Trouble Maker – “Trouble Maker” Review

Trouble Maker – Trouble Maker (Live Performance)

Trouble Maker – Trouble Maker

Reviewed on August 30, 2014

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Personal Message: I’m on a pretty hectic schedule right now, but I’m going to tough it out and spend some time on a new review. August is practically over, and I’m personally disappointed with how I did for this month. I could’ve put out more reviews, so forgive me. For September I’ll work even harder and bring out fresher reviews. I’ll see if I can add more artists/newer songs, and if I can find more songs that will give an in-depth, critical analysis.

Anyhow, as promised, I will finally be reviewing a male artist…sort of. At least I followed through the promise by 50%. How is that possible? Because Trouble Maker is the duo we’re taking a look at. Formed by the well-known sexy Hyuna from 4Minute, and the handsome gentleman of Hyunseung from the group BEAST, this combo will definitely be turning the heads of ladies and males. Seeing a coed group is somewhat rare in the K-Pop scene, so Trouble Maker is unique in that regard. However, Trouble Maker is technically a sub-unit. Nevertheless, they’ve put out a fantastic, catchy and sexy song of “Trouble Maker”. And yes, the song title is the same as the group name, for those who are confused.

While this song came out around December 2011 (don’t quote me on that), it remains a huge trend/hit for the K-Pop scene. For couples wanting an exciting dance, or for other idols to cover, this song has been quite popular. In fact, I discovered this song through Jiyeon and her MC (MC = Host) partner covering it: Jiyeon and Jung Wook – “Trouble Maker” @ The Show 

After Jiyeon made my heart stop through her amazing dancing with Jung Wook, I decided to check out the original version. A great choice it was.

Let’s take a look now to see how much trouble “Trouble Maker” made.

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Song Total Score: 8/10 (8.2/10 raw score) – Average score of the sub-categories, separate so Choreography Score doesn’t affect it.

– Vocals: 8/10 – For “Trouble Maker”, there isn’t any extraordinary singing at all. However, the singing is still above average for sure, and there is great chemistry between the two singers. Since both of them have a relatively nasally voice, it works to their favor since it’s matching. When they sing in unison, it brings a solid mixture of their voices.

Individually, both of them were still able to prove some solid vocals. While they weren’t hitting any crazy high notes or low notes, what they did an incredible job with, though, is keeping a very sexy theme. During certain parts of the song, keeping their voices as seductive as possible was their goal, and I will claim, they succeeded. Their pacing and melody was also pretty solid, so more credit there.

The vocal strength here lies within their chemistry and ability to stay on point with remaining sexy.  

– Song Structure: 8/10 (8/10 raw score) – Going to have scores for “Verse score”, “Pre-Chorus score”, “Chorus score”, etc.)

The song goes in this structure and order:

Introduction, Verse, Chorus, Post-Chorus, Rap, Verse, Chorus, Post-Chorus, Bridge, Chorus, Post-Chorus, Conclusion

So for “Song Structure”, I’m going to go through each section (Verse, Chorus, etc) and give a score per section. After that, the average is the “Song Structure” score.

Note: So this is quite strange. There is either no verse or pre-chorus, depending on your label of the section before the chorus. I’m personally going to label it as a verse since it doesn’t have the build-up as a standard pre-chorus (until the last line, anyway).

1. Introduction: 7/10 – The song starts off with a key instrumental of a whistle. It carries a specific melody and this is heard in the song later. Anyhow, the whistling is quite catchy and becomes looped for a while. While the whistling is happening, Hyunseung adds an extra layer via hefty…breathing? It’s honestly quite hard to describe, but it’s essentially him huffing out deep breaths. Eventually, a count occurs when the instrumental goes quiet. “1, 2, 3” is heard, which is then followed up with strong beats and a quick bassline is thrown in to transition to the singing. 

“Trouble Maker” has a catchy beginning, but for the first seconds, it is rather tedious. The whistling and hefty breathing gives the song its needed sexy spice, however, with how repetitive it is, it becomes dull very quickly. Thankfully, once the count occurs, from that point, it becomes an exceptionally smooth transition to the verse. 

