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GD is a ‘heartbreaker’


With his new album released, G-Dragon managed to steal 9 of top 10 spots on Korea’s top ranking charts. All but one song, “Korean Dream (feat. Taeyang)” ranked number 11. You’d think with Taeyang and it being called what it is, it would have ranked higher right? This new album has been the talk among fans everywhere, now will the sales be just as sweet as his smile?

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Even though GD‘s managed to steal ten of the spots on the charts means nothing if sales are not as expected. Meaning, if they don’t outsell 2NE1‘s debut album, there is a problem. While many fans are encouraging others’ to purchase the album, how many of you actually did?

I said it before, all those accusations seem to have been a PR stunt set by the marketing department and/or GD himself. Don’t believe me? Look at the charts, he dominated the top 9 slots. Ever since he released the first 30 seconds of “HEARTBREAKER“, accusations have been said that GD plagerized Flo rida’s “Right Round“. Even though Warner Bros. dismissed it as plagerism, I do agree with them to a point. The fact that he used recycle beats is undeniable. Did he copy Flo rida? I don’t think so. I said it before and I’ll say it again, everyone uses recycled beats.

Truth be told I was a bit skeptical to listen to it when I got the cd. I actually waited to see what others would say, and it’s been nothing but praise so far. I finally listened to it and I actually like it.

HEARTBREAKER” is diverse in its sounds, a rarity for solo albums. It was this missing diversity which made Big Bang‘s Japanese album a disappointment (if GD did any co-producing in that album). “A boy” is a typical GD song to be honest, its a very cliché song. We’ve all heard the tiny preview of “HEARTBREAKER“, after finally listening to the whole song, well there’s not much to say other than it sounds like what you heard. You’ll like it though, it’s catchy and a club tune, same goes for the song “Breathe“.

Now the song “Butterfly” did surprise me. He went acoustic and pulled it off well. It isn’t something I would have expected from him, but I wouldn’t put it past him either. Think of Jason Mraz and you’ll get what I’m saying. If you don’t, then just know this: it’s a song that if he did it all in English, it would be playing on U.S. radio stations. Out of all the songs, this falls into the adult contemporary genre.

If anything that made me laugh was the song, “The Leaders” featuring none other than other YG leaders, Teddy (1Tyme) and CL(2NE1). Why did this song make me smile and laugh? Upon hearing the preview from Big Bang TV, it reminded me of Snoop and Pharrell‘s “Drop it like its hot“. Don’t get me wrong, it still does. Hearing it whole and finalized brings me back to the old school hip hop tunes. CL is hot in the track, sorry GD, you were afraid she was going to be better than you and unfortunately for you, she is. My only concern here is, if fans are going to be bumping this song in L.A., don’t. You might get laughed at or shot, just kidding. Think thug music and that describes “The Leaders“. Which is ironic because none of the leaders are thugs.

Remember when Big Bang went rock with “Friend” and “Dirty Cash“? Remember when they failed at them too? Fortunately for GD he did right by the song, “She’s Gone“. The song, like “Butterfly“, is different from the rest of the album, adding flavor and style. While GD may not have the best ‘grunge’ type vocals, his attempt is commendable and not horrible. You can understand what he saying, which is a lot more than those who are in grunge rock bands and you can’t understand a thing they’re saying.

Through the net, non Big Bang fans have taken a liking to this album as well. Which is a good thing, because it will open them up to listen to Big Bang. If you’re not familiar with G-Dragon‘s style, he is a very unique person, with a unique style and has flavor. Although his rapping still sounds the same in almost every song. What will you get in this album? You’ll get club/dance, pop, rock and acoustic in this album and they all fuse together like a Robek’s smoothie.

Three of eleven songs made this an ‘A’ album. While the other songs are typical GD and club type songs, the fact is he added flavor and did this album his way. It wasn’t made for him, he made it the way he wanted to. You can see his style is very diverse and is great at expressing himself through music.

It seems he made this album this way because he can’t fully express himself in Big Bang. Why? Because in Big Bang, he isn’t just writing for himself, he’s writing for 4 other people. When you have your own album, you have more freedom for creativity. While I wouldn’t call him a genius so much, he has major talent, a music prodigy.

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The truth about Big Bang and G-Dragon’s debuts’

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Just a few more days and you all can get your Big Bang and G-Dragon fix. Both of them will be dropping their debut albums this week (Big Bang for their Japanese debut and GD for his solo debut).

While we all heard GD‘s sneak peek’s he’s been dropping, previews of Big Bang‘s album has hit the net already. While I’m not prone to them in Japan, whatever floats their boat. Honestly, they just need to release a whole English album and just have it release state side. They’re English isn’t horrible and I can already see them on BET. Yes, you read that right, BET, because you know, BET is probably the best place for them. Maybe MTV, but let’s be honest, BET’s audience is Big Bang’s style.

Now for the reality check, the harsh, yet truth about their albums, as said by me. Take the album review with a grain of salt, because everyone has their own opinons.

Big Bang‘s titled, “Bringing you Love.”, but really, I’m not feeling the love. Three of the eleven tracks are Japanese remakes of their Korean songs and the rest of the songs just are not up to par. I like dance tracks, but they also sound like recycled beats from their Korean dance songs. Why couldn’t they stay Hip Hop/R&B? I feel like they’ve degraded somehow. This is why I say they should have stayed in Korea and not gone to Japan. I realize YG is trying to make more money, but really, they couldn’t get any better songs? This album sounds rushed and slapped together. Much like SNSD‘s 2nd mini album that was released back in June. It’s more of quantity over quality, because they know fans will buy it either way. Even though I bought it (for support), at least I didn’t want to return it like I did with w-inds.s’ “Single Mega Mix” that came out a couple of years ago.  That was just a pure waste of money and till this day, I still want my money back for that cd. After listening to it, the only one I like so far is, Stay.  Also looking at the track list, it seems like their mini indie albums they released last year are better than this Japanese debut album. Sorry Big Bang, I love you and all, but I think you need better producers or GD you need to step it up. I know your busy and all with your solo, but seriously, your solo could wait, the group can’t.

As for Jiyong’s debut solo album, HEARTBREAKER, hearing some of the previews he’s released, I don’t know if I’m looking forward to this cd. I like Jiyong, but his style is the same and he’s not even original anymore. His rap and flow just aren’t that diverse. At least T.O.P can change it up, even if it’s a tiny bit, at least it’s a change. The music he produces, sounds the same in almost every song. Don’t believe me? Listen to “Lies”, “Haru Haru” and “Heaven”. They all sound the same. Even “We belong together”, “This Love”, “Forever With You”, etc. I could name a few more but really that’s all I can list and you all get my point. Also, no matter what you biased fangirls’ say, some of his music on there are borrowed beats. I won’t go as far as to say that he plagerized, but if you can’t even hear the similarities then you need to clean your ears more throughly. If you think he can drop it like its hot, that’s fine.  From a person who loves music and has awesome musicality, he did recycle beats. Get over it.

I say all this with love.

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