How far MLD Entertainment will go?

Reviews for AKMU, ONEUS, Fin.KL and B.E.G. will be published on first or second week of October. Also, reviews on October releases will be published on November, unless otherwise announced.

This will be my final blog post for September, as I need to rest first and finish misheard lyrics.


At this point, MLD Entertainment had gone too far already.

Sometimes it surprises us why the agency had gone too low for the past months. Not to mention their deafening silence for several months. It shows that they aren’t equipped to handle big issues like these. And they are still not learning their lesson up to now.

Analogy

To help other K-Pop fans understand Momoland’s situation, imagine this scenario:

Before TWICE goes with Fancy comeback, Jihyo is dating with Kang Daniel. Later, JYP announced that Jihyo and Minari will not join in Fancy. After Happy Happy and Breakthrough, the two were still missing. And yet, JYP still does not issue statement on their status.

Do you think JYP will exclude Jihyo because of dating scandal and keep silent? Impossible. But not with MLD’s agency.

Recap

We will again recap what are the faulty responses. First, advising Daisy and Taeha to rest amidst the former’s dating scandal. Second, lack of direct response on Mexico incident. Third, lack of constant update on the two members. Finally is on adding stress to Merries.

Another faulty response touches on Dabin. To think that Dabin prioritizes drama over commitments with the group is unacceptable. She should’ve learned a bit of lesson from Minari and Seolhyun. The two stars, even if in a relative situation as hers, managed to prioritize their group.

Minari, even if extreme was her anxiety, managed to join in Feel Special MV so as to entertain Onces, albeit warranting rest. Seolhyun, even if with so many offers, managed to have time with AOA in Queendom. Dabin should’ve been reminded of priorities, a thing even MLD Ent did not do.

No special favors

There’s no way I could grant extra points for the group like what I did in other reviews (BTS, TWICE, Blackpink, Gfriend). The agency (plus Nayun and Dabin) have to make it up for their mistakes first, before I could even consider granting the group extra points.

Also, no considerations will be given anymore to said two members in case they be absent, regardless of reasons. If for the third time, they miss PH TV appearances again, the group’s next comebacks will earn a failing grade in MV reviews since attendance is a must.

If these responses were done before Bboom Bboom, the group will definitely disband. Again, at the rate the agency is going, these responses will not make the group last. They already reached the point where damage done to the group and Merries is hard to reverse. So, we have to expect OT5 next comeback.

The results speak for itself. For instance, even with soft comebacks, it became hard for them to retain the fame they once had. Even at Kcon, their luster proved to be cliche. Not to mention that some Merries are leaving the fandom. And recently, statements from Daisy’s mom stressed this problem. Remember, mothers know best.

Change of response

Again, the complaints list is piling up, hence the need to monitor them. And we are forever grateful for fellow Merries who also care for the group by doing the same, and pointing out also what’s wrong with the agency.

I made also some changes on treatment with the group. While Jane is still my ultimate bias, I removed Dabin as my second bias (and bias wrecker), and promoted Nancy as such. Starting with Pinky Love, I added the remaining six members except Nayun.

With the agency going too far, no choice but to remove Momoland as one of my most favorite groups. And I’ll have to add GFRIEND as my most favorite. This leaves me with them, TWICE, and SATURDAY as such. But still, I will not leave the fandom.

Worst case, if Daisy and Taeha felt that this is too much, they have to leave the group and join other agencies. It’s not wise to remain with the agency if the latter responds negatively. Best shot would be at JYP, Kakao M, or Source Music.

Still, a little bit of hope remains. The group is planning to hold another event in PH, with proceeds donated to charity. They must grab this chance to explain everything to Merries and make it up for various missed engagements (esp. PH TV shows), especially Nayun and Dabin.

TWICE (트와이스) – Feel Special: MV Review

We are now on the fourth review of TWICE, with their song Feel Special.

Being a full-pledged Once, how would the author rate the group? Since TWICE gave their best, to be discussed later, I’ll be more generous with them this time. Hope this cheers them up. Let’s start!

(Side Note: I decided to include Sana, Jihyo, Jeongyeon, Chaeyoung, and Tzuyu as my biases. This renders all members included in my bias list.)

