Last year I read very few 2018 releases (read: one) and whilst I don’t generally fixate on new releases a lot anyway, I do like to read some. So, I thought I would share with… More
Hey guys! I’m almost on holiday, so some more interesting posts should be coming up shortly (or at least some longer ones) but whilst I’m still dead tired I thought I would share some of my favourite K-Dramas with you, because they’re great for procrastination and keeping you up way past the time you meant to go to bed. Enjoy!
CHIEF KIM/ GOOD MANAGER
If you like comedies with hilariously over-the-top characters, an office setting and next to no romance, this is the drama for you! It deals with “Chief Kim” who is hired by a company thinking he will pretend not to see the financial corruption, but who ends up inadvertently thwarting the company’s horrible schemes. Watch it here.
STRONG WOMAN DO BONG SOON
A cute romance accompanied by a fight against an unknown, deranged kidnapper, this is also a hilarious drama. If you like adorable female bodyguards with super strength, adorable romances, and a side of horrifically creepy bad guys you’ll love this drama! Watch it here.
Going into the more sci-fi/paranormal type of genre, if you like vampires that don’t sparkle or live in coffins, but are the product of science, antagonists who are just a nasty piece of work, and don’t mind getting your heart ripped to pieces, this is an amazing drama. Watch it here.
What are some of your favourite dramas or TV shows? Let me know! Happy watching, Keira x.
Hey guys! Kind of a lazy post today (I may have fallen asleep for an hour and a half when I was supposed to be writing today’s post), but I hope you like some of these videos as much as I did! I’ve got a good variety, from dance to comedy and even a TED talk…. and stay tuned for Benedict Cumberbatch fixing your biggest issue at Christmas: receiving bad gifts!
So what are some of your favourite videos? Share them with me 🙂 Happy watching, Keira x.
Hi everyone and welcome to day 10 of A Very Posty December! Today we’ve finished off the last of the GOT7 posts and I figured it was a good time to bring back some festive spirit with a wintry book tag! Enjoy.
#1: What book is so happy and sweet it warms your heart?
Okay… but is there really another answer?
#2: What’s your favourite book with a white cover?
This book (obviously) has a predominantly white cover. It was also one of the most heart-shattering and heart-warming books I have ever read and thrives in the paradox.
Reading this book is not simply absorbing a new world, but embarking on an emotional journey in which you can be tossed around my hurricanes, spat out hundreds of miles away by tornadoes and drowned by tsunamis the size of large skyscrapers.
If you were to only read five contemporary books in your entire life, this should definitely be one of them.
#3: You’re sitting in a nice, comfortable chair with a cup of tea. What monster book are you reading?
I don’t even know anything about Sarah J. Maas’ next book, but I know that I really want to read it… and given the length of her recent books it may well be a monster book!
To be fair, I might still be a bit in denial that the Throne of Glass series has ended… I’ve been reading that for a good 4 or 5 years and it’s all over….. 😦
I wonder what she has in store for us next…
#4: It’s snowing outside and you decide to have a snowball fight. What fictional character do you want to have this snowball fight with?
Hagrid is the personification of the gentle giant… in book character form. Having a snowball fight with him would be a blast and he would definitely know where all the best spots were!
#5: Sadly, your campfire is dying. What last few chapters of a book would you throw in the fire to revive it and keep yourself warm?
There are not words to describe how much I hate this book. Forget the last few chapters, the entire thing can be sacrificed for my warmth (or at least given away so I never have to look at it again, because I don’t support book burning).
#6: What book do you love so much that you would buy another copy of it to give someone as a gift to inspire them to start reading?
To be fair, this might not be the best book for someone who is starting to get into reading, as it is written in a very lyrical way, which can slow down the pace of the story a bit. That being said, it’s an absolute masterpiece and I love it, so I decided to include it anyways!
#7: Who do you tag?
Okay, so I’m going to tag Kat, Bianca, Vicky, Fadwa and The Orang-utan Librarian, but if you want to do this tag, feel free to do so and link back to me so that I can read your post! Equally if I’ve tagged you, don’t feel that you have to do the tag!
