I regret not reviewing Happiness last year so I am not missing this chance ever!
If you are still reading up to this point I can see that you are still not hooked with the title and you haven’t seen the MV yet, so come join the high watch the video below! NOW!
I unknowingly, subconsciously, followed the teasers for this MV and from the earlier snippets of it kind of already gave the vibe that ‘Dumb Dumb’ will alot be more experimental and crazier than any other SM-produced MVs out there. And it did stood up to that reputation.
Who waited for this to come out because they are intrigued?
Yes. The previews tickled my inquisitive side because Why on Earth are they crying?!!! I was not disappointed on the answer. It is one hell of a storyline. I love it!
First things first; We all know that these Super Junior subunit-slash-duo does not do ‘serious’ and ’emotional’, right? I bet you all have seen both Oppa Oppa and Motorcycle, right? They are funky, playful, bright and groove worthy but they are Continue reading
You just don’t know how psyched I am. You just don’t know how relieved I felt for this release. After a whole week of almost no release, KPop is rolling again. I am happy. I am super HAPPY! 😀
Okay, honestly, my first play with this MV didn’t make me swoon over it but I yes, this is one of those MVs that when you play again, well it sips you in. It’s definitely Crazy!
Although I am still not a firm believer of slow bridges on a Hip Hop song, I think they are successful in making me re-evaluate my views on that because man, that’s sexy! What am I thinking? I still wonder though why this still started with Hyuna but I am not complaining because her raspy voice definitely bring that mood up and it is really appropriate for a synth-ish chorus. It’s all cool and good.
It’s black and white. Yeah, black and white does it every single freaking time, isn’t it? It’s edgy, artistic and you can use it on a whole variety of genres. Being black and white shot the whole concept of cool off the roof, fiercer and definitely badass. It looks like a high-end thing, I am not denying that. It’s a whole new level of flawless in an MV. It’s definitely sleek! (Wow… I am exhausting my adjectives here… isn’t it?! It deserves the praise though)
AAAANNNDDDD…. We all have a “Hyuna Issue” whether we like to admit it or not, I am glad that each of the girls got a somehow equal amount of lines and screen times in this one. They all look great. The group sounds great!
4Minute has found their genre! I am so happy for them.
Although I am not sure how the choreography looks like, the MV compensated for the fact that they haven’t shown the dance routine. And from the looks of it, the chorus part has a rather easy to follow step and that’s good. I am not sure with the a bit sexy thing towards the end but the chorus is definitely had it going on, so no problems.
I know this a rather short review but let me tell you, just play that vid above and let’s all go CRAZYYYYY!!!
And as a conclusion let me tell you this; This is my most favorite 4Minute MV ever and this song rocks! So go play that!!!
credits: 4Minute Official YouTube Channel
WARNING: If you have been dumped and you are currently experiencing a heart-wrenching break-up, please do not listen to this song. I don’t want you to be tormenting over it, all over again. Just please… Yeah, I’ll be trying to review a much lighter KPop MV later. Please… spare your self. Thank You.
It is quite a debut explosion these year so yes, we are with the second review for a debut this year and don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining. I am actually having fun. This is really refreshing. It is nice.
There is one thing that I really really really wanted to tell the whole of KPop this whole time. And it is the fact that if you are looking for great voices, you should definitely turn to JYP’s direction. Their talents have amazing vocalization and they have quite amazing ranges. If there is an agency that takes vocal training seriously, I think it is JYP. Although the agency has been flying quite beneath other giants last year, I think they are plotting something and G. Soul is the start of their revenge.
I mean, if you trained for fifteen years and if you went through all the things that he had went through. Well, those experiences will definitely shape up quite a talent.
First, let me greet you a Happy New Year!
And speaking of new… A new generation of KPop groups is on the rise following the successive debut of new girl and boy bands amongst all the labels and, thus, I have decided to talk about a new girl group this time. So, let us all meet GFriend – the first girl group to debut this year.
