This will be my first top ten for this site, so I'm excited. However, this top ten will be different from most because this top ten is for my top ten songs that I could listen to forever. I got to think of a better title than that. Anyway, this song is going to focus on songs that I honestly have listened to over and over and over again. So let's get started.
1. 2Yoon - Nightmare
You guys thought number one would be Mr Mr, but it wasn't and that's because NIghtmare just is the best k-pop song I've ever heard. The vocals layering, the raps, the instrumentation is all just on point and so epic. Cube certainly put a lot of effort into that song and I wish they would release a full length album or at least a second mini album.
2. SNSD - Mr Mr
Here's the song everyone who knows me thought would've been number one. I love this song and while I wish it was number 1, it just can't be because 2Yoon pulled together a better song in the long run. However, Mr Mr is my jam. This song is so addictive. It puts me in a trance or something like that because whenever it comes on, I stop what I'm doing and just listen and enjoy.
3. f(x) - Airplane
Number 3 is none other than f(x). The song Airplane is a song I can listen to forever. I honestly listened to it about 54 times in one day and this was after I had been into f(x) for a while and knew the song really well, but one day I just decided to listen to it non stop pretty much all day. And I still listen to it all the time. I have to listen to it at least once while I'm driving.
4. Super Junior: D&E - Growing Pains
This song is fantastic. The guitars with the piano and synths on the back track makes for an amazing song. I honestly can listen to this song an endless amount of times. It's that good. And I know a lot of SuJu fans hadn't heard this song, so if you haven't, give it a listen. I'm not even a SuJu fan.
5. 2NE1 - Come Back Home
2NE1 nailed it early last year with this wonderfully fused piece of work. When you mix reggae, pop, rock, pop rock, and dubstep into the mix, you get 2NE1's Come Back Home. This song is driven by so many things from the soft keyboard at the beginning to the hard hitting dubstep influenced chorus. This song is by far their best song to date and could possibly be their best song ever.
6. 4Minute - Crazy
This song has such a hard beat but is so simple at the same time. I mean they placed a monotonous droning bass hit in the majority of the song. But even with it being so simple. I can't help but loving this song. The glass shatter at the beginning of the chorus is so epic and again so simple. This song is fantastic and I have no other words to say about it.
7. Miss A - Love Song
Now, I know what you're going to say! "What about Only One!". I know what I'm saying. I love Only One but Love Song just makes me more happy. It's such an amazing song that hits so hard with that post-chorus dubstep-violin thing. So epic. But honestly this song is the best song Miss A's put out so far in my opinion.
8. Goo Hara - How About Me?
Goo Hara didn't get much love for her solo debut album, but in my honest opinion, it was a fantastic album that everyone should listen to. Go check out my review of it, in the post just before this one. Goo Hara has proved herself to me and How About Me? is a perfect example of how she went about stealing my heart. This song is hard hitting and overall melodically and musically impressive. I hope Goo Hara has a second mini album in the next year.
9. Park Gyuri - The Little Prince
Here's another Kara member who didn't receive much love for her solo debut. However, Gyuri just released two songs, this one and a song called Return which is also good too. The LIttle Prince features From the Airport, which I'm assuming a Korean rock band. This song is so good and reminiscent of Ayumi Hamasaki's earlier stuff. Her high pitched voice contrasts well with the loud aggressive sounds of the guitars and synths. This one is one that everyone should listen to at least once. Then you won't be able to stop listening to it.
10. Kara - Pandora
While were discussing Kara and the soloist from that group, might as well mention the group itself. Kara is known for having addictive hooks and memorable choruses. However, among all the various songs I love by Kara, my favorite one that I could listen to forever has to be Pandora. This song is so good. The musicality of it is just phenomenal. With the Phantom of the Opera style intro, you can't go wrong with this hit.
I apologize that this list was so long, but I'm not going to apologize for informing you all about my favorite songs that I could listen to forever. This list isn't set in stone, just to let you know too. Well, this is my list for this week. So I hope you enjoyed. What is your favorite k-pop songs that you can listen to forever?
I know this one is kind of old but it's a good one and I wanted to change it up a little bit so here's one of the most underrated albums of the year. This album was seriously the first album I reviewed to receive a 10/10.
