T-aras star has been rising steadily since Roly Poly was released, further aided by the back-to-back successes of Cry Cry and Roly Poly, and now, after releasing their first Japanese album, Jewelry Box, T-ara returns to Korea to ideally continue that rise with a new mini-album and a new member. Much has already been speculated about the additions to T-ara, but with Day by Day, we are afforded the opportunity to hear Ahreum and pass judgement on something more substantial than rumours and old photographs. At least, Im hoping we get to hear herT-aras discography is notorious for uneven line distribution. But I have my hopes for this album, and that Ahreums inclusion doesnt become a waste.
Like Gangkizs Mama, Day By Day borrows heavily from the soundtracks of Spaghetti Westerns, but where Mama is more apparent in its drama, Day By Day instead has a stillness which matches the sadness of the lyrics. The treatment of the flute makes it sound as though its being played off a vinyl record and gives off a sense of nostalgia, a yearning for the past, that works well with both the lyrics and the mood of its MV; the clipping of the notes also allows for a modern touch which also suits the futuristic setting of the short film. It could have easily become a slow parade of repetition, but the quietly soaring bridge and rap break up the song at the right time. Day By Day comes across as tranquil, and I am curious to see how this would translate to T-aras live performancesthere is a risk that without some kind of sensory punch it will become boring to watch very quickly, which may not bode well for T-ara and their long promotional cycles.
In regards to comparisons to Britney Spears Criminal, while the flute sounds the same, the notes played are not. The sounds diverge more from that point; Criminal gives a fuller sound by adding more instruments, while Day By Day keeps it clean and simple. Considering that there are many songs which sample other artists that are much loved, and that there is no actual sampling of Criminal occurring in Day By Day, I think plagiarism claims might be unfounded.
Holiday doesnt abruptly change the pace, though the percussion has a more pronounced presence. The piano in the background adds body to the verses, while Soyeons post-processing voice boldly carries the chorus. The harmonising between Soyeon and Hyomin at the end of the chorus is also welcome. Holiday is a nice enough song but it never really goes anywhereI guess it just stayed home on its day off. Also, T-ara is definitely singing Lonely lonely day, though a Lolliday would be infinitely more fun. That said though, the Engrish here is much more tolerable than that in (Ill must be stay here) Day by Day, if only because we wont have to hear it performed every week on music shows.
Dont Leave is the other song featured in the Day By Day MV, a sad tune with sorrowful brass, stringsactually, Dont Leave is very orchestral and dramatic, which would have been hard to predict given the synth-heavy start to the song. It soars and dips in the expected places, with the raps maintaining the high before the drop in intensity brought on by the soft vocals at the beginning of each verse. Hearing different voices in the rap towards the end of the song also added some unexpectedbut not unwelcomevariety, though there are some slight issues with flow.
The last two songs on Day By Day are both Korean remakes of songs from Jewelry Box; ironically, they are the only two original Japanese songs on the album, the rest consisting of remakes of their previous Korean releases; as such, the two songs have more of a J-pop feel.
The Korean version of T-ara Magic Music, Hue, is generous with the club beats and gives off a sinister vibe. Unfortunately, Hue puts a stop to all the wonderful real instrumentation I had been enjoying, and makes it very clear that it is not material created specifically for this album. The Woah oh refrain embeds itself in your head and remains there for a long time after youve stopped the song, but the same cant be said for the rest of the song.
Love Pay is the remake of Keep Out, a measured-yet-perky ditty with a light country twang. Sound-wise (not based on lyrics), this is the most up-beat song of the EP, but it still feels heavy, which at least matches the melancholy that runs throughout Day by Day. T-ara always does well with the oohs and aahs, and some of the instruments creep back into the music in the form of percussion, but the members voices are still, disappointingly, processed.
However, I am exasperated with the inclusion of the latter two songs in the EP. Many artists have released Korean versions of their Japanese music, but they have always been restricted to a small portion of a release; two songs may not seem like muchand it really isntbut Day by Day only has five songs on it, and the songs that were remade were chosen by default: they were the only two Japanese songs that did not have a Korean counterpart. CCM seems to be operating T-aras two careers like the Tamil and Telugu film industries, where a hit movie in one language is almost instantly remade in the other, and while it may have been an easy and cheap decision to make, it comes at the expense of tarnishing the otherwise good work that has been put into the other original songs of the album, and thus, the album overall.
I said at the beginning of this review that I was looking forward to hearing Ahreums voiceor at least praying that I wouldand CCM didnt disappoint, giving the 8th T-ara member the climax of the bridge in Day by Day. Ahreum is definitely a belter, with a voice arguably warmer and more powerful than Eunjungs. Mostly, though, she was restricted to a couple of lines per song the same fate as Boram and Qri, leaving Eunjung, Jiyeon, Hyomin and Soyeon to carry most of the album. Hwayoung, meanwhile, receives a good enough number of raps to make her presence felt. It is especially pleasing to see that Hwayoung finally gets lines of actual substance for Day by Day; Hwayoungs raps have been slowly evolving from glib phrases like I like this, like that, yeah! to having actual phrases and allowing her to show her great flow. Now, if only CCM could do the same with the other forgotten members
Day by Day starts off strong, but suffers from a lack of cohesion brought on with the inclusion of Hue and Love Pay. They could have gotten away with it on a full length album, but the inclusion of both songs here just smacks of laziness. That said, though, they are not unworthy of a listen, though Day by Day is certainly the jewel in the crown here, with Dont Leave close behind. Im giving Day by Day a 2.9/5what score did you give it? And which was your favourite song?
