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

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

KARD – Dumb Litty: MV Review

For our another review, we will touch on KARD, with their song Dumb Litty. For a bit of info, they are a co-ed group (boy and girl group) composed of BM, Jiwon, J.Seph, and Somin, under DSP Entertainment.

This is the first time we will review a co-ed group. While this type is not new, they normally find it hard as they’re eclipsed by boy and girl groups. Eventually, they have to create own style that suits their need, like what BM did now. Hope this also helps them be known as such in the sea of K-Pop. Let’s start!

Review as whole

Dumb Litty features various mythologies throughout the video, art, and sculpture (1:28). The most obvious is at 2:39, where BM represents Zeus.

This is essentially a mixture of different cultures infused in the MV, with a modernistic approach. Tales shown are borrowed from Greek and Norse stories. However, another touch of Mexican tale is apparent at 2:37, where J.Seph dresses a feathery headgear.

The music in general uses strong voices, becoming fiercer as it synthesizes. Thumping tune can be heard in the video, and added depth is noted on final chorus. At that point, their vocals go with the flow of strong beats.

As can be seen in the video, they are telling us a simple message:

Being in lofty position is fine, but sometimes it can prevent us to go further or see what’s happening below. That’s why we struggle to be free from the high seat, even once in a while.

At 1:02, BM holding a hammer best describes this by breaking a chain. For Jiwon (0:21), she holds a sword while in virtual jail, signaling impending desire to break free. J.Seph smashing art at 2:34 – 2:36 tells of freedom from being defined as perfect. Finally, Somin (2:21) holding flower anchors on need to bloom and flourish.

Review by others

TheBiasList doesn’t like the superficial hype present in Dumb Litty. Even if BM itself produced the whole performance for themselves, it was not as enticing as expected. The only hype seen is on being loud, nothing else.

Charisma present in KARD just plays minor factor in the song. Instrumentals are trapped in “clatters and claps”, without substance. And for the rating, it was one of the lowest to date.

KPopReviewed deemed the group as creating more intense songs, with it as most powerful to date. Performance focuses more on rapping, which highlights their talents. Sustained vocals and “exotic” instrumentals give meat to the song. Lines and shots of each of them were fair enough, and they made best effort to charm us.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 83.64%
Grade: C+
Assessment: Improving

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 4
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 3
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 4
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 2
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 3
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19 Uploads video to 1theK 5
    Features 1theK logo 0
    Introduces new concepts 5

SATURDAY (세러데이) – Bbyong (뿅): MV Review

Since VIXX did not release their MV on comeback date, we will not review them.

Stay tuned for upcoming reviews of KARD, TWICE, AKMU, and ONEUS.


This is the third time we review SATURDAY, with their song Bbyong. It’s exactly seven months since we reviewed their bop song WiFi, and it’s still exciting to critique it today.

So far, their agency is one of the most responsive this 2019. They promoted the group well through Makestar, and provided replacements for members who already left. We’ll explain these further as we rate agencies and groups at year-end.

Honestly, I regularly check for updates on the group like viewing photo throwback, concept photos, and MV teasers. As I heard the title, what comes to my mind was “Just feel it Bbyong Bbyong!” Kidding aside, how will a full-pledged Sunday review their performance? Let’s see here:

(Side Note: Chohee was my ultimate bias then, and Ayeon as bias wrecker. With Chohee gone, I promoted the latter to be ultimate bias, and Yuki to be my bias wrecker.)


The only storyline that was clear was that they are travelling to the future with their car. As they proceeded to the future, they are peeking what happened to them in the past.

I find Ayeon funny at 0:30 – 0:32, where she does her signature surprise pose. Afterwards at 0:36 – 0:39, she made a deal with the seller, this time being Yuki. Viewers would consider stargazing with 1:57 featuring shortly the planets, and 1:58 the old equipments like radios and camcorder.

Review by others (updated)

TheBiasList deems the group as in a search of “novelty hit”, trying to hit with a fad. While asides and “bratty sing-talk” give life to it, the song suffers from the “easy route” taken by many tracks instead of utilizing fully the pop track inside. Worse, the rap part at the interlude inhibits the group’s potentials to find their own voices.

