INTRODUCING: A.C.E

Hello everyone! I actually did this post about a year ago on my old blog, but I decided to do an updated version for my new blog. So, if you’re interested in finding out more about A.C.E, have never heard of them before, or love them as much as I do, settle down, and let’s go!


A.C.E is a 5 member boy group from the company Beat Interactive. Beat Interactive is a small company, and A.C.E is their first, and so far only, artist. Unlike lots of Korean music companies, Beat gets a lot of love from A.C.E’s fans (Choice), who often call the CEO “Queen”.

In addition to their music, A.C.E can be admired for their charitable spirit, holding charity concerts and donating regularly despite coming from a very small company and not having much money. Their CEO also encourages their education; the members go to Uni and regularly read books about feminism. They debuted on the 23rd of May 2017, after gaining fans through busking and covers of popular artists such as BTS, BLACKPINK, and John Legend.


Now, I thought I would give you a short introduction to each of the members!

JUN

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Jun is the leader, lead vocalist, and dancer of A.C.E. His real name is Park Junhee and he was born in 1994.

He is known as the least funny member of A.C.E (which he admitted himself) and is often (good-naturedly) bullied by the other members, as you can see in this little gif of Donghun splashing water at him whilst he tries to talk. He has a really hard job taking care of the insanity that is A.C.E.

In addition to his work in A.C.E, Jun is also a good actor and has made guest appearances in TV shows such as Meloholic (2017) and Big Issue (2019), as well as acting in the 2016 musical Peste. Jun also competed in The Uni+ (2018) and was a participant on the H.O.T episode of I Can See Your Voice (2017).


DONGHUN

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Donghun is one of A.C.E’s main vocals, and is the oldest member of the group. His full name is Lee Donghun and he was born in 1993.

He is the spoiler-fairy of the group, and also very savage. That being said, he is known for having the saddest eyes and voice, and is also very affectionate.

Donghun recently participated in the Idol Rebooting programme MIXNINE (2018) and came in 8th place. He also participated on the GOT7 episode of I Can See Your Voice (2017).


WOW

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Wow is a main dancer, main rapper, and vocalist. His real name (funnily enough, Wow is a stage name) is Kim Sehyoon and he was also born in 1993. He is sometimes considered the unofficial visual of the group.

Wow is one of the more reserved members of the group and is often quiet, but when he does speak up, he’s a fountain of giggles and fun. Definitely a secret maknae at heart. Wow sometimes gets called “King Wow” by the other members and fans. He used to be quite shy, but he is becoming more confident.

Wow also participated in MIXNINE (2018) and came in 11th place. He has the most experience making music of all the members, and sometimes participates in lyric writing (e.g. for his rap verse in Take Me Higher (2018)).


KIM BYEONGKWAN

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Byeongkwan (formerly known as Jason) is the other main dancer of the group, and he is a rapper and vocalist as well. He was born in 1996 and is hence the eldest of the maknae line.

Byeongkwan has an outrageous and over-the-top sense of humour which you can’t help but love. He messes around a lot, but is also incredibly hard-working and dedicated, and when things need doing his serious side comes out.

Byeongkwan also participated in MIXNINE (2018), coming in 6th place, the highest place of any member from A.C.E. All of the members featured in 1 Million dance videos before debut, but Byeongkwan featured again their cover of Apeshit by The Carters back in October 2018. Along with Chan, Byeongkwan featured on the OST for the drama My Healing Love (2018).


CHAN

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Chan (born: Kang Yuchan) is the maknae and second main vocalist of the group. He was born in 1997.

Chan is an eternal sunshine, with an endless energy that he attributes to eating a large amount of tangerines growing up (his parents are tangerine farmers). He is filled with a natural cuteness that is truly irresistible, but on stage he can be just as dangerous as any of the other members.

Chan participated on The Uni+ (2018) and came in 9th place, landing him a spot in temporary boy group UNB, with whom he promoted for most of the year. This meant he was not included in the group’s 2018 comeback Take Me Higher. Recently, Chan has followed in Jun’s acting footsteps with a cameo in the drama Marry Me Now? (2018)*.

*this clip really shows how good he is at acting… because he is NOTHING like that really.


