Momoland (모모랜드) – Tiki Taka: MV Review

For our final set of review, we will touch on Momoland, in their song Tiki Taka. The title of their soft comeback is an outright imitation of Weki Meki’s lead track for Weekend Lol album.

The storyline simply tells of the group pressing the start button. Upon doing, they are being transported inside a game. There they do games with Pororo the Penguin like hula-hoop and tennis. Bananas collected represent the points they accumulated. (This reminds us of their previous soft comeback Banana Chacha.)

At any rate, the MV was colorful, and is simplified to the point that it’s becoming attractive. With regards to musical aspect, repeated hooks of Tiki Taka were not irritating, and in fact, served to carry the music well. The buildup of song was solid, and it was being emphasized during the chorus.

Final Words

Last year, we discussed and brought attention several times those incidents, which the agency and the group didn’t respond appropriately. And with Daisy’s departure, the trust is now lost.

As a result, failing grade will still continue, as similar incidents are being done against Cherry Bullet, fromis_9, DIA, and PENTAGON. Again, this serves as reminder for K-Pop to take these issues very seriously.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 63.08%
Grade: F
Assessment: Failed

Scoreboard

Aspect Points Base
Storyline 5 5
Appearance 10 10
Music 4 5
Dance 5 5
Entertainment 17 20
Completeness of members 20

SECRET NUMBER (시크릿넘버) – Who Dis?: MV Review

For another MV Review with underrated groups, we will tackle another rookie group for this year – SECRET NUMBER. For a bit of info, the five member group consists of Denise, Jinny, Lea, Soodam, and Dita. This is interesting since they came from different countries, especially that Dita is the first Indonesian to join K-Pop.

The group explained their concept as follows:

“Everyone has a ‘secret number’ that’s usually a birthday, anniversary, or some other special number.”

Impliedly, the MV of Who Dis? shows some secret nooks and crannies. These are discernible on all places in the video like that of the train, restaurant, and vacant area.

The title track and group’s name may be connected in a different way. When we ask who he/she is, and that person introduced himself/herself as “secret,” our curiosity is raised.

The music uses heavy beats on chorus, which is fine. However, what’s not good is on their “raps” at first and second verse leading to chorus. While consistent, it loses direction and lacks weight with respect to the rest of song. 

Added to that was on not maximizing the jazz song played at the beginning, which should’ve been sprinkled till the end. That would’ve give another boost to their debut lead track.

Further readings: TheBiasList | KPopReviewed

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 82.00%
Grade: C-
Assessment: Needs Improvement

Scoreboard

Aspect Points Base
Storyline 3 5
Appearance 10 10
Music 4 5
Dance 5 5
Entertainment 19 25
Other Factors

Agust D (BTS’ Suga) – Daechwita (대취타): MV Review

Too bad that we haven’t reviewed BTS release of ON and Black Swan. But this time, we’ll make it in our new review here. How will a new ARMY review the soloist?

Let’s take a look on Suga’s single release Daechwita. In this case he used his alternate name Agust D. For simplicity, the author will not discuss the context behind the music and video. It’s best left to fellow ARMYs and other reviewers to do this task.

The story starts with a sitting ruler going outside the palace incognito. As with some leaders, he does this to view situations on the ground. Upon seeing a stranger, who is a modernistic twin, he held the latter captive. The modern twin is set to be executed at night, but upon execution wakes up and finally kills the ruler.

Viewed on the other side, the MV tells us of the struggle between old vs new way of life. This is on how they act, feel, and do. Daechwita’s visuals let us think, “What if these contrasts happen in real life?”

It seems that the music video fuses old and new approaches. Even if this is a way off, this adds color. The song opens with a rap, and Agust D sprinkles raps throughout the whole song. It helps in giving needed consistency to Daechwita, and tells us how powerful his raps can be.

Since the group’s attitudes are outstanding, five extra points will be added in our rating of Agust D’s work.

Further readings: TheBiasList | KPopReviewed

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 91.11%
Grade: A-
Assessment: Very Good

Scoreboard

Aspect Points Base
Storyline 4 5
Appearance 10 10
Music 4 5
Dance 0 0
Entertainment 18 25
Group’s attitudes 5

Baekhyun (백현) – Candy: MV Review

We will gradually resume site operations (except YouTube) starting with this review.

For more than four months, we haven’t written any review on latest releases due to fewer reads and the pandemic. As these take toll on blogging, we now have to gradually resume this. We will start on our first review with EXO’s Baekhyun in his latest song Candy.

The storyline consists of him going to an old warehouse, which was then retrofitted to be a dressing room and arcade room for his friends. It then tells how he spends his time together with friends, eating and playing all the time. Later on, Baek will realize upon walking that these are now memories.

The music video tries to impart that life is also full of sweets, which is relevant now amidst widespread sadness and depression going on. Tangible side is apparent on features of softdrinks, candies, and juice dispensers. Intangible side focuses on sweetness experienced upon playing of arcade games and sharing of foods together.

While the mood of the music is slow, the beats is fast enough to elicit excitement. Other noticeable additions of the song is on bubbly tunes heard throughout, and on howling tunes which give an eerie feeling.

