Song Review: Twice – Fake & True
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Song Review: Twice – Fake & True

As Twice’s Korean output has shifted styles this year, their Japanese music has followed suit. This began with June’s striking Breakthrough, and continues with new single Fake & True. As with the last few years, Twice are churning out new singles with alarming speed, and that ubiquity has helped them make a convincing transformation in … Continue reading

Song Review: Twice – Happy Happy
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Song Review: Twice – Happy Happy

Paired with the more uncharacteristic Breakthrough, Happy Happy is one half of a double-sided blitz from Twice’s upcoming Japanese promotions. The two songs come together to represent contrasting moods for both hot summer days and steamy summer nights. As you might have guessed from its title, Happy Happy is dedicated to fun-in-the-sun excitement, and falls … Continue reading

Song Review: Twice – Breakthrough
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Song Review: Twice – Breakthrough

With a title like Breakthrough, you better have the goods to deliver. Thus far, Twice’s Japanese material has ranged from fair to frenetically frustrating. Last year’s BDZ hinted at some musical progress, but their immense popularity doesn’t exactly spawn motivation to change. More than a breakthrough, the group needs to take a sledgehammer to their … Continue reading

Buried Treasure: Twice – Hot
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Buried Treasure: Twice – Hot

Most of the time, a k-pop group’s title track is the best song on their album. But, 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. I’ve gotta say, I’m fully embracing this subtle Twice transformation. As … Continue reading

Song Review: Twice – Fancy
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Song Review: Twice – Fancy

The month of April has been unusually slow for K-pop releases, punctuated only by new music from some of the industry’s leading acts. BLACKPINK and BTS have already delivered their comebacks (to varying degrees of musical success), and now it’s time for Twice. I’ve always enjoyed Twice’s music, but it rarely finds its way to … Continue reading

K-Pop Producer Spotlight: Galactika
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K-Pop Producer Spotlight: Galactika

If there’s anything I’ve learned from covering pop music for over a decade, it’s that songwriters and collaborators are just as important as the artists themselves. Though they often work behind the scenes, this feature is a chance to shine the light on some of k-pop’s most innovative and accomplished producers and composers. GALACTIKA Years … Continue reading