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[MV & Album Review] Yonghwa – 'Do Disturb/That Girl'
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[MV & Album Review] Yonghwa – 'Do Disturb/That Girl'

It's been 2 and a half years since his first solo album, and now the CNBLUE singer is back with the summer release 'Do Disturb.' He serves up six new tracks on his first mini-album, including the collaboration with rapper Loco on the title track "That Girl."

In a change from his last release, "That Girl" is upbeat and jumpy. Rapper Loco steps in and even seems to share equal time with Yonghwa, at least in the main verses. His particular flow here is right in line with the song as a whole. The chorus is fire and just is insanely exuberant. I like the hooks Yonghwa pulls out, like repeating "I don't know" again and again. The ad-libs are just golden. Yeah, a pretty good song 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.

[HanCinema's Drama Review]
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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 1-2

The first half of the first episode of "My Sassy Girl - Drama" consists entirely of an elaborate royal conspiracy. It involves nighttime, massive swordfights, escapes, a perilous childbirth scene, and is generally completely indistinguishable from a serious historical drama prologue. Then we flash forward ten years later and scholar Gyeon-woo (played by Joo Won) is trying to maintain balance on a boat while narrating about how cool and beloved he was back in China.

"My Sassy Girl - Drama" is low brow in a way seldom seen in Korean dramas anymore. The entire style of humor is plucked straight from the early two thousands, with characters briefly being given dignity for the sole purpose of creating a joke wherein they inevitably lose it. I don't especially like Gyeon-woo. He's really smug. So it was oddly gratifying when he runs into Princess Hyeomhyeong (played by Oh Yeon-seo), who reacts to his coolness by behaving like a drunk psycho.

[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.  

[HanCinema's Drama Review]
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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 3-4

Oh Yeon-seo's central expression as Princess Hyeomhyeong is very appropriate. Even in pictographic form, she looks horrifically sinister. So all the time Gyeon-woo is talking about his efforts to try and meet her again, I'm just thinking to myself, do you really think that's a good idea? And predictably enough, upon finally actually finding Princess Hyeomhyeong, Gyeon-woo once again faces peril and disaster for no apparent cause.

That, of course, is just the premise of "My Sassy Girl - Drama", repeateded, ad infinitum, for these two episodes. It was really boring. I was surprised to find that I actually really wanted to know more about the royal conspiracy from the first episode, because that part of the premise provides something "My Sassy Girl - Drama" desperately needs- an antagonist. As it stands Gyeon-woo and Princess Hyeomhyeong are just bumbling around invoking disaster to whoever happens to be so unfortunate as to be in the way.