[Double Review] Hate That I Miss You + Pattern – Lee Hae Ri (Davichi)

You may recognise Lee Hae Ri as one-half of the powerhouse duo Davichi, who debuted in 2008 alongside Kang Min Kyung. Skip forward almost 9 years, and Lee Hae Ri officially made her solo debut this year with the release of her first ever solo mini-album, h. Pattern is the pre-release, while Hate That I Miss You is the mini album’s title track.

Hate That I Miss You is your typical ballad. I expected that Lee Hae Ri would go down the ballad route and this is exactly what I had in mind. I did expect a little more to the instrumental, but this is still good. The song’s instrumental is only a piano in the background, which does make it interesting to an extent. But it did become dry quite quickly. But what kept the song going was definitely the vocals. It dominated the song and her voice just blows you away, especially those high notes at the end of the song.
To me, Pattern was the song that stole the show. As I mentioned before, I had expected Lee Hae Ri to release ballads for her solo, since that is what she and her group member is known for. But instead, we got this indie and upbeat track from her that was something completely unexpected from her. Still falling under the umbrella genre of a ballad, the song is amazing to listen to. Her vocals are shown off here as much as they are in Hate That I Miss You but the instrumental gives it a better kick. The song has a very nice melody. Her launch into the chorus and the chorus sounds like a different song altogether from the verses, but they were pulled together with a consistent instrumental, which I loved. It is a simple song (as well) when you listen to it, but it hits all the right notes.

The video for Hate That I Miss You is pretty simple. The artist is just sitting in a room, playing the piano while singing to the song. There isn’t anything else to talk about in the video, besides it is visually a nice video with the camera shots but it doesn’t have much to captivate me with.
Pattern‘s video shows an edgier side to Lee Hae Ri. The visuals and aesthetics in this video are really good, which suits the unique side of the song. There were moments where she maintained eye contact with the camera, which was tad creepy. Throughout the video, she reminded me of a doll. From the way she had a blank facial expression to the way she sat throughout the video. Altogether, the video comes off as pretty creepy, which (to me at least) makes it interesting to watch, although I don’t know what is really going on.

Hate That I Miss You
Song – 8.5/10
Music Video – 7/10
Overall Rating – 8/10

Pattern
Song – 10/10
Music Video – 9/10
Overall Rating – 9.5/10

 

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[Double Review] Beside Me + Love Is – Davichi

The Queens of Ballads have finally graced the stage in 2016. Davichi has officially made their comeback with double title tracks. The first track is titled as Beside Me and the other one is Love Is.  It’s been a while since I last reviewed them. The have also changed companies moving from MBK Entertainment to CJ E&M.

I freaking love Davichi ballads. They always have this fresh feel. Both songs managed to have that fresh feel, yet at the same time had a different element that kept the songs unique. Beside Me appeals to me because, while it is a ballad, there is an element of catchiness. Haeri sings one particular section of the song, the chorus, which caught my ears as soon as I listened to it. For a ballad, it is damn catchy. That is my favourite part of the song. That being said, the rest of the song is equally amazing. You could literally feel the emotion poured into this song. The lyrics portray the heartbreak pretty well, but their vocals just add another level of depth to it. While you think the rollercoaster of emotion is over, Love Is just decides to come along and dumping a lot of feelings. This song is much slower, but there is probably 100 times more emotion in this song. The reason why I like this song is that there is a lot of elegance when they sing the song. Especially the chorus where they emphasis that one word (or syllable): mwo (뭐). It sounds amazing. Their vocals have never been a joke and this just proves that even more. I also love how the start has a really soft instrumental and it slowly builds up into a beautiful orchestra piece. The vocals start of loud, but not too loud. As the instrumental builds up, it gave me an impression that the vocals were fading and fitted snuggly into the song. By the end, there was that amazing balance that I seek in song and ballads (especially Davichi’s ballad) portray amazingly.

Beside Me is a very mysterious video and the concept is quite matching to the song. The girls are in this foggy forest, running around, looking for their ‘lost’ love. The girls sing about how he must have forgotten about them and how they will always be there for their lover. Them running around the forest, the hallway, desperately looking for their love in their long dresses made the video quite powerful and meaningful. While not running around, the close up shots were captured the beauty of the girls really nicely. Love Is stars Lee Jong Suk has the main character. This music video is amazing for a number of reason. Lee Jong Suk is an amazing actor and his acting in the video is perfection. We see LJS arrive at this home and he seems to reminisce about the old times. That’s because in the video, he returns to his family home for either’s his father’s funeral or death anniversary. The memories get a little too much and when he faces his dad, he is overcome with emotion, crying while bowing down to his father’s portrait. Amazing video. The emphasis on those everyday sounds like picking up the mail, flipping the picture, the raining coming down etc. gave off a surreal sense of reality and added some more of that level of emotion (mainly because Davichi’s vocals and LJS’s acting isn’t enough). Both are amazing videos.

