Today I'm venturing far from the roots of this website. This website was created to discuss Korean entertainment, but today, I'm reviewing some British Pop and one of my favorite British Pop songs of all time. I know British music still sings in English, but they have a unique style to their music that Americans don't necessarily have. One of my favorite British Pop artists is Birdy. I personally like her more than Ed Sheeran. Birdy released a song quite some time ago called “Wings” which is a phenomenal song. I wanted to share this song with those of you who have never heard it because it is that good. Also, I realized, I've never watched the music video, or maybe I don't remember it. So this will be a new experience even though I've heard the song a million times.
As the video begins, we are introduced into another time period, or maybe it's a costume party, but we see people dressed in old clothing, passed out in an elegant house. Throughout the video, the people are seen enjoying themselves, partying and having fun. Birdy is singing throughout the video, sitting on a grand staircase. In the final moments, we see everything that happened do sort of a flashback scene where Birdy is lying nearly passed out on one of the sofas. The cinematography was really unique and had a vintage flare to it. I really liked the way the video made us feel like we were in this time period.
I love this song. If I haven't made myself clear yet, this song is incredible. I don't know what it is. Maybe it's the instruments or the band aspect behind a pop singer. Maybe it's the vocal melodies or the uniqueness of Birdy's voice, but all these things definitely add up to create a hauntingly beautiful song. I don't know what else to say, but you definitely need to listen to it.
Obviously I love the song. The video was unique because it felt like it had a story but there wasn't really anything to it. I love the concept of the lyrics, that hopefulness of trying to achieve something but being unable. “If these wings could fly” sums up the message of the song really well. Please support Birdy. I haven't checked if she has a lot of new music but I definitely love her and hope you love the song as much as I did. Like and share this review even though it's unrelated to Kpop. Let me know if you enjoyed the song. I love to hear from you all and try to respond as soon as I can. Thank you so much for your support and I'll see you in my next review.
I don't know what this song is called in English. For now, I'm just going to call it “Stay” because the translation is: I wonder if it can stay the same. That's a huge title and “Stay” is just easier. BoA, the Queen or Goddess as some are saying, of Kpop is making a comeback in Japanese markets with her song “Stay” which apparently is an emotional roller coaster of a ballad. “Moon & Sunrise” is one of my favorite songs of all time and it's a BoA ballad, so that should tell you something about BoA's ability to belt songs right through our hearts.
First off, BoA looks like a Queen. She's so elegant and beautiful. She's also ageless. She's been 20 for about 20 years. In the video, we see BoA feeling exhausted and sad about something. All of her movements are slow and she's sitting at home with candlelight while staying in bed. Towards the end of the video, I thought she was praying for someone, but I did notice she was holding onto a phone in almost every scene. At the very end, she makes a phone call. We don't know who she is calling or why, but we can assume. I'm going to assume it's something serious and not that she's calling a crush.
The song, as expected, was phenomenal. She always pulls ballads off perfectly. The piano and strings added great texture behind her enormous voice. When she sang some of those more difficult drawn out notes, she looked as if she wasn't even trying, which she probably wasn't because it's a music video. There was one scene where she's standing in a room and it's black and white and she looks like a Queen not giving a fuck. Also, I had no idea she had a tattoo on her wrist.
The last little bit didn't really have anything to do with the song, but BoA has forever been one of my biggest crushes. Anything she touches turns to gold....except that movie she was in and that English album she put out, but besides those, she has released solid work every single time. Please support her and her Japanese album when it comes out on Valentine's Day. Like and share this review. Let me know your thoughts in the comment section. Thank you for your support and I'll see you in my next review.
I'm back with some more Generations! If you haven't checked out my previous review of Generations from Exile Tribe, please do so here: Generations - Alright Alright. It's been a minute since I've reviewed a Jpop boy group. So I'm here today to review “Pierrot” by Generations. I really loved “Alright Alright” so I'm ready for this song.
Before I start anything I will say one of the things I hate most about Jpop and the Japanese entertainment industry is the fact that they don't even put up full music videos a lot of the time. I understand maybe ten years ago, not wanting to put up full videos because more people watched TV but today, you have to have all your videos available on the internet because that's how people entertain themselves. Anyway, I did like the video. It was very short; just a verse and a chorus. I feel like if they wanted to have just a partial video up though, they could've cut some of the emotional build up scenes at the beginning of the video. Especially because those scenes give off a different vibe than the song intends. I originally thought we were getting a ballad. Of what I saw from the video, it was more of a dance based video than a story based which I'm okay with every once in a while as well. A lot of Kpop and Jpop is focused around choreography so it makes sense to have videos that are focused along those same elements.
