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 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. 

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.


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COUNTDOWN | TOP 10 SEVENTEEN SONGS

Interested in listening to some SEVENTEEN songs but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you’ve listened to every song they’ve ever released and are wondering which are my favourites. Either way, you’re in the right place! And if you don’t know who SEVENTEEN are, you can read this post too, but you might also want to check out my introduction to SEVENTEEN! Today I’ll be talking about my 10 favourite songs by K-Pop group SEVENTEEN.


#10- ROCKET


I won’t try to act like I’m someone else. Your yesterday, today and tomorrow is yours. Don’t care anymore about other’s eyes on me.

This song is just so fun and playful that  can’t really help but love it! It also has such a good, empowering song and so sweet as well!


#9- THANKS


Thank you, thank you, that’s all I can say. How to wait and what love is, you taught me all.

To be honest with you, I was a little bit disappointed with this song when I first heard it because I loved CLAP so much, but it has since grown on me a lot, especially because of the amazing performance, and has become one of my favourite SEVENTEEN songs 🙂 Also this was a song especially for their fans, which makes the lyrics so, so sweet and emotional.


#8- Pretty U


Should I ask the internet? What to wear, where to go. I should have studied hard like this.

There is a music video for this song, but I actually started loving this song by watching the dance practices and live performances, so I decided to include one of them instead. The choreography is like something out of a musical, which goes really well with the cutesy, in-love song.


#7- VERY NICE


If I can catch a glimpse of your elusive heart my whole body is itching and beating. What is this sensation, what do I do?

This is really SEVENTEEN’s signature style. It’s fun, playful and very catchy.


#6- Without You


I was scared of being alone so I spent my time foolishly. Didn’t even know how time was passing.

I’ll just say that apart from really liking this song, Vernon’s part at 0:35 was stuck in my head for the longest time. The lyrics of this song really tell a story, so I can only give you lyrics from the beginning or else SPOILERS. But my favourite lyrics are at the end ;(


#5- Don’t Wanna Cry


I loved you so much, where’d you go? Did you leave because you don’t like me anymore?

Like with Without You this song really describes a story, with character development and everything, so I can only share lyrics from the beginning with you, but this is a great song. It was the first SEVENTEEN song I ever listened to as well 🙂


#4- Our dawn is hotter than day


Only the stars fill up the night sky as it shines on us.

We’ve reached the most recent song on this list! This song is such a good summer song that makes me think of drinking cocktails (or in my case, mocktails) at the beach under soft lighting whilst the sun is setting. It’s soft and calm but slightly sultry in a way as well. The lyrics are also so, so pretty.


#3- CALL CALL CALL


Whatever the difficult problem is, yeah, I’m always on your side.

In some of their recent music, SEVENTEEN has been mixing some heavier guitars and other more “rock” instrumentation in which I love. This song is their most recent Japanese release and is the song which first made me fall in love with Wonwoo. In any case, this song is just so much fun!!


#2- TRAUMA


I’m barely breathing, like I forgot how. It’s too hard for me to be lenient with myself.

This is the song which made me realise that I really enjoy stripped back, slower and softer rap. The song is really personal for the members, talking about the rappers’ personal “traumas” which made this song even more emotional.


#1- CLAP


It’s alright, it’s alright, these things happen. Things get all tangled up like earphones in your pocket.

Before this song, I liked SEVENTEEN. I would listen to Don’t Wanna Cry and I would occasionally watch interviews or live performances of them if they showed up on my feed. This song changed everything and made me go and listen to every song they’ve ever released and basically fall in love. It’s a masterpiece AND SO CATCHY in the absolute best way.


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 post! If you liked it, you might want to check out my introduction to SEVENTEEN or my Top 10 Favourite BTS songs.

Also, watch out for a review of SEVENTEEN’s 2017 album “Teen, Age” coming this weekend!

What are your favourite SEVENTEEN songs? Did you discover any new ones today? Do you disagree with my list? Let me know in the comments below!

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

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an introduction to SEVENTEEN

Hello everyone! If you don’t follow me on Twitter you wouldn’t know but this week’s them is “quantity and quality”. You’ve probably heard the phrase “quality, not quantity” or “quality over quantity”… but this week I wanted to celebrate things with both quantity and quality. There will be some bookish stuff as well, but on the music side of things we’re going to be looking at K-Pop boy group SEVENTEEN, so please look forward to it!

Today isn’t for sharing the best SEVENTEEN has to offer, but rather giving you a general overview of who they are, who the members are and a little bit about their discography! Stay tuned until the end of the post because I’ve recommend a couple of videos that you definitely don’t want to miss! So without further ado, this is SEVENTEEN!

disclaimer: I’m not an expert so if I got something wrong, please let me know! 


