SNSD

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.

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

Shuffle-It Sunday

Although I’m not missing Shuffle-It Sunday this week, due to a busy schedule, I had to miss Spontaneous Saturday yesterday, and there was so much to talk about too! You will definitely hear from us about Spontaneous Saturday this week though, along with a Transformation Tuesday.

Enjoy the list and I hope you all find something new to listen to!

1. Wang Lee Hom – Can You Feel My World

 

2. TTS – Baby Steps

This is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. Funny thing is that it introduced me to the original English version. I can’t help but feel sad though. Every time I hear an SNSD song now, I can’t help but feel different, knowing that there’s only 8 members now. It’s a feeling that pulls at my KPOP heart.

3. Lim Jeong Hee ft Jo Kwon – 헤어지러 가는 길 (On the way to Break Up)

It’s been some emotionally-themed songs so far for Shuffle-It Sunday this week, and with all the bad news that fans can’t help but recently be reminded of for 2014 KPOP, I guess the tunes fit well. Here’s to a better outro for the year, and if not, then may 2015 bring KPOP fans more happiness.

4. Outsider – 외톨이 (Loner)

And the mood continues…

5. Bangtan Boys – Danger

And my iTunes’ mood has changed! I don’t want to be a 누나 팬 (noona fan) but BTS is slowly trying to break that part of me. If you remember me mentioning last time, I’m huge on hip-hop and R&B music in KPOP thanks to 1TYM and Big Bang and BTS reminds me so much of them. But most of all, I like all of the members’ personalities. They’re such dorks, it’s adorable.

왜 나를 시험해… 다들 상남자 이다! 정말 멋있어요!

6. Jay Chou – 飘移 (Drift)

One of my all-time favorite Asian pop artists!

7. Yoseob & Drama – 첫 눈 그리고 첫 키스 (First Snow, First Kiss)

The way the weather is now, here in Minnesota, I won’t be surprised if we get a white Halloween this year. I don’t think winter here will live up to how romantic this song is though. And once again, DTMN where are you?! Yoseob, you’re voice is always beautiful.

8. JJ Lin – 期待你的爱 (Waiting for Your Love)

Where is this guy too?! JJ’s voice is so beautiful!

9. After School – Someone is You

I like After School’s system and their concept of “graduation” but I can’t help think about old members and miss them as a part of the group, especially Kahi. She was my favorite member.

10. Fahrenheit – 傻傻的勇氣 (Foolish Courage)

If anything, the instruments incorporated into this song is what won me over. This group will forever be at the top of my list for mandopop boy bands. I don’t even know any of the recent ones, excluding the ones thrown into the industry by KPOP companies. And the drama that turned me into a Fahrenheit fangirl, the Taiwanese adaptation of Hana Kimi, will always hold a special place in my heart, although I will never ever watch it ever again.

And that brings us to a close! So many good songs came out from the shuffle this week! I hope you all found something new to listen to!

– Zoey Thao

SNSD – 다시 만난 세계 (Into the New World)

Our Throwback Thursday this week is the much loved girl group of South Korea, SNSD and their debut song Into the New World!

I didn’t get into SNSD until “Oh!” was released, so I was far behind. I think I’ve only seen this video maybe twice, but never fully through until now. SNSD was in the middle of a lot of rumors this year, especially in regards to dating. I just randomly felt like giving Into the New World a watch. Just seeing how young they were then, and thinking about all the changes they’ve been through during the last 7-8 years brought a smile to my face. They have all turned into beautiful young ladies now. I’m not hardcore SNSD, but I do still keep up to date with their promotional activities.

– Zoey Thao

Shuffle-It Sunday

Sorry for missing out on last week’s Shuffle-It Sunday! Here are the 15 songs for this week! Hope you all find something new to listen to! Enjoy!

1. Infinite – 붙박이 별 (Fixed Star)

I first discovered Infinite through YouTube browsing (which is how I tend to discover a lot of new groups, or groups that I haven’t heard of before). The first song I heard from them was She’s Back, and I loved how they sounded. I went through an Infinite phase for a good week, and I remember smiling to myself once they became a group who’s fame soon spread throughout the world.

