Exid returns with Up and Down.

The only thing I know about Exid is that three of the members bounced and became Bestie (with one new girl). So this is my first true encounter with them as a group. To be honest, I wanted to like the song so much…but the chorus…just bummed me out. Not terrible, but you hear the verses, and I was just partying, but then I hear the chorus, and I am like “uhm…I guess?”

The verses are strong, and their rappers were not terrible. The chorus was eh.

The music video was standard. A lot of phallic imagery (the title of the song is called Up and Down). There were some fun moments, and other moments where it was just eh.

I don’t hate it…but…eh. That’s a how I feel about the entire thing. The song isn’t bad, but what built me was lost in the part of the song I was going to remember. The video was okay and someone is going to like it, but I was over it as soon as it finished.

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Idol Chat: If Miss A had assigned positions

So I was actually thinking about this while listening to their last album, Hush (which despite some iffy things, I loved)…but what if Miss A was built like your standard K pop group. They don’t really have official positions outside of everyone is essentially the main dancer (Sans Suzy…no shade but girl). So took it upon myself to think of what they would be with the whole main vocal, leader, all that jazz.

Min
Min
  • Leader: This group seems self-efficient to not need someone to watch over them. But for the sake of name…Min comes off as the brightest one (in terms of personality) on tv. She would be the one to represent the group on tv (not in the same way as Suzy).
  • Lead Vocalist: I debated this. Even though they say there is no best singer in the group…there kind of is. It’s not Min however. She does have the second best stable vocals out of the group. Not glorious…but she isn’t the worst.
  • Lead Rapper: This position I don’t doubt.
Fei
Fei
  • Main Vocalist: She is pretty much the best in the group. JYPE isn’t the best at showing it, but shereally is.
  • Visual: She is really pretty. The prettiest in the group. I debated this going to Suzy for obvious reasons, but…I decided to throw Fei a bone.
Jia
Jia
  • Main Rapper: She already is this. Like…if she isn’t singing she is rapping.
  • Sub-Vocal/Vocal: She does sing.
Suzy
Suzy
  • Lead Vocalist: She does some bulk singing as well, and occasionally gets  grand moment.
  • Face: She definitely is this. Or at least should be. She can also be the visual…but…I wanted to give that to Fei.

Now I didn’t do dancer positions because…well you can argue that a lot. Min and Fei are in my opinion the best dancers of the group giving them Main dancer positions. Jia is a good dancer, but she doesn’t really stand up to Fei and Min like that, so she is just essentially the lead dancer. However you wouldn’t be able to tell with her essentially keeping up really well with them two. Suzy is not a good dancer. She is not terrible. But she is not up to the other three. Personally I don’t think she looks out of place with them, and does well enough. But…the gap is big so she doesn’t really get the dancer title.

The leader position can be argued between Fei and Min. Once again I think this is a very self-efficient group and a leader is not necessary (it rarely is in K Pop). But if you had to slap that title onto someone it would be Fei or Min. I just chose Min because she was doing a lot of grunt work to get the group going (not to say the others are lazy, but you have two non-native speaking members, whose Korean at the time may not have been the best, and Suzy essentially became her own brand). However Fei is the eldest, and comes off as a hardworker.

Once again this is all opinions, and you are welcome to disagree.

Super Junior make their glorious return after *insert time period to which I don’t care* with Mamacita

I don’t care for SUper Junior. They are not a bad group in the slightest, to be honest, I think they actually break the SM mold, which is a great thing…

BUT…

I don’t care.

However they have returned, with most of their members back…and I decided to listen…

Once again…this is not a group I particularly care for…so…

This was a mess and a half…a fun mess…but a mess.

The video was the best part. It was fun, stupid, and just…unpretentious.

That’s really all you can ask for.

They have a big fanbase, they are going to win an award or two next week, the song is trash and they pull it off. That is what matters.

 

 

A new group emerges into the arena..and I am okay without them.

Eh. The song is rather…simple to say the least. I am not asking for something to blow me out of the water to be honest, but this was weak for me. I do like the attempt of adding some edge musically, but it just felt dry overall.

The group, at this moment, does not stand out really. They feel way too similar. I don’t have mch to say for or against them. They exist right now, and okay…???

