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KARD Hola Hola 1st Mini Album Review

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Oh NaNa: 4/5
The track’s instrumental is kept the same throughout the whole song without too much variety than the changes for their solo parts and the switch up to the chorus. It sounds very tropical and is nice to listen to. The line mixing between Somin & Jiwoo felt very fair and both got to show the different sides of their vocals. We also get introduced to BM’s rap at the beginning which flows well intro the pre-chorus. The drop with the repeated Oh NaNa harmonies sounds nice. They throw us right back with Somin’s vocals for the 2nd verse. You can hear how different J.Seph goes into his rap. I don’t like Youngji’s breakdown. I don’t think her voice fit and it would’ve been better for Somin to do the high notes. More harmonies between the male and female voices which sound really nice for an ending.
Don’t Recall: 5/5
The best pre-debut track, no question. The instrumental this time, a bit more serious and deeper which reflects on the lyrics. Jiwoo’s starting part is awesome. It fit her voice so well and it’s probably also my favorite part of the song. The instrumental having a similar structure to “Oh NaNa”, having them sing a pre-chorus before the drop. More harmonies at the end. I kinda wish they have used the little extra bits for the instrumental they used for Jiwoo’s part at the beginning would’ve given it more depth (ex. 0:20). J.Seph’s rap is pretty amazing. I love how he makes it flow really easily.
 
Rumor: 2.75/5
The song is probably the most relaxing song. It is pretty laid back for the verses. The instrumental for this one also has the same structure as the previous two tracks. Singing a pre-chrous before the drop, umping right into the 2nd verse after the drop etc. . It was a stylistic choice, but I wasn’t approving of J.Seph’s auto tuned vocals. He has a nice tone which got drowned out by it. I don’t know why but the song changed the mood for me in Jiwoo’s part, it just sounded kinda different than the rest of the song. It definitely was missing some high notes from Somin. A radio version of the song proved that there were actually high notes during the last part but why the producers didn’t decide to use them is beyond me.
 
Hola Hola: 3.5/5
Finally a different structure for their debut song. They jumped into the drop immediately after the build-up from Jiwoo ended. The first verse was pretty laid back which was supported by Somin’s nice floweing vocals. BM’s rap took the pace a bit up which led us into the builld up for the drop which kept the same pace as BM’s rap. It’s pretty unusual but it was well used for this song. They could’ve used a bit more of a variety for the drop, it felt kinda repetitive. Who would’ve guessed that Jiwoo will rap. Her rap or simple speaking, for some sounded really great and gave the song a bit of variety through the more “hip-hop” instrumental. J.Seph’s rap was mixed well with the tropical instrumental, his flow also gave off the vibe. They extended the drop for too long before the bridge, the bridge with the higher register vocals from Somin & Jiwoo with the male harmonies sounded great. And the mix up of the last drop gave the whole song a nice ending.
I Won’t Stop: 5/5
The song focuses more on the vocals than the rap. The line mixing between Jiwoo & Somin fit well with the more EDM sounding instrumental. While it might be a grower I think this track might be the hidden gem of the mini album. The build up for the chorus was amazing. It gave off a whole different vibe compared to the verse and chorus. The drop was mixed in well. The rap from J.Seph was fast paced compared to BM’s which felt a bit more laid back. Sadly both ended on a short note although they fit the instrumental very well. The last 1:30 minute repeat what it did before the rap parts but it wasn’t repetitive at all. Might be because it was only used twice in the whole song instead of 3-4 times like in their previous tracks.
Living Good: 5/5
In contrast to “I Won’t Stop” this is definitely more of BM’s and J.Seph’s song since it’s also written by themselves therefore more feelings can be brought up in the raps. The rap’s were really nice with the more laid back, easy tropical instrumental. Somin & Jiwoo brought the song a different feel with their vocals. Somin brought a bit more of a “lighter” feeling while Jiwoo brought more of a serious note to it. J.Seph sounded very emotional during his part, but that just might be me.
The ending part was so cute. With each of them having a little message. Having the fans scream “Living Good!” every time was a great mix into the parts they each took.
 
Overall: 4.2
The album was a great addition to my summer playlist. Every song while having the same structure being unique with the different feeling and vibe each song portrays.
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Winner 2014 S/S Album Review

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Empty: 5/5
What a lovely song! I loved the little filtered voice intro. The rap was really great in the beginning and especially the Vocals were amazing. They have such special voice colors it’s nice to listen to them. The intstrumental was kept pretty simple with a basic clap rythm going throughout the song. The part after the 2nd chorus with the high notes was a great change up with the little slower part right after.
 
