Honestly, I’ve been so busy and distracted that I didn't see this release coming. I mean, I knew that BTS was scheduled to comeback but I didn’t realize it was this soon. “Idol” is their comeback this time and I just checked that in 13 hours, they’ve already achieved 35 million views on the video. Now that’s impressive. Now I have to lay down more money to the Kpop industry.
I’m not sure what I just watched but it wasn’t the BTS that has been growing in popularity recently. It was like they reinvented themselves for this comeback which is good but also can be a bad thing. There was nothing really cinematic for this video which is the route they usually take. This video is just filled with a bunch of random junk that I’m sure has deeper meaning. Upon initial viewing, it seems like a bunch of images that were cropped or plastered onto the backdrop of the video. They were dancing in front of a green screen and everything was done in post-production.
With that being said, the song also has some interesting changes from their typical sound. Recently there sound has been Poppy but almost epic while still containing that hype level. This song was completely hype and lost a lot of the epic factor, although it still had some. For me, I might have to go back and listen to it a few more times before it grows on me because with that first listen, it feels overwhelming and underwhelming all at the same time.
What are your thoughts on “Idol” by BTS? I honestly want to know what you thought of the video and the song. Is this BTS’ best song? Is it their worst song? What do you think makes it the best or worst BTS song? Thank you for supporting me. I’ll see you in the next review.
The day has finally arrived. LOOΠΔ is a complete group, they’ve showed their skills and now have finally debuted. It’s been a long ride up until this point. I wish I could say I’ve been there since the very beginning but to be honest, I discovered LOOΠΔ around the time that Yeo Jin was debuting. When did you discover LOOΠΔ?
“Hi High” is debut song from LOOΠΔ and I don’t honestly don’t know anything about this song. I know it’s their official debut, not “favOriTe” which I initially assumed to be their debut. LOOΠΔ has developed so much in the past year and a half and have grown to be one of the favorite groups of many people, myself included. Let’s see if this debut lives up to the hype surrounding LOOΠΔ.
What was interesting about this music video is it seemed to have a bunch of reference points back to older videos of theirs without every actually using the same footage. ViVi’s track outfit for instance is an example of a throwback. The running scene at the start of the first chorus looks familiar to “Girl Front”. The video is chocked full of these types of hints backwards. I didn’t see or maybe I did but didn’t realize all of them.
I will say though that there was a ton of running in this video. Towards the end of the video it looks like they’re trying to fly and Hee Jin is the only one we see actually fly. I wonder if this means something. What am I talking about? Of course it means something because everything in these videos means something.
I don’t even know where to start with this song because of how strange the structure is. The first thing the listener hears is some screechy, high pitched synth tones playing that are extremely uneasy but honestly I would have been fine if the entire song played off those tones. The song is really poppy and fast paced but I wouldn’t exactly call it cute as everyone is. I think it’s somewhere in between cute and girl crush, definitely more of the cute side but the song structure messes with me.
It definitely has the chorus reprise happening but each time it sounds different because of the build up around the chorus. This is a unique thing to do because they could have easily just copy and pasted the build up and choruses but instead they played with the organization of the song and changed up the build ups. I truly appreciate this because it gives us something fresh to listen to that is a repetitive Pop track.
What did you think of LOOΠΔ’s debut song “Hi High”? Hopefully Orbits stay around and don’t leave simply because it’s not a dark, girl crush concept. Let me know if you’re a true Orbit and support LOOΠΔ is all their endeavors whether you enjoy the song or not. Thank you for the support. I’ll see you in the next review.
I know I’ve been behind a whole bunch lately and I said this before but I’m not going to review every music video from every group that comes out. I just don’t have that kind of time. Instead, I’ll post reviews for my favorite groups and for comebacks or debuts I think are really important to Kpop. I’ve been ridiculously busy working two jobs and today my car broke down which made me miss my second job which gives me a little time to review a Kpop music video.
With all that out of the way now, I can get on to introducing this review which, as you can tell by the title, is for (G)I-DLE and their comeback song “Hann” or “Alone”. (G)I-DLE is a group I’m super excited for because of how much “Latata” got stuck in my head. If you didn’t know, my bias from the group is Yuqi because of her cute face and unique voice. I can’t wait to see what they do this time around.
