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It has taken me over two months to get around to reviewing this album release, but it is finally here. WONHO made his solo comeback mid-September with BLUE (the title track) and BLUE LETTER (this mini-album which I reviewed today). This is his second mini-album since his solo debut, with the mini-albums Love Synonym Part 1: Right For Me and Love Synonym Part 2: Right For Us forming his first and debut mini-album. I will correct that point in the respective title of the second album review that I wrote up earlier in the year. Anyhow, regarding BLUE LETTER, it was a nice album release that really showcases WONHO vocals very well. It is something that I consistently commenting in this album review, so keep your eyes out for those comments when you read my thoughts on the individual songs below.
1. Intro: Seasons and Patterns (Intro: 시간과 잡화점의 무늬) – Kickstarting BLUE LETTER is an instrumental intro track, titled Seasons and Patterns. A mixture of soft synths and piano come together to create such a beautiful and stunning piece. It also feels light and airy, warm and inviting, and soothing and calming – all rolled into one.
2. BLUE (Title Track) – Click here to read the full review for BLUE. (7/10)
3. No Text or Call – Following the title track is No Text or Call, an all-English R&B track. I quite enjoyed the mix of acoustic guitar, synths and bass in this song. The two come together to form a track that would definitely fit in well with Western music industry. No Text or Call has a rather simple melody to it, but it is effective and it definitely caught my attention. It also definitely brings out Wonho’s vocals in a warm and likeable manner, even though the song dives into the more delicate topic of a breakup. (9/10)
4. Come Over Tonight – Keeping the acoustic guitars, adding a more profound amount of synths and diving deeper into the R&B genre is Come Over Together. And that was all present in the opening sequence of the song, which in turn was a great start. I really like the swaying effect that the melody brings to this song, but I will admit that the melody was a touch on the generic side and doesn’t offer anything special in addition to that. As for Wonho’s vocals in this song, I find them quite enjoyable. There is also a slightest touch of autotune added at certain parts of the song, which did a fantastic job of blending his already fitting vocals further into the song. (7.5/10)
5. 24/7 – 24/7 is an aesthetic pop track that really draws me into the song. This is thanks to the buzzing and pulsing synth that forms part of the song’s hook. While I do think the instrumental for 24/7 is a big positive to the song, I am not a fan of the bleeping-like synth that follows up the commended synth hook that I just mentioned. It just stuck out and didn’t fit the aesthetics of 24/7. Wonho’s vocals, both autotuned and in falsetto mode, sounded so great throughout the track, complimenting those aesthetics I mentioned, but also sounding so drifty and airy. (9/10)
6. Stranger – The final song on the album is Stranger, which is the album’s mandatory ballad. While this ballad doesn’t necessary bring forth that swaying effect that I tend to notice in ballads, Stranger has other strengths that make it such a great song nonetheless. The acoustic guitar instrumental returns a one-track omission, but without synths and hence is the dominant element within the instrumentation. It was so nice and soothing, while Wonho’s vocals really bundled the emotions behind the lyrics up so well. The melodies were very beautiful, particularly the very typical but well executed ‘La La La’ in this song. (9/10)
Overall Album Rating – 8.3/10