• black_rose45000

    They won twice in Immortal Song, if you consider Sandeul’s solo win :)
    I’ve first discovered them through IS, and as much as I hate idols’ presence in that show by default, and thought “oh, it’s just another one of those many B-letter groups and they’re probably just going to be forgettable performers”, I was surprised to see them perform so passionately (a passion for music/performing I had only seen in few idols before, like Junsu, Changmin) and how talented the main vocalist was, which I have developed a bias for. Also, their renditions of those old songs were great, in my opinion. They really put out high quality shows.

    Have given a listen to their albums too, though I feel like the songs sound similar (maybe I should listen carefully next time), there are some great pieces too – Smile is a beautiful ballad, Beautiful Lie had me crazy about it, and I listened to This Time Is Over on endless repeat, which I don’t do often. I also enjoyed Beautiful Target, Baby Goodnight (till I read the lyrics, oops), and surprisingly, OK, a lot.

    I’m glad I read this exchange, it’s great to hear other people’s opinions on them, and I’ve found out about some of their variety shows too. I now wonder if there’s a subbing group that subs them :

    Thank you for doing the exchange, Gaya :)

  • black_rose45000

    They won twice in Immortal Song, if you consider Sandeul’s solo win :)
    I’ve first discovered them through IS, and as much as I hate idols’ presence in that show by default, and thought “oh, it’s just another one of those many B-letter groups and they’re probably just going to be forgettable performers”, I was surprised to see them perform so passionately (a passion for music/performing I had only seen in few idols before, like Junsu, Changmin) and how talented the main vocalist was, which I have developed a bias for. Also, their renditions of those old songs were great, in my opinion. They really put out high quality shows.

    Have given a listen to their albums too, though I feel like the songs sound similar (maybe I should listen carefully next time), there are some great pieces too – Smile is a beautiful ballad, Beautiful Lie had me crazy about it, and I listened to This Time Is Over on endless repeat, which I don’t do often. I also enjoyed Beautiful Target, Baby Goodnight (till I read the lyrics, oops), and surprisingly, OK, a lot.

    I’m glad I read this exchange, it’s great to hear other people’s opinions on them, and I’ve found out about some of their variety shows too. I now wonder if there’s a subbing group that subs them :

    Thank you for doing the exchange, Gaya :)

    • Gaya_SB

      You’re welcome, black_rose45000! I’m happy I did this exchange as well, I learnt a lot about B1A4 (thanks again to Ambika, Jasper and Bethany!)

      I absolutely love OK, though their entire latest album may have overtaken it lol

      As far as subbing teams go, I did find B1SSubs’ twitter: https://twitter.com/B1SSubs

      • black_rose45000

        Yep, I’m thankful to them too :D

        I love how different Ok and Tried to walk are, two opposite images/concepts, yet they pull them off so well :)

        And woow, thank you! That’s great, thank you for helping! ;A;

  • http://dvqd92.tumblr.com/ Elizabeth

    nice seoulbeats exchange on B1A4 i’m still getting to know B1A4 to become my favourite group and sentimental special place in my heart along with my other faves in my life and I do like B1A4 as a group I already liked their music since their debut (although I need to listen to their latest mini) and have yet to watch variety shows and their entertainment value as well.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/R5BKARJWK7NNOXYOIUSP76YJW4 Aj

    I’ve been jamming with B1A4′s music lately but I cant put faces with their names you guys just mentioned.I love their songs and I honeslty didnt care how they looked like just like how I love Dalmatian’s music but I dont know any of them.

  • http://twitter.com/kizzi297 kelsey coop

    It took Bigbang like five promotions before they got a hit with “lies” so I don’t get how you all are getting that bigbang was a hit right off (maybe it’s just been so long since their debut that you forgot that they didn’t start out popular) 

    I’ve been with B1A4 since the beginning, not so much because I was a fan but because they felt like they had something the other groups didn’t, and while “OK girl” and “beautiful target” weren’t necessarily mind blowing, at the time it was the only thing really entertaining at least for me (everything else was either sad or overly autotuned or both…) so B1A4 was kinda breath of fresh air.

    I like where they’re going now though, they still feel like them but feel more seasoned and it’s rare in Kpop to have one of the band members write promotional songs. they’ve grown really fast in my opinion and I hope that aids them instead of hinders them like so many one hit wonders.

    • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

      I don’t think they ever said Big Bang was popular right off the bat.

  • AcadiasFire

    Love this group so much. They have so much potential :) Happy for their success. I love music for all their albums. My Love and Remember are still my favorites to this day, and Feeling is like my everyday jam while Smile is my smooth jam of the day. Sandeuls voice is just absolutely gorgeous, I’m fond of Jinyoungs too. Everyone has something to offer.

  • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

    I also fell for this group with “In the Air”…and I fell hard. Although “In the Air” is definitely their best all-around effort, they’ve actually had a lot of really nice album tracks in the past as well. I think their sound is really appealing.

    Something I’ve learned after reading a few interviews is that Jinyoung has composed songs while trying to copy American trends. I think that’s been evident in the really bombastic choruses of his songs and and the extensive use of synths. What I love after “Tried to Walk” is that he incorporated those techniques with what I would consider a more Korean influence. He went back to his roots, if you will. I think the use of instrumentals in the beginning and minimizing the layering background music during the verses helped give “Tried to Walk” a more serious sound, but the chorus was still fairly upbeat compared to the rest of the song. Honestly, “Tried to Walk” really stands out from everything else he’s done, and I think it’s pretty evident that Jinyoung’s been improving rapidly.

    Anyways, I’m super excited for B1A4′s future. I think it will be very bright. I’m hoping for their success.

  • Whirly Pop

    All the boys look like they belong in the city. They’re very calm and all, while Sandeul. Lol. He’s a total bumpkin.

  • Whirly Pop

    All the boys look like they belong in the city. They’re very calm and all, while Sandeul. Lol. He’s a total bumpkin.

  • http://twitter.com/lillian23910 Sharon

    I have been following this group from the time they debuted. Their stages are really fun to watch,  and it looks like their genuinely having fun out there. Something that is tough to come by.

  • http://twitter.com/lillian23910 Sharon

    I have been following this group from the time they debuted. Their stages are really fun to watch,  and it looks like their genuinely having fun out there. Something that is tough to come by.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DLXHKYQZV53HMZKZDLD3QW3E7U NadYa

    I don’t know for sure but I guess the rural image would stick with them until the end. 
    Yes, people may stop joking or getting bored about it, and they practically has adapted living in Seoul as well, but it would never erase the fact that they come from countryside and it has been stuck with their identity as well? Like for example their dialects, it’s only Jinyoung and probably Gongchan who has the most normal dialects, while Sandeul speaks Busan dialects all the time, and Baro and CNU occasionally burst dialects from time to time when they are surprised or forget that the camera was there. It’s a normal thing as their dialects are practically the first language that they learn, and there’s nothing wrong with that, lol. In fact I really want them to speak their dialects freely, not holding any of it and trying too hard to be Seoul-ised. And I guess the amount of Engrish in their songs also express some of their insecurities of not being able to be like idol who are either live in Seoul or fluent in English.. 

  • http://twitter.com/hitherearyan i’m fucking done

    One thing that I’ve always adored about B1A4 is that they don’t give off the vague vibes that idol-dom is destroying them completely, a vibe that I get from many groups such as EXO, and TVXQ just prior to their split. B1A4 legitimately seem to enjoy performing and being themselves, and that’s the reason that I like them so much. They’re just human.

  • Judith Mopalia

    Thank you for this. With access to only the music, it’s hard to learn abou t the groups.  I’ve been a fan since the beginning, finding something sweet and beautifully musical in even the first releases. In the Wind is simply breathtaking – I’ve never had an album on replay this many times.  And as to Baro – well, TOP has always seemed a little “over the top,” if you’ll pardon the expression – a lot of constructed image.   Baro’s voice is stunning and far more expressive, and I hope to hear a lot more of him singing in the future. I fall into the sky every time I hear him.

  • Judith Mopalia

    Thank you for this. With access to only the music, it’s hard to learn abou t the groups.  I’ve been a fan since the beginning, finding something sweet and beautifully musical in even the first releases. In the Wind is simply breathtaking – I’ve never had an album on replay this many times.  And as to Baro – well, TOP has always seemed a little “over the top,” if you’ll pardon the expression – a lot of constructed image.   Baro’s voice is stunning and far more expressive, and I hope to hear a lot more of him singing in the future. I fall into the sky every time I hear him.

  • Judith Mopalia

    Thank you for this. With access to only the music, it’s hard to learn abou t the groups.  I’ve been a fan since the beginning, finding something sweet and beautifully musical in even the first releases. In the Wind is simply breathtaking – I’ve never had an album on replay this many times.  And as to Baro – well, TOP has always seemed a little “over the top,” if you’ll pardon the expression – a lot of constructed image.   Baro’s voice is stunning and far more expressive, and I hope to hear a lot more of him singing in the future. I fall into the sky every time I hear him.