So this shouldn’t surprise anyone

Okay, I’m really behind on BEDA, but I’ll make it up by combining a whole bunch of days tomorrow! In the meantime, I am working on something, I won’t say what, but keep an eye out on Nikki’s blog ;D I’ll aslo have a collaboration 4Minute’s EP review out on seoulbeats. I know some of you may be laughing at me right now *cough*EDGE*cough*, but I am making use of my time, not contributing to society or anything, but it’s something…

In the meantime, I really love this MV.

[General K-Pop] Kids React to K-Pop, I Grimace

Just so you know, I don’t like any of these kids react videos. Mostly because of the pretentious air that comes from most of them — whilst I don’t hate them for acting pretentious (being a former Queen of Pretentiousness myself) — it isn’t something I particularly like to watch. So basically I headed into this video expecting to be irked, and I got what I expected.

There seems to be two stances to this video. K-Pop fanboys/fangirls are butthurt, threatening the kids, deluded, can’t take criticism. And the rational K-Pop fans are supposedly laughing their asses off and rolling on the floor.

Well, I’ve always considered myself to be a rational K-Pop fan, but I’m not laughing.

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[DBSK] OT5: MAXIMUM

Just leaving this here:

You know a few months after the lawsuit I was thinking about what an indifferent DBSK fan I am– I went through hell and back during the lawsuit– but after that it was just nothing. There are some fans who get emotional with every activity HoMin and JYJ tend to do, and for them it’s almost impossible to separate one entity from the other. But with me, it’s like I’ve reached a stage where HoMin is only HoMin, and JYJ is only JYJ. And they were once part of the amazing masterpiece which was Dong Bang Shin Ki. I’m not sure if that’s not keeping the faith- I do keep the faith. But with keeping the faith, I also realise the chances of them reuniting are rather slim, so it’s more like I’m just here. Not really waiting. But not really not waiting. As in, if it happens, then it happens, and it feels like I’ve been waiting for it. And if it doesn’t happen then, it doesn’t matter, because I wasn’t waiting for it. Make sense?

All that generally means was, I’m not that emotional about OT5 as I once was a few months ago. Of course whenever they mention each other I do squeal, but I don’t feel a tug at my heart anymore. It’s like I’ve become immune. Or more like, I just don’t like thinking about what went on during that lawsuit too much. Does that make sense? Writing this blogpost is probably extraordinarily contradictory to that statement, but believe me, I don’t like thinking about it.

So I’m not sure what is it about MAXIMUM that’s making me think so much. I mean, in all honestly, it’s probably nothing special. Just a song they recorded before they were planning to split, just another song recorded by the five of them. So it should probably hold the same sentimentality as Break Out! or something- right? But for whatever reason, it just means a lot more, and it’s getting me really emotional. For several reasons.

I wonder how it’s like dancing to the sound of your ex-bandmates echoing throughout the practice room? Does it trigger memories? Does it trigger regrets? Does it affect them at all? And did they know what was coming when they were recording this? Why did they record it? Were they planning a Korean comeback before they split up– the five of them– and this was one of the songs recorded? It just makes me think. It makes me think about how abrupt this lawsuit thing must have come down on them, and it makes me wonder what the plan was before the big split. How many other songs on that album were meant to be for the five of them? Just hearing all five of their voices on a song again, it makes me really sad, and really happy at the same time. Sometimes it feels like JYJ don’t exist to HoMin these days, like they’re moving on fine without them. Which they should, they should move on. But it hurts seeing the JYJ members (particularly that of Jaejoong) acknowledge what a big part of them HoMin was. And I’m sure HoMin feel the same way, but the indifferent facade on their side almost unnerves me. It’s like with the release of this practice music video, came acknowledgement from HoMin’s side. And that in itself makes me tear up a bit.

Also, can I just say, when I heard MAXIMUM the first time, I was thinking about how it was such a DB5K song. And how much DB5K would probably rock it. I should trust my intuition more from now on, amrite?

[Songs That Should Have Been Title Songs] #1: A Man In Love – SJ

Because I’ve realised my blogging is very inconsistent and in most cases I’ve found that I only really blog when I’m angry about something, I’m going to make a schedule of some sorts so I have a reason to blog at least weekly (someone remind me!).

So presenting, the first post of: “Songs That Should Have Been Title Songs”

You know when you’re listening to an album, and you come across a particularly gorgeous song that makes you froth at the mouth? A song so gorgeous you basically just lie on your bed staring at the ceiling going “why? Why? WHY? Why wasn’t this made a title song!” Well, this is for all those neglected title-worthy songs out there.

