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An Album a Day is my exploration into the Korean music scene. This podcast will cover mainstream, indie and some underground artists within the scene and provide both factual and opinionated commentary. The biggest benefit to sharing my thoughts this way is that it will hopefully expose you to more great music and exploration of your own.
One thing that K-pop’s going to do, is not let you know if a group’s officially disbanded and leave you wondering if a comeback is in the works or if they're just going to be on permanent hiatus in some musical dungeon or whatever. Such is the case for today’s boy band. Let’s get acquainted with A.Cian, right after the drop.
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Hey y’all, I’ve got to admit it: I spent a lot of time giggling through this album. It oozes dance battle music and I couldn’t get over the implied intensity. You’re going to dance, or else! There’s more to it than just the production choices, but before we dismantle their debut album and its re-release, I have to put on my teacher voice.
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Alright, A.cian, pronounced “asian” is a boy band who’s had a lot of roster changes since their 2012 debut. I’m not confident about who was in the debut video, honestly, and that’s unfortunate. But if you’re ready to see five men doing some of the hardest softest dancing, then it’s worth your time to check out the official video for “Stuck.” It’s on the Iss Entertainment YouTube channel -- their label’s original name -- and you’ll be amused, I promise.
Iss Entertainment, which could easily be mistaken for simply I-S-S, has a name both then and now that puts it founding in spiritual perspective. Iss is short for Isaiah, and the company’s current name, Wings Entertainment, was inspired by Isaiah 40:31 from the Christian Bible. In short, Wings Entertainment wants to create media that will inspire others and give them the strength of an eagle’s wings to soar to great heights. This motivation to “deliver the love and grace of the Lord to the whole world,” (as the official website states in Korean) seems genuine and true to the type of lyrical choices made for A.Cian’s debut album, “Stuck.”
“Stuck” was first released on October 5, 2012 and then re-released November 24 the same year. I don’t think there was any reason for that beyond adding some songs that might not have been completed for the October debut and some instrumentals they felt were necessary to add. One instrumental tickled me half to death, but let me tell you who the members are and were, because again, I don’t know who was in the debut.
Currently, A.cian consists of
- Jungsang (Hangul: 정상)
- Hyeokjin (혁진)
- Sanghyun (상현)
- Jin.O (진오)
Past members include
- U-Tae (우태)
- Seulgi (슬기)
- Chanhee (찬희)
- Crooge (크루지)
- Hidden (히든)
- Lo-J (로제이)
- Sehee (세희)
The combined track list features the following songs: “Berserker Tune” (which I never found aside from Japanese videos), first title track “Stuck,” second title track “Where’s All My Love?” (and they asked and asked and asked), “A.cian!!!,” “Hit,” “Lie,” and the instrumental that knocked me off my feet, “Poisoning.” The title tracks were added as instrumentals to the November re-release as well.
I can’t get over the implied intensity of this album’s sound! If you can imagine Judge None Choose One pants (aka JNCO), 2004’s “You Got Served,” the potential danger of semi-pro dodge ball, and Christian pop music with vague word slips due to language barriers, then you’ve grasped a portion of the potency of the album “Stuck.” It’s not all over the place but you’re going to feel a little attacked. Their vocals aren’t lacking, and they sound older than they might have been at debut, but beyond looking at Kprofiles.com we’ve got very little. Their fan cafe is dormant, and the company website has no listed discography or clickable links.
You know what this really means, yes? The power of “Stuck” was too much. Therefore, K-pop fans on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being essential listening and 1 not worth mentioning, the A3Day rating on this is: 5. It does what it came to do, and that’s make you dance with a serious face and get that heart rate up. And that instrumental I mentioned, “Poisoning”? You can consider that the cool down! It just comes on hard and semi-rough and then just ends on you. It’s glorious.
Next episode, we’ll look into the follow-up album and determine if the intensity is here to stay or not. Bye y’all.
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