On July 30th, Yenny of the Wonder Girls finally released her solo project “Me?” under her producer name HA:TFELT. It had been almost 2 years since she’d done any music due to the uncertain future of the Wonder Girls. Though they have not officially disbanded, there has been no word on the future of the popular group.
With Sunmi making her solo debut; Sunye marrying, having a child and then moving to Haiti; and Sohee leaving JYP to pursue acting under a different agency, fans have been wondering if Yenny would ever get the chance to debut. When it was announced that she would be putting out this solo project under the name HA:TFELT there was some concern about what that meant for the beloved singer. However, from the moment the first teaser was released it was apparent that this was going to be something magical and well worth the wait. The full album and music video for the first single, “Ain’t Nobody“ proved that Yenny has an amazing talent that has set the stage for a long and amazing solo career.
In an interview on 1theK‘s “#hastag” online program that we wrote about earlier this week, Yenny explained how she came to use the name HA:TFELT for this project. She said that “It shows my will to bring you some hot, serious music.” Continuing, she explained that the music she wrote and produced for this album is dramatically different than the work she does under the Wonder Girls, so she wanted a different name that conveyed that message. She had mentioned before that this album was written and put together in such a way that it would tell a story when listened to in the order it was put on the album. Once you hear the album from start to finish, her intention is very clear.
The songs are consistently amazing. It is impossible for me to pick a favorite the best that I can do is narrow it down to four. In no particular order they are:
“Ain’t Nobody” — This is the third song on the album and was the debut single for HA:TFELT. There is a feeling of heartbreak and emotional rawness to this song that everyone can relate to. The song is flawlessly executed from a production standpoint, the dubstep section blends seamlessly in to the song and is more of the British style than the in-your-face American inspired version we’re accustomed to. This song really makes it apparent the amount of work, heart and dedication that went in to this album.
“Iron Girl ” — The first song on the album, it features Hye Lim, the only remaining member of the Wonder Girls to not step out of the spotlight or have a solo debut. This song is one of perfect strength without any other perfections, though the soft sound makes it seem sad. This is best evidenced by the end lyrics, first from Lim and then from HA:TFELT:
The world sees what it wants to see but I’m more than just what you see
What you see is just the half of me
Iron girl is what’s inside here
Maybe I’m not gold not even a shining silver
But I’m iron girl
“Bond” — Third song I would pick as one of my favorites is this one. It features Beenzino and has a slightly different feel than the other songs. When it starts, there is no doubt that it is about being attracted to a bad boy. It oozes through your speakers and brings to mind a scene of a girl walking through a club watching a boy in a corner booth who’s also watching her. Specific I know, but when you hear it, I’m sure you’ll feel the same way. It is such a good song and coming where it does in the album progression (right after “Ain’t Nobody”) it paints a definite picture of the story that’s being told. Like all of the songs on this album, the production work is amazing, there’s a hook in the song that is sounds as though it could be in any James Bond movie ever made.
“Wherever Together” — The final song on my personal list is a lighter sounding, but still has the club sound that all of the songs on the album do. I am a fan of European club music as a whole and to me this sounds like what I used to hear in clubs in the UK. As I’ve mentioned several times, the production work on this song is perfect. It feels done on purpose and not just done to show off a skill.
Every song on this album is amazingly well done and the story they tell is one that is worth hearing. I can not say enough about the amazing work that went in to this album. It is smart, well done and expertly executed, making it one of the must buy albums of the year and I hope this is a sign of a long and amazing solo career for Yenny.
Edited by: KareBare
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