2019 PLANS AND HOPES (Personal, Books, and Music!)

Hello everyone and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I honestly can’t believe it’s 2019… I turn 18 this year?! Anywayy I decided to combine all of my beginning-of-the-year type posts into one post because it just worked better like that so let’s begin


PERSONAL RESOLUTIONS

  1. Go to the gym at least once a week. I have a gym membership and usually I try to go at least three times a month in order to not waste  money, but I want to make it into a habit  and always go to the gym on Tuesdays.
  2. Sleep and wake up at the same time each day. Obviously this is dependent on a number of factors, but I want to aim  to go to bed between 11-12 each night and wake up at 6am. 
  3. Study and do homework better. I have had issues in 2018 where I get behind in notes etc. and  procrastinate, and it makes me quite stressed and leaves me behind.  So in order to tackle this there are a couple of things I’m going to do: take notes in smaller chunks e.g. by subtopic rather than unit so that  it’s easier to finish each section, and do just 45 minutes of homework  as soon as I get home in order to hopefully get me in the zone a bit.

READING RESOLUTIONS

  1. Read at least three books a month. I had a very slow reading year in 2018,  hence why there has been a lack of book-related posts on this blog thus far, and whilst I don’t intend to force myself to read  upwards of 100 books as I managed in  2016 and 2017, I do want to read a bit  more than I did in 2018, and more consistently rather than in sudden spikes.
  2. Get my TBR below 40 books. It’s currently at 72 books, largely because of how little I read this year and how much rereading I did. The  number is SO high and it annoys me a little, especially as I know how much I’m missing out by not reading some of them. So I want to  decrease my TBR to a somewhat  more manageable size.
  3. Catch up on new releases and sequels in series. I didn’t really keep an eye on new releases in 2018 and sequels often  got left behind as well, so I want to keep up with both this year so I  don’t miss lots of amazing books.

MUSIC RESOLUTIONS

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  1. Listen to more western music. Now it isn’t that I don’t listen to much western  music, but more that I don’t listen to much  variety… I often end up sticking to a few artists,  especially because I don’t particularly like  western hiphop, nor am I a big  fan of EDM. Therefore, I want to make an effort this year to  find and discover artists that are less known with amazing music.
  2. Make better playlists. Now, in 2018 I had a good playlist for summer, but the rest of the time I had to sort of go and pick songs to listen to or just listen to songs on  shuffle, which wasn’t as enjoyable, so I want to invest a bit of time in  putting together more playlists.

Also, I’m thinking of doing a “what I want to see in K-Pop for 2019” post if that interests anyone?!


BLOGGING RESOLUTIONS

  1. Post at least twice a week and interact more with the blogs I follow (+ find some new blogs to follow!)
  2. Do more mini reviews for music. (reviewing songs, not albums) This is because sometimes I don’t really have time or desire to listen to and review a whole album, but I want to review a couple of different  title tracks, or if a song is just a single. This way I can review more  music, with less pressure for me!
  3. Review more books that I read for pleasure, as opposed to books I received in exchange for a review. I want to share the books I loved with the world, not just the ones I am obliged to review!

If you feel like helping me out, suggest some blogs for me to check out!


AND THAT’S IT! WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS THIS YEAR? Do let me know! Happy New Year, Keira x.

KEIRA’S TOP 50 K-POP TITLE TRACKS OF 2018

Hey guys! I promise I haven’t given up on the whole posting-every-day-in-December thing, but this post took ages to put together… sorry! I wasn’t sure how long to make this list, so I asked you guys on Twitter and most of you said top 50 so that’s what I went with. Enjoy ❤


#50: SEVENTEEN- Oh My!

I didn’t love this song when I first heard it, but the jigsaw puzzle choreography and the light-hearted goodness won me over.


