With the first 6 months of 2018 officially over, it is time to look back at my personal favourite songs from the first half. Last week, I recapped the top songs from the Weekly KPOP Charts. But some songs that I personally liked didn’t really make that list. So here are 15 songs released over the last 6 months that are my personal favourites AND continually listen to (irrespective of the charts and the reviews – as opinions do change).
Today’s album review is DAY6’s latest release, Shoot Me: Youth Part 1. Given the title, it suggests there will be a continuation of this album, which I am highly anticipating. While there are a few albums released prior to this one that I should be reviewing, I had to push this one up due to the quality of the music! On top of that, Young K penned each song, which I thought was really cool. If you want some good music, continue reading cause that is what you will get!
1..WARNING! – Starting off the album is a rock number. It is a great yet very intense opener. There were a few interesting aspects that make the song stand out. The opening words (‘It’s dangerous’) were sung in a way that I thought was very intriguing and appealing. The silence just before the choruses created suspense and really allowed Jae’s voice to pop. I thought the ‘Warning’ (sung by Dowoon, according to comments on YouTube) was highly appropriate and what I had expected with a song titled as so. The execution of the vocals and melody was also well done. (9/10)
2. Shoot Me (Title Track) – Click here to read the full review of Shoot Me. (10/10)
3. Somehow (어쩌다 보니) – The presence of the keyboard throughout the song what drew me to the song initially. Despite that, the song can be described as a breakup song with an intense rock instrumental. The build-up to the chorus was spectacular and this can be attributed to the presence of the drums (which was amazing throughout the entire song). The bridge brought everything down, which was rather interesting in my opinion. It cuts the intensity, providing some relief and gives a moment of fragility to the song, which in turn compliments the lyrics (though I am not sure if this is its intention). (9/10)
4. Feeling Good – Feeling Good tones down the explosive nature seen in each of the three preceding songs, opting for a much more poppy and brighter instrumental. There is also an experimental nature within its sound, which I thought worked really well. The atmosphere that came off from the song was rather positive, which makes it quite attractive. I liked the catchiness of the hooks, which makes it become an addictive side track to listen to. I also liked the ‘zap’ into the chorus. While this is just a small detail within the song, it definitely goes a long way for me. (9/10)
5. Talking To (혼잣말) – Talking To felt retro to me. Not sure if it is even a valid description to the song but I thought that was the case with the hollow/echo-y effect placed onto the vocals at the start. I really liked the inserts of background vocals throughout the verses, which felt cool. I also thought it was interesting how this was the only song with rapping in it, which was decent sounding. Standout vocals from Jae, particularly during the bridge. Other than that, I thought the song could have benefited from a more exciting drop. But it still a good song. (8/10)
6. Still (원하니까) – At first, I had my doubts about the song but with multiple listens afterwards, it turns out to be a quite beautiful sounding song. Still is the closest song to a ballad. It reminds me of some of the songs from their monthly project last year. The emotions could be felt via the vocals. I thought the instrumental was well balanced and didn’t overpower the vocals (which were amazing). Its calm nature ended the album on a good note. (8.5/10)
Overall Album Rating – 8.9/10
Who is excited for DAY6’s comeback? Ever since I heard the album highlight medley, I have been wanting to hear this song and finally, it is here!!! DAY6 returns with Shoot Me and the mini-album, Shoot Me: Youth Vol. 1. This is the band’s first comeback since wrapping up their 2017 monthly releases. On top of that, the band also made their Japanese debut with If (We Can Meet Again) and will be returning the Japanese market with their Stop The Rain comeback in July.
I have been wanting a song to be described as a powerful rock sound for quite some time and I think DAY6 has managed to deliver with Shoot Me. And Shoot Me is really good on so many fronts. The chorus is undeniably catchy with its ‘Bang Bang‘ and ‘Bullet Bullet Bullet‘ start and explosive due to the drums. I have replayed it a number of times already since its release already, excited to relive the chorus each time. In really liked the pre-chorus which built up perfectly to the chorus. Jae’s vocals in this section was also amazing. I also really liked the intensity of the bridge, which was definitely another moment which I really enjoyed. My only one complaint would have to be how short the song was . But other than that, Shoot Me is a damn catchy song.
