Album Review – Sugar Coating – Vol. 1 Song For You
01 Welcome to the Sugarcoating
02 Shall We Dance
03 Resisting Love
04 Song For You
05 My Christmas Story
06 On the Street
07 Like You
09 Dear Blue
10 Good Night
11 Time to the Music
12 Resisting Love (Inst)
13 Shall We Dance (Inst)
Sugar Coating is a new duo consisting of producer Suh Seung Hun and vocalist Park Yeh In. Some may recognize Suh Seung Hun’s name as he has been in the music industry for ten years, producing hit songs for popular singers such as Jang Nara. He had wanted to create some music that suited his own tastes, so he worked on releasing easy-listening music with the help of vocalist Park Yeh In. It took three years to complete this project, which is filled with various genres including acid jazz, bossa nova, electronica, and latin.
From what I have looked into, there was no specific title track mentioned, but I’m guessing it’s “Song For You” (track 4) because the album title is of the same name. The song was catchy at first listen, with a brief introduction of various instruments from maracas, guitar, drums to brass. It seemed very jazzy and, in a sense, tropical. Park Yeh In complements the melody well with her husky yet calming vocals. This medium-tempo number is very soothing to the mind.
“Shall We Dance” (track 2), on the other hand, is a very jazzy slow number. The flute, brass, and drums seem key in creating the melody. The song is very classy and is very reminiscent of Clazziquai’s “Last Tango”. “Resisting Love” (track 3) offers a different mood as it is much more upbeat and livelier than the former. It sounds like something coming straight out the “Coffee Prince” drama series. The light-hearted feel to the song is appealing. The last track I want to mention is “Time To Music” (track 10), which takes upon a more upbeat turn mixing with mainstream sounds. There are electronica components in the melody which liven up the track.
Overall, I feel that Sugar Coating were successful in creating the sophisticated music they had hoped to achieve. Each song had its own unique quality, be it through the use of instruments, the genre, or Park’s vocals. Much experimentation was done to make these quality sounds, which I feel many will enjoy.
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