TOP 30 SONGS 2019 JAN-APRIL: K-POP EDITION

Okay, so the title is a bit of a misnomer. It would be better to call this the “asian-language edition” but that sounds kind of funny and seeing as the majority of the list does happen to be K-Pop I just went with that instead, but any songs in a Asian language are eligible for inclusion on this list. In any case, the following is a collection of my 30 favourite songs so far this year. It changes a lot, but this is how I rank them at the moment (let’s be honest, it will probably change the day after I post this but whatever).

Because this is just a quarterly update I’ve only quoted my favourite lyrics from each as opposed to giving a little spiel about why I like the song. In my end of year one I’ll give a bit more detail ūüôā Enjoy!

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BEST OF MUSIC: JANUARY 2019

Hello everyone! So if you are familiar with book blogging, you would know that bloggers often do wrap ups at the end of the month of the books they read that month (look out for mine in the next couple of days ;)) but I wanted to do something similar with the music side of my blog as well, so here are some of my favourite songs released in January! Please also be aware that I tried not to repeat songs ever, so some of the songs may not be in my final top 5 because of this.

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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‚Äôs alright, it‚Äôs 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 ūüė¶ 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!


 

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 ūüôā 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 ūüôā


#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


S.Coups.gifS.Coups

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!


JeonghanJeonghan

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!


JoshuaJoshua

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!


JunJun

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”!


Hoshi.gifHoshi

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!


Woozi.gifWoozi

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”!


MingyuMingyu

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”!


Vernon.gifVernon

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!


DinoDino

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”

Trauma Definition

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.

If you have a blog, pop a link down below along with a comment and I’ll be sure to take a look!


If you have any requests for other reviews (be that books or music, old or new), leave me a comment below, pop me an email or go¬†here¬†for more information. You’re also welcome to request other posts as well!

Have your own music or book to submit? Take a look at my review policy.

Also make sure to follow me on Twitter to see what the new theme is each week, follow this blog so you’re notified when I next post, and add me on Spotify (I’ll add you back and we can see what sort of songs each other listen to)!

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