This particular feature was brought about by my recent disdain for everything SM has had the gull to produce. Starting from Keep Your Head Down, which tries too hard to be epic, and most recently, Super Junior’s A-Cha, which made me want to spill blood. So what a better way than to start off this feature with a song from my favourite-flower-boys/bane-of-my-existence, Super Junior. Heck, this feature could probably be retitiled to “Songs That Should Have Been Super Junior’s’ title song”. But I won’t, because I blog about Super Junior too much already (see: ‘I only really blog when I’m angry about something’).

Okay, let’s kick this off:

You know, apart from the fact Sungmin was half bald, and Kyuhyun was a platinum blonde, this was a pretty hardcore gorgeous concept, y’know? No? Okay.

So, Super Junior is ridiculously vocally weak. Most aren’t good singers. Most aren’t all that talented. And there’s too many of them. And although it makes for good fun to us (what! There’s only 67 members left now, what?), to them it’s probably their biggest hindrance. Argue with me if you want, but I’m one of those few that genuinely believe there are talented members in that band, perhaps even outside of KRY (what? Lies! I know, I know). Not that you’d know from listening to any of SJ’s title songs.

So, they aren’t all the hottest performers around. But that being said, most of them have nice/decent voice tones. Which I know, doesn’t excuse them from being mediocre, but it does mean that SJ are capable of performing songs that require the use of actual vocals. The live performances may be a bit shaky, but I’m willing to deal with that if it means I get a good song in return. That being said…

CLAP THAT

I really love this song, it’s a great song. The use of percussion, as well as the foreign beats, creates what is one of Super Junior’s most exciting, and addictive songs. And the verses, the vocals during the verses are quick in some cases, powerful in others, and they just flow so smoothly. The same thing can be said about the chorus- with all its appropriate interjections and meaty harmonisation (which by the way, all of them do actually sing the chorus. I know, I was shocked too).

If they had tried to recreate something like ‘A Man In Love’ instead of ‘Sorry Sorry’ the world would have been a much better place. Not to mention it would have made for an exciting live performance, look how pumped up the boys are! And most importantly, listening to this song, you would never know that the majority of them are useless. And that alone pretty much makes the perfect Super Junior song, y’know?

I’d like to see them perform this as eight, just so I could see it performed again for old times sake. A little tweaks in the arrangement and they’re good to go! Of course you need to ignore that knot in your stomach when you watch it and realise, holy cow, Super Show 4 is going to kick off with only 8 members.

Sigh. OT83, am I right folks?

[Repackaged Album Review] A-Cha, Super Junior: We Need To Have A Talk

Okay, since this was a pretty big release this month, and it is from one of my favourite boybands, I feel obliged to talk about it. Firstly, let’s discuss the lead single and get it out of the way and then never come back to it.

Actually no, first, let’s discuss the mastermind behind the lead single. Hitchhiker. I don’t like Hitchhiker, simply because he doesn’t impress me. He got it right somehow with Brown Eyed Girl’s Abracadabra, which is probably the one song where all his random elements come together to create an interesting and engaging pop song, but other than that everything hes done has been uninteresting, monotonous, and uninspired. I don’t mind if a composer sticks to one style, but in Hitchhiker’s case, his style is frankly consistently unimpressive and unprofound (see: Ice Cream, Visual Dreams, Show Show Show). Ironically one of his better tracks is found on the B-Side of Super Junior’s Mr. Simple album, White Christmas. Nothing spectacular, but it shows Hitchhiker is at his prime when he gives up the electro wannabe-ness and goes back to his roots.

So keeping all that in mind, let’s talk about A-Cha shall we?

To put it delicately, A-Cha (the lead single) is an atrocity. If it was released a few months prior to now, I may have given it a 3.2+ simply because ‘it’s going to be a hit’ or ‘it’s fun’ or ‘it’s catchy’, but I’m done with fluffing over SM’s mediocre releases by consoling myself with the fact they’d gain mainstream appeal. No more compromising myself in order to give any song a chance, so basically I’m just going to discuss A-Cha for what it truly is.

Noise.

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But I Am Not My Image

Today’s date is August 14th 2011. Hyuna’s Bubble Pop Music Video was released on July 4th 2011. It has been 1 month and 10 days since that video was first exposed to the public and its hype should have worn off by now. Yet a month later and I’m still replaying it. Granted, I re-watch a lot of things, and that shouldn’t be taken as an indication of a video’s artistic merit- but considering the slamming I gave Bubble Pop when it was first released, well, I feel like a bit of a hypocrite.

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