KPopReviewed noted that the song started with colorful, vibrant, and brassy tunes that hooked him in first few seconds. Vocals were nice, and chorus is more enjoyable. Looks like they are influenced by Momoland and ITZY when it comes to concepts.

However, the overall aspect was not memorable, and the rest of performance was “dull and boring” for the song.

Review as whole

Essentially, Bbyong is a mixture of the past and the present, with the future as their theme. The settings, equipment, and cars used hark back to the 80s. Meanwhile, the video uses the funky tune at the start of music. Haneul’s raps are given heavy beat drop, and jazz tune can be mostly heard on chorus and verses.

Most outstanding member for me was on Haneul, on her voice and raps. Most attractive would be Ayeon. Meanwhile, Juyeon and Minseo were given more lines, and that is worth commending.

Another scene worth noticing is on Yuki picking soap (?) containing random words, then pressed in the blender. This means that they jumbled up with words available to describe their time travel.

Missing two members

I felt shocked and dismayed on Chohee and Sion, since they just left without any explanation. Had they decided to remain, Chohee’s solo dance would have added a bang to the song.

While the agency’s future is very promising, the group’s future is very bleak. We are down with original three members, and we are unsure if they will continue in the long run. This is something members must work it out if they want to succeed in this line.

Points for improvement

With change of concept comes change of group’s styles from cute to near-badass. It’s okay, as they are attracting wider audience. And it’s quite tempting to do it, as more fans want mature and badass concepts. But to attain the goal, some improvements must be kept in mind.

First is on uploading the music to 1theK, like what it did to WiFi. Why? As underrated group, it would be difficult to promote it and gain attention if that’s not the case. It can’t be denied also that WiFi was a hit due to this (2.3M views), which is explained in separate article.

Second is on engaging in various promotions, from Queendom to Mask Singer. They can also promote overseas, where they can make a great deal on bop songs. It’s up to them, but this will help in achieving the popularity they need.

Finally, provide clear storyline or tell in its MV what Bbyong is all about. As of now, they haven’t provided description in YouTube page, making it difficult for me to understand the MV.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 86.32% (Updated)
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 4
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 4
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 3
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 4
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 9
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 2
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 4
Other Matters 19

TEEN TEEN – It’s On You (책임져요): MV Review

We will review another rookie group, this time with TEEN TEEN in their song It’s On You.

As what I commented earlier, I haven’t found something worth remembering from this. Let’s discuss first what’s in it before I give a joke on that:

The storyline starts with the boys maneuvering the airplane. On the other side, some boys pulled a string. These all they made to reach their destination, that is, on other planet.

Funny scene is on 1:08 – 1:09, where a boy shoots a ball, to be dropped to other boy. Look at the latter’s reactions. For the first time, a boy group features this. The scene is quite similar to Honey Popcorn, where a member shoots balls to the other side.

Review as whole

Journey and airplane themes were used throughout the video, and their dances are very simple. They are also teaching the value of journey, and sparks interest for us to travel via airplanes.

Teen Teen features airplane and hot-air balloon (2:03 – 2:04), which tells of them flying high. In addition, they made use of special effects on flying shapes and pink clouds. These things are pronounced on 2:51 – 2:52 and 2:59.

As to the music, the twinkling tune can be heard at start of music, then proceeds to stagey tune. The end displays blobbing tune. These things lacked enough energy for me to be excited, albeit being excited on the colorful visuals.

Joketime

The name’s quite unimaginative. At first glance, this reminds me of a song from TWICE:

I’m like TEEN TEEN
Just like TEEN TEEN
Tell me that you’ll be my baby

Or that of another song from SEVENTEEN:

SEVENTEEN TEEN TEEN
Know one now, PSY, yeah!
Come on, come on, come on!
Noona bae is so dope…

Another commenter told that this reminds him of Teen Titans Go.

Review by others

TheBiasList made a good assessment of Produce 101 groups, like that of Teen Teen. The group starts itself with “bright niche”, and it’s okay. He favors the synthetic intro, which should lead the way all to the end. Outstanding part was the chorus which keeps the song together.

Their sing-song performance did not do well with the half-baked, lackluster melodies. Regardless, he is okay with these kind of concepts.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 84.00%
Grade: C+
Assessment: Improving

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 5
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 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 4
Other Matters 19 Shares concept from other group 5