Pristin is a girl group that everyone loves. If you don't love Pristin, it's probably because you don't know Pristin. Pristin is a 10 member girl group under Pledis Entertainment who actually used to be known as the Pledis Girlz before debut. Pristin debuted in 2017 with “Wee Woo” that shook the entire K-pop world. They are now back with their song “We Like” which I feel is a part 2 to their pre-debut song “We”.
“We Like” by Pristin takes place at a mall after hours with the girls running around avoiding security as best as they can. It's essentially a party video but at the wrong time. They are simply trashing the entire mall while the terrible mall cop fails to do his job. If there were a bunch of girls running around partying and causing a mess in a mall, you most likely would hear it. Well, in the end, they get caught and the video ends with them taking their mug shots.
"We Like” was a fun, poppy, and strangely aggressive song. The style switched back and forth between cutesy girl pop to harder hitting EDM style music. The chorus had more of a chant style, anthem sounding roar to it. Along with the anthem style chants, they said the word “doo” several times that sounded similar to the beating of various noted tom drums. I don't know if that was their intention but that's what it sounded like to me. What always gets me is when these girl groups that are striving to be cutesy and aegyo have a couple of rappers that have hard hitting breakdowns. It confuses me but I'm kind of okay with it.
Pristin have finally returned and I can't wait to check out the rest of their album. They always amaze me. Please support Pristin as you know you should. Like and share this review on social media if you liked it. Leave a comment below as well if you so desire. Thank you for supporting me and continuing to give me your love. Thank you very much and I'll see you in the next one.
My boy Taeyang is finally back! It's been like 4 years, maybe only 3 but still, that's too long. Taeyang has returned and this time he doesn't have a nasty dreadlocks hair style. He's back to his fohawk days! Taeyang was originally my Ultimate Bias but just because he's not anymore doesn't mean I don't love him any less. Taeyang's two title tracks are “Wake Me Up” and “Darling”. Let's look at and dissect these two songs!
“Wake Me Up” is a powerful ballad where Taeyang begs for the opposite of his title; to not be woken up. Throughout the video, Taeyang is immersed in a colorful yet sort of depressing environment. He stands in a forest with little lighting, in an empty apartment torn to shreds, trapped in a box. But I think the underlying message of this video is trying to tell the viewer that sometimes our dreams are better than our reality. Sometimes we don't want to wake up because everything around us is so much better than what is actually surrounding us. But I feel like Taeyang, although begging to remain asleep, is sending a message to the world that sometimes, you need to wake up. As nice as a dream may be, progress stops in a dream. The world moves forward only in reality.
The song sounded amazing. It's like the old Taeyang I always knew has returned completely and brought with him incredible music. The style of the song sounds to me like Chill Step. The slow bursts of energy along with the droning bass notes give it a dragging feeling that is perfect for this style. His voice complements the energy of the song so well create a beautiful masterpiece.
I'm not sure I understood the full meaning behind “Darling” but I'll take a shot. Throughout the video, we see Taeyang surrounded by dust storms and various debris being blown everywhere. Near the beginning, a girl has her arms around Taeyang. As the video moves on, the surroundings get clearer, but the girl seems more distant. At one point in the video, we see birds. Birds I believe represent the girl because we see Taeyang let go of the birds as he is letting go of the girl. Maybe she died in some way, because she is lying in the aisles of chapel pews. At the very end of the video, Taeyang is walking through a wintery tundra, alone and the sky is clear.
This song was extremely emotional and utilized a unique style and sound with the key it was in. “Darling” was definitely a ballad with powerful piano playing and even more powerful vocals by Taeyang. About halfway through, drums pick up and create an enormous ending to the song. Another point I forgot to mention is that in the video, we see the girl running and Taeyang chasing her, but there are certain scenes where he is chasing nothing.
I hope you enjoyed my review as well as theories of these two wonderful Taeyang music videos. If you could please support Taeyang and YG Entertainment for putting out “Wake Me Up” and “Darling”, two wonderful songs. Like and share this review and leave a comment for me below. Thank you for supporting me as much as you do and I'll see you in the next one.
