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The Melody Vol. 1 - The Melody
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Customer Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.5 out of 10 (4)

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Product Title: The Melody Vol. 1 - The Melody The Melody Vol. 1 - The Melody The Melody Vol. 1 - The Melody The Melody 1集 - The Melody 더 멜로디 1집 - The Melody
Singer Name(s): The Melody The Melody The Melody The Melody (ザ・メロディー) 더 멜로디
Release Date: 2007-02-14
Language: Korean
Disc Format(s): CD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
Publisher: Pastel Music
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004649488

Product Information / Track List

01 . memories
02 . Remember
03 . whatever
04 . paradise
05 . beautiful day
06 . good bye
07 . crazy
08 . dooberap
09 . Love Box (Korean ver.)
10 . Everything N’nothing
11 . believe (Vocal Feat. And)
12 . crave
13 . Love Box (english ver)

더 멜로디[The Melody] 첫번째 데뷔앨범 「The Melody」2007.02.14 발렌타인 데이 On Sale

가장 눈부시고 가장 희망적인 장소로 당신의 두 귀를 안내할 ‘더 멜로디’의 첫 번째 정규앨범 !
TVCF 덴마크 드링킹 요구르트 삽입곡‘paradise’ 수록
영화 ‘도마뱀’ O.S.T / ‘달콤 살벌한 연인’ O.S.T 수록곡 삽입
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January 15, 2008

It's all in The Melody
The Melody reminds me of Mary Poppins. Which is perhaps not what the typical indie rock band is aiming for in their music, but The Melody is certainly anything but typical. Genre labels like pop rock and indie pop really fail to describe the band's bright and airy melodies and arrangements, soft sentiments with rough edges, and hardy, funky, endearing cheer. The Melody makes music that puts a spring in your step, great for a morning commute soundtrack. The closest equivalent that comes to me would be the J-pop act Section-S, but The Melody is even better.

The album starts on a bounce with a busy, playful, circus-like opening instrumental track that channels happy thoughts and content smiles. The first song, Remember (Track 2), is clear, light, and pleasant with whimsical instrumentation and female vocalist Taru's distinctive voice leading the way. Chirpy notes, curious words, catchy beats, and dancing instrumentals layer and melt into each other in a perfectly charming and upbeat manner for a positively lovable number. The aptly titled whatever (Track 3) is even more carefree, blending curling vocals and a dash of R&B funk into an infectious, beat-heavy mid-tempo ballad. The song's "just whatever!" mood is wonderfully conveyed.

beautiful day (Track 5) adds some extra sunshine to the day with soft, soothing chords and layered, echoing vocals that leap into rocking mode with guitar riffs, strong percussion, and cheerfully snarly attitude. Its follow-up, Good-bye (Track 6), provides a comfortable resting spot with a beautiful, lilting composition, strong guitar chords, and heartfelt lyrics. It feels like the kind of ballad that singers just don't make anymore, because it's hard to pull off the sentiments without descending into cliche. But The Melody succeeds in sounding genuine and expressive here.

There's something about every song in this album that stands out and sticks with you. Paradise's (Track 4) soft lyrics are underlined with acoustic guitar and catchy beats, Crazy (Track 7) jumps in with a fast, frantic rhythm and dancing energy, and Doo be rap (Track 8) layers and echoes vocals and beats into a happy, yet haunting atmosphere. The superbly arranged Crave (Track 12) flows from whispery acoustics into an enveloping symphony of sounds and strings. Even Everything N'nothing (Track 10), which has a melody that screams Dong Bang Shin Ki karaoke ballad, becomes something completely unexpected and charming thanks to its jazzy arrangement and Taru's soft ad-lib singing style.

