• [Song and MV Review] Lovelyz - 'Hi~'

    March 2, 2015 @ 3:52 pm

    LOVELYZ - 'HI~' (Repackage) ALBUM AND MV REVIEWWoolim's first girl group, Lovelyz, greet their fans with their new repackage album, "Hi~." As almost every song on here has already been released (some more than once) before, we'll just focus on the new ones: "Amusement Park" and "Hi~." The lead single, "Hi~," has that strange flourish for no good reason in the title. Despite the odd diacritical mark, it's still the straight-ahead, sachharine-drenc

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  • [Single Review] VIXX - 'Boys' Record'

    February 24, 2015 @ 3:39 pm

    VIXX - BOYS' RECORDVIXX, known for their dark concepts, are hard at work solving the "Love Equation" on their new special single album, 'Boys' Record.' The single contains a cover of R.ef's dance hit "Farewell Formula" from 1995, and the other two songs written by members Leo and Ravi were first played during their Live Fantasia Hex Sign Tour, now available for the first time."Love Equation" is the cover, updated for modern times. The title

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  • [Album Review] Rainbow - 'Innocent'

    February 23, 2015 @ 3:14 pm

    RAINBOW - 'INNOCENT' The seven girls of Rainbow are planning to shine again after more than a year and half out of the spotlight. Known for hits such as "To Me," "Mach," and "Sunshine," they're back again with their third mini-album 'Innocent.' The teasers so far show a darker image than what we're used to. Gone are the colorful sundresses and cute songs. So, how does the album stack up amid all this change?The album kicks off with "Bad Boys Cry

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  • [Album Review] Niel - 'oNIELy'

    February 16, 2015 @ 3:48 pm

    NIEL (Teen Top) - 'ONIELY' MINI-ALBUM REVIEWTracklist:Niel goes face-to-face with a "Lovekiller" on his new album, 'oNEILy.' The first Teen Top member to go solo, he's already appeared on several music shows to promote his debut. Three tracks are by producer Black Eyed Victory, who has worked with Teen Top in the past. "Affogato" is written and composed entirely by Niel. The crooner's time with the boy band has already won him many fans, and this

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  • [Album and MV Review] Amber - 'Beautiful'

    February 13, 2015 @ 2:13 pm

    AMBER - 'BEAUTIFUL'ALBUM REVIEW:Track List:Amber is shaking that brass with her new release 'Beautiful.' She's the first f(x) member to go solo, joining the ranks of other SM artists like Jonghyun and Taemin (SHINee), Kyuhyun (Super Junior), as well as Henry and Zhou Mi (Super Junior-M). Not only is the tomboy a rapper but also a singer-composer, so it's natural she had a hand in the songs on her first solo album. The title track "Beautiful" live

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  • [Single Review] 15& - 'Love is Madness'

    February 11, 2015 @ 3:07 pm

    15& - LOVE IS MADNESSJYP's dynamic duo, 15&, is back with a new single, "Love Is Madness." 15& consists of Park Ji Min and Baek Ye Rin, who burned up the charts with sizzlers like "Can't Hide It" and their full-length album 'Sugar.'  "Love Is Madness" is their highest charting single to date.With their latest release, the girls appear to have deviated some from their faux-retro R&B style with the use of rapper Kanto of TROY, among other examples.

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  • [Album and MV Review] 4minute - 'Crazy'

    February 10, 2015 @ 2:47 pm

    Tracklist:1. Crazy2. One Verse3. Tickle4. Stand Out5. Show Me 6. Cold Rain4minute flirts with the lunatic concept with their new mini-album 'Crazy.' For weeks now they've teased us, one video being especially mysterious: "4minute Revamped." Of course that had me curious. I haven't liked much of their output under Brave Brothers, singles like "Is It Poppin'?" and "Only Gained Weight" being the sole exceptions. I really dug their rap rendition of "

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  • [Album Review] INFINITE H - 'Fly Again'

    February 2, 2015 @ 5:17 pm

    INFINITE H - 'FLY AGAIN'The boys of INFINITE H reach for new heights with their most recent mini-album, 'Fly Again.' This is not the first outing for the hip-hop duo; their first album dropped in early 2013 and charted fairly highly with their single "Special Girl." Now they're back with an EP full of new material.  The album kicks off with "Fly Again," an unrepentant dubstep track serving as an intro. The spoken part in the beginning ("the most

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  • [Single Review] Lizzy - 'Not an Easy Girl'

    January 27, 2015 @ 4:05 pm

    LIZZY - NOT AN EASY GIRL Lizzy, of After School and Orange Caramel fame, has released a trot song, trying to appeal to an older generation of fans. Korean trot, for those who don't know, predates K-Pop by quite a few decades, having its origins in the colonial period during the Japanese occupation (1910-1945). Some estimates trace the first trot song to 1926. Trot music is typically performed in a two-beat rhythm with traditional seven-five syll

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  • [Album Review] Yonghwa - 'One Fine Day'

    January 26, 2015 @ 4:05 pm

      Yonghwa - 'One Fine Day'Yonghwa, leader of the band CNBLUE, tries to reassure us it's 'One Fine Day' with his debut solo album. His pedigree as a singer-songwriter is already well-established as he penned and arranged many of the band's hits and was involved in creating CNBLUE's unique sound from the beginning. Here, he collaborates with several artists of various musical styles to create 'One Fine Day.'   The intro song, rather prosaically nam

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