F(x) – “Electric Shock” Review

F(x) – Electric Shock MV

F(x) – Electric Shock Live Performance

F(x) – Electric Shock

Reviewed on July 30, 2014

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Personal Message: So a bit late with reviews, but it’s just one day. Right? Anyhow, I’ve finally done the Guitar Tabs Tutorial post and have a YouTube video linking to it, so that’s fancy. Hopefully people enjoy that.

Anyways, what am I reviewing tonight? None other than F(x)! And heads up, it was quite hard finding a live performance video that had decent quality/camera angles. Thankfully I found one, and I totally forgot, though, that the music video of “Electric Shock” has a lot of the dancing in it, so that can also be used to see the choreography. 

So “Electric Shock” was…two summers ago? Yup. Two years ago and actually, this was one of the very first K-Pop songs I heard in my life. As a result, personally, this song is meaningful in that regard. 

What brings me to review it you may ask, well, my answer is I’ve been a huge fan of Krystal and her sister’s show: “Jessica & Krystal”. It’s heartwarming, cute, funny, it’s a great show.

Anyhow, I’ve become motivated to give F(x) and Girls’ Generation some love through reviews, so off we go.

It’s time to get an “E-E-E-Electric Shock” from this review!

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Song Total Score: 8/10 (7.8/10 raw score) – Average score of the sub-categories, separate so Choreography Score doesn’t affect it.

– Vocals: 8/10 – Definitely solid vocals from the ladies. All 5 of them can be seen heard singing and their vocals are above average.

There’s nothing too intense or straining from the look of the song; nevertheless, they showed off great control. From building up a melody or to hitting the higher notes, F(x) proves they can sing. All of them also have really unique voices. 

Overall, solid vocals. Nothing too impressive but it’s not lacking at all.

– Song Structure: 8/10 (8.29/10 raw score) – Going to have scores for “Verse score”, “Pre-Chorus score”, “Chorus score”, etc.)

The song goes in this structure and order:

Introduction, Verse 1, Verse 2, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Verse 1, Verse 2, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Bridge, Bridge (Pre-Chorus), Chorus, Conclusion (Chorus) 

So for “Song Structure”, I’m going to go through each section (Verse, Chorus, etc) and give a score per section. After that, the average is the “Song Structure” score.

Alright so, a very basic song structure. The only wonky thing is how there are two consecutive verses (two types, though) and that the final pre-chorus acts as a bridge, although I won’t be grading that part directly.

1. Introduction: 8/10 – F(x) decides to shock the listeners from the start.

This introduction starts off on a pretty upbeat pacing already. Krystal and Amber both take turns saying “Electric” and “Electric shock”. The stuttering “E-E-E-Electric shock” also takes place here.

So overall, a solid introduction. It gets the instrumental flowing, which is electronic (Go figure, right? And it’s F(x)’s style so twice as fitting). And now I’m really wondering on how often I’ll say electric. Anyways, the vocals here aren’t the strongest; it’s just Krystal and Amber saying “electric shock” and eventually all the members chip in at the end. 

The good thing of this introduction is how it sets the stage; the electronic instrumental is given away along with the key phrase and the stuttering of “electric shock”.

2. Verse 1: 8/10 – So there are two verses for this song. Verse 1 is the first one and type. Verse 2 is the one with the two-part singing of “Haha” and “Yeah” added in between the regular singing.

Anyways, for Verse 1, Krystal and Sulli handle the first one while Luna and Victoria handle the second. 

The chemistry with Krystal and Sulli was exceptional; both of them backed up each other, and as a result, a solid Verse 1.

Krystal kicks off the song with stronger vocals; she follows a choppier rhythm and flow. This perfectly syncs up with the song’s beats and helps build the unique, “electric shock” melody that is crafted. After Krystal’s part, Sulli steps in and continues what she started. She follows the same, powerful and pausing flow and continues the melody.

Overall, for Verse 1, this part is still setting up the song; there isn’t much vocal work being done here necessarily with hitting higher/lower notes or having to hold a note, it’s all about following the instrumental’s flow along with the beats. Krystal and Sulli do a great job at that, though. A solid verse in the song.

Later in the song, Luna and Victoria have this part. It’s relatively the same as what Krystal and Sulli did, so I’m not going to cover it.

3. Verse 2: 8/10 – Verse 2 follows right after Verse 1. In contrast, we can see that in this part, the flow is changing. Instead of choppier, pausing lines to follow the beat, it slowly melts away into a regular pacing. 

Amber and Victoria take the first Verse 2 while Sulli and Amber again take the second Verse 2. For the second Verse 2, Sulli and Amber follow the same format as their groupmates did earlier, so I won’t cover them.

Verse 2 is quite interesting; what sets it apart from Verse 1 is the two-part singing done. Amber does an excellent job singing; like the earlier format, there’s power, some pausing/choppier flow to match the instrumental, but she executes it well nevertheless. What’s unique here is the rest of the ladies add in a “Yeah” or an “Oh” or a “Haha” after Amber finishes one line. This creates a nice build up effect and a small lingering background voice. Completely suitable here. A very unique verse with its own spice thanks to this added feature.

In terms of Victoria’s line, she does the same as Amber. Powerful, pausing lines. There is still the unique two-part singing. Now looking at the verses as a whole, a great melody is slowly but surely being constructed. Towards the end, Victoria’s singing makes it clear on the sweeter melody that’s being made. This is great since it transitions to the pre-chorus perfectly. From choppier, powerful singing to a slow, soft and graceful singing type, it suits the upcoming pre-chorus.

4. Pre-Chorus: 9/10 – Luna does the first one while Krystal does the second. Both do a fantastic job, however it’s quite identical. I’ll just be covering Luna’s work.

Now usually the pre-chorus is there to build up for the chorus, and this is exactly what “Electric Shock” does with its pre-chorus.

Luna takes charge with this. Her execution of it is excellent. The instrumentals die down here. That aids the build up effect and it allows for some pure vocal spotlight. Excellent since Luna and Krystal are both skilled vocalists. 

Luna sings in a softer voice, yet it still retains a touch of power. She’s hitting the higher notes and has some mini note holds, so phenomenal vocal work here. Near the end before she says “electric shock”, she hits quite a high note as well as a decent note hold with “neomeoseon~”. This was definitely great to hear and provides a lot more power and intensity for the song. She’s not done, though, as her final line is a last intensity boost for the song with her line of “I’m in shock, electric shock”. Furthermore, the other members chipped in their voice for “electric shock” which emphasized the key phrase of the song. A unique effect there.

A perfect transition to the chorus thanks to Luna’s note holds and a final “electric shock” phrase.

A really solid part that showcases excellent vocals with a solid ending to it.

5. Chorus: 7/10 – While this is where the catchphrase of “Electric Shock” comes in, it isn’t quite the most solid. It’s definitely catchy, but being catchy doesn’t necessarily mean it’s automatically amazing.

For the chorus, every members sings it. That’s a really nice thing to see; solo parts for everything else, one full team for the chorus. In this song’s case, it works out.

The chorus is definitely catchy with its key phrase of “Electric Shock” and the “nanana…” is catchy as well. Transitions to and after aren’t issues, either.

For this song, yes the chorus is fitting. However, tedious is the issue. Repetitive. Hearing “electric shock” and “nanana…” for quite a while does get repetitive. It’s definitely catchy but with using only those words and the electric emulated noise of “nanana” does become dull. In addition, the instrumental does become slightly headache inducing; the really high pitched zip-zits electronic noise adds on to the repetitive nature.

On the bright side, though, it matches the song’s theme for sure. The stuttering part of “E-E-E-Electric shock” was a nice play off being shocked. That goes, too, for the “Nanana…” part. The instrumental also got more intense since it was the chorus, so that’s another plus. Again, the biggest issue is just how repetitive it gets since there are essentially only two words (electric shock) and then a bunch of electronic-based emulated sounds (nanana).

6. Bridge: 9/10 – A solid bridge for sure.

One issue I will point out already is the somewhat abrupt transition; it’s nothing major at all but it’s there. Coming straight from the energetic chorus, the instrumental had to die somewhat quickly. Unfortunately, it was a bit too sudden. Nothing bad, though. Just a minor scratch.

Anyhow, moving past that, the bridge is done by Victoria, Krystal, then Amber. 

Victoria’s part was to say “electric shock” but in a very slow, calming fashion. This greatly brought the intensity/energy of the song down by quite a lot. Krystal sings next and looking at this, I can see why the two ladies of Krystal and Amber were used: English. Krystal comes after Victoria and adds some power back along with a nice sprinkling of English words of “Energy” and “Laser, laser”. Amber then replicates what Krystal does. She adds back some power and adds an English word of “Synergy”. Speaking of that, there is definitely some synergy. Krystal and Amber do a great job with keeping the same flow as one another.

Now I will also give some bonus for the following pre-chorus. Sulli and Luna sing the next part, which is the pre-chorus. However, this part still follows the structure of a bridge; it’s still calming and slow. Sulli does a great job with keeping a soft voice. She builds up the song slowly and brings back the melody. Next, Luna steps in and starts singing with strong vocals; this brings the song back up for a final conclusion. A very solid conclusion.

Overall, a really awesome bridge. English was tossed around to create an extra lingering effect. The extended bridge part of the pre-chorus was beautiful; it added a graceful part and a great build up and transition for the final chorus/conclusion. Very solid vocal work here along with an awesome structure. 

7. Conclusion: 9/10 – A final chorus was all it was, but that’s perfect.

Having any two-part singing to add a final, climatic top peak of intensity for the song would’ve been too much and out of place. Instead, a final chorus to wrap up the electronic theme of “Electric Shock” was done. The ending was also perfect; the instrumental died out and there was a final, pure vocal line of “electric shock”. A solid wrap up.

Overall, a great ending. Nothing overboard with adding final touches of intensity. It was a solid, concluding end. Well done.

– Line Distribution: 10/10 – Honestly very impressive. A perfect 10/10 for line distribution.

Victoria had her sections, whether it was at the bridge, a verse, she was heard quite a bit.

Amber definitely had her spotlight. Her part at the bridge or verses were definitely significant. 

Luna had incredible moments with showing off her great vocal abilities thanks to the pre-chorus. She also had parts with verses and a moment at the final pre-chorus. 

Sulli was heard a lot as well; from the start of the song and in other verse to the final pre-chorus, she was there.

Last, but not least, we have Krystal. She certainly had her share. A solo pre-chorus, time at the start, and a moment in the bridge were highlights for her.

Overall, fantastic line distribution here. Everyone offered their incredible adept vocal skills and they all had equal time to shine. 

– Instrumentals: 7/10 – A very electronic based song, as to be expected with the title “Electric Shock” and since F(x) has grown to this style of music. Electronic based. It definitely wasn’t bad, but it’s not necessarily an impressive soundtrack by itself. It accommodates the vocals extremely well and aids in transitions and such, so a solid piece done by the instrumental here. However, by itself, the instrumental is just average.

– Meaning: 6/10 – “Electric Shock”…what on earth does that mean? Let’s find out, through these English lyrics of the song. Again, not 100% accurate but close enough:

Electric (Electric Shock)
E-E-E-Electric E-E-E-Electric Shock

The electric shocks are flowing down my body
About to faint, risky, electrifying
It’s enough, your love is too much for me
I know you violently value me

Like a black hold (yeah) I get sucked in (haha)
I can’t see the end (yeah) I fall, boom (oh)
Where am I? (yeah) Ding dong ding dong
Who am I? (a-ha) My head is spinning

The beat is getting faster
It’s beating louder more and more
I’ve already gone past the limit
I’m in shock, e-electric shock

Nanananananana (Electric)
Nanananananana (Electric)
Nanananananana
E-E-E-Electric Shock

Nanananananana (Electric)
Nanananananana (Electric)
Nanananananana
E-E-E-Electric Shock

Set the voltage, love me
Don’t shock me without any notice
Don’t crash into me but slightly avoid me
Protect me from this sudden changing world

Doctor (yeah) What is this? (haha)
I’m out of breath (yeah) and I have a fever (oh)
I can’t speak (yeah) in my ears are ding dong ding dong
My eyes are blinded (a-ha) My head is spinning

The beat is getting faster
It’s beating louder more and more
I’ve already gone past the limit
I’m in shock, e-electric shock

Nanananananana (Electric)
Nanananananana (Electric)
Nanananananana
E-E-E-Electric Shock

Nanananananana (Electric)
Nanananananana (Electric)
Nanananananana
E-E-E-Electric Shock

Electric Electric Electric Shock

This energy takes up everything of me
In your eyes are strong laser lasers
Deep in my heart, the synergy is amplifying
It’s endless, your gauge gauge

The beat is getting faster
It’s beating louder more and more
I’ve already gone past the limit
I’m in shock, e-electric shock

Nanananananana (Electric)
Nanananananana (Electric)
Nanananananana
E-E-E-Electric Shock

Electric (Nanananananana)
E-E-E-Electric (Nanananananana)
E-E-E-Electric (Nanananananana)
E-E-E-Electric Shock

Electric (Nanananananana)
E-E-E-Electric (Nanananananana)
E-E-E-Electric (Nanananananana)
E-E-E-Electric Shock

In summary, these lyrics describe a person getting “shocked” from a lover/crush. Not literally shocked, of course, but it describes that speechless moment you may fell seeing your crush.

Anyhow, the lyrics definitely don’t possess anything sophisticated at all; there are great examples and metaphors and such, but the meaning itself isn’t too special. Being in shock from seeing a crush/lover is the story.

There are fancy details related to the feeling of being shocked and such, but otherwise, nothing too special at all.

Average lyrics. 

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Choreography Score: 9/10 – Now this dance is super fun to watch. The music video depicts it pretty well. That’s always something I love seeing, the MV based on the choreography. 

Anyhow, this dance is incredible. There are lots of syncing, amazing transitions, really unique formations and such. Even the theme is matched, with the chorus dance having a jitter/shocked dance part. Overall, very fitting to the music. Spotlight positioning is also great. In fact, it’s as if the other members become back up dancers for the person who’s in the spotlight/singing. An awesome thing to see. It’s a fun dance to watch and seeing this much synchronicity is pleasant. 

I highly recommend you check out the music video to get a taste. You won’t be disappointed.

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Overall Score: 9/10 (8.5/10 raw score) – Well the Choreography Score definitely saved it quite a bit. 

Overall, though, I believe it’s an 8/10 song. 

It’s not the best, but it’s still up there. Unfortunately, though, I feel that F(x) hasn’t been able to hit its higher standard of “Electric Shock”. Their recent comeback of “Red Light” didn’t get to me one bit at all. Their other comeback after “Electric Shock” was “Rum Pum Pum Pum” and even that was a weaker song. Maybe F(x) will get their shock back. 

Either way, they’re a solid group. 

For this song, the tedious chorus seems to be its biggest downfall. Otherwise, there’s incredible dancing and superb line distribution.

As usual, the end has come and as always, thank you very much for reading. It means a lot and I hope you find this entertaining and thought provoking. Hopefully you disagree with me, I hope to encourage that musical light to turn on.

Anyhow, thanks again for reading. Next review is most likely “Mr. Mr.” by Girls’ Generation. Again I recommend checking out “Jessica & Krystal” to see the lives of the sisters of the two different groups. Probably my favorite show. (Then again, it practically is the only show I watch currently).

It’s getting very late, so off to sleep soon. I hope you enjoyed this and that my music review passion gives you an “E-E-E-Electric Shock”

Block B – “U Hoo Hoo” Review

Block B – U Hoo Hoo (Live Performance)

Block B – U Hoo Hoo (Lyrics/Member Coded Video)

Block B – U Hoo Hoo

Reviewed on July 28, 2014

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Personal Message: So many things to do! I’m working really hard on finishing an English Rewrite of “Wild” and soon, “Nice Body”. So look forward to that. Again that’s just a fun, small thing on the side.

Now what I am really trying to finish is a guitar tabs tutorial post for Girl’s Day’s “Expectation”. If all goes well, it’d be extremely helpful for people and if people like it, I’d be willing to do more. I’ll also have a YouTube video linking to it and to this blog so that’d be nice to increase the viewer base.

Anyhow, I’ve been busy with those things these days along with doing lots of E-Sports team practice, my usual exercise routine, and a lot of guitar work. I’m actually doing “Number 9” by T-ARA on the guitar and I am in the process of tabbing it out, so that’s quite exciting. 

Anyways, I decided to do a more relaxed review. Or at least I think it’ll be relaxing, but anyhow we are looking at the male group, Block B. They did have a recent comeback with the song “HER”. I would review it but…it’d be quite merciless. I might, though. But, to be nice, I am reviewing an above average song from them, “U Hoo Hoo”. 

Firstly, I am not a fan of Block B at all, and in fact, this is the only song I know by them. I heard a few of their songs and…I didn’t like their songs. At all. Back on topic, I have ZERO idea on who these guys are and how their talent is and such. So forgive me for any false assumptions or whatever else I say that might be wrong.

Anyhow, “U Hoo Hoo” is really excellent and I wish they went back to this style, but whatever helps them survive the industry.

Anyhow, let’s begin since “I’m going crazy” with the wait.

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Song Total Score: 8/10 (8/10 raw score) – Average score of the sub-categories, separate so Choreography Score doesn’t affect it.

– Vocals: 8/10 – From a lot of their other songs, their vocals weren’t the strongest at all. It was usually just the “hip hop” theme with singing, so not too far out with being able to hit crazier notes nor anything too vocally straining. 

However, for this song, we get to hear some very nice melodies from their singing and the rapping parts are extremely solid. Anyhow, above average vocals for this song; they had great flow with high notes to lower notes and they sounded decent. 

– Song Structure: 8/10 (8/10 raw score) – Going to have scores for “Verse score”, “Pre-Chorus score”, “Chorus score”, etc.)

The song goes in this structure and order:

Introduction, Verse, Chorus, Post-Chorus, Rap, Chorus, Bridge, Rap, Chorus, Conclusion

So for “Song Structure”, I’m going to go through each section (Verse, Chorus, etc) and give a score per section. After that, the average is the “Song Structure” score.

Note: Just realized, I should make this note part an official section. Maybe. I’ll think about it.

Ignoring the digression, this song is quite unique with its structure. What’s nice is the introduction AND conclusion are both special in that it’s not a recycle of any part. I think this is the first song I’ve reviewed where its conclusion wasn’t recycled from its chorus or whatever.