Who are SEVENTEEN?


SEVENTEEN are a 13 member boy group from South Korea. They are known for their use of complex formations in their choreographies, and their slightly more boyish concepts compared to some other boygroups.

SEVENTEEN debuted under Pledis Entertainment in 2015 and were the first boygroup to debut with a one-hour live showcase. As they are such a big group, they have three teams: the Hip Hop Team, the Vocal Team and the Performance Team, which come together to make one group. Their fans are called Carat.


Meet the members of SEVENTEEN


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S.Coups (born: Choi Seungcheol) is the leader of the group, as well as the eldest member. In addition to being the leader of SEVENTEEN, he is also the leader of the Hip Hop Team. He is the main rapper and a vocalist in the group.

S.Coups was born on the 8th of August 1995 for being strong and reliable, but also cute. He may seem intimidating, but if his members he cry, he will cry too. He enjoys reading and sports, but dislikes roller coasters.

Check out this clip of S.Coups performing his song “Phenomenon” live!


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Jeonghan (born: Yoon Jeonghan) is the lead vocalist of the group and ranks himself as the third best visual of the group. He is a part of the Vocal Team.

Jeonghan was born on the 4th of October 1995 and is known for playing pranks on other members. The group voted him as having the best personality and he enjoys it when his members confide in him. He is constantly sleepy ad doesn’t really like sweets.

Check out Jeonghan performing his song “Purple Rose” live!


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Joshua (born: Joshua Hong/ Hong Jisoo) is one of the group’s lead vocalists and is part of the Vocal Team. Both of Joshua’s parents are Korean, but he was born and raised in America. Joshua has said that music is his life. 

Joshua was born on the 30th of December 1995 is known for being gentlemanly, although recently he bas become more of a joker. He enjoys riding a bike by the Han River and watching anime. He also loves chicken and can cook.

Check out Joshua performing his song “Can’t live without losing you” live!


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Jun (born: Wen Junhui) is a lead dancer and sub-vocalist in the group. He is one of the Chinese members and is part of the Performance Team. He ranks himself third in terms of visuals.

Jun was born on the 10th of June 1996. He thinks he is a little awkward and feels that his emotions change frequently. He feels most comfortable at home and is the group’s alarm clock.

Check out Jun performing a solo, Chinese version of the group’s 2018 song “THANKS”!


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Hoshi (born: Kwon Soonyoung) is the leader of the Performance Team. He’s also a main dancer, lead vocalist and sub-rapper. Additionally, he is a member of the sub-unit BSS. Hoshi choreographs most of SEVENTEEN’s dances.

Hoshi was born on the 15th of June 1996 and is known for being the mood-maker of the group. He has a black belt in Taekwondo and likes collecting weird pictures of the members.

Check out Hoshi perform on singing competition “King of the Masked Singer”!


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Wonwoo (born: Jeon Wonwoo) is a lead rapper and sub-vocalist with the deepest voice of the group. He is part of the Hip Hop Team and was in the top 100 “Most Handsome Faces of 2017” by T.C. Chandler.

Wonwoo was born on the 17th of July 1996 and is known for being wise and a little bit shy, but has a warm personality. He is the cleanest member of the group and prefers scary movies to comedies.  

Check out Wonwoo perform the song “You’re my baby” all the way back in 2013!


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Woozi (born: Lee Jihoon) is the Vocal Team leader and lead vocalist of the group. He has a background in classical music and produces most of the group’s music. He can play the guitar and the piano.

Woozi was born on the 22nd of November 1996, hates aegyo and is hardworking. He was originally supposed to be part of the performance team. He likes the X-Men series and films starring Hugh Jackman.

Check out Woozi performing his performance-oriented song “With You”!


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DK (born: Lee Seokmin) is the main vocalist of the group and is part of the Vocal Team. He is also the leader of the subunit BSS. He was part of a rock band in middle school.

DK was born on the 18th of February 1997 and is known for being funny and loud.  He has spoken about how he used to be bullied for his weight, and explained how words can hurt, but he tries to be a positive and hard-working person.

Check out DK perform on singing competition “King of the Masked Singer”!


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Mingyu (born: Kim Mingyu) is a lead rapper and sub-vocalist of the group. Additionally, he is also the official visual and was in the top 50 “Most Handsome Faces of 2017” by T.C. Chandler. He would like to try acting in the future and used to play bass in high school.

Mingyu was born on the 6th of April 1997 and is known for being the handyman and cook of the group. He has a bright personality and eats a lot. Once, he placed second in national football championships. 

