Before I even begin to type out the beginning of my review, I just want to take a moment to apologize to anyone waiting and hoping for new music video reviews, or even a word of notice from me. My schedule has picked up a whole bunch in the last couple of months and I literally have no time to do anything, let alone take 45 minutes out of my time to write these reviews; sometimes up to 2 hours. I’m working 2 jobs between the hours of 6 am and about 7 pm with about an hour break for lunch. So, from the bottom of my heart, I’m sorry.
But I wanted to take time out to review Twice’s latest comeback “The Best Thing I Ever Did” because, first of all, it’s Twice. Secondly, because I’ve been M.I.A for so long. If you’re waiting for some older reviews, don’t hold your breath because when I have time, I listen to new music so I’m up-to-date on Kpop, I just never have time for reviews.
This is Twice’s comeback for their repackaged album Yes or Yes. My 5 word review on “Yes or Yes”: It was not my favorite. Not to say it was terrible or awful or something I’d never listen to, it’s just barely about “Signal” in my opinion, and I was not a fan of “Signal”. I’ve actually listened to “Yes or Yes” several times since its release. But again, not my favorite. I actually loved “Sunset” but a song like that usually doesn’t get a music video made.
This video was an interesting mix of things. There were 3 distinct separations of segments in the video. First, there were various scenes of snowy mountains and Twice walking towards and petting reindeer. These were beautifully shot from drones and what looked like a professional handheld.
Another segment included the girls at a theater, watching a film of themselves. The shot in the theater was a mix of close up and panning shots that captured Twice in their true beauty. Twice being Twice and interacting with each other, even if staged, is still a beautiful thing to behold.
Lastly, are the scenes the girls were watching in the theater. I believe every one of these were rough shots done with a camera phone or a cheap handheld. The nice thing about shots like these, especially when done in montage, is that they create a feeling of nostalgia or reminiscence. The filming might not have been professional but it adds personality to the mix as well as authenticity.
Before I discuss the finer details of this song, I would like to pull out some of my personal gripes about the song. In my own opinion, I think the song could have done without raps. It’s not that I dislike Chaeyoung and Dahyun’s rapping. On the contrary, I love their rapping. In fact, Chaeyoung is my bias in Twice. It doesn’t change the fact that the rapping took away from this beautifully powerful track by slowing down the progress or almost altogether halting it. They both have plenty of rap time in other songs. I just felt like this one should have been strictly vocals.
This tune is a bright, solemn, epic, Christmas piece that matches perfectly with the accompanying music video. It mixes quite perfectly piano, soft electric guitar, bells - on top of many other layered instruments - as well as their beautiful vocals. This is the reason the rapping should have been cut from the track. Rapping is a form of edginess that, in my opinion, adds grime or dirt to a track (I don’t mean those words offensively. I personally like the grime and dirt that rapping adds to most songs). To cut from beautiful vocals into almost monotone speak singing doesn’t add to the beauty, it takes away.
In comparison (and I know you all hate comparisons, but I’m doing it anyway) to “Yes or Yes”, I love this song far more than that one. “The Best Thing I Ever Did” may be the best thing Twice has ever done. That’s beating out songs like “Goodnight”, “Like a Fool”, and “BDZ” in my book. Twice doesn’t make “bad” songs, but they can make songs that are not so epic and then songs that blow the listeners’ mind.
I know it’s been a while, so I gave you all a larger review in hopes that you’ll forgive me. Thank you so much for your support. But even more important than supporting me, support Twice and all the Kpop artists we love. They deserve it so much. I hope I will be able to make time for more reviews coming up. I’m in the works of a couple new videos that I will upload on my channel, so look forward to those. In the meantime, I’ll see you all later and hope to stay active rather than stagnant.
Red Velvet is here to take the crown again because they just released another song for their comeback “Really Bad Boy”. A lot of people were frustrated with the song title because it would just be a “Bad Boy” part two, but I guess I’ll find that out soon enough. Honestly, “Bad Boy” is one of my favorite songs of the year, so I don’t mind a part two, if it lives up to the first one.
Red Velvet went head first back into the horror concept. This time they did it with some obvious props. Music videos like “Peek-a-Boo” were props too but it was more the idea behind the video where as this one was straightforward. It reminded me a little of “Married to the Music” by SHINee because the props were obviously for horror fun.
Overall, it felt like the really bad boy was the werewolf. They were focusing a lot on that character. I think there were some others but I believe the wolf was the main character of this music video.
Of course, I expected the beat to come down hard. It had a bit of a flair to it as well though. The music was very much Red Velvet as they’ve established themselves. For me personally, this song was not my all-time favorite Red Velvet song, but it’s still a bop and a half. Red Velvet can honestly do no wrong. I was a little surprised by the whistle screams that I believe Wendy was doing throughout the song. They were unexpected, but I guess it’s a nice touch since it’s a horror themed song. Lastly, my favorite part was the bridge because most of the song is repetitive. The bridge is repetitive in its own realm, but it’s a different repetitive and it doesn’t last long. It changes things up a bit.
Well, there’s my review of “Really Bad Boy” by Red Velvet. I cannot wait to check out the rest of the album. What did you think of the song? Did it live up to the hype that “Bad Boy” put in front of it? Let me know in the comment section. Thank you so much for your support and I’ll see you in the next review.
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