The chorus is quite lengthy as I’m counting Taeil’s main lines as the chorus.

The post-chorus is a section right after the first chorus, but it appears only once so not sure if I’m correct. It’s not fitting with the verse’s structure, which is actually by itself. 

The rap sections are quite numerous, but I’ll just review it in one package.

The bridge is unique, but the change of pacing and the notable switch in instrumental is how I marked it. Jaehyo starts it off. 

1. Introduction: 8/10 – A solid introduction by the two gentlemen of U-Kwon and Zico. U-Kwon does the singing part while Zico supports him with adding his lines.

What’s nice is the instrumental is gradually, yet quickly, building up and setting the stage. U-Kwon does a nice job with adding some melody and flow (via the “Oh oh”) to the song and Zico’s lower voice gives a nice layering and contrast to U-Kwon’s part. Zico also throws in a final “Sing it!” to help ensure the smooth transition.

Overall, solid start.

2. Verse: 9/10 – This is an extremely well crafted verse. It’s practically a hybrid; a verse AND a pre-chorus. 

For this section, four members work together.

Jaehyo’s the first one to break the ice. His lines are solid and start building up the song and sets a foundation for the pacing and melody. B-Bomb picks it up as the next member to sing and he replicates Jaehyo’s part. He’s continuing on what Jaehyo started. Now, Taeil throws in his smoother and melodic voice with “I love you~” and he adds a melodic note hold for the ending of “you~”. B-Bomb then sings once again and then later Taeil does the same thing except with “I need you~”. So far, very solid singing and build up for the song. There’s a lot of diversity with singers and the melody is being teased around. It’s not over yet, though. Zico comes in for the finish. Zico raps his lines here and this speeds up the pacing, which ultimately starts to build up the song really well. Zico’s part is what allows a great transitions and his part acted as the pre-chorus. Taeil does take the very last line though, which is a question (“Will you know how I feel?”, but said in Korean) but that just helps the build up even more. 

So overall, an exceptionally diverse verse where there are multiple voices heard, different flow/melody, a rap was thrown in, and a great transition/build up occurred. 

Diversity is the strength here.

3. Chorus: 9/10 – The melody and flow here is awesome; this part is solely done by Taeil. Just based on this, I would assume he’s the main vocalist for Block B.

Anyhow, this part plays off flow and melody. The flow I’m talking about is how Taeil has chunked words/lines such as “ gidae gidae gidae” and “love love love” which creates a nice lingering effect and becomes quite catchy. Furthermore, the melody is also quite catchy and is very sweet. Yes, I’m saying a male vocalist’s voice is sweet. Get over it, females aren’t the only ones with “sweet” vocals. Taeil’s part of “yuhuhu~”, which is more recognizable as “U hoo hoo” (the song title!) contains a very nice melody. It’s sweet which fits this song’s theme and it’s very catchy.

Overall, a super solid chorus done by Taeil. His excellent, softer and higher pitched vocals contributed to the success of the chorus. This was the part that got my attention to the song.

4. Post-Chorus: 8/10 – An interesting section. This occurs right after the first chorus. It’s honestly used more as filler and as a transitioning stone.

So for this part, B-Bomb and U-Kwon are tagged together. B-Bomb has some solid singing and this part “relaxes” the song a bit. U-Kwon takes the final line and has a small note hold at “neoppun~” to help the transition into Zico’s rapping. 

Overall, not the strongest point in the song. It was used mostly as a way to decrease the song’s intensity for a moment and therefore, an easy transition to Zico’s “hot hot hot” rapping. 

5. Rap: 8/10 – I’ll be honest, I’m going to grade the major rapping in this song through one score. It’d be too hectic to have three rap sections (Rap 1, Rap 2, Rap 3) and to judge each one separately. Thus, I’ll have one score but it is NOT a bad score at all.

Zico does the initial rapping at first, and wow. Zico is definitely a solid rapper, and I’ve heard about him being one of the better rappers in the K-Pop world. His part had so much flow and melody. He carried along the song’s established melody and his flow was very solid. Quick, chunked parts at times (such as with “hot hot hot”), it was a nice rhythm. Lots of diversity here and excellent rapping skill.

P.O is the next rapping section. Er, I think it’s still considered rapping? His part was on the slower, calmer side. Nevertheless, though, he still had some power with his lines. His pretty deep voice added a nice contrast to the rest of the song and his rap provided a “recycle” moment for the song to allow itself to build up its intensity once again. Overall, though, his part wasn’t the most solid section. 

Kyung has the next rap. His pacing wasn’t too fast, similar to P.O. Since it was right after P.O, it works out. His rap was a bit faster than P.O, but it was still on the calmer side. This part wasn’t too strong, but there was decent flow and melody. On the bright side, it allowed a solid transition with his final words of “You feel now?”.

Overall in terms of the rapping, I’m honestly wondering if I made a mistake with considering P.O’s and Kyung’s part rapping. Something is telling me they’re technically raps, but logically, it doesn’t seem to be following the proper flow. Maybe since the pacing is very slow in comparison to normal rapping speed and that’s throwing me off.

Anyhow, Zico’s rapping was beyond excellent; it was phenomenal. As such, his part carries this score. P.O and Kyung unfortunately didn’t have very solid raps. They didn’t have any major impact. Jokes on me, though, if they weren’t rapping. 

6. Bridge: 7/10 – This bridge does its role correctly; transitions to and after are no issues. Pretty much, this bridge allows a break in the song. The instrumental dies down a bit and becomes more passive and that’s noticeable. 

The vocal work here is not an issue either; they were soft which was parallel with what a bridge does and the instrumental.

The issue? “I got a love”. Well not for this bridge. 

Block B ended up tossing around that phrase to each other. U-Kwon said it then P.O, then back to U-Kwon, and so on. While it isn’t necessarily a bad bridge at all, I didn’t like the switch from how there was already an established singing part. B-Bomb and Jaehyo were singing earlier for the bridge. Even U-Kwon was as well. Switching to the hot potato game of “I got a love” wasn’t related and repeating any phrase over and over isn’t always the most delightful thing to hear (unless if it’s the key phrase, which in this song was “U hoo hoo”). 

On the bright side, the contrast between P.O and U-Kwon with their pitches (U-Kwon’s higher voice versus P.O’s lower voice) as they took turns made this more bearable to hear, but the sudden switch from singing to tossing that phrase back and forth could’ve been better.

7. Conclusion: 7/10 – Alright so I’m always saying I love it when songs fade out properly, but I didn’t literally mean to fade out. This is what “U Hoo Hoo” does. It fades out. Slowly, and gradually, the song becomes more quiet until nothing is heard.

Zico does take this section and he has his lower voice at play here which helps lower the intensity. He also repeats “I like it, I – I – I like it, you know that I love you” until he gets faded out.

Looking at this, the fading out is perfect and such, but relying on one phrase until the end was pretty dull; thankfully the ending wasn’t abrupt, but it never properly died down. It simply faded.

So, overall, sufficient, but not a powerful finish.

 – Line Distribution: 9/10 – Not too bad on distribution at all.

Taeil did dominate slightly, since he had the lengthy chorus, but that was mostly it. So it wasn’t too bad. 

B-Bomb had quite a bit of support lines and we hear him throughout the song.

Jaehyo is similar in that he was support as well, but he was still heard.

U-Kwon was scattered around as well, so he was heard at times.

Kyung and P.O both had their rap sections, so they had highlights there.

Zico had his fair spotlight with his amazing rap.

Overall, quite equal. The only issue is that some of the support vocalists aren’t heard too much towards the end, but that’s to be expected since the rappers had to have their part. The other issue is Taeil can be seen as too prominent, but that’s moreover due to a lengthier chorus.

– Instrumentals: 7/10 – The instrumental does its job of transition and being parallel to the vocals. It has some solid beats, but overall, not the most solid instrumental I’ve heard. It had a nice hip hop feel to it, but nothing outstanding.

Average instrumental. 

– Meaning: 8/10 – “U Hoo Hoo”, seems silly, doesn’t it? Let’s see what’s behind that title. English lyrics below, not 100% accurate but close:

Even when I’m standing still, a smile (oh oh)
Just smile again
Just looking at you, my heart (oh oh)
I’m going crazy

Walking the streets with you,
eating delicious things with you
Even bickering with you, all of those things
I like it all right now,
thinking about the upcoming weekend
I love you~ seeing your pretty smile
I need you~ I smile back
I sleep to the thought of you and wake up to the thought of you
I’m even jealous of your younger sibling

Will you know how I feel?
Lean, lean, lean on me
Beautiful my love, love, love
Whenever I see you~
just you~
Baby, I’m calling you without even knowing

Why, why, why is my heart like this
Beautiful my love, love, love
Whenever I see you~
just you~
Baby, even if I see you today
and tomorrow (think for you)

The word I want to hear the most is mine
The phrase I hate to hear is ‘see you tomorrow’
Words that move is ‘only you’

You’ve turned my feelings back to the days I hit puberty
Everything inside of me has been exposed,
I feel so hot, hot, hot
You’ve set my heart on fire
Anything besides you is not important
Marriage, let’s do it
My relationship with you is stably becoming stronger (I’m in love)

Lean, lean, lean on me
Beautiful my love, love, love
Whenever I see you~
just you~
Baby, I’m calling you without even knowing

Why, why, why is my heart like this
Beautiful my love, love, love
Whenever I see you~
just you~
Baby, even if I see you today
and tomorrow (think for you)

Can you stay still
So my lips can touch your cheeks
Can you not get sick
So I don’t get worried, don’t cry

got a love( got a love)
I got a love( I got a love)
baby never let you down
I got a love (love)

I want to be stuck to your side all day long
I miss you even when my eyes are closed
Even if your love is fake, whisper it to me
In this moment,
I want to let go of sanity

(I wanna tell you)
this is my first time feeling like this
Time goes by so fast with you,
it scares me
Why am I like this?
I chuckle to myself as I wonder
My feelings and my love
keeps growing bigger (you feel now)

Lean, lean, lean on me
Beautiful my love, love, love
Whenever I see you~
just you~
Baby, I’m calling you without even knowing

Why, why, why is my heart like this
Beautiful my love, love, love
Whenever I see you~
just you~
Baby, even if I see you today
and tomorrow (think for you)

I like it I I I like it
you know that I love you
I like it I I I like it
you know that I want you
like it like it
you know that I love you
love you love you want you ha ha ha…

It can be seen that these lyrics tell a love story. A very, sweet and cute one. 

The lyrics can be seen as gender neutral; it isn’t a man telling his story but it isn’t a woman either. Therefore, it’s just a lover’s love story.

The lyrics have some very humorous or detailed parts, such as “I’m even jealous of your younger sibling”.

Overall, everything minus the chorus has some nice story-telling parts. A very sweet romantic and cute/funny love story. Solid lyrics.

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Choreography Score: X/10 – I did link a live performance along with a lyrics/member coded video. Although the latter is a bit inaccurate with lyrics and member labeling, but still well done. 

Anyways, Block B was sitting so I’m guessing there’s no dance whatsoever for this song.

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Overall Score: 8/10 (8/10 raw score) – A solid 8/10 score.

Definitely agree with it. Block B, for this song, have showed off some smooth and sweet vocals along with some very solid rapping. “U Hoo Hoo” is well structured overall and the meaning of it is very innocent and sweet. I highly recommend this song and for summer, not bad, right? Especially for those in love, this song might be able to reflect their feelings. 

Anyhow, this will be the end of the review. As usual, thanks for reading. It means a lot to me, so thank you.

I’ll try to get more diverse reviews out; I swapped over to Block B since I was going to do another (yes, another) T-ARA review. I stopped and went, “Alright…I’ve done a lot of T-ARA reviews AND a lot of female group reviews, time to change it up and give the men some spotlight” Unfortunately, though, ZE:A is honestly the only male group I listen to, so I’ll go fishing around and find more male artists to add a variety.

What are my future plans? Getting some English Rewrites going along with a Guitar Tabs Tutorial post going. Quite excited for both. Future review might be…Jiyeon’s “1Min 1Sec” or, most likely, “Mr. Mr.” by Girls’ Generation. I’ve been really loving the show, “Jessica & Krystal”. Check out that show if you haven’t already. Fills you up with joy and sweetness. So I might give Girls’ Generation some love (hopefully) through a review.

Anyhow, thanks for reading. I’ll see “U Hoo Hoo” next time.

NS Yoon-G – “Yasisi” Review

NS Yoon-G – Yasisi (Live Performance)

Ns Yoon-G – Yasisi

Reviewed on July 26, 2014

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Personal Message: So I am back with another review. Things are getting better, thankfully. Now if only my schedule did as well, I’ve been jam packed with a lot of things. 

In terms of blogging stuff, I do have a lyrics English Rewrite coming up along with some guitar tutorials coming up! Hopefully I get done with those things soon. Oh I’m also thinking of adding photos at the very start of my reviews. I looked over my Archive and…dang. It’s gonna be a mission finding certain songs, so I’m going to see if I can add a photo to help it be a little less visually painful. 

Anyways! Let’s focus on our current song, Yasisi…

And before things get confusing, let me just say, “yasisi” is just that; from what I know it isn’t a Korean word, but just a blabber thing like…“poof poof” or something of that sort. So literally I don’t think it means anything, but, in context and looking at the lyrics, it could mean a few things. According to the official MV captions, it means: “it’s sexual” (yasisihae). However, I would translate that as “It’s hot/it’s a turn on”.

BUT, I don’t know Korean well at all so take what I’m saying with a grain of salt. Or was it sand? You get the point.

Anyhow, so now you’re probably thinking “Holy cow, is this song sexual? A sexual song being reviewed?” Assuming you’re old enough, calm down. In my opinion, there’s nothing extremely racy about this song. The lyrics themselves aren’t overly sexual and the choreography (thank goodness, I was pretty nervous when watching the dance but it’s all fine) is hardly sexual. 

Now before we start, just in defense of NS Yoon-G, she’s very, very down-to-earth. I’ve watched quite a few of her interviews (Her English…oh gosh, she came from the States but her voice when speaking English is so sexy, love it) and this isn’t her trying to be all crazy and thinking she’s the sexiest person ever. It’s just a fun, sexy song. She’s very sweet as most K-Pop idols are. So, don’t judge her for a song/performance. I think she’s amazing.

Anyhow, super long start but hey, “I’m already prepared…"  

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Song Total Score: 8/10 (8/10 raw score) – Average score of the sub-categories, separate so Choreography Score doesn’t affect it.

– Vocals: 9/10 – While I’m not necessarily familar with NS Yoon-G, she has some great vocals.

For this song, she’s able to make herself sound sexy, powerful, soft. Quite some variety. She has great control over her notes and for this song, her ability to sound sexy through being softer and quieter while being able to go back to full power is awesome.

Very solid vocalist.

– Song Structure: 8/10 (8/10 raw score) – Going to have scores for "Verse score”, “Pre-Chorus score”, “Chorus score”, etc.)

The song goes in this structure and order:

Introduction, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Post-Chorus, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Post-Chorus, Bridge, Chorus, Conclusion (Post-Chorus)

So for “Song Structure”, I’m going to go through each section (Verse, Chorus, etc) and give a score per section. After that, the average is the “Song Structure” score.

1. Introduction: 8/10 – Well before we go further, sweet a “basic” song structure. That’s always pleasant to work with. Makes my job easier. But anyways, let’s begin.

For this introduction, it involves zero vocals. It is purely the instrumental at work, but I like it.  There are very solid beats and a…saxophone? Curse my lack of knowledge towards instruments, but there’s also that key instrument at play. The transition to the verse goes smoothly thanks to a quick violin(?) addition near the end. 

Overall, a very solid introduction that sets the stage for its instrumental piece. 

2. Verse: 8/10 – Now this is one sexy verse. The flow of it is definitely its greatest asset here.

The beginning is a bit slowly and softer, it builds that sexy tone of the song. Also, the instrumental aids the switch from one line to the other. As the verse progresses, NS Yoon-G starts adding a lot more power to her vocals. There’s a shift of soft, gentle sexiness to a harder and fiercer sexiness. Later, she has some small note holds at “Woo~” and that further builds the melody. The transition to the pre-chorus goes well. There’s no choppiness nor strange jagged switch.

3. Pre-Chorus: 8/10 –  Probably the shortest pre-chorus I’ve ever heard. But like the saying goes, “quality over quantity”. Thankfully, that remains true here. Sweet and short and to the point.

The pre-chorus starts off with a very sexy “sexy~”. Yes, I said sexy “sexy”. Anyhow, NS Yoon-G does a nice, lower pitched note hold there. This pretty much allows great build up to occur since the intensity is notably low after that. The following line adds back the melody and continuing on, she starts singing a little more powerfully and the instrumental reciprocates that and adds its own strength. The last part has a quick, short “Ooo~ ooo~” to ease the transition into the chorus.

Overall, a sweetly compacted pre-chorus. It did its job of building up for the chorus while having its own personal touch of adding power through vocals and instrumental.

4. Chorus: 9/10 – For this chorus, NS Yoon-G is singing on the powerful side. She brings the intensity/energy up by a fair amount and the instrumental becomes quite active here as well. 

The fluent English lines (thanks to her American background) added great diversity and augmented the sexual theme of the song. 

Overall, a really solid melody and flow backed up with intenser vocals and instrumental makes this part really catchy and outstanding. The transition to the post-chorus also goes well due to the instrumental adding a final push at NS Yoon-G’s final line of  "You make me feel like that"

5. Post-Chorus: 8/10 – Now this is where we truly hear “Yasisi”. This part reverts back to its stage before the song went energetic/intense. NS Yoon-G is singing softly here while adding a tint of sexiness. Very nice vocal work down here to produce that quiet, melodic and sexy voice. 

Now in terms of the song, this allows a quick break for the song to be able to recycle itself; it’s a method for transitioning back to the verse or, later, the bridge. 

6. Bridge: 6/10 – It isn’t completely bad, but I felt like it could’ve been way more solid.

So the transitions to and after are excellent; in fact, even the bridge itself is fine. This part is quite funky and does contrast the rest of the song by providing a change in a classier instrumental. Here, it gets hyped up and more intense and the saxophone (if it is that) is able to have some spotlight. This “funky” tone is also supported by NS Yoon-G throwing in her lines of “Get busy with it, get crazy with it”.

