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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.

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

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Shuffle-It Sunday

We missed out on a Throwback Thursday last week, but we’ll add it in this week with Flashback Friday! I almost missed out on Shuffle-It Sunday too (college readings will be the death of me). But, I refuse to fall behind again on this, so let’s get started! I hope you all find something new to listen to, or take a walk down memory lane!

1. Wonder Girls – Be My Baby

Wow! It’s been three years already! I remember when I was singing to this song all the time when it was first released. You can never go wrong with a Wonder Girls’ song. Even though it’ll be hard to see them all together again, especially since one of them is now a mother, I can’t wait to hear another Wonder Girls’ track that won’t let my ears rest!

 

2. Zia – 웃음만 (Just Laugh)

This is a beautiful song, and I hope it gets more attention. Zia has such a beautiful voice.

 

3. DMTN – E.R.

This song definitely pulls at emotions. I think they were too underrated when they were active, and it’s unfortunate that the other members were affected by the decision of one. Being a fan of KPOP in general is tough. I don’t know what’s going on half the time. Anyone know what’s going on with DTMN? If they are still together, and release a new song in the future, I’ll definitely be on the look out for it.

 

4. 2NE1 – Let’s Go Party

I am so sad that 2NE1 is not attending MAMA 2014. YG performances are what I always look forward to. I’m glad Taeyang and G-Dragon will be showing up, but still… For us, the more of YG Family, the better. Anyway, I remember having forgotten about 2NE1 after Lollipop promotions with Big Bang, and then I randomly remembered them one day while I was at my sister’s house on vacation. Let’s Go Party was the song that helped me rediscover them and I’ve been hooked onto the Black Jack wagon ever since.

 

5. Super Junior – Miracle

This is one of my all-time favorite songs from Super Junior, and I think it’ll be hard to wipe it out from its spot. My top 3 are Miracle, It’s You, and then Sorry Sorry. I haven’t played any Super Junior songs as often as these three.

 

6. Super Junior – 너 같은 사람 또 없어 (No Other)

After Hankyung left Super Junior, along with DBSK’s issue, I kind of went on an SM riot by myself (you have to remember I was a naive 15 year-old and my young teenage mind was not ready for this). I didn’t listen to any thing from them for awhile. Then I was doing my usual YouTube browsing and came across this song. I was hooked on again, although it won’t ever be as strong as before, Like I’ve stated many times before, you can’t deny a good song. I do love that the remaining members have had their fill of shit from netizens and the industry though, and are speaking their own minds in public now without much of a care about what others have to say about them, good or bad.

7. EXO-M – Lucky

What do I do?! My iTunes must just want to hear me cry, making me reminisce so much, especially playing a song EXO said was for their fans. It feels so weird to listen to EXO now knowing they’re no longer “one”. I also hate that there is so much negativity going around among fans when we don’t even know what happened, and we never will. Although I might not pay as much attention to EXO as I did before, I’ll always support their music.

 

8. B.A.P. – Good-Bye

Glad to know that it’s not “Good-bye”, but rather “See you later”. This is probably one of my favorite songs from them that’s more on the ballad side. I’m not as into B.A.P as Darice is, but they definitely have a place in my KPOP heart, which knows no end. I don’t think it’ll be long before I’m on the same boat as Darice is with them. 1004 definitely got me closer. I think they’re a talented group and I cannot wait to hear from them again. Hoping they get a good rest so they can come back stronger than ever.

 

9. Tablo ft Jinsil – 나쁘다 (Bad)

I am so glad that Epik High was able to stay together, even though I didn’t really know what was going on. I just knew something was off when Tablo made a solo comeback. I loved it, no doubt, but it’s always better when a group is whole. I get more excited and my feels can sometimes spill over. Jinsil’s voice here caught me by surprise, and hearing it again now makes me wonder why I still haven’t looked her up. She has such a unique voice!

 

10. Lee Seung Hwan ft Jo Kwon – Dunk Shot

Oh, man, this song! Again, found through YouTube browsing. If you haven’t yet heard this song, you have missed out on one of the greatest KPOP songs ever! And I absolutely loved Jo Kwon’s featuring here. It’s a catchy tune, and I hope it grows on many more KPOP fans!

