Today, I’m finishing up my list of Kpop music videos I need to review. Hopefully I will have time to get to some of the non Kpop music videos you have sent me. I feel bad because I haven’t gotten around to them in a while. Today I will be reviewing music videos from Jackson of Got7, Zhoumi of Super Junior-M and Amber of f(x).
What a laid back music video “Dawn of Us” by Jackson Wang was. Blue waters, sunny beaches, beautiful girls. It had it all. It was just a music video about Jackson relaxing and enjoying himself. At the end of the video, there was some behind the scenes footage of the filming of the video and honestly it looked like it was so much fun.
The song atmosphere matched that of the video. The beat was a Tropical Trap beat with chill Lo-Fi elements. Jackson didn’t seem to go in as hard on this track which is nice sometimes because you can’t always be pissed off or angry or sad or upset. Sometimes, there are happy moments. We see that in this video. We see Jackson being happy.
I really enjoyed this music video by Zhoumi. I personally don’t really like Super Junior but “I Don’t Care” was a music video about the effects of one person leading into the relationships and interactions between other people. It’s like on How I Met Your Mother, there was the Chain of Screaming. Where one person yells at someone, so that person yells at someone else and so on. Zhoumi’s music fixed all of that in the end.
The song was a lot better than I expected as well. It turned out to be more of an Alt Dance Ballad. There were moments in the song that I would consider “epic” because of how intense the music was getting but not only that but more the emotion being conveyed at that moment in the song. It is a beautiful song and I’m glad I checked it out.
What a beautifully done music video. Amber never fails to impress me. “Lifeline” showed two male dancers on stage under the spotlight. The video switch between scenes of the dancers and Amber in a red room with a black seated booth behind her. I think the message being conveyed here is that sometimes having someone by your side gives you strength that you wouldn’t have had if not for that person. It’s a beautiful message. I love Amber.
The song was interesting because there were parts that were empty and really emphasized Amber’s vocals and then there was the glitch effect chorus with the low vocal part echoing throughout the main lines of the chorus. I think the low vocal effect was a bit overdone but the song still sounded good. Amber has matured so much with this album release. I’m so proud of her.
Thank you all for your support. I just posted a reward for one lucky follower on my Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/openthekpop. Basically, I’m showing you all some appreciation. If my Facebook Page reaches 500 Likes before my birthday, I will buy one lucky follower a poster of their choice. Thank you again for always supporting me. Please support all of these artists. They love you and they deserve your love in return. I’ll see you in my next review.
I made a decision. I’m going to upload two more music video reviews tonight and then I’ll move onto my video for tomorrow. Thank you for understanding everything. Right now, I’m going to check out H.U.B and Apink’s special release for their 7th anniversary of being in the industry. I don’t think I’ve ever checked out H.U.B but I’ve heard some stuff from them and I’m excited to do my first ever review for their music tonight. Also, I’m a huge Pink Panda, so of course I’m stoked for Apink’s special
The video for “When a Blossom Day of Cherry Blossom” by H.U.B looked really nice for being what appeared to be a handy cam. The members were dancing and singing the song in what appeared to be a stage setup, similar to something you’d see in a stage performance. They are all super lovely girls, but I need to break my own heart on this one.
The audio of the song was terrible. The whole production was off. First of all, the songwriting was really poorly done because it sounded like a typical ballad for a girl group. Nothing really stood out. The verse and chorus instrumentation didn’t change at all, so it didn’t feel like it was going anywhere. It would have been nice to see some progression. The next point is the vocal to backing track ratio. What the producer did, was bring the vocals way up front which is what you want in a Pop song. However, in doing this, he made the vocals peak at certain points which means he didn’t master the final version of the song. Also, the backing track was buried. It almost disappeared at times because of how prominent the vocals were. They were good singers, but I wanted to hear a track not an A Capella.
