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IU Mini Album - Lost and Found

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IU Mini Album - Lost and Found

YesAsia Editorial Description

Debuting at the tender age of 15, IU has become the toast of K-pop with her cute looks, sweet personality, and strong vocals. The popular teen singer released her first mini-album Lost and Found in 2008, leaving a deep impression with her mature voice and musical talent. Led by the title song "Missing Child", the album pitches a "hybrid pop" sound tailored by producer Choi Kap Won with help from composers PJ and Lee Jung Hoon and singers Mario and Ha Dong Kyun.
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Product Title: IU Mini Album - Lost and Found IU Mini Album - Lost and Found IU Mini Album - Lost and Found IU Mini Album - Lost and Found 아이유 미니 앨범 - Lost and Found
Singer Name(s): IU IU IU IU (アイユー) 아이유
Release Date: 2008-09-26
Language: Korean
Disc Format(s): CD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
Publisher: Loen Entertainment
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1011941956

Product Information / Track List

01 . 미운 오리
02 . 미아
03 . 있잖아(FEAT.마리오)
04 . Feel So Good
05 . Every Sweet Day
06 . 미아(INST)

(속보) 신종 전염병에 대한민국 속수무책!
한번 들으면 반복청취병에 걸리는 “아이유” 주의보 발령!

아이유는 천부적인 라이브 실력과 풍부한 감성이 묻어나는 서구적 보이스를 가지고 있으며, 어린 나이에선 절대 나올 수 없는, 선천적으로 타고난 곡에 대한 깊은 이해도를 지니고 있는 소녀다. 그녀의 Voice는 마치 수십 년간의 관록을 가진 아티스트처럼 자유자재로 스스로의 감정을 완벽히 컨트롤 할 수 있으며, 노래를 듣고 있노라면 “신인”이라는 단어가 무색할 정도이다. 이번 앨범은 거미 “기억상실”, 휘성 “불치병”, 이효리 “톡톡톡”, 장혜진 “마주치지 말자” 등 감수성 깊은 발라드부터 댄스까지 수많은 곡들을 히트시킨 작사가 겸 프로듀서 최갑원이 그의 최강 작곡가 군단 PJ, Soul-Shop의 이종훈, 여기에 가수 마리오와 하동균까지 함께 가세하여 “Hybrid Pop”이라는 새로운 장르로 또 한번의 대박 사고를 예고 하고 있다.

트로피칼의 색깔의 느낌을 주는 타이틀곡 “미아”는 발라드 라인을 바탕으로 최근 음악시장의 트랜드인 일렉트로닉 사운드와 힙합적인 리듬을 가미해 3가지 맛을 동시에 접할 수 있는 “Hybrid-Pop” 이라 할 수 있다. 장르의 경계를 넘나드는 넓은 스펙트럼을 지닌 아이유의 이번 앨범은 다양한 음악적인 맛을 느낄 수 있도록 구성 하였다. 평론가 김태훈은 “신인임에도 웅장한 사운드에 위축되지 않은 채, 능숙하게 하이톤부터 중저음까지 모든 음역대를 능숙하고 풍부한 표현력으로 소화하는 대목에선 노련함마저 느껴진다. 보아를 처음 들었을 때 예감한 영민함과는 다른 음악적 진화를 예견해본다.”라며 아이유의 음악을 극찬했다. 신인으로 많은 역량을 소화해 낸 아이유의 앨범에 많은 기대를 걸어도 좋을 만 하다.
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Customer Review of "IU Mini Album - Lost and Found "

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (2)

Albert
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January 31, 2013

Before there was IU, there was Ji Eun Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
-This review is written with the power of hindsight-

INTRO
In case you didn't know, Ji Eun is the real name of IU, the young K-Pop singer who debuted with this album in 2008. You'd hardly know it from looking at the CD, however, because upon picking up the physical disc you'd immediately realize how far she's progressed in the 6 years since her start. It's a good way for IU to begin and clearly shows the potential of her voice, though it's a tad dreary for my tastes.

ALBUM BREAKDOWN
Though this is two years before her "Good Day" breakout with her 'REAL' album, IU for the most part reins in her kid voice and puts a lot of emotion in each of the CD's songs - perhaps a little too much. The album starts off with "미운 오리 (miun oli - Ugly Duckling)", a forlorn sounding track and "미아 (mia - Stray Child)", a song with a heavy beat and provides a good imagination for 'scary IU'. Let's just say those two aren't my favorite IU tracks - too depressing for my tastes. The other three tracks - "Hey (You Know orig ver)", "Feel So Good", "Every Sweet Day", are much happier and exhibit IU the kid far better. "Hey" (which was remade in her following CD into a rock track) is a fun, upbeat song, while "Feel So Good" and "Every Sweet Day" are mellow and pleasing to the ears as you might expect.

CONCEPT AND PACKAGING
This is where I found the album the darkest. The front is a drab olive color with a black tree, and the pictures inside are a nightmarish mix of heavy-makeup-IU and crawling babies (makes me think of the Dead Space 2 nursery). Mind you, IU had a financially difficult past and was shunted between relatives due to poverty. I must say that IU did quite a good, if disturbing, job of bringing out her emotions.

CONCLUSION
'Lost and Found' is a strong start for IU musically - she has the voice and cute looks. It's just that this album is a bit dreary and more than half the songs show up in her massive compilation album 'Growing Up'. You might as well get that instead and buy the missing tracks from this CD online, unless you must have the original CD for completeness.
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SarangAsianMusic
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April 23, 2009

6 people found this review helpful

Impressive Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
For a girl who's only 15, she has some amazing talent. Mia (Missing Chid) is an astounding track that really shows off her vocal skills and the lyrics are very powerful. The music video is also very artistic I think people should give that a watch as well.

She really shows the potential of become one of Korea's powerful ballad singers.

This single, I highly recommend buying, however, I'm a little hesitant to buy her actual album that's come out, but I will give it a try. She's left me with a deep first impression, but her new single, Boo, is not one of my favorites. Some are dissappointed and I personally think she should stick with ballads and soft music, but I think we should let her explore for the first album. Hopefully people won't be too criticizing and let her do her thing. ^^
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