Chung Ha has been one of the luckier girls to branch from IOI fame. Not being tethered to a group (with expectations to provide a group with a boost in notoriety), Chung Ha was allowed the chance to move as her own and create her own musical identity as a soloist. Last year’s Why Don’t You Know came out and was liked well enough as a summer single. Not wasting too much time, Chung Ha starts the new year with a just as bright dance number titled Roller Coaster.
After 2017, Sunmi proved to be a bit of a force. Gashina kept the tradition of dance worthy songs, that played into the weird and quirk while feeding into the K pop trend of trop house. Now it is 2018, and instead of making us wait forever, Sunmi is back with a new single Heroine.
The last time I spoke about Infinite I had someone mad I didn’t write out a glowing review of a song I didn’t like (instead I just said I didn’t care for it and posted the video, and didn’t tag it). So here is my first review of Infinite’s new song Tell Me.
I have little to no tolerance for boygroups. I just don’t care. Still I said 2018 I would review more boy groups, so here I am.
JYPE is getting ready for a new boygroup called Stray Kids. The predebut promo campaign has been really solid. They had a reality show which went the sad journey and hardships route to secure fans (fans love to romanticize a struggle and hardship), and have been releasing music since late last year. As a boygroup the best thing they can do is amass as many fans as possible, and I think they have been doing a decent job all things considered. I personally don’t give a fuck, but it is what it is.
Their latest song release is Grrr, which is a performance video.
I’m gonna cut to the chase and say this is a no for me. I personally do not like this particular style of music. It’s the over dramatic trying to be hard and dangerous and cutting edge thing K Pop loves to do with boygroups. There is also a heavy focus on rappers, and K pop rappers just not it for me. Even the talented ones. I’m assuming they are going the exact opposite direction that Got7 started with (they were a lot more lighter and fun). Also I read the lyrics and this…is…well…it’s still a no.
Overall goodluck to whatever the final version of the group is to look like. I’ll be waiting for their official release, and the next JYP girl group (lil Chae sis deserves tbh).
Editor’s Note: I wrote this very quickly and to get things out of the way.
After a certain survival show, I had refused to entertain another one. I skipped both seasons of Produce 101, and am barely keeping up with The Unit (there are a couple of people I like on there). Still Idol School came, and several former JYP Trainess of a certain show were putting their hats into the race. In the end only one of them made it to the end, and I swore I wasn’t going to care about another group.
Obviously things don’t go how you want them.
Glass Shoes is a pre-release track for Fromis_9, and their debut is likely going to happen in February. I almost feel bad that this isn’t the debut because it is a likable song. You could probably pop into any faded pastel cute girl group and find an iteration of this exact song. It’s nothing new, or groundbreaking. But in the efforts of keeping it simple they created something that I liked. The highlights have to be the hook section which gives a sort of whimsical nature to the song, and the actual chorus which has that understated drive. That drive only becomes prominent in the final chorus where the song gets the most modest of kicks to make the song not feel flat.
Overall it is a likable effort. I am sure people are tired of the cute concept. I do think it is coming to a close, but fromis_9 made a decent effort with this one.
Glass Shoes is available online for streaming and digital download.
I am never really excited for a Mamamoo comeback. The first Mamamoo song I have ever liked was Ahh Oop! which was not as loved. Neither was their foray into more mainstream pop with Um Oh Ah Yeh (Another song that I absolutely adored). Since then, it has been nothing short of a tug-a-war with my feelings for this group. They are talented, but I did not think their talent was musically been used well. Unfortunately not only does Mamamoo’s new release Paint Me fails to change that opinion, it also just further illuminates some things.
2018 I promised myself to do more boygroup reviews, and of course K Pop says prove it with this release. The only reason I know of N.Flying is that they were a less than stellar debut a couple of years back. Just didn’t pull in the attention at the time. Well thankfully they pushed through, and have come back with Hot Potato.
Happy new year to everyone! With a new year comes a fresh start to the musical landscape of sorts. One of the first acts to make their return is the group MoMoland. MoMoland is a group birthed during the survival show era, unfortunately their show didn’t pull the numbers that the big leagues have. Still they have come through with several likable songs, including last years Freeze (a personal fave of mine). In 2017, they saw a member rise to popularity as a sort of musical meme, and it would seem said change has affected their comeback choice with Bboom Bboom.
Well guess who is back…once again. The end of the year has come and a lot has happened. Unfortunately in the past week, Kim Jonghyun of SHINee passed away. His family and friends are in my thoughts, and I am hoping that from this a bigger discussion of mental health and suicide prevention takes place.
2017 has been a very weird year. I won’t say that it has been great, but it has been transformative. This blog takes the usual hit because I have a life I am trying to expand upon (a career and such). Still I kept up with all the k pop I could, and I have to do my end of year pieces as a sort of reflection.
Before you read this, you can read my predictions from last year here!
Warning: This review was very frustrating. I spent several drafts trying to figure out a way to say what I liked and disliked but it kept getting aggressive and grumpy. So this review is going to be really short and a list. That’s it.