Now, where does this bridge go wrong? Firstly, the funky theme in general was a bit sudden in terms of switching to, but it’s still acceptable considering how this song goes from softer sexy to a more powerful, intenser song. The bridge is just leaning towards the powerful side but has little to no connection with gentle sexiness. Not too bad. The real issue lies with: “Ladies (ooh ah ooh ooh ah)” and “Fellas (hoo ha hoo hoo ha)”.

Those parts added so much choppiness without aiding anything. There was little to zero melody gained from the “oohs” and “hoos”. The flow felt rather rough due to those as well. 

Overall, it’s not the end of the world. This bridge just comes down to be average at best; the placement of it is perfect. Transitions are also fantastic. The issue lies in the “oohs” and “hoos” which seemed to be fillers; it was as if the producers couldn’t figure out anything so they just added those parts to fill in space. 

What would be a solution? Not too sure myself. I personally liked the funky theme the bridge possesses, so NS Yoon-G keeping her lines of “Get busy with it, get crazy with it” seems suitable. Maybe to have actual lyrics or to maybe not even include that part could be alternatives (although the feeling of emptiness would exist). No idea, but those parts of “hoos” and “oohs” ruined the flow.

7. Conclusion (Post-Chorus) 9/10 – Although the chorus was played right before this, I will take that into small consideration as well.

The moment the final chorus hits, NS Yoon-G does some excellent two-part singing. Pretty much, this allowed a final, top-notch peak of intensity. The final chorus was quite catchy and extremely powerful. Now the final post-chorus/conclusion allowed that earlier energetic part to quickly dissipate down. Furthermore, the song didn’t just die out after NS Yoon-G finished singing. The instrumental continued on and slowly it faded out. Greatly done to prevent any abrupt ending. Super solid conclusion and to see the section before the final post-chorus add its final touch of intensity helped make this conclusion even more solid. 

– Line Distribution: X/10 – Solo artist. Can’t be applied.

– Instrumentals: 8/10 – The saxophone(?) was a key instrumental. Overall, the instrumental was definitely solid. It complemented NS Yoon-G’s vocals while helping with transitions. It also had its own highlight at the bridge where the instrumental was able to go funky and to have its own jam. 

Overall, a solid instrumental.

– Meaning: 7/10 – I’m actually curious on what I’m going to grade it here. Anyways, let’s see what’s behind “Yasisi” through the not-100%-accurate-but-close-enough lyrics:

Lipstick redder than usual
My fishnet stockings
Revealing even more
Don’t just steal glances
But come to me
I’m saying, break me down

Sexy~ I’m already prepared
Crossing that forbidden line

Baby touch like that
Touch like that
A little closer
This sensual feeling
I can’t stop it
Baby touch like that
Touch like that
Your eyes
Turn me on
You make me you make me
Feel like that

It turns me on, turns me on
Turns me on

The end of the night is our own little secret
The silhouette in the darkness reflects in my heart
More honestly in front of you
I will show you my hidden self
I’m saying, break me down

Sexy~ I’m already prepared
Crossing that forbidden line

Baby touch like that
Touch like that
A little closer
This sensual feeling
I can’t stop it
Baby touch like that
Touch like that
Your eyes
Turn me on
You make me you make me
Feel like that

It turns me on, turns me on
Turns me on
It turns me on, turns me on
Turns me on, show time

Get busy with it
Get crazy with it
Ladies (ooh ah ooh ooh ah)
Fellas (hoo ha hoo hoo ha)
Get busy with it
Get crazy with it
Ladies (ooh ah ooh ooh ah)
Fellas (hoo ha hoo hoo ha)

Baby touch like that
Touch like that
A little closer
This sensual feeling
I can’t stop it
Baby touch like that
Touch like that
Your eyes
Turn me on
You make me you make me
Feel like that

It turns me on, turns me on
Turns me on

In summary, this song is about…a lady getting close. Intimate, if we’ll go there. Pretty much, a lady is slowly “Crossing that forbidden line”, which we can infer is sex, and she’s just telling about her pleasure from doing so. She’s also bringing in her partner in for the ride as well. 

So overall, some very sexy lyrics and this one may happen to deal with sex.

There are some very nice details at the verses about how she plans on seducing her lover. 

In conclusion, quite some sexy lyrics dealing with intimate love. However, overall, I won’t say the meaning is necessarily deep. It’s very, very sexy and I like that it isn’t getting too racy and that the lyrics stay classy/appropriate, but nothing too special. 

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Choreography Score: 8/10 – Now as I mentioned earlier, I was a bit anxious to see how the choreography would turn out. Super sexy lyrics and sexy singing…but how far would “sexy dancing” go? Thankfully, it remains classy and therefore it does stay sexy. It’s nothing inappropriate and heck, there are more sexual dancing than this for other songs despite how their lyrics may not even be sexual.

Anyhow, the choreography has some great syncs. It stays with its theme and doesn’t have NS Yoon-G bouncing all over the place. The dance is rather mature in that it’s more serious and calm. It keeps its touch of sexiness but it hardly goes overboard. Another key feature is the choreography utilizes its backup dancers efficiently; like in Hyomin’s “Nice Body”, these backup dancers had their highlight and they weren’t for filling in space.

Overall, the dance is very solid. Keeps the sexy mood while staying classy and mature and the backup dancers do a crucial part.

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Overall Score: 8/10 (8/10 raw score) – First song to have perfect smooth scores. Not a perfect 10/10 but there were no decimals and such. Anyhow, this song is pretty much a perfect 8/10.

It’s not the best, but it’s definitely solid. The sexy theme works well here since it remains very mature and classy. NS Yoon-G does a great job singing and dancing. Overall, a very catchy song. It’s probably the first sexual song I’ve come to like. When it comes to dealing with this topic, not going overboard is crucial.

Anyhow, feel free to check out the live performance linked above. The fanchant did make me laugh a bit. Quite a support from the male fans. Although males were mostly heard, I’m sure NS Yoon-G has a solid amount of female fans, too. This reminds me of one of Hyomin’s “Nice Body” performances where, to my surprise, the female fans were the one making noise. Probably since T-ARA’s quite successful with garnering both males and females.

Anyways! Off topic there. I hope you guys enjoyed this review. Thank you so much for reading. It means a lot. Keep reading! Thank you again, I appreciate it. Take a listen for NS Yoon-G as well. “Yasisi” is definitely a classy, sexy song.

The end has come but, I’m feeling happy. Why? “You make me, you make me feel like that”

Hyomin – “Overcome” Review

Hyomin – Overcome (Live)

Hyomin – Overcome

Reviewed on July 24, 2014

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Personal Message: I’ve wanted to review this song for quite a while since it would be a nice contrast to her other song, “Nice Body”.

Don’t quote me on this but, from what I’ve heard, Hyomin wrote this song by herself along with a few artists helping her. 

And I have to say, just wow. I find the song to be very, very meaningful and deep. In fact, on any rough day, such as today, hearing this gives me some strength. Since the mood is also quite fitting, I might make the personal blog post on why K-Pop means the world to me. 

Anyhow, I’ll do my best not to sound negative and to stay positive and happy as I normally do for my reviews. Just listening to this song gives a lot of encouragement and honestly, I can heavily relate to the lyrics. Just listening to it as I write right now, it really hits me personally. Today, and probably for a few weeks, I’ll probably be replaying this song. 

I’m not sure if Hyomin wrote the lyrics to personally reflect her life, but either way, this rap is incredible. And actually, this is a rap. Reviewing it will be interesting, but let’s give it a shot.

 So let’s see if this rap helps people “Overcome” their problems and if it provides the needed strength to keep moving on. 

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Song Total Score: 9/10 (8.75/10 raw score) – Average score of the sub-categories, separate so Choreography Score doesn’t affect it.

– Vocals: 8/10 – While I’m a huge fan of Hyomin’s voice, she doesn’t have anything extremely outstanding. For this rap, she sounds nice nevertheless. She has great control over her vocals and provides a diverse range whether it’s soft, rougher, powerful or lighter.

Hyomin is definitely a solid singer/rapper, and this song further proves it.

– Song Structure: 9/10 (8.5/10 raw score) – Going to have scores for “Verse score”, “Pre-Chorus score”, “Chorus score”, etc.)

The song goes in this structure and order:

Introduction, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Bridge, Conclusion (Chorus)

So for “Song Structure”, I’m going to go through each section (Verse, Chorus, etc) and give a score per section. After that, the average is the “Song Structure” score.

Note: Well since it’s a rap song, the structure is a bit interesting. First of all, the introduction is going to just be the instrumental part at the start. Now, the verse is pretty much the sections where Hyomin is rapping full time. So, quite a lengthy verse. Pre-Chorus is the section right after her rapping, where she sings softer. The chorus is when the “La la” occurs. 

1. Introduction: 10/10 – This introduction is beautiful. Because of how well crafted it is, I’m going to have to give it a perfect score. This part is practically perfect.

So at the start, we hear the piano melody that builds the song’s melody and flow. That isn’t it. Next we hear a pencil scribbling away; this sets up the tone of the song very well. We all know this specific sound. It isn’t the sound of writing a to-do list or homework, but it’s the continuous non-stop movement of a pencil scribbling away the writer’s thoughts. A journal, a memo, etc. An essay, even. But anyhow, this is quite a symbolic sound to hear and it truly places the mood of the song.

As for transition, there’s a moment of pausing but then beats kick in. A smooth switch and then Hyomin starts. 

Overall, a very tone setting introduction. The piano melody would’ve sufficed, but the song went further, it added a very symbolic sound of a pencil scribbling. It’s also not some regular scribbling, but instead, it’s the scribbling of someone writing their pain and suffering away. The transition is also excellent. Overall, due to how meaningful the start is, I have to give a 10/10. 

2. Verse: 9/10 – The verses in this song are incredible; Hyomin proves to be an exceptional rapper.

The flow of the rap is solid, there’s excellent pacing and emphasis on certain words. Hyomin’s melody is still there and it complements the instrumental quite well. For the first verse, her line of “Life is pain but I live till I die” was also extremely powerful; vocally she added a bit more intensity there and meaning-wise. Overall, there’s just so much flow and charisma from her; the lyrics had emotion, energy, and power.

3. Pre-Chorus: 8/10 – This part provided a nice break after the continuous melodic, and intenser verse. 

For this part, Hyomin utlizes softer vocals. The transition went smoothly since the instrumentals became more passive. The vocals and instrumental blend well together here. In summary, though, this part was focused on as a break and a less energetic section to contrast the rapping verses. Nevertheless, the singing here was very relaxing; it was almost a whisper and her lines of “Maybe…Maybe” also added onto the calming flow.

4. Chorus: 8/10 – The chorus is a unique mix of singing and rapping; overall quite solid.

For the chorus, we do hear a repeated “La La La” followed up with some rapping. Now, while most of you may know by that I despise any chorus that utilizes non-sense with “La la la/oh oh oh”, this provides a VERY nice fit. It allows the instrumental to flow and work freely with the vocals aiding it there. The follow up rap that occurs further refines it; smooth to a rap flow and repeated is a really interesting flow. 

Overall, really solid chorus that utilizes breaks through chunking “La La…” while still having rapping. Furthermore, it soothes the song into fitting its lyrics and mood.

5. Bridge: 8/10 – A solid bridge here. For this part, it’s completely rapped still. Nevertheless, the bridge follows the norm. The vocals and instrumental go passive. The rapping flow is still there, but the melody is somewhat lost since Hyomin’s voice is “filtered” a bit here. Thankfully, near the end, the filter fades away slightly and the melody is heard once again along with Hyomin stepping up the pacing and intensity to bring a smooth transition back to the song and to the next part, the conclusion.

6. Conclusion (Chorus): 8/10 – Not the strongest finish, but it wasn’t awful. I’m glad it stayed within limits in terms of intensity; with a meaningful, ruminating feel established, having a super hyped up conclusion would’ve thrown that away.

Anyhow, the conclusion practically repeats its chorus. Everything seems very similar, which is completely acceptable for this song’s mood. The conclusion plays off the piano melody that appears throughout the rap and near the end, we can hear it once again. Slowly, everything else fades out until the piano is the last one remaining. Then slowly, the piano fades out as well.

So overall, a sufficient conclusion; the ending faded out properly. The only issue is it felt like I was listening to the chorus once again, but taking the song’s tone into consideration, it’s acceptable since anything to add a final climatic peak of energy wouldn’t fit the serious, sadder mood.

 – Line Distribution: X/10 – Can’t be applied since she’s going solo here.

– Instrumentals: 8/10 – The instrumental was quite solid, it provided nice transitions and it definitely accompanied Hyomin’s rapping/singing. Nothing super extraordinary, but it did its job and aided Hyomin’s vocals.

– Meaning: 10/10 – Perhaps one of the more meaningful songs I’ve stumbled upon. Here are the lyrics, not 100% accurate, but clear enough:

The life I wanted, my earnest wishes
After betraying myself and leaving far away
I became alone because the world turned against me
The last leaf that fell outside the window
It was hard even to look at myself in the mirror
So I only chased after unimportant things
It was better when I was younger
An existence that was as small as dust
What good is it if wounds heal when scars still remain?
I’m looking for a happiness that can’t be seen
Staying away from anything
other than work, money and love
After losing my way, I’ve come here
Life is pain but I live till I die
The blood and sweat I shed to make my flower bloom
I was scared in front of you and change
But when I closed and opened my eyes, morning came 

The day passes and night comes, like the shining stars
Maybe Maybe
It’s a star that I forgot about for a moment
Like a star that falls for today
Maybe Maybe
I will shine from today on

La La La La La La La La La
Just like a star falling at night for the next day
I’m a star that fell just for today
La La La La La La La La La
Just like a star that shines after
the day ends and night comes
I will be a shining star from today on

The setting sun that shines through the steel window
Mixes with my loneliness
I tied my shoelaces to get ahead than others
But it gets tangled up and I can’t even go home
I can’t even resent anyone
The long haired girl now cuts up her own hair
Standing in front of a split road
Skin hardened out of emotion, heart feeling frustrated

My dreams are hidden by darkness
I barely made it alive
I wanted to hide myself anywhere, seclude myself
I thought I was being wise but I was being dull
But failure gives you new opportunities
Don’t forget how to get back up again
I’ll say it proudly after I get back up
As you can see, I can get up by myself

The day passes and night comes, like the shining stars
Maybe Maybe
It’s a star that I forgot about for a moment
Like a star that falls for today
Maybe Maybe
I will shine from today on

Loneliness reflects off of me
The pain seemed like it’ll end some day
In the end I came all this way
I trust myself in excitement rather than anxiety
Loneliness reflects off of me
The pain seemed like it’ll end some day
In the end I came all this way
I trust myself in excitement rather than anxiety

La La La La La La La La La
Just like a star falling at night for the next day
I’m a star that fell just for today
La La La La La La La La La
Just like a star that shines after
the day ends and night comes
I will be a shining star from today on

I really, really want to know her inspiration for this song. Was it to personally reflect her life? Others she knew? So many questions. Anyhow, these lyrics are very, very meaningful and deep. 

Personally today’s a rough day but, looking at these lyrics and being able to relate to it and its message, it’s a really nice way to gather my strength once again and to keep pushing on with life. After all, “Life is pain but I live till I die”.

Anyhow, the lyrics tell a story or someone. Perhaps Hyomin, herself, or any other regular human being. Since I’m into the lyrics, I’ll break it down.

The life I wanted, my earnest wishes
After betraying myself and leaving far away
I became alone because the world turned against me

So the person had a certain life they wanted; it was their sincere wish. What kind of life? That’s up to you to decide. Perhaps they wanted to be successful, perhaps they wanted for once a happy family, etc. Anyhow, after the person fails with something or perhaps achieving this wish, they run away from their problems. The person feels alone since it just seems like the whole world is against them. No one is by their side.

The last leaf that fell outside the window
It was hard even to look at myself in the mirror
So I only chased after unimportant things
It was better when I was younger
An existence that was as small as dust

For this part, the “last leaf” is hard to exactly label. It could be representing how time is passing by after all the incidents this person went through or it could be symbolizing a “last chance”. Anyhow, this person starts becoming ashamed of themselves. As a result of this low self-esteem, they go after things that are unimportant in life. This could be a really useless job, chasing after another bottle of alcohol, etc. The last part is something we all can relate to. Life when we were younger. Your existence wasn’t a big deal; not in the idea of how your life doesn’t matter, but the idea of how you didn’t need to worry about the future of your existence. 

What good is it if wounds heal when scars still remain?
I’m looking for a happiness that can’t be seen
Staying away from anything
other than work, money and love
After losing my way, I’ve come here
Life is pain but I live till I die

The next part is also quite meaningful. Here, there’s the sophisticated, philosophical idea on scars and wounds. I can definitely relate as can anyone else. While the initial injury always fades over time, scars don’t. They will always be there. For me, that’s something I’m still trying to get over. Scars will always be there. Anyhow, this person is searching for their happiness. It’s invisible, after all, how can there be happiness if this person is only concerned with work, money, and love. After this person has went through the unknown trauma, this is what their life has become.

Seemingly pain. But, “life is pain but I live till I die”. Very meaningful.

The blood and sweat I shed to make my flower bloom
I was scared in front of you and change
But when I closed and opened my eyes, morning came 

Now here is some ruminating. The hardwork this person has done is what allowed their flower to bloom. After that that thought, this person thinks back perhaps to the incident/trauma. A figure is their fear; change was also a fear. But, what this person realizes is, that’s in the past. When they went to sleep, the morning still came. Life still continues.

Anyhow, I just wanted to show off how these lyrics can be quite meaningful and I wanted to express my own take on what they could mean.

Something to be noted, though, is this:

But failure gives you new opportunities
Don’t forget how to get back up again
I’ll say it proudly after I get back up
As you can see, I can get up by myself

In hardships, we all have to remember to get back up. And Hyomin is there to remind us of that. 

Overall, very, very meaningful lyrics. These are my favorite lyrics of all time and in rougher times, songs like these is what keeps me getting back up.

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Choreography Score: X/10 – A…rap ballad…?

Anyhow, this wasn’t a pumped up, have fun rap. It was a more serious one with quite some meaning. As a result, there is no choreography whatsoever.

