This is overdue by so much. Kim Sunggyu or Kim Sung Kyu of Infinite has finally made a comeback after three long years. Kim Sung Kyu was one of the reasons I stuck to Kpop. His beautiful voice and the emotion of his songs hooked me. Well, I think it was yesterday, or maybe it was the day before, Kim Sung Kyu released a new song for his comeback album. The song is called “True Love” and it sounds promising.
The music video was your typical walking-down-the-street music video but Kim Sung Kyu does that well. At the beginning of the video, he’s near stacked apartments which creates this cool towering feeling. Later, he walks to various places but I think the final destination for him was being somewhere quiet where he could read the letter in peace and smile.
Kim Sung Kyu’s style has matured but he’s still really youthful. His song was a typical chord progression. I believe it was three main chords, but it doesn’t really matter how simplistic the song is, as long as it is presented in a good way, which is exactly what Sung Kyu did. I believe he loves piano, so that’s why there’s piano in the majority of his songs.
I guess looking back at this music video, the only thing I wish it had was a little more depth. This is coming from “Kontrol”, a video that coincided with the Sewol Tragedy. This video seems stripped down and bare compared to that music video. Either way, it is still amazing. Like and share this review. Let me know in the comment section what you thought of this video. Please support Sung Kyu so he can have more wonderful comebacks like this. Thank you for your support and I’ll see you in my next review.
Red Velvet surprised fans with the release of a new music video for their song “I Just”. I’m beyond stoked for this because “I Just” is my favorite song on Perfect Velvet and my second favorite song from Red Velvet overall.
I honestly think the music video is just their manager messing around with a phone and them singing “I Just” while driving to an event. The video as a whole was just a cell phone focusing on different members during their parts. There was a lot of doodle art on the finalized video to give it a lot more creativity. I love “I Just”.
Who loved this video even though it’s not necessarily an actual music video? Like and share this short review. I’m sorry it’s so short today. I’ll try to upload another review later. Thank you for your support. Please don’t forget to support Red Velvet. Thank you again and I’ll see you in my next review.
I’m sorry I’m so far behind. My WiFi at my house went out for a couple of days so I couldn’t review any music videos. However, today I’m starting us off with one of my favorite new girl groups, WJSN, also known as Cosmic Girls. They made a comeback a little bit ago with a song called “Dreams Come True” and immediately I thought of “Dream Girl” by I.O.I.
For the majority of my time spent watching this music video, I was extremely confused. Girls and magical orbs floating through the sky, but it turned out to be a dream. The title “Dreams Come True” comes to fruition at the end of the video when the girl wakes up and an orb floats out from her phone, suggesting that all those events will happen. Maybe this plays as a premonition because in the video, we saw a girl fall from her bed into a portal along with several glowing orbs. Also, the video quality seemed grainy as if it was representing a past era or period of time.
I don’t know how to describe the song aside from Space Rock Opera but not really. The song starts off with a guitar and synths that sound like they are straight from the 80s. As the song progresses though, I can’t help but get caught up in the song. It has an emotional vibe among a stormcloud of sounds. It is beautiful and chaotic, but peaceful and orderly. It is confusing.
I love this song, but nothing will ever top “Catch Me” as far as WJSN is concerned. That song will forever be my number one. As for the video, the video was unique and confusing but I loved it. What did you think of the song? Did you like it? Was it your favorite WJSN song? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section. Like and share this review. Don’t forget to support WJSN. Thank you for the support you give me. I’ll see you in my next review.
CLC is back and I’m even more confused about their concept because they have changed it so much in the past few comebacks. I personally liked their cutesy style but I’m willing to give this elegantly sexy looking concept a try. Don’t fail me, CLC. “Black Dress”, let’s see what you’re made of.
I want to say that video had something to do with female empowerment but I don’t know how. The girls were all in black suit outfits and playing with scissors. At one point, one of the members take the scissors to her throat but is stopped. She wakes up and picks up the scissors to cut her hair. Each of the members follow in cutting their hair. In the center of the room is a pole with one member singled out and pole dancing.
