Z-Girls – Streets of Gold: MV Review

For our another special MV Review, we will discuss on Z-Girls with their song Streets of Gold. For a bit of info, they are formed on the same line as Z-Boys, with members Carlyn (Philippines) , Mahiro (Japan, currently on hiatus), Bell (Thailand), Joanne (Taiwan), Priyanka (India), Vanya (Indonesia), and Queen (Vietnam).

We discussed earlier the reason why they are considered part of K-Pop. And again, another MV review for them, as no one touched on this. Hope this will be their starting point for them to improve.

Their storyline tells of them going in a street to hold a party, and preparing themselves for that event. I find it funny that a member at 1:37 flips the camera as she punches it. Look at how she reacted.

As a whole, while the instrumentals were not enough to excite, their vocals compensate for this. This reflects their strong personality.

The members that stood out for me were Bell and Carlyn. As to Bell, I liked her outfits at 1:07, especially that she wears glasses. For Carlyn, you know the reason. Most noticeable was on her vocals. Carlyn was assigned the opening part of the chorus due to her powerful voice, which is needed to make the song stand out. And I’m not surprised.

For next comeback, it’s suggested that most/all of them sing at chorus like other K-Pop groups. Another thing they should’ve considered: Why not wear golden outfits or make streets gold? That would best describe the title of the MV.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 88.89%

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 4
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting 5
Music 10 Not too deafening 4
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 5
Dance 12 Not too sensual 5
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 3
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 4
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor 6
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 3
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites  
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19    

Z-Boys – Holla Holla: MV Review

We will feature this time another special group called Z-Boys. For a bit of info, they are created with the aim to make K-Pop a global one. All members are non-Koreans, and all are Asians. The members are Perry (Taiwan), Mavin (Indonesia), Roy (Vietnam), Josh (Philippines), Sid (India), Blink (Thailand), and Gai (Japan).

(Also, Z-Girls was formed on the same lines. We will discuss this more on our next MV Review of them.)

You may wonder why they are also included here. Are they part of K-Pop or not? TheBiasList earlier stated that he will not review them. For him, Z-Boys and Z-Girls are not part of K-Pop. And for many, they are still confused on these.

They are part of K-Pop, hence this MV Review. They share many similarities, namely (1) under Korean label (Genie Music), (2) under Korean agency, (3) share common datestamps, (4) have own fandom name (GalaxZ), and (5) have various comebacks like other K-Pop groups.

We wish to see them performing at MAMA. We’ll see if MAMA will hold true to its term of being an Asian music awards. Well, anyway, let’s start our MV Review.

The storyline tells of their desire to break free. On the other hand, the darkness theme is present in the video. Their dance moves are energetic and can be easily learned at the same time.

They taught us the lesson of love, particularly on loyalty. When it comes to romantic relationship, we have to never let go of him/her, especially if he/she is special. We have to be persistent, never stopping as we expect the future for us.

As a whole, this video maintains the stronger side, which they showed since their debut. Musically, the thick beats provided added energy in the MV and the song. I also liked how they feature falling stars at the end, which implies their wish to fulfill their dreams. Meanwhile, they took inspiration from SEVENTEEN’s Happy Ending when it comes to settings.

For our final part, I have a joke:

Blink: Hi, Lisa. I’m Blink.
Lisa: …

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 87.37%

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 4
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/dark theme 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting 5
Music 10 Not too deafening 4
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 5
Dance 12 Not too sensual 5
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 5
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 1
Other Matters 15 Expresses emotions 6
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 3
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19 Shares concepts from other groups 5

DAY6 – Time Of Our Life: MV Review

This is the first time we included DAY6 in our list of MV Reviews this year. Being the only K-Pop group so far continuing the rock vibe (aside from N.Flying), they need to be featured in this review. Let’s start!

I don’t see any moral lesson in the MV except the friendship, which is featured at the end. On something beneficial, we’ll go to the books (1:57), where they tell impliedly that we should also read these stuff.