Perhaps the most beautiful song on the album is Love box (Track 9), which was previously released as a single and exudes a comparatively slow and solemn mood that stands out starkly from the rest of the songs. Accompanied by clean guitar and piano chords, with strings gradually winding in, this lilting, legato ballad has an enchanting, heart-tugging quality to it. The melody (courtesy of keyboardist Go Woong, the band's main songwriter and lyricist) is simple, but speaks volumes. Again Taru's performance really excels in capturing the emotions of the song, particularly during the climactic line "oh my june!" which she croons out with a slight vibrato. Love box comes in two versions, Korean and English, although the latter is actually also primarily Korean but with an English opening verse.

Like most of Korea's bands, The Melody has been largely under the radar, though they did get a big boost after singing the theme song for The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince (that's how I discovered them anyway). Hopefully the band's Mary Poppins cheer and buoyant tunes will reach more people because The Melody's debut album is definitely one of the best Korean albums of 2007.

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Customer Review of "The Melody Vol. 1 - The Melody"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.5 out of 10 (4)

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September 5, 2008

The Melody Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Very satisfying CD. The melodies are very soothing and relaxing for when you're tired. Some the english lyrics are kinda funny, but it still works. My personal favorite track is #10.
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March 6, 2008

speechless. Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
wow. this was the first CD after a long time i bought just because i knew 1 or 2 songs! and especially not the band!
but since it's been my ABSOLUTELY FAVORITE CD!
its in my bathroom, i hear it every morning! haha :D
its awesome in the morning, because it sounds like rays of the sun touching your face.

really, i mean it.
someone who does not like it has a serious ear problem!
its such cheerful music but then at the same time... melancholic as hell.
this is the best example for sadhappy music LOL

mkay. u should buy it. mbai.
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February 26, 2008

1 people found this review helpful

Sweet Melody Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
When you get a CD album as good as this one, with excellent uplifting melodies, lovely singing style and a disk full of bliss you could play endlessly - you just delight in giving the full accredited 5 stars, so that hopefully other people will feel confident and enjoy these discovering delights, too. This album "The Melody - Vol 1", just pours out a great set of light rhythms and indie pop, richly and finely written songs that remain as good throughout the duration of the album, and never let up on route. I was certainly a taken by the first main song "Remember", which has a fantastic stay-in-your-head bright and catchy rhythm, that surly this must be the 'single' from the album. Other songs follow on in this style of playful and brightly sweet indie beats, with a mixture of slow and upbeat songs, tinged with slightly melancholic lyrics, but all mainly a positive and life enriching listen. Singer Taru has such a sweet childlike voice, that you will soon fall in love with her singing style quickly. The album's theme is mainly about giving love, waiting for love and the yearnings for never letting the importance of love diminish.

The songs are sung in partial Korean and English and quite a number mainly in English, which creates a more accessible lyric aspect to the songs for many to enjoy. The music is a mixture of light melody, poppy and funky R & B, disco rhythm, funk guitar ballads, soft light rock, a smiggin of folk, but always within "The Melody's" upbeat and light fashion. I really love the songs "Remember" (track 2) with its great uplifting beat and Sergeant Pepper type string sounds which immediately grabs your attention straight away, "Whatever" an great R & B style song, "Paradise" (track 4) with its sweet touching refrain, "Beautiful Day" (track 5), the disco feel funk, "Crazy" (track 7), the wonderful "Doo be rap" (track 8), the melancholic "Love Box" (tracks 9 and 13) and "Crave" (track 12). But all these songs are gems and there really isn't one bad song amongst them. The Melody have been featured in the K-drama series "The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince" drama series (and on the OST), but this CD is the one to get, in how to really appreciate them more thoroughly.

All I can say is, add this gem of a CD to your collection while available, and let "The Melody" not only enrich your listening moments and your day, but give you one of the most beautiful albums you will always return to. This is one fantastic album!
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January 10, 2008

thumbs up! Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
after hearing some of their tracks in coffee prince,im really attracted to their music.there is no regret in getting this album.the whole album is really fav tracks are 2,3,4,9,11..their sound is chirpy,uplifting & refreshing ...they are classified as korea rock but i dont really think so.i love this album totally..hope they get more recognition.
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