So here I am again, doing another album review, or mini album if you will. I’m excited about this one because I’ve really gotten into Kara a lot lately. And if you’ve been following k-pop like most of you do, you know that Hara released a mini album entitled Alohara. It contains the song “Choco Chip Cookies” which has become quite popular on YouTube and various other social media sites. So I’m going to be reviewing this album. So let’s get started.
The first song is called “Eoddae” or (a rough google translation) “What Do You Think?” It’s got cool synth effects. It’s got a hard beat. I’m liking this already. The beat is a little dirty which I like. There are so many effects in this song. This is awesome. This song throws it down. She’s rapping, and rocking it. I love the build up to the chorus. And that chorus is just so awesome. She throws it down so hard. So freaking hard.
The next song is the famous “Choco Chip Cookies”. This song is more laid back, but still has some of those effects from the last song. This song is a summer jam type of song. I love her voice in this song. She sings so beautifully. I love the transition between the verse and the pre-chorus. The transitions between the verse and pre-chorus and then the pre-chorus and chorus are awesome. So amazing. If you want to read more about my views on this song, click here.
The next song is “La La La” featuring Me! Just kidding but it’s featuring Matthew. This song already sounds intense. I’m loving this album, it hits really hard. I love it. There are those effects again. The “la la la’s” are so cute but so aggressive at the same time. They really did some experimenting with this album because this doesn’t sound anything like the Kara I’ve experienced thus far.
Next up we have, “Haragu”. Those hits are so hard. This has a rock feeling to it. It’s got background electric guitars going on. I like the minor thing in the chorus too. I like that this song is basically her name. It’s like a self-proclaiming song. I like it a lot.
So there’s one more song, and if this next song is as good as the previous songs I might give this album a 10 out of 10. So let’s check out “Rainy Day”. It’s a little different than the rest of the album. It’s more of a ballad type song. But I like it too. Hara, congratulations on stealing my heart. It’s got a lot going on in the song, like a clean guitar and the beat and synths and more synths. But it’s just awesome.
So I’m quite pleased with this album. I enjoyed every song very much. I’m glad I did this review because I just found my new album I’m going to buy when I get paid next. What did you guys think of her solo debut? Was it everything you expected? Was it more? Or was it just kind of weird to you? Let me know in the comments section. I give this album a 10/10. Thanks for reading again.
Twice is a girl group that just debuted under JYP Entertainment. I know very little about them, but want to get to know them more because, let’s face it, it’s k-pop. They have 4 or 5 members from what I remember and their debut music video “Like Ooh-Ahh” has a zombie concept. From the teasers it seems to be that the girls are going about their normal business when zombies attack them but they are almost nonchalant about the situation.
The thumbnail for the music video is the eight girls (I was wrong, it was eight) posing with zombies behind them. This music video looks very fun and entertaining. I don’t know what to expect from this music video since I’ve already forgotten what the teasers sounded like, but I know the teasers were for the music video but with music from the different tracks on their album.
First things first, I’m not sure how many members there are in this band. Now I think it’s 9 because there was a huge portion of the video where the girls were lined up in 3 rows of 3. However, there were parts in the music video where there were only 4, 7, and 9 girls in the shot. I don’t know what that was about. However, the video was very fun. The vibe of the song kind of reminded me of Hyuna’s Bubble Pop! and Spica’s Tonight. I noticed there were two rappers which is pretty typical of a group that is of this size. The part at the end when they were in the bus, especially reminded me of Bubble Pop! But the feeling of the song overall was very Tonight-ish.
That music video was enjoyable and a great song. This song is definitely going on my playlist. I love high energy songs like this. I’m thinking there are 9 girls in the group, which normally I would call them an SNSD wannabe group, but because their style is so different from SNSD, I’ll accept them and find out more about them. Anyway, this was my music video review of Twice’s “Like Ooh-Ahh”. Hope you enjoyed it, please let me know if there are any questions you have, or videos you’d like me to review. Thanks.