2. Big Bang – Cafe

This song threw me off so bad. The beat is definitely a Big Bang feel, but the way they sang the song was something new for me. Their Tonight album is definitely going to remain a classic Big Bang album; heck all Big Bang albums could probably be considered classics.

3. 2NE1 – In the Club (DJ Jonray Remix)

This is a beautiful remix for a beautiful song.

4. The Legend – 미.남 (미련이 남아서) Left Out

If you haven’t checked out our review yet for this song, then make sure you do so to see what our thoughts are on this song! Overall, it’s a great listen.

5. Super Junior – M – S.O.L.O

I didn’t watch the drama (Taiwanese dramas are a bit hard for me to get around to) but I loved the soundtracks, especially this one. It’s got an addictive tune.

6. Henry – Fantastic

Violin, that’s all I have to say about this song. And Henry’s unique vocals.

7. Fahrenheit – 心裡有數 (In Our Hearts We Know)

The only Taiwanese drama I really got into was Hana Kimi, but I could never bring myself to watch it again. Once was enough for me. At my age now, the drama makes me cringe, but I’d like to keep my good memories of enjoying the drama and the Chun-Ella moments. The drama did also, after all, introduce me to Fahrenheit and S.H.E, two very talented Mandopop groups I would have regretted missing out on.

8. Aaron Yan – 多餘的我 (The Unwanted Love)

When this song first came on during the drama (which was almost immediately) I nearly died waiting for it to be released. It felt like forever, and when it was finally released, I downloaded it immediately and it’s been on repeat multiple times, despite it having been maybe a month now.

9. Yoo Seung Eun ft Baechigi – Be OK

This is such a chill song, and I love Baechigi, although now I am excited to see what else Seung Eun will bring in the future.

10. Girl’s Generation – Baby Maybe

I’m not too fond of GG’s title songs, although there have been some that stuck with me. But I will always love their slowed down songs with a simple beat like this. To me, it sounds so much more beautiful than their title tracks, but you need an upbeat song to promote most of the time anyway, especially if you’re a performance group.

11. Edward Jeon – Give My Love

This was the only drama that my older brother sat through and watched. He suggested it to me, and being as that he wasn’t a fan of Korean dramas, I thought I’d give it a try. I couldn’t bring myself to watch it. I didn’t like how Eugene’s character was and… I don’t know, there was something about the drama that just didn’t sit well with me. It’s just my preference though. I’m not going to deny that it was probably one of the biggest Korean dramas of all time, not to mention it brought together Ji Sung and Lee Bo Young.

12. Seung Ri – Strong Baby

This song had me hooked on Seung Ri for quite some time. But, as always, it didn’t last and I moved on. But I still enjoy listening to this song and just randomly dancing to it, and mind you the dances I brought out probably did not match the song at all. Anyway, here’s to a speedy recovery for Big Bang’s baby.

13. Park Bo Young – Free Time

I just love Park Bo Young. She’s adorable and a wonderful actress.

14. CN Blue – Hey You

After seeing them live twice now, CN Blue definitely has a special place in our fangirl hearts. I’m still crying over those drum sticks that Min Hyuk gave away (just kidding). If Ticketmaster hadn’t glitched, Darice and I could have gotten P1 tickets, and then we could have been near the stage entrance, and we could have had a chance. But, let me not fret over it anymore. It’s a dangerous place to go as a fangirl. I’m trying to keep myself content just listening to their music and seeing them from a distance like a normal fan.

15. Bangtan Boys – Let Me Know

Okay, I know there are three songs in the video, but I figured that since we ended on such a beautiful song, I should just include a live of the three best songs (in my opinion) off of the album. Besides, BTS is just beautiful to watch live. Again, thanks to KCON for changing the fangirl in me. I’ve become a bit more desperate, it seems, to get close to them, but I shall resist as much as I can. I don’t have the time and dedication like other fangirls to get too invested in this. Anyway, if you haven’t already, check out their shout out to Minnesota fans via our blog!

Again, I hope you all found something new to listen to, or maybe just a flashback to a classic. Until next time!

– Zoey

Shuffle-It Sunday

As promised, 15 songs for this week’s Shuffle-It Sunday! Hope you find something new to listen to!

