Tania Branigan “North Korea's Kim Jong-un gets new official theme song” http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/06/north-korea-kim-jong-un-song
Alexis Petridis*1 “Onwards Toward the Final Victory – review” http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/jul/06/onwards-toward-final-victory-review
In the past decade, the bubblegum pop and kitsch dance routines of South Korea's K-pop bands have taken the charts by storm in Asia and Latin America. But north across the Korean border, broadcasters are promoting a track less likely to become an international success: a new signature song for youthful leader Kim Jong-un.
The anthem, titled Onwards Toward the Final Victory, is part of a propaganda drive to build up the image of the "great successor". Radio and television are airing it several times a day and the score has been printed in the official newspaper Rodong Sinmun.
"The song hardens the will of the Korean army and people to devote their all to the prosperity of the country with high national pride," said the state run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
Alexis Petridis氏は“The whole deal is boring as hell: not an accusation you could level at Onwards Toward the Final Victory, which does everything in its power to stir the listener.”と評している。オーソドックスなスターリニスト・ポップ（キッチュ？）ではある。
All western music is apparently grouped together under the misleading title of "jazz". North Korea itself is not overburdened with pop artists. When Andy Kershaw visited the country for a BBC documentary in 2003, he managed to find a grand total of seven: four singers and three bands. At least one has a promising-sounding name, Ponochonbo Electronic Ensemble, its austerity and the use of the word "electronic" excitingly suggesting you might have stumbled across Pyongyang's answer to Kraftwerk. Alas, they sound exactly the same as every other pop act in North Korea. The song titles are amazing: who wouldn't be at least a little intrigued to hear The Joy of Bumper Harvest Overflows Amidst the Song of Mechanisation or The Dear General Uses Distance-Shrinking Magic? The actual music, however, invariably sounds like a cross between the theme tune to a late 70s local news programme and a Eurovision entry from around the same time, albeit with more lyrical references to Juche ideology.