Okay I might be late to the party
(I work for EA Games atm so I don’t have a lot of time left for Kpop so I am always behind on albums and comebacks)
but I just listened to B.A.P’s “Noir” album.
I usually just get a handful of songs off Kpop albums because I am not interested in the rest, mostly because they’re too generic for my taste.
So I don’t have a favorite Kpop album.
Well, I didn’t use to.
Because “Noir” is by far the best Kpop album I have ever heard in all my years of navigating the ever changing waters of Korean Pop.
Maybe it’s my age, being old as balls, that perhaps demands more serious tunes in terms of musical competence/ musical sound I don’t know, but god damn it, this album hit me in the face, helped me up just to roundhouse kick me in the face again. I loved every single track.
I don’t know who was responsible for the sound overall but if it was mostly our boys then may all the gods bless them for this gem because it stinks of musical knowledge and numerous R’n’B, late 90′s/ early 2000′s hip hop, Blues and Jazz influences I don’t normally find in Kpop.
Strictly in its genre, “Noir” is my absolute favorite album so far.
A bow to the boys. I am so proud of them.