Nine Muses (sometimes stylized as 9Muses) is an 8 member girl group under Star Empire Entertainment. The 9th member, Sera left in 2014. In addition, the group received two new members to the group in 2015, Sojin and Keumjo. Nine Muses are well known for their hit songs such as “Drama”, “One Way Ticket” and “Hurt Locker”. “Lost (Till the Night is Over)” is their 5th mini album and seems to contain the concept of “time” and its passing. My bias in this group is Kyungri because she’s beautiful and honestly because she reminded me a lot of Minzy from 2NE1 in their music video for “Hurt Locker”.
Today, I’m going to do my best to review their new mini album “Lost (Till the Night is Over)”. I’ve listened to the album quite a few times, and by that I mean I’ve listened to it about 20 times in the past 2 days. It’s a phenomenal album and I kind of wish it was longer than 5 songs. However, I will take 5 songs where I can, especially ones that are this good.
The intro track is called “a.m. 3:00”. This track feels very much like an introduction to the album as a whole and especially “Sleepless Night”. It has that hard hitting piano hits on every down beat. It makes the track feel like a clock moving at its own monotonous pace. Then the song ends.
And it takes us right into “Sleepless Night” which is a faster paced track with that same aspect to it. The down beat piano hits. There’s also a clock ticking towards the beginning of the song which also gives the rest of the song an emotion of time passing. However, this song seems to be moving quickly, but the emotion is that time is moving slowly. This song sounds like what insomnia feels like. The entire song has a dream-like vibe to it, but like a dreamscape feeling. It’s hard to describe, you’ll just have to listen to this song. It’s phenomenal. Just a fantastic song altogether.
“Secret” is next and it starts off with some synths beeping off like an alarm clock in a way. This song is about the same pace as “Sleepless Night”. It feels a lot more high energy though. Like I said, this album is incredible. It follows the concept pretty much all the way through and stays true to its own design. Those synths keep the song grounded and at the same time like the listening is floating in some place in between dream and reality. It’s incredible how they are able to do this.
The next song “Koong Chit Dak Chit” has a more of a jazzy feeling to it much like it’s the high part of a dream or the exciting part of insomnia. By the way, believe me, there is an exciting part of insomnia. It’s that moment when you think of a million ideas that sound amazing in your tired head. This song is my least favorite song on the album and I love it. It’s a great song with a lot of energy. My only problem with it is, it seems to revert to their old style, which I’m not upset about, but the fact that for the most part this album was pretty dreamscape-ish until this song. However, this song can again be taken as the exciting part of the dream or insomnia.
“To. Mine” is the last song on this album and it’s a fantastic song. It’s a little bit slower pace again. But not too slow. The acoustic guitar in this song is amazing and adds so much to the song. But the song is overall just fantastic. Even this song feels kind of dream-like compared to the last song. But it’s okay, I’m over it and I think this album is one to go in the books as one of the best k-pop mini albums ever. It’s that good.
What did you guys think of the mini album? Did you enjoy it? Tell me in the comments whether you liked it or disliked it and why. Thanks for sticking with me and reading my bullshit writing. Just know one thing, this album is by far their best album/mini album they’ve produced thus far. I know it’s a bold statement, but I back it up. This album is phenomenal. Thanks again.
Bangtan Boys or BTS is a seven member boy band formed under BigHit Entertainment. The group consists of J-Hope, Jimin, Jin, V, Suga, Rap Monster, and Jungkook. Their style is mainly hip hop and rap mixed with a little pop, although lately they’ve been more pop than usual. I don’t personally know a lot about BTS. I know they did “I Need U” a phenomenal hit from earlier this year as well as “Dope”. They released the first music video for their part two of “The Most Beautiful Moment in Life” album. The song is called “Run”.
The music video was quite crazy. It was definitely a continuation of “I Need U” because there was the train and Rap Monster was still sucking on a lollipop. But aside from that, the music video was pretty much them just destroying and vandalizing a bunch of stuff. Even the scene where they stopped the flow of traffic and vandalized all the cars was pretty insane. The symbolism here I think is that one of the members feels like he’s drowning and that he’s all alone because at the beginning a member falls into the water and through the music video, he’s under water. Also there are several moments in the video where they are all together, but then all of a sudden the one member is all alone. Maybe because in “I Need U” since they all died or whatever, this is the last member feeling all alone and reminiscing on his past with his friends.
The music was catchy but not nearly as catchy as “I Need U”. It also had kind of a light feeling to it, not nearly as dark and grungy as their earlier stuff. However, I like it like this a little bit more. Not that I didn’t like their earlier stuff, but this has elements of many genres which makes it more timeless.
That was my music video review for BTS’s “Run”. Hope you enjoyed reading it. Make sure to comment below what you favorite part(s) were. Did you enjoy this music video more or less than “I Need U”?
