Some more music reviews

haihm – haihm

I was kind of anticipating this album because she worked with Dong Bang Shin Ki on a song from their third album called “The Story Has Just Begun” (listen here) and it’s my favorite off that album so I wanted to see what she had up her sleeves. The songs on the album are all very pretty and I think they fall in the range of house, dance, and indie genres. It’s reminiscent of FreeTEMPO’s songs, but I didn’t think anything was particularly stand out. I think I, in general, am not very impressed with a lot of K-indie/experimental pieces. I think it’s a combo of really boring beats with WAY too mellow vocals. Good examples would be Humming Urban Stereo and Oldfish.

Big Bang – Number 1

Big Bang comes out with some insanely catchy hits but I never really LOVE anything from them. This album on the whole is very “whatever” for me, but anytime they release songs that have a sweet tempo that invokes some kind of nostalgia in me, I’m all over the song. I think at heart, I still like music that reminds me of something I love but can’t exactly pinpoint, which is the reason why I like music from Ibadi, Wang Lee Hom, some of DBSK’s ballads, and Utada Hikaru’s pieces. The song that really did that for me off Big Bang’s Number 1 is “Everything.” I love this song and how sincere (also: semi-horny) the lyrics are. I block the rap out of my mind but I love this non-rap line: “Cuz every little thing you do turns me on, and every time you speak, you touch my soul.” (I also just love Tae Yang’s voice.) The way the song starts off is a plus point for me. It’s eccentric and oddly upbeat/hopeful, which is something I don’t ever remember with Big Bang’s other songs. Finally, I have a song I really love and connect with in Big Bang. Whoopee!


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FreeTEMPO – Imagery

I’ve heard FreeTEMPO’s “Sound” album and I LOVE that album and hoped that it would translate to “Imagery,” but unfortunately, it didn’t. There’s something slightly chaotic about the dance genre that unsettles me. It’s not full of screams and shriek or anything like that, but a lot of songs have this discord and this funky experimental feel about them that I can’t connect to. I’m sure a lot of people love this style, but it’s just not for me.

JJ Lin – Sixology

Saving the best for last! I LOVE this album. I didn’t go into it with any expectations, but man, what a good album. I forget that JJ Lin is maybe like the only other CPop artist other than Wang Lee Hom who actually puts out substantial music. My favorite song is definitely, definitely “不潮不用花錢” which some people have translated to “High Fashion,” but I dunno why. It literally means “Without trends, no need to spend money.” So an explanation of it would be, if you’re not trendy or you don’t keep up with trends, then you don’t need to spend money. The song is more like a message from JJ. I dug around blogs to find what the lyrics were and found that this is what JJ said about the song,


This translates to,

“Everybody has their own interpretation of what ‘trendy’ is, but they don’t need to mindlessly follow it, doing what everyone else does. Trend doesn’t necessarily mean the most up-to-date clothing, but rather a person’s accomplishments. Other than everything a person puts out [to show others], it is the combination of that with the attitude one has towards life.”

OMG. I love him.


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  • Melissa

    I originally read the “Imagery” title as “I’m a geyr”. Gosh I really need to listen to this JJ Lin album everyone is raving over, 4srsly. I love his interpretation of trendy :D