 

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03. 그대 (Hello)
Lyrics, Composed & Arranged by: G-high, GDLO

Hello, is a medium-tempo retro track, which tells the story of a man describing all the beautiful features he sees during a cute date with whom he loves. Along with the guitar and brass groove, Ryeowook’s bright vocal creates a sense of joy and happiness for the album; and at the same time generates a beautiful image of the date for the listeners.

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04. 알 수도 있는 사람 (People you may know)
Lyrics, Composed & Arranged by: Park Chang Hyun

People you may know, is a soft ballad track which describe the feelings a recently-broke-up person who sees his ex on the SNS recommendations list. Throughout the song, the man tries to say goodbye to whom he loved, yet it is extremely difficult and painful for him. The piano once again served as the instrumental of the song, slowly fading towards the end; as if the man gradually leaves his relationship behind.

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05. Foxy Girl (Feat. 딘딘)
Lyrics, Composed & Arranged by: Nuplay (에코브릿지, Isaac Han, Aaron Kim)

Unlike the other ballad tracks, Foxy Girl is a medium tempo dance pop track which has an addictive melody. Contrasting with the depressing ballad tracks, Foxy Girl is a track which describes a man’s affection towards a girl whom he dreamed of every single night. Rapper Dindin is featured in this track, building up the excitement for the song. 

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06. 품 (POOM)
Lyrics by: Ryeowook, G-high, Asher Park
Composed by: G-high, Asher Park Song Si Yoon
Arranged by: G-high, Asher Park

POOM is a pop ballad track which is written for Ryeowook’s mother. Through the pop-ballad track Ryeowook wants to express that although he has changed throughout the years, however he knows that he is still a child in his mother’s eye. He also feels sorry that he is not as affectionate as he use to be. In addition, Ryeowook has contributed in the lyrics writing of the track, picturing every single word for his listeners. 

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[Album Review] GFriend – ‘Snowflake’ https://www.nowkpop.com/2016/01/25/album-review-gfriend-snowflake/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=album-review-gfriend-snowflake https://www.nowkpop.com/2016/01/25/album-review-gfriend-snowflake/#respond Mon, 25 Jan 2016 13:27:17 +0000 http://www.nowkpop.com/?p=16605 Gfriend snowflake

Tracklist:

1. INTRO (SNOWFLAKE)

2. 시간을 달려서 (ROUGH) {Title}

3. 내 이름을 불러줘 (SAY MY NAME)

4. 사랑별 (LUV STAR)

5. 그런 날엔 (SOMEDAY)

6. TRUST

7. 시간을 달려서 (ROUGH) (inst.)

Innocent rookie girl group GFriend is finally back after six months with their third mini album Snowflake. The six lovable girlfriends will once again transform into school girls and take on the “power innocent” concept for their comeback, and will definitely bring warmth to those who are cold in the winter.

01. INTRO (SNOWFLAKE)
Composed & Arranged by: Hong Bum Kyu, Woong Kim

Snowflake is a unique intro which blends in the girl’s powerful and cute vocals with strings. The intro aims to make listeners feel passionate as if they are watching a scene from a movie. Parts of the title track Rough is added in to the intro, teasing their fans the unique “power innocent” track which only GFriend can bring out.

02. 시간을 달려서 (ROUGH) {Title}
Lyrics, Composed, Arranged by: Iggy & Seo Youngbae

If only I could run through time and grow up…
As soon as the snowflake melts, GFriend shouts out their desires to grow up through the “powerful innocent” title track Rough! Unlike their previous title tracks, “Rough” gives off a rather depressing vibe, showing the emotional side of the six girls. Along with the beautiful vocals from the girls, the powerful beats and sentimental melodies of the track will definitely grab everybody’s attention!

03. 내 이름을 불러줘 (SAY MY NAME)
Lyrics, Composed, Arranged by: Iggy & Seo Youngbae

Say My Name, is a pop track which expresses a girls’ hop for attention from whom she truly loves. Unlike typical bright pop tracks, Say My Name tends to give out a dark, depressing vibe. Along with the impressive sound of the acoustic guitar, the description of the dark night also highlights the sentimental lyrics!

