5:54 pm - 01/25/2018

iKON 'RETURN' Album Listening Post

showminomoney 25th-Jan-2018 10:52 am (UTC)
01 사랑을 했다 (LOVE SCENARIO) very mellow, very cute, very cowbell. haha i love the building instrumentals
02 BEAUTIFUL i love the pre-chorus so much!! the clapping, the electronic drum beat! the chorus is kind of a let down tho.. i wish it were more lively? otherwise this is a really fun song, i'm definitely jamming to it. i think they'll perform this on music shows with Love Scenario, they talked about having choreo for this
03 돗대 (ONE AND ONLY) (B.I SOLO) THAT INTROOOO godamn. in Hanbin's own words "all of these songs are very soft and emotional except for DOTDAE. if the other songs are herbivores, this one is a carnivore". this is definitely a different animal. i wonder if he'll get a solo album soon(tm)..
04 나쁜놈 (JERK) i can already imagine this at a concert, it's gonna be great.
05 BEST FRIEND the breakdown is great. this song is reminding me of something, but i can't remember the title...
06 EVERYTHING co-produced by PSY oppa, and you can kind of tell. it sounds like PSY's non-title track songs, which isn't bad at all, just different
07 안아보자 (HUG ME) co-produced by Dad-blo. i love this! chanwoo with the bridge <3
08 잊지마요 (DON’T FORGET) omg.. the melody of this is getting to me.. haha i legit just teared up a bit.. this might be my fave. the whistle part is lovely. what a great soft rock ballad!
09 시노시작 (SINOSIJAK) i'm glad we finally have a studio version! but this definitely would've worked better on their debut album.
10 나를 사랑하지 않나요? (LOVE ME) MY FAVORITE OF THEIR JAPANESE RELEASES!! it's so strange hearing it in Korean.. not any less great tho!! Ju-ne helped compose this. definitely my fave fave.
11 JUST GO aaahhhh this is really nice toooo! apparently this is one of B.I's first completed songs, he wrote this after Empty and before My Type and it's only seeing the light of day now. this is my type of dramatic emotional ballad
12 LONG TIME NO SEE this was from Mix & Match (2014), it still holds up.

this is such a chill emotional album.. a lot of piano. i wonder if this direction kind of reflects the way the group feels about their lack of promotion, you can definitely tell they're frustrated about not being able to do more in Korea. the fans literally had to hold a boycott for yg to start doing stuff.. also interestingly a few of the songs from this are older works that are just now coming out officially, i feel that adds to the somber mood. anyway i hope this works out for them, it's a solid album that i'm definitely going to add to my music. it's not the fuckboi bops i was wishing for, but i still enjoy it.

Edited at 2018-01-25 01:04 pm (UTC)
aki_san 25th-Jan-2018 02:45 pm (UTC)
This is a solid album, and I think it makes me like some of their previous releases more via some kind of halo effect? I listened to the album straight through on Spotify and Bling Bling started playing after it was finished, and even that sounded better lol. Also really glad to get album versions of some songs that we're already familiar with. I feel like I've waited 84 years for Sinosijak and Long Time No See.

This album is much more approachable that their previous releases - I hope they get some success this time around.
mc1a 25th-Jan-2018 03:08 pm (UTC)
I think Beautiful should have been the title track. I need to listen to the album again because I can't remember a few tracks but I love that they included Love Me. It's one of my favorite tracks.
mc1a 26th-Jan-2018 08:25 am (UTC)
Ok so I listened to the album again and omg Don't Forget hit me right in the feels wtf? It's a good album overall and they're even at #1 in Melon :') but I still believe Beautiful would have been a better title track.

Hanbabe's solo seems so out of place lol I'm dying but it's great.

Oh, and it seems like they really have listened to the fans' demands and included the last songs in an official Korean release so hopefully they'll keep listening to the fans in this regard.

