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[Album & MV Review] Taeyeon - 'Why'

By eric_r_wirsing   Tuesday, July 12, 2016   25,952   6,582   0



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Track List:

1. Why
2. Starlight (Feat. DEAN)
3. Fashion
4. Hands on Me
5. Up & Down (Feat. Hyoyeon)
6. Good Thing
7. Night

Less than a year after the chart-topping 'I', Taeyeon has released her new mini-album 'Why.' The Girls' Generation singer explores new territory on this album, embracing new musical styles. The seven-track EP features collaborations with DEAN and bandmate Hyoyeon.

With "Why" it appears she's gone an entirely different direction from her previous mini-album. This has a lot more EDM influence to it with some R&B thrown in for good measure. Her voice is as amazing as ever, though, able to reach those emotion-tugging registers. I got chills every time she hit the chorus.

The pre-release "Starlight" is their slow tune. Smooth and easy, like DEAN's vocals, this tune is hands-down an evening song - when the day is done and you're unwinding.  It's a very soothing song, and DEAN's emotional falsetto adds punch to the song. Taeyeon's dulcet tones help this tune slide over you and lift your mood.

"Up & Down" doesn't work as well as I was hoping. It starts out promising, but it all too quickly degenerates. Nothing against Hyoyeon, but she shouldn't rap. The melody doesn't hang together that well. The chorus is great, but getting there is the problem. They had a pretty solid 60's jazz thing to work with, but it wasn't that impressive.

The rest of the album is pretty good. It keeps the tempo up and showcases Taeyeon's impressive vocals. She knows how to make a song sound great, I'll give her that. Ultimately I think I like this disc better than her last. The songs are more accessible and not as experimental. The tunes here fit Taeyeon like a glove. Fantastic.


Check out Taeyeon as she frolics in the summer sun. Here she rides a skateboard (definitely not a skater), summons an excess of suds in a hot tub, plays with fireworks, including smoke-sticks and sparklers. All the while the beach and waterfront loom in the background.

Most of the events proceed without rhyme or reason, but that's no call to hate on this MV. She's simply walking around, taking in all that California has to offer. The beach and water scenes are gorgeous, the sky a brilliant shade of blue, and, in one shot, the clouds reflect the apricot shades of evening beautifully.

This is a magnificent MV. While not as mesmerizing as "I", it does the job fairly well. While a lot of it was staged, it was still fun to watch.


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


SEE ALSO: Girls' Generation's Taeyeon comforts fans in special 'I'm All Ears' MV


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nite0wl (Banned) Thursday, July 14, 2016

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Sophia_Sone4ever Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Yes she deserve the score 😍 I really love starlight and why. Even thou why was not my style at first but as I listen to it. I grow to like it. So if for starlight too. It my summer jam now

lyricaldancer10 Wednesday, July 13, 2016

I really didn't like this album as much as I thought I would. I agree hands down with up and down. The ones I did like we're starlight, why, good thing, and night. I think I was more my style. I don't really like EDM that much either. But it's cool to see her try something different

jerok Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Why is such a dope song, too bad she promoted it for only a week, what a shame.

Nanasoshi1007 Wednesday, July 13, 2016

I' really happy that Why's isn't ballad album like I. but I and Why both were very good albums, i liked all of the songs, and yeah, Why is totally in my list of best albums of 2016.

Akablack Nanasoshi1007 Wednesday, July 13, 2016

"I" wasnt a ballad album, it only had two ballads I think and "I" itself wasnt a ballad either I think it was indie influenced

BigBlueagain Wednesday, July 13, 2016

In the MV she's going through a bucket list. That's the "theme" of the vid. I'm surprised you didn't even mention "Hands On Me" or "Good Thing". IMO they're the best songs on the EP. I thought "Up & Down" was kinda mediocre. The only saving graces were Tae and Hyo. "Starlight" is smooooth and "Night" is chill.

cococcchanel BigBlueagain Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Hands On Me is, by far, my favorite song on the album! Why's exceptional, but, I actually prefer Hands On Me 🙈 Good Thing's fantastic as well. I love that Taeyeon went for more of a dance sound for this album!

SoRin4Slaystar Tuesday, July 12, 2016

this must be created by a sone. Even sistar's insane love has lower review than these edm mess

zbut27 SoRin4Slaystar Wednesday, July 13, 2016

clearly ur sistar biased....this is one of the best albums. And what edm mess? don't be delulu

YesIAm SoRin4Slaystar Wednesday, July 13, 2016

In case u didnt understand, that mean this album is better than Sistar album

suntaehyo YesIAm Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Lol! You wrong!

ygbad_boy Tuesday, July 12, 2016

It was alright. 9 is way too high. This is more around 6 or 8

InLoveWithBora Tuesday, July 12, 2016

If the chorus of Why wasn't electronic heavy, I would've absolutely loved it. The bridge is amazing

youTaeyeonOMG Tuesday, July 12, 2016

why there still a white pale ugly female ghost appears in broad daylight , it's so illogical,, Taeyeon : i have no idea why i am here too, should i coming out to scare people at night only? damn ! such a weirdo indeed...

youTaeyeonOMG Wednesday, July 13, 2016

there's a ghost standing and singing " why i am here? am i fuxking dead already? creepy creepy...

YesIAm youTaeyeonOMG Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Reason to hate on someone: 1)They feel insecure about themselves and have to tear others down to feel better.2) They’re jealous of the powerful self-esteem others possess.

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