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Solar Album Shines

It’s been two straight weeks (actually on the 3rd week since i drafted this offline a week ago) that I have been playing Taeyang’s 1st full album entitled ‘Solar’.  I thought I need to listen to the album again and again to know which song will be classified as the ‘IT’ song(s) for me.  When an artist I like or following releases an album, I normally choose the song that I like most.  For some reasons I feel like it’s a must to declare which is my favorite.  More often, the carrier single stands out and when it hit the mainstream quite well the song becomes the best in the album for the fans.  I sometimes feel that this becomes unfair to the other songs in the album, I feel like saying hey there are other songs worth listening in this album and not the carrier single alone.  So I take time listening to the album straight for weeks and get to feel which one will grow on me.

When I heard the audio upload of the carrier single I Need a Girl over at You Tube, I instantly thought the song is quite refreshing for Taeyang.  Since he started working on solo activities he released songs with strong R&B feel…the heavy ones.  나만 바라봐 (Naman Parabwa) and 키도 (Kido) left that impression on me.   Then he released Where U At and Wedding Dress which still have that strong R&B feel.  So to be listening to I Need a Girl was something refreshing to my ear.   To be honest I did not feel strongly about this song until I saw the MV and when he performed it live.  Seeing how Taeyang performed, I just mumbled he did it again.  The same great performance and charisma he showed with the live performances of 나만 바라봐 and Wedding Dress.  With this in mind, I must say Taeyang is really one excellent performer.  I may not share the same views with the other about this song but what is important is how Taeyang’s performances made this song something that I would eventually like.  This is what a good artist is made of, isn’t it?

Another song that gets to be performed once in a while during this album promotion is the 3rd single, Just a Feeling.  It has slightly faster beat than I Need a Girl and this song really got me singing yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah… Honestly I just realized singing along with Taeyang as the song plays. The beat of the song will also surely get you doing some body moves =) I can almost imagine that this song can be good for encore performances.  It’s quite infectious at least on me.

What captured my heart the most was incidentally the last song in the album which is Take It Slow.  I remember 1TYM having a song with the same title.  The music alone is pleasing to my ears and with Taeyang’s vocals, the song left an impression of wanting to listen for more.  It was sung a little soulful and Taeyang’s sweet-sexy voice made it perfect.  There is not much of power vocals but purely passion and feelings in every lyric that came out from Youngbae’s voice.   Taeyang is someone who sounds good when singing with heavy breathing.   I easily get irritated with singers who abuses this singing style but maybe because of the nature of Taeyang’s voice,  every breath that I hear sounds like a piece of his soul.  In one of his interviews, he mentioned that all the songs in the album are his story; I really wonder who might be the subject of this song.  Who is this person that Taeyang is asking to take things slow.  So to me the best song in the album is this song.  Not for any music technicality science, but the mere fact that it touches my heart and emotion as I listen to it.  No wonder I keep on playing this song first whenever I choose Solar Album in my iPod. Its automatic, my finger taps on this song first.

I did not include Where U At and Wedding Dress as part of the songs to choose from, as my most favorite, these songs were released digitally ahead with the other songs and they had their equal special space in my heart and ears ha ha ha.  I think Wedding Dress is one of the most abused songs in my iPOD along with Baby I’m Sorry from the Hot album.

I enjoyed listening to Move as well,  the song gives me that ghetto feel.   The beat is nice and I find my head swaying with the song every time I hear it.  It may not be a carrier single type of song but it’s certainly a good piece of song to listen to.

Songs which may not be my most favorite but they are song you will not skip either on the album are Breakdown and Before You Sleep.  Let me put it this way; I would rather listen to this song than some idol’s carrier single these days.

You’re My seems to be a bit short, but I love listening to it too as I can feel a lot of emotions from Taeyang’s voice.  I just think some of his falsettos in this song may no longer be repeatable live or may not be consistent when performed live.

Overall, I like this album than the first one because I can certainly listen to all songs (including the intro) for start to the end.  I seldom buy CDs of artists may it be Korean or American music because I only buy albums that I can listen to at least half of the songs in the entire track list. So far, Wheesung is the only Korean singer that I have been following consistently with all his albums on my CD shelf.  Now, I think I will be following another artist other than Wheesung and I am certain it’s Taeyang.