1. Boyfriend – 좀좀좀 (Little by Little)

 

2. Infinite – Paradise

 

3. Wang Lee Hom – 你不知道的事 (All the Things You Never Knew)

This is only a snippet in which the song was used in Wang Lee Hom’s movie, Love in Disguise. The movie is definitely worth watching, and the album that most of the songs come from is definitely worth the buy. I even shared the movie during a movie night for one of my high school clubs. It’s a beautiful song overall, and I still listen to it every now and then.

4. 2NE1 – 너 아님 안돼 (Gotta Be You)

I’m sure a lot of fans will agree that this music video was a disappointment for how beautiful the song was.

5. Jay Chou – 四面楚歌 (Surrounded)

So, I did not know that the person rapping in Korean towards the end was actually Jay Chou himself. I was so shocked. And I did not know what the song was about, although I did get the gist from the music video. The things I am forced (and appreciate very much) to learn with this blog. This song can get very addicting.

6. Shinhwa – This Love

One of the oldest KPOP groups to date. The dance may have been a bit awkward, in my opinion, but I loved the song.

7. Fahrenheit – 心疼你的心疼 (Cherish Your Heartache)

The only boy group from the Mandopop genre that I keep a look out for. Anyone watching Aaron Yan’s Fall in Love With Me? Not a fan of the story line, but I can’t help myself from not watching Aaron.

8. 45rpm ft Gummy – Past Luv

First of all, if you haven’t yet watched My Mighty Princess, then you are missing out! That is one of the best Korean movies ever! And the OSTs are amazing! Discovered quite the amount of artists that I would have never known about, such as this one.

9. Ze:A – 하루종일 (All Day)

 

10. SNSD – Echo

 

11. Park Bom – Don’t Cry

 

12. Seven – I’m Going Crazy

I love that Seven featured his girlfriend in this music video, and I don’t even know why. Maybe it’s because they’ve been together for so long. But I fangirled pretty hard when Se7en made his domestic comeback.

13. K.Will ft MC Mong – Love 119

 

14. DBSK – Why Did I Fall in Love With You

These songs always hit home with me. I think I speak for a lot of fans when I say I will always prefer the original DBSK, although I am in full support of the current DBSK and JYJ. This song is definitely a favorite of mine. It’s just so beautiful!

15. Mystic White – Mermaid Princess

Out of the four special collaborations prepared for this SBS Gayo Daejun, Mystic White’s was my favorite, along with Dynamic Black’s.

Spontaneous Saturday

For the first time in awhile, I have nothing much to do on a Saturday, so maybe I can catch up on some reviews after posting Spontaneous Saturday.

First off, last week, I had my phone stolen while on my way back from visiting my sister at the hospital, hence the delay in a few posts. I was on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota campus, and let’s just say that side of the campus has had lots of robberies happen. Being that it was still broad daylight out, I figured I’d be okay. Well, never again will I think that again. I’ve learned a lot from this incident, and I’m just sitting in frustration now. My phone was everything. I’m not dying without it, but I’d feel so much better with it. Unfortunately, I have no intentions of getting another smartphone until my contract is due for an upgrade, so I’ll have to do without quick access to internet, which isn’t exactly helpful with KCON coming up. I’ll have to depend on Darice for that one.

Second, of course we have to talk about the new dating news between two very well known idols, with one attending KCON and the other, we’re hoping will. I’ve seen many fans refer to them as ByunTae, which sounds similar to pervert in Korean to me, but I wouldn’t trust my Korean skills. Anyways, EXO’s Baekhyun’s and Girl’s Generation’s Taeyeon’s dating news was unexpected from my stand point. I always thought that idols avoided dating within the same company for professional reasons, in that if the relationship should end, there wouldn’t be any sort of awkwardness since they wouldn’t be working so closely; within the same company though, they would always constantly be working together. Anyway, a moment of surprise overtook me before I found the news hilarious, especially with the alleged kissing photo. I just thought of the Baekhyun that I saw on EXO’s Showtime I guess, and that’s why I started laughing. Not to mention, their well known sunbae groups, SuJu, GG, and SHINee, and F(x) have been in the industry much longer, and GG is the only group to have come out with confirmed dating news so far (unless I’m mistaken, which, in that case, feel free to correct me). EXO has only debuted for about 2 years, and one member is already involved with dating. Darice, on the other hand, is quite the fan of Baekhyun, although he’s not really a bias, so the news was a bit more shocking for her. All in all, we got over the news once we came across the Durex mention, and were able to just seriously laugh at the ridiculousness of the whole thing, along with rumors that SM is using dating news to cover up more serious issues within the company. Anyway, another idol couple is revealed. Congratulations! You’ve worked hard and deserve some love with a special someone! Some overly dedicated fans need to lay off. Seriously though. Darice and I sincerely congratulate ByunTae, and all couples who have become public and all those that will come in the future.

