Album CNBLUE – Ear Fun Review by cnbluestorm

The album opens to electronic tones with the scratching of the DJ table.  For a second, you would think that “Hey You” is reminiscent of last year’s comeback single “Intuition”, but we are reminded that this is, after all, CNBLUE.  After a long hiatus of a Korean release, they open with a track that sounds similar yet the same, and that’s how we know we are in for some Ear Fun.

Hey You speaks of a theme common to CNBLUE title songs, that of love, longing, and some tinges of regret.   Being the only song that is not directly co-written by any one of the members, we hear them having fun playing the music in this song, yet also not necessarily owning it, as if that of mockingbirds simply mimicking music they are told to sing.

 The sophomore track “Still In Love” is where we are taken back to a sound uniquely CNBLUE.  The rawness of emotion is heard in the lyrics, yet it remains steady with the band’s signature laidback delivery.  This track is better enjoyed with a tub of ice cream, perfect for the warming tone of spring and summer.  Its highlight is that we hear each member’s instrument or vocals in a way that makes them blend yet stand out on their own.  Props are awarded for a new vocal instrumental language in Jong Hyun’s “stabirabirapstastabira” and Yong Hwa’s singing of “Appeun sarang-ah”, and the way it sounds good you could hurt like what the words convey.

Dream Boy” is genuinely a masterpiece.  We hear the acoustic rock that defines this band, and the lyrics are well-written to convey the dreams and everything in between of a band only in its early years. Their youth and their growing pains were accurately summed up in this track.

It’s long overdue for a dance song from CNBLUE, and in this album we get it from “Rock N’ Roll”.  It tells you to “dance” at the very least, so it becomes pretty obvious what it wants to do.  That aside, the intro to this track had a life of its own.  We start the song not knowing where it is going to take us, especially since it sounds like the opening riffs of a cheer song.  But, if you tell us your head didn’t bop to those opening strains, we reserve the right to call your bluff.  Credit is due to Min Hyuk and Jung Shin for giving this track the full-bodied rhythm it required.  But then again, this song should be the anthem for power pairings within the band, as Yong Hwa and Jong Hyun’s vocals were also performing awe-inducing gymnastics with the way one of them seamlessly begins as the other ends (i.e. this is most evident beginning in 0:44 to about 1:07).

The upbeat momentum built from “Rock N’ Roll” is maintained in “Run”, so it is highly suggested you don’t shuffle your mp3 player when first listening to this album.   True to its title, the song is delivered in high speed.  The fast tempo makes the vocals in this song take a more subordinate role, giving the music from the instruments take the lead.  Its dizzying pace can make it a fit for a film OST, perhaps of the anime or sci-fi genre.

In My Head” is the only re-issue in this album from their Japanese release. So what it really achieves in inclusion to this album is bringing a hit home to Korea.  Surely, FTISLAND vocalist Lee Hong Ki would appreciate this song more than any of us, since if given the chance to cover, he can sing it in his own language. Its placement as the last track also likely serves as homage to their fans, as the words of the song take a more collective theme, seeking a continuation of loyalty and love, a slight deviation from the undertones of the original Japanese lyric.

Overall, Ear Fun, in entirety, brought us sounds that are signature CNBLUE.  The style slightly steered away from their previous Korean offerings, in what appears like an attempt to push the musical envelope.  It is CNBLUE’s second year in Korea, after all. With this being the first Korean release as they push forward to their third year of music, we do hear a sound of boldness, creativity and confidence this time around. This is warranted from a band that can no longer be called “rookies” and a newly minted international up-and-comer. In this album, we didn’t hear them rely heavily on their musical influences, definitely no traces of Maroon5 or Jason Mraz or Bon Jovi here.  Instead, CNBLUE pushed for a style they can call truly theirs, now and onwards.

Written by: ridj @anjellhaven | D @ cnbluestorm 
Edited by: D  @ cnbluestorm

I can’t really review bout music itself, since I’ve only focus on Jong Hyun-ie. So I take this review as an objective review for EAR FUN Album…

But after all, I like this ‘EAR FUN’…, much.

