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.