Check out Mingyu performing his vocal-oriented song “Like The Beginning”!


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The8 (born: Xu Minghao) is a lead dancer, a rapper, and a sub-vocalist. He is one of the two Chinese members and is part of the Performance Team. He has a background in b-boying.

The8 was born on the 7th of November 1997 and is known for seeming cool on stage. He enjoys pranking people he is close with and has been practicing Chinese Wushu (martial art) since he was five years old.

Check out The8 performing a solo, Chinese version of the group’s 2017 song “CLAP”! 


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Seungkwan (born: Book Seungkwan) is the second main vocalist of the group. He is part of the Vocal Team as well as the subunit BSS.

Seungkwan was born on the 16th of January 1998 and he is known for being sensitive, a little bit savage and very funny. He is indecisive, so he takes a long time when shopping and enjoys walking alone without thinking about anything. He loves hamburgers and is allergic to tomatoes.

Check out Seungkwan perform on singing competition “King of the Masked Singer”!


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Vernon (born: Hansol Vernon Chwe/ Choi Hansol) is the main rapper of the group as well as a vocalist. He was born in New York, but moved to Korea when he was little. He is part of the Hip Hop Team.

Vernon was born on the 18th of February 1998 and is known for being easygoing, shy and looking like Leonardo di Caprio. He looks childish, but places an importance on not being prejudiced.

Check out Vernon performing his song “Lotto” live!


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Dino (born: Lee Chan) is the main dancer of the group as well as a lead rapper and sub-vocalist. Both of his parents are dancers and he has choreographed a couple of SEVENTEEN’s dances. Dino is part of the Performance Team.

Dino was born on the 11th of February 1999 and is the youngest member of the group. He likes to hug things when he sleeps and hates not being able to speak his mind. Michael Jackson is one of his role models.

Check out Dino performing his rap-oriented and hype song “The Real Thing”!


SEVENTEEN’s Discography


SEVENTEEN has a growing discography, including 2 albums, 1 repackaged album, 1 Japanese mini album, 1 special album, 5 mini albums and 2 singles. They also have a subunit “BSS” who have one single.

If you read my introduction to BTS you might know that I talked about the four eras of BTS music so far. SEVENTEEN don’t have such clear splits in their music, so instead I’m going to talk about their music as a group as well as within their three teams!


THE HIP HOP TEAM

SEVENTEEN’S Hip Hop Team includes S.Coups, Wonwoo, Mingyu and Vernon. Their main role is rapping and they write most of the rap lyrics for their songs.

  • 2017 pre-release for album Teen, Age; officially set before Al1
  • chill rap
  • talks about the members personal “traumas”

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THE VOCAL TEAM

SEVENTEEN’S vocal team includes Woozi, Jeonghan, Joshua, DK and Seungkwan. Their main role is singing and music production (especially Woozi).

  • 2017 pre-release for album Teen, Age; officially set before Al1
  • a light, almost ballad pop song
  • talks about waiting for someone you love

THE PERFORMANCE TEAM

SEVENTEEN’S performance team includes Hoshi, Jun, The8 and Dino. Their main role is dance/performance and they make most of the group’s choreography.

  • 2017 pre-release for album Teen, Age; officially set before Al1
  • a more instrumental, EDM style song with all sorts of twist… like electric guitar
  • talks about having faith

SEVENTEEN

SEVENTEEN includes all thirteen members. They combine the talents of all three teams to create something amazing together. Very few songs on their albums are done as a whole group, with the majority being unit songs (either as teams or otherwise), but their title tracks are always done together. They explore a variety of genres as a whole.

  • the title track of 2018 mini album You Make My Day
  • a light, playful sound
  • talks about the feeling of “ah what to do” you feel when you have a crush

BSS

BSS is a subunit of SEVENTEEN including DK, Hoshi and Seungkwan, which debuted in March 2018 with the single Just do it. They’re pretty hilarious, as any SEVENTEEN fan would expect, so I recommend checking their song and performances out!


HERE ARE SOME VIDEOS THAT I RECOMMEND YOU WATCH!


note: these are not music videos.

SEVENTEEN MOMENTS (IF THIS DOESN’T MAKE YOU LAUGH I DON’T KNOW WHAT WILL):

THEY REALLY PULL OF COVERING GIRL GROUP SONGS:

JUST A FUN INTERVIEW:

BECAUSE THIS IS JUST IMPRESSIVE:


And that’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe learned something!

Are you excited to listen to some of SEVENTEEN’s music now? Or are you already a fan? Please let me know what you thought and leave me a comment if you have any questions… I’ll do my best to answer them!

Thank you for reading this post today!  Watch out for tomorrow’s post on my favourite BTS songs of all time! Happy listening, Keira x.