I don’t have much to say about Apink’s “Miracle” except that I’m proud to be a Pink Panda. I love these girls so much. Watching that video looking back on the years, made me appreciate Eunji even more. Her smile is gorgeous. Chorong is cute as anything I’ve ever seen and Hayoung is the one stealing my heart slowly but surely. I love all these girls and wish them another successful seven years. I hope and pray for them and for Pink Pandas everywhere that they will continue on and do what they love doing, which is making music for their loyal fans.
The song was beautiful, as all Apink songs are, but this song had a tinge of hopefulness, sadness, memories, nostalgia, and regret all twined into one beautiful masterpiece. Congratulations, Apink on seven years. Eunji, Chorong, Hayoung, Bomi, Naeun, and Namjoo. You are all beautiful and whatever the future holds for you lovely ladies, your Pink Pandas will forever support you.
Thank you all for your support towards me, but let’s not forget about the artists that work day in and day out to bring you music, entertainment, and so much more. Let’s remember the successes and failures of Kpop because each person who goes through the Trainee process deserves success and deserves recognition. Thank you and I’ll see you in my next review.
Hello. I’m back with some more Quick Reviews. Today I’m feeling rather lazy because of how hectic my week has been, so I’m going to just do two music video reviews for right now. I’ll think if I want to do more tonight. I also need to finalize my video for upload tomorrow. So today it’s going to be Wheein of Mamamoo and Ha:tfelt.
Honestly when this video started, I wasn’t assuming I’d laugh so hard when it finished. The video was about Wheein trying to get the attention of a guy who is nonchalantly pushing her out of his way. Towards the end of the video, he’s fed up with her and smushes her face and starts to walk away, where she yells at him and blasts off her arm through his chest. Totally unexpected ending to that video. The lighting in the video was really cool because it felt mysterious throughout. Not too mysterious, but there was that tone existing through most of the video.
The song reminded me of something Heize and Groovy Room would put together, but the difference was it had Wheein’s godlike vocals blessing the song. (Not to say that Heize has an ungodlike voice). The song was pretty normal. I think the thing that took me off guard was the ending and also that Hwasa appeared in the video but not on the song. I will say the song had a groove to it, but didn’t sound like anything Mamamoo would release. It was Wheein doing her own thing and I liked that.
So “Pluhmm” turned out to be more sexual of a video than I was expecting. Yenny is teasing us the entire video. Things such as yearning under the covers, staring longfully in the camera, and the suspense of her about to snip off her underwear with scissors makes us (mostly the male fans) begging for more. There were a couple of times I was staring at my screen, mouth agape. Yenny looks so much more different than I remember her.
The song is really Jazzy, but it has a dance vibe to it. And when I say dance, I don’t mean Dance music, but like a Tango or something. It had that movement throughout the entirety of the song. Yenny is one of those girls that is ridiculously versatile which makes her a huge threat to everyone. She was in Wonder Girls, doing Pop and Retro, then she moved to solo music with Rock and some more Pop, but less Girl Pop. She’s done Ballad and now whatever this Tango music is. She truly is a talented girl.
What did you think of these two videos? Two vocal Queens bringing us beautiful solo songs. What more can we as fans ask for? Which was your favorite? Let me know in the comment section. Thank you for your support. Thank you for all you do for me. I really appreciate it. Be sure to support these two girls in all their endeavors. Thank you again and I’ll see you in my next review.
Quite honestly, I’m trying to knock out as many of these music video reviews as I can because I know we’re about to receive an overhaul of Kpop comebacks. I know Apink, Lovelyz, and Gfriend are all preparing something, so I need to get ahead of myself with The Rose, Imfact, and Eddy Kim. Let’s get into this.
I’m not sure what was happening in “Baby” by The Rose, but I loved the song. People seemed to keep disappearing and I think it’s connected with something. Maybe they’ll reveal it in their next comeback. I’m not sure what happened, but I do know there was a lot going on in that video. The song was very interesting as well, it was like an upbeat ballad. It had its soft parts, but there were parts that surprised me. And as always, I love the lead singer’s voice. He has such a unique roughness to his voice.
