Album Review: I Am a Dreamer – 박효신 Park Hyo Shin

I Am a Dreamer by 박효신 (Park Hyo Shin)

I have seen his name bandied around before but did not check Park Hyo Shin out until middle of this year. My initiation to Park Hyo Shin then? His wildly popular song from 2014, Wild Flower.

Fast forward to last week. His song, Wild Flower, was performed by yet another singer on “King of Mask Singer”. That reminded me of his recent single, 숨 (or ‘Breath’), which then led me to his latest album, “I Am a Dreamer”.

I Am a Dreamer by 박효신 (Park Hyo Shin)
Album cover of I Am a Dreamer by 박효신 (Park Hyo Shin)

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Album Review: Blooming Period – 블락비 Block B

Blooming Period by 블락비(Block B)

Block B’s fifth mini album, “Blooming Period”, released on 11 April 2016, has been much awaited. It is the group’s first album in 1 year and 7 months since their last one, “H.E.R.”.

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Though I only started getting into Block B’s music towards the end of last year, I had much anticipation for this release after listening to their past works, and in the meantime, Zico’s solo works.

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Music Review: 몇 년 후에 A Few Years Later – 블락비 Block B

몇 년 후에 (A Few Years Later) by 블락비 (Block B)

Since about a week ago, when the release date for the lead single of Block B’s upcoming album was announced, I was full of anticipation. After I saw the teaser – yes, the guitar arrangement got me interested – I was sure I would be blogging about it right after it comes out. So here I am with the post, slightly over 24 hours after 몇 년 후에 (or, A Few Years Later) is released, and having listening to the track several times throughout the day.

몇 년 후에 (A Few Years Later) by 블락비 (Block B)
Album cover of single, 몇 년 후에 (A Few Years Later) by 블락비 (Block B)

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Album Review: Devil – Super Junior Special Album – 슈퍼주니어 Super Junior

Devil - Super Junior Special Album by 슈퍼주니어 (Super Junior)

Super Junior is back with a special album, Devil, for their tenth anniversary. Just a few listens to the album after its release on 16 July 2015 and I’m convinced that this is their best album yet. Love the concept and songs on this album.

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First, the concept. It’s a Super Junior album, but infused with the individual colours of their different sub-units. With the exception of Super Junior-H, each of their sub-units – Super Junior-K.R.Y., Super Junior-T, Super Junior-M, Super Junior-D&E – has a song on the album. An interesting and meaningful way to mark this special milestone in their music career, though it’s a pity that Shindong and Sungmin – both serving their military services – are not able to participate in the album.

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Album Review: THE CLASSIC – 신화 (Shinhwa)

SHINHWA's 11th - THE CLASSIC (Limited Edition)

Slightly more than a year after their comeback with their tenth studio album, The Return, Korea’s longest running idol group Shinhwa continues their legend with their latest release, THE CLASSIC.

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In the lead up to the album release, Shinhwa’s leader Eric was already saying the songs in this album are all so good that one would want to listen to them again and again. Having been given such high expectations, I made some room for a little disappointment. As it turned out, that was not needed at all.

I can loop the album in its sequence in my player, and have no desire to skip over any track.

There’s nothing not to like about the individual songs. There’s also a good mixture of up-tempo and easy listening songs in the album which maintains a comfortable pacing on the whole. With their talent and experience, it’s almost a given that their vocal delivery do not disappoint. They certainly did not. In fact, I got goosebumps on a few occasions during the first few listens of the album because the singing or rapping made me go: “Wow, that’s really good!”

Although the songs are all good, there are a few songs that I do like better: “아는 남자”, “This Love”, “New Me”, “웃다가…” and “Mannequin”.

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