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Overall Score: 9/10 (9/10 raw score) – No choreography, so the Choreography Score isn’t included here.

So purely the Song Total Score.

A solid 9/10 which I agree with. 

The rapping and singing from Hyomin are incredible. The rapping is very solid, there’s excellent flow, power, and melody.

The lyrics are extremely meaningful and can definitely provide the needed strength to keep people pushing on with life. 

Overall, I cherish this song. For my current hardship, this will be what I need to get up. Also, looking up to Sera (my role model, former Nine Muses member/leader) and thinking about how she got through her tough periods also gives me encouragement. 

Hopefully I didn’t sound too depressing, writing this ended up helping me out. Expressing myself through songs is just, it’s an indescribable feeling. As usual, thank you for reading this. That also keeps me going.

While Hyomin is known for her “Nice Body” (no pun intended), let’s not forget the intelligence and realistic side of her through “Overcome”.

I hope you find a song that gives you strength, for me, I hope to “Overcome” my problems through Hyomin’s words. 

Sistar – “Touch My Body” Review

Sistar – Touch My Body (Dance Practice)

Sistar – Touch My Body

Reviewed on July 23, 2014

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Personal Message: A bit late on schedule, but I think it’s all fine. So after having this song on repeat on my phone for a while, I’ve come to like it. It’s very catchy and has a really nice melody. The instrumental isn’t too bad either. Everything about it is solid minus some song sections and the dance. The choreography isn’t too strong.

Anyhow, it is time to see how Sistar did for their comeback. Statistics do say, they are on fire! I heard they managed to acquire an “all-kill”, which pretty much means their song topped #1 on multiple music charts. So congratulations on that. That’s an incredibly hard achievement, but they did it. 

Let’s see if it truly is an “all-kill” song. As we know from my previous “Give It To Me” review, they are solid singers and dancers; Hyorin appears with her extremely versatile vocals, Soyu is there for the softer, melodic lines, Bora has her flowing rap, and Dasom definitely has recognizable singing talent. Time to move on to the review to see if they truly did “Touch My Body”. And by body, I mean musical taste. 

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Song Total Score: 8/10 (8.2/10 raw score) – Average score of the sub-categories, separate so Choreography Score doesn’t affect it.

– Vocals: 9/10 – Coming back full force, we can see the ladies are continuing their hard work of vocal skills; the vocals in this song are fantastic. Hyorin carries the group via her singing; she’s able to provide so much energy for the song. Soyu aids the softer parts along with Dasom. Bora has her rap in which she sounds great in. Overall, very solid vocals here, as to expected from Sistar. They all sound great and show off their well established talent.

– Song Structure: 8/10 (7.75/10 raw score) – Going to have scores for “Verse score”, “Pre-Chorus score”, “Chorus score”, etc.)

The song goes in this structure and order:

Introduction, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Post-Chorus (Introduction), Rap, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Bridge, Conclusion (Bridge)

So for “Song Structure”, I’m going to go through each section (Verse, Chorus, etc) and give a score per section. After that, the average is the “Song Structure” score.

Note: So a very standard structure. The only unique part is this one post-chorus section technically uses the introduction’s part, lyrically anyways. Also, I’m assuming the bridge starts right after the final chorus. I’m also counting the conclusion to start right after Hyorin’s last line at the bridge. Pretty much, Soyu’s solo, final section is the conclusion along with the final “Touch my body”. Also interesting to note, the conclusion here recycles its bridge (lyrically), so that’s interesting to see. 

1. Introduction: 8/10 – So the introduction is weird. Unfortunately, I am intending to add a somewhat negative connotation with that. 

The introduction starts off with a very, peaceful tune. It lasts for a few seconds but a “audio zip” sounds occurs to cut that part off. After that, we hear an obnoxious “Let’s rock!” Now after all that, finally the real song starts off. 

In full power we hear the instrumental along with its key instrument, the…saxophone…? I am not sure exactly, but it’s along the family of that. Anyhow, “Touch my body” is also repeated many times. 

The song is set up very well; the key phrase is already given and so is the key instrument. The instrumental and vocals were warming up and kicking off and the transition to the first verse is excellent since Hyorin ended with a few, short and sweet note holds of “Oh~”. 

As great as it is, unfortunately “Touch My Body” had a stuffed introduction; there was a lot of unnecessary “fluff” added. The peaceful thing at the start could’ve been completely evaded; removing that would also remove the obnoxious “Let’s rock!” line. Perhaps it would’ve been too much to start with by removing the peaceful soundtrack, but another method to build up/set up the song would’ve been way more suiting. That was utterly out of place. Nevertheless, the introduction is still solid despite that setback. 

2. Verse: 8/10 – A solid verse. Hyorin takes the job of this one.

For this section, the pacing is relatively quick to keep the intensity/energy higher. This song’s introduction did set the field up as such; it foreshadowed that this song would be really upbeat and catchy. Hyorin manages to follow that trend. She keeps a very nice flow and melody. There are quite a few English lines tossed around which creates a nice contrast from the Korean lines. Hyorin sings in a softer voice. This is good for building up the song. After all, it’s Hyorin. She has killer vocals but it’d be a waste to just show them off already.

Overall, a really nice, soft verse that utilizes Hyorin’s gentle vocals. Great build up is done and the transition to the next part is smooth since Hyorin ended on a lower note and the aid of “Na na…” helped ensure that. 

3. Pre-Chorus: 8/10 – Soyu does the first one while Dasom and Hyorin do the second pre-chorus. Melody-wise, they’re both the same. Dasom’s part replicates Soyu’s part except she has Hyorin finishing it off.

Anyhow, let’s see how Soyu did.

Ever since “Some”, I’ve been a huge fan of Soyu’s voice. It’s very soft and sweet. For the pre-chorus, there’s no exception to that. 

Soyu provides and builds a really nice melody here; it’s full of gentleness but at the same time, it’s energetic. The flow is excellent here. There’s some quicker pacing but then some slower pacing as she does smaller note holds through “haneurwiro~”. That creates a nice change to prevent any staleness. Finally, she ends in a very fluent, melodic line of “baby dancing with me you’re my star”.

Overall, really solid verse by Soyu. By contributing her sweet, angelic vocals, she’s able to construct a solid verse. The melody sounds fantastic and the flow of it from fast to slower and back to fast is also great. 

Dasom’s part is different lyrically, but the melody is pretty much the same. She is a bit more energetic and less soft. Hyorin does finish the part though, but that just adds even more intensity.

Anyhow, great verse.

4. Chorus: 9/10 – Now this is where the song truly rocks. The chorus plays off Hyorin’s vocals, and a special flow. Hyorin and Soyu work together for this section.

The transition to the chorus is smooth; no issues there. Hyorin’s parts are fully packed; she provides so much energy through her vocals. She’s singing on the higher pitch side, but don’t forget her melody and power. She’s rocking her lines and gives the chorus a nice level of intensity. Now that isn’t the only unique thing for the chorus. Soyu sings after Hyorin, but what she does here is not adding onto the intensity; she does the opposite. She brings the intensity down slightly through softer singing. Furthermore, after Soyu’s line, “My body body, touch my body” is heard and that calms the song down even more. Now after that part, Hyorin starts up again with full power and then the cycle repeats again with Soyu then that final relaxing line.

This creates an outstanding flow; instead of constant high energy, it shifts around. High, then slightly calmer, then slightly calmer again. Then back up, and slowly down again. Overall, this provides a great way to have a catchy, energetic chorus without it getting stagnant. A super catchy chorus. Well done by Soyu and Hyorin.

5. Post-Chorus (Introduction): 8/10 – Remember the “Touch my body” line that repeated quite a few times during the introduction? Well, it appears once again here. After the chorus, there’s this break. Pretty much the introduction’s section is played once more here. 

It isn’t too out of place; the chorus was quite hyped up and intense. This part allowed a break. Knowing that the rap is upcoming, this allows a smooth transition for it. Bora’s rapping part wasn’t as energetic as the chorus, so for a smooth transition, the post-chorus would need to be appropriate. This section does that; it allows Bora to step in easily. Furthermore, it allows the song to build up once again. A recycle.

Overall, I find its place suiting. 

6. Rap: 8/10 – Coming from the post-chorus, a perfect fit. It blended in very nicely.

Bora handles this section and she does a nice job of executing it. It was on a slower pacing, but her flow was solid. Especially near the end, she had chunks of “…yeogi yeogi yeogi anim jeogi jeogi jeogi” which creates a lingering effect through the chunking. Also to note, Hyorin does throw in one line during her rap, which adds to the melody. A great addition there.

Overall, a solid rap. Its use here was more for building up the song once again, but I found Bora to have done a nice job with keeping the flow and melody up. She also ends quietly and the instrumental followed suit with dying out as well. 

7. Bridge: 7/10 – Not the most solid bridge I’ve heard. Transitions to and after are fine, but the first half of the bridge could’ve been better.

For the first half, Hyorin’s line involved the word “body” quite often; now of course that word is going to be heard often (hence, “Touch My Body”, go figure) but hearing “My body” repeated AND echoed made it quite dull and repetitive. It’s not catchy and becomes really boring to hear after so much exposure to it. I do give credit for her lower pitched note at the end of the first half. That sounded decent and gave a nice transition to the second half of the bridge. 

Now, after the first half, the second half is where the “true” bridge shines. Dasom, Soyu, and Hyorin work together. 

They all sung on the softer side. With higher pitched, gentle voices, they created a sweet melody and a solid build up for the song to return back to itself. 

Overall, the first half of the bridge is what impairs it; it became too dull to hear “My body” repeated along with it being echoed in the background. Other than that, the second half was really beautiful. Dasom, Soyu, and Hyorin did a fabulous job with the melody there along with being gentle vocally. 

8. Conclusion (Bridge): 6/10 – A pretty disappointing ending to be honest. An interesting reuse of the bridge, but that’s all.

For the conclusion, Hyorin does some two-part singing. The conclusion is layered with some very powerful note holds thanks to her. Soyu is the one singing the conclusion as usual, and she follows the bridge’s flow except she’s a bit faster on pacing. She still remains somewhat soft, but she adds some noticeable power. Now after all that…the instrumental drains out and all we hear is “Touch My Body”. Abrupt. Chopped. After a somewhat energetic conclusion, ending it abruptly by having the instrumental suddenly fade out did not go smoothly. Furthermore, removing the last line of “Touch My Body” would’ve helped. To be honest, that part could’ve been left out. Soyu’s voice did a great wrap up, adding that was unneeded. Completely unfitting. 

Overall, an unsatisfying conclusion to such an upbeat song; it didn’t end properly. It was way too sudden with cutting off the song. The only part that does hold it, however, is definitely solid. Hyorin’s two-part was great for a final peak of intensity and Soyu’s singing was excellent here. However, the lack of properly closing will hurt the score.

– Line Distribution: 8/10 – As talked about in my previous review of Sistar in “Give It To Me”, sharing lines is a bit difficult here. Hyorin is a highlight vocalist with incredible talent. 

So, to be expected, she did dominate the song but she’s a very adept singer. Anyhow, Soyu got plenty of lines for this song. Dasom and Bora are on the lacking side, unfortunately. Bora had her one rap section, although it was a bit shorter but she still had her part. Dasom was a bit absent, though. She had her parts at the bridge and one pre-chorus, but that was it. She hardly had much spotlight.

Something I am considering, though, is that some parts might have everyone singing (ex. the chorus with “My body body, touch my body”) so that isn’t too bad. 

Nevertheless, I wish Dasom had more spotlight. She isn’t an awful singer and could’ve done some work with the softer parts. 

– Instrumentals: 8/10 – The instrumental was very upbeat and it had the key instrument of a saxophone/whatever it was. While I’m a K-Pop critic, I am not exactly erudite with instruments.

Anyways, the instrumental added a cheery tone to the song and augmented the vocals. It also helped provide a lot of transitions, so it had an important role. 

– Meaning: 8/10 – I’ll be honest, I had no idea on what was in store. “Touch My Body” with summer…I was expecting some flirty lyrics. So let’s see if I was correct, here are the lyrics. Not 100% accurate but close:

Touch my body Body
Touch my body Body
Touch my body Body
Touch my body Oh oh~

I know you want it, you come near me
I prepared some wine, sweet chocolate chocolate
You’re soft and sometimes hot
My pool is for you

Na na na na na na

I see myself through your eyes that have gone red
You drive and my hands go up to the sky
Yeh baby dancing with me you’re my star

Touch my body, We’re going quickly, little by little
Oh everybody, Higher than the blue sky
I like this rhythm, You & I in the hot sun
My body body Touch ma body
Baby so good, This feels like paradise
Baby so nice, Our own summer night
Little by little one step two step, Us in the moonlight
My body body Touch ma body

Touch my body Body
Touch my body Body
Touch my body Body
Touch my body Oh oh~

Candlelight is lighting up in your heart one by one
When you’re tired take a rest in the red pool
Do you like my lips? Or do you like my body?
Tell me honestly, here, here, here? Or there, there, there?

Tell me I’m the only one for you right now
Stop staring at me, I’m shy, Just hug me
Tell me you love me

Touch my body, We’re going quickly, little by little
Oh everybody, Higher than the blue sky
I like this rhythm, You & I in the hot sun
My body body Touch ma body
Baby so good, This feels like paradise
Baby so nice, Our own summer night
Little by little one step two step, Us in the moonlight
My body body Touch ma body

Touch ma body My body
My body yeah~
My body My body~

I’m with you tonight
The stars we are looking at together
I’m happier than anybody

I’m with you tonight
The stars we are looking at together
I’m happier than anybody

Touch my body

Aww, and I guess I was correct. These are definitely some flirty lyrics; a lady or gentlemen is pretty much with their love. Pretty much, this describes the feeling of the person who’s slowly working his/her way of getting their love to “Touch [their] body”.

Before someone thinks/goes “EW DIRTY”, let me just say a few things. If THIS is dirty…well I don’t want to be bash specific songs but, let’s just say there are A LOT of true inappropriate songs out there.

This song is dealing with lovers touching; not the “Hey I just met you, let me touch your body”, but the genuine, affectionate touching. I’ll be blunt; this “touching” could be sexual, or it could be cutesy touching such as holding hands or being held. 

Anyways, I’m leaning towards the cuter side. The lyrics can go either way, and I think it’s actually towards both.

Overall, solid lyrics. They’re definitely cute with a tint of sexiness. Flirty songs are definitely interesting and it’s a nice summertime song that’s full of positive energy.

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Choreography Score: 7/10 – This dance is…average.

Mediocre.

There are occasional syncing moments with the music (butt snaps, pre-chorus part, etc) but keyword: occasional.

I don’t expect 24/7 connections, but it should at least seem fitting. There are a lot of wavy dancing parts, but I just can’t find the connection between that and the music. 

Furthermore, the butt oriented parts aren’t good. Peering back all the way to Hyomin’s “Nice Body” (No pun intended), you’ll find I’m against any blatant sexual dance part UNLESS if it’s extremely fitting and not awkward. Hyomin’s butt shake during “Nice Body”’s chorus was awkward looking. Sadly for Sistar, their butt snaps were also quite awkward. They looked completely bent out-of-shape with their backs arching and then the snapping that happened looked completely choppy. There was great syncing, but it looked bizarre. 

So overall, a fun, positive dance but it’s impaired in terms of the lack of syncing throughout the song along with an extremely awkward butt snapping dance. 

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Overall Score: 8/10 (7.5/10 raw score) – So in the end, we still have a solid score of 8/10.

Definitely a super, bright, fun and cheery summer song. The melody and flow of it is incredible and I have been enjoying it. The biggest thing that deters a good score away has to be its abrupt conclusion along with an average choreography.

Nevertheless, I recommend checking it out. After all, it DID get an “all-kill”, so that stands for something. I have yet to see any live performances of this, but I’m eagerly waiting to see some soon.

As usual, the end has arrived. Thank you so much for reading. As I always say, I honestly really do appreciate it and it means a lot to me. So thank you. 

Before we end, let me say, I’ll try doing an interesting review. Perhaps one full of criticism or full of praise, I’ll see. I’m leaning towards T-ARA – “Roly Poly” since that song’s really catchy but…it’s not too strong. 

But, I have no idea, so stay tuned! 

Anyhow, I hope you guys will continue to “Touch My Body”…and by body I mean writing/paragraph bodies. 

Nine Muses – “Glue” Review

Nine Muses – “Glue” Dance Practice

Nine Muses – Glue

Reviewed on July 21, 2014

Personal Message: Before we even get started, I am sorry for being late on schedule. Last night I DID start this…and got only a few sentences before I decided, “Alright, time to do it tomorrow”. I was rendering/processing a few YouTube videos (to be uploaded later!) and that just made typing extremely slow and lethargic. 

In other news, “Touch My Body” by Sistar will be reviewed quite soon. And actually, I do take back a few of my harsher words from my initial post about the song. It’s quite catchy, BUT, it is rather disorganized in some parts.

But forget those ladies. Why? It is time to focus on the nine most amazing ladies: the cute, smart, beautiful, and downright hilariously sweet idols of, Nine Muses!

Personally, this is my favorite K-Pop group. I’ve come to love their songs and I have also gotten quite attached to every member. My biggest role model is also…er, used to be in the group, Sera. Her inspiration to me has done so much. In fact, without her, this blog wouldn’t have even existed. Thank you, Sera, for being the best role model I could ever ask for. (Although let’s not forget teachers, because from my experience, they also gave me a lot and I value them very much.)

Anyhow, I’m not gonna get too personal with that. Before we do start, though, let me address the roster change:

I’m not gonna lie, when I saw the article: “SERA LEAVING NINE MUSES” my heart stopped. I didn’t cry on the bright side. Or at least, I don’t think it’s considered crying until tears fall, right? On the serious side, I was really torn. That day I wasn’t happy at all and I did resort to listening to some sadder, ballad songs. I was most afraid of never hearing from her again, and that to me was painful since I really do admire her. Thankfully, she still makes YouTube videos and does the occasional Twitter post, so she can still remain a prominent role model.

Now before Sera left, Lee Sem and Eunji left around December time, I think? I was also really crushed, since that was when I started getting attached to every member and loved their interactions. Quite devastating during that period, too. 

