Month: March 2015

Romeo Non Album Songs Review

Hello everyone. My “winter love” mini album review draft got accidentally deleted. So, its going to take some time to rework on that. Today, I will be reviewing “Dream Out Loud” and “Taste The Fever”. Both of these songs were only released in singles and not in the ”Midnight Theatre” album. Now, lets go on to the review.

1. Dream Out Loud-  ”Dream Out Loud is a poignant and ethereal ballad. The song starts out with continuous piano lines leading to the haunting verses. The song never hits you in the face and is very subtle. The song shows some powerful vocal range at the necessary times. The upbeat chorus melody sounds very positive and is fantastic. The song leads to the addition of strings, beats and bells in the arrangement. The arrangement sounds so unified despite the various elements. The song is filled with positive vibes which is noted in the poetic lyrics. Romeo’s voice really soars in the chorus and is really soft in the verses. The chorus and the verses provide a nice juxtaposition and create a contrast. The song never loses the essence of having a strong melody and every transition is perfect. The melody was constructed with great thought. The middle 8 is not anything out of the world, but it slows down the pace for the upbeat final chorus to work its magic. The song possesses a great melody and an intricate instrumental which basically complement well to create an amazing song.

2. Taste The Fever-  ”Taste The Fever” is a prime example of a dance track being done right. The song possesses a terrific melody and an eerie instrumental. The song is synth heavy and is filled with catchy beats. The verses are pretty eerie and ethereal. The pre-chorus adds a bit more grit to the melody. The chorus melody is amazingly catchy and epic. The song will really get you on the dance floor. Apart from the synths and beats, the electric guitars add a bit more spunk to the song. The middle-8 is especially heavy with electric guitars. The middle-8 starts out melodically which leads to an amazing high note. This leads to the final chorus which is all the more powerful and catchy. This might be my most favorite dance track from Romeo as of yet . ”Taste The Fever” combines an fantastic melody with an eerie and catchy instrumental. Romeo is able to provide the versatile vocals for this track and a confident delivery accentuates the song’s credibility. ”Taste The Fever” is able to combine the best of 2 important qualities. Many songs have a tendency to be commercial which leads to a bland melody and instrumental. The other genera is that the song has a  strong melody and arrangement, but it has no public appeal. ”Taste The Fever” has a great melody and instrumentation for a dance track. It is also amazingly catchy and appeals to the wider audience. This proves ”Taste The Fever’s” mettle as a dance track.

That’s it for my review. Now, it’s time to analyze music albums for much better reviews. I will write my next review as soon as possible.

 

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Park Jung Min(Single Review)- Kimi Iro

Park Jung Min is always known for his multifaceted talent and versatile vocals which suit tearjerking ballads to intense rock numbers. His voice is something unique and easily distinguishable. To get to the point, any song sung by Jung Min would be amazing due to his voice, but to judge the material on his albums, I need to forget Jung Min’s beautiful voice for a moment to truly know the worth of the material he releases. But, Kimi Iro is a song where the material is highly competent and beautiful. The rock edges given during live concerts accentuate the beauty of the given song. To be honest, his ”Winter Love” mini album was not mindbreakingly awesome like his previous works, but it had a few songs which were true gems. I guess that adds to my list of reviews. Well, I am going to write a review for that mini album soon since my senior year exams are over. Now, its time to get to the review of the song.

1. Kimi Iro- Kimi Iro is a beautiful song which is most probably my favorite Park Jung Min song and is in competition with Ai Wo Kudasai(Please,Give Me Love) by him. Kimi Iro starts with a background filled with strings and the chimes of tinkering bells which gives us the premonition of what is to come. The most amazing thing is that Kimi Iro has a myriad of elements interwoven beautifully into it and the melody is gorgeous. The song has a steady drum beat which guides the subtle verses. The piano lines take over in the pre-chorus which leads to the grand chorus. The chorus melody has direction and that depth which works well. Japanese production works very well in songs like these. Compared to korean production, japanese production is much more crisp and the defining elements in the arrangement are very clear. The fluttering piano lines have constant variation and the strings play a medley by perfectly integrating together. Jung Min’s vocals play an important role by exhibiting the emotions required by the song. The tinkering bells are some of the embellishments normally seen in japanese production which add to the depth of the song. The verses provide a strong foundation for the subdued instrumental which increases in tempo a bit later. Normally, songs go for a vocal styled arrangement where the chorus instrumental is subdued, but in this case, the instrumentals soar and the vocals go for a subdued and melodic approach with only the necessary power given during the right times. The melodic middle 8 shows an increase in Jung Min’s vocal range leading to the emotionally charged final chorus. The song’s composition and melody is top notch. The transitions are perfect and Minnie knows what to do with this song and takes charge in his own and beautiful way. The reason why I prefer live performances is because of the rock styled instrumental which is seen. The drum beats are more prominent which give it better tempo and power than the studio recording. The highlighted instrumentation and Jung Min’s vocal melodious vocals synchronize harmoniously to give us this wonderful masterpiece.

Rating- 5/5 (Highly Recommended)

My next review would be Winter Love and I guess I need to analyze “Alive” a little bit more to review it.

