It has been a long time in the coming but it looks like Sunny Hill is done. Two days ago, they released "On The Way Home" with some of the final scenes consisting of the four members approaching their respective houses, turning around to find a TV playing scenes from "Midnight Circus" and "Goodbye to Romance", and finally entering their homes.
To say I was devastated would be an understatement. Sunny Hill will always have a special place in my heart. They had a rough start with Nega before moving to Loen but starting with "Midnight Circus" and "Pray", they established themselves as a quirky, socially critical pop group that also made amazing music and videos. Following up with "The Grasshopper Song" showed just how truly amazing Sunny Hill could be. I can hardly think of a comparable trifecta in the kpop genre.
Anyways, while it is truly regrettable that they are disbanding, the group has never recaptured the grandeur of their glory days. Truthfully, they have been rather lackluster since Janghyun stopped contributing as a producer. "Is the White Horse Coming?" tried to keep up with their style and sound but it lacks the finesse and intrigue that really defined Sunny Hill's previous three singles. Loen had a bit of success rebranding them as a ballad group but it just became boring and they faded into obscurity.
I assume that the group is disbanding because their contracts have ended so while I mourn the loss of such a great group, I hope the best for the four members.
Friday, September 2, 2016
Monday, October 7, 2013
Sorry for being absent for so long but I finally found a free moment to write! (it is 3:30 am though) What really happened is I was on the magical land of Youtube and saw T-ara performing their new song, "Number Nine" at Dream Concert.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
I held off on writing this review because
I was busy moving back into college Kara's lead singles are unique in that they are never as they seem. They are a distinct from growers because while the songs get better the more you listen, they also require some time for all the elements to mesh, both mentally and musically. The high energy nature of their songs is just intrinsically jostling and hard to take in and understand quickly. For example, it took me a good month to wrap my head around "Pandora" but, personally, the song is the pinnacle for Kara, musically speaking. That said, I haven't given "Damaged Lady" as much of an opportunity so check out the video and see what you think:
Friday, August 30, 2013
I recently discussed Spica as a group in honor of their comeback. Long story short, Spica is by far the most talented group in the industry who haven't quite found themselves artistically. While that would usually considered a fault, Spica gracefully plays off of the freedom associated with it, taking their music in a direction completely opposite of the depressing synth based ballad-pop that they had been pushing since their debut. Instead, they pursued a more acoustic rock-tinged pop sound with a hipster girl concept.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
So I was in the magical YouTube land looking up videos when I happened upon a performance by Yellow. In all honesty, I watched it because I thought it was some kinda bad attempt at a racial slur that whoever uploads Show Champion's videos put in while angry (their name was stylized "YELLOW" in the video I saw). I could not have been any more wrong. Before I go any further, WATCH THE VIDEO. NOW.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Let's try making these group reviews more straight forward! WOOOOOO!!!!! I tend to write 22.81 times too much in these so please tell me if you like this shorter one or the longer ones better.
Rania made their debut a couple years ago under DR Music and have slowly been climbing the ladder. Although they were originally marketed as a super sexy group, they are actually very vocally talented and have stuck to a very american pop sound, obviously thanks to their collaborations with american producers.
Friday, August 23, 2013
In honor of Spica's eminent return, I wanted to share their awesomeness. Personally, my biases in a group are usually the best vocally so it's pretty easy to imagine how attached I am to this group. They are up there with pancakes and puppies, if you really wanna know.