I have mixed feelings on this album.

Woman the title track is actually my least favorite song on the album. It's too formulaic and feels like it is literally checking all these boxes for a k-pop uptempo about ~female empowerment~. It's fun to listen to but it's similar to Hurricane Venus in that another singer could be on the record. While I'm more interested in songs that feel like BoA and only BoA could sing them (Only One, Kiss My Lips, and Irreversible are examples of this).
As for the video and performances, I enjoy the choreo but the scenes lifted from Formation are terrible. There's such a level of tone deaf cultural dissonance, to have the plantation scenes of Formation...but with BoA and white women. I also wish BoA would take her time or break free of whatever music videos. She's been in the game for a minute, but I feel like the image/videos are so hit or miss.

As for the uptempos (Like It, Encounter, U&I, and No Limit) on the album, I really enjoy them for BoA songs. More specifically, despite BoA having such amazing technical ability as a dancer she is surprisingly lacking in BOPS. So all of the uptempos on this album go a little bit harder than usual for BoA, while still using her voice in interesting ways. So it's new territory for BoA in that I can't trace them back to "Oh this is just the newest version of Pit-A-Pat". But ultimately the arrangements and drops are very 2014-2015.
It's a shame because a song like Encounter really goes, and could be a 10/10 if it dug more into the drums and more of a 'tribal' polyrhythm that we hear in the verses and prechorus. And then the chorus is just a touch dated.

Good Love, I Want you Back, If, and Little More all feel like classic BoA songs but with an actual fresh take on them. I want you back and Good Love are especially fun as throwbacks because they really aren't THAT far from some of the 90s vibes that ID Peace B and No. 1 had going. But it's full circle and a whole new BoA singing them.

I also like that BoA doesn't feel the need to sing standard k-pop ballads anymore. The arrangements for those slower songs are alot more interesting now.

In the end I think, it's one of her better k-pop releases. But if you took the best of WOMAN and One Shot Two Shot, rearranged some of the uptempos from woman, and you'd have her best korean album.
New Japanese single on the horizon

Double A-side February 27, 2019


Amor's video is out now!

I have alot of thoughts but I don't want to make this post too long. More than anything I jut have to say 2018 was a good year for BoA fans. Even if things weren't perfect, it feels like things are clicking and exciting again.
You thought she wouldn't be releasing anything on the year of her 20th anniversary?


Her new Japanese single I believe is going to be released on November 4, and it's part of a collaboration with Tales Of The Rays: The Last Cradle which the videogame huns probably know more about.
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I know right? It's not officially out though, and seems to be only available through this video hence us missing it?
If only I had followed.....Vogue Korea's youtube sooner!

Also...she didn't even promote this on insta or anything so maybe she just doesn't care!
Slightly cross-posting from the rate, but in the lead-up to her upcoming album, she has started a reality show, Nobody Talks To BoA. It presents the behind the scenes of her comeback preparation along with conversations with other Kpop personalities about her career, among related subjects. U-Know from TVXQ and choreographer Shim Jaewon appear in Episode 2 for example. I'm going to update this post when each one gets released:

Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5
Episode 6
Episode 7
Episode 8 (final)
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Which album should I start with if I want to get more into her discography? I know some of her singles and know her by name. My music tastes are: mainly Britney, Beyonce and anything alt R&B or 90s R&B leaning.


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Which album should I start with if I want to get more into her discography? I know some of her singles and know her by name. My music tastes are: mainly Britney, Beyonce and anything alt R&B or 90s R&B leaning.
Maybe give her English album a go! The Britney co-written "Look Who's Talking" is on there. Definitely check out her ONE SHOT TWO SHOT mini album as well, and then maybe go from there? Her albums all have such different styles, it's hard to just make one recommendation.

I Did It For Love is a mega bop! Very Britney-esque late 2000s pop.

I would also recommend Hurricane Venus album and the repackage track Copy & Paste. It’s full of slick and addictive songs, while also showcasing her mid tempo and ballads which are more (cheesy) saccharine, but still very enjoyable.