Ailee – A Doll’s House

U & I
2.5
No No No
2.5
Rainy Day
3.5
How Could You Do This To Me
3.5
Scandal
3.5
I’ll Be OK
3.5

thoughts. B.
A Doll’s House is Ailee’s second Korean mini album and I wasn’t really feeling it all that much. U & I and No No No aren’t bad songs; she delivers decent vocal performances for both of them, it’s just that aside from that they didn’t really stay with me once they were over. Rainy Day is where the album really comes into it’s own, an even though I didn’t instantly like Scandal or I’ll Be OK the first go around, I really got into them once I stopped and really gave them a listen. Ailee has a great voice, sometimes I can’t decide on whose voice I like more between her or IU. I do prefer IU, though only because I’ve been a fan of her longer. Anyway, this is a better and more stand out mini than her previous one. Even though they both seemed to contain the same formula for the most part.

  • favorite track – How Could You Do This To Me?
    least favorite track – U & I
    guilty pleasure track – Scandal
    under-rated track – I’ll Be OK

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Aikawa Nanase – Crimson

OOOO?
2.5
Nostalgia
2.5
Hear a Good-bye
3.5
A Night Where I Can’t Sleep
3.5
Bad Girls
2.5
fragile
2.5
Velvet moon
2.5
Her and Mine’s Circumstance
2.5
Tender Song
2.5

thoughts. B-.
Crimson is Aikawa Nanase’s third album and it use to be my least favorite album from her. It honestly may still be… but I don’t dislike it as much as I once did. I think the main thing that turned me off of this album was how utterly forgettable it was in kinda still is. Crimson doesn’t have much of a presence, it’s kind of like a less annoying but blander version of her debut. The only track that really stands out is A Night Where I Can’t Sleep, such a beautifully poignant song. I thought Aikawa’s voice in this ballad was simply gorgeous and it’s actually my favorite song from her. Tender Song was also a good ballad, but it didn’t really stick and seemed to go on longer than it should have. The other tracks are OK, but I’ve heard better up and mid-tempo tracks from her. This is a decent album, but possibly her weakest offering, this and Red.

  • favorite track – A Night Where I Can’t Sleep
    least favorite track – Bad Girl
    guilty pleasure track – Hear A Good-bye
    under-rated track – Tender Song

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Ginuwine – Ginuwine…the Bachelor

Intro
1.5
Pony / Interlude G
3.5
Tell Me Do U Wanna / Interlude
2.5
Holler / Interlude feat. Nikki and Virginia Slim
1.5
Hello
2.5
Lonely Daze
3.5
Ginuwine 4 Ur Mind / Interlude L
1.5
Only When Ur Lonely / Interlude
3.5
I’ll Do Anything / I’m Sorry feat Timbaland
3.5
World Is So Cold / Interlude
2.5
When Doves Cry / Interlude
2.5
G. Thang / Interlude featuring Misdemeanor “Missy” Elliott and Magoo
2.5
550 What? / Interlude feat. Timberland

thoughts. C.
I was never much of a fan of Ginuwine (I preferred Usher back in the day), yet I do like loads of his songs and his voice is great. Ginuwine’s debut album Ginuwine… The Bachelor isn’t so much a mixed bag as it is a mess of confusion. You have the good tracks like Pony, Lonely Daze, Only When Ur Lonely and I’ll Do Anything—then there is everything else, in which they weren’t terrible songs, but I just didn’t care for them once the track ended. However, the only tracks I can say I didn’t really like were Holler and Ginuwine 4 Ur Mind. His cover of When Doves Cry wasn’t too bad either. The main thing that threw me off while listening to this debut are the interludes at the end of damn near every song. I know there was some kind of theme in point to them, but I just didn’t get it and to me they drug the album way down. It just seemed like songs would drag on for forever an it just made for a very odd in confusing listen. Either way it’s not the worst debut I’ve heard; I like it more than Usher’s debut, believe it or not. This album is to me for more hardcore fans though it does have the classic Pony on it. For what it’s worth.

  • favorite track – I’ll Do Anything / I’m Sorry feat. Timberland
    least favorite song – Ginuwine 4 Ur Mind / Interlude
    guilty pleasure track – Pony / Interlude
    under-rated track – Only When Ur Lonely / Interlude

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2PM – Grown

Ha.Ni.Ppun 
3.5
I Nolaereul Deudgo Dorawa
2.5
Wonjeomeuro
2.5
I’m Sorry
2.5
Oneulbuteo 1Il
2.5
Dangerous
3.5
Oneul Haruman
3.5
Game Over
2.5
Coming Down 
2.5
Go Back 
2.5
Love Song
3.5
Mundeuk 
3.5

