Stop it, B.A.P

What an ironic title for a comeback track for the B.A.P boys. I feel like each comeback brings about bittersweet feelings, because on one hand, new material from one of this year’s most promising rookies, and on the other hand, GOD, WILL THEY EVER REST?!

The teaser for ‘Stop It’ was released earlier today, though it was more an audio teaser than an MV like most BABYs thought. And hmm… I don’t know. It doesn’t sound all that different from ‘No Mercy’ (even the long note Daehyun belts out here is the exact same), but I’ll wait till the full thing drops on Oct 23 before I judge.

Like I mentioned in an earlier entry, they’ve all returned to their blonde roots (geddit geddit). While I worry for the quality of their hair – I’m sure it’s pretty coarse and grass-like by now – I do think they all look good… well, except Daehyun. I have to say that that haircut is doing him no favours at all, and I’ve always felt he rocked the darker hair ala ‘No Mercy’ a lot better.

The concept they’re going for this time is ‘hipster’, which I’m not quite sure what that’s supposed to mean but I would think something flashy, edgy, chic? Considering how the shiny jacket in Daehyun’s teaser picture was done by the same people behind the outrageous track jackets in Secret Garden, I’m looking forward to how they’ll look. We’ll see…

And an additional screencap I took from the teaser video above, because how gorgeous does my bias look?

P.S. If you haven’t watched Episode 2 of B.A.P’s Killing Camp, I strongly urge you to do so! It’s hilarious. These boys have brushed up on their variety skills so much since their Ta-Dah! It’s B.A.P days. :’)

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Block B’s Blockbuster album review

Now that Block B is finally back, I find that 90% of my fandom time is once again devoted to these seven boys. These days, I’ve been listening to their first 12-track full-length album, ‘Blockbuster’, on repeat. Because it’s that good. They’ve definitely made good use of those eight months since the controversy that made them halt their ‘NanlinA’ promotions in February.

There are two songs (‘Halo’, ‘Did You Or Did You Not’) that are off their previous mini albums ‘Welcome to the Block’ and ‘New Kids on the Block’, which is a little bit of cheating on their parts, but I do enjoy them both so I’m not complaining… much.

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I’m not really sure why, but listening to this just makes me feel like doing incessant body waves across the room (particularly during the ‘baby, I~~~’ part); it just evokes that kind of response – partly because of memories of U-Kwon‘s teaser as he dances sensually and then leans against a wall. This is what some would call a baby-making song, I mean, even the lyrics seem to hint at it: ‘I become excited for no reason oh / (do you want it) / if you think like I do’. It’s got a very distinct chill, R&B vibe, which is easy to get into and a nice opener and lead-up to the louder, more dramatic title track.

Nillili Mambo (닐리리맘보)

It’s no surprise that this is the title track since it has a lot of mass appeal, and seems to be most in line with Block B’s current image as fun-loving but badass guys. The pirate concept that they went with for the MV was a great choice, since it’s so unique and helps showcase their vibrant personalities. Part of the reason why I prefer this comeback over ‘NanlinA’, is that while that was energetic and catchy, it was a little too cool for my tastes and didn’t come across as as much fun.

‘Nillili lalala nilliliya nillili mambo’ and P.O.‘s ‘we bobbin’ to the music music this song is groovy groovy’ are probably the two lines that’ll you’ll find hard to get out of your head after a few spins. Besides the hook, the sweeping orchestral music also feels very grand and pushes the song to more powerful territory that definitely makes an impact. It’s the kind of song that has the ability to convert non-fans into BBCs, in my honest opinion. I also absolutely love Taeil‘s and U-Kwon’s lines here simply because they sound so good.

