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~ ^^

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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~ ^_^

Kyuhyun, Kyuhyun, Kyuhyun, and more Kyuhyun. That is all I need.

        Why yes, I have just posted a picture of perhaps one of the most beautiful and talented people on this earth. And yes, you are very VERY welcome, my friend.

Don’t know Kyuhyun? Don’t like Kyuhyun? Please, leave now. I mean it. Don’t even bother to read my blog unless you are¬†at least mildly¬†a fan of this wonderful creature. If you don’t know him, I hope I can englighten you.

Most commonly known as Super Junior’s “maknae” Kyuhyun is the baby of the group, with the voice of an angel. Everytime I hear him sing, whether it be in the hazy background chorus of a Suju dance pop song, or the lead of a touching K.R.Y. ballad, I feel like either a) Bursting into tears, b) squealing like the little fangirl that I am, or c) melting into a puddle of emotion on the floor.

However, my adoration for him is not a shallow one. Honestly, I believe that, even if he wasn’t the adorable, charming darling that he is, his voice alone would render me a hopeless fan of everything he does. He is too talented to deny; and the music industry is lucky to have him.

Super Junior, Super Junior M, KRY, SM Ballad; to name a few. I will continue to jump for joy whenever this heavenly singer is recruited into yet another sub-group of SM Entertainment. And, as much as I, as well as just about all fangirls, craves the delicious idea of him being a solo artist, with each scene of a MV dedicated solely to him, deep inside we all hope and pray that he will never leave Super Junior, and that Super Junior in itself will be eternal.

I believe there is a god somewhere that looked upon Kyuhyun as an infant (who was most likely just as adorable then) and decided to bestow upon him the greatest, most beautiful voice ever to be blessed upon humanity. Haha. Yes, I mean it.

Being the dedicated (I say “dedicated” to avoid really saying what we fangirls truly are, which is “sickly obsessed”) fan that I am of him, I have watched plenty of Star King and Immortal Song 2 clips to fulfill my dosage of Suju playtime and glimpses into what I can only imagine their “personality” to be. And Kyuhyun (of maybe it’s just because I’m so enormously biased) seems to forever be the most endearing.

Ahhhh I could rant forever, but I know I’ll get too carried away. I’ll stop here, just giving you a little taste of my love for him (perhaps too much so). Meanwhile, I shall return to listening to Suju KRY’s “Words of the Westerly Wind” which is literally THE MOST BEAUTIFUL song I have ever heard. Please, go look it up now. Kyuhyun sings a great deal of it! ūüėÄ

Thanks for reading my obsessive ranting! Hope I didn’t scare you too much (I scared myself a little). ūüėõ I believe there is a deep fangirl of something within all of us! Some of us are simply too scared to unleash it. But here, I unleash it. My love for Kyuhyun, my favorite singer and artist ever. I respect his music, just as much as I admire his looks ^_^ Keep at it Kyuhyun! Fighting!!

Annyeoung! ~

Just for kicks, here’s one more pic ūüėÄ