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[Album & MV Review] Luna - 'Free Somebody'

By eric_r_wirsing   Saturday, June 18, 2016   35,566   3,790   40
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LUNA - FREE SOMEBODY


Track List:


1. Free Somebody
2. Breathe
3. Keep On Doin'
4. I Wish
5. Galaxy
6. My Medicine



Luna of f(x) fame has dropped her first solo album 'Free Somebody.' The six-track EP features the title track written by American singer-songwriter JoJo, and two of the songs were written and composed by Luna herself. The album, of course, is already slaying it, debuting at no. 3 on Billboard's World Albums Chart.

The disc is equally divided between more beat-heavy dance tracks and ballads, alternating between the two as you make your way through the EP. The album kicks off with the title track "Free Somebody," a sweet piece of electro-house that gets better on each listen. I love the chord progression that builds up to the powerful vocal fireworks. I didn't know she could do that with her voice, but I'm glad she did.



One of two songs with her name on them, "I Wish" is a ballad. More a torch song, it's got a jazzy style that caught my ear, but is still very much its own beast. Rather than slavishly follow the traditional ballad format, this one features warpy synths and control from start to finish. Electronic effects are always something I welcome, and they're used to great effect here. Luna's vocals are dreamy and wistful, soaring over the hi-tech backdrop. Beautifully done.

"My Medicine" is Luna's other song, and this one has a personal story behind it. It's dedicated to her mom, and she thanks the woman in the lyrics. The song is given more traditional instrumentation, and the sparsity works in its favor, gives it more emotional punch. It's a pretty tune; the vocals sound needy and tug at the heart.



"Keep On Doin'" is different from the other songs on the album. In contrast to the dance songs and ballads, it owes a lot to R&B, and is mid-tempo EDM. Luna's vocals here are fantastic, starting easy and seductive, gradually growing in power to dominate the song. There's some nifty effects towards the end, burying the vocals as she ad-libs on top of it all. Definitely a style she should 'keep on doin'.'

This solo effort should stand as a jewel in Luna's crown. It was nice that she is able to bring her songwriting chops into this -- it makes it more personal and we get a glimpse into what makes the vivacious vocalist tick. I hope that she gets even more of a chance to shine in f(x); she's already freed me. :)

MV REVIEW


Luna hooks up with a guy who catches her eye, and soon enough the world becomes stranger, animated with simple shapes and bright colors. We get shots of Luna and her backup dancers, cobbled together with some awesome animation.

Much of this video is given over to a cartoon carnival, scene after scene of an animated wonderland. In fact, most of the time she's with the guy is when those scenes appear. It makes me wonder what it was he popped in his mouth in the beginning. Was he freeing his mind?



I love the animated shots, and the way it shifts from one to the other organically, from live-action to cartoon. We get a look into a world where nothing is static, and things can change at any time. The animation was well-done, totally 60s-70s style, and totally trippy. I'd love to see more MVs like this.

Score


MV Relevance
..........8
MV Production........10
MV Concept.............9
Album Production...9
Album Concept........9
Tracklisting..............8


OVERALL...............8.8


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    LunaLover Tuesday, August 16, 2016

    I would give it a 9.5

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    beyondmusic Sunday, June 19, 2016

    Love this album! What a pleasant surprise that Jojo wrote the title song. I love Jojo! My favorite is breathe

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    cococcchanel Sunday, June 19, 2016

    Precisely the two songs I love the most of the album (except for Free Somebody) wasn't reviewed…

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    falogato Sunday, June 19, 2016

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    mesalina Sunday, June 19, 2016

    Ah man, you keep NOT commenting certain songs despite reviewing such a short 6-track album. Not to mention if there's someone who gets time enough to shine in f(x), that's Luna, so no need to wish for more Luna when it's Victoria who should get some more spotlight instead.

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    Fayolia mesalina Sunday, June 19, 2016

    That's not true

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    mesalina Fayolia Sunday, June 19, 2016

    How is that not true though? Krystal and Luna get most lines in f(x) songs, with Amber coming quite close. I know groups aren't meant to be equal so some members won't shine bright when it comes to singing because they have other talents, just like Victoria is a great actress and dancer. My point is that, there's no way you can't say Luna deserves more time to shine in f(x) when she's probably the one who shines the most already, and I've been a fan ever since their debut so I think I probably know what I talk about after seeing the way they evolved and matured as a group. Luna's never been underrated.