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Love Yourself 結 Answer Album Review

BTS Love Yourself 'Answer'The Love Yourself 結  ‘Answer’ repackage album was released on the 24th of August 2018 and is the third and final part of the Love Yourself series.

The album consists of 7 new tracks, including solo songs from all of the members except Jimin and V, as well as three songs by the group together.

The album also contains three remixes, a full length edition of the song Serendipity as well as some other songs off of the ‘Her’ and ‘Tear’ albums.

The album’s concept is largely about learning to finally love yourself and not caring what other people think, and should have quite a celebratory and euphoric feeling to the music.

For the purpose of this review, I will only be reviewing the seven brand new tracks and Euphoria. I will not be reviewing the remixes nor the new full length version of Serendipity but I will mention them in my overall review of the album at the end.


TRACK 1- Euphoria


This song was previously featured in BTS’ Wonder short film and was released officially for the first time in this album. It is a solo song featuring the main vocal and maknae, Jungkook.

  • reminds me of Magic Shop (Jungkook’s music style)
  • similar EDM sound
  • euphoric atmosphere
  • open and moving sound, creates feeling of elation and exhilaration

“You’re the sun that rose again in my life, a reincarnation of my childhood dreams”

Similar to many BTS songs off recent albums, this song could easily be heard as a love song. However, with the theme of this album, we could also surmise that the lyrics are talking about the narrator’s love for himself being the “cause of [his] euphoria”, which is a very powerful message.

3.5 microphones (3.5/5)
Overall, I liked this song on about the same level as Magic Shop, although I liked the lyrics of Magic Shop slightly more, so I’m giving this song a 3.5/5. 

Did you like this song? Check out this short film which was the world’s first glimpse at the song! 


TRACK 2- Trivia 起 Just Dance


Trivia 起: Just Dance is a solo track by the rapper and dancer J-Hope.

  • sounds like a J-Hope song
  • upbeat and dance-y
  • mixed vocals with rapping, nice variety

I’m not a massive fan of the chorus (e.g. at 2:03) which is a shame as it repeats quite a few times. The flow of the lyrics is a bit annoying, and I’m not a fan of the beat at that point either. Apart from that, I quite enjoy the song.

I also love how each of the individual members is starting to develop a signature sound for their solo songs (hmm… maybe that’s a good blog post idea).

“It’s weird, we’re connecting too much… but you’re my friend… just”

As far as I have found, this song doesn’t have an official interpretation, so I’m just throwing out some ideas here.

It seems that this song is about someone who is developing a crush of some sorts on one of their friends. The references to having while dancing are also fitting for J-Hope, who is one of the best dancers in the group.

2 microphones out of 5
Overall, the lyrics aren’t anything particularly revolutionary, although I do wonder whether they are personal at all considering J-Hope wrote and produced this song. In terms of the sound of the song, it was fun, but nothing particularly special and there were some parts I didn’t like, so I’m giving the song a 2/5.

Did you like this song? Check out this 8D audio version!


TRACK 6- Trivia 承 Love


Trivia 承: Love is a solo track by the rapper and leader RM. 

  • slower rap, which I often enjoy but…
  • least favourite of the Trivia tracks
  • too repetitive

I hate the repetitive use of words in a song, so the repetition of “사랑 사랑 사랑” (love love love) and “사람 사람 사람” (people people people) (e.g. at 0:46) made me dislike this song, especially as the words sound incredibly similar in Korean (sarang vs. saram).

The idea behind this is good (that they sound so similar because they are so intrinsically connected), but the execution is irritating. Additionally, there is a lot of repetition of phrases throughout the song.

“Like the moon always rising after the sun, like nails growing, like trees shedding their leaves, when winter comes, you’re the one”

This song is definitely very much a love song, and it has some beautiful or interesting lines talking about the reliability and eternity of love.

However, it also has some lines which toe the edge of cheesy and genius (e.g.“JKLMNOPQRST I went past all those letters and reached you”). Unfortunately, I have a really low cringe-threshold, so they are too cheesy for me to enjoy.

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In conclusion, I’m not a fan of this song. RM is an incredibly talented rapper and songwriter, but this is simply a style where there is so much repetitiveness of lyrics and even of the same word, which I just can’t enjoy. Additionally, the lyrics made me cringe a bit when I was reading them, so I give this song a 0/5 as I simply cannot listen to it.

Just because I don’t like this song doesn’t mean you didn’t! If you did like it, check out this fan cam of RM performing this song live!


TRACK 11- Trivia 轉 Seesaw


Trivia 轉: Seesaw is a solo track by the rapper Suga.

