BVNDIT (밴디트) – Dumb: MV Review

The author decided to add BVNDIT on its list of reviewed performances this month. The lead song is called Dumb, which is included in their first mini-album [BE!]. With new concept rolling on, would they make us stand in awe? Let’s see.

(Side Note: From this day, the author is stanning the rookie group, with Seungeun as ultimate bias, and Songhee as bias wrecker.)

Review as whole

Fortunately they considered also some points here earlier. We refer to Hocus Pocus, which borrows some tunes from Chungha’s Gotta Go. Now that they have a second comeback, no trace of Snapping can be heard from this.

Let’s go to music. The beats used are typically heard in some tourist promotions, which I find it very amusing. If a typical fan would look up for a mature side, this is apparent in their visuals and dance.

Let’s then talk about visuals. Special effects are shown at 0:39. At the next second, some fruits are featured. Wondered why Red Velvet still hasn’t featured it in any of their comebacks?

Shades of red and orange are featured in the video, especially when the curtain is being removed to reveal the sunset. The fragile crossing tape and the modified amphitheater can also be seen here. Summing up the message:

We are finding ways on entertaining the one we love, even if it leads us to be dumb. As we are enlightened on our status, we nourish ourselves and declare that we are going to be a better, wise lover tomorrow.

The camera movement amidst the curtains was the most confusing of all. While the meaning was quite understandable, better if it’s fixed.

Review by others

KPopReviewed got happy upon knowing this song, and wrote that it’s pretty good. The tropical plus Latin beats got a taste of being generic, but Dumb goes mature as compared to past comebacks. The generic side went too far to the point that visuals and choreo suffers, and he hoped a little bounce and vibrancy would give color to the whole MV.

TheBiasList got similar observations on the nature of song. And as you guessed it, nothing unique can be heard. It’s dangerous to do similar stuff, as it loses luster. Positives include their mature, polished performance.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 83.81%
Grade: C+
Assessment: Improving

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 4
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 5
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 5
Other Matters 19 Features fruits 5

GOT7 – You Calling My Name: MV Review

Reviews for Hyuna & Dawn, South Club, (G)I-DLE, MAMAMOO, and others will be done some time.


For our another round of review, we will still touch on GOT7 in their latest comeback. Let’s start!

Review as whole

On the first listen, I only understood the terms “calling my name” and “giving another chance.” This might imply that he seeks a second chance, and if granted, be called by his name again.

The music utilizes more on acapella, and then proceeds to simple instrumentals. The only buildup can be heard on the second and final chorus. While the hand moves are a bit complicated, it’s simple enough to be learned. This set up of music helps them, as their vocals do stand out, especially on raps.

While You Calling My Name was not exciting, this was equally calm to begin with.

It took a while for me to understand the oracle bone inscription circling the two members, if not for an Ahgase interpreting it as character for “name.” On the other side, GOT7 utilizes some special effects, particularly on them forming a hexagon, breaking glass, and specks.

Dark settings suggest a sad state of relationship; in which he desires to be granted another chance.

Review by others

It’s not surprising that TheBiasList put GOT7 in its complaints list, till he liked the lead track. The song is bursting with “rhythmic staccato” chorus filled with adlibs and synths. The next chorus being fleshy became a definite point for him to like it. Melodies are excellent, and dynamics are used fully.

KPopReviewed thought that the group veered away from its usual tunes, leaning to a funky beat that reflects their maturity. While the structure of elements that defined GOT7 is still the same, it tweaked a bit on visuals, making it more appealing. Summing up, it is “alluring” and “captivating”.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 86.32%
Grade: B-
Assessment: Satisfactory

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 5
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 4
Dance 12 Not too sensual 5
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 4
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 3
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 6
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