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  • [Album Review] Dal Shabet 'Be Ambitious'

    June 25, 2013 @ 6:40 pm

    'Be Ambitious' seems to be an attempt to give the K-Pop consumers something a bit memorable by presenting us with what is arguably their most sexually suggestive releases to date. Sex sells, right? So it should be memorable, right? Dal Shabet's attempt at shocking-and-awing K-Pop in this manner might not have been the most successful this year with the likes of groups such as Girl's Day, but it looks like it might have been necessary in orde

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  • [Album Review] Rainbow 'Rainbow Syndrome Pt. 2'

    June 19, 2013 @ 4:03 pm

    The latest release by Rainbow, 'Rainbow Syndrome Pt. 2', is the continuation of their album of the same name released in February 2013. While I found two of the tracks memorable—"Golden Touch" and "Tell Me Tell Me"—Overall, I was highly disappointed at the album as a whole. As my expectations were not set particularly high, I was quickly shut up upon giving this album a listen. While this album doesn't progress K-Pop or Rainbow's image in any way

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  • [Album Review] After School 'First Love'

    June 17, 2013 @ 4:14 pm

    After School has gotten away with murder—and by murder, I mean high levels of sexuality—in their choreography before, so I'm anticipating the results (if any) by the Korean authorities at bay in the coming days. But in the meantime of doing research into this, I'll likely be listening to this mini-album on repeat for an extended period of time, as this unexpectedly ended up being one of the most polished, tasteful, and listenable releases I've he

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  • [Album Review] SISTAR 'Give It To Me'

    June 15, 2013 @ 5:45 pm

    SISTAR, one of the major acts in K-Pop at the moment, not only released a new single, but also dropped an entire album: 'Give It To Me'. While I'm head-over-heels for the title song, the rest of the album doesn't exactly sit right with me. From an overall perspective, I appreciate the effort put in by the group, 'Give It To Me' ends up being nothing more than a collection of suspiciously-heard-before fillers which doesn't progress SISTAR's musica

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  • [Album Review] Henry Lau 'Trap'

    June 12, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

    Most young male soloists in K-Pop these days lean on a sexy image (Rain when he was active, Jay Park, 2PM's Wooyoung, JYJ's Junsu, Roh Ji Hoon) or an artistic image (JYJ's Jaejoong, INFINITE's Sunggyu, Big Bang's G-Dragon). Looking at the K-Pop landscape, one has to wonder ... where's K-Pop's Justin Bieber?Before you freak out and exile me from the K-Pop fandom for daring to mention He Who Must Not Be Named (I'm a bit amused at the amou

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  • [Album Review] MBLAQ 'SEXY BEAT'

    June 7, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

    MBLAQ still has the stigma of being known as "Rain's group" in Korea, even though Rain hasn't been involved with the group for a while. Rain's shadow is a dangerous place to be these days- however, with the recent announcement that he'll be returning to the industry with Cube Entertainment rather than J.Tune Camp or JYP Entertainment, MBLAQ has a prime opportunity to distance themselves from their controversial mentor. Seungho's turn on 'Dancing

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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][Single] 2PM "All Day I Think of You"

    May 11, 2013 @ 10:31 pm

    It's been nearly two years since 2PM promoted their last Korean single, "Hands Up" in June of 2011. In the meantime, a number of JYP Entertainment acts have released some fantastic singles, setting high hopes for 2PM's eventual return. Did it live up to expectations? "All Day I Think of You" has a lot going for it. The orchestra instrumental is nice, the song is catchy, and for the most part the guys sound great- the singers are singing, t

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  • [Review][Single] SECRET "YooHoo"

    May 6, 2013 @ 6:37 pm

    SECRET may not have the most thought-provoking music, but that's never stopped them from landing in the top 10 since their first physical single, "Magic". So what is their secret? Although concept changes are almost as common as girl group debuts in K-pop, SECRET's ability to naturally go from a girl-next-door image to a sexy, powerful stage is unrivaled among their scantily clad peers. SECRET's new single "YooHoo" brings us another costume c

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