CD reviews

Congratulations to Hyelim Kim for receiving a four-star review from Songlines magazine (Jan / Feb 2014 edition) for her debut CD, Nim: Taegum Collection. The disk, released in 2013 at a concert at the Royal Asiatic Society, contains many of the pieces she has been performing in London over the past year or two, from […]

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CD review: Nah Youn Sun — Lento

by Philip Gowman 18 April 2013
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Nah Youn Sun: Lento ACT Records, April 2013 Nah Youn Sun’s collaboration with Swedish guitarist Ulf Wakenius continues to bear fruit. This is her third album with Wakenius on the ACT label (and her 8th studio album overall), and like her previous ACT releases they are supported by Lars Danielsson on bass and Xavier Desandre-Navarre […]

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LKL Critics’ Choice 2012: Saharial

by Saharial 9 January 2013
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Thanks to a hectic work schedule, concerts and a rather filthy cold – I’m just getting down to reviewing my purchases for last year and in some cases – listening to them! The final list of five are as follows: Nell Vol. 5: Slip Away – released 10 April 2012 This 5th album is the […]

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The London Korean Links Awards 2012

by Philip Gowman 31 December 2012
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The seventh eclectic and highly personal commemoration of the best of the past year. Personality of the Year Runner up There were plenty of personalities in the South Korean Olympic team, particularly the pistol shooters, archers and the gymnasts. But the athlete that everyone will remember is fencer Shin A-lam, cheated out of a place […]

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Saharial reviews Kyu Won’s 2nd album: 스스로 떠나는 사람들

by Saharial 10 April 2012
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Kyu won – 2nd album – 스스로 떠나는 사람들 Open Music, 2011. Released back in June last year, I’m not sure why it took me so long to buy this album seeing how much I enjoyed the first. I wasn’t sure what to expect this time round: most artistes attempt to have a different feel […]

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LKL Critics’ Choice 2011: Philip

by Philip Gowman 3 January 2012
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2011 all told was not a bad year for K-pop, and K-indie too is reaching listeners through more outlets. My own record-buying was somewhat slower than in previous years, but nevertheless I picked up enough to have a lot of rejects in my pile. And here are five of the disks that will stay with […]

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LKL Critics’ Choice 2011: Saharial

by Saharial 1 January 2012
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Looking back over my orders, its been more of a Japanese movie year for me this year, but despite that and the usual excessive Shinhwa related purchases there are some honorable mentions, one disappointment, and a winner by someone you might not have heard of… 4Men – Vol. 4 – The Artist 14 June 2011 […]

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CD review: Nah Youn Sun – Same Girl

by Philip Gowman 25 September 2010
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Nah Youn Sun: Same Girl ACT, September 2010 Nah Youn Sun returns with her second Western album. Her first, Voyage, was LKL’s editor’s choice for album of the year 2008 and so this follow-up release comes hotly anticipated. It does not disappoint. The opening track of the album, My Favourite Things, is often one of […]

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Winterplay launches UK album with civilised gigs

by Philip Gowman 20 September 2010
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Last weekend saw Winterplay’s UK debut and launch of their first western album on Universal. Three gigs in two remarkably different settings. Their first performance was in the Cultural Centre on Friday 10 September. Demonstrating the remarkable flexibility of the space, the area next to the reception desk had been converted into a stage, with […]

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Album Review: Kyu Won – 두 번의 겨울이 만든 이야기 – 1st jib

by Saharial 15 February 2010
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Saharial reviews Kyu Won’s first album, released by Open Music on January 7th 2010 I bought this album simply on a whim. Maybe it was the cute artwork or perhaps it was the lure of an artist that wrote, sang and performed all his own work that was the lure. At least, that’s what I […]

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True to Younee

by Philip Gowman 27 October 2009
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“It’s not my kind of thing. Why don’t you have a listen?” So said a well-connected jazz buff to me a couple of months ago. He happened to have a promotional copy of Younee’s debut Western album. “She’s coming to London later this year to do some gigs at Pizza Express.” I was happy to […]

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BoA’s US album disappoints

by Philip Gowman 16 August 2009
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Oh dear. I thought BoA’s US album was going to be a bit better than that. If you have to use a vocoder to make it in America, stay in Asia. #. I suppose the sound production is geared towards a US market. Shame.

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Tomi Kita – In Dreamz

by Saharial 4 June 2009
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Review by Saharial Tomi Kita: In Dreamz Pony Canyon Records, 2008 Having seen them perform at ‘The Peel’ and the Dano festival last year I succumbed to the temptation of buying the one album available at Yesasia.com. ‘In Dreamz’, released in February 2008, is Tomi Kita’s third album and consists of 14 tracks all composed […]

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Kim Kwang Seok – a folk singer still much loved today

by Saharial 12 January 2009
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LKL’s K-pop correspondent enthuses about a popular singer from the 1980s and 1990s

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Kim Yoon Ah #2: Glass Mask

by Philip Gowman 5 January 2009
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A review of an excellent album by the lead vocalist from Jaurim

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LKL Critics’ Choice 2008: Philip

by Philip Gowman 21 December 2008
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The last of a series in which regular and guest LKL contributors nominate their CD releases of the year.

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LKL Critics’ Choice 2008: Mark Russell

by Mark Russell 16 December 2008
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Mark Russell from Korea Pop Wars and Korea Gig Guide presents his pick of 2008′s CDs

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