Quick Takes: 2021 Missed Releases

It is not possible to keep up with every single release to happen in a year as it comes out, so sometimes I find gems months later. So in honor of that, I’m giving my quick takes on songs I didn’t catch at their release.

Don’t Teach Me by Ailee

I like it but I don’t love it. The jazzy style has been becoming more popular this year, and I think there are some other songs in this style that I like more.

Three Hearts out of Five
Three Hearts out of Five

Run Run Run by F.able

I really like the song and had found it earlier in the year, but a while after their debut. So going into watching the video I knew I enjoyed the song already. As for the video, it is pretty straightforward. It’s more about the settings than a story so I’m neutral about it. It won’t be memorable visually, but it’s fine.

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Three Hearts out of Five

Fly Up High by SKYLE

Another one where I know I like the song before watching the video. The visuals in the video are impressive. The choreography leaves something to be desired. I am impressed that it seems like all of the girls both sing and rap. For a debut, it’s not bad but I look forward to improvement.

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Three Hearts out of Five

Excuse me by BXK

It’s fine. I like the song but it’s not super unique from what a lot of boy groups release. And the video isn’t going to be the most memorable. What the song and video have to do with each other, I don’t know. And seeing the same three sets over and over got boring.

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Three Hearts out of Five

BEAM BEAM by Jeon Soyeon

I like the song, but the video is just too ridiculous for me. It’s ultimately just a fun summer song so taking it seriously is a wasted effort.

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Three Hearts out of Five

Bonnie & Clyde by YUQI

I love this song and binged listened to it a lot when I found it. The video fits well with the mood of it and Yuqi sounds so good.

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Five Hearts out of Five

I’m Not Cool by HyunA

I have learned that HyunA’s videos are going to be bizarre. And that her videos aren’t going to make me love a song. So it’s a good thing I heard the song before watching the video. I like the song and am indifferent to the video since I know it’s going to be crazy and won’t make sense.

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Four Hearts out of Five

My Turn by Cravity

This is so fitting for Cravity and was a solid comeback for them. This is probably my favorite comeback of theirs thus far.

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Four Hearts out of Five

Never Let You Go by AleXa

I remember when this came out early in the year and it was such a surprise for AleXa who had previously always had her girl crush concepts. But the song is really beautiful and the video’s simplicity and styling are really nice.

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Four Hearts out of Five

Odd Eye by Dreamcatcher

I am always interested in what Dreamcatcher will do since they have such an interesting concept and their videos are always so visually stunning. And Odd Eye is no different. It’s a great comeback for them and has a world that I’d want to see more of.

Five Hearts out of Five
Five Hearts out of Five

HWAA by (G)I-DLE

I really love what (G)I-DLE does and HWAA is no different. The video is gorgeous and fits the themes and lyrics of the song so well. I kind of wish the video didn’t have any choreography in it, which is weird for me to say since I love dance, but I liked the scenes without it more.

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Five Hearts out of Five

ASURABABALTA by T1419

Song wise it is very similar to what most boy groups debut with which I do enjoy. As for the video, I like how they focused on showing off the choreography. I do wish they didn’t include the forest scenery because it doesn’t fit with the tone in my opinion.

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Four Hearts out of Five

My Treasure by Treasure

It’s good, just not what I gravitate towards. And it wasn’t what I expected from Treasure, which also isn’t a bad thing. Just not for me that much.

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Three Hearts out of Five

Crush by MCND

The first time I listened to this song, I was very torn on whether I liked it because I found the chorus kind of obnoxious. It grew on me so I like it more although the chorus is still a little much for me.

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Four Hearts out of Five

Love So Sweet by Cherry Bullet

I actually really like it and I’m surprised. It balances being a girly concept but also has some modernity and maturity to it. And I like the video focusing on the choreography and moving between the room.

