K-pop

2NE1 Falls Flat With Snoozy Comeback Single, “Falling In Love” (Single Review)

2NE1 Falling In Love For her recent solo debut, "The Baddest Female," 2NE1 frontwoman CL pulled away from Korea's super safe hip-hop scene and took inspiration from the likes of A$AP Rocky and the non-RedOne Nicki Minaj. The result was a woozy, slow-burning rap track with an alien beat and a big money shot that doesn't show itself until the final act. Naturally, K-pop fans hated it and were confused by the nonlinear production, just as they had been by Girls' Generation's "I Got a Boy," 2PM's "A.D.T.O.Y.," EXO's "Wolf," and virtually every other song that dared to be part of the experimental trend that's been so big in K-pop this past year.

Once "The Baddest Female" flopped, CL was quick to announce that 2NE1's then-forthcoming new single would be "very 2NE1," and "very different" from her own solo work. She was right, and that's not a compliment.

“Hot & Cold”: Jewelry Finally Releases Another Good Song

Jewelry Hot & Cold Feature Jewelry is a bit of a running joke to me in K-pop. Like the Sugababes, the group has none of its original members left and really should've disbanded years ago (specifically when Seo In Young jumped ship), but for some reason they're still chugging along. In 2011, they shamelessly ripped off SECRET's "Shy Boy" with the embarrassingly bad "Back It Up," and last year, they they made another dud comeback with "Look At Me." I thought that they couldn't get any worse, and I was right, because the group's latest single, "Hot & Cold," is surprisingly good.
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K-indie Songstress Lim Kim Turns Out To Be Better Than Expected

Lim Kim All Right For the most part, I tend to stay away from a lot of the really commercially-successful K-indie music because it almost always falls into one of two categories: folksy, coffee shop acoustic pop, or emo, coffee shop acoustic hip-hop. I do love a few of the big stars of the genre like 10cm and Busker Busker, but usually avoid the ones I see at the top of the charts, so it wasn't until last week that I finally gave a Lim Kim a chance and was pleasantly surprised to find out that she's actually kind of really good.