Several K-Pop releases felt the wrath of thy neighbor via review last week and here are a few worth sharing. In today’s ‘Week In Music Reviews‘, Super Junior’s new album gets a fair review for Sexy, Free and Single, Wonder Girls receives some semi-praise for their new English single Like Money featuring Akon, and 2NE1′s recent single, I Love You, gets praised for its new vibes and whatnot.
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“The light-disco style of Super Junior’s 2012 comeback single “Sexy, Free, And Single” starts things on the right note. It deviates from the tired ‘SJ Funky’ vibes of their past three singles and welcomes elements that are equally familiar as they are fresh to listen to under these voices. Donghae and Eunhyuk tackled a way more derivative form of disco in their duo track “Oppa, Oppa“, which was comical first, but kind of fun and refreshing to hear from them as well. I get a similar response when I listen to “Sexy, Free, And Single”, except in this case the reward is two fold because the proper time and attention was given to the track, resulting in a dance number that fills more technical voids than a silly duet.
One great thing about “Sexy, Free, And Single” is the vocal performance. SM Entertainment is known for high-end productions, but this song in particular did a fantastic job of utilizing Super Junior’s vocal tonalities. Ryeowook in particular sounds fucking glorious as he glimmers in those high frequencies, standing out with that high pitched voice of his, practically hovering over everyone. It’s a true shame then that his lines were cut short, because in the few bits that you do hear him, he pierces perfectly through all the murky synths. Every voice in the high end, actually, sounds really good. It’s the lower vocals, likeKyuhyun, that are conclusively swallowed whole.”
“Yes, my friends — “Like Money” has finally arrived. And surprisingly, there’s so much to talk about!
As you may have seen on Twitter a few days ago, I had extremely high hopes for this song, because I knew it would be something good when I heard it in the Wonder Girls’ ill-fated movie, and once the teasers came out the bar was raised even higher. Now that the song’s out, was I satisfied? Well, that’s a pretty long story, and provides enough material for a full-length review.
To be completely honest, I first heard “Like Money” in full when I saw the video. It was in 1080p, but after that first time I was ready to completely dismiss the song — I even thought of a food analogy for my disappointment. However, if there’s something that this song has reminded me, it’s that I should never, ever, judge a song solely on the video, no matter how HD it is.“
“Retro code is usually a winning idea, provided that it’s backed by good execution. For the most part, it’s there. Composer Teddy uses bouncy, acoustic notes and languorous melody to build the dreamy atmosphere at the song’s start, before gradually introducing throbs and a speedy synthesizer; the result is a track that knows pacing, where build-ups are deliciously moody and hooks have palpable excitement. I Love You‘s uneven structure makes it difficult to categorize by sections, but it’s suffice to say that its verses add up to some of the finest moments in pop this year – the ponderous and minimalist instrumentation is not only tasteful, but also seductive in its way. (The chorus feels somewhat listless and the outro too jarring, but they don’t take away much.)“
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