CLC (씨엘씨) – ME (美): (MV Review)

For our next video review, we will feature for the first time CLC.

I only knew the group when they featured their song “NO” for this year. Their title was quite funny, as some commented that it was their response to TWICE’s “Yes or Yes.” I illustrated how these two songs fit together in my recent misheard lyric.

After their modest success in their first song, here comes the new lead song called “ME”. From the title itself, we can see the difference. Instead of displaying the Chinese character for “me,” (我) they chose to feature a different character (美).

The Chinese character means “beauty”. It was the same word being used as Chinese name for the United States (美国,literally “Beautiful Country”). This song continues to define their own version of beauty. But anyway, would they retain the momentum they had with their previous song “No”? The answer must be Yes or Yes. Haha. But you may enjoy first their MV before reviewing them.


  1. Video must have a storyline – 5 points

While I haven’t understood clearly their storyline, they provided the same for their video in the description.

1theK, in its official YouTube page, provided a storyline on the MV:

CLC, who gave a strong impact to the public through “No” with the band’s confident and charismatic performance on January, tries to perfectly position themselves with new song “ME (美)”. CLC’s new song “ME (美)” refers to the theme of ‘beautiful me’ using the English word ‘Me’ and the same pronunciation of Chinese character ’ meaning beauty, in a whimsical way. This song with the strong sound and beat as well as the strongly addictive refrain that reverses as the song proceeds shows CLC’s confident fascination to captivate everyone with their individuality and beauty.

  1. Theme must be consistent and clear – 5 points

The group featured consistenly the art and the crowded spaces concept. Also, their theme revolves on their definition of beauty.


  1. Moral lesson must be clearly stated – 5 points

From what we can see in the whole video, they try to impart confidence. This is needed, especially when dealing with so many people.

Another moral lesson that might not be noticed is on different views when it comes to beauty. Somehow, the goat painted in white and black represents one painted (viewed) as beautiful while the other one has not. This might tell us on how to handle situations like these.

(And actually, beauty standards in Korea, though quite believable, are not gospel truth. CLC perfectly defined this lesson in “No” and this song: “I’m beautiful since I was born”/”태어날 때부터 아름다움” )

  1. They must impart something beneficial for their viewers – 5 points

With many people using gadgets to play games, somehow they will tell viewers to try traditional games like this domino. This is featured at 2:38.

Other Matters

  1. Inject sense of humor in the music video – 6 points

At 1:40, a member tries to put out fire by blowing instead of using fire extinguishers. Maybe she has powers to put out these?

Other than that, I did not see other funny scenes in the video.

  1. Ability of the song to make it to mainstream media – 3 points

I gave this rating, as I am not certain this will make it to radio and TV.

  1. Review by other sites – 4 points

TheBiasList contrasted CLC’s previous song with this one, noting the latter as a “diminished” version of them. This can also be compared with 4Minute’s “Hate”, particularly on the music.

Positive remarks were on the instrumentals, particularly on the percussions and “beat drops”, which goes together with their voices on the last seconds.

Negative points include their beat drop which was more than noisy, and focuses less on substance. The blogger also was not impressed with the song, and that the verses are bound to be forgotten. The song was also simplified to the point that it does not jive with various songs playing in the background.

KPopReviewed was excited on the group’s comeback, noting that they sticked to the “edgy” genre which made them known. This time, they matured on this specialty.

The most “memorable” part is on the instrumentals being played on the chorus, reminding also of 4Minute’s song. This is also a “wake-up call” in its own right, since the beats are quite “explosive”. He/she also liked their hooks and vocal sections, and noted that it would further stand out had they included thicker raps in the music. Meanwhile, the red stroke of paint was the best, as though simple, it speaks much.

Negative points were on the blandness of the song, which does not reflect the intense feeling they want to show. It was also not “edgy,” especially if we will listen to their acapellas. It lacks the sensual side of their choreography unlike their previous songs like “NO” or “Black Dress”.

  1. Review of the music video as a whole – 5 points

Like what we discussed, they described the beauty as two faced, as seen on a goat in black and white. Being destroyed signifies that the days of defining what is and what is not beautiful are over.

