4Minute is a five-member group under Cube Entertainment that has always found a way to stand out in front of the rest of the k-pop world. They are unique, but still mainstream enough to grab one's attention. With their latest release “Crazy”, they tore us apart every time anyone would watch that music video. So today, 4Minute released their newest music video “Hate” from their 7th mini album, Act 7. We will find out shortly if 4Minute holds themselves up again or tears themselves down.
The music video, after watching it, is very vibrant. The verses are sort of duller, but still have a vibrant feeling to them. They are in a desert during the verses and the browns and yellows of the dirt and sunset seems to really stand out. The chorus portion was in a room painted red and white. During the first couple of choruses, the room is white with red Xs painted on the walls, but then during the last chorus, they are dancing in a red room with the word HATE painted on the walls behind them. The music video isn't anything special and lacks a sort of wow factor that “Crazy”, “Cold Rain” and “Volume Up” had. However, the video was still enjoyable.
Now, the music. What can I say about this song? The song starts off really epic with heavy pianos and it feels much like a mid-tempo ballad which seems to be really popular at the moment. However, when the chorus kicks in, you are spun around in a completely opposite direction. The beat changes to a heavy synth and guitar driven hip hop chorus. The chorus is so separated from the verses that it almost sounds like they should have just made two separate songs. Because the way the verses are building up, it sounds like it's going to be a Lee Hong Ki chorus or a KyuHyun chorus, but instead they are just themselves and go in a completely opposite direction with the song. I don't know how I feel about this song just yet. Let me listen to it a few more times before I tell you how I feel.
Hope you enjoyed this review of 4Minute – Hate. What were your thoughts about the chorus? Was the shift too abrupt? Leave your response down in the comment section below. Thanks for the support and for taking the time to read through this.
You all knew that this was coming. While I'm not a huge fan of Crush, I'm the biggest fan of Taeyeon and I can't believe I've waited this long to watch the music video. I've just been really busy lately. No excuses, I know. No time for excuses when k-pop is involved. Anyway, I don't know a lot about Crush. I know he did a song with Zion T last year and that's about it. I'm excited to hear this song though because the last song that Taeyeon did was with Verbal Jint and that song was amazing and the song before that she did with.....Verbal Jint also. And that song was her solo debut, so I'm excited to hear more and more Taeyeon solo and collab work.
The music video was really chill and kind of depressing. Crush seemed really sad and I think I know why. It's because he didn't feature Taeyeon in the video. He was definitely regretting not having her on set for the video. All jokes aside, the song was really relaxed and chill. We didn't get to hear any beltings from Taeyeon, but she sang in her more comfortable zone of mid-tones. I was hoping to hear more from her, but at least she was in the song. Crush also has a pretty amazing voice. He was hitting some high notes that I know a lot of people could not hit. I'll give him props for that. Overall though, the music video was kind of meh and the song was fantastic.
I really did enjoy the song, even if it seemed all my focuses were on Taeyeon. You have to give me a break. I'm a Taeganger. The song was very calming and just overall soothing. And I enjoyed that fact. What did you like best about this song?
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G-Friend is back with their music video for "Rough". I saw the teaser which looked very much like...all their other videos. It was basically a school girl concept. Can't we move past that? Anyway, the song sounded really promising. Even more promising than "Me Gustas Tu" which was their hit of 2015. So, I'm ready to just get into it.
I enjoyed the song ved the song very much. It has a very classical, retro k-pop sound. It's very refreshing to have an older sounding song by a new girl group. The chorus was very fast-paced vocally, but slower musically which is a cool trick that a lot of artists use. Red Velvet used that same style with the verses of "Dumb Dumb." The music video looked like they were all doing their own thing and then they remembered they buried a time capsule together and recovered it. The time capsule didn't seem to be buried that deep and how long was that time capsule in the ground? Like a few months? Sorry. But the song was really good. I enjoyed it a lot. More than I thought I would. Another thing I have to point out is that the dance looks really cool, especially during the guitar solo/breakdown.
I know it's been a while since I've done a music video review and I'll work on that. I know I always say that but I really will. I've gotten so far behind on videos that I just gave up for a little while, but I remembered all of you. Hope you enjoyed my review of G-Friend - Rough. Thanks for the support.
I just have to post this because I saw BoA post it on Instagram. BoA, as many of you guys know, is the artist that pretty much brought me into k-pop. So this is huge for me.
BoA released an English single for a Japanese drama. The song is called "Make Me Complete" and honestly I think this is the song everyone wanted back when she debuted in America. At least I did. I'm really upset that she did the hip hop thing with her American label, rather than this dreamy feeling mid-tempo pop. It's so much better than anything she did on her self titled album.
Enough of my ranting, I really love this song. I've only listened to it once and that was because I was listening to it as I was typing this post out. Go listen to the song! It's phenomenal. Like I said, this is everything we wanted from BoA back in '09 when she released her English album.
