First Impressions: Infinite H’s “Without You” ft. Zion.T

Infinite splinter group Infinite H gives you their second single off their debut album, “Without You”! (Also spelled “Without U”, also spelled “w/o u”.)

While Infinite is actually a pretty popular group in Korea right now, I have been far from one of their staunch supporters. However, with the case of Infinite H, I am all in. It’s like they culled out everything I didn’t like, completely changed their sound to something appealing, and are suddenly entertaining to me! Interestingly enough, I also enjoyed Kim Sung Kyu’s 60sec, so it seems like I like most of the individual pieces of Infinite. For whatever reason, when the group is together they all blend into some kind of dull Asian boy hybrid that has zero appeal to me. But “Without You” is a whoooooooole ‘nother story.

Infinite H Without U Dongwoo Hoya

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Comeback: VIXX’s “On and On”

What’s really going on here, exactly? Is VIXX trying to jump onto the Twilight bandwagon? (In that case, they’re Team Jacob.) Is Twilight even a thing overseas?

Either way, I guess this is the image that VIXX wants to project. Sexy extraterrestrial space werewolves. (OK, is it even a werewolf theme? I’m just going off of that assumption because of the giant moon in the background of every shot, and their monster eyes.) Can you THINK of any concept that’s more appealing?* If you can’t, and even if you can, this is definitely a promotion worth paying attention to. As a young group, it seems that they’re still struggling to find an identity. This time I feel like they’ve settled on an aggressive and otherworldly form of male sexuality; and it seems like it’s served them well, as the song has performed far better on the charts than any of their previous singles. But do they deserve the extra attention this time around?

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First Impressions: Jaejoong’s “Mine”

Jaejoong’s MINE, guys, get it? Just kidding – I don’t find him that attractive. Part of the reason could be the weird Dark Magician-esque hat (points if you understood the Yu-Gi-Oh reference – loser points) he is wearing for some of the music video, and the other part could be his waifish facsimile of Bane from The Dark Knight Rises.

Of course, Jaejoong’s first mini-album has been looked forward to with much anticipation, given that he is a third of the powerhouse group known as JYJ formerly known as 60% of TVXQ. So that also means Jaejoong is 20% of what was formerly TVXQ but now he’s just 0% of TVXQ and instead is 33.33333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333…% of JYJ. But don’t ask him about it because if he answers, I think that the rules of some kind of contract dispute that may or may not be still ongoing (don’t believe what they say in public!) could dictate that he be thrown into a fiery pit of old TVXQ concert DVD’s. Anyways, has this walking math equation’s single “Mine” lived up to all the hype?

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First Impressions: 2Yoon’s “24/7”

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I wish I made k-pop MV reaction videos so I could have recorded my expression from watching this for posterity.  Not only is the track for “24/7” composed primarily of banjo, the heart and soul of country and bluegrass, but it’s pretty much Miley Cyrus’ “Hoedown Throwdown” with just a little more synthesizer thrown in.  Seriously, from the “BOOM CLAP BOOM BOOM BOOM CLAP” to the huge group line dancing, the country band in the background to the melody of the chorus, this song copies “Hoedown Throwdown” almost down to a T.  And I’m not the only one who thinks so; just go to the “Hoedown Throwdown” music video and you’ll see almost all of the recent comments have to do with “24/7”.  HONESTLY I think one “Hoedown Throwdown” is enough for this world.

2Yoon 247 alcohol

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Comeback: CNBLUE’s “I’m Sorry”

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Indie rock k-pop group CNBLUE is back again with their title song “I’m Sorry”, a track and video that just exudes manliness and sexy international appeal, two things that really create that warm fuzzy feeling in the deep pits of my soul.

CNBLUE I'm Sorry

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Comeback: B.A.P’s “Rain Sound”

BAP may be rookies, but they seem like veterans of the game with their THIRD promotion already. Man – these guys must be tired! And schizophrenic, apparently, because each promotion has packaged with it a completely different personality and image, starting with the aggressive “Warrior”, leading to the aegyo – I shudder when I use that term – “Stop It”, and now the tormented and quietly violent “Rain Sound”. (Note: another word for that is “Emo”.) So what’s the consensus?

BAP Rain Sound

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First Impressions: Infinite H’s “Special Girl’

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Wow Infinite is just ON FIRE these days and really establishing themselves as some of the most popular boys in the entire k-pop industry.  After winning the triple crown of music shows last year with their biggest hit so far “The Chaser“, Sung Kyu (the leader of Infinite) came out with his highly praised solo debut “60 Seconds“.  And now–NOW we have the highly anticipated debut of yet another Infinite sub group: Infinite H, which is composed of Hoya and Dongwoo, two extremely talented members best known for their dancing and rapping skillz.

BUT if this debut shows us anything, it’s that Hoya and Dongwoo have much more to offer the giddy fan-girl within you (guys, you know you have one too).  These boys can dance, rap, sing, and look hella good all the while doing it.  I believe the term ‘triple threat’ has been used to describe Hoya and Dongwoo now on more than one occasion.  Seriously Woolim Entertainment, while the concept of twins is intriguingly compelling, there was probably no need to debut “Tasty” last year when you had these two in your back pocket.

Infinite H Special Girl

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