Third, another quick KCON update. I’m sure many of you have already seen the update, but yesterday, KCON announced the fifth artist to join the lineup; VIXX! I’m actually not a huge fan of their songs, but Eternity grew on me, especially since it was the song that was more to my style of music than any of VIXX’s other songs. I’m sure I’ll love them more once KCON comes around.

And while we’re on the topic of KCON, lastly, a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to attending artist CN Blue’s leader, Jung Yong Hwa. It’s not yet his birthday here in the U.S., but it already is in Korea. Had to do this since he left such a lasting impression on Darice from the LA Korea Festival back in April.

And that wraps up our Spontaneous Saturday.

KCON 2014

First off, I’d like to apologize for forgetting to post up Shuffle It Sunday, for any of you who follow it. I will gladly do another 15 song shuffle next Sunday to make up for it! It’s been a really hectic weekend for me, and I will update you about that on our Spontaneous Saturday post coming this weekend!

Now, let’s get some KCON information out to those of you who follow us! KCON released the fourth artist line up and ticket information in their most recent live update. KCON’s fourth artist to be invited is none other than the beloved IU! So far, the line up has not been a disappointment, with BTS, GG, and CN BLUE announced beforehand, not that it’s likely we’ll have any that will devastate us.

If you visit http://kconusa.com/ you can find more information about the benefits of the different ticket levels, as well as a general map of the seats. That is where you’ll also go to purchase tickets once they go on sale. Here, we’ll just tell you price and time of sale.

As you all know, KCON announced earlier that they’ll be hosting not one, but TWO concerts this August. That means double the artists! In order to attend both concerts though, you will need to purchase two tickets. And if you’re getting a ticket for each night, you might as well purchase their combo package, which saves you anywhere between $30-$100, depending on the ticket you buy.

P1: $400 | P2: $320 | P3: $225 | P4: $140 | P5: $70

The combo ticket packages start going on sale on June 27.

Below are the ticket prices for single ticket purchases. These will start going on sale on June 30.

P1: $250 | P2: $200 | P3: $150 | P4: $100 | P5: $50

There’s about a month left only before KCON is here! Who’s excited, because I know we are!

KCON 2014

Alright! The most looked forward to event is just two months away! That’s right! KCON 2014! If you haven’t been following along, KCON has plans for, not one, but TWO concerts! And yes, you read that right; TWO CONCERTS! Wow! One for each night. They just revealed the first line up, which is, of course, the underdogs that shook up the KPOP scene during 2014, Bulletproof Boys, or better known as BTS! And right next to them is… GIRL’S GENERATION! Honestly, we’re not too big on SNSD, but we still like them. Who’s hoping for a 2PM surprise as well?

No release on prices yet, although it was $3oo last year for a VIP1 ticket, so being as there are going to be two concerts, unless they’re charging each concert separately, I’d say VIP1 this year might be around $400-$500. Save, international fans, and make things possible! When will you get to go to two KPOP concerts within the same weekend ever again? When we went to KCON 2013, we were not impressed with the convention at all; it was very unorganized and there wasn’t much to do. But, the concert was well worth it. Unfortunately, due to flight issues, we were unable to stay for G-Dragon’s performance (ㅠㅠ) but we are making sure that this year, we can stay throughout the entire concert. Follow @kconusa on Twitter for updates, and sign up for KCON’s newsletters for updates as well!

SNSD vs. 2NE1

Okay, now that 2NE1’s review has been put out, I’ll share my thoughts about this topic.

