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Review : T.G.U.S – Vol.1 – God of Harmony

NAME : TGUS Vol.1 – God of Harmony

ARTIST : TGUS (which stands for The Guys Using Sound, which sounds really… weird, not to mention fobby)

RELEASE DATE : 10th June, 2008.

LANGUAGE : Korean

GENRE : Ballad

I must admit that I knew next to nothing about these guys before they released this album. Heck, I didn’t really know them even after they released this album. A friend of mine recommended it to me, and I was really surprised by their beautiful voices. This is one group I think we should all be watching out for.

This group is all male and has four members. The members – Hang Wan Hui, Park Sang Jun, Song Young Min and Lee Si Hyeon (credits to T.G.U.S. official thread @soompi for members names) were all part of unsuccessful groups, who later teamed up to form T.G.U.S. This group’s USP is vocal harmonization (smoothly melding voices together to produce a clear sound, mainly used in acapella), which I found to be a very pleasing aspect of this album.

They are a new group and have participated in the SBS Hope (Hwimang) Single with Jewelry, SS501, SNSD, Brown Eyed Girls, Super Junior and Lee Hyun (5tion). Besides this, I couldn’t find a lot of information about them, no matter how hard I searched.

TRACK LIST :

01 Intro
02 I Believe In (Title)
03 가슴이 시키는 대로
04 One Last Kiss
05 Feel So Good
06 너의 뒤에서
07 Tonight
08 말해
09 무지개
10 Player
11 눈을감아
12 말하지 못한…
13 Outro

Track by track

Track 1: (9/10) I don’t really care for intro tracks – let alone rate them, but this one really makes you get up and take notice of the guys! Really nice…

Track 2: (9/10) This is the title track, a nice R&B ballad. One of the best tracks on the album!

Track 3: (7.5/10) Ballad again, a very emotional song and their vocal talents really shine through on this one.

Track 4:(9/10) This son, for some strange reminds me of 90’s ballads (by popular boy-bands of that time (western, not Korean)). Anyway, I like it a lot. Recommended.

Track 5: (6/10) A faster song to break the monotony of ballads. It doesn’t really stand out to me though…

Track 6: (8/10) R&B ballad again. Nice…

Track 7: (9/10) This is where they capitalize on both individual as well as group strengths. Easily one of the best on the album.

Track 8:(6/10) Again a faster pace, a faster beat… Not that great though, I’m beginning to get the feeling that they should stick to ballads, but I don’t know… it doesn’t seem that they are bad at it, seems more like the song isn’t good enough…

Track 9: (8.5/10) I like this song. Actually, it reminds of some Westlife song but I can’t remember which. It features a female artist, but I don’t know who…

Track 10: (6.5/10) Faster paced, not that great – haven’t we heard that before?

Track 11: (8/10) R&B ballad, I’m relieved that they’re back to this. It’s really beautiful. Listen to it to see how well they’re voices go together.

Track 12 : (8/10) A really mellow track…

Track 13 : (?/10)Outro, disappointing after listening to the great intro track. It’s just a girl mumbling in Chinese, not what I expected…

VERDICT: These guys are really good. Overall, I would give them 7/10, which is great for a début album. I hope they do well because they seem to be genuinely talented. Here’s wishing them luck!

TRACKS TO WATCH OUT FOR : Tracks 1,2,4,7,9.

I couldn’t find the video for their title track, but here’s a video of them singing Thank You (originally by Boyz II Men). It’s really sweet, check it out!

I heard Sohn Ho Young stars in the video… Looking forward to it!

