After Younha, I would have to give my heart to IU as my second favorite female solo K-pop act. What I love most about her music is that she is able find a compromise between gothic, orchestral melodies and youthful vitality. She puts the cheerful into the sad so to speak. But to contradict myself within ten words, I have to say that “Mia” will always be one of my favorite songs of all time for being anything but cheerful.
So anyway, hearing about Modern Times, an album that is the product of a coming of age, was really exciting, because the one thing that got on my nerves was all the cutesy that she did (but even that was rather classy for all the childlike behavior involved). I mean, finally!, right? If this whole concept is a product of that one scandal she had, thank goodness she had that scandal.
Despite this marked change, since IU tends to have clear cut and well designed concepts, being impressed by the preview is not all that surprising. What is interesting however, is that she’s been releasing a teaser per song (so far) rather than an album teaser. All of them so far are really beautiful to watch, and definitely have the sheen of an adult IU. I’m really liking them.
There should be six teasers in total, and I’ll update them here as they come out.
Amazing. That is all.
Teaser 1: “Between the Lips (50 cm)”
Teaser 2: “Child, Walk With Me”
Teaser 3: “Everybody Has Secrets”
[Is it just me or is this becoming more and more like Just Listen???]
Teaser 5: “Love of B”
Teaser 6: “Wait”
“Depression Clock” feat. Jonghyun
This song is wonderful; very coffee shop-esque with the right amount of whimsical. I really like Jonghyun’s voice here because it gives foundation to the song. On Omona it said that Jonghyun composed this song, and if he did, he’s quickly becoming my favorite SHINee member…though it’s going to be hard to beat Onew.
My only complaint so far is that the album cover looking photo sucks. Why does she have to be chewing bubblegum??