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MONKEY MAJIK – If February 20, 2013

Filed under: MONKEY MAJIK — solarblade @ 10:24 pm

if

Track Listing

  1. If
  2. The Apprentice

1. If

I wasn’t sure what MOMAJIK were up to after “A Christmas Song” but it seems they’re returning with If and boy the fact that Maynard is leading the track has got me feeling quite happy.  The song itself is still kind of that sappy kind of feel, but this actually has some electric guitars and a bit more oomph than previous songs they’ve released.  I kind of really enjoyed this song for being a bit more progressive for the band and we had got something besides a mid-tempo kind of track.

2. The Apprentice

So I assumed that since the A-side was Maynard-heavy, Blaise took up the B-side this time.  Also, it’s entirely in English which might be the smartest since they did release “ENGLISH BEST” and all that.  I kind of like this song as well since it’s quite like “If” but with more strings.  It’s pretty cool and Blaise actually made the song work (with Maynard singing the chorus).  Not bad!

After “A Christmas Song” I wasn’t exactly sure what was happening with MOMAJIK honestly, but with If they’re still doing pretty damn well for themselves.  I love that FINALLY we get a Maynard A-side and it turned out really awesomely for them.  The Apprentice also turned out pretty damn well and I’m surprised that this wasn’t a double A-side because both were just good representations of the band!  Good job!

 

U-KISS – ALONE

Filed under: U-KISS — solarblade @ 10:02 pm

alone

Track Listing

  1. ALONE
  2. Distraction+
  3. Distance… -Acoustic ver.- (CD only)
  4. ALONE (Instrumental)
  5. Distraction+ (Instrumental)

1. ALONE

Man this group just keeps shelving out releases.  Starting their 2013, ALONE comes out and I am quite confused on how I feel about it haha.  The verses kind of has this dark and mysterious feel like “Tick Tack”, but then the chorus just kind of barrels into the song at such a hyperspeed…it really felt like two separate songs colliding together.  Overall, this is a good song and one of the best of this era…my only big issue is Soohyun near the end of the song…was it necessary to overload on the auto-tune there?  Still great track overall!

2. Distraction+

I was pleasantly surprised that the B-side is also upbeat and showcases more of that side of the group.  Unlike the fierceness of “ALONE” this track has more of a “Believe (Believe you)” kind of tone where it’s still K-pop friendly but not badass…more of like something Ne-Yo would do.  I don’t know if the song is too memorable and the chorus has some sour notes going on, but at least it’s not a vanilla ballad!

*will review the acoustic once it leaks*.  I’ve said before about U-KISS in recent times but they’ve been overworking themselves dead through 2012 and it continues this year beginning with ALONE.  I have to say though this is one of the group’s better offerings in recent times as well.  The leading track is edgy and brought the group back to what made me love them.  Distraction+ is nice as well and a lot better than their previous B-sides too.  Overall, this is actually a good single…though their next release is a Korean album so who knows what’s next x.x/