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SINGLE REVIEW: JYONGRI- Kissing Me

JYONGRI- Kissing Me

I’ve been waiting for a long time to get JYONGRI’s new single, as she seems to have taken a break. She hasn’t released anything since school began for me, and I’ve been really down about it. I love JYONGRI as much as her American fans complain about her music. But hey, there are people in this world who just likes to say negative things about as many people as they can… I’m really looking forward to this single, so here we go, JYONGRI’s ‘Kissing Me’.

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The first song on this single is Kissing Me, a Possession-esque dance number with a bit more diversity in it. I love the way that the verses are slower, but still upbeat, and how the chorus picks up so that the vocals are right on with the beat. This is musically JYONGRI’s best single since Possession, and I’m really glad that she’s brought back the upbeat piano and her attractive harmonies. I assume that since she composes her own music, part of her problem is that she isn’t that fantastic when it comes to creating new harmonies, so people feel that her music sounds recycled. I really haven’t gotten tired of her yet, so I don’t feel the same way. JYONGRI does well in this song when it comes to background vocals, and I’m impressed with her ability to create them at her age. The song really stands out among her singles, and it’s definitely at least second best. I’m glad that she managed to put out something upbeat again. I was afraid I would start getting tired of her if she kept up the boring pop and ballads, however beautiful they are. The end of the song is definitely my favorite. Two vocal tracks run together, and JYONGRI does a great job blending them. Her vocal performance throughout the song is top-notch, so I really have no complaints with this song.

Vocal Grade: A+ — Musical Grade: A+ — Composition Grade: A 

Overall Grade: A+

The B-Side of the single, You’re the One, was actually revelead before Kissing Me because of a tie in it had with a drama or movie… I can’t remember which. It even has it’s own music video, which I guess is cute in its own respect. Filled with balloons and children. Anyway, the song itself starts off with some pretty, layered vocals that work really well. The music is mostly just percussion like a normal pop song, so it’s definitely JYONGRI’s vocals that make it so wonderful. I’ve always loved the way she sings, and she’s back with a beautiful performance in this song. There are so many different segments of singing style in this song, and it’s really impressive. There’s slow layered parts, and upbeat verses, all matched up with a really gorgeous chorus and bridge. There’s a part towards the end where she shows her vocal power, and I just really like this song. I like this better than both the B-Sides on her previous single, and one of my favorite songs at the moment.

Vocal Grade: A+ — Musical Grade: A — Composition Grade: A-

Overall Grade: A

OVERALL GRADE: A+

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JYONGRI’s Discography

JYONGRI: Current Discography

JYONGRI

DIGITAL SINGLE REVIEW: Wherever

This is the first song that JYONGRI released in Japan as a Digital Single, entitled Wherever. This song is really just amazing, and it fantastically showcases that amazing talents that JYONGRI has as both a singer and a composer. At the young age of eighteen, JYONGRI created quite a few masterpieces that she should really be proud of. This is assuredly one of them. The notes JYONGRI hits in this song combined with the power that she throws behind them is just astounding, and I’m really impressed by this pre-debut single. The music is simple and really matches the vocals well, consisting most of light piano and maybe a bit of violin. The lyrics are also really beautiful, and the general idea that she conveys in this song is just great. JYONGRI has one of the most beautiful voices I’ve heard in a long time, and I really just have to applaud her. Everything she does is done well, and during all of this she was even putting herself through a University. I’m just really, really impressed.

Vocal Grade: A+ — Musical Grade: A — Consistency Grade: A+

Overall Grade: A+

Digital Single Grade: A+

SINGLE REVIEW: Possession

JYONGRI- Possession

This is JYONGRI’s debut single after her digital single entitled ‘Wherever’, which is called Possession. Basically this song is nothing like Wherever, and brings out a whole new, and equally impressive side of JYONGRI’s vocal abilities. Musically this song features relentless beats and it’s almost impossible to resist head bobbing or some form of movement while listening it. The idea of the song is great for a dance song, and the vocal performance just melts me. I can’t get over how amazing JYONGRI is vocally, and I think that she’s probably going to be getting better and better, which is actually exciting. The chorus of the song is where the true melody is revealed, and it’s really great. The percussion and clapping beats in the background make for a really cool sound, and the way that her voice is slightly altered electronically just makes the song all the more unique and interesting. This is a fantastic debut track.