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I think where I left off was that I was going to do a music video review for Stellar's "Sting". So the only thing I know about Stellar is that they usually have sexy concepts like we saw in 2015 with "Vibrato" and "Marionette" a little earlier. So I don't know anything about "Sting", but I'm here to watch it and find out what this is about.
Okay, so that music video was kind of cool. It had a retro concept going on. I think the underlying theme of the music video was the girls being bothered by the media. There were internet mouses clicking on the one girl and a bug landing on another girl. There were camera flashes throughout almost the entire thing. The song was kind of catchy. It wasn't as catchy as "Vibrato", but maybe that'll come with time. They pulled off the sexy thing in a unique way though. They didn't have a lack of clothing, but just your average clothing, but the way they did it was quite different. I quite enjoyed that music video.
There's my review of this music video. I hope you enjoyed it and don't forget to comment below and subscribe to my YouTube channel.
So, I felt like I needed to share this. Nothing new or special, but I just felt like I need to share it. For a long time, Wendy has been up and down between my number 2 and number 3 spot in Red Velvet. My list currently goes as follows: Irene, Seulgi, Wendy, Joy, and Yeri, but recently, Wendy has been threatening Seulgi's spot.
Not only does she have an amazing voice, but she also speaks English really well. She grew up in Canada for heaven's sake.
Aside from her beautiful and talented voice, she's also really beautiful. She's got a lovely smile that's captivating.
What else can I say about Wendy other than she is just beautiful inside and out. Hope you enjoyed my rant. I may post more of these rants here on my blog, so look forward to those. Thanks.
Lucky J is a group that I have no clue about. That’s how it has been with a lot of my reviews lately. I know that Jessi is in this group and I know that there are two guys with her in this group. I know that they are under YMC Entertainment and that’s about it. So Lucky J has released their comeback “No Love”. I watched the teaser and it seemed pretty cool so I’m going to watch it right now.
The music video is basically just the three of them burning some stuff. They are singing and rapping on a dried up lake, in an alleyway, and in a garage. Nothing great about the video, however, the song was pretty awesome. The beat was hard hitting and the flow of the song was perfect. Even though I’m not a fan of Jessi’s vocals, it fit really well into this song. She has this thing in her voice that just kind of irks me wrong, but it went with this song really well.
That’s my review of “No Love” by Lucky J. I enjoyed it. I’ll probably be putting it on my playlist. By the way, if any of you want to follow my playlist or add anything to it, the link is right here:
What did you think of the song and video? Did you enjoy it as well? Thanks for reading again.
So I didn’t think I’d be doing a video review for this group but the new duo that just barely debuted called CocoSori released their video and debut for “Dark Circle”. I don’t know anything about this group. I don’t know what company they’re under, how old they are, or even when they debuted. I just know that they debuted sometime in the past 8 days.
So I have already watched “Dark Circle” and it’s weird. It’s the stereotype of Korean and Japanese culture. I did notice they used some of the musical motifs from Orange Caramel and overall had a very Orange Caramel feeling to their music. The music video was about two girls that find a broccoli guy and cook him to get rid of their dark circles under their eyes. I think it is promoting eating vegetables, but they did it in a weird way that over sexualizes vegetable eating. I don’t know how I feel about the music video just quite yet, but the song is catchy enough and it sounds just like Orange Caramel and I love Orange Caramel so why wouldn’t I love this song.
I don’t know if that’s a good review, but it’s my review of “Dark Circle” by CocoSori. What did you think of the music video? Did you like it? Tell me in the comments below. Thanks for reading.
Dal*Shabet is a girl group that I know very little about. I know that they released a song called “Joker” last year that was catchy but a little bit annoying after hearing it a bunch of times. That’s my personal opinion of course. I’m not even sure how many girls are in this group or what company they are under. Either way, they released a video called “Someone Like U” which sounds an awful lot like Adele’s song of the same title. I know I’m late on this, but I’m still doing it because I care about k-pop.
So based off the music video, that’s a four member girl group. But one can never be too sure. The music video was fun I guess. They were in a pink room singing and dancing. The storyline was that there was a guy that was playing each of them behind their backs so they went to the club where he was at and fired streaming guns at him. The song sounded super 80s influenced but something that Toto would do. It was really upbeat and fast paced. The groove of the song kept my attention really well. It’s a laidback song, but at the same time very fast moving.
So I guess that’s my review of Dal*Shabet’s music video for “Someone Like U”. It kind of reminded me of the Brown Eyed Girls’ song “Brave New World”, but just in parts. Hope you liked my review. I’m going to have to listen to it a few more times to develop a full opinion about it, but for now, I like it I guess.
