Reviews

1PUNCH

Editor's Pick: Brave Brothers Revisits Seo Taiji-Style 1990s K-Pop On 1PUNCH's 'Turn Me Back' From 'The Anthem' [AUDIO]

New Release 01.23.15 | 09:54PM EST

Seo Taji and Boys clearly in play on 1PUNCH's debut album "The Anthem," standout track "Turn Me Back," has a classic 1980s American R&B sound.

Jung Yong Hwa's vocals shine on his solo album, 'One Fine Day.'

Album Review: Jung Yong Hwa Breaks Away From CNBLUE With Superior Solo Album 'One Fine Day' [AUDIO]

New Release 01.23.15 | 03:26PM EST

‘One Fine Day’ resonates with listeners, while elevating Jung Yong Hwa above many of his K-pop contemporaries.

vocalist Cho Won Seon

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Roller Coaster Vocalist Cho Won Seon Shows Shades Of Garbage, Luscious Jackson On Virgo's 'Baekchimi' [AUDIO]

New Release 01.22.15 | 10:08PM EST

Kicking off with a dirty Fender Rhodes electric piano and some locked-in live drumming, Virgo make it clear they are not playing by the rules on "Baekchimi."

Davichi's 'Hug' provides a beautiful soundtrack for everyday life.

Album Review: Davichi Demonstrate Their Vocal Synchronicity On 'Hug' [AUDIO]

New Release 01.24.15 | 01:42PM EST

Davichi impart their competent vocals on their fourth extended play release, ‘Hug.’

The eclectic eccentrics of Coreyah.

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Welcome To The Eclectically Wild World Of Coreyah's 2014 Track 'Born Wrong' [VIDEO]

Hidden Treasures 01.26.15 | 02:28PM EST

While Coreyah's energetic single "Born Wrong,is immediately engaging, it does not even begin to sum up Seoul-based band's potential.

KARA in the 'Step

K-Pop Throwback: KARA Embody Everything Good About 1980s Electro On Their 2011 Hit 'Step' [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 01.20.15 | 10:02AM EST

With a sound that would have been right at home in the Hollywood hot spots of the 1980s, the 2011 Kara single "Step" is an homage to everything that was great about the electronic dance music of the period.

K-Pop Double-Take: Korean Rapper Outsider Goes Head To Head With Twista On 'Star Warz' [VIDEO]

New Release 01.22.15 | 07:23PM EST

Fueled by a cinematic backing track, “Star Warz” is a dramatic showdown between two of the best fast rappers in the world.

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Korean Classic Albums: Why 1974's 'Shin Joong Hyun & Yup Juns' Is A High Point For The Legendary Guitarist [AUDIO]

Old K-Pop 01.16.15 | 08:05PM EST

"Shin Joong Hyun & Yup Juns" was the culmination of all the work the legendary guitarist had done up that point.

Lovelyz in their signature schoolgirl uniforms

Postmodern Jukebox Singer Robyn Adele Anderson On Why She Loves Lovelyz's 'Goodnight Like Yesterday' [VIDEO]

New Release 01.22.15 | 08:02PM EST

If Mandy Moore were to be cast as the voice of the first Korean Disney princess, the Lovelyz song "Goodnight Like Yesterday" would be the song that she sings during the closing credits.

Hanumpa, more than just your average, black-and-white band.

Korean Rock Recall: Hanumpa Push The Boundaries Of The Genre On Their Late-2014 Track 'Acrobats' [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 01.16.15 | 04:09PM EST

On their 2014 song "Acrobats," the Seoul-based rock outfit Hanumpa take the steps necessary to set themselves apart from the pack.

LONG:D

K-Pop Throwback: LONG:D Revel In The Fun Of Romance On 'Love Eventually Goes On' [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 01.16.15 | 03:18PM EST

LONG D's single "Love Eventually Goes On" takes you through the journey of someone willing to do whatever it takes for the one they miss, but they do it in a way that's lighthearted and quirky.

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Review: ALi Channels Classic Soul Sound On Her Sexy New Single 'Goodbye Mr. Kim' Featuring LE Of EXID [AUDIO]

New Release 01.14.15 | 07:41PM EST

"Goodbye Mr. Kim," the new single by South Korean singer ALi featuring rapper LE of the K-pop girl group EXID, is a throwback to the golden soul age.

album cover for Sinzo’s ‘Surely’ featuring Hyobin

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Prepare To Get Charmed By Sinzo's 'Surely' Featuring Hyobin [AUDIO]

New Release 01.12.15 | 08:12PM EST

Sinzo and Hyobin ooze charm and likability on "Surely" with a chemistry that is impossible to fake.

SHINee's Jonghyun

Album Review: SHINee’s Jonghyun Stands Apart From His Contemporaries On ‘Base’ [AUDIO]

New Release 01.12.15 | 03:43PM EST

Jonghyun’s vocals shine on his first solo album, ‘Base.’

BTOB

K-Pop Throwback: BTOB Bring The Big Beat On Last Year's Highly Overlooked 'Hello Melo' [AUDIO]

Old K-Pop 01.08.15 | 08:47PM EST

With a rhythm track that hits you right in your gut and some solid rapping, BTOB's "Hello Melo" was a song that deserved more attention than it got in 2014.

Hello Venus performing on South Korean television

Review: Brave Brothers Continues To Innovate On The New Hello Venus Single 'Wiggle Wiggle' [AUDIO]

New Release 01.07.15 | 05:19PM EST

Brave Brothers's collaborations with Hello Venus, particularly on their previous single "Sticky Sticky" and now "Wiggle Wiggle," have been a highpoint among recent Hallyu releases.

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K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Teengirl Fantasy Team Up With Hoody On The Futuristically Sexy 'U Touch Me'

New Release 01.07.15 | 05:57PM EST

"U Touch Me" is a forward-thinking R&B slow burner that sounds at once sultry and futuristic, the result of an exciting cross-genre melding of styles and traditions by Teengirl Fantasy and Hoody.

Wasted Johnny's, seen here presumably wasted.

Korean Rock Recall: Reliving The Retro Throwback Blues Of The 2013 Wasted Johnny's Classic 'Loud & Headache Girl' [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 01.08.15 | 07:14PM EST

On their 2013 single "Loud & Headache Girl," Seoul-based combo Wasted Johnny's take classic blues rock, dust it off, and give it one more spin.

Gaeko

'Rhythm Is Life' From Dynamic Duo Rapper Gaeko Tops Our Editor's List Of The Top 10 Korean Hip-Hop Songs Of 2014

Old K-Pop 01.05.15 | 08:43PM EST

Though it was often overshadowed on the charts by the eye-catching flash and slick production of boy bands and girl groups, South Korean hip-hop had a great year in 2014.

Girls' Generation in the

Girls' Generation's 'Mr.Mr.' Ranks 1st Among Our Editor's Picks Of The Top 5 K-Pop Videos Of 2014

Trends 01.02.15 | 07:44PM EST

With revered US production team The Underdogs providing the firepower, Girls' Generation set a high water mark for music video in 2014 with "Mr.Mr."

EXO

Editor's Pick: EXO Defy Controversy To Create The Best K-Pop Song Of 2014 With 'Overdose' [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 12.29.14 | 08:51PM EST

With a beat that sounds like Timbaland in his prime and a darkly epic quality reminiscent of late-era Michael Jackson, "Overdose," released back in May, was the strongest K-pop single of 2014.

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