Traición -Taecyeon solo-
2.5
I’m In Love -Junho solo-
2.5
This Is Love -Woohyun solo-
2.5
Perfume -Chansung solo-
2.5
Let It Rain -Nichkyun solo-
2.5
Love U Down -Chansung solo-
3.5
Call My Name
3.5

thoughts. B.
2PM’s third Korean album is titled Grown and after listening to this album I can see why they chose that name. There is such a huge swift from the rnb sound of their first an second Korean albums to this one. I was actually pleasantly surprised by it. The songs aren’t as explosive or in your face like the tracks on their previous albums, instead they sort of sneak up on you in catch you by surprise. For example I wasn’t feeling Ha.Ni.Ppun until I got to the chorus an that’s kind of how it was with the majority of the tracks on here. Even so it stilled played like a mixed bag of an album, and I only ended up really liking four songs. The second disc showcases their solo tracks which is pretty much the norm especially with male groups, I’ve noticed. It’s alright, but I wasn’t really wowed by any of the solo tracks and sadly disappointed with Nichkyun’s solo effort. I did surprisingly like Chansung’s second solo the most and the track Call My Name. This is a decent an somewhat mature album from them, yet I prefer their previous two albums over this one.

  • favorite track – Ha.Ni.Ppun
    least favorite track – Coming Down
    guilty pleasure track – Go Back
    under-rated track – Mundeuk
  • favorite track – Love You Down -Chansung solo-
    least favorite track – Let It Rain -Nichkyun solo-
    guilty pleasure track – I’m In Love -Junho solo-
    under-rated track – Call My Name

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2NE1 – 2NE1

FIRE
3.5
I Don’t Care
3.5
In The Club
3.5
Let’s Go PARTY
2.5
Pretty Boy
2.5
Stay Together
2.5
Lollipop feat. BIG BANG
2.5

thoughts. B.
I actually dig 2NE1’s mini albums more than their albums, and I actually use to really like their first mini, titled 2NE1 (wow, who broke their brain coming up with this title?). Now… not so much so. It’s plays better than both of their full length albums, but I think it mostly has a lot to do with the novelty of it wearing off. I love FIRE and I Don’t Care is my favorite song from them. It is actually the song that got me interested in them in the first place, because I didn’t really care for them when they first came out; just looked at them like a knock-off one-member short all girl BIGBANG. However, after In The Club the songs just get a bit meh for me. I do like them, they aren’t bad, they just come across as a little corny and don’t stand out as much as the first three songs. It’s a really decent mini album though, an this or their second mini are the albums I would suggest people listen to to get into them. Even though there isn’t much to suggest considering how minuscule their disco is.

  • favorite track – I Don’t Care
    least favorite track – Pretty Boy
    guilty pleasure track – FIRE
    under-rated track – In Da Club

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ZARD – I Won’t Search Anymore

Fushigi ne…
2.5
Mou Sagasanai
2.5
Sunao ni Ienakute
2.5
Hitori ga Suki
2.5
Forever
2.5
Lonely Soldier Boy
2.5
Itsuka wa…
2.5

thoughts. B-.
I actually had to listen to ZARD’s sophomore album I Won’t Search Anymore twice because I wasn’t quite sure if I had given the songs the correct ratings the first time around. It did play a bit better, but I was still left very indifferent. I know I say that they aren’t bad songs a lot, because they aren’t, it’s just something about them that I like but they don’t stand out as much as say the 3 star songs I rate. The only songs that I can say kinda stood out where Fushigi ne… and Lonely Soldier Boy. ZARD has a pleasant voice, so it saves the tracks from being boring or throwaway. Sadly, they just don’t stick in I’m left feeling somewhat underwhelmed once it’s over.

  • favorite track – Fushigi ne…
    least favorite track – Forever
    guilty pleasure track – Lonely Soldier Boy
    under-rated track – Mou Sagasanai

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Wonder Girls – Wonder World

G.N.O.
2.5
Be My Baby
3.5
Girls Girls
3.5
Sweet Dreams
2.5
Stop!
2.5
Dear. Boy
2.5
Long Time -Sun Ye and Ye Eun Duet-
2.5
Nu Shoes
2.5

thoughts. B-.
… I don’t know, I feel very indifferent when it comes to the Wonder Girls second album Wonder World. I think it’s mostly because it was such a time gap between this and their debut; for the life of me I will never understand why JYP decided to make them debut an promote in America. This was the final album with the original line-up. I can’t help but think of them in the same vein I think of 2NE1; potential wasted, utterly. Wonder Girls’ disco is just so bare it’s really quite tragic because their style of music was unique. Anyway this album is alright, the songs are decent enough and competently sung. The stand outs would of course the lead track Be My Baby, followed up by Girls Girls a track I really didn’t think I would care for. I feel like this album could have played better, it seemed short to me as well. Wonder World not a bad album just a pretty OK follow up to their debut. However, it is a step upI’ll give it that.