And that’s it! Did you enjoy? Let me know by leaving a comment… I love hearing from you guys. Happy reading, Keira x.
Hi guys! So I’m wrapping up GOT7 posts with a countdown of my all-time favourite GOT7 songs. Stay tuned until the end to see my number 1 favourite GOT7 song! I decided to let the songs speak for themselves in this one, so I’ve not written much.
#10: 1.31AM (JB & Youngjae)
Emotional. Impressive. Beautiful.
Uplifting. Hopeful. Soothing.
#8: If You Do
Classic. Catchy. Nostalgic.
Upbeat. Romantic. Danceable.
#6: You Are
Friendship. Strength. Teamwork.
#5: My Youth
Profound. Bittersweet. Soaring.
#4: Moon U
Sweet. Romantic. Mushy.
#3: Nobody Knows
Painful. Raw. Personal.
#2: One And Only You
Fun. Flirty. Conversation.
Sensual. Romantic. Otherworldly.
Thanks for sticking with me! What are your favourite GOT7 songs? Happy listening, Keira x.
GOT7’s EP Eyes On You was released on the 12th of March 2018. It was the group’s first release of 2018 and helped cement their transition to a more mature sound. The song brought with it a collaboration with Hyolyn, a former member of the group SISTAR, and now a solo artist with her own label.
In this post I will be reviewing all 6 tracks.
One and Only You (ft. Hyolyn) is a funky R&B/Soul collaboration with former SISTAR member, Hyolyn. The collaboration works perfectly, with Hyolyn’s high tone and gorgeous vocals giving the song an extra dimension and complimenting the group so well. The song is upbeat, impressive, and has a good rhythm. 5/5.
Look is a dance track, which also incorporates some of the group’s more low-key singing and rapping from their R&B tracks in the verses. The chorus, however, is full out dance-like-nobody-is-watching synth heaven with some fun percussion twists. Fun, but not my favourite ever. That being said, tempo is played with masterfully and you won’t be bored. 4/5.
The Reason is an upbeat, summery dance track. I especially like the soft rap verses. The chorus is quite fun, just not as interesting to listen to as the verses. Fun, but not special. 3.5/5.
Hesitate is what I like to call “chill pop”: somewhere between pop/dance, ballad and soft hip-hop. It’s soothing and relaxing, if not memorable. 3.5/5.
Us is a solid R&B based track, with some good raps and pretty vocals, a good beat and a good mix of different tempos, sounds and rhythms. It’s danceable, almost hypnotising and one of my favourite songs on the album! 4.5/5.
Thank You is a pretty standard upbeat ballad dedicated to the group’s fans. Nothing particularly special, but a decent song. 3/5.
Overall this album had a lot of good songs, with one or two great songs, which isn’t bad for a 6-song-short EP. Like many of GOT7’s recent albums, the track list is made up largely of dance and R&B, with the occasionally chill hip-hop or ballad peeking its way into the mix. I also just want to give a shoutout to the group’s incredible music videos lately. Look, for example, at the scene below from Look (funny I know)! Gorgeous!!!!!!!
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What do you think of the album? Watch out for my countdown of my favourite GOT7 tracks tomorrow and stay tuned for lots more posts this December! Happy listening, Keira x.
GOT7’S album You Are was released on the 10th of October 2017. More accurately, it is an EP and aptly contains 7 songs. The album centres around the idea of GOT7 being forever 7 and their great strength and friendship together.
In this post, I will be reviewing all 7 tracks.
Moon U is an incredibly relaxed and soft hip-hop song and is probably my favourite song on the whole album. It highlights the unique features of each of the members’ voices, especially in the case of JB and Youngjae. It’s soothing and trickles over you like a sweet, bubbling brook. 5/5.
Teenager is a relaxed dance song and, quite unusually for a K-Pop song, features a rap chorus. My favourite line is definitely “I can do anything if you tell me good boy”… iconic. Moving swiftly on, the song is generally fun and playful, as befitting the title, whilst retaining the general calmness of the entire album. 4/5.
