Single Review: LOONA – Kim Lip


Release Date: May 23, 2017

Tracklist:

  1. Eclipse (Prod. by Daniel Obi Klein) (김립)
  2. Twilight (Prod. by Cha Cha Malone) (김립)

Total Runtime: 00:06:58

Recommended for: LOONA fans, newly converted LOONA fans, closeted LOONA fans, those who hated LOONA but now secretly listen to them thanks to Kim Lip.

NOT recommended for: Those with broken electroacoustic transducers (earphone, headphone, loudspeaker, and et cetera).

LOONA’s (usually stylized as LOOΠΔ) May Girl, Kim Jung-eun, known by her stage name Kim Lip is the latest/6th revealed member of the group. On her quest to conquer listeners’ heart and soul (or more accurately LOONA fans who are still struggling to find themselves a personal favourite in the group), she works with talented producers such as Cha Cha Malone who has produced and worked with the likes of Red Velvet, Dok2, Beenzino, and many more. You know, the guy with “I need a cha cha beat boy” tag that  is usually heard in Jay Park songs.

With her image of mature beauty, coated with an elegant red theme in an all visual production, Kim Lip is here to showcase a new side of LOONA. LOONA, is already an idol group full of colours, but Kim Lip wants red all to herself.

Track Review:

Track 1 – Eclipse (Prod. by Daniel Obi Klein) (김립)

Eclipse is one of few good examples of a track that matches well with its music video. You don’t see that everyday, as of late. From visual aesthetics and presentations (image teasers, music video) to an accompanying song with a nicely fitted melody, beautiful harmony, and simple rhythm, Eclipse is exactly ‘that’. ‘That’ IS Eclipse. I’m not even sure where I am going from here but all you need to know is that this song really caught me off guard.

Alright, let’s get down to business. The music and lyrics resonate mature R&B and Pop very well. Her voice suits the genre. Soft and smooth, not too little and not too much. Just nice. The song structure however is generic but that’s Pop music for you guys. Though somehow it felt fresh to me, most probably because recent K-Pop releases have offered different music approaches.

Track 2 – Twilight (Prod. by Cha Cha Malone) (김립)

I would have believed if they said that this album consisted of double title tracks, with this song being one, sadly that’s not case. Twilight is not worse than Eclipse by any means, it is still good but here’s the catch, Eclipse is more memorable. Twilight doesn’t has a hook to keep us humming. Still a good track, again, with a mix of R&B and Pop. It fell short though and it’s not my fault, because Eclipse had a very strong first impression for me.


Review overview
Summary Overall, this single album is very solid. It's linear, but that worked out pretty well. Blockberry Creative did a great job here. Not only did they introduce Kim Lip in a proper way, but also managed to emphasize that LOONA means business. They show that LOONA is ready to leave a mark on the K-Pop industry with quality music and productions. Mind you, there are still six members to go. A round of applause to them!
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