Guess what? There were a lot of K-Pop releases over the past three months. With September and the fall season rolling in, the last of the summer concepts are trickling in so now is as a good a time as any to look back and see which singles were keepers and which were duds*.
*Feel free to suggest any gems and/or abominations to K-Pop if I miss any.
And your Summer Sluggie goes to…
Yeah, in a twist the best song of the summer had more of a Halloween vibe than it did a vacation vibe. It’s unfortunate that the drama following the promotion of “Red Light” may very well be all that anyone remembers thanks to Sulli’s ethering/exile/hiatus because the actual song is the best thing that f(x) has ever done.
The After School sub-unit has surpassed their main group in terms of relevance, concept and singles. “My Copycat” is yet another Orange Caramel offering which sounds completely like Orange Caramel and completely unlike anything else in K-Pop. The group is on its own wavelength and no one else has come close to emulating the bizarre joy of an Orange Caramel music video.
Ostensibly made for the World Cup, “Fire” is better than that damn Shakira song that no one could escape for a solid month. The beat and video are a sort of aggressive tackiness that somehow circles around to charming. “Fire” may have come and gone without so much as a flash but it’s an addictive little ditty that deserved more love than it received (long live Nari).
Consider this the one plug for my annual Rookie Group to Shamelessly Plug. The self-composed soft western-influenced EDM single is the type of easy-listening that is all too often missing from pop music generally, a laid back and chill song that isn’t a damn ballad.
Holy shit, how could T-ara and CCM have Jiyeon’s solo debut gone so right and then have Hyomin’s debut go so blandly awful?
I almost forgot about “Darling.” That’s pretty much all that has to be said about it (Sojin though).
Summer Sluggies are voted on by the various media experts, industry insiders and musical critics that reside within my head. Yes, the fall doesn’t begin until late September but it’s a slow news day and I’m pretty sure that nothing’s going to change these rankings much.