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U-KISS – MOMENTS September 19, 2014

Filed under: U-KISS — solarblade @ 3:52 am

moments

Track Listing

  1. Intro
  2. Mysterious Lady
  3. Nae Yeojaya
  4. Bulkkeo
  5. Hey Man
  6. Jamkkanman
  7. Nae Yaojaya (Inst.)

1. Intro

So U-KISS opens their 8th mini-album with a minute intro and it has spoken monologue from AJ and then some yeah-yeah-yeahs and some extra ad-libbing…talk about some lead-in though at the end AJ says ~she’s mine~ which is the promo song.

2. Mysterious Lady

Funny though that instead it begins with Mysterious Lady and it’s a pretty sultry tune for the group that begins with a LOT of Eli in the track before the remaining guys come in with the first verse.  Of course, it is still a fest of the main singers but I am happy to see some good things here otherwise.  The groove is pretty damn smooth and the guys just seem to fit in the arrangement quite awesomely.

3. Nae Yeojaya

Now we come to the song that promoted the mini and boy did it throw me off.  I’m very used to the group doing K-pop/EDM so hearing She’s Mine is a wake up call!  It’s definitely quite hip-hop as it goes and it really fits home for Eli and AJ who are all over this song with great rapping skills present.  I also love how Kiseop is just getting equal lines amongst Kevin, Soohyun, and Hoon…he might not have the range Kevin does nor the power the latter two have, but he has a really nice tone to it.  Once the singers go, the tune does turn R&B, it definitely has flavor and is pretty unique and a nice change of pace from the group’s previous leading tunes.

4. Bulkkeo

Moving onto the new songs of the mini, Bulkkeo lightens up by going back to something their fans are a little more well-known for.  I am loving the piano melody of the tune and it sounds fun to listen to.  I do think it’s kind of charming of a song and it’s interesting to hear some of the singers sing in a different tone than normal (Eli sounds so different, like “Bingeul Bingeul”-like voice).  Fun little song for sure!

5. Hey Man

Kevin, please do not start the song like the way you did for Hey Man.  Actually the brighter dance feel is nice and kind of reminds me of the songs from “COLLAGE” which is pretty cool.  Of course we have the usual things going on vocally which isn’t surprised, but I do enjoy the Keven/Soohyun lead here.  Not much else to say here, but it’s not a bad track.

6. Jamkkanman

Ending the mini, Jamkkanman ends things off with a more sexy song which is a nice way to end things, but I felt of the songs on the mini, this could’ve been a leading track since I seem to remember it more than I did with “Mysterious Lady”.  It has a lot of personality and the vocals are pretty strong throughout.

 

 

As their first Korean release without Dongho, MOMENTS was a step further away from their K-pop/EDM sound to a more interesting and kind of back to basics sound with being all R&B and sultry for most of the tracks with an interesting amount of Eli and AJ found throughout.  Actually, they really were the most memorable members on this release, I found that a lot of their rapping had energy and punch moreso than the other 4 guys singing.  I also am noticing Kiseop is finally getting somewhere in the group (most of the time, he’s the member that really doesn’t contribute much in lines in songs, at least since he joined).  Though what’s this? AJ is going back on hiatus and auditions for a new member….WHAT IS GOING ON U-KISS?!?

 

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