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Parallel Hearts (Live Vol. 4)
gone to Carolina in my mind
Hokuto no Ken soundtrack+unreleased tracks
Hokuto no Ken is one of my favorites by YK, hands down. How I wish there were an official release of all the previously unreleased songs...
"Mardan Rush 1" from Arslan Warriors of Legend's soundtrack
If Kajiura listened to the soundtrack for this game, I can definitely see where she got inspiration for blaze
@aki and there is sooooo much material that it could be another ost.
In the falling light
battle of the shadows-Kajiura (looooove this song so so much! It makes me so happy, I love how mysterious Remi sounds, the violin, the guitar and everything! It's like a Tsubasa/Fate/SAO all combined and I don't hate it one bit)
waiting for Nozaki in YK/Kalafina lives
Lay 2nd Album - "Sheep"
I initially didn't really care about this release because even though he's my bias, Sheep is a really really weird song albeit a quite catchy one. This afternoon I searched for his tag on tumblr and people were all talking about Peach and about how sexual the lyrics are (Peach in this context being the metaphor for booty lmao) and obviously I need to hear the track. I went lmao at the lyrics and were quite awed because his English enunciation is really clear lol I didn't even need to search for the lyrics because the song is all in English. Tonight I decide to give the whole album a try and honestly I like the last 3 tracks - with Director (track 9) being my favorite and would be willing to purchase those particular tracks. Admittedly it's not an album that I really like but I don't hate it either.
@sarasara also wow the ex-EXO members are all making fortune in China lolol even more than Lay - would he eventually leave or would he get kicked by SM (so he doesn't receive backlash from EXO-Ls bcs kicked is different from leaving) so that he could pursue his solo career more? SM would get double income with that. And Sooyoung-Tiffany-Seohyun left SM and SNSD 2017 is a bad year for girl groups
Yeah, you're right. It's not that Mama and Wolf were failures or anything, it's just once they realized how much more popular (and better selling) Growl was, they just started releasing more standard (and like you said, easier to listen to) pop, rather than going for that super crazy theatrical over-the-top concept.
I was really into Kpop in that 2012-2013 time period (before I completely fell out of it for like 4 years until really recently) so I remember all of this really well lol.
But LOL yeah Ikr? Going back and comparing some of the songs on the XOXO album to songs on like The War or something, it's just so night and day, it's almost funny lol
And yes I love MRJKPOP! It sucks that he got in involved in some scandal or something last year though so he disabled all his comments and social media and hasn't posted a video in forever :( I hope he'll come back one day but I doubt it at this point, he was the only Kpop youtuber I could stand
Again, with you on f(x). It's been too long since a comeback from them :(
Same with SHINee too. Hopefully they have a great 10th anniversary album next year before Onew (and eventually the other members) have to go off to the army, I just really want the whole scandal to blow over already :/
Lol you should watch Younique Unit though! The only thing they've ever released is that one song (which was apparently part of a commercial campaign with Hyundai?) and it's really not that bad, it's just super random. (Luhan, Kai, Taemin, Eunhyuk, Henry, and Hyeoyeon lol. It's just such a weird combo of people)
Ok, I might actually check out the album now lol. I only heard Sheep and it really really weirded me out (which was disappointing to me since I really liked I Need U) so I didn't want to check out the rest of the songs, but if they're actually somewhat good I just might haha.
But ikr, poor Lay :( I don't even really like the music that the other ex-EXO Chinese members are releasing that much (some of Luhan's stuff is ok though), but Lay would honestly probably be better off if he wasnt in SM anymore. I feel like that happening is not that far off though.
But IKKKK the SNSD news made me really sad today :( I mean, I could see it happening with Sooyoung, but Tiffany and Seohyun leaving really surprised me. I'm also more surprised that Yoona and Yuri stayed too.
At least the split wasn't on bad terms though, but still. I wasn't the biggest SNSD fan in the world, but they did have some legit great songs and it's sad to see the end of an era just go like that :(
I think SHINee, f(x), Big Bang, and Super Junior are now the only second gen groups to still be around today.
But hey, at least the Taemin teasers were released today! It's going to be another dark concept, I'm so excited. The 16th can't come soon enough
Currently listening to:
SHINee- Forever or Never
SHINee's old songs are still so good, even today.
Also, f(x)- Vacance
This song is sooooooo gooooooooood. So many cool chord progressions and harmonies and layered vocals, and Luna sounds so good here hnggg <333
See-Saw - Tasogare no Umi
Fantastic song to start the day with.
