07 October, 2014

Roy Kim [Home] Album Review

I've always been a fan of Roy Kim, and this album release makes me love his music even more. There is something about the low key, plaintive notes of this album that just speaks to me. While I do love his upbeat tracks like Love Love Love and Bom Bom Bom from previous releases, I am in love with this latest listing of tracks. And what's even more awesome about is that there are official audio YouTube versions of the non-MV tracks as well, so you can preview the album before you decide to buy it. Yes! I am totally down with that! And now I am totally going to head over to the music store and pick myself up a copy. Muahahahahaha, the benefits of living in Korea. (Hopefully it will be on iTunes and other places soon). And the review is going to be less technical in its scope.

1. So to start off the list at number 1, we have the track 영원한 건 없지만 (Nothing Lasts Forever)

I am generally not a fan of the idea that nothing lasts forever (I tend to disagree) but looking at the lyrics, I am inclined to believe that they belie a hope that while things pass, there is hope. And in that hope, a hope for good to last and not the shadow of pain. They are really quite beautiful. And of course, the music and Roy Kim's voice perfectly express that. I really am in love with his voice. I like how the soaring chorus seems to imbue the listener with hope. It really does. Sigh. I love this album so much! 

2. 가을에 (In Autumn/When Autumn Comes) This might be my favourite track on the album. It is filled with poignant sadness whether saying goodbye to love, or perhaps the summer. I also really love that the guitar and strings are light and not overly heavy. Roy Kim's voice is also more delicate than in the preceding track - not less full, but it has a lighter touch that I appreciate. I think this would also make a lovely lullaby. And I am generally a fan of this style of acoustic guitar, so of course the song is a winner for me. I also especially love the line in the lyrics where he says: The people walking on the street while holding hands, do they know how precious that is? How true that is. 

3. Home This is the album MV promoted track. And is it filled with instances of how despite seemingly impoverished or non-celebrity status, the people who have family and a home are rich. 

I like the general idea of the love of family and home, but readily acknowledge that is only part of the human experience. I am not going to get all philosophical here and point out all the woes of the world because I think the MV and the song (and lyrics) get at the importance of other human beings who love us. Without those who love us, we cannot be wholly happy. And sometimes that is what we need, a smile from someone who cares. They might not be able to remove the heavy burdens we have to carry, but they can help lift us up and help us to carry them. So give someone you love a smile and a hug and help them out, you never know if they might need it. Oh, and the music for this is also really great, not just the message. Roy Kim, you get me in the heart. 

4. 날 사랑한다면 (If You Love Me) I already loved the song while listening to it, but after reading the lyrics, I loved it just that much more. I really love the chorus and pacing of the lyrics with the beat and guitar. Seriously, I just love the acoustic guitar on this album! I think it perfectly describes how we don't want the person we love to leave us. *sigh* It's like this song gets my heart. And a good dash of heartache. I think I am in the perfect mood for this album.

5. 잘 있나요 그대 (How Are You Doing/Now I Know) ft. Jung Sung Ha  Seriously, Roy Kim, did you read my journal or something? ㅋㅋ jk. Do we ever really realize how precious something is until we don't have it anymore? Sorry, I was just referencing the lyrics here. The song is rather upbeat considering it's rather philosophical and plaintive content. I really like it though. 

6. 롱디 (Hold On) This is such a perfect goodbye song. I am going to be honest, this one made me tear up and get a little emotional. While I knew it was the right decision to move to Korea, I left behind some of my dearest friends. It was incredibly hard to say goodbye at the airport, and I will admit to sobbing my heart out. So this song, this is for you. You know who you are. Check out the lyrics, they might make you cry too. 

7. 커튼 (Curtain) ft. Jung Sung Ha The beginning of this tracks and the chord progression is (to me) a little reminiscent of The Beatles' Norwegian Wood. I just love it. It solidified for me that I most definitely want to own the album. Just listen, it's so good. And it also features Jung Sung Ha, who is always great. The lyrics also express what we all want to feel, we want to be able to truly love and connect with someone, not with half-hidden emotions, but being open and vulnerable and heart connected to heart. Yes, I am a hopeless romantic. 

