As Korean pop grows more and more popular with English speakers, there has been an explosion of reviews, both in written and video formats. This is a good and bad thing– there are many more insights, but sometimes it is hard to sort which reviews are the good ones.
Despite some Googling here and there, I always find myself returning to two reviewers: McRoth and Patricia. My criterion for good reviewers is simple: they have a clearly stated position, they argue for it, and they give you food for thought. Note that it is not important that I agree with the reviewer. The last condition is perhaps the most difficult– can they tell me something I haven’t heard or thought of before?
The trouble with many upstart and even senior reviewers is that they often lack a clear position. I could probably incorporate the paragraphs they have written into one of my reviews and it would not affect the conclusion of my review. It is so bland. At the end of their review, I ask myself what I have learned from their ‘insights’ and the bottom line is, absolutely nothing.
McRoth and Patricia aren’t afraid to tell it like it is, no matter how unpopular their opinion. I can always read their writing and know that it is exactly what they are thinking. Their candor, along with a good measure of intelligence, makes reading their reviews very fascinating. Let’s face it, reading Korean pop reviews isn’t exactly something that will help us in life– most of us read reviews to see if our favorite idol group did well. Simply put, I just don’t want to spend my time reading the overly optimistic crap which can’t a stand on what’s crap and what’s not crap, which seems to be the trend nowadays.
Do you have any reviewers you enjoy reading regularly?