Eric Nam - Honestly

 
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Release Date: April 11th, 2018
Label: B2M Entertainment
Genre: Dance/Pop/R&B
Length: 5 Songs/16:54


 

01. 솔직히 (Honestly…) {8.5/10}
If you haven't checked out my full thoughts on "Look" already, you can see my review here. If you want the TL;DR of it, I thought that this was a reasonably catchy title track, but the western vibes of it overall aren't my personal style.

02. Potion (Feat. Woodie Gochild) {8/10}
"Potion" also has a music video, so if you haven't watched that, go give Eric Nam some love and do so! This song has a western feel to it as well, though in a different way than "Honestly..." presented. The stumbling guitar plucks and chords from the pseudo-piano blend together nicely for a dance-like beat, and Eric Nam uses a more powerhouse style of vocals to infuse an extra dose of energy into the piece. Woodie Gochild, who seems to be consistently rising on the scene, did well enough. I'll admit, though, that if I had listened to this without knowing it was him, I wouldn't have guessed it was since he was so heavily auto-tuned. This song really reminded me of something that Ed Sheeran might do, though if that's a good or bad thing is up for interpretation. For me personally, it was just good, but not great.

03. This Is Not A Love Song {9.5/10}
This third track on the album slows things down for a softer, more impassioned atmosphere. The empty, muffled guitar chords tied together with the simple bass line and drumbeat (or fingersnaps) mean that Eric Nam's voice drives most of this song forward. Piano chords drop in and fill up some more space, but they don't really give that emotional impact, instead that's all strictly from the vocals. The concept of the song isn't really all that new, but I'm a bit of a sucker for songs like it. The sort of denial of just becoming another love song amongst the many, the refusal to admit what it is at heart and stifling those feelings - I just really dig that sort of contradictory conflict.

04. Lose You {8/10} 
"Lose You" is the first song on this album to be entirely in English, which was a slight surprise to me, but it makes sense still with Eric Nam going on his tour soon. The quiet, bassy guitar chords coupled with solid percussion do a wonderful job of building the song up underneath the quicker-paced vocals and reverberating sounds. The chorus isn't so much a drop, however, though it still brings a good amount of intensity to it. Lyrically this song is definitely not what I enjoy, reminding me of some crazy extremes a la "Grenade" by Bruno Mars. Still, this is a solid track that I'm sure will have many a girl swooning over whatever oddly romantic notion the song's lyrics carry. 

05. Don't Call Me {9.5/10} 
"Don't Call Me" is the second track on this album that's fully in English, so it works for an international audience. It's also the most upbeat song on the album, featuring some great dance beats via a really interesting drop for the chorus. The grainy electronic wubs and insanely filtered and jumbled sampling somehow come together and craft a catchy melody that will have you wanting to sing along but looking like a fool if you actually try to. I love albums that end on a note like this, so "Don't Call Me" really just worked for me as a whole. 

 
 

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Summary
"Honestly" is a very cohesive album on the whole, featuring an acoustic guitar in every track and providing a generally western pop vibe for each. Even though the songs all share these qualities, each are distinctly different from one another in a multitude of ways and they make the album a pretty easy and enjoyable listen for just about anybody. I think that fans of Ed Sheeran or possibly The Script would probably enjoy this album.

Overall Score: 8.5/10