I cannot differentiate the videos and songs. They are both pieces of perfection to my ears and eyes, just in their own way.

Beside Me – 10/10
Love Is – 10/10

You Call It Romance – K.Will ft. Davichi

One of the top RnB artists of the Korean Pop industry has finally collaborated with the queen duo of Korean Pop ballads.

This is a much better song that what he released last year. To me, this song goes back in time to the Last Blossom days where his songs were a lot more bright and cheerful. So, I found this song very cheerful and bright. The instrument reminds me of that as well. I prefer K.Will’s vocals that way since it sounds a lot better. Davichi’s vocals in this song were pretty good as well, just I sense some autotune was put on top of their vocals. That disappoints me quite a bit, well, since Davichi has a really nice vocals and it is a shame that they are not really recognised for those vocals in this song. The chorus of the songs sounds quite catchy and does have a nice ring to it. The times where they sing “니가 하면 로맨스” throughout of the song was pretty nice but it sounded a little awkward. However, I think if the producers of the song did not place that auto tune on the girls’ vocals, then I would have been more happier. 

The music video is a little confusing. It seems like the lead actress is two timing the young guy, who (from what I read from the comments on YouTube) is Hyungwon from Monsta X and the more older looking dude who happens to be a co worker. She is obviously in a dilemma in the video, unsure of who to choose. I assume she was the choice between the “sweet” younger dude or the “warmer” mature dude. Notice how when she returns from the date with the younger guy, her house is full of treats and candy, while when she returns after a coffee date with the older guy, her house is a lot more warmer and Autumn like. In the end, she chose the mature looking dude over the younger dude, which was illustrated by the boxing match between the two guys on her TV, which was apparently very scary. Hahaha no. I find that particular scene extremely cringe worthy. Never liked it how girls from k-dramas act like that to be honest. Towards the end, I am glad she chose the mature dude because the young dude, well, was still in school. And it turns out that he had liked another person instead, which makes the lead actress happy, because she knows she is not making him unhappy. Honestly, a great video with a very cringe worthy way of presenting a scene in the video.

When you put these two videos together, you get a pretty much good release. 8/10

Don’t Say Goodbye – Davichi

Davichi released Don’t Say Goodbye back in August 2011. Since then and actually before then, they were already quite popular and have been really popular. However, this song in particularly, I would consider as their most successful song to date. This song basically took their name and blew it up. They also stayed on the charts for quite some time. In terms of reality, this by far is not their actual successful single to date (8282 probably was), however the publicity for this song in 2011 was huge. I remember everyone talking it about on-line and complimented the girls on such an amazing song. Like every other song, I have been putting reviewing this song off for some time.  But that is going to change TODAY!

Has any song released by Davichi ever disappointed us? I don’t think so. Both girls sing so wonderfully and so strongly that it is really hard to pick at the way they sound. And if they sound wonderful and professional, that kind of sets the rest of the song in stone for us. Their voices just do something to our ears that make it sound so wonderful. As for the song itself, it has a rather upbeat feel to it. The orchestral feel gave it that ballad feel to it but with the drum beats and electronic sounds, it made the song sound more upbeat Despite it has a sad meaning, the song has a more of a summer feel to it. Well, considering it was released in Summer, it complimented the tastes that the audience wants. That high note towards the end just blows you away. As for their harmony at the end, I have to say Davichi is one of the best in the industry.

The music video. What is there to talk about? A freaking lot of things need to be discussed. This space/star obsessed guy notices a garbage bag outside of his house. When he opens it, he finds a girl. A freaking girl who is alive. Wait, before that, he lightly kicks the bag. Ummm… It looks like a garbage bag and 99% of the time garbage is in there (the other 1% is a living human in case you’re wondering). Anyway, he takes her in and allows her to get clean and get fed (because she looks hungry). He then proceeds to start a relationship with her. Okay, so where is the part where you phone the police? Or a friend? Cause you just found a girl in a garbage bag. Yeah… Anyway, the girl finds a photo album of another girl (who we can assume the guy used to like but she disappeared). The guy gets a phone call telling him that his disappeared girlfriend can be traded back for the girl he found at the start of the video. A dilemma is caused for the guy and he makes the heartbreaking decision to give the girl up for his former girlfriend. Such a sad storyline. Yeah, the guy can be seen as an asshole and I guess if this did happen in real life, he has to live with the regret of giving the main girl to some creepy dude who would be doing who knows what. But I just love the acting in this video, particularly the ending.