 
Color Ring: 3.5/5
Love the guitar instrumental. The harmonization with the deep and high voice was amazing. I found that the vocals didnt really fit with the simple guitar instrumental but the rap was great. I loved the rap parts more. The vocals for the build up were good too. The end got much richer with the adlibs and the exchange in lines with a much more active instrumental.
Don’t Flirt: 5/5
So groovy! This is such a bop. The reggaeish instrumental is awesome. The rap is perfect. It sounds really great and fitting with the rythm. The build up and the chorus are so catchy. The instrumental is also kept pretty simple but it’s just with such a good rythm and beat that it doesn’t feel like it. The callping breakdown at the end with the nice vocals was great. The ending “dadada” gave it a great caribbean vibe.
I’m Him: 4/5
Rap is starting off the song again and it sounds very good! Loved the instrumental for the build up and how they played with the pace of the lyrics from verse to build up. This has more of a hip hop vibe which is amazing. The rap was really great throughout the song.
 
Love Is A Lie: 4.5/5
This song is so good! The intro is already amazing with the adlibs and keyboard instrumental followed by some nice vocals and a rap for the longer verse. Chorus is catchy with a great “old school” feeling instrumental. It was a bit annoying tho. The vocal verse followed by a rap verse is a perfect match. The bridge before the last chorus sounded nice.
 
Confession: 4/5
I normally don’t like slow ballads too much but this one sounded really nice. The piano instrumental supported by the light vocals and little high notes for the build up were great. The chorus took the pace up a bit which was followed by a slow verse again. They play good with their range and harmonies. High notes near the end were awesome.
 
But: 3.5/5
This kind of had a lullaby vibe to it. The instrumental were guitar strings which got extended with a drum beat. It took up the pace when the rap verse hit. The chorus sounded really nice but was a bit lackluster. The verses were amazing, they had a great laid back sound. They played with some harmonies again which sounded very nice.
 
Different: 3.5/5
The beginning rap was awesome. The instrumental gave me some old school vibes. The rythm was pretty laid back but after the short break before the chorus it took up the pace. The chorus sounded really nice. Their vocals mixed well with each other. It’s a bit repetitive because the instrumental didn’t change up besides the verses and chorus, it was always the same with little changes.
 
Tonight: 3/5
The song is really nice listening too. It’s also laid back and the chorus takes the pace up again.
It kinda got boring listening to the song tho. Even if it sounded different too the other songs it felt kinda repetitive
 
Smile Again: 4/5
The song had a very different feel than the other songs. It sounded more upbeat and had more depth. They definitely played more with their range and pitch throughout the song. I liked the instrumental, the synth in the chorus was used great. The chorus is pretty catchy.
 
Overall: 4
A pretty solid album with some nice bops. Some songs sounded too repetitive for me.
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Zico – Television Album Review

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Behind The Scenes: 3.5/5
This is very groovy. Zico has a special voice which showcases the best while rapping. And he does it good. The lyrics just fit to the beat and the way he raps it with playing with little high and deep notes, going faster or slower. He has great technique. The chorus is pretty catchy. The instrumental has been kept pretty similar throughout the song though towards the end they changed it up a bit. The song was a bit lackluster overall.
Artist: 4/5
So I have to say that the “we ahh” is kind of annoying. Besides this, the song is also very groovy. I loved the instrumental in this one, it definitely sounded pretty old school especially shortly before the chorus with the xylophone noises. The chorus instrumental had a whole different style than the verse which was amazing listening. I love Zico’s singing voice, it’s very unique. Again he plays with going faster despite the instrumental not changing its pace. I liked how the instrumental changed to water drops and claps towards the end, kept it somewhat minimalistic.
Anti: 5/5
G.Soul has an amazing voice. Glad he featured for this track, he brought something special to it. The instrumental is kept pretty simple with some drum beats and a steady bass line. Zico’s rap again is great listening too because he just has this flow that goes well with every rap he does. G.Soul bringing life to the chorus is awesome. It sounded great especially with the instrumental that got a bit more experimented with.
The silent breakdown after the 2nd chorus was a nice change and then suddenly the different instrumental with Zico going a bit more aggressive with it is an awesome change. G.Soul ending the song was a good decision.
Fanxy Child: 3/5
I loved the intro. The little distorded lines followed by Zico’s fast and aggressive rap was a perfect fit that you didn’t expect. I loved the rythm he rapped after the first verse. I didn’t like the “breakdown” where Zico goes “You can’t have no Fanxy Child”. I don’t think it fit that well. Besides that the vocals were pretty solid but this song was also a little lackluster
She’s A Baby: 5/5
A different side of Zico, where he showcases his amazing vocals. I loved the layed down instrumental, it fits his voice perfectly. The guitar strings and nothing else was a good choice. It went a bti faster hitting the chorus but it stayed with the guitar only. His rap for the 2nd verse was great. The chorus is pretty catchy. The style totally changed for the end, where he went off rapping with an amazing instrumental.
Overall: 4.1
A pretty solid album, with 3 mayor bops which are nice listening too.
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Xiumin and Mark – Young and Free Review

