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IU Vol. 1 - Growing Up

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IU Vol. 1 - Growing Up

YesAsia Editorial Description

After releasing her first mini album Lost and Found in September last year, promising female newcomer IU further proved her talents as a guest artist in top R&B singer Wheesung's nationwide tour. On Growing Up, she unveils a broader music spectrum beginning with the on-air track Boo. The modern uptempo song is inspired by an 80s sound; combined with IU's attractive dance moves, it just may stir up a new dance boom. IU's album is also marked by a variety of other songs and genres including the reggae track "Looking" (Track 1), the blues ballads "Pitiful" (Track 3) and "Ugly Duckling" (Track 11), and the modern dance rock number A Dreamer.
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Product Title: IU Vol. 1 - Growing Up IU Vol. 1 - Growing Up IU Vol. 1 - Growing Up IU 1集 - Growing Up 아이유 1집 - Growing Up
Singer Name(s): IU IU IU IU (アイユー) 아이유
Release Date: 2009-04-27
Language: Korean
Disc Format(s): CD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
Publisher: Loen Entertainment
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1019752905

Product Information / Track List

아이유 1집 - Growing Up

01 . 바라보기
02 . Boo
03 . 가여워
04 . A Dreamer
05 . Every Sweet Day
06 . 미아
07 . 나 말고 넷
08 . 있잖아
09 . 졸업하는 날
10 . Feel So Good
11 . 미운 오리
12 . 마주보기 (바라보기 그 후)
13 . 미아 (Acoustic Ver.)
14 . 있잖아 (Rock Ver.)
15 . Boo (Inst.)
16 . 가여워 (Inst.)

아이유의 첫 정규앨범인 이번 작품에서는 밝고 다이내믹한 음악들이 대거 수록되었 다. 또한, 10대 소녀의 눈으로 바라본 형형색색의 사랑의 모습들을 아이유만의 표현방식으로 채색했다. 총 16곡으로 수록된 아이유의 정규앨범 은 마치 사랑의 전개 과정을 그려놓은 듯 하다. 괜히 고백했다가 퇴짜맞을까 전전긍긍하며 먼발치에서 바라보는 애틋한 짝사랑의 "바라보기" 순간부터 눈 앞에 현실로 다가온 사랑과 가슴 벅찬 마주함에 기뻐하는 "마주보기"의 순간까지 사랑이 성장해가는 모습을 소녀적 감성으로 담아냈다.

타이틀곡 "Boo"는 깜찍발랄한 80년대의 보고풍 사운드에 현대적 세련미를 덧입힌 업템포 곡으로 V.O.S. 박지헌의 "보고 싶은 날엔", 원티드의 "가지마 가지마 가지마" 등 감각적 멜로디의 대명사로 불리는 히트 작곡가 한상원의 작품. 일명 "하트 춤"으로 범국민적 아이유 춤 따라잡기 열풍이 예상되는 "Boo"는 미국 만화잡지에서 종종 볼 수 있는 단어로 상대방을 놀릴 때 쓰이는 의성어이기도 하지만 이 곡에서는 "근사한 이성 친구"라는 속어적 의미이다.

그 밖에도 아이유의 서정적 보이스가 돋보이는 "가여워", "미운 오리" 등 발라드 곡들은 물론 "A Dreamer"와 "있잖아" 등 모던락에 타이틀곡 후보까지 거론되었던 "마주보기"와 같은 레게풍의 음악까지 다양한 장르를 구현하여 앨범 전체를 반복해서 들어도 좀처럼 지루함을 느낄 수 없는 탄탄한 구성을 갖췄다.
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Customer Review of "IU Vol. 1 - Growing Up"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.7 out of 10 (3)

Albert
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January 31, 2013

Korea's little sister Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
-This review is written with the power of hindsight-

INTRO
After debuting in 2008 with 'Lost and Found', IU returns the following year with the much cheerier 'Growing Up'. She really pulls out the weight with this album, throwing in much of her debut album while adding a host of new songs and remakes as well. If one song isn't to your liking, there are plenty others to go around, though if you're an IU fan I think you'll like much of it.

ALBUM BREAKDOWN
This album packs so many songs, you really should preview a couple. Notable ones include "Boo" and "Hey (rock ver.)", which IU performed live. It's also my favorite and something which IU really hasn't done again afterwards - she's stuck to her own pop style for the rest of her career up to today. Many of her songs are of the IU the kid style - she still hasn't grown up completely like in the 2010 hit "Good Day" - but the songs are fun and pleasing.

CONCEPT AND PACKAGING
Unlike her debut album, 'Growing Up' is much brighter literally - white and yellow abound on the packaging, and the pictures are some of the cutest IU images you will get (she goes from cute to pretty later in "Good Day").

CONCLUSION
If I'm not mistaken, it's the biggest album IU's released so far, even though a couple songs are from the debut album. It's a nice listen and a good sampling of IU if you want to hear her voice before her 2010 breakout.
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SarangAsianMusic
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August 19, 2009

2 people found this review helpful

Just as I feared... -___- Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
IU is an AMAZING vocalist. Her first single Mia (Missing Child) really showed off her vocal ability and I waited in high anticipation for her album... however, this album is a COMPLETE 360 from her original concept!

If I hadn't heard Mia, I would been used to this style of music with her voice, but the fact is that Mia was an EXCELLENT start for IU. However, it gave listeners a misinterpretation of what to expect from her in the future.

It's to the point where Mia sounds out of place on the album.

The single 'Boo' did nothing for me. The only tracks I felt had nice potentials were Track 1 'Bala Bogi' and Track 8 'Ijanha'.

It feels like Loen Entertainment thought IU wouldn't gain young fans with ballads and decided to try to fit her voice into the mainstream k-pop. Though it may be true that she may have only gained mostly older fans with her ballads, she had the potential of being a 'singing' artist rather just another mainstream artist.

This album is low rated, not because of IU's singing skills, but for the songs themselves. IU has true talent and this album isn't allowing it to bloom. I recommend just buying her first single.
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samsanglee@...
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July 14, 2009

1 people found this review helpful

Truly Brilliant.... Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
IU has to be one of the most talented teen artist ever. Her vocal ability, musicality and general understanding of the songs are way beyond her age of 16 years old. I would even rate her as one of the best female vocals among all korean musicians. I first did not much care about her title 'Boo', but now I think about it, she is only 16 and should be singing this kind of the songs anyway. All of the songs in her first album are above average to excellent. Various styles of music are included in her first album such as beautiful ballads, some cute K-pop dance songs, Reggae style songs and even a rock style song. Again her versatile vocal works are impressive. I am a new fan of IU.
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