Amber, Krystal, Victoria, and Luna make up the experimental k-pop band, f(x). They were originally a 5 member group, however, Sulli, the fifth member, departed from the group. She still shows her support for all of the members of f(x). The band just released their 4th full length album and their first without Sulli. The album has some bits and pieces of the 70s, 80s and 90s along with the modern alternative style they seem to always possess. Their new album, entitled “4 Walls”, was released a couple of days ago and has since been blowing up the charts. Now I’m going to review this album.
“4 Walls” is the first track and the title track. This song is very reminiscent of the 70s with the soft synths and the simplistic style of the song. This song is good, but I don’t think they should have gone with this one for the title track. There are plenty of other great songs on this album that could’ve been used as the title track. However, I do like this song and it has grown on me more and more every time I listen to it.
The second track is “Glitter”. This song is fun. It’s almost got a retro Nintendo feeling to it near the beginning. This song is almost something that I could see SNSD doing. It’s got that poppy feeling that drives the song. The chorus especially has a very SNSD kind of sound.
“Déjà Vu” is number three on this album. It’s got some crazy synths that kind of remind me of something that Muse would do. The vocal melody is very different from Muse however. This song is heavily driven by the synths and the fast tempo drums. I think this song could have been a better title track, speaking honestly. The overall feeling of this song is happy and colorful.
The next song is “X”. This song has some very low end bass synths buzzing underneath the track. It’s kind of cool sounding. This song definitely feels like an f(x) song. This is the kind of stuff I’m used to them doing. I kind of like that high note that is hit during the verses. It’s crazy high and quite awesome.
“Rude Love” is the next track. The song starts off with some delayed and filtered out piano. Can I also say that their voices are all on point with this album? This song has an EDMish vibe to it. Especially in the chorus with the back and forth beat. The beat continues on into the second verse. This is a heavily EDM influenced song. I can tell by the way it’s built up.
The next song is “Diamond”. It’s kind of interesting to have the song be driven by a repetitive bass synth and drums. The chorus is definitely my favorite part of this song for sure though. The change is so abrupt that it kind of throws you off. It’s easily to tell where most of their influences for this album came from. Several of these tracks kind of copy off of the EDM genre.
Next up is “Traveler” featuring Zico. It’s kind of interesting that this song starts off with Zico rather than the conventional song design of having a rap or a featured artist to appear in the bridge or the last chorus. However, I like it. The way they are playing out the song is more like a song that would be Zico’s song featuring f(x) because he is taking the verses from what it seems and they are covering the chorus.
Next up is my favorite track on the album. It’s “Papi”. This cool crispy synth playing in the beginning grabs your attention right away. This song is just so addictive. If they were going to promote any other song, I feel like they should promote this song. The chorus, the verses, just everything about this song is just fantastic. I really liked the “I kind of like it” in the chorus. It’s super catchy.
“Cash Me Out” is next up. This song also reminds me of old f(x). It’s just got that style that is f(x). It’s strange and that’s what makes f(x) such a great band. I love the build-up to the chorus, but I’m not the biggest fan of the chorus as a whole. I like the build-up more than the actual chorus. And I love the verses. The flow is just really good in this song.
Finally, we’ve reached the end of the album and this song is called “When I’m Alone”. It has slow swelling synths playing with a synth pad adding a bit of a contrast to the slow, dragging sound of the swell synths. This song has a lot of energy, but it is a slower song. The way the music progresses makes the song have a lot of energy, but at the same time it allows the song to be calm and serene.
This song reminds me of something CHVRCHES would do.
This album is fantastic. For those of you who haven’t listened to it yet, go buy it on iTunes or listen to it on Spotify. I’m sure even YouTube has it now. Just go listen to it. My favorite songs are “Papi”, “When I’m Alone”, “Déjà vu”, and “4 Walls”. What was your favorite song? Why was that one your favorite song? I give this album an 8/10. It’s a great album. I plan on buying it when I have money again.
Kim Taeyeon just released her solo debut mini album entitled “I” and it’s rocking the charts. This album is one of precise work and excellent delivery. These five songs capture Taeyeon’s personality and all her emotions. Much like many of the solo songs Taeyeon has done in the past, this album contains two ballads which convey through the power of her voice a message so profound. This is the message Taeyeon wishes to express through her music as a solo artist and without being tied down to a specific genre or category by the members of SNSD. Not to say she’s not expressing herself in those songs, but as was conveyed through the “I” music video, she wishes to escape from her work and live free without bounds. This is applicable in her work as an “idol”. She wishes to escape those bounds and be free to express herself as she wishes and I think that’s what has happened with this album.