There were two things in “The Light” by Imfact that I was confused about. The first was the sunglasses. They had some importance and the other was the cat at the very end. The video told the story of a girl dying and the tragedy that comes with that. When she fell in the video, all the lights and monitors overloaded and sparks went flying resembling the overwhelming emotion that took over. As for the song, it was good and hyped. The Hip Hop/Trap vibes in the verse and that EDM style in the chorus made for a great song with much energy that we will be singing for a while.
Eddy Kim serenades his fans with a beautiful Jazzy song. “Whoa Whoa” has a clean guitar playing beneath his wonderful vocals. There were Marvel posters up in his apartment and a cactus in the corner of his bedroom. It seemed post production Eddy Kim was playing around with different visual effects and animations for this video. The song was smooth and laidback as Eddy Kim tends to be.
What did you think? What video was your favorite? I think Eddy Kim was actually my favorite out of all of these. I thought for sure it would be The Rose, but not today. Thank you for your support. Be sure to give your love to all of the artists I reviewed today. Thank you so much and I’ll see you in my next review.
Amber Liu of f(x), I think, got sick of waiting for SM to give her new music so she wrote, recorded, and produced her own mixtape and gave it away for free. There are two songs from that mixtape that she apparently made music videos for that I’m assuming she directed. Amber is a very talented girl with much ambition in her music, therefore nothing can really stop her from writing, creating, and sharing her music.
The music video was very well shot. “Closed Doors” is a song about running away from feelings and hiding the truth behind closed doors. The chorus line goes: “Nobody has to know what’s behind these closed doors.” The entirety of the music video shows Amber riding through town but I think it’s supposed to be her running from her emotions because there are shots occasionally to her lying in her bed by herself. She’s curling up in herself to hide from the pain. It’s really well put together and the song is so much more mature from Amber’s last album. Even saying that, Beautiful was an extremely mature sounding album full of powerful messages but this album trumps that by far.
Amber must enjoy running because she’s had two music videos where she is running from something or maybe toward something. “High Hopes” was a beautiful video that used smoke bombs to create stunning imagery. Essentially Amber wakes up in the woods and moves towards some smoke in the trees up ahead. She then finds a cliff and jumps from it to the cool water below. At the beginning of the video, we see shoes washed ashore and have no idea what that refers to but with the video complete, we see Amber walking up the beach with no shoes and the shot of the shoes comes into frame once again. Maybe she was searching for her shoes the whole time. The song is talking about running fast. Moving at a speed that your lungs can’t keep up. It’s possible that Amber searching for her shoes is a metaphor that she needs to keep running.
What did you think of Amber’s comeback music videos? Which was your favorite? I’ll let you guess which is my favorite in the comment section. Thank you for supporting me, but seriously, please give your love and support to Amber. She deserves it and has worked so hard for this. Thank you so much and I’ll see you in my next review.
I decided before I jump into bed for the night, I’ll do one more set of music video reviews for you. This one is also going to be only two music videos, not because I’m lazy but because I’m a bit OCD. Meaning, I’m here to review Eric Nam’s two new music videos and if I added on something else, it might drive me nuts. It’s been a while since we’ve heard any solo material from Eric Nam. In fact, I think the last album he released was back in 2015.
I don’t know if I’m right about this but it seemed like Eric Nam was chasing after a beautiful girl but lacked the confidence to approach her, so he turned to his “potion” which is Tequila. It’s a music video essentially saying that alcohol will give you the courage. It’s liquid courage. I did really enjoy how much culture was actually in this video that was very Kpop. The song was a typical Kpop song but with a very subtle Latin flair. I’m not really sold on all these overly done Latin influenced songs, but this one, “Potion” was really well done and sounded good without borrowing the complete template of a Latin Pop song.
