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  • Song Review: AB6IX – 1, 2, 3
    by Nick on January 17, 2022 at 5:41 pm

    Over the course of the past year, AB6IX have been playing with the word “complete.” A new special album concludes this trilogy of completion, positioning the fans as an important part of the group’s existence. Throughout their career, AB6IX never settled on one defining sound or energy. The upbeat 1, 2, 3 continues this mix-and-match … Continue reading → […]

  • Song Review: fromis_9 – DM
    by Nick on January 17, 2022 at 5:19 pm

    Upon joining Pledis Entertainment (and therefore, HYBE), interest in fromis_9 has surged. Thankfully, this occurs as the group are enjoying a musical resurgence as purveyors of frothy disco pop. On a personal note, I have a newfound appreciation for member Nagyung, who took a very dark turn in the recent Shadow Beauty web series. It’s … Continue reading → […]

  • Song Review: Yena – Smiley (ft. BiBi)
    by Nick on January 17, 2022 at 4:44 pm

    I didn’t follow IZ*ONE to the extent where I’d know specific details about each member, but as they embark upon the next stage of their careers it’s fun seeing which direction their music takes. If judging purely by post-IZ*ONE debuts, I’d put Choi Yena in first place so far. Smiley is a ton of fluffy … Continue reading → […]

  • Song Review: DRIPPIN – Villain
    by Nick on January 17, 2022 at 4:22 pm

    When we last experienced a DRIPPIN comeback, the boys were cavorting around a camping site spouting some nonsense about a “free pass.” Their debut year hasn’t exactly been consistent, but they’ve released a few excellent tracks. Sometimes you just have to dig a bit to find them. After a lengthy hiatus, the group returns with … Continue reading → […]

  • Song Review: Taeyeon – Can’t Control Myself
    by Nick on January 17, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    Ahead of a full album next month, Taeyeon is back with pre-release single Can’t Control Myself. Pre-releases have been a longtime tradition in her solo career, with many of them standing as discography highlights. If Can’t Control Myself is any indication, we’re in for another set of emotional pop tracks. Taeyeon has one of the … Continue reading → […]

  • Song Review: Jinjin & Rocky (Astro) – Just Breath
    by Nick on January 17, 2022 at 3:42 pm

    As their industry stature has grown, Astro have begun to promote as units and solos. We had Moonbin and Sanha’s Bad Idea in 2020, MJ’s trot-tastic Get Set Yo last year and a steady stream of Cha Eunwoo dramas. Now it’s time for Jinjin and Rocky to put their own stamp on the ever-evolving Astro … Continue reading → […]

  • Buried Treasure: OnlyOneOf – Gaslighting
    by Nick on January 16, 2022 at 4:04 pm

    A K-pop act’s title track isn’t always the best song on their album, even if it’s the one most people will hear. 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. None of the b-sides on OnlyOneOf’s … Continue reading → […]

  • Song Review: Wheein (Mamamoo) -Make Me Happy
    by Nick on January 16, 2022 at 3:48 pm

    This should be a good week for Mamamoo fans, as two of its members are releasing solo albums. First up is Wheein, working under her new agency The L1ve. So far, her solo material has trended toward more subdued sounds, though last year’s Water Color found a satisfying groove. New single Make Me Happy (오묘해) … Continue reading → […]

  • Buried Treasure: Changmin (Max of TVXQ) – Fever
    by Nick on January 15, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    A K-pop act’s title track isn’t always the best song on their album, even if it’s the one most people will hear. 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. Changmin led the campaign for new … Continue reading → […]

  • Buried Treasure: Mirae – Juice
    by Nick on January 15, 2022 at 4:27 pm

    A K-pop act’s title track isn’t always the best song on their album, even if it’s the one most people will hear. 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. Nothing about Mirae’s new album cements … Continue reading → […]

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