Battle of the B-Sides: A.C.E, 4minute, DAY6, Click-B, LOONA Odd Eye Circle
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Battle of the B-Sides: A.C.E, 4minute, DAY6, Click-B, LOONA Odd Eye Circle

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

Unwrapping 2021’s K-pop Holiday Tracks
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Unwrapping 2021’s K-pop Holiday Tracks

Imagine a big bushy Christmas tree — or replace that with whatever decoration or tradition matches your wintertime festivities. Underneath are packages galore, each containing a winter-themed K-pop track. Some have been unwrapped early (Stray Kids’ Christmas EveL, Billlie’s Snowy Night, ONEUS/ONEWE’s Stay) but there are still plenty to go.  After furiously opening each gift, … Continue reading

Battle of the B-Sides: Key, Pentagon, Red Velvet, A.C.E, Kim Hyun Joong
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Battle of the B-Sides: Key, Pentagon, Red Velvet, A.C.E, Kim Hyun Joong

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: A.C.E – Higher
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Song Review: A.C.E – Higher

A.C.E may not come back very often, but they’ve managed to place a song in my year-end top ten for two years running. ‘Quality over quantity’ is not a bad approach, and they’ve been wise to stick with the same circle of producers to ensure a cohesive discography. Higher is their latest release with composer … Continue reading

Song Review: A.C.E – Savage
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Song Review: A.C.E – Savage

This May, A.C.E released one of 2019’s most thrilling title tracks: the rock-tinged, attitude-driven Under Cover. The guys seemed to have found their niche, taking the intensity of their debut-era material and fusing it to a complex, inventive instrumental. Their new release Savage (삐딱선) proves why I’m so adamant about idol groups finding the right … Continue reading