@sarasara i'm so with you on Vacance. I don't know why I slept on that track for so long until I listened to the whole Red Light album again. Back then the only songs that really captured my attention are Red Light, Milk, Butterfly, and Dracula. Recently I got really into All Night and Paper Heart. I used to don't really care about Spit it Out and Boom Bang Boom but after listening to them again they're not bad - just take some time to get used to.
AND FYEAH I'm so excited for Taemin's solo lol the teaser notification came to me at almost midnight yesterday thankfully i haven't slept yet. I completely forgot that they (SHINee members) are yet to take their mandatory military service. If they decide to serve after their 10th anniv (just like what Shinhwa did) we'd get like 2-4 years hiatus. 2 years if they decide to take their service at the same time and 4 years if they decide to take their service one by one (again, like what Shinhwa did). Urgh I just got really into them and they're facing a scandal plus they're going to take an inevitable hiatus due to military service.
SNSD members leaving making their shitty promotion for their 10th anniversary kinda explained. Why bother promoting them hard when the members were going to leave/not extending their contracts? I'm pretty sure they already had their talk about their contracts since earlier this year. I'm also not the biggest fan of them but they're still iconic and they did have really good songs. There's no actual talk about their disbandment but having half of the members left I'm not really sure about SNSD's future. The members also have their solo activities after all.
Do give Lay's album a try! The self-proclaimed Sheep of China worked really hard for this album and he was very anxious for this album after all. Anw I haven't given any Luhan's songs a try lol but from what I know he's really really big in China.
Currently listening to: a youtube video played by my lil siblings (a gamer youtuber)
Adelaide, South Australia
Nagi Yanagi - カザキリ (Norn9 anime OP) single.
Keiko - Houseki (Live voL.4)
Joelle- 茨ノ楽園 (Ibara no Rakuen)
Joelle plz do more songs like this
Ughh yess, Idk why Vacance didn't stand out to me much the first time I heard it, but I just heard it randomly on shuffle by chance and I was completely blown away bc it was so good. Red Light was such a good album omg. I'm with you on Spit it Out though, that one (along with Rainbow) took quite a few listens before it grew on me completely lol.
And Taemin's album ughhhhh I'm so ready!! All the teaser videos look so good, I love the concept, and the beat is giving me major Sexuality/Guess Who vibes, and those tracks were AWESOME.
But IK, it's gonna suck when they're all away at the military :( SHINee isn't SHINee unless they're 5. I hope they just go all at once to minimize the wait, but those 2 years are going to be depressing af
I just listened to Lay's album, and it was good! I was pleasantly surprised. I really liked I Need U, Hand, X Back, and Director. Thanks for getting me to listen to it haha
Currently Listening to: Super Junior- Simply Beautiful.
Kyuhyun's voice is so good ugh
Out Loud-Gabbie Hanna was on then it changed to The Arena-Lindsey Stirling (seriously, go check out both. Gabbie is brilliant at everything she does and so is Lindsey, who is amazing!)
FictionJunction 2010-2013 The BEST of Yuki Kajiura LIVE 2
Beautiful Life - SHINee
I'm so in love in Key in this song. Idk why but I liked the way he sang the first part of the chorus the most.
Taemin's MOVE Album. Currently on Heart Stop.
I definetely need to give the album a few more listens before I give my full opinion on it yet, but so far I'm liking what I'm hearing a lot. Move is a really cool track, it's kinda low-key but super sensual and very Taemin. My only complaint is that it doesn't really go anywhere, it just kinda stays on one level throughout the whole thing, but it might grow on me just like Drip Drop did, so who knows.
EDIT: OK just reached Thirsty and WOW this is (along with Crazy 4 U) definetely my favorite track so far omg
EDIT #2: Ok nevermind Crazy 4 U is my new favorite track on the album, I love the kinda jazzy piano intro and the rest of the track is just so groovy and smooth and the cool chord progressions throughout are so good ughhh Taemin I love you
@sarasara Taemin nailed the androgynous look so much on the MV omg I was like gaping when I saw him dancing with that sleeveless turtleneck and that pants omg omg I haven't listened to the whole album but so far I'm really really digging MOVE urgh
anw now I'm listening to sexuality - by Taemin ofc. still a favorite.
YESS He looked so GOOD in the MV omg I'm so proud of hiim
And Move grew on me a lot, it's now probably one of my favorites off the album.
The whole album is available on Spotify btw! It's really good imo. I don't like it quite as much as Ace and Press It overall, but in general it's a really good album and it shows that once again, Taemin literally never disappoints.
