Amadeus – Topp Dogg
On June 9, 2014, the first version of the AmadeuS mini-album was released, followed by the repacked edition on August 22, 2014, featuring 3 new songs all under the Stardom Entertainment label. AmadeuS ranked number 1 on Japan’s Tower Records. The album features themes from the film Amadeus and relies on a more classical-influenced approach. The entire album, from the song list to the music videos, sticks to that theme.
The album opens up with an epic instrumental “Intro”, featuring violins and drums. If you listen closely, you can hear small snippets of “Mozarts Symphony No. 40 in G Minor” played throughout. The intro fades into the next song, “Amadeus”, which jumps into an upbeat track with a heavy focus on vocals. Throughout the song, the violins playing in the background really set a slightly eerie, yet still upbeat mood. If you listen closely, you can hear Beethoven’s “Für Elise” played in the background.
“TopDog” opens with “Mozarts Symphony No. 25 in G Minor” and continues with a hybrid of electronic and classical. The chorus transition is a burst of energy, and if you weren’t awake enough, you definitely would be after listening to this piece. The classical music tinged with the classical hints makes for an energetic music video that showcases the diversity this group can bring to the table.
The smooth transition seen between the first few songs is lost as soon as “Salieri” begins. The harsher sounding rap is very ‘in your face’ as it combines a jazz-like field with hip-hop with the accompaniment of saxophone and horns accompany. This song definitely highlights the strengths of each of the ‘rap line’.