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You might not recognize Minseo's name and face, but you've probably heard her voice through some programs or releases – she was one of the Top 8 contestants in Superstar K7, took part in the soundtracks of The Handmaiden and Jugglers, and even covered GFriend's "Rough" on The King of Masked Singer! She also participated in her boss's Weekly Yoon Jong Shin project with "Yes," the reply song to the megahit "Like It." Different from her quirky personality, Minseo owns a pleasant, comforting voice that sounds really charming.
Minseo's ambitious debut tetralogy The Diary of Youth finally comes to an end after a year. She sings the romantic duet 2cm (Track 4), the lead single of this album, with recent rising soloist Paul Kim. As expected, this sweet and warm duet is written by acclaimed lyricist Kim Eana, who also helped pen her previous digital singles. To be honest, the melody itself isn't very special; it's like the usual nice K-duets people enjoy listening to. But the soft voices of the two singers make 2cm an especially sweet and melodious tune.
"The Grand Dream" (Track 1) was technically Minseo's debut track. While looking at the title and music video, I thought the song was about chasing dreams. Turns out it's actually a love song about a girl dreaming of a bright future with her crush. "The Grand Dream" gives off a free-spirited, hopeful and positive vibe that leaves you stress-free.
"Growing Up" (Track 2) sets Minseo apart from many other singers with her totally calm tone. In this song, her voice sounds extra tranquil, clear and pure. The song also has really meaningful and resonant lyrics expressing the dilemma of growing up. In fact, this is the kind of ballad I thought Minseo would go for, but of course, I'm beyond happy with her path right now!
Back to half year ago when Is Who (Track 3) came out, I was really surprised with the style, both musically and visually. Gypsy jazz and swing music are quite rare in K-pop. This catchy tune sounds very fresh and lively, particularly her ad lib in the last bridge part. What's more amazing is that she dressed up in eccentric yet stunning styles in the music video and on stage. Though I won't call her a really good dancer, the melody matches well with her outfits and dance so her whole stage presentation was great. If you haven't seen it yet, don't hesitate to take a look at her performances.
Through The Diary of Youth, we not only witness the growth of a young woman, but also find resonance in youthful teen stories and moods that we've all been through. Unlike other soloists, Minseo debuted with four songs of different genre and style. She can be funky and weird like in Is Who, soft and calm like in "Growing Up," or lovely and sweet like in 2cm. Minseo certainly has one of the most unique soothing tones that can calm my soul and suit every type of music. Can't wait for her next comeback!