Tara Lee, Bad Girl SOS Cinderella

Tara Lee, Bad Girl SOS Cinderella

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So, the most anticipated song released more than a week ago and only yesterday the MV officially released through various sharing video sites.

What is it? Yes it is Bad Girl, Kris Wu’s newest single.

Frankly, when it comes to Kris Wu’s music, I do not know what to say since his musical preferences basically is not my favorite genre. Honestly I prefer he sing ballad only but after I listen to his self produce single, Bad Girl, I realize that his pace is not in ballad.

Bad Girl was released when I was on temporary hiatus thus I could not listen to it immediately but when I finally I did;

My—very—first impression upon hearing song intro was Jay Chou!

Secondly, after listen the entire song, I was open mouthed, surprise!
Kris Wu is indeed a big troll, since the moment they broke the news about Bad Girl and from promotional photos they had release previously, I expect such a heavy or maybe dark hip hop, I think none expect that the song will turn out that way.

Come to think of it, I should have expect he will insert EDM since the genre is huge recently—even I trouble my self to study the sound since I’m curious why CNBLUE is so in love with the genre—and apparently I failed to notice.

I can not say much about his music since I have no clue about it, I rarely—almost never actually—listen to hip hop or R&B or any kind of music Kris Wu prefer to listen to. In my opinion, Bad Girl’s music, lyric and beat is opposite to each other. It is like contrast situation among anger, disappointment, and upset feeling that voice out through happy beat. I do not know if this right or not, I really hope there someone out there will be able to teach me this kind of music.

Hip hop is something new to me, I mean, I started to closely listen and studying about this genre just recently, thank to Kris Wu. While EDM I already studying about the genre for awhile now, this time thank to CNBLUE.

And because of EDM too, I found cool band which dedicated their music for the sound, they are one of popular Japanese band, SEKAI NO OWARI. They taught me that the thing when produce by its master would have some amazing outcome. Do I say that CNBLUE’s EDM is bad? To me, yes. In my opinion, they still have so much space to explore without switching genre. But then again, that is the difference Korean music industry and other countries. CNBLUE has company need to feed, has market to satisfy since they make music for them not for their own satisfaction, not for art. Music and art come after money for them, I can not blame them though, the environment had them to do that. SEKAI NO OWARI however, they are a group of best friends who love in same sound thus they decide to create some music to cheer other as none can cheer them when they are feeling down. And how about Kris Wu? Kris Wu is fetus in music scene but I am already proud of him.

Reason?

I have all the reason to be proud of him, here I will list them down.
Firstly, Kris Wu is not trained to be musician; he trained 4 year along to be rapper and dancer. None—even me—ever imagine he will compose, writing lyric or even produce music.

Secondly, instead of looking for good composer, lyricist or producer to do his song, he trouble himself to create himself a song. This one is indication of musician’s point of view to me.

For Boice, maybe this is not a big deal since CNBLUE best known as self composing and producing team, but for Meigeni and Kris Wu, of course, this one is huge thing. Although I barely see people talking about his music but I think that understandable, or maybe since I can say that I came late for his song, people already discuss his music a week ago and I miss it?

Other discussion about music is, the MV. Frankly I am not quite please with Bad Girl MV. But I think, the reason why I displease is very different with most of the people out there. And this is also the same reason why I did not spare a glance to watch Cinderella MV.

I never like those unnecessary scenes. But I still talk about Bad Girl and not Cinderella?

Because both of them are different although have the same reason why I do not like the MV. The scene did not affect Bad Girl too much, not many people discuss it. Meigeni discuss many things and what I proud the most is “Kris Production”. While Cinderella was the opposite. Those scenes stole all the attention and became the main topic of discussion, even news media—well Korean media almost never write about CNBLUE’s music though, so it was no surprise at all. They ditched CNBLUE’s music just because of the scenes.

Why I strongly oppose the unnecessary scene in MV?

Because I know, they add the scenes to gain attention not to emphasize their music. I remember ever read somewhere about one Kpop idol, he said that ripping his t-Shirt is one of his way to communicate with his audience. Perhaps, it works for many idols or their fans but for me, it definitely big no. to me, there should be no other way to communicate with audiences but with music.

There a lot of world artists also did the same, should CNBLUE or Kris Wu wait until the time?

