Review: Brainless by No Brain

Album image courtesy of No Brain's Facebook page
Album image courtesy of No Brain’s Facebook page

As a music writer, there’s something extra special about writing about music and musicians you love. Now it’s no secret that I’m a fan of No Brain so writing about them is always a treat. So, of course, I had been eagerly anticipating their new album, Brainless, and headed straight to iTunes to buy it as soon as it was released. Like many others, I was happy to be able to listen to new music from them as it’s been quite a while since their last album was released (but at least we had 96, a collaborative album with Crying Nut, and the single, “A Glass of Soju 소주 한 잔”, to tide them over.

But thankfully they are back with new music and yes, it’s good. And that’s the music writer talking, not the fangirl. It’s an album that shows why No Brain has been around for 20 years and is still going strong. So if you haven’t listened to it yet, what are you waiting for – head on over to iTunes and grab a copy now.

Not convinced yet? Don’t worry, I’m going to talk a lot more about why you should listen to Brainless. And I’ve included some of their great music videos so that you can check them out. ^^

Brainless Review

Brainless

The title track starts off with a showcase of lead singer, Sungwoo’s raspy vocals as a tease to grab your attention. And the rest of the album doesn’t let go, starting with…

Big Phony Show

This song makes me want to party. I think that’s the best way to describe it. There’s just so much energy that I dare you to listen to it and not want to dance and move. Looking for a song to get you hyped up while you get dressed for a night out? Then give this song a listen.

My Leather Jacket (내 가죽잠바)

I love the music video. I know I’m supposed to be talking about the music but I love how this MV and the one for “Living Paycheck to Paycheck” flow together.

As someone who’s Korean isn’t the best (I’m low-intermediate), I love how easy it is to sing along with many of No Brain’s songs and “My Leather Jacket” is no different. After only a couple plays I was already singing along with it.

Anyway

Perhaps not a song that you should listen to at work (because of some of the language) but it’s got great energy. Probably the rawest song on the album, it’s one that I would love to see live.

Mommy, The World Is Scary (엄마 난 이 세상이 무서워) (2016 Ver.) [Feat. Jtong]

Love, love, love this song. Okay, I liked the original version as well but the addition of Jtong just kicks it up a notch. It’s another song that you just can’t help moving to and has ended up being one of my favourite of the album.

Living Paycheck to Paycheck (하루살이)

This is the other song that you should watch the MV in conjunction with “My Leather Jacket”. But all on its own, it’s a great song. I love the instrumentals – check out the guitars – and energy on it. While fresh, it reminds me why I love No Brain so much.

Whisky Blues (위스키 블루스)

The emotion in Sungwoo’s voice in this classic rock ballad makes me want to cry. It’s a beautiful song, and one that showcases both the guitars and Sungwoo’s voice superbly. And while I liked it from the start, it’s one that grows on me each time I hear it until it became one of my favs of the album.

Final Thoughts

I may have only talked about a few of the 11 songs on the album but they’re all good (I just liked some better). If you haven’t already, check it out. On top of the music, which rocks, watch the music videos for “My Leather Jacket (내 가죽잠바)” and “Living Paycheck to Paycheck (하루살이)” one after the other. I love how they intertwine.

Whether you’re a fan or new to No Brain, Brainless is a good place to start. It’s a full-length album with music that’s a mix of hard rock and punk rock, and lots of energy.

Just the Facts: Social Media Edition

If you’re not already, follow them on social media to stay up-to-date on what No Brain is doing.

Editor’s note: You might have noticed that this review is a little late as the album came out two months ago. I apologize for that but everyone has a favourite band or two, and No Brain is one of mine so it took me a bit to check my fangirl at the door so I could write a proper review.

Cindy Zimmer

Live life to the fullest everyday - this is a the philosophy I try to live by and it's taken me on many adventures. I write about Korean culture from a non-Korean perspective as the editor/founder of ATK Magazine and I'm the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF). Previously, I ran a Korean-English language exchange group (in Toronto) for 3 years to stay connected to my three years living in Korea as an English teacher. I love music, film, food and sports and write about 3 of the 4.

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