The tune was hard hitting and grab your attention. However, there was a buzzing synth that actually annoyed me. It was a descending buzz synth that was too repetitive and honestly, I got bored of it really quick. It’s sad to say this because that musical motif was the driving force of the song. There was a hint of a tropical sound peeking out but it never saw full fruition.
I hope their other songs are better than this one because this one just wasn’t very impressive. They looked sexy and badass, but the song just didn’t keep me intrigued. What do you think? Did you enjoy the song? Like and share this review. Let me know your thoughts in the comment section. Thank you for supporting me and please don’t forget to support CLC. Thank you and I’ll see you in my next review.
Anyone who is an NCTzen will tell you it’s been a long time waiting for this comeback. NCT U finally made a comeback with their song “Boss”. Out of all the NCT subunits, I think NCT U is my favorite. They just speak to me in a way that the other NCTs can’t.
I’m not entirely sure what happened in that music video. I know there was a lot of circle imagery used throughout. I’m not sure what it is supposed to symbolize but there was a circle image or reference to a circle image in almost every scene. The scenes flashed around a lot as well. But as far as the purpose of the video, I couldn’t tell you one way or another.
“Boss” at parts sounded like a mesh between “Without You” and “The 7th Sense”. The majority of the song was hard hitting and heavy but light at the same time. While the low toned bass synth took over for most of the song, there were sections in the song that had a lighter feeling that reminded me of “The 7th Sense”.
I think this song will take some more listens to get me really enjoying it. Honestly, I got a little bored part way through because the song is really repetitive. Either way, please support NCT. Like and share this review. Let me know if you liked the song in the comment section. Thank you for always supporting me and I’ll see you in my next review.
Last year, a new girl group presented themselves to us. I didn’t hear a lot of hype about them as a group but I loved their debut mini album. Weki Meki is back to spread their joy among their followers again, and hopefully pick up some new fans at the same time. “La La La” is the title track on their second mini album Lucky. The thing I loved about Weki Meki, is they seemed to attempt a different genre with each song. Let’s see what they go for this time.
This music video almost looks like an homage to “Rum Pum Pum Pum” by f(x). I’m sure they didn’t intend to do this, but there were a lot of elements in this video that kept me flashing back to f(x). For the majority of the video, the girls were dancing in a studio. It looked like one of those studios behind the stage at a performance theater. Their appearance was a lot more sexy than “I Don’t Like Your Girlfriend”, but at the same time, in a similar tone and style.
The song starts off with some funk guitar that remains in the background for the most part. The song is fine, but as for vocal performance, it was pretty bland. I’m not expecting powerhouse vocals from Weki Meki, but their singing was really watered down and a lot more rapping or sing-talking. It really upset me but I’m stoked to listen to their album.
Overall, I enjoyed it but would have enjoyed it more if their was more diverse vocal harmonies. What did you think? Did you like this song better than their debut? Let me know in the comment section. Like and share this review. Thank you for supporting me and while you’re at it, please support Weki Meki. Thank you again and I’ll see you in my next review.
BoA, the Queen of the industry, is back once again. She has been excessively busy lately, but I also like that because that means more music from our Queen. Recently, she released a Japanese full length album. Earlier today, she released her “1st” mini album. I say “1st” because she technically has about four other mini albums, but they were put out before mini albums were a thing. They were called single albums which included five to seven songs. The title track of BoA’s mini album is “One Shot, Two Shot” and is actually the title of the album as well.
The music video for “One Shot, Two Shot” was pretty much a dance video but I’m okay with that seeing as BoA is the Dance Queen. A small, simple plot developed throughout the video. BoA was dancing on a subway platform while a man danced on another platform. They were dancing for each other and towards each other. At the end of the video, BoA approaches the man and “shoots” him (she didn’t actually shoot him). The screen goes black and the man wakes up in the subway, but there’s no BoA.
The song was pleasant to listen to. While it didn’t remind me of old BoA, it was still a great song. The hook was a little unconventional for EDM. Typically, in EDM, the instrumental builds up and reaches a climax and then drops off. This song had quite enough build, but there was never a definite drop that I noticed. The beat just continued through while the instrumental changed up a little.