The music video shows a couple arguing. And from the combinations of the lyrics and the visuals, it seems her words have become bullets which continually wound him. I thought this was great imagery that showcases the lyrics in an interesting manner. But rather than limiting this to just lovers, everyone else in the cafe takes aim at him, which may suggest that harsh comments were said to him (irrelevant to the romantic storyline). He fights back with his fair share of bullets but he doesn’t hit any of them, suggesting that his comments back didn’t offend them directly or that he stood up for himself. The concept was rather intriguing and unique, which also has a strong message within it. Not sure about how violence seemed to be downplayed towards the end of the video (i.e. bullet holes through his shirt vs. paint splashing about) but this may allude to the nature of his comments that he fired back.
Song – 10/10
Music Video – 9/10
Overall Rating – 9.6/10
If you haven’t heard yet, DAY6 will be making their Korean comeback next week and I am super excited. But before we get there, today we will be reviewing their upcoming Japanese comeback, Stop The Rain, which is due for release on the 25th of July. DAY6 also recently released their first compilation album in Japan, which features their past Korean hits and some ‘new’ Japanese versions of their Korean tracks.
Stop The Rain follows neatly in the footsteps of If We Can Meet Again, their 1st Japanese single released earlier in the year. It takes that craved rock sound that I really want to hear from the group from their previous song and kick it up a notch. The song felt like your mainstream rock song. Nothing more or nothing less. The entire track from the get-go was definitely taking that rock element on board and basically throwing it at you, with the only moment of relief being that 15 seconds worth of slowdown during the bridge. Other than that, the song gave me personally a rush of adrenaline and really left me wanting more at the end (and this is what I want). Vocally, the band was spectacular. I really liked the electric guitar solo during the instrumental break and the harmonies that followed soon after. Overall, I felt I wasn’t let down by the song at any moment and this made it an amazing song for all to listen to (that is if you like rock).
I like the way the music video is shot. I particularly like the white scene with the many light strobes, which looked really cool when it was flashing along with the song. I also liked how they were performing in water and in some scenes, you could see a ripple effect in the water. The darkness and storm clouds we see throughout the video goes hand-in-hand with the lyrics of the video. On the other hand, I am not too sure about the members falling down. It would make sense with the members representing raindrops in the storm, however, that feels a tad too obvious. Other than that, it was a good video.
Song – 9/10
Music Video – 9/10
Overall Rating – 9/10
2017 was one busy year for DAY6, who successfully released new songs every single month and 2 full-length albums in the past year alone. With the new year already in full swing, DAY6 is starting off 2018 with their Japanese debut and latest track, If We Can Meet Again.
If We Can Meet Again brings us back to the I Wait and How Can I Say releases. It isn’t necessarily your heavy rock track that you would put on to drown out society. But rather it combines that ballad side DAY6 has demonstrated us with their more recent releases, just combining it with that rock element. I actually like this rock side more, mainly because it satisfies this rock craving feeling that I have from time to time. Their ballad side is still quite good and should be greatly appreciated still. Anyway, back to the song. It maintains momentum and feels quite consistent. While I have suggested in the past that too much consistency might be a track’s downfall, this track does feature a few details here and there that does supposedly change it up to keep it interesting. The bridge adds a touch of EDM to the song, which definitely gives the song that intriguing factor. There were slight tempo changes throughout the song but nothing too major as we tend to see in some Korean releases. Per usual, DAY6’s vocals and raps were pretty good. My only one major request for this song would be to have the band go that extra mile with the rock instrumental. I feel like the track can be lifted to a whole new level if they went that extra mile.
I feel like that possible ‘extra mile’ in the song would have also complimented this video. The song (as we are presented with) does match the music video. But I felt like a stronger rock sound would have worked well with the wind blast and shaky camera work during the chorus. I like those elements and also the visual effects in the video, such as the train just going at them at full speed. But as I said, the song currently still works well with the video. The ending was a tad cheesy with some of the members flying backwards and the slow motion not really matching well with the intensity coming from the song. But still, a decent video to watch.
