ATEEZ (에이티즈) – Wonderland: MV Review

We are now on our second review of ATEEZ, this time in their newest release called Wonderland.

So far, they provided four comebacks for 2019, which is a great move (Say My Name, Wave, Illusion, Wonderland). After reviewing their double lead track this summer, they are now embarking on another comeback. I’m pretty sure this approach will guide them in what they want in the future. Let’s start!

Review as whole

Music was on heavy beats and synthetic beatdrops, especially on the chorus. On vocals, it’s surprising that Mingi’s voice was quite hidden in the song, and only apparent in the chorus.

The upbeat was exciting on the first verse, then slows down on second verse. Afterwards it cliffhangs before chorus, then proceeds to heavy drops. It regains upon raps, proceeds to slower beats afterwards, then goes beating again on second chorus.

The music video features old lamp and the three members locked in an elevator, harking back to old times (0:24 – 0:26), and also 1:16 – 1:18 on band. The stairs represent desire for growth and ascendancy. The door being opened represents light that is being opened to them as they journey. Finally, a member being chained up and elevator represents struggle and liberation.

An interpretation can be drawn from these things:

If we struggle to be free, willing to grow, and seize opportunities available, we can attain the Wonderland we want to be.

The staircases featured at 0:52 and at 1:05 – 1:07 shares inspiration from GOT7’s Eclipse.

Review by others

KPopReviewed deems Wonderland as a return to their usual stronger past, and exceeding it. By “suspense-building,” they managed to maintain a lot of energy. Outstanding aspects were on the rappers and vocals. Also added to that were the camera shots, which illustrated the fierceness and intense nature of the song.

TheBiasList noted that Ateez having a steady stream of music bears sense of focus. While they might copy stronger concepts from other groups, they manage to pull something that is theirs. Particular instance was on music, where they used every instrumental as if it’s their last. Best parts were on their pre-chorus and lifting-up of disappointing parts. As a whole, the blogger liked it very much.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 84.21%
Grade: C+
Assessment: Improving

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 3
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 4
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 4
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 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 4
Other Matters 19    

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