Vocal Grade: A+ — Musical Grade: A+ — Consistency Grade: A+

Overall Grade: A+

The second track on JYONGRI’s so far amazing debut is My All For You, a slowed down ballad that is reminiscent of Wherever. To be honest, I didn’t like My All For You as much as Possession of Wherever, although it is really a beatiful song. As usual, JYONGRI’s vocal performance is impressive at least, and the overall feeling of the song is really pure. The music is pretty unique as far as a ballad goes because it consists of some snapping beats and other various quite sounds. The chorus is where JYONGRI’s vocal power really shows, and it creates quite the impressive song. My only problem was that it was a little on the boring side, and I feel like there could have been more done as far as diversity while keeping the consistency of the song. It’s by no means a bad song, but it’s a bit lacking in the WOW factor that both Possession and Wherever had.

Vocal Grade: A — Musical Grade: A- — Consistency Grade: A-

Overall Grade: A-

Single Grade: A

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SINGLE REVEIW: Hop,Step,Jump

JYONGRI- Hop,Step,Jump

Moving onto the cover track of JYONGRI’s second single called Hop,Step,Jump. Hop,Step,Jump is, in my opinion, actually a pretty unique song. The way JYONGRI sings it is something that I can’t really pick out from all of my musical experience. Which is a good thing. The chorus of this song is my favorite part as there are many really cool elements blended together to form a very interesting effect. In general, I don’t think this song is as good as Possession, although it is impressive. I think that the music could be a little faster, and that maybe it would have been good to pick up the pace of the song a little bit. The lyrics are nice, and as usual JYONGRI’s voice is flawless. I don’t think this is really a bad song technically, it’s just missing that extra umph that would have carried it up to the level of Possession. I can’t even really put my finger on what it’s lacking in, but there’s just something missing…

Vocal Grade: A — Musical Grade: A- — Consistency Grade: A-

Overall Grade: A-

The second track on the Hop,Step,Jump single is a track called Romeo & Juliet. I really like the musical aspect of this song because it’s unique and really pulls me in. The composition in general is really nice, and combined with some awesome vocals from JYONGRI, this song is actually more interesting than Hop,Step,Jump. I like the idea of the song, though I thought that the english lyrics were just a little bit cheesy. The song is basically about what Romeo and Juliet went through, forbidden love that they can’t stop, so on so forth. It’s just a bit less morbid. I thought that when everything slowed down and she just talked, it was kind of interesting though it was a bit scary. I don’t know why it was so wierd, but I think it may have had something to do with the electronic distortion on her voice. Anyway, this song is by far the more interesting on the single, though I still don’t like it as much as Possession and Wherever.

Vocal Grade: A — Musical Grade: A+ — Consistency Grade: A-

Overall Grade: A

Single Grade: A-

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ALBUM REVIEW: Close to Fantasy

JYONGRI- Close to Fantasy

The kick-off track of JYONGRI’s debut album Close to Fantasy  is a somewhat interesting, yet lacking song called Getting Funky!. JYONGRI does some really cool things with her voice, but I think that she is too good for this song. JYONGRI has a really spectactular talent, so she should really have a spectacular song to sing. The composition is okay, but it’s nothing special and doesn’t show off JYONGRI like she deserves to be shown off. The vocal performance is really nice, and the music is okay, but it’s missing the dramatic and powerful qualities displayed in Wherever and Poessesion. If this had been the first song she put out I would be impressed, but instead of getting better she’s kind of getting worse. I know she’s capable of better, so I’m just hoping she didn’t set the bar too high for herself.

Vocal Grade: A- — Musical Grade: B+ — Consistency Grade: A-

Overall Grade: B+

This was JYONGRI’s debut single after her digital single entitled ‘Wherever’, and the second track on Close to Fantsay, which is called Possession. Basically this song is nothing like Wherever, and brings out a whole new, and equally impressive side of JYONGRI’s vocal abilities. Musically this song features relentless beats and it’s almost impossible to resist head bobbing or some form of movement while listening it. The idea of the song is great for a dance song, and the vocal performance just melts me. I can’t get over how amazing JYONGRI is vocally, and I think that she’s probably going to be getting better and better, which is actually exciting. The chorus of the song is where the true melody is revealed, and it’s really great. The percussion and clapping beats in the background make for a really cool sound, and the way that her voice is slightly altered electronically just makes the song all the more unique and interesting. This is a fantastic debut track.

