Music Research Kim In Soon (KO,1981,re.2011)**°
possible airplay : track 3,(5),7,9,(10,11)
I had to listen a couple of times to this release before being able to judge in a prepared and balanced way, the music and its musical focus. Some song choices have a tendency to entertain with the songs, somewhat light and happy. But a closer listen reveals in fact an interesting enough band, and their well fitting arrangements. Even on the lighter songs, with relaxed humpapa or pompompom rhythms, the band repeats the melody on keyboards or guitar (even with some occasional wa-wa pedal) or show small, slightly groovy improvisations on the melodies, a few arrangements very subtle only confirm the rhythmic progressions (like some light rhythmic strums). And sometimes these keyboards really are worth giving some attention to, even on adult lullaby-like songs like the 7th track. On the ninth track there are funny coconut rhythms used. The third track is just slightly rockier in a relaxed way, the subtle groove (like a funkier bass) with the keyboards solos is again a good track to pick out for airplay. A few tracks (like track 6 and 8) have a responding male voice too. Somewhat odd for its purpose is the choice of a marching rhythm song (track 6), this track has also some trombone.