Big Bang: Still ALIVE

I thought I’d take a break from my usually biased posts about K-Drama and share an aspect of my lfie which is much more important- K-pop. And, of course, it is difficult to talk about K-pop without mentioning Big Bang and their oh so wonderful contributions to everything we know as good music and entertainment over there in South Korea ūüėÄ

Today, at last, all tracks from their comeback album ‘ALIVE’ were released. I’ve been spamming ‘Blue’ since the MV was released about a week ago. Now I have sucessfully gotten my hands on all the tracks from the new mini-album, and I have truly been enjoying myself!

But this blog entry is not exactly about their comeback so much as their overall, unchanging (if not growing) success in recent years. I can honestly say that, although I am not a hardcore VIP, and Big Bang is far from being my #1 favorite group, I can admit that Big Bang is BY FAR the most unique, original, and talented.

The reason why Big Bang is not my favorite group, despite their incredible skill, is that to me, when I think Hallyu, Big Bang is far from my mind. It’s true- I often forget Big Bang is K-pop at all,¬†they’re THAT unique. I can scarcely call them a ‘boy band’, since that title seems reserved for a cookie-cutter genre of autotuned, dancing pretty boys. I actually¬†prefer the cookie-cutter genre, and stick to my beloved groups such as DBSK, Super Junior, SHINEe and U-KISS rather than Big Bang, but that doesn’t mean I don’t scream like an excited fangirl and count down the days for their comeback and sing along to all their songs by heart.

GD, Seungri, TOP, Daesung, Taeyang- you all are truly revolutionary in everything you do. They invented everything that is Daebak in Korea, and GD might as well get credit for being THE rapper of S Korea. He single-handedly and completely ROCKS. God, I love him. He has such talent, and he writes the music- a feat which is sadly rare in the K-pop world.

Anyone who knows K-pop can tell almost within seconds that a song is a Big Bang song. They don’t sound like anyone else, look like anyone else, dance like anyone else, act like anyone else. Not to mention how much of an American vibe¬†everything has.¬†They shoot MV’s in the dirty streets of Brooklyn, or in the desert of Vegas. They are so cool they fit into American style and music. They are so suave they have white girls in their videos. They are so unique that no one has, or ever will, copy their style. Ever.

So I just wanted this short entry as a shout-out and a kudos to this increasingly AWESOME and incredibly ONE OF A KIND group. Keep being awesome!

Big Bang Fighting! ^_^

Oyasumi~ ^^

U-Kiss Neverland Comeback (I Couldn’t Resist)

Okay, so I happen to be on¬†one kick-ass awesome¬† homestay in Japan at the moment, and I could be writing a really exciting and compelling description of my many Japanese adventures here in this fantastic country, but what does this fangirl choose to write about instead? Why, U-Kiss’ Comeback of course!

Let me start by saying, I was NOT a U-Kiss fangirl, nor have I ever been. To me, they were remininscent of yet ANOTHER boring, blur-into-the-background K-pop boy band with the same sound and style as too many others with no real spark. This was, of course, before their recent comeback. Let me just say that I am blown away, truly.

Literally OVERNIGHT I transformed from a mildly enthusiastic mere “listener” of some U-Kiss, to a full-blown fan of this awesome group. Truly, they are highly underrated. Even I myself seriously underestimated how talented they are. Now now, I know as well as anyone that the credit for the songs themselves go to some anonymous studio song writer, but aside from the “song writing” the performing part is definitly captured beautifully. My bias has always been ‘that one hot guy’ as I called him in former U-Kiss videos (you may know the lovely darling as Kiseop <33); though I can proudly confess to actually knowing some names now. All within the span of one day I’ve downloaded almost all of Neverland, and I am continually growing crazier and crazier for this incredible album and group.