TaeTiSeo, a sub unit of Girls' Generation consisting of Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Seohyun, are scheduled to release their comeback on December 4th. The track is entitled "Dear Santa" and follows a winter/Christmas theme. The teaser image above was released earlier today. Tiffany is scheduled to release her solo debut within the month of November but seeing as November is almost over and TaeTiSeo is coming back very early in December, her debut may be pushed back to be released after TaeTiSeo promotions.
Taeyeon has been working hard and I feel like she deserves a break. She's been active in all the promotions for Girls' Generation with Catch Me If You Can, Party, Lion Heart, and You Think. And of course she debuted not long after that and blew people away, but now she's again releasing new music alongside her companions Tiffany and Seohyun. After promotions end with TaeTiSeo, I think she should take a long break and be free for a while.
There have been no teasers yet for Tiffany's solo debut, so with that said, I think they are going to push her debut back and release this Christmas album as TaeTiSeo. Are you excited for TaeTiSeo's comeback? What do you think about SM pushing back Tiffany's debut?
9 Muses is an originally 9-member girl group, now down to 8 members that I knew very little about until their release of “Hurt Locker”. I had heard songs here and there, but “Hurt Locker” really brought them into my attention. My bias of the group is definitely Kyungri because she’s so beautiful and in the “Hurt Locker” music video, she reminded me of Minzy and I love Minzy. Earlier today, they released their music video for their song “Sleepless Night”.
Now I’ve watched the video and I got to say that video was quite aesthetically pleasing. The video was shot in a sepia/black and white tone and lens flares every once and a while. On top of that, the old, retro things such as a grandfather clock and a rotary phone made this video seem dated which was a good feature. The song was very steady paced with a constant down beat going on throughout the song, whether it be by the piano, the drums or the vocals. There was always a down beat being hit. This song seemed more focused on their voices than their dancing abilities seeing as it was a slower paced song. There were a couple of scenes of their dancing in the music video but the majority of the video was focused on the story. Speaking of the story, what exactly happened in this music video? I’m asking that as a real question. I understand that her boyfriend/fiancé/husband left/died/abandoned her and that she was feeling sorrow for that, but in the end, the girl wakes up and finds the bottle of perfume and then sees a girl in her bed. Is that supposed to be her, or is this suggesting lesbianism. Just kind of weird.
That’s my music video review for 9 Muses – Sleepless Night. Overall I enjoyed the song and can’t wait to listen to the rest of the album. I don’t know if a full album review will follow this, but I guess it depends on how busy my schedule is, which it might not be that busy with the semester almost over. Did you enjoy this music video?
Lee Chaerin, better known as CL, is the leader and leader rapper of super group 2NE1 under YG Entertainment. She is known for her fierce attitude, insane rapping skills, and for being the “baddest female”. CL has taken part in several solo/collab songs in the past couple of years as a way to prepare for her solo debut. Some of these songs include “The Baddest Female”, “Dirty Vibe” featuring her and G-Dragon on a track with Diplo and Skrillex, “Revolution” a performance with Diplo, and “Doctor Pepper” a track produced by Diplo featuring Riff Raff and OC Maco. Her fans are called Gizibes.
Today a dance performance of her new solo American debut came out called “Hello Bitches” originally titled “Asian Bitches”. I kind of have an idea of what I think this will sound like and I’m hoping it’s nothing like I expect. I don’t want CL to turn into Asia’s Nicki Minaj. Well I guess I’m on my journey to find out what kind of song this is going to be. (*Deep inside still wishing that YG had 2NE1 comeback instead.)
I’ve watched the video now and it turns out that that was just a dance video but it was actually pretty dope. I’m not going to lie here, this song was bumping. It was a hell of a lot better than Doctor Pepper. The song had an Indian vibe to it but had that bumping beat keeping it going. The video wasn’t anything super special. It was basically CL and a bunch of her “bitches” shaking their asses and twerking a bunch. Like I said, nothing special. CL rapped a bunch on this song and she actually sang too which is something I really like to hear. I love her as a rapper but I think she excels at vocals.
Anyway, this is my review of CL’s “Hello Bitches” music video. I enjoyed it, will I watch the video ever again? Probably not, but I did enjoy the song and that’s all that really matters in the end. What did you
BoA, the queen of k-pop has released a new Japanese single, the first in a year. This track is called "Lookbook" and I'm not sure, I tried looking it up but it seems that it was released two days ago. The queen slays in this EDM style track. I'm rather upset that it's only a short video but Avex and many other Japanese labels tend to upload only short versions of their songs. This song discusses the social media trend and uses it to drive the theme of this song. I've always preferred BoA's Japanese stuff to her Korean stuff, so I'm excited for the full version to be released and according to several websites, this single will include "Lookbook", "Kiss My Lips (Japanese Version)", and a rearranged version of her 2004 hit song "Meri Kuri". I'm super excited! Thanks for reading! Check out the short version of the video right here!
