[Album Review] White Night (3rd Studio Album) – Taeyang (Big Bang)

I have been dying to review this album and the time has finally come. I have to be extremely selective with the albums that I review as I don’t have time to write many reviews. But as soon as I heard this one, I just had to put it on the list. Taeyang is a chart topper with his previous songs and while his performance this time around has been underwhelming, he still manages to hit it out of the park with the awesome album (just repeating if you haven’t got that key detail).

White Night Album Cover

1..White Night – It is such a pity that this is just an intro. I would love for an extended version of White Night. While I am not that fond of the choppy instrumental, there is something about it that manages to compliment Taeyang’s vocals. The buildup just gets you hyped and I love the “I Just Wanna… Hold… You.. Close!” line which gives so much suspense in just a matter of a second. (10/10)

2. Wake Me Up (Title Track)Click here to read the full review for Wake Me Up (9.5/10)

3. Darling (Title Track)Click here to read the full review for Darling (9/10)

4. Ride – To me, Ride is your standard RnB track, with a more upbeat feel. It feels nostalgic for some reason with its sound and the way the song faded to silence at the end. It is not the most dynamic track on the album but it doesn’t  lack in any areas. I can picture an amazing performance for this song, which you probably bring us all down memory lane to his Wedding Dress days. (9/10)

5. Amazing – Down right the best song on the entire album. It is a song that you just want to get up and just move your body to. It is extremely catchy with the “Amazing Amazing Amazing” hook in the song. I’ll admit that it isn’t musically ground-breaking, but the song hits me in all the right place and makes me feel ‘Amazing’. (10/10)

6. Empty Road (텅빈도로) – If you want a vocally centered track, Empty Road is the way to go. To me, I love his vocals here, more than in Darling. For the majority of the track, Taeyang’s vocals pair well with the soft rock sound of the track. It initially didn’t attract my attention, but I was dealt a blow once he started increasing the intensity with his vocals towards the end of the song. The start actually felt like an Ed Sheeran song, while the ending felt like a KPOP song. (9/10)

7. Naked – Probably the most understandable song to get banned in South Korea at the moment. Just by listening to the song, it seems like Taeyang is conveying a not so subtle message. But jokes aside, the song is quite nice. I love the instrumental of track, which has an interesting mix of synths. I love the dynamic vibes of the chorus but the verse felt a little plain and sluggish for my tastes (8.5/10)

8. Tonight (오늘밤) ft. Zico – This is probably the most interesting track on the entire album. The way Taeyang sings this song gives off an interesting and compelling atmosphere. There is something with the deep brass sound and drum mix for the chorus that gives off an epic feel. Zico gives off a nice contrast with that piano instrumental and faster-paced delivery. But most importantly, the rock dominate ending was the probably an unexpected but worthwhile way to end the song. (10/10)

Overall Album Rating – 9.5/10

White Night Teaser Image

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