Day6 has made a comeback for the first time since ending their 2017 Every Day6 project. That was one of the largest Kpop projects of the year and from it, we as fans received two full length albums and several music videos to tie us down for the month. To be honest, we were a little spoiled so in January of this year, I was almost starving for more Day6. It’s nice that they put out that project, but it’s also nice they got a break.
“Shoot Me” is the first release of, what I’m assuming is, a two part album released as separate mini albums, similar to what SHINee is doing with their latest releases. I don’t watch teaser videos and I’ve already explained my reasoning there. So, I am going into this with a fresh perspective. I have no idea what to expect but I heard a while back that Day6 would be releasing a different style of rock music.
That was a different kind of video. It was far different from almost anything I’ve seen recently. The premise of the video was a guy and his girlfriend are sitting in a restaurant when all of a sudden she pulls out her finger gun and shoots the boyfriend a bunch of times. The women in the restaurant pull out their finger guns as well and all open fire on this man.
At this point in the video, I’m thinking to myself that this man must have done something really terrible to deserve this. But in the very last moments, he pulls out his finger gun and shoots back at the women. However, his gun doesn’t contain bullets but rather confetti and paint, I think. He smiles at the very end.
The video cut between shots of the couple in the restaurant and Day6 performing as many of Day6 videos are edited. What I found extremely interesting was the fact that they had finger guns. Not actual guns, but the damage to this man was real. He felt every one of those bullets fired at him. It’s a strong message to be honest.
Moving on to the song, it’s pretty obvious what this song is actually about. The overarching message is that words may seem harmless like the finger guns pointed at the man, but in the end, even those words have effect and can do damage. But the man says he’ll take as many bullets fired at him.
As for the vibe of the song, it had a mix of sounds which was really unique. It ventured from Caribbean style to Garage Rock to Anthem Rock and there were some more in there that I can’t get a grasp on. Either way, it was definitely different from what Day6 has done in the past. Will this be a permanent change? We will have to wait and see. I personally think it would be cool for them to explore different Rock genres with each new album. It could make for a neat project.
This has been my review for “Shoot Me” by Day6. Let me know any thoughts you might have. I personally loved the song but I would like to know what you thought of it and why you have those opinions. Thank you so much for showing your support for me. I appreciate it very much. Thanks again and I’ll see you in the next one.
Lee Jin Ah is a solo artist I know very little about but either way, I loved her last album and can’t wait to hear what she has to offer this time. “Random” and “Stairs” were both outstanding songs as well as the other songs on her album. Let’s just get into “Run” already.
The music video was very colorful and focused a lot on primary colors. I wonder if there was a purpose behind those particular colors over others. The video was very bright. There honestly wasn’t a lot going on in the music video that I noticed as far as story or even choreography. It was pretty much Gray and Lee Jin Ah just kind of standing still and singing.
The song I’m actually a little disappointed with not because it’s a bad song because it’s not a bad song. I’m disappointed with the fact that it’s a Lee Jin Ah song but it sounded like a Gray song. It had a heavy Hip Hop vibe over the quirky, jazzy piano hit that Lee Jin Ah has done in the past. I’m hoping her piano playing is featured more in the album than this video. Although her piano solo in the middle of the song was incredible.
What did you think of Lee Jin Ah’s comeback? Let me know in the comment section what you thought. Tell me if this is the first you’ve heard of Lee Jin Ah because I found her through ReacttotheK to be honest. Thank you so much and I’ll see you in my next review.
The day has finally come where Momoland either proves themselves as a true addition into the major world of popular Kpop or fall back into the unknown, lesser known pool from whence they came. At the beginning of 2018, Momoland released a hit song called “Bboom Bboom” that was a game changer for them as a group. Today they release their first comeback since that track changed their odds of making it big in the industry.
“Baam” is the new title track and it seems everyone changed their hairstyles for this comeback. They may have returned to the carnival concept they had going in previous comebacks according to some of the teaser images they had released online. Also there seems to be some “gypsy” appearance with Nancy. I’m not sure, let’s just get into it already.
In the music video, Momoland travels the world in this colorful new release. There are various scenes in different places and then the normal Momoland scenes of them dancing in shorts and t-shirts. Some of the places I noted, are Egypt, China, France, and the Philippines. I mean, the Philippines was pretty blatant and I think that’s because a huge portion of their fandom is based in the Philippines. But Nancy was waving the flag of the Philippines and there was a huge display that read Momoland at the end with Filipino flags on either side.
