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CNBLUE 1st Mini Album - Bluetory
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Dubbed the next FTIsland, Korean band CNBLUE debuted first in Japan last year, and now they're finally releasing their Korean debut mini-album. The rock band is already well known in Korea due to the popularity of guitarist and vocalist Jung Yong Hwa, who shot to fame playing Kang Shin Woo in the Korean drama You're Beautiful. With an already famous frontman and three other members who are equally young, handsome, and talented, it's no wonder that CNBLUE is expected to be the next big thing in Korea. Their first Korean mini-album Bluetory comes with five mellow rock ballads and alternative rock numbers including the first plug "I'm a Loner" by hitmakers Kim Do Hoon and Lee Sang Ho, and the Korean versions of songs like Now or Never and Love Revolution from their Japan mini-albums.
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Product Title: CNBLUE 1st Mini Album - Bluetory CNBLUE 1st Mini Album - Bluetory CNBLUE 1st Mini Album - Bluetory CNBLUE 1st Mini Album - Bluetory 씨앤블루 첫번째 미니앨범 - Bluetory
Singer Name(s): CNBLUE CNBLUE CNBLUE CNBLUE (シーエヌブルー) 씨엔블루
Release Date: 2010-01-18
Language: Korean
Disc Format(s): CD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
Publisher: Mnet Media
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1021955933

Product Information / Track List

씨앤블루 첫번째 미니앨범 - Bluetory

01. 외톨이야 (타이틀 곡)
02. Love Revolution
03. Y, Why…
04. Now or Never
05. 그럴 겁니다… 잊을 겁니다…

가요계에 불러 일으킬 푸른 새 바람,
CNBLUE 베일 벗다!

일본 인디즈에서 먼저 데뷔해 실력을 탄탄히 다진 실력파 신예 밴드 씨엔블루(CNBLUE)가 그 모습을 드디어 한국 대중에게 선보인다. 일본 길거리, 클럽 공연을 100회 이상 가진 뒤, 두 장의 싱글 앨범 발매를 통해 그 탄탄한 실력을 선보인 씨엔블루(CNBLUE)의 한국 데뷔 미니앨범 ‘BLUETORY’가 전격 발매되는 것. 스트레이트하면서 강렬한 사운드에서부터 감미로운 발라드까지 자유자재로 구사하는 씨엔블루(CNBLUE)의 데뷔 앨범은 천편일률적인 가요계에 던지는 2010년 최고의 화두라 볼 수 있다.

CNBLUE가 펼치는 5가지 색의 스펙트럼
씨엔블루(CNBLUE)의 첫 번째 미니앨범 ‘BLUETORY’에는 타이틀 곡과 기존 일본에서 발매한 싱글 앨범의 곡을 포함해 총 5곡이 수록되었다. 단출하지만 씨엔블루(CNBLUE)의 다채로운 스펙트럼을 유감없이 보여주는 다양한 색채의 곡들로 채워져 더할 나위 없이 풍성한 앨범이다.

타이틀 곡 ‘외톨이야’는 히트곡 제조기로 통하는 김도훈, 이상호 작곡가가 만든 곡으로 무게감있는 비트에 중독성 강한 멜로디가 어우러진 곡. 씨엔블루(CNBLUE)만이 표현해낼 수 있는 독특한 색깔을 보여주는 곡이라 할 수 있다. 보컬 정용화가 작사에 참여한 ‘Love Revolution’은 맑고 청량한 기타리프로 시작해 깔끔한 랩과 멜로디가 더해져 순수한 첫사랑에 대한 느낌을 전하는 곡. ‘Y,Why’는 정용화가 작곡과 작사에 적극적으로 참여해 뮤지션의 면모를 유감없이 보여주는 곡이다. 도입 부분의 아스라한 기타선율로 시작해 뒤이어 폭발하는 일렉 기타와, 베이스, 드럼의 조화가 돋보이는 씨엔블루(CNBLUE)표 락 발라드다. ‘Now or Never’는 씨엔블루(CNBLUE)가 일본에서 발매한 첫 번째 싱글에 수록된 곡으로, 이번 앨범에는 한글로 번안한 버전을 실었다. 기존 가요계에서는 흔히 들을 수 없었던 강력한 기타 인트로가 일품이며 모두에게 힘과 용기를 전하는 긍정적인 메시지가 담겨있다. ‘그럴겁니다… 잊을겁니다...’ 역시 일본에서 발매한 첫 번째 싱글에 수록된 ‘Teardrops In The Rain’의 번안 곡이다. 멤버 이종현과 정용화의 트윈 보컬의 곡으로 어쿠스틱 기타선율과 함께 헤어진 연인을 그리워하는 가사를 부드러운 음색으로 표현해냈다.

