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“Mirotic” (Jumon) Album Review!

Posted in DBSK/TVXQ,Kpop by nanshi on September 26, 2008
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Tracklist (from YesAsia):
01 . 주문(MIROTIC)
02 . Wrong Number
03 . 노을..바라보다 (In the… Afterglow)
04 . CRAZY LOVE
05 . HEY!(Don’t bring me down)
06 . 넌 나의 노래 (You Are My Song/Melody)
07 . 무지개 (Rainbow)
08 . 낙원 (Paradise)
09 . 악녀(Are you A Good girl?)
10 . Flower Lady
11 . 잊혀진계절 (Forgotten Seasons)
12 . love in the Ice

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01. Mirotic — Duh. DBSK classic. Must I go any further? I really love the song. You’ve probably heard it, came to your own opinions, so I’ll let you keep on going.

02. Wrong Number — ZOMG. This song is RIDICULOUSLY SEXY. RIDICULOUSLY SEXY. It’s Junsu’s song, all ze way. But it’s just sooo hot. The beat is just really really slow and sexy and sensual. It’s a sexy burn, really. It kinda feels like (in terms of vibe, not rhythm, key, or beat) “Choosey Lover’s R.Yamaki Remix” (which is fantastic). Mind you, the opening strains sound a little bit like CSJH’s “5cm,” true? It’s soooo edgy. I need to find translations to make sure they’re not singing about social revolution, cause that’ll ruin the feeling of the song. They all sound so fantastically edgy. It’s been awhile since I’ve been privileged to hear DBSK do edgy and sexy and I love it. And Jae’s rap isn’t really a rap. It’s more like speaking with a little bit of rhythm and tone. EDIT. LOL. What’s with the random “CASH” in the middle of the rap? I mean, the “Fish” is weird enough, but it makes sense in the translation… but “Cash?!”

03. In the… Glow. Actually, I’ve heard several translations of this. I’ve heard “Sunset” and “Afterglow.” My version of the album that I obtained translates it as “Sunset.” I kinda like “Afterglow” a bit better, but I’ll have to look at the translation. Because when I think “Afterglow,” I think of sex. I’m so pervy (and blunt). Cause y’know… nvm. TMI. But it fits with their concept, true? LOL. I really really really love this ballad. It’s just so sweet and gentle and soothing. It’s just… SOOOO DongBang. This song feels like it could be one of DBSK’s “classic ballads” like “My Little Princess” and “Miduhyo” y’know? On their third album, my utmost favorite song was “On & On,” so I think this is kinda my “version” of that song for this album. A slow and soothing song to rock me to sleep. That I love and THEY’D BETTER SING THIS LIVE. I was a bit disappointed when they didn’t do that for “On & On.” Yunho sounds fantastic in this song, might I add… during the HoMin bridge. And let’s not get started on Junsu’s solo climax. Done. My goodness. Just imagine incessant gushing. And you’ll get a small glimpse of how I feel about this song. EDIT. I got over the songs enough to look for lyrics. I don’t want to be a pig and post them up now (so I’ll probably wait till tomorrow), but here are some translations for this track (which is like… one of my favorites now, cause the lyrics are that good). This is the chorus.

As much as the sun that rises above you,
I’ll keep you safe as much as you’ve waited for me, with this glaring heart,
I love you, I love you,
You’re the most beautiful in this world,
This dream-like heart,
More than the air I breathe

04. CRAZY LOVE. LOL. This song is just… fun. LOL. It has such a funky retro beat to it. It reminds of 90’s dance music that we used to skate to at the roller rink. Plus, the digitizing of the voices throws me back to that era. LOL. It really feels like disco-roller-rink. LOL. fun fun fun. Just a fun little song to dance around to (in private). Won’t be a club hit or anything, but it’s fun. Feels a little bit like the !fun! !perky! song that “Balloons” was too.

05. HEY! (Don’t Bring Me Down). SMP. I think a lot of people are confused because DBSK’s title tracks are usually their SMP songs, but this time they changed it up by releasing “Mirotic” as their title track, even though that’s not the SMP song of this album. “HEY!” is the SMP track. Has some beats and notes reminiscent of Super Junior’s “Don’t Don” I must admit. Still, good song. Personally, I find it much more palatable than most of DBSK’s other SMP tracks (that take… many listens for me to like).

06. 넌 나의 노래 (You Are My Song). Faintly jazzy beat, which is nice. It’s a mid-paced ballad, which is nice. I don’t think DBSK does those often enough. Is a little too fast for my taste, but that’s because I love pure DongBang vocals. Still, totally enjoyable. Definitely is a GREAT vocal technique/exercise song, because the jumps between notes and high and boundless and really flawless. Would be fantastic to hear it live to see if they could “really do it,” but I think it’s a bit too taxing for that.