Mini Album Review- Fate(s) By Gummy

Finding gems in the music world is like going on a huge hunting spree. Especially in a genre as versatile and varied as pop music, it is truly difficult to find a true one. A point to note is that the worth of an album is not measured by the number of songs(it’s always nice if it’s more though), but it is measured by their quality and the painstaking work done on it to produce it as a masterpiece. Fate does just that. With a handful of just 5 songs, it manages to deliver beautiful songs filled with substance. The material needs to have a competent singer to handle the material given and gummy is no rookie in singing. A fantastic album filled with pop,jazz influenced and R&B numbers. The production by Jeff Miyahara( who works with Romeo(Park jung min) and gives tremendous songs for him as well) is amazing to say the least. The songs are composed really well and it was a first class effort in bringing together this beautiful masterpiece. I have so much to say about this album and I guess I should start the actual review now.

1.All For Love- What an introduction to this novel of a mini album. All for love possesses compelling elements interwoven beautifully.The jazzy flavor of the drum beats and the flowing piano lines provide a moving instrumental which avoids stagnation. All for love is all about the flow rather than the moment. It goes on with confidence and ends with grandeur. The vocals are very confident and mesh well with the song. The song is also dependent on the delivery. Gummy’s fleeting lines with the moving instrumental give rise to an amazing product. Another nice extra is that the drums sound real than synthesized ones. The middle 8 is step by step into elegance and leads to a final explosion into the hooky chorus.The song never hits you over the top and the vocals are controlled to not overpower the material. Amazing opener. That’s it.

2. Answer- There has to be some rock and pop elements in a Jeff Miyahara composed song. This sounds like a Romeo song with its rocky texture filled with synths, drum beats and electric guitars. A truly amazing track with a terrific melody. With a slow start at the verses, it leads to the melodic pre chorus and then explodes subtly in the chorus. The production in this track is amazing. These dance influenced rock songs with a killer melody and strong beats prove to be the perfect combination. Flawless vocal and composition is at work here. The middle 8 is stripped down to just a lone piano line joined by beats at the end and explodes into the final chorus. The song is truly one of Jeff Miyahara’s prominent pop rock numbers.

3. Shinjiteru(Believe)- The lead track of the album. It sets the theme for this album and what it stands for. That is perfection. The song is a R&B influenced power ballad. The piano laden verses provide a smooth ambience for the energy to rise up to the powerful chorus. The song smoothly progresses and pushes Gummy’s vocals to the upper strata.The light beats with the bells give the arrangement some nice embellishments, but it is the melody which is the true “gem” here. Here comes that word again. The high notes are phenomenal and emotional. Its a song which I cried listening to and I am not a person to cry while listening to songs as you could say that I don’t get emotive too easily. But seriously, Gummy has got some killer vocal cords to belt out such amazing high notes. The energy and power is seriously high level in her voice. As an extra point, she looks pretty in the music video, but those looks come with a beautiful timbre capable of belting notes which are out of this world. I guess “never judge a book by its cover” is true after all.A true ballad and a real good one. Great lead song.

4. Ano Hi Ni Sasete( Let Me On This Day)- A beautiful piano ballad devoid of any other instruments. The sombre feeling and the melancholy sets the tone of the song. The faint and whispering vocals give a tender and delicate feeling to the song. The previous songs showed complexity in instrumentation. Now, all the embellishments have been removed to show Gummy’s true worth as a vocalist. After a series of heavy songs, we are able to slow down a bit and recognize the true beauty of this album which is none other than Gummy’s voice. The song is simple and straight to the point. The soothing melody filled with emotions is noteworthy. However, the middle 8 provides the setting for a greater vocal performance. But, I must once more commend Gummy’s emotions in this song as they were really touching. It’s as if one could feel it. Apart from the music, it showed the necessity of emotions in a song. A really beautiful song indeed.

5. Shinai Naru Kimi E(To You Dear) Featuring D-LITE(Daesung From Bigbang)-
Finally, a collaboration with Daesung. His rich tone meshed well with Gummy’s vocals here. The song is mainly jazz influenced infused with acoustics. An acoustic guitar, some piano and drums are prominently used. It’s a nice duet with a classic harmony and synchronization. The chorus reflects their harmonization and they definitely work together well. The synched chorus gives a saccharine feeling to the song and turns out quite well. To be honest, I am not a great fan of jazz and don’t enjoy it much. There have been some instances like this album, TVXQ’s albums,Code-V’s albums, Shinhwa’s albums and Junsu’s albums(JYJ) where I have appreciated jazzy songs to name a few. The relaxed feeling sets the finishing point of the album telling us that happiness is a feeling derived from music as well. It also shows the importance of harmonization and allows us to look at music from a wide perspective. EDM songs with electro pop, techno and autotune aren’t the only good songs around. The album ends with a happy note and is a pretty good conclusion to this amazing master piece.

To every story, there is an epilogue and it is time to write mine. The album combined old school and the latest trends perfectly. The 1st track shows the necessity of an decent arrangement and composition. The 2nd track shows us the way to follow the latest trend of music with its rock influence and shows emphasis on melody. The 3rd track combines these two factors to create an ethereal melody and a stunning composition. It shows how complex instrumentation with a strong melody, amazing production and vocal layering can really do wonders. The 4th track shows the soul and emotions of the singer with an emotive melody consisting of a bare and stripped down arrangement. The emotions and feelings takes the song to the next level. The 5th song gives us the image that music is universal which spreads happiness and it is a feeling obtained from music. The scope of music should not only be restricted to modern trends, but should also try to improve by acknowledging the variety it encompasses.

This was my own interpretation of this album though it may not be fully correct. This was an amazing album and enjoying it by listening to it again is a great pleasure indeed. I highly recommend this album.

Rating- 5/5

These are my views only and you are subject to your own difference of opinion and it is fine as long as it isn’t insulting my opinion.