Spins On The Turntable: Chungha – Querencia

Chungha – Querencia

Title: Querencia 
Artist: Chungha
Label:  MNH Entertainment and 88rising
Release: February 15, 2021

I believe that the last time I wrote an actual album review I complained that there were only eight (8) songs on the alleged album. Now, here I am to effectively eat my words because we have a whole twenty-one (21) songs! TWENTY-ONE! So here’s the thing, I have a love hate relationship with Chungha’s voice and her songs, but I mean we do have like a bunch of tracks so like I am guaranteed to find another Rollercoaster and Cherry Kisses no? I also think she is a very charismatic performer, I just need her to stop touching her damn face before she ends up being even more of Bom’s twin. Heheh. All in all, I do vibe well with Chungha’s music so I am excited to see how this goes!


Title Track – Bicycle

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I didn’t listen to any of the teasers or anything related to this song, so I really had no idea what to expect. I find that after three listens, I was enjoying this one a lot. I feel like this one will be a grower for sure. It holds very classic R&B and trap elements within its beats. I also enjoy the use of the bicycle bell as added touch in certain spots. It is definitely a high energy song and Chungha makes it very convincing with her performance. I like the various sets of the music video and the customing. If there’s one thing I am not a huge fan of, it’s the instrumental breakdown, but I know that it serves the purpose of being a high energy moment during live performances. The rap is an interesting choice that I am currently undecided on. This feels like a song that many boy groups are releasing now in Korea. It’s a good song to vibe with in the moment.

B-Sides

SIDE A {NOBLE}

Introduction instrumental that really serves no purpose tbh. Just sounds like noise.

Masquerade

Rating: 3 out of 5.

If there’s one thing Chungha is gonna serve ya, it is a song with latin flare. Masquerade is fun while listening to it and you can easily dance along to the salsa beats. It is a good follow up to Bicycle for sure. Keeping the same explosive vibe.

Flying on Faith

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I forget that Chungha is from Texas. This song is very a simple pop song, but I will say that I am feeling the vocals here. It reminds me of the early 2010s pop sound which I have been missing a bit. I think this one will definitely age well across her discography.

Luce Sicut Stellae

Rating: 4 out of 5.

There’s something so charming and simple about this that I am enjoying so much. It has soft beats and a nice melodic capture of her voice.

SIDE B {SAVAGE}

Sighs. Whatever.

Stay Tonight

Rating: 5 out of 5.

So I checked to see what my thoughts were when I first heard this during my roundup and I loved it so yeah. This song is excellence. It has aged positively deliciously. I also said in the round up that the title track for the actual album would be trash and well…. I wasn’t entirely wrong was I? Hahaha.

Dream of You

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I also looked to see what I said about this one, but I never included it. I was just like what’s up with all these pre-releases. Anyways, this is also a banger. It is very house pop and beat heavy. This song could easily be placed on Dua Lipa’s Nostalgia album and it is excellence as well.

Bother Me

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Keeping with the theme of Side B, this track is also a house infused track with a nice use of synths. It feels like a very authentically Chungha song. There is something about these type of deep house sounds that I always enjoy especially by female idols.

Chill

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Chill is the perfect song to close out Side B. A more vibrant song that still includes the same flavor of its predecessors.

SIDE C {UNKNOWN}

Sounding like pots and pans. Lmfao. Girl I guess.

Play (feat. Changmo)

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Fairly certain I was in the minority who enjoyed this song when it was released. I still like it a whole lot. It gives the fun and playful vibe that it was aiming for. It is bouncy and fun!

Demente (feat. Guaynaa)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Am I giving this high ratings because she is singing in both Spanish and Korean? Yes. Listen. We stan a Puerto Rican queen. I love reggaeton a lot because I am from the Caribbean so these sounds are always fun for me to hear. I can already imagine playing this at my BBQs in the summer

Lemon (feat. Colde)

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Streets are saying this is a popular one for many, but I will be honest. I forget how it sounds as soon as I stop listening to it. In the moment though, I enjoy it a lot. A very relaxed soft trap song with r&b and latin elements which is in theme for Side C.

Byulharang (160504 + 170607)

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Soft and acoustic. It kinda goes against the vibe that was being set with this Side, but it was sweet regardless. Which makes sense since it is a song for her fandom.

SIDE D {PLEASURES}

If I had to pick a pointless instrumental this one would be my favorite I guess.

X

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I didn’t say much on this during my January round up, but it is a vibe. I have been very into rock ballads lately and this one is so good. It is very chill and soothing. It sets the perfect tone for Side D cause we know we’re slowing things down now.

All Night Long

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

I can hear Yerin in every aspect of the song. I can literally picture her performing this instead of Chungha. It has the classic soft R&B sound that Yerin works with. For that reason I have a hard time enjoying it as a Chungha song.

Everyone Has

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

I don’t think I ever spoke about this song previously. It is fine. A nice enough ballad. I don’t necessarily enjoy it tbh. It feels a bit dispassionate and I feel like with ballads there needs to be reverence.

Come N Goes

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A pick me up from the previous two songs. A more of a soulful, classic pop sound that I can appreciate. It feels very light and breezy. I enjoy it and think it is a good overall wrap up for the album.

Querencia (Epilogue)

Okayyyy… LOL

Final Thoughts

Okay so here’s the thing, this is definitely a pretty good debut album. She made a lovely effort. She sounds fantastic on every song, the idea was really good too and I enjoyed that each side captured a certain style. However, the problem that I am having is that nothing quite stands out to me. After I have finished playing I forget every song except for Stay Tonight and Play. I just wished that I found an earworm or something that really stuck with me. That being said, Side B, is clearly the superior side.

Concept: 5/5
Vocals: 4.5/5
Raps: 3/5
Cohesiveness: 4.5/5
Overall Rating: 4.25/5


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Published by Unbothered Unnies

A couple of ladies who love to express their opinions from anything and everything. That includes shows and music and anything in between. This blog is dedicated to our love and appreciation for Asian entertainment and culture.

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