Hotpot: May 16th 2013

So many k-pop songs have come and gone since the last ‘hotpot’, and most have faded away into the abyss without even a second glance.  What songs were good enough to break through and make the list this month?

 

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B1A4’s “Tried To Walk”: Live Performance and Dance

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While JJY has already done a review of B1A4’s ‘Tried to Walk’ MV, I feel we would be doing this wonderful “rookie” group a great injustice if we did not comment on the dance and live performance of this song too.

Let me preface this by saying B1A4 is one of my favorite boy groups, ranked solidly in my top 6.  I’ll admit that they climbed their way there as a result of their unabashed and sickeningly sweet performances and songs.  While some of them (i.e. ‘Baby I’m Sorry’) are just steaming piles of horse shit, their look and aegyo has always simply been too cute to resist.  “Tried To Walk” however is in my opinion the perfect departure from their usual M.O.  The beginning of this song I SWEAR sounds like it could come from an Epik High album, and for once the song doesn’t lend itself to over-the-top smiling and fan shipping.  It’s still immensely catchy though, and I don’t feel like B1A4 is trying too hard to change their image.  It’s just more of a maturation, which I’m sure we can all appreciate.

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Comeback: B1A4’s “Tried to Walk”

One thing I’ve learned about Kpop is that basically every subsequent release is called a ‘comeback’. Originally I thought that this meant that every Kpop group was coming back from long hiatuses or disgrace and/or scandal. No… they were just recording… for their comeback.

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The first 10 seconds or so of this song are deceiving, as it sounds like the typical sort of bouncy ballad that I have come to associate with B1A4. Yes… I used to really dislike this group for their cloying image and the cheap movie sets they would dance in front of while trying to be as CUTE and ANNOYING as possible. So I was immediately enraged. Then the beat kicked in. I love the pulsating quality of it, how the bass and the synth and their voices are all pulsating together. Is this starting to sound sexual? BECAUSE CHECK OUT BARO’S VOICE. (Start at about 1:50… you won’t be disappointed.) Yeah, I know every boy group has to have that deep-voiced rapper, but they’re there because they work. On my ovaries. Continue reading