Sulli (설리) – Goblin (고블린): Special MV Review

In memory of Choi Jinri (March 29, 1994 – October 14, 2019)

This MV Review is dedicated to Sulli, her fans, and her family.


For our special MV review, we will backtrack a bit to cover Sulli, with her song Goblin. Honestly, I just only knew her due to her different approach on wardrobes, and on her being hated by Korean netizens.

Let me start and end this MV Review with Biblical verse, before we review her work:

그들의 눈에서 모든 눈물을 씻어 주실 것이니 다시는 죽음도 없고 슬픔도 없고 우는 것도, 아픔도 없을 것이다. 이것은 전에 있던 것들이 사라져 버렸기 때문이다.

– 요한계시록 21:4 (KLB)

Storyline

The MV clearly tells a story “about a person with a dissociative disorder. She is with herself and with three other personalities.” Apparently, the three other personalities are none other than herself. The three personalities (as defined by a reviewer) are (1) introvert, (2) colorful, and (3) aggressive. (Being introverted is highlighted at 1:52 – 2:04, where the girl is hiding instead of interacting with three girls.)

I only find something beneficial with Sulli holding a cup of tea, where viewers might find time to do it while relaxing. Meanwhile, Sulli’s reactions at 2:56 – 2:59 are very funny. This refers to her being surprised by the girls’ dance steps.

Review by others

TheBiasList was astonished by SM’s difficulty of managing groups like f(x). The performance speaks of their previous acts rather than the usual modern tracks we hear. Goblin tells of a “twisted fairytale” through its hollow chimes and mood. The blogger liked the contrast between sing-song and the instrumentals, even if it appears troubling. It also liked her voice being so natural.

KPopReviewed did not expect that Sulli’s concept will be released. Goblin has its own way of being nice like nursery rhymes, albeit given a creepy concept. It defined some elements that differentiate it from the usual, pleasing-to-hear songs. First is on context, second is on instrumentals, and finally, on her vocals.

Review as whole

The interview at the intro and outro of the MV apparently became an unconscious premonition of her death. For instance, she told that the “end” (and when it will happen) is quite relative, meaning it depends on us. She further asks, “Did I do something wrong?”

The air of fear is being felt through her swaying, hollow voice, and the clanging instrumentals. Added to that air was of three persons always following her. Nevertheless, while it speaks of horror, this features less horror characters.

Let’s delve more on the music. Sulli managed to combine her hollow voice and turn it into a swinging one. The instrumentals used some sparks, as if trying to hit a small bell. The sparkle is more pronounced as she does adlibs before final chorus.

The railing where she goes states her possible entanglement or confinement in her own “jail.” Seeing herself in a pool tells of her self-reflection. Finally, Sulli blowing candles at end represents her being thankful for the life she has.

Final goodbye

She was born several months earlier than I. As such, I felt the pain of her being gone at a very young age. This demonstrates how fleeting life is.

As the music video comes to an end, I didn’t stop crying. (This reminds me of SHINee’s Jonghyun who suffered the same fate, with Shining as his last work. As a fitting tribute to Jonghyun, I included his work in my misheard lyrics vid.)

As what I emphasized earlier, depression is a thing that should not be taken lightly. Expect the worst on other talents if agencies and other Koreans don’t take it seriously.

This site will be inactive for several days, out of respect for the young girl. No postings for meantime till end of October, except on CPA board exam results.

It saddens me that this will be my first and last review of her work. Rest in peace, Choi Jinri.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

– Revelation 21:4 (KJV)

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 89.41%
Grade: B+
Assessment: Good

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 4
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 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    
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Criteria on Rating K-Pop Agencies and Groups

This time, we are going to rate K-Pop entertainment agencies and select groups. Why are we doing this? This is to recognize their hard work in promoting and caring their K-Pop artists, and to impart some things for improvement. Ultimately, an agency must be responsive and mindful of its talents. It also has to let the groups reach their fullest potential. These things will be our focus as we rate them.

(Side Note: We’ll publish this now to let the agencies prepare and respond to issues till November 30 this year, in which afterwards we will evaluate them.)

