Vanilla Unity Special Album - Farewell & Tonight
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|Product Title:||Vanilla Unity Special Album - Farewell & Tonight Vanilla Unity Special Album - Farewell & Tonight Vanilla Unity Special Album - Farewell & Tonight Vanilla Unity Special Album - Farewell & Tonight 바닐라 유니티 스페셜 앨범 - Farewell & Tonight|
|Singer Name(s):||Vanilla Unity Vanilla Unity Vanilla Unity Vanilla Unity （バニラユニティー） Vanilla Unity|
|Other Information:||2 CDs|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|Publisher:||Sony & BMG, SBME Korea|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1004670841|
Product Information / Track List
01 . 좋아좋아 (live)
02 . tomorrow(live)
03 . 내가 널 어떻게 잊어 (live)
04 . hero (live)
05 . crave (live)
06 . 너와 함께 (special ver.)
07 . 좋아좋아 (MR)
01 . 내가 널 어떻게 잊어 (MV)
02 . TOMORROW (MV)
03 . HERO (MV)
01 . 안녕 내사랑
02 . Dreamer
03 . 어느 산골 소년의 사랑 이야기
성황을 이룬 총 4회의 단독 콘서트와 펜타포트 락페스티발, 쌈지사운드 페스티발, 한일평화콘서트 등 대형 록 페스티발의 왕성한 공연 활동과 각종 방송 활동 등으로 알찬 한 해를 보내며 2006년을 마무리하고 2집을 발표하기 전 기다리는 팬들을 위해 새로운 신곡과 라이브 트랙 등이 담긴 1.5집 형식의 스페셜 음반을 발매한다.
스페셜 CD는 ENHANSED CD로 제작 되어져서 컴퓨터에서 바닐라유니티의 라이브 사진 감상 및,뮤직비디오보기, 음악듣기 등이 가능하다.
2집을 준비하고 있는 바닐라유니티의 이번 스페셜 음반 출시는 한 음반의 활동 이후 오랜 기간
침묵하고 다시 돌아오는 형태가 아닌 항상 옆에 있어주는 친구와도 같은 존재로서 준비한 팬들을 위한 선물과도 같은 음반이다.
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June 12, 2007
A dash of punk, a pinch of emo, a dose of screaming, and we get Vanilla Unity. A fairly new and young name in the scene, the band has found a fair amount of attention with its Westernized rock, and it's easy to understand why. Though their musical style is not particularly innovative - basically an energetic, eclectic, emo sound that would fit right into the American alternative mainstream - the band's delivery is spot-on. Their brand of alt-rock is safe and soulful enough to appeal to a wider audience, irreverent enough to bounce to, and not emo enough to annoy. Working in a genre that's gotten rather bloated in recent years, they've still managed to put out some very listenable and memorable rock tracks, Korean or otherwise.
Vanilla Unity released their debut album in early 2006, and put out a second album in March this year. They're not exactly topping charts and selling hotcakes, but two albums in two years, along with contributions to the Palace S soundtrack, is certainly promising output for a band. Their latest album Farewell & Tonight consists of a "Special CD" and a "Mini CD". The Mini CD contains three new tracks, while the Special CD comes with live and, uh, special versions of earlier songs.
Starting from the top, we have live versions of Tomorrow, "How Can I Forget You", Hero, and Crave from their debut album. Tomorrow (Track 2) is a fun and energetic pop punk number with that essential combination of fast beats, catchy refrains, suspiciously trivial lyrics, and some healthy screaming. Hero (Track 4) mixes the screaming with a lilting rock ballad that alternates effectively between soft and loud with layered vocals and a dramatic melody. This live track definitely does more for the song than the earlier album version, which was already quite good. Even better though is "How Can I Forget You" (Track 3), a surprisingly expressive number that builds from quiet sentiments to a climactic outcry. The band also offers a decent cover of Nuno Bettencourt's Crave (Track 5), which fits well with Vanilla Unity's overall sound.
The album comes with both an instrumental (Track 7) and a live version (Track 1) of "Like, Like", which was originally featured in the Palace S soundtrack. This very likeable song has a great beat and easygoing melody that makes good use of layering vocals and catchy shifts between soft and loud. The live version here feels fresh and energetic, and the keyboard, which was significantly less prominent in the album version, adds to the track's playful tone. "With You" (Track 6), also from the Palace S OST, is an indistinct punk pop number with strong beats and a fun melody, but a comparatively subdued tone. This "special version" offers slightly different arrangement than the original version, but not different enough to matter.
Interestingly, moving to the Mini CD, the three new tracks offer a completely different mood than the band's previous songs. While their live tracks are loud and energetic, new songs "Farewell My Love", Dreamer, and "Legend of the Mountain Boy" take on a light, mellow, lulling quality. Opening with gentle, high-pitched vocals, "Farewell My Love" (Track 1) makes use of interesting instrumentation and rather strange transitions, creating a soft, whimsical atmosphere before launching into slightly louder emo territory. Similarly soft, Dreamer (Track 2) gives off an ambience of dreamy melancholy, with clear vocals against a simple piano-driven melody and a pop-friendly refrain. Closing the album is "Legend of the Mountain Boy" (Track 3), which is perhaps the polar opposite of the album's first track, Tomorrow. Starting as a whisperingly emotive acoustic number, this updated folk song gradually takes on some string and electronic sounds, but stays soothing and wistful, bringing the album to a quiet and comforting end.
It's almost uncanny how much Vanilla Unity's sound differs over the two parts of the album. In fact, one could easily imagine that these were actually two separate bands, but I must say that I find both sides of the band equally appealing. While the new tracks are rather surprising given the band has made its name on louder offerings, they fit in quite well with the album, providing a soft nighttime farewell, a lullaby of sorts to end a day of rocking.