#49: A.C.E- Take Me Higher

A.C.E are one of my favourite groups, and they’re super talented (please support them). This was a great summer track, but it didn’t place higher on my list as it’s one I wouldn’t listen to outside of summer time 🙂 That being said, I particularly love WOW’s rap verse and the breakdown.


#48: Golden Child- Genie

The thing that first attracted me to this song was the music video aesthetic, because it’s so colourful and fun. Overall, it’s just a pretty fun song!


#47: TWICE- YES or YES

TWICE have been growing on me recently and this is definitely one of my favourite songs by them. It’s catchy, fun, and I find myself constantly doing the dance whenever I say yes… it’s become an issue.


#46: IZ*ONE- La Vie en Rose

I didn’t watch Produce48 and I think some of these girls are too young to debut, and I’m not a massive fan of the groups which come out of these produce shows in general, but that being said, this was a great debut with a gorgeous music video: so elegant, so classy.


#45: N.Flying- Hot Potato

This song is absolutely ridiculous, but that’s definitely its charm!


#44: GOT7- Look

GOT7’s music has matured so much ever since their 7 for 7 album and I am loving it. This MV was so aesthetically pleasing (especially BamBam’s scene) and I love the rap verses.


#43: DAY6- Shoot Me

Nobody does angst quite like DAY6 and I absolutely love the slightly creepy build of the opening lines. The chorus is also incredibly catchy.


#42: JENNIE- SOLO

I was really disappointed by BLACKPINK’s comeback this year. I’m not a massive fan of theirs, but I was looking forward to their comeback… I cannot stand DDU-DDU and I didn’t really like the rest of the album either. Needless to say, I was very happy when this song came out and I liked it.


#41: Leebada- Painting

Leebada is a very new and unknown artist, but I absolutely love her voice.


#40: fromis_9- LOVE BOMB

Now, permanent groups made on shows are something I can get behind! Especially when they have a more organic growth in popularity as fromis_9 have. They released a couple songs this year, but this one really took the cake and I had it on repeat for a couple of weeks after it was released!


#39: ONEW- Blue

Have you heard that voice? Feel the emotions!


#38: APRIL- Oh! my mistake

This group has been around for a decent while, but this is the song that got me hooked. I love the retro inspiration and yes, this was also on repeat. It’s so bouncy and fun!


#37: VROMANCE- Star

Now I’m not sure if it’s the song or the music video which I like more, because it was definitely the MV which hooked me, but this is just so soothing and beautiful that I had to put it on this list.


#36: BTOB- Beautiful Pain

So I think I have a thing for songs in which painful emotions are expressed through gorgeous, gorgeous voices.


#35: OH MY GIRL- Secret Garden

This song came out at the beginning of the year… I immediately added it to my songs and went through all of their music videos. Needless to say, I fell in love and they’re now one of my favourite girl groups.


#34: SHINee- Good Evening

SHINee have had an incredible year for music this year, especially considering the tragedy they have been coping with. This song is just so beautiful!


#33: Yang Da Il- sorry

Yeah, back at it again with the painful emotions.


#32: Rothy- Burning

Now this might not be the most original of sounds, but I absolutely love Rothy’s voice. An impressive debut and I will definitely be keeping my eye out for more.


#31: SHINee- Our Page

Does this even need words?


#30: iKON- KILLING ME

It took me a long time to decide if I liked the beat drop in this song, but I am a sucker for deep voices so the opening forced me to listen to this song and made me really want to love it… and now I really like the beat drop too! Unpopular opinion alert: I prefer this song to Love Scenario *gasp*


#29: EXID- I Love You

Well this is my new favourite EXID song.


#28: EXO-CBX- Blooming Day

I mean… some of the lyrics are too cheesy for my liking, but have you heard those voices? I can forgive cheesiness if it’s sung as well as that.


