Here I am again, playing catch up. There are so many bloody videos coming out that I'm having a hard time keeping up. So here I am with reviews for Younha, KNK, and AKMU. I'll be reviewing K.A.R.D in upcoming reviews.
I had doubts about what the music video was about until the very end when it gave away the title of the album. Obviously it's about time travellers but through the entire video I thought it was about a girl with Alzheimer's disease much like in A Moment to Remember. The song was very soothing at a mid tempo rate with an upbeat feel. It had a happy vibe while being still ballad-like.
There were a lot of sad, depressed and pissed off people in the “Rain” music video. It seemed the entire video was about people dancing in the rain with umbrellas or breaking shit. I will say though that the dancing was phenomenal. It was super impressive and I quite enjoyed watching it. The song had a Spanish influence like a Salsa style dance. It was unique and fresh and I definitely will check out more of these guys' music. I've never really given KNK a chance but they kind of remind me of Infinite which is definitely a good thing.
“Dinosaur” is a video about a brother and sister that go on adventures together through a portal that exists in her air duct. They travel into the past where dinosaurs roamed the earth. I will say I think YG was making a shout out to Studio Ghibli with the soot gremlins. The song was a little unexpected. At first I was excited because that's the style of song I wanted for AKMU. However when the electronic beats came in, I started to lose hope for the song and for the direction of AKMU. AKMU was driven on their uniqueness and raw instrumental sound, not this digital crap. The song itself sounds like a tropical EDM track which I'm okay with if they were to change the chorus. I'm not a fan of the chorus and I felt like they could have done better with it.
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Today I am attempting at playing some major catch up. I've been so far behind on music videos that I have a list of videos I need to review. I'm sure I've missed some but there are 5 that I'm going to review for today in today's Quick Reviews.
First up, we have Zico with two new tracks. “Anti” featuring G.Soul and “Artist”. Zico, for those of you who don't know, is a rapper from Block B. He is well known for releases a ton of solo stuff as well as collaborating with various artists. To start this review session, we'll check out “Anti” first and then jump into “Artist” immediately after.
Another music video that went right over my head. “Anti” was a music video that seemed to be focusing on the bad things that happen in life. I think at one point in the video, Zico shot himself. Let's just say this video was strange but intriguing. The song was awesome! I love Zico's rap because he utilizes such creative flow style. I can't wait to listen to “Artist”.
“Artist” picks up right where “Anti” left off; kind of. The music video zooms out from a television set sitting on the ground but besides that I can't find any connection between the two videos. I will say I'm glad I watched them in this order. As for the song, it was a completely different mood than “Anti”. I will say I probably liked “Anti” a little better because his raps where incredible in “Anti”, not that they weren't amazing in “Artist”.
“Why, You?” by Park Boram was a unique video. The usage of sounds and images throughout the video were incredible and slightly disgusting at the same time. Amplifying sounds like a razor against skin or the sound of chewing a fruit is a beautiful way to make a video but it also can be disgusting for some people too. They also used a lot of visual effects on the video to give it a little pop. The song was good and honestly, she reminds me of IU in the way she sings. They both have powerful but innocent sounding voices.
The only 13 member group that I like is back. WJSN comes back with “Kiss Me”, a video about girls wanting guys, again. It's similar to several different variations of the style including “Heart Attack” by AOA, “Muah!” by April and several others. I would say it's unique but it's not. The song was more cutesy bubblegum pop than WJSN's previous comebacks and I don't know how I feel about that because I was enjoying the fantastical side they were venturing towards. Hopefully this is just something for summer and not a permanent alteration of style.
I'm not going to lie, I was a bit disappointed with the music video for “Love” by Psy. Not that the girls dancing were bad, but because I wanted to see Taeyang on screen again. The music video was creative though. Rather than just having these girls dance in front of a white backdrop, the words “what we need is love” appeared in several different languages as if signifying the connection that love provides the entire world. Love is a language every human being can understand regardless of belief, race, or whatever else tends to hinder the progression of the human race. Good message. I love the song especially because Taeyang is singing on it.
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Another set of Quick Reviews are coming at you today because I'm so fucking far behind with my music video reviews. Once I get past One and Zico, I'll be all set, but today I'll be reviewing BTS, Day6, and Jessi. I can't believe how far behind I've come. I'll make up for it and post a new YouTube video in the next couple of days.
“Come Back Home” was definitely an interesting video that seems to be focusing on the struggles of several characters. They were all struggling at whatever they were meant to do. BTS themselves didn't appear in the music video and what was strange was that this video was put out by CJ E&M rather than BigHit. The song sounded more like old school BTS or one of their Cyphers. It had a definite underground feel to it that is where BTS is rooted.
In “Hi Hello” by Day6, they don't care about their instruments. Just kidding, but seriously they mistreated their instruments like crazy. The music video focused on the members being picked up along the side of a seeming endless highway. The song itself was rooted in atmospheric rock but sounded quite similar to pop rock from the 1960's. At least to me it did. This is why I love Day6. They are so versatile.
The music video for “Rain 51db” is amazing! They filmed it as if it was a television program from the early 90s. Which is fitting because the song itself sounds much like a ballad song that would come out of that time period. Love & Evil is my favorite album to come out from these girls and it makes it all the better that they decided to release 2 music videos for this album; this one and also “Sonatine”.
I don't know how Jessi isn't more popular, especially in the States because she has that Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea style but is so much better. “Gucci” is a hard-hitting track that exposes Jessi's more aggressive side. It is definitely a club song that I could see any of my friends jamming out to. Also Jessi is very attractive. I honestly don't understand Americans when it comes to music. They'll listen to nasty ass Nicki Minaj but won't give time of day to someone as talented as Jessi? Whatever America!
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It's been awhile but I'm back with another Quick Review. This time it's for only 2 music videos even though I have a lot of catching up to do. I'm reviewing “Fruity” by Hyorin and Kisum and “Seoul” by Lee Hyori. I really should review more but I only have time for these 2 at the moment.
The music video for “Fruity” was essentially a commercial for Lipton. It had Hyorin dancing around and enjoying her time with a bunch of other people while enjoying a Lipton but what confused me is why couldn't Kisum be in this music video? Maybe she got caught up in business elsewhere but it seems like they could have easily added her in. The song was catchy and had a summer vibe to it which I always love. I love Kisum's style of rapping so that's always a plus, I just wish she had actually been in the video.
“Seoul” had a very interesting video of Lee Hyori dancing in random places just letting loose her emotions through dance. I think the idea behind this video is to be comfortable being who you are wherever you are. Seoul is a homonym for soul and the song is telling you to look into your soul and do what makes you happy. The song was slow beat driven and very emotional. In fact, it was different from any of the old Lee Hyori songs I listened to back in the day.
I know I said I'd only review the 2 videos but I decided to add one more in. This is my review of “Black” by Lee Hyori.
“Black” tells the story of a girl stranded in the desert searching for water. She finds a water spout and gives the water to a stray dog. The girl takes the dog in a returns home when the dog digs and finds a water sprocket. It is likened to finding gold or oil. The song has a western vibe to it while still holding true to that K-pop sound. Again, this is different from Lee Hyori's original style but I kind of like it.
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