[아주 작은 REVIEW] Gyeong Ree (9Muses) / Twice / gugudan SEMINA / Holland

It’s already mid-July! Meaning more and more summer-y songs are being released in K-pop market, and the competition for most loved song of this season is heating up even higher! During these three month, you barely see any dim-colored teasers, everything is just in popping colors, and do we love it? I surely do.

In today’s edition of 아주 작은 REVIEW I’m reviewing newest releases from Gyeong Ree of 9Muses, Twice, gugudan’s new sub-unit SEMINA, as well as Holland.


Gyeonree (9Muses) – Blue Moon

Release date: July 5, 2018

What’s interesting about this song:

I’m not really surprised that Gyeonree, being the most noticeable 9Muses member as of now (by noticeable I mean her being recognizable among people through TV appearances), was given a solo. And I’m glad that the song she debuted with as a soloist is none else but Blue Moon. It perfectly conveys her sexiness without being agressive, but still, in my opinion, this song could’ve served better as a title track for 9Muses group comeback, because the music style is very similar. I find the verses much, much weaker than the synth bass chorus, and Gyeongree’s vocals make the verses feel somehow empty, which is why I think it suits 9Muses better than Gyeonree alone. But damn, kudos to male dancers in heels!

𝓡𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰 – 7 out of 10


Twice – Dance The Night Away

Release date: July 9, 2018

What’s interesting about this song:

I don’t know why, but even three years later I can’t get into Twice songs aside from their solid debut track and Heart Shaker. Everything about Dance The Night Away seems to be what I’m usually into, but that synth drop at the chorus, the post-chorus harmony (or, to be precise, the absence of it), and the bridge is just not clicking with me. I’ve said once in Heart Shaker review that Twice probably has everything but the vocal balance. I can listen to every member’s vocals separately, but the whole combination together is just not working at all, no matter how much you try. JYP should already step up and give the ladies more challenging title tracks, come on. Stop disappointing me so hard.

𝓡𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰 – 6 out of 10


gugudan SEMINA – SEMINA

Release date: July 10, 2018

What’s interesting about this song:

I’ve listened to this song at least 10 times, but I still can’t get myself interested in it, although everything seems solid, from vocals, to instrumentals. It’s a good reminiscence to what the unit members did as still Jellyfish trainees during company evaluations on Produce 101. But it’s all too overwhelming to me. You kick a very strong instrumental with even stronger vocals without thinking of the balance between them, and the song eventually gets on my nerves. Not my taste.

𝓡𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰 – 5 out of 10


Holland – I’m Not Afraid

Release date: July 6, 2018

What’s interesting about this song:

Holland is back with another single, and I can totally see the improvement. It’s still that EDM/Tropical house-y track, but it sounds more distinctive compared to NeverlandOf course, the video sequence is more noticeable than the song because it features so many important things for society, but I’d like to point out how better his voice sounds. It’s understandable that such kind of artists as Holland focus on lyrics more than the complex musicality, and it’s not necessarily a bad thing. But like I stated, lyrics and video sequence play a big role in the overall influence of the song. I’m personally interested in how Holland will grow as an artist, and how much change he can do to the society that still can’t openly talk about LGBTQ+.

𝓡𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰 – 7 out of 10


Do you have any favorites in this edition of 아주 작은 REVIEW?

One thought on “[아주 작은 REVIEW] Gyeong Ree (9Muses) / Twice / gugudan SEMINA / Holland

  1. Thank you for the review, Rina! I have listened to all these songs but unfortunately I can’t pick a favourite song in this list >..< And Gugudan’s Semina Maybe cos I like the aesthetics of the MV :p

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