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


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    

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