I’m not sure if it’s good to post release reviews in the middle of concluding the year results, but there were few releases that I still wanted to talk about in 2017 before starting the New Year, so I hope you won’t mind!
I’m not really familiar with Uhm Junghwa’s previous works (I mean, I heard some of her songs here and there, but never checked closely), but this release and her appearance on Weekly Idol easily persuaded me that she’s a damn unbeatable (and moreover, adorable) LEGEND. I may become a fan of hers.
Release date: December 13th, 2017
01. Delusion (Duet With 이효리)
02. So What
03. Ending Credit *Title
04. Photographer (Feat. 정려원)
Okay, so basically what I’m gonna say is: RESPECT LEGENDS, please. They’ve done so many things for the Korean music scene to allow us see the idol industry we have now. Nobody’s asking you to love them, but acknowledging them and their contributions is a big part of being a proper k-pop fan. No lies here.
Uhm Junghwa went for a 80s kind of sound, with all the supporting visuals and dance moves, and I can’t help but LOVE IT TO THE CORE.
While the whole song gives out the 80s grooves, you can still hear some elements and tricks that are usually done in more modern times. Just to give you the simplest example: back in times most songs would end with fading (you know, when the song gets quieter until it completely fades out, and it’s often that the singer sings the chorus again and again in that fading part). Here, Ending Credit finishes with a low-tone synth accompanied by Uhm Junghwa’s final chorus line. There are also some tunes that belong more to modern pop music, but it’s gonna take too long for me to point out and try to explain with my little music theory knowledge.
The video is absolutely beautiful, and excuse me, can I also be in that gorgeous body shape when I hit 48? Everything about the music video gave those 80s vibes, from camerawork to editing, to even filming sets! It’s absolutely mesmerizing, and also, can I praise that lovely choreography? (｡♥‿♥｡)
Highly recommending you to watch Weekly Idol with her! She’s an adorable woman and does everything to be able to communicate with younger artists. That rookie mindset is amazing, considering that she’s been in the industry for almost 25 years.
Title track – 10/10
MV – 10/10