A start that’s slightly crippled for its cycling start, but with a strong pick up towards the end, it still remains a catchy introduction. However, overall, a very slight above-average introduction.

2. Verse: 9/10 – Now this is dead-on chemistry. Hyuna and Hyunseung are tossing lines back and forth. An overdose of sexiness comes here; with such precision on seducing vocals and a versatile verse, this part comes out as extremely solid.

Hyunseung initiates the song with one line; while the line isn’t too dynamic with the melody or pitch, it’s laying down the foundation for potential build-up. Furthermore, the key phrase of “Trouble Maker” is given, for it is the end of his line. Next Hyuna replicates the same melody/line, although lyrically it’s a few words changed. The amazing thing to notice here is how well their vocals sound to each other; they both augment the other person’s voice. Also as the verse continues, they take turns with one line each and that adds a lot to their cohesion as a duo.

Anyhow, continuing on. The next part is where Hyunseung has a chunked line of “…deo deo deo” (translated as “more more more”). This allows a change from a plain flow of singing. In addition, it also provides some extra build-up since it’s a slower pacing. Hyuna once again emulates her partner’s singing style.

Now at the very end of the verse, they finally both sing in unison for the line of “ijen nae mameul nado eojjeol su eobseo~”. Before going any further, keep in mind this song possesses no pre-chorus. Therefore, it becomes exceptionally hard to properly bump the song’s intensity for the chorus, so how does “Trouble Maker” handle such an issue? By working together, Hyuna and Hyunseung’s combined vocals gives it additional vocal strength. Already from that alone, this bumps the song’s intensity a fair bit. Now including other details, there is a short note hold at “eobseo~”, which, according to the live performance and my ears, seems to be Hyungseung delivering it. Thanks to his extra effort there, it allows a final hype for the chorus in addition to a smooth transition.

One of the catchier verses I’ve heard. The alternation of Hyungseung and Hyuna singing creates an interesting variety for listeners. The last bit of them singing as one was also a unique way to give “Trouble Maker” the needed kick to act as a pre-chorus for creating enough build-up. Great teamwork here from the two.

3. Chorus: 9/10 – Hoping straight into the chorus. 

For this part, the duo is singing as one; even though Hyunseung’s voice comes off as slightly more prominent, it is still audible that Hyuna is singing with him. 

The chorus comes packed with a potent amount of energy and power. There’s a lot of energetic vocals being tossed around. The instrumental also does a great job of supporting the melody. For the first few lines, the couple (and by couple, I just mean the two idols, they’re not a “couple”, or at least I don’t think so) are dominating the song through cohesive singing; with each vocal backing up the other, there’s some solid synergy at work. With such compatible voices, it creates a catchy, upbeat melody. Now towards the end, the chorus does bring the intensity level down. The duo starts singing “Trouble” but they chop up the lines into stutters. This slows down the pacing by a substantial rate and relaxes the song. Perfect for transitioning to the next part. 

Overall, an extremely catchy chorus that’s supported with some stronger vocals and a solid example of unison singing. With both idols singing, the song became a lot more energetic here. 

4. Post-Chorus: 7/10 – The best way to describe the post-chorus of “Trouble Maker” is that it completely fills its role, if we’re analyzing from a textbook-style aspect. However, my own personal take of this section is that it’s somewhat dull.

Anyhow, this part is where the key whistling occurs. The same whistling at the introduction is heard once again here. Now in between the whistling, Hyunseung will throw in a “Trouble Maker” and Hyuna will do the same. 

From the perspective of why this section is here, it was thoroughly thought out; Hyuna’s rap will occur soon, but it can’t come directly after an intense chorus. There has to be a moment to let the song “relax”. Furthermore, the sexiness dealt in this song is not a quick, fast paced, hyperactive and exciting type of sexy; it’s a methodical, slow, passionate type of sexiness, thus, by having a calm, slow paced section, it allows that mood to be preserved.

Now while everything is done right, it does become dragged out for a decent amount. The whistling definitely lingers around, but it’s quite repetitive. Essentially, it goes as: whistling, “trouble maker”, whistling, “trouble maker” and so on.

