Soul Lady

YUKIKA - Soul Lady
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2020 Ratings: #46
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July 21, 2020 / Release Date
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Soul Lady paints a beautiful scene. You're walking through the neon-lighted, bustling streets of 80s Tokyo on a dark, cold rainy night. Surrounded by people, a city shimmering with life, yet intimidating and you're left with a sense of loneliness/dejection. Then, your eyes are set on someone in the distance, they look back at you, a mystifying force slowly pulls you two together. The city fades to the background and falls quiet, the lights dim, your heart bursts. At that ... read more
It is great to know that this type of music can exist in the K-Pop industry. This album is fantastic, with retro tunes blending seamlessly with great production quality, bringing back the Citypop aesthetic to listeners. Obvious examples of Citypop are Soul Lady, Neon, Shade etc. Apart from Citypop, Yukika also steps her foot into different types of music, like the Korean R&B-themed A Day For Love, the modern wacky electro-pop-themed Pit-a-pet etc, and all songs still fit the general fluffy ... read more
Yes, at this point we got to admit that 2020 is the year of nu-disco/synthpop revival. And this record it's no exception, I'm completely surprised by this not gonna lie, very very impressed with the production and vocals!!! Never heard anything about her before but after this I'm paying attention. The way this project is constructed is so interesting, because it's starts very soft synth and then it goes to a very dance vibe which I love. The whole time I could imagine myself dancing on a club ... read more
WOW this bops so incredibly hard. Felt like i was injecting pure serotonin into my bloodstream.
"Aretha Franklin really left us to safe hands" - some commenter on YouTube.

I never thought I'd like any K-Pop album as much as this (Shinee doesn't count), but YUKIKA caught me off-guard. Of course, you can argue that this ain't really K-Pop, as it has lots of City Pop and R&B influences, but I'm still counting it like that. Also, is it me or does almost every song here sound like a parallel universe version of the Neon Genesis Evangelion opening song?

Jokes beside, this album ... read more
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Track List

  1. From HND to GMP
  2. I Feel Love
  3. 서울여자 (Soul Lady)
  4. 네온 (Neon)
  5. Yesterday
  6. 발걸음 (A Day for Love)
  7. 안아줘 (Pit-a-Pet)
  8. 좋아하고 있어요 (Cherries Jubiles)
  9. 친구가 필요해 (I Need a Friend)
  10. 그늘 (Shade)
  11. All Flights Are Delayed
  12. Neon 1989
  13. 좋아하고 있어요 (Cherries Jubiles) (Acoustic New Ver.)
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Added on: July 12, 2020