It seems that Momoland was trying to hit as many countries as they could in one video but I think things were a little stereotypical for the most part. I could be wrong. They went with more traditional routes for each region. For example, Nancy wore the face beads in Egypt and all the girls wore the rice farming hats in China. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing.
Here’s where my opinion and the opinion of the general public may get a little mixed. I don’t know what anyone else thought of this song. However, I liked it. I do wish they would have changed things up a little more than this. But it is still a good, energetic and danceable song.
The issue I have with the song is that it’s a House Dance track that has similar vibes as “Bboom Bboom” and the song format is identical to that of “Bboom Bboom”. Even the breakdown is in the same place and breaks the song up the same way it did in their previous title track. What I’m saying is that while remaining true to a sound is important but it’s also important to change things up a little as well. I will say though that I love the direction the chorus went. It had thing nice charm to the melody that had me hooked.
Well that’s my review of “Baam” by Momoland. What are your thoughts? Did you enjoy the song? Let me know what you thought in the comment section. Thank you for supporting me. Tell me who your bias in Momoland is. Mine is still Hyebin but Yeonwoo and Jane are after me. Thanks again and I’ll see you in the next one.
I don’t understand why this review took me so long to start, but here I finally am. I love BTOB, but for some reason, maybe I was afraid of being disappointed by this release. It’s happened in the past. But either way, that should prevent me from reviewing a music video. I think honestly with Ilhoon’s solo debut and BTOB’s last couple of releases, I’ve had a bad taste in my mouth since those events.
Well, I’m here to finally face my fear or anxieties and review “Only One for Me” by BTOB. Ever since “Pray (I’ll Be Your Man)”, I’ve had ridiculously high expectations for BTOB but it’s ridiculous of me to compare every release they put out to one song. I’m not that judgmental. I just really loved that song.
Before I jump into the review section about the actual music video, I would like to take some time to note some of the boy group music video archetypes. First of all the whole scenery throughout the video screams boy group; a bunch of men dressed in suits and tuxedos in a hotel and on a pier. Speaking of the pier, several of those shots were ideal for boy group videos such as the golfing from the pier. Then they have those group huddle shots that are iconic in the world of boy Pop music. Lastly, they are on a vehicle nearing the end of the video at night, but they broke the stereotype by being on a float rather than out of the roof of a limo or in the back of a truck.
The video was a bit nonsensical being that it was basically focusing on a bunch of rich boys hanging out and wasting time, which is the overarching plot of most music videos but this one especially had a richness, wealthy, showing-how-much-money-we-have type of video. Like I mentioned, there were about three or four different scenes in the video. A hotel. A pier. Nighttime highway. Not a whole lot of variation but the video has that production value that is known for Kpop videos.
While all of this banter is falling from my mouth, I did enjoy the song and video; probably the song more than the video. The variation on the song was actually quite impressive. There was a bunch of layering and the song sounded like a Ballad at first but then went Tropical/Caribbean with some Soft Rock influences intertwined. It had a lot of different influences that created this song.
However, even though I enjoyed the song, it still wasn’t to the level that “Pray (I’ll Be Your Man)” was and I don’t know if they’ll ever achieve that again, or at least not for a while, but it’s okay to think that BTOB is still making quality music that pleases the audiences and masses that listen to this. I’m not saying I can’t listen to BTOB again without imagining that song, because if you didn’t know BTOB’s Brother Act reached high places on my favorite albums of 2017. I love BTOB. I guess what I’m trying to say is I love epic sounding music and wish they could give me another song like that.
What are your thoughts on the video? Did you enjoy it? I promise I’m not a BTOB hater. I know it’s hard to prove that right now, but I swear. Anyway, thanks for supporting me and keeping up to date with everything I’m doing. I appreciate it. Please head over to my YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/c/ggtaemister and check out some of my videos as well as my new series called Song of the Week. Thanks and I’ll see you in the next one.
Oh my gosh it’s been a while. Grace, the one and only Grace, is finally back with a new release. This song is called “Because of You” and I have no idea what to expect but I’m betting it’s a banger. I think this one is even more special to me because I saw her live here in Phoenix and I stood probably about an arms length from her. She’s unique and quirky and I believe the one who inspired Jeon Soyeon to rap the way she does. Her and Hyuna.
