MBLAQ Be a Man
I consider myself to be a semi-fan of MBLAQ. I’ve never really hated anything they put out, I stan for the whole Sexy Beat mini-album, I think G.O. is one a fierce bitch and I want Seungho to slay the hell outta this ass all night long, so yeah, I’m a solid semi-fan.

Because I want Seungho inside me I enjoy the music of MBLAQ, I’m generally interested when the boys make a comeback — so I was surprised when just yesterday I discovered that they’d actually made one last week. I blame poor pre-release promo, which is probably why the group’s new single, “Be a Man,” is floating around between 90-100 on Melon.

Yes, it’s seriously flopping that hard. Songs that are outselling it right now include EXO’s “Growl,” 2NE1’s “Scream,” and various album cuts from A Pink’s Pink Blossom.

It’s such a shame, because “Be a Man” is pretty amazing. It sounds a lot like *NSYNC’s “Gone” (hence the whole being amazing thing), borrowing from both the moody modern R&B of today and the turn-of-the-millennium boy band balladry of *NSYNC and Co.

Seungho’s manly crooning and G.O. giving his best Justin Timberlake impression by singing falsetto are standout moments, but the vocal performance is stunning and nuanced all round. Not surprising considering Wheesung composed “Be a Man,” but the fact that MBLAQ were able to do it justice is impressive.

Also, you’ve gotta give a K-pop ballad extra points every time it doesn’t veer off into paint-by-numbers OST territory. For that, MBLAQ, I thank you.

One other thing: I totally dig the manly concept (yass daddy Seungho!), but why is the rapper dressed like some Samcheong-dong coffee shop nerd? Not here for him.