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Epik High Vol. 5 - Pieces, Part One

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Epik High Vol. 5 - Pieces, Part One
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Undoubtedly, Epik High reigned as the kings of hip-hop in 2007. Their fourth album Remapping The Human Soul snatched two of the year's most prestigious awards: Best Hip-hop Group at the Korean Music Awards and Best Album of the Year at the Mnet KM Music Festival. Coming back from such a remarkable year wasn't an easy task for the trio. However, to echo member Tablo's recent remark, their fifth release Pieces was inspired by a dream - perhaps, a divine calling. Sounding very philosophical and introspective, their latest album talks about the shattering of one's heart. This time the hip-hop trio fuses in a variety of musical genres like electronic, lounge, rock, and classic with their signature hip-hop tunes, wheeling out some of their most unique sounds ever. The hidden meaning behind the title of the principal song One originates from the word "redemption". Rolling out dreamy sequences in combination with upbeat melodies, the song appeals with a double offering of hope and sadness.
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Product Title: Epik High Vol. 5 - Pieces, Part One Epik High Vol. 5 - Pieces, Part One Epik High Vol. 5 - Pieces, Part One Epik High 5集 - Pieces, Part One 에픽 하이 5집 - Pieces, Part One
Singer Name(s): Epik High Epik High Epik High Epik High (エピック・ハイ) 에픽 하이
Release Date: 2008-04-21
Language: Korean
Disc Format(s): CD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
Publisher: Mnet Media
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1010902867

Product Information / Track List

01 . Be
02 . Breakdown
03 . 서울, 1:13 AM (short piece)
04 . One (Feat. 지선) * 타이틀곡
05 . 연필깎이 (Feat. kebee)
06 . Girl (Feat. 진보)
07 . Slave (short piece)
08 . The Future (Feat. Yankie)
09 . 20 Fingers (short piece) (Feat. DJ Friz)
10 . Ignition (Feat. 나윤권)
11 . Eight by Eight (Feat. Dynamic Duo, dok2, double K, TBNY)
12 . Décalcomanie
13 . Icarus Walks (short piece)
14 . 낙화 (落花)
15 . 우산 (Feat. 윤하)
16 . 당신의 조각들 (Feat. 지선)
17 . B-side 01 : Breakdown (supreme mix)
18 . B-side 02 : One (planet shiver remix)

대한민국 가요계의 독보적인 존재, 에픽하이
에픽하이는 2003년 데뷔 후 ‘평화의 날’, ‘Fly’, ‘Paris’, ‘Fan’, ‘Love Love Love’ 등 수많은 곡들을 히트시키고 연달아 앨범 차트 1위를 기록하면서 가요계를 대표하는 뮤지션으로 우뚝 섰다. 보다 중요한 건 진보적인 음악과 풍부한 메시지가 담긴 섬세한 가사, 철저한 싱어송라이터 정신과 작품성에 대한 집요함 등, 현 가요계에서는 보기 드문 열정적인 모습으로 음악 평론가와 매니아, 그리고 일반 대중 모두로부터 폭발적인 호응을 지속적으로 얻고 있다는 것이다. 한편, 작년에 발표했던 [Remapping The Human Soul]은 지난 한 해 각종 차트에서 가장 롱런했던 곡들을 담으며 여러 시상식의 심사위원들로부터 "최우수 앨범"으로 선택 받았으며, A급 프로듀서로 성장한 팀의 리더 타블로는 대형 광고 음악 프로젝트의 음악감독으로 활동했을 뿐만 아니라 가요계에선 이례적으로 가사가 없는 연주 음반을 성공적으로 발표하기도 했다. 음악성을 양보하지 않으면서도 대중과 호흡하는 에픽하이... 성장할수록 음악 앞에 겸손해지는 이들에겐 '음악인'이라는 단어가 참 잘 어울린다.

