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IU is my self-aware Queen iljin thug

Discussion in 'K-POP' started by TOPANDCHANYEOL, Apr 21, 2017.

  1. TOPANDCHANYEOL

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    Listen, this is an utter fangirl rant. I hope you all can bear with me lol
    I have been listening to the album on repeat and oh god I cannot with this woman..

    IU is like a walking meta-commentary of the kpop industry and the way it treats women. The self-awareness reflected in her art and her image is astounding. As someone who was infantilized and fetishized by her "uncle fans" and her company for the major early part of her career, her continued thematic use of growing up and finding oneself is poignant (and honestly makes me proud as a fan). From the daze-induced, confused "I'm 23. I'm a riddle" to the restrained "I like this, I'm 25. I got this, I'm truly fine"

    This woman completely out-does Madonna with the way she takes control of her sexuality. Her songs are about self-identity, sexuality and the contradictory nature of her career--(Being a child, but being a woman. Being adored for her constructed "virginal little-sister" image but being disliked/ witch-hunted for calling out the hypocrisy of the Lolita-ness of it all) Her work calls out the id of the barely-legal pedophilic desire with which her early career and fandom was underlaid. This feels uncomfrotable, because it calls society out. The witch-hunts happen, because it makes us feel uncomfortable. And that's exactly want IU wants to make us feel, because she WAS the child being sexualized for a while in her career.

    TL;DR- IU is my self-aware queen and she slays.

     
  2. kddicted

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    I'm not a fan of hers in anyway nor do I listen to her music but she is very sweet and the messages in her songs are strong and she has a good voice. She is really self aware
     
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    I enjoyed reading this post more than the songs hahaha, nicely written :yesr:
     
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    She is one of the few true artist in the kpop industry.
     
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  5. TOPANDCHANYEOL

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    Thank you!! You don't have to leave your faves or like an artist's work to respect what they do. More people in kpop should learn that lesson hehe.

    Hahahah thanks I have been ranting non-stop everywhere. You don't like IU's stuff much, I assume? But did you hear Palette? GD's verse is sooooo good and well-meshed. I love it!! And GD's lyrics, I cannot :loverr2:
     
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    dude her song 23... the lyrics is the most relatable thing you could ever hear

    it feels like you're supposed to be an adult but you're just lost. you feel like you have to pick the right 'life' answer of who you want to be.
    stuck between child and adult you feel like time is ticking faster and you're wasting it. 24.. 25... 26.........30

    do I do this or this? if I do this and it's wrong I won't have time to do this.
    which one? try to guess

    the 25 song is comforting. i hope... I can get out of the fogginess like that haha
     
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    pallete ballads are just one of the bests of the career
    not to mention jam jam one of the best songs in kpop [​IMG]
     
  8. TOPANDCHANYEOL

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    OH MY GOD. EXACTLY WORD TO WORD THIS. Like, you can feel the transition. I honestly feel like crying every time she says "I got this"
    Also in the MV all the references to her earlier work. It was all so good, I cannot deal with this.
     
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  9. TOPANDCHANYEOL

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    WHERE IS THE JAM JAM MV AT THOUGH???
     
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    i agree, i liked this comeback, it was very age-appropriate and she knows who she is and it's very clear through her songs. it's refreshing and very commendable :yesr:

    The song with GD was okay for me, i think I need to listen to it a few, but i absolutely loved GD's verse.. I miss him. :(

    and im glad u are back with ur reviews, they're refreshing. I hope u stay around for iKON's comeback as well. and btw! i haven't congratulated u enough for making into NYU. amazing!! congratulations!!!:loverr3:
     
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    Lee Ji Eun is a musical genius
     
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  12. TOPANDCHANYEOL

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    Hehhhe I am going to stick around this time! I feel oddly inspired and the forum seems fun again. I can't wait to do one for iKON. I wish I'd one for WINNER tho :(
    The GD verse was divine! I love it when he raps in his low, sexy voice. He did on 'Missing You' and 'Complex' as well! Just pray to the gods that GD has a world tour before enlisting and comes to New York haha! :nervousk:
     
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    SAY IT OUT LOUD FOR THE PEOPLE AT THE BACK WOHOO
     
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    LEE JI EUN IS A MUSICAL GENIUS
     
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