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2008 started and ended in the best way for Korean boy band Dong Bang Shin Ki with a series of Oricon No. 1 singles. Now they are back to continue their success streak in the new year. In March they're releasing their new single Survivor, which will be followed by their new album The Secret Code two weeks later. The Secret Code features 13 tracks including last year's hit songs Doushite Kimi wo Suki ni Natte Shimattan darou? (Track 3), Bolero, and Kiss The baby Sky. Furthermore, fans can look forward to the band's latest single Survivor and the song Nobody Knows, the ending theme for TV Tokyo's broadcast of the Korean drama Bad Love.

The 3-disc edition comes with the bonus track 9096 and 5-track Bonus CD A which includes One Piece opening theme We Are!, Purple Line, and Sennen Koi Uta. Also comes with a DVD featuring seven music videos and behind-the-scenes footage from 3rd LIVE TOUR 2008-T- with member commentary.

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Product Title: The Secret Code (Jacket A)(ALBUM+DVD)(Japan Version) The Secret Code (Jacket A)(ALBUM+DVD)(日本版) The Secret Code (Jacket A)(ALBUM+DVD)(日本版) The Secret Code (Jacket A)(ALBUM+DVD)(日本版) The Secret Code (Jacket A)(ALBUM+DVD)(Japan Version)
Singer Name(s): Dong Bang Shin Ki 東方神起 东方神起 東方神起 동방신기
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Release Date: 2009-03-25
Publisher Product Code: RZCD-46186
Language: Japanese
Disc Format(s): CD
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Other Information: Album / 2CDs+DVD
Package Weight: 300 (g)
Shipment Unit: 2 What is it?
Publisher: rhythm zone
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1014037097

Product Information / Track List

ジャケットA / CD2枚 + DVD1枚の計3枚組。

オリコンチャート4作連続1位を記録、今最も勢いのあるアーティストとなった東方神起、待望のNEW ALBUM!! SINGLE「どうして君を好きになってしまったんだろう?」をはじめ、「千年恋歌」(NHKドラマ『太王四神記』主題歌)、「Bolero」(映画『昴-スバル-』メイン・テーマ)、「Kiss The Baby Sky」(日本テレビ系"ズームイン!!SUPER" "ズームイン!!サタデー"秋のお天気テーマ)、「ウィーアー!」(アニメ『ONE PIECE』オープニングテーマ)、「Nobody Knows」(テレビ東京『BAD LOVE~愛に溺れて~』エンディングテーマ)他、全13曲収録。

企画ALBUM (DISC 2)付き。DVDには、PV7本、3rd LIVE TOUR 2008~T~ダイジェススト映像 (関根勤の司会によるメンバーとの副音声付)を収録。

初回特典:ジャケットサイズカード (全6種のうち1種をランダム封入)、映像特典「オフショットムービー」
*First Press Sold Out*

CD1:
01 Secret Game (Listen)
02 FORCE
03 どうして君を好きになってしまったんだろう?
04 Nobody Knows
05 Beautiful you
06 忘れないで (Listen)
07 9095 (Listen)
08 呪文 -MIROTIC-
09 TAXI (Listen)
10 Stand Up!
11 Survivor
12 Kiss The Baby Sky
13 Bolero (Listen)

CD2:
01 ウィーアー!(We are!) (Listen)
02 Take Your Hands -i.am.electro REMIX-
03 Box In The Ship
04 千年恋歌
05 Purple Line (Bonus Track)

DVD:
[Video Clip]
01 Purple Line
02 Beautiful you
03 どうして君を好きになってしまったんだろう?
04 呪文 -MIROTIC-
05 Bolero
06 Suvivor
07 Kiss The Baby Sky