Like I mentioned, I originally thought this was a ballad, but in definitely wasn't. I can't say my overall thoughts of the song since the whole song wasn't there, but from what I heard, I really liked it. It had a very dance-y vibe to it that reminded me of a lot of Kpop. It definitely was a catchy song but like I said, if you don't have the full song on YouTube or somewhere on the internet, you'll lose a lot of your promotional ability. People aren't going to want to listen to your channel's song because it's not complete.
Well, I hope you enjoyed the music video review or what I could do of a review. Thank you for your support. Please support Generations. They are a very good group. If you have any requests for non Kpop reviews, please leave them in the comment section. Thank you again and I'll see you in my next review.
I feel like it's been a minute since I've done a Jpop review. I haven't been as active on my website as I'd like to be, but here I am bringing you all a new Jpop review. And by new I mean three months ago. I'm reviewing “Suga Sweet” by Faky. If you didn't know, Faky is my favorite Jpop group at the moment. They are my favorite group and Eir Aoi is my favorite soloist. I've heard good things about this release from all sorts of people. I think this may have been my most requested song to review.
I see why this was my most requested song. That was amazing. First off, the girls were gorgeous as always. They were in belly shirts just enjoying life. I know the song wasn't about freedom and that feeling of being absolutely free, but the way they were dancing and the entire vibe of the video had me feeling like that's what they were trying to convey. Maybe this person's love is like being without tethers. I love the video because it's something we can all relate to; that desire to be free from all cares and worries. Free like a bird.
Where were they? There were a couple of landscapes in the video and all of them were gorgeous. The strange thing is I don't know if I'd choose a dirt ditch or whatever that was for a music video but it went well and it looked really good for being a dirt ditch. If they wanted something earthy, they should have come to Arizona and seen the Grand Canyon or Antelope Canyon.
If you didn't know, Li'l Fang is my bias in this group but damn, Anna was looking good. They all looked good to be honest, but Anna caught my attention in this video.
The song had a couple of interesting elements in it. First off, it was a very simplistic song. It was far from complex in structure and sound, but a lot of the best songs are simple. We are fed a guitar riff at the beginning of the song to bring us in. The beat builds like your typical pop music, but randomly in the middle of the song, it switches it up and we are introduced to a new sound. Reggae is brought in and is short-lived, but it definitely is a nice change.
For a large portion of the song, we are given English lyrics, and thank goodness they aren't cheesy, cringey lyrics. They aren't the best, but as far as Jpop goes, they were Heaven sent. My favorite part of the song, of course, is the chorus, but the part where they sing “sweet” was especially satisfying.
Honestly, I'm so glad I have such awesome followers that would request such an awesome song, knowing well that I'd love it. I think this might honestly be my favorite modern Jpop song. It will have to compete with “Rush” by Riri however. Shout out to Maggie Smith for requesting this song. I don't have anymore Faky on my request list, but I will seek out Faky on my own. I love this group. Please support Faky. I noticed this video has been out for three months and it doesn't even have 300,000 views yet. We can do better. Thank you for your support for me. I don't feel like it's deserved, but I appreciate it. Like and share this review on social media. If you have any non Kpop review requests, please leave them in the comment section. Thank you again and I'll see you in my next review.
How have I not reviewed this song yet? Monsta X is my number 2 boy group and I haven't review their Japanese promotion yet? Well a little bit ago, Monsta X released a song called “Spotlight” into the Japanese market as part of their Japanese promotion. I'm here to review it today.
Monsta X brings us a visual experience with their Japanese release “Spotlight”. They really took the idea of a spotlight and ran with it. The video takes use of lights and shadows to create a beautiful video with amazing music. I didn't pay attention to the dancing as much as I should have because I was mesmerized by the spotlights and the lighting effects. As for the song, it had a very familiar Monsta X style to it. Although there was a hint of tropical underneath the music.
I'm excited for Monsta X and their promotions in Japan. Monsta X, like I said, is my number 2 and they be slaying it hard. Please support them in whatever market they choose to promote in. Monbebe for life. Like and share this review on social media. Thank you for your love and support. I'll see you in my next review.
Do you know of Twice? Of course you do because you're into Kpop and reading my boring review about them. In case you don't know about Twice, Twice is a nine member girl group in Kpop who houses three Japanese members and a Taiwanese member as well. The rest of the group is Korean but the diversity adds flavor to their sound and vocals. Since they have three Japanese members, Sana, Momo, and Mina, they are perfect for promoting in Japan which is exactly what they started doing in the middle of 2017. “Candy Pop” I guess would be their Japanese comeback. Let's get into it.
