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.
WONPIL (DAY6) – “Voiceless”
Is it just me or does this sound like a generic Christmas season kind of song?
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:
Yunho (TVXQ) – “Kimi Wa Saki E Iku”
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.
AQA – “Wonder”
Disabling embedding on sites sure is a choice for a nugu group with a debut that sounds like a nugu debut.
Choi HEART – “Elastic Love”
They effectively took Takeuchi Mariya‘s “Plastic Love“ and made it worse. Not sure of the point.
Ha Sung Woon – “Cant Live Without You”
Moonbin & Sanha (Astro) – “Ghost Town”
Something you would skip past on an R&B YouTube channel three times a week.
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.
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.