8. 멀어졌죠 (Drift Apart/Far Away) This song is so beautiful. Roy Kim's voice has never sounded so good. I just want to drift away while listening to this song. I guess the song is doing its job then. It matches the title so perfectly. The lyrics (and music) are also full of the poignant sadness of lost love that seems to permeate the album. Is this a break-up album? A really bittersweet one perhaps. All in all it's just beautiful. 

9. Thank You (Bonus Track) The bonus track to complete the album is just as beautiful as the rest of the album. I think it also showcases Roy Kim's beautiful and lovely voice so well. I am so glad that he opted for the simple, more acoustic feel to this album that he did. I really love his other stuff, but I feel like this album was even more acoustic than usual. Pretty much it is my favourite thing right now. (And the lyrics for this track are super great too). We all need people to stand by us. So in my book, this album is pretty much the bomb dot com for me right now. 

p.s. Sorry I've been away for a while. I have been super, super, crazy busy.
p.p.s. After mentioning these tracks in the comments below, I figured I should add them here. I also really love Roy Kim's Seoul Here from the Reply 1994 OST. Another track of his that I adore is the duet he did on Superstar K 4 with Jung Joon Young, Becoming Dust, it's just so excellent! (I also prefer the live version to the recorded version, it's got more spunk). The other two tracks that I really like of Roy Kim's from Superstar K4 are October Rain and Passing By

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  1. I am glad that you introduced this singer to me. He has an amazing voice and I think that I need this beautiful calming effect from this album :)

  2. I'm so glad to be able to fuel the addiction ;) I am thinking I need to make a follow-up post of Roy Kim or something because I am remembering all the other tracks I love of his. I really liked his first album, but I also love the tracks he did on Superstar K4. I especially love the duet he did with Jung Joon Young, "Becoming Dust". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOrXf0isbCc Another great one he did was "October Rain" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dexYGNeHIts and another of my faves was "Passing By" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dexYGNeHIts. He also did a really lovely OST piece for Reply 1994, "Seoul Here" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TtV4WEJh2w. Maybe I will add all these links in the post as well...

  3. Hi dewaani! Just want to drop by to tell you I've nominated you for the Sunshine Award! http://weeatlemon.blogspot.com/2014/10/sunshine-award.html

    And Roy Kim, man, his voice is nice. Might consider adding him to my sleepless (aka I need to sleep NAO!) playlist. Thanks for the recommendation!

  4. the all songs has a simple lyrics.. I really love his album <3

  5. Aw! Thanks so much conanblue! I will get to writing that post soon! ❤

  6. I also love it! And yes, his easy listening lyrics are excellent.

  7. Hey, Dewaani!

    I just wanted to let you know that I also nominated you for The Sunshine Award. If you have time, I've got some..erm...interesting questions for you: http://saryre.blogspot.com/2014/10/you-are-my-sunshine-aka-sunshine-award.html

  8. Thank you so much! You are too sweet ^^ I will get to it soon. It is on my list of things to do for my next post actually.

  9. It really is such a gush-worthy and well-rounded album. Every song has similar strains to tie them together, but offer different melodies and singing styles and are just overly awesome. Next paycheck, I am owning this album :)

    Gah! I'm sooo behind on your news! Must remind myself to keep checking back on your site again. It's been so crazy for me of late.

  10. No worries ^^ It has been crazy for me too and I have not been keeping up to date with anything. I am working to rectify that.

    I totally agree that there are similarities that tie the album together but yet each song is unique. I am going to be in Seoul tomorrow night and I hope to pick it up then. That and the new VIXX mini-album ^^

  11. I really love this album, too. Thanks for sharing and promoting him. Have you seen that Jung Joon Young picked him as his "friend with troubles" on 1 Night and 2 Days? It is hilarious. I am waiting to watch the next episode with subs. They are such an odd but clearly close pair.

  12. I LOVE Roy Kim and his music! I haven't watched 1N2D in ages, but that does sound funny. Jung Joon Young is another great artist. I really loved their duet for Superstar K4. So good!

  13. I do not really watch either, but a blog I follow mentioned that Yo In Sung had been sucked into it because he was one of "those friends," so I watched the episode. I'd forgotten that Jung Joon "no filter" Young was a regular, so it was an added bonus when it turns out he "tricks" Roy Kim onto the show.

  14. Ooh! I shall have to watch that episode then. It sounds hilarious. I really do love Korean variety shows because sometimes they allow us to see sides of someone (even if they are scripted) that let us see them as quirky humans. I love it.