Mental Breaker

This song is so much fun! ‘Mental Breaker’ starts out with a very oriental intro before the ‘ooh ooh!’ interjection comes in and its dance fever from then on. I love that every single time I listen to this song, I picture Kyung shaking it all over town like he did in the teaser; it just brings a big smile on my face. The lyrics are essentially about being in this sort of relationship that’s not been defined, so you don’t know if the girl is your girlfriend, or if she simply looks at you like an older brother – so quite the headache-inducing situation to be in. The entire song has a very funky feel, with influences of Euro-pop, which may be due to the fact that it’s composed by two Swedish guys, Marcos Ubeda and Kevin Borg. And the teaser aside, Kyung’s rapping shines here for me, because you can tell he’s totally embracing the infectiously upbeat attitude of the track.

No Joke (장난없다)

It seems like every album they put out, there’ll be one track that’s full-on rap – previously it was ‘LOL’ and on here, it’s ‘No Joke’, a combined effort of our rapper line made up of Zico, P.O. and Kyung. Unpopular opinion time, but this is probably my least favourite track, which actually isn’t saying a lot in an album full of gems, I guess. Just that this one’s perhaps one that’s just a little less shiny for me.

I can definitely see why people rave about this track because it’s totally badass, but it’s really a matter of preference since I usually prefer their more melodious songs – some singing or hook to balance out all that hard-edged rapping. And was I the only one who had to look up the lyrics to realise that Zico was actually chanting the words ‘No joke no joke no joke’?

Movie’s Over

I was interested in listening to the full number ever since I heard it in P.O.’s dramatic movie-like teaser, and this is definitely another standout in the album, one I think would be a great follow-up to ‘Nillili Mambo’. Co-composed by Zico and Superstar K4‘s Gye Bum Joo, this track features our leader on the bulk of the vocals, and really, who knew he had that in him? Zico’s singing voice isn’t very powerful but it has a certain raw quality that’s able to effectively bring out the emotions in this song, though I do wish the line distribution was a little better and that the other members got to showcase their vocal abilities more too. This song is so soothing to listen to, and the only thing I didn’t quite like was Kyung’s rap bit that felt a little rushed and out of place here.

Where Are You

This is a full on ballad, and a first-time solo offering from main vocalist Taeil, who wrote the lyrics and composed the song. It starts out pretty generic but once the chorus hits, I’m hooked. It sounds like a track you’ll find in a drama OST, perhaps playing as the credits roll at the end, but what’s so lovely about this song besides his beautiful emotive range and the wonderful control he showcases, is just the sheer fact that he’s really selling the song. Listening to this, I’d without any hesitations believe that he’s completely head over heels in love over the girl he’s singing about. Swoon-worthy.

Romantically (로맨틱하게)

Written by maknae P.O., this is my favourite track, hands down. I’m sure this will probably change after a few more listens of the album, but right now, I’m completely smitten with it. It’s just so sexy. I love the line distribution here and that B-Bomb and Jaehyo get a substantial amount of lines, although this does mean that main vocalist Taeil gets the shorter end of the stick. But it’s worth it just to hear B-Bomb singing the chorus, which is incidentally my favourite parts of the song.

The whole number has a very jazzy vibe, and I’m not sure who does the skatting here but I may or may not be in love – it’s such a wonderfully appropriate addition. This is one song I really would like to see them perform live. It’s great that Block B aren’t afraid to explore uncharted territory and divert a little from the distinct hip-hop sound that we’re used to; it just goes to show how versatile they are and how they can essentially rock any style.

(Source: Blockbintl)

Woes of being an unattractive single woman

Being single’s hard. And at the rate I’m going, it looks like I’m going to be single forever. I really need to (1) Learn to be nicer (2) Not say every single thing that comes into my mind and (3) LEARN TO BE NICER. I’ve always been sort of contented with who I am, but recently, ever since I entered uni and started interacting with people that I’m meeting for the first time, it’s been occuring to me that I may actually be lot worse than I think I am. I need to change. Change is good. I think.

