• http://infinite-stress.tumblr.com/ ian

    Like I anticipated, it could easily have been a group song or given to someone else.

    I was hoping that because of all the good things I’ve been hearing about him as a soloist I’d get to see who he really is a singer and not just an idol. Alas, I think I may have been used to YG or even Woollim’s style of giving suitable quality material (or/and free reign) for their soloists to make the production uniquely theirs, something that is them and them alone.

    Maybe on his next single? 

    • http://thankgyuu.tumblr.com/ Mrs_KimSungGyu

      I felt like mainly this album was a way for Junhyung to show what he can do as a producer and songwriter, and  at the same time the company just seized the opportunity to highlight Yoseob’s vocals separate from the group. Really they could have put anyone in Beast in Yoseob’s place and I don’t think it would have made too much of a difference since the album didn’t feel at all tailored to Yoseob individually. Overall I felt the production was safe. Comfortable. And while there’s nothing wrong with that, I was a tiny bit disappointed.
       Regardless, the album isn’t bad. I don’t think it’s one I’ll have on repeat though.

    • http://thankgyuu.tumblr.com/ Mrs_KimSungGyu

      I felt like mainly this album was a way for Junhyung to show what he can do as a producer and songwriter, and  at the same time the company just seized the opportunity to highlight Yoseob’s vocals separate from the group. Really they could have put anyone in Beast in Yoseob’s place and I don’t think it would have made too much of a difference since the album didn’t feel at all tailored to Yoseob individually. Overall I felt the production was safe. Comfortable. And while there’s nothing wrong with that, I was a tiny bit disappointed.
       Regardless, the album isn’t bad. I don’t think it’s one I’ll have on repeat though.

  • SB_Mark

    Excellent commentary Nick!

    I’m quite surprised by some of the idioms used in this song. Yoseob mentions in the first verse counting sheep to go to sleep and he’s seen playing with a toy sheep in the beginning. I had no idea that was a culturally universal sleep inducer. Or is it?

    Also I wasn’t quite sure about the metaphor of the burning luggage until you pointed it out for me. The meaning would have been more apparent in an American MV but I had no idea the idiom “getting rid of baggage” also applies in Korean. 

    Can somebody with a Korean background please help clarify? Are these idioms/metaphors culturally interchangeable? Or is Cube catering to a Western audience by using Western metaphors?

    And on a completely unrelated note, this song reminds me a lot of “It Wasn’t Me,” a b-side on Beast’s “Midnight Sun.” Compare the choruses, especially the part sung by Yoseob.

    • http://twitter.com/nicholys Nicholas_SB

      Maybe the metaphors are universal, but seems to me Beast love to use common themes. After all, fiction was known for the scenes of Junhyung trying to rewrite his “love story” and scratching out Park Bo Young from his life.

      You are right! There is some similarity to “It Wasn’t Me”. Or maybe there are so many genuinely new ideas in the cube towers?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VAG2JJTUCBHK7NE6HHD7RPDX2Y Wunmi

    i have to agree with the pronunciation and the word usage…either like a coffee or like caffeine….not “like a caffeine”…doesn’t make sense dude!!!

  • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

    I’d give it a little lower, to be honest. 3.9? I don’t think the song really did Yoseob justice, and the English…well, you said it all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nate-Broadus/100003245734823 Nate Broadus

    Caffeine? 

    Isn’t this arbitrary naming trend getting just a little old? Why not MSG, or Cornflakes? 

  • spark0512

    I must say I was disappointed with this release. I adore Yoseob’s vocals, but to date, his best “solo” effort is I Remember. He sounded so awesome in that song, and I had been hoping that Cube would let him explode with his solo career. Too bad they went the very safe route. The song is decent, but it sounds like something I already heard from Beast. Still, I am so very glad Yoseob has finally got his time to shine.

    • AcadiasFire

      He did sound really awesome in that song lol

  • http://twitter.com/reekayui reekayui

    I really LOVE this songs! Yoseob~ah..B2UTY always support you and B2ST FOREVER!!

  • http://twitter.com/SoYYSeob LightYo FireSeob

    the actual lyric is “like caffeine”, it’s sounds “like a caffeine” because korean pronounciation… if you listen to B2ST song “Midnight”, at chorus, lyric “so sad tonight” sounds like “so sad at tonight”… it just because they’re korean…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7MRYDXY5MJ6HSO2EAFQNQV73TM hazel

    they suck, why would seoulbeats spend precious articles on this c-list group, barely half of them can sing. and at most 2 can dance? people can barely tell them apart. Not even the one who sang troublemaker w. the slutty pikachu. its as if seoul beats just cant help bias towards one company before SM now CUBE. so sad, it saddens me how such a good respected blog has came to this. well good bye now whore. 

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