You Are is an incredibly understated and subtle dance song (it is dance, but much more calming than anything you would typically associate with the genre). It has an airy, euphoric sound which never fails to make me feel happy. 4.5/5.
Firework is a smooth and calm electronica track. The occasional echoing and moments of silence in the music are particularly effective. It works beautifully bright celebrations into an otherwise sweet and soft song. 4/5
Remember You introduces a new genre to the album- R&B/Soul. It’s a very sweet, coffee-shop version of the genre, which again matches the overall feel of the album. That being said, this song has a bit of sensuality in it. 4/5.
To Me carries on with the R&B/Soul style of Remember You, but has a more youthful and upbeat twist, largely through the use of light staccato percussion. 4/5.
Face rounds the album off by returning to the soft, melodic hip-hop style of Moon U, but ends on a high note with a good build up to a catchy chorus. 3.5/5.
Overall, this was a transitional album from their Flight Log trilogy into their new, more mature style of music and it was perfect. It was not transitional in that the music was somewhere in between the two periods of their music, but in that it pioneered their growth as a group and as musicians, producers and artists. The tracks fit seamlessly together, whilst maintaining some of the variety which endears me so much to K-Pop; the music is calming yet exciting all at once, and the title track is not only catchy but also quality.
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What do you think of the album? Happy listening, Keira x.
Hello everyone and welcome to day 5 of a Very Posty December… less than three weeks until Christmas!!! I’m taking a break from GOT7 week today to bring you a bookish post about the books I want to read before the end of the year (obviously, you read the title).
Woman at Point Zero is the book I need to finish by tomorrow for school, so yes, I hope that I have finished this one by the end of the year 😀 It tells the story of a woman sentenced to die during the space of a night.
Perfume is a book I have been reading for quite some time and I hate having unfinished books when a new year starts, so hopefully I can finish this one when I finally have some time off of school! It’s about a boy with a wicked sense of smell.
Selected Poems is a selection of poems by T.S. Eliot, including The Wasteland, which I had to read for school. As such I have partially read this book, but I want to finish reading the other poems before the end of the year.
On a slightly lighter note, I’m in the middle of reading Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy, so I would like to finish that before the end of the year as well. I’m currently part way through the second book. The series follows a woman, Diana, who is a witch, but has been suppressing her powers, and her forbidden romance with the vampire Matthew.
So what books do you want to read before the end of the year? Happy reading, Keira x.
GOT7’s newest album PRESENT: YOU & ME was released on the 3rd of December 2018 and is a repackage album, combining all of the songs from the previous album with new songs and previously unreleased songs.
As such, the album has a wide variety of music and also showcases the musical tastes of each member through unit songs and solos. I will be reviewing all of the the songs on this album!
THE REPACKAGE ALBUM
Miracle is the title track of the repackage album. It’s a wintry pop-ballad with a touching music video. The song talks about feeling less lonely now that the listener is here. Instrumentally, the song features soft piano and gradually building and diminishing string sections. This, accompanied by the sweet vocals and the soft, musical rap creates a beautifully atmospheric, emotional and honeyed track. 4.5/5.
Take Me To You is an upbeat pop-ballad with soft rap featuring the whole group. It’s soothing, calming and understated. A pleasant track! 3.5/5.
Come On is the last of the songs on this repackage to feature all 7 members. It’s a chill hip-hop song that makes me wish my hip-hop dance skills were better! 3/5.
1:31AM is a duet by JB and Youngjae. It’s a gorgeous, slow ballad with a perfect balance of emotional rawness, vocal prowess and gentle instrumentation! 4.5/5.
Higher is a duet by Mark and Jinyoung. It’s a good dance performance song, but does little for me outside of that context and it’s very repetitive. 1/5.
I Love It is barely over 1 minute long and the shortest song on the album. It features Jackson, BamBam and Yugyeom in a chill hip-hop track. I quite like this genre, and whilst its not the best chill hip-hop song ever, it’s listenable and calming. 2.5/5.
