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[Review] Day6 having the time of their lives

Ready to travel to the other less known world of Kpop???!!! Now you might have notice while KPop form groups most of them aren’t your typical bands even though we call them that way. Take BTS, people are calling them “the top boy band” right now. BTS is not quite a band, what I mean by that is its member don’t play instruments (although they CAN) onstage whule they performing. In the KPop world there’s a distinction, “dance based” groups and actual bands. “Dance based groups” are what you think of when you hear the word “KPop”: effeminate looks, flashy outfits and powerful (sometimes) dance moves. THen there are the bands, which is actually a band its member play instruments and there is a lot less-no choreography. These groups are way less popular than “dance based groups”, they have more of a niche following. Among these band groups are Day6 who just released their new song

I actually like the song. The introduction starts with some nice Keyboarding and then follow by the drums and electric guitar. You know what it sounds like, JONAS. It might be weird, but this song sounds like a JONAS Brother song in their introduction to their Disney show JONAS or JONAS LA (WHICH I DIDN’T WATCH AT ALL!). I got to say this is the most unique KPop song that has come out of this summer so far, although that is to be expected because this group can only create music out of the instrument they play so no electric or synthetic sounds. It’s the perfect summer vibes this song, from the title to the song itself being upbeat all the way through although it starts relatively soft. It loses no time though to get to that upbeat tune and stay there. It’s not too strong, just the right amount as you drive into the sunset and wiggle your head and arms a bit. It’s suprising to me because most of Day6 songs aren’t jumpy. They are more fit for “autumn” because most of their songs are soft and have a “reflecting” tone. It’s not quite balllad, but it’s definitely not party music unlike this one which has the right mix of softness and party going sound that makes it a bop!

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[Review] Monsta X tries to create a Phenomenon but falls short

Monsta X, hot on the heels of getting a deal from Epic Records is back it again making music. This time it is a Japanese release to compliment their recent Korean comeback of “Who do You Love?”.

Unlike BTS’s japanese comeback it is clear that these X-men put effort into this one. Although it sounds good at first, they totally MUTANT-ilated the song (HAHAHA GET IT). At least They have their choreograph in. In this song, Monsta X have decided to go for a jumpy synthetic bass drop then a softer bass sound in “Who do you love”. I got to say coming into the song I really like it. I don’t usually like synthetic bass sound, to me it’s sound like instruments vommitting out notes. But X-Phenomenon has the flow in the beginning along with the “viral infection” part, I was sold. It was so nice the first part, and then it all comes crashing down when the chorus arrives. You can fucked up any other part maybe the introduction BUT THE CHORUS which is like almost suppose to be 50% of your song. THe beat instantly shifted comes the chorus part and honestly it was a mess. The song lost it’s flow. The music became distinctly different, and in the same song too it’s a mess. If I have told you to listen to the first minute of the song, and then the chorus you would think it was two different songs. Maybe this was probably the intention, to depict the duality about themselves or something. With so many different beats and then the switch in style of the song, I would have to give this song a hard pass. It could have worked, if only they didn’t try to make it sound discontinous.

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[Review] BTS’s “Lights” can’t quite electrify the crowd

BTS, a group that is at their glorious peak right now. Recently winning awards left and right and single handidly carrying their entertainment company “Little Hit” to “Big Hit” although their entertainment company doesn’t always have BTS best interest in mind. Their latest korean release was “Boy with Luv” and the whole album “Map of the Soul: Persona” not only shatter records in the West but overall had sales in the 10 million which put the album up there as a top seller in all of KPop. “Boy with Luv” also won tons of shows, like 25 of them which is like the record for show wins by a single song. They are back, this time with their Japanese release which has surprisingly flew under many people radar.