A.C.E doesn’t have a signature style, having played with a variety of genres (although they are one of the few groups, if not the only group, to experiment with hardstyle EDM), but they have a very distinct visual style for their MVs, which largely see clips of dance and singing woven through clips of them having fun and various shots of aesthetically pleasing objects.

Perhaps most fundamental to their identity as a group is their incredible, often very difficult choreographies, and the way they push the boundaries of convention and gender stereotypes with their fashion (think crop tops, short shorts, jewellery, nail art, without losing any of their masculinity).


Here’s a quick rundown of their music, and what other things you should check out!

ERA 1 : HARDSTYLE

Both their debut single (CACTUS) and their following comeback (Callin’) introduced elements of Hardstyle EDM to K-Pop. CACTUS (2017) is a sentimental song about weathering hardships like a cactus in harsh conditions, whilst Callin’ (2017) is a more musically mature and complex song about being there for someone.

ERA 2: SUMMER FUN (MINUS CHAN)

The group didn’t release much music with Chan away, but we did get a repackaged album with the fun summery song Take Me Higher (2018) as the title track, along with the group’s first b-sides. The sentimental fan song 5TAR (Incompletion) was also released in this era.

ERA 3: ONGOING

Well, we don’t know how long this current era will last, but Chan is back and they’ve changed up their music style again. With their 2019 release UNDER COVER, the group returned to the more hard-hitting and hype style of their 2017 releases, but this type following a more rap-rock style genre.

If you want to get to know A.C.E, hop onto the comments of any video or onto Twitter- Choice are super welcoming! I would also recommend checking out their official YouTube channel, A.C.E Subs who subs all their stuff, their V-Live and their Twitter!

I have a review for their 2018 repackage album (A.C.E Adventures in Wonderland) which contains all their 2017 and 2018 releases if you want to read that, and you can find my review of this most recent mini album here.

On a final note, check out their 2018 collab with French DJ Hcue: I Feel So Lucky (but steel yourself first, because you might die by the end).

9 of the Best Songs for Summer

Hello everyone! I don’t know about you, but when summer comes around I feel the need to drink lots of lemonade, go on a lot of picnics and make a playlist. Summer has a feeling like no other time of years, so why not have the perfect soundtrack to go with it?

Today I’m going to be talking about 9 of my favourite summery songs. So without further ado, here (in no particular order) they are!


1. B.A.P- HONEYMOON


HONEYMOON is the title track off of B.A.P’s 2017 mini album BLUE. It features honey-sweet vocals, a summery beat drop and soothing rap verses. The song has characteristics of many genres, as most of K-Pop does, but most notably has a light-EDM influence, which the group has manipulated excellently.

The song is about finally reaching the end of a hard time, lyrics telling the listener that good times will come after bad times, with lines such as:

“the darkness will end. I feel good, it is true, life is colourful”

and

“you do just as you thought, whole new day”

With a summery feel and such a positive message, this is a song that you should definitely add to your summer playlist.

Liked this song? Listen to it on Spotify.


2. Katrina & The Waves- Walking On Sunshine


Walking on Sunshine was first released in this edition for the band’s 1985 self-titled album. It has a fun, upbeat pop-rock sound and is a classic happy song.

The song is about someone who is happy and secure in the love, telling the story of an overwhelming and exciting romance which makes the narrator feel like they’re “walking on sunshine” with lyrics such as:

“I just can’t wait till the day when you knock on the door” 

With such a happy meaning and a catchy chorus, you will be singing along to this song even when it’s not playing!

Liked this song? Listen to it on Spotify.


3. A.C.E- Take Me Higher


Take Me Higher is the title track of A.C.E’s 2018 repackage mini album A.C.E Adventures in Wonderland. The song pairs sweet vocals and soft rapping with a playful  instrumentation to create a catchy, happy and unique summer song. It has a fun pop sound with some R&B influences.

The song is directed to the group’s fans with lines like “choice is my life” referring directly to their fandom. It asks for the continued support of the group’s fans and their loved ones and expresses how completely in love with and dedicated to their job the members are. It also has a more simple meaning, describing the world of a man who has fallen in love.

The simple yet sweet goodness of this track and the innocent and sincere lyrics make this a must-have song for your summer playlist.

Liked this song? Listen to it on Spotify and check out my album review.