And that’s the end for this week’s Shuffle-It Sunday! I hope you found something new to listen to, or joined me in a walk down memory lane, some being quite recent.

– Zoey

Shuffle-It Sunday

No papers to worry about for the moment, so I have plenty of time to do a Shuffle-It Sunday this week! Here’s to hoping that I can pick up on reviews too, as we have begun to fall behind again. Enjoy the list!

1. VIXX – 기적 (Eternity)

This is the song that got me hooked on VIXX! If you haven’t already, check out our fancam of them performing at KCON 2014! The videos are shared on our blog, and you can also find them on YouTube!

2. Big Bang – Emotion

 

3. Wheesung – Night and Day

I cannot stress how beautiful this song is! My one year old niece loves it, and there’s not even anything flashy to catch her eye! Her older brother, my 4 year old nephew, loves it too! This is how I know it’s a good song. Even children can fall in love with Wheesung’s voice. If you’re only listening to it now, you’ve been missing out.

4. Super Junior – Monster

 

5. Jo Sung Mo – 웃을께 (I Will Smile)

I did not watch Coffee House, but I happened to come across this song while browsing through YouTube, as is always the case with me when I get bored. I can’t say it’s enough for me to want to watch the drama, but I like it.

6. Ze:A – Heart for 2

We are aware of what happened with Ze:A and their company. We’re just glad things came to an agreeable close with them and that they are able to continue their dream as a group. 제국의 아이들 화이팅!!!!!!!!!

7. Skull ft Park Hyo Shin – 나 이러고 살아 (I Live Like This)

I haven’t listened to this song for awhile, so after seeing Skull on Running Man and then hearing this song again, I couldn’t help but become shocked. His regular speaking voice wouldn’t indicate such unique vocals!

8. TaeTiSeo – Library

 

9. i13 – One More Time

I don’t know what happened to this group. I do know that they broke up, and a group called JQT came out of it. I don’t know what happened to that group either. But I did follow them after belatedly discovering i13… until they kind of just disappeared. If anyone has any news, please do feel free to let us know.

10. One Republic – Secrets

Yes, I’m a solid KPOP fan, but One Republic was actually the first concert I attended, and for that, they will always have a special place in my heart. It was cheaper and followed the true “First Come, First Serve” concept too. Of course the prices are much higher, now that they know they got some hardcore MN fans, but I was happy to have gotten to see them live at least once. Maybe if money allows, I can take another chance to see them live again. They have the most beautiful vocals.

11. 2PM – Hot

Even though most of these KPOP groups had comebacks, iTunes is still throwing their old songs at me. Not that it’s a bad thing, of course.

12. Kim Soo Hyun – Dreaming

Although this might not do justice to the song, it was a really well-done scene from the drama. Kim Soo Hyun’s voice…

13. Outsider ft MC Sniper – Face Off

I’m sure you can all guess how I discovered Outsider… YouTube browsing. I can’t believe I would have missed this talented artist otherwise! Just goes to show, everyone, if you have time and can’t think of anything to do, browse YouTube for some music! The things you find are amazing!

14. Edward Chun – Give Your Love

 

15. DMTN – Still By Ur Side

Did I miss their comeback? Please tell me this group has not disbanded! It would be such a waste!

Hope you all enjoyed the list and found something new to listen to! Every time I do Shuffle-It Sunday I am always surprised at the songs I find. I’m not that far from 1,000 songs, so I might have to consider increasing the number of songs for Shuffle-It Sunday.

Super Junior – Miracle

Going back to 2006 with Super Junior and their sweet tune Miracle! It’s been nearly a decade with them already!

There was no specific reason as to why this is our Flashback Friday song this week. It’s just a good song to go back to every now and then. So many memories! This was, after all, the song that pulled me in and made me stay with Super Junior until now.

Eunhyuk

As many fans know, Eun Hyuk can make some pretty derpy faces, and those tend to be the ones you find online for the most part. It was a task to find a normal picture, and now that I take a second glance at this photo, it looks like it was drawn. Oh well. He has his own appeals whether it be physical or through his personality. This man is our Man Crush Monday this week. I loved him on variety shows, and I hope to see him more often on TV, especially since SuJu is promoting now. I missed him on Strong Heart.

