Rapid(ish) Reviews: August 2017, PRODUCE 101 EDITION (Pristin, Weki Meki, Samuel, and More)

August was the magic month for Produce 101 reunions. Wanna One arrived on the scene, almost half of I.O.I. returned in their new groups, and alumni from both seasons either released new music or made their debut.  Who would have thought that this show would help jump start the careers of so many young idols?  Let’s lookContinue reading “Rapid(ish) Reviews: August 2017, PRODUCE 101 EDITION (Pristin, Weki Meki, Samuel, and More)”

Rapid(ish) Reviews: August 2017 (GFriend, Sunmi, Winner, and more)

Frequent readers of my blog will know I started out mainly writing reviews of K-POP’s latest releases.  I still really enjoy doing those, but they’re super time-consuming.  On average, it takes me about two days to do all the research, make GIFs, and actually write the review…and that’s when I’m focused! If I did that forContinue reading “Rapid(ish) Reviews: August 2017 (GFriend, Sunmi, Winner, and more)”

Wanna One Debut Review: “Energetic” and “Burn it Up”

It’s hard to believe there was a time people scoffed at the idea of a male Produce 101.  But even for the less skeptical, Wanna One has had an astounding amount of success. They literally dominated August, from charts to music shows to even variety show viewership ratings.  I did a profile on them, and myContinue reading “Wanna One Debut Review: “Energetic” and “Burn it Up””

SNSD Comeback Review: “Holiday” and “All Night”

These are turbulent times for K-pop’s second generation, especially for female idols. In the past year, we’ve seen so many iconic girl groups disband: Kara, 4minute, 2NE1, Wonder Girls, and my personal favorite Sistar (*sobs*).  With all these unexpected goodbyes, it’s kind of a miracle Girls’ Generation made it to the ten year mark.  TheContinue reading “SNSD Comeback Review: “Holiday” and “All Night””

Twice Comeback Review: “Signal”

Sometimes I feel like I have a love-hate relationship with Twice.  I really like them, but I get frustrated because I think JYP isn’t using them to their full potential (the agency, not the person).  They have catchy songs, appealing personalities, and stunning visuals – but we all know that by now.  I wanted toContinue reading “Twice Comeback Review: “Signal””

VIXX Comeback Review: “Shangri-La”

Concepts are very big in K-pop, but they can also be very tricky.  Rookie groups often struggle to find one that works, and veteran groups might consider them limiting. Vixx, however, has turned concepts into their greatest asset. Part of their popularity comes from their ability to bring their ideas to life. The concept is the foundation ofContinue reading “VIXX Comeback Review: “Shangri-La””

K.A.R.D. Comeback Review: “Rumor”

Is there anything K.A.R.D. can’t do?  They’ve got an international following most K-pop groups would kill to have, and they haven’t even officially debuted yet!  Who’d have thought six months ago that they’d be popular enough to tour the Americas?  I was already on board with them back when they came out with “Oh Na Na,” but I findContinue reading “K.A.R.D. Comeback Review: “Rumor””

SF9 Comeback Review: “Easy Love”

I’ve mentioned before that my main focus with SF9 is (or was) their dancing, because they’ve been pushed as FNC’s first male dance group. As long as their choreography is great, I was satisfied – I didn’t mind if other elements weren’t as interesting.  But SF9 is pushing themselves, and “Easy Love” shows that they’reContinue reading “SF9 Comeback Review: “Easy Love””

EXID Comeback: “Night Rather Than Day”

I’m a little on the fence with EXID.  I like the group themselves (Hani is one of my top biases), and I like their music.  But none of their songs have really grabbed at me.  The only one was “Up and Down,” which I definitely overplayed to death.  I was slightly skeptical when they announced a newContinue reading “EXID Comeback: “Night Rather Than Day””

Teen Top Comeback Review: “Love Is”

Teen Top was actually the first group from the second generation (or is it third?) that I checked out. They motivated me to venture outside of the currently trending groups and really check out all the artists K-pop had to offer.  It sounds cheesy, but if it weren’t for them I might be a veryContinue reading “Teen Top Comeback Review: “Love Is””