To a lesser extent, the author will tackle some financial aspects. However, this has no major effect on ratings, since generally, if agencies are responsive, fame and financial success will just follow.

How do we rate K-Pop entertainment agencies? This is based on another set of criteria, and each criterion is assigned 5 points (except for Criteria No. 5 to 7, 10 points each). In this regard, I also decided to follow that of TheBiasList, but this is an assessment of performance in another angle. They are as follows:

  1. Promotion of groups. This appraises the ability of the agency to promote its groups through fanmeetings, various comebacks, and concerts. It is important, especially that rookie groups are being formed, drowning many others in the sea of K-Pop.
  2. Rolling out of comebacks. Preferably, groups have to be given various quality comebacks, especially when many people tend to forget them and their performance. At a minimum, one comeback per group is enough. This is also anchored on the premise that “the more comebacks, the better.”

Comebacks, as defined here, exclude Japanese comebacks (as this is intended primarily for Japanese) and OSTs for K-Dramas, but include comebacks via commercials.

  1. Handling boy groups. The biases in favor of boy/girl groups over the other cannot be avoided. Hence, rating them separately helps in tracking the agency’s treatment of them.
  2. Handling girl groups. Same reason as of Criterion No. 3.
  3. Assessment as whole. The rating gives an overview of how the agency acts and performs. Assigned ten points to this to reflect how the author perceives the company as a whole. This shall be explained further when we are now ready to rate them.
  4. Longevity of groups. In general, agencies are to be responsible in keeping their groups’ permanence. Groups are ideally not to be given limited life, as is the case on some groups today. I see this also as very important, hence the greater weight assigned.
  5. Handling issues and responding to it. Greater weight is also assigned to it, as agencies need to be mindful of various issues and ways on resolving it. Otherwise, expect lower quality of performance, lesser sales, net loss, and other negative effects, plus angry/dismayed fans.
  6. Other factors. This shall be explained further in separate assessment.

But wait, there’s more! In grading the K-Pop agencies, there will be a twist:  A separate assessment for select groups will also be provided, each criterion with rating of 5 points (except for Criteria No. 4 and 5 with 10 points each). Here they are laid as follows:

  1. Health issues. This does not mean that the group must not have any health issues. Absences due solely to health issues are acceptable. But if this gravely affects the group’s performance, we have a problem.
  2. Dating issues. This also does not mean that groups are barred from dating or having a boyfriend/girlfriend. In fact, they are free to love and be loved. However, if this affects the group’s performance, we also have a problem.
  3. Other issues (Internal). This shall be further discussed, if there’s any.
  4. Attitude. Greater weight is assigned, as this focuses more on their behavior, like absenteeism, time management, handling other commitments, concern for fellow members, and quarrel between themselves. It also includes how they treat their fans, whether in Korea or overseas. Proper attitude sets the groups to right direction and fame.
  5. Attendance in concerts, meet-ups, and overseas TV shows. Greater weight is also given in this criterion. It is given that groups do have limited opportunity to hold various concerts every day. Members who are absent without justifiable reason do miss greater chances to meet, greet, and win over non-fans.
  6. Review as a whole. This shall be discussed in separate ratings.
  7. Other factors. This shall be explained further in separate assessment with them.

All agencies and groups not mentioned in various rating articles are presumed to have rating of 85.00% (B- or Satisfactory), unless otherwise stated.


Featured Image Credit: Logo of K-Pop agencies from aminoapps.com.

Fin.K.L (핑클) – Like The Song Remains (남아있는 노래처럼): MV Review

This will be the last MV Review for now. October releases will be reviewed next month.


Our special review will focus on a First-Gen K-Pop group called Fin.K.L. For a bit of info, it debuted last May 1998, with Hyori, Joohyun, Jin, and Yuri as members. I suppose most of us would have heard of Lee Hyori, who was the only member active as of now.

With Fin.K.L active again after 14 years, and since no reviewers dealt with it, we will review them. It’s a rare opportunity to touch on this group. Let’s start!

(Side Note: For comparison, their debut happened when TWICE’s Dahyun was born. Feel old yet?)


The story starts with girls camping and reminiscing moments. They try to reenact what happened to them during their heydays. These include recording together in the studio and having dance performance.