WOLO is a hip-hop song by Jackson, BamBam and Yugyeom. I’m really not a fan of the beat drop in this song or the play on “YOLO” so I’ll have to give this song a pass, but their rapping is good as usual and mixes well with Yugyeom’s vocals. 1/5.
King is duet by Jinyoung & BamBam. It’s a rap/hip-hop song, and I must say I prefer it as a performance song than a song I would generally listen to. 2/5.
Think About It is a song from JB, Mark and Youngjae. The R&B/pop-ballad fusion that is this track suits and showcases these members really well and just makes my ears happy! Soft, slightly sensual and splendid! 4/5.
From Now is a Yugyeom solo and is also based on R&B/soul music. I especially like the slow section. An atmospheric piece to showcase Yugyeom’s vocals. 4/5.
Hunger is a Jackson solo and features his typical rap/Hip-Hop style of music. It’s an incredibly short song (less than 1 minute) and is designed as more of a performance song than anything else, so I’ll give it a general sort of 2.5/5.
Phoenix is a rap/hip-hop duet by Jackson and Yugyeom, but I’m really not a fan of the forceful rap style in this song. Yugyeom’s vocals are sweet, but I don’t particularly like the instrumentation. Good for those who like a harsher, less melodic rap though! 2/5.
THE ORIGINAL ALBUM
Lullaby was the title track off of the original PRESENT: YOU album and has a deep house influence. The chorus is incredibly catchy and I find myself singing it at random times. I especially love the ending where the vocals are really brought to the front as the instrumental becomes simpler, it highlights the pure vocals excellently. While not an emotional masterpiece, this is wonderful music for a pick-me-up or a random dance party. 4.5/5.
Enough is one of the b-side tracks featuring GOT7 as a group and, like the rest of these group tracks, is based on the dance/EDM genre. It’s a good dance song, but nothing particularly special. 2.5/5.
Save You is a dance/EDM song with 90s influences and I’m not a massive fan, especially of the pre-chorus. 1.5/5.
No One Else is again a dance/EDM song, but is quite different to the previous two. It starts off slightly slower and has a really interesting percussion which I’m a little bit in love with. It’s a bit hypnotic, a lot of fun and great to dance to. 3.5/5.
I Am Me is the final of the group b-side tracks and is also a dance/EDM song. It has a more airy and open beginning than the other tracks, and generally has an almost euphoric sound, which fits nicely with the overall meaning of the song about accepting yourself. 3.5/5.
Sunrise is JB’s solo song and has a R&B sound reminiscent of the vocalist’s mixtapes. Featuring absolutely gorgeous falsetto, it’s sexy, seductive and sensual with an otherworldly atmosphere. 5/5.
OMW is Mark’s song, but features Jackson and Jackson helped to produce it along with Mark. The song is a sort of chill hip-hop and feels like a journey at a soft, steady pace. Mark is taking his time to move through the song and it suits his personality. That being said, there aren’t any parts which stand out as particularly good. It’s a good, relaxing song, but nothing special. 3/5.
Made It is Jackson’s solo and is his typical sort of rap/hip-hop that he does for his solo songs. For its genre, it’s a good song and Jackson’s rap is good, as always, but there is a high pitch sound in the background which hurts my head. All in all, not my style of music, but good for its genre. 2/5.
My Youth is Jinyoung’s solo. It has a very soft rock sound and talks about missing youth. The song is poignant and sad, yet hopeful, and for some reason makes me think of The Breakfast Club when I listen to it. 4.5/5
Nobody Knows is Youngjae’s solo. It’s a sort of haunting pop-ballad and showcases the emotional intensity of his gorgeous, gorgeous voice. The song speaks of loneliness and dealing with suffering by oneself. It’s devastating, arresting and powerful. 5/5.
Party is BamBam’s solo and is, well, a party song. The beat drop is decent and makes a good tune to dance too, but I feel that the song does not showcase BamBam’s talent, is quite disjointed and I’m not a fan of the autotune. Overall, BamBam has done better than this disjointed, half-there track. 1/5.