The first track on this mini album is the title track “I”. This track is fighting the bounds of alt rock, EDM, and ambient music styles. It’s got a clean guitar playing a simple riff throughout the entire song but with builds on it and tons of delays and reverbs. The build up to the chorus is very reminiscent of EDM builds. Her vocals of course are on point and more expressive in this song than ever before. I feel like this song is exactly what she wanted to do musically.
“U R” is the second track on this album and the first ballad. It starts off with a gentle piano and Taeyeon doing some ohs over it. This song is so simple. It reminds me of what she’s done in the past with OSTs. However, there seems to be more emotion in her voice here. Her voice is almost shaking from emotion but it’s not loud belting emotion, but rather a calm but powerful vocal pattern. Her voice is really soft in this song but she hits every not with precision. The way she hold out the notes and blends them into vibratos is incredible.
“Gemini” is the next song and this song has some R&B roots to it. The use of the piano and the finger snaps is reminiscent of early 2000s R&B. She does some interesting things vocally in this song. The way she turns her voice in various spots in incredible. There are parts of this song that remind me of Mariah Carey just because of the runs she chooses to make. However, I’m not in any way comparing Mariah Carey and Taeyeon. There would be no competition there.
The next song is “Stress”. This song is a high energy, pop rock song. This is the Taeyeon I think everyone was waiting for. This song utilizes her vocal abilities to the high, powerful, belting levels. This is a lot of people’s favorite song on the album and it might be my favorite song too, but I’ll determine that later. This song has very SNSD elements of it as for what she chose to do vocally. I mean this song could easily be an SNSD song.
Finally we have “Farewell”, the last ballad on the album and the final song. It has simple piano and string swells. Her voice is really soft in this song, but once again powerful. The way she chose to go melody-wise for the pre-chorus threw me for a loop but I liked it a lot. She uses a lot of minor key melodies in the pre-chorus and chorus. I believe this is called parallel keys. When a musical piece goes from major to minor but stays in the same key. Either way it is quite impressive.
Overall, this album kills. I don’t care who you are, this album is incredible. This album delivers everything that we could have wanted as SONES. It covers everything from alt rock to ballads to pop rock. This is a very well rounded album and great in terms of musicality. It ventured into some unique techniques and motifs. But I like that in my music. I’m all about the uniqueness that exists in creative music. So, my overall rating for this album would have to be a 10/10.
Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed my review. Leave a comment below letting me know what your thoughts are about this album or about anything in general. Thanks.
F(x) is the experimental group under SM Entertainment that debuted in 2009. Since their debut they’ve released 3 full length albums and are about to release their 4th full length album. They are seen by netizens to get the brunt of the attention from SM. They are often considered ignored and taken for granted, despite having such a huge fan base. They have yet to have an official fandom name, while on the other hand, similar group Red Velvet that debuted earlier this year, received their fandom name of “Cupcakes”. This blatant ignoring of f(x) has gotten fans quite upset.
They are releasing their first single since the departure of bandmate Sulli. This album and single are called “4 Walls” to represent the 4 of them as an enclosed structure. “4 Walls” was just released earlier today and I’m super excited to watch it. I’ve watched the teaser which had a 70s vibe to it while the members were walking through the forest.
The music video has a weird, trancey kind of feeling to it. It seems there are portals or maybe they are dreaming. They go through these portals and see strange stuff like the other members frozen in time. Then Victoria (I think it’s Victoria. I always get Victoria and Luna mixed up) goes back to earlier and stops the cup from falling. The song was very chill sounding. It kind of reminded me of Shinee’s View. However, I liked this song a lot more than Shinee’s song. All the members looked great and can we talk about Amber’s silver hair for a minute? That was on point. It looked so good.
This music video was a bit weird. I might have to watch it through a bunch more to fully understand the message behind it. But I quite enjoyed it. My favorite part was when Krystal was running through the forest. I love Krystal so much. Tell me what your favorite part was. Thanks for reading.
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