Noted. 8.03125 GENEROUS UNNIES: (10) @Coming Century, @Dangerous Maknae, @RUNAWAY, @Kuhleezi, @ohnostalgia, @Island (9.75) @thommyh (9.5) @vague, @eccentricsimply, @Oleander, @Remorque (9) @He, @Rem, @PopZeitgeist, @askew, @ThighHighs, @Vixen, @Gintoki CHEAP UNNIES: (4) @Sanctuary, @Conan (5) @Mikl C (5.5) @Salami, @yuuurei (6) @Vesperly SHAMAN UNNIE: 8.25 LEADERBOARD JOURNEY: Spoiler 5 voters: 67 (average: 6.65000) 10 voters: 60 (average: 7.07500) 15 voters: 71 (average: 7.21667) 20 voters: 72 (average: 7.43750) 25 voters: 59 (average: 7.63000) 30 voters: 56 (average: 7.69167) 35 voters: 52 (average: 7.85714) 40 voters: 48 (average: 7.96875) 45 voters: 43 (average: 8.00000) 48 voters: 42 (average: 8.03125) And just like that, we say goodbye to the whole Girls' Generation crew. This is Taeyeon's stunning solo single, Something New. And lemme just say this: oh my God, I have definitely, definitely underscored this. Slice of Flop strikes again. Released on June 2018, Something New is quite possibly Taeyeon's biggest artistic risk yet. It really is something new for the good unnie. Taeyeon, being the main vocalist of Korea's (former) national girl group Girls' Generation, was kind of typecast as a balladeer for most of her solo career. Most of her biggest hits are ballads and I firmly believe that these songs limit Taeyeon's capabilities as a vocalist and as an artist/storyteller. I'm a big fan of her ballads but I'm not gonna lie, sometimes an unnie needs her bops every now and then. And we know Taeyeon is fully capable of serving bops. I mean, Why is legit her best song. Don't @ me. And while Something New isn't exactly a bop, it does showcase a new side to Miss Kim Taeyeon as a vocalist. Taeyeon's vocals perfectly feels at home on Something New's jazzy atmosphere. Taeyeon sounds confident, and yes, sexy. That's not something I can always say about Taeyeon's solo endeavours. I've only really recently become obsessed with Something New which is a mess since it was released ages ago ddddd. But better late than never, amirite? It's just sad that this didn't become a hit for Taeyeon - it only reached number 15 on Gaon. But sometimes, you gotta do things for the arts more than the charts. Korea doesn't deserve a single as brave and exciting as Something New. Empty Shoebox thinks just lacks a little something: "This is quite nice and well suited to her voice (I think, I'm probably wrong) but it's a little too repetitive and lacks the killer hook." GeiPanda is forgetful: "Love the chorus and MV, but the rest of the song isn't super memorable for me." And Reboot is meh about this affair: "Beige but serviceable. I feel like I should love her music more than I do." Miyawakiwi presents a good take on the music video's premise: "the song’s ok (¿), while seeing the video i could only think about Taeyeon kicking the ass of whoever was responsible for ruining All Night’s promotions." thommyh is living for Action Star Taeyeon Kim: "YAAAAAASSS! I don't know why, but the music video always serves me like... Tekken Character cutscene realness... whew this action queen. Where's ha bid to be in the charlies angels reboot?" ryjm also highlights the flawless music video: "Serving me some Imogen Heap realness, an interesting and refreshing new direction for the GG alum. The vocals are predictably on point but it’s really the video that steals the show – the visuals are almost distractingly incongruent with the effortlessly smooth and chill soundscape yet that dichotomy bizarrely works to highlight just how enjoyable the song is. I am all here for Taeyeon living out her Kill Bill fantasy and serving a big helping of justice to all those who have tried to tear her down over the years. Get your revenge sis, finish ha!" Brown Eyed Girls did Kill Bill first xoxo. I didn't think Imogen Heap sunbaenim was so famous on these parts??? evilsin notes: "The Imogen Heap intro is still sending me so." RUNAWAY too: "Taeyeon slayed this year. That intro! Imogen Heap is shaking. That VIDEO! She ALSO DID THAT! I’ve played this song so much, but yet it still gets better every time." Kuhleezi even namechecks... Pentatonix???: "That intro. Imogen Heap nugu. Pentatonics pentashook. The fact it wasn't really needed in the grand scheme of the song but she decided that does she have the range? Absolutely! And so she put it." The unnies are also here for Taeyeon's risk-taking activities. ThighHighs: "A jazzy bop! I was really surprised to hear her going in this direction and hope she explores more interesting sounds more often. She can obviously belt as well as the best of em, but she’s also got an actually interesting tone so it’s nice to hear her applying it in a different way." He: "Maybe my favorite Taeyeon single? This was really a nice change of pace. Just a great, vibey, and plan cool track. Wish her discography wasn’t so inconsistent / boring." And eccentricsimply as well: "SOMETHING NEW INDEED. People have been dragging the good sis for years for her preference for some ballads and sometimes faceless songs - which by the way I love them all nñn - so it's really great that she came back with something that was genuinely very different for her but still very Taeyeon. I just wish she had promoted it." Speaking of non-promotions, Serg. is livid: "What did Taeyeon do to be punished with literally ZERO promo for this single. I swear people keep forgetting this was even released but how do you remember it? It's not even promoted on youtube." So maybe this was the reason why Something New kinda flopped??? The disrespect. And Vixen stans Taeyeon, the underrated kween... wait what???: "It’s funky, sultry, jazzy, and super effortless from her. I still don’t like how the song doesn’t seem to explode at the end, but I think it was made on purpose to keep it understated…which is fair. Everything from the hook to Taeyeon’s vocals are very ‘lowkey’, subtle, etc. Anyway, a brilliant effort from a very underrated soloist if you want my opinion xoxo." We end this post with vague who really didn't expect to be de-wigged this hard: "i don't think anyone expected something this interesting from the queen of beige 2bh, but she truly fkn delivered with this whole mini." Same.