04. 사랑별 (LUV STAR)

Lyrics, Composed by: e.one
Arranged by: e.one, Cho Jae Seok

Luv Star, is a medium tempo dance track which has a bright, happy melody. The track expresses a girl’s experience on exploring and finding her one and only love star, which shines beautifully like the milky way. Through the bright melody and colourful lyrics, the girls aim to show fans their youthful energy and cute charms.

05. 그런 날엔 (SOMEDAY)

Lyrics by: Heuk Tae
Composed by: Cho Sung Jun, Park Chan
Arranged by: Heuk Tae, Park Chan

Days might be hard and exhausting… there are days where you feel like you are going to collapse… BUT this song will definitely cheer you from all the tiredness and hardships that you have to endure in the past days. Someday is a bright, energetic, joyful track which will cheer you up from exhaustion and depression. When you are going through hard times, have the song by your side, and allow it to shine on you.

06. TRUST

Lyrics by: Noh Joo Hwan
Composed, Arranged by: Noh Joo Hwan, Lee Won Jong 

TRUST is a medium tempo ballad track which tells the love story of a shy yet serious girl. Although she is afraid to walk the path with whom they truly love, yet they want to try, as nothing can stop her love towards her beloved. With the sweet, poetic lyrics and the classical instruments, the track will definitely melt your heart within seconds! 

07. 시간을 달려서 (ROUGH) {inst.}
Lyrics, Composed, Arranged by: Iggy & Seo Youngbae

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[Single Review] APRIL – ‘Boing Boing’ https://www.nowkpop.com/2015/11/25/single-review-april-boing-boing/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=single-review-april-boing-boing https://www.nowkpop.com/2015/11/25/single-review-april-boing-boing/#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:35:03 +0000 http://www.nowkpop.com/?p=10786 APPIL

Tracklist:

1. 유리성 (Glass Castle)

2. Muah! {Title}

3. Muah! (Inst.)

April brought cuteness to the KPOP Industry in August 2015, with their debut mini album Dreaming. The title track Dream Candy is an up-tempo dance track which brings out the innocence of the young teenage girls. The girls are back once again after three months, with their first single album Boing Boing! In their newest single album, the April members would like to present us with a different concept, showing another side of the innocent girls. 

01). 유리성 (Glass Castle)
Composed, Lyrics & Arranged by e.one

“Green Castle” is an upbeat track which again brings out a unique fairy tale vibe which only April can bring out themselves. The guitar and strings stands out from the rhythmic track, giving us a mysterious feeling on what is going to be in their one and only Glass Castle. Along with the mysterious track, the five girls of April sang out their pure emotions through colourful and sweet vocals; and will bring you the warmest winter ever!

02). Muah! {Title}
Composed & Arranged by MachWave, Lee Jun Yeop
Lyrics by Mafly, The Sunday

The title track “Muah!” is the title-track of April’s first ever single album “Boing Boing”! The track aims to show us the group’s confidence and cheeky charms, bringing out the cute and adorable side of the girls. The sweet track tells the story of a girl who couldn’t wait anymore but to confess her feelings towards her crush. Through the repetition of the onomatopoeia “Muah!” April will not only grab your full attention, but to melt you in seconds. Nevertheless check out the upbeat title and allow the sweetness to melt you in seconds.  

03). Muah! (Inst.)

Composed & Arranged by MachWave, Lee Jun Yeop
Lyrics by Mafly, The Sunday

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[Album Review] Nine Muses – ‘LOST’ https://www.nowkpop.com/2015/11/25/album-review-nine-muses-lost/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=album-review-nine-muses-lost https://www.nowkpop.com/2015/11/25/album-review-nine-muses-lost/#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:34:06 +0000 http://www.nowkpop.com/?p=10757 배너3

Tracklist:

1. a.m. 3:00

2. 잠은 안오고 배는 고프고 (Sleepless Night) {Title}

3. 몰래 (Secret)

4. 쿵치딱치 (KOONG CHIT DAK CHIT)

5. TO. MINE {Bonus Track}

6. 잠은 안오고 배는 고프고 (Sleepless Night) (Inst.) 

