4Minute are “Crazy”

So I said I’d be posting during 4Minute’s comeback, and I lied. While the constant teasers were relatively exciting, I decided to wait until everything was out so I could listen to the full song before judging, as K-Pop teasers are the most deceiving things on the planet. As we’ve already heard Cold Rain, I won’t talk about it too much, but the full Crazy EP is now out, so I can write a relatively decent review based on the full tracks.

As much as I love 4Minute, I don’t LOVE the title, which is kind of shocking, since I had such high hopes for it. I’m not going to blindly praise it, but I also don’t hate it enough to bash it. Plus it’s nice for Jiyoon to finally be the standout player on a 4Minute record. But the bucket hats need to go.

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4Minute’s “Cold Rain” is Actually Wonderful

As promised in my last post about 4Minute’s upcoming comeback, I was going to be following it closely and update as needed. On January 26th, CUBE released 4Minute’s pre-release song, “Cold Rain”, marking the first time 4Minute has ever had a ballad as a title track.

This comes likely off the success BEAST has had following their pre-release ballads that have even won on music shows against songs that were actively being promoted on said music shows. All in all, it’s really a good strategy since Korea seems to love ballads.

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4Minute to Comeback with Revamped Double Title Tracks

So even though I’ve decided 4Minute is probably my 3rd favorite girl group, meaning I need to do my rankings all over again, I’m super pumped for their comeback.

EDIT: The first of 4Minute’s title tracks, “Cold Rain”, has been released as of January 26!

On January 20, CUBE uploaded a CGI-infested teaser to 4Minute’s Official Youtube Channel. From what we see, we could guess the concept is ‘Waterworld’ however, I’m aware how wrong I would be if that was my official guess.

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Top 45 K-Pop Songs of 2014 (Part 2)

After a week, here we are with the remainder of the Top 45 K-Pop Songs of 2014 countdown! In case you missed it, here’s Part 1.

Why 45? Because I feel like it. Because 50 is overdone. Because there were more than 20 good songs this year. Because I’m including non-titles unlike a certain music chart.

Songs 25-1 will be revealed here. Have you figured out what Number 1 is yet?

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Hyuna’s “Red” is Full of Western Flair

Within a five second span, both Hyuna and BESTie released their highly anticipated comeback videos. Both Queen Hyuna and BESTie have been promoting their songs on music shows this week, but I wanted to wait to judge the songs until I heard the official audio of each, since Hyuna is a performance queen which means her vocals suffer while she performs, and BESTie’s song sounds like a mess. I’m going to give each a separate post, but since Hyuna is more of a hot topic, and I love her infinitely more, I’m going to start with her.

So Hyuna’s comeback song is called “Red” and I don’t have the patience to write out the hangul title right now, so please forgive me. The first teaser has already surpassed 1 million views on YouTube, and based upon the teasers, I could tell the song would be a hip-hop style. The buildup of the track almost reminds me of Nicki Minaj’s “Stupid Hoe”. I was hoping for a bass drop and then a trap sound a la Hyosung’s “Goodnight Kiss’ afterwards, but I was not treated to such luck.

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