*This was for my Creative Writing for the Musician class. I actually wasn’t planning to review GOT7’s album, but oh well. Was a good experience and I definitely want to try to do more album reviews in the future.*
AND Y’ALLS THOUGHT I MIGHT HAVE BEEN DONE WITH THIS SECTION OF MY BLOG MWAHAHAHAHA. Sorry to my readers who are like bruh why she keep doing all this kpop stuff. But Korean music/Kpop/K-Indie is here to stay~
I actually totally forgot about iKON (don’t hate me guise). It was actually my friend Charlie who reminded me that oh yeah they’ve *finally* debuted. So thanks Charlie for giving me a fun break and chance to react and review them! Continue reading
EXO IS BACCCKKKKK! With a trippy sign and an epic title song and they are here to take all our money.
Now at first glance this looks like a cube, doesn’t it? But it actually spells E-X-O. My question is who’s the genius who discovered it? Or maybe it was more like they were running out of ideas and one day looked at a cube funny and bam, the most clever logo was created.
Regardless, the EXO logo, fresh for this comeback is genius. It’s simple and classy but also very inventive. And perhaps this is to reflect how EXO is now. They’ve went through a lot, from Kris leaving abruptly, Baekhyun dating Taeyeon, and Luhan leaving. At the end of the crazy roller coaster, they had two less members and there were only two Chinese members left. Would there still be two EXOs or would they merge together? Could they rise from all the bad news that swamped them? Continue reading
It’s been quite a while since my last MV Reaction/Review post, eh? This is actually my first post for 2015, just to put things into perspective. *whistles* During my silence about Kpop, a loooooot of great music was released, like 4Minute’s “Crazy”, the resurrection of EXID’s “Up and Down”, Lovelyz’s “Hi~”, Jung Yonghwa’s album “One Fine Day” and Amber’s album “Beautiful”. (Hint hint shove shove y’alls should check out the songs listed above, yeah? :P). But let’s be real here, I can’t review all of the songs (though I’d love to) cause I’m have lots of other things to do and also it’s a bit too late to review the songs. I must admit, though, that my laziness has played into my procrastination. I could have reviewed Amber’s “Shake That Brass” (and in fact I wrote it in my agenda) but then life happened and it just didn’t happen… Continue reading
Spica is hands down my favorite girl group. They have amazing vocals, sass, and seem really authentic to me. I like how I can hear emotions when they sing and that they try different styles, excelling in all of them. It’s been a while since we last saw them all together in “I Did It“. They had a subunit thing without their leader, Boa, but I didn’t really like it as it leaned too heavily on the sexy side, which I thought was shortchanging the girls from their actual vocal talent.
And now they’re back with ‘Ghost’! It looks more solemn but the teaser showed a really nice piano undercurrent that created a lovely mood for the song: something anticipating but still hesitant. I have high hopes that the five ladies of Spica will once again blow me away with this new song. Continue reading
IT’S SPICAAAAAA!!!! *starts cheering*
Spica is the only girl group that I really like. Their vocals are absolutely amazing and they have an honest way of approaching their music. I don’t know exactly how to say it, but it seems more…raw? Not saying that they sing songs about society and whatnot, but they seem a bit more honest with their music. Gah, that didn’t make any sense, sorry…
Anyhow. When I first found out about their comeback, I was a bit hesitant. A song called ‘I did it’? That could potentially go in weird directions and if it did I would have been disappointed by the girls…And also, I thought that the song was going to be in Korean but then on the Youtube page I saw that it said their official US debut?!?! Whoa, what?-
That was a complete shock. In the past, Kpop artists tried to break into the American field with English versions of their Korean hits, like what the Wonder Girls and Girl’s Generation did. And um…it didn’t really work…
But I have faith in Spica. Boa’s voice is really Western, in a way, and these girls have a lot of past experience. The only issue would be overcoming the engrish accents…
Let’s see how the girls did, then~
Those heels tho…
Jazzy ish feel? Brasssss~~~
WHERE MA GIRLS AT LOLOLOL
All in english?
Their English is great!
Um those lyrics tho?
Ok so I did it is like I set myself free?
Why hasn’t ‘there been more Bohyung?
Lots of Jiwon tho?-
Those shades are weird tho
Who is that anyway??
