Today is a BTS day and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. If you love BTS, keep reading. If you don’t love BTS, then change your ways, and if you don’t know who BTS is, it’s time you learn. I will be reviewing the three RM songs that were released on BigHit’s YouTube channel as well as Steve Aoki’s song “Waste It on Me” featuring BTS. Like I said, it’s a BTS day and that should make everything better.
“Forever Rain” starts off with a piano. Simple and clean, then building into some ethereal sounds. The song begins to create an atmosphere around itself. Some clock ticks bring us into a haunting verse with RM rapping at a slow pace and with calmness in his voice. As the chorus falls on us as the listeners, the beat becomes powerful and singing is introduced for the first time in this song. The chorus is so simple, but powerful with its use of guitar and reverberation. If I were to choose music to fall asleep to, this would be one of them because of how peaceful this song is.
At the second verse, RM builds his speed in his rap and puts more emotion behind his pronunciations. When it begins to build towards the chorus again, most of the track is stripped away. Right when you think the chorus is going to blow up, it does the opposite and has an acoustic guitar strumming along with it like it’s a campfire song. This song uses simplicity to create beauty, art, a masterpiece.
The mood for “Seoul” is different from that of “Forever Rain” but was still in the same realm of style. I have a feeling this entire album is going to be ethereal bliss, but this song still has a bit of a hype to it. It’s no “Joke” or “Do You”, but it just shows how much RM has grown as a person. He’s no longer angry through his music, but seems to be using his musical passion to heal others rather than expressing his upsets in life. The entire song is minimalist and has more healing factors in it.
Even though “Moonchild” is so much more hyped than the other two songs, it still has a softness to it. It remains calm throughout, even with the beat going up and the beats dropping. Out of the three songs I’ve listened to so far from this album, this is the most energetic and most like old RM. The chorus took me a bit by surprise because of how melodic it was in comparison to the rest of the song. All three songs have been masterpieces.
I don’t have much to say about “Waste It on Me”, but I will say I’m glad BTS is getting more and more exposure and become more and more in the mainstream. I think that’s the first time I’ve ever been happy about something I love becoming mainstream. Even if Nicki Minaj is collaborating with them, I’m happy for them. I do love Steve Aoki though and the fact that he’s done three collaborations with them in the past year or so makes me so happy. It’s a typical EDM song and sounds like the Chainsmokers, but it’s an all English song that will get even more exposure for BTS on American radio.
Who’s happy it’s a BTS day? I am. I love BTS and I love its members. They each play an important role in the success of BTS as well as the fans and ARMY of course. RM has seen a huge amount of success as an individual since the explosion of popularity that BTS has seen. What did you think of his songs? If you’ve listened to the mixtape already, what songs are your favorites? What did you think of Aoki’s collaboration with BTS? Thank you for the support you give me and I’ll see you in the next review.
The Official Queen of Kpop is back with a new music video for the release of her 9th full length Korean album. If you don’t know who I’m talking about, or if you don’t know how to read a title, I’m talking about BoA! The One True Legend. The one who brought me into Kpop in the first place.
Her new music video and album are called “Woman” and I think I know what kind of song this is going to be. It’s going to be an empowerment song because BoA is a strong woman who shaped the world of Kpop in such a huge way as a solo artist. She is a woman, not a group of women.
The video was very BoA-esque. I don’t know if that helps anyone visualize it. Just watch the video. But BoA has had several music videos that are a bunch of visual effects. “Hurricane Venus” was this style, “Camo” was this style, and now “Woman”. This video felt a little different though. Probably because of all the smashing being done at the end of the video.
At first, I thought the song was a remake of “Camo” because it had a similar low tone beat. It is very reminiscent of the “Hurricane Venus” days in both visuals as well as style. It just had a very flared style about it. BoA has always had a unique voice and I think they are making the right move by having her songs be low toned songs to contrast her high vocal range. Also, “Girls on Top”.
What did you think of “Woman” by BoA? Is she still your Queen? She will forever be mine. Even if someone else becomes my Ultimate Bias, she will forever be the Ultimate Ultimate Bias. She ranks above anyone else. Even Taeyeon. Thank you for the support. If you have any requests for music video reviews, I’ll try to get to them. Thank you again and I’ll see you in the next review.
April made a comeback recently and while I feel like many of these cutesy girl groups blend in together, there are sometimes groups that stand out and April is one of them. I can’t explain why they stand out to me, but they do and I love them for that.
Today I’m reviewing their latest comeback song “Oh! My Mistake” from their 6th mini album, The Ruby. The last thing I watched from them was “The Blue Bird” I believe. It sounds like they are on a color train because their last album had something to do with the color blue and now this one is ruby which is a color. I guess we’ll see with this comeback and future comebacks.
