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Now, the reason I found these girls impressive had much less to do with them or their music than it did of who they reminded me of. Ladies Code, with their beautifully strong vocals and their vocal driven track, reminded me of SPICA. Their MV was okay, quirky and colorful and very engaging. The Choreography was fun and fun to watch, not to mention the fact that it displayed some incredible flexibility. So these girls pinged on my watchlist. Their subsequent releases have been equally impressive-but-not-incredible or particularly catching, but their still on my watchlist.
Then there was Bangtan Boys in June. Their debut was utterly underwhelming and I almost scratched them from my tracking roster. No More Dream is really not that good at all. It's just meh, the bad boy thing was so over done and fake-looking it was almost embarrassing; but the members' skill and potential were totally apparent and that won them major points. Their follow-up track though . . . now that was impressive. Released on July 16th, it was a fantastic game changer. Had they debuted with it, they'd have had rookies of the year in the bag by my reckoning. Since then their skills have only been honed to clear an even tighter par of excellence.
June continued with 2EYES' unimpressive debut. That was followed closely by Boys' Republic debuting Party Rock which was odd and fun and colorful and really shiny and just very odd. I enjoyed it tremendously, but it gave almost no accounting for skill, as there was autotune up to the members' eyeballs. The Choreography was fantastic fun, though nothing incredible enough to write home about. They felt like B1A4 without the panache, and with a little twist of Boyfriend in there for good measure. They made my watchlist, but not my Top 5.
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July 12th brought BESTie to the front of the stage with their sweet and sassy Pitapat. I found it to be an all around fabulous release, and more than an adequate debut. I loved it and these girls found their way to the shortlist of my favorite Femmes. Beyond their status as one of the best Rookie groups of 2013, these girls made it onto my regularly circulating playlist and haven't been rotated out to date. Their Love Options release was just as fabulous and it made me completely sure of my decision to stick them in as my 2013 Female Baby Band front-runner.
Their debut blew me away. I loved every second of it and thought that there was no way in hell I could have been any more impressed. The styling is gorgeous and clever. The Choreo is beyond epic, with some of the coolest moves I've ever seen worked in with a flair of finesse that borders on obnoxiously chill. It really is an incredible debut. They would have beaten out all the other candidates with ease, but they took forever in releasing a follow-up, and it had nothing to do with the sub-groups they'd teased, and worse yet, it was mediocre. Okay, so Cigarette was actually pretty good, but they'd set the bar at spectacular and they didn't make the leap to get over it. 'Good' wasn't good enough, though it was a good show of flexibility.
After that the only notable debut was AlphaBat. They've got talent but their marketing crew is insane if they really thought that they'd be able to win a massive fan-base with the concept they used.
The 2013 Rookie Royals:
My boys-side Baby Band of 2013 is:
They've really impressed me, and they stand ready to continue to exceed my expectations.
My girls-side Baby Band of 2013 is:
They've done a great job with every promotion they've touched so far and I see nothing in their way for a future of epic releases.