Storyline

The storyline best tells of some girls being alone: Chewy (Tzuyu) in doll house, Sana outside the pub, Jihyo surrounded by TV sets, and Chaeyoung in dome house. Later, someone cared for them, respectively: Momo visiting the doll house, Dahyun being the only one approaching Sana, Nayeon broadcasting herself, and Mina going near Chae after entangling in forest.

As for Jeongyeon, she realizes how special her friends are, reminiscing moments with them.

They are imparting the lesson on caring for others, and letting them feel special.

Review as whole

I am sensing that they are going to leave the cute concept that once defined them, apparent starting with Yes or Yes. In fact, the cute tune present (in first 20 seconds and at end) shows group’s transition from being kiddie to grown up.

They are also telling how they treat each other in a special way, reminding us of them allotting blank space for Mina earlier, and dedicating awards to her.

Music uses also a different strategy. Starting with Tzuyu, the pace of music was very fast, and they didn’t need extra lines normally used by K-Pop. This is also present on second verse. Meanwhile, Dahyun’s lines are a bit of improvement. It’s suggested that her lines/raps should’ve extended or randomized to energize the song.

On outfits, Nayeon still uses the same dress style with Yes. On looks, Chaeyoung and Jeongyeon swapped hair styles again (long and short hair). We are confident they’ll swap it again next comeback.

The MV hints on their previous song. The scene at 2:13 – 2:15 reminds us of Knock Knock at the ending vid, where members disappear and two kids remain. In this case, members disappear also except Jeongyeon.

Reward for TWICE

Extra ten points will be assigned in favor of them, regardless of absences in later MVs, as sign of gratitude to them.

In the past, PH was one of the most-deprived countries when it comes to TWICE visits. At their first Twicelights in Manila, they give their best shot, and managed to be complete despite health issues. Also, Jihyo is still there in MV despite dating scandal with Kang Daniel.

Honestly, even if Minari is not included here, extra points remain. The group deserves this. She needs further rest, and it doesn’t matter how long she will take a break.

Review by others

TheBiasList was pleased on the group shifting approaches, noting that they are in the right direction. Positives include confidence present in beats, momentum, and rare quality of music that he found for long. Finally, the “effortless” middle section gave extra push on the song. Not so good points include forgettable verses and aegyo voice.

KPopReviewed also noted the mature side of them, following that of Fancy. They are taking easy on music and other inputs used, which makes it less interesting. He likes the stand-out vocals, justifying the title. As it is right “to see something more technical” from TWICE, the new feel bears its own results from visuals to performance.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 94.55%
Grade: A+
Assessment: Excellent

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 5
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits 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/Expresses emotions 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 9
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 4
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 4
Other Matters 19 Recalls previous songs 5
Completeness of members 10

KARD – Dumb Litty: MV Review

For our another review, we will touch on KARD, with their song Dumb Litty. For a bit of info, they are a co-ed group (boy and girl group) composed of BM, Jiwon, J.Seph, and Somin, under DSP Entertainment.

This is the first time we will review a co-ed group. While this type is not new, they normally find it hard as they’re eclipsed by boy and girl groups. Eventually, they have to create own style that suits their need, like what BM did now. Hope this also helps them be known as such in the sea of K-Pop. Let’s start!

Review as whole

Dumb Litty features various mythologies throughout the video, art, and sculpture (1:28). The most obvious is at 2:39, where BM represents Zeus.

This is essentially a mixture of different cultures infused in the MV, with a modernistic approach. Tales shown are borrowed from Greek and Norse stories. However, another touch of Mexican tale is apparent at 2:37, where J.Seph dresses a feathery headgear.

The music in general uses strong voices, becoming fiercer as it synthesizes. Thumping tune can be heard in the video, and added depth is noted on final chorus. At that point, their vocals go with the flow of strong beats.

As can be seen in the video, they are telling us a simple message:

Being in lofty position is fine, but sometimes it can prevent us to go further or see what’s happening below. That’s why we struggle to be free from the high seat, even once in a while.

At 1:02, BM holding a hammer best describes this by breaking a chain. For Jiwon (0:21), she holds a sword while in virtual jail, signaling impending desire to break free. J.Seph smashing art at 2:34 – 2:36 tells of freedom from being defined as perfect. Finally, Somin (2:21) holding flower anchors on need to bloom and flourish.