EXID is the five member girl group under Yedang Entertainment consisting of Junghwa, LE, Hani, Solgi, and Hyerin. EXID is an acronym for Exceed in Dreaming. The girls rose to popularity after a fan cam of Hani performing “Up & Down” live became viral. They have a few other singles that are notable such as “Every Night”, “I Feel Good”, and “Ah Yeah”. These five girls just released their comeback called “Hot Pink”.
Like many of you, I’m excited for EXID to finally have a comeback, even though it hasn’t been that long since “Ah Yeah” was released. I still feel that this comeback will bring something new to the table, whether it be style, confidence, or whatever else. “Hot Pink” seems to have two sides to it according to the teasers and teaser pics. It seems there’s the girly side of it that deals with hot pink as a color and there’s the gritty, dirty side of it because in a teaser picture, they were in a garage with oil and stuff in the background. I guess we’ll have to see.
Now that I’ve watched the video, I’ll do some summary and analysis on it. First of all, can I comment on how good all the girls look, but especially Hani and Junghwa? Their hair was on point. On to the music video. The video was like I guessed for the most part, there were softer parts such as Junghwa’s singing parts and then there were gritty parts such as LE and Hani’s parts. A comment I will make on this song is I feel like there’s some of “Ah Yeah” and “Up & Down” coming out during Hyerin and Solgi’s parts. Maybe that’s just me though. I liked the contrast the song had overall, although I do wish they could have done without the black guy’s parts, just my opinion though. It’s kind of like on “Ring My Bell” by Girl’s Day, I felt like the black guy wasn’t necessary. The video plays out as five girls that are running their own gas station with “pink oil” with you wouldn’t put in the gas tank anyway, but I think the point of this video was to sexualize girls as being more masculine than they have been seen in the past, because there were a lot of sexual innuendos such as LE holding the tip of the gas pump like she did.
Those are my thoughts on this video, and remember, it’s my own personal opinions and just how I see the video. Don’t take this as gospel. I thought the video was fun and the song was also fun although I don’t think that black guy needed to be there. However, I did quite enjoy this video and can’t wait for their album to drop if it hasn’t already.
EXO, the once 12 member group from SM Entertainment, now down to 9 members, is a boy group that divides itself up into two languages EXO-K who sing in Korean and EXO-M that sing in Mandarin. The group debuted in 2012 with the hit “Mama” and followed it up with record breaking song “Growl”. EXO just recently released a music video for their collaboration with Star Wars called “Lightsaber”. Lightsaber is a collaboration with Disney, the company that owns the rights to Star Wars and is a sort of teaser for “The Force Awakens”, the 7th episode of the epic space saga.
Okay, so I’ve now watched the music video and I will break this down into parts for you all. The first thing that happens is you hear the infamous Darth Vader breathing. That did it for me. I got super excited when that part happened. The music video doesn’t have anything special in it. There are lightsabers seen several times throughout the video but never lit up until the very end. Basically it follows a “Jedi” that goes around town and finds himself in a club for “Jedis only”. Then out in the hallway, the elevator opens and a glow of red shows on his face and then they pull out their lightsabers.
The music in this video was awesome. It kind of repeated the word “lightsaber” over and over again, but the dubstep feel in this song was awesome especially since after the first drop of the dubstep you expect it to do a rapid fire thing but it didn’t. It kind of followed up with a more synth effect which I liked a lot. This song was awesome as well as the video.
That’s my reaction of “Lightsaber” by EXO. It was awesome and if you haven’t watched it, you should watch it. Right now! What was your favorite part of this music video? Are you excited for the Force Awakens?
Crayon Pop is a five member girl group under Chrome Entertainment that tends to mimic the style of “kawaii Japanese pop”. They’ve released several hit songs including “Bar Bar Bar”, “FM”, and “Uh-ee”. They have a sub unit called “Strawberry Milk” consisting of twins Choa and Way. Every one of these girls’ music videos is fun, vibrant, and just entertaining to watch. They have just released a music video for a new song called “Dancing All Night”. I can expect to see the same cute style they’ve done in the past in this video.
The freeze frame of the start of the video is what looks like the outside of a school or something. There’s a building on the left and some landscape on the right with a couple of pillars. Let’s find out what this video is all about.
Okay, so I’ve watched the video now and it’s pretty much what I expected. Although, the video was shot in one shot. Which is impressive. Another video that has done that style recently has been Ailee’s Insane, however, there were obvious breaks in that one. This video was actually shot outside of a mall and they just moved around the mall and danced. The song had a more electric feel than a lot of their other songs. This song had an 8-bit Nintendo feel to it that kind of gets one all nostalgic. The girls wore blue strap dresses with striped shirts underneath to give them a youthful appearance.
Overall, I liked this video like I do with most Crayon Pop songs and videos. However, this video wasn’t super special like maybe “FM” or “Bar Bar Bar” were, but I still liked it nonetheless. What did you think of this video, if you have seen it and if you haven’t, there’s now a link below. Have a good day you guys.
In this section of my website, I will review Kpop music videos, albums, songs, and various other things pertaining to Kpop. This will be the main stage of my website. It is where the majority of the action will take place.