Wow, this review is pretty long. But that is what you get with a music video that has a good plot. Overall, an amazing song and music video. 10/10

Cry Again – Davichi

The ballad duo queens are back with a brand new song. It has been sometime since the girls have promoted on stage. They did release some singles last year, however it went unnoticed due to the lack of promotion. They include Pillow, Again and Don’t Move. Now they have officially parted ways with MBK Entertainment (Formerly CCM) and have signed with MMO Entertainment . This is their first release (mini album) with the company, titled as Hug. The title track is Cry Again.

Every time I listen to a Davichi song, I feel the need to be blown away. After all they are quite successful in the ballad industry in South Korea. That being said, I really did not feel any appeal from the 2014 singles. This is really not a great song as their 2013 songs such as Turtle and The Letter, but this song really picks up the lack of great songs from Davichi. I have to say when they reach the chorus of the song, it really brings the song to another whole new level. I found the start and the verses to be quite “quiet” and really silent. However when the chorus came, it gave life to the song and added a sweet touch to it. I really love how they sing together at the end. Their harmony and vocals just takes your breath away.

From the start of the music video, we see a couple break up. Add creepy Haeri in the background, who follows the couple around and witnesses their breakup. Every time the dude hurts Minkyung’s feelings, Haeri always comes up and comforts her. Not sure about her character, but I think she is some sort of guardian angel or a really close friend. Towards the end, we see the couple kiss, but as the dude no longer loves Minkyung, the kiss has no emotions, and hence a message to Minkyung that their love is over. Once again, we see Haeri come up and comfort her. It was a quite beautifully shot music video. I have to admit that. That dude is clearly a douche and he was quite harsh throughout the music video.  The video suited the feel of the song and I think any viewer also could feel the emotion in the music video.

Overall, it was a nice song and music video compared to their less successful year last year. 8/10

Happy New Year!!!

 

Hi all, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Wow, 2013 is finally over. Can you believe it. With days to go, I will be unable to update this over my “break”. Beside that I have scheduled a whole heap of reviews. I promised you guys an End Of Year Charts, and with that very day 3-4 days away, I think it is time unleash the beast. Party hard! Welcome the new year in style! I will wish to see you all back on the 2nd of Jan 2013 (subject to change). At the very bottom of this post, there will be two links. One is a playlist for the winners of the BOB’s and the other is the top 20 songs of the year, as selected by this chart. Yay!!!!

Position Title Artist
1 Female President Girl’s Day
2 G.R.8.U (Your Impressive) VIXX
3 Tonight Spica
4 Hush Miss A
5 Damaged Lady Kara
6 24 Hours Sunmi
7 Voodoo Doll VIXX
8 Give It To Me Sistar
9 Expectation Girl’s Day
10 Only One Gummy
11 Be Ambitious Dal Shabet
12 Red Shoes IU
13 Number 9 T-Ara
14 Very Good Block B
15 Everybody SHINee
16 Kill Bill Brown Eyed Girls
17 Destiny Infinite
18 I Don’t Know FIESTAR
19 Only You VIXX
20 U&I Ailee
21 Madly FT Island
22 Love Blossom K.Will
23 Love Options BESTie
24 What’s Going On? B1A4
25 Growl EXO
26 Gone Not Around Any Longer Sistar19
27 Yoo Hoo Secret
28 While You Were Asleep JeA (Brown Eyed Girls)
29 1.4.3 Henry (Super Junior M) Feat. Amber F(x)
30 Dream Girl SHINee
31 Wild Nine Muses
32 Thriller BTOB
33 Goodbye Dasoni (EXID)
34 Insane A-Jax
35 One Shot B.A.P
36 Lonely Christmas Crayon Pop
37 Confused AOA
38 Bar Bar Bar Crayon Pop
39 Glue Nine Muses
40 Twenty Four / Seven 2Yoon
41 Jeon Won Diary T-Ara N4
42 I Like That GLAM
43 Tell Me Tell Me Rainbow
44 Stupid In Love Mad Clown ft. Soyu (Sistar)
45 Rocking Teen Top
46 No No No A-Pink
47 Why So Serious? SHINee
48 Baby I’m Sorry MYNAME
49 Dreamer History
50 The Letter Davichi

PLAYLIST 1: 

PLAYLIST 2: 

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM KPOPreviewed!!!

The Letter – Davichi

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Davichi recently made their comeback with a brand new single, The Letter. The duo, who are known for their amazing vocals, have literally done it again with another song, wowing fans and the audience with another heartbreaking but yet warm song. Davichi has never disappointed. Their amazing vocals are consistent through every song they release and their live is always cool. I watched their music video teaser, and honestly it was not that good, but I am loving this comeback and it seems like Korea is too, winning a lot of awards and ranking quite high on charts.

