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Archive for May 30th, 2012

by Jaime Grijalba.

a.k.a. Wonderful Radio

(South Korea, 120 min)

Pop music. Loved and hated by (I think) equal parts of the population. Those who love it think that a music and some lyrics that you can follow and sing-along, and specially, get repeated to death without any sign of tiredness, is the perfection for any artist to accomplish, and no, no heavy themes nor heavy instruments, please, just go and make a song that makes me want to dance or sing. The people who hate pop music, hate it for the exact same reasons: because it is that and nothing else, these guys usually hate it so much that they just cringe at the mere mention of some artist or the public listening of that kind of music, they abominate what it means and what it stands for either in their political or just philosophical point of view. Well, if you are one of the last kind of people, you’ll just hate this film, because it celebrates singles, pop charts, celebration, industry and all the rest; au contraire, if you are the first kind of people, you may end up liking it quite a lot… but if you’re like me, you’ll be ‘meh’-ing all the way through, because even if I do hate pop music as a stance and majority, sometimes I can’t help but notice how many of these popular songs I actually know and how much value they actually have in my memory and in the memory of others, that I can’t help but look at them with some kind of respect, there is a craft and actual skill in the making of these… of course there’s much more skill, in my opinion, to make a great rock song, but whatever, there is some talent there. (more…)

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