When I think of boy groups, I usually imagine a group of five to nine boys, dressed up pretty, and dancing to poppy songs. However, B.A.P isn't what comes to mind when I think of boy groups. That's because B.A.P is different than other boy groups. They typically have grit and dirt. They are usually edgier and harder than the typical boy group. That's one of the main reasons I love B.A.P. They released their new music video for “Hands Up” a few hours ago and I'm going to review it.
The video for “Hands Up” was basically a dance video in various rough locations. The entire video looked like a wasteland mixed with the ghetto. The dance was really simple looking but it was effective and still made them look so bad ass. They had some interesting cameos from ninjas and female dancers. But overall the video was pretty awesome. I do however want some more story based concepts with shooting and violence because that's how I remember B.A.P.
The song was surprisingly softer than I expected but there was still so much grit in the song that I'm not even worried. B.A.P does grit and chiller stuff really well. The entire song had a Hip Hop vibe but there was a presence that felt massive in the song. I believe that presence was created by the piano instrumental in the verses and build up. One last thing I'd like to mention, is the orange haired member hit that high note so well. And the way it climaxed during the introduction into the final chorus was epic. Well done TS Entertainment.
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Former member of Sistar, Soyou makes a comeback with her song “The Night”. There are so many holiday comebacks happening that I'm sincerely hoping this is another holiday release. There's definitely not enough k-pop Christmas music and can always be added to. I haven't seen any teasers for this video. I'm going into it completely blind.
In the video for “The Night”, we see Soyou upset about being alone. She's very lonely and wants a companion. She goes on a date with a nice gentleman and imagines the events of the night and the next morning. However it was all in her head, until she finds a black song that definitely isn't hers. She freaks out and when she thinks it's all in her head again, she falls her head down on the couch to have it stopped by a pair of masculine legs.
The overall vibe of the song was very Hip Hop oriented but there was a hint of Christmas cheer tossed in. The chord progression used was very similar to many Christmas tunes. But while Soyou isn't my favorite member in Sistar, she definitely has the ability and has proved that now with this song. Her voice is soft and sultry while powerful and emotional.
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I don't know why I wasn't expecting this, but BlockBerry Creative just dropped the lyric video for “The Carol 2.0” by LOOΠΔ/ViVi, Choerry, Yves. This is what I believe is the first example of various sub units existing in the group and becoming interchangeable. If you remember, last year, Ha Seul released “The Carol” as part of her solo debut. I'm so ready for this and for some reason I wasn't expecting it.
Let's talk about how cute they are. Choerry was wearing her signature color of purple but the other two girls, ViVi and Yves were in red and green. They were celebrating the holidays and being festive in a small apartment. I wish the video image was bigger because there was a huge border of red around the entire video. But either way the video was too cute.
The song was basically “The Carol” but with different members. Although the intro for this version seemed a bit slower. I'm so excited for LOOΠΔ to debut. They need to debut already. Yves was especially cute in this video. One thing I want almost more than anything is for ViVi to be dark haired for one comeback.
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I've always been a man of change. I need a constant change from everything to feel comfortable. I've jumped through several genres of music which is why I feel like k-pop is the perfect genre for me. There are so many different options and music is constantly being released. The norm for me is to listen to the most popular girl groups and be satisfied, but lately, I've been listening to some underrated and underground music that is surprisingly enough, male artists. One of them is DPR Live which I haven't yet reviewed, but they or he released a new music video for the song “Text Me”. I'm here to review this video and tell you my thoughts about it.
Throughout the music video for “Text Me”, DPR Live was roaming all over the place, waiting for his girl to text him, but the song insisted she get to him when she's free. We see a junkyard, an upper class neighborhood, a Falafel place, a convenient store, subway, large staircase and a couple other places. There's a shot where he's standing near a large bridge and it appears to be England, but I could be wrong there. The video was basically him getting antsy waiting for this girl to respond.
What do you think of when you heard DPR Live? I personally think of chill vibing music that his heavily influenced by the Hip Hop culture. I love DPR Live and I can't wait to see what the future holds for them. This song was seriously turnt up, but I still like “Please” a little better. That song is my jam.