Anyhow, it’s still a solid section. The purpose of it to lower the intensity is perfect, and the beats are nice here as well. The issue is how dull it becomes with a recycling whistle melody and the key phrase of “Trouble Maker”. 

5. Rap: 8/10 – Time for Hyuna to give some extra spice to the song. 

Personally, I’m unfamiliar with Hyuna’s singing capabilities. Or rapping capability, such as in this case. I have not heard a single song from 4Minute nor Hyuna’s solos, but either way, she has impressed me with her rap in “Trouble Maker”.

For the rap, Hyuna comes off with an exceptionally seducing voice; her rap is on the lower pitch side in addition to being quiet. Her flow is decent here, although it’s not the smoothest I’ve heard at all. What makes this part amazing is the instrumental meshing well with her voice. It does a great job remaining passive to match the current intensity. It also allows some further spotlight onto her voice, and at the very end, a quick, clean finish with Hyuna’s rap. 

Average rapping here, but with such solid instrumental work, that bumps the score up.

6. Bridge: 8/10 – An extremely pleasing section to listen to. It’s very graceful and beautiful.

For this part, the instrumental becomes “lighter” and that perfectly syncs with the vocals. On the topic of vocals, the singing done here is excellent; from Hyunseung we can hear some impressive short note holds. Another great feature is “Trouble Maker” keeps the Trouble Maker duo alternating with singing; Hyunseung starts it off with one line, then Hyuna follows up and does the same, and then back to Hyunseung. At the very end, both of them end up singing as one, and that gives a great climatic effect. After all, two vocals heard is a lot more emphasized and stronger than one voice. 

Anyhow, this bridge features some graceful singing talent from both idols. The instrumental does a fantastic job with reflecting the current feeling. Trouble Maker’s chemistry is still just as sharp here like in any other section. A solid bridge.

7. Conclusion: 8/10 – So it turns out I did make a mistake earlier with labeling this section. There is a separate conclusion from the final post-chorus. Anyhow, I went back and made some corrections. 

Now before we look at the pure conclusion, I want to give some credit for the final chorus. There was some solid two-part singing from Hyunseung and that just gives “Trouble Maker” its final climatic peak. 

Now focusing on the true conclusion, it’s quite similar, if not exactly the same as the introduction. The same whistling melody comes back and the same heavy breathing is heard again. Now taking in consideration the final chorus that contained two-part singing, this type of ending works out well. After an exceptionally intense/energetic part, to bring the song back to its mature, sexier theme, “Trouble Maker” can’t be concluded in an upbeat mood; it has to be sexy. So taking a step back, having this conclusion allows the song to return to a slower pace, and therefore, back to the sexy theme. It’s a well-ending conclusion with no abrupt stop at all. A solid wrap up. 

– Line Distribution: 10/10 – The best synergy I’ve seen between a duo group. Or at least tied with Soyu and Jungigo in “Some” (another song that I may review in the far future, maybe if I somehow get in a romantic, lovey-dovey mood). 

With “Trouble Maker”, the alternating pattern works like a charm; they’re both equally heard, and no one is more dominant than the other. Both Hyuna and Hyunseung have equal lines and for the parts they do sing together, it works out very well.

Anyhow, the most equal distribution you can ask for. There’s swapping between Hyuna and Hyunseung, solo parts for each of the artists, and then the combined teamwork of the two singing together. 

– Instrumentals: 8/10 – This song definitely had a solid soundtrack.

The instrumental perfectly matched up with the vocals. If it was a calmer section, the instrumental followed suit. Once things got sexier, so did the instrumental. Transitions were also well done by the soundtrack.

Another huge plus is the key instrumental of the whistling, ignoring how repetitive it can get, anyways. The beats are also quite pleasing in this song. Nothing was too overpowering as well, which was great. More focus on the lady and gentleman of Trouble Maker.

Overall, a solid instrumental that cooperates with the vocals along with filling in its needed roles.

– Meaning: 7/10 – A sexy dance, sexy singing, I’m anticipating some very sexual lyrics in that case. So let’s take a look through these Korean-to-English translated lyrics. Not 100%, but it’ll let us see how much trouble was made:

1!2!3!

