Red Velvet have been on a meandering path to a single form. In the past the group took to splitting their image between bright and vibrant pop and more demure mid tempo R&B retreads. This has since stop for their last three projects, where they have come back more affirmatively on the bright pop side. Russian Roulette was a standard attempt at the typical cute group look. Rookie was a fun track that was betrayed by SM’s attempts to maintain a weird idea of Red Velvet. With Red Flavor, we see the group return to a modified version of 2014
EXID are the group that have a tenuous but positive relationship with. While I have liked a majority of their releases, I have never truly committed myself to the group as a fan would. Instead I eagerly await for their return with hopes that this would be the one. Their last song LIE, left me befuddled and not amused, and only at the last minute did I find the song anywhere near charming. For 2017 they come back with a switch once again.
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.
Mamamoo are on a high right now with the amount of success they have achieved since their debut over the last couple of years. Coming in as one of the stronger vocal based groups of the new generation that have made themselves standout with vocal focused, R&B and big band influenced pop. Their new song Decalcomanie strives to be memorable with a more forward blend of their past efforts.
Warning: After this video includes images of assault. Solar (and Hwasa) are depicted as being forced into a kiss with Solar’s character being seen actively struggling against the male lead. I will also be discussing them later in the review so be mindful. Continue reading
Like clockwork, Sistar return for another summer release. The track is called I Like That…let’s get into it.
Review Under the break
So SM decided to be nice and give TTS something to do. For those who don’t know, TTS is a sub unit of SNSD (SM’s flagship girlgroup) and it consist of Taeyeon, Tiffany and Seohyun (TaeTiSeo=TTS)
TTS comes off as the grown side of SNSD. They drop the wholesome vibe and give you grown, more mature pop.
With their new pre-release we take it a step further with a viby pop track Whisper
Let me just get this one thing out of the way: I think the vocals are a little too loud. Like just slightly over the acceptable border if you get what I am saying. It’s nothing terrible and just ruins the track for me, but it was something I noticed. Maybe it’s just me…
Anyway time to praise the hell out of this song. I love it. I live for it. This is so vibey and sexy, and charming. You never really hear this from SNSD, Korean wise.
The song is not sexual, but it has this overtones. The way the girls sing this song, kind of sensual, a little viby, and some effort. By effort I mean they are not just going through the motions vocally, but putting it in. I am connecting with their lowkey horniness. I love the thirst.
Fill the song up. That is one of my things. If you can, you should. Sometimes in K Pop, they will do these basic ass harmonies, but the song will still feel empty. Here we have some nice harmonies from the ladies.
I love it. It’s one of my favorites of 2014. I can see, and probably will, be playing this all day. It’s just…up my alley musically.
SNSD-TaeTiSeo will be releasing another album on September 16, so be on the look out for that.
Okay see…I liked Peacock…but I was eh about her voice.
A smooth year later, Z. Hera makes her comeback with D Island.
Under the break for my thoughts.
The multi-genre loving Clazziquai Project has made their return with a new single, Love Satellite, along with a music video to accompany it.
Thoughts under the break
I will come out and say that I am not a fan of T-Ara. It has nothing to do with their struggles, but more so having to deal with me not caring about them. I am okay with that. Apparently they have good music, so maybe one day I will get into them. I don’t know.
However I am going to use their solo moments as a way to say I am getting to know them.
First was Jiyeon who gave us the sultry, but very depressing 1min 1sec, which was a part of a three song mini album called Never Ever. The ep was nice, and followed the main theme of heartbreak, however each song had a different feel to it. I appreciated that ep, and wished it did well.
T-Ara’s second attempt at a solo debut comes in the form of Hyomin. This time she is giving a more positive vibe musically.
But was it worth it?