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IU Mini Album Vol. 3 - Real (Normal Edition)
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Cute as a button with the talent to match, popular singer IU keeps it Real with her third mini-album. Written and composed by Kim Yi Na and Lee Min Soo, the upbeat main track "Good Day" complements IU's powerful voice with a funky arrangement of guitar, piano, violin, and brass. The lyrics describe the feelings of a girl too shy to confess her love. Other tracks on the album include the breakup song "The First Goodbye That Night" by Yoon Jong Shin, the ballad "Slow", and "Alone in the Room" which IU co-wrote. No winter album would be complete without a holiday-themed song. IU teamed up with hit composer Shinsadong Tiger and MBLAQ's Cheon Dung to offer the holiday love song "Christmas Preview".
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Product Title: IU Mini Album Vol. 3 - Real (Normal Edition) IU Mini Album Vol. 3 - Real (Normal Edition) IU Mini Album Vol. 3 - Real (Normal Edition) IU 3rd Mini Album - Real (通常版) 아이유 미니앨범 3집 - Real (일반판)
Singer Name(s): IU (Lee Ji Eun) IU IU (Lee Ji Eun) IU (イ・ジウン) 아이유
Release Date: 2010-12-17
Language: Korean
Disc Format(s): CD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
Publisher: Kakao Entertainment (Kakao M)
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1023826139

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아이유 미니앨범 3집 - Real (일반판)

01. 이게 아닌데
02. 느리게 하는 일
03. 좋은 날
04. 첫 이별 그날 밤
05. 혼자 있는 방
06. 미리 메리 크리스마스
07. 좋은 날 (Inst.)

18살 소녀의 수줍은 고백, “나는요..오빠가 좋은 걸 어떡해…”

타고난 감성과 가창력으로 가요계를 대표하는 여성 솔로 아티스트로 자리매김한 아이유의 세번째 미니앨범 [REAL]은 ‘아브라카다브라’, ‘잔소리’, ‘돌이킬 수 없는’ 등을 연이어 히트시키며 가요계의 트렌드를 제시해온 조영철 프로듀서와 아이유와 오랜 시간 호흡을 맞춰오며 아이유의 음악적 감성을 잘 이해하고 있는 최갑원 프로듀서가 공동 프로듀싱을 맡았고, 여기에 윤상, 김형석, 윤종신, 최갑원, 이민수, 신사동호랭이, 김이나, Saint binary, 전승우, PJ, 민웅식 등 국내 가요계 최정상급 작가들이 대거 참여했다.

이번 새 앨범은 앨범타이틀인 [REAL]의 뜻 그대로 아이유의 꾸밈없고 자연스러운, 있는 그대로의 모습을 그대로 투영시킨 앨범으로, 타이틀곡인 ‘좋은 날’은 더 이상 설명이 필요 없는 히트메이커 ‘이민수작곡가–김이나 작사가’ 콤비의 작품으로 다시 한번 아이유를 위해 힘을 합쳤다.

‘좋은 날’은 마치 한 편의 뮤지컬을 연상시키는 스케일의 곡으로 경쾌한 멜로디와 스트링 편성과 펑키한 브라스 리듬 중심의 웅장하면서도 다이나믹한 사운드를 기본으로 전개하면서 바이올린, 브라스, 기타, 오르간 솔로가 아이유와 주고받는 형식으로 연주되는 독특한 구성이 돋보인다. ‘좋은 날’은 ‘오빠’를 좋아하지만 쉽사리 고백하지 못하고 부끄러워하는 소녀의 가슴앓이를 그린 가사는 첫사랑의 달콤하면서도 아릿한 감정을 순수하면서도 솔직하게 표현하고 있다. 아이유는 ‘좋은 날’을 통해 폭발적인 가창력과 18살 소녀의 수줍은 귀여움을 그린 퍼포먼스를 선보이며 전국의 모든 ‘오빠’들의 가슴을 뛰게 할 예정이다.

이번 앨범에 수록된 곡들은 모든 곡들이 타이틀감으로 손색없는 완성도 높은 곡들로 가득 채워져 있다. 먼저 작곡가 김형석의 곡인 ‘이게 아닌데’는 아이유가 처음 시도하는 시부야 계열의 일렉트로닉 미디움곡으로 곡 전반에 흐르는 독특한 구성이 돋보이는 곡이다.

평소 아이유의 느낌 있는 음색을 높이 평가했던 김형석은 이번 곡을 통해 아이유의 밝고 세련된 가창력을 잘 살려주었다. 윤종신의 작품인 ‘첫 이별 그날 밤’은 이별 후 정신 없고 당황스러운 한 소녀의 하루를 그린 곡으로 아이유는 뛰어난 곡 해석력과 감성으로 곡의 느낌을 완성도 있게 표현하였다. 윤종신은 이번 곡 작업 후 아이유를 ‘음악적 감성과 영민함을 다 가진 탐나는 가수’라고 평가하며 극찬을 아끼지 않았다.