When I see your eyes, I’m a trouble maker
When I stand next to you, I’m a trouble maker
Little bit more more more
As I go more more more
Now I can’t help my own heart.

So you can’t forget me,
I keep standing in front of you again
Your heart, so I can’t shake it
and get out of it
I steal your lips again and run far away
I’m a Trou a a a ble!
Trouble! Trou! Trouble Maker!

Trouble Maker!
Trouble Maker!
Trouble Maker!
Trouble Maker!

I’m going to bite your heart
and run away like a cat
You’re going to keep getting ruffled,
come up in front of me and let your anger out
My sexy walk
will arouse inside your head
My inwardly skinship, your eyes are saying
“I can’t take it any longer, I’m going to die”

As it continues I fall in deeper,
the more I know, I’m liking you more baby
I think I’m drunk with the thoughts of you lady
I never never never stop!

So you can’t forget me,
I keep standing in front of you again
Your heart, so I can’t shake it
and get out of it
I steal your lips again and run far away
I’m a Trou a a a ble!
Trouble! Trou! Trouble Maker!

Trouble Maker!
Trouble Maker!
Trouble Maker!
Trouble Maker!

How would I be able to contain you
inside my heart (Trouble Maker)
Now I’m just going to go with how I feel
I never never stop!
I can’t stop

So you can’t forget me,
I keep standing in front of you again
Your heart, so I can’t shake it
and get out of it
I steal your lips again and run far away
I’m a Trou a a a ble!
Trouble! Trou! Trouble Maker!

Trouble Maker!
Trouble Maker!
Trouble Maker!
Trouble Maker!

To my surprise, these lyrics are definitely sexy; a good kind of sexy. I was expecting some relatively mature, racy lyrics, but instead, we get a nice flirty story.

Pretty much, a man and lady are seducing one another; they’re “teasing” the other person in an attempt to keep them infatuated. Pretty much a “push-and-pull” game. Anyhow, the lyrics are still sexy but definitely aren’t too shocking. In fact, “Yasisi” by NS Yoon-G (check out my review of that) is still the most lyrically sexual song on my list, so “Trouble Maker” didn’t quite cause a lot of trouble. 

Anyhow, the lyrics have some strong details and lines, but overall, nothing too sophisticated. Slightly above average is my rating.

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Choreography Score: 9/10 – Now this is one sexy dance. It’s definitely one of the better choreography I’ve seen in a while. The best thing I’ll spotlight, though, is that it’s nothing ridiculous in terms of being inappropriate. 

For this dance, it starts off as mainly Hyunseung and Hyuna rocking the floor. The individual dancing is quite solid, however, the choreography takes it to a new height once the duo dance with each other. It becomes very sexy, with lots of skinship happening. While there are some sexual parts (first post-chorus, bridge, etc.), nothing is overly focused on, thus, nothing is awkward. It’s always a quick, smooth maneuver. Executed and done.

In terms of syncing, that can be seen throughout the song for a large portion. Great linking between the dance moves and music. The choreography also emulates how energetic the song becomes; when it’s the verse and such, the dance is slow paced and focused on elegant moves. On the contrary, when the music steps up, the couple can then be seen moving their hips and arms to the flow of the song in an energetic fashion.

Another aspect to highlight is the use of backup dancers; they arrived to support solo moments (Hyuna rapping, Hyunseung’s solo verse) and that aided the dance and moment. I also enjoy the fact that the backup dancers weren’t brought in until Trouble Maker had their own time together at first.

Overall, a really phenomenal dance. The match up with the music and choreography was perfect. Backup dancers arrived perfectly and supported the choreography. The couple dancing is quite sexy and fun. One last thing to mention, every song part had a different dance, so there’s no way the audience can feel that the choreography becomes stale. Anyhow, one of the best, sexy couple choreography I’ve seen. Even though “Trouble Maker” was released around the end of 2011, the huge-hit choreography explains why it still remains popular even to this day.

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Overall Score: 9/10 (8.5/10 raw score) – This leaves Trouble Maker’s “Trouble Maker” with a raw score of 8.5, which is bumped up to a 9/10 for Overall Score. 

Do I agree? The song itself isn’t the strongest I’ve heard, but with such amazing chemistry in the song and choreography, it’s well deserved. 

