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Girls' Generation Performed A Heartwarming Stage For Their U.S. Return At KCON

By Adrienne Stanley | August 15, 2014 06:23 AM EDT


It has been quite some time since Girls' Generation has collectively performed in the United States. Unfortunately, member Sooyoung was absent from KCON due to scheduling conflicts surrounding her upcoming K-Drama, which brought the nine member group down to eight.

However, the group maintained to captivate the audience, many of whom attended KCON specifically for Girls' Generation.

When Girls' Generation performs live, audiences are reminded of the translation of their Korean name. Abbreviated SNSD for So Nyeo Shi Dae, the name of the group literally translates to the generation of girls' domination has come. With a legion of loyal fans that range in all ages, races, and a large portion of the uncle (older male) fandom, Girls' Generation provides context to the globalization of K-Pop.

The music of Girls' Generation ubiquitous and familiar to anyone who regularly listens to Korean pop.

Many groups physically exert themselves through wide scale choreography to take over the stage. While their choreography is not edgy or innovative, Girls' Generation embodies the precise synchronization that has been popularized by SM Entertainment.

A friend equated seeing the group to watching The Rockettes, which is an interesting analogy. However, there is greater substance to Girls' Generation which lies within their vocals.

The overall stage performed by the group was interesting, but it would have been nice to have an additional performance by the subgroup TaeTiSeo. As a trio, TaeTiSeo (TTS) provides better insight into the vocal composition of Girls' Generation.

Many fans took note of the hesitancy of Taeyeon early on during the performance, which should not come as a surprise. KCON has been attended by SM Entertainment's EXO for the past two years and some EXO-L (fans of EXO) remain sore about her relationship with Baekhyun. However, it was with great maturity that the audience showed respect throughout the presence of Girls' Generation, with no examples of negativity towards the group.

Girls' Generation performed fan favorites including their newest release “Mr.Mr,” as well as “Hoot,” “Genie,” and “Mr. Taxi.” The group closed with the dance pop favorite “Gee Gee.”

The hit songs of Girls' Generation are even more infectious after viewing a live performance. Days later, “Gee Gee” continues to play unabated in my head, proving that Girls' Generation truly dominates K-Pop.

Tagged :  Girls Generation, SNSD, KCON, KCON 2014


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