Winner – “Exit : E” Album Review

by: Raine

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Admittedly, I’ve never gotten into Winner (purely due to lack of effort,) but I know they’re a pretty big YG group and battled it out against iKON and won on “YG’s Win: Who Is Next” to become signed by YG and debut into idoldom in 2013. It’s been a year and a half since their debut and on February 1, 2016 they came out with a mini-album/EP that I’d like to review: “Exit : E.”

I decided to tackle it mainly because of the members’ heavy involvement in the album. They took a long time to study different musical styles, music production, and figure out where they wanted this album to go. I respect that and decided it would be worth my time to dig into the album. Also, it’s doing well on the iTunes Albums chart according to Fuse’s Jeff Benjamin. So, without further ado, I present my album review! Continue reading

SHINee’s “Odd” – An Album Review

by: Raine

Although it’s been three months and seven days since this album dropped on May 18, 2015 and I am woefully late in writing this review, it does not change the fact that this is one fantastic collection of music. The focus of SHINee’s fourth studio album is their longevity and success as a frontrunner in K-pop. The album does just that. It showcases their maturity and how far they have come since their debut in 2008. Song choice reflects their greatly increased technical abilities and musical understanding. Tone quality of their voices and the cohesiveness of the harmonies reflect their obvious comfort with each other as a group and how they’ve learned to balance their musical aesthetic.

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Raine and Lil’ Raine React to Infinite’s “Last Romeo”

by: Raine

Raine: We’re back with reaction number 2! I’m still getting used to this editing thing, but it’s a whole lot of fun. I get why vlogging is addictive! So without further ado, our reaction to our cheesy boys, Infinite!

 

Raine: After watching the video again, my opinion hasn’t changed much. The song is generic, the boys are cute, they dance well, and the MV story makes no sense.  The lyrics indicate this is a song about a guy who will do anything for this girl who hasn’t accepted him. The video doesn’t really reflect that. Woohyun destroys a library to…protect girl in white?

In other news, I’m loving Dong-woo’s rapping as always. His mid-tempo rapping has a lot of flavor. Hoya too, it’s just that Dong-woo’s rap stands out more this song.

And what is with the smokey floating? I just don’t know.

The strongest point of the video is the dancing and singing. On stage, this is killer. It has the Infinite “feel” that I got when I went to their show last November. Strong, well-executed, clean, fun, sexy. I feel like the video bogs the song down.

Am I still a silly fannoona? YES!

 

Raine and Lil’ Raine React to Toheart’s “Delicious”

by: Raine

Raine: So Lil’ Raine and I have endeavored to make our faces and voices known to you via vlogging! I’m pretty awful with filming and editing and I’m hoping to get better. Constructive criticism is appreciated. Hating will be deleted. So there!

However, we did enjoy recording this and reacting to the video and OMG OUR BABIES!

Lil’ Raine: This wasn’t supposed to be published. Bitch.

Raine: Oops?

Lil’ Raine: Still a bitch.

Raine: You’re mean. Also, next time we should wear make-up. And film downstairs. With no horrid backlighting like in Bride of the Century.

Lil’ Raine: And use my HD webcam.

Raine: Agreed! Enjoy folks. We’ll introduce the kitties to you next time.

Lil’ Raine: Gotta be quick with Timmy.

Raine: He’s camera shy…

SHINee – an introduction to my review of live performances from 2008 to Now!

by: Raine

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  In case you didn’t know, I’m a SHINee fangirl. The biggest reason I’m a fangirl is because they have magic when they perform live that shows off their talents in singing, dancing and effervescing on stage and that they constantly and consistently improve over the years. So I’m going to review their live performances from 2008 to present to show you how awesomely they’ve changed from talented and raw, to talented and polished. Mind you, this is a review of LIVE performances, not recordings. They are fantastic in the studio. Continue reading

“CN Blue: Can’t Stop” – an album review

by: Raine

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CN Blue has come out with a new album, Can’t Stop, and this album was written by them (Yonghwa and Jonghyun) and they had a heavy hand in the production. For a band around since 2009 in the Korean music market, that’s pretty cool! They have learned really understand their strengths as a band and as songwriters. They play to their vocal and instrumental strengths, which shows true musicianship and is a major reason I really like this band. Rock on musicians who are involved in the musical process!

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