It’s clear that the boys really didn’t put much work into this Japanese Comeback. First where is the choreography? There’s none! One of the most quintessential KPop genre is in the dancing, taking it out just make the whole song looks bland. Not only that, if you are going to remove the dancing at least make the song a bop. While I would personally say the song isn’t bad, it just isn’t what I expect from BTS and on the whole very forgetabble. “Boy with Luv” was catchy as hell, and jumpy while keeping that cute look to it. “Lights” goes for a soft ballad with no jumpy parts that automatically falls flat and makes the whole affair forgetabble. The lines aren’t deep (which ahem ARMY fans barely any KPop songs are that “deep” BTS may have SOME deep lines in some songs doesn’t mean they specialize in deepness), and the music feels drowsy. “Lights” really seem to be made by different group, which has always made songs that consistently have that “jump” factor (like “Idol”, or “Blood Sweat and Tears”) and it’s disappointing that BTS didn’t continue in this release. Maybe they were too busy to properly prepare for the Japanese comeback, and it shows. This is one of the more forgetable comeback of the summer.

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[Review] NATURE complimenting their own appearance

Relatively new, and relatively unstable group that is NATURE release their comeback a week ago with the titled “I’m so Pretty”. As you might have guess, it’s a self loving song.

NATURE is a group that debuted around a year ago under the small entertainment company named CH Entertainment. The company is run by a former SM Executive, clearly trying to pull a “Big Hit Entertainment” kind of move since the CEO there is a former JYP executive.

Even though it has only been a year, NATURE has gone through major “seasonal” changes (HA GET IT NATURE, SEASON? It fell flat). They were slated to debut as a nine member squad, but one of them drop out just after the debut song of “Allegro Cantabile” cause she found out she doesn’t speak jargon. Heck that song isn’t even an original, it’s a remake of an anime song that was sung before, the group just added dance moves to it. Shortly after they added a new member making it 9 before their second single drop, but with this release it’s back to 8 members because one of them is focusing on her studies instead.

Anyways in “I’m so pretty” NATURE decides to ditch the cute concept to go for a more girl crush hybrid throughout the music video. The choreograph is not strong at all throughout the song, but I do like the chorus part. It’s catchy and it’s upbeat the rest of the song is more of a repeat of “lipstick” and “lip balm” but I do like that it isn’t overly ageyo (acting and sounding cute. Kind of hypocritical of me being a TWICE fan). I do apprieciate that is Bubblegum Pop, which barely anyone do these days in favor for “electric” which confers a certain strength to the over all song. Bubblegum likewise confer a more soft-ness to the music which is rarely seen these days so I apprieciate that factor. It breaks away from the trend and overall the song isn’t too bad since this summer haven’t seen a lot of true bubble gum pop.

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[Review] EXO’s Baekhyun goes for more soft vibes in his solo

Man EXO seems to be kicked to the curb these days by SM Entertainment as they are 1) Preparing for the Military, or 2) Shove because of NCT 127. EXO members, a band that debuted very early in Gen 3, seem to be heading for solo careers these days as either, it seem like only ONE OF THEM is unique as King Suho seem to be wanting a diplomatic position instead. Anyways following DO and Lay release, Baekhyun follows it up with his “United Nations Village”

Suprisingly, SHOCKING. I expected it to be some powerful electric stuff with dances in black clothing flank by an audience of MEN. ONly the dancing in black was true as Baekhyun goes for a more soft tone than recently male artist releases (like TVXQ High Lord U Know, or even his band mate LAY pure hip hop). Apparently UN Village is a district/landmark/city/street in Seoul, South Korea and I guess there’s a really pretty hill (which he does sing about) that Baekhyun just want to take us for some HOT TIME except if you are Queen Taeyeon then no thank you. It’s classic R&B and even the music video seems very…. classy. Something coming out of 1980s. This solo certainly stands out because its not overly cute like Yesung’s “Pink Magic”, nor is it overpowering like TVXQ High Lord’s “Follow”. Heck this song is even softer than most of EXO releases like “Wolf” or “Growl”. I like it though, it has a throwback vibe all the way through. It seems like Baekhyun wants to take things slowly. It’s a dance song I think, but a slow dance one unlike most male artist release which is too bumpy and electricky to slow dance to.

