Posts Tagged ‘After School’

Best of Kpop 2010

If 2009 was the year of American crossovers, 2010 was definitely the year of scandal and bad music. Not that there isn’t always bad music in Kpop, but there seems much more of the bad this year than good. Still, not all was drab, there were some releases that felt nice and different.

I can’t complain about the dramas. I watched a buttload of dramas this year and it was a pretty satisfying year of dramas. It wasn’t all great, but there was enough good all around to make this a pretty decent year in dramaland.

This post will be divided up into music and dramas, though I concentrate mostly on music, since I will go much more in-depth for dramas in my upcoming monstrous review post.

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Inkigayo 5/2/10

Hyori’s “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”

This song is pretty catchy and creatively a ton better than the promo song off her last album. I can’t even remember the name of that song anymore, but yes, no sandals with socks and outfits that consist of nothing more than a bra, a collar, a tie, and some short shorts.

But Hyori is pretty much an enigma for me. She’s well-loved, but she sucks at what she does, moreso than all the other girls who get ratted on these days for not doing anything useful, like Uee, Yoona, Sandara, etc etc. I’m gonna take a guess that it’s because Hyori is so well-endowed in the looks department and has been around for so many years that she need not adhere to any standards as an artist and she’ll still be loved.

This irks me because 1) she’s been in the game for more than 10 years now, and she STILL can’t sing or dance. 90% of her performance above is backtrack. That is obnoxious. 2) She’s got 6 counts of plagiarism off her latest album. SIX, people. That’s about half the album. Hyori has a pretty bad record with plagiarism too, so you’d think as a seasoned veteran in the business she can afford to spend the money (or Mnet can) to hire some legitimate producers and writers.

The good thing about Hyori is that she’s good at following trends and building on those trends to make it slightly different. Her new concept is a basic rehash of stuff that other girlgroups have done already — 2NE1, 4Minute, f(x) — but she has the type of persona that allows her to rock it like it’s a completely new trend of her own making. The alien thing? Pretty genius. Does it make sense in the context of the song?……Eh. But it doesn’t matter, she’s Hyori.

Also, she looks like a Jeremy Scott-wearing Big Bird in this performance.

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Music Bank 3/26/10

Usually, when I watch the weekend performances, by the time I’ve watched Music Bank, Music Core, and Inkigayo, I have too many things to say about everything so I just never post anything. This week, the only broadcast was KBS’ Music Bank because MBC preempted Music Core with a baseball game and SBS is observing a mourning day in light of the victims lost to a naval ship sinking from a few days ago.

I was looking forward to a couple of performances, and I think the episode was pretty good.

After School

I can’t believe After School is now officially one member short of being the older version of SNSD. From what I see, none of their four new members except for Raina have actually brought anything new to the table. It’s just that with each increase in size, Jungah gets less and less to do, which is so not cool. Gahee has gotten her fair share of popularity now, and well-deserved of course, but Jungah has been in the idol training game for almost as long and she’s a much needed vocalist in a sea of bad ones in this group, so it’s not fair that she gets kicked aside with every single.

So Nyeo Shi Dae

I think SNSD gets to play the sexy thing so little that a lot of them don’t know how to do it/do it really weirdly/are going overboard. A lot of them are throwing their voices at a lower pitch, cuz I guess you have to sing huskier in order to seem sexy. I dunno. The speak/rap parts of the song are really bugging me and Sunny’s cutesy voice has in general bugged me, but Sooyoung has been really breathless with her last speak/rap line in all the perfs. The most consistent ones are Taeyeon and Seohyun to me, and holy moly Seohyun! Underrated in all those crappy cute songs or what?! The girl is so bomb, but she needs to work on her breathing, it is so so so loud.

Amerie ft. 4Minute

Can we just talk about this for a second? I’ve never been a fan of Amerie even though a couple of her songs are pretty catchy, but she’s so obnoxious in this performance. This is her song and 4Minute does much more work than she does. She goes like 2 minutes full without singing anything, and punctuates the air with “GIRRRRRRLS” and “HA! HA! HA!” There is already barely anything left for her to sing after 4Minute rap/sing all their lines, the least she could do was sing her lines without backtrack.

Second, 4Minute were mad fierce in this. I’ve never watched a full 4Minute performance because I don’t like their songs, but this was good. Hyunah’s outfit is boss and Gayoon is snazzy. Someone needs to clue me in on 4Minute repertoire–it’s hard for me to tell Ji Hyun and So Hyun apart :( And Ji Hyun is supposed to be the leader? What in the what? She didn’t even do anything in this track!