GFriend is the newest group of Source Music. The group is consist of 6 members; UmJi, YuJoo, YeRin, SoWon, EunHa and maybe you have already notice that ShinB is a Jessica look-a-like, making that fact their point of entry towards your curiosity.
Shall we call this as “The Month They All Abandoned Cute Concepts”?! Okay here’s the trend, you shed all the traces of cuteness in you and you go for the dark bad boy range concept. This is the hype. I don’t even know if I should like it or not.
I witnessed how cute and bright Boyfriend was when they were rookies and now that they have decided to be somewhat manly and bad boy-ish let’s see how I think about it.
It’s no secret that they are SISTAR’s little brothers and there seems to be no problem with concept shifts in Starship. I mean SISTAR ranges from cute (Shady Girl) to cabaret (Give It To Me) so I thought maybe they can pull off an equivalent stint like that for Boyfriend. Sadly, like what happened to Janus uhmmm… they kind of fall short on parts and they still exude that cute image they used to have. I don’t know if it is because of their looks or because we are totally used to Boyfriend being cute but this cuts really short. But I think maybe this has to do with the lack of angst on Boyfriend’s attitude in the whole MV or maybe this is about that bookshelf.
They lack the What’s-up-man-I-am-Thug attitude that I am not really convinced that they are indeed bad boys. They still have not absorbed it completely but that takes time, I think. But I kind of wish they are as thug as they were on that teaser that they have released.
The song is a bit different from all the material that have previously released. This the first time they are releasing Dance Hip Hop and this do catch you at some point especially the opening rhythm because rap. AAAANNNDD Rap and Boyfriend does not really equate with each other but unlike other Dance Hip Hop songs, Obsession can also loses you at some points. It is not that memorable and this kind of just blends with all other songs out there. I wish they have released a song that would stand out from the rest to match up with the boys’ transformation
With all honesty, choreography-wise, I think the dance was pretty good but I also wanted a standing ovation worthy dance for them too just like what the company does for SISTAR. Like c’mon! We probably know the dance to every SISTAR song out there and they should do that too with Boyfriend, don’t you think so?
…..aaaaand the plot. Please don’t kill me with my next paragraph.
What on Earth was that?! I am so frustrated by how illogical that one scene was that my brain is ranting a lot of things and I can’t keep up with it. It started at 2:11 then a dance break and a fluffy scene later, the girl ended up being held “hostage” by an unknown green suit wearing man, so they went on to saving the girl and they made a bomb. Lo-and-behold! They miraculously have found the girl but the man in suit appears again shoving the bomb they made in the hands of the girl and for some freakin’ unknown reason she just holds unto it and no one really saved her until she blew up! THE GIRL FREAKIN’ BLEW UP! The gore was not portrayed, thankfully! BUT SHE FREAKIN’ BLEW UP! Why do she have to blow upppppppp?! WHHHHYYYYYYYY????!!!!(please wait a moment since the writer is whining on the floor almost like a five year old on a tantrum. Okay… she’s recovering now, we think… okay… uhmm… yeah, wait a little longer… okay! Back to regular programming…)
I appreciate the transformation. Hell! They look all good. Have you noticed the twins and Minwoo? Man! The manly thing is on girl! But I wished they also did well with the MV because I was really expecting a lot! They could have just dropped the bright scenes and they don’t really need the girl in MV. They could have made the scenes more dark or they could have just stick with the “gang hang-out place” and ditched the whole cool hexagon bookcase (yep! Just donate that bookshelf to me please… =D ).
It’s really nice seeing Boyfriend try out different genres and I just wish that next time, the plot would be well thought of and the “darkness and manliness” are more coherent.
Okay, at first when the news about Akdong Musician singing with YG Ent. broke out I was not really sure how to react on it. The styles of Akdong and YGEnt. is just complete different from each other like the opposite poles different. So did my perception of that changed after a year?
Let’s discover that together!