Kinda random but here's my track by track and full overall review:
Move- This one is very sensual and smooth, kinda low-key, but still very R&B and very Taemin. I love the heavy beat throughout, as well as the various countermelodies during the chorus. Taemin’s vocals also sound great here; he sings in his lower range throughout the entire track and it’s very intense. It took a few listens to fully grow on me but now I really enjoy it. I especially like the bridge, the chord progressions in the beat are awesome and Taemin’s vocals sound better than ever. Taemin also looks handsomer than he’s ever been in the MV, he really nails that androgynous look ;))
Love: This is a powerful and beautiful mid-tempo R&B ballad. I really like the chord progressions in the verses, Taemin’s vocals sound soo controlled and on point here too, I seriously can’t get over how much he’s improved. His belting in the chorus is great too.
Crazy 4 U: This one is just really cool. It opens on a somewhat jazzy piano and some cool drums, but then the beat drops about a minute in and the whole feel of the song completely changes. I absolutely love the chord progressions and how Taemin’s voice sounds in the ‘Crazy 4 U Crazy 4 U’ lines during the verses. There are some amazing harmonies in this one too. My definite favorite off the album so far.
Heart Stop: I was fully expecting this to be a ballad but I was very pleasantly surprised once I heard it and discovered that it wasn’t. It’s another super smooth and groovy upbeat R&B banger, Seulgi’s silky and velvety (HAH) vocals really suit the track. Like Drip Drop, it has a bunch of really cool interesting vocal rhythmic figures throughout that make it really stand out IMO.
Rise: Basically Soldier 2.0. The two tracks sound eerily similar, I think they even might be in the same key or something (Okay, just checked the credits and they were composed by the same people, that definitely explains it.) Soldier wasn’t my favorite track on Press It but I definitely understood the appeal and why it was loved by so many, and this one seems like it’s going to follow that trend. I still can’t help but like Love a little bit better though.
Thirsty: More smooth af sensual R&B, gosh Taemin literally never disappoints. This one has a sorta cool trap beat to it as well, which I usually wouldn’t be a huge fan of, but here it works surprisingly well and makes the track groove so much harder. The way Taemin’s voice goes up a little when he says ‘Thirsty’ makes me lol though haha. I really like the bridge in this one too.
미로 (Stone Heart)- The beat in this one changes around a lot, it keeps the track really fresh and interesting to listen to. Taemin’s harmonizations with himself (I particularly like the ones here) sound really nice here too. This one feels the most Western off the album for me though, especially that ‘Youuuuu” in the Chorus. Only issue is that it ends so abruptly. :/
Back To You- This is the most acoustic track on the album for sure, the guitar instrumental sounds very mellow and quite beautiful actually. Taemin’s vocals also sound very very good here, I really like the way his voice has been developing and maturing recently. The melody of the track doesn’t really stick with me much, but it’s definitely not bad. This one also strikes me as very Western sounding.
Flame of Love (Korean Ver.)- Lol hearing this one is kinda jarring after hearing all the other songs on the album, the vibes just don’t mesh at all (This track has always felt very uniquely Japanese to me, while the rest of the album doesn’t feel that way in the slightest haha). The Korean lyrics are fine and all, but I guess I’m just too used to the Japanese.
Overall, I really enjoyed this album. Like EXO’s ‘The War’ album, SM has seemed to develop a fondness for producing more Western sounding music this year, which I’m admittedly not the hugest fan of, but if it’s all as well produced as this, I can hardly complain. I have to say, I do miss having that one track that Jonghyun helped work on, (Pretty Boy from Ace and Already from Press It), as those tracks have consistently always been my favorite tracks from Taemin, but oh well. :/ The album is very thematically consistent and cohesive (with the exception of Flame of Love) which is great, but I do kinda miss the variety that was present on Ace and Press It. (I was really hoping for another cool funky track like Wicked, or a softer and more emotional R&B ballad like Until Today, Already, and Play Me.). The album kinda feels like an album entirely filled of Drip Drop sound-alikes lol. (And I don't entirely mean that in a negative way).
I’m definitely going to give the album some more listens before I completely make up my mind, but so far I don’t think I like it better than Press It or Ace, but it’s still overall an excellent album and definitely worth a listen. My favorite tracks are definitely Crazy 4 U, Move, and Thirsty.
Currently Listening to:
Taemin- Until Today
Still one of my all time favorite Taemin tracks. I really missed this more emotional and passionate side of Taemin in the new album, this track is literally gorgeous.
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