November 10, 2017Taylor Swift
Don't let the album title fool you -- Taylor Swift doesn't give a damn about her bad reputation.
Swift's long-anticipated sixth album, Reputation, chronicles the most turbulent year and a half of the singer's life, consisting of squads, suitors and one Earth-shattering personal drama -- her...
October 29, 2017KARD
Can boys and girls really be just platonic K-pop group members? Newcomer KARD is the latest addition to a relatively limited list of co-ed groups in the genre.
After releasing three pre-debut singles (Oh NaNa, Don’t Recall and Rumor), the quartet finally pushes out its first mini album.
October 21, 2017Taeyang
ON his third solo studio album, BIGBANG’s resident balladeer Taeyang is out to break hearts again.
The record kicks off with the stirring White Night, though it’s a shame that it only serves as an intro that lasts a mere 86 seconds.
With an informed trance production, the...
October 18, 2017BTS
Love Yourself: Her
Big Hit Entertainment
WHEN this latest album by BTS (also known as Bangtan Boys) debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 album charts, it marked a monumental K-pop moment – it was the highest an album from that genre had ever gotten on the chart.
K-pop had been trying to penetrate the US music market...
October 17, 2017Heize
///(You, Clouds, Rain)
SOME K-culture vultures might recognise Jang Da-hye – better known by her stage name Heize – as the pretty one on the second season of rap competition TV show Unpretty Rapstar.
The 26-year-old has come a long way since then, proving that she’s more than just a reality show star....
October 5, 2017Fergie
Why there hasn’t been more Fergie released since her solo debut (2006’s gazillion-selling The Dutchess) probably comes down to then-fresh family commitments. That’s a shame. Not because her marriage is (gossip alert) crumbling, but rather because her vocal talents are many.
She can rough-ride...
October 2, 2017The Killers
Look out, world, The Killers is coming out of its cage, and the guys are doing just fine.
However, its new album Wonderful, Wonderful, starts off anything but.
The opening title track is the sort of song that can be classified as “hard to get into”, as frontman Brandon Flowers...
September 26, 2017Red Velvet
The Red Summer
Dubbed the “summer mini album”, Red Velvet’s latest extended play certainly lives up to that reputation. The Red Summer is a sizzling affair that highlights the girl group’s more vivid and upbeat side.
Red Flavor kicks things off with an in-your-face summer jam. The songs...
September 24, 2017Bunga Citra Lestari
It’s Me BCL
“I'm a woman in love,” declares Indonesian songstress Bunga Citra Lestari (BCL) from the get-go in the opening track, Aku Wanita, of her new album, It’s Me BCL.
The phrase sets the tone for the rest of the album, which is brimming with sentimental love ballads. BCL,...
September 18, 2017Jessica
There are singers, and then there are personalities. And on the third solo studio effort from former Girls’ Generation member Jessica Jung (known professionally by the mononym Jessica), the songstress’ artistry is up for debate.
Sure, the 28-year-old does songs with great pop...
September 15, 2017
Concrete And Gold
Fire and ice. Quiet and riotous. Hell and nirvana. Fast and slow. Metal and silk. All these contrasts comes to mind when listening to Concrete And Gold, Foo Fighters’ ninth studio album.
It begins with Dave Grohl crooning soothingly, “I don’t wanna be king, I just wanna sing love...
September 15, 2017
Any Sone, as dedicated fans of Girls' Generation are known, will tell you that the K-pop girl group is made of the stuff of legends.
Perhaps there’s more to that statement than mere fanatical biased opinion. After all, Girls' Generation has always been credited for paving...