Song Review: TXT – Sugar Rush Ride
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Song Review: TXT – Sugar Rush Ride

Despite climbing to some of the highest highs in recent years, TXT’s title tracks tend to be hit or miss with me. They’ll release something utterly brilliant like Crown or Run Away or 0X1=LOVESONG, only to follow it with a single that hits many of my musical pet peeves (I’m side-eying you, Can’t You See … Continue reading

Battle of the B-Sides: SHINee, Spectrum, Kara, UP10TION, Beast
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Battle of the B-Sides: SHINee, Spectrum, Kara, UP10TION, Beast

K-pop’s title tracks might gain most of listeners’ attention, but many album tracks are worth equal spotlight. I call these “buried treasures.” Beyond this, K-pop’s albums deliver thousands of additional tracks that settle for a more limited audience. It’s these songs that will become a part of my “battle of the b-sides” feature. In this … Continue reading

Song Review: Cignature – Aurora
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Song Review: Cignature – Aurora

We last heard from Cignature in late 2021 when their title track Boyfriend opted for familiar “Top 40” pop tropes that could have been pulled from any global music market. New single Aurora (오로라) returns to a more quintessentially K-pop sound, offering a straightforward take on the bubbly energy that fueled past comebacks like Arisong … Continue reading

Battle of the B-Sides: SHINee, SF9, MBLAQ, Baekhyun, (G)I-DLE
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Battle of the B-Sides: SHINee, SF9, MBLAQ, Baekhyun, (G)I-DLE

K-pop’s title tracks might gain most of listeners’ attention, but many album tracks are worth equal spotlight. I call these “buried treasures.” Beyond this, K-pop’s albums deliver thousands of additional tracks that settle for a more limited audience. It’s these songs that will become a part of my “battle of the b-sides” feature. In this … Continue reading