I can't keep allowing myself to get this way. Why is it that every time I think I'm ahead, I fall behind? Is it because I'm overly confident with my standings? Is it because I'm afraid to gain complete control? Whatever the answer may be, I am here to bring you another set of music video reviews. Quick Reviews, for any of you who may not know, is my blogging where instead of focusing on one specific video or episode of something, I take a bunch of videos and compile them into one blog to save me time but also to give you more information without having to jump pages. I don't necessarily like doing Quick Reviews but sometimes it's necessary.
The story in “In the Time Spent with You” by Heize was simple but so complex at the same time. A boy and a girl met, fell in love, broke up, and it looked like the girl was going to end her life; she was walking, flustered toward a bridge. Then the boy saved her but she rejected the boy. Later, the girl is playing piano in an empty concert hall when she hears the door slam shut. Curiously, the girl chases after the person and realizes it was him. At the end of the video, the words “Time Traveler” come on screen, which I know I've seen before with another video. I wonder if there is going to be a compilation album with various tracks from various artists. Accompanying this complex video is a beautiful song with an airy and atmospheric overtone. The pop track is pretty typical for Heize but that's what makes Heize such an incredible artist.
Red versus blue. Good versus evil. Right versus left. I think that is the message being conveyed in “Whisper” by Vixx LR. I didn't even realize it until the later portion of the video, but there is a heavy use of the colors of red and blue used throughout the music video. Typically red and blue are associated as opposites. At the beginning and end of the video, we see the two members but one is kind of nerdy looking, while the other member is street and leather. But as seen in the last scene of the video, blue and red laces are tied together, which I believe is a joining of forces or a cease fire. Leo and Ravi are on opposite sides and now are bound together. With a funky, but ambient song backing the video, it gives a sort of mysterious vibe. There are various overtones and undertones present in this song but to me, the one that stood out the most was the ambient, ethereal atmosphere being the driving sound in the song. Vixx LR are a group I love and support because while their father group is dark in their video content and so upfront about it, Vixx LR have more mature settings within their videos that are more subtle and take more thinking and focus on the finer details.
For the life of me, I can't think of what instrument makes the sounds in HyunA's new song “Babe”? I want to say Xylophones but that's not what it is. Maybe it's the Marimbas. However, I typically don't like HyunA's solo music, especially after “Red” because it all sounds like trash to me personally. I actually liked this one though. It honestly didn't sound like anything she's done before. If I were to compare it, I'd say it sounds closest to her Triple H style. The song has a bright sound with a dubstep influenced chorus. On top of all of this uniqueness that is new to HyunA, she adds in a crazy music video that really had no substance but was surprisingly aesthetically pleasing. If this is more the direction HyunA is going, I support it because I couldn't support twerking, Miley Cyrus version of HyunA.
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I've been lazy lately. Well, maybe not lazy, but preoccupied. I just recently downloaded Sony Vegas Pro 14 and have been experimenting with it. I also have been working on some projects in Adobe Illustrator and therefore have lost my focus for actual music video reviews. Well today I'm kind of making up for that. I will still have some catching up to do after this but today I am repenting of my lack of focus in the K-pop world.
Sonamoo has made their comeback with “Friday Night” which is a hard hitting blues influenced song with a ton of aggressive instrumentals especially from the piano. A lot of the sounds present in the song are droning undertones that drive the song forward. I will say this is probably Sonamoo's most powerful song to date which is why I love it so much. The video was pretty much just the members dancing and shaking their asses in the water, but what I don't quite understand is what the deal with the present was at the beginning of the video. Was that supposed to represent the actual video? Was it supposed to be the Happy Box? I don't know.
Next up, NCT Dream is back with their song “We Young” which first of all, is a grammatical mess in itself. The song is more ambient than their previous songs. It has a smoother atmosphere and a nice tropical dance style similar, in my opinion, to “No Matter What” by BoA. The video, on the other hand, was crazy and I didn't really follow it. I know there was an alligator and dancing with weird colors. There was a little animation girl throughout most of the video but besides those few points, I don't remember much.
So, in my opinion, SM Station was awesome for the first season but so far has pretty much sucked for season 2. However, Red Velvet made an appearance for season 2 with a fun little song called “Rebirth”. The entirety of the video is one shot of the girls sitting at desks in a locker room and reacting to something. The entire video is shot in slow motion with various video effects and animation making the video a bit more entertaining. I loved watching Seulgi with her cute smile though and it appeared that Wendy was clapping together 2 bagels at one point. Finally, in the background, there was a girl dancing on a pole at the very end of the video. The song was slow and poppy and grew in strength and power as the song progressed and it had a bit of a tropical vibe in it with the steel drums.