4. Shawn Mendes- Lost In Japan


Lost In Japan was first released in March 2018 as the second lead single from Shawn Mendes’ 2018 self-titled album. It combines funk, pop and R&B genres in a skilful and pleasing way.

In the song, Shawn Mendes talks about his desire to visit a could-be lover in Japan, lyrics showing just how much the narrator wants to see this person with whom they have “more than just a friendship” with lines such as:

“I’m a couple hundred miles from Japan, and I, I was thinking I could fly to your hotel tonight” .

Mendes has successfully created a slightly sultry but tasteful song, perfect for those warm summer nights, either by yourself or (if you have a more active love life than me) with your partner.

Liked this song? Listen to it on Spotify.


5. DAY6- Feeling Good


Feeling Good is a b-track off of DAY6’s 2018 mini album Shoot Me: Youth Part 1 and features the group’s preferred soft pop-rock sound with bright vocals and a fun instrumentation which creates a happy and fast-paced, yet relaxed song.

The song can be essentially taken at face value, simply a proclamation of how the members are “feeling good” and are having the time of their lives.

Embodying what everyone desires their summer to be: cool, effortless and full of excitement, Feeling Good is the perfect song for taking a drive, having a party with friends or even sitting on your bed and doing nothing.

Liked this song? Listen to it on Spotify.


6. Owl City- Not All Heroes Wear Capes


There’s no acoustic version needed for Owl City’s 2017 single Not All Heroes Wear Capes. In this ode to the narrator’s amazing dad, a simple instrumentation accompanied by a sweet and sincere voice create a calm and soft summer song.

Listening to this song made me hope that my future children can love their dad this much (and indeed all children) and that all dads could be worthy of this much love.

The lyrics make us all want to go and tell our dad’s how much we love them and, this song makes a little emotional every time I hear it with lines like

“He doesn’t fight crime or wear a cape, he doesn’t read minds or levitate, but every time my world needs saving, he’s my Superman”.

So listen to this song with your dad, with you dad’s dad, with your friend’s dad or even your neighbour’s dad and take Adam Young’s initiative°: tell your dad, or someone important in your life, how much you respect and appreciate them.

Liked this song? Listen to it on Spotify.


7. SEVENTEEN- Don’t Wanna Cry


Don’t Wanna Cry is the title track off of SEVENTEEN’s 2017 mini album Al1 and features a soft EDM-pop sound and is probably the saddest of the songs on this list.

The song shows the members expressing their longing and sad emotions at the end of a relationship, asking questions like “Did you leave because you got sick of me?”

However, the song seems almost uplifting despite its sad nature and the skills of the group really shine.

With a sad, bittersweet song, this chill EDM song is perfect for comforting you when you feel a little bit down this summer.

Liked this song? Listen to it on Spotify.


8. WALK THE MOON- SHUT UP + DANCE


SHUT UP + DANCE is WALK THE MOON’s biggest single to date off of their 2014 album Talking Is Hard. It has a dance-rock sound and is a general feel-good party song.

The song is full of confidence and fun, saying “Oh don’t you dare look book, just keep your eyes on me”, making it a perfect song to dance to, regardless of whether you dance worse than a dad or not.

Fun, carefree and very catchy, it’s the perfect summer party song!

Liked this song? Listen to it on Spotify.


9. ONF- Complete


Complete is the title track off of ONF’s 2018 mini album You Complete Me and features a catchy chorus, a chill yet upbeat sound and a fun beat drop.

The song is a typical, fun love song, singing “you complete me, each piece of my dream is you, you complete me, I’m dizzy please hold me” and capturing an infectious, youthful romantic spirit.

A sweet, youthful and fun song, it’s perfect for the summer and I guarantee it will get stuck in your head… the twist is that you actually want it there and won’t find yourself doing everything you can to get it out!

Liked this song? Listen to it on Spotify.


Summer 2018 playlist cover (toy yellow bus on beach)
Did you like my selections? Be sure to check out the whole playlist for more great summer songs. 


Had you heard of these songs before? Were some of your favourites there or did you discover some new gems?

What summery songs would you recommend? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you liked this post!