Sorry the reaction was a bit shorter than usual…it’s because I was stunned by their English. Like seriously. That was flawless English. If I heard the song without knowing anything, I would have thought that they were American artists, not Korean. So good job with your English girls! 🙂
And THANK GOODNESS the phrase ‘I did it’ was for a good intention. It was like ‘I did it, I set myself free’. Thank you Spica for not choosing the expected and typical route (phew).
I’m curious, though, the outfits were a bit more risqué than usual…was it because they’re trying to get into the American market? There was a lot more skin than usual…And in fact, their outfits didn’t seem ‘Korean’. I guess they did lots of research to make the debut as seamless as possible…
On that note, I wonder if they’ll be performing the song on the Korean music shows, since this is their American debut song. Do they ever do all English songs in Korea?- Hm…
As for the song, I loved the brass line. The feel was reminiscent of their song “You Don’t Love Me” which was nice. But at the same time, I feel like the song didn’t let the girls fully showcase their vocal abilities. I wanted more of the oomph of their vocal power, but oh well. The song’s still pretty catchy, regardless.
One note though: was it just me, or were the closeups mostly of Jiwon and Boa?- What about the three other girls? And why did Juhyun wear shades the whole time? (except for at her rap). And it seemed like Bohyung didn’t get many lines, which is bizarre. She has an amazing powerhouse voice, but they highlighted Boa’s voice (which I’m not complaining about) but usually their songs brought up both of their voices since their powerful in their unique ways.
As I’m writing this, I think that it’s the sixth or seventh time that I’ve listened to the song on repeat. I’m extremely proud of the girls. Trying to get into the American market as a Korean group is really gutsy. But if anyone could, it’d be Spica. I always thought that their voices were more Western rather than Korean style (as in a bit sweeter and softer) so it fits perfectly!
Although the song doesn’t show the girls’ voices as well, it still gives Americans a good taste of them. My only concern is that they’ll try too hard to be ‘Western’ and start writing songs that, put lightly, would be strongly frowned upon in Korea. It’d be awesome if they could continue to write songs about self empowerment and confidence. We need more of that nowadays…
So, overall, good job Spica! I wish them the best with their activities and hopefully one day I’ll be able to hear their songs on the American radio. They deserve it~~ 🙂
Just by looking at the image, we know what to expect from Block B this time around; some crazy insane eccentricity. As per usual, of course~ The colours are kind of reminiscent of Bilasa (B1A4)’s MV for ‘What’s Going On’ so I’m expecting neon colours everywhere. And those faces though…XD.
That red hair
The bright colors!
Oh I like the feel
Feels a bit like b1a4
Why an ostrich?
That dance move tho 😄
Looks like good luck lights
Uh…what happened to the mv?
Ahaha their style tho is hilarious
Ahahaha that high piched voice
Back to mv?-
Wait they’re on stage and in a band?
That faking tho 😄
Rapppppp nice zico
Why you talking to an ostrich
That derp face tho
The random screens tho
Attention everyone: Block B’s MV for ‘Her’ has taken the spot for ‘Most Colorful MV’. For a while, B1A4 held this notable position with “What’s Going On”, but let’s be real, this MV kind of blew it out of the water. (just look at that neon red hair though!)
The music suited the quirky nature of the MV really well. The only part that was a bit clunky was when Zico’s rap part came up, but they pulled it off. It seems like lots of Kpop songs are using the mashup collage idea nowadays…And the vocals came out really well. (Sorry, I don’t know any names except Zico so I can’t name names right now :$). I liked how the guy with the red hair’s voice was deep and scraggly, it contrasted well with the clearer voices in the verses.
And the a cappella beginning is genius. I don’t think any other Kpop song has done that before?- The only thing that I have against it is that they say Jesus in the chorus…I’m Christian and it bothers me that they’re using that name so flippantly…
I liked the music video more than the song. I feel like it was the most crazy insane music video I’ve seen. I mean, bubbles coming out when they speak, random screens of bright colours and funny faces, a random ostrich, and all of those neon colours everywhere…
This was definitely entertaining! I don’t know what else to say…I mean, the music video has so much randomness in it so 😄
It’s Block B, therefore, it’s crazy!- It’s interesting though, because they weren’t always like this. They changed companies and I think along with the change they were given more freedom to write the music they wanted, which was apparently on the crazy side. But that’s cool, now we all associate them with that style. So in general, thumbs up Block B for another highly entertaining MV!