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Lee Hi – Rose – Music Core April 20th 2013 Review

20 Apr

I know it’s been a while since I last wrote a review but I moved house and didn’t have the Internet for the longest time *sad face* (╯︵╰,)

But I’m back and I couldn’t be happier to write my next review for Miss Lee Hi’s brand new song, Rose!

I love Lee Hi, since her debut with 1, 2, 3, 4 (you can read the lyrics here) I’ve been a huge fan. To me, Lee Hi’s vocals sound unique against the rest of the K-pop industry. She has a very soulful voice and YG have done a great job crafting a retro, R and B infused sound that matches her voice to a T. It also works because it sounds completely unique to the majority of K-pop’s biggest hits right now. Of course, the song has been highly produced but her sound sounds so much more authentic compared to a lot of the ‘clean’ songs. Anyways, I’m rambling now – check out her performance on Music Core above and read the review below!

Style & Staging

Lee Hi - Rose - Music Core April 20th 2013

I think Lee Hi always looks cute. Yes you have haters that comment about her being short (wha…?) or that she never smiles but she’s a performer. She delivers emotion when she sings and connects to the music so for me, that’s not a problem.

Lee Hi has looked gorgeous throughout the First Love promotion cycle, even with her It’s Over performances, although I think her current styling for Rose is absolutely beautiful. From the MV to each stage performance, she has served fierce silhouettes accompanied with bold colours and floral prints. I’m a stickler for a floral print.

Although today’s outfit has been my favourite, she still looks like such a star! And for someone that doesn’t dance, she has got such great stage presence that you can’t help be mesmerised by her. I miss her purple eyes though…

Lee Hi - Rose - Music Core April 20th 2013

Overall rating for Style & Staging – 5 / 5 stars.

Choreography

Lee Hi has never been a huge dancer when she performs. That’s not a bad thing; some people are singers, some people are dancers. However, I think the choreography for her Rose performances are beautiful. Her backing dancers always look so elegant and of course you have to love the drama with the male dancer.

Lee Hi - Rose - Music Core April 20th 2013

It’s nice to see Lee Hi getting involved with the choreography, I think it’s only a case of time before she takes a greater role in performing. But, you can’t fault her for being flawlessly elegant with every move!

Lee Hi - Rose - Music Core April 20th 2013

Overall rating for Choreography – 4 / 5 stars.

Vocals

Lee Hi’s vocals are always perfection! I can’t get over how old she sounds. She has such a soulful voice – a voice that sounds old but in a good way. She sounds like she’s been singing for decades, her voice belies how young she is. I wish I could sing like her!

I love the fact that Lee Hi doesn’t rely on a backing track or lip syncs any of her performances. She can sing softly and controlled but her voice is absolutely deathly when she goes for a big note. Nevermind being one of the best voices in K-pop, I think she has one of the best voices in pop music at the moment.

Lee Hi - Rose - Music Core April 20th 2013

Overall rating for Vocals – 5 / 5 stars.

Overall Score

The Overall Score for Lee Hi’s Rose performance on Music Core is… 5 / 5 stars!

Review Conclusion

Lee Hi – Rose performance on Music Core April 20th 2013 – reviewed by K-pop Peach on April 20th 2013.
Lee Hi is quickly becoming my favourite singer! Her performance of Rose on Music Core was amazing! She may not have won this week but she won in my eyes!
Score – 5
/ 5 stars.

T-ara – Sexy Love – Music Core 15th September 2012 Review

16 Sep

For our third Live Stage Review post, we’ll review T-ara’s Music Core stage of Sexy Love from 15th September 2012.

I’m really excited to see T-ara performing again. Granted, I’m disappointed they didn’t manage to get an all-kill like they did with Lovey Dovey (which was such a huge hit!) but for a while I thought T-ara might never perform again so to see them make a comeback has been fantastic! I am so proud of the girls and hope they continue with success. I really hope that by the next time they release a song, the scandal will have been forgotten about and they will get another all-kill or award.

Reviews of stages cover three  areas: Style & Staging, Choreography and Vocals. I’d love to hear your feedback !

Style & Staging

T-ara - Sexy Love Music Core

I really liked this concept. It’s very different from their stage yesterday but the girls again showed fantastic versatility and I loved the cute outfits. I mean come on, even I want a dress with cupcakes on it! 。◕ ‿ ◕。

Chun Li or Boram?

