Got7 Flightlog: Turbulence Review


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!

‘Flightlog: Turbulence’ available from:

Amazon

iTunes/Apple Music

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She Rocks: Orianthi’s ‘Transmogrify’


Slightly old news for those of you who like me are fans of Australian guitar great Orianthi Panagaris who is due to debut a new album with Bon Jovi rocker Richie Sambora; but it came as a slight surprise a few days ago as I woke up to the news of a brand new solo track from Ori. Transmogrify is an instrumental track with a Steve Vai esque featuring Ori’s incredible guitar licks and soloing skills.

Transmogrify is due to released as part of the brand new ‘She Rocks: Vol 1’ compliation album featuring a number of incredible female artist and musicians in the world of rock and roll. The entire prospect of the compilation is exciting for an avid music lover like myself particularly as it features Orianthi; one of my biggest musical inspirations. As a young female musician, I feel excited about an album filled with a number of talented women and think it’s a must have for any young music enthusiast.

Having followed Orianthi’s music for a number of years now, I’ve seen her live in various settings over the years, seen the release of her previous album ‘Heaven In This Hell’ and have been waiting in sheer anticipation for any new musical releases. Transmogrify was a great introduction to all of the new music is yet to come and I know for a fact will be played on repeat for weeks on end. I believe that Orianthi’s debut album ‘Violet Journey’ released at just 15 years old featured numerous instrumental based tracks and although I haven’t yet been able to get my hands on a copy, I love the fact that she’s revisited her musical roots and enchanted her fans with this gem.

Haven’t heard any of Orianthi’s music? Well ‘Transmogrify’ is most definitely a wonderful introduction! Love Steve Vai? Love Jimi Hendrix? Love rock and psychedelia? Then you’re are most definitely gonna love this!

Check it out and let me know what you think!

The Big ReLaunch

Welcome to the relaunch of Jukebox Rhapsody a music blog that I previously ran for a short period to share my love for music with the world. Throughout my time blogging on both the earlier edition of Jukebox Rhapsody and my personal blog The Hat Hippie I have always expressed my love and passion for music and this has only grown over the years. 

I have learnt a lot about the power of music and as well as the music industry which at the present day is somewhat in a state of turmoil. As mentioned before, I’ve spoken to many people on this subject and read many articles about it. I wanted to do something about it from my little corner on the internet so I felt it only right that I take a new path and relaunch an old project which at the time I couldn’t give the time to. Today it feels right and I feel ready to move forward with it. 

This time around I want to focus more on what’s going on in the music industry, gig guides , hopefully album reviews and I particularly want to promote unknown, indie artists. I want Jukebox Rhapsody to become the home of up and coming artists and way of letting the world hear amazing music. 

Unfortunately, the music industry is stuck in a rut. In my opinion there is the odd few that really stand out from the crowd. We need music that is unique and different and there are so many artists out there fighting for a chance; fighting to be noticed. How many incredible artists are there that have simply slipped through the loop hole? Perhaps they could have been the next big thing but just not given the chance. I want to give as many bands and singers a chance and although I’m starting small I hope that it’ll grow over time and might help make an impact in the industry. Well at least that’s my aim anyway.

That’s why I need your help! I need you guys to help me share these posts and help get the word out about the artists I share with you. We’re all in this together aren’t we? 

If you’re a band, singer or musicain looking to get your music out there please do get in touch as I’d love to feature you on the site. Please include links to your music so that I can have a listen, social media accounts/website and any necessary information about your music career. You can find all contact details via the contact page above.

I also would love to feature any new artists on my radio show on 3TFM so if you’d like to send in any music to play live on air please do get in contact with any music files you’d like me to play via email. Please bear in mind that all music played live on radio must be appropriate for all ages as I try to cater to a varied audience. So please be aware on strong language and mild themes that may be featured in your music as unfortunately I won’t be able to play it.

Anyway, I look forward to moving on with Jukebox Rhapsody and hope that together we can make a change in today’s music industry. I genuinely believe there’s still hope to break through the mould and bring back good music! 

Celebrating the world of music & discovering new artists!