[Album Review] Jay Park “Take a Deeper Look"

Jay Park is returning as a more mature musician on Apr. 27th with his new album, “Take a Deeper Look.” His involvement in the overall production of the album is quite impressive as he wrote the lyrics for all seven songs and composed six of them.

This seven track mini album, with the title track “Abandoned,” is a complete album mixing in a variety of musical genres including hiphop, dance, and R&B. The featured artist list includes Kang Min Kyung of Davichi, rappers Dok2 and The Quiett, as well as Cha Cha Malone, member of the AOM (Art of Movement) Crew who also worked on Jay Park’s digital single, “Bestie.”

For this album, Jay Park has worked with some of the best music video producers and choreographers as well. The MV producer of title track “Abandoned” is Hong Won Ki, who produced MVs for Seo Taeji, TVXQ, Super Junior, and Beast in the past. Andrew Baterina, the chief choreographer for movie “Hype Nation’s” O.S.T track “Demon,” is in charge of all choreography for this MV.

This mini album will be released in a limited edition package. The album comes with a separate album case and a diary containing Jay Park’s unreleased photos. It looks to be a valuable present to fans who awaited Jay Park’s return for so long.

Track List

1. Touch the Sky (ft. The Quiett)

(Composed by The Quiett, Jay Park / Lyrics by Jay Park, The Quiett / Mixing by The Quiett)

Lively hiphop track with a positive message that says “Spread your wings and fly away.” Jay Park’s positive attitude could be felt.

2. Abandoned (ft. dok2)

(Composed by Cha Cha Malone, Jay Park / Lyrics by Jay Park / Mixing by Tony Maserati)

Title track of this mini album. It’s an impressive R&B track that switches back and forth between fast and slow beats. Its refined melody, sincere lyrics, and Jay Park’s strong vocals all come together for one of the finest R&B tracks of this year.

3. 오늘밤 (Tonight) ft. Kang Min Kyung of DAVICHI

(Composed by Eroc, Jay Park / Lyrics by Jay Park/ Mixing by Eroc)

The most exciting track of this album with an electro beat. Featuring Kang Min Kyung of Davichi, it tells you to break out of the daily routine and enjoy yourself tonight.

4. 너 없이 안돼 (Cant Live Without You)

(Composed by Cha Cha Malone, Jay Park / Lyrics by Jay Park / Mixing by Tony Maserati)

An emotional R&B track with an impressive piano sound, it talks about the sincere feelings you have for your one and only love. Jay Park’s favorite track from this album.

5. Don’t let go

(Composed by Cha Cha Malone, Jay Park / Lyrics by Jay Park / Mixing by Tony Maserati)

Sexy R&B number with a unique beat, “Don’t Let Go” talks about a couple’s romantic night.

6. Level 1000 (with dok2)

(Composed by dok2 / Lyrics by Jay Park, dok2 / Mixing by dok2)

Powerful hiphop track with strong lyrics saying, “The devil in your dreams makes the rules in your life.” It has a sophisticated yet impactful sound as Jay Park called this track, “Thunderground muzik.”

7. Bestie

(Composed by Cha Cha Malone / Lyrics by Jay Park / Mixing by The Quiett)

Lovely track with a smooth beat that was originally included in Jay Park’s first single album. It gained a lot of attention for being the first-ever song written by Jay Park.

Written in Korean by girlalice@soompi; Translated by eugenekim222@soompi


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