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    Variable mesalina Sunday, June 19, 2016

    ... Are you kidding? Luna's never been underrated? Do you know what underrated means? Because she is the least popular member of the group and gets very little attention from the public. Yes she's always been given the best musical distribution within the group, but that's because she's the main singer. Just because she gets plenty of lines doesn't mean the public recognizes and appreciates her talents. Besides that, apart from the occasional high notes, Luna doesn't get a chance to vocally shine in f(x) music nearly as much as she does in this album.

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    madajol mesalina Saturday, June 25, 2016

    unbiassed opinin Luna really needs more attention and appearatiin despite being the main vocal that carried fx vocally nd best performer on the stage along side vic she gets the least attention/support from both puplic nd so called meu nd the fact that sm is very slow in markting her does not help. Yes, Vic dosn't get enough lines in fx but she defintly gain more attention nd shine more than luna as a matter of a fact fx dont really add anything to vic she already established her own solo career, built a huge fanbase nd very way popular, she does not need fx if she ever wanted to leave it's fx loss cuz they will lose a huge Chinese fanbase unlike Luna who heavily realy on fx name she got everything but lacks the most important fanbase. In comparison luna solo stfuff catogray is less compared to vic, we got tons of her pics,fancams,fanacc while luna 7 years nd we barely see any glimpse of her in all fx group activity. vic can do fine on her own no worries Luna will struggle sadly. In fx victoria nd krystal the least u should worry about

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    kawaiithu93 Sunday, June 19, 2016

    I love her album. I'm surprised the one who wrote it didn't mention all the songs such as Breathe and Galaxy. They were pretty good songs. I really like Galaxy :D

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    cococcchanel kawaiithu93 Sunday, June 19, 2016

    Galaxy's golden 🙌🏼

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    Ryen Sunday, June 19, 2016

    A tad disappointed that the writer left out Breathe. That is an incredible song. Heck, her whole album is incredible!

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    mxisluv Sunday, June 19, 2016

    Luna's album is really good.  I would add Breathe as a must listen :).  Luna hwaiting!!!!

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    JessicaBlanc Saturday, June 18, 2016

    you  give it higher  rating than jessica fly? are u a fucking maniac or something did u    listening to the 2 albums... looooooooooool are u deaf...well its good to know to  ignore  any revuiews you do in the future.. cause your completley biased... and unprofessional

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    Kyle810 JessicaBlanc Sunday, June 19, 2016

    Luna's songs > Jessica's generic songs with cheesy lyrics.

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    FanyLover JessicaBlanc Sunday, June 19, 2016

    I dont Think so Luna s Album is so good :)

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    GenericUsername JessicaBlanc Sunday, June 19, 2016

    Overall I would say Luna's album is better than Jessica's. It doesn't mean the writer is biased just an opinion.

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    JessicaBlanc GenericUsername Sunday, June 19, 2016

    if her albumis better.. why her song do so bad in charts and sel so little?

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    steph16 JessicaBlanc Sunday, June 19, 2016

    Because her fandom is a lot smaller than Jessica's. You do realise that popularity does not equal quality, right? And although Sica's album was nice, I came to like Luna's a lot more. Have you even checked it out before making the decision that it not on par with Jessica's album?

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    GenericUsername JessicaBlanc Monday, June 20, 2016

    Its all about personal preference just because one album sold more and did better doesn't mean I'll like it more than the other album. Plus it depends on audience. On the Gaon chart Jessica charted higher than luna but on the billboard chat luna's album charted higher than Jessica's. It all depends on audience.

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    cassiecassie Saturday, June 18, 2016

    I really, really love the concept and the title song (plus its MV). However, this album falls very short for me. I feel like besides the title song, every other song doesn't fit into the album as a completed set. Those songs are also not too memorable. If I must pick another OK song from this album, it would be Keep On Doin'. I'd give the title song and the MV 8.5/10 but honestly the whole album deserves a 6. SM is known to give artists pretty dope b-side songs so this album actually surprised me a bit, negatively. Still, kudos to Luna for finally getting the chance to shine in a solo album. She's been, and always will be, my f(x) bias.

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