Lost ’til the night is over…
Nine Muses returned with their fifth mini album “LOST”. The album consists of five different tracks filled with misery, yearns and sorrowful feelings…

01). a.m. 3:00
Composed & Arranged by e.one

“a.m. 3:00” starts off the emotional album.
Through this song the eight divas will bring you to their land of misery and sorrow… LOST

02). 잠은 안오고 배는 고프고 (Sleepless Night) {Title}
Composed by Brave Brothers, Elephant Kingdom
Lyrics by: Brave Brothers
Arranged by: Brave Brothers, Elephant Kingdom, Lee Jeong Min

The title track “Sleepless Night” marks Nine Muses’ first collaboration with well-known producer Brave Brothers. Unlike their previous title tracks, “Sleepless Night” gives off a rather depressing vibe, contrasting with their fun, sexy concept before. The song expresses the girls’ misery and lost after breaking up with her beloved. 

03). 몰래 (Secret)

Composed & Arranged by: Jeong Chang Ug
Lyrics by: Jeong Chang Ug, Eu Aerin

“Secret”… keep it low. If revealed it will be very embarrassing. Nine Muses once again collaborates with well-known producer Jeong Chang Ug for one of the side tracks of their fifth mini-album. “Secret”, a track which combines Nine Muses’ attractive vocals with sexy lyrics, highlights the pleasure and excitement a couple is experiencing behind the doors the doors during a playful night.

04). 쿵치딱치 (KOONG CHIT DAK CHIT)

Composed, Lyrics & Arranged by: Kim Yu Seok (MonoTree), Chu Dae Gwan (MonoTree)
Rap Lyrics by: Eu Aerin, Park Ji Yeon

“KOONG CHIT DAK CHIT” is an upbeat side track from Nine Muses’ LOST. Unlike the sad, depressing title track; “KOONG CHIT DAK CHIT” is a much bolder track which talks about how a girl copes with her ex after their break up. Along with the strong and bold lyrics, the fun track and the artist’s attractive vocals will definitely hide your sadness away after a break up. 

05). TO. MINE {Bonus Track}

Composed & Arranged by: e.one
Lyrics by: 9MUSES
Rap by: Eu Aerin

To end the album Nine Muses prepared a bonus track as a Christmas present for their fans (MINE). The girls decided to thank their fans for the eternal love and support through out all these years; being with them during their darkest time and going through many memorable experiences with them.

06). 잠은 안오고 배는 고프고 (Sleepless Night) (Inst.) 

Composed by Brave Brothers, Elephant Kingdom
Arranged by: Brave Brothers, Elephant Kingdom, Lee Jeong Min

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[Album Review] IU – Chat-Shire https://www.nowkpop.com/2015/11/02/iu-chat-shire/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=iu-chat-shire https://www.nowkpop.com/2015/11/02/iu-chat-shire/#respond Mon, 02 Nov 2015 14:51:51 +0000 http://www.nowkpop.com/?p=10364 IU’s song ‘Knee’ is still a big hit among her fans and supporters. Her newest mini-album Chat – shire is attracting a positive attention from the audiences.

IU’s song ‘Knee’ was composed with a gentle piano melody. On her showcase last month on the 23rd, she stated before singing; “The song ‘knee’ is my personally favorite song among the songs in the album”.  Following after, she said that ‘she almost cried while recording’, and that ‘this feeling didn’t come up for a long time before this. ‘  “It ‘s really my story”, she concluded.

She explained that the reason she wrote the song ‘Knee’ was because; “including how to eat properly, I forgot the way to sleep. I wrote this song on those nights I couldn’t sleep, where I was angry at myself, sad.” She thought on what ways would make her fall asleep, and she came up with thinking sleeping on that knee would make her fall asleep well. “I was thinking of my grandmother”, she finalised.

 

The netizens often commented on how ‘addicting her song is’, how ‘good she wrote the song’ and cheered her on.

 

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[Album Review] Kyuhyun – ‘Fall, Once Again’ https://www.nowkpop.com/2015/10/17/album-review-kyuhyun-fall-once-again/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=album-review-kyuhyun-fall-once-again https://www.nowkpop.com/2015/10/17/album-review-kyuhyun-fall-once-again/#respond Fri, 16 Oct 2015 15:17:08 +0000 http://www.nowkpop.com/?p=9577 Kyuhyun

Tracklist:

1. 밀리언조각 (A Million Pieces) {Title Track}

2. 좋은사람 (Remember Me)

3. 긴 팔 (Autumn Sleeves)

4. 피아노 숲 (Piano Forest)

5. 그냥 보고 싶어 그래 (Because I Miss You)

6. 바람 (Wind)

7. 안녕의 방식 (Ways to Say Goodbye)

Next generation Prince Ballad Kyuhyun is finally back with his second mini album “Fall, Once Again” including a total of seven songs full of colourful emotions. Similar to his first mini album, Kyuhyun’s second mini “Fall, Once Again” composes of seven ballad tracks, all telling a story. 

