“내 맘이 꼭 널 원해.”

“Honey” by Kara | The first thing that caught my ear when I first heard this single six years ago was not their sweet singing or concept, no. Not the catchy riffs and Nicole’s “rap”. No. It was the way they said “honey” in the chorus. One second they say “honey”, one line later you hear them say “hani”, which was very interesting to me since it was the first time I heard a K-pop song playing with English. Listen to the chorus of Girl’s Day’s “Something”, or the part where the backing vocals sing “how about chu” in Sunny Hill’s “Monday Blues”. I didn’t find it wrong. I was just amused. Kara made its way further into my heart by releasing “Mr.” and their butt dance, followed by “Lupin” in 2010. My friend Carle and I would then discuss our biases (mine’s Gyuri) while crossing the overpass to SM Marikina, wishing some crazy organizer would mash “Mr.”‘s butt dance up with the hip dance from Brown Eyed Girls’ “Abracadabra” – which eventually happened, by the way. I could talk about Kara all day, but we don’t have time for that. Not when the members are rumored to be leaving. There’d always been a feud between the agency and the members anyway. Still, it would be a bit sad to see them go. [SY]

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