Super Junior (슈퍼주니어) – Super Clap: MV Review

We are now on our second review of Super Junior, with their reunion song Super Clap.

We discussed thoroughly the group in an earlier review. Since they provided another comeback for them as a complete group, will they still astound us after several years? Let’s see:

(Side Note: This release was pushed several days later as respect for Sulli. And unfortunately, as KPopReviewed stated, we would not see Heechul, Sungmin, and Kangin reuniting with them due to various issues.)

Storyline

The storyline tells of them practicing their dance. In line with this, they are giving invitation to the office. This is to see them perform and dance at the airport. Later they are given red carpet.

The music video features settings in the office, dinner, and tennis court. This helps viewers see what is happening in these places, and how people there behave. Beneficial is on featuring what’s happening inside office, featuring arcade dance and for tennis (for exercise).

Funny scene was on the secretary who always takes notes. Added to the fun are on officemates who throw paper, and on members as they react on using the arcade dance.

Review as whole

Brassy beats are played at the start before they sing. The rest of the music prefers to be funky, and is upbeat in a special way. And to note that they did not use Latin beats this time. This is the kind of music I did not see with Super Junior as far as I know.

With regards to dance, the group prefers less energetic dances, which I also understand as they age. However, they managed to keep the moves as uplifiting as possible.

Some symbolisms can be seen here in Super Clap. The red carpet represents their return to the K-Pop scene. It can be remembered that they had been incomplete for eight years due to military service. This time, they are beginning to fly again, as represented by plane flying at the end of the MV.

Final joke

As an Elf, you will also agree that it’s awkward, but fun to see Super Junior still performing after several years. This is something you won’t see from any agency except from SM. Added 10 points will be given to the group for this.

As such, I have a joke:

2009: Super Junior
2019: Super Senior

Review by others

KPopReviewed noted that the group uses “catchy and groovy” songs in their instrumentals, which adds to song’s being polished. This is not seen in them during their heydays. While the MV was plain, and their performance was constricted, at least they did well.

TheBiasList pointed out that the group is going to a retro “disco funk” beat, which does not disappoint him. The straightforward music does not waste time doing tempo shifts, and claps are plenty. Arrangement is also done to give extra sexiness. The only pull-down factor was that of music being lighthearted.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 90.48%
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 5
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 3
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 4
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 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19 Longevity of Super Junior 10

Lovelyz’s Kei (김지연) – I Go: MV Review

On our roll of reviews, we will pick another soloist, this time Lovelyz’s Kei in her song I Go. This is the first time we review a soloist from that group. Sorry also for not reviewing Babysoul, but we will do it this time with Kei.

Using her real name Kim Jiyeon signifies her readiness to embark on solo projects. Will she cling on to the styles used by her group, or attempt to draw her own style? Let’s see here:

(Side Note: As of present, Queendom recently ended its episode. There they tried different genres, and showcased their talents. This helped a lot also for them to be known more. Wishing the best of luck to the group!)

Storyline

As she goes backward with time, it becomes dark, and as she finds out later, she is being thrown in a series of flashbacks. This kind of throwback tells of her in a paradise, later being trapped in a dark dimension in the other side.

The throwback recalls her visiting various beautiful places, the latest touching a painting of the other place. Meanwhile, the cloud arrow tells of her going to fields where auroras can be seen. The story ends with the girl holding a bright orb. As she holds the sun, everything shines brighter.

Viewers will have a good deal on MV as it features clocks, nature, and piano. Hope this sparks interest for viewers to be nature lovers and be time-conscious.

Review as whole

Gleaning from the MV, its meaning can be drawn up from the broken pieces of time. This meant that time is not being of importance, or that we desire to be free, and not being bridled by time.

I do appreciate her hollow voice, which carries us throughout the whole MV. Also, the finale proved to be moderately tuned even if it started with her high note. However, even in slower mode (unlike that of Lovelyz), she won’t convince me to cry for it unlike their previous lead track.

For a bit of improvement, they have to provide a description in Woolim Ent or 1theK YouTube page.

Advocacy

Noteworthy was on Woolim always featuring 1theK logo at the beginning and end of the MV. As of now, Woolim and RBW (and to lesser extent FNC) are consistent in this act.

We will add some changes starting in this review: (1) Uploaded vids featuring 1theK logo will earn extra five points, and (2) if said 1theK video is prominently featured in YouTube, extra five points will be given also. If these are not complied, no points, but these will not be pull-down factors.

Joketime

On the other hand, I find the title a bit funny. If it be misheard in Korean, that would be awful. I Go, if misheard, will be Aigoo (아이구). It’s as if you go, then later on tell “Geez!”

Review by others

TheBiasList has a particular interest over Kei, being the member who gives more than required effort. Being more like Lovelyz’s b-side track, it would’ve been better if Woolim gave more solid material for her, like doing a pattern from BoA’s work. Worse, this wastes her pleasant voice and lacks sense of direction as the song paints her as very serious.

Being a vocalist of Lovelyz, KPopReviewed told that Kei has to add some spice to stand out, which she did. While instrumentals are “classic,” the “fantastic” feel from Lovelyz is present in this MV. Had she picked a very serious performance, this will drag her down. Negative point was on too many spoilers at the end, which tend to be messy.

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 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 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 5
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 3
Other Matters 19 Uploads video to 1theK 10
Features 1theK logo (Bonus points) 5
Prominently features 1theK vid (Bonus points)