First off, I think that KPOP fans are in the wrong to even be thinking about creating fanwars like this. As I stated before, how can we spread KPOP when there’s chaos within our love for KPOP? Each group is unique in their own way, and to dislike one or call them untalented is probably the most nonsense thing to do. As many other fans have noted, SNSD support 2NE1, and 2NE1 respects SNSD. So why can’t all the fans take note of that?

Now, the only reason why I think 2NE1 outdid SNSD with this comeback in my opinion is because they went back to their roots. 2NE1 went back to what made them unique, what made them famous, what made them 2NE1. Sure, their follow up songs after IATB were good, but their unique image is what garnered them so many fans. I think everyone was waiting for 2NE1 to come back as 2NE1 for a long time, and they finally did and that’s why there’s such a huge ruckus over them right now, not to mention YG’s trolling and keeping them away from the music scene for such a long time.

In regards to SNSD, they’re still venturing into new territory. They’re trying to break from their cutesy images and I think they have every right to do so as they are all in their mid-twenties now. But it wasn’t the cutesy concepts that really made them. It was the fact that they sang songs, in their wide range of vocals among the members, that could easily get stuck in your head. Just as I loved 2NE1’s experiment with I Love You, I felt the same about SNSD’s The Boys. But 2NE1 is a hip-hop group, so when their songs barely had any rap in it, I was confused. SNSD is more of a vocal group, so when they switched to rap, I also got confused. SNSD songs weren’t horrible, but they weren’t SNSD either. So, I shall wait here until SNSD releases a song that screams “WE ARE GIRL’S GENERATION!”

Exploring a new genre is good and I encourage groups to do it. But I also hope that groups will remember their original concepts that made them so loved and not stray away for too long from those concepts.

That’s my quick opinion about these two groups. Fanwars can’t help but to exist, but I’m proud to say that I’m neither a solid SONE nor a solid Black Jack, but rather just a solid KPOP lover.

Girl’s Generation – Mr.Mr

Back with a new reaction/review with none other than Girl’s Generation’s Mr.Mr!

I’ll be quite honest here, when the album was released, I was not impressed with the song at all. I felt like their voices had been overpowered by the background music. I don’t even know what the opening noise was, but it gave me a headache. I was extremely disappointed because there was so much hype about this song, and I felt like it didn’t deliver. It wasn’t bad though, but it fell below expectations in my opinion.

Now that the music video is out, I got a new perspective on the song. I still don’t like the opening noise, nor do I like the last line before they go into the chorus, but the music video definitely gave it a boost in scores in our opinion. I think my overall favorite parts of the song are Sunny’s, Yoona’s, and Yuri’s parts. I also feel like the only people who should continue in the rap department is Tiffany, Hyoyeon, and Sunny. The only reason I don’t have IGAB on my iPod was because they’re rapping was not rap, except for a couple of them. I felt like they were just speed talking to a beat, and were wannabe rappers. I think Mr.Mr definitely beat out IGAB. I also know that GG has power vocals, but I feel like they need more if they’re going to sing songs like The Boys (which was the better of their venture into a different genre), IGAB, and Mr.Mr. I don’t feel any emotion from their title songs, but their lighter songs definitely have it (Promise, Baby Maybe, etc). When this album came out, I was waiting for that tune that would get stuck in my head, because that’s what GG songs do to you. But there were none on the album for me. With the release of Mr.Mr in that it wasn’t completely unlikable, I await GG’s next album.

The music video was very colorful, and I also liked the switch to black and white as well. The dance break was good, but again, I feel like it could have used more power in that as well. And the warping, blurring, whatever effects they used, were okay, but after awhile it was hard on the eyes.

Overall score; 7. I have heard worst songs, and I didn’t completely dislike the song. However, I don’t think this is a song I would care to put on repeat. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t dislike GG. I have plenty of GG songs on my iPod, but it’s my preference in music. Check out Girl’s Generation’s Mr. Mr. at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8j_XEn9b_8.

I know a lot of fans will be comparing 2NE1 and GG, but I’ll wait until after the 2NE1 review to give my opinions about the two groups. But honestly, don’t create fanwars. We can’t spread the love of KPOP if there’s hate going on within our love for KPOP.

Got an Asian pop song you think is great? Share it with us! Email us at apop_reviews_94@yahoo.com, tweet us at @apopreviews94, or to our personal Twitters found in the About page.

– Zoey