[Review] [Mini-Album] Boyfriend – “Love Style”
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[Review] [Mini-Album] Boyfriend – “Love Style”

written by: TESTAMENTVM Despite a lackluster debut, Boyfriend quickly followed up with a string of singles that were distinctive enough, and consistent enough in theme to carve out a successful niche for themselves. The R&B tinged “You&I“, the adorably assertive ”Don’t Touch My Girl“, and most recently “I’ll Be There” (their highest performing single to date), though all different, were … Continue reading

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[Review] [Mini-Album] VIXX – “Superhero”
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[Review] [Mini-Album] VIXX – “Superhero”

written by: TESTAMENTVM Jellyfish Entertainment, home to former Fly to the Sky member Brian Joo, former Superstar K winner Seo In Guk, and balladeer extraordinaire Sung Si Kyung, made its first foray into the uber-competitive world of idol music with the debut of VIXX, a six-member outfit chock-full of – if predebut buzz is anything to go by – celebrity doppelgängers, which in … Continue reading

[Review] [Mini-Album] Gangkiz – “We Became Gang”
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[Review] [Mini-Album] Gangkiz – “We Became Gang”

written by: TESTAMENTVM One of the first sounds we hear on “We Became Gang” is the distinctive oohs from T-ara‘s 2012 hit, “Lovey Dovey“. So you can’t help but listen in, despite the fact that this sort of start to Gang Kiz‘s first mini-album inevitably ties them, musically at least, to ride the coattails of their senior (but conceptually junior) labelmates … Continue reading

[Review] [Album] IU – “Spring of a Twenty Year Old”
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[Review] [Album] IU – “Spring of a Twenty Year Old”

written by: TESTAMENTVM The follow-up to 2011′s wildly successful “Last Fantasy” – which not only solidified IU’s position as Korea’s sweetheart and led to some short-lived Japanese promotions – is not, as her management would want you to think, that big a deal (musically). Yes, she’s turning twenty (she’s a legal adult, so no longer … Continue reading