Jay Chou – The Eight Dimensions

The Orcs
2.5
Iron Box of an Island
3.5
Secret Signal
3.5
Where is the Train Going
3.5
Grandfather’s Tea
2.5
Return to the Past
2.5
The Final Battle
3.5

thoughts. B+.
Man, this is definitely one of Jay Chou’s albums that I would always flip flop with, yet I believe his third album The Eight Dimensions is probably the album from him I am the most fond of. It’s such a quiet and sincere album, though it always came across as very brief to me. I went through a phase where I thought it was boring in only really liked Secret Signal, Grandfather’s Tea and The Final Battle, but whenever I would come back an listen to this album I would always find myself liking it just a little bit more each time. It’s a very thoughtful in poignant little album, and it’s very immersive. Iron Box of an Island, Where is the Train Going? and Return to the Past took a little minute to grow on me, the first two I like a bit more than the last. I’m very surprised that I like The Orcs and Grandfather’s Tea is such a cute song that always makes me smile. This is a really nice album from him.

  • favorite track – Secret Signal
    least favorite track – Return to the Past
    guilty pleasure track – The Orcs
    under rated track – The Final Battle

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IU – Modern Times

See You On Friday feat. Jang Yi Jung
2.5
Pastel Crayons
2.5
Between Lips (50cm)
2.5
For the Love w Park Ju Won
2.5
Everybody Has Secrets feat. Ga-In
2.5
The Red Shoes
2.5
Bad Day
2.5
Obliviate
2.5
Walk With Me, Girl feat. Choi Baek Ho
2.5
Havana
2.5
Gloomy Clock feat. JongHyun
2.5
Daydream feat. Yang Hee Eun
3.5
Voice Mail -Korean ver.-
2.5

thoughts. B-.
Modern Times is IU’s third Korean album and I’m just baffled by how dull it is. The tracks actually reflect the title which I will give IU credit for, but literally none of the tracks with the exception of possibly Daydream stood even remotely out to me. The rest just played like tepid water. I was honestly getting irritated while listening to this album, because I don’t think it was this forgettable when I first gave it a listen a while back. I liked her first album despite it being safe, it seemed fresh and honest to me. I disconnected with her second album because I didn’t too much care for the fantasy element of it, but it was definitely better than this. Modern Times is legit background noise; what you listen to when you about to go to sleep and want something that will help you out with that. I adore IU’s voice, but even her vocals couldn’t save this album or keep my interest.

  • favorite track – Daydream feat. Yang Hee Eun
    least favorite track – For the Love w Park Ju Won
    guilty pleasure track – The Red Shoes
    under rated track – Gloomy Clock feat. JongHyun

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infinite – TOP SEED

Tell Me
2.5
Synchronise
2.5
No More
2.5
TGIF -Dong Woo solo-
2.5
Pray
2.5
Why Me 
2.5
Wind
2.5
Reminisce -L solo-
2.5
Love Song -Sungjong solo-
2.5
Begin Again
2.5

thoughts. B-.
I surprisingly feel the same way about infinite’s third album TOP SEED that I did about their second, oddly disappointed. It’s just weird how not one song jumped out at me or pulled me in. They aren’t bad tracks, but they just don’t stand out and seem to bleed into each other. The solos, well… Dongwoo and L’s solo’s weren’t bad, Sungjong’s was kinda boring and forgettable. After their first album it just seems like they’re way too experimental for me an not even a good kind like with BTD in Paradise; none of the songs are even catchy. They’re decently sung of course, but after the song is over I’ve forgotten it. I know Hoya left the group, an I’m sad about that because I like his subgroup with DongWoo. I’m not sure where my disconnect is coming from with infinite, because I was a stan when they first came out, but now I don’t even care what they release. I honestly wish they would go back to their old sound. This is just another album that I can put on and play through, but that’s it. Background noise.