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Four Hearts out of Five

Burn It by Golden Child

The song is right up my alley musically. Now what does a zombie apocalypse have to do with any of this, I don’t know. They just inserted a drama in the middle of this video for whatever reason. And it fits somehow and I can’t explain why. I wonder if it’s part of a longer storyline throughout more videos.

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Four Hearts out of Five

Cinema by CIX

CIX is an underrated favorite of mine so I’m a little biased, but this track is really good. The video is fitting, but the song is really the highlight.

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Four Hearts out of Five

YOU by CHECKMATE

Both the song and the video are really cool. First time I watched the video I loved it instantly. And this might be one of my favorite songs of the year.

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Five Hearts out of Five

Bicycle by CHUNG HA

I like it but I don’t think it is Chung Ha’s best. The video also comes across as extravagant for extravagance’s sake. Not a lot of substance really.

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Three Hearts out of Five

DOOM DOOM TA by TRI.BE

The song and the choreography are what I like most about their debut. Most of their video is excessive which I don’t usually mind, but I just don’t know why they had to include them holding guns so frequently.

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Three Hearts out of Five

Excalibur by KINGDOM

Was Kingdom’s debut dramatic? Yes. But when your concept is all about kings of course it will be. For a debut, they really made a statement with Excalibur. Also, the video is a combination of two songs, not solely Excalibur so if the video seemed like too much, give just the song a listen.

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Four Hearts out of Five

Don’t Call Me by SHINee

First time watching, I was way too distracted by whatever that feather wig thing they put on Key is. And I didn’t, and still don’t, like the song very much. I have found other SHINee comebacks to be better in my opinion.

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Two Hearts out of Five

God Damn by I.M

God Damn is right. I’m not surprised that I.M, who is from Monsta X, would go very sensual but I still didn’t see this coming. It is very fitting for him though and deviates from Monsta X’s sound enough to make it unique for him as a soloist.

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Four Hearts out of Five

Wings by PIXY

This was a very strong debut and really set the tone for what to expect from PIXY. I just hope that in the future they don’t become one-note with the darker concept.

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Four Hearts out of Five

All or Nothing by WEi

This comeback was such a switch from their debut, so it was a surprise. I prefer this concept personally so I enjoy the video and track.

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Four Hearts out of Five

Lose by WONHO

Wonho has yet to disappoint honestly. I already knew I liked the song since I heard it before the video and the video works well with the tone.

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Four Hearts out of Five

Firework (I’m The One) by ATEEZ

It’s not my favorite ATEEZ comeback personally, but it is still good. I like the chorus the most and the video is fitting. I just like other tracks more.

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Three Hearts out of Five

Get Away by VERIVERY

I really like the song and I think it is one of VERIVERY’s better comebacks. I have no idea what is happening in the video though. I’m guessing there is an overarching storyline to the group and this plays a part, but I’m not familiar enough with the group to know.

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Four Hearts out of Five

Blood Night by G-reyish

Vampires are en vogue in K-Pop lately. It’s not bad, but also not the most unique or interesting of songs. And they didn’t do much with the vampire/horror concept. They basically just existed in the scenes and that’s it. It’s not bad and they have promise, it just could be better.

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Three Hearts out of Five

Kick Back by WayV

Not a big fan of this comeback from WayV. I just don’t like the song that much compared to other music they have.

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Two Hearts out of Five

SEOUL by GHOST9

I really like the chorus. It was unexpected based on what Ghost9 has done before and what the opening verse sounded like. It was a tone shift that works really well. I also like the video which showed off Seoul in a very interesting way.

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Four Hearts out of Five

On The Ground by Rosé

I expected better. It’s kind of bland and one-note. I think Rosé is a better performer than this song allowed her to show. The money isn’t going into the music and we can tell. I will say that her solo debut was better than Lisa’s.

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Two Hearts out of Five

DO or NOT by PENTAGON

It’s fine, but I’m not a fan. I always find it weird when in a video a whole group is hitting on one person. It’s just weird to me to be honest.