Here we are again with another top 10 of 2015. 2015 has been over for a few days now, but I still want to recap the amazing things that happened in 2015 in accordance with k-pop. Today I'm going to countdown my favorite top 10 albums of 2015. These are extremely biased and I tried to add in some more male artists because I'm extremely female biased. This list is my personal opinions so please don't get offended when your favorite album(s) don't make it onto my list.
10. Goo Hara - Alohara
Goo Hara is too cute! She made her solo debut this year and while it didn't seem to amaze everyone, this album blew me away. I found myself listening to it over and over when I least expected it. This was my third or fourth purchase of anything k-pop ever. That's how good I found this album.
My favorite songs: How About Me?, Choco Chip Cookies, Haragu
9. Lovelyz - Lovelyz8
Lovelyz are an 8 member girl group that debuted in 2014 but have stolen my heart. Everything they've done up to this point, including Lovelinus, is pure gold. However, Lovelyz8 is my favorite album by them because it's so cutesy experimental. If that makes any sense. They play with a bunch of different electronic sounds while still holding onto the cutesy image.
My favorite songs: Welcome to the Lovelyz8, Shooting Star, Rapunzel
8. Kim Sung Kyu - 27
Kim Sung Kyu was someone I got into way before I got into Infinite. And even now, I'm not very much into Infinite. However, 27 by Kim Sung Kyu is a masterpiece. I didn't like his first solo album, but this one was perfect. Every single song on this album was just absolutely amazing.
My favorite songs: Kontrol, The Answer, Alive
7. SHINee - Married to the Music
I couldn't make it through this list without mentioning SHINee. I'm not officially a Shawol, but I try to consider myself one. This album has a funk to it that is just amazing. The reason I picked Married to the Music over View is because of the song Married to the Music. It's fantastic and just overall has a good vibe to it.
My favorite songs: Married to the Music, Love Sick, View, Odd Eye
6. BTS - The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Part 1
BTS is one of those groups that took me by surprise this year. They came out with I Need U and stole my heart, especially Suga and Rap Mon. This album is better than part 2, in my opinion because it is overall a better album. There are songs I like better on part 2 like Run and House of Cards but overall this album feels better as an overall album. They had more time to prepare for this album than part 2 so I feel like this album takes the win for BTS, but hey, at least BTS made the list.
My favorite songs: Intro, I Need U, Dope, Move, Converse High, Outro
5. Girls' Generation - Lion Heart
Now what kind of SONE would I be if I left SNSD off the list? While it's not the best release they've ever had, it's still a good one. This is high on my list of favorite SNSD albums ever, but still not number 1. This is their first album without Jessica and they seem to be doing alright considering how well done this album is. And can I just mention Taeyeon's blonde hair throughout all of the promotions!
My favorite songs: Lion Heart, You Think, Party, Check, Fire Alarm, Talk Talk, Bump It
4. BigBang - M.A.D.E
Now I know that BigBang's full release is yet to be unveiled, but I figured they worked really hard this year and deserve a spot on my list. MADE is a work of art that has been the biggest promotion in k-pop history. They released a music video for every song they released except for If You. Each song had its power behind each and every one. This made for the summer/year of BigBang.
My favorite songs: Loser, Bae Bae, Bang Bang Bang, Sober, Let's Not Fall in Love
3. f(x) - 4 Walls
Did I need to even say anything about this album? This album is phenomenal and like SNSD, it shows that the group can function without Sulli, the fifth member. The album plays with some effects that make it have a classic sound, much like the 70s, 80s, and 90s. This album is definitely one of my favorites of the year.
My favorite songs: 4 Walls, X, Papi, Rude Love, Cash Me Out, When I'm Alone
2. Taeyeon - I
2015 was one busy year for Taeyeon what with the Catch Me if You Can promotions; Party, Lion Heart and You Think promotions; Channel SNSD; Lion Heart album promotions; TaeTiSeo promotions for Dear Santa and Winter Story; Taengoo09 or whatever her variety show was called; and let's not forget her I promotions. I is a very emotional album that says a lot about Taeyeon, a lot that we may have thought we knew before, but didn't actually know. She revealed so much about herself in this promotion. She deserves the number 2 spot on my list. If it wouldn't have been a mini album, it would have earned the number 1 spot. But just the fact that Taeyeon is coming back soon is enough for me.
1. Red Velvet - The Red
Once again, if you didn't know this, you should have looked up at the top banner of my website. The Red is a phenomenal album that I could go on for hours about. This girl group from SM Entertainment that debuted just last year is breaking the charts and stealing my heart. There's nothing I don't like about this album. It's just perfect. And while I'm not looking forward to their next album The Velvet as much, it will still be exciting to hear from these girls again. Team Irene.
Hope you enjoyed that list for the best albums of 2015, in my opinion. I had fun comprising it and can't wait to publish my next list. Wait and see what it is. Thanks for reading my blog again. Did you agree with this list? Please put your top 10 albums of 2015 in the comments section.
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