• Skittles

    I tried to be picky and find a reason why this album wasn’t all /that/ good. But there was no reason. I simply enjoyed all of the songs and I loved how unique each song felt. I liked it, I really, really liked it.

  • VLF218

    I thought it was flawless and I can’t wait for part two

  • lostmunkie

    i liked the album overall. The title track is my least favorite, but it’s growing on me. dream is my favorite off the album.

  • shiroxs

    the album is solid!
    i love it, can’t wait for part 2 where the second title track rose is supposed to be more mature and catchy since its produced by teddy. my expectations are high!

  • http://www.facebook.com/chibijoshie Josh Chinnery

    I have to hand it to YG, they definitely know how to pick them. Even though I’m still a little peeved they let go of the SuPearls girls (I really doubt they decided to leave on their own, but meh…), I was still anticipating this. And like this review, I give this album a solid 5/5; there ain’t nothing I can nit pick. This girl’s voice is just too good (and she is definitely adorkable ^_^), and the YG team definitely met the challenge of producing a solid soundscape around her. I can’t wait for the 21st to hear Rose and part two of the album. Rock on with your bad self, girl!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/selend.light Selend Light

    I love this album, Lee Hi has such an unique voice, I’m captured by her.
    I pre-order her album already and very excited for part two of her album.
    I tip my hat to YG producers that provide songs that suit Lee Hi.

  • http://twitter.com/IgnisInvictus Ignis Invictus

    Dream is just so beautiful. It gave me goosebumps when I first listened to it. But I can also see why some choose Crush or Special as their favorite. This Mini has a lot of good things going for it including Hayi’s voice, which, as the writer said does not over reach and I agree.

    The materials are really polished; very mature for the young Lee Hi, but she’s going to get old eventually and not too long from now anyway. I think the materials were released in a staggered manner so that the people listening to the songs can absorb them bit by bit and appreciate each song for what it’s worth.

    I think that these are not songs that YG gave to Hayi with the intent of becoming number one on the charts right now. Rather, the songs are the type to define and pad a discography which Hayi will certainly have a good use of two or three years down the road. What I mean by that is that these songs are not meant to be forgotten with the release of the album. Rather, the songs will be revisited several times in Hayi’s future career.

    The part 1 also gets a solid score from me. I do hope that part 2 will live up to expectations.

  • happy_slip

    It’s a really good mini album. To be honest the songs in this album aren’t my go to music in Kpop, but surprisingly I enjoyed each of the songs so much — granted I have my personal favorites here, but still overall the tracks as well as their production quality is quite solid and pretty much represented what kind of artist Lee Hi is and will be in the future years to come.

    I can’t wait for part II. It’s great that Part I’s songs are good because it definitely keeps the waiting less agonizing. I’m still enjoying Special to this day btw. Still playing it more than five times a day lol.

  • Chocho268

    A pretty solid album, even though I’m not a big fan of slow songs.

    it’s nice to see YG really put an effort into creating quality songs instead of catchy, upbeat tunes that get boring after a few listens.

    I’m a bit disappointed with ‘It’s Over’ though, it pales in comparison to the other songs. There’s nothing interesting about it and I would even go as far as to describe it as a bit bland.

  • VipVip

    Pretty solid album. Nothing mind blowing though in the music arrangements and vocal-wise.

    Jennie Kim’s rap was pretty forgettable, the first times I listened to ‘Special’ I always had no memory whatsoever of how her part sounded after listening to the song. ‘It’s over’ is a grower, and pretty good after a few listens, though I would’ve hoped for some kind of high point in the song – now it’s just kinda flat throughout. I was kinda hoping for more ambitious vocal arrangements for Lee Hi but I guess for a 1st solo album this is pretty good. Wish ‘Turn it up’ was a full song, that was the coolest track out of all the songs on this album.

  • VipVip

    Pretty solid album. Nothing mind blowing though in the music arrangements and vocal-wise.

    Jennie Kim’s rap was pretty forgettable, the first times I listened to ‘Special’ I always had no memory whatsoever of how her part sounded after listening to the song. ‘It’s over’ is a grower, and pretty good after a few listens, though I would’ve hoped for some kind of high point in the song – now it’s just kinda flat throughout. I was kinda hoping for more ambitious vocal arrangements for Lee Hi but I guess for a 1st solo album this is pretty good. Wish ‘Turn it up’ was a full song, that was the coolest track out of all the songs on this album.

  • leesigh3

    Quality music content to set trends rather than follow them. Very good release.

  • http://twitter.com/bb_the_best_ guess_what

    actually i love this album
    but koreans are always damn ridiculous
    they only like catchy songs or fresh music (of coz sometimes they got good taste)
    i can only say..jazz kinda music is not their cup of tea..

  • my self

    I honestly could not get into this album nor care for her Lee Hi vocals. I do not think the album is bad but lack something on the vocal end to give it more of a personality. I like “Turn It Up”and “Dream”because Lee Hi was really show casing the ability to sing but have a presence. I wasn’t impress with the usage of jazz and blues on this album. To k-pop fans it seems like a fresh of fresh air but respectively, YG was superficial and repetitive. This is an issue when major record labels that are use to selling one sound try to tackle more complex genres that require a little more finesse .

    My only concern for her is sounding like a predictable one trick pony similar to Luna Del Rey. People compare Lee Hi to Adele because honestly she can sing good. But there is more to Adele music than her vocal range. Adele is very expressive for a singer and very free with her emotions. I think Lee Hi would benefit most looking up to fellow senior singer like Gummy to truly understand the difference between singing with talent and being artistic.

    Other than that I hope the second half of First Love will be more of challenge for Lee Hi. Thus far the album is safe and satisfied the ears but Lee Hi and YG can take it up a few notches.

  • Jeff Sim

    I’m popping in at the end of summer to proclaim that this album (if you consider both part of a single whole) is STILL my favorite Kpop album of the year.
    Carry on.