LADIES’ CODE – Set Me Free: MV Review

This is the first time we review another underrated girl group, called Ladies’ Code. At present they are packed with three members: Ashley, Sojung, and Zuny. They are under Polaris Entertainment, and debuted on March 7, 2013.

I only knew of the group when they released a song called Feedback, which we tackled already on our misheard lyrics videos. Later on, I felt saddened by the death of their two members RiSe and EunB.

The long-time hiatus proved too much for them. Now that they are back, hope this review will help them in their re-entry to K-Pop scene. Let’s start!

Storyline as whole

The story tells of three girls doing a hold-up in a casino. Out of the money, they used to buy car, dresses, and wine, luxury items that few can afford. The supply of money proved to be limitless. As they are about to be arrested they strategized on ways how to get out.

At the last part of the video, they take off their clothes, setting the tone for another future release.

Set Me Free just features how people play at the casino, and the moral lesson is lacking in here. Meanwhile, I find it funny that Zuny threw a play gun, and it turned out that it was just a banana. Set Me Free’s symbolism of casino might represent love as big gamble, wishing herself to set free from this big gamble.

Some peculiarities on music can be seen here. For instance, the tempo was set moderately fast, and the structure of the song was set akin to TWICE’s Feel Special. This is more on skipping two lines on the verse leading to chorus. Aside from that, the second part of the chorus is a bit reserved on the members’ lines.

On a final note, I prefer to embed a copy of MV from the official group page itself.

Review by others

TheBiasList actually liked the instrumentals used in Set Me Free, which returns to their previous songs. This could’ve been used throughout the whole video. It helped that the instrumentals guide the song throughout. A bit of downside was on their vocals, particularly at pre-chorus where it is strained. Overall, it was a “nice little production.”

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 87.06%
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 4
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 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners  
Dance 12 Not too sensual  
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 4
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 4
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    

AB6IX (에이비식스) – Blind For Love: MV Review

For our added feature of reviews, we will include AB6IX, with their third comeback titled Blind For Love.

As AB6IX is one of the boy groups who immediately were recognized – though being a rookie group – it’s best to review them.

(Side Note: Congratulations to them on their win on this comeback!)

Review as whole

Particular interest lies on the music. I liked the raps being played to keep the consistency of the song. While it was not as pumped-up as it was with Hollywood and Breathe, it was equally exciting. The chorus plays steady beats, borrowing some mini-shouts from Breathe’s chorus.

Blind For Love presents orbiting globe at start of video, representing being part of world. Fire represents burning desire for love. A member being blindfolded best describes the title. From these things, the message can be understood as follows:

How do we tell that we are blinded with love? If we keep blind on her shortcomings or mistakes. If we always use passion when loving. And finally, if we deem him/her as the one who rules our world.

The banquet at 2:03 shares relationship with KARD’s Dumb Litty

Review by others

KPopReviewed told that their previous track Breathe set the bar so high for other rookies to beat. This time, the Blind For Love follows the same track even if phased differently. While clinging to Breathe, it lost the “wow factor” Breathe and Hollywood possessed. Other aspects like visuals and appearance were good enough.

TheBiasList also agreed that their song Breathe was one of the most impressive. This time, Blind For Love served to continue the momentum. Unlike previous track, it does not falter but instead collects the necessary energy needed to keep going. While their strong points were on melodies, the verses are forgettable. Viewed overall, the song was enjoyable the whole time, and it is destined well to be played in the long run.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 89.47%
Grade: B+
Assessment: Good

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 4
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 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 5
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 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19