Fine is Yugyeom’s solo; it’s a slightly creepy R&B/Soul track which suits Yugyeom’s voice perfectly. It’s slow and steady, with a sensual movement throughout. 4/5.
Overall, I noticed a general trend: I love the R&B/soul based tracks and the ballad tracks, am generally okay with the dance/EDM tracks and then the rap/hip-hop tracks are fairly hit-or-miss. I found the title tracks of both the original album and the repackage to be excellent and I loved many of the members’ solo songs. The group b-sides were superior on the repackaged album, but generally speaking the b-sides from the original album were better as many of the b-sides from the repackage were originally designed as performance pieces and don’t work well for me outside of that context (with some notable exceptions of course). Overall, some of my favourite GOT7 songs to date have come out of these albums and I am thrilled to finally have a studio version of 1:31AM to watch… I’ve been waiting!
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So what did you think about these albums? Stay tuned for more reviews and a countdown of my favourite GOT7 songs later on in the week after a short break for some bookish goodness, and please show my Very Posty December lots of love! I also recommend checking back at the previous posts from this December… BOTH of them have featured GOT7! Happy listening, Keira x.
Hey guys! So welcome to day 3 of A Very Posty December. If you don’t know what this is, I am basically posting something every day in December! So far I’ve posted an announcement which is probably quite boring, but also shared some of my favourite Christmas music which you probably haven’t heard of, so please go and check that out and be sure to stay tuned for the rest of the posts coming out this month.
Anyway, GOT7 just released a repackage album so I decided that I would do an artist spotlight week (I’ve previously done one for BTS and SEVENTEEN as well… check them out)! If you haven’t seen one of my spotlight weeks before, I basically introduce the group, review THREE of the group’s albums and end the week with a countdown of my favourite songs by the artist. So yeah, anyway, this is my introduction to GOT7. I’ll just do the usual basic intro stuff: members, songs etc. and then link you to some awesome videos to watch when you’re bored!
disclaimer: I’m not an expert so if I get something wrong, feel free to correct me!
Who are GOT7?
GOT7 are a 7 member boy group from South Korea. They are known for their dancing skills and their loud personalities, and increasingly for producing their own music and their musical talents.
The boys debuted under JYP Entertainment in 2014, with three rappers and four vocalists. Members JB and Jinyoung have been part of a duo called JJ Project since 2012. GOT7 fans are called ‘IGOT7’ or ‘Aghase’, which means baby bird.
Meet the members of GOT7
JB (born: Im Jaebum) is the lead/main vocalist, lead dancer and leader of GOT7. He’s Korean and was one of the members of JJ Project. He has a background in b-boying and once lost his memory due to hurting his head whilst practicing. He often produces music for the group and his own mixtapes.
JB was born on the 6th of January 1994 and is known for his “chic and sexy” persona, both on and off stage, and his impressive ability to turn everything he does into a meme. JB is currently a film major and has 5 cats.
Mark (born: Mark Yi En Tuan) is the main rapper, leader dancer, and visual of the group. He’s from LA, but of Taiwanese descent. Mark was known from debut for his impressive martial arts tricking.
Mark was born on the 4th of September 1993 and is the oldest member of GOT7. He is known for being either extremely quiet, or very loud (there’s no in between). Mark is the eldest, but has been known to hide behind the youngest and is (sometimes) the maknae at heart 🙂
Jackson (born: Wang Jia Er) is the lead rapper and lead dancer of the group! He’s originally from Hong Kong and used to go to the American International School in Hong Kong (aka he is fluent in SO MANY LANGUAGES). Jackson also has a Chinese/English solo career, which I recommend you check out if you like hip-hop/rap!
Jackson was born on the 28th of March 1994. He’s a former member of the Hong Kong National Fencing Team and is often on variety shows. He’s one of the loudest members and is known for randomly pulling off hoodies and/or shirts, but is really thoughtful and caring.