No! Do not forget that CNBLUE is huge, Kpop is huge—Kris Wu is no longer Kpop but most of his fans were still have Kpopers’ mindset. Their albums often sitting at Billboard world album chart and yes many of world artists did that—ripping clothes, etc—and I still have the same preference, if they did it simply to make their fans high, it’s not right. To put simply, ripping clothes shall not be the main attraction of the show. Take for example, RHCP or LP, with or without ripping clothes their show is always high. Plus their music, they are not only voice out about lame and desperate love story topic. Is that necessary to rip off your clothes when you are desperate and upset and broken heart? I don’t think so, unless you wanted to show off your body. If you perform nude for human trafficking campaign, I’ll definitely standing ovation for you.

Back to music, I do not know if I should be glad or not Kris Wu inserted some EDM sound because it makes me able to speak a word or two about his work. Although I am still incompetent enough to make review but I still proud of Bad Girl. Some people actually thinking that I lower my standard about music in order to keep Kris Wu relevant. I tell you, I still picky when it comes to music and my standard is still the same.

Good music=self compose (and/or self written lyric).
Perfect music=good music + live performance.

That is the way I am rating music, whosever the music is, western or Asian, are all the same. And Bad Girl was even self produce, so can I say that this song is beyond perfect? Definitely!

I do not know how other rated one song, but I think everyone has their own way to rate each work but this is my way.

And one more thing—and this is the most important thing actually—when I talk about music, it has nothing to do with MV. Music is something you work with your ear, not with your eyes.

Below here there 3 EDM music—plus one is not EDM it is only the newest song—with different taste and sound. Enjoy and let me know what you think about those musics (not MV). Until next time 🙂

SEKAI NO OWARI – Dragon night

Kris Wu – Bad Girl

CNBLUE – Cinderella

Another SEKAI NO OWARI newest song SOS

Video by  SEKAI NO OWARI CHANNEL  Kris wu  CNBLUE (씨엔블루)

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Tara Lee, Music and I

Tara Lee, Music and I

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photo by linkin park

It’s been while since my last post in here.

Well, I’ve been busy with my book project that I’ve never imagine before that solely being writer is busy enough for me keep in touch with my fan girl’s life before. I still around CNBOICE though, but since my translators also decrease gradually, the fan site is also not as active as before. That sad to admit but well, even admin has life and work to life LOL

There some change for my self too and if you guys notice, in my last few posts in here is about EXO and Wu Yifan, did I switch fandom?

No, I’m not, I’m still Boice.

It just that, CNBLUE’s music recently changes their direction which was nae style aniya if Kris said.

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photo by cnblue japan

photo by cnblue japan

Then is EXO my style? Not either, just new things to distract me.
The frequent questions to me recently are, why I keep on complaining about CNBLUE — be it music, appearance, drama or crazy schedules (well for schedules I complaining for EXO too — especially M) — but shut my mouth about EXO?

The answer is easy.

CNBLUE and EXO are different. That’s all.
From the start CNBLUE being prepared to be band, to be musician while EXO being prepared to be entertainer, performer that is why I have never complain about their appearance or outfit they wear on or off stage (I even love EXO when they’re wearing suit like Growl era ^^ but sorry for CNBLUE Can’t Stop :|)

Then what about Mayday, L~arc~an ciel?

L~arc~an ciel is visual kei band and even if Mayday is not either, but from the start they have that style which is hard to justice. Meanwhile, CNBLUE is not in between. Their Japanese style was cool before but recently is not my style, sorry.

And speaking of CNBLUE, maybe there question why I didn’t say much about Go Your Way and Wave. Yes, as expected, the only two songs I fancy about, Control and Paradise and if you listen to them you will know why I like those songs. I won’t say much ‘cause there nothing new to say.

I’m still waiting for Yonghwa and Jonghyun to back on their track and giving me wonderful excitement just like they did for Come On single. Up until now I still remember how excited I was when the teaser was out and even stay up till morning just to wait for the PV released.

Oh and my promised I made is still on.

If CNBLUE release a full-length album and 75% song go with Come On and Get Away’s style, I’ll buy the entire versions and go to their tour, all tour.

I don’t know if they do that in the future though.

Actually my most problem with CNBLUE is not with their music, but more, I don’t like they being follower, I like them as trendsetter. Just like they did before as new leader of new Korean music, unlike what they did recently.