While the mood of the members was very light, it sends a sad message: Reality tells that time will come for groups to disband. (Unless there’s intention to last a long time, like TVXQ and Super Junior.)

From the tunes heard, it uses old tunes harking back to first years of K-Pop. In a way, this lets us aware on what happened to the genre we love during its formative years.

This exactly shows what would happen if our favorite groups disband. Imagine your favorite groups deciding to part ways. And after long years, they reunite again through these. You would be happy and sad at same time, don’t you?

The title best describes this statement: “Like the songs we made, our friendship still remains.” The bond is still there despite the changes. Even if the prime time is short, memories will forever be etched in their hearts and minds.

On a personal note, I earnestly hope this opens the door again for them.

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

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 5
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 4
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  
Dance 12 Not too sensual  
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 5
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  
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19 Uploads video to 1theK 10
    Features 1theK logo 0

AKMU (악동뮤지션) – How Can I Love The Heartbreak, You’re The One I Love: MV Review

For the first time, we will review AKMU (Akdong Musician) in their newest release. While the original title is indeed long, we will call it Heartbreak for purpose of brevity.

It can be remembered that they weren’t active due to Chanhyuk being in military. While on hiatus, it’s quite disappointing that Suhyun hasn’t been given solo debuts during that two-year hiatus. Seems that the agency wastes time and talents like that of hers. We’ll deal with that further some time.

While YG comebacks like this are badly needed, it’s still intriguing to see how they perform after two years of hiatus. Hope this review (and fans) will also promote the duo more than YG does. (And congrats also for them topping the charts!) Anyway, let’s start!

Storyline

The story tells of a boy painting, and a girl scribbling. Even if they are on different ventures, they share the common goal of sailing amidst the vast ocean. Another side of story tells of her brainstorming, then finally gets bored.

Lesson of Heartbreak is on the title itself: Even if we encounter heartbreaks, this does not stop us from loving that person. On the other hand, viewers are being taught the value of arts and sea travel.

Review as whole

Various abstractions are employed to project the sadness. First is on abstract painting. The blue color and painting technique akin to Van Gogh’s Starry Night has the clearest message. Second is on the aimless journey amidst the open sea. Finally is on raining inside the house, at the end of the video. Summing up:

“Deep inside, heartbreaks can make us gloomy and sad. Despite these, we still love him/her. Even without sense of direction, we still find a way to his/her heart.”

Regarding musical aspects, Chanhyuk is relegated more to being a background voice, only to rejoin in the chorus. He also later steps up on the second half of finale. The tune mostly relies on echoing vocals of Suhyun.

Lastly, the first fifteen seconds closely resembles a Filipino rendition of I Believe by Joowon.

Review by others

TheBiasList was astonished that the duo still retains the usual style after a long time. It described the song as a timeless nautical masterpiece, opening with clarity and restraint. This act truly expresses the mostly-ignored concept that “Music is a universal language.”

KPopReviewed noted that Suhyun’s voice is very “airy” which fills in the mood of the song. This is coupled with instrumentals being toned down. And even if Changhyuk has limited lines, he managed to harmonize where he is needed.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 92.22%
Grade: A-
Assessment: Very Good

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 8
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners  
Dance 12 Not too sensual  
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 similarities/tunes with other songs 5
       

ONEUS (원어스) – LIT (가자): MV Review

For the second time, we will now review ONEUS, with their newest song Lit.

So far, it’s satisfying that their agency is generous in providing comebacks needed to keep them afloat. With that in mind, would the group keep up with the rest? Let’s see:

Review as whole

The whole music video portrays everything Korean – from halls, artworks, traditional fans and houses, instruments, and even Korean red-faced mascot. Simply stated, it’s their culture summarized in a song.

With regards to the music, it was moderately paced. Korean stringed instruments dominate most parts of the song, trying to steer away from mostly-complained EDM tunes. The modern tune, on the other hand, is most pronounced at the near-end of video. On its ability to waken me up, I would rate it ahead of Twilight, but behind Valkyrie. For dances, I liked their choreography, which is both exciting and easy to learn.