Song – 8/10
Music Video – 7/10
Overall Rating – 7.6/10
After a year of monthly singles, Every DAY6 has come to an end. Every DAY6 is a project conducted by DAY6, where they released two songs on a monthly basis for the entire year. With December finally here, it is sad to say that the monthly expectation for DAY6 has also ended :(. But that being said, DAY6 has left 2017 with two studio albums, Sunrise and Moonrise, both of which features all the songs released in 2017, plus a few extra goodies. For this particular album, I don’t have access to the CD Only tracks (14-18) so I will not be reviewing them.
1..Better Better – Better Better is an ideal way of opening up the album. The song has a really addictive chorus that is definitely able to induce the good old head-bang. The vocals and instrumental of the song gives off an explosive energy, which definitely hypes you up for the songs to come. (10/10)
2. I Like You (좋아합니다) (Title Track) – Click here to read the full review for I Like You (released in December). (9/10)
3. What Can I Do (좋은걸 뭐 어떡해) – Click here to read the full review for What Can I Do (released in August). (8/10)
4. I’ll Remember (남겨둘게) – This song was part of their September release. It is an interesting track that manages to do a lot. The start of the song gives off the impression of an upbeat song but the vocals bring out a more emotional side of the track. The start had an amazingly powerful guitar and rolling drum beat, something of which I liked. (8/10)
5. Whatever! (놀래!) – Whatever! was released in August. The song is a little plain (due to its lack of memorable moments) but it manages to remain upbeat throughout, giving off fun party vibes. Personally, I think it is a more cohesive track, compared to the main August track, What Can I Do. Pretty cool track. (9/10)
6. Be Lazy – The song had those funky vibes that reminds me of Bruno Mars. The retro chorus made the song extremely fun and the ‘Be Lazy’ part that follows the chorus was quite catchy. Once again, we must praise their vocals and the adlibs especially were on point. (9/10)
7. Hi Hello – Click here to read the full review for Hi Hello (released in July). (9/10)
8. I Loved You – Click here to read the full review for I Loved You (released in September). (8/10)
9. When I Loved Someone (그렇더라고요) – Click here to read the full review for When I Loved Someone (released in October). (9/10)
10. All Alone (혼자야) – Click here to read the full review for All Alone (released in November). (7/10)
11. Pouring (쏟아진다) – Another fast-paced song that goes well with the explosive vocals. There was also a nice incline in the instrumentation at the start of each chorus. However, I am not fond of the bridge as it slowed down the song a little too much for me and broke the flow of the song. (7.5/10)
12. I Need Somebody (누군가 필요해) – I am a major fan of Imagine Dragons and this song had the exact same feel that I would associate with the band. I like the gradual build-up of the song, which creates great suspense towards the second chorus. This makes the song go boom. The whistles before the second chorus were really nice and gave the final moments before that boom a pleasant feel. Overall, another nice song to rock out to. (10/10)
13. I Will Try – I think this is the closest the band has gotten to a ballad. Once again, the vocals are great and very dreamy. The instrumental was quite nice with the soft piano melody. The song gives off a warm feeling, making it suitable for the upcoming cold season. The acapella at the end was extremely unexpecting but their harmonies are amazing and it makes the song even more suitable for the Christmas season (carols anyone?). (10/10)
Overall Album Rating – 8/10
For the past year, DAY6 has been releasing songs every single month. And as the current month (December) is the final month of the year, DAY6 has officially dropped the last track that makes up this Every DAY6 project, I Like You. It is definitely a remarkable feat for a KPOP group to continuously pump out songs like that and has proven extremely successful, with many of their tracks drawing the attention of listeners, new and old fans alike in the past year.
Let’s take a moment to appreciate how good I Like You is. Honestly, I have not been feeling some of their latest tracks. I Like You is completely different, as clearly, they have left the best til last. It is an awesome rock ballad mix to rock out to. The instrumentation is quite good but it isn’t the show-stealing element of the song. Their vocals were and they do not disappoint. Both Jae and Young K open the chorus up so well, that I am blown away each time I listen to the song. I love how their vocals occur prematurely in comparison to the chorus instrumental. Jae’s guitar solo was also another highlight. That pause that features in the song just makes everything feel so much more explosive, definitely giving the song its peak that it needs. And for once the fade-out ending is ideal for the song. Overall, it is a great song and totally great way to end 12 months of songs with a bang.