2010년 최고의 신인으로 벌써부터 많은 기대를 불러일으키고 있는 씨엔블루(CNBLUE)는 얼터너티브 록에 기반해 발라드, 랩 등 여러 장르를 거부감 없이 소화하는 실력파 밴드로, 이미 공개된 두 장의 일본 발매 싱글에 멤버들의 자작곡을 실어 숨길 수 없는 음악성을 뽐내기도 했다. 또한 모두 180CM가 넘는 출중한 신체조건을 자랑하는 멤버들은 이미 각종 광고, 화보, 드라마 등 다양한 분야에서 맹활약 중인데, 특히 CNBLUE의 메인보컬/기타를 맡고 있는 정용화는 SBS드라마 “미남이시네요”의 강신우 역으로 인상적인 연기를 선보인 뒤 (SBS연기대상 뉴스타상 수상) MBC “일요일 일요일 밤에”의 1부 고정 MC로 발탁되는 등 그 활동 반경을 점차 넓히고 있다. 이처럼 씨엔블루(CNBLUE)는 가요계 뿐 아니라 연예계 전체가 주시하는 2010년 최고의 유망주임에 틀림이 없다.
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Editor's Pick of "CNBLUE 1st Mini Album - Bluetory"

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January 31, 2010

They play instruments.
There's nothing that affirms one's fame in Korea like a plagiarism controversy. CNBLUE, welcome to K-pop.

Rookie band CNBLUE generated some buzz when they made their indie debut in Japan last summer because of the FTIsland connection, but of course what really put them on the radar was the breakout popularity of the band's guitarist and vocalist Jung Yong Hwa after he starred in the TV drama You're Beautiful. The draw of being Kang Shin Woo's real-life band launched CNBLUE's second Japan mini-album Voice onto the bestseller list here at, and spawned the kind of anticipation for their Korean debut usually reserved for fledgling idol groups. It's a nice change of pace to see this kind of excitement and fanfare for a band, and nicer yet that their debut album of alternative rock numbers deserves the attention.

Setting aside the debate on whether the composition by Kim Do Hoon and Lee Sang Ho is too similar to another song by indie band Ynot?, Bluetory's main plug "I'm a Loner" (Track 1) is a fresh, catchy, and well-arranged pop rock piece. The melody, beat, and lyrics are very easy to remember, so the song carries over to K-pop audiences without trouble. At the same time, the song's construction is a lot more ambitious than your typical Korean hit, as the addictive refrain is built around multiple hooks, bridges, and rap sections with interesting alternating and layered vocal arrangement.

The other four songs are all straightforward remakes, Korean versions of English songs from their Japan mini-album: Now or Never, Y, Why..., Love Revolution, and Teardrops in the Rain. Since CNBLUE handled the whole singing in English thing better than many other Asian artists, the Korean and English versions of the songs aren't too different. If you like the Korean versions, I recommend checking out their Japan mini albums as well.

CNBLUE benefits greatly from having two vocalists, Jung Yong Hwa and Lee Jong Hyun, with voices similar enough to not clash and different enough to add texture and variety to their performances. Their voices play off each other well in the fun and upbeat Love Revolution, emo rock number Y, Why..., and mid-tempo rock pop Now or Never, which overcomes its cheesy lyrics with charismatic vocals and guitar riffs. Teardrops in the Rain was one of the weaker songs from their Japan releases because of the wince-inducing lyrics, but the Korean version "I Will Forget You" (Track 5) fares better, and it's worth noting that the album's one ballad is more of a gentle acoustic-style composition than the dramatic ballads of bands like FTIsland, M.C the Max, and Buzz.

For a scouted prefab rock band, CNBLUE manages to pull off the indie alternative sound quite convincingly. Their music isn't all that different from what one can easily find in the American indie rock and J-rock scene, but it's refreshingly different from the current K-pop standard (instruments instead of electronic!). Whether CNBLUE can keep up their momentum and sound in an industry that doesn't let them play live half the time is hard to say, but at least people are listening and talking for their debut. It also helps that they're young and pretty. Even if CNBLUE just turns out to be idols who can play instruments, it would still be a welcome alternative. There are precious few mainstream rock bands in Korea.
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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.9 out of 10 (19)

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April 1, 2014

Best Korean Band!!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I love CNBLUE!!! i'm a boice since 2011 and i love his style, the songs are amazing! Yong Hwa, Jong Hyun, Min Hyuk and Jung Shin are so talented! I start my CNBLUE album collection, and it´s great find this page, with yesasia will be more easily complete my collection, thank you so much!
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December 30, 2010

1 people found this review helpful

Proud to be BOICE Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I regret not getting this album sooner, IT'S AMAZING!
I love all the songs and can't get them out of my head. Looking forward to a full Korean album from CNBLUE :)

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September 15, 2010

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Totally love the 'Bluetory' Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I was hesistating since the release of this album to buy this CD. But this summer I totally fell in love with CN Blue and I definetely had to buy this album. The package is made of card board ^_^ It's actually a little bigger than normal CD cases. The photos are classy and it contains a booklet atached to the CD.
Totally a BOICE now ^^
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June 11, 2010

Almighty CN BLUE Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Well, I just got this in the mail today and went straight to my CD player just to play this. Oh my gosh, so far I really really love the song "I'm a Loner" and "Y, Why" but all of them are just really nice. CN BLUE are just awesome and amazing. I mean, literally you don't see much indie-rock boybands in Korea nowadays except CN BLUE and FT Island. So yeah, CN BLUE's songs are enjoyable and I'm falling in love with YongHwa. YesAsia even sent it wrapped in bubble-wrap and all, in perfect condition. :D
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May 20, 2010

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CNBLUE is AMAZING!!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
The lyrics are amazing and so is the rhythm. CNBLUE is by far my favorite Korean band. Their music is truly amazing. The song "I'm a Loner" is my favorite of all the tracks. The composition of all the songs is so well established.
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