Recorded music reviews

LKL Critics’ Choice 2010: Mark Russell

by Mark Russell 10 January 2011
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Mark Russell returns with his pick of 2010’s releases First of all, 2010 was a very good year for Korean indie music. I had not even noticed until I started putting together this list, when I kept rediscovering one solid album after another. Not just great in one genre or another, the Korean music scene […]

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LKL Critics’ Choice 2010: Anna Lindgren

by Anna Lindgren 17 December 2010
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Another year is coming to an end, and in what has become an unfortunate trend I’ve found that I’ve listened to much less music than the year before. However judging from the limited number of releases that did reach my ears, I’d like to think that 2010 (and the three months preceding it) was a […]

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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. Keywords: Musicians: BoA

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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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LKL Critics’ Choice 2008: Anna Lindgren

by Anna Lindgren 12 December 2008
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Anna Lindgren from Indieful ROK provides her list of the top Korean albums of 2008

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LKL Critics’ Choice 2008: Saharial

by Saharial 5 December 2008
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Saharial presents her choices of 2008’s finest Korean albums. And they’re not all by Shinhwa.

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Album review: Dong Bang Shin Ki (TVXQ) #4 — Mirotic

by Jo Wakely 30 October 2008
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(SM Entertainment, September 2008) Review by Jo Wakely After one year and seven months TVXQ’s eagerly awaited 4th Korean album is finally here. The release date was put back by two days because of pre-sales in the region of 330,000. How SME failed to realise that there would be a rush on this long-awaited album […]

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Album review: Lee Soo Young #8 — Set It Down

by Philip Gowman 12 October 2008
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(Manine Media, 2007) There’s something reassuring about a Lee Soo Young album. You try to explore different genres of music, some of which may be exciting and original, and others may be frankly rather tiresome. And then you come to Lee Soo Young and it’s like returning home. It’s a bit like comfort food. It […]

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Rollercoaster #5: Triangle

by Philip Gowman 4 August 2008
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T-Entertainment, March 2006 Rollercoaster’s fifth album was released in 2006, after a gap of 2 years since the almost flawless fourth. Gone is the sense of rhythmic drive, of energy, of joie de vivre. Instead we have something a bit more laid back, less characterful. I had been warned that the fifth album was a […]

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