감각적인 편곡과 세련된 멜로디가 귓가에 어른거리는 ‘혼자 있는 방’은 작곡가 전승우의 곡으로 아이유의 한층 깊어진 음색과 세련된 보컬을 느껴볼 수 있다. 특히, ‘혼자 있는 방’은 최갑원 작사가와 함께 아이유가 직접 작사에 참여해 18살 소녀의 감성을 곡 전반에 물들였다. 애절한 발라드 넘버인 ‘느리게 하는 일’은 작곡가 PJ와 민웅식의 합작품으로 작사가 최갑원이 가사를 썼다. 아이유와 가장 잘 어울리는 어쿠스틱 사운드를 기반으로 한 서정적인 멜로디와 사랑했던 사람과의 이별 후에 그 사람을 잊는 일을 느리게 하며 조금만 더 사랑하겠다는 아름다운 가사가 인상적인 곡이다. 신사동호랭이의 ‘미리 메리 크리스마스’는 아이유가 팬들에게 선물하는 고백송으로, 연습생 시절부터 아이유와 함께 우정을 쌓아온 엠블랙의 멤버 천둥이 랩에 참여해 힘을 실어주었다. ‘미리 메리 크리스마스’는 아이유의 맑은 목소리와 포근한 느낌의 편곡으로 올 겨울 모두의 마음을 아름답게 물들일 러브송으로 완성되었다.

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.5 out of 10 (8)

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January 1, 2015

the peak of IU's popularity Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
With the track Good Day, which contains IU's infamous 5-tier sustained note that dropkicked her to the center of major buzz, Real is a staple album for casual IU listeners. Don't buy Real for the album art, though. She has the weirdest eyelash thing going that I have no love for.
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June 27, 2013

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Let's Be Real Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I am so happy that i finally gotten around to purchase this mini album, as everyone said this was IU breakout! after this one she release a single and a mini i believe and they weren't as great as this one..sadly but this mini was worth buying! Picture book was gorgeous she looks amazing and it's a really beautiful concept for her i really wanna see more of a mature look of her as she is growing a lot more now since this mini has been release!.

Okay, as for my favorite tracks out of the mini is number 4 & 5 hands down. What i love about track number 4 is the R&B style i think that IU should sing more R&B songs it's just soo well fitted for her and shows off her amazing vocal and smooth sailing voice that we all love!!. Track 5, featuring Thunder from MBLAQ was amazing well made. A very cute song and fun i can see that these two must have a close relationship as friends, because he had feature in her older video i totally forgot what it was called. Anyways Track 1, off the bat sounds great just by listening to the first couple seconds of the song! We all can't forget her song "Good Day" .. personally wasn't one of my favorite but her vocal oh yeah is hands down awesome! No one can beat that! Love IU she has such great potential and i can't wait what she has in store for is this year! :)
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January 31, 2013

One-woman army - I'm In My Dream Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
In case you didn't know, IU actually released three albums prior to `REAL', and has been making music since 2008. But `REAL' is arguably IU's breakout album, the one that launched her to stardom and earned her the title of "Nation's Little Sister". With this release, IU captures the hearts of "uncle fans" and young listeners alike through her matured, ever-strong vocals.

A run-through of the songs will quickly reveal that IU has all but gotten rid of the squeaky voice she used in her past albums (not that I didn't mind). Her voice still has strength and emotion, but it's clearly more matured and refined - you wouldn't know she was 17 when she recorded the CD. I'm glad to say I don't find it anywhere as dreary as her debut CD, `LOST and FOUND'; in fact, there's quite a bit of cheer in `REAL', even if that wasn't its intended purpose.
Undoubtedly the most celebrated star of the CD is track #3, "Good Day", often noted for its rising 3-note "I'm in my dream~". Aside from the song's romantic hopefulness, which is well-presented and not overdone, "Good Day" is a prime showcase of IU's musical abilities. Many K-Pop artists have tried to imitate her vocal heights and range, none have succeeded. Not only can she reach soprano range harmoniously, but she can hold it without cracking.
Though the other songs seem to take a backseat to "Good Day", by no means should you pass on them - it's adult IU with her strong voice after all. My personal favorite is "Merry Xmas in Advance" ft. MBLAQ's Thunder. Even though it doesn't incorporate any Christmas carols, it's cheery and IU carries the spirit along with Thunder's parts interspersed throughout the song.

IU uses maturity and growth for this CD's concept. The album cover shows her with a good amount of eyeliner and blush, so much that I didn't realize it was her. The album book pictures, similarly, show her with makeup and a serious expression throughout.

If you're an IU fan (especially an uncle fan), there's no reason why you shouldn't have a physical copy of this CD in your collection, even if you have all the other CD's. It's got her breakout song "Good Day" after all.
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May 30, 2011

firm and powerful vocal of IU Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
this album is very different compare to her previous mini albums. The Real IU's mini album has portrayed the maturity, firm and powerful vocal of IU. Something different that IU explored and which i think is good and i enjoyed each and every songs in these album.
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March 26, 2011

Real IU Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
This young lady has an incredible voice. However, she is capable of much more than is found on this CD. I first heard IU sing on the Queen Seondeok OST, track 11. She immediately got my attention with her amazing vocal ability. I hope that as she grows as an artist, she will be given the opportunity to sing music that will more showcase her vocal talents. There are some good songs in this album, but she is capable of so much more. I wish her a long and productive career.

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