  • favorite track – Tell Me
    least favorite track – Love Song -Sungjong solo-
    guilty pleasure track – TGIF -Dong Woo solo-
    under rated track – Reminisce -L solo-

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Fly To The Sky – Sea of Love

Sea of Love
3.5
Condition Of My Heart
2.5
Rains
3.5
Say My Name
2.5
Trust
2.5
Tragic Love
2.5

thoughts. C.
Hmm? Fly To The Sky’s third Korean album is pretty below average. Their earlier albums are very forgettable, compared to their latter albums which are a lot more polished. I do like their voices, especially Hwanhee’s (as I’ve said before) but to only like six songs on a full length album? The three songs that I do like, Sea of Love (one of my all time favorites from them), Condition Of My Heart and Rains are pretty good and gave me a good feeling starting things off. However, the last three tracks though not terrible are pretty bland in comparison. They just seemed tacked on and half-hearted. I believe I like this album less than The Promise, which is saying a lot. The first three tracks though definitely saved this album from being completely written off, or what I would like to call: a dumpster fire.

  • favorite track – Sea of Love
    least favorite track – Trust
    guilty pleasure track – Condition Of My Heart
    under rated – Rains

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Fish Leong – Shining Star

Unconditionally for You
2.5
Shining Star
3.5
Most Desired World to Travel
3.5
Smiles of Tomorrow
2.5
Plan to Visit the Sea
3.5
I Love You
2.5
I’m Not Happy
2.5

thoughts. B.
I actually thought I was going to write off Fish’s third album Shining Star, I don’t remember it being this pleasant of a listen when I first heard it. At first I thought I’d listen to it, like a few songs and then write it off or not really remember it. However, with songs like Shining Star, Most Desired World to Travel and a Plan to Visit the Sea it actually stands out a lot more than it would have. The others were nice as well in their own right; Fish’s voice is quite nice bringing a warmth and charm to her love songs. I’m glad I actually like this album, instead of just finding it to be boring or relegating it to decent background music. Her previous two albums didn’t stick like this one.

  • favorite track – Most Desired World to Travel
    least favorite track – I Love You
    guilty pleasure track – Shining Star
    under rated track – Plan to Visit the Sea

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Faye Wong – You’re The Only One

Beautiful Vibration
2.5
Still Waiting 
2.5
And Then one Day
3.5
Boring Coffee
2.5
No Reason
2.5
Because Of Him
2.5
Only You
2.5
Clarinet In A Quiet Night
2.5
Next Year Tonight
2.5
No Decorations
2.5

thoughts. B.
l have a love hate relationship when it comes to Faye Wong’s albums and You’re The Only One is no exception. It’s her third album an I kinda thought I liked it more than I do. It’s a pretty fair album, Faye doesn’t do much with it though. I do believe she did a song cover of Super Woman which wasn’t bad at all. I find that I am oddly fond of Faye Wong’s brief dip into classic rnbit also helps that she has a great voice. And Then One Day is the only track on this album I gave 3 stars to, which was surprising to me because I’ve always dug Boring Coffee. I like the simplicity of this album and Faye’s vocals are as pleasant as always. It is a step up from her previous two albums, but honestly not by much.

  • favorite track – And Then One Day
    least favorite track – Still Waiting
    guilty pleasure track – Because Of Him
    under rated track – Boring Coffee

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EXO – EX’ACT

LOTTO
2.5
Lucky One
2.5
Monster
3.5
Artificial Love 
2.5
Can`t Bring Me Down
2.5
Cloud 9
2.5
Heaven
2.5
Dream -She’s Dreaming-
2.5
One and Only
2.5
They Never Know
2.5

thoughts. B-.
I’m not really sure how I feel about EXO’s third Korean album EX’ACT. Monster was the sole reason why I decided to add them to my list (after years of trying not to like their music). I really enjoyed their first Korean album, so I guess I feel the same way about this one that I felt about their second one. It’s not bad, but with Monster as the title track I just thought it was going to come harder than it did. The rest of the songs just came across as very weak and forgettable in comparison. Truthfully, this is my second listen through of this album in I can only remember LOTTO and of course Monster. So, what I’m trying to say is I thought it would be better than it was. The other songs aren’t bad, they’re sung well but they just didn’t stick and I’m so over re-packaged albums, seriously.

