IU (아이유) – Blueming and Above the Time: MV Reviews

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?

Storyline

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):
Blueming: 96.19%
Above The Time: 94.74%
Grade: A+/A+
Assessment: Excellent/Excellent

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating (Consolidated): 95.50%
Grade: A+
Assessment: Excellent

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Blueming Above the Time
Storyline 1 Storyline 5 5
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 5 4
Appearance 4 Good taste 5 5
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 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 5 4
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

NATURE – OOPSIE (My Bad): MV Review

As part of helping underrated girl groups, we will now embark on Nature, with their song Oopsie (My Bad). With some changes happening on their lineup, would they still charm us in this performance? Let’s start!

Storyline

The story starts with a girl flying a crane, while the others are reading. As a girl crosses the mirror portal, she discovers the other side of nature. The beginning scene teaches origami, a kind of paper folding, which apparently is losing popularity in recent years.

Review as whole

Thumping drum beats define the mood of the music at the start and interlude. It is then rejoined by sweet, gummy bops. The melodies afterwards fades to give way to electro synths everytime the chorus is reached. Descending synths at the chorus remind me of Girls Generation’s Mr. Mr.

The visuals portray different things like mirrors, dinner table, compass, cards, drinking potion, them sitting in a table, and a girl in a doll house. Summing up the supposed meaning:

We lost direction and take chances. If we make mistakes, that’s our expression. Sometimes we reflect on what we did. These we do as we meet people every day.

I wish to express my not-so-good points on Oopsie. First, I find the hooks at the chorus irritating, as this is where the turning point for them to shine had been wasted in these. However, they make their dance very simple and fun.

Second, while the music and performance is fun, the same was very confusing. Why? Oopsie did not define the boundaries between the verses and chorus, which is the standard regardless of genre used.

Finally, the finale lacked a bit of verse to end it well.

Review by others

KPopReviewed finds the song as childish, and pointed out the unnecessary shouts from the group. Worse, Nature repeats the usual fairytale, and its chorus begs for energy in dances. While the momentum was lacking in here, Oopsie managed to pull the fun side of the song.

TheBiasList deems the group as taking an “abrasive” route as it uses pop tracks to gain attention. As Oopsie is intended to polarize listeners, it is “short on melody and high on spirit.” Fortunately, him being with kids helps to tolerate these kinds. The group has to take on more melodic stances, but as a whole, it’s quite fun to hear.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 80.00%
Grade: C-
Assessment: Needs Improvement

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. 4
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 4
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 4
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 6
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 Shares concept from other groups 5
       

MAMAMOO – Hip: MV Review

Reviews for WJSN, ASTRO, and South Club will be published some time.


For the third time, we will review a rising group MAMAMOO, in their latest lead track Hip.

As TheBiasList pointed out, this year has been the most profitable one for the group, thanks to RBW. We’ll discuss this as we rate the agency at year-end. But for now, we will look at them first.

(Side Note: Congratulations also to Mamamoo for being the winner in Queendom!)

Storyline as whole

The story tells of the group having various roles they are playing. Solar doing boxing, being a singer, and dressing as a fairytale princess, Moonbyul doing an acting, Wheein as drummer, doing art and protesting, and Hwasa as president.

Based on the various roles they play, they might want to impart us that regardless of our hobbies or businesses, we have to be fashionable.

Some noticeable aspects can be gleaned here. First, I find Moonbyul’s raps very fast, and is repeated thrice. That gives the air of silence everytime she does it.

While the group managed to be swaggy and strong, they still did not abandon the funny and cute side, apparent since Gogobebe. Hwasa being dressed as president is one of the funniest with the way she reacts, and her being with the child gives a bit of cuteness in the otherwise strong vid. Because of this, it will be an added point to them.

Hwasa and Moonbyul this time definitely became the stars in this MV.

RBW is consistent in featuring the 1theK logo, as seen at the end of video.

Review by others

KPopReviewed deemed the group’s track as worthy of discography. The strong side of them is being pulled off elegantly, and it is moderate. While it was not their strongest to date, their elements that defined them are still present. He gone far to interpret it as the group in three universes.

TheBiasList pointed out how effortless and direct the group is when it comes to chosen genre. Instrumentals combine synths and strings, pointing out the groove and setting direction straight. While restrained and monotonous, they got the charisma needed to sustain Hip the whole time.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 94.55%
Grade: A+
Assessment: Excellent

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 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 8
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 (Bonus) 5
Prominently features 1theK vid (Bonus)
Shows cute and fun side 5

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    

Dawn (Money) and HyunA (Flower Shower): MV Reviews

This is the first time we featured combined reviews of work done by couples. We are referring to Hyuna and Dawn, who made comebacks this season.

While reviewers tend to give separate assessments, the author decided to put them in a single article. Not only because they are in a relationship. Moreso, this is because their storylines are interconnected, noticed in the flower shower commonly seen in them. Let’s start!

