I just love that the boys always thank us for loving them. The second Japan indie album is titled 392, which means “Thank You 2” (similar pronunciations of the numbers ‘3’ and ‘9’ in Japanese and the English words ‘thank you’.
The official release date is Sep 1 but it’s actually available in the stores on Aug 31. The Oricon daily album chart ranking dated Aug 31 is as follows.
In case you are curious about no.2. I’m With You by Red Hot Chilli Peppers. You may think no.3 isn’t a big deal and the numbers aren’t that impressive. But it’s a big step forward if you know the first album was nowhere to be seen on the chart. Will it go up or down? I don’t want to think too much.
My copy has arrived. 🙂
Even I have listened to all sorts of ‘previews’ out there, I really want to listen to the ‘real thing’ seriously. I’ve been hooked by ‘Man in front of the Mirror’ since the teaser was out. I didn’t even know it’s Yonghwa’s work. To me, the essence of this song is the words. The music? There’s no this ‘wow factor’ like Yonghwa’s other compositions, to be honest. I actually read negative comments about the music. Except having some piano lessons and guitar lessons when I was small and not failing in Music in school, I can’t say I know music at all and I dare not do any analysis. I do think ‘Illusion’ and ‘Coward’ are more sophisticated works.
I have talked enough about the lyrics of ‘Man in front of the Mirror’. I’ve been trying to understand the lyrics of ‘Coward’. Thanks to kof1_ who translated them into Chinese, I’m able to ponder on the message of it. The person behind the song sounds so confused and frustrated to me.
Want to live my life the way I want to.
So I have to destroy it.
I just want to be free. Why does it mean I have to live more seriously?
Why do I need to get used to being passionate? Even if it means I’ll be a very different person.
Nobody cares anyway, my being conscious of living my days.
I’ll decide what I want next. Wouldn’t it be great if I can erase everything and start all over again?
I should be able to be free, even though I’ll be all by myself
Nobody cares anyway, me trapped in this fixed frame.
I’ll try to fit in.
The one who’s tried so hard isn’t me. Would’t it be great if I can erase everything and start all over again?
I should be able to be free. I want to be honest.
I just want to be alone, being conscious of living my days.
I’ll decide what I want next. Would’t it be great if I can erase everything and start all over again?
I should be able to be free, if I start all over again.
Please don’t take the above indirect translation seriously. It’s strange of me. I can read Chinese but I usually translate Chinese words into (broken) English in my head to think about them.
‘Illusion’. Flooding emotions of being lost in love.
I refuse to say which new song is better. I can only tell you I like ‘Man in front of the Mirror’ most. Just because I like everything by Yonghwa? Maybe. I can’t analyze myself. I really love to think that Yonghwa wrote a song about his hectic life, ranting about being have to “hurry hurry up”, longing for sweet holidays, dreaming of street lights and hot nights, but asking himself to slow down and laugh out loud in front of the mirror. Good advice to everybody who feels at loss at times. I have no problem with the music. Something different that Yonghwa’s tried. I don’t think it’s because he’s too busy to make ‘better music’. Whether a particular composition ‘wows’ is actually a very subjective thing. I even think he didn’t mean to ‘wow’ anybody writing the music. I ain’t making sense?
I can see my thoughts going into a dangerous zone. For I just visited soompi CNBLUE thread and read people say Yonghwa fans and Jonghyun fans fighting … Really? One of the main reasons I like ‘watching’ the CNBLUE boys so much is that they have this real bonding as a team. I’ve translated many interview articles and videos (thanks to Taiwanese media that are so interested about them). Seeing them working hard together, helping each other, loving each other and chasing their dreams together, the world just looks like a more beautiful place. I can’t say for others. Though I like/love Yonghwa most (are there really fans out there who like/love the four equally?), there isn’t one second when I think I wish any other of the three be not there to block my seeing him shine. I enjoy seeing the shining moments of the other three too. I find it strange sometimes. These four boys are so different in terms of personhood, but they can compliment each other so well. And when they shine together, the light is particularly attractive.
Should stop being sentimental. Talk about the design. I love the grunch feel of the pics. Don’t know if the coming albums/singles version A, B, C, D from Warner Music Japan will be of any interesting design. The last indie album. Something to treasure!
Continuing the post title … thank you for living your dreams.