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Eve – Agape

It’s been a really long time since our last post, let alone our last Throwback Thursday post! So, here we are this week with one of the best K-Rock songs of all time, Eve’s Agape!

I absolutely love this song, and still listen to it these days. This is probably the only dark, rock song I’ve ever truly listened to, and my entire family absolutely loves this song. It’s a really beautiful song with quite the combo of instruments. It definitely brings me back to the late 90’s, early 2000’s. If you haven’t listened to this song yet, what are you waiting for?! Check it out below! I highly, HIGHLY recommend this song to everyone!

– Zoey

Shuffle-It Sunday

Well, it’s been a really long time since our last Shuffle-It Sunday, and I’m really glad to have found some time to do it this week, despite having a research report to write. This was always my favorite day of the week for our blog. No reviews though, just a list. Enjoy!

1. Kim Hyun Joong – Smile

 

2. Aaron Yan – 這不是我 (That’s Not Me)

 

3. Dalmatian – Lost in Love

 

4. C-Clown – 멀어질까봐 (Far Away… Young Love)

 

5. CN Blue – Cold Love

 

6. Jung Dong Ha – Mystery

 

7. Jun.K ft. J.Lim – Don’t Go

 

8. MyName – Baby, I’m Sorry

 

9. EXO – XOXO

 

10. TeenTop – 향수 뿌리지마 (Don’t Spray Perfume)

The Ark – 빛 (The Light)

Okay! Moving on from SM to, I believe it’s Key Entertainment. Anyway, up next we have rookie girl group The Ark’s debut with The Light!

Okay, not bad. It definitely has that motivational feel, and heartbreaking kind of sound. I’m excited to see the voices to the faces I don’t know yet. The only downside is that, although I like the song overall, nothing really surprised me. It sounded very much like a song meant for a rookie debut. I like that it’s a different sound from most rookie girl groups, but The Ark is also debuting among some big sunbaes, so I was hoping they would deliver something more. I also noticed that this song has a lot of Kim Yuna rapping. But there are other rappers, right? Why didn’t it get split up a little more equally? I would have loved to hear more from each of the members? But it seems like some of the members got overshadowed greatly, and I feel like they all actually have beautiful voices. Nonetheless, The Ark has garnered my interest, and I look forward hearing more of them and seeing them grow.

I give the music video a 10 because that mom is beautiful and sure can act.

Overall score: 8.5. I don’t think I’ll add it to my iTunes, but it is a beautiful song. I first saw Jeon Min Joo on KPOP Star 2, and she had IDOL written all over her. From YooYoo, she had the most potential in the industry in my opinion. I’m glad she’s officially debuting now, and I look forward to more from her.

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– Zoey

Girl’s Generation – Catch Me If You Can

We’re on an SM roll! We have Girl’s Generation’s newest release next: Catch Me If You Can!

Okay, I know I’m going to get bashed and hated on, but in my honest opinion, this did not help me recover from Mr. Mr., although I do like it much more. And that opening sound did not sound pretty to my ears. I had to pull my headphones out because it made me cringe. Overall, the song sounded a lot like the female twist of DBSK’s Catch Me. I can see that this song is geared more towards dance, but come on! It was very monotone in my opinion. It actually kind of bored me. But, I did love Seohyun’s and Taeyeon’s parts. Their voices never fail to get me. I noticed that Yuri and Hyoyeon got more parts as well, which was a nice low-tone to hear from them. I also noticed Sooyoung’s voice more, which has a beautiful, clear ring to it. I’m not hating on GG because I know they can sing their hearts out, but who oversaw the production of this song?!!!

As for the music video, I liked it much more than I liked the song. The choreography was definitely meant for GG. Although, what was with the random, and awkward, lip bite from Tiffany?

Overall score: 7. I’m actually feeling very neutral about this song. I don’t absolutely hate it, but nor do I love it. So, I don’t really have anything else to add. I guess I’m just a bit disappointed.

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– Zoey

EXO – Call Me Baby

We’re a little late in the game, but here’s our review for EXO’s latest release, Call Me Baby!

Needless to say, I liked it; it’s a very catchy song. Honestly though, it didn’t get me on the first listen like Wolf or Growl did, and I think those two songs will be hard for EXO to top, personally. But the song did slowly grow on me after listening to it a few more times. I actually like the Chinese version more though. Anyway, as always, the chorus was what did the trick. I found myself humming along to it after the second listen. D.O.’s voice also really stood out to me this time. Well… D.O., himself, really stood out to me. Of course I knew he could sing, but for some reason, I could really hear his voice this time around. I especially loved his harmonization with Chen. I also loved that Lay got more prominent parts in the song. I’ve always loved hearing his voice; it’s sweet, smooth, and very clear. His voice is one that makes me just want to smile.

