K-Pop Music Reviews: New.F.O – Bounce

The year 2011 has seen a huge amount of fresh-faced rookie groups make their debut – although the cutthroat competition among the lower end of the seniority rankings has always been tough, it has never been as hard for a rookie group to gain a toehold among its competition as the past year, which has…

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K-Pop Music Reviews: Leessang – You’re the Answer to a Guy Like Me

Title: You’re the Answer to a Guy Like Me (나란 놈은 답은 너다) Release Year: 2011 [2011.09.29 UPDATE: Translated lyrics are now posted HERE.] After a few years’ hiatus, the kings of Korean hip-hop have come roaring back with their seventh full album, entitled “AsuRA BalBalTA”. Although this song isn’t the title track – that…

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K-Pop Music Reviews: Jaurim – Idol

Title: Idol Release Year: 2011 We haven’t done one of these in a while, but now since that the Life In Korea corner is winding down, no time like the present to get back into the regular swing of things. Jaurim is a 4-member Korean rock band. No, they are not idols. In fact, they’ve…

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K-Pop Music Reviews: After School – Shampoo

Title: Shampoo Release Year: 2011 I sing this song in the shower. *badum-sch* After one full year with only the three-member subunit Orange Caramel to quench the thirst of After School fans (technically, the official title is a “Playgirl” or a “Playboy”, but I feel kinda weird calling people “Playboys”, so I’m just sticking with…

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K-Pop Music Reviews: 4minute – Heart to Heart

Title: Heart to Heart Release Year: 2011 Let’s have a Heart to Heart to Heart! 4minute consists of – somewhat surprisingly – 5 members: Jihyun, Gayoon, Jiyoon, Hyuna, and Sohyun. They’re one of the more older girl groups that have achieved success, having debuted all the way back in 2009. They’ve also been active in…

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K-Pop Music Reviews: PSY – It’s Art

Title: 예술이야 (It’s Art) Release Year: 2010 It’s art, indeed. PSY is one of the anomalies of Korean mainstream music. Even though he’s contracted under one of the most well-known entertainment companies (YG Entertainment, the company behind Big Bang, 2NE1, and others), he has yet to be identified as an “idol” – mostly because of…

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K-Pop Music Reviews: After School – Bang!

Title: Bang! Release Year: 2010 If my high school had had this kind of marching band, we would’ve won every single football game. After School is composed of 8 members: Kahi, Jooyeon, Bekah, Jungah, UEE, Raina, Nana, and Lizzy. They added a 9th member, E-Young, in the beginning of 2011. However, since E-Young wasn’t around…

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K-Pop Music Reviews: CN Blue – I’m a Loner

Title: 외톨이야 (I’m a Loner) Release Year: 2010 Awesome guitar riffs for the win! CN Blue is a 4-member band that debuted in South Korea in January 2010, although they had actually debuted in Japan the previous year – which makes them one of the few idol groups, if not the only, to have their…

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K-Pop Music Reviews: Taeyang – Wedding Dress

Title: Wedding Dress Release Year: 2009 From the creative forces of Big Bang comes Taeyang’s first solo single, “Wedding Dress”. Taeyang is one of the five members of the enormously popular idol group, Big Bang. They’re one of the few groups in the industry that actually compose the majority of their songs; most of the…

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K-Pop Music Reviews: 2AM – Can’t Let You Go Even if I Die

Title: 죽어도 못 보내 (Can’t Let You Go Even if I Die) Release Year: 2010 Trust me, the title isn’t as wordy in Korean – some things just can’t be translated properly. 2AM is a four-member pop ballad group that consists of Jo Kwon, Changmin, Seulong, and Jinwoon. (I’ve heard many an American butcher the last…

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K-Pop Music Reviews: Dal★Shabet – Supa Dupa Diva

Title: Supa Dupa Diva Release Year: 2011 It’s only 4 months in, and 2011 has already seen the debuts of more than a hundred new girl groups. (Okay, that’s probably a slight exaggeration.) It seem as though a new group is debuting every week – which brings up a lot of questions, mostly having to…

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