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Hi, I'm Julie and this is my personal journal.

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Recent earworms

After seeing them live in concert I've been in a SHINee listening mood. I've only been a casual fan so far, only starting to pay attention to them around the time of Sherlock, but now I'm slowly downloading more of their songs. Their most recent Japanese release is a cheery, feel-good song that's surprisingly available for my country on iTunes. Thanks, Universal Music Japan!

SHINee – Lucky Star

This next one was introduced to me because it was featured in the Taiwanese drama Love Forward. I immediately recognized JJ Lin's voice, it's so distinctive. It's been yeaaaarrrssss since I listened to anything from him, but this one broke my heart. It's in pieces.

JJ Lin – Love U U

SHINee's Everybody mini album review


When it comes to SHINee, they are such strong performers that the performance can influence my opinion on the music. So much so that Everybody, which at first was a so so track for me, went up a notch in my book after I saw live performances of it on music shows. The choreography is mind-blowing. Symptoms, with its strong vocals, I already liked since the beginning, and performances of it make the song even more powerful. Of all the upbeat songs in the mini album, I'm not too keen on One Minute Back and its confusing beat changes. Destination and Queen of New York are okay dance tunes, with Destination having a slight more edge (Edit Aug 28, 2014: Destination with its infectious beat has actually grown on me a lot, so I'm bumping it up to the 'favorites' category). Colorful is a standard happy, shiny song, but it builds up to a nice climax and is a great pick-me-up. But the real charmer here is Close the Door, with its smooth, melting-in-your-ear kind of vibe, almost like a Boyz II Men song. From fierce to laid-back, cheerful to sexy, SHINee showcase various sides to their music that there just might be something for everybody in this record. 8.5/10

Favorites: Everybody, 상사병 Symptoms, 닫아줘 Close the Door, Colorful, Destination
Okay ones: 빗 속 뉴욕 Queen of New York
Kinda meh: 1분만 One Minute Back

IU's Modern Times album review


I was quite intrigued when I heard the teasers for this. The old-school, bossa nova style used in most of the album is a refreshing change from what is usually heard in K-Pop, but during my first listen some tracks sounded similar and sort of blended into one another. I like Red Shoes but as a main song, in my opinion the feel of it is still similar to previous hits from IU such as Good Day or You and I. Between the Lips has a really sensual vibe that has bewitched me, while Modern Times is really fun to listen to. I thought Bad Day was going to be a boring ballad, but it soars in the end and leaves me all teary-eyed although I haven't even looked up what the lyrics mean. The duets with the old singers fall into the 'meh' category because I don't really like their voices and singing style. Sorry, sunbaenims? Wait could've been better if half of it wasn't an instrumental. While I seem to have many songs in the 'okay' category this time, I feel that some of them might still get up a notch as they grow on me the more I listen to them, such as the duet with SHINee's Jonghyun. In conclusion, a pretty creative, unique album with several gems and a lot of potential. 8/10

Favorites: 입술 사이 Between the Lips (50Cm), Modern Times, 분홍신 the Red Shoes, 싫은 날 Bad Day
Okay ones: 우울시계 A Gloomy Clock (feat. Jong-hyun), Obliviate, 누구나 비밀은 있다 Everybody Has Secrets (feat. Gain), 을의 연애 Love of B (with Park Ju-won), Voice Mail (Korean Ver), Havana
Kinda meh: 아이야 나랑 걷자 Walk With Me, Girl (feat. Choi Baek-ho), 한낮의 꿈 Daydream (feat. Yang Hee-eun), 기다려 Wait

Happy Tenth Anniversary, NEWS.

Dear NEWS,

Happy tenth anniversary. This is late, I know. It feels bittersweet that you've come to this milestone while I have been drifting further and further away from you during the last few years. I barely listen to your songs anymore. I didn't see your anniversary video during the designated day. Actually I haven't seen it at all. #badfan

I originally created this journal because of you. I started writing fanfics again (and got pretty serious at it, joining exchanges and challenges and all) because of you. I made some really good friends because of you. You entertained me and filled my days with happiness.