Block B bounces back

Yesterday was a terrible day for me because I was down with a massive case of the cramps in the evening. I got into 179 after my business law lecture and I vaguely remember slumping semi-consciously in a seat before stumbling out at Pioneer MRT station to flag a cab. My cramps are always the absolute worst. I waited at the taxi stand for a bit and at this point it’s like this stabbing pain in my lower abdomen and I swear I was thisclose to passing out. I puked all over the curb and then leaned against a wall somewhere until I managed to finally, finally flag down a cab. I swear cramps are forever cramping my style. Ugh.

But I’m much better today and the point of this is really to celebrate the return of my favourite boys… WOOHOO BLOCK B IS BACK! Okay, I know all this while I haven’t been completely faithful, what with B.A.P and EXO-M creeping their way and settling into their own permanent spaces in my heart, but Block B will always have a bigger share, I promise. ♡

The seven of them came back with ‘Nillili Mambo’ today and it’s such a great, upbeat song, that’s just so them. It’s powerful, insanely catchy and what I love most about it is that all of them get lines! B-Bomb isn’t relegated to merely the autotuned parts and Jaehyo gets more than a line, so I’m happy. I’m not crazy about the song yet even though I’ve listened to it a couple of times, but it’s really the nature of their entire return and their mere existence, and just… Block B,that has me going a little bit rabid at the mouth, you know? I’ve waited so long for their return, and I’m so, so glad they’re back.

Check out the MV below:

I’ll be doing a more in-depth review over at Dinoseoul, but here are some quick thoughts about the MV: Zico‘s dreads are back. They look like they’re randomly stuck into the bottom of his head, but hey, if there’s anyone out there who could pull the look off… And I swear Taeil gets better looking with each comeback. This is my favourite look on him so far. Tousled dark hair, cheeky expressions – plus, he’s totally rocking the eyebrow piercing and tattoos.

P.O. and U-Kwon look just as good. And that little move where U-Kwon spins the gun on his finger? Hot. But I totally laughed out loud when it turned out that there were no bullets in it and he ended up getting beaten up. Leave it to Block B to inject some humour into a swaggeriffic MV. B-Bomb looks like he always does – good – but with proper singing lines for once! He actually sounds really good.

I’m not loving the bright hair colour on Kyung though, but him and his chicken… I swear everything looked badass until it got to Kyung chasing the chicken around with a frying pan. Hilarious. And then you have Jaehyo. Oh, Jaehyo… What do I do with you? He seems to always get the short end of the stick. From getting cosy with the U-Kwon lookalike lady, to getting stuck with a cowboy outfit somewhere in the middle, this boy just can’t catch a break.

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I’ve preordered my limited edition album! And I’ve listened to the songs in ‘Blockbuster’ once through and it’s good! It still needs a couple more listens from me but I’m really loving ‘Movie’s Over’ so far – god, who knew Zico could sing like that?

I managed to rush home after class today, in time to live stream their comeback showcase off YouTube and it was g l o r i o u s. It was everything I wanted and more. I didn’t realise how much I really missed these boys until I watched this showcase. Oh god, the smile on my face when they walked out on stage… While they were performing ‘Nillili Mambo’, and Jaehyo and Kyung couldn’t stop grinning at the back, THEY LOOKED SO GODDAMNED HAPPY I SWEAR. I bet it felt good to finally be back.

The songs they performed were:

  • Nillili Mambo
  • Movie’s Over
  • No Joke (Rap line)
  • Mental Breaker
  • Nanlina (Encore)

There was a really long interview segment and the boys all talked about what they’d do if their song reached number one. Jaehyo and P.O. promise to cut off their long locks, Zico and B-Bomb agree to go shirtless, U-Kwon will stop wearing sleeveless tops (WHY THOUGH), Taeil will go without his shoe-lifts (LOL) and Kyung will do the famous ‘Mental Breaker’ dance in the middle of Myeongdong!