Gugudan made a sub unit, I believe, called Gugudan Oguogu. I don't know what that means or even if this is an official sub unit but whatever it is, I'm ready! This music video is called “Ice Chu” and appears to be focused on 4 of the girls from the original group.
“Ice Chu” was a very interesting video to say the least. The video itself was rather cutesy and colorful but the concept was kind of dark and a little twisted. Two members were in an ice cream land where they ate ice cream in front of the people of the ice cream land. They stomped on and murdered ice cream before their very eyes. Because of that, the girls were put in jail, from which they broke out of but were then banished to the freezer where they were frozen and made into popsicles.
The song followed the mood of the video fairly well because it was a cutesy, almost trot style song but there were some more aggressive portions like the trap style breakdown in the second verse. Overall, the song was great and the video, although slightly twisted, was pretty cute as well. It wasn't a dark video just the concept seemed a bit off and odd for a cutesy video.
I hope you enjoyed this review of “Ice Chu” by Gugudan Oguogu. Please support the artist. Also continue to show support for me by liking and sharing this review. Thank you all for you love and I'll see you in the next one.
Just 5 days after SNSD had their comeback celebrating their 10 year anniversary, Jessica Jung (former member of SNSD) makes her comeback with “Summer Storm” which in my personal opinion has the impression of something calming yet powerful and potentially disastrous. I love Jessica and will always support her and that is why I put aside all other reviews I need to do in order to review Jessica's music video and hers alone.
From what I saw in the music video, it's safe to say that Jessica possibly feels alone and depressed. Many might say this video is a reflection on her past with SNSD. Throughout the video, she is seen alone looking back on her happy moments and celebration. In the video, it's obviously a guy she is missing but that “guy” can be interpreted to mean SNSD, her past group. Maybe as time moved forward, she may have regretted rushing into her company so fast. Maybe she just misses her girls and wishes them the best of luck. The desire Jessica has to reverse time and go back to her girls can be seen when everything in the memory of her party is moving in reverse. She wishes to reverse time and return to simpler times.
Another possible reading from this video could be as a prequel to the rest of her videos. To review, “Fly” was about her being stuck in the middle of nowhere in a desert longing to be in the tundra or in a winterland. This concept continued into “Wonderland” which was about her actually leaving where she was and going to the winterland. In this video, we can see a guy she is with and the two of them possibly celebrating Christmas because of the fake snow. Jessica is also seen holding a globe similar to the one she was holding at the end of “Fly”. Also in the video, we see the changing of seasons which could be interpreted as the death or loss of a loved one. The reason I say this is a prequel is because her loved one left in some way and her desire to return to him is so intense. She believes or knows he's in a winter wonderland which could also be Heaven, assuming the loved one passed on.
Sorry for the theories. As for the song, it was a really low intensity song that utilized heavy pop beats over soft instrumentals. As for her releases, this song may be my favorite of hers so far. She is by far my second favorite voice from SNSD and for a good reason. I don't have much to say about the song because it was extremely good. It was a typical Jessica song but not too ordinary. Her powerful vocals are everything and the less I have to say about a song probably means it's that much better; I don't have any qualms with it.
I hope you enjoyed my review/theories of “Summer Storm” by Jessica. Please support her. I know a lot of you are still angry with her because of her departure from SNSD but if the girls can support her then so can we. Besides, if we say OT9 forever, it means we support all the members regardless what they are doing. Rather it be on their own or as a group. If you liked this review, please like and share. Leave a comment telling me what your thoughts are about the video. Thank you so much for supporting me and I'll see you in the next one.
Winner has made their comeback with two music videos as has become the norm with YG artists. The two music videos are “Island” and “Love Me Love Me” of both I know nothing about. Winner is one of those groups that I love but I haven't done a lot of digging into their career which is something I need to repent of because this group is damn talented.
