Looking back in my blog, I’ve realized that I’ve gone CRAZY with Boys Before Flowers commentary posts, and I apologize to the people who aren’t interested in it. But ah, I do love that show.
ANYWAY. Guess what? I’m reviewing Jisun’s solo album. Are you surprised? Probably not if you have kept up with me at all. And for those who are looking for it (I know you are), I have song samplings and an album upload for you at the end of the cut.
The song we saw in the teaser is titled, “Phony War,” but the MV out right now is “Hello Heart.” And smoly hokes, Jisun is so pretty. I love this song too; it’s the perfect song for an MV.
Jisun’s solo album, “The Mermaid Comes Back Home,” isn’t THAT faraway from Loveholic’s style, but it definitely has a different flavor. It’s more electronic and it has an “experimental” feeling at times. The styles of the songs vary, but they all stay within the same spectrum. Does that make sense? I hope so. A word I couldn’t help but use over and over when talking about the songs of this album was “pretty.” That word just FITS for this album. Something that really surprised me about “The Mermaid Comes Back Home” was a distinct 80s influence. I know, some of us (cough*me*cough) aren’t big fans of whole drum-machine, synthesizer feeling that comes along with music of that era, but DO NOT FEAR. Jisun will make you reconsider all you thought you hated. And make you love it. Okay, so that’s pretty creepy. Maybe you should be scared.
- Someone Somewhere Someday: An interesting intro! It’s mystical and pretty. It reminds me a little of Epik High’s “Be” in the sense that it’s kind of the calm before the storm (or so I think, because I haven’t heard the next track yet).
- 인어… 집으로 돌아오다: OMG, the music is PRETTY. I know I just used that word for the intro, but it’s the best word to describe this. I’m surprised by this sound. Gall, I just love Jisun’s voice. She has multiple “voices,” and I adore every one. Her voice for this song is kind of her upbeat one… it’s not breathy like it can sometimes be. Either way, I love it. And this song is a lot more relaxed and peaceful than I expected it. I guess it sets the mood for the album (it IS the title song)… and that’s exciting.
- 안녕 마음아: I love this song already. I wonder about the title still. I think it’s possible it could be “Goodbye, Heart.” “안녕” is an informal hello/goodbye, and she also says, “잘가,” which means “goodbye” (hi, this is me using some basic Korean knowledge to say a lot about nothing). You could probably translate the title as, “Aloha, Heart.” LMAO! (But I think people are calling it “Hello Heart,” just so you know.) Anyway… OMG, Jisun is using her more breathy voice. I have to admit that it’s my favorite one. It’s kind of beautiful and heartbreaking all at once. WHOA, HELLO CHORUS. It has an 80s vibe… which could be terrible, but it’s kind of AWESOME.
- 롤러코스터 러브: I want to be serious here, but it sounds like she’s saying “loller-coaster love” which… is completely LOL. BUT, the song is pretty good. It’s fun and happy.
- Universe: This song is really relaxing. I like it. I feel like I am floating away on a cloud~
- Windflower (feat. Alex): I WAS SO LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS SONG! I love Jisun and Alex singing together. The music starts out so pretty and Jisun is using her breathier voice again. I can’t wait to get my hands on the lyrics for this song. I have a feeling they’re going to be amazing. Gahhh, this is a really gorgeous song. AND OMG ALEX! I’m feeling like this song is too short and it’s not even over ;__; IDK, the song is almost… soft-rockish? And that’s a genre I usually can’t stand, but I really like this. There is so much emotion in the song. The end of the song is so pretty.
- 그는 널 사랑하지 않아: This song has a cool beginning. It’s unexpected. It’s all radio-ish and then the sound fully kicks in. When the chorus starts it’s… amazing. I love the chorus. Not that the rest of the song stinks, but I adore soft song openings that open up into full-blown choruses. I have a weakness for this, lol.
- 보고싶어.: O.M.G. I think this could be my favorite track so far. It’s hard to say. It’s almost Enya-like… which is WEIRD, but in a good way. It’s just… guh. Lovely. The lyrics seem to be pretty simple too, so I wouldn’t mind looking at the lyrics to see if I could try my hand at translating them. Yeah, DORK ALERT!
- 지구인: Have I mentioned yet that this album is so pretty? I am absolutely running out of words, and I’m afraid that I’m beginning to sound like a broken record. BUUUUT… this song really IS gorgeous. I can’t wait until I can listen to it again, because I know it’s one of those songs that will get under your skin and idk. It’s just that kind of song.
- Phony War: OMG. This is the MV teaser song! It has a very “rocking” feeling, to be completely cheesy in my use of adjectives. Jisun brings in another one of her “voices” for this song. But again, I like it. “Kiss the baby, touch the sky,” LOL, that sounds similar to THSK’s song title, “Kiss the Baby Sky.” This song and that song? Are nothing alike XD Anyway, “Phony War” is a fun song!
- 우리가 나눈 사랑의 진실: WOW, major 80s feel again! Haha, but somehow it’s great. I like the hook a lot. The more this song goes on, the more it grows on me. It’s a solid track.
- L O V E: This song starts off like a lullaby. It’s awesome. So far, I’m thinking this is one of the better songs on the album. The orchestral music is L O V E (lol).
- Polaris: AWESOME song. So beautiful. I am honestly out of words to describe things, but… I will attempt. It’s a great end to the album because it’s very relaxed (like the rest of the album), but it has a kind of open-ended, melancholy feel as well. I like it.
Over all, it’s not the kind of album that everyone will like. Even I know that it will take me a couple of listens before I’m officially attached to it, but I felt the same about Loveholic’s albums. It’s not a pop album. It’s the type of album that you listen to when you want to relax, chill, whatever. When you want to feel something. When you want to be taken away from ~everyday life~