Holland

Holland is one of the first debuts of 2018, and he comes with a big

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Oh My Girls Secret Garden

Oh My Girl is a group that I absolutely appreciate, almost to the point that I would consider myself a fan. I like their music. Conceptually I think they are one of the strongest to come out of the new generation. I haven’t followed their official accounts, or a reputable fanpage just yet, so I don’t consider myself there just yet. I just need one more great musical release (Closer, Liar Liar, Windy Day have all been solid efforts from them).

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JBJ’s My Flower is likable

If you were to ask me who JBJ is, I would block you. I don’t know. I can’t even tell you when they debuted (I’m guessing either last year or late 2016). Boy groups are a mystery to me at this point. If you not from an already established group, I barely have time for them.

Still I said 2018 I was going to flesh out my listening, so here we go. JBJ’s new song My Flower.

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Chung Ha’s Roller Coaster falters despite promising start

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.

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Sunmi’s Heroine builds fantasticly but stops short of a perfect payoff

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.

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Infinite’s Tell Me tries to combine pop feelings with angst

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.

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Stray Kids Grrr is a no for 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).

Old Reviews: Fromis_9 Glass Shoes

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. 

 

Mamamoo lack a certain color with Paint Me

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.

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N. Flying are confident with their new song Hot Potato

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.

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