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[Review] [Mini-Album] Heo Young Saeng – ‘Life’

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written by: wordkills
Artist/Album: Heo Young Saeng – ‘Life’
Genre: Pop
Release Date: March 14, 2013

These days, with multiple artists coming back at the same time, it’s quite easy for new songs to fall into the background and get washed away in the onslaught of new music. Naturally, whenever these clusters of comebacks happen, there’ll always be a release that grabs the listener’s attention more than the others. Heo Young Saeng’s “The Art of Seduction” was that for me.

Plenty of great music was released around the time Young Saeng made his comeback — namely G.NA and Girl’s Day — but “Art of Seduction” drew me in with all of it’s quirky glory. From the funky synths at the beginning to the vocal layering in the chorus, every element in the song melds together to create a truly unique listening experience.

The rest of the album doesn’t disappoint, either. “Life” is dramatic right from the start, with more synths to draw the listener in. The instrumental is definitely the best part about this track; there’s some seriously great production going on here. The strength in the third track, “That’s Me,” though, lies in its simplicity. With a soft guitar and drum instrumental, all of the spotlight falls on Young Saeng’s voice — and boy, does he shine on this track.

The album closes with “Know It All,” a track that brings us right back to the sound heard in “Art of Seduction.” It’s not as innovative as the title track — there’s something about the instrumental and structure that feels familiar — but it’s catchy nonetheless and provides good closure to a great mini album.

I will be perfectly honest and say that I haven’t cared too much about Heo Young Saeng’s past releases. They’re not bad by any means, just a bit lackluster. ‘Life’ is such an improvement on his past work, and a nice new direction for him to take. It’s fun and fresh — the perfect sound for spring.

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Scorecard

Life
1
The Art of Seduction
1
Points scale
0 – could do without
0.5 – mediocre/filler
0.75 – pretty good/grew on me
1 – liked immediately
That’s Me
.75
Know It All
.5
Total Points
3.25

Points to stars conversion: [(3.25/4) x 5] + 0.25*

4.3/5


*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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