Vocal Grade: A+ — Musical Grade: A+ — Consistency Grade: A+

Overall Grade: A+

Moving onto the cover track of JYONGRI’s second single, and the third song on Close to Fantasy, called Hop,Step,Jump. Hop,Step,Jump is, in my opinion, actually a pretty unique song. The way JYONGRI sings it is something that I can’t really pick out from all of my musical experience. Which is a good thing. The chorus of this song is my favorite part as there are many really cool elements blended together to form a very interesting effect. In general, I don’t think this song is as good as Possession, although it is impressive. I think that the music could be a little faster, and that maybe it would have been good to pick up the pace of the song a little bit. The lyrics are nice, and as usual JYONGRI’s voice is flawless. I don’t think this is really a bad song technically, it’s just missing that extra umph that would have carried it up to the level of Possession. I can’t even really put my finger on what it’s lacking in, but there’s just something missing…

Vocal Grade: A — Musical Grade: A- — Consistency Grade: A-

Overall Grade: A-

The fourth track on the album is a very dramatic ballad called Ichizu. This song is just amazing, and I’m really impressed with how well JYONGRI does at her ballads. In this song her voice is just gorgeous, and the music is also amazing. I really really like Ichizu, and I get a great feeling when I listen to it. The chorus is my favorite part of the song because of how pure and powerful JYONGRI’s voice sounds. This song really just pulls me in. It’s about a quarter english, so even without understanding Japanese you can feel what JYONGRI is trying to convey in this song. This is definitely a love ballad, and it’s really just amazing. I love listening to this song and it’s on my list of favorite songs to listen to when I want to be impressed. The song has a really unique dramatic aspect that keeps me excited while I’m listening to it. JYONGRI really pulls this off and it’s one of the best tracks on the album for sure.

Vocal Grade: A+ — Musical Grade: A+ — Consistency Grade: A+

Overall Grade: A+

The fifth track on the album is a really unique and REALLY cool song called Stay. I don’t know if it’s crazy, but this song has a strong vibe of sexuality for me. Not like a Koda Kumi song kind of sexuality, but a strong sense of desire. The low and powerful piano is really striking and JYONGRI’s vocals are as always fantastic. Even though the song isn’t technically about anything sexual, I just get this overwhelming wash of it somehow. I don’t know why… Maybe I’m crazy. Anyway, this is one of the most unique tracks I’ve heard in a while, and I’m geniuniely impressed by JYONGRI’s ability to compose and creat believable stories for each of her songs. Her somewhat lowered vocals along with the constant low piano really creat a hot and heavy atmosphere, which is something new for me. I mean, there’s Koda Kumi who can create sexuality easily just by dancing with a bottle, but this song seems to create it in a pure way, less slutty and more controlled.

Vocal Grade: A+ — Musical Grade: A+ — Consistency Grade: A

Overall Grade: A+

The introduction to the seventh album track, Let Me In, makes it sound as if it’s going to be dramatic, but it really isn’t. It’s kind of a mid-tempo pop song with a bit of a ballad vibe. The beats in the background are nice, though I find the song just a tad on the boring side. The chorus is by far the best part of the song because of the powerful vocal performance, though I think the music makes the whole song a bit inconsistent. I think the music is composed of percussion and maybe a few electric guitar chords to create a nice beat, but It’s really not as impressive as most of the other songs. I think that she should have stuck with the original introduction music and made it a dramatic song, but I guess not… Anyway, it’s really not a bad song, just not up to the level of some of her other works.

Vocal Grade: A- — Musical Grade: B — Consistency Grade: B+

Overall Grade: B+

The eighth track on JYONGRI’s debut album, Close to Fantasy, is My All For You, a slowed down ballad that is reminiscent of Wherever. To be honest, I didn’t like My All For You as much as Possession of Wherever, although it is really a beatiful song. As usual, JYONGRI’s vocal performance is impressive at least, and the overall feeling of the song is really pure. The music is pretty unique as far as a ballad goes because it consists of some snapping beats and other various quite sounds. The chorus is where JYONGRI’s vocal power really shows, and it creates quite the impressive song. My only problem was that it was a little on the boring side, and I feel like there could have been more done as far as diversity while keeping the consistency of the song. It’s by no means a bad song, but it’s a bit lacking in the WOW factor that both Possession and Wherever had.

Vocal Grade: A — Musical Grade: A- — Consistency Grade: A-

Overall Grade: A-

The second track on the Hop,Step,Jump single is a track called Romeo & Juliet. I really like the musical aspect of this song because it’s unique and really pulls me in. The composition in general is really nice, and combined with some awesome vocals from JYONGRI, this song is actually more interesting than Hop,Step,Jump. I like the idea of the song, though I thought that the english lyrics were just a little bit cheesy. The song is basically about what Romeo and Juliet went through, forbidden love that they can’t stop, so on so forth. It’s just a bit less morbid. I thought that when everything slowed down and she just talked, it was kind of interesting though it was a bit scary. I don’t know why it was so wierd, but I think it may have had something to do with the electronic distortion on her voice. Anyway, this song is by far the more interesting on the single, though I still don’t like it as much as Possession and Wherever.

