|Especially of this....|
Even G-Dragon’s comeback barely sustained me. Oh, I’m not saying my ultimate bias has changed or anything. It’s just that his solo albums were good. Good you know, but not life changing. I bought them all and enjoy the songs immensely, but… and I shouldn’t admit this, but when you have to go and find translations on lyrics and then study them to find the true meaning of a song concept, only to see it’s just you know… pseudo-intellectual and all that stuff, that doesn’t really excite me.
I can be a bit shallow, namsayin’? Which is why my favorite song and MV of the recent while has seriously been BIGSTAR’s “Run Run” from back in August.
|Over that way!!!|
What I Love in K-Pop
In true Teen Top fashion “Rocking” has an accompanying MV, a Dance Version, and a Dance Practice Version. My actual favorite however, happens to be this Real Cam shot. Something about its tone and the way the camera moves in real time really highlights their stunning choreography and execution.
Why K-Pop Makes me Pause…BTOB. What happened guys? I was still testing out my Melody instincts from the Second Confession days. I enjoyed my fangirling. I got excited for the comeback. And then “Thriller” happened. Did you just get the bottom of the Beast barrel, left over the “Shadow” set? What’s up with the dramatic concept change? And the abs? What happened to the cute boys? For that matter, what happened to the quirky boys before that? And the serious emo boys before that?
|I could seriously do without this whole monster concept thing..|
If anyone, I am disappointed with the constant direction change. I liked the song because you know, I’m a fan. But when a group comes back and you have to stare at it for a few seconds before wondering what group you’re watching, it makes me pause and say… waeyo? What was wrong with them before? There’s not even a progression you can follow here. It just jumps mid-trek and I dislike it. I’m crossing my fingers that they find a niche of their own and just keep working on making good music. They’re all talented (well, most of them are).
What I Hate in K-PopNow on to the serious stuff. The part of K-pop that makes me cringe and moan and wonder why the hell I bother to care. I’m talking about fandoms and fandom freakouts and scandals and more scandals and netizens and why I want to burn the net down.
|What did this precious boy ever do (or not do) to you anyways??|
Did anyone who follows Kpop manage to skip the whole L dating business? Or Sulli and Choiza? Sulli-bashing in general? Or how EXO sasaengs are the scum of the earth? If you did, congrats. You’ve got more sense than me, because no matter how certain I am that reading “news” worthy articles about celebrities and/or their crazy fans will piss me off, I still can’t shut my eyes and keep from clicking on comments. There are certain things that make me sick to my stomach. Like killing puppies, and dumping unwanted babies in garbage bins, and the knowledge that pre-pubescent fangirls who live vicariously and anonymously on the interwebs are some of the stupidest ‘beings’ on the planet – and knowing this, there’s still nothing you can do about it.
What gets me most is that for me, Kpop is a fun experience. It gives me great joy in life to
A. Listen to exhilarating music that keeps me happy and entertained,
B. Follow my favorite young celebs as they enjoy their career paths,
C. Learn about and slightly partake in a foreign culture, and
D. Write about it, and discuss it with many of the other like-minded people I’ve met online.
I dislike being bombarded with a cross-cultural/generational/logical crap day in and day out. I makes me miss the days when all I cared about in music was you know… the music itself. Kpop has ruined me. The moment you start to care about personalities, the shit gets personal. Even when it’s about idols you don’t have a bias for. It makes you worry about how upset you’ll get the day your bias gets bashed on. Stuff of nightmares…
Why Not All is Lost in K-Pop
Because Block B is finally back. A true comeback. You know, when you think they might never be back, but then they really come back. I won’t get into how beautiful “Be the Light” is because I’m saving all my Block B feels for a special post later this week. :) So here, just enjoy the light. Be. The light.