  • jazzy R&B sound (think 134340)
  • smooth and playful flow, very hard to resist dancing
  • good balance between singing and rapping

Suga is my bias in BTS, but that has absolutely nothing to do with why this one of my favourite songs on the entire album. Suga has one of my favourite tones and flows of any rappers and I love his singing as well. It’s slightly husky, very deep and quite soothing.

“Is there really a need to keep repeating ourselves, saying this was love and this is love? We’re both tired and holding onto the same card…”

This song talks about a relationship which started out fine, but has become toxic on both sides. There is not a good balance in the relationship, and like a seesaw, the relationship is full of ups and downs to the extent that both people are now miserable and tired.

However, instead of moaning about it, the song takes a more mature and confident approach, with the narrator concluding that they should end the relationship and not drag out the pain.

4 microphones out of 5
Overall, the idea of the song isn’t particularly unique, but the way Suga compared it to a seesaw and the lyrics are so beautiful, that it makes it amazing nevertheless. This combined with a phenomenal sound means that I’m giving this song a 4/5.

Did you like this song? Check out this fan cam of Suga’s live performance!


TRACK 13- Epiphany


Epiphany was initially released on the 9th of August 2018. It’s Jin’s solo song and served as a trailer for the album.

  • more dramatic, epic version of a ballad
  • piano sounds
  • open and round feeling
  • sweet and unique vocal tone add interest and flavour

Throughout the song the phrase “I’m the one I should love” is repeated, which really sums up the entire meaning of the Love Yourself series, making this the perfect comeback trailer for this album.

“Now I finally realise, so I love me, though I may lack some things, I’m so beautiful”

The song has a gorgeous meaning, the narrator singing about how although he is not perfect, he is still worthy of loving himself.

4.5 microphones

Overall, this song has such a gorgeous meaning and is so beautiful as well, so I’m giving it a 4.5/5. 

Did you like this song? Check out this fan cam of Jin performing his song whilst playing the piano!


TRACK 14- I’m Fine


I’m Fine is like a sequel to Save Me, and sounds reminiscent of the song. This was hinted at in the FAKE LOVE music video where the writing saying “save me” reads “I’m Fine” if looked at upside down.

note: this song starts at 1:54

  • similar opening to Save Me, establishing it as a sort of sequel/continuation
  • EDM

Save Me is one of my all-time favourite BTS songs and this one didn’t quite live up to it. I’m not a massive fan of the beat drop (e.g. at 2:22) and the whole song felt a bit rushed… to the extent that I had to check whether my playback speed was at 1.25x speed instead of 1x speed.

However, there are some parts which I liked, for example V’s opening at 0:08 and the song as a whole is still something I would listen to.

“Even if some day, I’m not me anymore, it’s alright, only I am my own salvation, I won’t ever die in this walk”

Whereas Save Me proclaims to need someone’s love in order not to fall, I’m Fine shows a greater inner strength.

1.5 microphones
Overall, whilst the songs have a good meaning, this song didn’t live up to my expectations for it, which were admittedly fairly high considering how much I love Save Me and some parts of this song just weren’t for me. Hence, I’m giving the song a 1.5/5.

Did you like this song? If you did, check out the song’s predecessor Save Me or this 8D audio version!


TRACK 15- IDOL


IDOL is the title track of this album.

  • mixes traditional South Korean and South African music styles
  • upbeat, “hype” song (à la Not Today or Fire)
  • the music video is very busy, which put me off, but I like it more the more I listen to it

I will say that I’m not a massive fan of the more auto-tuney/edited sounding verses (e.g. at 1:55), but that is simply because I prefer cleaner, purer vocals.

I generally don’t love hype songs that much, and this song is no exception, but I would definitely feel the urge to dance if this were ever to play at a party. It feels like a great song to play to hype up for a World Cup (along the lines of Shakira’s Waka Waka).

“You can call me artist, you can call me idol. No matter what you call me, I don’t care, I’m proud of it.”

This is almost a hybrid between a diss track and a motivational song. Whilst addressing the group’s haters like they would in a diss track, the song is more about leading by example and showing the listener that it doesn’t matter what other people think as long as you are happy with what you are doing and who you are, which is an important and inspiring message.

2.5 microphones
In conclusion, the message this song conveys is incredibly important, and for what the song was I quite enjoyed it, so I’m giving the song a 2.5/5.

Did you like this song? Check out this remix version featuring Nicki Minaj!


TRACK 16- Answer: Love Myself


This song is a conclusion to the Love Yourself era.

