BOL4 (볼빨간사춘기) – Workaholic (워커홀릭) and 25: MV Reviews

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.)

Storyline

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.

Eye-openers

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)
Workaholic: 87.37%
25: 85.26%

Grade: B-/B-
Assessment: Satisfactory/Satisfactory

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

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Workaholic 25
Storyline 1 Storyline 5 5
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5 5
Appearance 3 Colorful 4 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5 5
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 9 Exciting 5 4
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
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Wheein (휘인) – Goodbye (헤어지자): MV Review

For our another MV Review, we will feature MAMAMOO’s Wheein, with her song Goodbye.

I decided to feature this, as we have done it with Hwasa and the group. Unfortunately, as KPopReviewed found out, her solo single 25 did not garner attention. How come, since she is also well-known today? Now that this is promoted enough, we’ll touch on this.

(Side Note: This reminds me of my misheard lyric where it says “Go, cheer soulful Wheein.” I do hope that this review cheers her up, and wish her the best of health!)

The story revolves on the girl, who went home to hide her sad feelings. Her mood was not okay, despite the sun shining that would’ve cheered her up. One by one, she began to deface every thing related with her lost boyfriend, like flipping pictures and smearing paints.

As the hour passes, she tries to be happy. This she do from preparing food to throwing things, only to realize that she’s alone. The story ended with the girl crying, seeing her ex with another woman.

Goodbye taught us a painful lesson of moving on. It is given that moving on is a very difficult task, something they portrayed well. Meanwhile, viewers get a glimpse of wine (4:15) and phonograph (2:39). Wine gives minimal heart benefits, while phonograph takes us to olden days.

Wheein’s solo music portrays her other side. The music was played in such a painful way, and honestly I can’t help but cry at this too. I stopped playing it at near-end.

Hope that this time, Moomoos will promote Goodbye. It’s rare for Wheein to be given a solo debut like this.

Review by others

TheBiasList pegged the song as at part with other Korean OSTs. He noticed that she was the only one carrying the instrumentals, giving the emotion needed in the song. Lastly, the melodies lack luster, bringing the song on the average round.

KPopReviewed noted that Wheein’s vocals gave justice to otherwise “plain and ordinary” ballad theme and music present. That also makes it stand out. However, the most intriguing is on the story itself, as he is about to spoil it.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 85.26%
Grade: B-
Assessment: Satisfactory

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  
Dance 12 Not too sensual  
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 5
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 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19 Uploads video to 1theK 5
    Features 1theK logo 0

FTISLAND (FT아일랜드) – Quit (관둬): MV Review

We are now on a roll of reviews, this time with FTIsland on their lead song Quit. For a bit of info, they are a band featuring four members, namely Honggi, Jaejin, Seunghyun, and Minhwan, under FNC Entertainment.

Honestly, I only knew of the group when its former member Jonghoon left, due to Burning Sun scandal. Well, anyway, with the remaining four still in shape, will they still impress us with their performance? Let’s see here:

Storyline

The story tells of a woman holding a small clock last October. There she resets time to recall what happened in various months. As she wakes, and upon moving a month or so backward, she begins to realize what happened. It ends at March, where they spent their happiest moment in Paris.

Quit lets us realize that we have to treasure the moments we shared, as we don’t know what will happen later. Relations may go on forever, or come to an end. Viewers will appreciate the French vibe present in the video, especially when they feature the Eiffel tower. (0:47 – 1:04, 2:01 – 2:10, 3:18) Also, they might find drawing useful. (0:25 – 0:30)

Review by others

TheBiasList explaind that Jonghoon’s absence did not gravely affect other four. Musically it plays low at the start, and adds other tunes after. Positively this lets Hongki experiment and attack the notes. On the negatives, it was not “iconic”, and serves as sequel of Hongki’s Insensible. Finally, the track being “repetitive” lacks enough “pull”.

KPopReviewed wrote that the group pulled off different range of sounds from their past tracks. This time, Hongki made an impact with his voice. Meanwhile, he was confused on the storyline.

Review as whole

The title best describes what is happening between them, and why she didn’t believe on it. On music, the rock vibe gives life despite the song being sad in nature. Also, the sense of voice is strong, evoking feelings especially at near final chorus and finale.

On visuals, this was a kind of throwback. It’s pleasing that they pulled their story very clearly. In fact, they added a film-like motions, representing snapshots in time.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 89.47%
Grade: B+
Assessment: 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 5
Music 10 Not too deafening 4
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners
Dance 12 Not too sensual
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 5
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 10
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 5
Other Matters 19 Uploads video to 1theK 5
Features 1theK logo 0