Storyline as whole

Money tells of Dawn’s story after being kicked out from Cube. With him being broke in money, he searched for work. He reflected, did introspection, and woke up with shower of flowers.

As a whole, I am not getting used to Dawn’s way, as I only knew of him as part of Pentagon. For comparison’s sake, his strong personality radiated throughout in Shine, while in this MV he portrayed himself as the opposite. That lack of luster proves to be very fatal, noting that he is starting a new journey.

The tunes used were reminiscent of dramatic tunes in Korean dramas, but is rendered in a fast pace.

The story of Flower Shower revolves is split into two: a girl waking up in the middle of the night, being surrounded by petals and butterflies. Second story revolves on her in a palace, trying to travel to various places.

Hyuna’s moves are very daring. Not surprising, as she did it during a college party. Instrumentals combine various techniques like echoing, bumping tunes on choruses, and drumbeats on pre-chorus. While these instrumentals are simple, this complements the low vocals Hyuna employed. Taken as whole, the music is exciting and mild, which relies on echoing voices.

Given the nature of her MV, it’s something that is relegated primarily to calm playlists.

A YouTube commenter interpreted Money (and latter’s song) as follows:

Hyuna’s song is called Flower Shower and she says she is a flower and wants to paint the sky with her own colors.

DAWN says that he paints flowers so they don’t die. It’s a reference to the struggles they had when people knew about their relation, Dawn is trying to say that he helped Hyuna and Hyuna helped him. It’s so beautiful how they kinda connected their songs, really goals

Joketime

Honestly, I thought Dawn will borrow some lines from Bangtan’s BST:

Want the money, money? Yeah!
Money, money? Yeah!

Review by others

KPopReviewed did not really enjoyed Money, as it was “boring” and not captivating. It would’ve been better if he continued with Pentagon vibe he had. But piece by piece, vocals show his potential, and the song was more dynamic. The visuals remind him of G-Dragon’s fiercer side, albeit improved a bit.

As for Hyuna, she takes on completely different sound, compared with her previous tracks. Her music is simplified and has a playful vibe. This song tends to give highlight to her best aspects (vocals and raps).

TheBiasList made some similar observations on Dawn’s aspects like music and concept borrowing from YG. On the other hand, he pointed out the nature of it as fusion between “melodic pop” and hip-hop. The groove is present, and moderately satisfying.

Flower Shower presents a missed chance for the girl to take the lead. The chorus instrumentals got a dose of deadly points, and its centerpiece takes on wrong path doing repetitive loops. He likes the way vocals are arranged, and how she performs with ease. A stronger material is needed for artists like Hyuna.

To sum up, the blogger got disappointed over minimal releases from PNation, pushing artists to senseless directions.

Final Words

With Hyuna and Dawn getting over the dating scandal, we might see exciting prospects for other artists. Given that the society treats it negatively, let’s see if this will force them to change their attitude on stars dating. (We’ll do ratings on CUBE and PNation with regards to these sometime.)

This is a good start, considering that TWICE’s Jihyo is now receiving so much hate for being in love with Kang Daniel. (And don’t forget Momoland’s Daisy and JooE too.)

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: (Separate)
Money: 86.32%
Flower Shower: 83.16%

Grade: B-/C+
Assessment: Satisfactory/Improving

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 84.74% (Consolidated)
Grade: C+
Assessment: Improving

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Money Flower Shower
Storyline 1 Storyline 5 3
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 5 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5 5
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 3
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 5 4
Music 10 Not too deafening 5 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 4 5
Dance 12 Not too sensual 5 4
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 4 3
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 2 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 7 6
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1 2
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5 5
Other Matters 19      

TXT (투모로우바이투게더) – Run Away: MV Review

For the third time, we will review again TXT (Tomorrow x Together) in their song Run Away.

With so many endless Run Aways that we hear in K-Pop, we might wonder which K-Pop group might use this title next. But for now, we will focus on the group, who are gaining popularity as rookies. Let’s start!

Storyline

The story starts with boys aiming endlessly as they are entering the school, like kicking a ball, scribbling something, or doing something at the book. There they are describing how they are doing during their high school days. Bored on usual studying, they are trying to sneak on swimming during the night.

As they are going underwater, they discovered an opening which led them to the forest, the fields, and eventually, to the burning door. The story ends with a member remaining, discovering a lion doll.

They featured how to burn a paper using the sun and glasses. I suppose this is rarely being done, out of danger viewing this experiment. It features a member also putting fires out using fire extinguisher, thereby teaching viewers how to put out small fires on their own.

At 2:24 – 2:28, they are featuring students in a library, while one is reading. Hope this sparks interest to rediscover their own libraries.

Review as whole

The way how TXT plays the music is worth noting. It uses strutting tune at the start of the video, which guides them throughout. Sparkling tune is added next at start of video and the first verse, only to hide throughout the second verse. On the other hand, the rock tune is visible in the chorus. The first verse and interlude jumps into a different tune, as if telling a fairytale story.