Before posting this review I finally received my Solar album the ‘real thing’ last week  *ahem* the deluxe edition from K-POP Mall.  I thought I was going to wait for another week but it came. The album is loaded and since the CD is packaged differently instead of the usual album jacket from a regular CD, you get to have this sort of booklet type album information.   I can’t help but smile on this picture, isn’t he cute and sexy in this shot?

Surely I will be dosing myself with his songs, I read he is having a concert this September in Seoul…Too bad I will be there not until December so maybe I will just be lucky enough to buy a DVD of his concert, I hope YG releases one.

Taeyang…More of Taeyang

OMO Taeyang is really giving me a dose of his killer performance medicine.  I am loving every single performance of him.  I Need a Girl grew on me.  Even if it wasn’t my most favorite song in the album, I love watching him perform this song and for 2 straight weeks his Solar album has been playing on and on my car while driving.

You know when someone is good…love and recognition pours.  I Need a Girl has already took the place of the number 1 spot at MNET Countdown twice in row and now he also hit the same spot at KBS Music Bank.

I am so happy for Taeyang, the guy has really worked hard to come this far.  I am amazed that every performance is as interesting as the first one.  Since he started working on his solo activities he never failed to get my interest with his great performance.  I know he may not have that super great voice but he truly knows how to work on his craft. Overall his live performance and MVs always come out perfect.

I thought of buying his album in time for my December visit in Seoul but after knowing that I maybe left with just the regular packaged album, I grabbed the opportunity of buying the deluxe version over at KPOP Mall.

I can’t wait to get hold of this album, i hope it gets delivered next week.  Thanks to AA Chan blog site, I learned that there are so many nice freebies included in the deluxe packaging of the album.

Taeyang deserves a big congratulations for making this album…way to go — hit number one in Music Core and SBS Inkigayo.  태양씨 화이팅!

Credits on video goes to smalljewelry.

Ma Girl by Taeyang Live

Finally a clear video of the controversial Ma Girl performance of Taeyang in his Hot concert last year.  For the longest time this cannot be seen in you tube as the DVD of the concert has just started sales in the market.  Only fancams were available. 

Still the hottest among Big Bang in my opinion hahaha.  Credits to cizzlewentzzz for the video in You Tube.

2NE1 is on Fire

After the hit CF single Lollipop by the YG girl group 2NE1,  they are finally going out with their first mini-album with carrier single Fire.  They created two versions of official MV the street version which looks like truly a girl Big Bang:

and the space version which is a bit sexier than the first which reminds me of the DISCO MV set up of Uhm Jung-ah, their nuna in YG:

I am not a fan of girl bands in Korea because they are exaggerated in their cuteness to some extent but 2NE1 makes a difference.   They do look crazy like Big Bang but at least they don’t have the crap songs like the other girl groups out there.

They resemble their Big Bang counterpart except that they are just 4.  CL their leader looks more of Taeyang to me than GD though her fashion sense seems to take on GD.  Sandara Park looks like Top minus the deep voice of the rapper.  Minji to me looks like GD but she is more associated with Seungri since she is the dongsaeng (youngest) of the group.   Bom I guess is Taeyang as well with the voice and sexiness. 

They will soon perform live at the SBS Inkigayo on May 17.  Got to watch out for that. 

Credits to wondersmurf for the video posts at You Tube.

Taeyang vs. Seungri

Taeyang and Seungri are the two Big Bang members that I get to write on this blog.  First it was Taeyang who made me like Big Bang after watching that YG Christmas performance 2 years ago in SBS.  Seungri on the other hand amazed me with his piano cum song number in their Great Live Concert. 