Review by others

TheBiasList doesn’t like the superficial hype present in Dumb Litty. Even if BM itself produced the whole performance for themselves, it was not as enticing as expected. The only hype seen is on being loud, nothing else.

Charisma present in KARD just plays minor factor in the song. Instrumentals are trapped in “clatters and claps”, without substance. And for the rating, it was one of the lowest to date.

KPopReviewed deemed the group as creating more intense songs, with it as most powerful to date. Performance focuses more on rapping, which highlights their talents. Sustained vocals and “exotic” instrumentals give meat to the song. Lines and shots of each of them were fair enough, and they made best effort to charm us.

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

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 4
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 4
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 3
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 5
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 5
Dance 12 Not too sensual 4
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 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
    Introduces new concepts 5

Himig Handog 2019: MV Reviews and Assessment

Pag-uusapan natin sa artikulong ito kung ano ang dapat pang paghusayan ng Himig Handog sa mga susunod na taon.


Ngayong tapos na nating suriin ang lahat ng mga kanta ng Himig Handog, ating pag-usapan ang tungkol sa kabuuan ng musika na ginamit ngayon.

Marami sa mga awit ang binigyan ko ng mataas na marka. Ito ay dahil sa visuals na ginamit, at kinonsidera natin ang konteksto ng mga awit. Mas mataas pa nga kung tutuusin, dahil maluwag ako pagdating sa ganyang klase. Pero may mga bagay na dapat pang paghusayan. Atin itong gagawin para sa ikagaganda ng musikang Pinoy.

Personally, pinakagusto ko sa mga kanta ng Himig ay ang Mabagal nina Daniel at Moira, at ang Nung Tayo Pa ni Janella Salvador.

Improvements

Kung mapapansin ninyo, kakaunti lang ang nasasabi sa mga MV reviews. Ito ay dahil may mga kulang sa aspetong ito.

Sinasalamin ng musika kung ano tayo. Kung masayahin tayo, bakit kakaunti lang ang masasayang kanta? Bakit ba lagi itong tumatalakay sa sugatang puso?

Nakakamiss ang mga ganyang tipo sa Himig Handog noon, tulad ng Kahit Na ni Toni Gonzaga, Nasa Iyo Na Ang Lahat ni DJ, at Walang Basagan ng Trip ni Jugs at Teddy.

Isa pang bagay na kulang ay ang dagdag na special effects, na dapat sana’y magbibigay ng dagdag aliw at panlasa sa MV.

Bukod sa mga kinasanayang kuwento, ano pang bago at mas exciting na ibibigay pa sa atin? Bukod sa Please Lang ni Alex Gonzaga, na binigyan ng kakaibang rendisyon ang mga dating pelikula (SDTG, One More Chance).

Dito na papasok ang brainstorming ng mga konsepto, na magbibigay rin ng dagdag bentahe para sa Himig Handog. Dito sila makakabuo ng bagong istorya at magdagdag ng special effects.

Panghuli ay ang pagdagdag ng mga nakakatawang eksena, gaya ng Nung Tayo Pa at Please Lang. Ito sana ang magpapagaan ng mood ng mga manonood.

Next projects?

Sa mga susunod na kanta, dapat maghain sila ng mas exciting na tugtugin. Ito ang magbibigay ng gana at interes sa iba na lalong pakinggan ang ating himig.

Isa pang bagay: Hindi lang ito dapat ginagawa minsan sa isang taon. Kung tutuusin, dapat ito ay laging ginagawa. Bakit hindi gawin ito quarterly, o monthly? Dahil hindi tayo mauubusan ng mga kompositor na handang magbigay ng awit sa atin.

Sa panahon ngayon na matindi ang kompetisyon sa musika, kailangan din nating makipagsabayan. Kung maari, gayahin ang sistema na ginagamit sa ibang bansa. Walang masama doon. Doon tayo matututo sa kanila, at magagamit para mapahusay ang ating musika.

Fried Porridge Recipe (Full English)

We’ll take a break on our reviews, since we will feature Fried Porridge Recipe for this year.