So in summary, THREE out of 9 members have left. Lee Sem, Eunji, and now Sera are gone. 

What does this mean? Here are my opinions:

1. Firstly, although Sera was kicked off the official leadership position, the members still looked up to her as if she was the leader. But, she’s gone now. Although we will never know exactly if that matters, Euaerin once addressed that she appreciated what Sera did for the group, despite being an “unofficial” leader. Since she’s absent, the group might have some struggle in terms of this.

2. Besides losing their “leader”, in terms of the playing field, they lost a solid MAIN vocalist. This will indeed hurt the group. Sera provided a lot of power, high notes, and great skills with singing. Losing a key singer such as her is damaging. Nevertheless, Kyungri, Hyuna, and Hyemi are quite solid singers. Overall, I don’t think it’s going to hurt too much, but this just means those 3 ladies have a lot more weight on their shoulders. 

3. Let’s talk about Lee Sem leaving. To be honest, in terms of the singing field, not too important. She did provide some nice support lines, but Minha and Sungah are still there and they do an excellent job of support. As such, Lee Sem’s departure didn’t impair the group. However! Ignoring the playing field, any member leaving an already established group will hurt. Lee Sem was a talkative member during variety shows or interviews, so she will be missed. Also, I personally think she’s one of the more beautiful, “bare” members (no makeup, etc). Plus she was still nevertheless a good singer. 

4. Eunji. Oh how much it aches to see her leave, although she’s doing quite well these days. She’s been attending college once again to major in filming (Directing, in specific. Or I think so anyways). Quite perfect she is, super sexy and super smart. Now that is sexy. Intelligence will always be 80% of sexiness. A beautiful flower pot is well worthless if there’s no flower. Side note, I’ve found Eunji to be tied with Sojin (from Girl’s Day) for “sexiest idol” in my opinion. Firstly, Eunji has abs. I’m sorry but, when I saw her during some of their “Wild” performances, well she definitely had me going wild by showing those off. Dang. Secondly, and what really gets me, is her voice. Something about it just drags me in. Perhaps it’s the lower pitch and huskiness. Her voice just gives me goosebumps. So sexy. 

Well, time to regain composure. Sorry about that. Anyways, of course it hurts losing Eunji, but what about in terms of music?

She was the second rapper (excluding early on when Lee Sem still rapped) for Nine Muses along with Euaerin. Her rapping was definitely solid, her low voice was definitely a huge asset and it gave a nice contrast to Euaerin’s higher voice. Losing Eunji will hurt, but not so much. Why? Euaerin is honestly a top-shot rapper. She is incredible at rapping. So much flow, rhythm, melody, power, etc. Having Euaerin as their sole rapper is excellent since she’s a beast when it comes to that. 

So in short:

Losing Lee Sem hurts, but it’s fine since Minha and Sungah are still there to give support. Losing Eunji hurts as well, but Euaerin can now truly shine with solo rapping. What injures the group the most, though, is losing Sera. A solid, main vocalist is lost.

All in all, losing the three ladies is heartbreaking, but nevertheless, I support their decisions and hope their future is bright. Instead of drowning in sadness, let’s take a breath of air and be thankful for what they have given.

NOW, it is time for the review. I am so sorry for that super long blabbering. I’ve always thought “Glue” was a great “finale” song (Slightly ironic since it kind of was their “last” song as the Nine Muses we’ve come to love). It seemed like it. Every member was highlighted, the song is great, the dance is phenomenal, it’s a really great, well balanced song. In fact, this song is probably my all-time favorite. Perhaps tied with “Number 9” as my favorite? 

 Anyhow, let’s see if this song has become the “Glue” that keeps fans coming back to the group…

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Song Total Score: 9/10 (9/10 raw score) – Average score of the sub-categories, separate so Choreography Score doesn’t affect it.

– Vocals: 9/10 – As expected from Nine Muses. They have proven to be extremely solid singers. The main vocalists carry their weight with singing while the support vocalists provide the needed aid. The rappers have great skills as well and sound very nice.

Overall, a solid score here. The vocals here are exceptionally great and I hope it continues that way despite losing a few members. 

– Song Structure: 9/10 (8.625/10 raw score) – Going to have scores for “Verse score”, “Pre-Chorus score”, “Chorus score”, etc.)

The song goes in this structure and order:

Introduction, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Verse, Rap, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Verse 2, Rap, Bridge (Chorus), Conclusion (Chorus)

So for “Song Structure”, I’m going to go through each section (Verse, Chorus, etc) and give a score per section. After that, the average is the “Song Structure” score.

A really interesting structure. I feel quite embarrassed for not exactly noticing, despite how this is the most played song on my phone. Anyways, there are “two” types of choruses in terms of lyrics structure. However, they pretty much follow the same melody so I’m counting it as one chorus. Verse 2 is interesting, it’s a change from the usual verse and it almost feels like a bridge, but I’ll leave it as Verse 2 since the true bridge arrives later, and actually, this is the first bridge I’ve seen that is using its chorus. Typically a bridge has its own thing, but this one recycles the chorus.  

1. Introduction: 8/10 – Alright finally we’re getting on with the review!

Unlike most songs that instantly have singing, “Glue” opts to play off its amazing instrumental. The beats start kicking in, the very start had a strange sound, but it transitioned into the beats and instrumental quite nicely. Also, we hear an interesting robotic voice murmuring around, but it’s not prominent enough to be annoying and in fact, later, this robotic voice comes into use. So overall, a very solid introduction that does set up the song properly. 

2. Verse: 9/10 – The first verse is done by Kyungri and Hyemi. The second verse is done by Hyemi and Sungah.

For the first verse, I’m so glad they had Kyungri do the initial singing. For some reason, she does a great job with being the first to open doors. Kyungri. She gives off a nice melody and what’s nice here is there is a small sync with the beat. Her lines were chunked to follow that beat pattern as much as possible. Next, Hyemi follows up with singing in a higher note. She builds the melody further and has a solid high note with “apawa” and her final word of “neo~” was a note hold. That allowed an exceptionally smooth flow into the next part.

For the second verse, it is quite similar except Hyemi does Kyungri’s role and Sungah does Hyemi’s previous role. Hyemi wasn’t too high note to replicate Kyungri’s verse and Sungah went in a higher note to emulate Hyemi’s first verse. Furthermore, Sungah did her own note hold to help transition the upcoming section.

Greatly done by the solid singers of Nine Muses. A solid verse for the song. 

3. Pre-Chorus: 8/10 – Another solid part. 

For this Minha and Lee Sem do the first pre-chorus. The second has Minha but instead of Lee Sem, it’s Sera.

Anyhow, Minha does an excellent job. There’s a great melody here, and build up is starting to occur. She’s doing great with the melody and maintaining a solid flow. She also hits a nice, high note with “maldeut”. Another really unique thing here is the clap that syncs perfectly with the beat. After Minha’s done, Lee Sem transitions in and has nice chunks that sync well with the instrumental (and choreography) and ends in a higher note hold of “mositni~” which allows a flawless transition to the chorus along with providing some more energy.

Overall super solid, and although it is the pre-chorus, what I love about this song is it doesn’t exploit intensity/energy level; the pre-chorus didn’t get all hyped up in preparation for the chorus but rather, it played off building a nice, solid melody for the song as a whole. Sera’s part replicated Lee Sem’s part so I won’t cover that one. Well done.

4. Chorus: 9/10 – Kyungri and Sera take the first once while Lee Sem and Kyungri again, take the second. 

The chorus is very interesting and the vocals are amazing here. Kyungri starts it off and gives a very nice, stable, melodic flow. Utilizing her skills here to build up the song through quicker pacing and a nice melody is what she does. Next, Sera comes in does the same with fastening the pace while maintaining a very nice, sweet melody. To end the chorus, Sera has a great high note hold with “natana~” to decrease the energy/intensity for a smooth transition. Now, an interesting thing is the robotic voice comes back and while the instrumental is passive, adds an extra line of “I just don’t know what to do…” In my opinion, it’s slightly an overkill since the transition was already smooth. Thankfully, this wasn’t out of place and since the robot voice was introduced earlier, it fit in perfectly. 

The second chorus follows the same format except Lee Sem does Kyungri’s part and Kyungri takes Sera’s previous role. Also, the lyrics are different, but the melody is practically, if not, the same, as before.

What I love about the chorus in this song is, it doesn’t work on intensity. In other songs I have reviewed, you’ll notice the trend of how the chorus picks up intensity and is typically the most energetic moment of a song. This isn’t the case with “Glue” and is perhaps why I love it so much; the vocals AND instrumental are at work here. The chemistry between the two along with superior vocal skills is at work. The melody and flow is the strength here, not how intense it gets. Very respectable chorus. 

5. Rap: 9/10 – There are two raps in this song, but the structure is very close to one another, therefore, I’m counting just one rap. 

Firstly, the dynamic duo of Euaerin and Eunji work together to bring a nice show. 

For the first rap, the transition into it was amazing; Sungah lured the song into the hands of Eunji thanks to her note hold. Eunji starts off with her nice, low voice and brings the proper intensity. It fit perfectly and she had a very fun flow of “chaja/chacha”. Very well done for her part. Now Eunji, Euaerin comes in. A perfect transition of singers as well. Euaerin rocks the song; she brings in amazing, stunning flow. The melody is solid and she brings quite some fierceness/power into her rap. 

For the second rap, Euaerin starts it off this time. A perfect switch to another rap since it came right after Hyuna’s note hold. And just, wow. It is breathtaking. Euaerin’s flow is incredible here; words are just coming in. The pacing is perfect and the melody is great. The flow and rhythm was on the faster side but it was perfect since it came right after Hyuna’s intenser part. A perfect match up and Euaerin was just so powerful yet maintained excellent flow. Eunji picks it up after her, and brings the intensity down by a slightly slower pace (and lower voice) but she still maintained great flow herself and she sets up a perfect transition to Sera through her final line of “Get out of my brand new empire”.

Overall, amazing, amazing rapping here. Euaerin’s rapping blows people away, but let’s not forget Eunji. She had her own shine here and having the two work together provided fantastic synergy. This is incredible rapping. Nicely executed by these two ladies. 

6. Verse 2: 8/10 – As stated earlier, a very unique part. Honestly, I almost believed this was the bridge. It’s quite similar in that it relaxes the song’s intensity but then builds it back up.

Anyhow, Sungah and Hyuna work together for this.

There are excellent note holds from both Sungah and Hyuna. Sungah had her endings of “…ya” to use. Her second line is a bit on the softer side, but that’s a perfect switch for Hyuna’s turn. Hyuna provides a really smooth part, and at the end, she an incredible and lengthy note hold. Greatly done to transition back into the rap.

Overall, a really strange part. It definitely suits in the end, since this part allows more variety and it provides a “break” for the song. Having the rap right after this makes sense though, since it allows the rapping intensity to be at the middle side, which then makes an easy transition to the softer bridge part.

7. Bridge (Chorus): 9/10 – This part is quite different. This bridge reuses  the chorus instead of having its own structure. In addition, it’s only the first half of the chorus that’s truly the bridge, so I’ll be mainly judging that.

For the bridge, it comes right after the rap, but it’s perfect. The rap wasn’t as intense as the singing sections, and the instrumental perfectly died down during this time. Sera is the one doing the bridge. A perfect decision. Sera showcases her softer vocals at the start. The melody is perfectly made and at the end of the bridge, she shows off her powerful singing side with “…jjilleo~, neon~" by having very strong note holds. This also bumps the intensity back up and allows Hyuna to follow through with finishing the second half of the chorus.

This part is so pleasing to hear, Sera does a great job, and the transitions to and after are excellent. Also, a bridge using its chorus section is really special. Overall, very solid for a bridge and the instrumental does its part in dying out but also coming back when Hyuna’s part occurs.

8. Conclusion (Chorus): 9/10 – Now this is an extraordinary ending to a beautiful song. 

Kyungri and Hyemi (and Sera) are the ones concluding this musical piece.

When Kyungri begins singing, she isn’t the only one. Sera does a two-part with the end and layers her voice with very high notes and note holds. This provides a great, final peak of high intensity. When Hyemi starts singing, Sera’s two-part is absent which is good. This allows the song to start dying out. Hyemi does a final, short note hold but that isn’t the end. The robotic voice comes once more and once that’s over, so are the instrumentals.

So overall, an incredible finish. The chorus is used but the addition of Sera layering her voice gives a final high level of energy but "Glue” ensures that there isn’t any chopped off ending through using Hyemi as the final singer along with the robotic voice which died down properly along with the instrumental. A perfect wrap up.

– Line Distribution: 10/10 – What I love about this song is how well the lines are distributed. 

All NINE members had their fair share. A hard feat to acquire, but they do it. Furthermore, everyone’s line works best to their strength; Sungah and Minha were support, Lee Sem was also support but she also had her chorus section. Euaerin and Eunji had, not one, but two fantastic rap  sections. Kyungri and Hyemi had their moments. Hyuna had a great solo lengthy note hold along with other parts. Sera had her fair share along with a graceful bridge part.

Perfectly well done here. Couldn’t be any better.

– Instrumentals: 9/10 – The instrumental here provided so much work for the song. It allowed transitions to happen easily, it augmented the melody and vocals, and it synced very well to the intensity level. 

The instrumental by itself is also really nice; it’s very classy and has a nice beat, but it’s not prominent enough to be distracting. Overall, it’s well balanced as the song is in general. One of my favorite instrumental for sure. 

– Meaning: 8/10 – Already from the title, “Glue”, what song is that? Well, it’s a perfect title once we peer at the lyrics in English, which as usual, aren’t 100% accurate but are quite close:

I’m filled up with you again,
I’m so sick of the same days
It hurts so much, it hurts again,
it won’t heal

It’s about time I got over you,
it almost works but my thoughts are to blame
My head is so bad,
it almost works but I can’t forget you yet

Without being noticed but once in a while,
you flow quietly in my heart,
you pierce my heart
You stay still in my head
but you appear again
as tears

I just don’t know what to do

My hidden memories burn up
and fall down again
It painfully spreads
and you come once again

Why do you keep coming to me?
I’ll forget you eventually
I’ve endured by thinking that
but why did you come to me again?
I can’t do this anymore,
just take the memories with you
You’re bad news to me,
no more, I’m not your doll

It’s time to quit doing this,
it almost works but my heart is the problem
My habits are bad,
it almost works but I still look for you

The images of you
that pass through my memories
are always looking at me
I press down each memory i my heart
but I miss you
and you appear again

I’m the same fool, I’m a fool like you
I can’t remember why we broke up
I’m the same fool, I’m the same

Please just keep still in my memories
My unfinished love, please disappear
I make several promises a day
But like a fool, I take you out from my heart again
I guess I’m crazy, I’m sick of me being like this
I look at myself in the mirror
and I see a strange vampire
Get out of my brand new empire

Without being noticed but once in a while,
you flow quietly in my heart,
you pierce my heart
You stay still in my head
but you appear again
as tears

The images of you
that pass through my memories
are always looking at me
I press down each memory i my heart
but I miss you
and you appear again

I just don’t know what to do

In summary, a heartbreak story about a woman or man trying to recover from the pain. She or he attempts to “press down each memory” and such in order to ease the pain, but, it isn’t that easy. 

The lyrics describe how the pain and memories of a past love are like “Glue”; they stick around and slip into their thoughts unconsciously.

Overall, the lyrics are quite sad and there are a lot of meaningful details.

Solid lyrics for sure.

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Choreography Score: 9/10 – If you haven’t already, take a look at the dance practice video linked above. 

This dance is probably one of my favorite dances in general. There are so many syncs with the music. Examples are the hand snaps, the claps, and how they move to the rhythm. Incredible synchronicity here. 

Furthermore, the dance isn’t in just one form; there are different dances for EVERY song piece. Key points are repeated, but no format is truly repeated. 

The transitions are also really well done, it’s an amazing dance to see. Very graceful. I’m honestly having a hard time deciding between 9 or 10. I guess I’ll lean to a 9 since it’s not COMPLETELY perfect.

The flaw?

The first rap section had…an interesting part. I honestly didn’t notice it until the tenth time I watched the dance. Yes, the part where Minha and Sungah have their bottoms touched. That didn’t fit in with the sad tone at all. Perhaps it was just “fan service” and to get the boys screaming. Who knows but that was completely out of place.

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Overall Score: 9/10 (9/10 raw score) – Well that brings us to a solid 9/10. 

Well deserved. While this song is my favorite, in both terms of dance and music, it isn’t the best. “Singing Got Better” by Ailee is the best song I’ve heard so far. Check out that review if you want to know more.

Anyhow, I’m really glad I made this review. It revived my love for the song. It was back in December 2013 when I found out about the song. Nine Muses was discovered…in November 2013 I think? Anyhow, I love these ladies. At least the 9Muses we’ve known went out in a nice finish. 

Although they’re down to 6 (with future members coming I expect, although staying 6 would be amazing, too) I still believe they’ll come strong with a new song. They were on the rise, but I believe they can get back on that track despite the obstacles. 

Anyways, thank you for reading this. This review took…2.5 hours? Quite a long time. But this was one of my fun I’ve had with reviewing. Words cannot describe how much these ladies mean to me; I appreciate the music and work they’ve done as well as providing me inspiration and positivity. 

For now, thank you once again for reading. It means a lot to me. Well, I hope you enjoyed this review. Hopefully it was entertaining and full of ideas. I’m also hoping you disagree and have your own thoughts. As usual, I hope I “flow quietly in [your] heart” and that you keep reading. Sistar is the next, upcoming review! 

Sistar – “Give It To Me” Review

Sistar – Give It To Me (Choreography Version/Dance Practice) 

Sistar – Give It To Me MV

Sistar – Give It To Me

Reviewed on July 19, 2014

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Personal Message: Well Sistar is finally making a comeback after…roughly a year I believe? “Give It To Me” is a pretty nostalgic song and brings back some summer memories from last year. Anyhow, I am confident to say, this is probably Sistar’s best song as of yet. It’s very classy, there’s lot of power in terms of vocals and the choreography, overall an extremely solid song. 

I’m really curious on “Touch My Body”, the upcoming song for Sistar. Will it retain a touch of “Give It To Me” or will it go to the pure summertime sweetness of “Loving U”? I guess we’ll find out in 2 (or 1) days!

But for now, Sistar, “Give It To Me”, let’s see what you have given.

