In recent months my younger Sister has submerged me into unfamiliar territory within the world of music by introducing me to the world of Kpop. A genre that I never imagined that I’d actually enjoy but I must admit that so far I can’t help but find myself humming the tunes and even picking up the Korean language. One of my introductions was to a group named Got7. Got7 are a group consisting of seven members; 3 rapper and vocalists from Korea, China, Thailand and America formed by JYP Entertainment. My Sister recently purchased a couple of their recent albums and has kindly allowed me to borrow them to write about on my blog.
So first of all I’ve decided to begin with an album named ‘Flightlog: Turbulence’ released just a few months ago in September and is actually the sequel to a previous release ‘Flightlog: Departure’. Interestingly, there’s a running theme of flying between both albums which follows suit in both the packaging and the accompanying music video. The idea of having a theme is completely refreshing and in my opinion much more creative in comparison to the vast majority of UK music. As far as I’m aware Got7 are due to make another comeback in the not so distant future and I can’t help but wonder whether the next album will be continuation of the Flightlog series or something completely different. Somehow, I think most things come in sets of three so perhaps my guess will be correct-we’ll see!
My thoughts on the music? As I touched upon it earlier, never in a million years did I ever imagine myself listening to Kpop music; as you all know I’ve always been a bit of a rock chick yet surprisingly I can’t help but like it. The songs are rather catchy and despite the initial language barrier, I’ve quickly picked up on the lyrics rather quickly. So although there’s the musical aspect; it also encourages the love of learning a new language which makes me sound a little geeky. Moving on……
The album starts off with a track titled Skyway, which gives a fitting introduction to the album; an insight of everything that is yet to come. This is followed by the albums hit single Hard Carry, a firm favourite of Got7 fans. The singles accompanying music video illustrates the Flightlog series’ theme of flying with a new direction in album series; dark and dramatic yet somewhat enticing?
Moving on through its 13 tracks I find myself slipping more and more into the music. Listening to the backing tracks in a number of the songs I feel reminded of Michael Jackson. There’s elements within the music that has a similar vibe to MJ whom I am a big fan of; something that instantly caught my attention on first listen. As a listener I’m immersed in a variety of upbeat numbers as well as number serene ballads. The upbeat numbers are both vibrant and fun perfectly imitating the groups aura and personality. On the other hand it shows a more maturer side to the band featuring a much darker and edgier vibe compared to previous releases. The ballads on the other hand, create a nice balance throughout the album sperodically placed between the more energetic numbers.
Up until now I’ve had little knowledge about Hip-Hop, rap and R&B and probably would never counted myself as fan of such genres. However I can genuinely say that I really love what I’ve heard throughout the entire album and like the balance of both elements; singing and rapping. Each member are given an equal opportunity to shine in each track and unlike in UK bands, each member is celebrated for having their own unique style and stands out for doing so-it’s refreshing! After browsing through the the album’s accompanying photo book/album notes I was extremely impressed by just how much input Got7 members had in their music. A selection of the songs were personally written by members of the group who were just as actively involved in the production of the album; producing an impressive 11 out of the 13 tracks!
Overall, my first impression of Got7 was most definitely a positive one and I can’t wait to see what they have lined up for their next album! If this one is anything to by, it’s bound to be great! And of course I’ll be taking to ‘Jukebox Rhapsody’ to share my thoughts on it as well as any other future releases. If you’re looking for something a bit different listen to I would totally recommend adding this one to your list! Links on where to purchase a copy are listed below.
As always, let me know your thoughts on the album and what Kpop groups or artists I should check out next and review on my blog!