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Lee Min Ki - No Kidding
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Customer Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.3 out of 10 (3)

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No Kidding, Lee Min Ki is releasing an album! The well-known lead of hits like Spring of Dalja and Romantic Island, heartthrob Lee Min Ki displayed his musical talents before with the Oishii Man theme song Frozen Mountain and the collaborative digital single Power of Love, and now he's making the jump to singing complete with his debut album. The actor-turned-singer may often play roguish characters onscreen, but he's completely serious about his venture into music. Lee has been playing piano and guitar for several years, and pulls out quite a few surprises in No Kidding. He collaborated with talented artists like French electronica musicians and producers Kid Loco and Popular Computer, Korean punk band Skrew Attack, and One-Two to create the album's six edgy tracks including the first plug "Eternal Summer" and JOUJOU, which comes in a "MINKI Remix" version.
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Product Title: Lee Min Ki - No Kidding Lee Min Ki - No Kidding Lee Min Ki - No Kidding イ・ミンギ - No Kidding 이민기 - No Kidding
Singer Name(s): Lee Min Ki 李民基 李民基 イ・ミンギ 이민기
Release Date: 2011-02-09
Language: Korean
Disc Format(s): CD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
Publisher: Mnet Media
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1020667605

Product Information / Track List

이민기 - No Kidding

01. 영원한 여름
03. JOUJOU – Let me see the love
06. JOUJOU (♥MINKI Remix)

진심으로 부르는 노래
이민기 데뷔 앨범 『No Kidding』

배우로서의 이민기는 2009년 현재 충무로의 새로운 블루칩으로 떠오른 상태. 그렇다면 뮤지션으로서 이민기는? 아마 사춘기 정도일 것이다. 과거 여러 인터뷰에서 밝혔던 대로 이민기에게 뮤지션이 되는 것은 어렸을 때부터의 꿈이다. 그리고 소년에게 꿈이란 언제나 진심이다.
2009년 이민기가 정식으로 뮤지션임을 선언한다. 몇 년 동안 기타와 피아노를 연습하고 이어폰으로 좋아하는 음악들을 고르는 동안 장난기 어린 동그란 눈은 진지하게 다부져지고, 마침내 준비가 끝났다.
이민기에게 음악이란 ‘연기’가 아니다. 그는 무대 위에서 노래하는 뮤지션 역할을 맡은 게 아니라, 진짜 자신을 내보이며 음악을 하려는 것이다. 그러므로 이것은 ‘장난이 아닌 것(No kidding)’이다.

락스미스바이쇼쇼타입을 통해 8월 11일 발매되는 이민기의 데뷔 앨범 『No Kidding』에는 해외 유명 아티스트들이 대거 참여 하였다. 이미 싱글 작업으로 호흡을 맞췄던 위크엔더스를 비롯,
키드 로코(Kid Loco), 파퓰러 컴퓨터(Popular Computer), 원 투(ONE TWO), 스크류어택 등이 프로듀서로 참여하여 국내에서 찾아 보기 힘든 극도로 세련된 감성의 곡들이 가득하다. 그리고 이민기의 뛰어난 곡 해석 능력이 더해져 놀라운 일이 생긴다. 지금 듣고 있는 이 앨범의 곡들이 마음에 와 닿는다면 그건 그가 이미 유명인으로 시작했기 때문이 아니다. 바람이 가벼운 것들을 걷어 간 뒤 지표면에 깊숙이 박혀 남아 있는 작고 단단한 어떤 것. 『No Kidding』은 진심 그리고 노력이 담긴 아름다운 앨범이다.
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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.3 out of 10 (3)

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July 15, 2012

Catchy and Versatile Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
I will be the first to admit that my decision to buy this CD were very shallow and motivated solely by my love for Lee Min Ki. After seeing him in Shut Up Flower Boy Band and realizing that he could sing, I was curious about his musical foray.

I received my copy in the mail today, and I am impressed. The songs range from danceable electronic,to mellow bass tunes, to an almost classic punk rock sound. I love the fact that his voice is never overtly auto-tuned or manufactured - It sounds like the Min Ki oppa from the dramas I love so much. The songs do not lean too much in any direction; it does not sound like the producers were trying too hard to make him have an idol band sound or anything like that.

Overall, I am impressed and will be enjoying this CD very much. If he chooses to keep making music I would definitely buy his future releases.
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September 17, 2011

1 people found this review helpful

Great Album Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I love this CD - in fact, it was the first Korean CD I have ever bought.
I never regretted it. Rather, I'm sad he hasn't released another one.

At first, I hesitated a bit before giving Minki a try because he's a famous actor.
(The other actors who tried out singing around the same time didn't really do that well)
But by chance I happened to hear one of his songs, and damn!, I was sold immediately.

If you want mainstream idol music, this is not really for you. However, Minki's voice is smooth and calming, without getting boring, and definitely worth a try. If you don't, you're missing out on something great.
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September 6, 2009

4 people found this review helpful

FINALLY! >_< Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This album is extremely unique and amazing. In this onging k-pop industry where actors are turning k-pop singers and vice versa, I was hesistant to give this album a spin. I was disappointed with Lee Min Ho's (Boys Over Flowers) music and many other actors who went 'pop' for a quick minute for money. Everything sounds so mainstream nowadays, so I overlooked this, but I reallly regret not giving this album a spin earlier. ^^()

This album is not K-pop mainstream whatsoever, but rock. It's hard to really compare this to other artists, but the closest artist I can think of to compare it is 'The Flaming Lips' (or maybe even 'The Killers' or 'Yeah Yeah Yeah's'). Um, for some reason it has this european rock feel, but the voice is totally different. I really can't seem to confidently compare this sound to anyone elses...

I love his voice. It may not be a strong ballad voice or a hype pop voice like what mainstream korean listeners are used to, but his music is solely his own and actually fits his voice perfectly. The calm rock with a slight punk sound really pulls you into "Lee Min Ki" and not into the thoughts of "he sounds just like....*such and such* like most k-pop artists. I really love artists where I come to a loss of comparing them to others.

I say give this album a spin and try not to fall into the stereoype of him being a famous actor. I think he has some talent that's being overlooked because he's not following the current flow of music. This album is completely his own and I really hope Lee Min Ki doesn't get discouraged and make this a one time thing. I hope he keeps going, letting out occasional albums.

If you like rock, this is a nice treat. ^_^ I really recommend this album.
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