(cherryshiou, Core Contents Media, Kpop Girls Color Coded Lyrics, Romanized Songs)
Park Shin Hye posted the beautiful photo above on her Instagram on December 1 with the message, "#wkorea #chanel. We were born in the similar month and year, and our blood sorts are the same." Both cute actresses seem likethey are in an attractivejust righttemper as they glancein opposition to the camera.
In other news, Park Shin Hye lately starred in F.T. Island Hongki's solo debut MV, and her film 'Hyung' is decided to premiere next year. Kang So Ra could be starring in the impending SBS drama 'Hello My Helpful Person' at the facet of Rain.
Interview: Makeup Artist Pony Talks Zombie Apocalypse, Purple Hair, and More!TeamSOOMPI September 4, 2015 0 Saturday afternoon in Myeong-dong isn't any joke. Seouls most neatly liked tourist buying groceries district is jam-packed with foreigners and locals in seek ofthe maximum recent in cosmetics, model and in thisspecific weekend, a reside makeup demonstration from famous person artist Pony. Of course, there are quite so much of public makeup demos in Korea, yet most of them arent met with hordes of fanatics alongside DSLRs and talk to cameras at the ready. Thats because Pony isn't just any makeup artist; shes nearly her own brand. Shes written 4 books, recommended Etude Area and Innisfree, and launched her own line of bestselling cosmetics from Memebox.
The former ulzzang is also a natural at the Instagram game, providing her 850K fans with absolute best selfies and shots of herself with Jeremy Scott, Ryu Hyun Jin, and of course, 2NE1s CL. Those days, Pony has been receiving a massive number of attention because itused to bepublished that shes the call of the game weapon in the back of CLs newestglance — but make no mistake, netizens in the know had beenconscious about Pony for years. Her chatty, easy-to-understand YouTube makeup tutorials — which give an explanation for how to drag off any look, from Girls Generation to HyunA to Gong Hyo Jin in Its Okay, Thats Love — are a must-watch for somebody seeking K-pop style. We took a couple ofmins to chat with Pony to invite her about her holy grail Memebox product, her most well-liked zombie apocalypse partner, and of course, that noted pink hair. Test IT out!
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Exclusive: Endless Talks Zombie Apocalypse Team, Favourite Songs of the Moment, and More!benightedxflame December 1, 2015 0 Whats up Soompiers!
The Soompi Team latelywere givena possibilityto take a seat down with INFINITE for an exclusive interview during their INFINITE EFFECT show in Manila.
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Interview: Which Celebs Would SISTAR Recruit All the manner through a Zombie Apocalypse?benightedxflame October 22, 2015 0 Ever wonder who the 4girls of SISTAR will recruit during a zombie apocalypse?
If you spoke back yes to the query above (and although yous didnt), youre in for slightly a treat! When we had the dangerto take a seat down with SISTAR a couple of weeks ago, thats precisely what we asked them, and the answers are not anything short of amazing. Running Mans Kim Jong Kook, Chu Sung Hoon, or even Hyorin herself were all named as worthy contenders opposed to the undead.
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Soompi currently sat down for an exclusive interview with the only and only Roy Kim at this year’s KCON 2015 convention in Los Angeles! In what just is also one of our favourite interviews of all time, Roy Kim mentioned what he would do in a zombie apocalypse, where he needsto head on holiday (being naked and having more than oneladies were mentioned), and more!
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The couple, who announced their marriage this beyond March, gave birth to a son on December 1 in Seoul. The mummy and baby are reported to be healthy. The birth in their son comes about 7 months after their personal wedding in May.
HALO printed on November 30 that the crowd would be freeing their first mini-album 'Young Love' with a preview video. "Feeling is Good" is their identify track, yet equallywe have already noticed from the group, the album will be full of pop.
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Things Get Intimate Between So Ji Sub and Shin Min Ah on Oh My Venusharmonicar December 1, 2015 0 SPOILERThe romance between So Ji Sub and Shin Min Ah has in spite of everythingbegan on Oh My Venus!
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The scene become filmed at a cafe in Songdo, Incheon on December 28. The filming started at nine p.m., and perseveredtill the early morning, for a general of six hours! So as to moviea sexy scene, and to capture the correct expressions, the 2 actors rehearsed for a long time.
The Celebrities Taking or Opting Out From FacultyFront test This Yearleejd November 5, 2015 0 The school entrance exam for the 2016 school year is bobbing up in a week and masses of are interested to peer what stars may be taking it this time around. The exam will take position on November 12 and scholars born in 1997 will be taking it this year.
Compared to closing year, there are loads of more stars placing their all in prepping for the college entrance exam this year. However, there also arepeople who inducedeterminedto place their focal point more on their box of paintingsas a substitute of college.
To get started off, there are plenty of idol singers who will be taking the college entrance exam this year. Among the ones are GFRIEND’s Yuju, Lovelyz’s Ryu Soo Jung, and DIA members, Eun Jin, Ye Bin, and Chae Yeon. In addition, SEVENTEEN’s Mingyu, Dokyeom (DK), and The8, in addition GOT7’s Yugyeom will be taking the test. Their agencies have showedthat they're going to exist taking the college entrance exam this year.