One of my favourite parts of the showcase though, was the little talk/banter segment that Jaehyo, U-Kwon and B-Bomb did after their wardrobe change during ‘No Joke’. Jaehyo came out in a floral shirt tucked into denim shorts that are freaking mid-thigh and he said, “Why am I the only one like this in showcases?” LOL the coordi nunas sure love him. And I swear the guy has better legs than me. But he was so embarrassed about his outfit though and kept trying to pull down his shorts or cover up his skinny legs, it was so cute. And then you have U-Kwon with his sunglasses, pretending to be cool until… “I’m not trying to act cool. I wore my pants backwards while changing.” Sigh these boys are so precious, I just can’t.

The trio were eventually joined by the rest of the members and one thing I noticed was how Zico was really nice and kept thanking the fans and telling them to not push and shove too much so that they won’t get hurt. It’s just such a responsible leader thing to do. :’)

Here’s the full showcase if you missed the live streaming. Watch it. I promise it’s worth it.

(Source: Bontheblock)

Time for a quickie

Gonna type up a quick update before I pass out.

1. I watched The Perks of Being A Wallflower and was surprised by how much I actually loved it. I never did pick up the book before today because it has this reputation of being this sort of ‘hipster bible’, but I went to Popular and bought it right after the movie ended. I’ll probably do up a mini review on just why it really got to me. Perhaps after I’m done with the book.

2. PAPA is gonna be taking up my entire weekend. It’s this drama production thing in school that I signed up for (and sort of really, really regret). I really didn’t know what I would be getting myself into… I play one of ten masked figures, I’ve got no lines, and appear on stage in a CROWD SCENE for a total of one and a half minutes. I’ve attended one rehearsal (out of a million) and it was a terrible waste of time, so I didn’t attend anymore. But since I’ve committed, the least I could do was show up for the actual production tomorrow and Sunday.

3. Tomorrow’s gonna be a loooong day not only because rehearsals start at 8.40 in the AM, but right after it ends at 11PM, I’ve got to rush down to Expo for CJ‘s ‘KPOP! Before the Dawn‘ which Rachel signed four of us up for. I think it’ll be a fun overnight event where I’ll be surrounded by K-pop and other like-minded people, but I’m really not looking forward to dancing outside of my Thursday dance class because I’m 99.9% sure I’m gonna embarrass myself in public.

4. Brian Joo‘s press conference and showcase was yesterday! It was a really good experience for me and Dinoseoul, even though I had to cab back to school ($20…) for my film tutorial, and then train back to Butter Factory where the concert’s held. Ugh not to mention I overslept on the train to Raffles Place and ended up waking up at Kallang. This is what happens when you sleep for less than 3 hours everyday…

5. I found out just now that B.A.P‘s coming back again pretty soon and I’m just… I don’t even know how to react. I’m really quite frustrated, and I just want them to s-t-o-p and have a good, long rest!!! This has been a non-stop 9-10 months, and I guess they’re gunning for the Rookie Award. I’m not sure how these award things work and how they’re tabulated, but these boys really better goddamn win. I hope people recognise how hard they’ve worked since their debut. Oh, and they’re all back to blonde! This is definitely, definitely, definitely their last comeback of this year (IT BETTER BE) and I heard that they’re going back to something ‘Warrior’-esque, which is quite a nice way to round off their year.

6. And WHAT THE FUCK?! Colton Haynes is leaving Teen Wolf?! This is not happening. I loved his Jackson in Seasons 1 and 2, and I thought he was such a complex character and Colton did a fantastic job fleshing that out and making us sympathise with the freaking villain. And when it was revealed that he didn’t die and he turned into a werewolf at the end, I was like, ‘HALLE-FREAKING-LUJAH’ but um, he’s leaving anyway now?!

There were rumours that he was “forced out of the show” but apparently they couldn’t settle on the salary issue to the extent that when Season 2 ended, he still hadn’t signed on for the third. Colton’s tweeted a goodbye message and thanked fans for all the love, which pretty much confirms that this is true but an MTV spokesperson came out and said that he would definitely be appearing in Season 3. Ugh idk what is this uncertainty – praying for a miracle here 🙏

(Source: Zap2it)