My favorite recent BoA song is still “Spring Rain” but this song can compete with it. “Nega Dola” was really reminiscent of her “Valenti” era, in my opinion. Please support BoA. After eighteen years in the industry, she is still making music and killing it. She truly is a Queen. Like and share this review. Let me know your thoughts in the comment section. Thank you very much for the support. I’ll see you in my next review.
It’s been a minute since I’ve heard anything from CocoSori. They initially put out that broccoli music video and then they had that other strange one. I’m hoping “Miamor” is a little more on the normal side. I really do love CocoSori though. They put out good music.
CocoSori has been known for creating some crazy music videos, but this video was actually quite normal. The girls (I still can’t identify who’s who) fall for a guy who lives in their building. They have an elaborate dream they are spending time with this guy. A part in the music video that cracked me up was when one of the girls lifts her phone to show a case that reads “Handsome Broccoli Only”, a clear reference to their debut song “Dark Circle”. At the end of the video, one of the girls almost kisses the guy to wake up to her actually kissing the other member.
I didn’t pay as much attention to the song as I should have, but there was a great use of synth tones in the song. A higher synth created a melody while the low end synth played with the rhythm of the song. With a song titled “Miamor” or “Mi Amor” literally translating to “My Love” from Spanish, it’s almost required to have Latin vibes which this song hints at. There are underlying clues to the Latin sound, but it’s not in your face like “O Sole Mio” or “Hallelujah” from Jimin.
I really loved this song. I like their other songs, but this is more something I would listen to in my free time. What did you think of the song? Do you know of CocoSori? Thank you for checking out my reviews. Go ahead and browse my website: www.openthekpop.com. Let me know in the comment section if you’d like to see me review something specific. Please don’t forget to support Coco and Sori. They are incredible. Thank you again and I’ll see you in my next review.
I can’t forget about my boys Seventeen. It feels like they just had a comeback. Maybe “Thanks” is their title track for a repackaged album. I’m not sure, but I know I’m ready for more Seventeen. I just know they are going to slay this.
As I kind of expected, a song named “Thanks” is going to have a video that correlates with the title. The video was focusing on the hard work they’ve put in for the past couple of years. It was dwelling on the nights they stayed up rehearsing, the times they were worn out, the studio run throughs they went through and the reason they worked so hard was because of the fans. I personally wasn’t there in the beginning but I’m here now.
The music in this song was a little unique. I mean it sounds like a typical Kpop song, but they emphasized certain things that made it stand out from other songs. When the “pre chorus” comes in with the guitar, I originally thought that was going to be the drop into the chorus, but it wasn’t. It was deceptive like that. Even the second time through, it still tricked me. At the pre chorus, the synth sounds drop out and start to build up again, promising a huge drop and a huge drop is what we get. The guitar portion sort of plays as a faux chorus, but when the actual chorus comes in, you know it. It acts as a delayed chorus in a way.
The song was beautiful and the video emphasized their efforts they put forth to make it this far, even from a small agency. Please support Seventeen. I know I wasn’t in to their music in the beginning, but please still support them. Like and share this review. Let me know your thoughts. Did you like it? Are you a Carat? Thank you for your support. I’ll see you in my next review.
It’s been a while since I’ve watched a music video from Henry. I loved his solo work back in the days of “Fantastic”, “Trap” and “Saturday”, but his more current stuff I was never fond of. Well here’s to hoping Henry can lure me back in with “Monster”.
Oh my goodness! That was a fantastic song. First off, I love the cinematography in the video. It was clean and there were some contrasting themes in the color coordination. Almost the entire video was monochromatic or black and white. However there were a few scenes where blue tones brushed in or red tones burst through. The video showed Henry driving through a crowd after everything is burning and being destroyed. He is beat up. I think the blues and reds compliment each other while still providing some resistance with each other. The song is about regret, so maybe fighting the peace with regret and suffering.
The song was so simple but even the instrumentation was telling a story of regret without even having to be explained through lyrics. The entire song was only a clean delayed guitar with some reverb and Henry’s voice. Even still, the song was phenomenal and like I said, told the story well. I listened to the English version but I didn’t even need English lyrics to understand the meaning of this song.
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