Hyori Lee – Hey Mr. Big [PV Review]

September 5, 2008 at 10:54 pm (Hyori Lee) (, )

In order fo further promote her new album, It’s Hyorish, a PV for Hey Mr. Big was made. This could definitely help album promotion since it’s such a great video that keeps that Hyori style.

There’s definitely that element of sexiness that makes the PV so strong. The first scene features Hyori in a pink coat singing into a megaphone as she sings to a man sitting in a chair reading a magazine entitled “Mr. Big” although he is ignoring her. Then in the following scene, Hyori is seen lying on a clock with her arms serving as the clock arms. Of course, she brought that heat to all the dance sequences. Next, she is seen at an army base as a man works on a tank. She is then seen wearing her fire-fighter outfit with a shirtless guy posing next to a fire-truck. She then sprays him with a hose. The final dancing sequence features Hyori in a pink wig and altough she looks better with her natural hair, she still brings some great dancing here. Overall, Hyori did a great job on this video and it’s definitely one to watch out for.

PV Ranking: A

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Hyori Lee – It’s Hyorish [Volume Three]

August 13, 2008 at 5:47 pm (Hyori Lee) (, )

Hyori Lee’s third album, entitled It’s Hyorish, was released on 07.21.08. U-Go-Girl was a single to help promote the album.

천하무적 이효리 is a hot dance song that serves as the perfect album opener. She starts off the song, repeating “baby baby baby” over a sleek instrumental that is immediately ear-catching and addictive. The various English phrases that run throughout the verses such as “hot like me” and “dance like me” pop nicely and provide a certain coolness that stand out strongly. However the most addictive part of the song is the chorus, when she sings “don’t stop, go rock, your body move” and the music remains as interesting as ever. Closing the song is the same repetition of “baby baby baby” that opened it, making the song a strong one from to start to finish.

Up next is the hot dance song, Lesson. Opening the song is a cool instrumentation that takes the listener into another world. Hyori then takes the lead on the first verse and her vocals give strong control and she pronounces her lyrics so well that the listener is entranced. Soon the chorus comes in and it really stands out, particularly for when she sings “ooh.” On the pure instrumentation, the sexual atmosphere of the song stands out with the repetition of “ooh” in the background. Then there is a very smooth transition into the chorus and closing the song is some more “oohs.” Lesson is definitely a fantastic song and Hyori shines on brightly.

Hyori teams up with Nassun for the first time on the highly catchy U-Go-Girl. After giving a nice little introduction to the song, Nassun brings the chorus as he raps over a cool hip-hop-influenced beat. Hyori then comes in with the first verse and delivers the lyrics with a certain sleekness that makes them so addictive and the “girl” that is sung in English pops out strongly. Then she sings the chorus, followed by the hook, which is sung with strong vocals and supported by a slightly more aggressive instrumental. The third verse is absolutely fantastic as Hyori sings “crazy night, dance all night, let me take you home tonight, it’s all right, hey girl party tonight” twice and she really shines here her voice perfectly compliments the more aggressive instrumentation. Following Nassun and Hyori take the chorus and then they trade off as they sing “I like that that that girl and let me see you bring it back back back girl” and this part is addictive as well. Hyori’s giggling then closes the song perfectly. This song is definitely an album standout and the perfect choice as a single.

사진첩 is the fourth track and slows down things a little. The song begins with a cool and jazzy instrumental that then transitions into the chorus. Hyori brings smooth and sexy vocals here to really capture the song’s atmosphere, enticing the listener. Then the first verse starts and the vocals are a little deeper but still move perfectly with the music. The rap section during the second verse is actually a really great addition to the song and continues to support the song’s atmosphere well. Another enjoyable section is when she does some vocalizing that definitely fits with the whole jazzy sound of the song. This is another great number and Hyori shines while trying out a different sound.

Up next is 이발소 집 딸, which is home to a more midtempo sound. Beginning the song is a very interesting instrumental that feels like it’s part of a drama or something as there are various people talking and then some very strange vocals come in, which are completely un-necessary. Hyori then comes in with the first verse and she brings some strength as her vocals give power and control, catching the listener’s attention. Then the chorus starts and she gives more nice vocals but the strange voices that run through the back-side are somewhat distract. Overall, Hyori definitely does a nice job on this song but the other voices really provide an annoying distraction from the enjoyment of the song.

