K Pop like any other thing comes with its own strange language and buzzwords. Often when you hear these words,
HAPPY NEW YEARS!
This was supposed to come out just before midnight.,..but I fell asleep. So here it is! A fucked year, with some nice musical moments. I let a lot slip by, which left this list a little barren, but I am hoping to pick it right back up. Here are the five songs that have made K Pop in 2016 bearable.
One last time:
- List will be available later!
Let’s get this going
Look I have been caping for this group, so I had a lot of expectations musically. By that, I didn’t want to be here saying they are a decent group and then hear their first album and be mad about it. To be honest, I was a little worried.
Thankfully those worries were unfounded and Red Velvet pretty much exceeded my expectations musically.
Ice Cream Cake
So I was right in my exertion that SM once again fucked up the chorus. Musically that entire sections takes the song into a different genre for no reason…More than likely they sprinkled the trap in there just to make it sound more SM…which they’ve done before and pretty much all resulted in being messy in some way. The music actually reminds me of an ice cream truck. Like it is simplistic childlike and kind of like a nursery rhyme. Couple that with the lalalas and some of the lyrical content and you have a big ole allegory…for ice cream trucks. Listen to the demos and that is what is said is said “vroom vroom vroom in an ice cream truck. Rolling through your neghborhood, something about the flavor good…I don’t know). I got five dollars in the pot that SM had one of their writers baisclaly write the lyrics in Korean and make them fit. Ice Cream Cake doesn’t fit when you hear: I scream, you scream, gimme that gimme that ice cream.” Nobody thinks about an ice cream cake when they hear that. They just think of Ice Cream by itself. They should have just went with the ice cream truck and left it at that…but whatever. The song is doing well.
Automatic is the pallet cleanser of Ice Cream Cake. The album is very sugary and pop, where has Automatic goes a different route looking to be a mellow R&B track. I love everything about it. As a single and as an album track. The only problem is that Automatic stands alone. To play off their supposed dual concept, I wish they would have added more tracks for Automatic to assist off of. I don’t know…The song is a fave. It lacks intensity and I end up just meandering with it, which I like doing. ICC is the intense track, this cools us down.
Something Kinda Crazy
If there was an option for another lead single, Something Kinda Crazy would probably be first choice. It’s very sweet and cute. It doesn’t have the vivacious energy that ICC has, but it still moves really well. I think the only thing I really didn’t care for was the ugly loud whispering Wendy was doing. Also the lyrics are really literal in a fictional situation which is hard to take seriously. Of course it is a metaphor, but still…eh…too literal for my taste. Other than that…nothing really to rant about. It maintains the quality the album has so far created, which is a plus.
The sound of an SNSD song with the lyrical quality of an f(x) song. It’s nice for what it is. The song pushes through, and I appreciate it enough. I do think it really sticks out in a good and bad way. The album
Take It Slow
Take it Slow is the cheesy pop song you hear in a teen movie, specifically at the scene where they are at a school dance. Which fits perfectly with the song’s lyrics. The song is about a younger fellow trying to run game on the ladies of Red Velvet. Considering Yeri is only 15, that means some 14 year old trying his hardest to impress her with the allowance he saved up. It’s cute. I can’t really find anything wrong with the song, but I don’t want to just sit and give endless praise. It works for what it is.
I don’t hate this as the album finisher. It reminds me of very late 90’s early 2000’s pop. I really like that. I appreciate that Take It Slow really set it up for this song. Candy is a really sweet song, and works nicely as a cute pop ballad. The bridge and final chorus was lovely. Gave the song some life that brought the song out of it’s possible monotony. I do think the chorus is a little eh…I like my chorus to be as simple as possible and leave the complexity to the verses. Outside of that, I was really into it.
Ice Cream Cake is surprising because there really isn’t a surprise. ICC is possibly their shock factor song, but outside of that…the rest of the album is a no calorie sweet treat. I waited for them to do something…SM like. SM can’t just make an uncomplicated album…they can’t…but I was wrong. They can and they did.
(This is ignoring their solo and sub-unit projects)
If I could actually compare them to someone else it would be AoA musically. Both groups are staying in their lanes, and make cute songs. When you do that you are bound to hit the mark.
This is not to say that the album is without fault. If you were looking for a banger and a half, you are looking at the wrong album. To be honest, I want to see Red Velvet take on something edgier. They float by on this entire album, and that works for them, especially with the youngest Yeri added to the team. Eventually that frill and floatiness will get old (see SNSD), and they will have to grow up. But for now, Ice Cream Cake is a solid start for them. Also some of the lyrical content isn’t exactly the best
I didn’t speak about it in the song discussion, but Ice Cream Cake…well…I doubt that the song was meant to come off as lewd, but it does at some points, and for people that see the worst, they will see that. Also despite being one of the best songs on the album, Something Kinda Crazy is really too literal in it’s meaning for me. The whole star thing is just…I had the same problem with Exo’s Moonlight. And the chorus to Candy just feels like an extra verse to me.
(Sidenote: Keep in mind that these are all translated so somethings tend to get lost in translation)
With all the little nitpicky things in mind, the album is till rather solid. Just listening to it since it came out, and I have yet to really dislike any of the songs. Of course I prefer some more than the others, but this album isn’t anything less than a pop confection.
Ice Cream Cake isn’t some sign of the new pop order, nor does it come off that way. It’s catchy, it’s fun, it’s colorful. It’s the right start for this group in my opinion. There are no major expectations, and Red Velvet can grow from here. I do hope their next album takes what happened in Automatic and makes that the next sound.
