[아주 작은 Review] EXO / Eric Nam / Amber & Luna / Bumkey

Hi!

Welcome to the second edition of 아주 작은 Review, where I share my opinions on new releases in a shorter form due to lack of interesting points for me to point out in a full review. It’s definitely much easier for me to work with more releases without falling behind on schedules.

In this edition I’ll be talking about Hwayugi‘s second OST by Bumkey, new SM Station track by Amber & Luna, EXO‘s winter comeback, and Eric Nam‘s newest single.


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Bumkey – When I Saw You (Hwayugi OST Pt. 2)

Release date: January 6th, 2018

What’s interesting about it:

It seems like the majority of Hwayugi OSTs will go in EDM/dubstep way, or any way but the typical ballads we often hear in dramas. I’m sure the chart-killer is still up to be released, but this OST by Bumkey has plenty chances to become the best one for the drama, if we talk about public friendliness, although in my opinion it lacks the strength usually happening in OSTs. Don’t get me wrong, I’m obsessed with NU’EST W’s Let Me Out, but if we talk about it objectively, general public prefers more mellow sound, which is why last year’s best OST award was given to Ailee for her ballad Goblin OST, and that’s why Bumkey has a bit higher chances over Nuble. Unless someone like Lee Seunggi himself or some OST queens like Ailee, SNSD’s Taeyeon, Baek Z Young would step in and smash all charts with another presentation of power house vocals.

𝓡𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰: 8 out of 10


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Eric Nam – Hold Me

Release date: December 27th, 2017

What’s interesting about it:

Apparently Eric Nam is going for a chess pattern: a upbeat track followed by a ballad followed by another upbeat dance song and followed again by a ballad. So after Can’t Help Myself which was an absolute bop, Eric drops another ballad. Interesting fact: the version on Apple Music has more instrumentals involved than the Live performance version, and I prefer the first one since it has more effect on me.

𝓡𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰: 9 out of 10

 


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f(Amber + Luna) – Lower (SM Station)

Release date: January 5th, 2018

What’s upsetting interesting about it:

Unfortunately, the second year of SM Station went critically downhill, and I found little to ZERO memorable tracks released under that project in 2017. I guess people were very interested and satisfied at its first year that SM thought now we can use Station project as some kind of trash can, giving less and less charming songs to every single artist participating in it, because anyways people would listen to them. If in Year 1 you could collect at least half of the released songs and put it onto your playlist, this year is… well, flopping hard. I feel bad that Lunber had to work hard to make such kind of trashy melodies into something decent to listen to. If it wasn’t for them and their dance skills perfectly showcased here, I’m not sure if I’d ever touch this track again. SM, do your freaking job.

𝓡𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰: 4 out of 10 (even the fact that f(x) are my first bias group couldn’t save it)


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EXO – Universe

Release date: December 26, 2017

What’s interesting about it:

At first I found this song somehow weak, if we, lol, compare it to the most powerful EXO’s winter song that is Miracles in December, but then this song quickly grew up on me, and after listening closely to the instrumentals and vocals I changed my opinion. I love the electric guitar at the background, it sounded raw and really fitting with the lyrics. Oh, and the lyrics were freaking beautiful! The second Chen went, “I search the universe until I find you again”, I was deceased. The vocals this time were more powerful than ever, even from sub vocalists and rappers. This song is perfect to listen to in the deep late night. And fxck, look at THAT cinematography!

𝓡𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰: 10 out of 10


That’s it for my second edition of 아주 작은 Review, see you again soon with another bunch of new releases!

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