Taeyeon is arguably one of the most popular girl group soloists, ever. My Voice, her first full album, is another proof of why she deserves this status. As the title of My Voice suggests, Taeyeon uses the full potential of her voice to move her audience, and make them feel many emotions along the way. This very individualistic album, while maintaining Taeyeon’s sure-win formula of sentimental songs, also dotted with alluring experimental tracks that range from EDM to rock.
Track 1 – Fine
Contrary to the name of the song, Fine is a punchy alternative rock ballad that shows how miserable and wistful she is after a breakup. The sweet guitar strums act as an excellent accompaniment to Taeyeon’s poignant croons. The emotional highs of Fine will truly penetrate the hearts of its listeners, possibly even beating I, her debut single, in this aspect. It gives an uplifting and relieving feel, as if shouting your heart out in an open field.
Track 2 – Cover Up
Next in line is Cover Up, a lighthearted, feel-good EDM track. Though similar in style to the majority of Taeyeon’s previous EP Why, it’s nevertheless a catchy and fun tune made for those who are in unconditional love.
Track 3 – 날개 (Feel So Fine)
Feel So Fine has the uplifting and inspirational vibes of I, however, it isn’t that successful production-wise. The transition between the acoustic verses and the loud, emotional chorus seems abrupt and harsh to the ears.
Track 4 – I Got Love
Taeyeon finally unleashes her diva side with I Got Love. I Got Love is an effortlessly sultry pop and jazz-influenced track that is reminiscent of Lady Gaga’s Applause. The beat drop after the chorus, to fierce horns, is totally unexpected and adds to the catchiness of the track. However, it just needs a little more oomph in the chorus to make it perfect.
Track 5 – I’m OK
Heading in an indie direction, I’m OK is definitely more than just okay. Taeyeon expresses her strong will to move on from a breakup in this powerful yet laid-back rock track. This is a great surprise from Taeyeon since her base is usually in ballad and mass-oriented pop tracks.
Track 6 – Time Lapse
Sticking to Taeyeon’s roots, Time Lapse is a calming ballad that is pleasantly resonant and emotionally powerful. The use of pounding guitar strums and forceful drum beats make Time Lapse an excellent and ethereal exception to the typical ballads she puts out.
Track 7 – Sweet Love
Sweet Love is a dreamy (and of course, sweet) pop track that gives you a taste of heaven. Even though it’s the kind of lovey-dovey song that is typical of what you’d expect from Taeyeon, the silvery harmony of the song is pretty much undeniable. Sweet Love is the ideal soundtrack for those people who are just hopelessly in love.
Track 8 – When I Was Young
When I Was Young, however, doesn’t particularly stick out in My Voice, being just another tranquil ballad, especially since there were many experimental songs that preceded it. Nevertheless, I can imagine listening this peaceful number on a road trip with a friend or a person I love dearly.
Track 9 – Lonely Night
Taking inspiration from R&B in the early 2000s, Lonely Night has an unexpected American beat to carry it. The rhythmic drums and assorted sounds provide a complement to Taeyeon’s evocative voice and brings a sense of peace to the song, giving the vibes of the golden days of many female vocal powerhouses such as Beyonce.
Track 10 – 수채화 (Love in Color)
Stripped to the bare minimum, Love in Color lets the piano do all the heavy lifting. This is a wonderful allusion to the message Taeyeon wants to send across: she is a true artist who puts sincerity and emotion into her singing. Love in Color is an alluring acoustic ballad that brings the best out of her voice.
Track 11 – Fire
Fire is an intense power ballad that brings listeners knee-deep in emotions. The climax of the song is practically the entire thing, because Taeyeon is able to use her voice to its best potential. Fire is arguably even more impactful than the title track Fine due to its dramatic melody and how well it complements Taeyeon’s voice.
Track 12 – Eraser
While Fire is more of sorrow, My Voice closer Eraser is more of rage and the strong resolve to remove an ex-boyfriend from memory. The fierce, fluid synth-infused beat comes as a pleasant eye-opener, and this track has more than enough energy and passion to make listeners put it on repeat.