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I’ll start this review with an obvious avowal: at long last—a proper non-barbiestacks Korean music truly exists (!) E.VIA serves up decent rap, chip-thighs, and a brimful of moeness I couldn’t resist. I came across Oppa Can I Do It time was, despite the controversy, the song was pretty catchy and I’ve grown fond of her thenceforth. E.VIA’s Must Have mini album just stumbled upon my iTunes today, so here’s a quick review 😀

Track Listing:
1. Protein Girl (Good Protein to You)
2. Shake!
3. Tips (feat. Yogjaengi Yoseonsaeng)
4. Genuine Girl (feat. Mad Clown)
5. When It Comes to Clothes (Call Me Up!)
6. Shake! (Intrumental)
7. Genuine Girl (Intrumental)
8. When It Comes to Clothes (Instrumental)

1. Protein Girl (Good Protein to You). I love the creepy feel I get from the rapid laugh voice which fitted well with the low-moderate synth melody and the simple arrangement. It’s actually good for an intro, the song doesn’t feel like overdone or something.
2. Shake it! I do admit that Shake it! is my favorite out of this album. It’s another one of those songs that just kind of sticks to you after you listen to it. I like the beat although this feels kinda similar to Protein Girl. Great song, great rap, nice asses, and E.VIA looks ubercute (I can’t believe she’s already 24). I’m so putting this song into my playlist.
3. Tips. No music, just a girl babbling out of nowhere. I don’t know what the fucking hell the girl was talking about since it’s in Korean. Okay.
4. Genuine Girl. Honestly I don’t really like this song, I don’t know why. Mad Clown’s rap part was kinda impressive though, I like the rhythm, but the song feels.. a lil bit off-sounding.
5. When It Comes to Clothes (Call Me Up!). Lovely. I enjoy the way E.VIA singing up-tempo rap followed by blues-y synthesized voice, but it sounds quite repetitive. Well, it’s good, I like the rap part.

In short, it’s worth listening! She’s really good and IINM she’s the fastest female rapper in all of Korea at 160 bpm. I just hope she’ll make more up-beat songs. Keep up the good, girl. Kudos.

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A few weeks ago I stumbled across BENNIE BECCA‘s 1st album, so I’ve decided to write it up here! 🙂 In a nutshell, BENNIE BECCA is a collaboration project between BENNIE K which consists of YUKI and CICO, and American-born singer-songwriter, BECCA. This might be an elaborate attempt at promoting BENNIE K in US (and vice versa) which is fairly good, IMO. BENNIE BECCA have included 15 new songs on the album’s tracklisting and I thought it’d be pretty much worth listening.

BENNIE BECCA

BENNIE BECCA

01. The Letter – Opening
02. Dreamer
03. KAMINARI GIRL
04. Narita Express
05. You & Me
06. Ashita (with Blaise Plant)
07. Sound Surfing (interlude)
08. Japaneedle
09. Dilemmas
10. Don’t Save Me
11. So Bad
12. Cinderella Syndrome
13. 2012
14. The Beginning
15. 2013 (Kochira Seizonsha Ari)

So I’ve listened to their album. I conclude that BECCA has more of a pop rock sound while BENNIE K dips the group into synthpop-mixed-rock-hip-hop-esque music, yeah you can guess that their songs are pretty catchy but not really that excellent. The intro track doesn’t offer something really new (and neither does the rest of this album) although they says that they’re trying to change the world with music. Futuristic? Yes, but the clacking buttons and the heavy auto-tuned voice sound kinda.. odd. Ashita sounds easy-listening and beautiful but it easily gets quite boring. Japaneedle, Kaminari Girl, Don’t Save Me and 2012 are pretty good too though. I don’t like the other songs, but hey, nice try.

Honestly I think these girls have potential and I hope they’ll last beyond this album. BENNIE BECCA sounds pretty standard fare but it’s not bad for a start. I’m looking forward to their next album 😀