If you ask me what band that never fails me, my answer is only one. LINKIN PARK!!! From the beginning until now, all they do to create new trend without losing their original sound as LP even though every member have side project.

Can CNBLUE follow or even to better than them?

Enough for CNBLUE and now let’s talk about my baby, yes, he is, Fanfan hahaha

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left to right, Sam Ku, Kris Wu, Kevin Wu photo by Kevshin7

There lot of things to talk about him but I prefer to talk about what happen yesterday when I almost shrieking upon seeing the picture on Instagram.

At that time, there no confirmation it was Fanfan or not but, BUT not me if I can’t recognize him from the back, I know it was him then Kevin confirmed it.

It was like heaven for me. It was simple, but meaningful.

I almost can imagine what kind of music they’re working on right now.

If you ask whether their music is my style, my answer is still no, but why I keep rooting to them? Simple, the same reason with CNBLUE why I like their Japanese song more than Korean. Although I can’t deny their Korean songs were cool, perfect in many ways, but sorry. I’m not.

I’m not racist

But for me, being musician it means you work on your own music with all you heart and might, that is why self composed song is very demanding to me. For me, I better listen to underrated song but self-composed rather than high rated and popular but it was another composer’s work.

Ever since I listen to lullaby, I keep hoping that one day, Fanfan will have their own music and collaborate with Kevin (which is now happening). I don’t know if they will collaborate in a song or just being producer, but either way, they will produce a music that help Fanfan out of his box he’s been inside for 9 years.

High hope for their work!!!

Writen and Posted by Tara Lee bpb decoded

CNBLUE February Failure

CNBLUE February Failure

Before I start this, I would like to warn you guys that this article is base on my opinion so I apologize if any of you get offended.

This is not a review but more like critics toward the Can’t Stop album and I guess I am one of the few Boice that oppose this album  from the concept, MV, music in general, and comeback stages. So fellow Boice, read this with your own risk because I already received many angry mentions on twitter because of my disagreement. So yeah, if you are the kind of fans who can’t stand with different idea then I advice you not to read this.

First Impression

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From the start FNC announced CNBLUE’s new album, I already disagree with the idea, why? Because that means Yonghwa did prepare this album during his MHIYD and Blue Moon Tour and let face it, that Yonghwa is the main person in this album more over right now he also serving as producer as well. I just don not want him to over work himself although he keep saying his work is fun.

My disagreement bit loosens when one night Yonghwa tweeted and saying something about brass music which was increasing my curiosity. Unfortunately, my excitement did not last long because FNC release a selca of the member in MV filming set. I quickly conclude that the album will not meet my expectation and I doubt if I will like the album either. And the more FNC — that continuously — release promotional photos and teasers the more I have no interest with the album.

Honestly I just watched the MV once, and during the time I was just frowning, what with the song and MV? CNBLUE became more and more idol-ish (but for sure I cannot complain, it is Korean after all, what can I expect but as fans I cannot help but disappoint).  And when finally I bought the digital version while I am waiting for my copy arrived, I just glad that I put my expectation on the right place.

One word for this album, I DO NOT LIKE IT (yet I still buy 2 versions of the album).

Why?

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First of all, I can find that Can’t Stop music style in many popular band and music now days, nothing special with this album unlike CNBLUE’s previous album because Cant Stop is dominates by commercial music ( ps: I start to listen another Kpop music other than FNC artist to try to understand their style more).

To me CNBLUE has lost their uniqueness, lost their touch in order to give another color in Kpop music. Can’t Stop failed to show their own style and I hate that. The only difference among those Kpop idol is that CNBLUE is playing instruments for real, compose and produce their own songs but those not enough to buy me.

MV

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Do not ask me about it because I am highly uninterested, I can bear to listen to the song but not watching the MV.  I read many reviews from fans and medias with mix outcome but I guess I go with those who put the thumbs down.

When the MV was out it was just proven why I do not like the album, to me being mature does not mean you have to wear suit and singing endless love. Mature in music, technique and vision is more important. From here I think they only after cash instead of art. And love is not only love interest between man and woman, there many kind of love in this world yet these days they only care about desire. Where is CNBLUE who likes to sing about their dream, about their daily life, about their interest in chasing the bigger stage? All gone already by the word of “mature”.