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Song: 5/5
Mark’s rapping and Xiumin’s singing was top notch. It was a perfect mix and match throughout the song. This is such a happy instrumental. Perfect to start off the summer. For the 2nd verse they changed the instrumental a bit up isntead of repeating the one that was used for the first one and it mixed in well with the rest of the song.
The instrumental is pretty consistent throughout the song.
The build up for the chorus is so catchy.
MV: 4/5
It was kept simple and I loved the “teacher – pupil”/friendship/relationship they portrayed. Mark learning the dance parts Xiumin showed him was adorable. And then slaying together at the end.
The end scene might suggest that there will be a continuation.
Dance: 4/5
The dance at the end looked so fun. It didn’t look too hard but it was engaging.
Overall: 4.3
This is a collab I didn’t knew I needed in my life. It’s such a happy and uplifting song!
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Blackpink As If It’s Your Last Song Review

Author: Daduda

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Disclaimer:
I rate the songs from only what I get to hear and see, I won’t take their past releases into consideration and compare.
Song: 4/5
The song is great! It has such a positive energy and is really fun to listen to. The instrumental in the verses had this weird fire alarm sound going on which was irritating, but they got better the longer I was into the song. Their vocals were pretty great. It was really easy to listen to them. They do sound better in their lower register than their higher one. Especially Jisoo, she sounded great. Rose’s build up to the chorus was awesome but I didn’t like the weird computer generated sound right before the chorus dropped. Lisa’s part in the chorus is really catchy! Her rap despite the lyrics (let’s be honest there are still worse ones) had a nice flow. I loved that they swapped up Rose and Jennie for the 2nd chorus to give it a bit more variety. The break down near the end had a different genre to it which really mixed in well with the song.
MV: 4/5
The MV looked awesome! I really enjoyed the many and bright colors they used which reflected in their clothes too. But sometimes it was too much, it looked so wild at some points like they just threw stuff on them without thinking about it. The dance parts in the dark looked very beautiful though.  It looked like they enjoyed filming it, too, and the dance parts were cut in nicely.
Dance: 3.5/5
The dance looked pretty but they didn’t had too much energy in their moves. Their lock in line walk was great! It was very refreshing tho! The moves looked catchy.
Overall: 3.8
The song is really good! It’s enjoyable without getting boring too fast after listening to it more times. Their visuals are no joke and the dance looked rather easy but fun!
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VIXX Shangri La Album Review

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Shangri La: 5/5

That instrumental is sick! Gosh, I just don’t know what to write about this song besides that they did everything right. Their vocals over the whole song sound so good. I loved how they used a bit of traditional elements for this song. It really gives the song a nice touch. There isn’t a moment you get bored while listening because they are keeping the suspense throughout the song. The chorus is catchy and I really want to sing along while listening to it every time. You have to bop your head or something while listening to the song. I love the silent ending where the instrumental plays out.

Into The Void: 4/5

The beginning has a dark turn and I love that. There was a slight creepy emotion throughout the song. The mixing of the vocals and rap was very well done. Again the vocals were just to dream of. The song is almost musical-like because it really keeps the suspense here going too. I don’t like the “Killing me killing me” part. It doesn’t fit to the rest of the song. I really like the instrumental. It carries that whole “creepy” vibe the song gives off very well.

Black Out: 5/5

The beginning already took a great turn from the previous 2 tracks. It totally changed the whole atmosphere. It’s more of a happy song, love how Ravi brings us into the chorus with his little sentence. Man no joke, the instrumental and the vocals, they won’t stop sounding good at all. It always gets better. There were more harmonies in this song which I really enjoyed. This song is very catchy. The rap part of Ravi was funny with the “mmh” sounds. Before the last chorus drops they also changed it up a bit which sounded very good mixed together with the rest of the song.

다가오네: 4/5

I’m not someone who listens to slow ballads a lot, I really like if they are a bit more upbeat which this track was. It was a nice change after listening to 3 more “harder beats” track and it was a nice song to chill a bit down after the excitement the other 3 brought. The vocals definitely get better with each listen, they all sound different and the line change up was really enjoyable I felt like everyone really made the part sound great that they sang. Ravi in the end with his rap was great too. He just has such a soft but rough voice at the same time.

우리에게: 4/5

The intro was so nice. Their voices sounded very soft in here. The build up to the chorus was great, the chorus really brought out the emotion the instrumental wants to show. This track is so beautiful, I’m really amazed with the whole build up. It kinda reminds me of a song that could’ve been played at something like “Camp Rock” or “High School Musical” as a final song. They slowed it a bit down at the end and supported it with nice sounding vocals to end the song.

