Shinhwa #9

April 20, 2008 at 12:09 pm | Posted in music, Shinhwa | Leave a comment
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I finally got my Special Limited Edition Album (thanks to wenyi @ ShinhwaChangjo.net!), so I’m gonna write my opinions on the songs.

1. Last Train Home
This is just a 1+ minute intro for the album.

2. Voyage
I love this song. I said before that what I like about Shinhwa’s songs is that they balance the rap and singing perfectly. And it’s evident in this song.

3. 다시 한 번만 (Just One More Time)
Now I’m gonna declare that this is MY FAVOURITE SONG EVER. I love it to bits, from the melody, the background music, Minwoo’s soft adlibs during the first chorus, Hyesung’s powerful singing, Dongwan’s crystal clear vocals (I sooo love his voice here), etc etc etc. This song has reached 110 play counts in my iPod. xD

4. Free Style #1

50 seconds of just Eric rapping, meant to be an intro for the next song. I thought that the lyrics are pretty cocky [“..Too many wanna be tryin’ be us but no access Ten years in this business still keepin’ it strong..”], but I guess 10 years as a group together is no small feat. ^^ The song ended with “Hey yo, M, what’s your name, man?”

5. Run
The song started with Minwoo saying “Shinhwa!”, so he was answering Eric’s question in the previous song, I guess? haha. It’s the first single of the album, and composed by Minwoo, written by Eric. The song is totally Minwoo-ish. My favourite part in the song would probably “We are Shinhwa~ HMM!” by Minwoo. LOL. xD

6. 2 Ma Luv
A feel-good song.

7. We Can Get It On (feat. David Kim)
At first I thought the style is a bit strange, but now I like it a lot. I love how Minwoo sounds here; so.. sexy. xPP And I like Andy’s rapping in the chorus too! “Ten years in the game and still on top, you already know they can’t be stopped!” Indeed. =) Dongwan and Junjin don’t have any solo parts though. =(

8. So In Love
A Shinhwa-ish song.

9. 기억나니? (Do You Remember?)
A talking track. I don’t understand a single word they were saying, but they sound so happy and were laughing happily, that somehow I feel happy listening to it. Laughter is infectious! I can’t really differentiate who was talking most of the time but I think it was Dongwan (or Hyesung) who talked while holding back his laughter; it is SO CUTE. xDD They were trying to make up a song on the spot, I think. And they failed a few times and kept trying. Very funny. xD The final “song” is quite nice, too.

10. 아직 못다한 이야기 (The Story We Haven’t Yet Finished)
A very sweet song. They recounted the journey they went through together, and told the fans to wait for them.

Although we are leaving each other for a while
we hope you will please believe us when we say
the day we’re together again
when that day comes
we promise to let you listen
to the story we haven’t yet finished

I will wait. That goes without saying. =)

Overall, I think it’s a very good album. $36.90 for a CD and a photobook for the CD booklet is a very reasonable price. I was quite disappointed that there are only 7 “proper” song (minus #1, #4 and #9), but I know they put a lot of thoughts into the album, since I know there are some songs they composed that didn’t make it into the album. It’s quite a pity that it’s their 9th album (not 10th) on their 10th year anniversary, but like Eric said,
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“How nice it would be if we released our 10th album during our 10th anniversary?” I thought about that before.
But looking at it now…
That we seem to be making up for 1 in the future and leaving a void now.
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Therefore, they are going to be back.

Anyway, every special limited edition album has a serial number on it (1-6 are for the members), and mine is 049848. It’s more like a photobook since it’s A4 size, and the pictures are pretty! I’ve seen all the scans before, but still, it’s nice to own one. xD I only flipped the photo book once in the MRT, though, since I don’t have time. T.T

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Credit as tagged, ShinhwaChangjo.net

All of them look great, but Minwoo is seriously killing me. I can’t wait for his birthday in July, when I’ll have an excuse to spazz about him. xDD

EDIT: I realised that I only posted the sombre-looking pictures even though there are lots of happy pictures in the photobook, which I personally like more. hmm. Anyway, I decided to buy the normal edition poster (‘cos the colour is baby blue, everyone looks happy and it looks fldksldfk nice!) (even though I got that ^ black poster) and Dongwan’s first album through the forum (which I’m guilty of snagging online =X). The poster is $8, and the album is $15. Kinda ridiculous that I’m buying Dongwan’s album at half the price of Minwoo’s. And that I’m buying Dongwan’s first album when he’s gonna release his 2nd in May. But better late than never, right? =D

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Music Pimp Post: Super Junior.

April 12, 2008 at 1:35 am | Posted in music, pimp post, Super Junior | Leave a comment
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In contrary to what I initially thought, Suju isn’t just about crack. So it’s a music post! I think I can almost differentiate all their voices now. I just need to hear more of some of them who don’t sing that much. =X

You Are The One (MV | LIVE)
U (MV | LIVE 1 2)
Believe (fan tribute)
Miracle (MV | LIVE)
So I (LIVE)
Don’t Don (MV | LIVE)
미워 Hate U, Love U (LIVE 1 2)
Marry U (MV | LIVE 1 2)
사랑이 떠나다 She’s Gone (pictures slide)
아주 먼 옛날 Song For You (pictures slide)

I’m sure you can differentiate which are really LIVE and which are not. In the Marry U LIVEs, Kyuhyun was in hospital and the members took turn singing his parts; they did well! Donghae sang Kyuhyun’s part near the end and you can hear how alike their voices actually sound. Donghae’s voice is very nice; I think he should actually join the K.R.Y to make up.. K.R.Y.D or something. xP

Anyway, my favourite Suju songs are: So I [Kangin sounds FABULOUS in this song, shoot me but I really like his falsetto 8D], 미워 [the lyrics T.T; this might just be my #1 favourite song of theirs] , Marry U [Eunhyuk’s rap!] and She’s Gone [the lyrics are also very sadd].

