As mentioned earlier this week in my review of the Hurdle, I’ll be reviewing SUHO’s newest album, his first release since completing his mandatory military service last year. Titled Gray Suit, this is SUHO’s second mini album and was released in March this year. Alongside Hurdles, the mini-album also features the title track Gray Suit (link below) and four other side tracks.
It’s very difficult for me to choose my favorite song from this mini album. All the songs on Gray Suit are top notch and very strong contenders for perfect ratings. I ended up sharing only one perfect 10/10, after considering the songs side by side. But Gray Suit might have to be one of the best sounding albums I’ve reviewed so far this year. Continue reading to see more of my thoughts on this album.
1. Morning Star – I really like the way the song opens and makes it easy for us. It was a fantastic way to open an album and leave a strong impression on me. I really enjoy the relaxed and gentle nature of this rock style. Despite its softer tone, Morning Star still proves to be a jam with its upbeat and energetic nature, making this song perfect for road trips. SUHO’s vocals are light and soft in this song, complementing the instrumental. Morning Star started the album on a very positive note. (10/10)
2. Gray Suit (Title Track) – Click here to read the full review of Gray Suit. (8/10)
3. Hurdles – Click here to read the full Hurdles review. (9/10)
But this time, SUHO revisited the slow side of the album with a hybrid of ballads and R&B. I love the slow nature of this song, because it feels so sensual and intentional. The electric guitar riffs we got at Decanting help drive this. SUHO himself sounds full of emotion, but maintains a tone that compliments the sensual nature of the song. Decanting doesn’t immediately catch my eye as a standout track, but it’s definitely built to be a strong track. (8/10)
5. Bear Hug (이리 ) – Bear Hug is a ballad. And this ballad really puts SUHO’s vocals in the limelight. His vocals literally soar in Bear Hug to impressive levels we don’t see anywhere else on this album (or in parts of it in EXO’s works). The combination of slow rock and classical instrumentation is very beautiful and becomes a stunning background song. I like the swayable melody of this song, because it’s very drifty and charming. (8.5/10)
6. Moment (75분의 1초) – The last song in this album is Moment, a rock ballad that is suitable for this mini album. Again, great vocalization from SUHO himself. And the instrumentals are pretty fun and neat, for the most part. But this changed towards the end of the album. The moment definitely peaks at the end and it turns the backdrop into a stunning masterpiece. The fiddle in this section really blew me away (in a good sense), while there were also some cymbal clashes. All of this enhances the ending of the song, finishing the album on a very positive note. (9/10)
Overall Album Review – 8.8/10