It’s a really fun, upbeat song and dance. Even though I’m years late to the party, I’m still grateful to have a taste. Check out the duo’s live performance; it’s definitely a sexy one. Speaking of performances, don’t forget to see Jiyeon and Jungwook’s cover of it, even their take on it is fantastic.

For this review I ended up dragging to another day, but that’s what happens when I write later at night. Hopefully this review was solid. I’m really hoping to start having more critical reviews with mediocre songs, but, either I’ve been lucking out with finding decent songs, or every song is somehow appealing to me. I’ll try to find some newer songs that’ll give intriguing reviews.

As always, thank you so much for reading. It means a lot to me and I sincerely appreciate your support and time. Thanks. 

For my next review, Sistar’s “I Swear” is in mind, but, I think this blog has way too many solid songs. I’ll try discovering newer songs that are questionable in terms of rating. Stay tuned!

Oh and I just recalled, my next review will actually be the new trio sub-unit group: Nasty Nasty. Who does it consist of? The handsome gentleman from my favorite male group, Kevin from ZE:A. The ladies he’s working with is none other than the loved Kyungri of my favorite K-Pop group of all-time, Nine Muses. Another lady is joining them, who is speculated to be the upcoming, new member for Nine Muses, Sojin.

I’m very excited to see the new (expected) member, and to see how their group fares with a pretty hefty sexual concept it seems. Should be no problem for the gentleman and ladies, though. Nine Muses and ZE:A, fighting!

 Anyways, "So you can’t forget me, I keep standing in front of you again" with more reviews. Keep checking back, thanks for reading.

Hyosung – “Good-night Kiss” Review

Hyosung – Good-night Kiss (Dance Practice)

Hyosung – Good-night Kiss

Reviewed on August 26, 2014

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Personal Message: Amazingly, I really did take an exact week off. I’ve been quite busy working on some scholarship essays and such. Back to school soon, and if things work out, I should still be able to have a review every three days or so. Anyhow, even though I was away from reviewing, I’ve still been keeping up with new K-Pop songs. Sistar’s “I Swear” is something I plan to review soon. Lots of incredible singing there, and it definitely has a “final summer days” feeling to it. Anyhow, I had a promise with reviewing a male group soon, but I’ll just delay it for next time. 

In terms of what I’m reviewing today, we’re taking a look at Hyosung, the leader of Secret (check out my previous review of their group song, “I’m In Love”) who made a solo debut a while back. After seeing her on the variety show, “Weekly Idol”, I just had to review her solo song. She won me over with her humor, and definitely captured my eyes with her insane dancing. She was the first idol I saw on “Weekly Idol” to go absolutely crazy with the “Random Dance” section; she’s definitely talented and one can see how much effort she puts into practicing. Quite admirable. Anyways, “Good-night Kiss” is a very catchy, upbeat song with a sweet lullaby flow. The dancing is also quite solid. Is it flawless? We shall see.

Let’s take a look and see if this song truly gives a “Good-night Kiss" 

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Song Total Score: 8/10 (7.5/10 raw score) – Average score of the sub-categories, separate so Choreography Score doesn’t affect it.

– Vocals: 8/10 – The vocals in this song are definitely above average; there is nothing outstanding in them to give a higher score, but it’s still solid nevertheless. 

Hyosung gives off a softer tone for the song. This gives "Good-night Kiss” a unique lullaby feeling to the song, it almost sounds dreamy due to that. It’s very soothing and works perfectly for the song. 

When it comes to certain sections of the song, such as the chorus, Hyosung picks up the intensity and does deliver some stronger vocals. She doesn’t show off any spectacular note holds or extreme high notes, but she does remain consistent with having higher pitched vocals along with maintaining the melody.

Overall, solid vocals from Hyosung. 

– Song Structure: 8/10 (7.71/10 raw score) – Going to have scores for “Verse score”, “Pre-Chorus score”, “Chorus score”, etc.)

The song goes in this structure and order:

Introduction, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Post-Chorus, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Post-Chorus, Bridge, Conclusion (Chorus) 

So for “Song Structure”, I’m going to go through each section (Verse, Chorus, etc) and give a score per section. After that, the average is the “Song Structure” score.

