Knee Jerk Reaction: “Thunderous” by Stray Kids

Stray Kids is a group that I’ve been slowly but surely getting more into as the years go by. I like them a lot, and I always check in on their comebacks… but I’m just not quite at the stage where I’m super invested in them. They’re undeniably talented with an impressive discography, so I definitely know and understand the hype. But personally, I’ve only really clicked with two of their singles up until this point. (“Double Knot” and “God’s Menu,” if you’re curious.) That being said, I connect with those two because they’re exactly my style of music – and they’re both songs I still frequently listen to. Stray Kids’ new release “Thunderous” is cut from the same cloth, so it’s looking like this one might be a game changer for me.

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Knee Jerk Reaction: “LO$ER=LO♡ER” by TXT

My knowledge of TXT hasn’t really changed much since their last comeback in June – I’m still at the stage of just knowing their hit songs and their names. (And I apparently still can’t fully recognize them, because I recently realized I’ve been mixing up Taehyun and Beomgyu this ENTIRE time and I’m super embarrassed about it.) I think they’re very talented, and I’ve said that from their debut; it’s just that most of the singles they’ve released so far aren’t really my vibe. But I have to say, I’m kind of living for this emo phase their music is currently going through. This is first time I’ve really felt connected to one of their songs, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

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Katherine’s K-Pop Recap: August 23-29, 2021

A summary of the news, current and upcoming comebacks, charts and music show wins, and more!

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K-Pop Starter Kit: August’s Topic is Now September’s Topic

Hi all! As you can probably guess, I’ve chosen to delay my monthly posts for August’s K-pop Starter Kit and roll them over to September. Though I spent pretty much all of my summer vacation writing and prepping posts for my blog – this series included – there just wasn’t enough time to get to everything I wanted to do. (I have SO MANY drafts right now, but most of them aren’t ready to publish.) I’ve been going back and forth about postponing for a few days now because I really didn’t want to do it, but it just seems like the better option at this point. So, I just wanted to give you a quick update and tell you where I’m at.

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Katherine’s K-pop Recap: August 16-22, 2021

A summary of the news, current and upcoming comebacks, charts and music show wins, and more!

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Review: “Queendom” by Red Velvet

WordPress tells me this is my 300th post, and I’m delighted that it coincides with my review for my favorite girl group. In case you didn’t know, Red Velvet has been in that number one spot for several years now. (I’ll try real hard to not be a fangirl in this post, but I can’t make any promises.) I even went to their concert in Seoul a couple years ago, which was hands down one of the best nights of my life. 2019 was such a high for these ladies, so it was especially heartbreaking to witness everything that went down at the end of the year and in 2020. But they regrouped and came back stronger than ever, and all of us fans are thrilled to see it.

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Knee Jerk Reaction: “Thrill Ride” by The Boyz

It’s kind of wild how my feelings about The Boyz have changed in such a short amount of time. They debuted during a period when I was pretty ambivalent about youthful and upbeat music – which was their original concept – so I didn’t really pay attention to them for a while. But when I saw them on Road to Kingdom, I was super impressed by their performances and felt that I learned a lot about them as singers and performers… and now here I am as a full-fledged fan one year later. I even put Hyunjae in my banner image for this blog, so it’s safe to say I like them a lot. My fondness only grew during Kingdom, so I was definitely excited about their post-show comeback. And it’s safe to say that I was NOT disappointed.

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Knee Jerk Reaction: “Popping” by ONF

I can’t believe this is the THIRD time I’m writing about ONF in six months – they’ve truly been everywhere recently. But all that hard work is clearly paying off, because 2021 is turning out to be one of their best years yet. After earning their first ever music show win and getting some great results on various charts, they’re back with a new mini album all about summer. (Seriously, three out of five songs have the word “summer” in the title.) And just like their previous two singles, their latest title track is all about the good vibes.

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Knee Jerk Reaction: “You Can’t Sit With Us” by Sunmi

While I don’t listen to K-pop soloists as much as groups, Sunmi is an artist I always keep my eye on. I prefer some of her releases over others, but I’m always impressed by how creative and inventive she can get. And in that respect, her new single “You Can’t Sit With Us” certainly doesn’t disappoint. I was all in from the moment I saw the song title, which is a nod to Mean Girls – aka one of the movies that defined my teenage years. (It came out right before I started high school.) Sunmi has gone full on retro with this comeback, with tons of references to pop culture from the 80’s through the early 2000’s. And as a fellow millennial, I’m totally here for all the throwbacks.

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Knee Jerk Reaction: “Holiday Party” by Weeekly

Weeekly is still a young group, but they’ve established their signature sound in just over a year – which I always think is quite impressive, because it takes many rookies a while to find their footing. All of their title tracks so far have been bright and bubbly, with easily memorable melodies and interesting arrangements. I wouldn’t necessarily call their style “cute,” but it’s definitely pretty fun and fresh. The last time I wrote about Weeekly, I mentioned that I have trouble getting into them – I think their music is nice, but I don’t really connect with it much. (It’s not their fault; it’s because I’m almost twice their age.) But I certainly recognize their potential, so I was curious to see what they would do with their latest comeback.

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