With a strong atmosphere and a clear emotional presence, Don’t Cry is definitely a memorable song. A cool instrumental with a certain darkness to it opens up the song and then brings the first verse. Her vocals sound slightly distorted here and she sounds great here, really capturing the song’s atmosphere. Following, her vocals abandon the distortion and she continues to bring the emotions. The English phrases such as the title of the song and “feel me” really make the chorus stand out to the listener. She sings “1, 2, 3” and then gives some very smooth vocals, leading into a small pure instrumental section that sounds great. When she sings “you’re nothing to me,” she delivers such power and emotion in her vocals that the listener really takes notice. Don’t Cry does a great job of taking a slower sound and bringing emotions to the forefront, capturing the listener’s attention from start to finish.

Bigtone joins Hyori on the slow jam, 괜찮아질까요? Opening the song is a sweet instrumental that makes the transition into the first verse smoothly. Hyori’s vocals are very pretty and have a certain fragility to them that catches the listener’s attention. The chorus is a little bland but her vocals are nice. Bigtone’s rap sequence is actually a nice fit with the song’s atmosphere and compliments the music well. It’s a pretty nice song although it’s a little forgettable.

Wheesung and Hyori then team up for Sexyboy. The song begins with a very fun drum-driven instrumentation and then Hyori comes in with the chorus, which stands out for the English as she sings “sexy, sexy, baby you are so sexy.” Wheesung also sounds great as he sings the Korean lines following her. Her vocal strength continues on the first verse as she delivers smooth and pretty vocals to support the light and sleek instrumentation. On the second verse, Wheesung continues to bring strong vocals that sound absolutely fantastic, moving perfectly with the music. The two of them make a great team and certainly compliment each other and the music.

빨간자동차 features K-Pop veteran, Kim Gun Mo. The song starts off an island sound that is somewhat unexpected so it definitely stands out to the listener. Hyori delivers some great vocals on the first verse, supporting the music strongly and the English phrase “I am so happy” really pops. The chorus doesn’t really stand out as there is no real instrumental change and no significant vocal change to seperate it from the verse. Kim Gun Mo gives his all on the second verse and actually sounds pretty nice, although he sounds a bit strange on some parts. The song does get points for trying a new sound although it isn’t as memorable as other songs.

Hey Mr. Big really picks up the pace with a cool sound. Hyori sounds perfectly at home on the first verse as she sings with a certain rapidity that catches the listener’s ear strongly. The chorus sounds great and the English phrases “hey listen, Mr. Boy” and “hey, get ’em Mr. Big” really stand out. There is an out-of-this-world feeling that comes through the pure instrumental section that sounds absolutely fantastic. Hey Mr. Big is definitely an album highlight, bringing back the sexier dance sound that Hyori can really bring her magic to.

Nassun comes back for P.P.P. (Punky Punky Party), another fantastic number from this album. The song takes off with a cool and very interesting instrumentation that takes the listener to another world. Then there is some vocalizing from Hyori and the first verse follows. She gives very nice vocals and the various English phrases that begin with “don’t” shine strongly. The chorus stands out as she brings more nice vocals and the title of the song stands out. Nassun then comes in for the second verse and does a fantastic job, delivering his lyrics quickly and sleekly, taking the listener back into Hyori to finish off the verse. The song closes with the cool vocalizing and then the addictive instrumentation sequence that stands out. Hyori and Nassun definitely make a magic team and this is another great song from the two.

The album’s semifinale is 외국곡. She begins the song by repeating “are you feelin’ me” and then the first verse starts. Her vocals are nice although the music is a little boring. The chorus has more of a poppiness to it that seperates it from the verses but it isn’t very capturing as the music doesn’t offer any catchy part. Luckily she brings stronger vocals and the music slightly changes for the better on the third verse, which comes through as the strongest part of the song. Overall, it’s not a particularly capturing song but it’s worth the listen every now and then. 

Seo Jungwhan joins Hyori for the album’s closing number, Unusual. Opening the song is a very interesting instrumental that is very ear-catching. Hyori comes in on the first verse with sleek vocals that go with the music and sound great. Seo then takes a shot and his vocals also go with the music, making a nice transition into the chorus, when Hyori delivers more powerful vocals and the instrumentation becomes slightly more aggressive. This is a very strong way to close the album and certainly features a nice upbeat tempo that the listener can enjoy.

Album Ranking: A –

Hyori Lee brought fire to her third album and It’s Hyorish definitely has some of the strongest songs in her enire discography. Both songs with Nassun, U-Go-Girl and P.P.P. (Punky Punky Party), are some of the album highlights. 천하무적 이효리 and Hey Mr. Big are also memorable dance numbers worth checking out. As for slowing things down, Don’t Cry is the star track for that atmosphere. Of course, there are a few songs that don’t catch the listener’s ear but overall, it’s a strong album that shows what Hyori can do.

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