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Watched yesterday's Entertainment Weekly episode and the rising comeback of veteran singers caught on as a segment. Quite true, even I felt the impact of the great singers. For example, Park Hyo Shin's Wild Flower - it was also my first k-pop review.
Frankly, I love this whole oldies revival movement. There's something reminiscent and reflective about their music - or maybe I'm just more of a ballade and less in-sync-dancing kind of person. *cough cough to all idol groups I use to be obsessed with*
I guess there's that element of trust in legendary artists who've kept present in our minds for the past decades.
So to name a few out there, you've got Park Hyo Shin, Lim Chang Jung, Jo Sung Mo, Cho Young Pil, Lee Seung Hwan, Lee Eun Mi, Lee Sora and last but not least, Lee Sun Hee.
They have the ability to produce great music that suits all ages and genders. Also, the fact that some of them are sweeping the top of the charts without even appearing on television once determines their skill, quality, and influence.
Alright, enough on Korea's veteran singers now. Have a listen to Lee Sun Hee's Meet him among them. I love the classic, soft natured, nostalgic and relatable theme of the music video. Plus, liked the whole rewind-Lee Sun Hee's-memories selection of videos towards the end of the mv. The dramatic yet slowly paced evolution of the different stories embellishes the little yet important minutes of our daily lives - at least that was the message I felt from first impression.
Listening and watching the mv with my headphones on, the impact of the video plus music grows immensely after each hearing. You don't have to know exactly what she's saying, anyone can understand it if it's true music. *cheese to the max - sorry guys but it's got to be said*
Onto my >30th playback now.
Was looking out for a new k-pop release. First heard Yozoh's Day Dream, it wasn't that bad, liked the visual presentation but not really the song itself. Then I heard Push & Pull. Liked the beginning so I decided to try writing a review on it. Here goes.
Since I've already mentioned visual aspect, let's talk that. Not too keen on the green filter (not sure what kind of instagram/aviary effect you'd call it, but either way - not my cup of tea. What I did like though was the camera shifting speed and change in the len's focus. Also really liked the smooth scene changes from walking around different streets to his still guitar playing.
Not my #1 current hit song, but it was definitely great to listen to - not just once. I guess it obviously had to have some kind of standing seeing it's the title track of his first mini-album, The Manual. I liked how his voice came straight in after a couple of intro beats. Shut the fuss, get to the point. Nice. *Thumbs up* Loved the groove of the song when he actually sang words, but I started to lose sense of the song when he started to sing da-la-da improv syllables...
Plus, nice guitar and drum accompaniment.
Oh and did I mention that he composed the song? Mystic89's latest talent, Eddy Kim, composed all six songs in his mini-album. Wishing him all the best for his bright future!
Such an awesome music video! I absolutely love it!
Ok so allow me to confess that I'd already been addicted with Park Sihwan's My Love - a song he sung in Superstar K5. The fact that he lived up to my expectation with I Just Loved You meant this nothing-but-postivity review post was definitely coming up.
Firstly, let's discuss the song itself. I loved the energy created by Park's airy yet full of strength voice supported by an enthusiastic drum accompaniment. The confidence he exudes in the climax points and high notes also brings out a fantastic sensation. The short whispering section towards the end of the song also allows the listener to retain an excited emotion with its attention-seeking effect.
Next up, visual creativity. 5 stars. Maybe I'm just too much of a hermit to not realise perhaps someone else has already done it before. Nevertheless, it's my first time witnessing it. So here goes. I could not take my eyes off how in-sync the changing images were on each phone. If you have no idea what I'm on about - watch the mv! I honestly cannot imagine how it was done, unless someone with a lot of dedication worked behind the scenes to plan out all the time frames/details out. That guy definitely deserves more that just a pat on the back.
For a finishing touch, I love the elegant and simple ring on white, clean backdrop ending.
Also, was wondering...did they have an audition for whose hands to use in the music video? They're a nice pair of hands.
So what do you think about it?