I have to confess before anything else, that I am one of those people who got literally happy (Yup! With jumping all around the house and those things) the minute SM announced that they are really indeed making this sub-unit happen. For real.
SM never get to collaborate with other companies, if you haven’t noticed it yet and I guess this is not a collaboration too, you know? I mean, SM C&C acquired Woollim Ent’s distribution rights last year but let’s make this count with that. I mean, SMEnt and Woollim are two separate division in that umbrella thing. So yeah, it won’t hurt right? But I think SM should definitely have to collaborate more.
What makes this whole sub-unit nail-bitingly exciting is they’re putting two best of friends (as they have mentioned in Ryeowook’s Sukira) together then add that to the fact that INFINITE & SHINee are the two groups out there who can actually literally dance so well. Who on Earth would have imagined this to really happen right?! Then here are Woo Hyun & Key blatantly melting your hearts with just their stares. Okay, that’s too much for a little fangirl’s heart, isn’t it? It did not ended there though, they have naughtily decided to entitle their debut single “Delicious” too. Just when you thought you could survive this debut, nope. There’s no escaping. They are not letting you, you could not possibly survive this cutie-pocalypse.
Surprisingly though, they went for dance pop. Particularly, jazz dance pop for their title track Delicious. Although at first, based on their first “Prologue”, I was guessing that they are going for the party-synth-ish genre because that prologue’s background music can actually possibly kill all that’s out there at the moment. But no, they kind of stick to what sounds like what TVXQ’s genre at the moment. I don’t really know what’s in SM’s mind for deciding like that but hey, I think it is working though.
I am not totally digging the “Love is Nutritious” part of the lyrics though. Yep, “nutritious” probably and definitely rhymes with “delicious” but I don’t why would you put it in a jazzy song like this. It kind of made me think of a cereal advertisement for a minute. I mean where would you see “delicious” & “nutritious” in the same line? But considering that they are on to convince you and tease you on love. Let’s just let them go ahead with that sweet, delicious & nutritious combination that they have got going in the song.
Dance-wise though, I am slightly disappointed with what they have come up with. I mean, Woo Hyun came from INFINITE which is the most in-synch dancers in the whole KPop and Key is from SHINee who always pulls off extremely difficult routines every time. So what’s up with the simple routine? They could manage to insert quite a handful of tosses or dramatic heart-stopping moves there but they didn’t. Maybe they all wanted to just keep it clean, simple & cute? I don’t know but I was expecting more to the choreography for this one. Again, it’s SHINee & INFINITE collaborating at the first place.
Yes. I have saved my opinions for the storyline & for the whole MV thing for last. First, let’s express our gratitude to those cute flipbooks that added a lot of points to the overall cuteness points of the entire MV. The childhood friends battling for a girl is kind adorable but that storyline kind of faded towards the end of the music video. Seriously, I think my following confession might put me on your most hated list, sorry. Okay here is my final ultimate confession: for the first time in my entire existence, this time I am really certain that SM is probably secretly spying on fanfics for this one. I have checked my friends’ reaction (INFINITE & SHINee fans alike) after watching this particular MV. One actually flustered about maybe she’s just overdosed herself with a lot of yaoi for the entire week and maybe that’s the reason why she has that opinion in mind for the MV and one is actually jealous over Woo Hyun. Whatever sorcery SM is trying on all of us here, this ship is sailing more than any other! I am not implying anything, it’s just Woo Hyun & Key has this hard-to-explain onscreen chemistry. Maybe it’s because they are genuinely close friends in real life? And that may actually explain why this music video is so much fun as it is (making me forget that I was expecting a party song for this sub-unit).
I can’t really point out how well and how they have managed to mix this two different personalities together, I mean obviously, Key is really outgoing type and Woo Hyun looks like a little reserved but maybe that’s the charm of the duo and their friendship in general. You have to be contrasting to work.
