Ever since dickless misogynistic netizens had the time of their lives burying T-ara last year, it’s now become a trend in Korea for female K-pop stars to be ritualistically sacrificed to the masses. IU and Hyosung were dragged to the gallows after T-ara, and now the iconic KARA are currently being burned at the stake following what was deemed by netizens to be a display of unacceptable behaviour during a recent variety show appearance.
While the haters hate, KARA have been busy blessing music programs with their divine grace and charm to perform their stunning new singles, “Runaway” and “Damaged Lady.”
As long as KARA lip sync and don’t sing live, their performances are always great to watch because they’re so beautiful and their choreography is so much fun. Their Full Bloom comeback has been especially enjoyable thanks to KARA’s dual concept: lush and feminine for “Runaway,” and dramatic and masculine for “Damaged Lady.” The live stages for “Runaway” are undeniably enchanting and some of the group’s best yet (words can’t express the perfection of Nicole’s vicious strut ‘n’ rap).
It’s sad that KARA’s flopping so badly this era. “Damaged Lady” isn’t their best single ever (that honour belongs to “Honey,” “Mister,” or “Lupin”), but when paired with “Runaway,” it makes the overall comeback just as good as any one they’ve made in recent years. I’m crossing my fingers that this is just a bump in the road and not the start of a downward spiral that KARA can never recover from. Maybe a solution would be for the group to do one of their fiercer K-pop-style singles in Japan for once, instead of the bubbly J-pop shtick that they’ve adopted for the Japanese market? It’d be worth a try.