At first I was disappointed with this song, but now, I love it. Thier instrumental is really so grand and there is the epic feel in it which makes it sound so amazing. The vocals once again are consistent with their other songs and I seem to never get bored with their voice. The song, just from listening to it, is another sad song, and it seems that Davichi is a really good vocal duo when it comes to portraying their emotions. The chorus is quite catchy, for a ballad. I love how the song starts of slow and then bam, the chorus is literally high. There is one complaint I have to make, but what is with the door closing sound after each chorus? It sounds werid and everytime I hear it, it distracts me from the rest of the song.

Okay, for those who don’t know, the lyrics talks about how a guy leaves a love letter to the girl. The guy is terminally ill, and from the music video, we get that the guy dies, leaving the girl behind. The girl, obviously shattered, starts to cry and drives for most of the music video. Ummm…. Hello, I know that you could be is a different state of mind, but you drove for a very long distance. Not being racist here, but your eyes were closed for most of that time. Would it not be a great time to just stop the car, and cry out all you want? You know, if that happened to me, I would not sit in a car, drive and then cry my tear ducts out. Hmmm… But this music video has a lot of emotion in it, from the guy and the girl, a lot of tears are shedded. Great music video.

8/10. Really good song, great music video. Amazing comeback!!!! I also apologize for my week worth of break. I will have more reviews up over the weekend, and during the week. However, I may disappear for 4 days considering I have 4 more days of school. After that, I am all yours! Hahahaha… Churning out reviews after reviews.

Just The Two Of Us – Davichi

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Davichi has finally began their official promotions of their third album with another wonderful song. At the end of February (from memory), they released a single called Turtle, which I have reviewed about already here. They also on the 1st of April, another song, giving thanks to their success for their all kills which they have all achieved with the two songs. All Kills in Korea is when they top all of the three major charts in terms of download. But hey, congratulation Davichi. You deserve it!

Davichi sounds really good in this song. Their harmonisation is spot on and really sound well. The song is quite slow, but it fits their voices really well. I guess this song fits the standards of their previous songs or even higher. The piano  accompaniment sounds amazing. You can hear sadness of the song and the sorrow which they have in this song. Seriously, no wonder people say they are like a powerhouse. The songs builds up slowly and when they reach a  certain part, they unleash all the power they have gathered, which Davichi always seems to be the best at. I also think I can hear a harp in this song. I don’t usually hear harps at all. But hey, I don’t want to creep you out yet. So let’s just rest it at this.

The music video is really good. First off the bat, I would like to mention the lighting in this video. The moments when the lead actress feels sad and lonely, there is this dark lighting in the video. The moments where she is happy and enjoying her time with her quite handsome boyfriend, the lighting is quite bright and joyful. Now, that is off my chest. Yes, this is a such a sad music video. I found the music video itself compliments the song and its sorrows. However, there are a few things that quite confuses me. The first, is the craving into the table. That really does not occur where I live. Not sure about Korea, but carving things into the table is definitely not on my list of social norms. And also, did he crave “Be With Yo4” instead of “Be With You”? Secondly, the music video is actually lacking a scene, as a YouTuber did notice. I agree, the music video is missing the scene of why he actually first broke up with her, but yet it shows that he misses her. Did he hide some dirty secret from her? Did he suffer and avoided his girlfriend from suffering?. Lastly, she seems to be drinking a lot in this music video. I don’t think she touched her food at all. (Yes, she did order some food. Check the end of the video).

The live is like a normal ballad performance. Just those rose covered chairs really look distracting in the whole performance.  -Insert best bitchy face here- .

8.5/10. Pretty good.

Turtle – Davichi

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Davichi made their comeback with a new song called “Take a Drink Together”, however today we will be reviewing Turtle, a song that was pre-released ahead of their new album. Awesome. I am not really a big fan of them, but this song has a really cool message and sounds really good. Too much information? Keep reading the review. (I apologize for this review being like 2 days late_

This song is really deep. Its lyrics describe the pace of the aftermath of a relationship ending as slow as a Turtle walk. Seriously  I have never thought of it that way before in my life and after witnessing many of my friends (forever alone) break up, it does go as slow as a Turtle. I really like the vocals that this duo is known for and it fits the song quite well. I have no complaint about the song, it is just perfect. It is not too slow (-cough- Justin Timberlake – cough-) and i felt the song was positively portrayed. The piano has a great feel to the song and overall, I was satisfied.

The music video was really well done. It had some kind of Alice In Wonderland theme to it. I really liked it. The music video itself tells of a different story to the music video from my point of view, but at the same time, it compliments the music video really well.  The pink haired girl is kind of creepy though, but it seems quite cool. But that pink fluffy passage seems quite suspicious. Firstly it seems she is in a forest in the middle of nowhere, so that is quite suspicious. She acts as if she does not know anything which confuses me. And that guy, is seriously creepy. But overall, beside feeling creped out, this music video is really cool. I like how they used really soft lights at the night time and the colour blends well.

There is no complaint for the live at all.

7.5/10. Really good.