Kpop Album Review: Big Bang's Taeyang Rises Without G-Dragon


Big Bang's Taeyang released his second solo full album 'Rise' on June 3. It has been 4 years since Taeyang released his first album in 2010, which means he has prepared that much for his new album.

Before the album release, YG entertainment's Yang Hyun Suk stated, "Despite having 20 complete songs that Taeyang recorded for the 2nd album, we carefully selected 9 songs in respect of his wish to focus more on quality than quantity but all songs are truly exceptional that they could all be title tracks."

The title track is 'Eyes, Nose, Lips'. As you may know, since his debut Taeyang has shown dynamic dance performances through his hits such as 'Only look at me', 'I need a girl', 'Wedding dress' and 'Ringa Linga'. His trademarks were his well-muscled body, outstanding dance skills and soulful voice.

However, when he sings 'Eyes, Nose, Lips', he doesn't show any dance performance and just focuses on showing off his magnetic voice. Check out the music video for the song.



Taeyang and G-Dragon, two of the most popular Kpop artists, are bound up with each other. They've been through a lot together since even before they debuted as members of Big Bang.

As a great friend and talented singer-song writer, G-Dragon composed Taeyang's former hit 'Ringa Linga'. Well, the song was awesome, but it just wasn't Taeyang's thing. It was not easy for Taeyang to give off his own charm when he sang 'Ringa Linga' because the song reminded people so much of G-Dragon.

On the other hand, 'Eyes, Nose, Lips' is the best song for Taeyang to show off his own characteristics. The song has relaxing piano melody, and it maximizes the charm of Taeyang's sweet voice. Through the song, Taeyang proves that he is one of the most attractive and competitive Kpop vocalists.

Of course, the fact remains that Big Bang can show the biggest power when all five members get together, but it is also true that Taeyang is so irresistible when he sings 'Eyes, Nose, Lips'.


G-Dragon took part in working on the album as a featured artist. 4th track's 'Stay with me' is the song. G-Dragon wrote and composed the song, and I'm sure that he just knows how to fascinate the public. G-Dragon raps sensuously, while Taeyang sings soulfully.

5th track's 'Body' is a funky music that automatically gets your head and shoulders bobbing with the song. The track's electronic sound is quite impressive, and I think that the song will be so popular at clubs.

7th track's 'This ain't it' has relaxing melody just like 'Eyes, Nose, Lips', and Taeyang sings the song sweetly, with total sincerity. He sings "You deeply hurt me, but I miss you more than I hate you, I long for you more than I’m sad. Is this not it? Is this not it?"

The lyrics for 8th track's 'Let go' and 9th track's 'Love you to death' are written by Epik High's Tablo. Through the two songs, Teayang expresses feelings about love in mournful ways. You can say these are Taeyang's ardent love letters.

I think I don't need to mention about '1AM' and 'Ringa Linga' because the two songs were unveiled long before the album release. Check out Taeyang's performance for '1AM' and 'Ringa Linga'.


Meanwhile, Taeyang will release his Japanese solo album in August and kick off his concert tour in Japan.


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