  • sort of EDM, without the beat drop (à la Love Maze)
  • less edited, purer vocals and mellow rap
  • incredibly catchy (especially that part that goes “you show me I have reasons, I should love myself” e.g. at 1:12)

This song is about admitting that “loving myself might be harder than loving someone else” but that “even all the scars from your mistakes make up your constellation” and that we should do our best to love ourselves not only despite our flaws but because of them as well.

The lyrics of this song really ring true to me, so I definitely recommend you read them all hereYou can also find lyrics for all of BTS’ other songs on colorcodedlyrics.com as well!

3 microphones out of 5 (rating)
In conclusion, this was one of the better group songs on this album and the meaning is gorgeous as well, so I’m giving it a good 3/5.

Did you like this song? If you did, check out this 8D audio version!


Whilst there are some songs that I love on this album and the message is really important, there are some songs which didn’t do it for me. On a  side note: the full version of Serendipity is excellent. I seriously love it so much.

As far as a repackaged album goes, this was quite good and had quite a lot of new songs. I’m also glad that it contained so many solo tracks, as I loved that everyone had a solo in Wings era, so it only seems right that the same happens for the Love Yourself era.

3 microphones out of 5 (rating)
In any case, my love for a few of the songs on this album has gained it a rating of 3/5!

If you want to know what my ratings mean please refer to this. A 3 star album rating means I liked at least half of the songs, and there were some aspects that really stood out and amazed me. NOTE: I rate out of 5, however there are 7 levels (5,4,3,2,1,0, N/A).


Who are BTS?


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BTS are a South Korean boy group who debuted in June 2013. There are seven members: RM (formerly known as Rap Monster), Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook. V is also an actor and RM, Suga and J-Hope all have solo careers as well. 

Also check out my review of Love Yourself ‘Her’ and Love Yourself ‘Tear’!


So that’s it for this review! I hope you enjoyed. Watch out for my final installment of BTS week tomorrow where I talk about my favourite BTS songs and be sure to check out the other posts in this series!

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BTS’ Love Yourself 轉 ‘Tear’ Album Review

Love Yourself Tear Album cover

The Love Yourself  ‘Tear’ album was released on the 18th of May 2018 and is the second of three albums in the Love Yourself trilogy.

The album features eleven songs, including a solo intro from member V, a vocal line song and an outro from the rap line.

The album’s overall concept is the opposite of the previous album and focuses on the darker, less spoken-about and more toxic aspects of love.


note: all music videos and live performances in this video come with English subtitles, so please click the caption button if you wish to view these.

If you want to know what my ratings mean please refer to this. NOTE: I rate out of 5, however there are 7 levels (5,4,3,2,1,0, N/A).


TRACK 1- Intro: Singularity


Intro: Singularity was first released on the 6th of May 2018 as a trailer for the album and features member V.

  • similar neo-soul (R&B) sound to V’s previous solo track Stigma
  • showcases his beautiful baritone (which I’m a sucker for)
  • overall seductive quality

“Tell me, if my voice is fake, should I have not thrown myself away? Tell me, if this pain is fake, then what must I do?”

Unlike how the song sounds, the lyrics are actually dark and desperately sad. Which is, of course, probably the point.

Singularity talks about losing yourself to a persona and being unable to discern what is real or not, and this conflict is also expressed in the dissonance between the sound of the song and the meaning of the lyrics.

5 microphones (rating 5/5)
Overall, this is probably one of my favourite BTS songs of all time. It does V’s gorgeous voice justice, the meaning is both heart-breaking and deep and the lyrics themselves are poetic. The whole song flows very nicely and seems to melt into my ears. It reminds me of toffee melting on your tongue…. yum. Therefore, I can’t help but give it a 5/5.

Did you like this song? Check out this awesome, LGBT+ dance cover!


TRACK 2- FAKE LOVE


FAKE LOVE is the title track on this album and also the song they performed at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.

  • emo hip-hop sound
  • good rap sections and slower vocal sections
  • bad chorus

Firstly, the pronunciation of “fake love” as “fakeu love” bugs me (yes, it sounds better for the rhythm of the song and was intentional, but it’s also jarring to my ears).

Apart from that, the chorus felt like it interrupted the flow of the song and I also don’t like the vocals when Jimin and Jin sing “fake love” (e.g. 2:10). The flow within the chorus itself also doesn’t fit nicely in my opinion. Unfortunately, this ruined what could have been one of my favourite tracks on the album.

“Look at me, I threw myself away…. You say I’m strange when I changed into the person you liked”

FAKE LOVE talks about someone who changes themselves for love and how such love is fake and toxic.

1.5 microphones
Overall, the song has a good meaning about how one shouldn’t change themselves in a relationship and should stay true to themselves, but the song itself didn’t do it for me because of the chorus. Hence, I give this song a 1.5/5. 

