Rundown: Jungkook, VIVIZ, Rolling Quartz, Astro, WONPIL, Ha Sung Woon, and others + 2022 questions

I think I kinda zoned out and assumed releases weren’t coming out because of Lunar New Year, but there actually has been a bunch of them and I was just watching the Olympics the whole time. Oops.

Anyway, read the bottom of the post and give feedback.

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WONPIL (DAY6) – “Voiceless”

Is it just me or does this sound like a generic Christmas season kind of song?

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VIBE & Sohyang – “Lying”

From what I’ve seen of the vocal pedagogy cult, Sohyang is basically their queen, and while she is a great vocalist this kind of shit is also why I say:

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Yunho (TVXQ) – “Kimi Wa Saki E Iku”

Remarkably forgettable.

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Rolling Quartz – “Good Night”

Dreamcatcher stans generally love them, but I think I might be the only one not all over the bandwagon on this one. It’s a solid cover of a great song, but I’m not sure the arrangement really does much different. The band backing is definitely worth something, but the sound is basically the same.

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AQA – “Wonder”

Disabling embedding on sites sure is a choice for a nugu group with a debut that sounds like a nugu debut.

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Choi HEART – “Elastic Love”

They effectively took Takeuchi Mariya‘s “Plastic Love and made it worse. Not sure of the point.

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Ha Sung Woon – “Cant Live Without You”

K.

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Moonbin & Sanha (Astro) – “Ghost Town”

Something you would skip past on an R&B YouTube channel three times a week.

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Jungkook (BTS) – “Stay Alive”

Actually thought this was pretty nice for what it is, which is a component of an OST. It sounds like it goes along with a montage, so it’s not really something I would seek out to listen to, but it fits the mood it goes for and Jungkook does well here vocally.

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VIVIZ – “BOP BOP”

One of the hardest things to do during a long stretch of music output that you don’t particularly enjoy (not VIVIZ, just Korean music in 2022 so far) is to resist overrating something just cause of a drought. The fact that I’ve gone back to revisit stuff I didn’t previously like just to make sure I wasn’t in a mood or something shows we’ve been in there for a while now.

I think VIVIZ is in the same mode as those releases I went back to for me. It’s quite good, I understand why people like it, and I’m looking forward to what they do going forward, but I do feel it’s missing that melodic hook that so many of last year’s best (and GFRIEND‘s best) had that would make it great.

I know I’m not alone on this, but I do wonder if I’m being unreasonable in general or something.

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