Obviously they are going the cute route, until that shows it is not working, and I predict their third single will go a more sexy image (that is if all the girls are within age)

Maybe their mini album brings something that this single didn’t.

Anyway Laboum is a thing, and if you like this…go for it.

Idol Chat: Personal post type deal

Okay so either yesterday, or the day before I ended seeing some mess that I frankly did not want to.

I go on onehallyu, and that is where I get a majority of my idol related news. It’s quicker, less crap to run through to get to the information that I need. Also there are threads I frequent because I am trying to be social…and they have more insight on things on acts that I like.

So anyway, one of the threads I hop on (the Hyorin thread) had a couple of people mad about someone else. Ole boy finds out and now is talking shit on the other side.

Okay…now I have an issue in that I should have just shut this down from the start.

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BTS/Bangtan Boys/Behind The Scenes Boyscouts come back with Danger

After a long break, I am back and got a lot to catch up on.

So first things first: BTS has returned with a full album.

To promote this album, they released the single Danger.

K Pop and rap trying to mix is a very… not happening type of thing. It sounds so…eh in my opinion. Danger is about a relationship that has gone sour. And just like that relationship, my interest in this song has gone that way as well. I don’t hate it, but I don’t care for it. I just…eh…I think it mostly has to do with the obvious pop sound trying for a harder edge. Like get better beats please. This is so…meh.

Content wise I don’t care…

The overall group…I think the singers need to hit some lessons. They sounded a little whiny, although I did like their part. The two middle rappers were good.

Ultimately I am just not a fan.

When is someone gonna give me California Love in K pop? When?

Their album: Dark &Wild is out, so be on the look out for that review (because I don’t have enough to listen to already)

Kara bops with Mamma Mia

I know of Kara, but I don’t know Kara. Like I know that they lost three members total, tried to evacuate one (BUT SHE STILL HERE. RESPECT!), that same member they tried to leave at the service station is the baddest chick in the game. Made some waves in Japan…they got some jams to their names…could not tell you one of them…but that’s okay.

Kara is a big name group who have had to deal with the standard issues (member loss, company/label trouble/whatever else K pop has to give) and still out here giving you the jams.

So essentially this is more or less my introduction to them musically.

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Idol Chat: Faves Doing things Hyorin edition

So one glorious Saturday night, Hyorin participated in a concert with her label mates of Starship X (which is Starships more rap/R&B oriented sub label). Now these videos took well over a day to be released, however I am not mad about it…

Here is a longer version of Hyorin’s contributions to the show.

Cr: forever 효정

Under the read more is…more videos…but of the performances by themselves, plus…the Some encore…It is not in the correct order…so yeah…

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Orange Caramel continue to prove they are 2014’s MVP

So while I was doing a lot of things not for this site, I caught wind of all the comebacks that were coming at us. One of them comes from the Sub Unit Orange Caramel. OC has always been strange, with this year attracting some more fans. With Catalina, they were lost mermaid/fish who got turned into sushi, and forced to eat a part of themselves…that got them some love.

Well most of the year has gone bye, with the ladies getting solo projects, and other group things to keep their names going (but not the After School brand), and now they are back…

With My Copy Cat.

I love it. The song is fun, catchy, and bright.

The video though…that sells it. If you are not aware…the video takes on the concept (and I will use this word proudly here) of I Spy/Where’s Waldo/Somethings missing. Essentially during the video, you hardly look at the ladies of Orange Caramel, instead searching for what is off or missing (sometimes both). When you do get to focus on the girls, you are basically searching for them within the crowd.

This is an ADD/ADHD kid’s worst nightmare.

I love it. It’s interactive, and forces the masses to pay attention to details. It is also a bit click bait quality due to you possibly missing things you want to go look for again.

In short, Orange Caramel (and Pledis of course) have done it again, and if they don’t win something for this video I will be mad.

Favorite singers in K pop (plus thoughts on the requirement of vocal talent).

On my personal tumblr, someone asked me a very lengthy question about SPICA, and then went on and asked me who were the best vocalist in K Pop.

Now…I didn’t want to look up the ones I didn’t care about, so I sort of gave them who I liked, as well as the best.

So this post is just for me to talk about the singers who I love.

However before I get into that…I just want to give my thoughts/opinions on the whole vocal talent and K pop thing…it’s something.

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