Song Review: Kingdom – Dystopia
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Song Review: Kingdom – Dystopia

After a (very) brief stint on new series Peak Time, Kingdom have returned with the latest in their “History of Kingdom” series. This comeback centers around member Mujin, though its traditional concept isn’t far from most title tracks the group has released. More and more, most of my favorite Kingdom tracks tend to be the … Continue reading

Song Review: Kingdom – Black Crown
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Song Review: Kingdom – Black Crown

Pop music as fantasy can be a lot of fun, and I love some good old-fashioned artifice. That’s why Kingdom’s renaissance faire concept is so appealing. K-pop is uniquely positioned to take advantage of long-form musical storytelling. And even though the group’s debut wasn’t perfect, its embrace of theatricality was much appreciated. However, we can’t … Continue reading

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

A K-pop group’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. K-pop’s concept-driven promotion can be a … Continue reading

Song Review: Kingdom – Karma
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Song Review: Kingdom – Karma

Kingdom’s February debut proved to be polarizing, but I think everyone could get onboard with the group’s high-concept visual. Excalibur introduced Kingdom’s world view, and the guys promise to release a series of albums to further develop that lore. It’s an ambitious plan for a rookie, but I applaud them for trying something new. I … Continue reading