  • favorite track – Monster
    least favorite track – Artificial Love
    guilty pleasure track – LOTTO
    under rated track – They Never Know

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EMI MARIA – BLUE BIRD

Scream My Name
2.5
Nobody Like You
3.5
3 o’clock in the morning
2.5
A.S.A.P. ~ Ima Sugu ni Kaketsukete
3.5
Sonna Kaze ni Ikite Kita Dake
2.5
Mirror
3.5
Cotton Candy
2.5
Forever Love
3.5
Soulmate
3.5
O・Y・A・S・U・M・I
2.5
Proud
2.5

thoughts. B+.
I’m in the same boat with Emi as I am with Crystal Kay, not too sure how I feel about her or her music anymore as it has changed drastically. BLUE BIRD is her third album and I feel as if I liked it a whole lot more when I first heard it. It’s a bit similar to her second album; there isn’t a track on this album I don’t really like and as usual Emi’s vocal’s are really nice. Her vocals shine in songs like Nobody Like You (a severely under rated bop), A.S.A.P. ~ Ima Sugu ni Kaketsukete, Forever Love and Soulmate. I do dig this album, but it follows the same sort of safe formula of her previous two albums. Emi has some nice stand outs tracks, some really good ballads and then the tracks that are there to just fill up space, though still offer something as oppose to just sounding like your typical filler. I do like this sound, even if it can become boring; I’m glad that she changed up her sound and became more experimental in her latter two albums.

  • favorite track – Nobody Like You
    least favorite track – Scream My Name
    guilty pleasure track – A.S.A.P. ~ Ima Sugu ni Kaketsukete
    under rated track – Soulmate

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DREAMS COME TRUE – WONDER 3

The Battle’s Apron of a Gun
2.5
A Goodbye is Waiting
2.5
KUWABARA KUWABARA
2.5
Ring! Ring! Ring! -S・H・H ver.-
2.5
Let’s Go to See the Rainbow Next Time
2.5
I Miss You from Long Time No See
2.5
Smile’s Direction -ORIGINAL ver.-
2.5
Kakusareta Kyouki
2.5
ESCAPE
2.5
The Difference of Two People
3.5
Time Travel
2.5

thoughts. B-.
I’m still three albums in (well more because I listen to albums prior to reviewing them) and I still don’t really know how I feel about DREAMS COME TRUE. Honestly, I feel like I’m not old enough to like them as much as I want to and I’m almost 30! I do like Yoshida’s voice though, it’s very pleasant an she’s pretty versatile with it. WONDER 3 is their third album in I’m pretty indifferent toward it. I neither like or dislike it. It’s not a bad album but none of the songs stand out, the only one that really caught my attention was The Difference of Two People. The rest were fine, but bland in a sense. I had some hope with the first two tracks which despite the fair ratings aren’t half bad, but I mean the album just plays like nice background noise, which isn’t saying much really. This is an album I can play through without really skipping a track, yet still a forgettable listen.

  • favorite track – The Difference of Two people
    least favorite track – Kakusareta Kyouki
    guilty pleasure track – ESCAPE
    under rated track – A Goodbye is Waiting

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Do As Infinity – DEEP FOREST

Deep Forest
3.5
Far Away -Album ver.-
2.5
I’m Home
3.5
Plan for Wings
3.5
A Girl’s Love
2.5
Week!
3.5
Hang out
2.5
Adventurers
2.5
Distant Thunder
3.5

thoughts. B+.
I believe Do As Infinity’s third album DEEP FOREST is my favorite album from them. What I find crazy is that though I enjoy DAI’s earlier albums more, I do like their latter in more recent albums. I don’t even think they have a bad album, despite me not really caring anout their debut all that much. Tomiko has a really interesting voice that brings life to their music; they’re actually a serious guilty pleasure group for me. I dug almost every track on this album but my favorites are of course Deep Forest, Week! and Distant Thunder. I’m Home and Plan for Wings are really good to. This is another above average album from them, despite how unassuming it is. I can put this on and just press the play button and enjoy. The only track I can say I didn’t really care for was Adventurers.

  • favorite track – Deep Forest
    least favorite – Adventurers
    guilty pleasure track – Week!
    under rated track – Distant Thunder

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