With limited time, and with few reads, I have no choice but to suspend reviews of WJSN, TXT, and IN2IT. Underrated girl groups will be reviewed in next months if given more time, as with ELRIS, Rainbow, and ILUV.
I see no reason to do so many reviews if few will read these stuff.
Meanwhile, we still continue reviews of AOA, ASTRO, Stray Kids, South Club, and NATURE.
For the first time, we will review IU with her double lead tracks for this year. It can be remembered that she took a rest to focus more on drama series Hotel del Luna. And now that she’s back, and I also longed for her next music project, I have to prioritize this.
While our fellow reviewers take on separate assessments, I decided to combine these reviews in a single article, since we are talking about that beautiful soloist. For brevity, we will refer to Blueming and Above The Time as first and second song, respectively.
As a Uaena also, I felt very excited reviewing her recent work. It has been more than a year since her lead track Bbi Bbi was released. So, shall we start?
Blueming tells of a girl being in love with a man who is quite shy. Being on that situation, the man tries to woo her in hiding, such as giving balloons, having surprises in a locker room, and giving her gifts in mailbox.
She later finds out that no gifts were thrown in the mailbox, but she later on changes outfit upon receiving other gift. The story ends with her at the same fence, wishing to meet the one.
The funniest side of hers can be seen at 1:46 – 2:22, where she rides a bike and then throws things to her neighbor. To add, I find her being surprised as very cute (at 0:50 – 1:02). Just look at her reactions.
Above The Time tells of the boy and the girl observing each other in a different world. From the way they acted, IU served as the angel that watches the clockmaker. Apparently, she was with the latter while alive, as seen dancing. She later died, which caused him to weep these moments amidst snowfall. Both find ways on how to connect with each other, even if they won’t be together anymore.
The only point lacking is that it has less straightforward storyline as compared to Blueming.
Review as whole
With regards to the first music, the guitar rock tune complements the otherwise boring beats in the music. And it’s good to hear these tunes being sustained throughout. As a whole, the MV and music seeks to strike a balance between her cutesy side and the matureness of music.
Let’s talk about visuals. Her painting rose with blue clearly speaks of the title. The fun side of IU can be seen here, as she dances while smiling. I only see her in this fun side since Bbibbi era, which convinced me to like it very much.
From the visuals and settings of the second music, plus the title itself, the time represents IU on the other side, that is, heaven, watching over the boy. Or interpreted in different way, they are in separate worlds. They deem that they are still together, beyond the limited time given to the duo.
Some likeable aspects need to be featured. First, I liked how they inserted a folk dance, which is being rendered fast. This is seen at 2:49 – 3:13. Second, IU sustains her vocals in a way that gives an eerie feeling, even if it does not use echoes. The music ends with an orchestral finish, commonly heard in old songs during the 50s to 70s. Third, this features an accordion, which somehow is rarely used now. Finally, the music moved me to the point that I cried so much.
Felt disgusted as the channel still did not provide storyline for their talent, unlike that of Bbibbi last year. That would’ve tell what’s in these music videos.
Review by others
According to TheBiasList, Blueming is fresh, simple, and orderly, forging her appealing vocals with direct pop-rock tunes. The tunes hark back to the first days of K-Pop, and sticking with it throughout.
As with KPopReviewed, he just expected a softer approach with this song, and liked it being upbeat. Instrumentals are worth remembering, and the song pulled off together to make a perfect track.
How about Above The Time? KPopReviewed told that the orchestral instrumentals showcase the beauty of her voice. While the progression of tunes is abrupt, they fit nicely. This song reminds him of You & I, especially on the storyline, and as expected, gone further to interpret the same.
TheBiasList wrote that IU tries to do some magical tracks akin to Disney series. This refers to her vocals being used to explain how sentimental the song can be. Only to find out that it has various twists to keep the song interesting.
TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating (Separate):
Above The Time: 94.74%
TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating (Consolidated): 95.50%
|Aspect||Criterion||Blueming||Above the Time|
|Appearance||3||Colorful/color fits emotions||5||4|
|Appearance||5||No Halloween, Easter, etc.||5||5|
|Appearance||6||No astrology featured||5||5|
|Appearance||7||Less horror featured||5||5|
|Appearance||8||Not too revealing outfits||5||5|
|Music||10||Not too deafening||5||5|
|Dance||11||Learned easily even by beginners||5|
|Dance||12||Not too sensual||5|
|Lessons||13||Moral lesson clearly stated||3||5|
|Lessons||14||Impart something beneficial for viewers||3||4|
|Other Matters||15||Sense of humor/expresses emotions||10||7|
|Other Matters||16||Make it to mainstream media||1||1|
|Other Matters||17||Review by other sites||4||5|
|Other Matters||18||Review of MV as a whole||5||5|
|Other Matters||19||Uploads video to 1theK||10||10|
|Features 1theK logo (Bonus)|
|Prominently features 1theK vid (Bonus)||5||5|