1. Introduction: 8/10 – At the start, a snapping beat is given along with a strange, uncomprehending background voice. That strange voice is going to haunt the song later. Anyhow, eventually more instruments enter the song. I have to give credit to the bass here; it completely slides in well and adds a great foundation to the current melody. For the last bit, some quick beats occur and that transitions the song to the verse.

The snapping beat and instrumental work very well together; it creates a catchy melody. What does bother me about the introduction is the annoying background voice; while it provides some filling for the introduction, it is very repetitive and becomes quite tiring. Thankfully, since the length is somewhat short and that the instrumental does an excellent job of setting up the song, it’s still a decent introduction. And despite how annoying the background vocal is, at least it’s exposed and allows listeners to anticipate the dreaded voice to come back later in the song.

2. Verse: 8/10 – Before we get any further, there are two verses in “Good-night Kiss”. However, the second one varies quite a bit lyrically and somewhat on the melody side. Nevertheless, the style is exactly the same and the melody isn’t completely different.

For the verses in the song, this section gives off the strongest “lullaby” feeling. Hyosung’s voice is very gentle and soft, as if she was singing to a baby. Her pitch is on the higher side. The beauty in the verse is how gentle it is; the instrumental does a great job of remaining very quiet and passive. 

Now besides being soothing and gentle to the ears, this place is also a great spot to manipulate the song’s build-up; with such a peaceful part, it allows lots of room for the song to create hype in preparation for the chorus.

Overall, a solid piece that gives “Good-night Kiss” its lullaby tone. It’s very sweet and gentle, especially in contrast to other song parts. 

3. Pre-Chorus: 8/10 – The song instantly picks up the intensity and energy level the moment the pre-chorus occurs. 

The flow of the pre-chorus is also quite interesting and definitely makes it unique. With the pre-chorus, Hyosung initiates it with a loud and powerful “Oh my”. From there, she has a standard line that still contains some strength. Now after that, there’s a chanting of “K.I.S.S.I.N.G”. The chanting section augments the intensity even more, and it adds a nice contrast to Hyosung’s standard singing. 

After that, it repeats that flow once more. This flow allows for a lot of build-up. The two-word-start kicks things off, the standard line that follows balances and stretches the length, and finally the chanting gives it a final tint of energy. 

Now at the very end, there’s a quick line of “Kiss me baby” which allows for a perfect transition to the chorus.

Overall, a very solid pre-chorus that has a diverse flow in order to keep the song desirable. The build-up done here is solid along with the transition. 

4. Chorus: 9/10 – Now this is where the song gets to finally release its build-up. The chorus is quite upbeat. The instrumental steps it up and Hyosung follows suit with her vocals. It’s a very energetic part.

At the start, Hyosung delivers the key phrase in a strong line of “Good-night Kiss neon neomu dalkomhae”. For the next few lines, her singing is essentially the sweet lullaby tune, except powered in with sharpened vocals. This is excellent since it allows “Good-night Kiss” to not deviate from its special lullaby theme, yet it still allows the chorus to be very exciting and energetic. 

Eventually the song moves onto the part of “Baby kiss on my, kiss on my, kiss on my lips”. After lengthier, melodic singing, a change would be required to prevent any staleness from occurring. “Good-night Kiss” was one step ahead, though, and was prepared for that. This part of the chorus changed up the pacing. It’s still quick and powerful, but there were now chunks instead of one smooth flow of singing. This chunking continues for a few more times. 

Finally towards the end, Hyosung’s line of “niga jami deulgi jeone, kiss me baby” allowed the song to relax itself. This also allows a smooth transition towards the next part due to how she went back to a gentle singing style.

All in all, the chorus is the highlight of the song; it’s extremely catchy with so much fun, energetic singing and instruments. The lullaby melody is still kept here, but is simply upped in terms of power. A very solid section that will linger around in your head. 