#27: Red Velvet- Power Up

I actually really didn’t like this song to begin with… but it didn’t really have anything to do with the music. I hated Wendy’s pigtails and the girl scouts inspired outfits just really didn’t do it for me… they’re not children? They can be cute without dressing like 7 year olds… that might be a bit harsh, but still. Anyway, I saw their recent performance in which they’re dressed a bit more maturely, which allowed me to listen to the song all the way through without cringing and I fell in love. “Let’s power up!”


#26: The Rose- BABY

I actually saw this in concert in January before it was released when they toured in Europe and it was incredible…


#25: Mamamoo- Egotistic

Now I’m not typically the biggest latin music fan, but the girls really pulled it off (I mean, naturally, it’s Mamamoo).


#24: SHINee- Countless

Although this was SHINee’s last title track this year, it was actually the fist one I listened to all the way through and it made me go back and listen to the whole album, causing me to fall in love with previous tracks. I don’t know what it is, but I love this song.


#23: DREAMCATCHER- Full Moon

This was more of a single than a title track and it doesn’t have a music video, but it’s easily my favourite of the three title tracks/singles that the group released this year… all of which were pretty good. DREAMCATCHER are just a lovely breath of fresh air.


#22: GOT7- Miracle

Okay so usually I don’t include seasonal songs so high on my list (as you saw by Take Me Higher), but this is just so gorgeous and pretty that I couldn’t resist.


#21: SOYOU- All Night (ft. Sik-K)

Slighlty jazzy and a lot sultry is the way I like my music, so this was right up my alley.


#20: Huh Gak- Empty words

A beautiful song with a beautiful MV, as usual from Huh Gak. I also love that the video is LGBTQ+ as this is not something you see a lot in Korea.


#19: EXO- Love Shot

This is a great song (and those live performances with Kai in red killed me little)… I do struggle to listen to it unless I’m watching a performance or using it as background whilst doing something else because of the repetitiveness of the “nanana” bits, but otherwise I can’t get enough.


#18: OH MY GIRL- Remember Me

So remember how I said Secret Garden made me fall in love with OH MY GIRL? I love this song even more.


#17: KEY- One of Those Nights (ft. Crush)

Not only has SHINee’s music this year been great as a group, but both KEY and ONEW have released incredible solo albums.


#16: Girls’ Generation-Oh!GG- Lil’ Touch

Girls’ Generation are iconic in the K-Pop industry, but I must admit to not really liking an of their music… until this song. WOW.


#15: Red Velvet- Bad Boy

I mean I generally like Red Velvet’s velvet tracks a lot… soooo yeah.


#14: Huh Gak- The Last Night

This music video is so simple and powerful, and of course Huh Gak’s voice is beautiful.


#13: Mamamoo- Paint Me

One of the first songs of the year, but so so impressive. Mamamoo really do have incredible vocals and look at the aesthetics of the music video too!


#12: MINSEO- Is Who

I mentioned earlier that I love jazz pop, so this gypsy jazz inspired track + the uniqueness of Minseo as a performer hooked me.


#11: FTISLAND- Summer Night’s Dream

Wow.


#10: Mamamoo- Starry Night

Beautiful, but definitely more summery than spring considering it’s the title track of their spring-themed album 😀 Their voices almost make you feel like you’re seeing the gorgeous New Zealand landscape yourself. Living vicariously for the win!


#9: GOT7- Lullaby

An amazing title track for an amazing album… fitting. Also, bonus points for Harry Potter references!


#8: Leebada- Night Dream

Can I copy and paste what I said before? HER VOICE IS BEAUTIFUL PLEASE SUPPORT.


#7: SEUNGRI- 1, 2, 3!

Retro and catchy… perfect.


#6: DAY6- Stop The Rain

Okay so technically this is Japanese… but it’s a Korean group so I’m including it because WOW THIS IS A GOOD SONG. Full of emotions and so, so powerful.


#5: Jimin Park- April Fools (0401)

So this song does have a MV, but it is age-restricted so I felt it would be better to include a live performance. JYP finally let Jimin release music and gsoh was it good. Her voice! Helps that I love this kind of music, of course.