07. Rainbow. LOL. Fun. Again, similar to “You Are My Song,” a fast-paced ballad. More reminiscent of their Japanese songs? Is this the Korean version of the Japanese “Rainbow?” I don’t know. I kinda like the trumpet that sounds throughout this song…

08. Paradise. 0o0. R&B? Definitely a beat running through this song. Harp is cool too.

09. Are You a Good Girl? No, DBSK. I will confess that I’m not. And then you rip off your shirts. I don’t think anyone will confess to being a good girl after buying this album (with y’all looking so erotical on the cover). Electronica opens up this song (like I said before in my observations of this album, DBSK is totally riding the Kpop trend of electronica). This song is a clubbing song. This is a “driving on the highway in the left land with a radar detector at 2am in the morning” song. I can see this being a fan and a showcase favorite. SO HOT OF A SONG. Not one of my favorites, but awesome. EDIT. lollercoaster ride. The lyrics for this are hilarious. I don’t know if it’s describing a good girl or a bad girl? It’s basically about a girlfriend that was really sweet but suddenly turned really cold. Sounds like me. LOL. /begin digression. But for my credit, I don’t do the passive-aggressive thing. I watched “Grey’s Anatomy” last night and wanted to throw something at the TV. JUST QUIT BEING SO PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE ANGST. DO IT AND GET OVER WITH YOUR LIFE. /end digression

10. Flower Lady. Another fast-paced ballad. Wow. I like this song. Soothing and gentle. Cheery and bright with high piano tones in the back. Very very pretty. I definitely think of flowers when I hear this song. I just think of bright white daisies in a big green field with a blue sky. “Say you’ll stay… always.” It just ends on such a pretty finish!

* This album feels more like a fun spring/summer album… not an autumn/winter album, y’know? Which is a little weird. I guess it’s like “bringing a bit of sunshine through the clouds.” This will be good for warding off seasonal depression.

11. Forgotten Season. Jae’s solo song, I’m assuming? I mean, no one else sings in it… Very nice and pretty. And unlike Jae’s other solo songs, it’s not a depressing mash! It’s just pretty. Has a bit of a minor twinge to it, but not enough to be excessively saddening. It’s just… nice and soothing and pretty.

12. Love in the Ice (Korean). Whew~ I’ve been typing up this review as I listened to each track, but since this song is quite possibly my favorite DBSK song, period and full stop, I had to actually sit back and give it a good listen. Otherwise I wouldn’t be doing the song justice. Now, first off, as a general disclaimer: I loooove the Japanese version of this song and as a student of Japanese, I can actually understand a little bit oif it and I love the translation(s) of it too because they’re so elegant and poetic…with that said, I have a bit of a bias. One can kinda tell that “Love in the Ice” was a sleeper hit. I don’t think SM or Avex actually expected that the song would’ve had as much impact and as many people would’ve liked it as much they did (like a few other DBSK tracks), otherwise it *should’ve* been their title track for the Japanese album and promoted much more heavily and crazily than just about any other Japanese single that they’ve released. In that respect, I feel as though SM realized what a hit it was, and set to work translating it so the boys could sing it in Korean. There are slight lapses in which the Japanese flows much more smoother than the Korean. Like I said though, this may be my bias coming through. I’m not too sure myself. The duets in the middle of the song were much more beautifully recorded though, but I think it’s because SM learned its lesson and had Yunho and Yoochun’s mics turned up because they sounded fantastic and sosoososooso impressive during the lives. It wasn’t until the final chorus that I really felt like the Korean version took off and really swept me up and away. But still… it did take until the final chorus.

Still, it’s a great great great great great song, and even if it is a song that they’ve sang previously, it’s still a beautiful song and deserves to be pushed, sang, and re-sang as much as humanly possible (without killing the DongBangs). I prefer the Japanese version, but that’s probably because it is solidly ingrained in my head for all of eternity and it will always be that way. No words can be said about this song and it kinda… defies description. And that’s a hard thing to do with pop music, let me tell you. But the the tune, the lyrics, the vocals all just blow me away and out of the water everytime I hear it.

* * *

Final words:

Wow. wow wow wow.

I really really really want to get this album. It’s actually not that expensive, but I want to purchase the Japanese version too (cause I — um — like those pictures better), so I’m going to see if I can hold out until the Japanese version releases, and get both so I can get free shipping from YesAsia. I was contemplating getting it from eBay, but then I realized that DBSK might not get the [small] revenue that I’m generating for them if I get it from ebay, so I’ll see.

Yunho sounds utterly fantastic. And so does Micky, btw. They’ve really come into their voices. I feel like a proud mom or vocal coach. Not like I had anything to do with that… LOL. But as a singer myself, it’s always sooo wonderful to hear another singer improve. Because there’s nothing a singer/performer likes to do than get better. What I really like about this album, in general, is that it doesn’t “do” what Kpop groups — especially boybands – usually do. That is, usually you won’t get every member in a group that sings fantastically. Usually there will be designated rappers, dancers, and then the singers. DBSK used to be like that (obviously 2U were the weaker singers) and for every song, there would be an burst of rap in it to give the “rappers” something to do… and I really really despise that tactic. I see the logic behind it, but I hate it. I’m not a rap fan, in general. But most of the songs on this album don’t have that burst of rap in it to give it “variety,” and it’s just relieving. It’s such a transparent tactic, really.

