To Anyone by 2NE1

The-short-of-it: I listened to “It Hurts” and, granted it was raining outside and even in other aspects, it wasn’t my most chipper day, the song and I became temporary co-sojourners. Yeah, it’s that type of a song, the sort that completes your melancholy, that turns that bitter pill into that bowl of cold noodles you slowly eat, that lets you wallow when you don’t want to do anything else but wallow.

Take-a-fourth: Go Away (타이틀곡) \ 박수 쳐 Clap your hands \ 아파 (Slow) It hurts

Tracklist: 1. Can’t Nobody (타이틀곡) 2. Go Away (타이틀곡) 3. 박수 쳐 Clap your hands 4. 난 바빠 I’m busy 5. 아파 (Slow) It hurts 6. 사랑은 아야야 작사 Love Hurts 7. You & I (박 봄 솔로) 8. Please Don’t Go ( CL & 민지) 9. Kiss (산다라 솔로) 10. 날 따라 해봐요 작사 11. I Don’t Care (Reggae mix) 12. Can’t Nobody (Eng. ver)

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Hoot by SNSD

A surprising SNSD comeback, I think it’s a treat that we get three albums in the span of a year, and it seems like they just released “Run Devil Run.” But the “Hoot” MV is out (link under the cut!) and well it’s quite awesome.

Tracklist: 1. “Hoot” (훗) 2. “Mistake” (내 잘못이죠) 3. “My Best Friend” (단짝) 4.”Wake up” (일어나) 5. “Snowy Wish” (Korean: 첫눈에) 6. “Hoot” (English version)

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Still 2:00PM by 2PM

The short of it: Don’t be fooled by what to my mind is horrible make-up, this is a great album. It’ll sound a bit (though really just a bit) like 1:59pm; nevertheless it still works. They’ve mastered the club dance beat, creating the climaxes perfectly, and they’ve mastered the sweet slow song. Though I hesitate to say this, it’s almost as if the album is too short.

Take-a-fourth: I’ll Be Back \ 니가 나를 떠나도 (Even If You Leave Me) \ I Can’t

Tracklist: 1. Still 2. I’ll Be Back 3. 니가 나를 떠나도 (Even If You Leave Me) 4. I Can’t 5. I Know 6. Dance 2night 7. I’ll Be Back – Club mix Continue reading

Mastermind by BEAST

The short of it: This’ll be the album where I think Beast establishes firmly who they are as a group and as a sound. The neutral kpop listener will appreciate the complete package that Breath is, and fans, well, they will adore it.

take-a-fourth: Breath, V.I.U (Very Important U)

Tracklist: 01. Mastermind 02.  04. Break Down 05. Clenching My Fist Tight

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I’ll Be There by Taeyang

the short of it: As much as I loved Taeyang’s title track off of Solar, “I Need a Girl,” I think that something like “I’ll Be There” would have been a much more appropriate track. That being said, I’m absolutely ecstatic that Taeyang released this song and is now promoting it.

take-a-fourth: This song is definitely reminiscent of YG and Taeyang’s style and is a welcome addition to the long list of amazing songs that Taeyang has released over the past few years. What a winnnn!
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Oh! My Goddess [오! 나의 여신님] by TRAX

the short of it: This track is definitely different from what TRAX has released in the past. Though it’s a bit more mainstream kpop then their older stuff, it’s a welcomed change as this style actually allows Jay’s great vocals to shine even more. The song is worth more than just one listen and is sure to be on repeat for hours if not days.

take-a-fourth: THIS SONG IS GRATE. LISTEN TO IT.
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Beautiful Journey by F.T Island

The short of it: F.T Island’s too talented of a group that any album’s at least worth one listen, and the sophisticated Beautiful Journey is no exception.

take-a-fourth: Baby Love, 돈키호테의 노래 (Don Quixote’s Song)

01. 사랑 사랑 사랑 (Love Love Love) 02. 굳은 살이 박혀버려.. (Calluses Being Stuck..) 03. Baby Love 04. 미친 듯이 너 하나만 (Being Crazy Looking Only At You) 05. 돈키호테의 노래 (Don Quixote’s Song)

It’s been over a year since their last Korean album (stints in Japan as is quite a common case nowadays), but at last, here they are!. Continue reading