At the end of the day, their charisma and chemistry is all that matters and all that worked for you to be convinced that, yes, this song and MV is working for you. It is actually good. It’s so adorably genuinely cute without that cheesiness that girl groups might rub on cuteness. This is cuteness in its purest form (and yeah, those scenes at towards the end might kill you with it).
Making this to win the charts has a really thin possibility at the moment (or maybe not, I mean we have two fandoms for this) because there are two giant girl bands battling their hearts out at the moment. But I am really glad that this sub-unit happened (and maybe I’m sailing with the ship too, =) )
credits: SMTown YouTube channel
After falling short last year, I think they are back to their own and original element and they are now out with vengeance! 2NE1’s comeback last year, taking into consideration CL’s Gizibe, their summer comeback singles & their ballad last December comes out really lacking on some aspects and now I think I know why.
Come Back Home has two versions in 2NE1’s CRUSH album; the regular one (with synth and everything) and the unplugged version (the more acoustic one). Honestly, I like the unplugged version more. It is more true to the element of the meaning of the song. The emotions are more contained in the unplugged version rather than the party atmosphere that the original version is suggesting. The unplugged version is more laid back with tinge reggae and you do get that vibe of travelling (“going back home”) is there.
The idea of mashing up the two versions for the MV is the most brilliant thing YG has come up with so far. The shift from party and acoustic is masked strategically with each scene of the MV shifting from digital graphic induced scenes for the original version and going back to the unplugged version during emotional ones.
The “delay due to digital graphic problems” did not disappoint us. I guess when they said that they are having a hard time due to the graphics; they actually meant that they are going all out on it.
According to THE YG himself, the storyline of the MV revolves around humanity in the not-so-distant future having lost all the sense of a genuine human interaction due to technology holding humanity captive in its obsessive power. I actually have a different interpretation of the storyline.
So here’s my version of the storyline of the MV: 2NE1 is having a revolution against the system, the system being somehow like virus that infected all of the citizens of this future earth and 2NE1 are the part of the ones who are not infected with the “virus” yet. Thus, the scene where Bom & Minzy look like they are formulating a “cure” for this spreading “virus” and they are initially trying to save Dara’s boyfriend (at least in the MV) but it was too late so Dara had to pull out the plug from her boyfriend to prevent more suffering in the boyfriend’s part and that death of her boyfriend ignited that full-blown revolution that the uninfected ones have been planning for a long time.
The scenes towards the end where CL spray painted & threw flames towards stoic people who are having a banquet& Dara flipped a table in that same banquet, actually, the scenes where the girls literally ruined a boring party is the start of the said revolution that will save the humanity from this virus (which makes people like white and eat in large banquets which serves grapes in beads or something like that). And people of the internet, that’s my interpretation of the MV.
Seriously, I don’t know if it’s just the result of me drawn into dystopian movies & novels but this MV shouts “Rebellion Against The Popular System” to me. You be the judge about that, we all have different interpretation anyways but whatever your interpretation will be, it’s actually good to know that there are actually meaningful stories in KPop MVs these days which the fans can have intelligent conversations about.
Overall, this MV is the current epitome of a well-prepared & well thought of comeback as of this day. The song, the graphics, the story and even the costumes and emotions are well executed. This is the thing to beat for the upcoming comebacks and I don’t even know if they will be able to beat this MV or this comeback, ‘cause this comeback is the bomb – The bomb that will meet your expectations and make them shatter into great pieces because you just have been mind-blown. That’s how great this comeback is.
The play towards the top of the charts for this song is really up to the hands of the ever loyal fans, so please do well on that. Whatever awards this track, album, comeback of 2NE1 will ever receive on the year-end awards, they deserve it. They really truly deserve it. The album is great, the MV is superb.
This only proves one thing actually; you can always outdo yourself a hundred times and comeback with a wild vengeance!
Congratulations to 2NE1 and to the Blackjacks out there: GO VOTE!!! FIGHTING! Goodluck Blackjacks!
And for more 2NE1, Check out our CRUSH Album review here.
credits: 2NE1’s YouTube channel