Can’t Stop

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Speaking about the album I do not understand why they choose Can’t Stop as title track, aside of song title that also album title, I do not think that the song is match enough with the MV concept. For me, if they insist with the concept, why did not the go with Cold Love or Sleepless Night? Both are having melody that suit for the concept. To me Can’t Stop is just plain popular music that you can find everywhere now days that song has no CNBLUE taste at all.

Personally I rooted for Diamond Girl or Like A Child as title track. Only those songs that show it were CNBLUE who compose and sing it. Diamond Girl is just as CNBLUE’s usual music, unique and only them who made it. This song is just different with their previous songs they made without lessen the attractiveness of guitar riff, bold drum beat and fancy bass not to mention the “Brass”, suddenly I wondering Yonghwa’s tweet that night is about this song. Sadly it is not a title track.

Next up is Cold Love, how to say, it is one of CNBLUE’s kinds of medium beat songs, one of the sweet (or sad) slow rock songs, followed closely by Sleepless Night. Another medium low beat songs with interesting guitar solo. Cold Love and Sleepless Night should be Burning Soul favorites songs since here Jonghyun can show off all out of his skill both in singing and guitar. Sleepless Night is bit pop-ish compare to with intense Cold Love rock sound.

The music intensity came into the lowest point for Love Is, another pop ballad and popular and commercial music CNBLUE presented to Boice. Nothing I can say about this song because aside from Yonghwa and Jonghyun harmonic voice, there nothing special about this song.

Last one is Like A Child, another unique song brought up by piano sound, followed by orchestra blended by main instruments, Like A Child bring back CNBLUE’s musical style that seem lost in this album.

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I do feel that Minhyuk’s drumming style is very various in this album. He seemed to have more space to explore himself compare with CNBLUE’s previous album.

And of course I do not forget with Jungshin’s fancy bass (this is biased so do not count in).

Comeback

I do feel nothing but proud less, why? Because no “LIVE” and even been cheated by “all live show comeback special”. They did live for TV air, okay, live. But apparently Korean has new meaning of “LIVE” because as long as I know, LIVE means you play there and I watch you at the same time but not with Korean, they have different meaning of that. And if you hope I will appreciate the effort they made for recording — wasting for me — over than 15 hours, nope, do not expect me. Because for me that recording is the most ridiculous thing ever, what did they do wasting so much time just for worth 6 songs and 3 medleys? And the point is; what is called LIVE when they take one song more than once? TV program is full of trick and I never fond of that. For me as cool as their performance on that screen, I am sorry that I am hardly appreciating it.

I am too demanding Boice am I not? LOL

Written by Tara Lee @ bpb decoded

Photo Credit CNBLUE Official Facebook

[STARCAST] 2014. Lee Jung Shin’s Dreaming Picture Story

[STARCAST] 2014. Lee Jung Shin’s Dreaming Picture Story

Hello. This is Lee Jung Shin from CNBLUE.
When I was a student, I dreamed of becoming a photographer along with becoming a singer. Since New Year 2014 is here, I am feeling joy as I started taking pictures again as my hobby. I am curious about what kind of dreams and plans everyone has in 2014.

For few years after making a debut as CNBLUE in 2010, I was getting used to getting pictures taken rather than taking pictures, but I suddenly remembered the dream when I was a kid and decided ‘Let’s try taking pictures~’. With curiosity, I read this and that and also searched and I came to remember the time one by one of studying photography by myself and also the good memories of my childhood and I am getting happy.

A month ago in January 2014, I went to North, Central and Latin America with CNBLUE members as part of the world tour. In America, other than the performance schedules, shooting for the album cover to make a comeback in Korea that will be released soon (will be released on 24th, next week!) was also expected to take place throughout the regions of New York so it was a bit tight schedule. It was a tight schedule but I decided to contain in my camera this special travel story.

I diligently carried the camera and took pictures of things I want to take pictures of and had a fun time. I would like to share with everyone what I saw, felt and what I want to talk about. So I have prepared.

