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MYNAME – WE ARE MYNAME July 21, 2014

Filed under: MYNAME — solarblade @ 3:51 am

wearemyname

Track Listing

  1. INTRO ~Departure of the Ship~
  2. WE ARE THE NIGHT
  3. Message (Japanese ver.)
  4. (IF YOU WANNA) BE MY BABY
  5. Hello&Goodbye (Japanese ver.)
  6. What’s Up
  7. Anonymous
  8. Run Bum Bum
  9. INTERLUDE ~Sea of Love~
  10. Read Between the Lines
  11. Replay (Japanese ver.)
  12. Beautiful Life
  13. PARI PARI (“Geukkajisgeo” Japanese ver.)
  14. You’re Waiting For Me

1. INTRO ~Departure of the Ship~

MYNAME’s debut album begins with an introduction with Departure of the Ship and for being a minute-long intro, it’s a rather safe sounding one at that.  A simple K-pop arrangement is basically all you get with some pretty notes from the keyboard.  At the end of it, we get the group callout and we’re onto our next track.

2. WE ARE THE NIGHT

The album really kicks off with the promotional track, WE ARE THE NIGHT and there’s a nicely done party sound with the K-pop tone.  The energy is quite there, but the group’s vocals in the chorus doesn’t scream party to me…at least the verses were cool sounding (minus the need of auto-tune).  Like always, there’s a lot of Gunwoo and Insoo in this track with the other members contributing here and there.  It’s not a bad track though and the beat is infectious overall.

3. Message (Japanese ver.)

Moving to the group’s debut in Japan, Message was already good when it first came out in Korea, so hearing this in Japanese was a bit worrisome, but honestly I love this version more than the original.  Everyone sounds so into the song and Gunwoo just sounds epic in this tune.  Though I kind of thought Seyong was going to be the vocalist because you see him the most through the PVs (both JPN & KOR).  I’m just loving this song even today because it’s so K-pop and REALLY easy to get into.  Plus the vocals were quite top notch!  One of my favorites songs from the quintet.

4. (IF YOU WANNA) BE MY BABY

Our next track is new which is pretty awesome.  I instantly was entranced by the darker tone of the song and while it’s super short (2:50), BE MY BABY has some pretty dramatic lyrics too.  It is slightly harder to tell who is singing in the song but it sounds like Gunwoo/Insoo really have the roles down.  The vocal tricks do sound off at first, but they grew on me.  OK song overall.

5. Hello&Goodbye (Japanese ver.)

As the B-side from “What’s Up”, Hello&Goodbye was originally a Korean song from their first single out there.  Fitting that it was redone here and it’s a pretty different song comparing to tracks previous where it’s more R&B tinted than a full-on K-pop track.  It’s a softer song, but I quite enjoyed the feel of the song and the lead vocalists showed a lot more of the vocal prowess.  One of the cooler songs.

6. What’s Up

Onto the other A-side released before the album, What’s Up decided to bring the group down from what “Message” was and just took a slightly more J-pop sound but it really turned out to be more plain to me.  I like the other A-side a lot more, but this song was a pretty good song to come after it (especially since it was an original song sung in Japanese).  Very simple but cool track.  Though I’m noticing Gunwoo is just leading everywhere😄.  His vocals seemed to just be everywhere.

7. Anonymous

More new tracks appear, starting with Anonymous and it’s pretty interesting song for the group.  It’s a bit more K-pop-centric but I really love the tone as it has a lot of sass and some edgy hooks like them saying the title.  Props to JunQ and Chaejin for making more of an appearance here.  There’s some pretty awesome things going on and I’m loving the various points where other members sing in the chorus (though Gunwoo really takes the cake here).  Overall it’s my favorite amongst the new tracks!

8. Run Bum Bum

Though that could be put in question with our next track Run Bum Bum which is pretty dance-heavy.  I really think MYNAME really can ace these upbeat songs easily because it lets the vocalists breathe and have some fun.  The chorus is a little cheesy because it consists of the title and that’s really about it.  I’m enjoying the filters in the verses and the way the group handles everything.  Gunwoo, Insoo, Seyong, and Chaejin can really keep a song going and I’m just loving the group’s meshness.  Of course JunQ has his rap part and it’s a fun song overall!

9. INTERLUDE ~Sea of Love~

So we enter the interlude which stops the dance tracks suddenly and gives us this piano melody with some strings and a simple beat to go along.  Add in some random chick voice (who I can’t exactly tell what she’s saying) and you got this.  It’s a bit sudden, but it sounds quite nice.

10. Read Between the Lines

The next track was also a B-side from “What’s Up” and following suit after the interlude, this track remains a ballad.  It’s a pretty pleasant ballad from a K-pop group which is pretty rare to get!  I seem to really love the vocalists more and more which says quite a bit.  Gunwoo, Insoo, and Seyong seem to be the main vocals here and they all sound really pretty.  Chaejin and JunQ also has lines and they seem to have improved since their debut so overall, this song just worked!  Dramatic but awesome!

11. Replay (Japanese ver.)

So we also got two new versions of songs from Korea, the first wa off their first single in Korea, Replay.  I’m starting to think the rest of the album might be a slower section.  It does kind of remind me of “Hello&Goodbye” with how slow goes.  However, this song didn’t seem to work for me much.  I mean JunQ’s and Seyong’s rapping doesn’t exactly fit the tone of the track much, but it was a tad slow for me.

12. Beautiful Life

I guess I was wrong about a slower 2nd half.  Beautiful Life seems to be upbeat and beat-centric!  It’s a pretty typical K-pop track with beats and floaty synths involved.  I kind of thought it was just maybe a little too plain for me and just kind of wrote it off, I don’t even remember who took the leads (though my guess is probably the normal).  Meh.

13. PARI PARI (“Geokkajisgeo” Japanese ver.)

The other Korean song translated is from the group’s second KOR single and as such is more recent which is pretty neat.  PARI PARI is kind of like that signature K-pop sound but with a cooler feel.  I like how the group just kept it at a level that would pull me in.  I was surprised at how much Seyong was in this track,  However, I feel like the arrangement was more engaging (as the lyrics) in the original so this version felt lighter hit.  Though I love JunQ’s grunt before his rap.  It’s a pretty neat song overall.  Good choice to include!

14. You’re Waiting For Me

Ending the album, MYNAME closes it with You’re Waiting For Me which is surprisingly the most organic sounding track the album has to offer.  Includes some acoustic guitar and some percussion.  Despite being another mid-tempo ballad, this song is kind of nice but the melodic mashups between the vocals sound rough at best.  I feel like it could’ve been better but meh.

Tracks Recommended

  • Message (Japanese ver.)
  • Anonymous
  • Read Between the Lines
  • Run Bum Bum
  • PARI PARI (“Geokkajisgeo” Japanese ver.)

Song of Avoidance

  • Beautiful Life

Y’know, I actually thought this was a manageable album for MYNAME to debut in Japan with.  WE ARE MYNAME was a pretty good release featuring a lot of variety and diversity amongst their styles while keeping their Korean sound and mixing it up with Japan.  There were some flukes, but I’d say this was pretty good if not for the members…they are all quite strong.  I can only wonder what their sophomore era will bring!

 

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