This might sound new to the ears, as usually porridge is not fried. But I’ll show you how, as we are translating this recipe in full English. Let’s start!


Ingredients:

  1. Rice. This is the main ingredient for our dish. How can we have porridge and fried rice if we don’t have these?
  2. Chicken. As is, since this will be added in the porridge. But it can be sliced into pieces if we will fry it.
  3. Eggs. This will add color and taste for our soup.
  4. Onions. Chopped into small bits.
  5. Onion chives, optional. This will add color to the dish.
  6. Garlic. Also chopped into pieces.
  7. Ginger, for added flavor
  8. Water. We’ll use this later.
  9. Cooking oil
  10. Salt and pepper, to taste.

How to cook it? Simple.

  1. In a pan, pour cooking oil. Even if it’s not yet hot, saute onions, garlic, and ginger. Next, put the chicken, cut into pieces. Mix till half-cooked.
  2. Place the rice and onion chives. Season with salt and other flavorings. Then mix.
  3. Pour the broth. Bring it to a boil.
  4. Once boiled, place raw egg on the soup. This will give added thickness to dish we are cooking.
  5. Taste the porridge. Add ingredients to taste if not satisfied. Boil again before cutting out the fire. The Fried Porridge Recipe is now ready to be served.

Thanks again for staying tuned with the author’s recipes and this site. Hope you learned something new on this dish. This perfectly fits for the upcoming winter season. Happy cooking! 🙂

SATURDAY (세러데이) – Bbyong (뿅): MV Review

Since VIXX did not release their MV on comeback date, we will not review them.

Stay tuned for upcoming reviews of KARD, TWICE, AKMU, and ONEUS.


This is the third time we review SATURDAY, with their song Bbyong. It’s exactly seven months since we reviewed their bop song WiFi, and it’s still exciting to critique it today.

So far, their agency is one of the most responsive this 2019. They promoted the group well through Makestar, and provided replacements for members who already left. We’ll explain these further as we rate agencies and groups at year-end.

Honestly, I regularly check for updates on the group like viewing photo throwback, concept photos, and MV teasers. As I heard the title, what comes to my mind was “Just feel it Bbyong Bbyong!” Kidding aside, how will a full-pledged Sunday review their performance? Let’s see here:

(Side Note: Chohee was my ultimate bias then, and Ayeon as bias wrecker. With Chohee gone, I promoted the latter to be ultimate bias, and Yuki to be my bias wrecker.)


The only storyline that was clear was that they are travelling to the future with their car. As they proceeded to the future, they are peeking what happened to them in the past.

I find Ayeon funny at 0:30 – 0:32, where she does her signature surprise pose. Afterwards at 0:36 – 0:39, she made a deal with the seller, this time being Yuki. Viewers would consider stargazing with 1:57 featuring shortly the planets, and 1:58 the old equipments like radios and camcorder.

Review by others (updated)

TheBiasList deems the group as in a search of “novelty hit”, trying to hit with a fad. While asides and “bratty sing-talk” give life to it, the song suffers from the “easy route” taken by many tracks instead of utilizing fully the pop track inside. Worse, the rap part at the interlude inhibits the group’s potentials to find their own voices.

KPopReviewed noted that the song started with colorful, vibrant, and brassy tunes that hooked him in first few seconds. Vocals were nice, and chorus is more enjoyable. Looks like they are influenced by Momoland and ITZY when it comes to concepts.

However, the overall aspect was not memorable, and the rest of performance was “dull and boring” for the song.

Review as whole

Essentially, Bbyong is a mixture of the past and the present, with the future as their theme. The settings, equipment, and cars used hark back to the 80s. Meanwhile, the video uses the funky tune at the start of music. Haneul’s raps are given heavy beat drop, and jazz tune can be mostly heard on chorus and verses.

Most outstanding member for me was on Haneul, on her voice and raps. Most attractive would be Ayeon. Meanwhile, Juyeon and Minseo were given more lines, and that is worth commending.

Another scene worth noticing is on Yuki picking soap (?) containing random words, then pressed in the blender. This means that they jumbled up with words available to describe their time travel.

Missing two members

I felt shocked and dismayed on Chohee and Sion, since they just left without any explanation. Had they decided to remain, Chohee’s solo dance would have added a bang to the song.