Chun Li or Boram?

I think I prefer these outfits to the ones from Music Bank, especially the fact that they wore boots with the cute pink dresses! I think this gave the outfit a bit of an edge without being overly cutesy. Props also for the hairstyling in this performance – I think it’s fantastic! Especially Boram’s super cute ox horn buns! Boram… or… Chun Li…? I’m too confused!

I thought each of the girls’ close up at the start of the stage were really pretty and they all looked flawless! I need to find out which BB cream they are using ¬_¬;;

In terms of the staging itself, I liked it. I’m not entirely sure where they filmed the performance. It looks like some kind of wonderland or theme park? It reminds me of Lego land and whilst I do like the setting (especially the scenes featuring Qri and Ahreum sitting down), it also felt a bit weird – especially the weird models of people.

Also, I didn’t enjoy the visual effects they used. I liked the petals or confetti that floated on the screen but didn’t like the balloons of Sexy Love or the ‘cartoon’ effect they randomly applied. The less said about the balloons the better! But, all in all I really liked this stage!

T-ara - Sexy Love Music Core

No more balloons!

Overall rating for Style & Staging – 5 / 5 stars.

Choreography

T-ara - Sexy Love Music Core

I thought T-ara performed the Sexy Love dance flawlessly today. You can tell that their hard work and training has been paying off. I also think that the dresses and boots allowed them to move better so the more flexible dance moves were more fluid and flowed better. I also think that the girls performed with a lot of heart – especially Eunjung. I noted that Eunjung was a little down in the last performance but today she seemed a lot more upbeat (is it just me or has she also had her hair dyed lighter?).

Jiyeon also impressed today as did Boram! Honestly, I don’t think Boram has ever looked cuter! She’s so small and cute! I think Hyomin looked gorgeous and I was really impressed by the power of Ahreum’s rap and dancing skills. I think Ahreum makes a nice addition to the group but still wish Hwayoung was in T-ara! Hwayoung hwaiting ∩( ・ω・)∩!

T-ara - Sexy Love Music Core

Overall rating for Choreography – 5 / 5 stars.

Vocals

T-ara - Sexy Love Music Core

Unfortunately T-ara performed to the backing track on today’s Music Core so I can’t review their vocals!

Overall rating for Vocals – 0 / 5 stars.

Overall Score

The Overall Score for T-ara’s Sexy Love performance on Music Core is… 4 / 5 stars!

Review Conclusion

T-ara – Sexy Love on Music Core 15th September 2012 – reviewed by K-pop Peach on September 15th 2012.
I loved T-ara’s style and staging for Sexy Love on today’s Music Core; I also loved their performance and choreography. They all looked so cute! Special highlights were Boram and Ahreum but unfortunately they didn’t sing live. Still, a great concept and charismatic performance!
Score – 4
/ 5 stars.

T-ara - Sexy Love Music Core Hyomin

As a special treat today for reading my review, continue to see the gorgeous close ups of T-ara at the start of today’s performance.

Click to see T-ara’s stunning close up shots from Music Core

KARA – Pandora – Music Core 15th September 2012 Review

15 Sep

For the second Live Stage Review post, let’s focus on KARA’s Music Core performance from today with Pandora.

I really like KARA, they are one of my favourite groups in Korea and for the longest time Mister was my most listened to song ever. It’s still at position four for most plays! The thing that I always love about KARA songs is they have a driving beat that doesn’t stop. It really gets me in a dancing mood!

As ever, we review the live stage on three different areas: Style & Staging, Choreography and Vocals. Without further ado, the review below!

Style & Staging

KARA - Pandora Music Core

I thought this was a strong concept but a little bland. Because KARA are one of the smaller girl groups, I think they need to deliver a little more with their stages to catch the audience’s attention. If you remember back to the STEP promotions then you can see they really tried hard with those. However, I was a little underwhelmed by the simple staging and colour choices.

Everything is very purple…

I liked the outfits and thought the accessories were a nice individualistic touch but I wasn’t so keen on the jackets. I mean, when one of the highlights of the stage is the girls dropping their jackets slightly to reveal their shoulders – that isn’t too exciting in my book!

