Category: music reviews

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Chang Shilei – Niu China

Just as its name in English states, Niu China is the album to showcase what’s new in the Chinese music world. From traditional sounding Chinese ballads to chanson francophone fused with electronic, R&B, Bossa Nova, to a Tango-ish sounding track, all the way to a mind-blowing fusion of Beijing opera with strong rock/electronic sounds.

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Seo Taiji – Atomos

Seo Taiji finally released Atomos, his anticipated comeback. That alone is too much expectation, so it’s no wonder I feel totally let down by the album.

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Bibi Zhou – Time

Bibi’s back with Time, a full 10-track album that includes hit singles Sing Half a Song and Your Love — which was dedicated to her fans. At first listen, there isn’t anything remarkable about Time as an album, but it has its merits.

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SNSD – Tell me your Wish

SNSD continues to rely on one-hit wonders to sell their mini-albums. The title song of this mini-album is another hit that is sweeping the Korean music charts as Gee did, but to deliver a mini-album that only has one good song is tiresome.

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SHINee – Romeo

The anticipated comeback from the noona-loving boy group falls short, seeing as they try to use an already overly used style… like a bad sequel to their first.

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SNSD – Gee

The nine-girl group’s comeback releases a wave of dance mania not seen since Wondergirls’ Tell Me. The mini-album consists of five tracks that vary in style and make your ears ache.

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Madeleine Peyroux – Bare Bones

It might be her soothing voice and the simple yet beautiful melody, or maybe it’s the French name… but there must be something that makes Madeleine Peyroux worth listening to.

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Hathaways – Hand Me Down

Hathaways’ first EP release Hand me Down is a really fresh startup for the duo, who combine indie folk with Peruvian flavor that sounds familiar, yet brand new.

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TVXQ! – The Secret Code

After the huge success of Mirotic, DBSK is back with their Japanese comeback. Just a year after T, they try to keep the new style they acquired for their Korean release, but the attempt falls short.