Album Review – Brown Eyes – Vol. 3 Two Things Needed For the Same Purpose and 5 Objects

Brown Eyes – Vol. 3 Two Things Needed For the Same Purpose and 5 Objects

01 Your Eyes
02 Don’t Go Don’t Go
03 Like A Flame
04 This Moment, Like This
05 Because of You
06 Let’s Get Down
07 Summer Passion
08 Piano Nocturne (Piano: Yoon Gun)
09 Don’t You Worry
10 Tell Me Love
11 Let It Go
12 One Step
13 Luau
14 Don’t Leave Don’t Leave (Inst.)

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Brown Eyes, who released two studio albums in the past, had gained much popularity with hit songs “Already One Year” and “More and More.” Although they broke up soon after in 2002, the members, Yoon Gun and Naul, continued with their solo activities and project groups. Despite the fact that the group did not last long, Brown Eyes had permanently etched their name into the Korean music history. Five years later, this duo have returned with their fourteen-track third album which took them two years to finish recording. This album, which was produced by Brown Eyes themselves, includes various genres and great harmonization. It is no surprise that the album is doing well in the music charts as well as in album sales.

The album starts off with a haunting introduction, “Your Eyes”. The song is in a minor key that begins with upbeat piano accompaniment and slows down as the duo begin singing and harmonizing. Listeners will be entranced by the instrumentals as well as the singers’ vocals. The album quickly transitions into the title track “Don’t Leave Don’t Leave”. Like most of the songs from the album, it is composed by Yoon Gun himself. The song is an up-tempo ballad where listeners can hear the great harmonization that Brown Eyes are famous for. The verses of the song are very softly sung but they lead to choruses that show much emotion as well as high vocals. During the bridge of the song, listeners can hear the climatic high note sung that brings chills down the spine. The song is about the feelings one feels after a breakup, and fans don’t need to understand Korean to get this feel.

The follow-up song to the title track is “Because of You”, a medium-tempo pop track that is reminiscent of their past work “Already One Year”. It is definitely a typical Brown Eyes song that incorporates great vocals. The problem I had with the song was that it had much repetition and the melody was not anything special.

My favorite song from the album would be “This Moment, Like This” which, if described in two words, would be beautiful and refreshing. This R&B track is upbeat and listening to this song, I feel as though I’m at peace under the blue sky. The song also has some electronic sounds which match well with Brown Eyes’ vocals and the melody. Another song worth mentioning is “Summer Passion”, which is of the club house genre. It has funky rhythms and electronic effects that flow with the duo’s high, yet steady vocals. Naul helped co-write this song with Yoon Gun, adding an extra touch to the track. This all-English track is definitely worth listening. One also cannot forget about “Piano Nocturne” which is a piano piece performed by Yoon Gun. It starts off with various chords and a fast melody. It then transitions to instrumentals of “Because of You” and “Don’t Go Don’t Go.” Because it is performed without any vocal accompaniment, fans can hear the title tracks at a different level.

It would be a lie to say that this album was not impressive. Brown Eyes have not disappointed music listeners, and it is safe to say that they may have exceeded fans’ expectations. This album is filled with songs of various genres, many that are popular in the Korean music industry at the present time. The duo’s harmonization and their talent in composition and writing of songs are also apparent, making “Two Things Needed For the Same Purpose and 5 Objects” one of the best albums of the year.


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

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