Artist: Yang Yoseop
Album: “The First Collage” EP
Label: Cube Entertainment
I am definitely going on a hot streak of rediscovering music I have purchased previously digitally and overlooking them for the longest time. This entry is Yang Yoseop of Beast fame and includes his first solo effort called “The First Collage”. In my opinion, he’s one of the standout members of Beast due to ability to sing. Initially, I bought this album because I liked the lead single, “Caffeine” and was wondering if he had anything else musically.
Surprisingly, this EP is very good and diverse in terms of song composition. Normally, an artist would take a safe route and lean on certain gimmicks. Some rely on heavy amounts of special guests to cover up for their weaknesses. Some go a EDM crazy and make it a full dance album with maybe a ballad or two. Some albums sound exactly the same from the beginning of the album to the end. Some artists rely on a lead single to make up for the rest of the album which may contain filler material. For this one, none of these gimmicks are used.
The lead single, “Caffeine”, was solid, but the other songs totally covered the other bases. “Look at Me Now” could have been a single and definitely started the album off on a good note with the electronic dance pop sound. The standout track for me is “The Way We Used to Be” because of the near perfect sample of “True” from the 1980’s British band, Spandau Ballet. “But I” is a underrated track that can deepen any mood and slow it down.
I don’t know why I didn’t enjoy this album before, but I actually like it now that I look back on it. It definitely deserves extra spins because it actually is better than I thought it was. I guess it takes a bit longer for me to like certain albums.
For some reason, I was overlooking this album. It is better than a lot of the albums I own from more well known artists. I was looking for albums to delete of my iPod and iPhone to make room for more music, but for sure, this album will be sticking around for the foreseeable future because I actually enjoy this album four years after it was initially released.
Overall rating: 4/5
Reviewed by: Timtastic