Baek Ji-young: Smile again

Baek Ji-young: Smile Again(Loen Entertainment, April 2006)
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It shouldn’t take six playthroughs to enable me to say anything constructive about this album. On first playthrough it made no impression on me whatsoever. Some generic ballad / R&B songs which could come from any of a wide range of Korean artists, and some songs with a Flamenco / Latin beat.

Some of the songs are now beginning to grow on me: the harmonies don’t always do precisely what you expect them to; there’s some nice acoustic guitar playing; some good melodies and some catchy rhythms. Overall, Baek has a great voice – versatile, with a good range and pleasant to listen to – but I can’t help thinking she’s let down by her songwriters. I suspect this CD will end up gathering dust on my shelf until I’m forced to give it away to make space for something else.

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