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  1. SHINee: Jong Hyun Collection - Story Op.2 (Essay Version) SHINee: Jong Hyun Collection - Story Op.2 (Essay Version) Jong Hyun (SHINee)
    Blue Night memories
    May 19, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Jong Hyun started hosting the radio program Blue Night in 2014. Inspired by audiences' real-life stories, the SHINee member created a bunch of soulful and jazzy ballads that were collected in his first compilation album Story Op. 1. After stepping down from the show in early April this year, the singer-songwriter wraps up the series with Story Op. 2, a sentimental sequel drowned in the mixture of melancholy, loneliness and helplessness felt in different seasons. Spring is the blooming season not just for flowers but also for love. However, the title track Lonely (Track 1) reveals the intense sense of loneliness behind an apparently blossoming love. Jong Hyun and Tae Yeon tenderly croon to... [read more]
  2. IU Vol. 4 - Palette IU Vol. 4 - Palette IU
    A frank reflection of growth
    May 9, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    At the age of 15, IU began her music career as an all-round singer with "Lost Child." However, her music style remained vague until she found her quirky fantasy vibe in the 2010 album Real. Despite her wide variety of music styles, she managed to retain the fairytale concept in her subsequent albums to show her inner child. Reaching adulthood, the singer-songwriter takes on a down-to-earth style to find her true self in her fourth full-length album Palette. It's hard to tell what "Dlwlrma" (Track 1) means through its apparently nonsensical title. However, when you type out the letters on a Korean keyboard, you will discover that the playful jazzy song is named after IU's nickname "Lee Ji... [read more]
  3. Junggigo Vol. 1 - Across the Universe Junggigo Vol. 1 - Across the Universe Junggigo (Singer)
    Exploring new possibilities for R&B
    April 27, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Gifted with an enchantingly smooth voice, Junggigo has been one of the most sought-after vocalists in the jazz-influenced underground hip-hop scene since his debut in 2002. After starting his solo career with a series of richly soulful tracks including the highly praised Blind, the singer-songwriter continues to work with different hip-hop artists and further expand his R&B spectrum. In his first full-length album Across the Universe, Junggigo melds even more different styles to open up new possibilities for his musical direction. Moving out of his comfort zone of warm-hearted ballads, Junggigo explores his wild and sexy side in the sensual and funky Nocturne (Track 8). Backed by... [read more]
  4. DPR Live EP Album - Coming to You Live DPR Live EP Album - Coming to You Live DPR Live
    A rising hip-hop power
    March 27, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    In recent years, many underground rappers have come to light thanks to rap competition shows like Show Me the Money and Unpretty Rapstar. However, Live, also known as DPR Live after his agency Dream Perfect Regime (DPR), takes a different route to start his career. Though he didn't participate in any competitions to raise his popularity, he captures mainstream attention because of his futuristic artistry. Collaborating with A-list R&B and hip-hop musicians like Jay Park, Dean, Crush and Loco, the promising rapper kills it with his debut Coming to You Live. Centering on the themes of drinking, love and sex, this album features a number of sensual tracks with a swirling psychedelic charm.... [read more]
  5. Girls' Generation: Tae Yeon Vol. 1 - My Voice (Fine Version) Girls' Generation: Tae Yeon Vol. 1 - My Voice (Fine Version) Tae Yeon (Girls' Generation)
    A new generation K-pop diva
    March 9, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    In recent years, many K-pop idols have started solo careers but only a few can really stand alone as successful soloists. Stripping away Girls' Generation's dance pop style, Tae Yeon has explored many different genres since her solo debut I. The songstress impresses fans again with her first full-length album My Voice, which features an incredibly wide range of music styles – including not just pop ballad and R&B, but also avant-garde styles like alternative pop, PB R&B and tropical house. The acoustic guitar introduction of the title track Fine (Track 1) creates a similar vibe to I. Crooning in a subdued tone along calm guitar tunes, Tae Yeon perfectly portrays the inner struggle of a... [read more]