Overall rating for Style & Staging – 3 / 5 stars.

Choreography

KARA - Pandora Music Core

I thought the girls shined in this performance! You can tell they are giving their all and the choreography is on point. Although the Pandora dance routine doesn’t really feature a signature move like their other dances (or other groups’ dances), I still thought it was fresh and was energetic in keeping with the song’s melody and sound.

Overall rating for Choreography – 3.5 / 5 stars.

Vocals

KARA - Pandora Music Core

KARA sang live on this performance and I was really impressed! Although some bits, like the ‘up and up’ bit were the backing track, at least they made this clear and didn’t mime to it. I thought all of the girls sang really well especially Seungyeon!

I thought Seungyeon stole the show with her powerful vocals at the end of the performance and today’s Music Core. Although Music Core doesn’t have awards, I think if you close the show it’s the greatest accolade and KARA did that today so congratulations to them! Seungyeon’s vocals are enough to earn them 5 stars!

Overall rating for Vocals – 5 / 5 stars.

Overall Score

KARA - Pandora Music Core 3

The Overall Score for KARA’s Pandora performance on Music Core is… 4 / 5 stars!

Review Conclusion

KARA – Pandora on Music Core 15th September 2012 – reviewed by K-pop Peach on September 15th 2012.
I liked KARA’s performance on Music Core and thought Seungyeon’s vocals were awesome! However, I think the overall stage and style were quite bland.
Score – 4
/ 5 stars.

T-ara – Bo Peep Bo Peep @ Music Core

2 Jan

Fresh from their success on Music Bank with their first award win ~HWAITING~ the girls are back with another performance of Bo Peep. I really love this song now actually <3 The production is a bit rubbish but it's catchy. And don't the girls look amazing in this performance? They're wearing the 19+ video clothes! I've never seen them wear them before, they look really good! Makes a nice change to the weird outfits they normally wear.

T-ara & 2PM – Bo Peep Bo Peep @ Music Core

15 Dec

Hehe, no, 2PM didn’t actually perform with T-ara; but Junsu did sing along with T-ara at the start! His mic was turned on and he sang along, which is pretty funny! The girls were unphased and gave a pretty sweet rendition of their new hit song, Bo Peep Bo Peep. I’d say that I’m starting to think that Bo Peep is growing on me more and more than Like The First Time. Although hrm… ah well, any T-ara performance is awesome!

Kara – Mister Live @ Jejudo Special Music Core

6 Dec

I’ve a lot of respect for Kara. They had to endure many tough times whilst trying to make it and it was really hard on the members. But I’m glad they finally made it with hit songs like Honey and Mister. Mister has a rather addictive bum shaking dance that makes me think O_O and also Chae Yeon! But oh well, the past is in the past ^_^ Enjoy the performance~

JYP – No Love No More Live @ Jejudo Music Core Special

6 Dec

JYP is making a big comeback with his single No Love No More. The song definitely offers a JYP sound with its influence in motown and 60s Americana. He works harder than any management agent ever! Who else teaches his acts his self made choreography, produce and write all their hits and then goes out and does it all as a solo act too? Too impressive :)

Brown Eyed Girls – Sign Live @ Jejudo Special Music Core

6 Dec

Sign is a very addictive song; I like it more than Abracadabra! Check out their performance on Music Core~

T-ara – Bo Peep Bo Peep Live @ Music Core Jejudo Special

6 Dec

I’ve made no bones about it on this blog that T-ara are definitely my favourite band now, K-pop or otherwise. Ever since their debut with Good Person version 1 I’ve loved them. They offered something different when everyone was in the race to compete with Wonder Girls or SNSD. They’ve worked really hard to build their popularity even when everyone was insulting them. I always had faith in them and now they’re achieving all on their own :D Soyeon is my favourite thing about em :)

SNSD – Tell Me Your Wish (Genie) Live @ Jejudo Special Music Core Stage

6 Dec

Everyone’s favourite girlband, SNSD, are back! Long after promotions for Tell Me Your Wish (Genie) have finished, they’re back for Music Core’s special stage at Jeju. And, what has all that time off done? Well it’s made them even better performers! They give a pretty great performance and all looked pretty awesome. I do miss SNSD, and they’re my friend’s favourite band. But, I <3 T-ara more, alas ^_^;