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Sometimes the gods decide to gift us mere earthlings with something great. They see us dwelling in our own filth and feel compassion towards us. Therefore, every once in a while, they see us suffering and choose to give us something wonderful. That something today is the gift of Taeyeon's voice. Taeyeon was a gift given to us several years back and while some of us have taken advantage of that gift, I do not and I know my followers do not as well. Taeyeon has returned to us to bring us the best Christmas present; the present of her voice.
Taeyeon delivers a solid music video as expected from her. “This Christmas” follows Taeyeon looking back at memories of her and her father. Through the Christmases as she got older, the more she rejected him until it was too late. I'm tearing up writing this. Her younger memories stem from her receiving her first bike when she was little all the way until she was a teenager and didn't need him anymore. But at the end of the video, the car Taeyeon is in pulls up to a Christmas tree and Taeyeon imagines she sees her dad one last Christmas. Seriously, I'm a mess. Only Taeyeon can do that to me.
The song was very orchestral and emotional. The ballad takes the traditional soft Christmas music and plays on that very well. Taeyeon is the perfect person to take on a Christmas album alone because her voice can be so full of emotion and so solemn with what seems like little effort from Taeyeon. The song matched the video well. Especially the climax of the song which brought the strings loud and intense, also brought Taeyeon out of the car and facing her inner demons and regret from rejecting her father for so many years.
What did you think of “This Christmas” by Taeyeon? Did it match or exceed your expectations? Taeyeon always exceeds any expectation I think I've set for her. She could never be held down by limitations or expectations though. Please support our dear King Taeyeon, our sweet King Slayeon. Like and share this review on social media. Leave a comment. Thank you for supporting me and I'll see you in my next review.
Twice is back at it again with their comeback song “Heart Shaker” for their repackaged album. I'm super stoked because I love Twice. Let's be honest, who doesn't love Twice? Those who say they don't like Twice are lying to themselves and just haven't accepted it yet.
Twice kills us again with a fantastic music video for “Heart Shaker”. The video takes place through a series of doors that all are connected to a building that looks similar to a 1950s-inspried design. They all looked adorable. Especially Chaeyoung and Dahyun starting off the song, looked amazing. My favorite outfit they wore was the white shirts and blue jeans. It symbolized purity but sexiness at the same time. A thing I noticed as well was there was more dabbing. Only Twice can make me appreciate a good dab.
The song was a fast moving, pop rock song with some wintry, holiday vibes intertwined. Overall it was a typical Twice song except for the placement of Chaeyoung and Dahyun's main parts. Even Mina started off the bridge. But because it was a typical Twice song, it means I loved it. They have a formula for success. I don't like this song better than “Likey” but it still is a solid song.
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One thing I love about following the lesser known artists is that you can tell all your friends about how wonderful the artist is and almost no one will have a clue who you're talking about, giving them a chance to be open-minded about it. A bad thing though is sometimes these artists slip through the cracks, undetected. SOOM or Ahn Soo Min is one of my favorite female rappers and she released a song and music video a couple months ago. I am just now finding out about it. The song is called “My Precious” and I'm ready for SOOM to slay me again.
The music video for “My Precious” was really simple but I believe had a deeper underlying message. The entire video was the back view of a girl walking from place to place. I want to assume it's Soo Min but it's probably not. There was a focus on crosswalks and waiting for something. I think the message of the video is that life is a series of crosswalks and you spend you time waiting for something all the time. But as that waiting comes to an end, you move on and progress forward.
The song was beautiful. It wasn't what I was expecting from Soo Min but I appreciate it the same. The song was an acoustic, raw sounding song. Soo Min was singing with heartfelt emotion throughout the song and even when she rapped, she rapped her lines with feeling. Honestly, Soo Min's voice is so beautiful. At the end of the video, there was another name included along with SOOM's. The name was Tosikemi and I think that was the guitarist. Overall it was a beautiful song that I need people to hear.
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It's that time of year again! Groups and labels and solo artists alike start releasing music to match the holiday season. Taeyeon, Twice, Exo, and many other artists are bringing us special winter/Christmas songs. Starship Entertainment, also known as Starship Planet releases a new Christmas song “Christmas Day” to please our ears.
“Christmas Day” is the video I expected and I was happy to receive this beautiful music video. All the members of Monsta X, WJSN, K.Will, Soyou, Boyfriend, Mad Clown, Junggigo, Brother Su, #Gun, Yu Seung Woo, Mind U, Duetto, Lee Kwang Hyun, and Jeong Se Woon were all there. The video took place in a wintry alleyway and a festive classroom where they dressed their teacher up in holiday attire. I'm assuming the teacher is the CEO of Starship. The video was pleasant and very uplifting.
