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Video Analysis: XIA- Incredible feat. Quincy


XIA (준수) Incredible (인크레더블) (Feat. Quincy) M/V

First of all, let me start off this post saying that I did not even know Xia was going to release a solo album ( that’s how out of touch I’ve been with K-pop). Anyway, Xia released this video right before his album showcase (can be viewed here) and I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. Continue reading Video Analysis: XIA- Incredible feat. Quincy

Ailee A’s Doll House

So Ailee is back with her mini album ‘A’s Doll House’, which is available on iTunes, and it is something else!
U & I is a great opener for the mini album. This track is funky with lots of R&B/Soul influence. I’m really loving the horns in this song; it definitely gives this song a jazzy feel.No No No is a pop synth track that is perfect for the summer.

Rainy Day was an attempt at a sort of pop/rock ballad. I want to like this song, but the overall composition of the song is weird. This track feel like she’s yelling for the majority of the song and she does have a set of pipes on her, but this isn’t pleasant to listen to. If her singing wasn’t so scream-y then maybe I would like this track.

이런 법이 어딨어 really reminds me of old Hwayobi, that sort of classic R&B sound. I much prefer this more calmer sounding Ailee. This song is very simple in composition, just a bit of layering of her voice and guitar and some light percussion and piano; that’s where she shines. 열애설 is ok; JeA of Brown Eyed Girls’ helped on the music for this song and the music sounds nice and I can definitely hear her singing a song like this. This wasn’t a very strong track and honestly a little more pizzaz, maybe a featured singer or rapper would’ve made me appreciate this song. I’ll Be Okay is a cute end to the album. This pop synth track is light and another “I don’t need a man” summer anthem.

This mini album from Ailee wasn’t what I was expecting, but it’s not that bad. I think she was trying to show off her voice, which is beautiful, and also have more pop tracks that fit with the mood of summer. I think some of that logic got lost in a few tracks. Ailee’s singing also gets a 10/10, but this mini gets a 3/5!

One Direction Up All Night

British-Irish boy band, One Direction have invaded the hearts of young girls across North America. Under the direction of former American Idol judge Simon Cowell the group was formed from the popular England talent show The X- Factor where each auditioned separately and later made the now five member boy band. They released their debut album, Up All Night on March 13th and have been toping Billboard 200 chart. Continue reading One Direction Up All Night