Some Thoughts on This Year’s K-Pop
Is it just me or does K-Pop seem to be lacking this year? A little more than half the year is gone now, and while I don’t listen to a lot of K-Pop like most of my friends, I do try to listen to enough to stay afloat in decent music. And from what I can tell this year, K-Pop is drowning in crap and mediocrity (though I’m sure there are plenty out there who will say that’s always the case, and generally I decry K-Pop on a quasi-regular basis, there is actually good stuff out there. Even mainstream stuff.)
Now this isn’t just attacking groups I don’t really care for like T-ara or SECRET or f(x), even my favorite Korean girls 2NE1 have put out tracks I would describe as meh. So far this year there are 3 songs I can name off the top of my head that I really like. And here they are.
The song is great and a true comeback for BIG BANG. The other stuff they released this year wasn’t that bad, but overall just kind of middle of the road. I like a few of the other tracks from the repackage and as a whole it’s a good album, but this track is a just a stand out.
Even though it’s all in English, I think this is one of the best K-Pop songs of the year. It’s sticking with the Korean production style, but at the same is quite stripped down from other K-Pop entries.
I may not like their most recent fare quite as much as others, but this track is just wonderful. It’s simple and pretty and it actually showcases the girls as singers. I’m not one to complain about autotune, but I do love hearing these ladies sing without it.
What are your thoughts, guys? Do you have some any favorites this year that I should hear to change my mind? I’m always open to checking something out, just don’t be upset if I don’t like it lol
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HAY! Another article I wrote for JPH!P
Here’s another article I wrote for JPH!P News reviewing the movie Bunraku that was screened at AM2!
On July 3rd, fledgling anime convention Anime, Music and Manga, otherwise known as AM2, was able to give their attendees quite a treat. The convention, in conjuction with JRock Revolution, put on a screening of ARC Entertainment’s Spaghetti-Samurai flick Bunraku, starring Josh Hartnett and Vampiric J-Rock god Gackt.
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Hey! Read my newest article for JPH!P News on Kanon x Kanon’s appearance at AM2 last weekend!
This July 1st marked the inaugural year for convention Anime, Music, and Manga, otherwise known as AM2. Though just starting out, the otakus in charge brought together a nice collection of musical guests to entertain fans. Kanon x Kanon is a musical collaboration between cellist extraordinaire Wakeshima Kanon and oshare-kei band Antic Cafe’s bassist Kanon. The two came together in late 2010 because they both had a strong affinity for anime, music, anime music…and, well, because they share the same name. Though I wasn’t really a fan of either Wakeshima Kanon (despite my love for classical instruments integrated into mainstream music) nor the duo of Kanon x Kanon, I can’t deny they were entertaining.
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