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[Review] Lee Seung Gi – “Alone in Love”

13 Oct

Lee Seung Gi is One of the most anticipated comebacks among the slew of artists returning to the music scene this fall. It’s hard to remember that Lee Seung Gi started out as a singer, melting everyone’s heart with beautiful songs like “Because You’re My Girl” or “White Lie”. He’s definitely a moving vocalist. When I was just starting to get into Korean dramas and music, and I saw Shining Inheritance, I never imagined that this pissy-kid is the same one who sang such charming and effervescent tracks like “Will You Marry Me”. I admired him greatly since. As a variety star of “Strong Heart” and “1 Night 2 Days”, he’s shown tremendous skill, gracefully balancing comedy with charm without trying hard to be cute. That’s the thing with Lee Seung Gi; he never tries to be aegyo or adorable. He just naturally oozes it.

He first came out in 2004 and his voice has definitely changed since then. We don’t get the raspy throaty sound he used to great effect in “Because You’re My Girl.” Now, we get a charming voice that can still nail high notes. He’s come a long way from his first year. It’s 2011, and next week, his 5th full album is coming out but ahead of that release, we get a new track from the man himself.

“Alone in Love” is similar to “Will You Marry Me” in the way it shows Lee Seung Gi’s vocal chops while still showing his fun personality. It has a lovely pop instrumental framed around a piano melody and laced with chimes and some mild guitar. Indeed, it seems like “Will You Marry Me, Part II” only better. The music contrasts the lyrics and its title. The lyrics seem more melancholy than the cheerier music would suggest. In between verses, there are spoken parts with a girl and Seung Gi sounds like an awkward man in love, and it’s so endearing!

Still, the most important aspect of any Lee Seung Gi song is Lee Seung Gi himself. His voice shifts from optimism at one point, to whimsical in another, and to hopelessly in love. It’s the way he bounces these emotions around that makes him more charismatic and dreamy. Although we don’t get the vocal showcase that his earlier efforts were, we still hear hints of the great balladeer that Lee Seung Gi is.

Alone in Love is just one track from his new album. Given this first song, I’m excited to hear the rest. Apparently, he has been working on this album for two years. I love Lee Seung Gi so expect me to write an album review the moment his album comes out next week. Stay tuned.

Clarence

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4 Responses to “[Review] Lee Seung Gi – “Alone in Love””

  1. kang boungja October 14, 2011 at 4:18 am #

    seunggi is naturally adorable, he doesn’t need any aegyo, rite?
    your review is the same as what i’ve been thinking..
    i love his voice so much..
    when the spoken parts, i can imagine his face while talking..
    kekekekeke

  2. noha October 14, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    i love age of love and i love the lyrics

  3. Boo Jia Min October 23, 2011 at 2:17 am #

    “Time for Love” is such a sweet song that it just melts my heart every time I listen to it!
    Actually I hope that Seung Gi oppa will be wearing boy-next-door clothes when singing “Time for Love”, I think that this image would make the song even more endearing! 🙂

    Seung Gi oppa FIGHTING!!!

    Oh, and I am definitely coming back to see the review for the 5th album!

  4. Philip August 9, 2015 at 12:04 pm #

    “some girl” happens to be Park Shin Hye

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