CD Review – MBLAQ: Blaq Style

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MBLAQ
BLAQ Style
J. Tune Camp

MBLAQ, a five-member male vocal group from South Korea, have finally released their debut album, BLAQ Style. After coming out with their hot single “Y” in May, the group had gone into heavy preparations for their first ever full-length. And they did not disappoint. With emotional ballads and upbeat tracks, BLAQ Style is the perfect combination between sweet and sensual, emotional and fierce. Standout track “Cry” showcases the boys’ individual voices and the emotion that they can pack behind their words. It tells a story of a man who’s desperately in love and the woman he wants doesn’t want him. It’s a clichéd story, but the way they sing it just sounds as if the entire concept is so heart wrenching you can’t quite grasp the depth of this man’s hurt. Along with songs like “Wish You Hadn’t,” BLAQ Style shows that this mostly ballad-oriented group really can pull at your heartstrings and make you want to dance at the same time. They open up to a slightly different door in Korean music. Oh, and one of the lead singers, G.O., shaved off his beard for this album. That alone deserves recognition.

Megan Narsing
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