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Updating My Bias List (November 16, 2019)

For November, the author now follows additional ten groups, raising the total number to 29 groups and soloists under my bias list. There I will define the groups and some reasons why I have to follow them. This change will also be reflected in My Bias List page, serving as masterlist of all the groups I follow.

In the past months, the author promoted GFRIEND to be one of three most favorite groups, and demoted/downgraded Momoland as such, albeit still remaining as Merry. As to TWICE, I have to add remaining five as biases due to their attitude. With additional acts being reviewed, there are some which I liked and wanted to follow.

The author plans also to stan Cherry Bullet. But considering how FNC handles the two missing members – Kokoro and Linlin – I decided not to follow them till this issue is resolved. Why? The agency is beginning to copy wrong responses from MLD Entertainment.

If FNC resolves this with the two still remaining till December, I’ll follow the group and pick all members as my biases. Otherwise, I won’t even consider stanning them. We will discuss this further as we rate agencies at year-end.

As I write this, you may compare our own preferences to these groups.


CLC:
Yeeun and Seungyeon

  • Her cute side, plus being an emcee in The Show gave chance to know her more. As for Seungyeon, she knows how to play cute and fierce at the same time, not to mention her being very responsive to issues.

Ultimate Bias: Yeeun
Bias Wrecker: Seungyeon

(G)I-DLE:
Soojin and Soyeon

  • I take particular interest on Soojin due to her sexiness shown in Senorita and Uh-Oh. As for Soyeon, I deem her as my bias wrecker for the group, since she also entails sexiness and added strong charisma.

Ultimate Bias: Soojin
Bias Wrecker: Soyeon

FANATICS:
Doah, Sika, Doi

  • While Doah has special beauty, Sika grabbed my attention with her aggressiveness on talents and visuals.

Ultimate Bias: Doah
Bias Wrecker: Sika and Doi

Rocket Punch:
All members (Juri, Dahyun, Suyun, Sohee, Yunkyoung, Yeonhee)

  • Sensing that picking biases in this rookie group is difficult, as they project well their visuals and talents, I decided to pick all members as my biases.

Ultimate Bias: Juri
Bias Wrecker: Dahyun (till further notice)

Weki Meki:
Suyeon, Sei, Yoojung

  • Started appreciating them on Picky Picky, and picked biases on Tiki Taka.

Ultimate Bias: Suyeon
Bias Wrecker: Sei and Yoojung

Oh My Girl:
Hyojung, YooA, Seunghee

  • The group’s performance of Bungee, plus the positive responses over this song, convinced me to follow them.

Ultimate Bias: Hyojung
Bias Wrecker: Seunghee and YooA

ITZY:
Yuna and Lia

  • While I am predisposed to like groups with cuter concepts, I am still okay with other groups leaning to fiercer ones (such as ITZY and MAMAMOO). Attitude and performance convinced me to stan them also. (Indirectly I have to pick the group also to replace Cherry Bullet).

Ultimate Bias: Yuna
Bias Wrecker: Lia

fromis_9:
Saerom, Jiheon, Hayoung

  • Even if I have to know them more as a group, their fun side on performance of Fun proved attractive to me.

Ultimate Bias: Saerom
Bias Wrecker: Jiheon/Hayoung

BVNDIT:
Seungeun and Songhee

  • While I do critically review their debut song (Hocus Pocus), I find it very cute, colorful, and entertaining. Their moves convinced me to follow them.

Ultimate Bias: Seungeun
Bias Wrecker: Songhee

HINAPIA:
All members (Minkyeung, Gyeongwon, Eunwoo, Yaebin, and Bada)

  • As Pristin fans are dismayed over the group’s loss, and since I did not follow them previously, here comes the chance. Picked them all as consideration for the members continuing the journey in K-Pop.

Ultimate Bias: Eunwoo
Bias Wrecker: Bada

BTS (방탄소년단) – Make It Right (feat. Lauv): MV Review

For our another review of BTS, we will touch on their recent release called Make It Right.

For a bit of info, the song is essentially composed by the group, in collaboration with Ed Sheeran. The group later performed it with Lauv, a rising singer-songwriter. This song is part of underrated tracks under the album Map of the Soul: Persona.

As this is their special release, and since reviewers did not touch on this, we will review it. Let’s start!

(Side Note: We wish to mention BigHit’s swift responses over Jungkook and the tattoo shop, plus the car accident. It’s not surprising that responses like this are one of secrets for group’s success and agency as well.)

Storyline

The story tells of a boy and a girl strolling together. Sensing that the boy needs comfort and protection, the girl transforms herself into a cape. This was the case as the boy travels in different places, till they encountered a dragon. Story ends with the boy defeating a dragon, and thanking the girl, who later transforms to old self.

This part intertwines with BTS interacting with fans in a concert.

Review as whole

Essentially this is another song dedicated to their fans. The title as for the BTS speaks of their desire to do right, together with the fandom.

The modified flutey tune is heard in most parts of the song, especially at the chorus. On the first verse, second part, the percussion can be heard. It resumes at the second verse before the bridge.

Symbolisms can be seen here. As interpreted by others, cartoon represents the story of BTS strolling with ARMYs together, as they travel various places like desert, snow, and cave.

Most conspicuous is on the cape, which represents ARMYs. As for BTS, they view their fans as shield and protection.

Message of thanks

As military service is looming upon the members, BTS focused its time on thanking ARMYs and making them feel special. This was the case starting with Boy With Luv, and then again on this special comeback.

The boy lying amidst the desert reminds us of RM’s line at Boy With Luv. There he stated that “their suffering is our suffering too,” clearly emphasized in this MV.

Joketime and reward

The most common joke on this has been recognized also by Lauv himself:

The author will add ten additional points for BTS, as reward for complete attendance in virtually all engagements. They deserve long breaks and this incentive, since they really worked hard.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 94.44%
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 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners  
Dance 12 Not too sensual  
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 5
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 3
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites  
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19 Completeness of members 10

Taeyeon (태연) – Spark (불티): MV Review

For our another round of review, we will touch on SNSD’s Taeyeon, in her recent song Spark.

It was reported that she is also doing a rendition for OST of Korean Frozen. Wishing all the best on her new journey!

(Side Note: This track was pushed a bit as sign of mourning over Sulli’s death. With Taeyeon still struggling from depression, her situation should not also be taken lightly.)

Storyline as whole

Spark features the red-orange hues shown by the fire and sunset, which describes better the title. While dancing, she goes to the raised platform and finally to a construction crane.

On visuals, 2:03 illustrates very clearly the title. Interpreted loosely, added fire in the scene tells of love as it progresses from simple spark to a raging fire.

Taeyeon’s work sits on borderline between exciting and sad tunes. The music starts with guitars and tambourines, proceeding with added thumping beats afterwards. Soothing tones are mixed with the moderately strong voice she has.

It felt like this song won’t last for me, but I am starting to like the song as it becomes moderately fast in pacing. To add, her soothing lines add comfort as she goes daring in her vocals. The fun side of the dance and music starts at 1:06 and ends at 1:24, albeit made in serious manner.

Review by others

KPopReviewed noted that Spark resembles Adele’s Rolling in the Deep, particularly on music. He enjoys the vocals being focused equally, and chorus being smooth. While it was fine, it lacked build-up and it looks low-budget as compared to other solo releases.

TheBiasList deemed it as fun and energetic, and shares same observation on resemblance with Adele. Instrumentals are in pace and has momentum, which gives “effortless polish”. A bit of improvement would help, namely on it being a bit dirtier.

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

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 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 4
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 3
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