Album Review: “XOXO” by EXO

(Wow… It has been a while. – Izzy)


“XOXO” is the first studio album from the boy group EXO (EXO-K and EXO-M).

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(image credit k2nblog.com)

TRACKLIST:

  1. Wolf
  2. Baby, Don’t Cry
  3. Black Pearl
  4. Don’t Go
  5. Let Out The Beast
  6. 3.6.5
  7. Heart Attack
  8. Peter Pan
  9. Baby
  10. My Lady

POINTS

  • Hugs and kisses? Honestly, I’m hesitant to give either.
  • The ENGRISH is to die for (or it makes you want to die… Either one).
  • The choice of promoted single is in question, but it seems to be an SM trend.
  • Despite it’s less than stellar reviews, there are gems in the album.
  • For simplicity, I will review both Korean and Chinese versions together.

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Kpop Review: Only One by BoA

Only One is the title track from BoA’s 7th album “Only One”.

POINTS

  • Refreshing. I like this kind of comeback for the Queen of Kpop.
  • Her voice is still strong after all this time…
  • AMAZING choreography.
  • The music video review is based on the dance version video, as it is the only video released so far besides the teaser.

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Kpop Review: Mr.Simple by Super Junior

Mr.Simple is the title track from Super Junior’s 5th album “Mr.Simple”.

POINTS

  • Bwara Mr.Simple Simple, super super catchy catchy catchy.
  • Sorta follows the previous 2 hits, music video wise (3 hits, if you count Perfection): full of the dance and solo shots, but no plot or story or anything. Oh yeah, this music video is definitely simple (pun absolutely intended).
  • Sorta follows Bonamana with a special dance break.
  • Wasn’t I complaining about Shindong and Sungmin getting no parts or lines? GUESS WHAT HAPPENS HERE!!! 😀
  • I’m so happy they danced with clothes on! (I prefer clothes on :P)
  • There’s this part with Leeteuk and Shindong… I don’t know if it’s rapping or talking…
  • I may be in the minority, but I love Eunhyuk’s singing voice.
  • What cute choreography!!!
  • Music video screenshots below! They’re not that good quality… But I put effort into it… ^^ hehe (I’m sorry if it slows your computer for any reason!)

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Kpop Quick Review: Don’t Don by Super Junior

July 30th: Twins (Knock Out), U
July 31th: Don’t Don, Marry U
August 1st: Sorry Sorry, Super Girl
August 2nd: Bonamana, No Other
August 3rd: Perfection, new song hopefully

Don’t Don (“돈 돈! (Don’t Don)”, literally translated as “Money, Money! (Don’t Don), 돈 means money) is from Super Junior’s 2nd album Don’t Don in 2007.

(Image credit hyunjaeiskai)

POINTS

  • This has that same dark rock feel as Twins (Knock Out), but has this bass that makes it more… Pop like, I guess (I like my bass heavy, though that has nothing to do with it).
  • No lovey lyrics!!! This is about how corrupt money is!
  • The choreography is sorta sexy… Just randomly…
  • Hello Henry ^_^. Love the violin solo.
  • The music video is so… Scary…..

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Kpop Review: Without You by BoM (Blooming of Our Music)

Without You is BoM’s debut song.

POINTS

  • It’s not just heartbroken vocals: there’s heartbroken rapping too.
  • A very sweet and memorable chorus.
  • This isn’t your average ballad. The lyrics, though romantic, don’t exactly give off that overly used romantic vibe… (explained below)
  • Lovely vocals. But then again, they are a ballad group.
  • Do other ballad groups have rappers in them?
  • Why are people comparing them and Block B to 2PM and 2AM? (my opinion below).

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