It took me a second to realize the reason behind the warm toned colors in the music video. The album is called The Ruby, therefore reds, oranges, and yellows play a big role in the color palette for the video.
The video shows some inconsistencies, at least from my understanding. Maybe they did this intentionally. The fashion and text on the VHS tape looked 70s to me, but one of the phones was a Razor by Motorola which was a cell phone in the early 2000s. Then the musical style felt more 80s. They may have did this intentionally, but it feels disjointed to me.
They were essentially flaunting the oldies style music video that is taking over the industry at the moment. It wasn’t nearly as clever a music video as “The Blue Bird”. Nonetheless, it was an interesting music video. I just wish there were more consistencies.
I was taken aback at the first few seconds of the song. The dissonance that was present in the way they say the title line through me for a loop. I wasn’t okay with it, but part of me wanted to keep going and I’m glad I did. The song moves from a cringey chant to a beautiful and powerful track. The chants become part of the ad libs later on in the song. It’s a unique and strange take on quirky song writing. I like it though. I need to listen to that chorus again. It kind of reminds me of “Love Bomb” by fromis_9 in the way the chorus is a complete change up from the verses.
Even though the title line is cringey, I still like the way they implemented it. It worked out because at the beginning of the song, it felt like an annoyance more than a song line, but as the song progressed, it changes the way it sounds and the effect it has on the listeners’ ears.
What did you think of April’s latest release “Oh! My Mistake”? Was it too much for you? Did you love it? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comment section. Thank you for supporting me and I’ll see you in the next review.
The Queen of gentle aesthetics is back with a new song entitled “Being There”. In fact, I think it’s an entire album, so I’ll be jamming to that later tonight. Jeong Eun Ji is one-sixth of Apink and is probably one of the most recognizable for her enormous smile that wraps around her face. She is beautiful and has a unique voice which is well suited for the folk style she has taken on in past comebacks. Hopefully she sticks to that sound for this release.
The music video took the format of a story with a beginning, middle, and end. The beginning, Eun Ji was about to board a train, but last minute decided to board a different train. Throughout the video, we see Eun Ji interacting with her mother and reminiscing through old memories. She finally has to leave, and boards a bus back to the city.
The video was very lovely because it showed the tediousness of going about daily life, but how making spontaneous changes can make yourself happy and sometimes those around you happy as well. Don’t get too involved in following a routine. Learn to live a little. Don’t forget your roots. I think those are a couple of the messages in this video.
Eun Ji has a way with folk music that always surprises me. Her voice is so lovely, it complements the guitar sounds very well. All of her sounds have a calming feeling about them. It doesn’t matter if her songs are upbeat dance tracks or solemn ballads, she always has a way to create peace and tranquility in her music.
Do you agree that Eun Ji always creates peace with her music? What did you think of this song? Did it bring back any memories for you? Let me know in the comment section what different emotions came to you as you watched “Being There” by Jeong Eun Ji. Thank you for the support. I’ll see you in the next review.
Last time our girls came back, they were singing “La La La” but now they are here to “Crush” the competition with a new single. Weki Meki is one of those girl groups that has a unique twist on girl group concepts. I’m not sure what it is, but they pull out the sexiness along with the cutesy and quirky all at the same time.
Unfortunately, this release is just a single, but hopefully they will release later tracks to complement this track. I personally wasn’t the biggest fan of “La La La” so let’s see if Weki Meki can convince me this time. The teaser photos look promising.
What an interesting music video. The majority of the video was the girls beefing themselves up with weapons and various “dangerous” skills, but also being very clumsy at it. When they are making their raid, one of the girls bumps the alarm, resulting in their imprisonment. One thing I will say about their raid though, is there were way too many people to go on the actual raid. You don’t need 8 people to sneak around in the dark. You need 3 or 4 and then a couple on lookout and a couple on security, such as the hacking we saw earlier.
What was unique about this song wasn’t just the fact that is was a mesh of Rock, Pop, EDM, Dance, and Trap, but also the fact that it had a reminiscent feeling. Did you, while listening to this song, feel like you were transported back to 2005? While the song definitely had an old, classic Kpop vibe to it, it also remained fresh and had some newer elements within the song. As for songs by Weki Meki go, this song may be my new favorite of theirs.
With all that being said, we see the cutesy side with their clumsiness, the sexy side with their desire to be “dangerous”, and we also have a quirky side that is done through the music, but also the concept. It’s a take on a bad ass, cutesy concept which isn’t often done. Do you agree with this definition of Weki Meki? What words would you use to describe this up-and-coming group? Thanks for the support.