01) 밀리언조각 (A Million Pieces)
Composed, Lyrics & Arranged by Kenzie

The title track “A Million Pieces”  is once again composed, written and arranged by one of the most well-known composers Kenzie. Kenzie contributed to the title track by participating in the song writing process, composing process, and the song arranging process. In order to bring out a fresh track, Kenzie mixed in aspects of the modern pop music into the depressing ballad track. With the classical and sophisticated melody, the essence of pop ballads blended in very well with Kyuhyun’s sweet vocals. To learn more about the depressing love story be sure to check out the title track!

02) 좋은사람 (Remember Me)
Composed & Lyrics by Jung Joon Il
Arranged by: Gang Hwa Seong

Remember Me? This heartbreaking ballad tells a painful breakup story of a man, who wants to be remembered only the best of him. Although he fled away and left his beloved, however he still continues to love her. Along with the heartbreaking lyrics, the electric piano sound and orchestra served as the instrumental, showcasing the best side of the song.

03) 긴 팔 (Autumn Sleeves)

Composed, Lyrics & Arranged by: Bug Bu Geum

Slipping in some long sleeve shirts from your closet, but recalls the breakup of your lover? “Autumn Sleeves” is again a depressing track which talks about the chilly weather where a person slips on a long sleeve clothing from their closet; however recalls to mind that autumn is the time of their breakup. In order to maximize the crestfallen feeling of the song, the nylon guitar served as the instrumental building up the feeling of autumn and sadness at the same time. 

04) 피아노 숲 (Piano Forest)

Composed, Lyrics & Arranged by: 4번타자 

Just like the title, “Piano Forest” includes beautiful notes played by the piano. The light medium tempo bossa nova song brings out the beautiful piano melody as well as the feeling of walking in a dreamlike autumn forest. Along with the beautiful piano melody and the dreamlike atmosphere, Kyuhyun’s sweet voice, blends very well with the song, allowing the fairytale-like lyrics to stand out. 

05) 그냥 보고 싶어 그래 (Because I Miss You)

Composed & Lyrics by: 4번타자, Kim Seong Jong
Arranged by: 4번타자

Through out this depressing ballad track, the soft and sweet vocals of Kyuhyun help depict the story of a crestfallen guy, who misses the beautiful memories he had as a couple. No matter how hard he tries to get over the memories, tears kept on flowing, memories continued to grow inside his fragile heart. Along with the sad story, Kyuhyun’s soft and sweet voice, adds on to the soft and fragile piano notes; which helps to further express the heartbreaking emotions.

06) 바람 (Wind)

Composed & Arranged by: Hwang Hyun (MonoTree)
Lyrics by: Hwang Hyun, Agnes Shin (MonoTree)

Just like the wind, the piano and guitar flows smoothly, serving as the backing track. With the beautiful backing track, the beautiful lyrics flows just like the autumn breeze, bringing you to a natural autumn environment. A section of the Chopin- Etude Op. 10-3’s melody was added into the song, leading you to the calming autumn scene. By the end of the song you will find yourself singing along to the sound of the smooth autumn breeze. 

07) 안녕의 방식 (Ways to Say Goodbye)

Composed by: Kyuhyun
Arranged by: Yang Jae Seon
Lyrics by: Hwang Seong Jae (BJJMUSIC Hwang Gun Dan)

Moving towards the end of the album, “Ways to Say Goodbye” peacefully places a full-stop. Again this track is a beautiful yet depressing breakup track. However unlike the others, this track was composed by the singer Kyuhyun himself. Made out of peaceful piano and the gentle guitar, Kyuhyun brilliantly brings out the essence of the pop ballad genre. The lyrics are filled with emotional words, telling the story of a disheartening farewell. Yet the love of the guy stayed in his fragile heart. 

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