In comparison with his famous UN Village, Candy lacked any suspense factor for it to be drawn attention with.

A little bit of improvement would be on pausing the song as Baek walks with freezing cameos. This will give an added tenseness, and will emphasize how sweet his life was before.

Further readings: TheBiasList | KPopReviewed

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 88.00%
Grade: B+
Assessment: Good

Scoreboard

Aspect Points Base
Storyline 5 5
Appearance 10 10
Music 4 5
Dance 5 5
Entertainment 20 25
Other Factors

Cherry Bullet (체리블렛) – Hands Up: MV Review

With various unfortunate incidents in K-Pop, we will be strict in MV reviews and dealings in this site.

In cases like this, the Japanese “zero-tolerance” approach will be implemented starting this year.


Let’s review for now Cherry Bullet, in their comeback Hands Up.

Storyline as whole

The storyline may be interpreted as follows: The girls are in IT research laboratory, doing experiments and research. In this process they are focused on reviewing blueprints and plans. Later on, they used the alley as their experiment place.

Let’s talk about their music. Hands Up utilizes very fast beats in music, and is more on moderate thumping beats and repetitions. Synths of a long chant is heard at the start, which then fades upon playing tunes a la detective. Clapping tunes are later on used along with fast raps at chorus.

While the music is slow, their raps are being maintained. These contrasting traits are mixed to make it equally exciting.

They changed their concept drastically – from being that of cutesy-type to mature ones similar to 3YE. And to make it different, some concepts are borrowed from their fellow underrated groups. Examples are the alley from 3YE’s Out of My Mind, and the lighting hall from EVERGLOW’s Adios.

Complaints list

Again, better for FNC not to debut another group.

What happened to Cherry Bullet clearly demonstrates gross negligence on agency’s part. While Kokoro has visa issues, she was not given chance to perform with the rest in Japanese tours. Linlin, on the other hand, “was seen with a fan outside her schedule, which is…not allowed.” Still, no constant updates, clarifications, or apologies from the agency after several months, till the two (plus Mirae) left.

These issues convinced me not to follow Cherry Bullet, and instead follow ITZY.

Major change

More than just review, we will look also on responses from groups and agencies. This is after all the incidents last 2019.

Starting this year, we will add another pull-down factor for every Cherry Bullet comeback, since FNC and the group did not fix this issue for several months. Twenty points are assigned for this. It will be their permanent feature in every review till their disbandment.

This criterion will apply to any group undergoing situations like this. Consequently, any agency doing this will be given a failing grade at year-end. Again, this is a strong reminder for K-Pop to take these issues seriously.

Further readings: TheBiasList | KPopReviewed

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 68.70%
Grade: F
Assessment: Failed

Scoreboard

Aspect Criterion Points Base
Storyline 9 10
Appearance 30 30
Music 10 10
Dance 10 10
Lessons 8 10
Entertainment 12 25
Other Factors Completeness of members 0 20

Rocket Punch (로켓펀치) – BOUNCY: MV Review

In our series of reviews, we will tackle again a rookie group called Rocket Punch, in their new song Bouncy.

This song is an attempt for them to stand out amidst so many comebacks this month. The question is: How will a Ketchy rate the group?

(Side Note: Being a Ketchy, all members are my favorites. Juri is my ultimate bias, and Dahyun is my bias wrecker.)

Storyline starts with girls in a room with make-up. As they play, they decide to buy some stuff in a supermarket. They later on don’t know what to do upon knowing that stocks have been depleted. It ends with the group having recollections with goods they bought

Sing and dance

This is the first time that I got startled with sounds at the beginning. Thought of it as if someone shouts at me outside, while it is otherwise.

Nothing different can be heard as the song transitions from first verse to the first part of chorus. Second part of chorus slows down, but is being uplifted by shouts. Overall, it is deemed as a stronger type compared to their debut lead track.

As compared with BIM BAM BUM, this new performance is harder to interpret. Even if I try to do so, it would be very hard for me to perform it complete.

Visuals

The visual aspect is worth nothing, with their improved appearance. In fact, Dahyun may be confused with ITZY’s Yeji. Meanwhile, special effects are used with Juri playing with arrows, and Dahyun throwing a bouncing ball that later explodes. Funny scene is at 1:33 where Yeonhee gets surprised by pile of goods scattered in front of her.

However, various improvements need to be considered: (1) 2:43 – 2:47 is unnecessary, as this can be bridged directly to the girl’s chants without unnecessary twist on voice; (2) Sohee’s very fast raps at 1:26, which the author deems to confuse the listener; and (3) the song must exclude the cheerleading aspect, and place the song directly to the energetic song till the end.

Somehow, this borrowing of strong girl crush concept is considered a step forward. We then wonder what else Rocket Punch will bring to us in the coming months.

Joketime

Bouncy reminds me of another song from TWICE:

Bouncy you, ooh
Nuga meonjeo johahamyeon eottae
Bouncy you, ooh
Jigeum neoegero gallae
Bouncy, ooh!