산산조각 난 당신의 심장에 전하는 멜로디와 시
이번 앨범은 "Pieces"라는 제목답게 산산조각 난 심장의 여러 조각들을 음악으로 표현하고자 한다. 사회, 사랑, 사람 때문에 찢어진 마음들을 때론 위로하고, 때론 자극하는 곡들이 담겨 있다. "지난 몇 년 간 받은 수많은 편지들 속에 '힘들어요', '죽고 싶어요', '슬퍼요', '죄책감이 들어요' 라고 외치는 사람들의 아파하는 마음을 읽었어요. 그래서 이번 앨범에는 그들을 위해 '구원'이라는 메시지를 담고 싶었죠. 우리가 구원이 되어주지는 못한다 해도, 누군가는 이해한다는 말을 전해주고 싶었어요." 실제로, 에픽하이의 멤버들도 지난 몇 년간 세상에겐 공개할 수 없는 상실과 상심을 겪었다고 한다. 특히 이번 앨범을 작업하는 동안 가슴 아픈 사연들이 연달아 생기며, 견딜 수 없어질수록 음악에 더더욱 의존하며 깊게 빠져들었다고 한다. 전곡을 멤버들이 직접 작사, 작곡, 편곡, 그리고 연주까지 한 이번 앨범은 이들의 열정에 걸맞게 넓은 스펙트럼의 사운드와 글을 담고 있다. 다양한 요소들을 자신들만의 소리로 흡수하고 재해석하는 에픽하이의 실험은 계속된다. 꼭 집어 어느 한 장르로 가둘 수 없게, 이들의 이번 앨범도 역시 힙합, 일렉트로닉, 라운지, 락, 클래식 등을 한 소리로 뿜어내며 그 어느 유행도 따라가지 않는 동시에 그 어떤 흐름도 놓치지 않는 신선하고 묘한 매력이 있는 음악을 담고 있다.

가사에 있어선, 여태의 에픽하이 앨범들 중 가장 성숙하고 완성된 글들을 담고 있다. 에픽하이 특유의 반항적이고 악동적인 독설도 존재하는 동시에, 대부분의 가사들이 슬퍼하거나 아파하는 사람들의 내면을 그 어느 때보다도 깊게 파고든다. 작가 본인의 속마음도 때론 거침없이 노출된다. 가슴이 아픈 사람에게는 때론 가슴 아픈 가사들이 먼 위로의 말들보다 휠씬 가까운 위로가 될 듯하다. 심장이 고장났다면 귀 기울여 보길.

구원을 갈망하는 그대에게... 에픽하이의 'One'
"상처가 있나요? 흉터가 있나요? You're still beautiful to me."
5집의 타이틀곡은 '구원'의 '援'을 따서 'One'이라는 제목으로, 타인을 구하여 돕고 싶다는 의미를 내포하고 있다. 누군가에게 '구원'이 된다는 건 위대한 행동을 취한다는 것보다는 타인의 상처들과 흉터들을 받아 들여주고 공감하여 사랑으로 치유한다는 의미가 아닐까? 심장이 산산조각 나 눈물을 참을 수 없다면, 소중한 무언가를 잃고 상실을 맴돌고 있다면, 사랑에게 버림받아 자신이 가치가 없다고 생각된다면, 실수가 죄가 되어 하늘이 자신을 버렸다고 생각한다면... 이 노래는 그런 당신에게 위로의 속삭임이 되어주고 싶어한다. 'One'은 당신이 그 어떤 상황 속에 갇혀 있어도, 가치가 있고 아름다운 존재라는 메시지를 담고 있는 곡이다. 다양한 장르들의 특성들을 한 소리로 담은 몽환적이면서도 흥겨운, 흥겨우면서도 슬픈, 슬프면서도 희망찬 특별한 곡이다.
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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.6 out of 10 (17)

Aly
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October 13, 2012

A different view of Epik High Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Pieces is a different CD than other Epik High CDs, I'm anticipating Part Two!

