UHSN (유학소녀) – POPSICLE (팝시클): MV Review

Announcement: Pardon for delays on MV Reviews this August. We are catching up on publishing reviews for July releases, but rest assured that reviews for August releases are in progress.


For our another review, we will feature for the first time UHSN (Foreign Female Students). For a bit of info, this group is composed of girls from different nationalities, who are given chance to feel what’s inside K-Pop. They are Lisu (Estonia/Sweden), Vlada (Ukraine), Nada (Egypt), Oline (Norway), Mind (Thailand), Maria (United States), Deesee (Russia), Erii (Japan), Livia (Sweden), and Luna (Poland).

If not careful enough, one might get confused on group’s name with that of GWSN (Girls in the Park) and WJSN (Cosmic Girls).

No one gave a written MV review on this, considering that this is also part of K-Pop, albeit performed by non-Koreans. So, I have to touch on this. They also need to be featured in K-Pop even for a moment, hence this MV review.

The storyline revolves on a girl who, after playing with the cassette recorder, imagines herself with her friends playing, running, and dancing together. At the end of the song, she wakes up and smiles but cries as she remembers this moment. Meanwhile, the fun theme present is consistent in the video.

Viewers might learn the lesson of having fun and playing outside. They might also find it useful to appreciate people from other cultures. It also helps that they feature cassette tapes, where people like me used to play it before MP3 players and Spotify were created. Viewers will benefit from experiencing simple living through these tapes.

Review as whole

As a whole, this MV is very catchy, with bop, and lively. Some funny scenes featured were on 1:49 – 1:50, where they play bubbles as if they blow it. With regards to the tune, the term popsicle is being repeated so many times. That’s a minor problem, but it serves as an upbeat to most parts. Another thing: The ending was tearful, since that would be the only time that they were together.

Their project will be useful for agencies to open up its doors to more non-Koreans, noting that more Koreans (and K-Pop lovers) also want this stuff. It would be helpful for the agency handling it to provide a permanent group like this, if not planning to reunite them again. This will change perception of K-Pop, and will add more flavor to leading genre in the coming years.

Other factors

The group shares some similar scenes with BLACKPINK, Lovelyz, and MOMOLAND. At 0:29, this shares the bus concept with Lisa on Playing With Fire. 1:18 shares similarities with As If It’s Your Last. 2:57 – 3:30 shares similarities with When We Were Us, where they throw pillows. Finally, 2:02 shares the bus concept in I’m So Hot.

Other factor added was that Mind looks like BLACKPINK’s Lisa. What a coincidence, since both are Thais.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 91.00%

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 5
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 5
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor 6
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1
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
    Resemblance with other groups 5

NCT DREAM (엔시티 드림) – BOOM: MV Review

This time we will review another subunit of NCT (Dream), in their comeback entitled Boom.

At a glance, the title adds up to the list of so many “Booms” that are in K-Pop playlist, namely that of Blackpink, Momoland and Seventeen. As we go on, we will look what matter would set them apart from the rest of “Booms” we hear today.

The storyline revolves on the members viewing the stormy weather, and that’s still unclear for me. The only moral lesson that can be seen is on 2:48, where there’s birthday. Meanwhile, viewers are being told of value reading books (0:57), playing piano (0:59), chess (0:36), arts (1:47), and other sports (0:39 – 0:40).

Review by others

TheBiasList reviewed the music as dualistic minimalist type. In a way, the chorus serves as throwback to golden age of K-Pop, and the agency. Added points were on repetition of vocals and lifting chants. Not-so-good points include their rap, which was not as exciting.

KPopReviewed was alighted when NCT Dream fulfilled his expectations, defining it as “refined and stylish,” and the chorus as cool, albeit at a minimum. It also shifted from usual vibe to reveal “edgy” side. The scenes were okay, even if at times they were chaotic.

Review as whole

The beats played at first 15 seconds were exciting. Aside from that, their “boom boom” chant was slow, but steady and thrilling at the same time. I liked also their funky tune being played at the chorus.

At some instances Boom borrows the gallery-type theme from ONEUS’ Twilight. On the other hand, the MV features special effects at 0:36. It shares the burning flower concept (1:02) from CLC’s No and IZ*ONE’s Violeta. At 2:04, it was inspired by garlands from SHINee in their song Good Evening.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 91.43%

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 5
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 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor 4
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 3
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 5
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19 Shares concepts from other groups 5
    Features special effects 5