Further readings: TheBiasList | KPopReviewed

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 85.26%
Grade: B-
Assessment: Satisfactory

Scoreboard

Aspect Points Base
Storyline 9 10
Appearance 29 30
Music 9 10
Dance 8 10
Lessons 8 10
Entertainment 18 25
Other Factors    

EVERGLOW (에버글로우) – Dun Dun: MV Review

Reviews for Rocket Punch and Cherry Bullet will be released tomorrow.


For the second time we will review EVERGLOW in their recent comeback Dun Dun.

The rookie group last year made considerable strides. Even if this is considered as underrated group, they managed to be known in a short span of time. Let’s review what’s in their comeback:

I find the music very exciting. There’s a short, slow, chant of “Dun dun” before shouting again at the chorus. That’s another likeable aspect, as they are contrasting the sweetness of music with their strong chorus. Thumping sounds are heard, and these were rendered as mild.

Various symbolisms of Dun Dun can be seen here: a member floating in the sky, meteors shooting in most parts of the video, and time being swung. Summing up:

We are trying to reach our goals, but some of us fall on and dissipate without touching it. These we do as time is ticking against us.

For the visuals, some aspects are noticed: (1) They incorporate flags at their back, which they copied a bit from ATEEZ’ Wonderland, (2) Use of iconic Everglow whisper, and (3) members wandering on an icy place.

Only thing I disliked is on a member in a jail at 3:03 – 3:18. This can be deleted without any major effect on the MV.

Final notes

Everglow has its own charisma, noted in their performances. This they need to use it fully.

If preferred, this be ranked at par with Bon Bon Chocolat, and a step forward behind Adios. In that case they improved greatly in this lead track.

Further readings: TheBiasList | KPopReviewed

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

Scoreboard

Aspect Points Base
Storyline 8 10
Appearance 30 30
Music 10 10
Dance 10 10
Lessons 6 10
Entertainment 16 25
Other Factors    

DKB (다크비) – Sorry Mama (미안해 엄마): MV Review

We will do a review of another boy group called DKB in their song Sorry Mama. For a little info, the group name is a shortened version of “Darkbee.” And they are under Brave Entertainment, which we reviewed their response last year.

At first glance, I find the title funny, as it can be related with a misheard lyric telling that “Sorry Mama, but I make a laundry.” But with Brave “catching up,” would their new group’s performance be worth all? Let’s see:

The storyline may be weaved as follows: A woman was watching over the boys through CCTVs. Fed up, the latter had to cut wires in order to stop it. This is being reinforced with their message that “Sorry, but I’ve had enough of you following me.”

As for the visuals, the boys were throwing guitar, breaking statues, and putting fire over artworks. These they do to express their disgust and desire to be free.

Some aspects need to be improved. For one, the chorus uses echoing tunes, but they should’ve used these noisy tunes to their advantage. Another aspect disliked is on howling “Sorry Mama” at the final chorus of video. Maybe they could find another way to integrate her voice without making an awful finale at end.

Final note

Judging from the way they handled Bigstar and Brave Girls, it’s not surprising if this turns to be another failure. And to put it bluntly, Brave wasted opportunities at this time where competition in K-Pop is now fiercer.

Further readings: TheBiasList

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 81.05%
Grade: C-
Assessment: Needs Improvement

Scoreboard

Aspect Points Base
Storyline 7 10
Appearance 30 30
Music 9 10
Dance 10 10
Lessons 7 10
Entertainment 14 25
Other Factors

BVNDIT (밴디트) – Cool: MV Review

We will touch on BVNDIT in their song Cool. This is their lead track for New.wav project, and is technically their soft comeback like Dramatic. Let’s see how a new Banditbul will review their latest track:

They clearly illustrated what “cool” is, that is being free and enjoying life.

This is their first performance with them featuring others, fully using the freestyle dance. With the visuals they displayed, they are making it more attractive than their previous lead tracks.

BVNDIT utilized special effects to make it different. As can be seen from their thumbnails, I find their filtered cropped faces at 0:24 – 0:28, 1:19 – 1:24, and 2:33 – 2:35 very funny. This is a very refreshing concept that is badly needed, considering that long-cliché concepts are being used in this genre.

Funny scenes

More funny scenes are noted in Cool: (1) 0:39 – 0:41 was funny when he peed, and someone puts a trash beside him; (2) 2:59 was on Yiyeon (?) serving as an outlier to a picture of girls standing upright; and (3) at 2:26 – 2:28, what’s supposed to be a monotonous dance was a bit of fun. Jungwoo out of curiosity leans back a bit to Seunghee (and what is she seeing in my ultimate bias?)

In these funny cases, they are living up to the cool concept they wish to impart.

Others

Mini-clanging sounds are used at start, then it is being joined by mild beats. At any rate, they maintained the light vibe throughout the whole song.

The music video as a whole is direct to the point, and is simplified to warrant a status at par with regular comebacks.

Further readings: TheBiasList | KPopReviewed

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 89.47%
Grade: B+
Assessment: Good

Scoreboard

Aspect Points Base
Storyline 9 10
Appearance 30 30
Music 9 10
Dance 10 10
Lessons 8 10
Entertainment 19 25
Other Factors