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Anticipated Releases this Month

The following albums are expected to release this month:

3th June – Miracle Vol.1 – Sketch (Pop/Dance) (RELEASED)

7th June – F.T Island Japanese debut album – Prologue of F.T Island – Soyogi (Pop) (RELEASED)

10th June – Swagger Vol.1 – Hello New World (Hip Hop) (RELEASED)

10th June – Happy Chair Vol.1 (Pop(?)) (RELEASED)

12th June – Jaurim Vol.7 – Ruby, Sapphire, Diamond (Rock)

13th June – Alex (Clazziquai) – Vol.1- My Vintage Romance (Mixed Genre)

16th June – Young Turks Club Vol.8

18th June – SS501 – Japanese Single – Lucky Days (Pop) (This item was #1 on online pre-order charts- source: Arirangtv.com)

19th June – Brown Eyes Vol.3

16th June – Sung Si Kyung Vol.6 (Ballad)

25th June – Lee Hyori Vol.3 (Pop)

Other anticipated releases are :

F.T Island Vol.2, Seo In Young Vol.2, Battle Vol.1, Bada Vol.4, Park Ji Yoon Vol.7, Ok Ju Hyun Vol.3, KARA Vol.2, Seo Taiji Vol.8, Jinusean – Single, Hong Chae Rin Vol.1.

Also anticipated is R-eal Vol.1. R-eal is a new idol group which recently appeared on a popular Japanese radio show. (Source : Shenyuepop.com ) Go here to read more about them.

I also heard something about a Lee Jung Vol.4…dunno much about it though… This is out! Excited about it…

More coming soon!

Really looking forward to these..

courtesy: absolutezero@z-degrees & release dates from yesasia.com

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F.T Island – Prologue of F.T Island – Soyogi

NAME : Prologue of F.T Island – Soyogi

ARTIST : F.T Island

RELEASE DATE : 7th June, 2008

LANGUAGE : Japanese/Korean/English

GENRE : Pop/Ballad

This is F.T Island’s Japan debut album, and has five Japanese, two Korean and one English track. The two (6,7) Korean tracks were included on their debut album ‘Cheerful Sensibility’ and the English track (Always Be Mine) is a remake of ‘첫키스’ (First Kiss/Cheot kiss), also from Cheerful Sensibility. The first five tracks are Japanese.

TRACK LIST:

01. Friendship
02. ミライジテンシャ (Mirai Jitensha)
03. SOYOGI (Title)
04. Stars
05. A Song For You
06. F.T Island
07. Primadonna
08. Always Be Mine

(credit to neko28@wordpress)

Track by track,

Track 1: (7/10) Upbeat pop track with strong rock influences. It has a fun feel to it… similar to a few tracks on their first album.

Track 2 : (6/10) Again, pop-rock. Doesn’t really stand out to me though. It’s OK…

Track 3 : (8.5/10) This is the title track of the album. This sounds a bit different from usual F.T Island stuff, but I mean it in a good way. I’m liking this track, it sounds fresh!

Track 4 : (8/10) Pop. I like this song. No complaints about this one…

Track 5 : (6.5/10) Hmm… The second vocalist Won Bin features prominently on this one. I think I heard this song first in a concert clip of theirs, but I really didn’t like it at all then. Like it a little better now. Maybe the effects of screaming fans… really put off by that

Track 6 : (6.5/10) From what little I know, isn’t this a song written for their fans? ( I heard once that their fan club is called Primadonna). It’s OK, a little inconsistent in beats, sometimes mid-tempo and then the chorus feels really fast. One thing that annoys me is HongKi’s pronunciation of Primadonna like pureemadonna. But it’s nice that they are so considerate about their fans anyway…

Track 7 : (7/10) This a really slow, nice ballad track reminiscent of Only One Person/Hansaramman (which I absolutely loved). His English pronunciation, though restricted to just a couple of lines sounds spot on, surprisingly. I can’t comment on the Japanese pronunciation, since I don’t speak it…

Track 8 : (5.5/10) I like 첫키스 better… the accent is getting to me! Hongki, he pronounces fly as fry, with as wreeth, right as light, peaceful as prissful, everything as everyting… Don’t get me wrong, I like the song’s melody, and the lyrics are not bad either (stereotypical, but not bad) but I just cannot get over the accent…

VERDICT: This is a nice album, though not half as good as I had expected it to be, and I can firmly say that liked Cheerful Sensibility much better. I liked 3/5 of their Japanese songs, which is a good strike rate. They really need to brush up on their English pronunciation though… Overall I would give it a 7/10.