  6. Zion.T - OO Zion.T - OO Zion.T
    A jazzy lO-Ok at Zion.T's world
    February 16, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    From the eccentric and wild Babay to the retro Miss Kim to the moving "Yanghwa Bridge," Zion.T's quirky and offbeat R&B vibe varies from theme to theme. One thing that doesn't change is his simplistic style and addictive rhythms. Since joining YG Entertainment's sub-label The Black Label last year, he has turned to hip-hop and even became a judge on the popular rap competition Show Me the Money 5. Despite concerns that he would go mainstream after signing with his new agency, the singer-songwriter eases the worries by displaying his creative independence in the album OO, a refreshing jazz/hip-hop fusion about his unique worldview. Kicking off with a film rolling sound, the lead-off track... [read more]
  7. miss A: Suzy Mini Album Vol. 1 - Yes? No? miss A: Suzy Mini Album Vol. 1 - Yes? No? Bae Suzy (miss A)
    An artistic portrayal of love
    January 26, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Since her touching performance of "Winter Child" in the hit drama Dream High, Suzy has been known for her warm vocals which are rarely shown in miss A's songs. Last year, the singer-actress deviated from her group's chic style and ventured into jazz through the successful duet Dream with EXO's Baek Hyun. Making her solo debut, Suzy strays away from the mainstream even further with her first mini-album Yes? No?, an atmospheric release delving into the inner world of a young woman struggling with love. The title track Yes No Maybe (Track 2) is the only dance number in this ballad-driven album, but it still goes well with the album's hazy theme. The upbeat Britpop song is full of strong... [read more]
  8. Block B: Park Kyung Mini Album Vol. 1 - Notebook Block B: Park Kyung Mini Album Vol. 1 - Notebook Park Kyung (Block B)
    Mainstream idol, indie vibe
    January 24, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Over the past two decades, the K-pop scene has been dominated by idol groups, though the early to mid-2000s was the golden era of solo acts with big names like BoA and Rain. Now, we're seeing the gradual emergence of an era of idol soloists–an era in which notable members from idol groups pursue solo careers. As extensions of the groups they belong to, solo idol singers usually follow their groups' concepts. However, Block B's Park Kyung takes a new music route completely different from his group's tough hip-hop style in his solo debut Notebook. Notebook is a love diary recording the different emotions of a romantic relationship. The love tale begins with "Ordinary Love" (Track 1), a smooth... [read more]
  9. I Mini Album Vol. 1 - I Dream I Mini Album Vol. 1 - I Dream i
    A dreamy pop debut
    January 20, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    To appeal to the widest range of audience, Korean entertainment agencies tend to promote idol groups rather than soloists. Members from idol groups or well-known contestants from singing competitions like K-pop Star and Superstar K usually have a better change at solo careers. Solo singers without an already established fandom are hard to launch in Korea unless they are backed by large agencies. However, rising company WM Entertainment, which houses B1A4 and Oh My Girl, confidently introduces its first soloist Cha Yoon Ji with the stage name "I." Though known as the younger sister of B1A4's Baro, I proves that she is able to stand alone as a unique artist not because of her brother's fame,... [read more]
  10. WJSN (Cosmic Girls) Mini Album Vol.3 - From. WJSN WJSN (Cosmic Girls) Mini Album Vol.3 - From. WJSN WJSN (Cosmic Girls)
    A new cosmic power
    January 13, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Like many other girl groups, Cosmic Girls debuted with a cute concept. However, this common style didn't help them stand out. They soon found a new direction and successfully created their signature cosmic vibe with "Secret" in their second mini-album. Rather than simply following the newly established style, the thirteen-member group gives a fresh sound by blending their typical cuteness and the mature tone of "Secret" for their third mini-album From. WJSN. Kicking off with a refreshing synth opening reminiscent of their debut song MoMoMo, the title number "I Wish" (Track 1) may disappoint those who expect something as amazing as "Secret." However, the beautifully crafted pre-chorus and... [read more]
