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  • [Album Review] Lee Hyori 'Monochrome'

    June 3, 2013 @ 5:32 pm

    Lee Hyori, in my opinion, is the epitome of the face-before-talent K-Pop idol. Her general lack of noteworthy musicality subsequently deprives her of the label (or my label) of someone truly artistic. However, while I'd be lying if I said I've had an epiphanic change-of-face regarding this opinion after listening through the release of her latest album 'Monochrome', in no way do I want to downplay some of the surprisingly enjoyable points contain

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  • [Review] EXO 'XOXO'

    June 3, 2013 @ 1:03 pm

    Calling "Wolf" controversial would be an understatement. When the demo leaked back in February, netizens' responses ranged from outright hatred to claims that the demo must be the work of an ambitious anti. Even hardcore EXO fans, rather than trying to defend it, claimed that it couldn't really be their comeback single. Few months later, the full, official version of "Wolf" was finally released - is it the disaster some feared it would be? I

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  • [Review] 10cm "2.0"

    November 9, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    Getting smacked with a ban can be a scary thing for an indie artist. While big names and idols can profit from the free press a ban affords them, lesser-known names and independent groups can flounder without a PR department behind them to flood media outlets with press releases about how they've been slighted by the MOGEF- the things that pique people's interests in banned songs in the first place. For these small fish in a big pond, censor

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  • [Review] miss A "I Don't Need a Man"

    October 18, 2012 @ 6:55 pm

    Whenever miss A releases a new single, it always takes a long time to grow on me before I really fall in love. "Touch" took the longest at about two months,  but the group's latest single, "I Don't Need a Man", caught me instantly. There were a few raised eyebrows when JYP announced that miss A's new album, Independent Women Part III, was directly inspired by the ladies of Destiny's Child. Even going as far as to title it after the fam

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  • [Review] Orange Caramel 'Lipstick'

    September 23, 2012 @ 6:46 pm

    With their first album 'Lipstick', the chic, yet tastefully tacky trio, Orange Caramel, mark their transition from just an After School sub-unit to a proper musical act. At one point Orange Caramel was the first of its kind, so it's no wonder Pledis played it safe by cautiously releasing singles one at a time. I'm a big fan of their infectious tunes, but even I'm willing to admit I didn't expect them to get this far. The best thing about O

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  • [Review] BoA 'Only One'

    August 8, 2012 @ 10:06 pm

    BoA Kwon has lived and molded the K-Pop dream. She's an irrepressible force obliterating cultural barriers with her powerful performance skills. Just ask Tiffany of Girls' Generation why she auditioned as an entertainer under the same talent agency and record label. While BoA doesn't rely on pop metamorphosis like her western counterparts Britney Spears or Lady Gaga, she instead relies on revealing her growth and maturity, shedding just a lit

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  • [Review] T-ara 'Day by Day'

    July 13, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

    With infectious hits like "Bo Peep Bo Peep", "Lovey-Dovey", and "Roly Poly", T-ara has gained a reputation for releasing the kind of addictive pop confections that are impossible to get out of your head, but they're unfairly overlooked as a group capable of making impressive albums. Their 2009 full-length debut, Absolute First Album, is still one of the best girl group albums to come out of the pop world in years, while 2010′s Temptastic

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  • [Review] f(x) 'Electric Shock'

    June 14, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

    The best thing about f(x) is that they're SM Entertainment's experimental girl group. They're not the most advertised out of SM's superstar roster, but when it comes to music and concept art, they unleash an idiosyncratic spin off the sometimes redundant sounds of their peers. They proved this time and time again with hip-hop/rave anthem "NU ABO" and quirky-pop jam "Pinocchio". The unconventional use of heavy trance synths seem to be f(x)'s tra

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  • [Review] Gangkiz 'We Became Gang'

    May 23, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

    Kim Kwang Soo's new girl group Gangkiz has had one of the messiest debuts of the year because of their similarities to the popular T-ara, but behind all the drama, there's actually some pretty good K-Pop to be found. Many people may see Gangkiz as destined to join the pile of failed girl groups right next to Stellar and April Kiss, but their debut mini-album, the hilariously-titled 'We Became Gang', is every bit as good as you'd expect fr

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  • [Review] Hello Venus 'Venus'

    May 10, 2012 @ 3:17 am

    Just when we thought Pledis Entertainment would be chucking more girls into the After School parade, we're presented with a brand new girl group, Hello Venus. By the looks of it, any one of the these girls would have made an interesting addition to After School, but Hello Venus is packaged with a particular charm and elegance previously unseen from Pledis camp. What we're seeing here is something a bit more developed than your typical cute co

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