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Kim Tae Woo - T-Virus
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Kim Tae Woo is back! After completing his military service in February, Kim made his comeback with the digital single "Memory and Remembrance" in May. Now it's time for Kim to spread the music bug with his highly anticipated new mini-album T-Virus. The principal song is "Love Rain" (Track 3), a number that Kim and co-producer Lee Hyung Seung worked on together for five months. Talking about one's afterthoughts when love has ended, the romantic number attracts listeners with its combination of catchy melody, harmonic vocals, and skillful arrangement. T-Virus also includes the duet "If I Say Ya, You Say Ye" (Track 4) with Lyn and "Memory and Remembrance" (Track 6) featuring fellow g.o.d members Park Joon Hyung, Son Ho Young, and Danny Ahn.
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Product Title: Kim Tae Woo - T-Virus Kim Tae Woo - T-Virus Kim Tae Woo - T-Virus キム・テウ - T-Virus 김태우 - T-Virus
Singer Name(s): Kim Tae Woo (g.o.d) 金泰宇 (g.o.d) 金泰宇 (g.o.d) キム・テウ (g.o.d) Kim Tae Woo (g.o.d)
Release Date: 2009-09-07
Language: Korean
Disc Format(s): CD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
Publisher: Kakao M (Loen Entertainment)
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1021150234

Product Information / Track List

김태우 - T-Virus

01. 하고 싶은 말 Part 2
02. Faster (feat 유비)
03. 사랑비
04. 내가 야! 하면 넌 예! (Deut with LYN)
05. 점점점 (feat 앙리)
06. 기억과 추억 (feat 준형, 호영, 데니)


신종 플루로 전 세계가 공포에 떨고 있는 요즘.
또 하나의 새로운 바이러스가 출몰한 것일까?

T-Virus는 다름 아닌 지난 5월 군복무를 마치고 디지털 싱글 기억과 추억으로 컴백했던 김태우가 새롭게 선보이는 정규 앨범 그 첫 번째 파트의 앨범 타이틀이다. 이번 앨범 타이틀인 'T-Virus’는 김태우의 음악을 통해 많은 사람들에게 그만의 Happy 바이러스('T-Virus')를 전달한다는 의미를 지니고 있다.
9월 3일 대중들에게 첫 선을 보이는 이번 앨범은 '철저한 음악 기반의 진정성'으로 승부를 보겠다는 김태우와 이현승의 전곡 프로듀싱이 주목할 만한 점이다.
새롭게 선보이는 타이틀곡 ‘사랑비’는 김태우와 프로듀서 이현승이 5개월간의 동고동락으로 탄생되었으며, 두 사람 스스로도 큰 애정과 기대를 가진다는 포부를 밝혔다.
이번 앨범의 핵인 타이틀곡 ‘사랑비’는 세련된 편곡, 중독성 강한 멜로디와 가사가 어우러져 절묘한 삼박자의 조화를 보여준다. 거기에 귀와 가슴을 파고 드는 듯한 김태우의 보이스가 돋보이는 곡이다. 누구나 한번쯤은 경험해 봤을 이별... 그 이별에 대한 그리움이 ‘사랑’ 이라는 주문을 빌어 하늘에 전해지면 비가 되어 그 비가 떠나간 이에게 내려 다시 돌아오게 된다는 김태우가 직접 쓴 가사가 이 노래를 더욱 돋보이게 한다.
언제나 우리의 입 꼬리를 절로 올라가게 만드는 유쾌하고 기분 좋은 가수 김태우가 공백 이후 좀 더 성숙해진 모습으로 우리에게 전해줄 Happy Virus 프로젝트는 과연 어떤 느낌일지.. 벌써부터 대중들의 이목이 집중 되고 있다.
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Editor's Pick of "Kim Tae Woo - T-Virus"

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September 15, 2009

The Sentimental Favorite
In the midst of the girl group dance pop craze, some of K-pop's best idol ballad singers are making comebacks this month, including Tei, Park Hyo Shin, Lee Seung Gi, and Kim Tae Woo who completed his army service earlier this year.