The music video was quite nice. I liked the little plotline that featured in the video. Basically, I assume the two leads actor/actress are interested in each other. The guy goes through a non-elaborate plan to confess his love to the waitress by using a very subtle heart shape balloon (sarcasm present). Usually, I find such things quite cheesy but it made for a nice video. The cinematography of the shots featuring the actors, along with the band scenes featuring DAY6, was quite nice as well.
Song – 9/10
Music Video – 9/10
Overall Rating – 9/10
It is November the 6th. You know what has come to our doors. DAY6’s November comeback is here! It is disappointing to hear that the year is just about to wrap up as that means DAY6 will not be making their monthly comebacks anymore. But on the other hand, the band has done all their fans proud with the consistent delivery of quality and deserve a break.
All Alone brings back the acoustic side of the group. If there is a list of songs out there that shows the groups’ true colours, this is probably one of the songs on that very list. It shows off their talent in a very subtle way. The song is very flowy and makes you sway along. A definite tick in my books. Throw in their harmonies and vocals, they do showcase a more natural sound to the song. For me, it is the type of song that I would play before going to bed. It may sound like I am making a complete turn around with my comments but I do not mean it in a bad way. Rather, there is a soothing effect in this song which makes me feel calm and relaxed. Something that is a little hard to find in KPOP and it is much appreciated after a day full of energy filled songs (and more to come). Overall, it is a decent song to listen to if you want to relax or fall asleep.
The music video seems to be the end of the storyline that featured throughout What Can I Do?, I Loved You and When You Loved Someone. But instead of actually ending the story, they kind of come together and reflect upon it by showing shots of each music video (like memories). It compliments the storyline but it makes for an incredibly dry video to watch. On a more pleasant note though, they seem to play the song live in the music video, judging by how the video ends.
Song – 8/10
Music Video – 6/10
Overall Rating – 7.2/10
DAY6 have made their comeback for their “October” release, a week before its usual release date of ‘the sixth day of the month’. When You Love Someone features the continuation of the storyline that featured in What Can I Do? and I Loved You.
But before we start looking at the music video, let’s talk about the song. When You Love Someone, is once again, on the slower side of the group’s releases. But while I have expressed my disinterest in their slower tracks earlier on the year, it seems like they have been on a roll with these slower songs more recently. The song manages to get me to sway along, which if you know by now, is something that I like a lot. To be precise, it definitely has a very calming aura, which makes it interesting to listen to. The melodies in this song are quite nice and the instrumental has a very nice pop nature to it. The chorus was exceptionally good, with the group managing to throw in a hook to give the song a memorable moment. But their vocals is what is on display throughout the song and that is why I really like the song. Nothing sounds as pure and crisp as the vocals in this song and every member sounds on point.
With the continuation of the plotline from the previous videos, you can see some progression in some points. But in others, it seemed to stall. Sungjin finally confessed to his girl, but it seems like she isn’t interested. While I am not 100%, she seems to have feelings for Young K instead, as she comes to his aid when he is accused of stealing money from the cash register. Jae is totally into the girl at that cafe, while Wonpil seems to still be coming to terms with his needing to let go. The most confusing character this time around is Dowoon, who doesn’t really get much progression in the storyline. Instead, it seems like he was forgotten in the video. I can’t read Korean but my guess is that his parents (or whoever he lives with) left him to be alone again, which doesn’t seem to phase him. Overall, the director of this series is doing a pretty good job of keeping my attention on the video. I want to see what happens next month and figure out this story once and for all.
Song – 9/10
Music Video – 9/10
Overall Rating – 9/10
Today is the 6th day of the month. So naturally, it is time for the monthly DAY6 review. Last month, they returned with What Can I Do? and now this month the song is titled I Loved You (and the continuation of last month’s video).
The song marks the band’s return to their emotional side. The rock ballad song actually sounds nice. That being said, there isn’t anything groundbreaking or new about the song. It does sound pretty standard from the start to the end of the song. But I like it that way. The instrumental isn’t too heavy and compliments the softer vocals and emotional side of the song as well. Talking about the vocals, they sound quite nice but it isn’t amazing like so of their other works. While we know DAY6 for their versatility, the group played it safe with a very neutral song for this month. I am not too troubled by that though but it does dampen my expectations for something different from the band. It wont be my go-to DAY6 song but it will easily satisfy my ballad craving that I habe periodically.