I honestly don’t know what to say about that music video. It all felt like a strange dream. The only things I actually remember from the video were Soyeon touching the scorpion (which is a terrible idea, by the way), Yuqi playing with mirrors and bottles and a lot of Middle Eastern style architecture. Maybe it’s not Middle Eastern style. What even is Middle Eastern architecture?
The song was a bit strange as well. It had a whistle aesthetic that seems to be featured in songs more often than not lately. The whistle feature gave the song an eerie vibe but I don’t think that’s what shook me. I think it was my expectation versus what I really saw. I don’t know what I was expecting but I don’t think it was that. I’m not saying the song was bad; I’ll just have to give it a few more listens before I can give a full thought out opinion.
What did you think of (G)I-DLE’s comeback song “Alone”? Did it meet expectations you might have had? Was it better than you thought or are you not sure yet either? Let me know all your thoughts in the comment section. Thank you for supporting me and hopefully I’ll post a new review sooner than later. Until then, keep listening to Kpop. Keep an open mind to music.
I said before in one of my recent music video reviews that I’m only going to review some of the bigger comebacks, the crucial ones as well as my favorites. Well I feel like Taeyeon and Melomance opening up a new season of SM Station may be a pretty crucial one. It’s also a big one because it’s Taeyeon and of course, Taeyeon is my Ultimate Bias so I have to review this song because she is part of this song. She could literally just walk into the room and walk out for the music video and I would 100% support it.
I’m assuming this music video won’t have a huge story concept behind it. It will probably just be Taeyeon in a studio singing the song. But I’m prepared for anything. If it ends up being as I predicted, I won’t review the music video, just the song. Well, I think I’ve put this off long enough. I’m ready to get blown away by Taeyeon, yet again.
So it turns out there was a video concept. The concept was people overcoming challenges. There were a couple of stories within the video of people facing the struggles that lie in front of them. It was really beautiful and well done without making the viewer feel upset or sad. It really was about moving past the hurdle and less about the actual hurdle itself.
The song started off as if it was going to be a Ballad. I think it wanted to be a Ballad but like the song itself, it went past comfortable and leaped over that hurdle and became a Pop song.
The instrumentals in the song were very poppy and possibly bluesy a little bit as well. The main instruments in the song were drums and piano. I’m sure there were other instruments included but those stood out to me. I think this is the first time I’ve ever listened to Melomance and his voice is unique. I like it, but I was actually there for Taeyeon. I think the line distribution was fairly equal and both singers had time to shine with high and extended notes towards the end of the song.
What did you think of SM Station’s first song of the season? Why do you think they went from season 2 to season 0? Maybe they’ll explain it later, or possibly they have already explained it and I’ve just been out of the loop. Anyway, thank you for showing your support. I truly appreciate it. Be sure to let me know your thoughts on this video. Thanks and I’ll see you in the next review.
Again, I apologize for being absent so much recently, but I’m back, not necessarily for good but for the time being. Anyway, I had to do a review for this one because LOOΠΔ is one of my favOriTe groups to date. They are fantastic and create such a unique style around themselves. Each member shows off various sounds that I’m sure will come together to create a phenomenal mind blowing song.
I’m still unsure what the music video for “One” was about, and why was there no repackage release for yyxy? I guess being absent from Kpop for a month will create such questions in the mind. You can’t miss out for even a day in the world of Kpop. That’s part of the reason I’m backing out from it. I still love Kpop and I think I always will but it’s too time consuming.
What I found most interesting about this music video wasn’t the dancing or the bland outfits, but it was the lack of color for most of the video. LOOΠΔ is such a colorful and color oriented group for them to have the first full LOOΠΔ video be so colorless is interesting. There was some splashes of color like towards the end with the blue chalk on the ground and the random scenes where color would seep through, but for the most part it was colorless especially in the chorus.