Although I am biased with liking Taeyang more than Seungri… I will always love them as the ever charming and talented member of Big Bang.   I always enjoy their performances and a week ago I got to watch this MBC dance battle of these two fascinating members of the band.  (Thanks to Babybongaholic for the video)

It was Mastercard… priceless in short.  Getting to see these two hot dancers was just too much to handle.   They wore each others signature style in their solo album promotion, Seungri wearing suit which he has always did when performing Strong Baby and Taeyang in his R&B look that he also sported in the MV of 나만 바라봐 (the hat never leaves his head hehehe).

Honestly I don’t know both songs I can’t be biased by saying who did pick a  better song.   Overall I think Taeyang owns the stage than Seungri that day.  While the station I guess became a bit prudent in showing a 50/50 scoring, I think it’s really Taeyang who danced better.  I love the dorky Seungri and he got some grooves on his body but Taeyang just moves smoothly without that extra ‘clumsiness’.   He moves with precision and grace.  I don’t know if it’s just me but I think there is something awkward with Seungri when he dance… well it’s not off but it has something to do with that precision in movement (timing).  But it’s good that he is slowly showing the man in him by being a bit mature in his performances. 

To me, Seungri’s performance was like showing he is no longer a boy 🙂 just like his Strong Baby performances.  Taeyang on the other hand just leaves that consistency…too hot for everyone.  I saw those controversial dance moves once more when he performed My Girl in his 1st Solo Concert.  Aigoo… Yoona at 2:30 was amazed to see Taeyang in that thrust down dance move.

It was great of MBC to do something like this.  I know this is a speacial show in celebration of the Lunar New Year.  I just love face off performances…artists always give their best in such production number.  Congratulations to Taeyang and Seungri it was a number worth watching.  박스! 박스! Hmm I wish to see someone face off with Top on rapping…guy is the best on his league (including the looks).

Hana Yori Dango ala Big Bang

Big Bang has just released their 2nd Global Warning DVD along with Taeyang’s Hot Concert and guess what?  They made another ultra funny parody of another all time favorite drama based on manga — Hana Yori Dango.

This time its Daesung who gets to be the girl.  Good thing Daesung is a boy — a cute boy because if he was a girl oh my 😛  He got Top’s kiss this time, previously it was Top and Jiyong.

I was never wrong is making Top as my personal choice to play the role of Domyuji (Dao Ming Sz in Taiwan version).  He perfectly fits the role and those eyes can cut.  Taeyang and Seungri are just right to be Akira and Soujiro but with GD hmmm i think he looks too bubbly to be Rui. 

I almost hurt my stomach laughing so hard on this parody.  Daesung looks like a freak teen girl in a uniform looking at  his leg muscles.  Big Bang never fails to entertain me. I got to get hold of that DVD surely worth the 원.

Taeyang Ended 2008 with Hotness

Last night Korea’s MBC aired their 2008 Gayo Daejeon.  No less than Taeyang was one of the performers and I must say one of the best performers.  What a way to wrap up 2008 singing his 3 hits songs 기도 (Kido – Prayer), My Girl and 나만 바라봐 (Naman Parabwa – Look Only at Me)

Taeyang showcased his great dancing skills.  I always think he is the best dancer in Big bang even with the best of his contemporaries.  Movement is so smooth and detailed.   Although the sounds during the MBC Gayo Daejeon seems to be a little weird, Taeyang pulled it through.  It is difficult to sing while executing complex moves.

Prior to this, he also did well in the Piano Battle with DBSK’s Junsu.   The thread over who won the battle is one of the longest.  Well I am just one of those who thinks Taeyang did win the battle may it be just the Piano battle or overall.   I have always liked Taeyang but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate if there are better performer than him. 

So why do i think he won?

  1. Taeyang played his piece well and sang  Don’t Wanna Try well
  2. Junsu vocals was good, singing You’re My Everything of 98 Degrees almost perfect except for the poor pronunciation of words.  Taeyang wasn’t perfect too in his pronunciation but he was understandable compared to Junsu
  3. Junsu concentrated on the singing, the piano was borderline good going bad.  It was almost staccato.

So if it was purely a piano battle Taeyang wins. Overall i also think Taeyang wins because he made a good rendition of the song while playing the Piano.  A lot of people say Junsu’s voice  better that Taeyang, this is true in terms of hitting the high notes of the song but if it was a competition on singing Junsu will surely be rated low due to his bad pronunciation.  Clearly Junsu’s choice of song is better for a singing competition.  The songs were of different genre so its really hard to compare.