Edited at 2018-01-26 08:29 am (UTC)
yuto 25th-Jan-2018 03:55 pm (UTC)
The album was nice and sounded cohesive! I don't really like Love Scenario, maybe it'll grow on me the more I listen. The only songs I really liked were One & Only, Jerk, Hug Me, and Don't Forget. I'm not counting Sinosijak, Long Time No See, and Just Go since they're re-releases even though I love them to death and Just Go is my favorite ikon song lol. I need to listen to the album more to figure out if I'm really indifferent about the rest of the album or if it'll grow on me. Either way, I'm proud of Hanbin, I hope this is an album he is proud of. Poor baby is so nervous about the reception.
kaninasan 25th-Jan-2018 05:50 pm (UTC)
This is a very solid album on first listen, I expect it will only get better when I listen to it more. Good job Hanbin!!!

It's really weird hearing Sinosijak lol, why wasn't this put on their first album? I appreciate finally getting a studio version though.
sparkb 25th-Jan-2018 06:11 pm (UTC)
Edit after take a listen: solidsolidsolid loving this side of iKON! donghyuk falsetto in hug me!!!! June!!! my bb cHANWoo OMG he grew so much how i miss them a lot!

Sososo glad love me finally released in korean! Weenie hanbin!

Its hard to pick fav but beautiful and hug me really left a great impression

Edited at 2018-01-26 03:07 am (UTC)
lily_of_west 25th-Jan-2018 06:41 pm (UTC)
My children I can't believe I lived to see a proper comeback with some effort put in by the company. First listen feels:

Love Scenario is nice and I think SK gp will love it.
Beautiful is okay but I didn't remember it too much.
Hanbin's solo goes hard that intro alone is genius.
Jerk I FUCKING LOVE IT...so nostalgic
Best friend is really chill and laid back perfect for spring in my opinion and the vocals are perfect
Everything sounds so good love Jinhwan's voice in the beginning it gives me Blue vibes there....didn't expect beat drop when the song began
Hug me...DoDo's and June's high notes are stand out
Don't forget gets me in my feels....love the vocal line amazing....T.T "don't forget us, don't forget me"...I'm not crying
Sinosijak I mean always loved it always will.
Love me is such a fun song and I love the choreo for it....it's nice to hear it in Korean
Just go will always be one of the top 10 iKON songs for me....the vocal line shines in it and I love love love this song
Long time no see holds such an emotional value for me

I'm so happy with this album it's honestly so amazing I'm so proud of my kids....not just did they put out amazing music but they grew so much and improved so much it's so satisfying to see. I never gave up on them I've been by their side since 2013 and I'm so happy to see them happy now only if the company doesn't fuck up promotions and doesn't sideline them again for almost 3 years.
I hope more people give them a chance cause they're so talented it's sad how people won't give them a chance over some non-issues. They're so fun and positive and have this brotherhood and are humble and cute....

antrea 26th-Jan-2018 01:24 pm (UTC)
I love this so much! First time I've enjoyed their music since Sinosijak and Long Time No See, which are also both included in this album. Love that Team B sound
giriboy 26th-Jan-2018 04:36 pm (UTC)
this is a great album! it's very chill and an easy listen, imo—i'm on my second run of the album and more songs are standing out to me, too. my faves rn are “everything” & “love me” (i don't pay attention to ikon much so i didn't know it was a jpn track but i really like it in korean!). “just go”, “jerk” & “one and only” are great too, my runner up faves
queenhinata 27th-Jan-2018 06:31 am (UTC)
i was surprised that i overall enjoyed the album.

jerk is my fav. followed by long time no see and everything.
ohlookshiny 29th-Jan-2018 07:03 pm (UTC)
surprisingly really enjoyed this album! my faves are jerk, best friend, love me, & long time no see i think. hug me is rly pretty as well. i bought the black ver. ^^
reader17 4th-Feb-2018 07:13 pm (UTC)
Now that I listen to the whole album I am not sure if there isn't a song on it that I don't like! I am not sure if I could pick a favorite now!
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