Once again, I apologize for my continued absence from music video reviews in Kpop. I can’t really say I’ve been busy this week. I’ve just been really tired so I come home from work everyday and pass out from exhaustion and then wake up late and not wanting to do anything. I’m going to try my hardest to break from that habit. Today I’ll be reviewing three newish videos from NCT U, Pentagon, and TVXQ!
What a psychedelic music video! The video for “Yestoday” by NCT U wasn’t at all about the video. It was more about the crazy images they could create with limited amount of budget. It was more about the song than anything. There were some cool effects, yes, but the song was the focus here.
Speaking of the song, it had such a nice flow to it. It was a mix of R&B and Chillhop Hip Hop. I’m not sure all the members, but the rap flow each of the rappers had in this song was smooth as anything else. It went nicely with the beat without trying to win out, but rather complimenting it and adding to it. I love it and the vocals were on point as well. The whole song had a beautiful atmosphere to it. I think this might be my favorite NCT song because of the Chillhop vibes.
Pentagon always has a unique style about them and it’s interesting because it’s cutesy but not. The video I believe was about letting your inhibitions go and letting yourself be free. Letting yourself “Shine”. I don’t know how I came to this conclusion but there was a lot of things falling out of lockers in the video. A locker locks things away therefore letting them go is releasing the trapped energy within oneself. Another word for letting out energy is “Shine”.
Like I mentioned, Pentagon has a unique sound and they definitely displayed it here. The song was playful and cute but not overly cute like Astro or NCT Dream. It was just playful. It still had that edge that Pentagon sort of gives off. I loved this song. Is it my favorite Pentagon song? I don’t know about that.
My last music video to review was an interesting one. TVXQ! has no plans to quit anytime soon with their non-title track video for “Love Line”. The music video followed these men in a vacation home as they fell in love with a girl through technology, I’m assuming. I don’t know if she was actually in the house with them at all or if it was just to reference their growing addiction for her. At the end of the video, they left the vacation home, dreaming of this girl. I could be wrong. Don’t quote me on this.
The song was really bubbly and light for TVXQ! I mean I know they’ve done lighthearted material before but this song sounded a lot lighter than anything I’ve heard them do recently. It had a nice bubbly synth tone that drove the song forward more than a solid beat or anything else. The song itself was really minimal which was also a unique thing for TVXQ!
What did you think of the videos I reviewed today? Which one is your favorite? Out of these, I might say NCT U was my favorite which is why I’ve added it for my contending list of best songs of the year. Let me know which is your favorite and why. Thank you for the support. Be sure to give each of these artists some love. Thank you and I’ll see you in my next review.
I’ve been gone for quite some time again. I apologize for that. Also, my latest announcement was an April Fools’ joke obviously since I’m still here doing reviews. In fact, I’ve got four new music video reviews to share with you today. EXID, Oh My Girl, CLC, and Girlkind are my videos to review today. Hope you enjoy and I won’t be publishing a new video this week with how hectic my past week has been.
I loved “Lady” by EXID because it not only sounded like a 90s influenced Hip Hop song but the video had similar effects, filming techniques, fashion, even some of the dance moves were somewhat familiar which in the end just makes me feel nostalgic, having grown up in the 90s and experiencing this style of music firsthand. It was supposed to be a flashback or retrovibe because in the beginning and end, we see the entire music video takes place in an old tube TV.
Like I mentioned before, the sound was very reminiscent of the 90s and the small details like having record scratches in the background were simple but necessary to make this throwback more accurate. LE killed it with those raps which wasn’t really prominent back in the day unless you were Missy Elliot. Another thing that was really good was Junghwa with blonde hair. She’s growing to become one of my favorites even from back in the days of “Ah Yeah”.
Oh My Girl Banhana is a subunit of Oh My Girl and it actually utilizes all seven members but in different ways throughout the album. This particular song was Hyojung, Arin, and Binnie but the video also featured the other girls. I know because I saw my bias Jiho in there as well as Mimi. I know for a fact that the video featured all the members. The video seemed to be about these girls landing on a planet and learning the monkey dance. By the way, the monkey dance is weird. But I guess it’s cute.
The song was very retro video game inspired. It was like 8-bit crunch with the three girls singing really high pitched on it. I will say it was addicting though. I don’t get why people had such a hard time with this comeback considering they’ve done “A-ing!” and other really cutesy songs. There was also a reference back to “Secret Garden” with Arin standing at the bus stop. I didn’t see any others but I’m sure there were more.
I read through some of the YouTube comments and they were saying “Distance” by CLC is a prequel to “Black Dress” but I see it different. “Black Dress” seemed to be more about female empowerment. This video was telling an actual story. It could lead up to “Black Dress” but I think it’s its own video. I believe the girls were abused and murdered. There was a lot of imagery of fire, rope, and then the smeared lipstick that bring me to that conclusion. I believe the girls were beaten, tied up in a burning house and left to die. It sort of a dark concept but I guess that’s the style CLC is going for now.
The song was quite simple but had a great effect. I didn’t pay super close attention to the music but it sounded like a guitar, piano, strings and a continuous beat. I think what makes the song isn’t the instrumentals but rather the melodies the girls sing in the song. The pairing up of the simple instrumentals with the powerful vocals makes a beautiful song.
What did you think? Which song was your favorite? I think “Lady” was my favorite but Oh My Girl is something I always look forward to. That being said, CLC surprised me with a darker concept that isn’t a rehashing of Hyuna’s music. Thank you so much for the support. Let’s keep going. Thank you and please support these artists that work so hard to entertain us. Please thank them and give them love. Thank you again and I’ll see you in my next review.
