Release date: December 9, 2010
Label: Leon Entertainment


  1. 이게 아닌데 (This is not what I thought)
  2. 느리게 하는 일 (The Thing I do slowly)
  3. 좋은 날 (Good Day)
  4. 첫 이별 그날 밤 (The First Breakup, That Night)
  5. 혼자 있는 방 (Alone in the Room)
  6. 미리 메리 크리스마스 (Merry Christmas in Advance) [feat. Cheon Doong of MBLAQ]
  7. 좋은 날 (Good Day – Instrumental)

I am in love with IU’s voice. For such a young girl, her ability is amazing. That was why I was a bit annoyed with her previous mini IU… I’M. It was too sugary sweet and such a 180 from her debut mini LOST and FOUND.

With REAL, IU is back to her element, the acoustic sound mixed with rnb and her exceptional voice. I realize that it has been hard to put her in a category, with her young age but mature sound/voice. IU is not an idol, yet she is young and cute. She plays the guitar, writes her own songs and makes some very amazing remixes. Talk about a dilemma!

I’m happy she is now somewhat back to her original sound. REAL sounds like something IU likes to sing. I guess that now that she’s 17 it’s easier to let her sing more mature ballads and mid-tempo songs.

I’m just happy that she is miles away from songs like Marshmallow and Boo — not that they are bad, they are my guilty pleasure after all… but it was too sweet and downsized her voice.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Preview on Xiami.com | Like it? Buy the album on YesAsia.com



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3 Responses

  1. This was the first album of IU’s I had listen to. I gotta say I’m absolutely smitten by not only her voice, but her live performances too~

    • julili says:

      @MissNomelette, I suggest you listen to her debut mini LOST and FOUND, so good! A review for it will come soon!

  1. April 23, 2017

    […] I feel that this mini wanted to keep some of what IU is (ballads) and try out something new (cookie-cute kpop). Nothing wrong with that, it just gives you a very unbalanced mini. I’m really grateful they figured out where to go with IU’s style with her next mini, Real. […]

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