Dances were simple on the chorus, except on the moving of shoulders and on jumping, which they have to improve later on. Special effects are used when a member shoots colorful lights using a fire extinguisher.

The setting where they first dance share striking similarities with Lim Jimin’s Loveholic, which I find it very amusing:

Lim Jimin
TXT

Review by others

TheBiasList noted that TXT was being branded as the lighter version of BTS, and is worth waiting for. Good points include the “rock-infused” arrangement retaining elements that made them successful. Vocals are refined, strong, bright, and upbeat. Most of all, the “true star” is its chorus. The only thing that was pull-down is on the breakdown at the second verse, which he deems unnecessary.

KPopReviewed gradually liked the song as being “catchy and vibrant,” with melody as its advantage. Added energy is on the instrumentals. The weak point is on the bridge which did not pick up the intensity. He gone way beyond to interpret the confusing storyline, which is what BigHit usually does.

Joketime

Let me share the joke again, this time including mainstream tracks:

The Corrs: Runaway
Sebastian Yatra: Runaway (Ft. Jonas Brothers)
AURORA: Runaway
Bon Jovi: Runaway
Kanye West: Runaway
Sasha Sloan: Runaway
Maroon5: Runaway
PENTAGON: Runaway
Bobby: Runaway
Super Junior: Runaway
Tiffany Young: Runaway (Ft. Babyface)
Royal Pirates: Runaway
Eric Nam: Runaway
Teen Top: Run Away
IN2IT: Run Away
TXT: Run Away

Am I that ugly?

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 88.00%
Grade: B+
Assessment: 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 4
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 4
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 5
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19 Shares concept from other groups 5
       

Brown Eyed Girls – Abandoned and Wonder Woman: MV Reviews

This year, we witnessed several comebacks from K-Pop pioneers like Super Junior, Fin.K.L, and this time, Brown Eyed Girls. It’s pleasing that after four years of hiatus, they are resuming activities. And to wit, they doubled their comebacks. Let’s review them in this article, referring to Abandoned as first, and Wonder Woman as second:

Storyline

Wonder Woman starts with a man who finds a grave marker, only to find a girl in a room. As he searches, he sees mirrors, some of them broken. He sits only to hide from the blinding light. Later on, the wind blows building up the tenseness in the final chorus. The video ends with the man abandoning the house, never to return.

In the case of the second song, they made the storyline simple. It tells of the girls in a wedding party, but this turned out to be wild. Even the banquet table had been wild too with their way of eating.

0:20 features old-fashioned rooms, which might arouse interest in historical rooms used. Now, look at 0:29, where Gain is surprised with her guests. Her reactions are kinda very funny. Also, the guests provided funny scenes by how they react.

Review as whole

Abandoned is essentially a sad song. The music builds up in the second chorus, and then goes more intense in the final chorus. While I find the tunes as not as outstanding, I find it very ideal for any OST in any Korean drama. However, I disliked some of the creepy portraits hung in the wall, at the final chorus.

For the second song, the first verse was taken as cool, calm, and mild. This is the consistency I want also in the MV. The slender tunes can be heard some of the time, which adds beauty to the song.

Some things are noticed here. First, it can be noticed that girls are only present in the scene. Essentially they barred the boys from attending a “wedding” party, turning it into all-girls one.

For both tracks, I hate to see another pumpkin being featured at every end of video.

Review by others

KPopReviewed described the first song as a fantastic ballad, haunting and giving chills at the same time. These are due to their layering vocals and instrumentals, plus their nice progression. As for Wonder Woman, the retro tunes were a bit catchy and appealing. The only holdback was on not giving clear-cut definition of their chorus.

TheBiasList gave separate assessments on the two songs. He summed it up first as drawing from songs before K-Pop, only to be infused with modern styles. The blogger likes stars who steps out of the boundaries, something the group forgot in these.

The first song borrows theatrical concepts, which gives a steady buildup till the end. Downside is on lack of factor that will let viewers understand the MV. For the second song, they converted the bossa nova original track into a disco one, making it bubbly, appealing, and addictive. By the nature of the song, it limits greater potential for the group despite having right ingredients.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating (Separate):

Abandoned: 74.74%
Wonder Woman: 87.62%
Grade: F/B-
Assessment: Failed/Satisfactory

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating (Consolidated): 81.50%
Grade: C-
Assessment: Needs Improvement

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Abandoned Wonder Woman
Storyline 1 Storyline 5 5
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 4 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 2 4
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 1 0
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5 1
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 1 4
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 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 1 3
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 1 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 7 10
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1 2
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 5 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 3 4
Other Matters 19 Uploads video to 1theK 10 10
    Features 1theK logo (Bonus)    
    Prominently features 1theK vid (Bonus) 5 5