Song Review: ONEWE – Roommate
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Song Review: ONEWE – Roommate

ONEUS and ONEWE in the same week?? It almost feels like we’re getting closer to a reunion of both groups, where ONEWE supply a killer track as ONEUS bust out striking choreography. It’s happened before, but I need it to happen for a promoted comeback. Until then, ONEWE are back with special single Roommate (룸메이트). … Continue reading

Buried Treasure: Astro – More
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Buried Treasure: Astro – More

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. Though I’m not yet sure how … Continue reading

Song Review: AB6IX – Savior
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Song Review: AB6IX – Savior

AB6IX’s recent comebacks have been all over the place, swerving from noisy beat drops to light funk to stately synth-pop. It’s a far cry from their debut year, which presented a sleek, stylish dance sound that seemed to be their calling card. Savior switches things up again, bringing in new producers and a new, darker … Continue reading

Song Review: TNX – Move
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Song Review: TNX – Move

As an enthusiastic watcher of PSY and JYP’s build-a-boyband series LOUD, I’ve been waiting for its two groups to debut. I’m more excited for what JYP’s group will bring, but PSY’s rearrangements and concepts were incredibly creative. Some of my favorite LOUD contestants ended up becoming part of his team. As P Nation’s first idol … Continue reading

Song Review: HYO – Deep
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Song Review: HYO – Deep

Since 2017, Girls’ Generation’s Hyoyeon has established a successful career as a dance artist, exploring various avenues of EDM across a series of singles. For me, her output has been hit-or-miss, with highlights like Punk Right Now and Badster far eclipsing the likes of Second and Dessert. But even if I don’t connect with all … Continue reading

Song Review: Astro – Candy Sugar Pop
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Song Review: Astro – Candy Sugar Pop

Astro were one of my first musical obsessions after creating this blog. Their debut year delivered pop classic after pop classic, only to culminate in the brilliantly bright, brilliantly melodic Dream Part One album in 2017. Can you believe there was a time when both they and GFriend were reliably releasing Iggy/Youngbae-produced bangers? I miss … Continue reading

Battle of the B-Sides: Chungha, BTS, Euijin, Girls’ Generation, NCT U
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Battle of the B-Sides: Chungha, BTS, Euijin, Girls’ Generation, NCT U

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: Ciipher – Fame
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Song Review: Ciipher – Fame

After a less-than-stellar debut, rookies Ciipher rebounded big time with last year’s excellent Blind. That song’s composition had member participation, which seems indispensable for this group. Judging from the highlight medley of their newest album, the strongest-sounding songs are the ones where the guys themselves are most involved. Self-composition isn’t a skill to be taken … Continue reading

Song Review: TXT – Good Boy Gone Bad
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Song Review: TXT – Good Boy Gone Bad

Back when TXT debuted with the excellent Crown, it seemed they had years of bright, bubbly pop ahead of then. Instead, the group quickly veered into more combative territory. Their first comeback enhanced the rock angst and – apart from one disco-infused “minisode” in 2020 – they’ve stayed pretty faithful to that template. This paid … Continue reading