MEMORY IN F.T ISLAND, released on 10.10.11, is F.T Island’s first cover mini-album. This whole mini-album is basically a cover of a couple old-school Korean rock songs.
Starting off the mini-album is 「새들처럼 (Like a Bird)」 (original by Byun Jin Sub), the title song of this mini-album. It begins with a calming acoustic guitar and HongKi’s soothing vocals before Seunghyun (?) comes in with a rap and the electric guitar and drums come in as the song picks up its pace. As the song is a cover, it doesn’t really strike me as anything unique, but it’s a really neat song and F.T Island do a really good job on covering it.
「상심」 (original by R.ef) is a more song-around-the-campfire type of song, with a soothing drum and acoustic guitar. HongKi’s and Jaejin’s vocals are soothing against the instrumental and it makes the song very pleasant to listen to.
Continuing the soothing songs is 「그대 눈물까지도」 (original by TWO TWO), with a quiet acoustic guitar instrumental and Jaejin’s soothing, low vocals. HongKi takes over the vocals in the chorus, as the electric guitar and drums take charge of the song, though Jaejin comes back to take the vocals in the next verse.
「이별 아닌 이별」 (original by Lee Beom Hak) is another song that continues the trend with a classy, but pleasant on the ears instrumental in which Jaejin sings in the first part of the verse before HongKi comes in to sing the bridge and they alternate from there. The instrumental has no guitars and only a couple drum sounds, so I’m guessing Seunghyun nor Jonghun had a part in the recording. Though the brass and band really gives the song a classy, sophisticated feel.
Ending the mini-album is 「신사동 그 사람」 (original by Choo Hyun Mi), beginning with the sound of rain and the ticking of a clock. A heavy electric guitar instrumental and drums then comes in as HongKi does a few ad-libs before a pure instrumentation introduces the first verse. HongKi’s vocals are really strong in the song, supported by a wonderful instrumental that really gives a strong backing to HongKi’s confident, strong vocals.
This was an interesting release and although cover songs aren’t anything new, I do like how F.T Island really made the songs their own. Although I haven’t actually listened to the originals, these songs most liekly give a good idea of what the original sounds like.