Song Review: ATEEZ – Dreamers
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Song Review: ATEEZ – Dreamers

Though it may not represent their definitive sound, 2019’s Wave is still my favorite ATEEZ single. It’s one of the most uplifting K-pop tracks in recent memory, with a brilliant build that saves all its vocal and instrumental fireworks for one knockout climax. New Japanese single Dreamers feels like a sonic successor, harnessing a tropical … Continue reading

Song Review: The Boyz – Drink It
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Song Review: The Boyz – Drink It

Up to this point, music released through the Universe app has felt extraneous to an artist’s discography, making its restricted music videos less frustrating. Still, I’m surprised by just how much content this platform is churning out. Whoever’s funding this launch seems to have an unlimited budget, releasing glossy videos almost every week. The latest … Continue reading

Buried Treasure: Kingdom – Warning
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Buried Treasure: Kingdom – Warning

K-pop’s concept-driven promotion can be a double-edged sword. In fact, I wrote about this very topic last year! In Kingdom’s case, their concept is both their greatest asset and their biggest roadblock. The historical fantasy schtick is what first drew me to their music, but it limits the style of title tracks they can release. … Continue reading

Song Review: Taeyeon – Weekend
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Song Review: Taeyeon – Weekend

Despite being best known for her ballads, some of Taeyeon’s most enduring work has spawned from daring musical turns. Songs like Something New and I Got Love harnessed rhythmic energy that helped them standout. New single Weekend brings Taeyeon to the disco, blending dance pop elements with laidback city pop inspirations. The result is appealing, … Continue reading

Song Review: SF9 – Tear Drop
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Song Review: SF9 – Tear Drop

Fresh off their participation in MNET’s Kingdom, SF9 are the first group to make their post-show comeback. Though they didn’t win the competition, the guys showcased their versatility as performers. I was a big fan of their Move stage, and hoped their future music would embrace that fashionable, forward-thinking concept. New single Tear Drop flirts … Continue reading