Baek Ji Young Pitta
The ballad/ dance Queen is back! Lost Star starts off the album with a simple guitar rift followed by a somber sounding Ji Young. After a few measures, the song picks up slightly with drums, but continues in the mellow, jazz sound.Â ë³´í†µ (As Usual), the lead track, follows with Ji Youngâ€™s raspy singing style laced with heartbreaking lyrics. The song is gorgeous and she has so much emotion in this song, but personally when I think of ballads, Iâ€™m not usually think of the spring time and honestly I get tired of hearing ballads so much; it would be nice for her to mix it up a bit more. How ironic, ëˆˆì€ ì™œ ê°ëŠ” ê±´ë° Â (Why Close Your Eyes?), a dance track comes right after. The beat is electronic and very â€œclubâ€, but the verses are pretty lackluster compared to the powerful notes sheâ€™s hitting in the chorus. Following is another dance song, Bad Girl. IÂ really like the use of auto-tune in this song; itâ€™s used very sparingly on Ji Youngâ€™s voice, but it sounds great in the chorus: transform into a bad girl. Â After two dance tracks that have you all in high spirits, itâ€™s time to slow things down with ì•„ì´ìº”ë“œë§í¬ (I Can Drink) , another ballad about heartbreak. I have nothing really to say about this song; itâ€™s beautiful but as I said earlier, I like more variety from her. ì•„ë¬´ê²ƒë„ ì•„ë‹Œ ë“¯ (Nothing) is another slow song, about â€“ what else- heartbreak. I absolutely love Love Game. The beat is fun, the lyrics are cute and although itâ€™s nothing groundbreaking, it definitely has a nice sound. I know I was bashing ballad a few seconds ago, but ì‹œê°„ì´ ì§€ë‚˜ë©´ (Over Time) isnâ€™t so dramatic and tear inducing that I just hit skip. I really like the use of the violin paired with the piano; absolutely gorgeous. ì•ˆí•´ìš” (Donâ€™t), more ballad-y goodness, which sounds pretty and very soundtrack-ish. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â ë„ˆë¬´ ì‹«ì€ ì¼Â (I Really Donâ€™t Want To) is a little more upbeat- just a smidge- but at least itâ€™s not another ballad. The one thing that I can say about this song is that itâ€™s really acoustic sounding, with the guitarÂ being the primary instrument. The album ends with ë¬´ì‹œë¡œ Â (In and Out Of Time), another ballad. A very emotional ballad at that. I thought they would at least try to put an upbeat song. I do like that the song has a slight Latin influence undertone, but thatâ€™s about it. Â I love Baek Ji Youngâ€™s voice; itâ€™s rich and raspy and emotional and pretty. But, as Iâ€™ve said before, being a great singer does not mean that you have to neglect other genreâ€™s. This album was alright, the songs were great, but I wish there was a greater balance of dance tracks and ballad tracks. I rate this 3.7/5.