BLACKPINK’s “As If It’s Your Last” is Not a Complete Swagfest, but Still Problematic

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BLACKPINK are a strange group to write about. Branded as “the new 2NE1” by YG Entertainment, they’ve got their fair share of fans and haters alike, and the critical reception of the group has been anything but forgiving. Most of the bloggers I follow seem to blame this on YG in general because they just don’t know how to create girl groups. I’ve been sitting here with bated breath since their debut for something that would make BLACKPINK, well, BLACKPINK. It kills me when a group gets stagnated because of the way they’re marketed, so I’ve been waiting for the day BLACKPINK gets past this awkward phase and becomes the group they were destined to be.

Today was not that day.

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9Muses Come Back with a Vengeance in “Remember”

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9Muses are perhaps one of the most consistent girl groups in Kpop, but with absolutely nothing to show for it beyond a cult following and the reputation of “most underrated girl group.” I’ve been following them ever since their glittery 80s throwback, “News” and energetic “Ticket” hit the scene, and save for a couple duds they’re my favorite girl group ever.

On top of being the most underrated girl group, 9Muses is known for having more member changes than you can shake a stick at. The first thing that may come to mind is “why are they called 9Muses when there are only four members,” and at this point the only thing I could tell you is it’s all about brand value. Most recently, the subgroup 9Muses A (which, ironically, was the first group I ever wrote a blog post about) just became 9Muses since Sungah for whatever reason is out of the picture, and there are only two original members remaining.

However, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that “Remember” is the best track 9Muses have had in years.

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Songs I Missed #11: IU, Girl’s Day, A-Pink, and more!

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No, I’m not using this gif because I’m liking A-Pink in any way at all.

And so, the “Nae Catches Up on Kpop” project has been done with, and so we bring in the next “Songs I Missed” post for the last week (yes I know I’m late I’m trying to play it off as if I’m not). Starting from March 22nd, and extending all the way to March 29th, here’s my take on last week’s releases!

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Twice Continues to Enamor Me With Their Charm in “Knock Knock”

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If you remember my review on “TT” last year, you would know that unlike everyone else I wasn’t a big fan of TWICE. I didn’t get the hype for them, even as “Like Ooh Ahh” and “Cheer Up” achieved major success. Funnily enough, it wasn’t until their third effort in “TT” I began to recognize what people were getting hyped about. The biggest thing about TWICE as a whole is this: how much you like the song depends on how much you like the hook. “TT” was a hook that did it for me, and afterwards I was really excited to see what else TWICE had up their sleeves to charm me with.

Well, “Knock Knock” knocked it out of the park with charm this time around, and I am happy to say this is my favorite effort from them so far.

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Songs I Missed #9: Suzy, Kassy, SHINee, and more!

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Another week has come and gone, and that means another Songs I Missed. I know this is the second week I’ve come out with literally no full reviews, but my brain has been busy on other things. However, I have kept up with Kpop long enough that I can comment a thing or two on this past week’s releases.

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Songs I Missed #8: 2NE1,CLC, Seohyun, and more!

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I’m late, I know.

This week has been a relatively lazy one on my end because college is picking up, but also becausee I started writing for some other endeavors unrelated to Kpop (which is why there was no full reviews this week).

But here we are, and here’s my take on last week’s releases:
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Songs I Missed #7: HELLOVENUS, SONAMOO, Rain, and more!

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Welcome to the second week of 2017!

Less releases have been coming out this week, so it’s much easier to keep track of everything. However, school is not and therefore I’m gonna need to include a lot of them in this list anyway. We’re seeing a lot of releases from rookie groups, as well as a couple debuts. So, without further adieu, let’s get into the songs I missed!

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