Did you like this song? Check out this live performance, or this official rock remix!


TRACK 3- The Truth Untold (ft. Steve Aoki)


This track features the four vocalists of the group (Jin, Jimin, V and Jungkook) and is a surprising contrast to the group’s previous collaboration with Steve Aoki.

  • beautiful ballad-like song
  • minimalistic piano instrumentation
  • shows off gorgeous vocal tones
  • sincerity and bitterness of the song delivered perfectly

I can’t point at a specific point I love because the whole song is so incredible and they really did a good job of highlighting the different attractive qualities of each of their voices.

“Maybe back then, if I had just a little more courage, and stood before you, would everything be different now?”

The lyrics of The Truth Untold read like a story or epic poem, so I really recommend you read them. Essentially, they tell the story of someone who ended up losing their love as they could not tell the truth about their desires.

5 microphones (rating 5/5)
Overall, I love how the lyrics of this song are written, and they carry a great deal of emotional weight which the song perfectly communicates even if you don’t understand the lyrics. Hence, I give this song a 5/5. 

Did you like this song? Check out this lower pitch version. I recommend playing it alongside the original to have your minds blown and ears blessed. 


TRACK 4- 134340


134340 is the number destination for Pluto since it is no longer considered a planet.

  • jazzy
  • airy, other-worldly quality like being in space
  • channels some Hope World vibes

The rap verses in this song are particularly exceptional and right up my alley, with a slightly muted and more understated style (e.g. 0:27).

“Why did you kick me out? Without a name, I’m still lingering around you…”

This song talks about someone, who like Pluto, was kicked out and discarded despite still existing and being there the same as before.

This whole song uses Pluto as a sort of extended metaphor for how the narrator is feeling and this kind of lyrical complexity and thought is part of what makes BTS’ music so special.

4 microphones out of 5
Overall, the lyrics of this song discuss a fairly common topic, but the way in which they address the topic is particularly unique, and the use of text-painting in the song is also particularly good. I give the song a 4/5. 

Did you like this song? Listen to it on Spotify!


TRACK 5- Paradise


Paradise builds on the idea first expressed in Suga’s new year wish.

  • more traditional R&B sound
  • sultry, but faster paced than Singularity
  • rap verses help keep momentum throughout
  • sparse instrumentation, largely light percussion, to support the vocals/rapping

This is one that has actually grown on me with time and is now one of my favourite songs on the album.

“It’s alright to stop, you don’t need to run without knowing why. It’s alright to not have any dreams if you have moments where you can feel happiness”

Paradise is about reassuring the listener that it’s okay if you don’t know what you want from life yet.

4 microphones out of 5
As someone who isn’t quite sure what I want to do in life yet, I love this message and think it’s very important. Additionally, I quite like the sound of the song as well, so I’m giving this song a 4/5. 

Did you like this song? Listen to it on Spotify!


TRACK 6- Love Maze


  • vintage hip-hop influence
  • mixed with something that is almost EDM but not quite
  • vocals in the chorus give overall lighter feel, balance harsher rap verse

(I may have struggled to figure out the genre of this song a lot…)

“All around us is a maze, different paths. We’re walking in this abyss, there’s a thin light over there, I hope we’re going toward paradise.”

Love Maze talks about navigating the difficulties of a relationship, where many things can go wrong and the chance of you finding the one correct route are small, just like in a maze.

3.5 microphones (3.5/5)
Overall, I really love the way this song compares love to a maze and I think it’s a very fitting metaphor. I also love the use of metaphor in songs in general. Additionally, I like the sound of the song as well, so I’m giving this song a 3.5/5.

Did you like this song? Pop on some headphones and check out this 8D version!


TRACK 7- Magic Shop


Magic Shop displays Jungkook’s first work in music production!

  • EDM
  • not too repetitive
  • Jungkook’s music tastes really come through
  • rap acts as a light guide for the sweet vocals

You may know if you’ve read my Love Yourself ‘Her’ review, but EDM is a hit-or-miss genre for me and, unlike Best of Me, this was a massive hit and is one of my favourite songs on the album! I especially like that the members sing through the drop, giving some more variety.

“You gave me the best of me, so you’ll give you the best of you”

Magic Shop is a massive thank you to the group’s fans. The lyrics speak about how the fans have helped the members to grow and become better people and hope that they can give some of that love and support to themselves as well.

4 microphones out of 5
Overall, the lyrics of this song carry a beautiful, powerful message and it sounds really pleasing as well, so I give the song a 4/5.

Did you like this song? Check out this 8D version!


