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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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  • [Pre-Release Review][Single] M.I.B "Nod Along!"

    April 9, 2013 @ 5:22 am

    [Editor's Note: "Nod Along!" was provided to allkpop for review by Jungle Entertainment before its official release to the public] M.I.B has suffered something of an identity crisis over the year since their debut, awkwardly straddling the line between hip-hop artists and manufactured idols in a way that hasn't quite resonated with the public yet. Coming out of Jungle Entertainment's impressive roster of artists (Tiger JK, Yoon Mi Rae, Biz

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  • [Review] [Single] U-KISS "Standing Still"

    March 20, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

    If there is one thing that U-KISS knows really well, it is their audience. Over the past few years, they've developed a distinctive, signature sound that works really well for them and makes their songs immediately recognizable. "Standing Still" falls right in line with U-KISS's brand of dance singles with the same driving beat and dramatic lyrics that have been their wheelhouse since their "Man Man Ha Ni" days. They do change things up wi

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  • [Review] NU'EST 'Hello'

    February 26, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

    NU'EST is one of a handful of groups that debuted with an aggressive image in 2012, making their name with the social message(s) of "FACE" and "Action". Their name stands for "New Established Style Tempo", and they often call themselves an "urban electro" band, as they try to establish this as a new legitimate musical genre. As they enter their second year as a group- that weird, in-between place of being neither rookies nor truly establishe

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  • [Review] Block B 'Blockbuster'

    October 25, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

    After eight months- practically an eternity in the world of K-Pop- Block B is finally back! Unless you slept through the entire middle of February, I doubt I need to remind you about the 'Thailand scandal' that rocked the band, cutting their "Nanrina" promotions short, and leaving all of us wondering what the future held for these young men just barely out of rookie-dom. When their cutesy, pinwheel-filled "Action (RMX)" video which came out

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  • [Review][Single] Jewelry "Look at Me"

    October 23, 2012 @ 9:12 am

    Many K-Pop groups have experienced dramatic member shake-ups over the years, but none of them do member changes quite like Jewelry. Founded over ten years ago, the group has the distinction of the longest-lasting girl group in K-Pop, which seems impressive. However, that distinction is in name only, as the entire original lineup and half of the second generation have left. Two current members, Eunjung and Jooyeon (also known as Baby J), wer

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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] G-Dragon 'One of a Kind'

    October 4, 2012 @ 11:28 am

    GD is back and all by himself again... sort of. While G-Dragon is often lauded as a talented songwriter and producer, he pointed out earlier this year that he's never actually released an entirely self-written song. That's perfectly fine with me- GD shines as a collaborator, and this album just reaffirms his talents. For anyone expecting 'Heartbreaker' Part 2- you'll be disappointed. In the video for "One of a Kind", GD smashes tennis bal

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  • [Review] LUNAFLY "Super Hero" & "How Nice Would It Be"

    October 4, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    Yang Hyun Suk went on the record recently saying that idol groups are on on on their way out. "The idol fad is over," he said, "Now the market has moved on from idols to singers with artistic qualities such as Busker Busker and Psy." If he's right, this may have been the best possible time for Nega Network's newest band, LUNAFLY, to debut. With the exception of two official music videos, all of the videos they've uploaded so far are liv

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  • [Review][Single] U-KISS "Stop Girl"

    October 3, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

    Everyone's favorite underdogs are back- though it kind of feels like they never left. "Stop Girl" is U-KISS's ninth video in ten months. Yes, you read that right- nine videos. In ten months. I'm worn out just thinking about it. This is also their first venture sans AJ, who is taking a temporary break from the band to go to college in the US. "Stop Girl" features light R&B influences with a cool, midtempo beat that we haven't reall

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