[Special LIVE MOVIE]
-LIVE-
・3rd LIVE TOUR 2008 ~T~ダイジェスト映像+副音声(メンバーと関根勤さんによるトーク)
-Off Shot Movie-
(ジャケット撮撮影+Kiss The Baby Sky PV撮影) ※初回限定盤のみ
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Dong Bang Shin Ki's 4th J-pop Album
Hard to imagine that's it possible for Dong Bang Shin Ki to get more popular than they already are, but the past year turned out to be a massive breakthrough for the group in Japan. In 2008, they released their third Japanese album and a ridiculous nine J-pop singles (including the TRICK singles), four of which became #1 sellers, and ended the year with an appearance on Kohaku Uta Gassen. (Somewhere in there, they also released Korea's best-selling album of the year.) Continuing at their superhuman pace, Dong Bang Shin Ki recently released their fourth J-pop album, The Secret Code, which made its Oricon debut at #2 and has already sold double what T did.

With half the album made up of previously released singles, The Secret Code runs the risk of being a singles-plus-filler album, but TVXQ has gathered together some strong new tracks to bolster the parade of hit singles. The Secret Code opens with its most thematically relevant offering, Secret Game (Track 1). The song kicks off with a jazzy secret-agent piano theme intro, before jumping unexpectedly into a rap passage and a funky fusion of hip-hop, big band, and dance. As more of a concept pop song, Secret Game is a fun and jaunty track with a rhythmic jazz flourish that carries right to the Bond sign-out ending.

The next song, FORCE (Track 2), also sets the mood early with a brassy, beat-heavy drama-building intro that sounds like it should be leading into a Beyonce song. Arranged and produced by Beatardz, FORCE dresses itself as a catchy American-style hip-pop top 40s number. Vocally, this is probably the weakest song of the album as the group's performance on the verse sections is too reserved, lacking power and volume in comparison to the bombastic arrangement, but they make up with a well-harmonized chorus in falsetto. A stronger American-style offering would be the smooth and silky party number Stand Up! (Track 10), which is less gimmicky than FORCE but no less catchy. The overall sound is very commercial, but the low-pitch verse, relaxed beats, and fluid melody add up to a strong and distinct pop number. The Tanaka Nao-composed Nobody Knows (Track 4) is more clearly a side track, though a solid one at that. The song's vague uptempo dance and R&B melody benefits considerably from interesting electronic beats, a jazzy piano interlude, and TVXQ's charismatic vocals.

The two major dance tracks of the album are naturally singles MIROTIC (Track 8) and Survivor (Track 11). The biggest problem with MIROTIC is that it pales in comparison to the Korean version. The song's beat-heavy, staccato composition works smoothly with the Korean lyrics, but in the Japanese version, half the song is being spit out in separate syllables. Yun Ho's rapping also sounds even more out of place in Japanese, though the single is still fine overall as an edgy rock-pop number. Survivor (Track 11) follows in the same musical vein, but has a lighter atmosphere. Backed by throbbing beats and synth sounds, the song goes through various fun changeups in melody and arrangement, making Survivor one of their strongest J-pop dance tracks

Survivor and MIROTIC seem to be steps toward closing the stylistic gap between Dong Bang Shin Ki's Japanese and Korean dance numbers, which is a good thing as their K-pop dance tracks are generally superior. For ballads, however, J-pop is the way to go. Their beautiful single Doushite Kimi wo Suki ni Natte Shimattan darou? (Track 3) gets my vote as TVXQ's best ballad, if not best song. A return to the a cappella-style ballad which was many moons ago the group's "concept" during their debut, Doushite Kimi wo Suki ni Natte Shimattan darou? is in composition and vocal arrangement a difficult song to master, but they nail the delivery beautifully. TVXQ may be the ultimate pop idols, but they can also sing, and it is this vocal ability that sets them apart in the world of J-pop boy bands.

