WINNER (위너) – SOSO: MV Review

This will be the final review for all MV releases of October.


For our roll of reviews, we will feature again Winner, in their song Soso.

This recent comeback presented the newer side of the group. They’ve gone far, from being a “band-image” type to becoming a real group like other stars. Let’s see if they are catching up all the way despite being given limited releases. Let’s start!

Storyline

The story starts with them travelling in the desert just to attend a party. Being lost in direction, some of them gave up on finding sense of purpose, and others try to destroy some things like chandelier and artworks. The MV ends with them embarking on different journey.

Review as whole

The title might recall that of heartbreak, with a name that should’ve not been mentioned. He denies that they have a breakup, and he tries to feel not good or bad about it. Instead, he tried to be pokerfaced.

Some things are worth noticing. Member is being tied all the way to the top, extras are being blindfolded in a table, breaking artwork, shouting in a mirror, and trying to find a way as his other friends are in a party. These represent loss of focus and need for freedom.

As for some lying on the floor and others kicking chandeliers, these tells of them losing sense of direction. From that point they deem light as being worthless.

Most conspicuous is on a member being naked. This is the first time we see a member on that state. This might represent naked truth on the heartbreak, which he did not accept.

The upbeats from the start till pre-chorus was their most upbeat of all the sounds I heard from Winner. These should’ve been added also to the rest of the song, just to maintain the momentum. After that part, it becomes slower for the rest of the song. Screeching tunes can be heard in the final chorus.

On a final note, the dances featured are very easy to learn.

A bit awkward

We wish to point out that Filipinos might find the title awkward. Why?

Some K-Pop songs unwittingly refer to private parts when played in Philippines. For instance:

TWICE: TT
CLC: Pepe

Both refer to genitals of man and woman, respectively.

As for YG Family, here’s a running joke referring all to breasts:

Review by others

Since TheBiasList started its reviews, he focused his critic on “song structure, energy, and momentum”, a requirement Soso somewhat failed to achieve. Positives lie on being experimental and having vocal effects on chorus. Instrumentals also give proper buildup to paint the bursts. On the downside, it was “lethargic,” and its refrain was dead. Worse, its unbalanced music fails to give a very outstanding performance.

KPopReviewed wrote that even if the set-up was promising, the performance didn’t go well due to the slowdown placed in chorus. This slowdown killed any momentum, and repeated “So So” made it worse. He meanwhile enjoyed the verses and the rest of track. In fact, Mino’s starting lines were the best.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 82.11%
Grade: C-
Assessment: Needs Improvement

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 3
Music 10 Not too deafening 4
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 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 3
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 4
Other Matters 19    

NU’EST (뉴이스트) – Love Me: MV Review

For our another roll of reviews, we will touch on Nu’est in their song Love Me.

As this is the chance to review them, and being the brother group of SVT, we will tackle what’s in them. Let’s start!

Storyline

In its official YouTube page, Nu’est described their storyline as follows:

Through their 7th Mini Album, [The Table], NU’EST attempts to show a different side of themselves from their original color.

The album revolves around the theme of “love,” and expresses a variety of emotions and memories that anyone can encounter throughout their lives. The tracks are like relatable stories that you tell at the dinner table with friends and family members. [The Table] is an album that will melt the hearts of many by displaying NU’EST’s distinct style and emotions.

At 1:51 – 1:54, a member scoops a part of a cloud, only to get a bunch of popcorns. This was funny, since this implies that popcorns are made out of clouds. The next funny scene (1:58 – 2:01) was on one member who missed eating a kernel of it.

Viewers will have a good time as the group features a globe at 0:15, old equipments (such as old TV and recorders) at 0:43 and 0:48, and galaxies flashed on flatscreen TV at 1:43. And for the first time, they featured another recipe, where they placed eggs and milk in a blender. (We don’t really know what they’ve cooked.)

Review as whole

Nu’est tries to follow the fun trend, as if they’re breaking the ice. I liked them featuring plush toy at 0:04, which made my heart melt. It’s good to feature them somehow, as we need cute concepts even once in a while.

I find the tunes very simple, but exciting enough. Upbeats were moderately done to reflect their being carefree. And the music uses whistling tunes at the start. This resumes before going to the second verse.

The pink cloud concept shares with that of ATEEZ in their song Illusion.

Review by others

KPopReviewed thought of this song as bright, fresh, and colorful unlike their previous tracks. This is quite catchy especially on chorus, and repetitions served to enliven the song as whole. They have to improve more on vocals and rapping, which was quite lacking. Not to mention that it was fast and bland, to the point that it made less impact.

Nu’est tracks have been always defined by Pledis’ in-house composers, which did not impress TheBiasList. The exception emphasized in this song is its “streamlined, upbeat” nature throwing “addictive hooks.” These things render Love Me at par with SHINee’s Good Evening.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 90.00%
Grade: A-
Assessment: Very Good

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 5
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 4
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 5
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 Shares concepts from other groups 5

DAY6 – Sweet Chaos: MV Review

As we review tracks, we will touch on Day6 with their song Sweet Chaos. Barely four months passed since they hit it right with Time Of Our Life, and now they are releasing new track. This lead song is part of their new album The Book Of Us: Entropy.

Given enough promotions from the agency, they made steps to catch up with the rest of the groups. Would this next comeback propel them upward? Let’s see:

Storyline as whole

The title is quite defined well in the special effects pictured at the end of MV, as if imitating the black hole. There’s chaos.

Sweet Chaos was as equally exciting as Time Of Our Life. First, the striking of cymbals is very consistent. And finally, the choruses looked like the song would end by using a shift in tone. It is but normal that the immense energy is released at the final chorus, but they did it throughout all choruses.

Visuals started with monochromatic colors, but progresses on to become colorful on the second verse. Meanwhile, special effects were on them featured being gone to dust.

Review by others

TheBiasList loved the way Day6 integrated various genres in their core rock band sound. The song highlighted Dowoon’s percussion and skills of its vocalists. While the chorus did dirty by being repeated heavily, the group is more than willing to try and experiment new sounds.

KPopReviewed told that the previous lead track is difficult to beat, even if Sweet Chaos is a good follow-up song. Only the group could do punk genre, which gives beauty to the song. The rush is definitely identifiable to DAY6, which he enjoys. Only that the color was rather “cheap.”

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 84.71%
Grade: C+
Assessment: Improving

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 4
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners  
Dance 12 Not too sensual  
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 3
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