Vocal Grade: A — Musical Grade: A+ — Consistency Grade: A-

Overall Grade: A

The third to last track on JYONGRI’s debut album is a really beautiful balled entitled ~Yakusoku~. The vocal performance in this song is what really makes it amazing, because it really can’t get much better than this. The lyrics and basically everything about this song is amazing. The quite and haunting piano in the background adds to the pained atmosphere gorgeously, and the chorus of the song just brings out a wonderfully crafted feeling. This song also features a lot of english, so it’s easily understandable no matter your limiatations in Japanese. The combonation of JYONGRI’s flawless vocals and the amazing composition of the song are fantastic, and this is easily one of the best songs on the album.

Vocal Grade: A+ — Musical Grade: A+ — Consistency Grade: A+

Overall Grade: A+

The final new album track on Close to Fantasy is a very unique song called Lost Girl. The music of this song is really interesting, and JYONGRI’s vocal performance is something that you rarely hear. The whole feeling of the song is really cool and I think this is one of most unique songs on the album. The verses in this song are the best part, and I don’t particularly care for the chorus. It’s not a bad chorus, it’s just a little bit wierd sounding to me for some reason. I don’t think this song is as powerful as some of the others on the album, but I like it for it’s uniqueness, just like Stay. I think that if the chorus was more like the verses that the song would be amazing, but instead it’s just unique. I like it… I can’t put my finger on what it reminds me of…

Vocal Grade: A- — Musical Grade: A+ — Consistency Grade: A-

Overall Grade: A-

This is the first song that JYONGRI released in Japan as a Digital Single, entitled Wherever. This song is really just amazing, and it fantastically showcases that amazing talents that JYONGRI has as both a singer and a composer. At the young age of eighteen, JYONGRI created quite a few masterpieces that she should really be proud of. This is assuredly one of them. The notes JYONGRI hits in this song combined with the power that she throws behind them is just astounding, and I’m really impressed by this pre-debut single. The music is simple and really matches the vocals well, consisting most of light piano and maybe a bit of violin. The lyrics are also really beautiful, and the general idea that she conveys in this song is just great. JYONGRI has one of the most beautiful voices I’ve heard in a long time, and I really just have to applaud her. Everything she does is done well, and during all of this she was even putting herself through a University. I’m just really, really impressed.

Vocal Grade: A+ — Musical Grade: A — Consistency Grade: A+

Overall Grade: A+

Album Grade: A

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SINGLE REVIEW: Lullaby for You

JYONGRI- Lullaby for You

The cover track of this single is the amazing ballad Lullaby for You. In this song JYONGRI’s vocals are just amazing, and the composition is fantastic. American fans gave it a lot of criticism for being like her other work, but I think it’s really stand out on it’s own. I can’t compare it to any of her other works because this is the first song that relies completely on almost only piano to carry it. Her use of her voice is just flawless, and I really can’t find anything I don’t like about this song. The chorus is by far the best part of this song, and there isn’t anywhere that I think she made a mistake. I like the way the music flows with the vocals, and it’s all very consistent. I think this has the same wow quality that Possession and Wherever had. The lyrics are really pretty as well, and I can really see why JYONGRI is a musician. She certainly has all the talent and knowledge that she needs.

Vocal Grade: A+ — Musical Grade: A — Consistency Grade: A

Overall Grade: A

Although the music for the first B-Side on Lullaby for You is nice, I don’t think that Catch Me is really that impressive. The english lyrics are kind of cheesy and I don’t think that the vocal performance by JYONGRI is as good as I’ve heard it. It’s an okay song, it just kind of lacks direction and is generally fumbly. I don’t think this song was planned very well, and although I sort of like the chorus, the verses are boring and they pull down the quality of the song. I do like the beat, and I imagine that the instrumental would be nice, but it’s still just not up to par with the rest of her work.

Vocal Grade: B — Musical Grade: A- — Consistency Grade: B-

Overall Grade: B

The final new song on the single is Lover’s DRIVE. This is much better than Catch Me, although it isn’t as good as Lullaby for You. The song is just about being girly basically. There’s stuff about pink and orange make-up, and then stuff about being with a boy. It’s kind of geared towards girls, and it doesn’t really appeal to me, but it’s well done. JYONGRI’s vocals are really nice, and I think that the music is cool. There’s not much to say about this song, really. It’s not one of her best works, but it isn’t one of her worst. I think it’s fairly original because it’s the first ‘happy-pop’ song that she’s done. Her previous pop songs were kind of like ‘Dramatic-Pop’, rather than the cuteness of this song. I like it either way, and I think it’s a generally well done song.

Vocal Grade: A — Musical Grade: A+ — Consistency Grade: A

Overall Grade: A

Single Grade: A

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