Just like Twilight, 1theK logo is featured at the beginning and end of MV (0:03 when the gong strikes and at 3:57 – 4:00). In addition, we can see it at 0:27 – 0:29 and 3:05 at the post.

There will be some changes here. Starting with Lit, reviewed MVs uploaded in the channel will earn 10 points. This is (1) to recognize the advocacy, which we shall discuss sometime, and (2) as consideration for agencies who believe in channel’s great potential.

Review by others

TheBiasList find it troubling that the group started with energetic tunes, only to falter subsequently. While traditional and modern music is being mixed together, it has no interesting effect. It should’ve been more “melodic”, and should’ve showered more energy on the song. Positives include Seoho’s lines, and “excellent” bridge.

KPopReviewed noted that Korean music is rarely used in the EDM-dominated genre. To add, it expressed the other side of the group – colorful, fun, and appealing. The music was quite plain albeit it transitioned from traditional to modern music. Worse, the song-speaking employed lacks direction and dynamics.

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

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 4
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 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 Uploads video to 1theK 10
    Features 1theK logo 5

Love Advice No. 109 (IZ*ONE’s Chaewon)

For the first time, we will give love advice to a K-Pop star, this time IZ*ONE’s Kim Chaewon. While earlier, we reviewed the group, this time we’ll review their member to help them improve their personality. Let’s start!


From KPopMap:

Q: Do you dislike fat people?
Chaewon: Who doesn’t?

Q: What kind of guys do you like?
C: Don’t really have a preference. Lol as long as they’re not short.

Q: What kid of visuals in a guy do you like?
C: Handsome.

My Answer:

Take note that the word used is like (좋아). There’s no problem if we talk about liking him. This is more on having crushes. You can say that you like a handsome man at this point (say, Park Bo Gum), then forget it later. But if we go on loving him, Chaewon has a problem if that’s the case.

Honestly, my answer to these questions will be the same. Anyway, we have our own set of preferences, and we cannot deny that.

To add, this convo was taken at the time they are too young for relationships, or even marry. Therefore, this needs to be viewed in the context of teenager’s feelings.

Pointers

While this should not be a big deal for us, some points have to keep in mind.

One thing that should be kept in mind is this: Our preferences change as we age. We realize some points, we ponder on it, and therefore make us a better, mature person than yesterday. This makes us wiser when deciding on the ideal partner.

Another thing: There are some instances where we don’t like him/her at first (due to physique) but we later on love that guy. That includes me, who loved a not-so-good looking girl. For Chaewon to better understand my situation, here’s the description:

A guy who is tall and medium built, but has braces and wears glasses. He’s not the type of man you want to be with, as he is shy. His talking is also a bit off, especially if you treat him sarcastically.

Would Chaewon at that time like him? Definitely no. But spend time with him. Know him more, and she’ll later on fall in love with him unconsciously.

So, it’s very important to know the guy better first. Looks will fade, but personality remains. That’s the reality we will eventually face.


Photo Image Credit: From one of fanpages of IZ*ONE.

Love Advice No. 108 (GFRIEND and Honey Popcorn)

Missing out on my love advices? Well, here we go again!

For the first time, we are giving love advice to our fellow K-Pop reviewer. This is all about a guy, who upon being frustrated with GFRIEND, stumbled on another group called Honey Popcorn. As I am scanning MV Reviews of various artists, plus comments, I can’t help but be amused at his love predicament, which we will show later.

This is a way of helping fellow commenters as they’re undergoing various problems. And by the way, as you read it, this is just for fun, so never take these things seriously. This is not really a contest between two groups, but I do hope that you will learn some lessons here. Let’s start!

From a commenter in TheBiasList:

As you know, my GFRIEND and I are currently going through a trial separation. During this time, I met Honey Popcorn. She’s different from all the others. My friends are trying to convince me not to like her. They say she’s from a different neighborhood and she has a questionable past. I don’t care about that. I only know how I feel when I see and hear her.

Though we’ve only shared a couple of moments together, I feel that there’s a future for us. I want her to stay. I want my friends to realize she’s a real person with something to offer the world. Please stay, Honey Popcorn. Let us walk the flower path together.

Prior to that:

My GFRIEND and I are going to be spending some time apart during this release [of “Fever”].

