Younha – Suki Nanda

November 28, 2009 at 2:11 PM | Posted in Younha | 2 Comments

Suki Nanda (好きなんだ) is Younha’s 10th single and it was released on November 18, 2009.

No words @ the cover. Except…the hair is awful and she looks dopey.

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Younha had a pretty good comeback in the J-pop scene with Girl but she’s outdone herself. Even though I did like Girl, I must say that Suki Nanda is a considerable improvement. This song still has the upbeat pop formula but the arrangement is way better. The chorus is the main highlight of the song since it has nice strings and electric guitar. The acoustic driven bridge was great too.

Then she goes a little tropical for the B-side. Sunday starts off calm with island inspired steel drums but it quickly builds up into an upbeat mix of electric guitar and piano. Overall, I thought it was very pleasant.

Pros: Here are 2 well done tracks!
Cons: However, they don’t have the same high production value of her Korean works (the Someday album, for example).

BASICALLY…this single actually makes me look forward to more Japanese stuff!

Overall Rating

4 stars


1. Suki Nanda (好きなんだ)
2. Sunday


Younha – Girl

August 14, 2009 at 8:29 PM | Posted in Younha | 2 Comments

1. Girl
2. Okuri Sobireta Kotoba (贈りそびれた言葉)

This is Younha’s 9th single and it was released on July 22, 2009. The single reached #175 on the Oricon Weekly Charts.

After releasing 2 albums consecutively in her native Korea (Someday and Peace Love & Ice cream), Younha has returned to Japan with a new single! She’s also on a new label. Her Japanese sounds a little rusty in Girl since it’s been a while, but it’s a pretty good song nonetheless. The music is very pleasant and has that wonderful piano pop arrangement that I’m fond of. Some strings and light beats are included as well. As a whole, the song is a step down from previous Japanese singles but at least it’s more original than the stuff on her last Korean album.

The B-side is nice too. Okuri Sobireta Kotoba is similar to Girl but the music is more progressive, especially during the chorus when the arrangement becomes kind of dance-like. It still mixes in that laid back piano during the quieter parts though. I like the way the song ends as well.

Overall Rating

3½ stars

Younha – Hakanaku Tsuyoku

August 27, 2007 at 6:37 PM | Posted in Younha | 2 Comments

1. Hakanaku Tsuyoku (儚く強く)
2. Aitai (会いたい)
3. Hakanaku Tsuyoku -instrumental-

This is Younha’s 8th single and it was released on January 17, 2007. The single reached #36 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 2,313 copies. The title track was used as the 2nd opening theme song for the anime Kiba.

Hakanaku Tsuyoku is Younha’s first Japanese single to feature a full blown, almost punkish rock sound with absolutely no piano and it’s AWESOME. The electric guitar riffs and blaring percussion are constant throughout the song and I was very impressed with Younha’s vocals. They are very strong and she puts a lot more power into her voice this time around (this is very evident in the song’s chorus). The music never slows down and it always stays at a consistent pace from beginning to end.

The B-side is the much calmer Aitai. This is an extremely pretty song because of its lovely piano chords and underlying strings along with Younha’s wonderful vocals. The chorus is beautiful and this is where you hear her give one of her best vocal performances.

Overall Rating

5 stars

Younha – Ima ga Daisuki

August 9, 2007 at 6:35 PM | Posted in Younha | Leave a comment

1. Ima ga Daisuki (今が大好き)
2. Inori (祈り)
3. Ima ga Daisuki (Kankokugo version)
    (今が大好き (韓国語version))
4. Inori (Kankokugo version)
    (祈り (韓国語version))
5. Ima ga Daisuki (instrumental)
6. Inori (instrumental)

This is Younha’s 7th single and it was released on September 6, 2006. The single reached #71 on the Oricon Weekly Charts. The title track and the B-side were used as the opening and ending theme songs for the anime Shoujo Jang Geum no Yume, the Japanese dub of the original Korean series Jang Geumi ei Kkhoom.

I thought Ima ga Daisuki was a nice pop song but nothing extremely special. Just like many of her previous songs, it has a lovely piano arrangement combined with excellent vocals. The chorus is very catchy and pretty uplifting too.

The B-side, Inori, is even poppier than the last track but a little more laid back. It’s a very light-hearted song with a nice, sugary melody. I also liked the chorus because it is quite charming and pretty catchy like the A-side.

Tracks 3 and 4 are the ‘kankokugo’ or Korean versions of Ima ga Daisuki and Inori. Instrumentally, the songs are the same but Younha sings them in her native language. I do have to admit that the songs sound better in Korean and they seem to flow better in the language as well.

Overall Rating 

3½ stars

Younha – Te wo Tsunaide

July 18, 2007 at 6:31 PM | Posted in Younha | 2 Comments

1. Te wo Tsunaide (手をつないで)
2. Rock Star
3. homegirl
4. Te wo Tsunaide (instrumental)

This is Younha’s 6th single and it was released on June 7, 2006. The single reached #50 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 2,639 copies. The title track was used as the ending theme song for the anime Jyu Oh Sei.

Just like K, Younha is a Korean who is more well known in Japan than in her home country (even though that is somewhat changing for her now). I was introduced to her music through her debut Japanese album Go! Younha and I was really impressed with her brand of piano soft rock. Te wo Tsunaide was her first new single since the release of that album. The song’s combination of low key piano chords and soft electric guitar is awesome and Younha’s rich voice complements the song extremely well. She has a powerful voice that still maintains its gentle qualities.

The single also features 2 very well done B-sides. Rock Star is very catchy and a fun pop song with nice, short riffs. It’s purely B-side material though.

The 2nd B-side is the very pretty piano based ballad homegirl. Younha is a great ballad singer and she also has a impressive vocal range (her high notes are to die for). However, I did find the harmonica to be a little grating at times.

Overall Rating

4½ stars

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