This colorless world that LOOΠΔ created in this video reminded me of “Sweet Crazy Love” by Odd Eye Circle where the first half of the video was completely black and white but then suddenly color bursts through and lends for a vivid final product. I love LOOΠΔ for their videos even when the video itself may be boring or overdone, they still draw the viewer in through the various filming or post production techniques.
The song took me off guard. I was expecting a Pop song with possibly some Girl Crush vibes intertwined but this was hard hitting, high energy Dance music. I didn’t really pay attention to who got the most lines or whatever, but it did feel like I saw a lot of Hee Jin, Kim Lip, Yves, and Jin Soul. I’m sure that they all got lines and the distribution was spread as evenly as possible. BlockBerry Creative is better than letting some of their artists go unnoticed or become ignored.
The other thing I want to talk about was the transition into the second verse. It didn’t even feel like a second verse but rather a post-post-chorus. There was the main chorus lines with the “brrr” thing they do, then the post-chorus sort of pulls everything together and treads into a second verse, but there wasn’t really a second verse. It was more like the afterthought of the chorus, but of the post-chorus. It was quite interesting. And you know it’s a second verse because as soon as that section is over, it starts to build towards the chorus again.
Anyway, what are your thoughts now that LOOΠΔ has finally debuted? I’m excited to hear some more stuff from them because they are the best group so far. That includes both boy and girl groups. LOOΠΔ is the best. Do you agree? Let me know in the comment section. Thanks for the support. I’ll see you in the next review.
So, it’s been a while. I apologize for that but some major life events recently happened in my life that prevented me from releasing anything Kpop related for the past month and a half. I sincerely apologize but honestly, this may come hard for many of you, but I’m dialing my amount of Kpop back a ton. I won’t be reviewing every video that comes out, just the major ones. I won’t be uploading YouTube videos every week. I love Kpop but it takes up so much of my time and with having two jobs as well as various other things coming up, I don’t have the time.
Is this the end of Open the Kpop? Of course not. I hope to continue sharing my love of Kpop and music in general with you and whoever else will pay attention. But my life is changing. I’m growing up and becoming busier as well as taking on more responsibilities. I’ll do my best to stay in the Kpop world but I can’t keep any promises.
With that out of the way, Red Velvet released another music video called “Power Up” and apparently it already achieved an All-Kill on the charts. That’s Red Velvet for you, taking things so simple and plain and ordinary and making them their own and dominating with them.
As far as the music video goes, nothing really stood out to me as being a extremely unique video. It feels like a lot of artists do this genre of video, but for Red Velvet, it did feel like a sequel to “Red Flavor”. There was so much color and of course, fruit. Leave it to Red Velvet to make a sequel music video about fruit. Forget BTS, Got7, Monsta X, and Dreamcatcher with their concept videos. Red Velvet is making fruit a true concept.
I did enjoy a lot of the visual effects used in this video such as the pieces of paper or whatever they were being changed into fruit pieces just by stop-motion. I also really enjoyed the ¼” stereo plug being inserted into the pineapple along with the 8-bit sound effect to create a cool visual audio effect.
You know what I liked about this song that I felt is different from most Red Velvet songs? Most Red Velvet songs are either all in or completely pulled back and chill. Perfect Velvet sort of proved that musical concept wrong but still had an all out type of energy.
This song was definitely all in, but the energy levels at different points in the song were different. It felt like rather than Red and Velvet to be Innocent and Dangerous. This of course was musically and had nothing to do with the video concept. The style of the song progressed from a cutesy, innocent style in the verses into an almost dark vibe through a great transition in the pre-chorus.
Honestly that chorus is what I look for in Red Velvet songs. It’s that release of great amount of energy that seems reserved for the majority of the song. At least that’s how I see their Red sided songs. For their Velvet it’s all about smooth expression and how well they are able to do that. I will say for this song though, the one point that made me cringe a little was the post-chorus or the second part of the chorus when they were singing “banana”. It reminded me of the Minions from Despicable Me singing “Banana”. It’s something I can’t let go of.
What did you think? Did you love this song as much as I did? I can’t wait to listen to the album. I think it will be great and I’ll need to get around to buying it. Thank you for your support and hopefully there are still some of you to read this. If not, I understand. Thanks again, and I’ll see you in the next review.
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