Two and a half weeks of close listening should be enough to write this, right?! I feel like I spent these two weeks half listening out of enjoyment and half listening in a mode of study and it’s time to put this post to bed so I can stop listening to the album altogether.
(JK, this album is really great, and you should listen to it now if you haven’t already.)
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Just some new-ish things that’ve I’ve been listening to lately,
Tohoshinki — Secret Code
I never thought I’d say this about DBSK, but this album is incredibly lowkey and mellow. The song starts off with Secret Game which is so fun to listen to until Yoochun started speaking in English and Yunho says “bingus” or something. I’ve really been liking the first songs off their last two Japanese albums, TRICK being the one from “T.” Secret Game is interesting and transitions perfectly into FORCE. I really, really enjoy the playful melody of all these sngs, especially because they have a marching band quality to them, which is refreshing to listen to. It doesn’t exactly have the same “pop” feel of their other songs. Of the new songs, I’m not really feeling anything for Taxi, but that’s it. I think 9095 and 9096 are pretty creative, and I for one would definitely not be listening to those songs at night by myself.
I’m pleased with the album and went in with no expectations because I barely keep up with these guys anymore, but my feeling is that in general, they put out better Japanese albums than they do Korean. They experiment more with their Japanese songs, whereas their Korean albums are a combo of the failsafe dance track + sixty five TRILLION ballads. In that sense, I never know what to expect from their Japanese albums, even if I have already heard more than half the album from previous single releases.
Anyhoo, have some songs:
(On a sort of sidenote though, why is it that Yoochun just can’t seem to SING anymore? It really irritates me. At first, I thought he was having a bad time health-wise because he did seem to be bouncing back from a cold and he does have asthma, but he’s ALWAYS the shit stick of all DBSK’s performances now. He’s out of breath, he’s off-key like a mother, and he’s just not into it at all. DBSK has always been the one idol group I believe gives off the vibe that every single member is hardworking and capable even if their music doesn’t reflect that, but Yoochun is starting to be one of those artists who I’m growing wary of because their parts in lives just suck so bad. I had hoped it was a glitch that would be negligible soon, but it’s become a constant now. He used to be SO GOOD. Well, at least, I’ve always enjoyed listening to him sing. What happened? /end rant)
Ibadi — Songs for Ophelia
I had no idea Ibadi was coming out with something new but this was a nice surprise. The mini-album doesn’t pack as much punch as their first album did, but it’s very dreamy. The only thing is, I feel like Curtain Call is very not Ophelia-ish and sounds rather like a Clazziquai song than Ibadi. The other kind of non-Ophelia-ish song is Secret Waltz, which I think this is the song that reminds me most of their first album’s work. Horan’s voice goes perfectly with Yi Sung Yol’s.