While the agency’s future is very promising, the group’s future is very bleak. We are down with original three members, and we are unsure if they will continue in the long run. This is something members must work it out if they want to succeed in this line.

Points for improvement

With change of concept comes change of group’s styles from cute to near-badass. It’s okay, as they are attracting wider audience. And it’s quite tempting to do it, as more fans want mature and badass concepts. But to attain the goal, some improvements must be kept in mind.

First is on uploading the music to 1theK, like what it did to WiFi. Why? As underrated group, it would be difficult to promote it and gain attention if that’s not the case. It can’t be denied also that WiFi was a hit due to this (2.3M views), which is explained in separate article.

Second is on engaging in various promotions, from Queendom to Mask Singer. They can also promote overseas, where they can make a great deal on bop songs. It’s up to them, but this will help in achieving the popularity they need.

Finally, provide clear storyline or tell in its MV what Bbyong is all about. As of now, they haven’t provided description in YouTube page, making it difficult for me to understand the MV.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 86.32% (Updated)
Grade: B-
Assessment: Satisfactory

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 3
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits 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 4
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 4
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 3
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 4
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 9
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 2
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 4
Other Matters 19

TEEN TEEN – It’s On You (책임져요): MV Review

We will review another rookie group, this time with TEEN TEEN in their song It’s On You.

As what I commented earlier, I haven’t found something worth remembering from this. Let’s discuss first what’s in it before I give a joke on that:

The storyline starts with the boys maneuvering the airplane. On the other side, some boys pulled a string. These all they made to reach their destination, that is, on other planet.

Funny scene is on 1:08 – 1:09, where a boy shoots a ball, to be dropped to other boy. Look at the latter’s reactions. For the first time, a boy group features this. The scene is quite similar to Honey Popcorn, where a member shoots balls to the other side.

Review as whole

Journey and airplane themes were used throughout the video, and their dances are very simple. They are also teaching the value of journey, and sparks interest for us to travel via airplanes.

Teen Teen features airplane and hot-air balloon (2:03 – 2:04), which tells of them flying high. In addition, they made use of special effects on flying shapes and pink clouds. These things are pronounced on 2:51 – 2:52 and 2:59.

As to the music, the twinkling tune can be heard at start of music, then proceeds to stagey tune. The end displays blobbing tune. These things lacked enough energy for me to be excited, albeit being excited on the colorful visuals.

Joketime

The name’s quite unimaginative. At first glance, this reminds me of a song from TWICE:

I’m like TEEN TEEN
Just like TEEN TEEN
Tell me that you’ll be my baby

Or that of another song from SEVENTEEN:

SEVENTEEN TEEN TEEN
Know one now, PSY, yeah!
Come on, come on, come on!
Noona bae is so dope…

Another commenter told that this reminds him of Teen Titans Go.

Review by others

TheBiasList made a good assessment of Produce 101 groups, like that of Teen Teen. The group starts itself with “bright niche”, and it’s okay. He favors the synthetic intro, which should lead the way all to the end. Outstanding part was the chorus which keeps the song together.

Their sing-song performance did not do well with the half-baked, lackluster melodies. Regardless, he is okay with these kind of concepts.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 84.00%
Grade: C+
Assessment: Improving

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 4
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits 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/Expresses emotions 3
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 3
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 4
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 6
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 4
Other Matters 19 Shares concept from other group 5

SEVENTEEN (세븐틴) – Fear (독): MV Review

After this, we will review upcoming performances of VIXX, TEEN TEEN, and SATURDAY. Stay tuned.


We are now on our second review of SEVENTEEN, in their song Fear. As a Carat, I am excited to do a review of it. And I am pleased that they are consistent in releasing comebacks. Let’s start!

In its official YouTube page, SEVENTEEN presented its storyline as follows:

“Fear” is an emotion many people encounter at least once in their lifetime. SEVENTEEN explores fear as an emotion they face during their creative process. As the members search within for insight, the agony they endure help them develop one step further as artists.

As expected from “self-producing idols,” the members participated in producing the album, adding on to the authenticity of their music. Through [An Ode], SEVENTEEN plans to present their distinct emotions in a more sophisticated manner.