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.
Again, I've been so far behind because of the rapid pace that Kpop takes when there is a mass comeback. Today I'm trying to make up the amount of comebacks I've missed. I want to review Gugudan, but I need to review some of these boy groups as well.
In the music video for “Spotlight” by VAV, they were dancing in a museum. But more than the museum, there were a ton of cool effects used for this video. One post production effect was the static on the screen. This is a commonly used effect in videos but it's still cool when done right and not over used. Another cool effect was during the chorus when they were dancing on the white platform in the darkness. The lighting created shadows, but the angle of the lighting changed every beat which created this cool movement within the video. As for the song, it was synthy and had an EDM beat to it. The chorus was really catchy and kept me entertained.
A couple things about Golden Child. I never listened to their debut because I was busy at the time. I don't know how to feel about them but “It's U” was a decent song, it was just a little too cutesy for me. Everything about this song and video reminds me of Lovelyz which is fine because they are the same company but Woollim needs to diversify a little. I'm not giving up on Golden Child yet but I'm just not quite sold on them yet. The video featured the members at a school trying everything they could to crack their ability to use telekinesis or the ability to move objects with your mind.
Throughout the music video for “L.I.E” by Penomeco, we see Penomeco and a girl right next to each other in various scenarios but never noticing each other. I think the message being conveyed here is sometimes love is where you least expect it. There were a series of doors and hallways throughout as well with a cool opaque color palette. I really dug the way the video looked. The song had a pretty classic Zico vibe to it, but it was a mesh of EDM and Hip Hop which sounds nice. Penomeco's flow is amazing by the way. I don't think I've ever mentioned that. I'm still not sure why this song was put under SM, but I guess it doesn't matter.
Well I hope you enjoyed my set of music video reviews for you today. Be sure to follow each of these amazing artists. Support them and give them your love. Thank you for the support you give me. It honestly keeps me going. Thank you. Like and share this review. Let me know your thoughts about any of these videos in the comment section. Thank you again and I'll see you in my next review.
Today I'm adding two music videos into one review which would make it a Quick Reviews. The songs I'm going to be reviewing today are “Hot Potato” by N.Flying and “Don't Leave” by Block B. Now, N.Flying is a group that is really hard for me to get into. The first song I heard by them I didn't like, the second song was too poppy and silly. I don't have the highest of hopes for “Hot Potato” but I'll still check it out. Block B on the other hand, I'm very excited about.
N.Flying dreams about becoming something big in “Hot Potato” music video. The entire video was them in a garage and dreaming about one day breaking into the big market. I hate to compare, but it sounds like exactly what BTS is doing right now. They are awaiting the paperwork from one member. The song was poppy and the music video sort of matched the tone of the song. The song I liked a lot better than “The Real”. I don't know why I didn't like that song so much but this was definitely better. When I listen to a rock band, I typically want them to be more of a serious band which is why I don't like N.Flying that much maybe. I don't know.
“Don't Leave” by Block B is a video that focuses on either the passing of a girl or the departure of a girl. I like to think of it as a friend of all the members that had died because it gives the video more depth than if it were just a break up. There are a lot of cool visual effects in this video but one of my favorites was the image of the beach upside down over the beach. One image had the girl in it and the other she was absent. Overall the video was beautiful. It was seriously such a lovely video. And it still had some grit to it. Zico appeared in it with a slow rap that develops into a sing rap. The song was really calm and peaceful but powerful and beautiful and heartfelt at the same time. It wasn't the saddest sounding song but it had a lot of emotion to it. I like that. I like Block B.
I hope you enjoyed my reviews of N.Flying and Block B. I enjoy doing these reviews but sometimes, you feel like you're drowning and have to swallow more water than you can handle. That happens to me very often. Anyway, support these artists. They deserve your love. Like and share this review on social media. Leave a comment. Thank you for all your support for me. Thank you so much. I'll see you in my next review.
What's up? I have been so far behind on music video reviews lately because I'm at my parents' house and their WiFi kind of sucks. So today I'm reviewing two music videos, both by female artists. It feels like forever that I've done some female artists. The past couple of weeks have been male group focused. I did some female reviews but not as many as usual, so I'm here to remind you that I am originally a female Stan.
Soyou delivers “Grown Up” a music video about moving past relationships and finding yourself. The video focuses only on Soyou rather than a couple and is basically about her looking past the relationship she once had and finding solace in herself and being her own person. It is a beautiful message. As always, Soyou's voice is breathtaking. The ballad is soft and gentle much like a song from a drama. I'm seriously so in love with everything Sistar and miss them so much. Soyou blessed us with her angelic voice.
“Paint Me” by Mamamoo was different than anything I expected from Mamamoo. Usually they have a funky sound and play on that, but in this song, they were delicate, powerful and sensual. The video was extremely artistic using color focusing, and green screen backdrops. They all looked elegant in their dresses and powerful. The song was also strange because it had a definite chorus but it felt more like one huge build up of a song. The song kept building and rather than collapsing, it left the listener feeling high up with the power of music. The immense beauty that is in this song is absolutely stunning. The visual effects and the musicality come together to give us a masterpiece that will be remembered for years to come.
I hope you enjoyed this set of Quick Reviews. Please remember to support both artists. Mamamoo and Soyou and the former members of Sistar all deserve the love and respect you'd give any other artist. Please remember them. Like and share these reviews on social media. Please leave a comment with your thoughts of the songs. Thank you so much for the support you give me. I don't know if I deserve it, but I'm glad you still read my reviews and follow my blogs. Thank you. 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.