Jive Monkey Playlist: 10/28/16

When I heard that a lot of idols and artists would be making a comeback this Fall, I didn’t expect to be hit with their comebacks all at once.  And so the current playlist that’s been playing on phone has so many tracks that I’m not sure I’ve actually listened to the songs that are on it.  However, I am listening to the tracks from the two artists below on repeat.

What I like about SHINee is their retro, electronic pop vibe.  They are always trying different genre and new styles.  I realize that the retro vibe is a signature element to SHINee’s style but I think this is something that a lot of rookie groups can learn and adapt.  When you’re following so many artists at the same time something as simple as experimenting with a new genre can seem like a bright star in the vastness of the K-Pop universe.

I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve been listening to SHINee for so long that it’s just easy for me to tell apart their voices but I felt like that the particular lyrics each member sings really suits the member’s personalities very well.  Tae Min sings with a rock-edge, Key is matter-of-fact and doesn’t beat around the bush, Jong Hyun comes off as a bit of a Casanova with his ability to croon rather just sing the lyrics straight, Onew comes off sweet that I can literally hear him smyesing and Min Ho has this low baritone voice that seems to ground the rest of the voices.  The lyrics are your typical K-Pop love song but the 90’s new jack swing and the group’s pizzazz makes the chorus so catchy.

샤이니 (SHINee) – 1 of 1

1 of 1

하루 중에 1분 1초 다르듯
날마다 넌 새로워져
하나 중에 그중에 제일 첫 번째
유일하단 뜻인 거야 너

나를 부르는 네 목소리
사뿐하게 다가와서 내 귓가에 미끄러져
손에 감겨오는 네 손길이
처음 만나는 저 눈부신
세상으로 나를 이끌어

넌 ‘1 of 1’ girl
오직 하나
틀림없이 나의 답인 너
넌 ‘1 of 1’ girl
완벽해
비교할 수 없는 넌 이미
내 세상의 유일한 의미

하나의 이름 너라는 사람에
꼭 들어맞는 컬러를 입힌 듯 Yeah
귓가에 스친 달콤한 노래처럼
완벽하게 어울려 자꾸 너를 부르게 돼

처음의 그 느낌처럼 언제나
Replay (Replay)
네 사랑은 새롭게 빛나
난 또다시 Fallin’ fallin’ for you (Come here)
사랑한다는 말도
네겐 지겹지 않아

달콤한 입맞춤
서로에게만 맞춘 발걸음
아무 예고 없이 두 눈이 마주친
너는 왜 이리 아름다운지
(Let’s go) You’re my baby

넌 ‘1 of 1’ girl
오직 하나
틀림없이 나의 답인 너
넌 ‘1 of 1’ girl
완벽해
비교할 수 없는 넌 이미
내 세상의 유일한 의미

‘1 of 1’ girl
오직 하나
빈틈없이 나를 채우지
넌 ‘1 of 1’ girl
완벽해
대신할 수 없는 넌 오직
내 세상의 유일한 의미

이토록 깊이 너에게 스며 변하고 있어
널 닮은 빛으로 밝힌 맘이
가득 차오를 때
내가 너를 비춰 줄게

넌 ‘1 of 1’ girl
오직 하나
틀림없이 나의 답인 너
넌 ‘1 of 1’ girl
완벽해
비교할 수 없는 넌 이미
내 세상의 유일한 의미

1 of 1’ girl
오직 하나
빈틈없이 나를 채우지
넌 ‘1 of 1’ girl
완벽해
대신할 수 없는 넌 오직
내 세상의 유일한 의미

넌 ‘1 of 1’ girl
넌 ‘1 of 1’ girl
틀림없이 나의 답인 너
넌 ‘1 of 1’ girl
(‘1 of 1’ girl ‘1 of 1’)
비교할 수 없어 누구도
One & Only 너만을 원해

1 of 1

In one day, 1 minute and 1 second is different
Each day, you feel like a new person
You’re the first of one
Meaning that you are the only one

Your voice calling me
Lightly stepping closer and silky in my ear
Your touch that I feel in my hands
Meeting for the first time, that dazzling
world, that you’ve brought me into

You’re ‘1 of 1’ girl
Only one
Without a doubt, you are my answer
You’re ‘1 of 1’ girl
Perfect
Cannot compare, already
you’re the only reason in my world

A person like you with a name like The One
Like wearing a perfectly, suitable color, Yeah
Like a sweet song brushing past my ear
Perfectly suitable, I just keep calling you

Always like that feeling I had the first time
Replay (Replay)
Your love shines afresh
Again I, Fallin’ fallin’ for you (Come here)
Even words like I love you,
I never get sick of saying it to you

A sweet kiss
Footsteps that only match with each other
Without warning, two eyes that meet
Why are you so beautiful?
(Let’s go) You’re my baby

You’re ‘1 of 1’ girl
Only one
Without a doubt, you are my answer
You’re ‘1 of 1’ girl
Perfect
Cannot compare, already
you’re the only reason in my world

‘1 of 1’ girl
Only one
Without any empty spaces, you fill me up
You’re ‘1 of 1’ girl
Perfect
No one else can take your place, only you
are the only reason in my world

So deeply ingrained by you that I’m changing
When a light that resembles you illuminates my heart
And fills it up to the brim
I will shine on you

You’re ‘1 of 1’ girl
Only one
Without a doubt, you are my answer
You’re ‘1 of 1’ girl
Perfect
Cannot compare, already
you’re the only reason in my world

‘1 of 1’ girl
Only one
Without any empty spaces, you fill me up
You’re ‘1 of 1’ girl
Perfect
No one else can take your place, only you
are the only reason in my world

You’re ‘1 of 1’ girl
You’re ‘1 of 1’ girl
Without a doubt, you are my answer
You’re ‘1 of 1’ girl
(‘1 of 1’ girl ‘1 of 1’)
Cannot compare with anyone
One & Only, I only want you

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As much as I love Crush, I wasn’t sure what to expect from his latest mini album other than we’re probably gonna get to hear more of the comforting croon of his R&B voice.  I wasn’t expecting a jazz album.

I think that’s why I couldn’t help but fall in love with “향수 (nostalgia) (Scent (nostalgia))”.  The song clearly paints a picture of a quiet, night scene in which he’s not able to forget about the person he loves.  The song’s Korean title doesn’t exactly translate into the English title that’s in the parentheses but I can’t help the importance of these word association referenced here.  “향수 (hyang-soo)” can translate as a scent or perfume and there is no denying that smells can provide a strong emotional response such as nostalgia, which is what I think he’s trying to capture here.  According to the album description, the song itself is about a Fall evening, one year ago.

Crush – 향수 (nostalgia) (Scent (nostalgia))

크러쉬(Crush) – 향수 (nostalgia)

향수 (nostalgia)

아무 생각 마요
아무 걱정 마요
이 노랠 듣고 있을 땐
곁에 있어
거울처럼 익숙해진 모습에
괜한 투정도 괜찮아요
우리의 밤은 도시의 잡음을 피해
온전히 잠들고 있죠
따뜻한 이불처럼 그대 깊은 마음
아픔들까지 덮어 줄게요

Scent (nostalgia)

Don’t think of anything
Don’t worry about anything
When you listen to this song
Be by my side,
with a look I’ve gotten used to like a mirror
It’s okay to make frivolous complaints
Our night evades the sounds of the city
The whole world is sleeping
Like a warm blanket, deep feelings for you
I’ll even cover all your heartaches

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