I was a little confused about the premise in “Honestly” because it was almost like he was chasing after the dream of that beautiful woman, but in the end of the video, he was sending her off in a hot air balloon. The video was gorgeous, but there was a bit too much lens flare. JJ Abrams must have directed this music video. The song started off like a ballad and many aspects of the ballad remained throughout but it developed some elements of EDM and House music. It seemed like a very emotional song or maybe a song Eric Nam was involved in writing from personal experiences because his vocal performance as well as his performance in the video were incredible. He seemed very passionate about this song.
What did you think of these two videos? Which video did you enjoy more? This isn’t pitting artist against artist, this is just opinion of one musicians styles in two separate songs. I personally liked “Honestly” better because of the passion I described in it. Please let me know your thoughts. Thank you for supporting me even this far into my website and blog and various other activities. Thank you so much. Please support Eric Nam so he can bring us more wonderful music. Thank you and I’ll see you in my next review.
Welcome back to another set of Quick Reviews. I’ve been doing so many Quick Reviews lately because I’m so behind on Kpop reviews. I’ll post some other material soon enough, but first, I’m going to check out some new music. The first artist is a new girl group that debuted earlier this year and have made a comeback with a Mixtape. The song is called “Broccoli” and we’ll see if these girls make me want to eat my greens or maybe it will be like CoCoSoRi and “Dark Circle”. Today I’ll only be reviewing two music videos and to finish it off, I’ll be checking out Mad Clown and Ailee’s song “Thirst”. It’s been a minute since we’ve seen Ailee, so I’m excited for this.
I have no words. “Broccoli” by Girlkind was phenomenal. Such a good parody on Trap music. From the style to the fashion to the video effects were sort of bashing on the stereotypical elements in Trap music videos. I love it because it’s obvious these girls weren’t being serious but wanted to poke fun at a genre that is up and coming in the world of Kpop. This song may or may not go onto my favorite songs of the year playlist.
Mad Clown and Ailee collaborate for a Gatorade commercial. Wait, is it really? I’m not sure but I assume so. The video had a girl hanging out with a bunch of boys and showing them up on sports because she had drank Gatorade. If it wasn’t a commercial for Gatorade then there was a ton of product placement in it. The beat comes in hard and never stops. Mad Clown has such a nice flow that is aggressive but knows when to pull back a little and then Ailee’s vocals are angelic. She literally is blessed with golden pipes.
What did you think? What video was your favorite? Thank you for all your support. Please support Ailee, Mad Clown and Girlkind for the work they put forward so you can be entertained. Thank you again and I’ll see you in my next review.
In case you haven’t noticed, my Quick Reviews are being compiled by similarities whether it be only boy groups or specifically related groups or artists. Well, the pattern continues on as today I will be reviewing three music videos from artists all from within SM Entertainment. And just in case you were wondering if I’ll be reviewing Amber’s new release, I will not. That will be saved for a later date. Today I’m strictly focusing on male artists.
“New Heroes” music video by Ten of NCT is basically just a dance video with some cool visual effects. They really utilized the darkness and the light to create some interesting scenes in the video. The song was pretty typically EDM with a bit of a variation in the initial build up, but nothing too out of the ordinary. However ordinary it might be, I can see myself jamming to this in the next couple of days.
I have no idea what was happening in “Blooming Day” by EXO-CBX but I liked the song. The song had a very steady beat throughout but sounded very EXO/Super Junior. Which many of you know I don’t like Super Junior, but they do have a groove to their music. And that groove I enjoy. It looked like they were posing as Cupid, mixing different things together, but I’m almost positive I’m wrong.
Speaking of that group I’m not a fan of, Super Junior. I still try to recognize talent when I see it and try to give them a chance each time and they grow on me a little with each comeback. This song was the definition of a Latin Pop song, but done with some Korean mixed in. Leslie Grace, a Latina Popstar collaborated with Super Junior in the song to give it much more authenticity than if Super Junior had just done the song by themselves. I think the video was about one of the members apologizing to the girl for using her for sex. I’m not sure about it and honestly I wasn’t paying super close attention to the video but that’s what I got from it. It was a decent song and it should hands down be popular in the U.S because the U.S is on this Latin flair thing right now.
