As I’m reviewing Workaholic, I am sensing that views are still low despite me having so many write-ups. I am seriously considering taking a rest if number of views still did not improve.
We are now again on a roll of various reviews, starting with BOL4, or Bolbbalgan4, with their songs Workhaholic and 25. It’s best to combine these reviews, as they are releasing these at the same time. For convenience, we will refer to Workaholic as first, and 25 as second.
This is our second review of their work, and I do hope that their comebacks mean a lot for them to be known everywhere. Let’s start!
(Side Note: Pardon also for not reviewing Stars Over Me, released last March. I only reviewed Bom due to ignorance. Our apologies.)
The first MV tells of a girl rushing to go home, then sleeps upon reaching. Morning comes, then she rushes again to work. Supposedly being fed up, she was given baseball bat, and was being blindfolded by her co-workers. There she tries to hit everything.
At 2:57 – 3:00, she had thought of having a party, just to take a break from endless work routine. Upon returning, she encounters workers who gone wild in their own party, smashing everything and scattering things everywhere.
The second MV is laid in a TV travel show, where it discusses how they travel, and what they are doing in their 25th year. They are seen sleeping in tent, and doing various hobbies. The final point of the story focuses on them awakening with full of gifts. They make use of these contents to make a party hall.
Workaholic puts emphasis on people being overworked. Impliedly, this tells of work and time management. Viewers will learn on what’s happening in the workplace, especially if they are not yet employed. This will help them prepare for demands being portrayed in the video.
The funniest thing in the scene was that of 2:29 – 2:37, where the girl being blindfolded tries to hit everyone. Just look at their reactions.
The moral lesson on 25 is more on celebrating life despite being in advanced age. Another lesson is on dealing with age crisis such as this one. Viewers meanwhile will benefit from being conscious of historical equipments like TV (2:01 – 2:02) and old telephone (1:05). It also features teepee (Indian hut) with cactus at 0:55, and musical ticker at 1:05.
Review by others
TheBiasList noted that being “less polarizing,” the duo stands greater chance to be on top of charts. This is formula BOL4 is holding on. It also noted that the instrumentals of Workaholic provide fresh tunes, like the “groovy bass” organ, and “percussive breakdown”.
He was not impressed on the “quirky indie” pop that the duo chose, not to mention dislike of Jiyoung’s vocals and lack of interest on the song itself.
KPopReviewed wrote that the first music was their most mature yet cool so far. Jiyoung’s vocals are “nice”, added with their autotune and use of guitars. Overall, he was impressed on the song’s new direction.
The second song met expectations, aligning itself from their previous tracks. While the instrumentals were steady, it emphasized Jiyoung’s voice. Weak point was on chorus being dwarfed by the rest of the song.
Review as whole
The first music employs guitary tune, and the duo frequently uses rap to keep the music going. Added variety was their swinging tune at 1:20 – 1:28. They just have to tone it smoothly next time.
Meanwhile, the second music was bubbly at first 22 seconds, then afterwards hidden behind other instrumentals. The build-up played in the song is placed where appropriate, as the tune follows a hilly ride.
Still, like their previous song Bom, Jiyoung is always present in the first MV most of the time, while her twin Jiyoon is not visible. The latter only appears at the second MV, where they are both being shown. Gleaning from comments, Jiyoon is a very shy person, and doesn’t want to be in camera always.
Jiyoung added a little touch of cuteness at 0:54, which I liked very much. This is needed as to impart us the value of feeling young forever.
Workaholic should also serve as eye-opener for all of us working everday, and even for K-Pop as a whole. While we are struggling to make both ends meet everyday, there is always a time for us to rest and unwind from the crazy work rush happening today.
On visuals of 25, we are reminded of various things, like the TV, puzzle (1:40 – 1:42) being destroyed, popped balloon (1:45 – 1:47), and mirror (1:49 – 1:57). Summing up, they want to tell us this message:
“We are fixing problems and completing our lives in our prime. But we realize later that these are worthless, as we get older and take reflection of ourselves.”
TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: (Separate)
TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 86.32% (Consolidated)
|Appearance||5||No Halloween, Easter, etc.||5||5|
|Appearance||6||No astrology featured||5||5|
|Appearance||7||Less horror featured||5||5|
|Appearance||8||Not too revealing outfits||5||5|
|Music||10||Not too deafening||4||5|
|Dance||11||Learned easily even by beginners|
|Dance||12||Not too sensual|
|Lessons||13||Moral lesson clearly stated||5||5|
|Lessons||14||Impart something beneficial for viewers||5||5|
|Other Matters||15||Sense of humor||9||6|
|Other Matters||16||Make it to mainstream media||2||2|
|Other Matters||17||Review by other sites||4||4|
|Other Matters||18||Review of MV as a whole||5||5|
|Other Matters||19||Uploads video to 1theK||5||5|
|Features 1theK logo||0||0|