Seohyun of Girls’ Generation makes a stunning and sultry solo debut with Don’t Say No, an album that she played a large part in. Seohyun was able to showcase her individuality, in a somewhat unexpectedly mature yet chic way. Overall, Don’t Say No is retro gone right, with unique, sizzling, and aurally alluring R&B tracks lining the entire album.
Track 1 – Don’t Say No
Don’t Say No is a classy dance track that takes you back in time to the golden days of 90’s pop genre. Seohyun effectively expresses her uniqueness and confident vocals here, through a nostalgic, yet refreshing anthem that shines amidst the sea of sameness in the Kpop industry.
Track 2 – Hello
Hello is a sweet song that shouldn’t have been as loud as it was. But if you put that aside, you will be serenaded with a romantic R&B duet that brings the best out of both Seohyun’s and Eric Nam’s voices.
Track 3 – Magic
Magic is a groovy number with a sticky sensual feel about it. The seductive, aurally pleasing melody collide perfectly together with Seohyun’s persistent vocal for a delightful experience. The Jonghyun-esque feel about its composition and aura definitely take the listener for a captivating ride.
Track 4 – 혼자 하는 사랑 (Lonely Love)
Lonely Love is an acoustic track that puts Seohyun’s pleasant voice beside gentle, light guitar strums. This is a song that displays Seohyun’s professionalism and diversity as an artist, as it shows that she has a softer side about her too.
Track 5 – Love & Affection
Love & Affection is an odd neo-soul song that is weirdly ethereal. It switches constantly between calm verses and powerful choruses, ensuring that the listener is attracted until the very end. Not only that, Seohyun’s amazing vocals are able to shine their brightest here, especially during the chorus.
Track 6 – Bad Love
Bad Love is reminiscent of an ominous scene in a mystery movie, with deep, impactful piano chords that hold the song together, and mourning trumpet blows to add drama. Seohyun is able to haunt the listener with her evocative voice, as if telling the listeners that something bad is about to happen.
Track 7 – 달빛 (Moonlight)
Moonlight functions like Night did in Taeyeon’s EP Why, a song that is far too slow for my taste, but nevertheless able to give a proper closure to Don’t Say No. The loudness of the bridge before the last chorus genuinely surprised me, and made the experience better by miles. But otherwise, Moonlight is just a slow song that is the kind of thing you will be listening to as you fall asleep on a warm night.