After last year, Exid have been on the up and up with the release of UP and Down. Origianlly I didn’t have many positive thoughts of the song, but after a few listens I kind of changed my tune. Nevertheless Up & Down helped the group gain popularity. And they have done a good job milking it. I have seen Hani quite a bit, and the other girls as well (outside of like three of them…no names).
Anyway, the big question for this group now is if they can strike hot twice. The delayed reaction to Up & Down helped get them a chance to make a bigger impression, will it be worth it?
Judging from the teaser…it kind of sounds a little like Up & Down. God bless.
The video looks like it is going to be fun to watch…eh well.
This does feel like it’s going for the make the statement that we the shit and we here to snatch a top spot to be honest. Which could work for them as a group. Maybe they don’t need to go the extra mile. I’m not saying they are not going that extra mile, but this feels like they are hoping for a repeat success with something they have already brought.
BUT it is just a teaser. And it sounds like it’s going to be catchy. So whatever.
2015 has started off a little slow. I was not a fan of a lot of the releases in January and February didn’t really pick up for me either. Then a beacon of light came in the black and white images of 4Minute’s return. The first few teasers had not really inspired me, and Cold Rain was…well it exists. However as soon as we got the album teasers…I knew we were going to get something perfect.
And I was right.
Album review…under the break of course.
So while I was on hiatus, I saw that JYP has been lowkey busy musically. As a person who has a strong preference most JYPE acts (and by most I mean the women of JYP), I decided that it would be wrong of me not to look into what was happening.
Let’s get into it.
The talk of a All lady MC rap show was appealing, until information started to leak. People found out their faves were not there. People found out Jimin from AoA was there. That clip of Jessi rapping in English on the show leaked…it’s a lot.
But the show must go on…and a cypher has been released.
I was really only feeling like one of them…and that was Cheetah. I need more of her.
Look the thing about rap is that it is a legitimate style of vocalization that people need to take seriously.
Rapping is just like singing. Everyone can rap, but not everyone should rap.
Here we are seeing a lot…and I mean a lot…of poor work.
Like I said, I was really only interested in one of them, but I think a few of them have some skills.
That being: Cheetah, Tymee, Lil Cham
The rest…well they exist.
As for the inclusion of Jimin (aka possible viewer bait)…Iactually take her more seriously than some of them. I don’t think she is completely terrible, but she obviously wasn’t thinking of being a rapper prior to AoA. I don’t know…apparently she is involved in the songwriting process for her own raps….but like so does Taecyeon on occasion and he is still terrible. Still there is something about Jimin that I like, so I hope this experience is a positive one for her developmentally.
Rapping is a serious thing, and it takes a lot of time to craft and hone your skills, which I think some of these ladies really don’t do (this also applies to singing, but y’all ain’t gonna listen to that). You are not just born with great skills, you need to work on it. That takes time…
Overall Unpretty Rapstar looks a mess, and I pray for everyone involved.
Because I am too lazy to do four/five different post…let’s just do everything here! So here are the comebacks that have happened in the last week…or so.
Yung Hwa: One Fine Day
I don’t hate it. Not 100% into it, but I don’t hate it. It’s still very much the typical ballad over there, but I don’t hate it. I think what makes me not really care is the fact that YungHwa just doesn’t kill it for me as a singer. The video was nice.
Very much typical, but I think I like how the verse was handled? I think what bothers me is how this is not only a ballad group, but a vocal group, yet their music seems to lack any sort of complexity (no a string of high notes really doesn’t count). The video is gorgeous though. Also this has nothing to do with the video or song, but Haeri’s face scares me.
Lizzie: Not An Easy Girl
I have nothing but positive things to say about Lizzie’s debut. The song is great. The video is great. The rapper was even in the right spirit. I just…bravo. I can see Orange Caramel singing this (their musical style has that same vibe to it, although a bit more modern it seems). Lizzie has something great on her hands, and I am also happy she is getting to promote it.
After Lizzie’s MASTERPIECE…this is my second favorite song. I know the joke is that U-Kiss will always be the bride’s maid in the wedding that is K Pop, but this is good. The issue with it is the chorus being way too busy. Less is more. Also the word ice cream…yeah…we don’t need it. Outside of that, I liked it. The video was pretty standard, but here’s hoping U-Kiss get to cry on stage after winning their first award or something.
So these are the comebacks that have sparked my interest. There have been some debuts as well, but I refuse to acknowledge them right now…maybe later. Anyway along with these comebacks, we are also looking at an Infinite H and 4Minute promo runs (4Minute are getting their own post). I may do album reviews for Davichi, UKiss, and Infinite H, but let’s not get our hopes up.
Bless them. From the gate they were getting dragged. In the midst of the B.A.P. vs TS entertainment lawsuit, these girls pop up (although there was talk of the group earlier than that). Their entire concept and vibe apparently took a 180, and fans saw similarities between B.A.P. and Sonamoo…which did not sit well. They they debut with an aight song, but was nothing great. And apparently their name/logo is a rip off. Don’t know the validity of that so ignore this. Despite all of this, TS said fuck it, and pushed these girls. They are performing on shows, and I have not watched one…
But I did listen to their album…so let’s talk about that!
Review is under the break!
In my predictions I said Crayon Pop would slay, and slightly conform to K Pop’s usual standard
Well, here is this!
Okay it’s not exactly a group release, but it is close enough.
I really like it. It is fun, easy to listen to. Soyul sounds nice, that guy whose name I don’t care about sounds good. I don’t really understand what the song is about, but…eh minor details right here.
It’s such an easy song. I like it.
I hope they promote it.
The video makes more sense than the song, although the shirt is garbage, but eh…who am I to judge creativity?
Overall Y-Shirt works. It’s nothing that is going to chance the game, but it is fun. I can’t be mad at it.