On the day of performing in New York, I usually do not go to bed early and do not get up early but maybe because it is due to jet lag, I was able to wake up in the early morning. I took the camera and just walked out the door. On this day, it really snowed a lot but the streets of New York was crowded with lots of people. I got a feeling that everyone was busy living their lives in different ways. There is a person who waits for the traffic light, a person who is looking for some place in a complicated street and there are people who are moving as if they are heading to the place they always go to… I felt that there are really various people.

bunnystarcastbunnystarcast1bunnystarcast2I have caught those very moments in the camera.
To me, the first impression of a city called New York is either cold or not familiar yet… It gave me that kind of feeling.
However, a cold dawn passed and the sun rises and I got more excited as the performance in New York is coming up.

bunnystarcast3I also caught on the camera New York’s Brooklyn Bridge, the place where we shot the album cover of our new album ‘Can’t stop’.
I always carried the camera just in case while taking pictures of the album cover and I am glad I did that since a good picture came out. It was a very freezing weather that is below zero but when I saw Brooklyn Bridge, it was a day after meeting with fans in New York, who greeted us, so I remember at least my mind being very warm.

 

Fortunately to me, there are always excellent models. I come to think about old times a lot when I take pictures of the members, and it also feels like taking pictures of people is becoming much more fun.

bunnystarcast13bunnystarcast14bunnystarcast4bunnystarcast5After performances in New York and LA, we went to Latin America. Right here is Peru, which we visit for the first time1
Peru feels a lot different from New York.

bunnystarcast6In Peru, the performance hall was outdoors. So there were lots of things to take pictures of. I have taken a picture of Yong Hwa, an excellent model who makes best poses when I am holding the camera. It is a picture that I took at the back of the waiting room after the rehearsal for the performance in Peru is over, and it is always fun taking pictures of the leader of CNBLUE who is also the oldest member. He automatically makes poses and he sometimes takes a picture of me also.

 

There are so many fans lined up behind Yong Hwa and can everyone see them?
No doubt… This is Yong Hwa, who can easily make poses that can sometimes look awkward.

bunnystarcast7The fact that people from this far away know CNBLUE and passionately supports our concert was rather cool and an honor. I felt that lots of people love CNBLUE while doing the world tour so I was happy and at the same time, the sense of responsibility got bigger.

bunnystarcast15This is guitarist from CNBLUE, Jong Hyun. It is him going around the performance hall before the rehearsal. This person… He is relatively picky when taking pictures. It is hard to find him standing still.. He is a picky model but Jong Hyun, he really is white.. Yes.. He looks like mayonnaise.

bunnystarcast8Next up.
This is Min Hyuk, the drummer from CNBLUE, in the middle of the rehearsal. The truth is, out of all the pictures in my camera, I have least of Min Hyuk… I don’t know the reason why. However, when I looked with the perspective of someone who takes pictures, Min Hyuk was really chic… Why would Min Hyuk through the lens become chic..?

bunnystarcast16bunnystarcast9The last but not least of this world tour, Chile!
The day before the concert, we went to different places for SBS comeback show that will be aired on March 2nd (make it as an excuse). We met a kid in a restaurant. I have taken a picture of a kid, who was really naïve, in the camera. I thought that this kid will match well with the song ‘Children’s Song’, the song that is listed in the album Can’t Stop.

 

Also, throughout the regions in Chile, we could see either graffiti or fancy decorations easily, and it is said that it also contains the meaning of trying to fight off evil spirits.

bunnystarcast17The weather of Chile back then was Korea’s summer and I had a special feeling as I was able to feel the summer weather in winter. I guess this is the reason for travelling to countries that has warm weather in winter, right?

 

Just like you see in the picture, everyone has joyful steps~

bunnystarcast10When we were passing by, there happened to be kids under the shade~ We love kids very much, and Yong Hwa is saying hi…

bunnystarcast11We also went to a wine farm for the after-party after the concert is over. Maybe because the entire performance is over, everyone looked really relaxed.bunnystarcast12There is me taking pictures and I see Min Hyuk, who is looking at me(?) from far away~
When I looked at the members through the lens and took the pictures myself, I was able to feel once again that ‘everyone is becoming mature and are really turning into men’. It is 5th year since making the debut as of this year, and I think I will be happy if I can be together with the members for a long time and hold the pictures of them in my camera. There are more pictures but sadly, this is it for now~
There are lots of parts in which I lack but I hope everyone look at it in a positive way. I hope to keep enjoying taking pictures and share it with everyone from now on to the future~

 

Thank you for watching until the end and please show lots of support toward CNBLUE Can’t Stop that will be released on February 24th.

Thank you.

 

 

Written by/pictures : Lee Jung Shin (CNBLUE) via Starnaver

Reposted by Tara Lee @ bpb decoded/cnboice