On the 2nd, the KBS2 pilot program ‘Million Seller’ was broadcasted, and in it B1A4’s Jinyoung completely understood the viewer-written lyrics and wrote a beautiful melody to go with it. Joo Hyeon-mi commented on the song he produced on the program, ‘Companion,’ saying, ‘The tone was hard to grab, but int was a dreamy song,’ and complimented Jinyoung. Jinyoung was introduced as a singer-songwriter idol, and from their debut album to their most recent 2nd full album that was released this past January, at least one of the songs, he has written. Especially, from their first full album, ‘Ignition,’ B1A4’s title tracks have been consistently composed by Jinyoung. Counting all of his songs, he has composed a total of 16. With all the songs he has composed in the past 3 years, it would not be lacking if they were put into a special album. So we prepared. Jinyoung’s song collection, if it were to have a name, ‘Made by Jinyoung.’
(*this is excluding intros and songs released in their Japanese album.)
01. Bling Girl
Jinyoung’s first song, that was on the debut album ‘Let’s Fly.’ It is about a boy who has falled in love and expresses it saying, ‘You’re my sparkling, cute princess.” It portrays the excitement of love and the cuteness of it as well.
02. Wonderful Tonight
It’s about wanting their lover to come back after leaving, and in the end it is not ‘wonderful.’ With the ironic title, it’s easy to confirm Jinyoung’s positive mind set. The rock base and electronic sound adds to the cheeriness.
03. Baby I’m Sorry
As the title track of their first full album ‘Ignition,’ with a strong, trance rhythm it grabs the attention of the ears. Although the excessive autotune was often pointed out, to keep the song alive, one can take a peak into Jinyoung’s decision and attempt. ‘Although everything has changed, I don’t have yo, every night, I forget you dancing party time’ In Jinyoung’s early songs the words ‘night’ and ‘dance’ come up often and are stressed in the latter half.
The electric sound is prevalent in this song. With lyrics like ‘Even without you, feeling like a Friday party, Friday night’ it is expressed that even without you, I can have fun.
05. Wonderful Tonight Unplugged
From the original song, ‘Wonderful Tonight’ there is a different charm that can be felt. With the guitar melody, and Baro and CNU’s individual raps, it matches extremely well.
06. Baby Goodnight
As the title track of the special edition album, it was a retro song with elements of synthpop. After tucking in his girlfriend, it draws the picture of a man having fun late at nigh with lyrics like, ‘dancing in the moonlight’ fitting with the title, and completes the song’s mood.
07. Because of You
It’s a song of the house punk genre, and with the catchy melody and lyrics, ‘Because of You’ is an addictive song. ‘I order a cup of coffee, and wait for you’ the coffee goes cold, connecting to, ‘the night that’s gone cold, the moon that shines on me’ and expresses the regrets after a break up.
08. Tried to Walk
The title track of the third mini album, ‘In the Wind,’ it’s a song with a balance of acoustic and electrics sounds. Using those its reminds us of late fall, walking on an empty street with the wind blowing. It describes the solitary and gloomy feeling, after becoming alone.
09. What Do You Want to Do
It’s a song following ‘Bling Girl,’ about the excitement of the beginning of love, with an acoustic and hip-hop sounds. With the honorary guest vocal of the band Humming Urban Stereo, Shina-E featuring.
10. What’s Going On
It was the title track of the fourth mini album, ‘What’s Going On,’ and came from Jinyoung’s experiences. It starts off with a calm melody, and with the narration and rap, it breaks off into distinctive chorus, with easy lyrics that make it addicting and fun to sing along to. With this song B1A4 received their first win since debut. It was said that part of the lyrics, “Hey, tell me honest, who are you’, the ‘hey’ was recorded over a hundred times to get the feeling right.
11. Good Love
From and R&B soul genre, it is a song where you can feel the maturity of B1A4. With soft lyrics, it describes a love that has gone cold. It is a song that came from Jinyoung’s real life, when in high school the distance between him and his girlfriend had grown and they sat across from each other at a coffee shop.
The title track of their 2nd full album ‘Who Am I.’ With a mix of an R&B and hip-hop genre that they had never done before, they portray through the truthful lyrics, the pain and process of returning to a normal, after a break up. This song with the winter feeling, won eight times on public and cable television music shows.
13. Love Then
A song where ‘Harim’s’ harmonica performance grabs the attention. With lyrics like, “Back then the separation gave me pain, but now more than pain, I have good memories,’ it expresses that although the past hurts and is painful, now we can laugh and be positive about it.
A neo-soul and R&B song, it has a dreamlike sound. It describes how it is hard to say to someone you are leaving, but you loved, to be happy afterwards, and that they’ll forget you, and the sadness that goes with it.
A song where in the chorus the brass and muted trumpet are the highlights. When a guy is in love the word that comes out the most is ‘pretty,’ so using that they show through the lyrics their honest feelings about how they can only see the one they love.
16. Who Am I
When Jinyoung wrote ‘Who Am I’ he was always asking himself, “Who am I?” and as much as it was a profound thought, he expressed that in the lyrics such as, ‘I wander looking for myself.’ With an electronic and rock sound, the combination creates a bright and positive energy.
All the songs have to do with ‘love,’ but there is a variety of feelings that are put into each song. Some songs are written using his experiences (Including ‘What’s Going On,’ ‘Good Love,’ and ‘Lonely.’) or songs written after he watched a movie or drama, (Like ‘Baby Goodnight’) and instead of complicated words, they’re written so that anyone could relate to the songs. It could be seen that, it is one of the main factors of B1A4’s appeal. If their first full album ‘Ignition’ is the real beginning of B1A4’s style, Jinyoung’s first marked growth would be through their third mini album, ‘In the Wind’ which was released in the winter of 2012. With the exclusion of his debut composed song, ‘Bling Girl,’ all of his songs before the third mini album had the image of ‘night’ in them, though they were all different songs. Using his songs from ‘In the Wind’, ‘Tried to Walk’, and ‘What Do You Want to Do’ like stepping stones he leapt off. Sound wise, in the beginning he used primarily electronic sounds with strong trance rhythms, but he started to use acoustic elements, creating the base for B1A4’s sound. After with ‘What’s Going On’ and ‘Good Love,’ he showed that he could use introduction narrations, with melodies almost like chants. Especially with ‘Good Love’ of the R&B genre, it was the first time he had a brass introduction. In the most recent album, their 2nd full album, ‘Who Am I,’ with ‘Lonely’ and ‘Pretty’ the charm of the brass can be further enjoyed. From ‘Bling Girl’ to ‘Who Am I,’ without hurrying, Jinyoung found his own color of music and this is the result of his growth.
trans cr: afterJJyoung @ AVIATEB1A4 / Take out with full credit to the sources and translator