K-Pop Risers & Fallers: November 2022
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K-Pop Risers & Fallers: November 2022

Rather than contain my “Risers and Fallers” feature to a single post in June, I’m going to share a bite-sized version at the end of each month. This will let me account for more songs and make a nice lead-in to the monthly round-up post. I anticipate most of these ratings adjustments will be negligible: … Continue reading

Battle of the B-Sides: N.Flying, AOA, Red Velvet, Beast, EXO-CBX
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Battle of the B-Sides: N.Flying, AOA, Red Velvet, Beast, EXO-CBX

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: Highlight – Daydream
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Song Review: Highlight – Daydream

Counting their time as Beast, Highlight have been releasing music for thirteen years – a stunning length of time for any idol group. Daydream is their fourth full album, though their first under the Highlight moniker. Given how past albums resulted in insta-classics like Fiction, Shadow and Ribbon, expectations for this new title track should … Continue reading

Battle of the B-Sides: Turbo, Teen Top, Beast, AKMU, GFriend
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Battle of the B-Sides: Turbo, Teen Top, Beast, AKMU, GFriend

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

Battle of the B-Sides: Boyfriend, JYP, Bobby, Block B, Beast
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Battle of the B-Sides: Boyfriend, JYP, Bobby, Block B, 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: Highlight – Not The End
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Song Review: Highlight – Not The End

Though they’re short two original members, Highlight have become one of K-pop’s longest-running groups thanks to a rebranding and revitalization in 2017. Perhaps unsurprisingly, their new single Not The End (불어온다) seems to spring directly from that year’s musical trends, feeling like an outtake from their earlier work rather than a new push forward. Highlight … Continue reading

Song Review: Highlight – Loved
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Song Review: Highlight – Loved

Arriving the day after a farewell track from Wanna One, we’ve got another farewell song of sorts from Highlight. The nine-year-old group aren’t disbanding, but members are preparing to serve their mandatory military conscription. Starting soon, Highlight will be on hiatus for around two years. Before they go, they’ve given fans a gift in the … Continue reading