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Song Total Score: 8/10 (8.2/10 raw score) – Average score of the sub-categories, separate so Choreography Score doesn’t affect it.

– Vocals: 9/10 – I’m really struggling to pick a 9 or a 10. Overall though, for the song, a 9 would seem more fitting. The vocals in this song didn’t make me dazed like Ailee’s “Singing Got Better”, but they are phenomenal still.

First of all, these ladies have Hyorin; as mentioned in the “Singing Got Better” review, Hyorin is the only other singer I know who could possibly compete with the vocalist queen, Ailee. That’s saying quite a lot. Hyorin definitely contributes her versatile vocals here. Softness to hard power is what she brings.

Soyu also has incredible, sweet vocals. “Some” is a great example of what her singing abilities are. Extremely solid with keeping a nice melody.

Dasom and Bora are also talented for vocals. Dasom has more of a support role in Sistar, but support she does for sure. Bora is the rapper for this group, and her rapping skills are excellent. 

Overall, the four ladies are all very adept and provide this song so much in terms of their vocals. 

– Song Structure: 8/10 (8.25/10 raw score) – Going to have scores for “Verse score”, “Pre-Chorus score”, “Chorus score”, etc.)

The song goes in this structure and order:

Introduction, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Verse, Pre-Chorus 2, Chorus, Rap, Bridge, Chorus, Conclusion (Chorus)

So for “Song Structure”, I’m going to go through each section (Verse, Chorus, etc) and give a score per section. After that, the average is the “Song Structure” score.

Note: Alright, a bit tricky with labels once again. Pre-Chorus 2 is the only thing I’m hesitant on. Pretty much that’s Dasom’s solo part, so I think it deserves its own section. In addition, both pre-choruses were vastly different so, hence “2”.

1. Introduction: 8/10 – Very awesome and unique introduction. As we know, most songs tend to start with something less energetic. This song decides to just break down the door, though. 

Hyorin takes over this part and does some excellent melodic note holds at the start with “Ooo…yeah~”. That already starts building up the song along with accompanying the piano instrumental. 

The only questionable thing is the “phone” voice heard with “You see I don’t usually do this but, I really need you tonight”. I felt like it contrasted Hyorin’s initial note holds harshly. It had no melody to it (since it was just Hyorin saying those words) and the filtered phone call quality sound made it conflict with the sweet melody already established. Perhaps removing the phone quality and making it Hyorin’s usual voice (maybe in a whisper) would’ve been more pleasant to hear in my opinion.

Anyhow, after that, “Give It To Me” is already given. Talk about being blunt; Sistar didn’t hold anything back for the start. This ends up working to their favor. Already from the start, the key line is sung and already a nice intensity is given. It was almost a teaser; a catchy part and then it quickly fades out to transition to the next part.

Overall, very solid introduction. I’m very surprised at how the introduction went with unleashing a lot of energy despite it being just the beginning. My only complaint is the phone call part, it just caused too much contrast with Hyorin’s established singing.

2. Verse: 9/10 – Now this is Soyu at work. Utilizing her sweet, soft vocals, she’s able to create a very nice build up for the upcoming part.

The strength of the verse lies with Soyu’s singing along with the instrumental. The instrumental was very passive to suit her softer, angelic voice. In addition, there was a “snapping” beat that went on. That further complements her singing. The transition to the next part works out well due to Soyu ending with a note hold at “Oh~”. 

Soyu did a fantastic job with being gentle yet having great control of her notes to craft this very solid melody. Definitely a great piece and to see the instrumental work with the vocals is also a huge plus. This section was a bit short, but quality over quantity as the saying goes.

Now the next verse is also done by Soyu and it’s quite similar in structure as the first. 

3. Pre-Chorus 1: 9/10 – Hyorin takes this section.

After the introduction, we’ve heard how powerful singing. But like Ailee, she’s quite versatile. For Pre-Chorus 1, she uses her softer singing and high pitches. 

She sings very gently and softly in order to match the lyrics’ meaning; a great connection to see. Furthermore, she ends her lines in a very high pitch which augments the melody. Thanks to her high notes, the intensity starts building up and that’s an awesome thing for transitioning to the chorus. 

Overall, very solid section. Keeping the same energy and mood as Soyu’s part, it plays off what she started while finally concluding it with great high notes that transition it to the chorus. 

4. Chorus: 8/10 – Now this is where “Give It To Me” is heard. An extremely solid chorus that plays off energy and intensity.

Firstly, Hyorin mostly sings the chorus but is backed up by Soyu.

“Give It To Me” is repeated multiple times and is in fact, even layered in the background. This creates the nice lingering effect of the key line while also creating the nice melody and rhythm. The “Oh, Oh, Oh…” parts also help aid the rhythm and melody. 

Now after the “Oh"s, Hyorin throws in a powerful "Whoa~” that lets the chorus recycle its energy once again. Next, Hyorin starts singing with so much power and intensity; a great peak for a chorus. Lots of power is injected here thanks to the amazing vocals of Hyorin.After that, Soyu throws in her own powerful lines and that continues the intensity of the song while creating more diversity of vocals. Finally, Hyorin concludes the chorus with “Oh baby give it to me…” and that’s a great wrap up. She holds a note out but instead of keeping it high pitched, she actually lowers the note which is great for letting the chorus fade out. A great way to lower the intensity without any awkward abrupt cuts. 

While this chorus is extremely solid with bringing so much energy and intensity, there is one major issue: too many “chunks” versus singing. 

The first half of the chorus is “Give It To Me” followed up with “Oh, Oh, Oh…”. Unfortunately, that’s coming close to my very dreaded choruses of “La, la, la la~”. For those of you who have read my “Jeon Won Diary” review, you will know I loathe choruses that do non-sense repeats of random “Oh"s and "La"s and random sounds versus singing. Sistar comes close to doing just that, but thankfully the second half of the chorus picks up with Hyorin and Soyu doing some real singing with a lot more added power. 

Overall, the later part of the chorus redeems itself when Soyu and Hyorin step up with their very intense and energetic vocals.

5. Pre-Chorus 2: 8/10 – In contrast to Pre-Chorus 1, the biggest change has to be the intensity. This section is a lot more energetic than the first pre-chorus. 

Anyhow, our maknae (youngest in a group, and Dasom is the youngest…right? If I’m wrong, then I will be quite ashamed of myself) takes this part by herself. 

She sings in a high pitch but remains very soft. Similar to the other pre-chorus by Hyorin, she stays gentle and builds the melody. The transition back to the chorus is smoothly done since Dasom ends her last line in a high note. Therefore, that allows the intensity/energy level to remain high which then flows nicely into the established chorus energy. Nicely executed by Dasom. She shows off her singing abilities with being able to remain soft and high pitched.

6. Rap: 9/10 – Wow. Bora is definitely a solid rapper. For this song, what a rap had to do was maintain a good energy level, it had to be relatively fast to keep the pace of the song, and it needed good flow and melody to reflect what was already constructed. 

Bora does all of that.

Her rap wasn’t quiet or weak; it remained strong. She had great flow and built off the melody with some note changes in her rap. The pacing was perfect; not too fast but not too slow. Overall, very solid section and a great fit coming right after the chorus. Bora maintained the energy that leaked from the chorus. For ending the rap, she finished with power and that synced well with the instrumental’s violin(?). 

7. Bridge: 7/10 – A different bridge than most I would say.

As usual, the song takes a break during the bridge; this is done via Soyu adding her "Hoo…hoo” and, uniquely, Hyorin adding background vocals.

Unfortunately, just the “Hoo” and background vocal don’t stick out. It keeps the bridge relaxed, but otherwise this section felt very stale; compared to other bridges that still kept singing while calming the song, I felt that some singing would be suitable here.

On the bright side, a nice piano melody was still present here.

In terms of transitions, coming into the bridge went well. The violin helped conclude Bora’s rap and her energy wasn’t so high that it felt like an abrupt cut. As for moving onto the next section, the chorus, that went exceptionally well. The electric guitar along with Hyorin’s powerful vocals  spawning up allowed a great slide back into the energetic chorus.

Overall, the staleness brought by the dry “Hoo” and background vocals hurt the bridge, but the transitions were well done.

8. Conclusion (Chorus): 8/10 – The conclusion recycled the chorus. Looking at it, it was a solid ending.

Firstly, I dislike the transition to the conclusion; it’s slightly rough. It started right after Hyorin’s “Whoa~” which was quite powerful and energetic. The conclusion starts off on the middle and lower side in terms of intensity level; as such, there’s a gap noticed.

On the good side, although it is the chorus being reused, the intensity has definitely been lowered. Perfect for an approaching end. The last spark of power comes from Soyu’s lines of “sarangeul dallan mariya
geugeomyeon doendaneun mariya” which I find well suiting. A final last punch. Finally, Hyorin concludes it with the key line “Oh baby give it to me~" and lets her lower note fade naturally. 

 Overall, a solid conclusion minus the abrupt transition into it.

– Line Distribution: 8/10 – Sistar does have a queen vocalist on their side, so sharing might be a bit difficult. After all, wouldn’t you use your star singer the most?

Nevertheless, "Give It To Me” has solid distribution.

Hyorin dominated a lot; she had the introduction, a pre-chorus, and most of the chorus. Soyu added a lot of support for Hyorin but she also had her own spotlight with her own verses and such. Although short, she was still heard often with those parts and her support for Hyorin.

Dasom had her spotlight with her own Pre-Chorus 2 section. It was a lengthy one, too, so that was good.

Bora also had her own rap section, so she got her spotlight.

Overall, Hyorin can be seen as being too dominant with the lines, but hey, when you have a top-shot singer, I’d let her have quite a bit of lines.

– Instrumentals: 8/10 – Very classy instrumental. It gave support to vocals while forging the song’s mood by adding the classy touch. It instrumentals complemented the softer vocals but it added power when that was necessary as well. Transitions were also well done by the instrumental.

Overall, super solid, but nothing too special.

– Meaning: 8/10 – When I first saw the title, I wondered exactly how the song would play out. “Give It To Me”, what does that mean?

Well, let’s find out through the English lyrics. Not 100% accurate but close:

Oooh .. Yeah~
You see I don’t usually do this but
I really need you tonight
Give it to me give it to me
Give it to me give it to me

Will I even get married before I turn thirty?
My heart is hurt from only giving love,
What do I do?

My heart hurts even at the persistent sound of rain
I’m still young and soft-hearted
Innocent and soft-hearted, I have a lot of tears

Give it to me
Oh baby Give it to me (Give it to me)
Give it to me
Oh baby Give it to me (Oh baby, give it to me)
Oh oh oh oh oh ~ oh
Oh oh oh oh oh ~ oh (Oh woah~)
No matter how much I want and beg
There’s only your empty spot, filled with tears
I want you to give me love
That’s all I need
Oh baby give it to me

Will you come before the morning comes?
I only look at you like a fool

I cry, I cry all day till morning comes
I don’t know if that’s the sun or moon, I don’t know if it’s day or night
Oh baby give it to me
I’m sorry that’s all I need
Oh baby give it to me,
Oh baby give it to me

Give it to me
Oh baby Give it to me (Give it to me)
Give it to me
Oh baby Give it to me (Oh baby, give it to me)
Oh oh oh oh oh ~ oh
Oh oh oh oh oh ~ oh (Oh woah~)
No matter how much I want and beg
There’s only your empty spot, filled with tears
I want you to give me love
That’s all I need
Oh baby give it to me

I write and tear up this letter
Tens and hundreds of times
Why is love only so heavy to me?
I cry, I cry all day till morning comes
I don’t know if that’s the sun or moon,
I don’t know if it’s day or night

Hoo~ HooHoo HooHoo HooHoo
(I cry all day till morning comes)
HooHoo HooHoo HooHoo
(Give it to me Give it to me)
HooHoo HooHoo HooHoo
(I cry all day till morning comes, Give it to me)

Give it to me
Oh baby Give it to me (Give it to me)
Give it to me
Oh baby Give it to me (Oh baby, give it to me)
Oh oh oh oh oh ~ oh
Oh oh oh oh oh ~ oh (Oh woah~)

Give it to me
Oh baby give it to me
Give it to me
Oh baby give it to me
I want you to give me love
That’s all I need
Oh baby give it to me

So the answer of “what’s IT?” is answered: Love. That’s the “it”.

This song tells a story of a woman, OR man, that longs for love; she/he wants to find love. The feeling of loneliness is tearing them apart. After all, this person is very soft-hearted and still innocent with love. 

I find the story to be very interesting; in addition, I know some people might struggle with this topic themselves. Finding love. Will it happen? “Will I ever find my prince/princess?” Etc. 

I am a huge fan of the certain details, for example “Will I even get married before I turn thirty? My heart is hurt from only giving love, What do I do?”

The hardship of always giving out their love but never receiving anything back. 

Overall, a very interesting love story of, well, not finding love.

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Choreography Score: 8/10 – This dance is really unique and fun to watch. Dasom had her cane dance, Soyu had a male dancer, etc. There are really fun details to watch.

What’s really nice is how the song syncs very well with the music; soft dancing and movements when the song reflects that, and when powerful vocals/instrumentals step up, so do their dance. 

Very solid dance. The only weird part is the hip-moving chorus; I felt like the ladies were moving their hips a bit too far out. It looked umcomfortable, but hey it matched up with the song. 

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Overall Score: 8/10 (8/10 raw score) – So overall, a solid 8/10 song. 

I can agree with it, although I’m thinking it should lean towards the higher side on the raw score.

This song is definitely above average and it’s quite catchy and powerful. A very nice listen if you’re looking for strong vocals along with great high notes. I feel that the score should be higher. It IS a solid song, and it’s currently Sistar’s top song in my opinion. 

Well now we have to look forward to “Touch My Body” which will come out on July 21. Very excited and I hope to review that song ASAP.

This marks the end of the review. As usual, thank you so much for reading. I sincerely appreciate it. I hope you find this insightful and that you have some opposing viewpoints. 

Anyhow, thank you for reading. “That’s all I need”, see you guys next time with Sistar’s comeback. Sistar, fighting! 

Oh and look foward to some Nine Muses…I think it’s about time for me to give some unbiased (I hope!) spotlight to the ladies and I can personally give my opinion on the lineup changes. 

Anyways, stay tuned!

Girl’s Day – “Darling” Review

Girl’s Day – Darling (Live Performance)

Girl’s Day –  Darling Music Video

Girl’s Day – Darling

Reviewed on July 17, 2014

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Personal Message: So last night I opted to take a break from reviewing a song. I didn’t want to be burned out and last night I just had to watch a certain show. (Come on, Jiyeon was on Hello Counselor. A heartwarming and comical show AND there’s her so, I have excuses.)

Anyhow, I’m really excited for this review because FINALLY, there’s an official live performance on a broadcasting stage. Girl’s Day appeared on Show Champion! So now I can fully judge the song and dance. And honestly, I have to say, this might be Girl’s Day best song yet. I was skeptical at first; “Something” was an extremely solid song. Surpassing that would be a challenge. On top of that, a cute concept versus their sexy concept was also a concern. I’m really pleased it worked out, though, and to be honest, I’m actually preferring the mix of cute and sexy. 

Moving on, feel free to also watch the MV of this song. That video is tied with “Gun” by Nine Muses for my favorite MV of all time. I’m leaning towards the “Darling” MV now that I think of it. They are all so stunning and it’s just so cute. It fills you up with summertime joy. So much positive energy. I love these ladies; how can you resist their smiles, kindness, and hard work? Anyways, this song is incredible. It’s a sweet summertime tune and it’s the first song to really make me want to dance.

With that said, “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to the spectacular Girl’s Day summer party, hey! Are, you, ready!?”

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Song Total Score: 9/10 (8.6/10 raw score) – Average score of the sub-categories, separate so Choreography Score doesn’t affect it.

– Vocals: 9/10 – Very solid vocals. Now since I reviewed “Something” a while back, some of you may recall the high talent these ladies have. As such, no surprise here to see some great vocals.

What’s even better in this song is that we get to hear a lot more out of Hyeri and Yura. Both of them were excellent with providing supporting lines. As usual, Sojin and Minah were rocking the house and carrying the melody. Minah did exceptionally well with providing energetic and high pitched lines. 

Overall, exceptional vocals from Girl’s Day. 

– Song Structure: 8/10 (8.43/10 raw score) – Going to have scores for “Verse score”, “Pre-Chorus score”, “Chorus score”, etc.)

The song goes in this structure and order:

Introduction, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Verse, Verse 2, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Bridge, Conclusion (Chorus)

So for “Song Structure”, I’m going to go through each section (Verse, Chorus, etc) and give a score per section. After that, the average is the “Song Structure” score.

1. Introduction: 8/10 – A really different introduction from most songs. Although it was probably an overkill, the quote I used during my personal message was pretty much the introduction. 

Pretty much, an “announcer” was used for this. For a stage performance, I can definitely see that working. For just listening, however, it’s not too bad but it’s not the most pleasant. Looking at the song as a whole, though, this introduction fits very well. It gives off the nice classical feel to match the instrumental that follows up and it just brings a lot of positive energy. 

Unique introduction but perfectly suitable.

2. Verse: 9/10 – There are two different verses in this song, but for the first verse, there are two variations. I’ll be covering both.

For the initial verse, amazing. Perhaps that verse is my favorite one out of every song I’ve heard. 

The first verse starts off with Sojin. She gives off so much rhythm and sings in a gentle, sweet tune. Already from the start, the mood of the song is generated. Innocent and soft. Now next is Yura. She continues to  follow up what Sojin started. Yura follows a similar flow and once again gives off a nice rhythm and melody while matching the softness of Sojin. Next in line is Hyeri. From here, the same softness is there, but this time the pacing seems to have picked up. Hyeri brings up the energy very slightly through a quicker pace. Finally, Minah steps in. She throws in an extremely fluent English line of “I fell in live with you…” and keeps same gentleness the verse has. What’s great for the ending of this part is how Minah brings the energy back down slightly and allows an easy transition to the pre-chorus.

Alright so, looking from a standpoint of how the flow went, it’s about average. The strength of the verse is not in how it’s laid out, but rather who sings. All four of the ladies do. Sojin, then Yura, then Hyeri, then Minah. They all got one line to chip in and this switch of singers create so much diversity and flow. I find this switch up to augment the verse completely. Hearing a different gentle voice makes the verse so much sweeter.

