Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Eru- Level II

When I was in Korea during December, I went on a buying spree. Not clothes but cds. The Korean music scene in Singapore is almost non existent. Mostly osts and a few token albums of the more well known artistes. So whenever I'm in Korea, I go crazy. Just gow crazy? Well, let's just say that the owner, Song actually told me not to buy anymore.

Anyway, amongst the many albums that I bought, I was blown away by this:

    ---> Eru- Level II

I have heard about this album earlier when it was released but didn't really bother to check it out. There are just too many singers and bands. But this is one album I should have listened to earlier.

Eru's main song- Black Glasses became very popular, topping many of the charts.

Black Glasses(까만안경)

Of course it helped that the mv starred the rather popular Kim Hyung Joon of SS501. But seriously, the song is really good and the female voice almost towards the end lends the right touch.

However, when I was listening to the album, the following song actually caught my attention even more than Black Glasses. I remembered playing it for a rather long time on my blog under “You're listening to....”

While Snow (흰눈)

It is really a very beautiful song and is composed by Eru himself.

And then a couple of weeks ago, I saw Eru on KBS Music Bank. He was singing together with an older man. Now I didn't know who that guy was but I was totally enraptured by the performance between the two of them. The rappport was great and though I could tell that the 2 men's singing style were different as they belong to different genre, the harmony was great.

I found out later that the older singer is his father and a famous singer- 태진아.

They first sang Eru's Song- White Snow and then his father's song- 옥경이. For some strange reasons, I found the second song very familiar. I was racking my brains, trying to remember where I've heard it before. I guess it's either one of those dramas or one of the song that the Korean driver kept playing during my first trip to Korea. I believe this song is in 태진아 1989 album- 태진아...2 집

You can watch Eru and his father singing live on KBS Music Bank here. It's also the last track of Eru's album. But he sang it in his own style of cousre. So sweet.

I read that Eru used to be really fat but lost a lot of weight. I think he's rather good looking now, don't you? Hehe!

                     

There are quite a lot of other songs that I like in the album too, like Track 9- Because I Love You (사랑하니까). The melody and beat is just great.

I really like this album alot. Lynn, if you're reading this, I think you will like it too.

Btw, he also sang a song in The Vineyard Man (starring Yoon Eun Hye)

Here's the song, with a fanmade mv.
Vineyard Man- Good Lady

Not sure how the movie is but I've read mixed reviews. Ani is watching it now. You can read about it here

Just a little information on that great cd shop that I frequent.



This is Song Young Hak or Song as he is known to many of us. He owns the cd shop in the Myeongdong station. It's in the underground shopping area, rather like our Raffles Link. I started buying from him during my 1st trip to Korea in 2003 and have been going back to him everytime I'm there. I know many Singaporeans do too, as do fans from other countries. His shop is now much bigger and brighter.

Why do we like him?

He speaks English which is a huge plus.
He's very friendly.
He's knowledgeble.
He's helpful.
He offers discount and posters when he can.
And he doesn't ever push sales..ever. He let us browse around on our own till we need his help. I've never felt uncomfotable even if I'm alone in the shop unlike some other shops, where I feel as if my every movement is being monitored and I almost feel pressurised with an obligation to buy something.

You can't miss his shop at the Myeongdong station, even though it doesn't have a name. But just in case, here's his email address:
pink-ish@hanmail.net

He opens late though...after 11am but he shuts late too so that's ok.

Ok...I'm going pop in Eru's album now.

25 comments:

아이니 Aini said...

is that you with him?

tiffany said...

hehe! Yeah... that's me with Song. I know, I know... I look like a dumpling....

mrs a said...

I think you look cute! I really appreciate you writing about these artists. It really gives me more exposure to the many asian artists out there. Love this blog. Thanks Tiffany!

ps nice to have a place to go shopping where you feel so comfy!

Lynn said...

thanks tiff for mentioning my name...hehehe...

Okay...will get Eru album soon...

tiffany said...