Lately, one artist has peaked in my radars as not only a complete ball of talent, but also as one of the most lovable idols in the game. As the Daughter of South Korea, IU stands out above the rest because of her loving attitude, her talent, her youthfulness as well as how humble she seems to be while receiving so much attention. IU has my vote of confidence in everything she does, and I don’t think a new song will change that at all. I have no doubts that every song she will put out will be amazing.
At the mark of her 10th year anniversary, IU released a new single entitled “Bbi Bbi”. I’m beyond thrilled for this single but part of me is also disappointed it wasn’t a new album. Every time a favorite artist teases a comeback of any sort, you always hope it’s a comeback.
When an artist takes something as plain as dancing in an apartment or sitting on bleachers at a stadium and makes it gold, you know you have talent. Everything IU did in that video was mundane but not for a second was I bored or tired of looking at the screen. She took that amount of mundane and made it fun. For example, the striper (I’m not sure if that’s even what it’s called, but the tool used to draw stripes on various sporting fields) she used had yellow stripes and she drew stripes inside a circle until it filled it up.
Another thing IU did was in a crowd of black umbrellas, she had a yellow umbrella which has a couple different reasons why it’s cool. First off, she was obviously in love with the color yellow in this video. But even beyond that, her message seemed to be looking at the brighter side of life. Everyone totes their black umbrellas but she had a vibrant yellow umbrella to show the world that she is happy.
The final reason the yellow umbrella is cool is for all the HIMYM (How I Met Your Mother) fans. While the show itself kind of declined into a rather lousy ending, the show focused on the black umbrellas of the world and opportunity being visualized as a yellow umbrella in a world full of darkness.
Moving on, we hear a song that is unique, not just for IU but in the world of music as well. Her song is very Hip Hop influenced but still holds true to that airy lightness that is IU’s style and sound. The thing that is unique about this is the fact that Hip Hop is typically heavy and lower even when it’s considered light, it still has a dragging element. This song felt nothing like any other Hip Hop song I’ve ever heard. It had the beats but IU’s voice and tone lifted it up. If I were to think of an artist similar to this sound, it would be Mad Clown.
I don’t think IU does any huge, impressive vocal adlibs like in “Good Day” or “Dear Name” but she stays consistent and understands that some songs require over-the-top vocals to keep the interest of the audience, but other songs can remain in the realm of simplicity without needing any big development.
I like that about IU and Kpop in general because when you look at all these American Pop stars trying to make the highest note or achieve the greatest 18-note run, it’s ridiculous. Not every song is going to have that heart-wrenching moment and it shouldn’t. Some songs are simply fun and don’t need to be a show-off of one’s vocal abilities. I wish American artists could realize that it’s not all about range but sometimes about emotion as well. IU is a huge example that emotion isn’t always volume or range, but sometimes silence.
I gave you my thoughts on what I thought about “Bbi Bbi” by IU. Now it’s your turn. Let me know your thoughts. What was your favorite part of the video? What did you make of all of the coordinated nonsense? I love IU and can’t wait for more new music from her. She is an inspiration to everyone. Thank you and I’ll see you in the next review.
There’s a sadness about my life that is whenever I get really excited about something, some event or circumstance takes precedence over the thing I’m really excited about. For instance, “Into You” by Yuri is something I’ve waited for for nearly 10 years. I love Yuri and she definitely deserves her solo album. With that being said, she finally debuts and work gets really busy. It always happens like this. I hate it sometimes.
While I was engulfed in this music video, I felt like I had been taken to Heaven or somewhere pretty damn close. The purity, the sexiness and the wonder that made of this video were symbolized very well, all by Yuri herself. She had three main outfits. The white obviously represented her purity, while the red encapsulated her sexiness and passions. Lastly, I think it was a blue-ish dress that was meant to represent curiosity or wonderment, I believe. The visuals in the video were on point as well, taking scenes that are very typical in Kpop and bland and making them pop and Yuri just makes it work.
This haunting mix of Pop and Ambient-textured Rock along with major elements of EDM works really well for Yuri. A while back she did that song with Raiden that had the exact same elements and honestly, that is Yuri’s style, just like raw acoustic music is Taeyeon and Yoona’s style. And Hip Hop/EDM is Hyoyeon’s. Each member is to represent themselves apart from the main group of SNSD and to do that, you need to have uniqueness in your sound. Yuri’s song “Into You” has a familiar vibe due to the 4-chord pattern, but she still brings her own flare to the music.
It was kind of a short review this time, but honestly I thought this song was incredible and I can’t wait to listen to the rest of the album. Sometimes I wish Kpop would do away with mini albums and just release full length albums every time. What did you think of Yuri’s official debut? I mean, technically “Always Find You” is her “official” debut, but I like both songs. I’ve always loved every song that Yuri has been a part of whether it’s SNSD, Yuri and Seohyun or just plain old Yuri. Leave your thoughts in the comments. Thanks.
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