TRACKS TO WATCH OUT FOR : Tracks 3,4.

Watch the video for Soyogi here:

They look more mature here, and Hongki’s look… rockstar-ish, hair and all. I like the setting – a wooded area near a river/lake… They use mirrors to create light effects… cute!

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Ballad lovers in for a treat!

Balladeers Sung Si Kyung and Clazziquai’s Alex are all set to release their (sixth and first, respectively) latest albums this month. Sung Si Kyung’s sixth will be out by June 16 and Alex’s debut album titled ‘My Vintage Romance’ will come out by the 12th of this month.

R&B/Ballad duo J-Walk will also be coming out with their third album – ‘My Love’ by June 23rd (quite a while to go)…

Other anticipated releases this month, are Pop idol group Battle’s 3rd single ‘Step by Step’, which is due by June 12, and Kim Hyun Jung’s Vol.8 – In N Out, which is anticipated to release by June 16.

Another newly formed (so to speak, really) idol group Super Junior H (Sigh… another sub-group, are they going to exhaust all the letters of the alphabet or what?) is all set to release their first Mini album Cooking, Cooking? by June 10. I haven’t yet managed to figure out specifically the ‘theme’ behind this sub-group, eg. SuJu KRY is a ballad group, SuJu T sings Trot music, but SuJu Happy? Only time will tell I guess…

Here is a look at their album cover:

Fruity, to say the least…

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Review: Digital Single – Color Pink – Musiccube Artist Album #1

NAME : Digital Single – Color Pink – Musiccube Artist Album #1

ARTIST : SeeYa + Black Pearl + Davici (I prefer spelling it this way rather than Davichi, for some reason)

LANGUAGE : Korean

GENRE : R&B/Pop/Electronica..

I was surprised to see a collaboration between three of Korea’s most powerful R&B groups. It’s just one song on this single, Blue Moon. SeeYa, one of my favourites, with songs such as Love’s Greeting and Scent of a Woman, and Davici with hits like Sad Promise (currently my obsession) as well as Black Pearl, whose ‘Finally… It’s You’ I immensely enjoyed… let’s just say my hopes were pretty high… until of course I heard it, and it sounded too much like a regurgitated version of Brown Eyed Girls’ chart-topping single ‘L.O.V.E.’ for me to be comfortable with. The vocals, as expected were great, though at times they sound too much like each other… Yet, I felt that almost nothing can compensate the originality of the track. In times like these, when electronic music is almost used as a recipe for creating ‘hits’ (what with the Brown Eyed Girls’ L.O.V.E. and Ready To Love singles, Son Dam Bi’s Bad Boy etc.), one more of these stereotypes really feels unbearable…

The only saving grace is the beautiful vocals, which I perhaps will never tire of…

I would give it a 6.5/10

And yes, I still like L.O.V.E better…

Watch the MV here:

The guy is from the Cho Young Soo + All Star MVs. Don’t recognise the girl though…

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Review : Shinee First Mini Album

NAME : SHINee First Mini Album

RELEASE DATE : 25 May 2008

ARTIST : SHINee (SM Entertainment)

LANGUAGE : Korean

GENRE : Pop

This is the debut album for SHINee, a new group from SM Entertainment (the same company which produced BoA, H.O.T, TVXQ and other successful idol stars). What’s most surprising about SHINee is the age bracket, ranging from 14 to 18 years, which makes them the youngest group around. SHINee, described as a contemporary band, are composed of members who go by the names of Jonghyun, Minho, Taemin, Onew and Key. The mini album has five tracks including a Boom version of the title track 누난 너무 예뻐 (Replay), which incidentally translates to Noona, you’re so pretty (Noona is a term used by guys to address older women or girls). Interesting title, don’t you think, since most of their fans are bound to be noonas, considering their ages!