On the visuals, I understand that they are featuring different aspects of beauty. However, this doesn’t have a coherent storyline. In fact, I haven’t understand as of this moment why they have to feature red paint. Maybe it represents the red lipstick?

I might agree with other reviewers. The song had less impact for me, unlike their song “No”. While the song has repeatedly stuck on my head, I doubt if this will be the case on “Me”.

Aside from that, it seems that Seungyeon gave way for her other members to stand out, especially on vocals. This is apparently the case if you compare her performance with that of “No”.

Most outstanding members for me were Sorn, who maintained her confidence in the two vids,…

…and another one is Yeeun, who lately caught my attention at 3:22. I also felt attracted to the latter, albeit with short hair, after watching her as emcee in MTV’s “The Show.”

On the outfits, I have to rate it at four points, as it was quite revealing. This can be seen at the start of the video. Meanwhile, one point lacking was on their music not being exciting enough. Three points for music since it was deafening. Four points are given on the dance being easily understood, since the difficult dance revolves on 2:20 – 2:24.

  1. Other factors
  • Features special effects – 5 points

Look at 3:06, where a member tips down dominoes to feature their title.

  • Shares concepts with other groups – 5 points

The dark room concept (2:32) is shared with Dreamcatcher in their song Piri.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 85.22%

Final Words

CLC’s latest performance in MTV’s “The Show” convinced me to revise my original rating upward.

The song is not bad enough. On a personal note, I also liked their daring moves and their execution of choreography. I see that they are more confident doing it unlike their previous song.

Since they released the song “ME,” I made a running joke about it.

CLC: Me?

Also CLC: No.

Some points need to be improved here. This is more on defining the storyline and simplifying their dances. Except for these, they made a good choice on positioning themselves to the genre they want. It is hoped that the review will let them take it as a challenge to outdo themselves every comeback.

Love Advice No. 103 (Otso Diretso, Eleksyon, atbp.)

Tatalakayin sa espesyal na artikulong ito ang tungkol sa pagkatalo ng Otso Diretso at ng Partido Liberal. Kahit bihirang talakayin ng may-akda ang pulitika, ito naman ay bilang “pagmamahal” sa kanila, at pagmamahal na rin sa bayan.

Matatandaan na wala ni isa sa Otso Diretso ang naproklama bilang senador. In essence, “natalo” sila. Ano kaya ang iba pang dahilan kung bakit “olats” ang grupo, at paano kaya sila makakabangon dito?

Naiproklama na ang mga Senador. Pero wala ni isa sa Otso Diretso ang napasama sa listahan. Bakit kaya?

Ipinagmamalaki ng LP na sila diumano ay para sa “good governance”. Pero hindi eh.

Not listening

Una sa lahat, di sila nakikinig. No response din sila. Nag-offer din dati si Binay na maging negotiator kay Misuari sa kasagsagan ng Zamboanga siege, pero hindi sila nakinig. Isa pang isyu ay ang sa tanim bala. Mayroon bang rumesponde sa insidenteng ito? Wala. Tuloy napapahiya tayo sa ibang bansa. Isa pa: Basura sa Canada. May nakikinig baga sa mga environmentalists? Wala. May nagreklamo noon sa nangyari sa Boracay, pero nasaan ang kanilang response? Wala din.

This is not to mention their hypocrisy. They want good governance, pero ayaw nilang matuto sa sistema na ginagamit sa ibang bansa. Isa pa, hindi nila kayang panindigan ang pagiging role model at role leader sa mga tao. Halimbawa, ayaw nila sa political dynasty. Pero bakit pinatakbo sina Tanada at Diokno sa Senado? Di ba?

Can’t relate

Hindi sila maka-relate sa masa. Sa katunayan nga ay malaki ang panalo nila sa mga “elitist rich-gated communities.” Samantalang ang nagpanalo sa mga senador ngayon ay galing sa Class D at E, o mga nasa masa. Tingnan si Bong Revilla. Bakit siya nanalo kahit hindi nag-effort? Alam niya kung saan huli ang kiliti ng masa.

