A review by Noh Junyoung, a music critic, former editor of Mnet and general editor of WinnyK Star magazine
Actually, the criteria applied on him was rather harsh. The fact that he’s a member of an idol group created a kind of prejudice around him. Perhaps, that’s why people looked at him with questioning eyes for his rock genre challenge with [I] released in January. However, he did show plenty of potential with [I]. The fact that he was able to attempt rock music was outstanding and he was able to draw a rough sketch for the identity of the album that he thought of. Therefore, what he needed to do with this regular album was to paint the rough sketch in colors. If I have to say the conclusion first, Kim Jaejoong succeeded in drawing a variegated watercolor painting. Listening to the whole album, you will feel like he was daringly picking up a paintbrush, attempting to paint the colors, and his hand didn’t shake even once. It’s that bold, yet a sensible touch overflows here and there all over the album.
He said that his 1st solo regular album [WWW] talked about love. Kim Jaejoong wrote lyrics of 10 out of 13 tracks, making effort at storytelling. Though everyone can feel that way, the thing called ‘love’ has various aspects. Sometimes, it’s like a spring breeze that makes your heart flutter but sometimes, it’s just cold like a harsh winter. The essence of this album is the way it represents these varied colors of love. Kim Jaejoong mixed bright songs and sad songs, progressing with speed control. As if he wants to express a double-edged-sword-like love.
The center of this color sketch is ‘Just Another Girl’. This song, flavored with rock beat and pop melody, makes Kim Jaejoong’s powerfully extended singing method stand out. The intense feeling is there but the relaxed feeling is also retained. Thanks to that, people who approach the genre for the first time can give it a try without any burden. The first tracks ‘Brighter’ and ‘Don’t Walk Away’ are full of cheerful yet refreshing feelings. Especially, though ‘Don’t Walk Away’ is a rock number of dance-tune style, Yong Junyoung’s stylish rap makes its completeness more well-defined. ‘Butterfly’ brings you to Kim Jaejoong’s fresh vocal tone. Compared to previous tracks, ‘Rotten Love’ and ‘Shiny Day’ give out softer feelings. ‘Rotten Love’ has an odd harmony of melody and guitar riffs, creating a unique imagery. Rather than giving a long explanation, I will say that it’s a song you will love immediately after listening to it once. In addition, there’s plenty of tracks you should listen to and go beyond: ‘Let the Rhythm Flow’ that shows Kim Jaejoong’s appealing voice, ‘Now Is Good’ which is at a high level of completeness as it was written by Yoon Dohyun, ’9+1#’ catching both your eyes and ears with strong feelings, ‘Luvholic’ with Ha Dongkyun that materializes the hybrid music, rock n’ roll track ‘Modem Beat’ – the gift of GLAY’s Takuro… This album is the cream of the crop which can more or less ensure an admiration beyond expectation from anybody.
This is an album where Kim Jaejoong’s competence and various synergy effects coexist. The album also points out the fact that, instead of prejudice, now is the time to look forward to the image of artist Kim Jaejoong. The coloring after sketching is so beautiful. I get my expectations up for him who goes forward with his own color. It’s not easy to bring to people such excitement. I will keep watching the steps of this man who want to tell his stories through music.