Knee Jerk Reaction: “Zombie” by PURPLE KISS

Sadly, I get increasingly picky about rookie groups as time goes by – it’s truly not about quality or personal preference, but rather a natural result of the ever increasing age gap. I want everyone in this industry to succeed and do well, but I just can’t really connect to people who are more thanContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Zombie” by PURPLE KISS”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “Stereotype” by STAYC

STAYC hasn’t even been around for a year yet, and I can already tell they’re going to be a force to reckon with. They’re one of the rookies I seem to hear about the most, and they’re clearly gaining momentum with each and every release. They’ve also picked up THREE music show wins so farContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Stereotype” by STAYC”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “Talk and Talk” by fromis_9

(NOTE: This post is slightly shorter than normal due to lack of time and personal circumstances.) We’re already halfway through September, but I’ve FINALLY caught up enough to start reacting to this month’s releases. First up is “Talk & Talk,” fromis_9’s first comeback after their surprise move to Pledis Entertainment. To be honest, I wasContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Talk and Talk” by fromis_9″

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’tContinue reading “Review: “Queendom” by Red Velvet”

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.Continue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Holiday Party” by Weeekly”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “BEcause” by Dreamcatcher

I feel like I always say this whenever I talk about Dreamcatcher, but I’m just constantly impressed by how they’ve done so much with one concept – and a very niche one, at that. Most K-pop groups change their signature style as time goes by, but Dreamcatcher has kept us entertained and intrigued by theirContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “BEcause” by Dreamcatcher”

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”