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[MV & Album Review] Lee Hyori -- 'Black'
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[MV & Album Review] Lee Hyori -- 'Black'

1. Seoul (featuring Killagramz)

3. White snake (featuring Los)

4. Unknown Track (featuring Absint)

5. Love Me (featuring Killagramz)

9. What Doesn't Change (featuring Los)

10. Diamond (duet with Lee Juck)

The legendary Lee Hyori is back in 'Black,' her first album in 4 years. The LP has 12 tracks, including 2 instrumentals. She's returned from her 2-year hiatus Taking charge of both the songwriting and production, 'Black' is Lee Hyori's sixth studio album.

[MV & Album Review] Seventeen -- 'Al1
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[MV & Album Review] Seventeen -- 'Al1

4. Swimming Fool (Performance Team)

8. Check-In (Remastering) (CD Only)

Seventeen is releasing its own special sequence of albums called the 2017 Seventeen Project. The new mini-album 'Al1' ("alone") kicks off this venture with 6 new songs, and two special CD only tracks. This is their fourth EP to date.

"Don't Wanna Cry" is much more a soft pop tune than anything else, and doesn't pop as much as I would expect for a title track. I was hoping for a jam, but this just left me cold. There are parts I like, but the soft voices were off-putting. I'm not sure what I was hoping for, but this just sounded flat to my ears.

[MV & Album Review] Dumbfoundead - 'Hyung/Foreigner'
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[MV & Album Review] Dumbfoundead - 'Hyung/Foreigner'

After making a name for himself in the American battle rap scene, releasing a handful of mixtapes and albums, and dabbling in Korean guest features, Dumbfoundead made his official Korean market debut this month with the 'Foreigner' mini album. 

Lead off by the bombastic "Hyung" single with accompaniment by Korean rap veterans, 'Foreigner' makes a statement and acts as a link between international music communities. DFD comes off a little bit angry, asserting himself with the same kind of vigor he showcased on his "It G Ma" remix guest verse. He continues to show dexterity with his lyrics, at one point rhyming "you're forever 21, never be a hyung" in a casual but effective way. The guest features elevate the song, with Dok2, Simon D and Tiger JK all taking turns behind the mic to boast and show their skills. In the song, Dumbfoundead tackles the respect thing in Korea about how younger males have to call older males hyung. He basically says that it doesn't matter if you're older, you only deserve the hyung title by earning respect.

[MV & Album Review] April - 'Mayday'
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[MV & Album Review] April - 'Mayday'

Following the release of 'Prelude' (complete with a new lineup), April is back at it again, this time with their second single album 'Mayday.' This disc has three songs, including the title track. They also dropped not one, but two MVs for you to enjoy!

"Lovesick" is very much what we've come to expect from April. It's cute, well-performed, and slick, but not particularly amazing. There's not much here that elevates this track from the many others like it out there. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad by any stretch of the imagination. But it's just there... and feels a bit more like filler. I do like the faux-orchestral synths though.  

[MV & Album Review] Highlight - 'Calling You'
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[MV & Album Review] Highlight - 'Calling You'

On the heels of 'Can You Feel It?', the boys of Highlight follow up with a repackage 'Calling You.' It's got all your faves from the first album, plus two brand new tracks, "Calling You" and "Sleep Tight." Check out the original edition review of 'Can You Feel It?' here.

"CALLING YOU" is far from a real jam. It's more of a mid-tempo piece that reflects the pain of the singer. I think part of its strengths lies in the vocal work that marks it as particularly Highlight, from Junhyung's husky voice to Yoseob's high notes. The song itself really pops. I like the beat, this sort of double-timed rhythm that adds some flair to the whole piece.