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  • Song Review: DreamNote – Ghost
    by Nick on October 26, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    While DreamNote’s title tracks have been pretty inconsistent, they’ve shown a marked improvement over time. I didn’t care for their debut at all, but follow-up Hakuna Matata ended up being one of my favorites of 2019. We last heard from the girls pre-pandemic – almost two years ago. I worry that the ensuing restrictions stole … Continue reading → […]

  • Song Review: EPEX – Do 4 Me
    by Nick on October 26, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    I was no fan of EPEX’s debut, but the official description for first comeback Do 4 Me caught my attention. The song is described as taking influence from Queen’s Another One Bites the Dust, INXS’s Need You Tonight and Dua Lipa’s Break My Heart. That’s a musical trilogy that aims straight for my heart, and … Continue reading → […]

  • Song Review: Epik High – Face ID (ft. Giriboy, Sik-K & JUSTHIS)
    by Nick on October 25, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    After releasing the first part of their newest full-length album back in January, Epik High are set to complete the project in the coming weeks. Before that, they’ve teamed with fellow rappers Giriboy, Sik-K and JUSTHIS for pre-release Face ID. The group’s past few title tracks have been restrained and emotional, so it’s fun to … Continue reading → […]

  • Song Review: bugAboo – bugAboo
    by Nick on October 25, 2021 at 3:23 pm

    The trend of producers creating idol groups continues with the debut of bugAboo, the second group under Ryan Jhun’s A Team label. As such, their music comes courtesy of Jhun himself, a proven hitmaker in the industry. Their cutesy group name (which just happens to be one of my childhood nicknames…) seems to promise an … Continue reading → […]

  • Song Review: NCT 127 – Favorite (Vampire)
    by Nick on October 25, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    Just weeks after NCT 127’s Sticker unleashed screechy flute on an unsuspecting K-pop industry, the group has returned with repackage track Favorite. The description for this one promised ample use of a whistle, which elicited ample eye rolls from me. It seems that SM is developing a tradition of releasing decent title tracks only to … Continue reading → […]

  • Battle of the B-Sides: Xia Junsu, Mamamoo, TO1, B1A4, iKON
    by Nick on October 24, 2021 at 2:27 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 → […]

  • Buried Treasure: Seventeen – To You
    by Nick on October 23, 2021 at 3:50 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. Seventeen’s new mini album is strong, … Continue reading → […]

  • Buried Treasure: Woohyun – A Song For You
    by Nick on October 23, 2021 at 3:16 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. Though he participated in lyric writing … Continue reading → […]

  • Song Review: INI – Brighter
    by Nick on October 22, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    Boy group INI (pronounced “eye en eye”) was formed through the second season of Produce 101 Japan. After watching the series, I’ve found myself rooting for the guys. The group has so much potential in nearly every aspect. They just need the material to match. Unfortunately, the songs for Produce groups tend to be hit … Continue reading → […]

  • Song Review: Seventeen – Rock With You
    by Nick on October 22, 2021 at 4:56 am

    In a disappointing month for K-pop comebacks, I’ve cast poor Seventeen as my Great Shining Hope of October. That’s a lot of pressure to put on one song, but Rock With You seemed to promise many of the elements I’ve been craving: big, bounding energy + a hooky structure (with rock guitar thrown in for … Continue reading → […]

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