  11. Crush Mini Album Vol. 2 - Wonderlust Crush Mini Album Vol. 2 - Wonderlust Crush
    Autumn Memories
    October 27, 2016 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Last May, Crush surprised the K-pop scene with the innovative Interlude, which wittingly combines mainstream and experimental music. Returning with the soulful ballad-filled mini-album Wonderlust, the talented singer-songwriter once again amazes fans who expected another electronic music-inspired album. In the ever-expanding world of electronic music, pure organic music has become rare. However, Crush brings back acoustic sound for a nostalgic mini-album that reminds listeners of bygone days. Crush begins his music journey with the intro track Wanderlust (Track 1), an enticing song that fuses both acoustic and electronic elements. Introduced by a delightful tambourine opening, the joyful... [read more]
  12. SHINee Vol. 5 - 1 of 1 SHINee Vol. 5 - 1 of 1 SHINee
    A retro revolution
    October 12, 2016 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    SHINee always impresses fans with inventive concepts such as the detective looks in Sherlock and the zombie-esque moves in Why So Serious. However, these concepts only reflect the mood of the title tracks rather than the overall style of the albums. While their last album Odd focused more on the songs' experimental sounds, 1 of 1 has a clearer musical direction: retro style with a modernized twist. SHINee creates a unique retro sound by combining modern styles and music elements of the 80s and 90s. The title dance jam 1 of 1 (Track 2) brings back the vibe of the new jack swing style, a popular fusion genre in the late 80s and the early 90s. Introduced by several synthesized drum rolls, Tae... [read more]
  13. Red Velvet Mini Album Vol. 3 - Russian Roulette Red Velvet Mini Album Vol. 3 - Russian Roulette Red Velvet
    When Red meets Velvet
    September 29, 2016 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Promoted as an experimental group with a dual concept, Red Velvet has shown their vivid, bold image with the red-oriented Ice Cream Cake and Dumb Dumb, and their classy, toned-down style with the velvety "One of These Nights" and Automatic. However, the concepts are not unique to Red Velvet since most of K-pop groups have their own "red" and "velvet" sides to showcase various music styles. What makes the group special is the idea of combining the two concepts to form a brand new style. Two years since their debut, their red side eventually meets the velvet side in the third mini-album Russian Roulette. The title track "Russian Roulette" (Track 1) is an exemplary track which best exhibits... [read more]
  14. NU'EST Mini Album Vol. 5 - Canvas NU'EST Mini Album Vol. 5 - Canvas NU'EST
    NU’EST deserves more attention
    September 20, 2016 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    NU'EST made an impressive debut in 2012 with Face, which brought them various rookie awards that year. In the following years, they kept coming back with powerful dance numbers like Action and Good Bye Bye, but the songs didn't help them achieve greater success. After a long hiatus in Korea, NU'EST underwent a substantial change in their style and returned with the dramatic "Overcome" earlier this year. Despite its high-quality production, the song was disappointingly underrated. However, their latest mini-album Canvas has been more widely recognized and the title track "Love Paint" earned them first-place nominations in music shows for the first time since their debut. Focusing on the... [read more]
  15. VROMANCE Mini Album Vol. 1 - Action VROMANCE Mini Album Vol. 1 - Action Vromance
    A new-fashioned vocal group
    August 17, 2016 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    It's hard to believe that Vromance is a newcomer because of their professional singing skills. Prior their debut, leader Park Jang Hyun, Park Hyun Kyu, Lee Chan Dong and Lee Hyun Seok served as vocal trainers and recorded demo songs for singers. Since 2014, the talented group has continuously released their own covers of famous songs, such as Michael Jackson's Love Never Felt So Good, Bang Bang by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, and Tiger Huang's "Not That Simple." To bring out their concept as a vocal group, they skillfully combine "Voice" and their old group name "Bromance" to form "Vromance." Though described as a brother group of Mamamoo, they take on a different jazzy R&B... [read more]
  16. NCT 127 Mini Album Vol. 1 - NCT #127 NCT 127 Mini Album Vol. 1 - NCT #127 NCT 127
