VIXX serves up VIXX lite in “Chained Up”

빅스(VIXX) - 사슬 (Chained up) Official M-V-2

I’ve been gone for a while, I know. It is really time I dusted off this blog, and wouldn’t you know that the thing to root me out of my seclusion would be a VIXX comeback?

Sadly, it isn’t the one I was hoping for.

This is not to say “Chained Up” is bad. But it doesn’t live up to the extremely high bar that VIXX have set for themselves. If anything, “Chained Up” reminds me of the kind of a song a rookie group would put out and get moderate amounts of attention for as it demonstrates basic competence in not sucking, but VIXX are past this by now. “Error” was just so flawless on every possible level that my wig is being retroactively snatched by it as I type. As you can see by my recaps of “Hyde” and “Voodoo Doll,” I’ve got nothing but lavish praise and perversion for VIXX. “Chained Up” just feels like a giant step backwards.

But I’ll get to that later. First, let’s recap this MV.

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Review: Exo – “Call Me Baby”

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I didn’t think I’d be writing about Exo again on this blog, but here we are. Exo returns, a year later and two members fewer, with “Call Me Baby” off their second full album, “Exodus.” SM, you wrong (but so right) for that title.

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2014 in Review: The Good, the Bad, and the Meh

2014 was quite the roller coaster year in K-pop. Here, I present Ahjummas Anon’s year in review.

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You may wonder why some popular or chart-dominating songs are curiously absent from my top picks. The only reason I can give is that my choices are completely and 100% subjective, based purely on my own opinions. Does that make this post biased? Hell yeah, it does. I’m not even trying to front like it isn’t. I am not claiming to represent anyone else’s opinions but my own. I did solicit suggestions from friends and twitter followers, but all of my commentary is my own honest opinion. Obviously, as with any opinion piece, you’re welcome to disagree, but popularity or chart position was never a factor in any of my picks. If it’s a popularity contest you seek, I suggest fan-voted year-end lists instead.

I am linking, not embedding youtube videos since the embeds will significantly slow the loading of this page.

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It’s a Recap Two-Fer: U-KISS – “Quit Playing” and VIXX – “Eternity”

I fear there are too many music videos full of pretty boys coming out lately, and I am unable give them each the full recap treatment in a timely manner. It’s unfortunate. So I’m going to so a special two-fer tonight. Double the recap, double the pretty boys!

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“Someone Call Dr. Feelgood” or Exo – “Overdose”

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Ahh, Exo. K-pop’s latest juggernaut. I cannot believe this is their first official recap here (as opposed to unofficial), but have no fear, Exo fen, for I plan to correct this grievous oversight.

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Sexy Is As Sexy Does: Gender and Sexuality in K-Pop

Warning: This article contains a lot of pictures!

K-pop is no less immune to trends than any other part of popular culture, and as of late, the trend among girl groups is sexy. As an international fan living in the US, I can’t comment on Korean fandom with any kind of firsthand knowledge, but international fandom has definitely been talking about it. The reaction has been mixed. While sexy concepts still seem to be controversial among knetizens, inetizens reacted mostly with boredom. The denizens of omonatheydidnt seemed mostly underwhelmed by Rainbow Blaxx’s sexy “Cha Cha” video, which features time-honored classics like slow pans over cleavage/asses and the most provocative macaroon-eating I’ve seen.

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Review: VIXX: “Voodoo Doll” or “Torture Porn”

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VIXX have done it again. I thought they might’ve peaked with “Hyde,” but they’re back with “Voodoo Doll” and despite its awkward title, it is fucking awesome. Continue reading “Review: VIXX: “Voodoo Doll” or “Torture Porn””