The music video is the continuation of the same before from last month. Here we see a lot more character development. Young K is cocky, hence why no one wanted to be around him the previous video. Dowoon is popular due to his good looks and intelligence. Jae is in love with another girl, while Sungjin makes his moves after mustering enough courage to talk to his crush. Poor Wonpil, who was left on the bus and looking at Sungjin in a heartbroken manner. The most interesting friendship from this video has to be Young K and Dowoon’s. The latter defends the other but gets bashed in the process. However Dowoon stays close by and help his new friend out by buying medication for him. The connections between the videos make it very interesting to watch. Furthermore, the band scenes in the dash look awesome and very fitting.
Song – 7/10
Music Video – 9/10
Overall Rating – 8/10
The 6th of August just went by and that means we are due for a DAY6 comeback. As the date was on a Sunday, the guys ended up releasing their new track today on the 7th, which is titled as What Can I Do?. With 7 months down, the guys clearly have been on a roll with their monthly releases.
My initial listen to the song didn’t fare as well. I thought some of the elements of the song were a little ‘out there’. A few listens in and I am enjoying the song. It is clearly not their best as there were other DAY6 songs that grabbed my attention for the get-go. I still find that static at the end of the first chorus a little off-putting and unexpected. The chorus could have been better. I liked the verses more than the chorus, but I am slowly warming up to it. The track just doesn’t appeal to my personal taste, which I thought was a little disappointing. But what I did like regarding the song was the vocals. Jae’s high note was amazing and the guys have yet to disappoint me with their vocals (I think). I think within a few more listens, I would be more comfortable with the overall song, but I still think it is not their ultimate best.
The music video was far more interesting compared to the song. There are a few theories out there that do fit the storyline that I see. Jae is either dating or best friends with the girl in question. Dowoon is popular with the girls but has a cold personality. Sungjin has a crush on the said girl and Wonpil either likes Sungjin or feels sorry for Sungjin’s heart. Young K is an arrogant person in the school (though one theory seemed to suggest he had feelings for Dowoon – not sure if serious or not). These ideas were thrown out there seem to make the story more interesting because I now continue to rewatch to see which one fits the video more. I also find it interesting how they always chuck grown guys into school uniform. But that seems to be another post entirely. What I find the most interesting was how the video ended on a cliff hanger, which makes you ask even more questions. Did he make a move? Did Jae find out? Did Sungjin get smacked by a basketball? Who knows! But it was a pretty good video to watch.
Song – 7/10
Music Video – 9/10
Overall Rating – 8/10
Can you already believe it? That we are already in July. Half the year has gone by and it felt like a blur. A lot has happened in the last 6 months that has just past. So, as a treat, I have decided to compile a list (my top 10) of the songs from the first half of 2017. There is no ranking or charting system that has allowed me to come up with this list (though, you might notice it may correspond with the Weekly Charts that I publish every Sunday). This is all just my personal preference and it is simply my opinion. So, in no particular order whatsoever, here are my top 10 songs from the 1st half of 2017.
Don’t Wanna Cry – Seventeen
Hwi Hwi – Laboum
Never Ever – GOT7
Beautiful – Monsta X
I’ll Be Yours – Girl’s Day
Don’t Recall – K.A.R.D
Beautiful – Pentagon
Hobglobin – CLC
Dance Dance – DAY6
I Wish – WJSN (Cosmic Girls)
Today is the 6th day of the month, which means another release from DAY6. After writing 6 reviews for their monthly releases thus far, I am running out of ideas on how to start off these reviews. I already poorly start off each review and I am concerned for the following months. Maybe I shall start experimenting with these introductions. Dancing bear gifs? Sounds like an idea.
