Younha, Younha, Younha. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…
…Nope. Not possible to count them all. I’m not going to even attempt it. I was supposed to be studying, yet I’m writing this post on Younha’s majesty. That should be enough to let you know how much I love her. She is thisclose to being my favorite K-pop act EVER.
Anyway, just take her voice in and you’ll understand my fascination with her. She’s simply ethereal.
But first, let me show you how freaking amazing her company WeAlive is when it comes to making teasers (SM Entertainment, learn something here!)
The Album Teaser:
My Favorite Teaser:
Younha stands out not only for her teasers, but how ridiculously fantastic her songs make you feel when you’re listening to the album by yourself. They are not necessarily the best songs (I don’t like them all,) but I guarantee that they are all extremely emotional. You learn to experience music through Younha’s voice and every song will assuredly be something to appreciate, even if you don’t love each one.
Honestly though, I really cannot do her voice justice by just talking about her recent Korean Discography, so I resort to just embedding YouTube videos of her recent discography. (I’ve only put the English names in the tracklist.) Hopefully, I’ll get around to making a Time Machine for her.
This album is practically flawless. It leans towards Pop-Rock as opposed to pure Pop Music, and Younha’s timbre is really the key to the perfection of this whole thing. She emphasizes the right notes, hangs on the right lines, adds vibrato at all the right places, hits all the stylistic elements that bring each song to life…when I say listen to Every. Single. Song., I absolutely mean it. I can’t pick favorites, nor do I skip around songs when I listen to the whole thing. If you can’t take my word for it, it might be beneficial to know that this album took the crown for 2012’s Best K-pop Album, was in the top 5 (more like 2) of said list, or received a perfect review in the K-pop blogosphere; McRoth’s, Pop Reviews Now, Seoulbeats…you name a major review site, it’s probably won something there.
- Rock Like Stars
- No Limit
- Would We Have Changed?
- Set Me Free
- Cream Sauce Pasta
- Wait For Me
This one isn’t as jaw-dropping as the previous, but well worth the “listen” Younha asks us for (it’s a very aptly named album, if you ask me.) The sound of this album is very much “Younha” though she’s a bit more experimental here. I’ve bolded the songs I highly recommend after the first listen alone, and the starred (*) ones are those that grew on me rapidly. The other two? It’s just that they’re not really to MY tastes, but they are still good songs. (Here is a beautiful review of this album by Nikki at Pop Reviews Now)
- Just Listen*
- The Real Reason We Broke Up
- It’s Not Like That
- One Fine Day*
- Sea Child
(Credits to YouTube Uploaders and WeAlive)