Album Review: Jung Yonghwa- Do Disturb

Release Date: July 19th, 2017

Tracklist:

1. 여자여자해 (That Girl) (Feat. 로꼬)

2. 딱 붙어 (Closer)

3. Password

4. Navigation

5. 대답하지 마 (Not Anymore)

6. 널 잊는 시간 속 (Lost in Time)

Total Runtime: 00:22:42

Recommended for: Fans of upbeat and ballad tracks.

Not recommended for: People who only enjoy upbeat tracks, fans who enjoy dance-oriented songs.

A year and six months after his first solo release CNBLUE’S leader Jung Yonghwa makes his highly anticipated comeback. With a change from his previous ballad solo, he returns with an upbeat summer track featuring up and coming rapper Loco.

Track review:

1. 여자여자해 (That Girl) (Feat. 로꼬)

This track screams summer from the guitar and clapping in the background to Yonghwa’s smooth vocals. The verses are fresh sounding and keep the excitement flowing. Loco’s rap sections initially threw me off, with him literally jumping up from behind a bar and the accompanied change in beat. Despite this, Loco’s parts feel organic and not randomly tacked on with him appearing before and after the chorus.

The chorus is amazing, peppy and uplifting it perfectly suits the song and you can’t help but to want to get up and dance to it.  The repetition of ”molla” helps to make it catchier but it never comes off as forced or gimmicky. The bridge continues the fun theme using a call and response to drum up the hype before the last chorus.

The music video is bright and grabs your attention immediately. The bright colours and club setting help to match the overall theme of the song and the whole video is genuinely fun to watch.  This title track is absolutely perfect for the summer and the inclusion of Loco, in particular, prevents it from becoming just a generic summer release. All in all, this is going to be a perfect addition to my summer tunes playlist due to its catchy chorus and beat.  Listening to the Dingo live version whilst hilarious also helped me to appreciate the vocals in the song even more.

2. 딱 붙어 (Closer)

Whilst That Girl is perfect for a summer party, Closer sounds like something you play to cool yourself down during a hot evening. The overall vibe of the song is quite relaxed but the instrumental keeps it lively. The song is also good at creating a strong distinction between the chorus and the verses. The instrumental picks up during the chorus and then calms during the verse, making it more interesting to listen. Compared to the previous song, this song is a lot softer. This is not necessarily a bad thing as it remains enjoyable to listen and shows off more of Yonghwa’s vocals.

Initially, I thought this track was so-so and showed nothing special. However, on second listen the chorus is incredibly uplifting and the verses are quite fun. It is not necessarily as catchy as some of the other songs on the album, but every song  dosen’t needs to be an earworm. It’s refreshing and perky and does its job.

3. Password

Password is a groovy little track that reminds me of something Shinee’s Jonghyun would release. It’s a lot of fun mainly due to the use of synths throughout the song. The verses and pre-chorus are great and the chorus builds upon them to create a really enjoyable track to listen to. This style of song is a welcome change from the other tracks and helps show Yonghwa’s versatility as an artist. The bridge is the best part of the song and prevents the song from being basic.

It’s a fun b-side and is catchy enough for you to remember it later and want to listen to it again. Its groovy beats just make you want to move your head to the beat. Despite the chorus being centered mostly around Yonghwa repeatiseng the phra password, it’s just shy of being annoying. The entire song is just full of energy from the instrumental to Yonghwa’s vocals and it’s infectious.

4. Navigation

Moving onto my favourite track on the album, it’s less upbeat compared to some of the other tracks. I would best describe it as an uptempo ballad, with Yonghwa’s emotional voice set against a relaxed instrumental. There’s an emotional tone set by Yonghwa’s voice in the tracks but it’s offset by the uplifting instrumentals that include violins and pianos. Even with the uplifting vocals, Yonghwa is still the main focus of the song and the instrumentals only provide support.

It still somehow manages to retain the catchiness of the previous tracks with its hook ”your destination” and ”destination” The chorus is the best part of the song and really allow Yonghwa to shine as a vocalist. The verses aren’t weak per say but can’t compare to how good the chorus is. Overall, this is the standout track from the album and is easily title track material.

 

5. 대답하지 마 (Not Anymore)

Not anymore gives off a 90s vibe with the use of synths and the overall structure of the song. What I appreciate is that despite the vocals being reminiscent of a ballad, the instrumental keeps the overall song upbeat but never overpowers Yonghwa. Both this song and Navigation really showcase Yonghwa’s voice, both have perfect choruses. Both the overall beat and vocals make this such a delight to listen.

Ballads are usually a hit or miss with me as I often find them too bland, but Yonghwa’s voice and the almost funky like instrumentals make me want to replay this. Despite just being over 4 minutes long, the song never drags and doesn’t feel repetitive at all. But, in comparison to Navigation, the instrumental is a lot safer and grounded though does match the overall feel of the song.  Navigation has that ”it factor” which cries for it to be replayed  something  that Not Anymore lacks.

6. 널 잊는 시간 속 (Lost in Time)

Lastly, we have lost in time.When I first heard the opening few seconds of the piano, I must admit I was expecting to hear your stereotypical ballad with a boring beat. Imagine my surprise when a guitar kicks in and I’m presented with a mellow closing song. Yonghwa’s voice (as usual) sounds amazing but this type of song really suits his emotional vocals.

It’s the perfect closer for this album, it’s slow enough that it’s relaxing to listen to it but still has a captivating instrumental. Personally, I wouldn’t actively play this song but I wouldn’t skip if it came on shuffle. Whilst the vocals and beat sound great, I enjoy the choruses and overall feel of some of the other songs more.

Review overview
Summary A very strong album that dips in and out of a couple of genres. Whilst that shows off Yonghwa's versatility it also sacrifices some of the cohesiveness of the album. Yonghwa sounds great, his vocals are a treat to the ears. All in all, this is a very strong album and I can't wait to hear more from him.
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  • Rocky

    Great review of this very enjoyable and multi-listenable mini-disc!
    Navigation is my fave from this bunch, and has settled comfortably into ‘repeat mode’ on my pc. I also like the quirky title track, Closer, and all the other tracks, too.

    Yonghwa is always a revelation to me — his vocals are better with every release, even when I think he can’t possibly sound any better. His songs are like really great dreams, and make me wish I were listening to them while driving a fast convertible on a cool night, under a starry sky.

    Yongwha and CNBLUE — whether new music or old — make my every day better! 🙂

  • Zisel

    Every song in Jung Yong Hwa solo album “DO DISTURB” is a GEM!!!

  • Aramis

    Jung yong hwa is amazing. After all these years he surprise me with every solo or cnblue album. He is indeed one of the best korean songwriter and vocals in his age.

    • Rocky

      I agree! He also finds time to lead the world’s best and most underrated band — CNBLUE — who are possibly the best LIVE band of this generation!

      I’m holding my breath that the band remains intact after all the upcoming military enlistments, which will stretch out for yours..
      Wishing, wishing, wishing . . .

      • Aramis

        Each group in kpop shows signs before starting to disband and cnblue definitely don’t have those signs. They’re still passionate so I think there’s no worries about this issue 😊

        • Rocky

          Hope you’re right! Time will most certainly tell …

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