The second variation of the verse follows the same structure with being soft, however, only Sojin and Yura sing. Nevertheless, for Verse 1, very solid.

3. Pre-Chorus: 8/10 – The power-duo of Sojin and Minah team up for the first pre-chorus. The second pre-chorus has Hyeri, Yura, and Minah.

Anyhow, the pre-chorus is essentially the same for both variations.

Sojin uses her nice, sweet and higher pitched vocals here. She brings a very nice melody and flow. What’s done nicely here is a build up. The instrumentals went slightly more passive and Sojin just carries a great tune. Minah then comes in and finally unleashes her powerful vocals. Picking up on the build up Sojin formed, Minah is able to increase her pitch. That allows a nice energetic end for this section and her well executed note hold (with “Ooo yeah~”) at the end allows for a great transition to the chorus. 

For the second pre-chorus, Hyeri and Yura have the same role as Sojin. 

4. Chorus: 9/10 – Super catchy for a chorus. This is where “Call me your darling~” arrives.

This chorus has a pattern of having a rise and then a dive. There are very great note holds here; the high pitch to lower pitch and vice versa is excellent. The “pap” (pop) break in the middle of the chorus also allows for a great reset and recycle of the energy again. With that pause/break existing, it allows the chorus to not get too plain with a stable level of energy and intensity. The key line of darling lingers and remains looped in your head. Furthermore, the ending of “Only you~” and the note holds occuring there allow a great transition for the next section. In addition to that, it allows the energy and intensity to naturally fade. Perfectly done to get the song back to the verse. Very catchy chorus. 

5. Verse 2: 9/10 – I’m not sure if this is really a verse, but it has the structure as that. Therefore, it shall be labeled as Verse 2 since it’s not quite the same verse as earlier, but it’s still a verse in form. 

Anyhow, this is an awesome section of the song. Hyeri, Yura, and Minah tackle this section, but I have to say, the highlight doesn’t belong to Minah. The spotlight is on Hyeri and Yura. 

The lines of “pop pop pop” by Hyeri create a really catchy (and cute) melody going. After her line, Yura plays off that by throwing in “my my my”. That rhythm of the 3 words lingers around and it provides the song with a cute, sweet atmosphere. The flow and rhythm is the strength of this part. Hyeri and Yura did a great job.

That isn’t all, though. Minah’s role here was to close this part up and she does exactly that. Her line of “I fell in love with you ppajyeodeulgo sipeo ni ane” works perfectly. She brings back the softness of the song and gets quieter and lower pitched near the end. Perfect to transition into the next part of the pre-chorus. It’s also a great set up for potential build up, which is exactly what the pre-chorus does. 

Overall, really nice section and it’s joyful to see Hyeri and Yura get some vocal spotlight. 

6. Bridge: 7/10 – It’s not a strong bridge, but it doesn’t ruin the song. The flow into the bridge was slightly rough; after all, it came from Minah’s “Only you~” which was pretty high pitched. Thankfully though, Sojin does sing her first line of the bridge in the same high note. The issue here lies more in the instrumental; it gets a bit too quiet the moment the bridge happens. On the bright side, the instrumental picks up a few seconds after the bridge starts.

Anyhow, Minah takes over once Sojin is done. Minah’s first line replicates Sojin’s line with melody, slow pace, and high pitch softness. Her following line of “gidae nuwo jamdeulgo sipeo” starts bringing the intensity back up. Her singing becomes less gentle, and she brings a lot of energy back through a note hold. That provides a smooth change to the final part: the conclusion.

7. Conclusion (Chorus): 9/10 – The chorus is recycled here, but that’s perfect. The chorus plays out as usual, except this time Minah does a lot of two-part singing to add an extra layer for a final peak of energy/intensity. Minah also had a note hold at the start which further increases the intensity. 

The catchy chorus and now Minah’s layered vocals give such nice concluding energy level. Now near the end, “Only you~” and “Pop, Pop…” are heard to create that final melody and sweetness going. The instrumental also coordinates well with Girl’s Day’s vocals and at the end it gradually fades out.

A clean finish for a great, catchy fun song.

– Line Distribution: 10/10 – Greatly distributed lines. Sojin and Minah got a large piece, but Hyeri and Yura still got plenty of lines and had their own spotlight with Verse 2. 

Furthermore, the chorus is pretty much all of them singing in harmony I believe. 

Therefore, all of them got a time to shine. Very satisfying. 

– Instrumentals: 8/10 – A nice classy instrumental soundtrack. It provided a lot of work with the vocals and it creates a solid melody to accompany the ladies. I find the instrumental here excellent. Nothing excelling, but it does its job quite well and slightly beyond.

– Meaning: 8/10 – These lyrics aren’t “meaningful”, but they’re quite cute and sweet. Also there are some nice details. Anyhow, here are the lyrics in English. Again not 100% accurate, but close:

They say couples these days kiss before dating
But I’m naive and shy when it comes to people
I’m trapped in myself, making true love seem fake
I fell in love with you though I can’t express it

You flew on top of my heart like a butterfly
You shoot love at me like a bee
I’ve fallen into a sweet temptation

Call me your darling darling, melt me
Sugar pop, my lollipop, I will shout out
Call you my darling darling, you’re sweet
Oh make it hot, only you
Only you, only you, my only you

Sugar sugar sugar, only you are my star
I will sing a song about love
Sweet sweet and bright, the moon also knows my heart
Sugar sugar sugar, you’re so sweet

Oh baby, you’re so fresh, soda pop pop pop
Making my throat prickle and tickle my my my
I fell in love with you, I want to fall into you

You flew on top of my heart like a butterfly
You shoot love at me like a bee
I’ve fallen into a sweet temptation

Call me your darling darling, melt me
Sugar pop, my lollipop, I will shout out
Call you my darling darling, you’re sweet
Oh make it hot, only you
Only you

At the ocean where the stars spill across
I want to softly lay in your lap
And fall asleep

Call me your darling darling, melt me
Sugar pop, my lollipop, I will shout out
Call you my darling darling, you’re sweet
Oh make it hot, only you
Only you, only you, my only you

So in summary, this song is about sweet, shy love. Innocent and adorable. 

Pretty much, a lady OR gentlemen is infatuated with their crush and she/he is describing the feeling and affection.

The key details I personally enjoy from this song are: 

“You flew on top of my heart like a butterfly
You shoot love at me like a bee
I’ve fallen into a sweet temptation”

and of course, the “Call me your darling” phrase.

Overall, this song is just a lover expressing their emotions for their current crush and cute details are used. Solid lyrics. Nothing impressive, but it’s definitely above average.

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Choreography Score: 8/10 – Geez, I never knew I would wait to see a dance. Well worth the wait, though.

The syncing between the song itself and dancing is fantastic; even in the introduction, we can see how well the beats are matched to and such.

Details in this song can be noticed and it’s really great to see. For example, the introduction had an announcer as if they were in a play or something. The ladies did a bow to further play off that idea. Another example is the pre-chorus with “You flew on top of my heart like a butterfly” and as you may guess, Girl’s Day made a butterfly with their hand. 

Next, the mood of the dance is parallel to the song. The theme is matched where it’s cute, sweet, innocent, etc. The dance was exactly that way, too. Very gentle and soft movements, lots of adorable smiling, etc. Well fitting.

Overall, 8/10. Definitely solid, but nothing jaw-dropping. 

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Overall Score: 9/10 (8.5/10 raw score) – That leaves us with an 9/10 Overall Score. I can definitely agree. I recall that “Something” was at an 8. An improvement and personally, I agree. This song is catchy, it’s sweet, cute, it fits in with summer. 

I’m really loving this song and I find Girl’s Day doing a great job with a cute concept. I’m proud of these hard working ladies and they inspire me to continue my hard work (and to remain kind and friendly).

I wanted to review this song for a while and I’m glad I finally got to it. It took me about 1.5 hours to write this, I think? At least it isn’t at night. Normally I write these reviews late at night, but change of time today since I am writing in the later part of afternoon. 

Now for my upcoming reviews, Sistar is in mind. Why? They’re making a comeback on July 21! Very exciting and Sistar is actually following the sweet summer trend as well. I’m looking forward to that and like I did with Girl’s Day, to support them, I’ll review one of their songs. Their previous song hit of “Give It To Me” is in mind. 

Well now it’s the end of the review. Once again, thank you so much for reading this. I hope you found this entertaining, insightful, and that you disagree. Provoking your own thoughts is what I hope happens as well as getting a nice read. Thanks a lot, I truly appreciate your time.

Have a great time during the summer, I’ll “call you my darling”. Look out for an upcoming Sistar review!

Ailee – “Singing Got Better” Review

Ailee – Singing Got Better MV

Ailee – Singing Got Better (Live Performance)

Ailee – Singing Got Better

Reviewed on July 15, 2014

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Personal Message: Well this is an interesting change of plans. I intended to do “Darling” by Girl’s Day today since I finally saw a live performance of the dance. But, I came across something else. Ailee and her huge hit, “Singing Got Better” and I just became so moved by it. I remembered the first time I heard that song. It’s honestly a really moving song, both lyrically and just musically. I’m so glad I listened to it once more. To be honest, this is probably the best song I have ever heard. Not my favorite, but if we’re talking about the best, this has to be it. 

Ailee is incredible; she has everything. Humor, beauty, intelligence, modesty, talent, the list goes on. She’s known as the “Korean Beyonce”, I think that’s false. I think Beyonce is the “American Ailee”. Just kidding. Ailee is Ailee and Beyonce is Beyonce. (Side note, Beyonce is an incredible singer and probably one of the very few American singers I admire)

Anyways, “Darling” is once again on hold. Instead, today we’ll see if Ailee’s “Singing Got Better” from her previous songs…

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Song Total Score: 9/10 (9.25/10 raw score) – Average score of the sub-categories, separate so Choreography Score doesn’t affect it.

– Vocals: 10/10 – 10/10. Don’t question it. Moving on. It’s Ailee.

Jokes, I wouldn’t just move on. No, I need to brag a little bit. And by a little bit, I mean a lot. 

Ailee’s vocal skills are BEYOND anything I have ever heard; Hyorin from Sistar is the only other singer I know that could possibly compete. Ailee has proven to be versatile; she can sing very low, she can hit the highest notes. She can be soft or rough. What makes her the most outstanding, though, is her power. She rocks a song based on her energy and intensity; Ailee knows how to deliver a true live performance. A microphone is all she needs. No amount of words can describe how amazing of a singer she is.

– Song Structure: 9/10 (8.8333/10 raw score) – Going to have scores for “Verse score”, “Pre-Chorus score”, “Chorus score”, etc.)

The song goes in this structure and order:

Introduction, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Bridge, Conclusion (Chorus)

So for “Song Structure”, I’m going to go through each section (Verse, Chorus, etc) and give a score per section. After that, the average is the “Song Structure” score.

Quick note, I’m not too sure if I’m labeling the parts correctly. The verse seems to mesh almost with the pre-chorus, but looking at the song lyrics and stuff, it makes sense for it to be labeled as such. So, forgive me if they are inaccurate. On the bright side, hey, finally a “standard” song structure. (Although in reality, there is no “standard”)

1. Introduction: 8/10 – For sure a solid introduction. I love that they didn’t blast Ailee’s voice already, but rather, a piano melody was given off here. So from the start, already the melody that repeats by the piano is used. Great to get that flow and rhythm going. Also, they had Ailee throw in some “Oh"s. What’s great about adding that is it allows Ailee to preserve her true singing for later, but it doesn’t leave a naked instrumental. Furthermore, it adds onto the melody.

2. Verse: 8/10 – Nice and slow. There were specific chunked up sections for the verse, and it worked out nicely. Ailee kept the energy low for building up the song, but she still delivers a nice melody by playing off her higher notes. The vocals here are great, and the instrumentals are still dormant here. However, the verse here is very short which I find weird, but like I said, this might not even be the "verse”. Anyhow, this ironically helps. Even though it’s super short, the lack of length allows an easy transition to the pre-chorus. 

3. Pre-Chorus: 9/10 – Well done for a pre-chorus. Completely does its job.

First of all, the first line of the pre-chorus is very similar to the verse. It carries the chopped up flow and the gentleness. The instrumental is also still very passive here. However, as it progresses, Ailee’s really builds up the song. She starts increasing her pitch further and further. Before you know it, she’s hitting an incredible note that builds up the song, carries the melody. Also since she holds onto that very high note, it creates a perfect transition to the chorus. Her lines of “…jeongmal babogatasseo” for the first pre-chorus and “…jeongmal jaldoen iriya” for the second pre-chorus are what really kicks the song off. 

4. Chorus: 9/10 – My second favorite section of this song. From here, the song’s finally in its true form: Ailee’s finally singing with her power. Her amazing vocals bring in so much intensity here. The vocals here work with the instrumentals and they build off each other. Ailee is maintaining the melody and adds a great level of energy. Her high notes are dominating this part.

The transition back to the verse is also perfect here; after such an energetic chorus, it’s typically a struggle to “calm” the song back. Ailee has it all under control, though, through her note holds near the end. She takes the intensity and holds it out and lets it fade naturally. Naturally. That’s what makes it a perfect transition. No cuts, no weird snaps, she just lets her vocals continue on until it ends and the instrumental follows suit.

5. Bridge: 10/10 – This is my favorite part of the song. It is unequivocal that this is the best bridge I’ve heard so far.

This is goosebumps-inducing. I love this section. For this one, she utilizes her lower pitches but high pitches as well. 

She starts off on the lower side, but then slowly progresses with increasing her note. The instrumentals are still in full force here, but that is to mesh with how powerful her vocals are here. Eventually, she’s hitting her high notes but then swoops back down to a low note and holds a lower pitch. Typically, we always hear vocalists holding out the high notes, but with the words “…chukhahaejugil barae”, we can hear “barae” is being stretched out with a lower tone. That was awesome to hear and just gets my hair on the edge. Very, very unique and it sounds so amazing. That’s not the end, though. She resets and starts to build up the song once again. Her pitch progresses and rises. That leads to the conclusion of the bridge which is a very high pitched note hold. Phenomenal.

Now to transition back to the song/conclusion, a perfect method was found. During her final note hold for the bridge, they simply allowed the chorus to start. That blends in so perfectly; there was no need to findle around with the intensity level. Instead, the song just takes what Ailee created and plays off that. Amazing.

So now there’s the concern that ZE:A – “Breathe” had; with so much energy and practically the climax occuring at the bridge, will this song be able to conclude properly? Let’s see.

6. Conclusion: 9/10 – Yes, this song managed to do it. Even with such an intense bridge, they ended it perfectly. 

For starters, the song continues to carry out the high energy from the previous section. The chorus is recycled here which is a great decision. Ailee is able to do her usual powerful vocals. In addition, though, she actually does some two-parts to add layers for the end. That just packs even more intensity and power.

Now, near the end, Ailee holds her notes out to let them naturally fade. Perfect. It feels natural, there is no “sliced” off part. The instrumentals continue to play out, but at the very end it is beautiful. The sweet piano we heard at the start appears once again at the end. Slowly, the instruments die off, but the piano remains. Ailee then adds a few “Oh"s like at the start. Seeing how the conclusion played off the key features of the introduction is awesome, but the key component of this conclusion is how it allows the vocals and instrumentals to naturally fade out. It’s the best way to "de-escalate” a song.

Very nice wrap up to such a graceful, majestic song.

– Line Distribution: X/10 – Can’t be applied to her since she’s a solo artist. 

– Instrumentals: 9/10 – The instrumental here is fantastic. It plays off Ailee’s voice while remaining parallel and connected to the vocals’ intensity. The piano melody is also a huge piece of the song. Overall, a beautiful, graceful and classy instrumental soundtrack. 

– Meaning: 9/10 – I love these lyrics, I find it to be filled with many layers.

As we normally do, let’s take a look at the lyrics in English. Not 100% accurate, but it’s pretty much close to perfect.

I was out of it because of your gentleness
Because of your sweetness, because of your lies 

My dream changed – instead of a famous singer
I tried to become a good wife
I was such a fool, I was such a fool

My singing got better after breaking up with you
After living crazily with music, all of the song lyrics
Seemed like my story so I sang them to death
Little by little, slowly, my tears dried

I couldn’t see ahead, it was so hard
I cursed a lot and ruined my insides from drinking

It’s all over now, after I losing you
I earned a bigger hope
It’s really really so fortunate, it’s really so fortunate

My singing got better after breaking up with you
After living crazily with music, all of the song lyrics
Seemed like my story so I sang them to death
Little by little, slowly, my tears dried

Some day, you will probably call me
Then I hope you will be a man and congratulate me

Because this is all thanks to you
I’ll prepare a good thank you message for you

My singing got better after breaking up with you
After living crazily with music, all of the song lyrics
Seemed like my story so I sang them to death
Little by little, slowly, my tears dried
Slowly, my tears dried
Slowly, I got over you like that

So these lyrics tell a story. A woman had a goal of being a famous singer, but she gave up that dream to please her husband. 

But, they end up breaking up. Now she’s in a wreck…or is she? Music. The power of music comes back to her. And slowly, since he’s gone, she sings again. And slowly, but surely, her “Singing Got Better” and her tears dried up. 

What I love is that this isn’t a trainwrecked-love story. For example, “Number 9” by T-ARA (reviewed earlier, check it out if you haven’t yet) is where the lover is in pain after being abandoned by their partner. “Breathe” by ZE:A is practically the same, too. Sadness and grief.

What about this song? It’s about moving on; it’s about finding the light at the end of the tunnel. More songs focus on the initial emotional trauma of a break up, but very few talk about what happens after the initial break up. Ailee covers it, here, with her song. The act of moving on is important, and this song emphasizes that.

In addition to that message, I admire the details the lyrics bring to the story.

For example, “After living crazily with music, all of the song lyrics
Seemed like my story so I sang them to death” is something that perhaps everyone can (unfortunately) relate to. We have all heard those sad songs, but they’re just songs. Until it really happens. As such, you end up singing them to death since they really are your story.