Moving back to the song, Hi Hello has a distinctively different sound compared to their past releases. While most of their releases have been heavy with the band sound (either from the get-go or there is a buildup of some sort), this song remains very slow-paced and consistent throughout. The band sound is present, of course. But it is a lot softer and lighter. Soothing, calming are just some of the words that came to my mind when I first heard the song. Their vocals too can be described as above, but it can also be said that they are quite dreamy like. The slower pace actually allows their vocals to shine and this could probably be their best yet. Just listening to the “La la la” featured in the song is evidence of that. I like how airy and drawn out the chorus was. It gives the song a more interesting sound. Overall, the song isn’t my cup of tea. But after a few listens, I can still appreciate its quality and sound.
The music video is an alternate reality of how DAY6 got together. In this version, there was no JYP Entertainment. Just a really long road. Sungjin drives a ute (or pick-up truck) along the road, with Dowoon lying in the back (but we don’t really notice Dowoon until later on). Jae is walking on the road and notices the ute driving by. He successful hitches a ride. The way Jae throws the guitar at the back is a little bit concerning and did he hit Dowoon with the bag if Dowoon was lying in the back? We will probably never know. They drive past Wonpil, who joins them in the car. The offer a ride to Young K, who refuses. However, the ute ends up breaking down and Young K helps them repair the engine. Though initially, he doesn’t join them after the car is fixed, he is seen running after them. He joins them for the rest of the ride and hence, DAY6 is now formed. It is honestly a nice video, which matches the lyrics of the song. The video was edited to fit the tempo of the song, which gave it a more deeper feel. The scenery and background of the video looked pretty nice, for something that is pretty ordinary.
Song – 8/10
Music Video – 10/10
Overall Rating – 9/10
A little while back I wrote the review for I Smile, DAY6’s main title track for the month of June. I also had plans to do a half year review of DAY6’s other tracks, which were released alongside the main title tracks each month. But when I heard they were going to release an album consisting of all those songs, I decided to do an album review (which would have been the same thing in the end) instead. Just writing this made me confirm a few things: 1) DAY6 is one amazingly talented band. 2) DAY6 have amazing songs to listen to. 3) I am super excited to see what else the group has installed for the remaining half of the year. So without further ado, this is my review for their first full-length album.
1..Lean On Me (오늘은 내게) – Lean On Me is the additional single that was dropped alongside their main June single, I Smile. The song takes you back to the rock roots of the band, with the dominating electric guitar riffs and banging instrumental. Out of their tracks, this one is probably the one additional single that they have released that I instantly enjoyed within the first listen. Their vocal work is amazing, nonetheless, which will be something that I will mention constantly throughout the reviews. (9/10)
2. I Smile (반드시 웃는다) – Click here to read the full review of I Smile (released in June) (9/10)
3. Man In A Movie – This is the additional single that was dropped with their May release. Just by comparing the first three tracks, you can tell that DAY6 is extremely versatile with their sound. The song is catchy with a nice retro style. As the song progresses, it builds up very interestingly ends in a very dramatic way, which I liked. The instrumental is striking though and per usual, their vocal work is very good. (8/10)
4. I Wait (아 왜) – Click here to read the full review of I Wait (released in January) (9/10)
5. How Can I Say (어떻게 말해) – Click here to read the full review of How Can I Say (released in March) (8/10)
6. Letting Go (놓아 놓아 놓아) (Rebooted Version) – Not being reviewed as the original version was previously released in 2016, so you can check out the review here. (8.5/10)
7. I Would (그럴 텐데) – This song was released as part of their March monthly release. It started off slow and was another song that you could easily sway along to. But the instrumental kicked in and that caught me off guard. Don’t know what I was expecting, but the instrumental did a good job at creeping up on me. It isn’t their best song the album, but it was still amazing to listen to. It did leave a long impression on me with its contrasts between the slower verses and the somewhat faster choruses. (7/10)
8. Goodbye Winter (겨울이 간다) – Goodbye Winter was released alongside I Wait in January. Another song that started of slow but the instrumental turned wild once it all kicked in. It was almost like an explosion and very good one at that. It provided enough intensity to blow my mind away. It does remain slow throughout, but still very intense. (8/10)
9. I’m Serious (장난 아닌데) – Click here to read the full review for I’m Serious (released in April) (7.5/10)
10. Say Wow – Say Wow was released in April. If you know me, I am a sucker when it comes to violins and songs with an orchestral sound. This track sounds amazing. It is also fitting for an anime opening, especially during the chorus. Put those together and you have a winning formula. Though the song doesn’t have the level of intensity (which has been mentioned a number of times already), that doesn’t impact the song in any way. But it makes that up by being catchy and an addictive number to listen to. (10/10)
11. Dance Dance – Click Here to read the full review for Dance Dance (released in May) (10/10)
12. My Day – This song was released back in February. Since I have been praising the entire album, I should be extremely critical. The song has a nice buildup, what comes after the buildup was pretty disappointing. It has to be the weakest song out of the lot. But if I was honest, the weakest song (being this one) on the album is still pretty good. (6/10)
13. You Were Beautiful (예뻤어) – Click here to read the full review for You Were Beautiful (released in February) (8.5/10)
14. Congratulations (Final Version) – Not being reviewed as the original version was previously released in 2015, so you can check out the review here. (9/10)
Overall Album Rating – 8/10
It’s that time of the month where we reach the 6th of each month and DAY6 makes their monthly return with a brand new song. But what makes their June release even more special is that their June release is actually their first album! Their main title track is I Smile, but it features all the songs that they have released on a monthly basis since the start of the year including I Wait, You Were Beautiful, How Can I Say, I’m Serious & Dance Dance. I also smell an album review coming your way.
