Friday Recs: Teen Top – High Five

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(L-R) Chunji, Neil, Changjo (back), Ricky (front), and C.A.P

Last April (2016) my friend N and I went to Chicago to see Teen Top, a group we both liked. It was really fun and they are such great performers. The concert wasn’t even close to sold out, but it was delightful. I would go see them again in a heartbeat. Skip forward to February when my favorite member of Teen Top (L.Joe) announces he’s leaving the group. Often, this means that I stop liking the group, but that was never going to happen in this case. I am still a huge Teen Top fan, which is why today’s rec is so fun.

You see, in April of this year (2017), Teen Top released a full length album (11 songs!) and I love it. Not only do I love it, I actually think it’s the best thing they’ve ever done. L.Joe was one of their rappers and when you listen to their old music, you can hear what he added. But, and I’m being totally honest here, this album, High Five, is so good you don’t even miss him. I mean, I miss him, but not in the same way as I expected.

The title track of High Five is Love Is. You can watch the music video for Love Is below.

Every single song on the album is good and I’ve been listening to in on and off since it was released. My favorite song is Make Me Sick. There’s no video, but you can listen to it below (along with subtitles).

That being said, all of the songs are good, even the 38 second intro (Origin) at the beginning. They do perform some of the songs off the album live. Alongside Love Is, they’ve performed Because I Care, which is another one of my favorites. The video below is from a music show, so it’s not the greatest, but it’s so good I don’t care.

They’ve also performed You & I and Call Me, which are very different songs but equally as good. Here’s Call Me from a music show.

Someone graciously uploaded a performance of You & I and if you know Spanish, there are subtitles for the song.

Below are a few more songs from their showcase when they released the album.

And, lastly, he’s an entertaining and great performance of Love Is.

If you’re interested (and I hope you are) you can listen to High Five on Spotify along with their older stuff (with L.Joe). Thanks for reading!

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Music Sundays: TEEN TOP (틴탑) _ ah-ah (아침부터 아침까지) M/V

I’m pretty sure I mentioned this group on here before, but in the context of liking their lead singer, Niel. In fact, if you click on that link, I will say that I’m not interested in the group, just Niel. Guess what? That was wrong. It was so wrong! What changed my mind? Well, their news album, but especially the single from that album and the MV that goes along with it. It’s weirdly cute and amusing. Also, the song is pretty great.

And, if you want to see their fancy footwork (which you do, it’s 56 seconds in), here’s their comeback stage video:

Music Sundays: NIEL(니엘) _ Lovekiller (못된 여자) (feat. Dok2)

There’s a kpop group named Teen Top and while I’m not interested in them as a group, one of their singers, Niel, released a solo album which is actually pretty great! It’s called oNIELy (I know, really) and this is one of the songs off of it. I don’t have feelings one way or the other about the music video, but I like the song a lot.