Review as whole

The pace of music was slower but also equally exciting. This may be deemed as lesser version of Hit.

While the group executed their vocals very well, the instrumentals were not enough to elicit excitement. This is understandable, as they want to emphasize further the fear through this music. The beatdrop meanwhile was consistent, and it closed very well with a smooth drop.

The moral lesson Seventeen explicitly taught us is on how to deal with fear. But gleaning upon the video, it’s hard to understand what fear are they dealing with. As such, we will interpret the MV by various things.

First is on broken mirror (1:35, 2:21), lost time (0:19, 2:24 – 2:26), and stage (1:21 – 1:26, 2:40). What’s intriguing on stage is on featuring microphones upside down, instead of normally placing them at the bottom. Summing up:

We are reflecting on ourselves being shattered. We oftentimes rush, as we fear of times that are lost. Finally, we are afraid to deal with our fellow people. There are more things feared of, and that’s how we express it.

On a final note, some trivial details have to be discussed here. First, Pledis Entertainment now transfers its distribution rights from 1theK to Genie Music. Second is on releasing MVs to its own YouTube page, unlike before when they shared it to 1theK. Honestly, even without the latter, the group can still garner attention due to huge following.

Review by others

TheBiasList pointed out the danger of relying on same producers that plagued its brother group Nu’est. This is amidst demand of international audiences on “dark” concepts. Positives include Fear’s “strong” chorus and performance.

Negatives include lack of momentum that inhibits Seventeen’s potentials to breathe. It should have also used harmony and few “knockouts” to define Fear well. That should be their last venture on dark concepts.

On the other hand, KPopReviewed thought of Fear as “intense” yet “subtle”, and that the moves were toned down. Other good notes include on portraying themselves as visually attractive and giving a mysterious story. Not so good point tells of Fear being of lesser impact unlike Getting Closer and Hit.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 90.53%
Grade: A-
Assessment: Very Good

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 5
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits 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/Expresses emotions 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 7
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 3
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19    

ANS – Boom Boom (붐붐): MV Review

For our another review, we will feature new group called ANS, with their song Boom Boom.

From the title itself, we are bombarded with endless Boom Booms in K-Pop today. In fact, I always think of the famous line everytime I hear the title. We’ll see if the strategy of clinging to MLD’s Bboom Bboom will work for them later in the sea of K-Pop. Let’s start!

The storyline is fairly simple enough, starting with the girl waiting at the top of the building, while the other five are busy in different ventures. As time passes, the other five heard a call and approached the girl, where they unite. It ends with them going together, only to be startled by seeing another female who went outside the car. That calls for a sequel of their MV.

While the moral lesson is quite hazy, viewers will benefit on how to make-up (1:15 – 1:17), on welding (1:31 – 1:32), take photographs (1:33 – 1:40), playing drums (1:41 – 1:46), playing sports (2:05 – 2:19), and art (2:38).

Review by others

TheBiasList described 2019 as year of rookies. They set a standard so high, that even ANS find it hard to surpass. And as expected, the song is generic. Vocals and raps are fine. However, disappointing aspects were on “tropical beats” and never-thought melodies. It’s as if they tried to inject tropical music this autumn.

Review as whole

This is more of a performance-type music, just like BVNDIT’s Dramatic.

At first glance, they are trying to follow Momoland’s footsteps. This is very apparent in their title, and on outfits similar to I’m So Hot.

On music, ANS started with the rock type, and portrayed themselves in different ventures afterwards with the usual music. The rock music returns after their performance ends.

Their dance steps are very easy, and just like other MV, they always use dark settings. What else outstanding do we have to say, since they haven’t introduced new concepts?

As what a reviewer would tell, they have to innovate on their own. Clinging to the famous, overused title won’t guarantee success for ANS. Aside from that, they have to do brainstorming. This will help them plan on how to stand out.

Joketime

How many Boom Booms are there?

KARD: Bomb Bomb
BLACKPINK: Boombayah
SEVENTEEN: Boom Boom
MOMOLAND: Bboom Bboom
NCT Dream: Boom
ANS: Boom Boom

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 80.00%
Grade: C-
Assessment: Needs Improvement

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 5
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits 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 4
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 4
Music 10 Not too deafening 3
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 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 6
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1
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