As the music video starts up, we see a little girl bored with her life. She has a bunch of toys and doesn't seem impressed by any of them. She turns on the TV to her favorite show “Candy Pop”. In the show, Twice is anime characters that are being chased by some villain. They keep seeing the little girl's sad face and break the fourth wall, literally. Using some sort of portal, they bust their van through the girl's TV screen and end up in the girl's room. They all dance and share candy and have a good time. There are a couple things in this video that are pretty sketchy. First of all, don't get in a van that looks like that. Don't get in vehicles with people you don't know. Even if they offer you candy. Secondly, they break through her TV and the first thing they offer is candy. I understand the symbolism of everything but seriously, this music video seems a tad bit creepy.
As for the song, it was sugary with all sort of synth sounds and effects. The beat was heavy and well filtered. The song altogether just sounded like a typical Twice song but holy shit was it sugary. I understand that Twice is the cutesy girl group that represents Korea but this song was so sugary I could feel myself getting cavities as I watched it. But I still liked the song. In fact, I liked this song better than “Cheer Up” and “Signal”.
Anyway, what are your thoughts? Did you enjoy the music video? I love Jpop for its quirky things. Twice is the perfect group for Jpop. I pray they have much success in Japan as they begin their full fledged promotions in Japan. Support Twice. Support them in Japan as much as you would in Korea. Like and share this review. Let me know your thoughts. Please make sure to let your friends know about Twice's Japanese release and their future plans to promote in Japan. Thank you for your love and support. I'll see you in my next review.
If you haven't been aware, I've been reviewing more than just Kpop lately. If you have any non Kpop songs or music videos you'd like me to review, please leave them in the comments below. It doesn't necessarily have to be Asian based music. Anyway, those of you that have been following me for a while, I am trying to explore and find more languages of music and one of the languages that intrigues me but I have a hard time getting into is Chinese or Mandarin also known as Cpop or Mandopop. Let's just call it Cpop. I listened to a few Cpop artists back in the day like S.H.E, Hebe Tian of S.H.E and Jane Zhang. I've also listened to Meng Jia, Jackson Wang and few others. That being said, I'm here today to review a new group called SpeXial. They are a boy group. That's about all I know. “Love Killah” is the song I'll be reviewing today but I have a list and a few more songs from them.
SpeXial is an 8 member boy group. The music video starts off with partial introductions, introducing about half of the members. The other half are introduced at the end of the song. The video production looked pretty old. It just wasn't done really well. That being said, they worked well with what they had. Some of the editing was cliché but worked well with the style they were going for. There were certain scenes, for instance where you could definitely tell it was a green screen but they were able to make the scene look cool.
I really liked the groove of the song, but I've got some bad news for you. There were a few things I wasn't the biggest fan of with the song. One was the constant use of auto-tune. I hate auto-tune and I think it's use should be limited to the rarest of occasions. The fact that the entire song was in auto-tune takes away from their vocal ability. I can't judge this group on vocal performance because there was very little of it present. Another thing is that the genre sounded really old which isn't a bad thing. But the style reminded me of early to mid-2000s and the auto-tune filled pop songs with repetitive choruses. I don't really enjoy that as much. The lyrics seemed fine for the most part except towards the end where the call and response chimes in. The English used in this part was a bit cheesy. Don't get me wrong, I loved the hook and I thought the song was pretty catchy but this particular song isn't my groove. I'll have to check out more of their stuff to see how much I like this group.
Thank you for reading this and thank you to whoever it was that requested this group and the songs from SpeXial. I don't hate the group. Don't think I hate SpeXial based off this review. I'll check out more of their stuff and determine my opinion after I've listened to more of their music. Either way, please support SpeXial because they obviously work hard at what they do. Like and share this review on social media. Like I mentioned earlier, if you have suggestions or requests for non Kpop reviews, please let me know in the comment section. Thank you so much and I'll see you in my next review.
I don't know how to say this name. Eir Aoi is a Jpop artist whose song “Lapis Lazuli” I'm going to review today. I don't know anything about this artist but like I've said before, I'm excited to review more Jpop and more things than just Kpop
I don't quite understand what was going on in the music video. She was the queen of the moon and fire. She was also lying in a pile of flowers. In the video, there were images of a butterfly, a snake, the moon of course, but I still don't know what it means. At the end of the video, she grabbed a flash of light that descended until she held it in her hand. But I guess with this review, I'm not really as interested in the video.