Mrs A- thanks for dropping by and even happier to know that you enjoying reading this blog. Hehe! well... my knowledge is actually very little compared to many out there...

I really enjoy writing here on kimchiblog. I've often womdered why are there so many talented (not to mention good looking) artistes in Korea? hehe!

tiffany said...

Lynn ah.... tell me what you think about Eru's album after you listen to it ok?

Gerri said...

ahhh this song in ur blog is nice! do u think u can send? or post it somewhere so i can dl? thanks!!

Gerri said...

oh ya can u help me check if u can find the ost for the movie "im a cyborg but dats ok." ? THANKS ALOT!! =D

gerri said...

oh abt the ost, its ok i found it alrdy. but i still want the lee an song!! =)

mishio said...

hey tiff,
how timely - telepathy anyone? have been on an ERU tear this week, and soooooo glad to have stumbled upon this today. I love this song you're playing and of course, white snow! Many, many thanks - you have great taste!

tiffany said...

Hi gerri

Are you Singaporean? If you are, you can get Le An's album in teh major music stores here. He's under Rock Records for both Korea and SG.

If you're not Singaporean, then send me an email at tiffanys_j@yahoo.com.sg

You can find Cyborg ost on Yesasia.com via the link on my blog. It's on the left side bar, almost near the top. ^^

tiffany said...

Haha! Mishio. Well... shall we say we both have great taste since we both like Eru's album?

I've been following the story on your blog..you make a good story teller. : )

marissa said...

Hi Tiff,

I also love Eru's songs in his 2nd album especially black glasses. I always make it a point to check his guestings in music shows because like his live singing.

tiffany said...

Hi Marissa

hehe! I guess quite a few of us like his 2nd album. I've not listened to his 1st album. Any idea if it's any good?

Anonymous said...

HI Tiffany~

do you know where i can get White Snow by Eru? I really like this one. ^^

tiffany said...

Hi annonymous, are you asking for the song or the mv?

Anonymous said...

Hi! OMG you're fast at replying! O_O ^^ I can't believe it's morning over there, it's night over here => 8:30 PM

umm..i was wondering if you have both? thank you sooo sooo sooo much!! ^_^ ----> (>^-^)><(^-^<)

tiffany said...

Hi! Yes, it's morning over here. I gather you're in the US?

I can load the song up for you but will have to search through my files to see if I have the mv. Can only do it tonight I'm afraid. Am at work now. ^^

Anonymous said...

Good morning! ^_^

thank you for the song!! I don't mind waiting since I'm going to sleep while you're at work. hehe...^^

PS. I love your blog!! it has so many new Korean artist (well, at least for me) and they're all very good.

tiffany said...

Here's the YSI link for the song->

http://www.yousendit.com/download/dkJxNWNseWF3TGg1VEE9PQ"

I don't have the mv and I can't seemed to download from clubbox. You can try and see if you can do so. Good luck!

clubbox link

Anonymous said...

Hi Tiffany!

Thank you for the link to the song!

For some reason, Clubbox hates me now so I can't dl from it anymore~ I think I need to reinstall it again or not since I'm not using it much anymore.

meerakiki Personal Touch said...

Hi Tiffany,

I also like you...always go to his shop to find my favourite CD...

Not only him, I also known most of myeongdong cartstore seller who most of my time in korea , I will visit them although just to said hi..

tiffany said...

Hello Meerakiki

Are you Singaporean? I see you are also selling things form Korea? ^^

Me too...but I sell magazines and books. hehe!

Wow! You know the other storeowners? I only know Song.

meerakiki Personal Touch said...

Hi Tiffany....

Deh.... Arasso

Yup, I'm singaporean and you are right I'm selling accessories from Korea.... almost two years in the market...not to bad....

zenitshu said...

hi tiffany...
the song in your blog is great...
i like it...
is that Lee An's song?
btw, could you probably send me his songs?
i've searching for his 1st and 2nd album everywhere but can't find it...
his album is limited in Indonesia and already sold out.. T_T

thank you so much... ^^