I just heard the fancams from Younha‘s June 22nd concert at Plitvice on Tumblr, (which you can see here) and it inspired me to go back to her old discography and finally make this post on all things Younha’s music. I’ll cover some of what she sang at Plitvice as well as some of my personal favorites, though I’ll try to spend more time on Younha’s older Korean music than on her last two albums of awesome. And because she’s Younha, she gets to have more than one of these compilation posts, and the second one will be tailored more towards her Japanese releases.
First up is “Delete,” (which I know I briefly mentioned in my last post,) is such a great pop song that I don’t mind talking about it once more. It’s a bit upsetting that it’s actually a cover of Nádine‘s “Made Up My Mind” and not an original song of Younha’s, but that doesn’t make the song any less incredible.
Edit: It turns out that “Made Up My Mind” is the cover of “Delete” (Yay!)… Thanks to 0hann0 for the correction!
Someday is undeniably Younha’s best album before Supersonic. Unfortunately, the reason for that is that her label began promoting her ballad style over her piano-rock in the latter years with the company. This song is called “Hero,” and sits in the harder rock end of pop-rock.
There is no way I can talk of Younha’s past before WeAlive without covering this little hit of hers, “Password 486.” It’s a fun song that doesn’t really get past pop-rock’s basics, unlike the surreal music she released with Supersonic and Just Listen. This link to the music video is part of a huge eclectic playlist of Younha songs, hits as well as b-sides, so enjoy!
“One Shot” is a song that wasn’t exactly her most popular piece, and let’s just say the blond wasn’t her best look. She’s not innocent like in “1, 2, 3,” but she’s not this leather wearing, red lipstick donning, bad girl either. “One Shot” is certainly not her best work, but I like the melody enough to look past the inexplicable and awful rap insert.
This song with Tablo, “Memory,” is a strange style for Younha, because it’s basically a conglomeration of K-pop Boyband uptempo ballad elements (I turned it into a genre, okay?). I think it would be really easy to give a revamped version of this song to Beast, because it sounds like something that they would sing.
…So it’s just me that thinks that? Okay… but here’s the song anyway:
“Comet” is another one of those iconic Younha tracks that it would be blasphemous for me to leave it out. It’s piano-rock at its best, enthralling but uncomplicated. I don’t think Younha would be where she is today without the song. It was her gateway to recognition as an artist in Japan, and by extension, Korea.
Younha’s ballads are little discussed here because, well, I don’t really like ballads all that much. Sure there are some that I fawn over, because there’s usually a transient quality to it that most other ballads lack. OSTs in particular are most infuriating because they often feel like tweaked copies of the same song, over and over. “I Cry” manages to be a song straddling in the traditional ballad line that doesn’t annoy me, though it might be worth mentioning that rock-ballads tend to be more of my taste.
“Strawberry Days” is a big surprise to me, because I expected to hate it. No, really, despite loving Younha to the ends of the earth, I didn’t think I would like this song. If the name is as unconvincing to you as it was for me, listen to the song, and you just may turn out to be as pleasantly surprised as I was.
Although I promised to stay as far away as possible from Younha’s last two albums, “Hope” is a song that I just have to mention. While most may find the pop magic of “Run” charming, the rugged edges of “Rock Like Stars” and “Driver” intriguing, and the vibrancy of “Set Me Free” and “We Could Have Changed” euphoric, “Hope” is a song that holds a special place in my heart for it does nothing more than keep me at peace. “Hope” doesn’t have much going for it in the innovation department, but what it has more than so many songs I’ve come across is soul; an inherent sincerity that could never be forged by over-emoting, ambitious vocals, or instrumental processing.
Though Younha released her mini-album, Just Listen, not too long ago, there are some signs about a new album coming out in November(?) based on this video (containing a 2min+ preview of the song)and a tweet she left on her twitter that just says “Subsonic.” These are not confirmed as far as I know, but let’s just say that I’m screaming internally…or externally.
Edit September 6th: Official “Subsonic” Teaser (it’s pretty boring)
(And if someone knows where one could get one of those Younha lightsticks, that would be greatly appreciated. :D)
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