First of all, this video is very low quality but still very well done. YYAC treats her well even though she doesn’t come back very often. There were four different scenes in this video. The opening scene was Grace sitting on a bed in a white room with white curtains. A few of the following scenes were Grace in front of a live band in foggy darkness with curls on her head. The last two were Grace in a white bricked room, like a bathroom or shower room and her in front of a pink glowing backdrop. Out of all of these, I think my favorite was the shower room scene. She looked the most natural in that scene.
While I was hoping/expecting a rap track, this was a nice surprise that showcased Grace’s vocal capability. She truly is a great singer but that is often overlooked because of her rapping she usually does in her songs. But overall, I’m super glad that Grace is finally back. She deserves so much more attention than she’s received but I’m glad that I was able to see her perform for 30 dollars. I might not get that chance again.
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My Queen is back and with something new apparently. At least that’s the title of her comeback title track. “Something New” is supposed to be Taeyeon’s experimentation into a different genre than she’s ever done before. Whatever it sounds like, I’m sure I’ll like it because it’s Taeyeon. She has a way of making anything she touches turn to gold.
I’m about an hour out, but before I countdown for it, I’d like to appreciate everything Taeyeon has done up to this point from “I” to “Why” to “Rain” and “Fine”. “11:11” was one of my favorites and even though “I Got Love” wasn’t my favorite song from her, “Make Me Love You” got me right back on. It was especially nice to see Taeyeon do a Christmas album. Whatever this new sound is, it will undeniably be Taeyeon.
The music video for “Something New” had a nice aesthetic to it. Many of the scenes were in black and white, while some scenes had a static fuzz. Of course the production value of this video was through the roof because it’s Taeyeon. It’s interesting to see Taeyeon do something as unique as this style.
On to the concept of the video, which was also really interesting. It seemed like Taeyeon was a criminal on the run and facing assassins at every turn. She beat up the guards in the elevator and then had the room service come to her room in the hotel. The room service lady attacked her and tried to kill her. The end of the video I was a little lost on, but it looked like she was ridding herself of money and possessions. Awesome job, Taeyeon!
What I thought was really intriguing was everyone’s guesses at what the concept would be. There was little to go by according to the theories (I don’t watch teasers so I don’t know), but most of the theories I saw were similar to “I”. There was one side of Taeyeon that was in front of the camera and there was another side behind the camera. But did the video take us for a wild ride.
The song was incredible. It started off with a drum beat and then a capella Taeyeon. But when that bass comes in and the rest of the song catches up, it is amazing. Taeyeon never disappoints but honestly, she could release anything and just the sound of her voice would add this touch of gold, this uniqueness that is Taeyeon. She has her own sound that moves with her as she explores genres. That’s what makes Taeyeon such a versatile singer.
The song had a new style and sound but like I mentioned, it is still Taeyeon. Yes, this song was a bit funkier and had a deeper groove than most of the songs she’s put out, but it remains true to Taeyeon’s overall sound. I can’t wait to listen to the rest of the album and hopefully purchase it here pretty soon.
Well, that’s my review of “Something New” by Taeyeon. It’s 2 am here and I need sleep. Thank you for supporting me. Let me know what you thought about the video in the comment section. Thank you and I’ll see you in the next one.
It’s that time! YG’s one and only girl group is finally having a comeback after way too long. Blackpink is one of the most talented girl groups but YG insists on them needing more time or whatever other bull crap excuse. But it is finally here. They are back for real this time. No more delaying or “coming soon” signs. This is the real thing.
Blackpink is back with their title song “Ddu Du Ddu Du” from their first mini album called Square Up (even though the image clearly depicts a cube). I don’t listen to teasers at all so all my Kpop friends have been blowing me up about this but I have not heard a teaser yet. Either way, I’m excited to do this. I mean, I’m up at 2 am to watch and review this video. I really hope YG didn’t let Blinks and Blackpink down.
As I was watching this music video, I noticed some similarities to an older YG music video. Do you know what I’m talking about? Yeah, I believe this is like “I am the Best” part 2. But I mean no disrespect from that. This video was lit. The production value that went into this video is insane.
I noticed each girl had their own thing that they were to be recognized by and then later they met up and tore the stage apart. The first individual member we see is Jennie, the Queen, literally on a Chess set. She’s sitting in a throne with a crown on her head, where it deserves to be. Then we moved on to Lisa who wielded that incredible Katana. Not to mention the product placement of their own Blackpink lightstick. Next is Rosé standing on her pedestal and belting those notes unlike anything ever before. Lastly, Jisoo is walking beneath a construction site or something with an umbrella as sparks rain down in a brilliant deluge.
