Anonymous asked: What do you think of Block B ? Your favourite member among them ? (If you have one)
Anonymous asked: I noticed that each year, out of the numerous rookies that debut, only one or two would make it big and become popular. 2008 was SHINee, 2009 was probably BEAST, 2010 saw Infinite, yet out of the 2011 rookies, none seem to have made it BIG. Or rather made a name for themselves or get popular. If u were to choose one/two 2011 rookie(s) frm the sea (APink, BlockB, Rania etc), who do u think would make it BIG? :) [THAT was such a long qn haha!!]
Well, I wouldn’t necessarily say that these groups made it “big” in their years, but 2011 definitely brought us Block B, who I think was one of the most popular rookies of that year and one that I definitely kept my eye on as well. I suppose that would be my choice.
btw: 2NE1 was hands down the rookie of 2009. BEAST didn’t make a dent that year :x
[Review] [Single] Block B – “Close My Eyes”
Oh, the repackaged album. The purpose is two-fold: continued attention in the schizophrenic world of k-pop and setting a new phase in concept strategy. After “Bonamana”,Super Junior turned into aegyo heartthrobs, and Big Bang’sTaeyang went from pathetic lonely boy in “I Need A Girl” to sweaty, stalker zombie in “I’ll Be There”.Block B’s change from party boys?
Logically, lover boys for their latest single, “Close My Eyes”.
This song surprised me. In “Welcome to the Block”, it became clear what Block B were about: hard-hitting party boys with the penchant to charm. Now, they’re going back to the romantic, a place with a couple of winners (“100% In Sync” and “Is It Just Me?”) and duds (“U Hoo Hoo” and “Papapapa”). For this new single, Block B resurrect a song written before their debut, polish it up and put in tape. The guys continue their upward trend of cohesiveness in “Close My Eyes”, adding solid harmonies and impressive singing. Specifically, P.O., B-Bomb and Jae-Hyo are getting better with surprising aplomb. Though a small concession, I wished Tae-il had a bigger presence here. Regardless, this song is proof that Block B is getting comfortable in the romantic arena (Dalmatian, better step your game up).
[Review][Album] Block B – “Welcome to the Block”
Last year was big for Block B. Sold a butt load of records from both their releases, did a variety program with B1A4 (where ZICO had terrible dreads. Good look without them), and brought talented hip-hop to the idol platform. With their foundation firmly laid, ‘Welcome to the BLOCK” expands their hip-hop brand into different areas of pop, including laidback pop and dance. It’s a risky move, but growth depends on doing new things and for Block B, it’s a ‘welcomed’ change.
Before the change, however, the groundwork needs improvement. There’s a couple of cracks still there, but ‘Welcome’ rectifies some of them. For one, Park Kyung sounded excited every time he was on the track, as if it was the first time he did so. It was cute in the beginning, but sounded inauthentic. That changed in the intro track, “LOL”. This one is anything but your run of the mill throw away track. It’s only ZICO and Park Young doing the “I’m better than you” swagger rap, but it’s the best one yet. “Wanna B” was the loud rookie track, “Halo” refined it, and “LOL” is the self-assured track by those who know they’re the best and have no problem showing it. ZICO is amazing as ever, but Park Young comes across as the underground rapper I heard on the mix-tapes. He brought the boss mentality to the amazing bass track. Speaking of which, the bass loop throughout and the way it builds from there is their best yet. It’s a shame the rest of the guys aren’t here, but the question stands whether their absence is a good thing or not.
MV MASHUP: The Boys Of KPOP 2011
as seen on McRoth’s Residence
TOP KPOP SONGS OF 2011
The year is nearing the end, folks, and in true celebratory fashion, McRoth’s Residence is here to present its third annual “Top Kpop Songs Of 2011”!
Below is a list of 25 Top Kpop Songs (with reviews), written by yours truly (McRoth), plus contributing writers drowningn00b and lolpenny. That’s it! We sat through the rules, and now it’s time to enjoy the songs that we at McRoth’s Residence thought were some of the best of the year 2011.
QUICK REMINDER: These 25 songs span from July to December. For the 25 songs chosen for January - June, please check out the Top Kpop Songs Of 2011: Mid Year Roundup, which features 2NE1, B2st, DBSK, SISTAR19, and many many more!
TOP KPOP SONGS OF 2011 PLAYLIST
*** Full list of Top Kpop Songs Of 2011 (July - December) post and commentary can be found only on mcrothsresidence.com
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> TOP KPOP MVs OF 2011 (coming soon)
> POLL RESULTS: Best Album Of 2011 (12/19/11)
> POLL RESULTS: Best Mini-Album Of 2011 (12/23/11)
> McRoth’s Residence: Best Album and Best Mini-Album of 2011 (12/23/11)