– Zoey

Shuffle-It Sunday

Again, KCON unexpectedly took up more of our time than we planned for, so we missed another week of Shuffle-It Sunday. So, this week, we’re giving you 20 songs. Enjoy and hope you find something new to listen to!

1. 2NE1 – Don’t Stop the Music

 

2. 5Dolls – 입술자국 (Lip Stains)

I hadn’t heard much about 5Dolls or Co-Ed before when they first debuted, but I randomly clicked on this video one day, and I was hooked on this song, and the other MV part for this too.

3. Kang Mi Yeon ft. Eric – Paparazzi

Oh, gosh, I miss the old KPOP groups. I especially loved Baby V.O.X, which also consisted of Yoon Eun Hye, who is now a very well known actress.

4. Outsider ft MC Sniper – Face Off

I don’t know if this is the official music video or not, but still, this video is captivating and I kind of want to watch the movie now.

5. G-Dragon – Crayon

Oh, the KCON 2014 memories! G-Dragon’s performance was definitely the best from that weekend for me. My camera ended up dying before his performance, but it was a plus because I was able to actually focus on the concert, and enjoy it. I sung along and got hyped up for the first time ever at a KPOP concert.

6. Far East Movement ft Ryan Tedder – Rocketeer

 

7. 2NE1 – 착한 여자 (Good to You)

 

8. Epik High – Fan

This is the song that introduced me to Epik High and I have loved their songs ever since. I can’t say that I followed them faithfully though because I didn’t know about all the things they were going through until Tablo was all of a sudden under YG, and so I went in search of what happened to them. It’s good to see them still active and I hope they continue because they are like 1TYM to me.

9. 2NE1 – Let’s Go Party

iTunes must be missing 2NE1. Haven’t even gotten to the cut off for a usual Shuffle-It Sunday, and I’ve gotten three 2NE1 songs already.

10. Su Yi Cheng – 保護色 (Protective Color)

It’s a good thing I came up with Shuffle-It Sunday. I can go back and listen to all my old songs via this way. When this song came on, I completely forgot how in love I was with it. The vocals are so good! I didn’t watch the drama K.O. One, but I know it was pretty big back in the days, featuring members from the hottest boy band at the time in Taiwan, Fahrenheit.

11. PSY – Gangnam Style

 

12. Evan Yoo – 남자도 어쩔 수 없다 (Men Can’t Help it Either)

This song is soooooooooo good! I love Evan’s voice. By the way, does anyone know where and what he’s doing now? And is that a younger Min Hyo Rin in the video?

13. J.ae – Kiss Me

J.ae is also a singer from back in the days that my entire family also knows about because they used to be as KPOP crazy as I am now. Her voice is so beautiful. Jeez, iTunes. What’s with all the reminiscing? I found this song browsing through fan made videos of dramas.

14. F.Cuz – Jiggy

Where is this group?! I came across them browsing for new songs and I went on an F.Cuz spree! But I don’t know what they’re up to nowadays. This song is really catchy and addicting by the way.

15. CN Blue – Y, Why

Yong Hwa has a different rapping style in this one, if that’s him rapping. But I love the opening guitar. It was beautiful. This entire song is beautiful.

16. Super Junior – Super Man

 

17. Mystic White – 인어공주 (Mermaid Princess)

 

18. N.O.M – 누난예뻐 (Pretty Noona)

 

19. Hyorin – 널 사랑하겠어 (I Choose to Love You)

I think Jay Park did a cover of this song for Immortal Song too. He needs to release an official cover of it because I really liked his version too.

20. SG Wannabe – 내사람 (Partners for Life)

I was so obsessed with this song. The vocals are just so… there’s no word for their vocals. It’s a wonderful song, and I still love it to this day, although the adlibbing at the end is a bit…

And that is the end of this week’s Shuffle-It Sunday. With 20 songs, there was bound to be a song you haven’t heard before! Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this list and look forward to next week’s!

