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Brian Vol. 2 - Manifold

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Brian Vol. 2 - Manifold
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Hwanhee just released his solo album in October, and now comes Brian! The Korean-American R&B star showcases his Manifold talents in his highly anticipated second solo album. It's been three years since Brian's last solo record, and he's got plenty to prove with Manifold. Recently setting up his own label On Point Entertainment, Brian oversaw the progress and direction of the album himself, and just like the title says, the music embodies variety and versatility. Manifold focuses on urban club music, with Epik High's Tablo and Mithra and hip-hop duo Supreme Team appearing as featured artists on the album. Three of the songs come in both Korean and English versions, opening a door for Brian to break into the US market.
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Product Title: Brian Vol. 2 - Manifold Brian Vol. 2 - Manifold Brian Vol. 2 - Manifold Brian (Fly to the Sky) 2集 - Manifold 브라이언 2집 - Manifold
Singer Name(s): Brian Joo (Fly to the Sky) Brian (Fly to the Sky) Brian Joo (Fly to the Sky) Brian (Fly to the Sky) 브라이언 (플라이투더스카이)
Release Date: 2009-12-11
Language: Korean
Disc Format(s): CD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
Publisher: Sony Music (KR)
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1021645201

Product Information / Track List

브라이언 2집 - Manifold

01. Dreaming
02. 내 여자 (feat. 슈프림팀)
03. One Step
04. Erase
05. Tell Me Baby (feat. Day Day of Dalmatian)
06. Lock Me Up
07. Bullet
08. Move It
09. 친구의 여자를 사랑했네 (feat. 타블로 & 미쓰라 진)
10. 눈물이 마르면…
11. Do It (Move It English Ver.)
12. Tears Run Dry (눈물이 마르면… English Ver.)
13. Bullet (English Ver.)

21세기 도시적 감성과 미래에 대한 포부를 담은
브라이언 혼신의 2집 앨범

1999 2010
지난 10년 동안 꾸준히 대중 음악계의 블루칩 자리를 고수해온 브라이언

솔로 아티스트로서 향후 10년의 커리어를 전 방위로 증폭시킬 결정적인 매치포인트!

1999년 '플라이투더스카이'로 가요계에 혜성처럼 등장하여 150만장의 판매고와 각종 뮤직 어워드를 휩쓴 R&B스타 브라이언이 또 다른 시작을 다짐하는 본격적인 솔로 앨범 을 공개 한다. '다재다능한(Manifold)'이라는 뜻을 지닌 새 앨범은 2006년 12월에 발표한 첫 솔로 앨범 이후 3년 만에 우리에게 도달한 결과물로 홀로서기를 통한 음악적 성과와 본인의 의지가 강하게 표현된 앨범이다.

무엇보다도 이번 앨범은 브라이언 본인이 직접 진행을 총괄했다는 의미에서 그의 첫 번째 '독집' 앨범으로 분류해도 어색하지 않다. 플라이투더스카이 활동 당시 4년간 함께 호흡을 맞췄던 매니저 출신의 이주홍 현 대표와 함께 '온 포인트 엔터테인먼트'를 설립하고 소니 뮤직 코리아와의 제휴로 해외 진출의 길이 열리게 되었다. 영어와 중국어를 자유자재로 구사하고 자유로운 활동이 가능해진 브라이언에게 날개가 달린 셈이다.

클럽 튠이라는 틀 안에서 수많은 표정을 보여주고 있는 이번 앨범은 실력 있는 참여진들과 신/구를 아우르는 소스와 전개, 그리고 무엇보다도 가창력과 독특한 그루브를 겸비한 훌륭한 보컬리스트인 브라이언이 그려내는 21세기 도시적 무드가 앨범에 한 가득 넘쳐난다. 한동안 예능활동에 주력했던 브라이언의 음악적인 부분에 있어 아쉬워했던 팬들에게 이번 앨범은 이 모든 갈증을 해소해주고도 남을 만 하다. 그가 좋아하는 격언이기도 한 "열정 없이는 그 어떤 거대한 것을 성취해낼 수 없다"는 말이 무척 정교하게 맞아 떨어지는 한 장이다.

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.3 out of 10 (3)

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January 2, 2010

1 people found this review helpful

Brian Is Excellent! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I'm Brian's fan because I think he is an excellent singer and musically talented as well. He has a distinct and soothing voice, and wide vocal range. Imho, the music in this alum, although soothing and attractive, is not as creative as his first solo album. It's just the music trend I suppose. But Brian stands out anyway because he is adaptive and talented.

My favorite tracks are the regular and the English versions of Bullet which have nice rhythms and beats. Lock Me Up and Track 10 are my other 5 stars favorites, while One Step, Track 9 and Tears Run Dry are 4 stars. All these tracks suit Brian nicely. His voice never fails to attract my attention.

I wish continuing success to Brian! :)
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December 19, 2009

2 people found this review helpful

BRIAN JOO MANIFOLD Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
I heard some preview of the songs and feel the songs of the album are really suits him well.
I think he might did some long searching and really dig into himself to the kind music that suits
him. I just really adore this album. He is so talented yet needs great and suitable songs to be
heard more powerful in vocal like this album. I really support him and all his solo career.

I'm ordering some for friends too. They also think that this album is really reflecting the real Brian
Joo himself.

Wish you all the best, Brian!!!
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December 11, 2009

3 people found this review helpful

Excellent Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I really wasn't expecting this... This album is amazing. Brian's sound is so distinct in this album... it feels like "Brian"... like it's his territory and his cooped up energy has been fully released in the form of this amazing album.

Brian is from the US, so when it comes to his solo songs, he tends to have an American flavor, but still sticks to the Korean structure of music. This album has some really good pieces, so it's really hard to pick a favorite. The songs range from R&B ('Lock Me Up' and 'Erase') to club mixes ('Nae Yoja/My Girl' and 'Dreaming') to amazing acoustic ballads ('Noonmooli maleumyeon.../Tears Run Dry...') to hiphop/pop ('Move It' and 'Tell Me Baby') to trance/techtonic pop ('Bullet').

The bonus tracks with the english versions of some of the tracks are an added bonus (especially 'Tears Run Dry'). Usually, when asian artists try to make an English version of their songs, it feels a bit awkward, but Brian really pulls through with lyrics and overall feel. It feels like he thought these tracks out in english first. ^_^ If he is breaking into the American market, I will certainly look forward to it.

I love all the tracks. I have no complaints, but if I were to pick a track that really stood out from the rest, it would have to be 'Lock Me Up'. This track is one of the slower R&B tracks with a thumping technic beat and an amazing harmonized chorus. Also 'Chinguui Yojareul Saranghaene' feat Tablo is amazing. The bass is really good and the song flows so well. It has a similar backbeat to a famous american dance track, but its been remixed.

This album is really well thought out and I really would like to thank the composers and mixers of the actual music compositions. They really deserve some attention. Thank you, Brian, for this masterpiece!
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