Top K-Pop Albums of 2020 (So Far)
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Top K-Pop Albums of 2020 (So Far)

After looking at the year’s best singles (so far), it’s time to turn attention to 2020’s albums. I’ll reiterate what I said yesterday: relative to previous years, it’s been slim pickings. Consistently good mini albums have been particularly hard to find this year, at least in my opinion. But even though the overall picture may … Continue reading

I-LAND: Episode One Recap
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I-LAND: Episode One Recap

Well, here I am again… a glutton for MNET’s punishment. After recapping Road to Kingdom, I decided to give I-LAND a try. Most weeks, these recaps will come out Monday or Tuesday after the episode has aired, because that’s when I have the time to finally watch it. OVERALL THOUGHTS ON EPISODE ONE Right from … Continue reading

Song Review: NiziU – Make You Happy
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Song Review: NiziU – Make You Happy

I’m currently watching Nizi Project at the delayed pace that JYP Entertainment is releasing official subtitles, so I’ve pretty much given up hope when it comes to avoiding spoilers. And with debuting group NiziU releasing their first music video today, whatever shred I may have been clinging onto has completely disintegrated. So, I have surrendered. … Continue reading

Song Review: Weeekly – Tag Me
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Song Review: Weeekly – Tag Me

2020 has been flush with girl group debuts. The problem is, most of them have emerged from smaller companies and fallen under the radar. Weeekly’s debut has been anticipated for some time thanks to various members’ participation in 2018’s MIXNINE. Their song Tag Me (@Me) borrows from the impossibly peppy, upbeat girl group trends of … Continue reading

Song Review: 3YE – YESSIR
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Song Review: 3YE – YESSIR

I wasn’t too enthralled with 3YE’s debut year sound, but February’s Queen hit me unexpectedly hard. I appreciated how it drew from older K-pop elements, largely foregoing trends. That song alone made me anticipate the group’s eventual comeback. For the first time, a 3YE track arrived with expectations. And judging from my initial shoulder shrug … Continue reading

Song Review: AB6IX – The Answer
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Song Review: AB6IX – The Answer

Despite finding early success thanks to their Produce-fueled notoriety, AB6IX have had a rough go of it. They’ve rarely been able to promote as a full group, sidelined by injury and now scandal. The Answer (답을 줘) marks their first comeback after leader Youngmin permanently withdrew from the group following his DUI. It will take … Continue reading

Song Review: Sunmi – Pporappippam
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Song Review: Sunmi – Pporappippam

Sunmi’s comebacks are frustratingly infrequent, and usually involve little more than a digital single. But when she really delivers, the months-long wait is worth it. Pporappippam (보라빛 밤) pairs her once again with producer FRANTS, who has co-composed most of her post-2018 material. The two are a match made in heaven, especially when they draw … Continue reading