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[Review] Heize supports Necrophilia in her lastest release

First of all I would like to say that the title “Produce by SUGA from BTS” gave her a lot of views. I know Heize might have earn that by herself, but no offense that’s highly unlikely to score 3 million youtube views in 3 days espcially when more well known solo acts like BoA’s Feedback or or even Ailee’s Room Shaker didn’t reach that mark in 3 days. Heize never struck me as that big although she has what looks like a few hit songs.

Either I am missing something about Heize or SUGA is hard carrying (he co wrote it anyways). I mean to be fair to the artist “We don’t talk together” is pretty decent talking about Keith Urban and Michael Harvard (or my Youtube automatic caption is just literally mess up) and its music video is very very unique. It’s literally her dancing and making out with a skeleton, I guess it isn’t a CRIME WHEN YOU ARE “FAMOUS”. First how can you even hang out with a skeleton and literally almost kiss the thing, I have a innate fear against skeleton, I refuse to step into any bio lab or even anatomy lab that has a skeleton, that means I refuse to step into any bio lab and anatomy lab. I despise skeleton, they look creepy and its NOT FAIR THAT A DOCTOR HAVE TO SPEND SO MUCH TIME WITH THEM. The only song I have ever listen to Heize is a duet between her and JYP in “Regrets”. That itself was a slow moving ballad type song, so I wasn’t too surprise to find out that Heize I guess like this concept. The song is EDM, but its soft and pleasant sounding. Although its generic in that typical EDM sound, it works. It was suprising to see Heize singing though, she was an underground rapper before debuting so I was half expecting her to drop some purely electric beat like Ailee. The message is deep-ish, it’s apparently NOT ABOUT KEITH URBAN, it’s about not letting go of the past. Heize acts as a woman who’s obsessing and trap in her past memory with a lover (either an EX lover or an EX-Life lover) who’s shown by a skeleton except for when the rap part drop the lover face is revealed. No it’s not Suga even though he is a rapper among BTS crew.

Props to Suga production, the music video fits with the lyrics. It flows well, and the scene from the house espcially looks “homely” as “homely” gets when you canooling with a skeleton. It’s not crazy, allowing Heize to shine through not too much noise. Maybe Suga future solo career should just be producing, I mean in on Heize songs literally the top 5 comment, 2 of them mention Suga like guys come on.

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[Review] Ailee shows she can be the life of the party with “Room Shaker”

“STEP ASIDE CHUNGHA IT’S TIME I SHOW YOU HOW IT’S DONE”

Ailee, or Amy Lee in her American name because she was born in the mountainous state that is Colorado, is a second generation Kpop idol. Unlike others who usually are put into a group before they pursue solo singing, she debuted AS a soloist. While nowhere near the level of IU (BTS’s Jung Kook huge crush) or BoA, she has made a name for herself as well. Now I know her as the OST lady, she’s a very popular pick to sing Korean Drama soundtracks. She has sung in popular dramas such as “Secret Love”, “Fated to Love You” and “Goblin”. All of those songs if you do wish to check it out are Tears Stole the Heart, Goodbye My Love, and I Will go to you like the first snow.

Those songs have created the image in my mind as Ailee being a soft singer. Even her most successful single release like “Heaven” (confession the only one of her singles I have listen too) has that lullabic soft tune to it. A ballad, yeah that right, Ailee seem to be a ballad singer more than “powerful pop”. Like if she was in a modern group, I would think she’s a member of GFriend pre-Fever. Until now, wow every body trying to shatter their image in music…..