#4: IU- BBIBBI

She’s Korea’s darling for a reason… (+ the aesthetics are so good… which has nothing to do with the music, but I just wanted to mention it anyway).


#3: WheeIn- EASY (ft. Sik-K)

Is their a recipe for perfection? WheeIn must have found it.


#2: Mamamoo- Wind Flower

Although not their most popular comeback of the year, I love the noir-inspired and laidback appeal of this song.


#1: Zion.T- Hello Tutorial ft. SEULGI

Although initially easy to overlook for its sweet simplicity, this song hooked me after I found myself unable to stop watching the MV and since then it has not let me go. I love it so much.


So those are my top 50 K-Pop title tracks of 2018! What do you think of my list? What does your list look like? And make sure to keep an eye out for a shorter part 2 in which I discuss the b-sides I loved. Happy listening and Merry Christmas if you celebrate, Keira x.

MY TOP 10 GOT7 SONGS!

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)

I am always drowned in the thoughts of you. I get exhausted, but I look for traces of you again.

Emotional. Impressive. Beautiful.


#9: Firework

It will become small embers and catch on fire, go up through the clouds and blow up.

Uplifting. Hopeful. Soothing.


#8: If You Do

You magnified even my minor mistakes and pushed me to the edge of the cliff.

Classic. Catchy. Nostalgic.


#7: Lullaby

My heartbeats don’t stop, they get faster every day. 

Upbeat. Romantic. Danceable.


#6: You Are

When I’m exhausted you hold my worn out hand, you hold me warm and tight.

Friendship. Strength. Teamwork.


#5: My Youth

I will be called by many names, but now stop, I’m tired of it, I’m going to close my eyes…

Profound. Bittersweet. Soaring.


#4: Moon U

While smiling shyly, I’m still waiting for you, I’m looking forward to you.

Sweet. Romantic. Mushy.


#3: Nobody Knows

Even if tears are coming out I can’t cry cause I will be in the spotlight.

Painful. Raw. Personal.


#2: One And Only You 

Don’t worry babe there’s only you in my mind, I don’t need any kind of special gifts. 

Fun. Flirty. Conversation.


#1: Sunrise

When I hug you I become relaxed, it feels like I’m hugging the universe.

Sensual. Romantic. Otherworldly. 


Thanks for sticking with me! What are your favourite GOT7 songs? Happy listening, Keira x. 

GOT7’s Eyes On You | Album Review

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 rhythm5/5.

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 bored4/5.

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 special3.5/5.

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!!!!!!!

CATEGORYSCORE (5)
Title Track4
Variety3
Cohesiveness4
My Music Taste4
Overall4

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 7 for 7 | Album Review

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 song4/5

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. 

CATEGORYSCORE (5)
Title Track4.5
Variety3.5
Cohesiveness5
My Music Taste4
Overall4.5

What do you think of the album? Happy listening, Keira x. 

GOT7’S PRESENT: YOU & Me | Album Review

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 to3.5/5.

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.

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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 genre2/5.

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

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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 powerful5/5. 

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 throughout4/5.


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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CATEGORY SCORE (ORIGINAL) (5) SCORE (REPACKAGE) (5)
Title Track    4   4.5
Variety    4   2
Cohesiveness    3.5   3
My Music Taste    3.5   3   
Overall    4   3

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. 

an introduction to GOT7

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

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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.

Check out JB’s song “Rainy” from Hyena on the Keyboard!


Mark

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 🙂

Check out this clip from Mark’s recent solo song “OMW”!


Jackson

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.

Check out Jackson’s collab with Meng Jia, “MOOD”!


Jinyoung 

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.

Check out Jinyoung’s recent performance on the show “King of the Masked Singer”!


Youngjae

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!

Check out Youngjae’s OST “At the usual time”!


BamBam

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.

Check out this clip from BamBam’s recent solo song “Party”!


