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.
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