The Songs
1 Be- A song that haunts you so don't listen to it at night! The English at the end of the song adds to that character as well as the odd sound effects lasting in the background of the song.
2 Breakdown- A huge wake up call to Be! This song is all about not taking anybody's orders and being yourself.
3 Seoul, 1:13AM- I found this short piece creepy since the girl's crying lasts in the song, but it's not long so...
4 One- Definitely the money maker on this album. it's beautiful, a true piece of art. JiSun's vocals are amazing and she harmonizes with Tablo. I like the words in the bridge: Faith, Destiny, Love...
5 Pencil Sharpener- One of my favorites on the album. It's an uplifting song with Kebee talking to MCs and Poets about not giving up in their musical art! Keep going! I love it!
6 Girl- It's a typical love song. I don't like it because it doesn't feel like Epik High, but Jinbo's voice is beautiful.
7 Slave- AWESOME. That's all I can say. The narration is epik and the words are so alluring.
8 The Future- A team-up with Yankie that is all about culture. "To have a future, we have to go back to the past." Another favorite!
9 20 Fingers- A Tukutz solo of music and scratches.
10 Ignition- I love this song and the car crash sound effect! The music is beautiful and the singer is wonderful. His voice is beautiful and relaxing.
11 Eight By Eight- A cocky song about being the best rapper-I guess.
12 Decalcomanie- I love the verses and the music makes it even more full and dramatic.
13 Icarus Walks- It's disturbing in the beginning with a squishing noise that many people think is "burnt flesh" from the Icarus Greek myth. The squishing noise resembles walking through a puddle in noise, so it isn't really all that disturbing after your first listen. The music is beautiful and soothing.
14 낙화 (落花)- I found this song boring. Peaceful music and a pretty vocal all about dreams
15 Umbrella- Another MV song with Younha. Kind of popish, not really Epik High...
16 Pieces of You- A masterpiece song with JiSun. A story of Tablo's relationship with his father. I believe his nephew talks at the end?
17 Breakdown Supreme Mix- An even better version of Breakdown
18 One Planet Shiver Mix- A shorter version of You Are the One off of their Remixing the Human Soul album. I like it.
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Miyuki
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August 2, 2009

Great Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
This was my first Epik High album, and I'm really glad I have it! These guys are very talented and are definitely worth looking into. My favorite tracks are "One" and "Breakdown". "One" is REALLY good - it's one of my favorite songs ever! As for "Breakdown", it's really catchy and irresistible.

I give it four stars because I didn't really enjoy the short pieces very much. They're not bad, but I actually found them just a bit weird...

If you're new to Epik High, I recommend this album. If you don't like rap, though, don't buy it. (Although the rap is FANTASTIC...)
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Vedrana
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January 10, 2009

3 people found this review helpful

Masterpiece, nothing less Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Epik High is one few few groups that never disappoints me.
Their previous albums have all been great, but 'Pieces' is way out of league. There isn't a single track on this album I didn't like.
From phenomenal One to Eight by Eight and Breakdown. Every single one of the songs on the album is pure love. I replayed this cd so many times by now it's a wonder I didn't get sick of it by now!
But I still enjoy listening it just as much as I did when I first replayed it.
My favorite songs are Breakdown - amazing, but in my opinion, underrated song with strong feel to it; One - beautiful hip-hop ballad featuring JiSun of Loveholic; 1:13AM (short piece) - not a song, but short Tablo's narration and girls' crying that comes as a prelude to One and Eight by Eight featuring one of the best known and best loved hip hop groups, Dynamic Duo.
If you didn't get this album yet, get it now.
Not matter what are your usual musical preferences, I can guarantee you you'll love this album
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Annie
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August 30, 2008

Love it Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Epik High is simply amazing. I can definitely say that this is my favorite out of all of their albums. I especially like One, Umbrella, and Ignition. :]

Buy it and support Epik High! You will NOT regret the decision
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Paul
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August 13, 2008

Great Album Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I can't say anything bad about this album because there is nothing to bash about. Many of the songs are written with care and wisdom. My favorite songs on the album was One, Umbrella, and The Future. You can't go wrong with this album because there are 18 tracks. You will surely find a song to treasure.
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