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W&Whale - Hardboiled
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Customer Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (2)

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Product Title: W&Whale - Hardboiled W&Whale - Hardboiled W&Whale - Hardboiled W&Whale - Hardboiled W&Whale - 하드보일드
Singer Name(s): W&Whale W&Whale W&Whale W&Whale (ダブル&ホエール) W&Whale
Release Date: 2014-01-28
Language: Korean
Disc Format(s): CD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
Publisher: Windmill Ent.
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1011977420

Product Information / Track List

01 . MacGuffin No.1
02 . 오빠가 돌아왔다.
03 . Stardust
04 . Morning Star
05 . 아가사 크리스티의 이중생활
06 . R.P.G. Shine
07 . MacGuffin No.2
08 . 월광 (月狂)
09 . Too Young To Die (Too Drunk To Live)
10 . 고양이 사용 설명서
11 . Whale Song
12 . R.P.G. (Rocket Punch Generation)
13 . 최종병기 그녀
14 . Dear My Friend
15 . MacGriffin No.3
16 . 우리의 해피엔드

위대한 패배자들의 경쾌한 멜로디

1990년대 중반, <마녀, 여행을 떠나다>, <우리의 밤은 당신의 낮보다 아름답다> 등의 히트곡들을 배출했던 그룹 ‘코나’의 리더로 활동했던 사운드메이커, 배영준을 주축으로 한재원, 김상훈의 세 남자가 결성한 그룹 W(Where the story ends)가 3년 만에 새 앨범으로 돌아왔다. 이번 앨범에서 가장 주목할 만한 변화는, 메인 보컬이 ‘남자(김상훈(베이스))’에서 ‘여성(Whale)’으로 바뀌었다는 점이다. 플럭서스에서 주최한 오디션을 통해 발탁된 여성 보컬리스트 웨일(Whale)은, 영국신 어반 R&B(오빠가 돌아왔다) 에서부터, 모던포크 포크(, ), 80년대 뉴웨이브(, <월광>, ), 하우스(<아가사 크리스티의 이중생활>, <우리의 해피엔드>) 등 앨범 안에 들어있는 다양한 스타일의 노래들을 힘 있고 블루지한 목소리를 통해 통일감 있게 잘 소화해냈다. 노래 이외에도 기타 연주, 송라이팅에도 재능을 보이는 그녀는 앞으로 ‘한국의 여성 John mayer’를 꿈꾸고 있다. 음악적으로 그들은 다소 매니아적인 일렉트로니카와 일반 대중들에게 어필할 수 있는 대중음악의 접점을 찾아내기 위해 몰두했으며, 이 앨범은 바로 그 고민과 노력의 결과물이다. 너무 천박하지도, 그렇다고 너무 고급스러우려고 애쓰지도 않은 솔직하고 스트레이트한 W의 노래들은 그래서 단 한 번만 들어도 귓전에 오랜 여운이 남는다.
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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (2)

Kevin Kennedy
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October 15, 2009

I'm ready for more Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
The first time I listened to W&Whale's "Hardboiled" album, I must admit that I wasn't much impressed. Most of their songs are built on light, jazzy R&B grooves and the group seemed more enamored with those grooves than with developing memorable melodies. However, with each subsequent hearing, I have been warming up to this album and now can recommend it with real enthusiasm. Track 2, the album's first song, gets the project off to a great start; it is a snappy, jazz-tinged R&B wonder topped by a brassy sound from singer Whale. The album then takes us through a wide range of sounds (mostly, but not always, R&B-based).

Whale is a real treat. She can be sassy; she can be sweet. And her phrasing is so strong that her voice drives both melody and rhythm. She also penned the album's finest ballad, the aptly named "Whale Song". The band's playing is crisp, clever, and precise throughout. It may have taken me a while to warm up to this band, but I now am eager to hear what comes next from this talented crew.
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December 15, 2008

Excellent! Fantastic! Brilliant! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This is a great album! I absolutely love W&Whale's song “R.P.G. (Rocket Punch Generation) and straightaway when I first heard it from the K-movie “Hell Cats” earlier this year. It’s beat rhythm so stays in your head and is one of the best Korean pop songs to date. In fact “R.P.G.” should be a No 1 Korean classic! At the time I saw “Hell Cats” this album wasn’t available and I only had “R.P.G” from the “Hell Cats” OST. But I recently spotted “Hardboiled” in the Korean Yesasia chart and immediately bought it. For one, the album also featured a second version of the “R.P.G” track alongside the main one featured in the HC film. Thankfully, “R.P.G.” isn’t the only one hit wonder from this very varied funky electronic lounge album as “Hardboiled” is just an absolute gem.

As far as I can see this is W&Whale’s debut album and a very electric one, too. Sound wise the band are quite reminiscent of fellow stable mates Loveholic in style and this CD features very light and easy listening songs full of pleasant and catchy melodies to sink into. Themes are up tempo and melancholic blends. The song styles range from lounge/rhythmic funk style, funky disco-electronic, touching guitar and piano ballads (“Whale Song” is just brilliant and there’s even a K-drama sad ballad, too, with track 13). Additionally the album features two funky 80s synth and light electronic pop songs (track 8 and 9) when mid way the album gets a bit more synth pop than lounge/funk. But no matter what the style – this album just shines class!

Highlighted ditties for me are “R.P.G.” (both versions), “Whale Song”, “Stardust”, “Morning Star”, track 8, “Too Young To Die”, “Dear My Friend”, but this whole album is such a high polished production that all songs are gems. Songs are also interpolated with some interesting sounds /dialogues/ music etc with the “McGuffin” pieces.

A very highly recommended CD. Absolutely brilliant! A great band and a quality album to treasure in your collection. Certainly a must for all Loveholic fans. And I’m sure that I’m understating this album, too!
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