K-pop Album Review: TXT – STAR

txtReleased: 4th March 2019

BigHit finally debuted their second group, TXT, after only having BTS for years. As expected there was a lot of hype and expectation surrounding this new group with a lot of BTS fans already supporting them before debut. Their debut mini album, The Dream Chapter: STAR, is made up of 5 tracks, all of which have quite unique sounds to really show the groups potential and versatility. Track 1 is Blue Orangeade, which is a track that is the most similar to their title track Crown in that they are both very upbeat and poppy, what you would expect from your typical K-pop song with catchy beats and chorus.

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K-pop Album Review: LOONA – XX

loonaxxReleased: 19th February 2019

x x is a repackage of their debut album + + which was released last August. The repack features 5 new full length tracks + intro followed by all of the songs from + +. The title track ‘Butterfly’ is a very different and more mature sound than their previous title track ‘Hi High’ and to me sounds more like what I expect from Loona.

‘Butterfly’ has chill dance vibe with a mostly instrumental chorus and the choreo for the song is amazing. The music video for it is more diverse not only focusing on the Loona members performance of the choreo but also features women from around the world making it a unique addition to K-pop and I found it quite refreshing. Although I will say the song itself didn’t grab me on the first listen, the more I have listened to it the more I love it and the line distribution seems to be a bit more spread out than in ‘Hi High’.

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‘Satellite’ continues with the chill vibe but is more pop based and traditional with some interesting genre mixes thrown in, something quite common with Loona songs. ‘Curiosity’ feels more laid back still and I really love how the chorus feels. We get slightly more upbeat with ‘Colors’ย and hear some more powerful vocals and it also features an interesting instrumental breakdown.

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The last new song of the album ‘Where You At’ is by far my favourite. Keeping with the chill vibe, the chorus feels very powerful and just clicks with my feels and it’s a song I could easily listen to on repeat. I can see this song being on my top K-pop songs of 2019 for sure. It is simply a beautiful song.

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Overall the repackage album as a whole is pretty amazing (and yes I have ordered both limited edition physical copies), as individual albums I still prefer their debut release. Here are some links if you’d like to check out Loona’s new songs! Which new track is your favourite?

BUTTERFLY MVLISTEN TO XX ON SPOTIFY

screenshots taken from official music video

 

K-pop Album Review: Taemin – Want

taeminwantTaemin released his second mini album ‘Want’ on February 11th along with a music video for the title track of the same name. I have been a fan of his solo work since his full album release in late 2017 ‘Move’ and that title track was one of my top songs of 2017. I didn’t think there was any way Taemin could top Move, but my god he has somehow managed it.

The album features 6 full length tracks + an outro. The whole vibe of the album is Taemins usual dirty sexy and sensual signature sound that I’m a huge fan of. Want is straight up a song about how he seduces us, I mean, the guy is self-aware of how much he slays his fans at least and he works it. This album does have a bit more of a dark gothic feel with some of its tracks, particularly ‘Shadow’. ‘Truth’ and ‘Monologue’ are slower and more heartfelt songs and ‘Never forever’ is a bit lighter and we are left with a nice haunting outro. I can’t help but feel that Monologue may be a song about his fellow SHINee member Jonghyun who sadly passed.

Want is easily one of my top songs of 2019 and we are still only in February! Have you listened to Taemin’s new album? What is your favourite song? I have ordered the physical album from Yesasia to add to my collection. If you haven’t heard it and are curious, I’ve included some links for you to check out.

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