TRCNG – MISSING: MV Review

For our another review, we will also focus on boygroup TRCNG, in their lead track called MISSING.

Looking upon the title, it implies that something’s missing. So, the question is: What do they miss? Let’s see here as we review them:

Story tells of members crying as they realize that they are alone. Upon meeting each other, they are now happy.

While I find one point lacking on dance, the dance on finale was their easiest move.

Moral lesson that can be seen here is on friendships and value of it (3:26 – 3:28, 3:34). Viewers will benefit from them as they feature studying in a classroom (0:50 – 0:58) and eating fruits (1:44 – 1:49)

Review by others

KPopReviewed noted that the only thing that stands out was on their mature side. Vocals and dances were fine, but the most memorable is the pleasing and cohesive chorus. They defined well the story, with strong sense of friendship throughout. Only major not-so-good point was on outfits.

TheBiasList praised the group in fusing old and new concepts, with EDM following arrangement at par with second-gen tracks. The song has impact, especially for the chorus, and allows the members to shine. It finaly suggested that for rest of August tracks, K-Pop should follow TRCNG’s lead.

Review as whole

I was impressed on how clear they presented the storyline well. Aside from that, they start it with exciting tones, though they express sadness of not being together.

Some things might be noticed here. A watch featured at 1:01 represents time that they cherish, and dribbling ball (0:58, 1:03 – 1:05) tells that their life is a cycle. Putting up together, they want to tell us that they cherish every moment, regardless of the journey they made.

Similarities are apparent in this MV. The dark themes and jumping in the building shares similarities with Stray Kids in their song Miroh. The alley at 2:26 – 2:32 (seen above) shares similarities with 1THE9’s Spotlight. The sign shown in fence at 2:13 (and seen above) recalls that of EXID’s Me&You.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 88.57%
Grade: B+
Assessment: Good

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 5
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color expresses emotions 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 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 7
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 Uploads video to 1theK 5
Features 1theK logo 0

FANATICS (파나틱스) – SUNDAY: MV Review

We’re on a roll on different MV Reviews. For today, FANATICS will be the one to be reviewed, on their lead song SUNDAY. (Title’s quite ironic, since I’m a full-pledged Sunday too, being a fan of SATURDAY.)

First heard of them when YouTube recommended their song Milkshake to me. Now that they released new MV as a group, would they amaze us with their performance? Let’s see here:

The video tells of a story where the girls, being alone, find and hold their individual triangle necklaces. Another shoots paper planes as signal for them to meet together. They designate every Sunday as their day of friendship. The indoor and outdoor theme is present in the video.

Moral lesson featured is on value of friendship. Viewers will have a good time as FANATICS features park (2:12 – 2:28), globe (0:12 – 0:16), books (0:29 – 0:30), and domino (1:35 – 1:38). They also made good move to feature on how to do stargazing.

Review by others

TheBiasList described the melody as “addictive” and its pre-chorus as energetic. Further, their performance is “refreshingly straightforward.” But given better settings, the group will stand out.

The melody was described as “repetitive” and “generic”, following the previous trend being heard so many times. The blogger was not impressed by the “lazy songwriting” shown by repeating 일요일” (Sunday). It looks upon the music as not fully cooked to compete with other more exciting releases.

Review as whole

So far, I only heard of that synthetic kind of music played in chorus. This adds peculiarity to the song. The instrumentals in most parts are exciting enough to lift the mood.

On vocals and lyrics, I liked the refines played at near-chorus. However, its lyrics need further improvement by having a variety over it.

As of this point, I am trying to figure why they say, “Kiss me like a Sunday”. They should’ve changed it to “Kiss me on a Sunday.” That would be better.

They are trying to express that even if they go separate ways, they share in their desire to be friends. This is expressed in their triangle pendants connected with each other, forming a hexagon. It is also expressed by a girl, holding a globe, trying to connect the stars.

Many concepts were borrowed from other groups: (1) The play in park (2:12 – 2:14) shares with MAMAMOO in their song Gogobebe; (2) Throwing balls (2:16 – 2:17) shares with SATURDAY (pun intended) and Honey Popcorn; and (3) having colorful lollipop (2:23 – 2:25) recalls that of (G)I-DLE’s Latata.

I noticed also that they incorporated ballet dance at 3:13 – 3:15. Hope this will spark interest for most viewers to pursue these kinds of alternative dances.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 83.64%
Grade: C+
Assessment: Improving

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 4
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 4
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor 4
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 2
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 3
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19 Uploads video to 1theK 5
Features 1theK logo 0
Shares concept from other groups 5

D1CE (디원스) – Wake Up (깨워): MV Review

This time, the author now adds ratings. After overall ratings expressed in percentage, there follows “Grade”, which is patterned after American grading systems (A+, A-, B+, C, F), and “Assessment”, which tells about these grades (Good, Very Good, Excellent, Failing). This shall be the case starting in this review.

Hope this will be helpful for content creators and fans on how to improve their group’s performance.


We are now reviewing another boy group called D1CE, with their song Wake Up.

At first one may get confused on how to pronounce it. But following how Koreans would speak of it, it sounds like they are “The Once.” Maybe they stan TWICE (pun intended), but we’ll see more about them as we go on in this review:

Storyline tells of the boys playing games and dancing, which are still unclear for me. While they featured dark themes, their dances are difficult to learn, but that’s understandable.

Moral lesson featured is on how to play in the game of life. Viewers can benefit from the group featuring games (dice and chess) and artworks (at the end of video). These things will give added hobbies to many of us, especially if we find gadgets boring.

Review by others

TheBiasList explained several factors why the music was not enough for him to wake up with the song.

It reviewed the song as “forgettable” and lacking substance. It pointed out that the “jazzy instrumentals” would have given them edge if used to fullest.

Primary point for improvement is on adding more “compelling melody”. It stated further that the song fails to offer something new, and noted that it was mere “collage” of concepts from other groups. This they did not used to make it more interesting.

(Side Note: Fortunately, I’m not the only one noticing that July had few rookies, then gone full blast this August. He mentioned it in his review.)

KPopReviewed noted that the “good set” of vocals were “loud and clear”, holding the high notes in some parts. Instrumentals were “edgy”, and the song as whole runs at par with famous boy groups.

The only negative point was on the typical structure used, and choreography that’s quite lacking.

Review as whole

As a whole, I liked the upbeat and smoothness of music. The most lifting part of the song was on their raps. On the negative side, I find the rap at 1:23 – 1:32 unnecessary. This is also discordant and not pleasing to the ears.

The dice being dropped at start of the video best describes the group’s name. This runs parallel to what TXT did in their debut song, by ringing the tone before dancing.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 82.86%
Grade: C-
Assessment: Needs Improvement

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 4
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color expresses mood 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 4
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 3
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 3
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 3
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19 Uploads video to 1theK 5
    Features 1theK logo 0