5 Favourite K-Drama OSTs (Part 1)

Welcome back to the ‘Favourites’ segment of my site, where I share my personal picks regarding different aspects. As you may notice, I have decided to go with ‘Favourites’ as the segment name, because they are my favourites. I have also decided to cut down the list from 10 (as originally planned) to five because it would be easier and quicker to write.

This week, I have decided to focus on OSTs or Official Sound Tracks from K-Dramas. I don’t watch that many and the few that I do watch don’t get that much spotlight. But that doesn’t stop the songs from popping up on my playlists or me investigating the various songs that do get released. So in no particular order, these are 5 of my favourite K-Drama OSTs.


Back in Time – Lyn
The Moon Embraces The Sun

I start off the list with the very first OST that I fell in love with. While it was released back in 2011 for the drama, The Moon Embraces The Sun, it is an OST that I keep on going back to for its epic orchestral sound. While Lyn has a few other massive OST hits under her belt (some which I enjoyed), I still firmly believe that this track tops the rest of them. Her vocals draw you in and hold you there for the entire length of the song, not once letting you go.


Stay With Me – Chanyeol (EXO) & Punch
Goblin

Out of all the songs on this list, I think many of you will agree with this one. It’s a more recent OST release, from the K-Drama Goblin and was released in December of last year. The instrumental of the OST is extremely striking and the combination of both Punch’s and Chanyeol’s husky vocals make this one damn good song to listen to.


Talk Love – K.Will
Descendant of the Sun

It has been a while since we last saw K.Will on the stage. However, he has been active in the OST world, singing tracks for a few dramas. One of them belongs to the hit drama, Descendant of the Sun. It makes the list because it makes you smile. I find it quite catchy and K.Will’s vocals are undeniably amazing in this song.


All For You – Seo In Guk & Jung Eunji (APINK)
Reply 1997

This chart-topping OST from 2012 features both Seo In Guk and Eunji (APINK), who also played the lead roles in the same drama. What makes this a great OST is it was easy to get into. It was a simple song, with a simple sound. The English lyrics made it catchy and appeal to many people, including international fans. The vocals of the two were also sweet and dreamy, making them an amazing duet and on-screen partners.


Rise and Shine – Kyuhyun (Super Junior) & Tiffany (SNSD)
To The Beautiful You

The entire drama To The Beautiful You was produced by SM Entertainment and hence it makes sense that the entire OST album was performed by SM Entertainment artists. The standout song from the mix was Rise and Shine, which is an upbeat track, full of amazing vocals from both the main vocalists of Super Junior and SNSD. It reminds me of a musical and gives off a bright atmosphere.

 

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Seasons Of The Heart – Seo In Guk

Seo In Guk, probably a name in the distant past. Well, for those who don’t remember him, he is a famous actor in South Korea, who appeared in Reply 1997 and Master’s Sun. But did you know that he is also a singer? You probably did and that was really cliché way of introducing him to people who barely know of him or just know him as actor! But yeah, he is a singer and it has been ages (almost three years) since he last came back. Since his last comeback, he has been active as an actor, singing in OSTs and Japan.

Another song I have yet to listen to. So everything you will be reading today is just first impressions. The song has very nice melodic flow to which makes it sound pretty amazing. You know me and ballads, and this is one of the ballads that I think has finally be done right and to perfection as well. Damn, I miss his voice. His vocals in this are top notch and I am completely satisfied listening to his voice from the very start to the end of the song. The extremely soft piano start accompanies his voice, and both the instrumental and his vocals build up as the song gets closer to the chorus. I think it is a good song to listen to. Let’s move along with the review.

Moving to the music video, I think it is a pretty smart video. It takes the nice idea that the song presented (i.e. the heart changes like how the season changes) and did a pretty good job at depicting it. One moment we see them arguing, the next we seem them kissing. And damn, were there a lot of kisses in this video or what? The elevator scene is just a prime example. As people get on the elevator, the couple is seen arguing. As the same people get off the elevator, the couple are smooching each other. Pretty extreme, but it is a fail proof way of displaying what the song is about without dragging it out too long and turning it into a mini movie.

Overall, I think it was an excellent song and video. Pity it isn’t being promoted. 10/10

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!!!!!

 

It is finally Christmas and I am excited! And the year is already up. Sadly though. However, shall we continue with a more different review this time around? But before that, I just would like to wish everyone who will read this post a Merry Christmas. Enjoy your time, with family, friends or anyone else. Be thankful and be safe. Let’s enjoy the final few days of 2013 and ready to party with 2014. Anyway, today, it is really more of an impromptu review. Not score will be given for these reviews. I have review Lonely Christmas by Crayon Pop and Miracle Of December by EXO. There are however four more Christmas songs that I want to review and today will be three song reviews in one! Shall we get started???