As for the music video, I loved the dance overall. All I have to say is, who styled Kai? I honestly did not like how he looked in this MV, and could someone please stop the stylists from ever giving middle-split hair to these idols?! It did no justice for both Kai and Chen!

Overall score: 8. I like the song, and I could listen to it every now and then, but I probably won’t play it as many times as I did with Wolf and Growl. It’s kind of hard to not compare EXO’s songs to these because those two songs were the songs that really got me into EXO. I’ve stopped listening to Overdose for awhile now already; I just listen to it whenever I have my iTunes on shuffle. I also didn’t think this album followed up well to EXO’s previous albums, but that’s because of my personal preference for music. I know a lot of other people who absolutely loved the album, like Darice. I’m sure that some time down the road, the album will grow on me. I did, however, like El Dorado and Hurt. I could also, for some odd reason, really hear where Kris would have had his parts if he was still in the group. On the other hand, because EXO has so many beautiful vocals, missing Luhan’s voice wasn’t as noticeable. But everyone has moved on, and I hope this will be the last time I mention EXO, Kris, and Luhan in the same post. Anyway, regardless of my opinion, Xiumin, Suho, Lay, Baekhyun, Chen, Chanyeol, D.O., Kai, Tao, and Sehun are all doing great after overcoming a harsh year in 2014, and are continuing their rise in fame.

“Never don’t mind about a thing.”

On a side note, SM, please use your money to get your English right. Sehun sounds like Google Translate. How about trying, “Don’t you worry ’bout a single thing” next time?

Got a song you think is great? Share it with us! Email us at zoda_reviews_94@yahoo.com, tweet us at @zodareviews94, or to our personal Twitters found in the About page.

– Zoey

Happy 21st Birthday, Darice!

She’s the reason my KPOP spark was revived 6-7 years ago; the one who was able to convince me, who refused to get sucked any further into the KPOP world, to go to my first KPOP concert at KCON 2013; and the one who pulled out a small part of the fangirl in me. Enough said.

She’s one of the greatest friends I have and she’s the one who really started my passion for travelling, along with her mom. It was always something I thought was in the distant future. Thanks to this mother and daughter duo, I decided that I really wanted to take that big step towards studying abroad. And here I am, getting ready to go study at Yonsei University this summer.

We’ve spent the last two summers looking forward to enjoying time together, both at KCON, because our busy schedules prevented us from spending time with each other here in Minnesota. Our KPOP concerts together were a great get-away from the real world. I think it was beginning to kind of turn into a tradition, and I’m really sad that I have to be without her this summer. Heck, we were determined to go to a BTS concert together, and the chance came, but it just had to be this summer. I’ve told her before, that I wanted to stuff her into a suitcase and bring her along. Unfortunately, it’s impossible. But I promise that next summer will be one of the best, even if I may be at grad school, which isn’t official yet.

Anyway, to one of the best people in the world, happy 21st birthday Darice! I hope you’re having a blast in Las Vegas with your mom!

To celebrate such a special person, here’s a little gift to our readers! If you’re the first to get this iTunes giftcard, let us know in the comments!

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EXO as 10

Alright! SM is finally releasing some teasers for EXO’s comeback, which a lot of EXO-Ls are hoping will happen soon. However, that first hint they released on EXO’s official Twitter, @PathcodeEXO, for this comeback brought back some heart-breaking memories for EXO fans. Most fans are responding to the hint with anticipation, but some are saying it was shady of SM to release that hint, which was “the number of marbles that passed the maze.”

Of course, having been a fan through the SUJU and DBSK line-up change, for lack of a better description regarding loss of much loved members, EXO’s line-up change wasn’t too hard to take in, though it was still a tad bit surprising. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before, but losing members from EXO was something to be expected based on SM’s notorious streak for boy groups, although there was very strong hope that we would be proved wrong. My initial thought on EXO-M was, “Did they not learn from what happened with Hankyung?” But I always try to keep an open mind, and so I figured that SM must have changed for these idols to continue their dream with them.

As a fan, my heart hurt for all the members of SUJU and DBSK when they had members that wanted out. I loved (still do, although my preference in music has changed) those two groups, and I just could not believe what was happening, although I supported the decisions of the members that wanted to leave. Because of that, I didn’t want to get too invested in becoming a fan of EXO. But, I must reiterate again, you cannot deny good music. Wolf pulled me into that EXO whirl pool, which sucked me in with the release of Growl that same year. When Overdose was announced, and the teasers were released, I was ready to buy that album (on iTunes), and then BAM! Kris says he wants out. Of course, I still bought the album regardless, but I also got over my shock at Kris’ decision rather quickly. What shocked me most was how short of a time Kris had spent with EXO before coming to this decision, and the response from the members, which ended up being completely the opposite for Luhan when he declared his desire to leave EXO as well later that year. Anyway, the point is that EXO’s line-up change came as no big surprise to me, and I will continue to support both sides.

