• Danielle Whyte

    “beating out more established groups like 4minute, Nell and Sistar”

    • GSun

      I KNOW you did not just say that about Nell so I’ll let that one slide but whether or not you think the other two groups are talented, they do have considerably larger fanbases who buy their albums in bulk and have consistently topped the charts before.

    • http://1nspirit96.tumblr.com/ Mrs_KimSungGyu

      Beating out Nell is a pretty impressive feat, I’ll have you know. They are a really respected group and they make some of my favorite music ever. They were mentored by Seo Taiji, the “Cultural President of Korea” himself, and the fact that he helped shape what Korean music is today only speaks bounds about him and his influence. 

      And I’m going to go ahead and agree with GSun. Whether you think Sistar or 4minute are good or not, their popularity is pretty great, and beating them as rookies is more of a compliment to Busker Busker than it is a diss to the two groups.

  • idontknoe

    They’re album is great, but I hope their popularity outlasts “the American Idol curse”. Reality talent contestants do awesome right after, but their popularity doesn’t last past the debut albums.

  • ggoma

    I don’t like them, but I’m glad that more obviously talented groups are getting their shot at fame!

  • minty_chip

    Hm I dont know; I’m not really loving this group. They’re talented but nothing makes me want to replay their songs.

  • AJ_Gee

    So…. does the white person know how to speak Korean? haha. Always been curious. 

    • GSun

      Yeah, he does. I’m not sure if he’s 100% fluent but he seems to have no problem communicating on shows. He was a professor of English at Sangmyung University where the other two members attended as students.

  • Berdy

    i like what i’m hearing. i don’t even have to understand a word. when something just sounds right there is a effect. right now i’m feeling like a school girl who has a innocent crush on her teacher. does that sound wrong? let’s say its a feeling of first crush.

  • pbtsjs

    I didn’t watch Superstar K and even though I saw that they were topping charts I never really started listening to Busker Busker until my friend linked me Yeosu Bam Ba Da. I seriously would have kicked myself had I not chanced upon the greatness that is Busker Busker.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Willam-Mclean/1003580224 Willam Mclean

    CN Blue were an Indie band touring Japan so I think it might be an exagerration that Busker Busker are the saviours of K-Indie.

    • GSun

      CN Blue is not an indie band.

      • Berdy

        He said they were an indie band not is an indie band. 

        • GSun

          Yes I know about CN Blue, I’ve been following them since their debut in Japan but their sound isn’t indie. It’s mainstream pop rock. Being lesser known doesn’t automatically make you an indie band.

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indie_pop

          CN Blue is from a well known record label housing FT Island and they didn’t form themselves; they were brought together when they were trainees as any other idol group. That and the fact that CN Blue doesn’t compose most of their songs. The “indie music” comes from independent music, used to describe an autonomous, do-it-yourself approach to recording and publishing, which CN Blue is not.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Wellington-Henrique/100002130636683 Wellington Henrique

             “CN Blue is from a well known record label housing FT Island and they
            didn’t form themselves; they were brought together when they were
            trainees as any other idol group. That and the fact that CN Blue doesn’t
            compose most of their songs.”

            In Japan(where they were indie) they compose most of they songs, more than 90% if im not mistake, FNC just help then with basic thinks for exemple: when they get arrest they send someone to take they out.

            Indie or not i don’t know you are right when you say that the company brought then together but wrong when you say that they don’t compose most of they songs.

            P.S: sorry for the bad english

          • GSun

            Nope. Only one of the songs in their debut album in Japan (Now or Never) was co-composed by any of the members of CN Blue.

            1. Now or Never
            Lyrics : SHUSUI, FAMILY BUSINESS
            Composer : SHUSUI, FAMILY BUSINESS
            Arrangement : Hirofumi Sasaki

            2. Let’s Go Crazy
            Lyrics : SHUSUI, FAMILY BUSINESS
            Composer : SHUSUI, FAMILY BUSINESS
            Arrangement : Yoshimiko Chino

            3. Love Revolution
            Lyrics : JUNG YONG HWA
            Composer : HAN SUNG HO, KIM JAE YANG
            Arrangement : OWL

            4. Just Please
            Lyrics : JUNG YONG HWA
            Composer : JUNG YONG HWA, OWL
            Arrangement : OWL

            5. Teardrops in The Rain
            Lyrics : SHUSUI, THOMAS G’SON
            Composer : SHUSUI, THOMAS G’SON
            Arrangement : Hirofumi Sasaki

          • Cclily

            CN Blue composes a lot of their songs though…
            Maybe they are not as “indie” as Busker Busker, but you cannot say they are(or were) not indie.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Willam-Mclean/1003580224 Willam Mclean

            Street Performance

            At the time they were trainees of FNC, they released an Independant Mini Album named Now or Never. Being an Indie band at that time allowed them to produce foriegn music in a foreign country and remain a South Korean Band.

            However, just because they are trainees for FNC didn’t make them FNC Artists. 4 members or Beast and 4 members of EXID were trainees from JYP but none of them are JYP Artists. Yoari aka Kang Mijin was the 5th member of B.E.G but since she left before they released their debut song, was never considered a full member or an artist of Nega Network. She’s currently a contestant on Korea’s The Voice.

            CNBlue can no longer be considered an Indie Band when they released their first South Korean Album Bluetory under FNC. They are now FNC Music Artists which are a major recording label in South Korea. More precisely they are a subsidary to the same company which produced Busker Buskers recent album.

            They have a mix of musical styles including rock, pop rock, power pop and alternative rock

          • GSun

            Their debut mini album, Now or Never, was not released under an independent label. It was released under Victor Entertainment, a subsidiary of JVC Japan. A major record label in Japan.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Willam-Mclean/1003580224 Willam Mclean

            That’s like saying Busker Busker are not Indie because their album is being produced by the Parent Group of FNC

          • GSun

            Yup, Busker Busker are no longer indie because they’ve reached mainstream success and are signed to a major record label. But the difference is, Busker Busker started off as an indie group (self-formed, independent/no record label, self-composed songs) and reached mainstream success later in their career. Thus giving hope to other indie bands that want to reach the mainstream.

            CN Blue was never indie. They were brought together by FNC, signed under a major record label from the start (FNC in Korea and Victor Entertainment in Japan), and the greater majority of their songs (approx. 95%) are not composed by them. Even in their debut album in Japan, only one of the songs were CO-composed by a member. I’ve posted the album credits below so you can check them.

      • http://twitter.com/khat311 khat31

        They used to be an indie band, but they aren’t an idol group either, CN Blue are just musicians

      • http://twitter.com/khat311 khat31

        They used to be an indie band, but they aren’t an idol group either, CN Blue are just musicians

  • mrhello

    I’m late to the party; before I even got deep into Kpop, Korean indie appeared… btw nice review, good critiques. I love this album too.