I first got to know you after you were already six, so I didn't go through the journey of watching you turn from nine to eight to six. But when you turned from six to four, I was still there, and my heart broke too. (I was angry for a long time, I'd understand if you were too.)

But then you emerged, stronger, more dedicated and more united than ever. You've grown so much and I'm really proud of all of you. Shige, you get a special mention because you achieved your personal dreams and inspired me to achieve mine.

I haven't really followed your updates lately, but recently I watched your appearance in Shounen Club Premium. I had a stupid smile on my face the entire time. I may not be completely invested in you anymore, but I believe in different kinds of love. You've carved a special place in my heart, and there you will stay. I wish you continued and better success, because you deserve it.

And if someday, years and years from now, someone miraculously convinced you the way they convinced L'Arc~en~Ciel to finally hold a concert in my country, I hope I'll be there to see you.

Happy anniversary, and may you have many, many more anniversaries in the future.

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f(x) – The 2nd Album 'Pink Tape'
I like the mid-tempo songs in this album more than the full-on electronica ones, probably because I don't really enjoy electronic dance music much. I can listen to some EDM songs, but most of the time they're too noisy for me to be on repeat. I fell in love with Shadow the first time I heard it in the album teaser video and wished it was the promoted song, but Rum Pum Pum Pum isn't bad either. I really like Amber's singing in the album, her lower tone provides a nice contrast to the other member's higher registers. She should get more singing parts rather than rap parts. Goodbye Summer makes me want to hear D.O.'s voice more, it's so velvety smooth. Kudos to Amber too for taking part in writing that song. Overall, a pretty nice album with several stand-out songs for me. 7.5/10

Favorites: 미행 (그림자 Shadow), 첫 사랑니 Rum Pum Pum Pum, Goodbye Summer (with f(Amber+Luna+Krystal)), 여우 같은 내 친구 No More
Okay ones: Pretty Girl, Step, Toy, 시그널 Signal
Kinda meh: Kick, Airplane, Snapshot, Ending Page

SISTAR – Give It To Me


I enjoy most of the songs in this album. Props to Duble Sidekick (Duble Kick?) as the producers. Give It To Me is my jam, and even the instrumental version is great to listen to because of the violin section in the background. Everyone knows Hyorin's voice is a killer, and Soyou's singing is not bad as well. She can definitely carry a tune, but I think her voice is just less distinguishable than Hyorin's, and she's not as skillful. But the gap between Hyorin and Soyou's singing and Dasom's is quite pitiful, really. Compared to Pink Tape, I have a lot more songs from this album in my 'favorites' list, especially the R&B-infused tracks, and I don't often skip songs either. The whole album gives off a sexy yet classy feel, which I guess is what SISTAR is all about. A very solid, enjoyable album. 9/10

Favorites: Give It To Me, Give It To Me (Instrumental), 넌 너무 야해 (The Way You Make Me Melt) [feat. Geeks], 바빠 (Bad boy), 일주일 (A Week), Crying, If U Want, 핑글핑글 (Up and Down)
Okay ones: Summer Time, Hey You
Kinda meh: Miss Sistar (feat. 이단옆차기 & 주헌)

But I thought I was a fruit

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Can't stop listening to this. ♥

reading is sexy

LUNAFLY - Super Hero MV

Yun, the one with the tan, has a really clear, likeable tone. I love this kind of voice.
Sam, the dark-haired one, has a raspy voice and a sexy British accent.
Teo, the pretty one, is pretty. His voice is quite soulful too, he should get more lines.

It has to be you

Dear Yesung, you're not perfect, but I think you're immensely talented, hardworking, caring, and wonderfully weird. I don't know how I'll feel about you in two years because my fandom feelings are fickle that way (just ask Jay Chou), but I wish you will emerge a better and wiser person.

Take care of yourself, and see you later.