Block B‘s lead rapper and composer, Park Kyung, kicked off 2017 with his first solo mini-album. Notebook is a five track album that includes three previously released singles and two new additions. Park Kyung was able to display his composing and writing skills by handling each song himself, and give Notebook a warm, laid-back feel the whole way through.
Track 1 – 보통연애 (Ordinary Love)
Setting the relaxing mood of Notebook with a smooth melodic piano entry, Ordinary Love adds a nice and catchy beat on top. Park Kyung partners with ballad vocalist Park Bo Ram as their voices take turns playing over the light drum rhythm. Ordinary Love has a hint of cuteness but is still full of hip hop swag.
Track 2 – 너 앞에서 나는 (When I’m With You)
When I’m With You keeps the lightness going with its jazz ambience featuring Brother Su. There is a nice trumpet solo as well, which is a unique element to add into a hip hop based song. The lower register rapping and smooth vocals both suit the song’s style as defined by brass and calm piano sounds.
Track 3 – 오글오글 (Ogeul Ogeul)
This track that was originally released in 2013 has a playful vibe from the first note that meets your ears. Ogeul Ogeul is a contemporary hip hop track over another jazz backtrack. I can definitely see Ogeul Ogeul as a fun number to be played on a summer road trip.
Track 4 – 자격지심 (Inferiority Complex)
Inferiority Complex is a cute and romantic duet with GFriend’s Eunha. This is an upbeat track that allows both artists to play with the rhythms. Inferiority Complex has a key part that is easy to follow along, but it does get a bit repetitive after a while.
Track 5 – 잔상 (Memories)
Memories is a distinctive number where heartfelt acoustic ballad meets somber rap. The beautifully simple yet bleak guitar strokes is the only embellishment to Park Kyung’s emotional words that tell a regretful story of not appreciating your loved ones as much as you should have while together.