GOT7 “Flight Log: Departure” Album Review

*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.*

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iKON “Airplane” and “Rhythm Ta” MV Reaction and Review

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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 “iKON “Airplane” and “Rhythm Ta” MV Reaction and Review”

EXO “Call Me Baby” MV Reaction and Review

EXO IS BACCCKKKKK! With a trippy sign and an epic title song and they are here to take all our money.

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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 “EXO “Call Me Baby” MV Reaction and Review”

BOYFRIEND “Bounce” MV Reaction and Review

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 “BOYFRIEND “Bounce” MV Reaction and Review”

SPICA’s “GHOST” MV Reaction and Review

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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 “SPICA’s “GHOST” MV Reaction and Review”

SPICA’s “I Did It” MV Reaction & Review

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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~

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6Mns7IbRFE

REACTION

Those heels tho…

Jazzy ish feel? Brasssss~~~

WHERE MA GIRLS AT LOLOLOL

BOA’S VOICE

All in english?

Their English is great!

Retro TV

Um those lyrics tho?

Ok so I did it is like I set myself free?

Catwalking

BOAAAAAA’S VOICE

Why hasn’t ‘there been more Bohyung?

Lots of Jiwon tho?-

Those shades are weird tho

Rear XDXDXD

Random flips

Who is that anyway??

REVIEW

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.

CONCLUSION

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~~ 🙂

Block B ‘Her’ Reaction and Review

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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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0WCva5Stk4

REACTION

That red hair

Acappella!

Bubbles!

The bright colors!

Oh I like the feel

Golfing

Feels a bit like b1a4

Excited much?

Ostrich?

Diff feel?

Why an ostrich?

News cast?

Ordering

Shoot her?

Her detergent?

That dance move tho XD

Looks like good luck lights

Show?

Talk segment?

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 XD

Rapppppp nice zico

Why you talking to an ostrich

That derp face tho

The random screens tho

Synchronized

Guitar riffffff~

REVIEW

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!)

MUSIC

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…

MUSIC VIDEO

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 XD

CONCLUSION

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!

Infinite “Back” Reaction and Review

 

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So actually, while I was in Korea, I wasn’t keeping track of what was happening in the Hallyu world that much. I mean, I was IN KOREA so it was enough for me~ But as we were waiting in Incheon International Airport for our flight, I decided to check the allkpop page just to see if anything interesting happened. And to my delight,

INFINITE HAD A NEW SONG :DDD. Infinite is one of my favourite groups, hands down. I mean, I bought their entire last album ‘Season 2’ and that’s saying a lot. They always deliver solid songs and they have really sharp dances and a signature sound. And Sungkyu’s voice is my favourite male voice (okay, maybe it’s tied with Daesung…) and Dongwoo’s rap is always enjoyable.

In other words…I was pretty excited.

So here it goes, “Back” by Infinite!~

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiiqHq_kNnU

REACTION

19 rating?

Gangster?

SAVE HER

Don’t cry

Ahhh his voice is too much

TATTOOS?

WIN WIN WIN YOU GUISE HAVE TO WINNNNN

Nice voice hoya

Sungyeol is a mean scary guy?

Red and black everywhere

Crashing

SAVE HER STOP ASKING IT

Is this a ballad or will it pick up?

YES YOU CAN

Ah there we go,

I was waiting for that

Of course infinite can save them

Don’t hurt them :$

The strings tho

I like how they’re not saving their gf or something, its like a younger girl?-

DON’T HURT SUNGJONG

Ah chaser-like colors

Noo blood no L

Sharp dancing as per usual

YEAH GO SUNGYKU!

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO NOT SUNGYKU

NOOOOOOOOO

THIS IS TOO PAINFUL

Is she their sister or something?

CALL AN AMBLUANCE HE’S HURT DDD:

STAPH

STHAP

WHAT DID THEY DO WRONG TO YOU

NO HAPPY ENDING

WHY

L?

YOU OKAY MAN?

WHO WON THO?

SAVE HER!!!!!!

GO GO GO GOGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

And black?!?!?!?

REVIEW

Okay, I just watched it again and

AWLEFJAELW;IFJAELW;IJF

WOOLLIM WHY DO YOU WANT TO HURT INSPIRITS (FANS) LIKE THIS. WATCHING THEM GET BEAT UP AND BLOOD EVERYWHERE AND PAIN AND-

-well, at least it was really well done. And Woollim did say that none of the members got hurt so at least we can rest assured about that~ But it was still painful to see them getting beat up that badly…

Ahem. Moving on to the song itself~

MUSIC

The beginning is beautiful, with the “Can you save me?” and Sungkyu’s vulnerable voice floating over the piano. The addition of the guitar as the singing gets more intense and leads to the chorus is brilliant. And the progression into the signature Infinite sound in the chorus was excellently made. It’s actually surprising how they managed to pull off a segue from pure acoustics to synth/electronics. And then the segue back to the smooth strings and guitar mood and then back to the synth sounds! Wow. But then again, it’s Infinite. And whoa, they actually used crash sounds in the audio too!-

For the singing, I was very impressed. For one, there isn’t any rapping (SEE CHRIS NOT EVERY KPOP SONG HAS RAPPING…though a good portion of it does), which meant that Dongwoo and Hoya sang. And did they sing!- I was most surprised by Dongwoo because wow, he hit those high notes well.(Note: Dongwoo is the low voice rapper of the group) I shouldn’t be as surprised since he did hit the high note in Memories from Season 2, but he seemed even more confident with the high notes this time, so wow an improvement in such a short amount of time?- And Hoya’s voice as well was a lot more confident.