Yugyeom

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.

Check out this clip from Yugyeom’s recent solo song “Fine”! 


GOT7’s Discography


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 groups debut song.

Other music videos to check out from this era include: A, and Stop stop it.


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.

A darker, more emotional song-

Other music videos to check out from this era include: Just right and Confession Song.


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!

The beginning of the storyline..

Other music videos to check out from this era include: Hard Carry and Never Ever (in that order!!)


INITIATIVE (2017-present)

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.

Upbeat with a sex-appeal and just generally great.

Other music videos to check out from this era include: You Are, Look, and Miracle.


SOME VIDEOS I RECOMMEND YOU WATCH!

An in-depth guide 🙂

A gorgeous live performance is always a must!
If you have a dirty mind 😉
Enjoy their variety show talents (with English subtitles, of course).

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. 

Add these three songs to your Christmas playlist!

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!

A sligtly jazzy, classy tune with vicious lyrics… and odd but excellent combination for a Christmas song!
A sweet love song with Christmas instrumentals… watch people confess their love!
A sad, yet happy and very sweet Christmas song (note that this MV is fan-made).

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.

RECOMMENDING GIRL GROUP MUSIC Vol 1.0

Hi there! It’s been ages since I last posted (okay not that long but kind of). It’s also been a while since I did a music post, so today I thought I would recommend three songs by girl groups! Let me know if you like any of these songs 🙂


Wonder Girls- Why So Lonely

So my first pick comes from the wonderful realm of second generation K-Pop! It’s a fairly new song (from 2016), but new K-Pop fans do a have a habit of ignoring some amazing second generation groups, so this is a great one to give a listen! It’s catchy, but not particularly upbeat, more mid-tempo.


Red Velvet- Kingdom Come

So moving on from some legends of the second generation, we have a very underrated song from a popular group. Kingdom Come is from the b-side of Red Velvet’s Perfect Velvet album which was released in late 2017. It has a slow, sexy feel.


APRIL- Oh! my mistake

And now I wanted to showcase some music from a lesser-known group! Oh! my mistake was released recently and has a cute, retro 80s sound. It’s a great pick me up if you’re having a bad day 🙂


And that’s it! If you want to see a part 2 or some more general music recommendations please let me know (I could even maybe do ones fairly often). As always, let me know if you have any music for me to check out and please leave me lots of comments because I crave love and attention ❤

Keira x. 

SEVENTEEN’s Teen, Age Album Review

teen, ageSEVENTEEN’S second full-length album Teen, Age was released on the 6th of November 2017.

The album consists of 13 tracks, including a short intro and outro. For the purpose of this review, I will be looking at all 11 full-length tracks.

The album shows their growth as a newly successful group, including a variety of styles and unit tracks.


  • CHANGE UP: CHANGE UP was first released prior to the album being dropped and features the group’s unit leaders: Hoshi, S.Coups and Woozi. Musically, it is a mix of trap, R&B, pop and EDM with smooth raps and falsetto vocals. Lyrically, the song talks about the effort which the leaders of SEVENTEEN put into the group to help keep them successful, happy and healthy. I didn’t like the song at first, but it has grown on me! 3/5.
  • WITHOUT YOU: Without You has an understated electro-pop sound, slightly reminiscent of the group’s previous track Don’t Wanna Cry. Vernon’s line at 0:35 is probably my favourite part of the song. The song tells the emotional journey of someone who has recently lost a loved one and how they come to accept that they must no change and move on. 3.5/5

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  • CLAP: CLAP was the title track of the album. It has a funk pop vibe, mixed with a blues-rock sound and is incredibly catchy. Lyrically, the song is incredibly relatable and uplifting, like the opening line: “It’s alright, it’s alright, these things happen. Things get all tangled up like earphones in your pocket”Overall, this is currently my all-time favourite SEVENTEEN song. 5/5.
  • BRING IT: BRING IT is a duet featuring Hoshi and Woozi. It has a darker, heavier beat and sound than most of the other songs on the album. It has an almost military feel. It’s one of my less favourite songs on the album, as I’m not a massive fan of the beat drop or the flow. 0.5/5