I must say totally unexpected. Now I don’t like the song, I think “Room Shaker” is just not my vibe although I would see myself listen to it at a party dancing wildly. The song just comes off at too electric for me, with too much colors and distraction, kind of like Somi’s Birthday. Also another thing I have against this song is its failure to utilize Ailee strong vocals, and the best moment of the song for me is actually when Ailee actually sings before the first “Room Shaker”. Elsewhere when she raps (rap line can be found multiple times throughout the song), I just feel that was just I don’t know kind of wrong. Although I’ll give it that she’s a better rapper than I thought- goes to show Ailee pleothra of skills- it’s not that good. It’s probably better than the average “Idol Rappers” but maybe I’m too influence by Western rappers to frame Ailee in a eastern frame when it comes to rapping. Maybe if the song spend less time making Ailee sing “Room Shaker” and utlize her high notes more, the experience would have been better.

It’s not THAT bad of a song, espcially to me who thought that she can only sing in Ballads and soft tune songs. “Room Shaker” is a powerful counter example to that image. Although it’s not done quite correctly as I would like it, but hey Ailee can rock an electric “girl crush” esque song and that itself is impressive.

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[Review] GFriend wants you to catch a “FEVER” this season!

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The second big hitter has arrived on the stage this summer. After Red Velvet disappointing roller coaster ride that was “Zimzalabim”, I was looking for a smooth merry go around with cheery lights. So I decided to board the merry go around that is GFriend “Fever”. You know the GFriend part of this amusement park that is Summer Releases is usually the very tamed. From “Rough” to this year’s “Sunrise”, the group of KIDDIES have always stuck to their “classical innocent” concept. All their songs have that soft lullabic music along with intricate but “conservative” dance moves. So here I was on this merry go around when the operator tells me to strap in. “Well isn’t this weird” I thought. It’s a carousel what so hard about staying on top of the horsie??? But then I thought, “hey maybe they improved this merry go around, maybe the horse does some rocking motion now??!!” so I did what I was told. Suddenly the cheery lights shut off and everything was dark. Then an ominous voice appear over the speaker.

“Welcome to…… FEVER!!!! Enjoy the ride WAHAHAHAHAHAA”

The ground gave way and me and my horsie was falling like 40 feet into a dark abyss so fast. THen it would stop just before it hit rock bottom, and then it went up and then down. Even sprinkle in a little heehaw along the way. This merry-go-around X roller coaster ride lasted throughout the entire 3-4 minutes…… So much so that I had to look away at times and close my eyes….

Look don’t get me wrong, in the end I thought that horsie ride was pretty fun. Just like how I actually like the song. I really do, I think it’s the best of the summer releases so far (although “Uh Oh” by G-IDLE really has been growing on me when I don’t look at the lyrics and just pretend they are singing some deep shiz). I like the beat, espcially in the chorus part it sounds really like old western pop that used to be on the radio until all raps took over and not eve good rap songs, no f**** “Old Town Road”. I for do think that this does fit a summer song, like I would play this song on a beach with a beautiful sunset in the background. I apprieciate the chorus, it’s more modern moves then the usual conservative style although there are some classic little GFriend choreograph in there like the “person reveal” move (that’s not what it’s call but THAT IS WHAT I AM CALLING IT) where all of them line up in single file and then the first person reveal the second with hand wave and so on.

What keeps me from fully embracing this song is it doesn’t sound like GFriend. It sounds like some other group made it and sung it. It doesn’t have the hard high notes that Yuju usually is there to hit, it doesn’t have that ballad lullabic music that I am so used to listening to GFriend song. Also the music video and the modern dance moves (which ok I was a little fine with) shatter GFriend image as innocent group. SHOULDERS NOONAS???? OH NO SHOWING STOMACH??? WEARING BLACK SHINY PANTS?? NO I NEED COMPLETE COMPLETE COVER UP FROM FEET TO TOE, YOU DON’T SEE ME GOING INTO PUBLIC HALF NAKED. THERE’S A TIME AND PLACE FOR SHOWING STOMACH AND THAT IS AT THE BEACH 🙂 :).

