Fed up with mediocre K-pop acts being showered with awards? December is the month when LKL critics, and hopefully readers as well, will be awarding prestigious accolades to Korean musicians based on their artistic merit rather than the skills of their choreographers, publicity managers and plastic surgeons.
LKL Critics’ Choice
A couple of months ago LKL asked some trusted correspondents who know their music to consider the albums released over the past twelve months (to make things reasonably manageable, we specified the twelve months to the end of September 2007) and to select their finest recommendations. Over the coming few weeks we’ll be publishing those recommendations. Expect to find a wide range of musicians celebrated, both well-known and less familiar. If you expect to see all the same old celebrity names receiving gongs, you will be sorely disappointed.
LKL Readers’ Choice
Readers can participate in this as well. Leave a comment below giving your favourite album(s) of the year — saying why you think they are so good. Later on, we’ll be putting together a poll where you can vote for your favourite album — LKL Readers’ Choice — based on the recommendations you leave below and on some of the other top-selling albums of the year.