Sistar made a stellar comeback with quite possibly my vote for best song of the year (unless someone comes out later in the year who can challenge that) earlier in April with “Alone.” Like I’ve said in previous album reviews of SISTAR, I enjoy their music but more often than not do they come up with impressive lead singles but mediocre album tracks. In other words, their albums tend to only have one or two good songs with the rest of the album straddling the line between mediocre and just plain bad. That, however, is not a knock on SISTAR’s abilities at all. I have all the respect and admiration for the girls and I am glad that they are enjoying the awards someone of their caliber ought to enjoy. But in all honesty, their producers (that’s the Brave Brothers) often forego interesting musical choices for rehash of what they’ve done before.
I have to admit that SISTAR is one of my favorite girl groups in K-pop, perhaps only second to 2NE1. They are brimming with talent even if it is unfairly, but understandably, lopsided in favor of Hyorin’s immaculate voice. I suspect that the only reason I love SISTAR is Hyorin but that will only underestimate my respect for the rest of the group: Bora and her confident raps, Soyu and her beautiful underutilized vocals, and Dasom’s cuteness. Yes, SISTAR has greatly improved since their debut and their most recent album showed that growth.
Finally! Here’s the final list of songs for my top twenty. Each of this song, I can only offer nice words because they made my year of listening to music so darn good. I cherish each one of these songs for their virtues, the talents involved, and lastly their impact on me as a listener. Last year, my favorite song was Super Junior’s addicting “Bonamana”. This year is a different story.
Well it’s that time of the year to consider the best achievements of the year, something that I look forward to every year with much anticipation because I’m a list whore who actively watches award shows with much gusto. I’ve done this kind of listing before and I’m glad to share my list of the best songs of 2011.
2011 has seen its fair share of great music. The trends this year: throwbacks or nostalgic beats to artists reinventing themselves. There are many comebacks from legends that made the year even more special. I suspect next year will be an interesting one too. My overall regard for this year’s crop of music is due mainly to the ten artists listed below who, for whatever reason I specify, has made my year of listening to K-pop a wonderful experience. Last year, Girls’ Generation and Shinee took the top two spots on my list. Here’s a rundown of my favorite artists this year.
It’s December and that means that we are going to start our year-end lists of everything! Starting this week, our TOP 10 Tuesdays might extend to week long lists of favorites that range from favorite drama scenes to favorite albums. So look forward to it!
Kicking it off is my list for the top 10 Artists who are having a great year. K-pop entertainers are the people who take the least amount of breaks among all artists in the world. They release new material on a seasonal basis which gives us plenty of opportunities to love and cherish them but at the same time get sick of them too. This list represents the people that, in my opinion, only improved their standing in the K-pop world this year.
Immortal Song 2 is such a great idea and a great show. Picture the most popular singers in Korea who already have established fan bases and made hits and sold albums competing against each other for pride and honor! I’d love to see that in the United States. I can imagine it now: P!nk vs. Rihanna vs. Christina Aguilera vs. Adele vs. Adam Levine vs. etc. That, I’d watch.
I look back on the first 23 episodes of Immortal Song 2 and ranked my 10 favorite performances thus far. I have to say it was so hard. It required some reviewing of performances and while I was making a playlist, I ended up with 61 performances that I liked. Then, I had to whittle that list to just ten. I regret not including everyone that I love from MBLAQ’s GO rocking it out to Junsu’s fun performance as Jun.K to HongKi’s dazzling vocal dexterity.