From the title track Neverland, which I LOVE, to the equally enjoyable electronic track Top That, I am also really enjoying most of the ballad songs, such as ‘Take Me Away’ or “Someday” which is SUPER rare for me. I am seriously biased to electro pop autotune based songs, and I often¬†roll my eyes at ballad songs (which all sound the same to me) or skip over them entirely; I know, horrible, right? Anyways, thanks to U-Kiss, I am actually giving these great ballad songs a listen, and I love them¬†. The vocals are really fantastic, there’s something really sweet and soft about the voices in U-Kiss; I can’t seem to put my finger on it.

My favorite song would be Obsession. Is it because Kiseop sings most of it? Perhaps. Probably. I don’t know, there’s something truly special about those tracks like this one that mix electronic and ballad into a this kind of fancy, high-quality hybrid. It’s great. Plus, I’m a sucker for softer songs with cool rap parts mixed in. Really makes for good entertainment ūüėÄ

Anyways, if you’re like me, and you think U-Kiss is just “another K-pop boy band”, have some patience, listen to their new stuff, their old stuff, all their stuff. I think they really have something¬†extraordinary about them, and in one day, they went from almost last on my list of boy bands to the top percentile. I can’t pinpoint what struck me exactly, but these great songs and good looking members certainly make it easy to love them ‚̧

I look forward to future U-Kiss music and performances. I am now hooked. U-Kiss Fighting!

(And yes, I will post some info about Japan someday soon…once I can stop raving about U-Kiss >_<)

I shall return to my Japanese life and try to tone down my immense Korean fangirlness for sake of Japan. Ha Ha.

Annyeoung….I mean, Oyasumi~ ^_^

Super Junior: Mr.Simple (Rant)

 

So, the moment I have been waiting almost all summer for has finally come. SUPER JUNIOR COMEBACK!

Me, as well as most of the asian population, has waited a year and a half for this moment. When I saw the released teasers, and listened to every track on the album, I was more than impressed.

I was expecting what I traditionally expect from Super Junior, beautiful faces, endless charm (KYUHYUN!) but with music that was mediocre, but bearable because it was from THEM. But, this time, I am genuinely enjoying these tracks.

Not to mention all the amounts of Kyuhyun I am soaking up from these songs.¬† He is my bias, and I do believe these comebacks would not mean close to as much if he wasn’t in so much of them. (Is it just me or does he seem to be getting more parts and a greater emphasis?) Well, he is perfect, so why not?

So I was screaming like a crazy fangirl when the album was released. I thought I was going to explode from excitement, and I felt like one of those Beatles fangirls from the ’60s. You’d think I was meeting Suju for god sakes, I was that crazy.

Right now I am MAD for the track ‘Feels Good’, it my new favorite song, and I can’t seem to stop listening. However, the album in general is REALLY amazing me. The Super Junior babyness seems to be fading, and there is this new maturity they have, which was also present in their Bonamana comeback. I loved Bonamana, I did, and I loved ‘Sorry Sorry’ and ‘It’s You’ as much as every crazy fangirl, but I just feel this album is especially great. Maybe it’s because I’ve been waiting so long, or maybe it really is above and beyond! Who knows.

And, another thing. Please, someone tell me, why Hangeng, Kangin and Kibum are ALWAYS gone, yet still counted as the original 13? I was somewhat suprised to see 10 in this comeback (particularly Heechul, who is usually off in his own world) but feel like the whole concept of “Super Junior, largest group, 13 members” has become distorted. They are betraying that emphasis with every video.

OH WELL! Super Junior could probably commit a crime and I’d still think they were awesome. I don’t care what anyone says, they ARE K-pop, and k-pop would not be anything without THEM.

Here’s to you, Kyuhyun, Dongahae, Eunyeuk, Leeteuk, Shindong, Siwon, Sungmin, Ryeowook, Heechul, Yesung, Hangeng, Kangin, and Kibum! KEEP IT UP! I’ll be an old wrinkled woman who still cherishes the greatness of your many singles and comebacks and rocks out to ‘Sorry Sorry’ in many years from now.

Annyeoung! ^_^ (I’ll certainly be back with more Suju updates when the music videos are released! >_<