Overall: 4.4

This album is a masterpiece. Especially Shangri La and Black Out. The album shows different genres that VIXX definitely can make work. The different genres they used and the distribution of the songs really gave the whole album an overall nice flow with each track bringing in something different and continues your flow beautifully to the next song

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NU’EST Re:Birth Album Review

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Judgement: 3/3 (only 3 max. points since it’s not a “real” full song)
It was a nice Intro bringing us into the whole album, it really gave off a good first look what tracks will come.
Big Deal: 5/5
 
Man, what a BANGER! The beginning kinda reminded me of Eminem but besides that it was a special unqiue track on its own. I loved the harmonies and of course the vocals. Probably some of the best vocals. The chorus is so catchy and I liked how they brought the whole feel of an orchestra into it. The rap after it was perfect with the background music again that went a bit harder than the beginning. The instrumental for the build up of the chorus is so nice. They had so many different instrumentals especially near the end again with that amazing high note. And that guitar right after it, geez! What a good mixing!
Good Bye Bye: 5/5
 
The instrumental in the beginning is so damn nice. Such a beautiful melody that continues once the singing starts.With an addition of a small violin part and then the amazing build up to the chorus with the small pause between really gave the chorus the needed “punch-start”. The small piano part that ended the chorus was nice! Again the rap after the chorus was very well mixed together with the background music. “Good Bye Baby” is also very catchy. And then they switched the whole beat up with an amazing electronic instrumental breakdown which flowed perfectly into the usual chorus again.
Darkness: 4/5
 
What a pretty ballad! The vocals sounded so nice here ~ and harmonies! I love harmonies! The instrumental gave a nice soft feeling, like you just want to cuddle your blanket. It seems that they always put their rap after the 1st chorus and it fits every. single. time. The ballad wasnt even too slow-paced and it even sounded happier towards the end. They really work with the amazing high notes. The little whistle part was lovely.
Storybook: 3.5/5
 
This has such a nice old-school vibe. The instrumental just screams “back in the days”. They haven’t kept the build up to the chorus that much different, sounded like an extended version. The vocals were very nice. Again the rap after the chorus, and even though it even is a harmonized rap I don’t think I felt the flow this time. The difference between the 2nd verse and the build up/chorus was very big which I really enjoyed. They kept the chorus instrumental up till the end, kinda wish they had changed it up here a bit too.
Climax: 5/5
 
This is my favorite track of the album. I love their vocals and the rap. The instrumental was so so nice. The continously piano throughout the song was really well mixed with the edm parts of the chorus. The chorus is also catchy as hell. Their vocals just sounded so great here. The build up to the chorus with the drumsgave the whole thing a bit more force. The ending build-up was so amazing. The synthesized sound was really well done. Loved the instrumental ending.
Give Me A Shoulder: 3.5/5
 
They jumped in immediately in with the vocals. The background music was also verys old-school with the intense drums. The rap was really hard considering the instrumental was pretty soft and that difference was really amazing. The chorus was a bit lackluster, I think they wanted to give their feature Kym Bum Zu a bit more spotlight, that’s why I felt like they were holding back a bit. The song felt a bit repetitive since it didn’t had like a “full stop” where it changed the instrumental up. The instrumental end was a nice touch.
 
 
Face: 3.5/5
 
Their debut song. Man so long ago. 2012, and you can hear it. The song sounds very old school. The break down was pretty cool. I like the song. but it’s probably my least-favorite release of them, but that’s with most old tracks. I loved how the breakdown changed the whole song in the end until the chorus came again. It’s very catchy I can’t deny that. The rap at the end brought a good closure to the song.
Action: 4/5
 
Their first comeback song. Much better than their debut song for me. They are really talented in making the build ups to the chorus sound good. Their vocals sounded great here too. THAT BREAKDOWN tho! Man I love these. And the high notes right after it jeez! The rap was good too!
Hello: 5/5
This is the song many people say that it’s their best one. I love the song! And I’m glad they decided to go for a ballad as a title this time. The instrumental with that distinctive drums complimented their vocals. ~ Harmonies <3 ~ The rap was great too and I loved how he got faster to lead into the build up for the chorus.
Sleep Talking: 3.5/5
 
I love glitch sounds. They were all over the instrumental. The verses weres so different form the build up and chorus. While I loved the verses instrumental I wasn’t a too big fan of the rap. The chorus was the highlight of the song for me. It was pretty catchy and what a fun breakdown at the end.
 
 
Overall: 4.1
 
This album has some amazing bops. They always had different instrumentals in their tracks which was simply amazing how they swapped it up everytime. Their build-up followed by the chorus and then the rap is a perfect combination for the songs and they always flow very great together.
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