Ayyy Girl (feat. Kanye West, Malik Yusef)
Be My Girl
Still in Love
I Love You (feat. Flowsik)
I Can Soar
Be The One
Ayyy Girl (S. Tiger Remix) (Limited Edition bonus track)
Empty (DJ EON Remix) (Limited Edition bonus track)
Be My Girl (DJ EON Remix) (Limited Edition bonus track)
~Peace and Harmony…~ Not entirely sure what that really has to do with anything, but it’s just only an intro and doesn’t really do much else other than provide such a thing. I did like the beat though so does it mean we’ll get a good album….let’s check it out.
2. Ayyy Girl (feat. Kanye West, Malik Yusef)
As the first song off the album, Ayyy Girl is what really put my mind in a negative light because Kanye had something to do with this as well as being featured in the song which is two negatives and it doesn’t make it right BTW. After Malik’s intro, Kanye starts to rap and I’m already feeling like I wanna press next…where’s the boys? After the meh rap, JEJUNG and JUNSU comes in and sings in English which is surprising since they actually do it well…YUCHUN kind of slips with the heavy accent. Without the American guys, JYJ actually did nice for the song, but it seems a little underproduced and needs a heavier punch.
Wow, JUNSU’s voice is weird to me on this song for some reason since it’s like nasally on purpose for some reason. The mechanical singing in the chorus feels like what was wrong with some of BoA’s songs and it just doesn’t work here. I do like the fact that JEJUNG doesn’t really do much cept for the chorus which is great and lets YUCHUN and JUNSU have their light. Definitely better than “Ayyy Girl”.
4. Be My Girl
Slowing a little bit for our next song, Be My Girl reminds me of their JPN works in a good way since it’s just the right amount of R&B to let it pass. It also does a good job with the trio harmonizing. YUCHUN sounds really nice since he’s in most of it while JEJUNG comes after providing backup and JUNSU…well I’m sure he’s somewhere but he’s not important in this song and I don’t mind since the higher vocals sounds great. Unfortunately the music is what brought it down since it stayed on the same wavelength the entire time and there wasn’t a point of impact or a high nor low point to it…just flat.
5. Still in Love
Because the sound of rain immediately makes you think ballad, Still in Love is definitely what it is. JUNSU once again begins the song and his vocals are sweet and soft-spoken. JEJUNG comes in as well, but that’s when the song starts to lose its momentum and kind of becomes white noise to me because the singing is just to soft and odd against the piano/strings/synth mix. Just a very awkward song here.
6. I Love You (feat. Flowsik)
Great…another collaborative effort by some rapper from the Americas. I can tolerate Kanye’s through some songs, but this Flowsik guy is just icky. I like the female talking a little bit before Flowsik’s rap. His voice sort of reminds me of The Game’s but it just doesn’t work here. Once JEJUNG starts to sing, things to get sort of better, but I don’t like Flowsik’s quips in the song. I don’t know why, but this song feels too plain for me and the chorus is pretty crappy.
7. I Can Soar
These slow songs are starting to get me frustrated with them. At least I Can Soar is just a pure ballad from the boys and since they really pull these songs off, I Can Soar is one of the better songs off the album. I do think the female vocals are a bit strange to put in the song, but the guys did a nice job with what they had. Maybe the R&B beat is just a little bit of poor decisions…still not bad.
8. Be The One
So we end off the main album with a dance track? Be The One has a pretty cool rhythm throughout and I liked the energy coming from the boys in the song. At least this shows energy and good vocals even though the lyrics are a little bit cheesy. Add in some auto-tune and we have this song, but I have to say I enjoyed it.
9. Ayyy Girl (S. Tiger Remix)
As bonus tracks on the limited version of the album we get remixes of three songs. Ayyy Girl definitely needed an improvement after the originals inclusion of the rappers and this definitely corrected that situation. The beat is very heavy and it actually fits the melody which is great and I love the club style thrown in the song. Good job here.
10. Empty (DJ EON Remix)
I don’t know who this DJ EON is, but he should do more remixes for more JPN artists because the first remix for Empty sounds kind of different from what I’m used to it. Even though the mechanical singing fits more with this melody which is surprising, but still it’s club music at its finest here and I really enjoyed this as well.
11. Be My Girl (DJ EON Remix)
It’s funny that I already can’t remember how the original went since it was very one-lined in the arrangement department. At least DJ EON saw this and corrected it by making it danceable. Be My Girl sounds better under this…why weren’t these the original.
Song of Avoidance
Yeah…JYJ, NEVER EVER DO THIS AGAIN! Why would you want to throw something like this out to fans who are still torn about the THSK situation (and the other happenings as of recent)? If “The…” was plain and not strong enough, than The Beginning is just a pure bomb. I mean the remixes were better than all the songs cept for Be The One. I think it’s just time to stop and quit while you’re ahead avex and SM!!!!