Song Review: Just B – RE=LOAD
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Song Review: Just B – RE=LOAD

You’d think having more and more idol groups join K-pop’s competitive landscape would result in a greater variety of sounds and perspectives. Strangely, the exact opposite has happened. Looking at the rookie debuts of the past few years, it’s becoming harder and harder to distinguish songs from one another. What makes a Just B different … Continue reading

Song Review: Just B – Tick Tock
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Song Review: Just B – Tick Tock

Despite not loving the teasers, Just B’s debut song ended up exceeding my expectations. They found a great collaborator in B.A.P’s Yongguk, and seemed to be heading toward a lasting partnership that could develop that all-important “signature sound.” For their first comeback, Yongguk is nowhere to be found, but the agency has enlisted another Bias … Continue reading

Battle of the B-Sides: Heo Young Saeng, Just B, Trouble Maker, Stray Kids, Girls’ Generation
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Battle of the B-Sides: Heo Young Saeng, Just B, Trouble Maker, Stray Kids, Girls’ Generation

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: Just B – Damage
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Song Review: Just B – Damage

Like many newly-debuted groups, Just B boasts a line-up of familiar faces. Its members have established some notoriety through variety programs I-LAND (Geonu, JM), Under 19 (Bain, DY) and The Fan (Lim Jimin). Given this built-in fan base, their debut arrives with heightened expectation. And with word that title track Damage would be co-produced by … Continue reading