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A.C.E’s Adventures in Wonderland Album Review

A.C.E Adventures in WonderlandA.C.E Adventures in Wonderland is a repackage album including all of the group’s prior releases as well as three new tracks. The album was released on the 8th of June 2018. 

CACTUS and Callin’ feature all five members of the group, but due to temporary promotions with the group UNB, the maknae Chan was not able to participate in any of the other tracks. Take Me Higher features all members except Chan, whilst DESSERT and Black and Blue were unit duets. 

A.C.E Adventures in Wonderland track list

The concept of this album wasn’t ever clearly explained and there were numerous theories flying around on Twitter. Obviously, the title is a nod to Alice in Wonderland and fairytale books can be found in some of the teaser images. 

Prior to the release of this album the members had mentioned wanting to explore a variety of music styles, which they clearly accomplished in this repackaged mini album.


TRACK 1- CACTUS


CACTUS was originally released in May 2017, it the group’s debut single and incorporates a variety of genres, including the EDM sub-genre hardstyle.

The instrumentation of this song is probably the most prominent feature of the song and is also very unique in the k-pop genre as hardstyle is a mostly unexplored genre in the industry.  

Highlights of the song include the piano intro (0:03-0:15) and the beautiful clear vocals from main vocals Donghun and Chan (e.g. at 0:33).

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Chan dancing to CACTUS

Jun also shows off his beautiful voice, and rappers Byeongkwan and Wow show their versatility, with both rap verses and singing parts.

The lyrics tell the story of the how A.C.E has come through their hardships to end up where they are now, with lines like:

it doesn’t matter who bothers me, I’ll be okay, I won’t be scared.

Overall, the meaning of the song is good and what we hear of their vocals and rapping is excellent.

However, I do wish they had more opportunities to show off their voices, as the instrumentation dominated the song. 

Additionally, whilst I enjoyed the instrumentation and flow of the song overall, I would have liked to see some more variation. Hence, I give the song a rating of 3/5.

3 microphones out of 5 (rating)

Did you like this song? If you did, check out this remix version with SPECTRUM BEAT as well as this English version in which they changed some of the lyrics and dedicated it to fans, whom they call Choice!

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 2- Callin’


Callin’ was originally released on the 18th of October 2017 and was the group’s first comeback, just one week before the members joined both The Unit and MIXNINE (survival shows). 

Following their debut song, the group decided to keep a somewhat similar sound for their first comeback. Callin’ however, is a more complex and musically mature song than CACTUS.

Despite having a very similar beat drop, there is much more complexity and variety of the instrumentation in this song. I particularly love Donghun’s softer verse at 1:32.

Not only is the instrumentation more varied, but the members have more lines in this song, allowing them to display more of their talents. Main vocal Chan shows off his unique vocal tone at 2:15 and the ad-libs from 2:55 add a complexity to the song which I very much enjoy. 

A.C.E
A.C.E

The lyrics of Callin’ follow on from the story told by CACTUS, talking about how the members now feel ready to answer whenever the world calls on them, with lines like

now open your eyes don’t hide anymore

and

anytime anywhere callin’.

It seems a fitting continuation from CACTUSwhich talked about their feelings up to their debut and how they overcame hardship, to now declare their confidence and readiness before the world.

Overall, I like how this song was connected to their previous track: it can be annoying when two songs from an artist seem very similar to each other, but in this case it works as Callin’ clearly builds on and develops the story and emotions from CACTUS.

The greater complexity and variety in this song finds me enjoying the song much more than their debut, which I already liked, so I’m giving it a 3.5/5.

3.5 microphones (3.5/5)

Did you like this song? If you did, check out this live performance!

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 3- BLACK AND BLUE


Now we’ve come to the first of the new tracks on the album! Black and Blue is a song by members Jun and Wow and is rumoured to have been inspired by Beauty and the Beast, which is one of my favourite fairy tales of all time.

Black and Blue has a grittier, hip-hop sound and shows how the group has begun to explore a wider variety of music genres. The song has a very unique and unusual flair as well. 

One aspect of this song which I have absolutely fallen in love with is how they use their two different voices to create a sense of dialogue, for example at 0:11 through the use of interjections and then at 0:25 where the song switches back between rap and singing.

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Wow and Jun

The narrator of the song talks about how their life has only “black and dark” and invites whoever they are talking to not to give up on them, saying:

“please come into my darkness, use your warmth to envelop me”.