Do y'all remember Sunmi? She was a member of Wonder Girls. Well she's back with “Gashina”. The song has a tropical style but it is infused with the original EDM style. The song itself is intense and quite catchy. I also love the way she fluctuates her voice in the pre-chorus section. As for the video, it seems like she was chasing the person who showed up at the restaurant. But I think the purpose of the video was to embrace chaos. As soon as the shadow leaves, she gets up and starts dancing around the restaurant. She rolls around in laundry and walks into a wind storm with papers flying every which way. We never see who the person is or get to understand why she became so upset but I think that's part of the purpose behind this video.
I hope you enjoyed my Quick Reviews for these couple of videos. Please support each artist. They deserve it. Remember to like and share this review as well as leaving a comment in the comment section. Thank you for your continued support. I appreciate all of you and I'll see you in the next one.
I'm here again to bring you more Quick Reviews. Sweet, short, quick reviews of new music videos that have come out recently. Today I'm reviewing Apple.B, Day6, and Taeyang. If you've been into K-pop for a while now, there is only one of these artists you might never have heard before. Apple.B is a new girl group that just barely debuted. As for Day6, they are a boy band formed by JYP Entertainment and Taeyang is a member in the ever famous Big Bang.
“Ujoojoo” which from now on I will call “Gulp Gulp” because I believe that's what it means, was a very disjointed music video. I think the video was telling about the nervous action of approaching someone you like. The video however, showed a bunch of girls stalking a photographer guy from their window. It showed a couple clips of him and then went to a pillow fight to them hanging out with said guy in their apartment or house. The song was really upbeat and poppy, however I think I've heard this style before with April and maybe even a little Oh My Girl. This doesn't mean I'll disregard them but I'm looking for a little more creativity in my cutesy girl groups.
I wonder if this is a prequel to everything that has happened so far in the Day6 concept. The video follows two characters that are complete opposites similar to the way dramas play out. There's a bad boy and a good guy. The girl is with the good guy but the bad boy likes the girl. Towards the end of the video, it feels like the girl is interested in the bad boy and if I'm not mistaken, that is the same girl from “Congratulations”. The song has a grungier sound initially but that takes on a more jazz fusion style. I can't believe how good this group is. They just continue to amaze me.
Last up is Taeyang with his incredible but short intro song “White Night”. The video itself is incredibly artsy and aesthetically pleasing. There are a bunch of nature shots like the rolling of clouds, a beautiful silhouetted horizon, and I think I saw a running river or waterfall at one point. Taeyang's voice, of course, is beautiful as he sings a short number of lines for his intro and set up for his much awaited comeback. Also, it looks like Taeyang finally did away with those terrible dreds and is back to the fohawk.
That's it for this Quick Reviews. I hope you enjoyed it. Please support all the artists. Thank you so much for supporting me. Please do continue to show support for me as I bring you my opinions on K-pop. Keep on K-popping! I'll see you in the next one.
Because there are so many comebacks coming in the next few days, I decided to compact a few of my music video reviews into one post. Here are three music video reviews for Plan A (HuhGak, Apink, Viction), CLC, and Nine Muses. I'm looking forward to Girls' Generation's comeback as well as several other artists. So please check this Quick Reviews out in preparation for SNSD.
When we see a company release a company-wide or company special track, it's usually for Christmas but Plan A decided to release a track celebrating summer with some of their artists including HuhGak, Apink, and Viction. The video took place at a pool with each of the members hanging out having a good time. As for the song, it had a tropical vibe, being a summer jam. Some of my favorite parts in the song were when members of Apink and Viction harmonized with each other.
CLC is back with a smooth, jazzy, retro sounding song that cleanses the soul. It appears that CLC, the once cutesy girl group that transformed into a badass girl group, now took a few steps back and went with a mature style that is relatively more cutesy than badass. There were a ton of outdoor shots for the scenery but the music video didn't seem to have any other tie to the scenery besides aesthetics. The color palette the music video producers used was a dull, flat color palette rather than vibrant, lush colors.
Nine Muses pound their way into our heads and our hearts with “Love City” and the style, to me, reverts back to their “Hurt Locker” era. I loved “Hurt Locker”. The song has a sensual side (more in the verses) and a sexy side (choruses) as well as a more basic, retro sounding driving beat for most of the song except the choruses. I would probably have to watch through the video again to understand the meaning in the video but there were televisions that were displaying what we are seeing. At the end of the video, the girls watch a firework show.
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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.