“Island” is exactly what you'd expect it to be. The song was dancy, bright, tropical sounding, and chill. The music video featured the members looking ridiculously pretty and hanging out on a beach, whatever that includes. Apparently, that means bright colors, riding in the back of a truck, jumping on a tramp, biking, and just hanging out with good friends having a good time.
As for “Love Me Love Me”, the style of music video and song were very similar to that of “Island”. Both were very colorful with tropical style dance tracks. Both took place in what seemed to be California. “Love Me Love Me” however took a different direction music video-wise. The video seemed to be about social media and how it takes over our lives. In almost every scene, the clip had been altered with some reference to social media whether it was dog faces from SnapChat, chat streams from Periscope, or boomerang from Instagram. There were obviously several other references but for the most part it seemed to be about the power social media has over our lives.
Well I hope you enjoyed my review of “Island” and “Love Me Love Me” from Winner! Please support these wonderfully talented guys. Like and share this review as well as leaving a comment in the comment section below. Thank you all for your support and I'll see you in the next one.
Holy shit! Today's the day! I've waited all day long and I'm finally able to watch the Girls' Generation comeback videos “Holiday” and “All Night” which apparently “All Night” is a documentary version. Either way I'm super stoked because I've heard nothing but great things about these two releases!
“Holiday” was a really upbeat song that had a hard, driving beat. It was definitely more of a party song and I can already see myself attempting to dance along with the girls. I think the music video was showing different aspects of fame. It showed the process of moving up in the world of entertainment. I loved the song because it was so upbeat and had more of a classic Girls' Generation sound while still remaining fresh.
The music video for “All Night” was like it said, more of a documentary. However, there were scenes of the girls dancing, singing, and enjoying themselves in fancy dresses. During the chorus, each girl was interviewed and answered certain questions. I just wish I knew what they were. The track had a funky, 80s influenced dance style with a unique breakdown that utilized several digital sounds and awkward pauses. I really love this song and of course, in both these videos, the girls all looked amazing.
I hope you enjoyed my review of “Holiday” and “All Night, I mean the girls are finally back! They've made it to 10 years. Let's celebrate their success as one of the biggest girl groups in the world! Please continue to support these girls even if they break up tomorrow or continue on for another 10 years. Let us always be in support of our girls forever, even Jessica with her solo career. Thank you for supporting me as well even though my contributions into K-pop are very limited. Like and share this review and leave a comment below. Thank you and I'll see you in the next one.
Gfriend is officially back with their music video for “Love Whisper”! Gfriend is slowly becoming one of my favorite girl groups. My bias is Sowon but Eunha, SinB, Yuju, Yerin, and Umji are all fairly close to taking that away. Some of Gfriend's popular songs are “Glass Bead”, “Rough”, “Navillera”, and “Fingertip”. From what I saw of the teasers, the group went back to a more cutesy style, but we'll see.
They absolutely went back to their cutesy style which I'm okay with. However they didn't revert to the schoolgirl outfits that used to rule their sub genre. The music video started out with an old radio. The girls were trying to listen to something throughout the entire video but then in the end, really were trying to free a butterfly (which has reference to two past videos). There were a ton of outdoor scenes and they were wearing all white for most of the dancing scenes. They all looked phenomenal as expected.
Like I mentioned before, the style was definitely a cutesy style but more mature somehow. Kind of like how Lovelyz matured style with “Destiny”. Two things I was thrilled they kept with their style was firstly, the guitar solo dance break. Gfriend is pretty much generic in their musical style except for that guitar solo break. Not many other cutesy girl groups have that sound. Secondly, and this one is a bit cliché, but I love it, is the ending high note sung by SinB, I think. I wasn't paying super close attention to the video because my laundry had ended right at that moment.
Well I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope you will support Gfriend because they deserve the love and respect from each person who watches their videos. Please like and share this review and don't forget to leave a comment below. Thank you for supporting me and I'll see you in the next one.
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