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Three Hearts out of Five

I like you by Ciipher

I remember when I first watched their debut and I was really surprised because this brighter concept is not what I expected at all. And I’m not the biggest fan of this sound and look so I wasn’t a big fan of it. It’s not bad, just not my taste.

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Three Hearts out of Five

*DAZZLE by MY.st

What I like most about the video is the location because it isn’t what I expected after hearing the song and it’s not an overused place in a ton of other videos. I think the choreography could be improved, or at least how they filmed it made some things look like mistakes. But this group has a lot of promise so I’m interested to see what they will come back with.

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Four Hearts out of Five

No Diggity by ONEUS

The song and video are cool, but the video has nothing to do with the song at least based on the lyrics. Which if you aren’t one to dig into the lyrics, that’s okay. I just noticed it and found it interesting. I do think this is one of the better songs of this genre this year.

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Four Hearts out of Five

UNNATURAL by WJSN

Prior to this song, I wasn’t much of a WJSN fan. Their music style just wasn’t my preference. But I really like Unnatural. It has a maturity that I prefer with girl groups.

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Four Hearts out of Five

Loved You by BAE173

I get TxT meets Enhypen vibes from the video, which is not a bad thing at all. But we have seen it before so it’ll be nice to see what unique concepts they can do in the future. As for the song, it’s okay. I don’t have any strong feelings. The beat and melody are kind of flat so it gets monotonous easily.

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Three Hearts out of Five

water color by Whee In

Watching the video, I couldn’t help but feel like I’ve heard this melody before. The beat is familiar and not from having heard the song before. So that’s kind of disappointing since it’s not super unique. Also, I don’t fully understand what the song is about. I have the lyrics in captions and it seems to contradict itself. I don’t know this just wasn’t what I expected from the Mamamoo member.

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Two Hearts out of Five

Breathe Again by BLITZERS

I like the song. It’s right in what I enjoy most sound-wise. It’s a good debut with room for growth and I look forward to seeing what else comes.

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Three Hearts out of Five

SPIN OFF by UP10TION

I like the song and the video works with it. I just wish the choreography at the chorus was more energetic or maybe just quicker. It needed a boost of some kind since musically the tempo feels like it increases.

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Three Hearts out of Five

Moonlight by BDC

Out of all of the videos I’ve watched for this post, this might be one of the more interesting ones. It’s much more artistic-focused. And the subtle 80’s touches in the song itself also makes it stand out. I think I’d have to listen to it a few more times to really solidify an opinion.

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Three Hearts out of Five

Got Chu by PoshGirls

Girls wearing white in a woodsy area is in no way unique or interesting. And the song is fine. It’s also not very unique.

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Two Hearts out of Five

Hola by PRITTI-G

It’s cute and I imagine younger listeners would enjoy it a lot. I don’t think I’m their demographic, which is fine.

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Three Hearts out of Five

DUMB DUMB by Somi

I didn’t expect to like the song as much as I did when I first heard it. The chorus and the choreography are definitely the best parts of the whole thing. Is it genius? No. But it’s catchy and enjoyable.

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Three Hearts out of Five

LOCO by Itzy

I have had such a hard time enjoying Itzy. But after hearing snippets of Loco I decided to give them yet another try.

The song I like and the video I wish I didn’t watch. Not because it is bad, but because it sways my view on the song and I think I’d enjoy it more without being paired to the video. It’s just too visually excessive for me. So I’d say the song is a four, but the video brings it down.

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Three Hearts out of Five

Come Get It Now by AR3NA

They have potential which is a good thing to show in a debut. I think the song could have been improved so it didn’t sound so generic. The anti-drop is interesting, but following it there needs an extra boost to get hyped again.

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Three Hearts out of Five

Well, that was a lot of takes. What are your thoughts on this year’s debuts and comebacks? Let me know with a comment!


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