Knee Jerk Reaction: “PTT (Paint the Town)” by LOONA

Though LOONA is incredibly popular with international K-pop fans, I must confess I’ve never been super invested in them. I certainly admire their creativity and ambition, and I respect how their discography is so diverse and spans many genres (including their pre-debut solo and subunit work). But at the end of the day, most theirContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “PTT (Paint the Town)” by LOONA”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “Chi Mat Ba Ram” by Brave Girls

The rise of Brave Girls from little-known group on the verge of disbandment to one of South Korea’s hottest stars is nothing short of astounding. I actually remember listening to “Rollin’” and teaching myself the choreography way back in 2017, and I recall thinking it was such a shame it got slept on. Fast forwardContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Chi Mat Ba Ram” by Brave Girls”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “Vanilla” by LIGHTSUM

There’s been a lot of anticipation for the debut of Cube’s latest girl group LIGHTSUM – especially because it includes Produce 48 contestant Han Chowon, who we now know should definitely have been in IZ*ONE before she was cut by producers in the vote manipulation scandal. And there are some other familiar faces, too: NayoungContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Vanilla” by LIGHTSUM”

Review: “Alcohol-Free” by TWICE

My feelings about TWICE have changed so much since I started this blog, and I couldn’t be happier about it. I wrote my first TWICE post about “Knock Knock” back in 2017, and I vividly remember giving it an average score because I didn’t find it as impressive as their mega-hits “Cheer Up” and “TT.”Continue reading “Review: “Alcohol-Free” by TWICE”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “First” by EVERGLOW

EVERGLOW is a group that I’ve definitely had my eye on for the past couple of years. Their music and aesthetic are both totally my style, and it’s not an exaggeration to say that I live for their comebacks. They reeled me in from the beginning with “Bon Bon Chocolat,” and I’ve been here everContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “First” by EVERGLOW”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “Next Level” by aespa

Though aespa are still rookies, I get the sense they’re poised to become one of K-pop’s next big groups. They exploded onto the scene with “Black Mamba” last year, and people have been talking about them ever since. (Including my elementary school students, which I take as a good sign since they only know theContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Next Level” by aespa”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “Ring Ring” by Rocket Punch

Out of the three girl groups who have made comebacks on the same day this week, I’m the least familiar with Rocket Punch. I know they’re from Woollim Entertainment and that one of the members is a former Produce 48 contestant… and that’s pretty much it. I have listened to their songs before, and IContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Ring Ring” by Rocket Punch”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “We Go” by fromis_9

Normally I try to divide my attention between boy groups and girl groups as evenly as possible, but I feel like boy groups have kind of dominated the releases so far this year (in terms of quantity, not quality). So I’m thrilled that I get to write about MULTIPLE girl groups this week, and I’mContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “We Go” by fromis_9″

Knee Jerk Reaction: “Easy” by WJSN The Black

(Note that although I usually refer to this group as “Cosmic Girls” because I feel like it’s easier to read, this time I’ll be calling them “WJSN” to keep consistent with their subunit name.) Just after we got WJSN’s wonderful comeback “Unnatural,” they gave us the surprising yet delightful news that they were debuting anotherContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Easy” by WJSN The Black”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “Dun Dun Dance” by Oh My Girl

As a fan of Oh My Girl who’s been around since almost the beginning, I’m so proud of all the success they’re enjoying now. Their path to the top was pretty slow and steady, and seeing their popularity soar in the time that I’ve lived in Korea has been immensely satisfying. That being said… I’mContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Dun Dun Dance” by Oh My Girl”