TRACK LIST:

01. 누난 너무 예뻐 (Replay) (Title)
02. In My Room
03. Real
04. 사.계.한 (Love Should Go On)
05. 누난 너무 예뻐 (Replay Boom Track)

Track by track:

Track 1: (9/10) REALLY catchy dance track! On repeat in my mp3 player… They sound nice on this one too, and actually, they sound really mature on it… it’s hard to tell that they’re all so young. Really talented though…

Track 2: (6/10) This track really doesn’t stand out to me…

Track 3: (6/10) Pop/dance track, really upbeat. I found it bubble gum-ish..

Track 4: (7.5/10) Upbeat dance/pop track, nice but not even close to 누난 너무 예뻐.

Track 5: Same as the title track, only a boom version, which basically sounds like

VERDICT: OK album with respect to the songs (except track1 which is really amazing), but really shows the boys’ talents well. Overall 7/10. But we should definitely keep an eye out for these rising stars!

TRACKS TO WATCH OUT FOR : Track no.1 누난 너무 예뻐 (Replay), which I think we will be seeing on the charts very soon! Highly recommended!

Watch the video for Noona, you’re so pretty here:

Check out the cool dance moves! I like…

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Review : V.O.S Vol.3 – Wonderful Things

NAME : Wonderful Things (V.O.S Vol.3)

RELEASE DATE : 19 May 2008

ARTIST : V.O.S (Voice Of Soul)

LANGUAGE : Korean

GENRE : Pop/R&B

OK, honestly this is the first V.O.S album I’ve listened to (apart from project and solo singles), and I’m happy to report that it is a good one. Having 10 tracks, without counting the concert version of the title track (Beautiful Life), the style ranges mainly from Pop to R&B, but also surprises you intermittently, for example with track no. 8 which gives off an electronic/club vibe. I like..

Track List:

01. 아무리 널
02. Beautiful Life (Title)
03. 남자라면서
04. 반쪽
05. 오늘따라 신나는 Party Time
06. 웃다가 울겠죠..
07. 그대여서 고마워요..
08. Candy Girl
09. 두사랑
10. VICTORY
11. Beautiful Life (CONCERT Ver.)

So track by track:

Track 1: (7/10) Pop/R&B, doesn’t really stand out that much, though the vocals sound really nice on this one .

Track 2: (8.5/10) Again pop, and features Lee Min Woo of Shinhwa, who has also written the track’s lyrics. Great track, really fun to listen to, but not my favourite song from the album. Bound to be a chart success!

Track 3: (8/10) R&B song, really nice to listen to, and definitely recommended.

Track 4: (6/10) Pop/R&B again, not really standing out against the other tracks.

Track 5: (6/10) Nice title! But the genre, against my expectations: Dance! Sounds a little .. uh how do I say it, old school, like the 80’s maybe? edit: After listening to this track a few times, I realised that it sounds too much like ‘Funky Town’ for me to be comfortable with…that’s got to lower the rating! 😦

Track 6: (7/10) Soft, soothing melody and lovely voices…

Track 7: (8/10) Nice mellow track.. soothing.

Track 8: (9/10) Loving this track.. bit of electronica. It’s got a nice beat to it, and I’m not sure about this but the female rapper who features in the track sounds a lot like Jewelry’s Ha Joo Yun. In any case the voice sounds very very familiar…Nice song, definitely recommended!

Track 9: (8/10) Nice track, R&B ballad, melodious

Track 10: (6.5/10) Upbeat track, genre is dance. With a title like Victory, I was expecting some, uhh.. ‘Engrish’ moments, but to my relief, there were none. Actually no English lyrics in this track.

Track 11: Same as track 2, only a concert version. Sounds milder somehow..actually I like this one better!

VERDICT: Overall 7/10, and covers a range of genres which is usually rare.

TRACKS TO WATCH OUT FOR: Track no.s 2,3,8, 9.

You can watch the MV for the title track here:

The three guys star, along with Jewelry’s Kim Eun Jung… Just one comment, Hyun Joon is waayyy cuter with his glasses on … OK OK, cute video and nice song, but I didn’t get the storyline, if there was intended to be one, or about Kim Eun Jung’s part in the video.

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