My Advice:

Stick with GFRIEND.

As I see it, you and GFRIEND are on this trial stage. Your problem with GFRIEND is just temporary. Don’t feel bad about it. It’s just normal that all of us, like her, undergo some trials like this one.

I recommend that you stick with first love than find somewhere else. This is not a question of being purer among the two, but a question of commitment. In times of trials like this one, how willing are you to stick with her till the end? What if next time, she might make it up for all times she missed?

Now, what if Honey Popcorn later on made something you don’t like? Getting to know another girl again? Another scenario: Let’s say that your feelings with GFRIEND rebounded. More likely, she lost virtually all her love for you. Double brokenhearted for sure. Then, where will you go?

Plan B

If you eventually decide to leave GFRIEND in favor of Honey, some things must be remembered:

There’s a strong need for both of you to know each other. I’m afraid to admit that time will expose some of the problems that will be encountered on your new relationship, just like what you experienced in the past. Just look at Goo Hye Sun and Ahn Jae Hyun.

You just have to take more time. Take it easy. Time will tell if there will be a future for both of you, since we alone can’t tell the future.

Finally, you have to help Honey Popcorn redeem herself. Since as you say, she has a questionable past. Knowing more about her also helps you decide on giving her new look and character. Considering that neighbors already know her personality and attitude, she can’t redeem herself alone. Again, help her. This shows that you really care for her in her trials.

How far MLD Entertainment will go?

Reviews for AKMU, ONEUS, Fin.KL and B.E.G. will be published on first or second week of October. Also, reviews on October releases will be published on November, unless otherwise announced.

This will be my final blog post for September, as I need to rest first and finish misheard lyrics.


At this point, MLD Entertainment had gone too far already.

Sometimes it surprises us why the agency had gone too low for the past months. Not to mention their deafening silence for several months. It shows that they aren’t equipped to handle big issues like these. And they are still not learning their lesson up to now.

Analogy

To help other K-Pop fans understand Momoland’s situation, imagine this scenario:

Before TWICE goes with Fancy comeback, Jihyo is dating with Kang Daniel. Later, JYP announced that Jihyo and Minari will not join in Fancy. After Happy Happy and Breakthrough, the two were still missing. And yet, JYP still does not issue statement on their status.

Do you think JYP will exclude Jihyo because of dating scandal and keep silent? Impossible. But not with MLD’s agency.

Recap

We will again recap what are the faulty responses. First, advising Daisy and Taeha to rest amidst the former’s dating scandal. Second, lack of direct response on Mexico incident. Third, lack of constant update on the two members. Finally is on adding stress to Merries.

Another faulty response touches on Dabin. To think that Dabin prioritizes drama over commitments with the group is unacceptable. She should’ve learned a bit of lesson from Minari and Seolhyun. The two stars, even if in a relative situation as hers, managed to prioritize their group.

Minari, even if extreme was her anxiety, managed to join in Feel Special MV so as to entertain Onces, albeit warranting rest. Seolhyun, even if with so many offers, managed to have time with AOA in Queendom. Dabin should’ve been reminded of priorities, a thing even MLD Ent did not do.

No special favors

There’s no way I could grant extra points for the group like what I did in other reviews (BTS, TWICE, Blackpink, Gfriend). The agency (plus Nayun and Dabin) have to make it up for their mistakes first, before I could even consider granting the group extra points.

Also, no considerations will be given anymore to said two members in case they be absent, regardless of reasons. If for the third time, they miss PH TV appearances again, the group’s next comebacks will earn a failing grade in MV reviews since attendance is a must.

If these responses were done before Bboom Bboom, the group will definitely disband. Again, at the rate the agency is going, these responses will not make the group last. They already reached the point where damage done to the group and Merries is hard to reverse. So, we have to expect OT5 next comeback.

The results speak for itself. For instance, even with soft comebacks, it became hard for them to retain the fame they once had. Even at Kcon, their luster proved to be cliche. Not to mention that some Merries are leaving the fandom. And recently, statements from Daisy’s mom stressed this problem. Remember, mothers know best.