What did you think of these videos? Which is your favorite? I think my favorite would have to be EXO-CBX. Let me know which you chose in the comment section. Thank you for supporting me. Please make sure you give your love and support to all these SM artists. Support Kpop. Love Kpop. Thank you again and I’ll see you in my next review.
I know I don’t talk a lot about K Hip Hop as its own genre. It definitely is its own genre which deserves more recognition. Today I’m here to review for you two new music videos from Basick. Basick is a K Hip Hop artist that I guess is just struggling to make ends meet.
The song was very Trap style. It lacked a lot of melodic variety but those beats were awesome, not to mention Basick’s flow. His style is lowkey and hard hitting. It sort of reminded me a little of Keith Ape’s “It G Ma” and the “Eung Freestyle”. It wasn’t as extreme as “It G Ma” but had a flow similar to “Eung Freestyle”. The video was essentially just Basick walking through the streets.
Basick’s second video, “Microphone Checker” is lit and goes in hard. This song as opposed to “The Kid” is more of a classic Hip Hop style than Trap. It also features Koonta, I’m guessing as the singer and Paloalto. There was a lot of visual effects going on throughout the video but I thought the coolest image was of Basick fenced in the fluorescent lights. It’s not that much but it looks really cool. Honestly, the way they filmed this entire video felt like it was shot in the early 2000s.
What did you think? Which song did you like better, the Trap style “The Kid”, or the classic Hip Hop collaboration “Microphone Checker”? Let me know in the comment section. Thank you for your support. Honestly, Basick should be getting more love than he is receiving so please, do me a favor and go support him as well. Thank you and I’ll see you in my next review.
Today is going to be a little different. Today I’m reviewing a bunch of music videos but they are all by the same artists. Anda and Primary who are both really less known than a lot of Kpop artists. But I’ve heard good things and weird things about these songs. I’m ready.
“Moonlight” is a good start to this set of reviews because it was Anda but a lot darker than some of her past material. It still had that very Anda vibe and Hip Hop beat to it. The funky bass riffing in the chorus, in my opinion, is what gave it that definite Anda feeling. The song was a lot more dark and sinister sounding at parts. Even though this song feels rather energetic, it still has a calming overtone to it.
The entire video, it sounds like Anda is singing “Like Jetplane” but she means to say “Zeppelin”. The song was already a lot airier and lighter than “Moonlight”. I guess it makes sense that “Moonlight” would be dark and “Zeppelin” would be like. It had a classic R&B/Pop sound that was sort of nostalgic. Anda is weird but she’s so perfect. She doesn’t care about what people think of her as this entire video was just her dancing like a maniac in public.
“Dressroom” may be my favorite song Anda has ever done because of how atmospheric and different it sounded from typical Anda. There was a very spacey and 80s influenced texture to the song. The video seemed to be portraying Anda as a disco ball because she was wearing very glittery outfits for a good portion of the video and it was just images of her spinning. It was really simplistic but still seemed extremely artistic.
I lied. I said “Dressroom” is my favorite Anda song, but it is actually “The Open Boat” because this song is very reminiscent of some of my favorite Dreampop groups such as CHVRCHES, The Naked & Famous, Grimes, and Purity Ring. The song starts out extremely atmospheric and continues with that dreamy pop sound throughout. This song was actually a really great recreation of some awesome Dreampop sounds. What’s even better about this song is that Colde from offonoff is featured in it. I love offonoff and I think they, as well as Anda and Primary, deserve more attention.
What did you think of all the Anda and Primary? Which song was your favorite and why? Thank you for supporting me. Please, if you enjoyed these videos or songs, share them with your friends. Thank you for your love 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.