I am behind on my music video reviews. I can’t believe I let myself fall so far behind. So for those of you that have been following my website for some time know what’s about to happen. For those of you who are new to this, when I fall behind in my video reviews, I take a bunch of music videos and review them in one post. I try to keep a lot of my same content, but sometimes the reviews get cut shorter because I’m doing so many reviews in one sitting. Please forgive me.
The music video for Hoya seemed to be conveying a message about people in the spotlight. The idea of “All Eyes on Me” and being that center of focus brings to light so much about our world, our society and even just us as Kpop fans. We dwell too much on little insignificant things about these “idols”.
The song seemed to be very scarce. There was jungle rhythm instruments and an altered voice part repeated throughout, but besides that there wasn’t anything going on melodically except for the portion where the synth kicks in. This wasn’t Hoya’s best song. I definitely liked “Angel” a lot more than this. I’m hoping the album is more like “Angel” to be honest.
TVXQ! used a lot of contrasting light to create an interesting music video. I don’t think there was any storyline to it, but it was just them dancing with some back up dancers. The lack of light in certain scenes to create a sexy tone and then using bright backdrops with dark suits gives a sort of timelessness to their video. TVXQ! are one of the originals. They have created a legacy for themselves.
The song as well had a sort of old Kpop appeal about it that made it feel timeless. TVXQ! are really good at pulling that off. The song style kind of reminded me of “Black Suit” by Super Junior but there was a difference. It had its own personality to it. It had that jazzy vibe and keeping a steady beat with the kick and snare.
Mad Clown always surprises me. This video took yellow to another level. The song is called “Butterfly” and there was a lot of photo booth time which makes me think that maybe art or people or something else takes time to get right. Like a butterfly, the people in the video went into the photo booth and came out possibly as different people. I don’t know. It’s all just speculation, I guess.
The song was surprising as well. Mad Clown has done a lot of grimier stuff and a lot of more laid back music, but this song was fun and upbeat and sort of silly. Also, the song was very fast paced. It moved along pretty quickly. Overall, it had a Latin vibe with a light beat. It was definitely one of Mad Clown’s more interesting songs.
“Grow Up” by Stray Kids is my final review for today and we ended on a good note. The video seems to be following the various members involved in their personal activities. They are all just hanging out, but there is one member inside the bus waiting for the others. Maybe he’s done his growing up and now he’s ready to go to District 9. It had a very nostalgic feel to it. Even the song.
The song was an anthem for all the kids that have to eventually grow up. It felt like the last song you listen to during your summer vacation. The last and final song you blast before returning home from an extravagant trip. It felt this way and I feel it conveyed the message of growing up very well. It was bittersweet.
What did you think of the songs? Which song did you enjoy the most? I think for me, it was probably Stray Kids because, like I said, it has that nostalgic emotion that makes me think of my “good ol’ days”. Thank you so much for your support. Be sure to go give some love to each of these artists. They all deserve your love more than I do. Thank you for everything. I’ll be back soon with some more video reviews, lyrical analysis, and more. Thank you again. I’ll see you in my next review.
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Today I’ve got three new music videos to review for you and if you’re a fan of boy groups, you’ll be a fan of this. We have Got7, Golden Child, and NCT 127 reviews today and we’ll see which I like the best and the different aspects of each video.
Got7 made quite a video with “Look”. I think the point of the video was trying to say that time marches on. There was a lot of scenes where the clouds or the sky were moving by really quickly or the room became old and ruined. Maybe it was trying to state that only certain things last through time. What are your thoughts?
As for the song, I loved it. It wasn’t my favorite Got7 song but this song is definitely a club banger. I could imagine everyone getting off their feet to dance to this jam.
“Lady” by Golden Child is the first song by Golden Child that I actually really like. The song is a powerful ballad about “my lady” which could be a call out to this woman to be theirs. However, in the video, it seemed like there was some sort of rejection or death possibly because all the things that symbolized her, they stopped caring for. Whether it was the ring, the canvas or the paper plane, they were all ruined at one point during the video.
Like I mentioned, this is my favorite Golden Child song. The soft piano, heavy beat, and beautiful voices blended really well together to make such a wonderful song. Actually this song reminded me of Kim Sung Kyu’s stuff from his album 27.
NCT 127 gave us a taste of a newer sound for them. NCT, in my mind, is divided up into maturity levels. NCT U being the most versatile and mature, while NCT 127 is youthful but hard hitting and NCT Dream being for the young girls to gawk at. NCT 127 came back with a childish, youthful sounding song that still had elements of the original 127 but more towards the Dream side of things. The chorus was catchy as hell and I won’t be getting that out of my head anytime soon.
As for the video, we saw each member sporting a different color. They represented a color each and I think it’s supposed to provide a visual atmosphere for a sound about the touch sense. Aside from the visual, it appeared each room had a different material to make the viewer imagine touching the various materials. What do you think?
Did you enjoy my reviews of Got7, Golden Child, and NCT 127? Let me know which was your favorite. Although I was leaning towards Got7 when I started this, I think I have to give it up for Golden Child. I think they just stole my heart today. Thank you for supporting me. Please give love and support to your favorite artists and the artists I reviewed today. Thank you again and I’ll see you in my next review.
