Younha – Vol. 2 – Someday
01 Gossip Boy
02 Memory (feat. Tablo) (Rap Remix)
06 Rain & the Bar
07 Rain Sound
09 Best Friend
10 Strawberry Days
11 For Catharina
12 To Hate
13 My Song and…
14 Don’t Cry
15 Memory (Original Remix)
16 Telepathy (Inst)
17 To Hate (Inst)
It’s been almost a year since Younha released her special 1.5 album in which she promoted her hit song, Comet, and At First Sight shortly after. This fall, Younha has returned with her much-anticipated sophomore album, action-packed with songs of various genres ranging from pop to jazz.
Despite the album title, Someday, Younha’s title track is Telepathy, a pop rock number reminiscent of Password 486. Telepathy, which starts off and continues throughout with a bit of piano accompaniment, is very bouncy with fun lyrics listeners can sing along to. It is a nice way to start off album promotions.
Gossip Boy, the first song of the album, is a track that caught my attention on first listen. I think it was the instrumentals that initially captured my interest, but as the song progressed, the chorus and the vocals won me over. Gossip Boy is a very typical Younha song with pop-rock sounds, but it doesn’t hurt to give this song a try.
Memory (Rap Remix), which features Tablo, is a song one should definitely look out for. Previously, Younha was featured in Epik High’s Umbrella, which received much love from fans. Memory, likewise, will be a favorite among many considering it is another Younha-Epik High collaboration. The song has some electronic and hip-hop elements to it, something Younha has never really experimented with in her albums. Through this song, however, she was able to prove her capability in a wider range of genres. Memory begins with some quiet and slow vocals by Younha, climaxing into a more upbeat melody and great rap by Tablo.
Someday, the title of the album, is a rock number with styles similar to that of Kelly Clarkson. This is one of the songs that I would listen to for Younha’s impressive vocals, which flow well with the intensity of the melody. In contrast to this track is Rain Sound, a very calm and relaxing number. Younha’s sweet vocals flow with the jazz feel; it seems like the perfect song to listen to on a rainy day. Once again, it showcases Younha’s versatility in trying out different genres.
Another one of my favorites is Strawberry Days, which also has a relaxing component to it that fits the mood of a lazy day or a calm morning. My Song and I… is also worth noting as it is a song sung all in English. The lyrics are very sweet and non-Korean speakers are given the chance to understand the meaning of the song without translations. Younha’s English pronunciation is also outstanding, making this song enjoyable.
Overall, I felt that this album had a greater range of different genres than her first, from pop rock, ballads, jazz, hip-hop, to the piano instrumentals which Younha is known for. However, the songs in the middle and end of the album sounded kind of similar after a while. The songs weren’t bad but weren’t intriguing either. However, there were quite a number of songs that were catchy, and overall this album is worth a try. I recommend this album to fans and those who are unfamiliar with Younha.
5/5 – Even if you’re not a fan of this artist/group this album is a must buy.
4/5 – If you’re a fan of this artist/group, you must buy this album.
3/5 – If you’re a fan of this artist/group, you might want to add this one to your collection.
2/5 – I don’t think a fan would even buy this.
1/5 – You might as well just flush your money down the toilet