I know I’m not going to make myself popular with some of the visitors to this site, but I’m not going to give this CD a rave review. If I say that it’s the sort of music a teenager could put on the CD player and not have her father say “what are you listening to that infernal racket for?”, you might get the picture. Another way of putting it is that if Korea were to enter the Eurovision Song Contest, none of the tracks on this album would be out of place in that competition. The band has some good singers, but to be honest they’re let down by their composers and arrangers.
The weakest songs on this album are the ones with big orchestration — the big ballad-style ones. One of the over-used compositional techniques which I’m afraid grates on me is the need to shift up a key around two thirds through the song; and if you’re really unlucky you’re put up a further semitone to crank up the emotion one more notch in the last reprise of the chorus. The opening track 내 사람 is one of those and put me in a bad mood for the rest of the album. In fairness though, some of the numbers with more economical instrumentation are good to listen to — for example the fourth track with an appearance from 데니안, and in the fifth track, the quiet Love Song, the singer shows some good well-controlled top notes which the guy from Coldplay should envy.
It’s sung well, professionally put together, and absolutely fine to listen to, but not something I will return to often. Sorry.
By the way, the picture is an exact image of the packaging for the CD. It explains the problem I highlighted my earlier rant asking how we’re supposed to store these things.