Despite the generally strong and powerful beat and somewhat possessive lyrics, there is a somewhat unexpected emotional vulnerability, especially in the later part of the song around 2:25 where the beat mellows out and Wow says:

“I’m saying I love you please take a listen, please understand my pureness, the solace in my bleak melancholy”.

At first I must admit I wasn’t sure whether or not I liked Black and Blue. Over time I have come to enjoy how it is simple yet complicated at the same time and the mixture of melodies and chanting whispers seems to work really well

Overall, whilst the concept isn’t particularly original, the lyrics are well-crafted and the song is engaging to listen to, so I give it a rating of 4/5.

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Did you like this song? If you did, check out this fan-cam of the two performing it at a fan signing!

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 4- Take Me Higher


Take Me Higher is the title track of this repackaged album and the group’s third music video and promotional song. It features Donghun, Wow, Jun and Kim Byeongkwan.

Take Me Higher is completely different from the group’s previous title tracks and takes a chill-pop approach to summery music, marking the group’s first attempt at seasonal music and also their first non-EDM title track. 

The instrumentals and the vocals compliment each other and work on the same level in this song. This doesn’t necessarily make the song any better, but it is interesting and a nice change of pace.

The instrumentation of the song is quite stripped back and includes a snapping sound and occasionally chords, later mixing in some more light percussion as well. 

Casual picture of A.C.E (without Chan) after performing Take Me Higher
A.C.E after performing Take Me Higher

What the instrumental lacks in melody and tune, the vocals deliver in full. The vocals are smooth and melodic, contrasting and completing the instrumental perfectly and their high pitch helps to create a fun and sunny feeling. 

The song also features a rap verse (2:31) written by group member Wow, which has a much more chill, almost R&B sound and provides a nice break in the general upbeat poppy sound of the song. This also leads into this beautiful slower section at 2:48 where Donghun and Jun really get to show off their gorgeous vocals.

For the most part, the flow of the song works really well and the rap verse and break down perfectly balance out the rest of the song so that it never feels boring or overly repetitive.

The chorus might actually be my least favourite part of the song… whilst I mostly like it a lot, there is one line (for example at 1:19) where they sing “everyday, everywhere, everything about you” and I find that the repetition of “every” breaks the flow of the song slightly. Apart from that, this song is wonderful.

This song is really a love song to the groups fans and lines such as “my choice is my life” make this perfectly clear, as their fandom name is choice. The lyrics thank the group’s fans for their love and support with lines like

“my unending gratitude, you’re the reason for my existence”.

Take Me Higher also seems to be a continuation of the group’s previous title tracks (CACTUS and Callin’), continuing to tell the story of A.C.E’s journey.

Beyond this, it is also a simple love song.

Overall, I how Take Me Higher is a summer song without being predictable! They lyrics aren’t particularly unique, but are sweet, and the song itself is catchy and pleasing to the ears so I give it a 3.5/5.

3.5 microphones (3.5/5)

Did you like this song? If you did check out this live performance.

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 5- DESSERT


DESSERT is the third and final new track on this album and features members Donghun and Kim Byeongkwan.

DESSERT  has a  more typical summer sound with a lot of tropical house influence. I’m a bit tired of this genre, which I didn’t love to begin with, so I’m less inclined to like this song than others on the album. 

The song starts off with quite a bare instrumental and slowly builds up, which helps to propel the song forwards quite successfully.

When the vocals start at 0:10 they’re quite high-pitched and have an airy quality, making them seem almost other-worldly in the best way possible.

Selfie of Donghun and Kim Byeongkwan
Byeongkwan and Donghun

The song features a clear beat drop, the only of the three new tracks to do so, which isn’t too repetitive and is broken up nicely by the occasional lyric.

However, the chorus is quite repetitive, which I do not enjoy, although it does sound nice. Unfortunately, the chorus and the beat drop make up most of the song.

The highlight of the song is definitely the section around 1:30 as it provides a nice contrast from the otherwise high-pitched and upbeat song.

Although DESSERT is definitely my least favourite of the new tracks, and although it is perhaps the most simple of all songs in terms of meaning (it’s a very sweet, summery confession song), I absolutely love the lyrics.