Jinyoung (born: Park Jinyoung, formerly known as: Jr.) is lead vocalist and lead dancer. In JJ Project he was the rapper! Jinyoung also has a healthy acting career, with appearances in several K-Dramas.
Jinyoung was born on the 22nd of September 1994 and is the youngest of the Hyung line. He is known for his princely features and savage sense of humour. Along with JB, he is considered a sort of “parent” in the group, and has previously called himself the mum.
Youngjae (born: Choi Young Jae) is the main vocalist of the group. Youngjae is known for his unique and beautiful voice, and often produces under the name “ARS”, both for the group and just for fun!
Youngjae was born on the 17th of September 1996 and is an absolute ray of sunshine. He is currently majoring in modelling at Uni and owns a dog called Coco who even has an account of her own!
BamBam (born as: Kunpimook Bhuwakul Bambam) is the lead rapper and lead dancer of the group! He’s originally from Thailand and is now well-loved in his home country! He’s amazing at tapping in Thai and covering girl group dances.
BamBam was born on the 2nd of May 1997 and is always found doing the latest internet trend. Although his family were kind of poor as he was growing up, they now own 50 restaurants in Thailand and BamBam has his own clothing line called “Double B”. He is interested in video editing.
Yugyeom (born: Kim Yugyeom) is the main dancer, lead vocalist, rapper and maknae of the group. He specialises in street dancing and also enjoys playing the piano. He is an incredible dancer and won the dance competition “Hit the Stage”.
Yugyeom was born on the 17th of November 1997, and despite being the youngest member, he is also the tallest in the group. His mum got pregnant in Saudi Arabia, but he was born in Korea. He is a bratty maknae and we love him for it, because it’s hilarious.
So, what I’ve included in the discography amounts to:
- 1 single album and 1 EP from JJ Project
- 3 mixtapes from JB (under the name Def.)
- 5 singles from Jackson (under the name Jackson Wang)
- 1 Japanese album, 2 Japanese EPs, 2 Japanese singles
- 3 Korean albums, 1 Korean repackage album & 8 Korean EPs
That’s a lot of music, so I’m going to try and break it down a little bit for you. Now, the way I do this differs a bit from artist to artist (e.g. for BTS I did it by era of music, for SEVENTEEN I did it by subsections of the group). After a very long time spent deciding this I decided to break it down into the following sections and focus only on the Korean releases of the full group.
THE DARK PAST (2014)
So this is not a dark era in terms of their music being bad, because why would I even say that?! No, this is the dark past in terms of their styling and the group themselves have horror stories from this era. But really, some of those hair styles were really questionable.
As for their actual music, this was the beginning of their careers and was categorised by a fair amount of autotune, incredibly catchy songs and martial arts tricking in their choreographies.
THE MIDDLE (2015)
This is a section in between the early days of their career, but before the Flight Log series which saw a whole mixture of things, but straying away from previous hip-hop, martial arts and auto-tune styles and experimenting with cute concepts and emotional ones too! I would define this era as the start of their maturation as artists.
FLIGHT LOG (2016-2017)
This was a period of continued maturation from the group’s 2015 releases, but what defines it as it’s own specific era is that the three music videos form a continuous, if slightly abstract, story line!
As of 2018, this is the most recent period in GOT7’s music. I would characterise it by a shift in which the members have more influence over the music, a more mature style (with softer tracks and retro house tracks) and an increase in solo activities for the members, both on group albums through solo tracks and sub-units, as well as outside of the group.
SOME VIDEOS I RECOMMEND YOU WATCH!
And that’s it for today! Are you excited to get to know GOT7, or did you love them before? Let me know if you have any questions or if you just want to squeal a lot (or criticism, that’s okay too 😉 ). If you have any requests for artists you would like me to check out, K-Pop or not, please let me know!
Happy listening, Keira x.
Starting off this posty December with a quick and easy CHRISTMAS POST. I’m just going to link some of my favourite Christmas songs that you might not have heard before!
So have you heard of these before? If not have you added any of them to your Christmas playlist this year?
Happy listening, Keira x.