Grading the K-Pop Agencies 2018: Part Two (Plan A, Pledis, Starship, Top, TS, WM, Woollim)
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Grading the K-Pop Agencies 2018: Part Two (Plan A, Pledis, Starship, Top, TS, WM, Woollim)

Disclaimer: As with my write-ups on the Big Three agencies, this is written from an outsider’s perspective. I’m not privy to any business-related financial information beyond what any other fan would know. The purpose of these articles is to examine how well these agencies are serving their artists and the general k-pop fan-base. Before you … Continue reading

Song Review: Monsta X – Shoot Out
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Song Review: Monsta X – Shoot Out

Any issues I’ve had with Monsta X’s sound are laid bare during Underwater, the opening track on their new album. You’ve got this gorgeous melody, impeccably performed and carefully arranged. But then the track shifts to incorporate the group’s rappers, resulting in the jarring inclusion of noisy, clattertrap synths and overly-aggressive hip-hop. This kind of … Continue reading