This is the first time we featured combined reviews of work done by couples. We are referring to Hyuna and Dawn, who made comebacks this season.
While reviewers tend to give separate assessments, the author decided to put them in a single article. Not only because they are in a relationship. Moreso, this is because their storylines are interconnected, noticed in the flower shower commonly seen in them. Let’s start!
Storyline as whole
Money tells of Dawn’s story after being kicked out from Cube. With him being broke in money, he searched for work. He reflected, did introspection, and woke up with shower of flowers.
As a whole, I am not getting used to Dawn’s way, as I only knew of him as part of Pentagon. For comparison’s sake, his strong personality radiated throughout in Shine, while in this MV he portrayed himself as the opposite. That lack of luster proves to be very fatal, noting that he is starting a new journey.
The tunes used were reminiscent of dramatic tunes in Korean dramas, but is rendered in a fast pace.
The story of Flower Shower revolves is split into two: a girl waking up in the middle of the night, being surrounded by petals and butterflies. Second story revolves on her in a palace, trying to travel to various places.
Hyuna’s moves are very daring. Not surprising, as she did it during a college party. Instrumentals combine various techniques like echoing, bumping tunes on choruses, and drumbeats on pre-chorus. While these instrumentals are simple, this complements the low vocals Hyuna employed. Taken as whole, the music is exciting and mild, which relies on echoing voices.
Given the nature of her MV, it’s something that is relegated primarily to calm playlists.
A YouTube commenter interpreted Money (and latter’s song) as follows:
Hyuna’s song is called Flower Shower and she says she is a flower and wants to paint the sky with her own colors.
DAWN says that he paints flowers so they don’t die. It’s a reference to the struggles they had when people knew about their relation, Dawn is trying to say that he helped Hyuna and Hyuna helped him. It’s so beautiful how they kinda connected their songs, really goals
Honestly, I thought Dawn will borrow some lines from Bangtan’s BST:
Want the money, money? Yeah!
Money, money? Yeah!
Review by others
KPopReviewed did not really enjoyed Money, as it was “boring” and not captivating. It would’ve been better if he continued with Pentagon vibe he had. But piece by piece, vocals show his potential, and the song was more dynamic. The visuals remind him of G-Dragon’s fiercer side, albeit improved a bit.
As for Hyuna, she takes on completely different sound, compared with her previous tracks. Her music is simplified and has a playful vibe. This song tends to give highlight to her best aspects (vocals and raps).
TheBiasList made some similar observations on Dawn’s aspects like music and concept borrowing from YG. On the other hand, he pointed out the nature of it as fusion between “melodic pop” and hip-hop. The groove is present, and moderately satisfying.
Flower Shower presents a missed chance for the girl to take the lead. The chorus instrumentals got a dose of deadly points, and its centerpiece takes on wrong path doing repetitive loops. He likes the way vocals are arranged, and how she performs with ease. A stronger material is needed for artists like Hyuna.
To sum up, the blogger got disappointed over minimal releases from PNation, pushing artists to senseless directions.
With Hyuna and Dawn getting over the dating scandal, we might see exciting prospects for other artists. Given that the society treats it negatively, let’s see if this will force them to change their attitude on stars dating. (We’ll do ratings on CUBE and PNation with regards to these sometime.)
This is a good start, considering that TWICE’s Jihyo is now receiving so much hate for being in love with Kang Daniel. (And don’t forget Momoland’s Daisy and JooE too.)
TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: (Separate)
Flower Shower: 83.16%
TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 84.74% (Consolidated)
|Appearance||3||Colorful/color fits emotions||5||5|
|Appearance||5||No Halloween, Easter, etc.||5||5|
|Appearance||6||No astrology featured||5||5|
|Appearance||7||Less horror featured||5||5|
|Appearance||8||Not too revealing outfits||5||3|
|Music||10||Not too deafening||5||5|
|Dance||11||Learned easily even by beginners||4||5|
|Dance||12||Not too sensual||5||4|
|Lessons||13||Moral lesson clearly stated||4||3|
|Lessons||14||Impart something beneficial for viewers||2||5|
|Other Matters||15||Sense of humor/expresses emotions||7||6|
|Other Matters||16||Make it to mainstream media||1||2|
|Other Matters||17||Review by other sites||4||4|
|Other Matters||18||Review of MV as a whole||5||5|