… of something awesome I hope!
[This post is dedicated to BEA, my only partner in crime when it comes to anything DBSK related <3]
Despite legal disputes with their entertainment agency, most recently with SM Entertainment filing an injunction against the sale of JYJ‘s The Beginning… (all English) album, it has been digitally released on time!
The album includes 8 tracks, each one unique compared to the next. I AM IMPRESSED. When I first heard they would be releasing an all English album, all I could think was, “Oh God, no way… their Engrish!!” I have been proven wrong! Although their English is not perfect, it is at least on par with BoA and the Wonder Girls.
The fact that Kanye West was one of the producers for this album also made me super skeptical. I was half expecting a full-autotune-album similar to 2NE1’s recently released ‘To Anyone’ album. I would’ve lost a lot of respect for the boys if they had consented to the release of such material, I’m glad that didn’t happen.
Out of 8 tracks, my least favourite is Ayyy Girl composed by and featuring Kanye West. The song could’ve done without his feature (can he not hold a note?) and sorry, not feeling the song. The dance is hot though 😉
My favourites have to Empty, Still in Love, I Love you (ft. Flowsik), and I Can Soar, composed by Rodney Jerkins, Jaejoong, Micky, and Junsu, respectively. The boys have demonstrated their composing and lyrical abilities in previously released Korean and Japanese albums, I’m glad to see they are continuing to do.
I think with this English album, they will be able to fulfill their initial intentions… to reach and communicate with fans worldwide. Although they are not trying to break into the American music industry, I think they may have a chance with a lot of hard work. Especially since their music is of much better quality (I’m sorry but Nobody by WG is a terrible, terrible song) than other artists (ie. BoA, Wonder Girls, Rain) who have attempted to do so. And no, this is not my DBSK-bias speaking.
GIVE THE ALBUM A LISTEN!
1. Intro (Composed by Brian Kim, BJD)
2. Ayyy Girl_Feat. Kanye West / M. Yusef (Composed by Kanye West, K. Hamler, P. Phenom, M. Yusef, Jae Chong / Lyrics by K. Hamler, P. Phenom, M. Yusef)
3. Empty (Composed by Rodney Jerkins / Lyrics by Kyoko Hamler, L. Daniels, T. Parker)
4. Be My Girl (Composed by Rodney Jerkins / Lyrics by Kyoko Hamler, L. Daniels, T. Parker)
5. Still in Love (Composed by Hero Jae-joong / Lyrics by Kyoko Hamler)
6. I Can Soar (Composed by Xiah Jun-su / Lyrics by Kyoko Hamler)
7. I Love You_Feat. Flowsik (Composed by Micky Yu-cheon / Lyrics by Kyoko Hamler)
8. Be The One (Composed by Jae Chong / Lyrics by Jae Chong, Terry Shorter, Kyoko Hamler)