Nevertheless 2008 is Taeyang’s year.  He made a mark and carved his name as a solo performer.  I am actually looking forward his 2nd album this 2009.  태양 파이팅!

Met Big Bang Last Night

It was a pleasant surprise to meet every member of  Big Bang last night.  For once I was able to hug Taeyang and feel those muscles *giggling*.  I never thought of meeting them face to face.  I was so surprised to see Daesung followed by Seungri, Taeyang GD and Top.  Daesung was so friendly and even shook my hands. Despite having all of them present at that point in time, I still had the courage to say that it’s really Taeyang that I like the most.  Noona was just too happy to recieve a warm hug from Taeyang.

Big Bang hit it big last MNET Music Awards

Big Bang hit it big last MNET Music Awards

I had to go inside for a while and when I went back, GD and Taeyang were no longer there. I wish to talk to Taeyang still but all these things just happened in my dream. Holy Moly! I must be thingking of Big Bang that much that my subconscious mind thinks of them.  That’s what you get when you listen to their song over and over again 😛

Big Bang and Hyori Explode @ MNET MKMF

The 3 young men of Big Bang performed on special stage for MNET MKMF 2008 along with Korean Pop Diva, Hyori.  The performance got the fans screaming to death as Big Bang’s Taeyang, GDragon and TOP take turns in performing side by side with Hyori.

Taeyang opens it up with Naman Parabwa (나만 바라봐), i missed him performing this song so it’s a bit refreshing to see him on stage.  As expected Taeyang’s dancing skill while singing is just too awesome.  The same song that is GD’s version came next.  GD is really grown up now… young man indeed.  What surprised me most is TOP.  He looks so naughty and that quick kiss to Hyori just put an endless scream until the end of the number. Is it just me?  Did i see Hyori gave out a smile after the kiss?  and why is Top hiding that smile on his face like as if he had won something big?

I bet there will be threads on whose lucky Hyori or TOP?  I am waiting for ridiculous exchanges about this hot performance.  Hyori at 30 playing sexy with these young men in their very early 20s, girl must be lucky…ooops I am no Hyori hater.

*credits to BabyBongaholic for the You Tube video

Big Bang Makes Your Day Glow

I am not sure if i would be happy of Big Bang’s return.   I have mixed emotions.  Why?  Because this will give Wheesung less chance of hitting number 1 on charts.  I love them both.  I love Wheesung truly but I also love Big Bang.  They cannot be compared because they have different music but God knows how infectious Big Bang is.  I saw the Sunset Glow MV few days ago and I was totally enjoying it.  These bunch of young adults always give their fans a pleasant surprise with their style and performances.

I love it how they dance and perform their very own music (and even other’s music too).  Just like the above Music Core number– I couldn’t help but smile on their cuteness and hotness (can you imagine combining these two factors?).  I bet this will sky rocket to the top on charts in a few days time.  Top and Taeyang for me spells hotness in this performance while GD, Seungri and Daesung are ultimate cuties. 

They performed Remember in suit and whoa~ they are really young adults exuding hotness then suddenly turning into bubbly boys next door in Sunset.  No wonder VIPs are getting nuts (and I am a VIP) about them switching gears that way.

Let’s see how this song will match the recently launched ‘Wrong Number’ from DBSK.  Seriously, DBSK is talented but I just don’t know why they don’t appeal to my senses.  I can stand listening to their song but never been addicted to it just as how addicted I am to Big Bang’s.  I would even exchange watching Taeyang alone for the 5 of DBSK performing.  Nothing against DBSK really…  I am not cross-eyed but they oh do not register in my brain’s RAM. 

I am anticipating yet another ‘big’ Big Bang success.  You guys are not a bit merciful to 휘성 형! Coming back like that 😀 i just have to enjoy your new music.  빅뱅 축하해요!

Note: credit goes to BabyBongaholic for the You Tube video post. 고마워요!

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