One of my favorite rappers has made a comeback with two videos. Heize is back with “Didn’t Know Me” and “Jenga” and she’s going to ruin my life again. Or maybe she won’t but I would much rather have her ruin my life. She’s good at that.
“Didn’t Know Me” features the story of a boy and girl. Throughout the video, we see the girl receiving more and more attention for her acting skills. Meanwhile, the guy is being pushed aside and ignored. He’s had enough, so he breaks it off, but she begs him not to leave. The end of the video shows that he still cares by him fixing one of her posters on a wall.
Heize has one of the most unique but beautiful voices. She’s got a raw quality to her voice and a cuteness while still remaining her badass self. This song delves more into the rawness of her voice as it is a ballad and draws out the emotion in her voice more than songs such as “And July” or “Shut Up and Groove”. This song is more in line with “You, Clouds, Rain” or “Star”. That’s one of the reasons I love Heize so much is her versatility.
What an interesting music video. Almost the entire video focuses on stacks. Stacking things perfectly. In one part of the video, Heize is sitting on top of a game of Tetris. A long piece comes down to fit into the perfect crevasse but is missed creating chaos. Heize runs into a room where wine glasses are stacked on top of each other and tears the table cloth from below them. The whole message is sometimes there’s joy in chaos. Order doesn’t make up everything.
I cannot get enough of Heize’s voice. In the video, there were a bunch of Heize running around and I wish I could have one. In the song, we get a classic Heize track with the smooth jazz and chill vibes. I love everything about Heize and like I said, she can do so much with her voice.
What did you think of Heize’s songs “Didn’t Know Me” and “Jenga”? Which song was your favorite? For me, it’d have to be “Jenga” because that song is classic Heize. Thank you for your support. Please give Heize some of your love. Thank you again and I’ll see you in my next review.
When I think of Ladies’ Code, I think of the tragedy that surrounds that group but I also think of great songs such as “Galaxy” and “The Rain”. Ladies’ Code is more than just a tragedy. They are a fantastic group. Sojung from Ladies’ Code recently made two comeback videos for the fans. This will be another Quick Reviews segment focused on Sojung’s videos.
I think I may have found my new favorite song of the year. “Crystal Clear” was so beautiful and had so much power behind it. Sojung’s voice partnered with that ethereal beat is just incredible. I don’t know who Paper Planet is, but I’m going to check out some of their stuff. The video showed Sojung standing in front of a projector screen all in black and white. Towards the end of the video, all color rushes in, making everything crystal clear.
I have a feeling I know what “Stay Here” is about but I don’t know if I want to go into that. The song was beautiful as expected. I still like “Crystal Clear” better but this song had other things about it I loved. I loved the slow beat and the drawn out chords. The atmosphere in this song was really atmospheric as well. “Crystal Clear” felt like it was in touch with winter or ice while this song felt like the ice melting and the spring returning.
What did you think of the songs? Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comment section. Please support Sojung. These songs deserve more love than they are receiving. Let the world know about how good these songs are. Thank you so much for your love and support. I appreciate it. I’ll see you in my next review.
SM has been busy lately, what with Red Velvet releasing “Bad Boy” recently, all of BoA’s comebacks and now NCT making several appearances in the lineup of Kpop releases. If you didn’t know, NCT is a group under SM Entertainment that utilizes several different lineup changes with each new release. There are three subunits known as NCT Dream, focused more on a younger generation of Kpop fans. NCT 127 is a edgier and harder hitting group with power tracks like “Cherry Bomb”, “Limitless”, and “Firetruck”. The last subunit that has come out of NCT is NCT U who are, in my opinion, a more mature sound to the NCT group. They focus on trap elements and a more focused sound aimed for an audience of both young and older fans. NCT U and NCT Dream have recently released new songs. The aforementioned is “Baby Don’t Stop” and the latter is “Go”. I’m excited for both because NCT and anything out of SM is bound to be good.
NCT U just hit me in the feels with “Baby Don’t Stop”. When I say hit me in the feels I mean, I feel I’m gay now. Holy shit that was sexy. The music video just followed the two members around in a theater. But the song has a sexiness to it. From the way they whispered in the chorus to the triplets in the rap section. Everything about this song was sexy.
Honestly, I wasn’t expecting “Go” by NCT Dream to be this powerful. This is a huge step up from their debut song “Chewing Gum”. While the song was hard hitting and a lot more on the aggressive side, it still had some immature features about it that made it seem more like an anthem for outcast high school kids. I’m assuming in the music video, they were being sort of anarchists and terrorizing neighborhoods and then were being apprehended by the police. I’m not sure but one of the members looked like he was playing Dune.
So what did you think of the NCT songs? Which was your favorite? For me, personally, I liked “Baby Don’t Stop” a little more because it felt mature and sexy but still welcoming to a heterosexual male nearing his 30s. Like and share this review on social media. Thank you for the support. Don’t forget to stream these videos and support NCT and SM in whatever way you can. Thank you again and I’ll see you in my next review.
My Quick Reviews are conglomerates of music video reviews. For instance, if there are several releases in a single day that are all related or somewhat related, I will do a Quick Review segment.