I Smile returns to the emotional side of music which the guys have previously released, before dropping Summer suited tracks. The first thing I noticed while listening to the song for the first time was the buildup, which was beautiful. DAY6 songs are great for rocking out to and this is not an exception. It might not be as intense as their other tracks, but this one hits the mark when it comes to that emotional side. Their best yet, actually. Their vocals are amazing, as usual. But what makes this track even better the instrumental break which they have during the bridge (?). That gave the song the right level of intensity it needed. It also changed the song up a tiny bit by introducing synths. Overall, DAY6 has continuously pushed out great songs each month and this month is not an exception.
Complimenting the emotional side of the song, the music video did a wonderful job of captivating those feelings. Each member did a pretty good job at staring into the camera with a lot of emotion. Essentially, one of the guys sees his former lover at a bar where he is performing with another person. The lyrics show how they continue to smile for her, despite being heartbroken. And the videos ties in nicely with the lyrics. The cinematography was pretty good and the solo shots of the members looked amazing. The first few seconds of silence of the music video was oddly painful for me. I don’t know why. I don’t know if it was their intention, but I thought some of the backdrops during the instrumental break were similar to the ones used in previous music videos. They looked oddly familiar and very cool, nonetheless. And finally, the lead actress in the video was very pretty. I honestly could not stop staring at her.
Song – 9/10
Music Video – 9/10
Overall Rating – 9/10
The 6th of May just went by and that means another DAY6 release. It has been 5 months so far and I have to admit that their monthly release system is doing a wonderful job. Sure, they might not be appearing on the charts but I am 100% sure that with their different sounds in the last 4 months, their fanbase has grown exponentially. This month release actually occurred on the 8th, as the 6th was a Saturday and it is rare (but not unheard of) for artists to release songs on the weekend. Last month they released I’m Serious, which seemed to start off the Summer season for them.
If you are looking for a fun rock song to listen to, I think you have just stumbled across the right song. The guys have returned to their rock sound that I think suits them the best. However, instead of an emotional sound, the guys have decided to have a little fun with their sound. Not exactly saying the song went weird but rather they adopted a more bright and happy vibe. The song sounds like it can fit within the soundtrack of any American suburban-set TV show that involves teenagers. The song is extremely addictive and their vocal work has to be the best yet here. That silence part after the bridge of the song does wonders and kept me at the edge of my seat. And then we were thrown back in the head-banging and foot-tapping quality music. The “I Feel Good, baby, I Feel Great” turns it into an anthem and had me singing along to it. The song only came out a few hours ago but I can already see it dominate my playlist this week. Overall, an amazing song.
The music video suits the song perfectly. Essentially, you will witness DAY6 getting a little wild and crazy in the music video, while they perform in their recording booth/room. And that fits the fun and cheerful vibes the song is going for. And I have run out of things to say with this music video. Mainly because I summarised the video within just one sentence, leaving me without much else to say.
Song – 10/10
Music Video – 10/10
Overall Rating – 10/10