  • favorite track – Be My Baby
    least favorite track – G.N.O
    guilty pleasure track – Stop!
    under-rated track – Girls Girls

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Usher – Usher

I’ll Make It Right
2.5
Interlude 1
1.5
Can U Get wit It
2.5
Think of You
3.5
Crazy
2.5
Slow Love
2.5
The Many Ways
2.5
I’ll Show You Love
2.5
Interlude 2 (Can’t Stop)
1.5
Love Was Here
3.5
Whispers
2.5
You Took My Heart
2.5
Smile Again
2.5
Final Goodbye
2.5

thoughts. C.
Where do I even start with Ushers self-titled debut album Usher? How about the fact that he was 13 or 14 and talking about some serious grown-up stuff and it kinda, really threw me off a bit. He had such a cute baby face back then, so you cannot take him serious when he’s talking about bedding a chick that young, like… no. Anyway, I will give Usher some credit for him to be that young he had such a pleasant voice. I mean I was mostly bored listening to this album, but he made the majority of the tracks that I would have otherwise overlooked, actually listen-able. I found myself thinking, wow these are some really dull songs, but I can fuck with them. I actually like the track Love Was Here, even though if I were to be honest it sounds like all the other tracks on here. Out of the singles he released I really liked the catchy Think Of You, even though Can You Get With It is fun for all the wrong reasons. I wasn’t too disappointed with this album though, not like I was with Aaliyah’s debut. I think I expected it to be more like Sammie’s debut, but it seemed like he was trying to be more mature than he really was and it just didn’t work for me. The songs aren’t bad, it’s actually a decent album to just put on in listen to if you want to be put in a relaxed mood as Usher’s voice is really nice and sultry throughout, if you can forget how young he was when this was released.

  • favorite track – Think of You
    least favorite track – (the interludes…)
    guilty pleasure track – Can U Get wit It
    under-rated track – Love Was Here

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Wheesung – It’s Real

Set me free
2.5
Dashi Mannan Nal
3.5
I am missing you
3.5
With me
2.5
Saranghaji Anheul Keoramyeon
3.5
Player
2.5
Maeul Haejwo
3.5
Pretty lady
2.5
Miin
2.5
Angel
3.5

thoughts. B.
Wheesung’s second Korean album It’s Real plays a lot like his first, only less tedious-seeming and not as long I would say. There is still more ballads on here then up-tempo tracks, but they worked in didn’t drag the album quality down. To be honest there isn’t much to say about this album; Wheesung’s vocals are gorgeous as per usual an the songs stand out a lot more this time aroundwith the highlight being the ballad Dashi Mannan Nal as well as the under-rated Angel, which I remember I use to listen to all the time, that track and 7 days. A step up from his first album, which I also like but just wasn’t as memorable.

  • favorite track – Dashi Mannan Nal
    least favorite track – Pretty Lady
    guilty pleasure track – Player
    under-rated track – Angel

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Utada Hikaru – Distance

Wait and See ~Risk
3.5
Can You Keep A Secret
3.5
DISTANCE
3.5
Sunglasses
2.5
Drama
2.5
Eternally
3.5
Addicted to You – Up In Heaven Mix
3.5
For You
3.5
Kettobase!
3.5
Parody
2.5
Time Limit
3.5

thoughts. A.
I did not use to like Utada Hikaru’s sophomore album Distance. I actually, surprisingly, use to like First Love more than this. I’m not entirely sure why but when I first listened to it it just didn’t do anything for me. Later on, when I got older in really started to pay attention to her tracks on here, I came to the sudden realization that this just might be my favorite album from her. It was a huge shift away from the somewhat heavy rnb sound of her debut. I believe this was the start of her becoming more experimental an shying away from the rnb sound that thrust her into stardom. I like it a lot more, because it seems more her. I do like the rare rnb track from her, but her sound for this album really caught my attention and kept it. Wait and See -Risk- and Can You Keep A Secret are super under-rated tracks from her, she brought a lot of energy to them; odd tracks to start the album off with, but they work (I would have preferred her to start it off with Can You Keep A Secret). I also really enjoyed her Addicted To You remix version and I didn’t think I would as I normally don’t like Japanese remix songs. The standout track on the album to me (aside from DISTANCE) is Kettobase! I did not think I was going to dig this song as much as I do, Utada is straining like crazy but she really showcased some complicated vocals in this song. I also really like Drama, Eternally (tragically under-rated ballad from her), For You and Time Limit. I feel like this is such a silent gem from her and I’m kicking myself for how long it took for this album to grow on me. I actually really enjoy Hikki’s strained falsetto, she gives it her all in the tracks where it’s prominent.

  • favorite track – DISTANCE
    least favorite track – Parody
    guilty pleasure track – Kettobase!
    under-rated track – Eternally

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