As you'd expect from a Christmas song, it was very joyful. All the members I could remember or find had parts in the song, but I wish that the male artists would have had one verse and let the females have the other verse because all the female vocals got washed out by the male harmonization vocals in the chorus. I noticed Mad Clown being awkward and Exy kissing towards the screen. I'm still learning all the members' names in Monsta X and WJSN which is a huge portion of this song. It may take a while to learn, but I'm working on it.
What did you think of Starship Planet's Christmas song? Which singer did you enjoy watching in this video the most? Please support Starship Entertainment and even those that you may not recognize the names of. They are all hardworking artists who deserve the attention. Like and share this review on social media. Please leave a comment. Thank you for supporting me and I'll see you in my next review.
SHINee's Taemin comes back once again with his song “Day and Night”. Now, I have no idea what this is for because it is too soon after the release of his album for a repackaged album, but I don't think it's an SM Station song. It's most likely not a Japanese release because the title of the video has Hangul so I don't know how to decode this aside from just researching it. But I'll let you tell me what this special release from our Taemin is about.
While “Move” was a video focused on the dance aspect and abilities of Taemin, “Day and Night” definitely spent more time dwelling on the vocals. The video found Taemin wandering through various locations. I wonder where this video was filmed because he was at a different location at different parts of the video. The woods, wintry meadow, mountain top and near an icy ocean are some of the places Taemin sang this beautiful song. I love nature shots and I will say Taemin looks damn good in nature.
Our ears are greeted with a complex acoustic guitar riff and some bass hits to start out the song. Throughout the song, there were different styles that came up. Two of the biggest genres I noticed was acoustic or indie/folk, whatever you want to call it. The other was a hint at EDM. It didn't have a drop like EDM but some of the instrumentation in the song and the build up into the chorus reminded me of EDM. The song was beautiful though and really gave me a feeling of that season that exists between fall and winter.
What did you think? Did you like the song? I also did find out that the song is the title track to his repackaged album MOVE-ing. Please support Taemin. Like and share this review on social media. Please comment your thoughts in the comment section. Thank you for supporting me and showing your support in various ways. Thank you and I'll see you in my next review.
K.A.R.D just recently came back with their music video for “You in Me” which was a killer song and an even more sinister video. However, today they released a new music video for “Trust Me” a side track of theirs to surprise the fans. Now there are two versions of this song on the album. One is Jiwoo and J.Seph and the other is Somin and BM but I wonder if they are going to combine them to create a song that includes all four members.
The music video for “Trust Me” wasn't a full video. It took apart half of the song, but compiled in a pleasant way. We see in the music video, for most of the time, each member is in their own separate world. Jiwoo is in a library, I believe. Somin is in a room with candlelight, I think. I get those two mixed up every once in a while. BM was out on the street in an alleyway. While J.Seph stood on the emergency escape outside of an apartment building. When the chorus kicked in however, each member was with their partner, so Jiwoo with J.Seph and BM with Somin.
I had already heard the song and absolutely loved it. This is still an album I need to purchase, but something I hadn't really noticed about the song before was that it seemed to lack a lot of the tropical vibe that defines K.A.R.D but the song was still phenomenal. It had a low rumble with a sort of ambient texture to the sound. It has recently become a trend to use this sound, but the way K.A.R.D did it sounded extra impressive. I wish they could've done a full music video for the song but it was still incredible without the full length video.
So what did you guys think? Do you like “Trust Me” by K.A.R.D? Do you think they should start doing more music like this or stick to their tropical sound? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Please support K.A.R.D so they can do stuff like this more often. Like and share this review on social media. If there's anything you wish to request or ask me, feel free to. I really appreciate you all and hope in some way I can give back. Thank you so much for supporting me. I'll see you in my next review.
Matthew Petrucci is a Korean American who was adopted at a young age. He has always been fascinated by Korean culture. Ever since he was about 10 or 11 years old, he felt a connection with Asian culture. His earliest exposures to Asian culture was while attending a camp for Korean American adoptees. There he learned much about the culture, music, movies, and language. Although he still doesn’t speak Korean, he has plans to pursue that course in the future.