In addition, the members are participating more in songwriting, and two of the singles off their January triple A-side are actually by Micky and Jae Joong. Written and composed by Micky, single Kiss the Baby Sky (Track 12) is the weather theme song for the morning program Zoom In. I could do without the English ad libs and rap, but the song itself is very agreeable and refreshing. The warm chorus and lyrics in particular are perfect for the song's purpose, as they very much evoke the feeling of blue skies and bright smiles. I'm still not sure what kind of Engrish typo accident happened with "never ever hide of myself prime" though ("never ever hide up my self-pride?"). Jae Joong's classically constructed ballad Wasurenaide (Track 6) is less original, but the moving melody and lyrics plus TVXQ's performance make the song strong enough to be a single.

For Secret Code, Jae Joong also composed and arranged 9095 (Track 7), the most pleasant surprise of the album. This ambient mid-tempo number ventures into a less commercial sound in its free-flowing melody, experimental arrangement, and layered vocals. It's nice to see the group trying out different sounds with the side tracks, rather than filling in the blanks with more of the same.

Two more singles are on Secret Code: uptempo charmer Beautiful You (Track 5) and ballad Bolero (Track 13), which is better than the movie it was written for. Their remaining 2008 ballad single - the Hisaishi Joe-composed Sennen Koiuta - and advance track We Are! off their just-released #1 double A-side Share The World / We Are! are included on the bonus CD in the 3-Disc Edition of Secret Code. Of course, given their prolific production, Dong Bang Shin Ki is probably releasing another J-pop single as I write...

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.1 out of 10 (17)
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Marshall Cross
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December 10, 2013

This customer review refers to Dong Bang Shin Ki - The Secret Code (2CD+1DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
DBSKs Musical Highlight Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Dong Bang Shin Ki - The Secret Code (2CD+1DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)

I received my package after only 2 weeks (I live in central Europe), and I´m really satisfied. Although my CD case got broken during the shippment, there was no problem by sending it back for a replacement.
I can really recommend this album, it is PERFECT! I love all songs! DBSK are really the kings of K-Pop and Ballad! The 2 DVDs are Region code 3 (Korea, south east asia) but that wasn´t a problem for me. The videos are all so lovely and good! I love DBSK! :-)
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June 4, 2011

Last Album Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Sad that this is their last Japanese album, however this is one of my favorite DBSK albums. Has hit tracks like どうして君を好きになってしまったんだろう?and bolero. This version also includes a dvd which features DBSKS 3rd LIVE TOUR in japan. It is quite lengthy and definatly worth the money even just for the dvd. For One Piece fans out there, the 2nd cd includes One Piece's original OP song cover done by DBSK themselves. It's quite a treat.

If you're buying this album, buy the 2cd+dvd version. Worth every penny.
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Sysa-Chan
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September 22, 2010

This customer review refers to The Secret Code (Jacket A)(2CD+DVD)(Taiwan Version)
My favorite album of TVXQ Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This is my favorite album of TVXQ
This edition is very good, has many songs, the DVD is great! Very good quality
TVXQ's voices is the most collect valuable contents of the CD

All songs are beautiful, especially TAXI

Highly recommended CD
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Ant
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August 16, 2010

This customer review refers to Dong Bang Shin Ki - The Secret Code (2CDs) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
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100% Amazing!!! Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Ok...for me.....on this Disc.......there are NO negatives, well..many one or (two) songs...but I ONLY like to talk bout the Positives!
I LOVE this CD, and in my Opinion their BEST japanese album by a mile!!! I love almost ALL the songs on this....their vocals couldn't be more on POINT!! Love my boys and will always support em no matter what!! I highly reccommend this CD to any true TVXQ fan or lover out there!
''Doushite'' is amazing, beautiful song, along with ''Taxi'', I love ''9095'', ''Stand up'' (great to dance to :-), ''mirotic'' is great in japanese, I love ''Force'' (my personal favourite), & their are many other great tracks to listen to...as always......my boys NEVER let me dwon or dissapoint, I just love em..so sexy & talented...a definate good buy, and every penny worth spent!!!!
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February 26, 2010

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awesome Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
i got the cd today
after 3 months but i feel really happy!!!
i love the book with pictures!!!
it has a rellay nice desing
i though that the cd package was harder and in plastic
but still cool
i really loved it
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