Buried Treasure: Kara – Shout It Out
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Buried Treasure: Kara – Shout It Out

A K-pop act’s title track isn’t always the best song on their album, even if it’s the one most people will hear. Sometimes, b-sides deserve recognition too. In the singles-oriented world of K-pop, I want to spotlight some of these buried treasures and give them the props they deserve. I’m so thrilled that Kara have … Continue reading

Song Review: INI – Spectra
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Song Review: INI – Spectra

I thought we might finally be getting somewhere with INI. Despite a clunky single, the b-sides to this summer’s Password showed a ton of potential. Then, the group teamed with rock band Wanimana for the excellent Hero. I have a huge soft spot for INI. They’re immensely talented. They work with talented producers. They’ve got … Continue reading

Song Review: ATEEZ – Paradigm
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Song Review: ATEEZ – Paradigm

ATEEZ may have only made one Korean comeback this year, but they’ve been more prolific in Japan. Following May’s release of b-side-turned-single Rocky, they’re back with Paradigm. This song leads re-recorded Japanese versions of tracks from their recent The World Ep.1: Movement mini album. I’d be remiss not to mention the huge missed opportunity in … Continue reading

Song Review: Kara – When I Move
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Song Review: Kara – When I Move

Kara are on a very short list of “holy grail” comebacks: K-pop legends whose reunion would send shockwaves through second-gen fans like myself. When I Move celebrates their fifteenth anniversary and is their first new music in over seven years, performed by a combination of members from the group’s various line-ups. All that’s missing are … Continue reading

Song Review: Tempest – Dragon
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Song Review: Tempest – Dragon

Tempest’s Can’t Stop Shining quickly grew into one of my favorite songs of the year, and after getting to know the group better I’m convinced this fresh, poppy sound is a perfect match for their energy. But, K-pop agencies are obsessed with showcasing versatility over building a cohesive discography, and the guys have already stumbled … Continue reading