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K.R.Y have NICE voices so I’ll say it once only. I like Ryeowook’s voice too now, btw. ^^

videos:
The One I Love (MV | LIVE 1 2 3)
Forget Me Now
Marry U
I Have A Lover (with Donghae)

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I admit, vocal-wise I’m kinda biased towards Yesung. I really really really love his voice. When I listen to Super Junior’s songs, every time it’s his parts I’d go “gahhh it’s Yesung”. His voice is just so nice and sexy. And do you know that good singers look hot when they’re singing, no matter whether they’re good-looking or not? However like I said, he can’t really hit the high notes, but I believe he’ll improve. Yesung hwaiting! =)

videos:
Polaris
내 눈물 모아
해줄 수 없는 일
I Do
singing cuts

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.Peace out! ^^

RUN!

April 9, 2008 at 10:05 pm | Posted in Shinhwa | Leave a comment
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credit: rockita82 @ youtube.

I just watched Shinhwa’s newest MV, Run. In the beginning the song Just One More Time was played. Does it mean that there’s gonna be no MV for that song? It’s my favourite song EVER and if they’re not gonna film a MV for it.. T.T

Anyways. I was actually LOL-ing while watching the MV, ‘cos the shooting scenes are.. well, funny. The story is about the members trying to save Eric who was kidnapped by a bunch of gangsters (or something). So they had to dress up in the Mexican style (lol) and shoot the bad guys. But instead of the bad guys getting shot, you’d see bottles getting smashed into pieces instead. And not one of the members got injured even when they were shooting in the open. And and! The scenes where they hid behind the cars to duck the bullets were funny too. xP

But! To be fair, the MV was quite cool. The guys look okay, considering my reaction when I first saw the pictures of their get-ups there (all of them look like mafias LOL). The background colours are nice; I’m not sure whether it was intended but it was mainly ORANGE. I also love how “SHINHWA” was written under every member’s name. ❤

I’m still waiting to receive my Special Edition album. I’ve listened to all the songs already (I couldn’t resist, but hey, I already paid for mine), but I think I’m gonna do a post on that later when I get my album. =)

Music Pimp Post: Kangta.

April 1, 2008 at 11:27 pm | Posted in Kangta, music, pimp post | Leave a comment
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Today’s the day of Kangta’s enlistment to the Army. It’s April’s Fool, but unfortunately I ain’t kidding. Why are so many artists enlisting to army this year? T.T

Anyway. Kangta was actually the one who got me into KPop, and for that, I’m eternally grateful to him. The first time I saw him was in a poster with Vanness (when they did the collaboration), and to be honest I thought that he looked feminine. But now I think he looks great; I love his eyes! His smile is ADORABLE and he’s just good-looking in general. ^^

I have very little pictures of him (I fail as a fan =X), but I’m just gonna post a few.


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The thing about Kangta that made me like him at first was his VOICE. It’s low and he may sound kinda rough at some point, but no matter what he sounds good. One of the best voices from Korea I’ve heard, EVER, recorded or LIVE. And it says a lot since Korea is filled with wonderful singers. Junsu used to train under him, and if the student is that good, obviously the teacher must be good, if not better. Regarding his songs, I’m not too fond of his jazzy songs, adore his happy/sweet songs, absolutely love his ballads. His singing is the type that makes you unconsciously sing/shout along with him, because of the amount of emotion he puts in (so much that it gets depressing sometimes D:). I can listen to his voice all day. Heck, even the short interlude songs where it’s only Kangta’s voice talking in gibberish Korean and a piano background are rated five stars. *.* It’s a plus that he can play the piano and composes his songs himself too (as well as for some other singers). ^^

No post on Kangta is complete without videos of him singing, right?

Polaris (MV | LIVE)
Thanks God (MV)
Last Summer Night (MV | LIVE)
My Life (LIVE)
Memories (MV)
Memories #1 and #2 (LIVE)
Propose (MV | LIVE)
Pine Tree (MV | LIVE 1 2)
Persona (MV | LIVE)
Agape (LIVE)
How Deep is Your Love (LIVE)
Eternity (MV | LIVE)

with Vanness:
Scandal (MV)
127 Days (MV | LIVE)
127 Days & Scandal (LIVE)

If you didn’t click anything, at least watch the Pine Tree LIVE 2! It’s such a beautiful song and is my favourite song of his (even though it’s hard to choose one). And and! The Memories #1 & #2 LIVE was PERFECT too. 8D

I’m gonna miss you (and your voice), Kangta! Take care of your health in the army, and come back with even better songs after 2 years! =)

White is Kangta’s (and H.O.T’s) colour, anyway. And I love doing music posts. xD

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