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

Song Review: CNBLUE – Love Cut
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Song Review: CNBLUE – Love Cut

With their return last year, CNBLUE joined the distinguished list of ‘post-enlistment’ idols. Not many K-pop groups last this long, and Korea’s military conscription laws create a natural fork in the road for any male act’s career. At this point, CNBLUE may wish to tweak their sound in search of continued chart relevancy, or simply … Continue reading

Song Review: Jessi – Cold Blooded
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Song Review: Jessi – Cold Blooded

Jessi’s presence transforms any typical variety show into appointment TV. Her mix of fiery charisma and genuine, approachable sweetness feels so refreshing within an industry often known for its strict adherence to idol-like behavior. Watching Jessi terrorize the ultra-earnest TXT on her YouTube series is one of my personal K-pop highlights of 2021. Get her … Continue reading

Song Review: Stray Kids – Scars
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Song Review: Stray Kids – Scars

Stray Kids aren’t offering any respite for fans. Their newest album bore music video after music video, blurring the line between title track and b-side. Now, we have a new Japanese single. I’m sure hardcore followers are pleased by this rapid-fire blitz, but the sheer bulk of releases threatens of overwhelm us bloggers! Either way, … Continue reading

Song Review: Luna – Madonna
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Song Review: Luna – Madonna

It’s been years since f(x)’s Luna graced us with her dance opus Free Somebody. That mini album represents so much wasted potential. Her music could have been tearing up dance floors these past five years. Instead, we’re lucky to get an occasional ballad. New single Madonna promises to change that, delivering her most upbeat offering … Continue reading

Song Review: aespa – Savage
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Song Review: aespa – Savage

As a day-one admirer of aespa’s Next Level, I’ve loved watching the song work its way into public consciousness and become one of 2021’s most iconic K-pop tracks. SM Entertainment is clearly angling for an edgier sound for the group, perhaps in an attempt to replicate BLACKPINK’s global success. But so far, their tracks have … Continue reading