Now, back to the controversial hint. I personally didn’t like that hint either. I understand that it is supposed to be signaling a new beginning for the remaining 10 members, but I had always questioned the necessity of showing 12 marbles, with TWO remaining in the maze. I absolutely do not believe that there is any other representation than the members of EXO for those marbles. If SM wanted to continue using the maze as a stepping stone for EXO’s comeback, I really think that showing only the 10 marbles outside of the maze would have sufficed. The extra two marbles is like a slap to the face for fans who want to support both Kris and Luhan, and EXO. It’s like SM is telling us fans, who want to support Kris and Luhan along with EXO, that we need to stop because there is some defect to the two for not being able to make it out of the maze, for whatever representation that maze is supposed to be. I just don’t understand what SM wants to accomplish by reopening a healed wound. Fans don’t need their eyes to be opened to reality TWICE. We know EXO will never be 12 again, so we don’t need SM to shove it in our faces, again, with that hint.

Obviously, I’m still going to support Kris and Luhan, and I will be listening to EXO’s new album when it comes out. Don’t get me wrong, I like a lot of the idols under SM. But the company always makes me feel like it’s taunting fans, knowing that our love for our idols is too strong, and that regardless of what the company does, we’ll keep coming back for our idols. Thus, they still get the money, which is all that apparently matters to SM. This taunting image is what frustrates me the most. But then again, SM is a museum of stars, and museums make money by drawing the attention of people to come see beautiful displays, particularly displays that they claim are the rarest of rare to see.

On a side note, I made the mistake of reading the replies left on the tweet regarding EXO’s comeback first instead of watching the teaser first. So, when I watched the teaser, I laughed the entire way through because the replies were so fresh in my mind. Roughly, the MV shows someone sneaking pictures of Kai, and Kai is trying to escape their camera. I couldn’t help but think SM is keeping a close eye on Kai, and here he is trying to shake them off his tail while he’s escaping the “maze.”

I apologize if I offend anyone with my honest opinion, but know that my disappointment is aimed towards SM, not EXO. After all, I’m not a professional in the industry, just an upset fan. I know that SM gets the final say in everything regarding their groups’ comeback (teasers, songs, etc.), and I know Lee Soo Man is not the evil guy. But whoever is running SM right now needs to stop getting on the nerves of so many fans, more recently fans of f(x), but that’s another topic all in itself.

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

– Zoey

D&E – 너는 나만큼 (Growing Pains)

Got another review ready to go with SUJU’s Donghae’s and Eunhyuk’s recent release, Growing Pains! I actually wasn’t a big fan of their previous songs, so I originally had no plans to listen to this one. But, Darice and I were texting each other one day, and she brought it up. I thought, why not?

I loved it! At least much more than their previous releases. As we all know, SUJU has a lot of members, so they have to split the lines among members, and the ones with more unique and outstanding voices tend to get more lines. And of course, Eunhyuk is usually rapping. But this song really showed me that both Donghae and Eunhyuk can sing, and I enjoyed listening to them. I do have to say though, I think they sound better when they’re singing together in the chorus than when they’re singing on their own. They express more emotion there in my opinion. I think what first attracted me though was the combination of guitar and piano at the beginning. The instrumental for this song is beautiful and really hit home with me. Another thing, I usually find it hard to listen to Eunhyuk rapping because I just don’t feel anything. I admit I’m more of YG girl (which I’m sure most of you know by now already) and I know they’re not the standard for KPOP, but we have to admit they house some of the best Korean rappers: that’s where I draw my standard for listening to Korean rap. But, in Growing Pains, I enjoyed Eunhyuk’s rap overall, much more than I usually would have.

As for the music video, I don’t think there was anything too special about it. I kind of didn’t get the story line though. I know they went through something like hypnosis to erase their memories of a relationship, but were they seeing the same girl, and is that the connection as to why they kept bumping into each other? Or was the connection just that they were two guys who wanted to erase their memories and ended up going to the same place? I loved the rooftop-dance scene though. That spin on the camera, for some reason, brought back some old KPOP memories.

Overall score: 9. The only thing I wanted more of from this song was emotion, because, you know, it is supposed to be expressing feelings. I felt it in the chorus for sure, but other parts of the song fell a little behind in my opinion. Other than that, I loved this song! As I mentioned before, D&E’s previous songs just didn’t pull me in, but this one has more of an R&B and pop sound, which is my absolute favorite kind of sound. I think what really pulled me into the song though, besides the instrumental, was the chorus. I didn’t know that Donghae and Eunhyuk could sing like that, and it really threw me in for a surprise when I first heard Growing Pains, which was good.

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– Zoey