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  • LILILI YABBAY: Lilili Yabbay is a song by the Performance Team (aka Hoshi, Jun, Dino and The8). It has an experimental EDM sound. It’s definitely more of a song I would go and see someone dance to than something I would listen to by itself, which I guess is kind of the point? In any case, as a song, not one of my favourites but not bad either. 2.5/5.
  • TRAUMA: TRAUMA is a song by the Hip Hop Team (aka S.Coups, Wonwoo, Mingyu and Vernon). It’s a rap song, but with quite calm and understated rhythms and a singing-rap style chorus. It’s one of my all-time favourite SEVENTEEN songs and is really such a masterpiece. The lyrics talk about each of the members personal traumas and it’s honestly a little bit heart-breaking. 5/5.
  • PINWHEEL: PINWHEEL is a song by the Vocal Team (aka Woozi, Joshua, Jeonghan, Seungkwan and DK). It’s a slow, sweet song perfect for showcasing their honey vocals, but isn’t the most unusual ballad ever. 4/5.

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  • FLOWER: FLOWER features Jeonghan, Seungkwan, The8, Wonwoo, Dino and S.Coups. It’s one of the darker, heavier songs on the album, but not nearly as dark as BRING IT. It has a more upbeat and bouncy rhythm and a very catchy vocal chorus. 3/5.
  • ROCKET: ROCKET features Joshua and Vernon, the two members with an American background. Thus, the song is actually about a 50/50 split of Korean and English. It’s a fun, playful and empowering song which talks about just going for things and not bothering about what other people think of you. 4/5.

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  • HELLO: HELLO features DK, Mingyu and Jun and I believe it was the last of three songs they wrote quite a while back. It’s a cheesy, poppy love song and whilst it’s not really my thing, it’s not horrible either, just didn’t seem to match the maturity of the other songs on the album. I feel like it would have fit more on one of their earlier albums than on this one. 1.5/5.
  • CAMPFIRE: Campfire feels like a sort of sweet “goodbye until next time” from the group, with a sweet and chill rhythm and muted raps and vocals. It’s a soft caress against the ears and flows nicely like a bubbling brook. 4/5.

Overall, this is my favourite SEVENTEEN album and was one of my favourite albums of 2017 and I definitely recommend you check it out. It was really the album that got me into the group to begin with.

CATEGORY SCORE (5)
Title Track 5
Variety 4
Cohesiveness 3.5
My Music Taste 3.5
Overall 4

4 microphones out of 5


Who are SEVENTEEN?



SEVENTEEN are a South Korean boy group who debuted in May 2015. There are 13 members: S.Coups, Wonwoo, Mingyu, Vernon, Woozi, Jeonghan, Joshua, Seungkwan, DK, Hoshi, Jun, The8, and Dino. They also have a subunit called BSS containing members Seungkwan, DK and Hoshi.


So that’s it for this review! I hope you enjoyed. This was the last in my series of SEVENTEEN posts, so if you’re interested, you can check out my top ten favourite SEVENTEEN songs of all time and my introduction to SEVENTEEN

Also, hey! Sorry I’ve been gone for so long 😦 I was sick and then had to catch up with school work. But now I’m on holiday for a week so I can catch up with blogging again!

What did you think about this album? Let me know in the comments below! 

Do you have a group or artist you love and really want to see me a do a segment on? Let me know and I’ll see what I can do!

Thank you for reading this post today! I hope you enjoyed and found some new music to listen to! Happy listening, Keira x.


ALSO I HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU TODAY: 

For album reviews like this, do you prefer reviews like this, or did you prefer the style I used for the BTS album reviews? Please let me know!