TRACK 8- Airplane pt.2


Airplane pt. 2 is the sequel to the track Airplane off of J-Hope’s 2018 mixtape ‘Hope World’.

  • latin-influenced pop
  • good flow and catchy, although not my preferred genre

Airplane pt. 2 talks about how the group is loving being able to sing all over the world and their recent popularity, but also ensures fans that they’re  “still the same as before” and still have the same passion and love for what they are doing.

1.5 microphones
Overall, the lyrics are okay, but on the weaker side compared to the rest of the album and the sound of the song isn’t really my thing, so I’m going to give this song a 1.5/5. 

Did you like this song? Check out this lyric video!


TRACK 9- Anpanman


This song could be considered the Go Go of the ‘Tear’ album.

  • trap influences
  • reminiscent of Fetty Wap‘s music according to some critics
  • catchy and playful tune, but be careful of over-playing it!

The rap verses in this song are vital to break up the song and I also particularly like Jungkook’s section at 2:45.

“…I still wanna be a hero, but I can only give you an Anpan*, and tell you that you did a good job. But if you call me, I’ll fly over to you…”

Anpanman is based on a Japanese picture book series in which Anpanman* is a character who has no super powers or anything, but gives people in need bits of his head (which is made of bread). The idea is that he has to sacrifice himself in order to help others.

The song expresses something which the members often touch on: they aren’t superheroes, but if they can help the lives of their fans in any way, make them feel happier or touch them, then that is enough for them.

3 microphones out of 5 (rating)
Overall the song is pretty catchy, and the meaning of the lyrics is really sweet and meaningful as well. Again, I enjoy the group’s use of more figurative lyrics as opposed to more literally saying what they mean. Hence, I’m giving this song 3/5.

Did you like this song? Check out this lyric video!


*note: Anpan= a bread bun


TRACK 10- So What


  • EDM
  • longer, more instrumentation-heavy drop than Magic Shop
  • hence I don’t like it as much as Magic Shop, but it’s still pretty good

I very much enjoy all of the verses in this song and think they break up the song nicely.

My biggest bugbear is that the two drops at the end of the song are too close together, simply because I struggle to listen to the beat drop for that long.

“All your worries are just part of the swamp of your imagination that you created. Instead of worrying, go, go, don’t be timid, cheer up,
shout out, so what”

So What is a really empowering song, telling us to stop hesitating and second guessing ourselves so much and go for the things we want.

2.5 microphones
I think the sound of the song reflects the message behind the words quite well and I love the message, even though some parts of the song do annoy me a little bit. Hence, I’m giving this song a 2.5/5.

Did you like this song? Listen to it on Spotify!


TRACK 11- Outro: Tear


This song features the group’s rap line: RM, J-Hope and Suga.

  • rap
  • stripped back percussive beat
  • occasional echoes of other instrumention, like a an echo in a cave
  • variety of rap styles, some sing-rapping

I said in my review of ‘Love Yourself 承 ‘Her’ that pure rap songs are a hit-or-miss for me and this song is just a bit of a masterpiece.

“This goodbye came to me at the end of my play that was only filled with lies, that’s the price I’ll pay”

Outro: Tear talks about the painful end of a relationship, possibly due to dishonesty, and expresses the narrator’s feelings of self-hate and regret.

5 microphones (rating 5/5)
Overall, I think the song portrays the emotions in a very raw and connected manner, and I enjoy the song from a music standpoint as well, so I’m going to give this song a 5/5. I originally planned on giving this song a 4.5 but it just keeps growing on me so.,.

Did you like this song? Listen to it on Spotify!


This album was what I wanted from Love Yourself  ‘Her’. It didn’t seem to forced or stereotypical, they covered important issues in creative ways and the overall music quality seemed much higher. Although I didn’t love some of the promotional tracks from this album (e.g. FAKE LOVE and Airplane pt.2) the rest of the album was gold.

3.5 microphones (3.5/5)
In conclusion, I give ‘Love Yourself  ‘Tear” a 3.5/5.

If you want to know what my ratings mean please refer to this. A 3.5 star album rating means I liked most of the songs, and the cohesiveness or variety were very good. NOTE: I rate out of 5, however there are 7 levels (5,4,3,2,1,0, N/A).


Who are BTS?


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BTS are a South Korean boy group who debuted in June 2013. There are seven members: RM (formerly known as Rap Monster), Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook. V is also an actor and RM, Suga and J-Hope all have solo careers as well. 

Also check out my introduction to BTS and my review of Love Yourself ‘Her’!


So that’s it for my review of BTS’ Love Yourself ‘Tear’. I hope you enjoyed and look out for my review of Love Yourself ‘Answer’ tomorrow!

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

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


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