The lyrics of this song are not only sweet in terms of emotions, but literally sweet. My mouth is watering whilst reading lines like

“you look as if you were shaking around like cotton candy”

and

“even sand fluttering through the desert is sugar powder”

Overall, I really like how they expressed the meaning through the lyrics, and I very much like the verse in the middle of the song, but the genre and the repetitiveness of the chorus was not for me.

However, if you are a fan of tropical house music you would probably very much enjoy this song and it is all a matter or personal preference. Based on my own music tastes, this song gets a rating of 1.5/5, but someone who likes tropical house could have easily rated it at 4/5.

1.5 microphones

Did you like this song? If you did, check out this fan-cam of Donghun and Kim Byeongkwan performing it!

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 6- 5TAR (Incompletion)


 5TAR (Incompletion) was previously released as a digital single by the group on the 15th of March 2018 and features all of the members except for Chan. An alternate version of the song including Chan exists, but was not included in this album due to his contract with UNB

5TAR (Incompletion) was the group’s first official exploration of other genres as a group and is the groups first ballad. In my opinion, it really showcases the amazing vocal talents in this group.

The vocals start soft and in a comfortable register, creating an intimate and comforting atmosphere. The vocals gently coax the song along, for example this beautiful part at 0:44. The group also experimented with harmonies, which worked really well for them as well. Later in the song, for example at 3:06, the vocals sound much more emotional, creating progression and variety.

Jun and Byeongkwan kissing Chan on the cheek whilst Wow and Donghun watch gif
A.C.E kissing Chan

The only part of the song which I do not like is the end part from about 3:47 to 4:11 where they simply repeat “woah”. It sounds beautiful, but it’s far too repetitive for my tastes and this is something which I don’t like in any song.

The rap section around 2:03 is probably second least favourite part of the song and whilst I don’t not like it, I feel like the intensity and flow doesn’t completely match with the overall atmosphere of the song. It has grown on me overtime, but it’s still not my favourite section of the song.

The instrumentation in this song is quite stripped back and it gives a very raw and sincere feeling to the song, for example at 0:12. The instrumental changes throughout the song to fit the singing or rapping, blending really nicely together.

By looking at the lyrics, it is clear to see that the message of this song is so important and beautiful.

The group dedicated the song to their fans and have said they hope it helps Choice through difficult times in their life. It’s about not being alone anymore, about being proud of yourself and how “happiness is slowly coming your way”.

The lyrics do not urge one to stop crying and feel better, but rather to let it all out. Lines like “please don’t stop your tears” tell the listener how it’s okay to be sad, how you should let it all out and they will be there for you.

These lyrics were written by group members Jun and Donghun, making it even more special.

Overall, I love the meaning behind this song and the majority of the song is excellent, but the repetitive “woah” at the end ruins it a little bit for me, so I will give it a rating of 2/5.

2 microphones out of 5

If you do want to listen to the complete version of the song, you can’t currently purchase it or stream it but there is an official version on YouTube which you can watch here. (Spoiler alert: the song gets a 3 or 4 in this version.)

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).


Overall, I’m quite pleased with this album. Whilst there were no songs that I gave a 5, most of the songs were very good and there was a decent amount of variety of genre and sound. Although not all of the songs suited my personal preference, they were on the most part good for the genre they were.

The concept of the album wasn’t very clearly expressed, but the songs were good individually and there was some continuation through the title tracks, from CACTUS to Callin’ and finally to Take Me Higher. However, there were a few songs which I gave lower ratings and some things that I didn’t like as much. Hence, I give this album a 3/5.

3 microphones out of 5 (rating)

If you want to know what my ratings mean please refer to this. A 3 star album rating means I liked all of the songs to some extent (1 microphone or higher) and the cohesiveness, variety and music quality is decent. NOTE: I rate out of 5, however there are 7 levels (5,4,3,2,1,0, N/A).


Who are A.C.E?


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A.C.E are a South Korean boy group who debuted in May 2017. There are five members: Jun, Donghun, Wow, Kim Byeongkwan (formerly known as Jason) and Chan. Chan is also a member of the boy group UNB.

Check out this introductory post or this introductory video.


So that was my review for A.C.E’s newest album! I love this group with all my heart and I hope you will too.

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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