Am I picky? Yes. But is it so wrong to like the music that I like?

In other news, Jaejoong and Changmin generally have no trouble singing in Japanese, and the others tend to stumble a teensy bit (only noticeable when compared to Korea), but this… WOW. As I have always said about SM’s Kpop exports, there is just something about having them sing in their native language that just brings them back home. Their confidence level shoots up, and it’s just… Well, it’s a nice feeling. This is, by far, DBSK’s most vocally taxing album in Korean and they’ve improved leaps and bounds since their 3rd album, no doubt. The album will definitely be a contender the next round of awards come December. Heck, it’ll sweep. In that, I have no doubt.

It’s trendy, it’s hip, it’s awesome, but best of all…

It’s Dong Bang Shin Ki .

They’re back, boys and girls. And they’re here to stay.

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  1. Catherine said,

    “They’re back, boys and girls. And they’re here to stay.”

    Indeed. This is an amazing album, such a mature and confident sound!! Though a few tracks are yet to really grow on me, some of them (Wrong Number for instance) I’ve just fallen for straight up. I agree about love in the ice, for some reason though it’s still beautiful (that song truly is the most amazing) I kinda prefer the Japanese version. I guess all that’s left to rework that song is an english version now XD

    And I totally should have bought the mirotic japanese single!! The covers are beautiful. But I wanted to pre-order these albums on yesasia while it was still cheap (£17 for both :D)

  2. lavender_rain said,

    hhheeee, it’s Blue Snowflake from AF! ^_^* heheheeeee, i usually just stalk your blog *runs away*, heee but omgosh, after reading your AMAZING bloggggg about Mirotic, I *had* to comment! 😀

    i agree that pretty MUCH very songs in the album sounds soooo amazing! <3333 but as of right now I’m not really liking “paradise” & “rainbow” idk. they sound kinda weird and not really my kind of music! =/ oooy. maybe after reading the translations, i’ll like it more! ^_^’

    anyways, OMGOSH. I totally do not think you’re being that biased, cause I love the Japanese version of “love in the ice” more as well! 🙂 I think it’s because i listened to the japanese versions like 129038102938+ times already, lol so it will still take some time to get used to liking the Korean version. Also, as *much* as i love changmin, seriously I DID not LIKE his translations at all!!! XD The Korean lyrics no longer sounds so poetic & heartwarming as the japanese version. so I guess that was only the bad part. But I *do* love the fact that they recorded yoochun’s scream at the end cause i listen to the LIVE songs mainly for this part!! ♥ but somehow it seemed to lack so much emotions…?? or it could just be my headphone~! <_< & yeah. i was also kinda surprised that “love in the ice” wasn’t promoted NEARLY as much in Japan!! XD cause the FIRST time I listened to it, i loved it at once! 🙂 but it’s okay i’m glad it’s going to be PROMOTED so much more in Korean!!! =D

    and I totally think that Mirotic is probably DBSK’s BEST album yet!!! ^____^ whhhheee, i’ve already pre-order my copy on yesasia and now i totally can’t wait to get it!!! 😀

    also, haha i’m happy to see that you have DBSK back in your sig at AF!! =D lol

    okay i’ll be looking forward to MOREEE dbsk blogs from youuu! ^___~

  3. mochiicecream said,

    Good album review and I agree…this is a strong album they came back with. Though admit that some songs took a while for me to like.

    What I really wanted to do here was show you a video of DBSK with Ye Eun singing “You Raise Me Up”. You might have seen it already, but this is the clip in it’s entirety—from Yoochun opening to Changmin closing:

    I know you’re a church girl (me too!) so I thought you’d appreciate them singing this song with Ye Eun. It’s a really touching clip, and they sang well with proper English pronunciation.

    By the way, I’m surprised you’ve never heard of Passion. His rendition of “Refiner’s Fire” is nothing short of amazing. Okay, I’m done! I promise, no more trying to pimp Passion. Haha ^_^;

  4. lyn said,

    hi, may i know what is SMP? i know its the kind like tri-angle, rising sun. but what does it actually means?

  5. nanshi said,

    lyn: SMP is SM Entertainments pseudo-exclusive genre. It refers to music that has hard rock overtones with a smidgen of rock and a lot of synthesizer effects and usually talks about something pertaining to social culture and not the usual range of emtions that typical songs talk about. A few other examples are Super Junior’s “Don’t Don,” and BoA’s “Girls on Top.” Sometimes they talk about social culture, but it’s mostly the beat and the style that make it SMP.

  6. nanshi said,

    (smidgen of pop, not rock.)

  7. lyn said,

    oh i get it now. thank you so much (:


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