If u like this Album, Give your review too…

Actor Kim Sooro compliments Jonghyun on Twitter

글구 콜린역의 씨엔블루 종현이는 진짜 잘생겼다.ㅎㅎ 훌륭한 몸과 마음씨를 가진 종현.배우로서도 대성하길~~~^^

CNBLUE Jonghyunnie who will be playing as Colin is really good looking. Hehe. Jonghyun with a great body and a good personality. May he will succeed as an actor too ~~~^^

Source: @Kimsooro
Translated by: fizzy @ cnbluestorm

 

One person already mesmerize by uri Jong Hyun-ie…. ^^

Really… uri Jong Hyun-ie is good looking… especially with his guitar around. Hope Colin bring his guitar n play it for his ‘Appa’…

Ear Fun ~ CN Blue 3rd Mini Album – Jung Yong Hwa Video & Image Teaser

 

Jung YongHwa – Charisma explosion

The main lead for the last teaser is me, Jung YongHwa! Do you feel my charisma? ^^
After filming the teaser, I thought – promotions in Korea finally.
Now, our 3rd mini album will be out really soon.
As you have been waiting for a long time, we will show a good image.. You will listen to it a lot right?
We will become the CNBLUE who works hard diligently. *^^*

Source: Nate
Translated by: chiffonlau@cnbluestorm

Source: CNBLUE official youtube

 

Vote for CN Blue on MTV VMAJ 2012!

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On March 19, MTV Japan revealed the nominees for the MTV VMAJ 2012 (Video Music Awards Japan 2012).

CNBLUE received a nomination for “In My Head” under the “Best New Artist Video” category.

The winner will be chosen through music fans’ votes! If you live in Japan, you can directly vote at the Gyao! website by watching the video here (http://gyao.yahoo.co.jp/vmaj2012/nominee/#new_artist).

However, if you don’t live in Japan, you can vote through Facebook. Follow these steps:

1) Go to their page here. https://www.facebook.com/mtvjapan?sk=app_312805645448290

(if you don’t have a Facebook account yet, please make one at https://www.facebook.com/)

2) “Like” the page first.

3) Find CNBLUE under “Best New Artist”

4) Click on the red box that says “投票する”. And, You’re done!^^

For Tutorial in Korean, please proceed here: cnbluetheband.com

Tutorial Credit: CNBLUEtheBand.com

 

Here’s Another Way to VOTE for them thru FACEBOOK:

  • Step #2 : Go to the Best New Artist Video category. Underneath CNBLUE’s picture, you’ll find a RED button containing the following characters “投票する”. CLICK that button.

  • Then CHECK the box beside the FACEBOOK icon.

  • Afterward, CLICK the RED button containing the following characters “投票する”.

  • Authorize MTV VMAJ 2012 Application to access your FACEBOOK account. CLICK the “Go to App” button.

  • Permit MTV VMAJ 2012 Application to post on your Facebook timeline.

  • Then you’re done! You will see a page containing the following characters “投票ありがとうございました!” which means “Thank you for voting!”

To VOTE for CNBLUE via TWITTER.

  • Follow Steps #1 and #2 above.
  • Then CHECK the box beside the TWITTER icon.

  • Afterward, CLICK the RED button containing the following characters “投票する”.

  • Authorize MTV VMAJ 2012 to access your TWITTER account. CLICK the “Sign In” button.

  • Then you’re done! You will see a page containing the following characters “投票ありがとうございました!” which means “Thank you for voting!”

DEADLINE for VOTING is on June 8, 2012 at 17:00 (Japan Time). The awards ceremony will be held on June 23, 2012.

Tutorial made by L@cnbluestorm.com

 

Special Thanks to BLUELove a.k.a Melissa for the help & information!

You may VOTE as MANY as you wish to. But please note that only 1 vote for each category, per person, per day.

Please use all your twitter or Facebook accounts to VOTE for CNBLUE!

Ear Fun ~ CN Blue 3rd Mini Album – Kang Min Hyuk Video & Image Teaser

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Kang MinHyuk
I’m the first to start off the teaser filming.
JungShin-ie and JongHyun-ie hyung, set my image as an example, it seemed to have turned out really cool. Haha.
The image of a strong man definitely goes well with drums! Teaser with a strong rhythm sense matched with drum beats.
It’s getting more powerful, my image! Please simply see it for yourself in this teaser!


Source: Nate
Translated by: chiffonlau@cnbluestorm

Source: CNBLUE’s youtube

 

MinHyuk tweets about his Ear Fun teaser

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Two teasers left, and sweet MinHyuk tweeted to spur us on!

We filmed today – spring is really coming..! But still, please beware of catching a cold~ As we are just left with YongHwa hyung’s and my teaser, please look forward to it more. CNBLUE Hey You daebak

오늘 촬영하는데 정말 봄이왔어요..! 그래도 감기 조심하세요~ 이제 저랑 용화형 티저남았으니까 더더기대많이해주세요 CNBLUE Hey you 대박http://pic.twitter.com/1PYTRczt

 

Translated by: chiffonlau@cnbluestorm
Source: @CNBLUE_4