What I felt was interesting about it is the overuse of props. There was a car covered in gemstones I believe, the chandelier that Rosé was swinging on. The entire video was filled with these crazy over the top props and I wouldn’t expect anything less from Blackpink.
One of the interesting things about this release as a song is it has even more energy than all of their previous releases. This Trap hit utilizing that detune feature that creates a sort of eerie but intense beat. That whistle tone also didn’t get annoying as I expected it would. The beat continued to grow throughout and even when the beat dropped out and the guitar came in, it was still super high energy.
What did you think of Blackpink’s comeback? Did it live up to the hype everyone built around it? Who is your Blackpink bias? Let me know in the comment section. Be sure to like this review. Thank you so much and I’ll see you in the next one.
So I usually don’t do this because of the way the Japanese market promotes Korean artists. For some reason, Kpop artists in Japan don’t get nearly enough promotional efforts made to get their career to take off in Japan. Especially if the musical style of the group in Korea doesn’t correlate with the style and sound Japanese music typically has. Red Velvet is one of those groups that sort of breaks boundaries with their unique style that isn’t necessarily cutesy. It never has been.
However, with all this put into perspective, I decided I’d review the song Red Velvet just debuted with in Japan called “#Cookie Jar”. I felt it unfair that this song has no music video and that people like me, who typically stick to Kpop would not review it just because of the lack of promotion and that it was a Japanese release. I love Red Velvet and I promised myself since “Ice Cream Cake” that I would follow this group to the end of the earth.
On my first listen through the song “#Cookie Jar”, a lot of it seemed forced. Like Red Velvet was trying too hard to create a cute style song but still didn’t achieve it. The way they would say “hashtag cookie jar” felt really uncomfortable to me. It felt like they were uncomfortable saying it. The beat was really grooving but there was something strange about it. And then there was the interlude/bridge section that was out of the blue and completely changed the tone of the song as if it were from a completely different song. All of this negative commentary and I still loved the song.
Like I mentioned, the beat from Jazzy, the funky bass moved around so much. The snaps. The “give me” chants. I think my overall downlooking of this song was really the use of “hashtag cookie jar” but after my second listen through, it really worked with me. I couldn’t stop singing that part, especially since that and “put your hand in the cookie jar” were the only parts I really understood.
I can totally see how Japan wouldn’t really want this, not because it’s not good, because it’s so good, but because it doesn’t reflect the image Japan has created for themselves. Japan is a culture that thrives on weird, cutesy things. Unfortunately for Japan and I guess Red Velvet, this song was more groovy than cutesy.
Also, what was with that strange transition into a completely different song for the interlude? The song has this nice groove thing going on throughout the entire song and the interlude/bridge, they decided to throw in an EDM synth riff with lowkey bass. The bass was driving the entire song and they threw it all out during that bridge. I loved that section but it still felt out of place for this song. I would’ve liked an entire separate song just based on that sound instead of that one small 10 second section.
But those are just a few of my thoughts while listening to “#Cookie Jar” for the first couple times. What are your thoughts? Did you like it? Do you think it fits into Japan’s bizarre culture? Let me know. Did you think it was the Japanese version of “Rookie” but part two? Thank you so much for your support for me. I really appreciate it so much. Be sure to like this review if you enjoyed it. Thank you and I’ll see you in the next one.
Girlkind is a group I know very little about but so badly I want to support them in their career especially because earlier this year they did that Trap song about lunch and broccoli which basically secured them in my heart. When a girl group can just have fun and make funny videos about “Broc-coli coli coli” that automatically adds a spot in my heart almost forever. This girl group is unique. Not that what they are doing hasn’t been done before but more that it’s not done often. They seem to have a bad girl vibe but are really cute while doing it. Similar to how 2NE1 was, Blackpink, and a little bit of Red Velvet.
With all that being said, I need to introduce the song I’ll be reviewing today. The song is called “Sorry” but stylized as “S.O.R.R.Y” which I don’t necessarily understand why companies do that. Maybe it’s to get the title more recognition in online searches. It’s the same reason why CHVRCHES uses the V instead of the U and why PVRIS uses the V instead of an A.