Wala silang Exhibit A na tinatawag. Tulad nina Duterte sa Davao. O mga Marcos sa Ilocos. O ang mga Cayetano sa Taguig. What’s the point? Kung hindi nila kayang paunlarin ang kanilang mga bayan, paano pa kaya pag nasa Senado na sila? (Lucas 16:10)

Dose of own medicine

Isa pang dahilan ay marami sa kanila ang bagito. Walang alam. Tulad ni Chel Diokno. Sabi niya, wala daw ginawa si Duterte except sa smoking ban. Tapos after matalo, may nagpost pa nga dati (now deleted) na sumasakay siya ng taxi, na hihingi ng suporta dahil sa “simpleng” buhay niya, hindi dahil sa magaling siyang lider. Kung ayaw din niya sa pagbabago, mahihirapan siyang manalo bilang Senador o kahit pa Presidente.

Panghuli ay dahil ayaw nilang baguhin ang sistema na dahilan ng pagkatalo nila. Presidential systems? More on name recall. Aminin, sino ang mas “kilala”? Sina Aquino at Roxas. Ang mga tulad nina Diokno, Tanada, Hilbay, at iba pa ay naiiwan na lang. Dahil hindi rin naman sila “kilala”.

Hindi pa rin sila natuto hanggang ngayon. So, they faced the consequences. Bakit? History repeats itself, o tulad ng sabi ni Sir Ambeth Ocampo, “We repeat history.”

Low standards?

Sa unang tingin, parang mababaw lang ang standards na nai-set ko noon sa mga kandidato. Pero kung susuriing mabuti, may pangmatalagang epekto ito sa bansa at sa atin. What standards do I set from Senators to Councilors?

  • Unang-una, dapat suportahan ang panukalang Federalismo, kahit pa sila’y pro-Duterte o anti-Duterte. Sa ganitong paraan, marami silang matutulungang kababayan, kahit na hindi sila mag-todo effort. Kung hindi agree dito, at least sa dalawa pang reporma (Parliamentary/Pro-FDI).

Dito nagkamali ang Otso Diretso nang tinabla nila ang suporta para dito. Iyon sana ang magbibigay boses sa kanila, lalo sa Parliamento. Isip ko tuloy, wala talaga silang maitutulong sa bansa. Basta putak nang putak tungkol sa mga problema ng bayan, pero wala silang maibibigay na long-lasting solutions para dito.

  • Sa mga baguhang senador, kung handa silang matuto. Ito ang isang bagay na taglay ni Bato dela Rosa. Kahit siya’y may Doctorate degree na, gusto pa rin niyang matuto pagdating sa duties ng isang Senador. Ganoon din si Doc Willie Ong. Kahit na doktor siya, at wala siya talagang alam sa pulitika, handa pa rin siyang matuto.

Sa kaso ng LP, wala ni isa sa kanila ang handang matuto sa magandang sistema (FedParlFDI) na ginagamit sa ibang bansa. Tamad mag-research, samantalang may Google naman. So, no choice. Kailangan silang tablahin dito.

Dito pa lang sa mga criteria na ito, marami na tayong pagpipiliang Senador. Lalabas na sobra sila sa labindalawa.

Final Words

Liberals must learn from their mistakes. They should be the ones pushing for reforms. Makikinabang sila diyan sa bandang huli.

May naalala lang ako. Last April, sinabi ng isang may-edad na babae na ayaw niya kay Bong Go. Ano nga naman ang alam niya sa Senado, sabi niya. Idinagdag pa niya na iboboto niya ang Otso Diretso dahil magaling daw. Sa ilang senador, si Bato ang pipiliin. Dito pa lang ay wala sa hulog ang sinasabi niya.

Dito ko itinama ang maling pahayag niya. Tried to be calm, pero kailangang banatan dahil mali talaga siya sa kasong ito. May experience sa legislative side si Go. Pero ayaw paawat ang lola niyo, at kung anu-ano na ang sinasabi sa dating assistant ng Pangulo. Ngayong talo ang LP, ewan ko na lang kung nagrereklamo pa siya sa resulta. Mirisi! 😛

Ngayon, kung hindi makikinig ang LP sa mga suhestiyon, bahala na sila sa buhay nila.