To put my reaction in an analogy, I am the italian couple in “Italian Restaurant” a skit by SNL. In the skit three couples are offer a pasta dish, and all three of them really enjoy it. Beforehand they were told that this pasta dish came from a famous italian restaurant but towards the end of the skit the host reveals that this pasta was actually from Pizza Hut. Although all three couples were suprise, everyone beside the italian couple was happy and said “well dang I’m gonna go buy this from pizza hut again then”. The italian couple freak out because they were enjoying PASTA FROM PIZZA HUT, NOT EVEN FROM PAPA JOHNS! The couple then spend the rest of the skit lamblasting the host saying he was a fraud and a con, forgetting that they actually enjoy the dish. That’s totally me right now, I sincerely enjoy the song I just can’t believe it’s from GFriend and base upon that fact, I have some assumptions about the group and how their songs should be. I enjoy the steak guys, I just can’t believe you told me in the end it was made out of horse meat.

Maybe I was foolish to in my assumptions of GFriend. Like Tom who also foolishly assume that a small bomb was harmless. Both me and Tom proceeded to get blow up in the face.

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[Review] x-F(Sulli) finally return to music with the release of “Goblin”

Wow look it’s the EX-F(x) member, Sulli releasing her first single (miss yoga practioner F(Luna) what are you doing…). What’s hilarious about this release is she once said, way back in 2014 when she quit f(x), that she hated singing and the “idol” life. Sulli decided to make forrays into acting instead but many fans pointed out she was already lazing around during F(x) performances (much like Black Pink’s Jennie nowadays) beforehand.

In addition to that, at the time Sulli was in a relationship with a 15 year old celebrity guy named Choiza, when she was only 19-20 years old. Before all of this, Sulli was very well liked by netizens as F(x) was a big-ish girl group back in Generation 2 of KPop. She was basically the face of her group, and this can be clearly seen as her music video got already 2 million views in 2 days although her ex-fellow band mate Luna (who has one if not the best voice in all of KPop over Taeyeon the Great) has literally 757 K views on her music video even though it was released months ago.

“Goblin” is a nice song with a cheery tune as it tackles a mental health issue known as “disassociation” (it’s literally in the introduction of the video). The lyrics basically tells how this girl is struggling with her life, most of the time she’s struggling with her dissociation disorder (it’s when someone feels like they are not in control of their body and is trap inside) and I guess she’s afraid to tell that to her singnificant other? What I really like about the song is the little ringing sound like throughout the chorus. It really reminds me of an antique shop that has those little bells on the door that makes that sound when you open it to notify the shop owner that a client has entered? This was before a CAMERA of course, and maybe that sound is on purpose for the music about dissociation. I don’t have any other hits to base this single off of, so I will just go that while it’s nothing special, it’s alright. It’s remarkably different from F(x)’s heavy electric pop style I must say.

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[Review] Will LANA (del Ray) experience some Summertime Sadness?

“YOUR DANCE IS NOT MY CULTURE”
“GO HOME WHITE-TY!”
“STOP APPROPRIATING MY CULTURE”

So ahem although not hearsay, this is basically what Korean netcitizens who are deep into KPop are saying right now. A new female solo artist just debuted from HICC Entertainment (which is relatively unknown agency) and her stage name is LANA. The problem with this newbie, is that she’s white. YES YOU HEARD IT LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, don’t get the Koreans wrong they love themselves some white people espcially in KPop as this graphic will show you…..

BUT WHAT THE KOREANS HATE??? PEOPLE WHO DON’T NEED MAKEUP TO BECOME WHITE PEOPLE!!!!

