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[Review] [Mini-Albums] Jung Yup – ‘Part I: Me’ and ‘Part II: No More Us’

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written by: drowningn00b

I listen to music by myself, creating a head-space to suit my mood at the time. If I’m somber, I play some Winterplay, and get into the party vibe with Humming Urban Stereo’s “Sparkle”. It isn’t that I pick specific artists, but genres of music that fit. For instance, I can chill out to Miss A’s “Love Alone”, and want to bash someone’s face in with 4Minute’s “HuH”. Primarily, I use music as an avenue to explore emotions, and it’s the same thing Jung Yup is doing with his dual EPs, ‘Part I: Me‘ and ‘Part II: No More Us‘, delving into what it means to be alone with yourself, alone with someone else, and what both reveal about a person.


For the 2011 release of ‘Part I: Me’, Jung Yup moves away from the Brown Eyed Soul pop-R&B sound, opting for traditional pop ballads, equipped with full string arrangements and calm percussion sounds. The focus is the piano, set up nicely in the dueling pianos of the intro cut. Throughout ‘Me’, the piano lays the groundwork for the tracks, like in the lead single, “Flowing Tears”, or leading the other instruments, as it does in the R&B ballad, “Nonsense”. The mini behaves in this manner, giving or taking layers and pacing, while Jung Yup’s singing is incidental. He doesn’t fight against the wall of sound in the title track and he blends into the strings and clarinet arrangement of “My People”. This is difficult to do, considering the nasal quality in his voice. That he can do that makes Jung Yup a great musician and composer, letting you get lost in his ambiance to explore response to it.

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‘Part I: Me’ is for the solitary listener, not making you want to dance or deal with people, but made to enjoy what makes you a person in relation to the music.

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Scorecard Part I

Without Me
.75
Flowing Tears
1.0
I Didn’t Know
1.0
My People
.75
 Points scale
0 – could do without
0.5 – mediocre/filler
0.75 – pretty good/grew on me
1 – liked immediately
Nonsense
1.0
Without You
.75
Total Points
5.25

Points to stars conversion: [(5.25/6) x 5] + 0.25*

4.6/5


Where the former deals heavily in introspection during painful times, ‘Part II: No More Us’ takes what one learns from that exploration of self into the outside.

Three out of the four tracks in this mini leave little room to be alone, cluttered with layers and paced to move to, or at least to nod your had along. The Phil Collins-esque “Ah… It Was You” is a 80s synth throwback, with wailing electric guitars and a loud drum machine, an odd combination that goes well with Jung Yup’s delivery. “Just You and I” and “Reversal” keep the pace going, using the BES style of smooth R&B and funk for mid-tempo goodness. With a full year to contemplate you, you deserve human interaction, Jung Yup seems to say with “Part II”.

In full-circle fashion, however, the lead single, “No More Us” closes the narrative with how it began. Bare in its instrumentation, the song creates spaces between the different parts, as if the party’s over and you realize you’re left with yourself again. The message is still the same, but where “Me” was an open-ended question, the undertone in ‘Part II: No More Us’ is hopeful, with Jung Yup’s character content with being alone through relationship issues.

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Taken apart as individual works, ‘Part I: Me’ is about a man in heartache, unable to be with himself and struggling to reclaim life afterwards. Using traditional ballad troupes, Jung Yup creates drama and chaos for all the emotions to be confronted, and all the questions to be answered. ‘Part II: No More Us’ is the single man on the town, getting into the dating scene. A more adult approach to romance and seduction, “Part II” exudes self-confidence.

As a whole, these two EPs tell a story of a man in transition; not over his past, but having dealt with enough of it to put on a brave face to move forward. Jung Yup uses his voice to its full potential, conveying beautifully an arc of a man finding himself within himself. The message from “Me” and “No More Us” is to find who you are after the pain and be comfortable with it; when you do, finding what you

want becomes a smoother process.

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Scorecard Part II

Ah… It Was You
.75
Just You and I
.75
Reversal
.75
 Points scale
0 – could do without
0.5 – mediocre/filler
0.75 – pretty good/grew on me
1 – liked immediately
No More Us
1.0
Ah… It Was You [Postino Remix]
0
Total Points
3.25

Points to stars conversion: [(3.25/5) x 5] + 0.25*

3.5/5


*there is a 0.25 bonus for every album. The logic is that, if every song were “pretty good”, it’s a 4-star album.

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