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