Girls’ Generation: ‘Holiday Night’ – Album Review

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Released: August 4, 2017 (SM Entertainment)

South Korea’s finest export, Girls’ Generation, have surprised the K-pop world with the release of their sixth studio album Holiday Night. And it looks like the girls are going back to the disco and funk rhythms they first adopted on their previous effort, Lion Heart. Damn, even though Lion Heart was released two years ago, it still feels like it was only released yesterday. The girls—Seohyun, Sunny, Taeyeon, Tiffany, Yoona, Hyoyeon, Yuri and Sooyoung—have showcased a variety of talents throughout the years, spanning from singing, songwriting, and performing, so with Holiday Night, it’s nothing but a walk in the park. Continue reading “Girls’ Generation: ‘Holiday Night’ – Album Review”

Ayumi Hamasaki: ‘M(A)DE IN JAPAN’ – Album Review

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Released: June 29, 2016 (Avex Trax)

So back last year, Ayumi Hamasaki—the queen of J-pop, so to speak—released her 17th studio album Made in Japan… without any hype or announcement… or musical teasers… aka, she’s trying something different for once (in terms of promotion, thank god…). But for me, it wasn’t a so-called surprise release because… well, she releases an album every single damn year, so it’s far from a surprise or a shock. Her going on a musical break would be a shocker (for me, to say the least). But alas, she treats her current fan-base with continuously-around-the-clock album releases. Continue reading “Ayumi Hamasaki: ‘M(A)DE IN JAPAN’ – Album Review”