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  • Song Review: &TEAM – Scent Of You
    by Nick on December 6, 2022 at 3:48 pm

    HYBE’s first Japanese boy group releases their debut album this week. I wasn’t very impressed with &TEAM’s Under The Skin, though in hindsight I was probably a little hard on it. To me, the song felt too much like reheated leftovers from the agency’s other acts. But, the groovier teasers for Scent Of You seemed … Continue reading → […]

  • Song Review: RM (BTS) – Still Life (ft. Anderson .Paak)
    by Nick on December 6, 2022 at 3:44 pm

    One of the coolest things about RM’s Indigo album is that it’s essentially a collaboration project. All but two tracks prominently feature guest artists, and these guests have been plucked from many eras, cultures and countries. None feel extraneous or tacked on for purely commercial reasons. Unlike BTS’s recent slate of English-language department store bops, … Continue reading → […]

  • Song Review: The Boyz – All About You
    by Nick on December 6, 2022 at 2:25 pm

    The Boyz have had a packed 2022, but only a small fraction of the year was spent promoting a Korean comeback. To tide us over until the next release, they’re back with a special single on the anniversary of their 2017 debut. Yes, we’ve officially entered the month of fan songs and holiday fare. Last … Continue reading → […]

  • Song Review: Minho (SHINee) – Chase
    by Nick on December 6, 2022 at 2:21 pm

    Over the past eight years, SHINee have become known for their solo projects. Members like Taemin and Key developed entire sonic universes of their own. But up until now, Minho hadn’t released an album of his own. To call Chase (놓아줘) “long-awaited” feels like a huge understatement. Sure, he’s recorded a few one-off singles, but … Continue reading → […]

  • Song Review: Shinhwa WDJ – Flash
    by Nick on December 6, 2022 at 3:47 am

    Despite working in the industry for almost twenty-five (!) years, Shinhwa have never promoted an official sub-unit. That changes with the launch of WDJ. Consisting of members Minwoo, Dongwan and Junjin, WDJ’s debut album offers the first new Shinhwa music since 2018. Alongside Kara and Girls’ Generation, 2022 has been a big year for K-pop’s … Continue reading → […]

  • Battle of the B-Sides: Kara Edition
    by Nick on December 5, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    K-pop’s title tracks might gain most of listeners’ attention, but many album tracks are worth equal spotlight. I call these “buried treasures.” Beyond this, K-pop’s albums deliver thousands of additional tracks that settle for a more limited audience. It’s these songs that will become a part of my “battle of the b-sides” feature. In this … Continue reading → […]

  • Open Discussion (December 4, 2022)
    by Nick on December 4, 2022 at 3:00 pm

    It’s Sunday, which means it’s time to end the week with an open discussion post! To keep things civil, there are a few rules: Be kind and respectful to one another. Any harassing language will be deleted. This is not a place to state what you don’t like about me and/or my blog. Move elsewhere, … Continue reading → […]

  • Buried Treasure: Kara – Shout It Out
    by Nick on December 3, 2022 at 3:00 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. I’m so thrilled that Kara have … Continue reading → […]

  • Song Review: INI – Spectra
    by Nick on December 2, 2022 at 2:22 pm

    I thought we might finally be getting somewhere with INI. Despite a clunky single, the b-sides to this summer’s Password showed a ton of potential. Then, the group teamed with rock band Wanimana for the excellent Hero. I have a huge soft spot for INI. They’re immensely talented. They work with talented producers. They’ve got … Continue reading → […]

  • Song Review: RM (BTS) – Wild Flower (ft. Youjeen)
    by Nick on December 2, 2022 at 5:56 am

    Before I share my thoughts about this song, it’s probably wise to address the elephant in the room — or the elephant on Twitter, to be more specific. Being my occasionally cantankerous self, I recently made a comment about the MAMA daesang award-winners of the past eight years. Look, I really don’t care about MAMA … Continue reading → […]

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