Koreans:WHAT A DESPICABLE HUMAN BEING! OH “LANA” WAS IT? WOW, APPROPRIATING OUR CULTURE!
Lana: But you are practically doing whiteface…
Koreans: HEY SHUT THE EFF UP. THOSE PEOPLE UP THERE ARE FROM TOP NOTCH GROUPS
Lana: But CL said she loves Hip Hop and R&B and tells how she’s so in tune with black culture….
Koreans: DO YOU KNOW WHO QUEEN MOTHERFREAKING CL IS?? HOW CAN YOU INVOKE THE ANTAGONISTIC QUEEN AND 2NE1
Lana: Hey didn’t Lee Jung Hyun stole Techno music from the black people of Detroit?
Koreans: Robin Hood stole too. What’s your point???
Lana: At least he stole from the rich, not the bankrupted

Sorry city of Detroit, but here’s some $$$$…… TO BAIL YOURSELF OUT

Yes that’s right, self-proclaimed Koreaboo (a person who loves korean culture) just recently fulfill her dreams of becoming an idol by debuting her solo “Take the Wheel” on M Countdown.

Already she’s getting a lot of hate, even on youtube! That video that I just show you has 6.3 K dislikes to only 14K likes. The ratio between likes and dislikes is literally higher than a lot of music videos from Korean groups in recent memories. Even Somi terrible “Birthday” party has a higher likes:dislikes ratio. She’s not getting hate for being a foreigner oh no! KPop has many foreigners like from China, Taiwan (Tzuyu from TWICE), Japan (PLENTY OF FOLKS), Thailand (Lisa from Blackpink), USA (Do Young from NCT 127), and even CANADA (Wendy from Red Velvet, SOMI from IOI). Unfortunately, they were all asians or at least half asians. Lana has no trace of asianatic blood, she’s getting hate for basically for being white. To be honest I can barely tell the difference between her picture with the people above, I’m just saying.

Hey commentor #1, hey Mr. do you even listen to Kpop? VOCALS ARE A NECESSITY NOT A MUST, espcially in Generation 3! TWICE HAS AWFUL VOCALS (no offense, I am a TWICE fans but I’m gonna lay it straight), BLACKPINK SUCKS AT VOCALS (literally the only stable one is dog-eating noona Jisoo!). BTS? MEH! Red Velvet, Mamamoo, GFriend? Respectable. I mean yes I view the video, she doesn’t have the best vocals but come on it’s literally her first appearance. Also Cat Person, uh….. What’s WHITE MEDIOCRACY??? WHAT?? I mean you can reverse the argument on its head, there are a ton of asians who debuted who are supposedly only there in the group for “looks” (all visual members of ALL GROUPS get accuse of this by ahem HATERS) and there are others who work hard and has better dance moves and vocals and never debut. It’s really just luck, I don’t understand…. ALL RACES HAVE “Mediocracy”. Sure Lana isn’t THE BEST, but she WILL be struggling to make it in this industry just because she is debuting with a relatively UNKNOWN agency and really all this hate will probably make sure she never makes it anywhere. Clap clap clap now….

An open letter to Vietnamese people. What the FUC are you guys doing?? THERE’S NO VIET TRAINEES WHAT IS THIS!!!??? COME ON, EVEN A WHITE PERSON GOT HERE? I get KPop is Korean Culture, but hey WHY DON’T YOU GUYS PIGGY BACK OFF OF THEM. Aren’t you guys supposedly “the 4th most powerful country” in Asia??? EVEN PHILLIPINES ARE BETTER ECONOMICALLY NOW! THAILAND! FREAKING THAILAND HAS PEOPLE IN KPOP REMEBER THE DAYS YOU GUYS COULD TOTALLY CRUSH THAILAND. I’m sick and tired of EVERYTIME a white person be like, OH YES VIETNAM OH I LOVE PHO!!!! AND THEY PRONOUNCE IT WRONG, I WANT TO SLAP THEM WITH A POLE, CAUSE THEY ARE MY FOE, WHEN THEY SAY PHO. Or, oh yes VIETNAM WAR! JUNGLES!! Vietnam, where the number one export is Pho and Vietnam War.What happen to that female dancer on Stage K??? Huh….

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