Before I get into anything else, there was an Iglesia ni Cristo church in the background at the beginning and end of the video. I know this really doesn’t mean anything to any of you but for my Filipino followers, they are all too familiar with those churches that are literally everywhere in the Philippines. Some of my followers might be INC but I thought that was interesting.
The color in this video was popping almost to the point of irritating. It reminds me of artificial landscape similar to The Veldt by Ray Bradbury or A Romance in Virtual Space from The Stories of Ibis by Hiroshi Yamamoto. The color was too vivid and lacked naturalness to it which is ironic considering most of the video was nature shots. It’s interesting how a couple notches on a visual editor can change things from being natural and breathtaking to artificial and almost generated.
I’m not sure what was happening in the video. We see a girl standing in front of the INC at the beginning of the video. Then it goes through a sequence where she is driving in a pink Mustang with a guy and he stops the car and leaves. The girl is then seen crying next to the car. It never really explains what she did but I guess that’s how it is made relate-able. It doesn’t necessarily have to be one specific thing and broadening the topic reaches more of an audience.
The song takes off immediately with the Electronica style that seems fine with remaining at the same point for most of the song. I personally, am a sucker for Dream Pop, EDM, House music, Techno, and Electronica Pop so I’m all for this comeback from them. I can understand how other people might not be so into it as I am. The repetitive nature of Electronic music can be irritating for some people, and I completely understand that. Either way though, please support Girlkind because their overall sound changes with each release.
I think the only thing for me that was irritating about this song was their reliance on that “S.O.R.R.Y” chorus line they kept returning to. I understand you want to hook people but the point is to hook them and not completely gut them before you reel them in. However, besides that little side note, I think this release was well done and hopefully this will help them achieve a little bit more success.
This has been my music video review of “S.O.R.R.Y” by Girlkind. Be sure to like this review if you enjoyed it. Let me know what your thoughts were about this video. Also let me know if you are one of my Filipino followers. This is a shout out to you! Thank you so much. I appreciate you all and all you do for me. Thank you and I’ll see you in the next one.
It has been a while since I’ve been able to review a boy group music video, let alone an underrated boy group music video. ONF has been on my targets since their debut last year. They have talent and charm and swag but most of all, they seem pretty chill and laid back. I really enjoy groups like that because it’s less about the competitive nature that exists in Kpop and more about just having fun and making music.
ONF is a seven member boy group under WM Entertainment. ONF is short for On-N-Off. “Complete” marks their first comeback since debut. Their debut track “On/Off” was released last year in August making it a little over ten months since their debut. I hope they remain relevant because this is a boy group I’ve been interested in. In the world of Kpop, you cannot debut a group and take a ten month break.
Where do I even begin? The music video had several different shooting locations and several different scenes throughout. Some of my favorite scenery shots were the storm chaser images. I’ve always been intrigued by storms. The atmosphere of the video however was very chill and just having fun. It’s like I mentioned, this group is all about just being a group and enjoying themselves. At least that’s the vibe I get from them as a group and I really admire that about them.
As I mentioned, there were a ton of different scenes throughout the video. There were scenes where they were running and dancing through a stone corridor, dancing in the desert or on a track field. I also noticed a quick glimpse of a member longboarding which was also in their previous release. They were dancing on the rooftop like it was the end of the world. Also that is possibly a shoutout to Drunken Tiger’s recent release “Yet”. I hope it was a shoutout. I love Drunken Tiger.
The flow of the song was upbeat and fast paced. It kept the listener interested without losing their attention. It had enough changes throughout to keep it interesting as well. It’s strange because I’m not someone who tends to like bubbly guy tracks. However, this song really grabbed me. It hooked me and held me down, never to let me go. Which I’m willingly falling into. Thanks, ONF.
Now let’s talk about those change ups. At the chorus, when the song builds as a typical EDM song does, you expect a drop that flows from the build up and drops nicely. This song does that but the drop still seems unexpected. It goes from being completely EDM and electronic sounds to a sudden saxophone solo for the drop. What’s even more crazy is when the bridge comes in, we get a similar drop but more along the lines of Dubstep with some heavy detuning. It is unexpected and a nice way to add some variety to the song.
Well that’s my review of “Complete” by ONF. I hope you enjoyed it. Be sure to give this review a thumbs up if you liked it. Thank you so much for the support. Be sure to stay tuned for more great reviews like this one in the future. Thanks again and I’ll see you in the next one.
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