Big Bang is Back :)

I love Big Bang! I’m kinda like a 14-year-old girl in my excitement over them.  I fell in love with their music back in 2006 while I was teaching English in Korea and every album they put out only intensified my love.  I remember being so happy whenever a club would play one of their songs.  My students used to tease me about it a bit but my love of K-pop (I like many other bands but Big Bang is my favourite) was a useful discussion topic for free conversation classes.

Over the past few years I have bought every album they have released. While in Korea, I bought the actual CDs which always came with the neatest extras but now that I’m back in Toronto, I buy them on iTunes (and then I usually buy the CD from YesAsia.com so I can get the extras too).  So you can imagine my excitement when I heard they were releasing a new album – YAAYYY!!!  I follow them on Facebook and YouTube – thank god for social media, I can stay up to date on everything I’m interested in – and as soon as they let the world know that the new album (called Tonight) was available for pre-order, I clicked through the link 🙂  And at 11pm on the 23rd, I was able to buy and download it!!!

So do I like it?  Oh yeah!  Tracks 2 (Hands Up) and 3 (Tonight) are my favourites but I think track 6 (Cafe) will really grow on me, it sounds like one of those songs that just gets better with each listen.  Okay, I really like all the songs but track 3 (Tonight) is just so dancable.  My only real bitch is it’s a super short album (hence the reason they call them mini-albums) – only 5 1/2 songs.  Okay, there are really 6 songs but the first is a short intro so I don’t really count it (it’ll never get radio play so it’s not a song, right).  I really wish Big Bang would put out a full length album instead of mini ones – I want MORE music from them 🙂  But since my only criticism of the album is it’s short, you know I like it.  I listen to music in iTunes on my computer and always rate songs as soon as I listen to them (I own a ton of music, and ratings are one way to classify them) and all 5 songs have a rating of 4 or 5 stars.  If you like K-pop, Big Bang or hip hop/R & B, you’ll like this album.

Rating: ****1/2 (out of 5)

Cindy Zimmer

Live life to the fullest everyday – this is a the philosophy I try to live by and it’s taken me on many adventures. I write about Korean culture from a non-Korean perspective as the editor/founder of ATK Magazine and I’m the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF). Previously, I ran a Korean-English language exchange group (in Toronto) for 3 years to stay connected to my three years living in Korea as an English teacher. I love music, film, food and sports and write about 3 of the 4.

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