Kim Tae Woo's new solo album T-Virus picks up where he left off with the intro track "Words I Want to Say Part 2" (Track 1), the follow-up to his 2006 hit. This short and sweet R&B ballad sounds nothing like its predecessor though, leaving behind balladic dramatics for free-style tempo, self-referential lyrics, and... auto-tune. I actually groaned out loud when I realized the auto-tune abyss had claimed another K-pop singer, but its presence is limited and does not distract from Kim's vocals. The auto-tune doesn't fit in with the song's style, but feels appropriate in the lyrical context; amusingly, "auto tune" is actually the song's closing lyrics. There's more digital modification in store though as half the album's songs have some degree of auto-tune.

Kim's collaboration with the underrated Lyn, "I Say Ya! You Say Yeah" (Track 4), is one of the highlights of the album. The two singers' silky voices go very well together, with Kim casually hitting the high notes. All those "yas" and "yeahs" do make the fun and flirtatious duet quite catchy, but in a mellow, understated way. There's the usual practice of applying auto-tune on some ending notes and repeating lines, but the effect is not overbearing and works well to add some texture to the song.

Faster (Track 2), however, is the complete beast - eurobeat electronica auto-tune the whole way through. The laidback melody, funky arrangement, rap passages, and drink-easy mood - like a champagne party take on the club dance number - make the song quite groovy and easy enough to swallow, though I still feel it's a waste to cover Kim Tae Woo's voice. Ditto on JumJumJum (Track 5), which is similar to "I Say Ya! You Say Yeah!" in sound and style, but hidden under an excess of beats and auto-tune. The end product is messy and even trivial, too much of a softened rehash of current K-pop trends.

Thankfully, the album's main plug, "Love Rain" (Track 3), is a reassuring winner. The uptempo ballad has a very fresh melody and arrangement, updated without being cliched, and the song's upbeat tone nicely softens the bittersweet lyrics. Most importantly, Kim Tae Woo's singing gets the spotlight it deserves.

The sentimental favorite though has to be the album's last track "Memories and Remembrance" (Track 6), previously released as a digital single. The narrative intro, rap passages, and pleasantly old school R&B pop composition all channel the early 2000s - as does the presence of Joon Park, Son Ho Young, and Danny Ahn! Since the other guys are appearing as featured artists, "Memories and Remembrance" is not a full-fledged g.o.d song, but it's close enough to make fans happy. Similarly, T-Virus is not Kim Tae Woo at the top of his game - due to some questionable song choices that are more indicative of the current state of K-pop than anything - but it's still a solid album. Even though not all the album's songs do justice to his vocal abilities, Kim Tae Woo's voice does justice to all the songs. For this album at least, it's enough to have him back and singing. Now about that g.o.d comeback...
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Customer Review of "Kim Tae Woo - T-Virus"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (4)

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December 19, 2009

Wow I just wished for more Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I can't say enough about this cd only that there isn't enough on it there is only 6 tracks and I find myself listening to it over and over again I love KTW voice so smooth and silky, I really like G.O.D and I love KTW alone also there isn't one bad song on the whole cd I loved the duet between him and Lyn and "Faster" is one of my faves but I have to rave about Love rain That was the one song that got me to order this cd if you like G.O.D and love KTW's voice you have to own this one you will not be disappointed.
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September 20, 2009

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Oops! Wrong Track! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I want to apologize a mistake on my previous review. Track 3, a solo by Kim Tae Woo is actually one of my favorite tracks along with Tracks 2, 4 and 6. The track that I'm not too crazy about is track 5, and even so you might like it if you know Korean. Any way, please get this CD to welcome him back!
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September 15, 2009

Welcome Back! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I'm so glad that Kim Tae Woo has a new album. I like him a lot because he has a unique voice which is slightly high pitched but pleasant. He is an excellent singer and imparts his emotions and feelings in his songs when needed. The first two tracks are kind of techno, having the current popular sounds of Big Bang and G-Dragon. I think other fans are more capable to give their reviews when it comes to that genre. The other tracks are pleasant mid tempo r&bs with a little hip hop. I don't really care for Track 3. Please get this CD to support an excellent artist!

I wish continuing success to Kim Tae Woo! :)
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Paul
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September 4, 2009

About Time! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
With Kim Tae Woo spending two years in the army, I was getting a little impatient. With the release of his new mini album, the wait was worth it. If you are looking for an album that sounds more like the early 2000 era, this album is it. I was so used to hearing dance themed songs that I was blown away with the more mature themed songs from Kim Tae Woo. In my opinion, the track "사랑비" is the best. I would highly recommend this album to anyone who appreciates quality music. Support Korean artists! Buy! Buy! Buy!
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