Another fancy piece is “I couldn’t see ahead, it was so hard.
I cursed a lot and ruined my insides from drinking”. The lady of this story wasn’t instantly happy with “Heck yeah! I’m single, time to be the upcoming Ailee!” Not quite. She struggled at first, as does everyone with a break up. The future seems unclear, and maybe people resort to smoking, drinking, drugs, etc. to numb the agony. Even the person who now got so far in life had a moment of weakness.

Lastly, I think this song can be stretched past purely singing. In fact, “Singing” can be replaced with anything. Maybe your “Writing Got Better” after a break up. Actually, it might not even be a break up. Perhaps your writing got better after you were told that you were a worthless person. Point is, there will always be people oppressing you. You may try to please them, but that doesn’t work out. So, instead of ruining yourself to cope, why not do something productive and make something “better”. 

Overall, I think the meaning of this song is very positive and it brings the message of “There is always light at the end of the tunnel”. On top of that great message, the story it provides is very interesting and meaningful. These lyrics, gotta love it.

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Choreography Score: X/10 – This is technically a ballad song, so no dance.

Unless…let me link something: Ailee – “Singing Got Better” Dance Practice

10/10 dance. 

And actually, I recommend watching that awesome show, you’ll be able to see the very sweet side of Ailee. Oh I love how these idols are great role models. (But, let me just say, teachers, or at least from my personal experience, will always be the best role models)

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Overall Score: 9/10 (9/10 raw score) – with Song Total Score AND Choreography Score, concluding thoughts are left here, too.

Since there is no Choreography Score, it is just purely the Song Total Score. That brings us to a solid 9, which I whole-heartedly agree with. Again, this is probably the best song I have ever heard. Everything is incredible about it. From vocals to instrumentals to the song’s structure, it is amazingly well done. Well done, Ailee and producers.

Oh and before we end, check out her live performances of this song. It is scary to see how well she sings live. And I guess my definition of scary is awesome, incredible, etc.

So our review has come to an end, thank you so much for reading this. It truly means a lot if you read it. Personally, writing these reviews and being immersed in the Korean music industry (and culture?) brings so, SO much joy into my life. In fact, I might write about why I am so into K-Pop and such, although that’ll be an extremely personal post so I might not do it just for some privacy. I’m comfortable expressing myself except for “darker” things I guess you can say.

Anyhow, thank you again! 

For now, stay tuned. I’ll do my best to write a review for “Darling” by Girl’s Day. 

I hope my “Singing Got Better”. Er, writing. Anyways, see you guys next time.

ZE:A – “Breathe” Review

ZE:A – Breathe Music Video

ZE:A – Breathe (Live Performance)

ZE:A – Breathe

Reviewed on July 14, 2014

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Personal Message: Alright I’m back already! Before we get started, I have some quick updates. I really, really, want to review “Darling” by Girl’s Day, but so far I can’t find any good video of their choreography. I could try basing it from the music video, but I want a full, accurate view of the dance. As such, I’m patiently waiting for some live performances (on a broadcasting performance stage, with true recordings and not a fan-film) or for a dance version to be released (which is likely according to Girl’s Day pattern for “Something”, “Female President”, and “Expectation”)

Anyhow, let’s not focus on those ladies, rather, let’s focus on the gentlemen. Finally doing a male group review. Before we start, there are some things to address about this song.

For one, I think officially this song is called “Breathe”, but I guess “Breath” is technically correct too if looking at the lyrics.

Secondly, Siwan doesn’t seem to sing in any live performances, yet in the music video it appears that he has some lines. From what I’ve heard, he’s been busy filming a drama. Don’t quote me on it, but I think the Korean Drama is “Triangle”? Again not sure. I just saw some very adorable (and comical!) behind-the-scenes footage with Siwan and Jiyeon from T-ARA. Yes…it was the kissing scene…come on, every guy still has that romance feeling in them.

Anyways, I digress. Since he’s been filming the drama, I’m guessing his schedule was too packed to truly practice with the rest of ZE:A. As such, they probably cut him some lack by having him not sing. Now how does this affect us? Unfortunately, although I’m a fan of ZE:A, I’m still not 100% familiar with all of their voices. So to be safe, I won’t be including Siwan for certain lines. Forgive me if I give credit to someone else for his lines. 

On topic of the song, I remembered anxiously waiting for it to come out. I was never a fan of male groups, but ZE:A changed that. Nine Muses did a special stage with them way long ago, all the way back in December from last year, I think. Anyways, from that, I saw ZE:A. Turns out, those two groups are in the same company, Star Empire. Due to that, I decided to check out ZE:A. I was curious; they had 9 members, like Nine Muses, but can they sing and dance like the ladies? To my surprise: yes. These men proved me wrong. I’ve always favored female groups since I have personally always found them superior in terms of dancing and singing, but ZE:A tears that wall down. Not only that, but like the hilarious and sweet ladies, these gentlemen have also won my love for how they interact with one another. 

So, “it’s time to rise, it’s time to shine”. Let’s “show em some love” through this review.

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Song Total Score: 9/10 (8.6/10 raw score) – Average score of the sub-categories, separate so Choreography Score doesn’t affect it.

– Vocals: 9/10 – ZE:A is extremely, extremely talented when it comes to singer. Honestly, Star Empire must have some secret. Nine Muses, Jewelry, and ZE:A are examples. All of these groups from Star Empire are fantastic with vocals.

In this song, we get to see sweet melodies, we get to see high notes and energy, it is well done. The voices are definitely a strong component. Coming from their previous song, “Ghost of Wind”, the men here did not disappoint. They continue to carry amazing singing talent.

– Song Structure: 8/10 (8.125/10 raw score) – Going to have scores for “Verse score”, “Pre-Chorus score”, “Chorus score”, etc.)

The song goes in this structure and order:

Introduction, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Post-Chorus, Rap, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Post-Chorus, Bridge, Conclusion

So for “Song Structure”, I’m going to go through each section (Verse, Chorus, etc) and give a score per section. After that, the average is the “Song Structure” score.

1. Introduction: 10/10 – Just wow. One of the best introductions I have ever heard. For one, the pacing is just perfect. Not too slow, but not too high. It’s set at a correct intensity to get the song rolling but to still allow build up. Adding on, the “Ohhh” and other lines were perfect; the initial singing gives off a nice tune and the lines of “It’s time to rise…” definitely create a nice build up. Also, right after those lines, there’s a quick pause. That just builds up the song further. 

Overall, this introduction prepares you for the song and makes you want more; an appetizer for an introduction. Perfect. It’s unique and special. So far, it is one of the very few introductions with great vocal and instrumental uses. Big props to Kevin for leading the way.

2. Verse: 8/10 – Dongjun and Kevin work together for this. Actually I just realized, there is only one “verse” in this song. Strange, but it’s not bad to deviate from a “standard” song structure. 

For this section, Dongjun starts off. He gives off a nice rhythm; what can be noticed is how the instrument has chunks, similar to the lines Dongjun sings. There’s a nice parallel there between the vocals and instruments. The verse does start off on the slower side, but that’s just to lay the foundation for building up the song later. 

Next, is Kevin singing. Kevin has some very sweet vocals; he’s able to carry out a gentle melody. Thanks to him, the transition to the next part does go smoothly. It blends in with his softness that he gave. 

Overall, nothing too special, but thanks to professionally executing the singing and melody, it’s still a very strong verse.

3. Pre-Chorus: 8/10 – The best way to explain this part is it “bursts” or “chunks” up lines for different members. After one line, another member takes over. For the first pre-chorus, Hyungsik, Minwoo, and Junyoung work together. The second pre-chorus has Kwanghee included with the original 3.

With having one line per member, it creates a nice diversity for listeners; it helps keep the part fresh. What really makes this part solid is how the first line is low pitched, smooth, and not too intense. The next line that follows up however, contrasts that. It’s high pitched, slightly more rough, and it carries a lot more energy. Now after that line, it repeats again with starting off low pitched and then back to high pitched. This creates a really nice effect; a dive down then a flight back up for two cycles. It’s interesting and lingers around.

Now since this is the pre-chorus, transitioning to the chorus is a big deal. No problem, though, as Junyoung hits a surprising high note (I mean, after all, he does have a lower, huskier voice. I didn’t expect him to ever be able to go that high). That brings so much energy and gives a great wrap up for the pre-chorus. Going to the chorus peacefully is what Junyoung allowed to happen.

4. Chorus: 9/10 – Dongjun goes solo here, but not a bad idea at all. In fact, sending in one of their stronger singers for the chorus is perfect. I’ve always been a big fan of Dongjun for his skills. No disappointment. 

For the start, Dongjun doesn’t immediately bring in more intensity. In fact, the pacing is really special here. The song remains in a calmer, slower state at first. But slowly, Dongjun begins to bring more energy by raising his pitch and by holding his notes to create an awesome lingering sound. Furthermore, what impresses me about the chorus is how it builds intensity; the pacing is still the same. It’s still relatively slow. Instead of relying on making the song feel faster, all the chorus does is it plays off Dongjun’s amazing voice to bring further intensity. Definitely a solid piece.

5. Post-Chorus: 8/10 – I’m actually wondering if this should be labeled as part of the chorus or not. For the sake of the review, I’m keeping it as post-chorus, since it’s the section right after the chorus piece. 

For this part, we get to see the leader, Junyoung, cooperate with Hyungsik. Two very solid members. Junyoung takes the start and does the same thing as Dongjun earlier, except he remains on the lower pitched side. The pacing is still on the calmer side, but what’s really at work here is his voice; Junyoung’s utilizing his great lower pitches here to create a nice, sexy mellow sound. To follow up, Hyungsik offers his higher pitch to intensify the song further. What would be nice, though, is if Hyungsik held onto the notes for a bit longer like how Dongjun did. I felt like this part was slightly cut at the end, but it’s not a big loss since the transition works out.

6. Rap: 9/10 – Greatly placed. I believe this rap fit perfectly with the song. Hyungsik set this one up well. His previous part set the energy at the right level and the instrumental helped carry the change to the rap.

Anyways, Heechul and Taehun do this part. A fantastic job, lots of great flow and melody. I’m glad the rap didn’t go overboard with energy. The pacing was perfect to fit the overall mood of the song. The biggest strength of this rap has to be the flow and melody provided by these two gentlemen; power wasn’t necessary for this rap, and they both kept it out. What was needed, however, was a strong melody with great flow. The two managed to acquire just that. 

7. Bridge: 8/10 – A really interesting bridge, but this bridge is a double-edged sword. It provides a lot of benefits, but in the long run, it ends up hurting them. 

After the second post-chorus, the bridge follows. Appropriate. It’s meshes in well. Hyungsik leads. He brings down the intensity by quite a bit, perfect for a bridge. The instruments die down accordingly with Hyungsik, so great synchronicity there. Kevin (and actually, Siwan included) then adds in a line and slowly brings the song’s energy back up through raising his pitch.

The next part is where Kevin, Hyungsik, and Dongjun team up and the three of them, yes, the three, add a nice, powerful “whoa~”. This is super interesting. This pretty much is the climax of the song; the highest peak of intensity occurs right here. It’s also really unique and nice to see that three people do it versus the standard one. BUT, we forgot: this is the bridge. The bridge. Typically, this section is where a song takes a nice pause and then later resumes back to the chorus or conclusion and usually THAT is when the big climax happens. What we hear is the climax occurring at the bridge. Not bad if the conclusion works around that, but with losing your standard way of closing a song through a final high peak of energy, it’ll be difficult. So did they manage it? Let’s find out.

8. Conclusion: 5/10 – The first time I listened to the song, this is what tripped me up. After hearing such an awesome, powerful bridge, I thought that was the ending. What we see here for the conclusion is Dongjun borrowing the bridge’s high peak of energy and continuing it for slightly longer, and then finally letting it die out. 

Now that isn’t bad, but if we pay attention, it feels like there was no proper ending. Carrying out that energy and then slicing it off at the end is the conclusion. It’s just way too abrupt as ending. Unfortunately, I don’t see any other way, and to be honest, this probably was the best way. Sadly, using the climax during the bridge ended up costing them a proper way to end. An abrupt stop was all that could happen. The first time I heard this song, I thought the audio was messed up at the end. It seemed as if someone removed the ending part. 

So overall, I guess the best solution would be to let the song continue for a few more seconds and/or have the instrumentals carry out slightly longer and then die out. That would’ve helped a lot.

 – Line Distribution: 8/10 – Kevin got a lot of lines, Dongjun did as well. Hyungsik and Junyoung were very prominent. Taehun and Heechul had their rap spotlight. Minwoo got his support roles. So far, 7/9 members. 

Honestly, it’s hard for me to grade this. Siwan is practically missing minus for having 3 words, I believe? However, I understand the situation so I think overall, I’ll exclude him. Or at least I’ll be merciful. What does not become evaded, however, is Kwanghee; our comical guy of ZE:A may be a clown around the camera, but he actually has a nice voice. Although he is in the support role like Minwoo, it seems unfair that Minwoo managed to snatch a little more than Kwanghee. With Siwan missing as well, this does slightly hurt the group’s diversity. 

It’s always a challenge to have lines distributed among NINE members, but it’s possible. Nine Muses pull it off extremely well, and they have nine members. 

On the plus side, though, I give a lot of respect for giving lines that are proportional to the strengths of the singer; as such, we heard Dongjun a lot, for example, since he’s definitely a solid vocalist. 

To be fair with Siwan and in light of distributing based on strengths, an 8/10 will do.

– Instrumentals: 9/10 – I very much enjoyed the instrumental behind this song. The biggest asset is how the instrumental carries along the piano melody; it’s a huge piece to the song. The mood and tone from the song was also projected via the instrumentals; it’s classy with very little electronic sounds, and it remains calm with the constant melody. Now that’s great support from the instrumental. Since it provided so much, I think I’ll choose a 9 over an 8.

– Meaning: 9/10 – “Breathe”…or heck, even “Breath”…an interesting title. Let’s take a look at the lyrics in English. Again not 100% accurately translated, but it’s very close:

It’s time to rise,
It’s time to shine
(Uh show ‘em some love)
The sound of your breath
I can’t forget you

I toss and turn, only sighing
Because I’m thinking of you
I get up and drink a glass of water
And lay back down
Tears come at thoughts of you,
Looking at the stars outside the window

The beautiful night sky is shining
But why do tears keep falling?
I keep thinking of the beautiful you
But why do tears keep falling?

I could always hear the soft sound
Of your breath in my ears
Now I can’t ever hear
Your voice again

I miss you so much that I can’t fall asleep
The small sound of your breath
I can’t see you,
I can’t hold onto you anymore

I don’t know how to forget you
So I’m just here alone without you
Traces of you linger around me
Please stay a little longer

Your warm body heat,
The sweet sound of your breath
I miss it, I’m sorry ma,
It drives me crazy, the sound of the rain

The beautiful night sky is shining
But why do tears keep falling?
I keep thinking of the beautiful you
I love you to death

I could always hear the soft sound
Of your breath in my ears
Now I can’t ever hear
Your voice again

I miss you so much that I can’t fall asleep
The small sound of your breath
I can’t see you,
I can’t hold onto you anymore

Don’t say that you don’t miss me,
Don’t say it
Don’t say that you’re seeing someone else,
Don’t say it It hurts too much

The sound of your breath
I can’t forget you

Wow. Quite melancholy. These lyrics are very sad. 

The lyrics are talking about how a man’s (or woman’s) love went away. The emotions with missing them is described and a key feature; their breath. No longer will he/she be able to hear that soft sound of their love breathing. Never again. He/she is now bereft of the voice.

And actually before we even get started, YES. Thank you, ZE:A, for being real men. It takes a real “man” to shed tears. I think perhaps that is why every male group deters me away; most of them are in the “masculine” concept where they shed no tear whatsoever and have such reckless concepts. Key word here: concepts. Not offending the actual artists themselves, but rather just criticizing the concepts. I admire the male idols of K-Pop, quite respectable gentlemen. 

Anyhow, the lyrics are gender-neutral, something I love seeing.

I find the lyrics very meaningful. The story is so enticing; it’s saddening to read and it provokes a lot of questions. Did this ex-lover leave on their will, or did their will leave them? Looking at the music video, I almost think it’s a death of a lover versus a break up. The music video has a (hospital?) room it seems for a few scenes, as if the ex-lover was ill or about to pass away. In fact, there’s another key scene of one of the ZE:A guys carrying the ex-lover as if she was sick or dying. However, the bridge does include “Don’t say that you’re seeing someone else” which makes me inquire that maybe it is a break up. 

Just like in literature, there is no right or wrong answer. Implying is all we can do. 

Overall, very emotional and sad lyrics, and for that, it deserves a solid score. I love lyrics that can get my emotions stirred up (which I’ll be honest, that shouldn’t be too hard)

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Choreography Score: 8/10 – The dance was very suiting to the song’s atmosphere; there was no high-power dancing like in “Ghost of Wind” since that wouldn’t fit the calmer, softer tone. 

Nevertheless, there are a lot of key points and great syncing. Spotlight positioning was great and transitions were nice. It’s a solid choreography. Sadly, though, nothing in it makes it stand out in a stunning way. I still find it a great dance overall. 

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Overall Score: 9/10 (8.5/10 raw score) – Being biased, I can agree. This song is definitely on my personal list of top K-Pop songs. However, this is me being biased. Like my previous review of “Number 9” by T-ARA, this song is on top with that.

I think it’s well deserved, the vocals are great, the guys are dancing well. The lyrics are very meaningful and the song structure plays out very well minus the bridge. 

The biggest issue is the conclusion, or lack thereof. 

Nevertheless, ZE:A is an awesome group. Handsome, talented, I believe they should be a little more popular. They have what it takes.

Well this marks the end of my review. I hope you enjoyed reading this one. To be honest, I was struggling quite a bit since Siwan was missing and all that stuff. Hopefully this review was entertaining, thought provoking, and once again, thank you for reading this. It means a lot.

For now, stay tuned for upcoming “Darling” by Girl’s Day! It’ll be in a while, but I’m excited. It’s literally the first song to actually make me move around and stuff just from hearing it. 

But since that won’t be out until a clear dance of it is seen, I have other songs in mind.

Nine Muses is next on my list. It’ll be super fun for me to write since I’m so familiar with that group; even though my role model (Sera) left along with Eunji and Lee Sem, I still stand by them.

Other groups are in mind as well, but I think a different blog post will do.

Anyways, see you guys next time; I hope you’ll always be able to hear my “Breath” through reviews.