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.
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.
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.
Sunmi has made her first comeback in three years as a soloist. What was she doing? Well between 205-2017, Sunmi had returned to her former idol group Wonder Girls, and helped revitalize their career and image. Of course after giving us two really good releases, the group decides to split up just shy of their 10 year anniversary. With two members have left JYPE, it’s pretty official the group has died, and fans sat in sadness waiting for any indication of comebacks and solo endeavors. Sunmi was the first one to really get that train going, starting late in the summer with her single release Gashina.
SNSD is three members into the whole solo thing. Well technically two, but I’m putting bets on Hyoyeon making a full fledged ep later in the year. Right now however, Seohyun is the one in the midst of a solo debut.
Don’t Speak is a song from the group Far East Movement (the group that gave us the annoying Like A G6). Admittedly I heard the name Far East Movement and rolled my eyes, because of that song. However their latest album showed that they are definitely better than I expected. I am proud to be wrong. Their album is lined with many Asian singers, many from the K-music scene. Tiffany of SNSD assist with Don’t Speak with King Chain.Unfortunately the song and video focuses heavily on Tiffany, making this more of a moment for her.
K Pop elite Jessica Jung has done what very few have done. After being removed from her own group in 2014, she has found her career in thriving form just two years later. At the beginning of the year she released her first ep With Love, J. While not my favorite, and far too cheesy of a song, Jessica did a great job of introducing herself to the Korean public.
Deciding to not let her music career die down, she released her second ep just this morning. A wintery mix called Wonderland, with a single titled the same thing.
Boygroups are like a repellent for me. Boygroups who are “hip hop” concept are even worse. So it is already a struggle for me to care. With B.A.P. they have just kind of existed since I took noticed of them. They tend to dip between oyous frivilous pop sounds and more “edgier” darker melodies. But in all of it they tend to have a more lively feel to their music and grow with it. With this being their third comeback this year, it seems they are scratching off that bad boys kind of sound with Skydive.
Only four months in, BlackPink have found success that should not be a surprise. Boombayah and Whistle were instant hits, with Whistle feeling more liked for the group. Now in November their return (in October), has two new songs that seem to have spun the group in a different direction.
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Playing With Fire
I’m gonna say it. Playing With Fire is the least interesting of the two. It’s not bad, and thankfully doesn’t feel like a rehash of YG’s past triumphs or mistakes.It actually sounds like something a non-YG group trying to emulate a YG group would do. I kind of wish they found a way to make Lisa work. As a rapper she is very green, and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. It would be interesting if they would just drop that and allow her to sing (Red Velvet technically have Irene, Yeri and Joy as rappers, but often let them sing). Other than that…Playing With Fire doesn’t do much positive or negative. It’s nice and the video makes the song worth it. That being said, as a stand alone I can’t really get myself to care.
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