Besides the rappers, of course Sungkyu’s voice was great, and this song showed his ability to be vulnerable really well. And is it just me, but did L get more lines this time? His voice seems to have improved too and carries well over the instruments.

MUSIC VIDEO

At first, I was worried that it was rated for 19 and up. Because usually, that means that the video will include sex or something close to it. But this time, it was rated that for the same reason that VIXX’s ‘Voodoo Doll’ was given the rating (though thank goodness Infinite’s MV isn’t as gory…)

One thing I immediately like is that it seems like they’re saving their little sister or someone like that. Since L and Sungkyu were both with her and they were teasing her. Or maybe it’s just a really young girlfriend?- O.o I took it more like she was like the girl from their variety show You are My Oppa, where they had a younger girl to take care of like a dongsaeng (younger sibling).

About the blood and beating up…well, I think I freaked out over it enough in the review XD. THE FEELS MAN. It’s not fun seeing your favourite singers getting beat up :(. In that sense, it kind of reminded me of BAP’s “Badman” music video, though in that one I don’t remember anyone from BAP actually getting bloody…And I also liked how they used colors from their Chaser era (the dark slate blue outfits).

And one last thing about the MV…Sungjong’s weapon though XD. If you didn’t notice, it’s an umbrella. They must have been like, “Give the maknae the umbrella!” I didn’t notice either until I saw this comic:

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CONCLUSION

Let’s just say that I’ve been listening to this song on repeat for a while now~. Okay, actually though.

I was surprised at the concept Infinite took. When I saw them walking up all like gangsters I actually face palmed. If they were going to take the hip hop WE GOT SWAG YO method, I was 100% done. Thank goodness they didn’t! I wouldn’t have seen them taking this concept, but I guess it fits them. They’ve been around for 4 years now, so it’s nice that they’re taking the idea of a mature song in this direction.

The sound is up to par to every other well made Infinite song, and if anything, pushes the boundaries a bit more with the smooth segue between acoustic and synth sounds. And the vocals of everyone, especially the rappers, have improved a lot. In my eyes, when you can get your rappers to sing that confidently and even hit high notes, that’s when you have a well established group. And that’s what Infinite is. Bravo Infinite, for delivering another solid song!

 

 

BEAST/Batoost ‘Good Luck’ Reaction & Review

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Yes, yes, I know that I reviewed Batoost last time too, but ‘Good Luck’ is the actual title track of their album, so I’m kind of obliged to review this song too (and because I have a B2UTY friend who told me I HAD to watch it :P).

I’ve actually started to warm up even more to BEAST since the last review. Their song ‘Shadow’ has been stuck in my head a lot nowadays and I’m starting to appreciate their vocals a bit more.

So let’s see what the boys have in store now with their track ‘Good Luck!’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hs8QGv2VqJA

REACTION

why you take her shoe off?

IS SHE DEAD? wait nvm….

2047?—-hm….

ahhh nice string sound

WHOA SLOW DOWN

praying junhyung? XD

chinese dress?-

just watching you from the piano lols

nice start yoseob~

OH ELECTRONIC VIBE

WHOAAAAA

digging the beat!

growl ish dancing?-

triplets nice

power dancing

WHOA WHAT

get rid of the headband hyunseung….

AH JUNYUNGS’ RAPPPPPP

chilling and rapping at dinner lol

their english is actually ok

those falsetto notes

catchy chorus~

checkerboard floor

money?

betrayal?

OH NO

WHY YOU STAB HIM

HE’S MADE OUT OF MONEY?!?!

WHAT

WHY YOU STAB HIM

darn thought that was a key change….

attitude dancing

WHOOOOO

REVIEW

…wow. Okay, before I start fangirl slobbering everywhere, let me try to take this one at a time.

MUSIC

The song itself was absolutely amazing. I really loved the way it sounded layered by all the electronic sounds and it had this constant pulse that was throbbing throughout the entire song. Yoseob starting the song was an ingenious idea. I was kind of hesitant because I had the impression that he had a voice more suited for honey vocals, but he proved me wrong here. It was an interesting sound; it was still sweet but had a bit more attitude? Not exactly power, but more…confidence? Or maybe it’s better to call it oomph? I don’t know what it was but whatever element it was it worked really well with his already velvety voice.

MUSIC VIDEO

If you didn’t already get it from the WHOA WHAT moments in the reaction, there were some parts that were kind of like…sexy/risqué. (…awks…)

BESIDES THAT I think the quality of the MV was well done, kudos to Cube. And the dance, though no move in particular stuck out to me, suited the high energy of the song really well. It wasn’t distracting or weird, it complimented the song perfectly.

I’m pretty sure that the scene with Junhyung was supposed to be a nod to the Biblical story of the Last Supper. I mean, he was sitting in the centre surrounded by lots of people (in this case, all women) behind a table with loads of food. And the thing when the bag of coins was passed around hinting to how Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus? But in this case, instead of being crucified, Junhyung was stabbed with uh…a butter knife. (Come on, Cube! At least make it a wee bit more believable?-)

CONCLUSION

This song is making me like Batoost more and more. Actually, as I’m typing this post, I’m listening to their mini album and I’m liking it a LOT. The sound overall is well polished and well put together. And the vocals are suiting the songs really well~

So a great big round of applause, BEAST, and welcome back!