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)
|Appearance||3||Colorful/color fits emotions||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||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|