Christmas Song – United Cube 

United Cube is back with a lovely slow Christmas song that showcases the groups under A Cube Entertainment and Cube Entertainment. The artists in this song include: Beast, 4Minute, APink, G.Na, Huh Gak, Roh Ji Hoon, BTOB and Oh Ye Ri. Wow that is a lot of artists. Also included is Kim Gi Ri, the comedian for Gag Concert. The song has this soft tune that reminds you of a warm Winter’s night, like Christmas Night. Though the song starts off really slow and it takes quite a while for it enter a more Christmas-like song, by the end, you are bound to remember those warm Christmas nights with your loved ones. I think the rap was handle really well in this song which is pretty good, considering how raps tend to ruin a good song. And the whole song, vocally, sounds amazing.

 Love Falls – Romantic J 

Now we are getting into the more festive songs. This song may sound like a love song, which it is. I really love the jingle bell feel of the instrumental and how the vocals in this song are not hard hitting as powerful vocals. Though Jonghyun from CNBlue does not have as much lines as Juniel, the song still sounds amazing. His husky voice fits the tone of Juniel’s voice which makes the song have this beautiful duet. The song is quite addictive and sounds really good. I have been lipsyncing to this song since it came out. Though the music video may seem more of a romantic story, the song still carries the Xmas cheer. Yay! Also, this is a duo that I would love to hear more from.

Winter Propose – Jellyfish Entertainment 

This song is the only song that is really close to those Christmas carols we here every year. Not exactly what I like, but it still does. It features all the artists of Jellyfish Entertainment including: VIXX, Seo In Guk, Sung Si Kyung, Park Hyo Shin and also a mysterious female singer (do I hear a singer debuting next year?). This song sounds amazing and really has that festive cheer to the song. It combines all of the artists of Jellyfish Entertainment and amazes me a lot. Though I was not much of a fan of their previous Christmas song and also their more experienced singers, this song gives you that warm feeling that makes you remember Christmas day and eve a lot.

Snow Candy – Starship Planet

The final song which gives off the happiest Christmas feeling of the year. It features Sistar, K.Will and Boyfriend and seems the most enjoyable song out there for memories of family and friends. Again, this song, along with the others vocally sounds amazing and the rap seemed to be handle really well by Bora and the Boyfriend rappers. Of course K.Will and Hyorin holds the main vocal part of this whole company venture, but with this song, I am going to let it slide. The music video also seems to be the most festive one out of the four. Pity that Dasom from Sistar was not a part of the filming, but probably have featured in the he song somewhere. Not sure where though.

Thank you for spending another year with me. Merry Christmas to all, wherever you are on this planet. Be happy and I will see you next time!!!!
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With Laughter Or With Tears – Seo In Guk

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Seo In Guk recently made his comeback unexpectedly (Well, for me) earlier this month. Seo In Guk has a freaking good voice that many in the KPOP industry wish they had. I am quite surprised when I discovered him. I kind of became a fan at once actually. Okay enough of my crap. Lots to say. Lots to omit. Let’s go!

Wow. Boy, do I like this song? Yes. I absolutely loved this song as soon as I first heard it. Okay, I lied. I had to hear it a few times to like the song. But the first time anyone hears this song, you can feel the emotion which Seo In Guk gives out in this song. I personally loved the autotuned part between the first chorus and second verse. It gave a modern feel and at the same time kept the song full of emotion. The emotion did not bring me to cry, but it was really good. The song, however, would have sounded better with some kind of faster beat. Not too fast, but just right.

The music video was quite dark. It kind of sucked. It really felt plain and bland. There was not much difference in the happy and sad scenes of the music video. There was only extra colour in the happy scenes, and that made the whole picture a bit bland. The female lead was really beautiful in this and both acting skills were pretty good. Few things though. Don’t kill me, but that punch made him look funny. Secondly, how big is this particular bedroom. Along why is bed positioned in an awkward angle and at the same time, seemed to have dropped from the ceiling randomly? I also seemed that scene where he apparently “punched” everyone seemed to be quite random. I love it how the mirror is just placed there, solely for the purpose to make sure he looked good and perfect, so no one would be suspicious of him. I, however, loved the cocktail scene. But those ice cubes, what are in them? To break glass just like that? Crazy!

The performance is pretty good. He sounds good live. There is nothing else to say. Look over there!!!

8/10. Really good.

Shake It Up – Seo In Guk

Song

This must be the most catchiest song ever in 2011. A party/dance track that does not exceeds its boundaries and make it into an annoying song. I can literally imagine this song at a KPOP-themed party playing and everyone dancing to it. Seo In Guk has a great energy when it comes to singing thses kinds of song however I prefer him singing RnB than these party mixes.

English

Not much to say about the English in this song, it is pretty good.

MV

Indoor party, other celebrities welcomed. Stay away balloons. Bring out the music. Its party time. The music video fits in with the song but when T-Ara’s JiYeon appearing out of the TV really did not. But beside that, I think the music video is fine.

Live Performance

The dance of this song is really what I did not think of. I thought of shuffling at one moment but when I saw the music video there was not much shuffling  in it. Anyway, but all of the moves on stage could always be pulled off at a party.

Anything Else

I would like to listen to more songs that have a happy feel. I think Seo In Guk sings a bit too much of sad & depressing songs.

And Rating?

Great Song —–> 9/10

Have Fun Watching. Troy 🙂