Shuffle-It Sunday

I know it’s been quite awhile since we’ve posted, but with August just around the corner (KCON, anyone?), our schedules have become packed. If you didn’t already see on Twitter, we will unfortunately have to skip out on this week’s Spontaneous Saturday due to no open weekends for the next three Saturdays. Sorry to those who were looking forward to it. And for this week’s Shuffle-It Sunday, even though I know I promised 15 songs this week, for timely purposes, I will stick to the original ten. Again I apologize for the lack of posts and thank you for the support thus far!

Alright, let’s get the shuffle started!

1. 1TYM – One Love

I think this song was on our first Shuffle-It Sunday. I’m sure I’ve mentioned it multiple times before, but this song is my all time favorite KPOP song. It is the only song from KPOP during the hype of the early 2000s that I still really listen to and the only old school KPOP group that I keep hoping will come together just one more time. Here’s to hoping we will get to see (meet preferably) Danny at KCON in the next couple weeks.

2. B.A.P – Warrior

 

3. Kelly Clarkson – Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)

I feel like she’s the only one who really came out on top to benefit from American Idol. I haven’t really heard much about other winners after they ride the fame from after their win for maybe a year at most.

4. T.O.P and Seung Ri – 때문에 (Because)

 

5. FT Island – Stay With Me

There’s an addicting tune to this song. I think I bought the album on iTunes for the title song, but it was this song that ended up on repeat on my iPod.

6. Super Junior – Monster

 

7. MBLAQ – Oh Yeah

Oh, boy. I went through a lot of ups and downs with MBLAQ when they first debuted. I thought the song was weird, I thought their concept at the time was weird… their debut just rubbed me the wrong way. But then my nephew, who was maybe two at the time, started dancing to it, which meant the song was put on repeat, which then led me to hear it in a different light. Then I saw their variety show appearances and started to like them more. I mean, come on, MBLAQ was just made for variety. Finding out Rain was their tutor (or whatever he is to them) and that Thunder was Dara’s younger brother was just icing on top.

8. Super Junior M – S.O.L.O

So, I may get bashed for this, but I couldn’t bring myself to watch Skip Beat. I did try, but after the first episode, I gave up. It’s not because of the drama though. It’s just that, for me, any sort of acting on the Taiwanese side feels like there’s too much exaggeration and I lose interest because of it. That’s not to say that I don’t watch any Taiwanese dramas though. Anyway, although I didn’t watch this drama, I did enjoy the OSTs.

9. 2NE1 – Hate You

 

10. Brian Joo feat Tiger JK – Let This Die

And that does it for Shuffle-It Sunday! Again, we apologize for the lack of posts recently and hope that we can get back in gear soon!

– Zoey

Shuffle-It Sunday

Since we missed Shuffle-It Sunday last week, we will be posting 15 songs this week. Enjoy and hope you find something new to listen to on the list!

1. Big Bang – 붉은 노을 (Sunset Glow)

A classic! I know this song has been mentioned on our blog before, whether it be here or a Throwback Thursday. I’m not a fan of all of Big Bang’s songs, but they are still my all time favorite in the KPOP industry.

2. Kim Yeo Hee – 꽃잎 (Petal)

 

3. Ailee – I’ll Be O.K.

 

4. T-Ara – 떠나지마 (Don’t Leave me Alone)

 

5. Wang Lee Hom – Can You Feel My World

This song was the song that brought upon my discovery of Wang Lee Hom and, although I haven’t been faithfully following him, I do get updates now and then about his current activities. I’ll have to a Watch-It Wednesday on his movie, Love In Disguise, so that I can just talk about how good the album involved in that movie was. If he has something more recent out, please, someone let me know.

6. Super Junior – 너라고 (It’s You)

Oh, man… It’s been awhile since I’ve listened to this song, and it still gets me! It’s just such a beautiful song! I love the instrumental. And, of course, this song was with all original SuJu members still present, so it brings back the good old memories. I could keep this song on repeat.

7. MBLAQ – Cry

So, MBLAQ has a special place for me in that they are the only group whose album I actually physically have, which is their BLAQstyle album. Yes, I know I said Big Bang was my all time favorite, but my older sister had their albums so I never saw why I should have them too. And then I got into a phase where I was content enough with just having them on my iTunes.

