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.

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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.

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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.

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First Impressions: Yoseob’s “Caffeine”

I really think this song should be called Coffee in English, but nonetheless, I digress…

EDIT: Callipygia is fighting with me that he is singing “Oh girl you like caffeine”, but I REFUSE to believe that’s true. THE VIDEO IS FILLED WITH COFFEE IMAGERY FOR PETE’S SAKE!

Yoseob (or Yoseop? My Korean bad), of BEAST/B2ST fame, has come out with a solo release. And the topic he used to introduce himself to the world as a solo artist was… Coffee!

This music video really tries to touch on this theme – that is, “coffee” and “hot coffee” and “caffeine” – in super super subtle ways. For instance, there’s a girl who is literally smokin’, because either she is smokin’ hot or because she’s smoking like a hot cup of coffee would:

Wow, this girl’s just like a coffee.

If you can’t tell already, the choice of singing about coffee in this song has become an obsessive preoccupation of mine. How is this girl so bad to him, just like a coffee? How are coffees bad for you? Is it because she makes him really jittery, or perhaps she makes him want to urinate all the time? Or maybe he’s pondering the long-term problems of drinking coffee, being all, ‘Girl, you’re just like coffee cause you could give me cancer one day.’

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First Impressions: Roh Ji Hoon’s “Punishment”

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Do you ever think about the sheer volume of debuts that occur in K-Pop every month? I do. Another thing I think about is the inevitable fact that most groups or solo artists who debut will fail. Fail miserably and, as Callipygia has said, descend into the abyss of crushed dreams, never to be heard from again.

With that note, let’s go on to our first impressions of Roh Ji Hoon’s debut.* Will he never be heard from again? Or is he going to take the Kpop world BY STORM? (Hint: the second one, if I have anything to say about it.) Continue reading

First Impressions: Kim Sung Kyu’s “60sec”

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I.  have.  SO many feels about this music video.  First, YAY Sung Kyu is breaking into a solo career (fyi he’s the leader of Infinite)!  But let’s get down to the REALLY important thin–OH MY GOD L IS SO CUTE IN THIS VIDEO!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m sorry for the excessive fan-girling, but I haven’t had a good dose of Infinite in quite a long time now, and this is a side of Infinite I haven’t been exposed to nearly enough.  While I’m sad there’s none of the amazing dancing that got me to fall in love with Infinite in the first place, I’m SO EXCITED to see a naturally sensitive side shining through in this music video!  And I emphasize natural because that hasn’t always been their strong suit:

This whole video was….disturbing.

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