Change of response

Again, the complaints list is piling up, hence the need to monitor them. And we are forever grateful for fellow Merries who also care for the group by doing the same, and pointing out also what’s wrong with the agency.

I made also some changes on treatment with the group. While Jane is still my ultimate bias, I removed Dabin as my second bias (and bias wrecker), and promoted Nancy as such. Starting with Pinky Love, I added the remaining six members except Nayun.

With the agency going too far, no choice but to remove Momoland as one of my most favorite groups. And I’ll have to add GFRIEND as my most favorite. This leaves me with them, TWICE, and SATURDAY as such. But still, I will not leave the fandom.

Worst case, if Daisy and Taeha felt that this is too much, they have to leave the group and join other agencies. It’s not wise to remain with the agency if the latter responds negatively. Best shot would be at JYP, Kakao M, or Source Music.

Still, a little bit of hope remains. The group is planning to hold another event in PH, with proceeds donated to charity. They must grab this chance to explain everything to Merries and make it up for various missed engagements (esp. PH TV shows), especially Nayun and Dabin.

TWICE (트와이스) – Feel Special: MV Review

We are now on the fourth review of TWICE, with their song Feel Special.

Being a full-pledged Once, how would the author rate the group? Since TWICE gave their best, to be discussed later, I’ll be more generous with them this time. Hope this cheers them up. Let’s start!

(Side Note: I decided to include Sana, Jihyo, Jeongyeon, Chaeyoung, and Tzuyu as my biases. This renders all members included in my bias list.)

Storyline

The storyline best tells of some girls being alone: Chewy (Tzuyu) in doll house, Sana outside the pub, Jihyo surrounded by TV sets, and Chaeyoung in dome house. Later, someone cared for them, respectively: Momo visiting the doll house, Dahyun being the only one approaching Sana, Nayeon broadcasting herself, and Mina going near Chae after entangling in forest.

As for Jeongyeon, she realizes how special her friends are, reminiscing moments with them.

They are imparting the lesson on caring for others, and letting them feel special.

Review as whole

I am sensing that they are going to leave the cute concept that once defined them, apparent starting with Yes or Yes. In fact, the cute tune present (in first 20 seconds and at end) shows group’s transition from being kiddie to grown up.

They are also telling how they treat each other in a special way, reminding us of them allotting blank space for Mina earlier, and dedicating awards to her.

Music uses also a different strategy. Starting with Tzuyu, the pace of music was very fast, and they didn’t need extra lines normally used by K-Pop. This is also present on second verse. Meanwhile, Dahyun’s lines are a bit of improvement. It’s suggested that her lines/raps should’ve extended or randomized to energize the song.

On outfits, Nayeon still uses the same dress style with Yes. On looks, Chaeyoung and Jeongyeon swapped hair styles again (long and short hair). We are confident they’ll swap it again next comeback.

The MV hints on their previous song. The scene at 2:13 – 2:15 reminds us of Knock Knock at the ending vid, where members disappear and two kids remain. In this case, members disappear also except Jeongyeon.

Reward for TWICE

Extra ten points will be assigned in favor of them, regardless of absences in later MVs, as sign of gratitude to them.

In the past, PH was one of the most-deprived countries when it comes to TWICE visits. At their first Twicelights in Manila, they give their best shot, and managed to be complete despite health issues. Also, Jihyo is still there in MV despite dating scandal with Kang Daniel.

Honestly, even if Minari is not included here, extra points remain. The group deserves this. She needs further rest, and it doesn’t matter how long she will take a break.

Review by others

TheBiasList was pleased on the group shifting approaches, noting that they are in the right direction. Positives include confidence present in beats, momentum, and rare quality of music that he found for long. Finally, the “effortless” middle section gave extra push on the song. Not so good points include forgettable verses and aegyo voice.

KPopReviewed also noted the mature side of them, following that of Fancy. They are taking easy on music and other inputs used, which makes it less interesting. He likes the stand-out vocals, justifying the title. As it is right “to see something more technical” from TWICE, the new feel bears its own results from visuals to performance.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 94.55%
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 4
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 4
Dance 12 Not too sensual 5
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 5
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 9
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 4
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 4
Other Matters 19 Recalls previous songs 5
Completeness of members 10