    Pioneering a new K-pop trend
    August 5, 2016 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    In recent years, K-pop powerhouse SM Entertainment has put considerable effort into diversifying K-pop style through its "New Culture Technology" project, which aims to promote innovative K-pop music to the world. As part of the project, NCT, which includes the subunit NCT 127 formed by Tae Il, Tae Yong, Jae Hyun, Mark, Yuta, WinWin and Hae Chan, sets a new K-pop trend through their debut mini-album NCT #127. The title track "Fire Truck" (Track 1) is a thrilling Moombahton-rhythm number influenced by hip-hop and trap music. Though it lacks a catchy melody, its addictive beats make it a strong debut song for the group. Tae Il and Hae Chan's honeyed vocals don't match the song's funky style... [read more]
  17. Heize Mini Album - And July Heize Mini Album - And July Heize
    A soothing rapstar
    July 27, 2016 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Though independent rapper Heize has released a mini-album and several digital tracks since her debut in 2014, she remained underrated until she joined last year's Unpretty Rapstar 2, in which she exhibited her powerful rapping performances. Returning to her typical relaxing R&B style, Heize expresses her discontent with those who devalue her dream and her attitude towards love in the second mini-album And July. Rap music often serves as a tool to express exasperation through defiant lyrics and aggressive melodies. Different from typical rappers, Heize adopts a rather soothing way to voice her anger. Despite the tranquil guitar acoustic melody, Underwater (Track 2) shows great annoyance at a... [read more]
  18. SHINee - SHINee World IV (Blu-ray + Postcard Book) (Korea Version) SHINee - SHINee World IV (Blu-ray + Postcard Book) (Korea Version) SHINee
    A new breath of life to SHINee's music
    July 20, 2016 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Since their first concert in 2011, SHINee has started the interesting tradition of renaming concerts according to the shows' characteristics, such as the "Rice Cake Soup Concert" on New Year's Day in 2011, the 2012 "Autopsy Concert" and the 2014 "Pop Concert." Holding their fourth SHINee World concert on May 15-17 in 2015 at Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul, the members came up with a new idea for the concert's name: "Must-go Concert." Though this new name sounds the least creative, "Must-go Concert" is SHINee's most special concert, breathing new life into the group's music thanks to the amazing rearrangements and the innovative solo stages. In previous concerts, SHINee usually started... [read more]
  19. f(x): Luna Mini Album Vol. 1 - Free Somebody f(x): Luna Mini Album Vol. 1 - Free Somebody Luna (f(x))
    A hidden treasure in K-pop industry
    June 29, 2016 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    As the main vocalist of f(x), Luna has always been the soul of the group with her phenomenal vocal power. Daring to challenge different experimental music styles, she and her bandmates have successfully created their own characteristic music brand. Carrying f(x)'s bold music spirit to her solo work, Luna tries even more new styles in the debut album Free Somebody, which ranges from upbeat EDM and R&B jams to smooth ballads. Blending with electronic pop dance and future house sound, Free Somebody (Track 1) is a very strong track that keeps you excited with its ingenious development of synth layers and Luna's vocal progression. Though the song begins with the same vocal tone, it becomes... [read more]
  20. SHINee: Jong Hyun Album Vol. 1 SHINee: Jong Hyun Album Vol. 1 Jong Hyun (SHINee)
    Jong Hyun's music laboratory
    June 8, 2016 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    SHINee's Jong Hyun first appeared as a lyricist with the group's Juliette album released in 2009. The singer-songwriter mainly focused on writing lyrics until 2013 when his self-composed duet A Gloomy Clock was revealed in IU's album Modern Times. Together with his composing team WeFreaky, he continued his songwriting efforts in the radio program Blue Night's special music project with more different styles including ballads, R&B and soul. In 2016, Jong Hyun's music style undergoes a massive transformation. Departing from his usual style, the singer-songwriter experiments with new genres in his first full-length album She Is, which unveils his funkiest side with a wide variety of music... [read more]
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