8. 2NE1 – Scream

So, I tend to like the first version of a song better, and although the Korean version is awesome, it’s kind of hard to get past the fact that I already really love the Japanese version. However, when I heard the PV version, it wasn’t really clear (and I believe I was on the official YouTube channel for the song, so I don’t know why it wasn’t clear) so hearing a much more clear Korean version was nice.

9. MyNAME – Baby I’m Sorry

So, I loved the song, but I can’t say the same about the music video. It started out pretty good, but the ending was so… really??? Anyway, thanks to this song, I got back into MyNAME and went in search of their previous songs, and now I make sure to listen to their new stuff when I see updates about it.

10. BEAST – Shock

 

11. MBLAQ – 전쟁이야 (This is War)

MBLAQ is a little popular this week on Shuffle-It Sunday this week, I see. I know this song completely threw me off of expectations when it was released and hooked me on as an MBLAQ fan for sure.

12. Se7en – I’m Going Crazy

 

13. Gym Class Heroes ft Neon Hitch – Ass Back Home

So, umm… I’ve only listened to this song, but I hadn’t watched the music video until now. I love Neon Hitch’s voice though.

14. Park Jung Min – Not Alone

You already know my weaknesses for good instrumentals. And I just love the classical instruments, so the violins in this song was already a plus. SS501’s Park Jung Min? Another plus. A motivational/inspirational song? I’m done for.

15. M Street – For My Love

So this song I came across while looking for random songs on YouTube. Again, I’m not really a ballad person, but some songs just get to you. I may just have to see if M Street is still active and what they’ve released thus far.

Well, that’s the end of this week’s Shuffle-It Sunday! I’m pretty sure most of these songs haven’t made the Shuffle-It Sunday lists before, so I hope there was something new for you guys!

Super Junior

Our choice for Transformation Tuesday this week is the hot men of Super Junior!

Yes, Henry and Zhoumi are definitely a part of Super Junior, even if they’re only under Super Junior-M. However, for simplicity’s sake, we’re going to stick with just Super Junior, the members that have domestic promotions solely for South Korea, and will not include sub-units.

So, this picture is from their rookie days. Their hair is actually pretty tame in this picture, in comparison to their actual debut. Were loose pants really the style back then? Huh, I knew SuJu’s style back then was a bit… but this picture really makes me remember.

And then I saw this picture, and, the transformation is definitely clear, although three of the original members are not present. I have to admit that maybe there was a touch of femininity in the past, but this picture shuts it all down. You can’t hide their masculinity anymore. Even Heechul, who I could not stop seeing as a female, I now definitely see as a man. Same goes for Ryeowook and Sungmin.

As Darice says, they went from Japanese anime look-alikes to just simple, manly, Korean men. I think I’ve said this before, but is manliness now a thing in Korea, where as before, it wasn’t as big of a worry for Korean idols?

– Zoey

Super Junior M – Swing

Another late review with Super Junior M’s Swing! I was kind of skeptical with this song because it gave me a jazzy feel, and I don’t really listen to jazz music.

But this song is like an extreme jazz remix, kind of like how 2NE1 mixed reggae with dub-step in “Come Back Home”. When I first heard this song, I didn’t know how to feel about it. I still don’t know how to feel about it now, except I just know I like it. Of course, Kyuhyun’s vocals stand out the most to me, but it’s not like any of the member’s disappointed, although I did find the rapping by Eunhyuk a bit awkward. The instrumental is really nice, although the chorus makes me think of SNSD’s I Got a Boy. Are they using the same producer and song template for Super Junior and EXO now? Despite that, I still love the chorus. It goes hard, and then soft, and hits hard again. As known of Super Junior, they always come out with a catchy song and dance to go with it. Is it weird to prefer a sub-group compared to the whole group, because I feel like that’s how I am with Super Junior now a days.

The music video was very playful, which is refreshing from their manly images. I loved the dance break, as always. However, that mustache Siwon was sporting in the beginning should have never been there.

Overall score, 8. Although it took a while, the song got stuck in my head. What Super Junior song doesn’t? I wasn’t expecting to like the song, but I do, but I don’t know if I like it enough to put on my iPod, and that has to do with what I think is awkward rapping. I’ll probably give it a couple more listens to though, and the rest of the song definitely overshadows that part for me.