Their performance also reminds me of CNBlue and N.Flying, which chose this kind of genre. It can be also noticed that if not going into usual tracks (like other reviewers are “complaining”), they go to rock style. This was the case during the Golden Age of K-Pop, when these were popular alongside usual songs.

The “rush” being a feature of any rock song is still present in here, and I did not find it boring. Visually, the dome, with its colors splashing, looks like one is in an actual concert. Tunes present in the group reminds me of Japanese animes, where it’s common to hear these beats in their OST. It is suggested that these kinds of music be included in Japanese tracks, if it can be done.

Also, it is suggested that JYP Entertainment give preferential attention to this band, as I see that they have more potential to become a great hit.

Review by others

TheBiasList described the song as best played for summer, and that it is best worded as “lively” among other summer songs so far. The band type approach, which defined the latter heyday of K-Pop is still present in the group, albeit in a less powerful manner.

KPopReviewed puts DAY6 in its preferred list, telling that the band has showcased its energy, which is important for them to be noticed in the sea of K-Pop. The rock tunes are enough for one to be excited and dance with their beat. They also managed to let drummers (and the drums) stand out, which is normally not the case for other songs. Finally, the settings added lights and effects, making it pleasant to see.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 91.76%

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline  
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting 5
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners  
Dance 12 Not too sensual  
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 3
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 8
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 2
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 5
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5

GWSN (공원소녀) – Red Sun: MV Review

For our next review, we will tackle that of GWSN, in their lead song called Red Sun.

The group also has dual names: GWSN and Girls In The Park. For purposes of formality, we refer to them as Girls in the Park. But as we discuss them, GWSN will be used.

The storyline tells of girls wandering at various places, searching for things that best define them. Time come that they look upon the red sun at night, where it lifts up the things they picked earlier. The nature and fantasy theme is consistent in the video.

Some negative points must be brought attention. First, I disliked their featuring of crystal ball, as it relates to astrology. There it felt awkward looking at that part. Second, I find the tunes deafening particularly on near-chorus. Finally, one-point lacking is at the dance steps (on chorus), which are difficult to understand. This is due to so much hand moves.

The lesson of the video is to never lose hope in reaching the desired dream. Meanwhile, the group features books at 0:22, and arts at 0:12.

Review by others

TheBiasList reviewed the song quite well. The synthetic sound heard on the chorus was “brief” but added flavor to the instrumentals. Also, the song arrangement fits well with the group from the first verse to the chorus.

Not-so-good points include the refrain (which I suppose was copied from BLACKPINK’s famous song), dullness of second verse, and too much cuteness. At any rate, the blogger felt satisfied on their performance.

KPopReviewed was dismayed on people sleeping over GWSN’s previous comeback, and expects more attention to the group’s comeback. Concern raised was on similarities with previous song, but this changed with a “slow down” on pre-chorus and intense beats for chorus. Raps with added hip-hop tunes intensifies the power the song has to offer.

They still continue the “puzzling” MV concept which defined them, which the blogger guessed as connected with Pinky Star. On choreography, they performed it cleanly and in sync, something other groups find it hard to attain.

Review as whole

As a whole, the group supposedly got inspiration from WJSN when it comes to fantasies. The MV features various things which has meanings. First is on mirror (reflection), red sun at night (both signifying end), and tree (growth and sturdiness). The whole MV might mean that they look upon themselves as mature and strong persons till the end.

Mention is made on use of special effects, seen at 0:59. Lastly, some members share look-alikes. A member resembles GFRIEND’s Yerin at 1:39, and Eunha at 0:38.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 77.27%

Scoreboard:

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 4
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 4
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 0
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting 4
Music 10 Not too deafening 4
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 4
Dance 12 Not too sensual 5
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 5
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 5
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 5
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 4
Other Matters 19 Uploads video to 1theK 5
    Features 1theK logo 0
    Resemblance with other groups 5