The song however was a different thing. There is so much going on here and I'll talk about my thoughts on that in a minute. The song started off with an acoustic guitar and strings with a light beat. Her voice broke through the sound and pierced the soul. She has such an amazing voice. After a while, the song turned into a complete symphony of sound. A rock undertone was ever-present and sometimes surfaced and took over. From the pre-chorus change up to the rockin' chorus to the faded bridge, this song is beautiful and fantastic. I love her voice and the reason why I think I love it so much is because it reminds me and sounds just like Ayumi Hamasaki. For those of you who didn't know, I listened to Ayumi Hamasaki for like ten years before really getting into Kpop. But it's not just her voice that caught my attention. She sounds like Ayumi. Her style sounds like Ayumi. Her instrumentals sound like Ayumi. Everything about this girl except for maybe her looks (I think she looks better than Ayumi) reminds me of Ayumi Hamasaki which is amazing. Please request more from this girl or else I will go binge listen to her. She is so good.
I think I found my new favorite Jpop artist. Eir Aoi completely blew me away. Please support this girl and please request more of her stuff. Like and share this review on social media. Leave me more requests! Please. I need more of her stuff and more Jpop and non Kpop videos to check out anyway. Thank you for the support. I really appreciate you. If you don't believe me by now, you must be new. Thank you and I'll see you in my next review.
If you didn't know, I lived in the Philippines for a couple of years in service of my church. During my time there, I grew to love the country, the culture, and the people. Being a music lover, I looked into the music and also grew to love their music as well, also known as OPM (Original Philippine Music). If any of you are from the Philippines, you know there are two very well known female idols or singers. They are Sarah Geronimo and Yeng Constantino. I just barely discovered a cover of one of Yeng Constantino songs. It's by, what I assume is, a Korean Filipino named Yohan Hwang and the song is called “Ikaw” which means “You”. The thing that is unique about this song is it is in Tagalog and Korean. I love the Philippines and I love Korea so I decided to share this gem with you.
The set up of the song is interesting to me. There seems to be a fair shared amount of Tagalog and of Korean. But the song is beautiful as expected. I've always loved Yeng Constantino's style and when she got married, her sound matured a lot. I don't know who this Yohan Hwang is, but I'm going to keep a close watch on him now. The song itself is talking about spending the rest of your life with someone you love and just loving someone in general. This song was the wedding song, I believe, of Yeng Constantino and her husband. One thing I will say is this version seems slower than the original but maybe it's not. I'm not sure.
I hope you enjoyed this song review. Please support Yeng Constantino and Yohan Hwang. Like and share this review on social media. If you have any requests for non Kpop reviews, please leave them in the comment section. Thank you so much for your love. Thank you and I'll see you in my next review.
Here's the original version by Yeng Constantino in case you wanted to see it and compare the two songs.
Today I'm throwing it back a little bit. This song was a request from Blu Hargreaves. Thank you, Blu for all the requests. Before I got into Kpop, I was a fan of Jpop. My favorite Jpop artist of all time is Ayumi Hamasaki. I love her. Her style, her voice is so unique and there have been so many Jpop artists that attempt to mimic the sound she has created. I know of Ayumi. I'm a fan of her, but Blu still requested I review “M (Above & Beyond Remix) which is one of my favorite remixes of her songs.
I won't be analyzing or reviewing the video because there is no video for this remix. But to start us off, we have Ayumi inviting us in to the song. She's showing us what is headed our way. Then in comes the beat. We have several synth breaks as this is a techno/house remix. The thing I love about this remix is her vocals are sped up from the way she sings it in the original. This creates a robotic sounding effect with her voice in the chorus based on the way she fluctuates her voice. It honestly is one of my favorite things in this remix. The beat and instrumental is very early 2000s but is timeless because of that style and sound. The song is built up in the pre-chorus section near the beginning. However, the beat cuts out at the first chorus and leaves only her voice and a subtle synth part which is just incredible. The people who remixed this song only did it for the first chorus which makes sense, but man I love that part. Most of the rest of the song is your typical early 2000s techno/house music. But the thing I love about this remix is that it doesn't necessarily take away from the original song. It's a recreation of it in a good way. A lot of the time, there are these remixes that sound nothing like the original, so it's nice to hear a remix that uplifts the song rather than destroying it.
That's it! I hope you enjoyed my song review of “M (Above & Beyond Remix)” by Ayumi Hamasaki. This is one of my favorite remixes and one of my favorite songs from her. Support Ayumi. I know she's not as active as she used to be and she's losing her hearing in her other ear as well, but please support her because she is an icon in Japan. She helped shape the genre of Jpop into what it is today. Like and share this review on social media. Please leave a comment if you have any requests for non Kpop reviews. Thank you for your support and I'll see you in my next review.
Like I've mentioned before, music has no language barriers, it knows no language. I want to dedicate this section of my website to reviewing in any way, shape or form other languages of music. This includes Jpop, Mandopop, OPM, Vpop, Latin music, Russian, German, American, Venezuelan, you name it. If you think it's worth giving a listen, I'll listen to it and give you a review.