5. Post-Chorus: 4/10 – Right. The part that ruined the “Good” in “Good-night Kiss”. This part heavily impairs the song.

The post-chorus is where the bass becomes more prominent and heavier. Pretty much a “bass drop” if I may coin that term. Now usually a bass drop works phenomenally well in certain songs, typically the songs whose genre is within the electronic zone (dubstep, drum & bass, etc.). However, for it to be properly executed in any other genre is extremely rare and I have yet to see that. “Good-night Kiss” would’ve been much better off without including this part at all. 

Firstly, in defense on why this part is here, it does allow the song to properly recycle itself; after coming from such an intense chorus, to match up the intensity level of the verse, it makes sense to have a section that soothes the song back into the soft, gentle state. However, a short pause with the instrumental would’ve been much better. “Good-night Kiss” did not need to include a lengthy, erroneous part of a bass drop. The producers fell short here. Any other solution would’ve most likely been better. 

Anyhow, the post-chorus starts off with the instant bass drop. The bass becomes heavily prevalent and every other instrumental goes passive. The beat still exists, although it has become quite heavy as well. If a basic bassline and beat wasn’t dull enough, don’t worry, throwing in the same, annoying background vocal in the introduction will spice things up. For the worse. 

Even though I’ve listened to this song for quite a while, I still have no idea on what the voice is even saying. It’s pretty horrendous if I can’t even decide if it’s in English or Korean, let alone actually distinguishing what’s being said. Moving past that, the post-chorus is pretty much just the structure of a heavy bassline, heavy beats, and horrible background vocals.

Overall, one of the worst “bass drops” I’ve heard in general, and definitely the most unfitting I’ve seen placed in a song. Very disappointing. Knowing that the purpose of this section was to allow the song to recycle its energy/intensity, a different solution could’ve been found. This was straight up disappointing and it nearly murders the song. 

6. Bridge: 8/10 – A lovely part done by Hyosung. It’s not the strongest I’ve heard, but it’s still solid.

The first few lines are very sweet and angelic; it’s quite soothing and gentle. Hyosung utilizes her soft vocals for the earlier lines. The instrumental also does a graceful job of replicating Hyosung’s gentleness. The snapping beat is still there, but everything else becomes quite sweet. Eventually, Hyosung brings our stronger vocals in order to allow “Good-night Kiss” to transition into its conclusion. Her line of “geudae ibsul wie, hold me tight” were backed up with stronger vocals this time around. The instrumental also picks it up and comes back full force as well. Fantastic chemistry is heard there with Hyosung’s voice and the song’s soundtrack. 

Definitely a solid bridge.

7. Conclusion (Chorus): 9/10 – As how the norm goes, the conclusion is typically where a final, climatic moment happens for the song. That is seen via two-part singing, crazy note holds and such, however, “Good-night Kiss” does neither, and that works out beautifully.

For the conclusion of Hyosung’s solo song, it was the exact same chorus replayed once more. No two-part singing added, no note holds, no funkier instrumental. It was the same. 

Looking at the song as a whole, this is completely fitting. The song wouldn’t benefit from being too intense; the song in general has a sweeter tone, especially with the lullaby melody. The chorus itself is where it’s the most intense, but it’s still the lullaby at work. As a result, “Good-night Kiss” has a conclusion that keeps the current theme of the lullaby. Going overboard would’ve demolished the style, so this was perfect. 

In terms of the very last moment, there’s a final “Kiss me baby” and then the song is completely wrapped up. A perfect ending that doesn’t leave anything hanging nor does it abruptly chop off any part. Well done.

A solid conclusion for fitting its general theme and for a perfect end. 

– Line Distribution: X/10 – Hyosung is singing solo for this song, so can’t be scored.

– Instrumentals: 7/10 – To be consistent with my reviews, I will have to unfortunately grade the bass drop as well.

The instrumental has a graceful feeling attached; it’s very gentle and catchy. There are lots of moments where it perfectly syncs with Hyosung’s vocals. Transitions are also supported by the instrumental.

Of course as expected, the bass drop section is what drops this score. That part was atrocious; the instrumental work there was poor. 

Ignoring that piece, however, the soundtrack for “Good-night Kiss” is still solid.

– Meaning: 7/10 – It’s hard to decipher the meaning of the song, it could mean a plethora of things. Let’s take a look at the lyrics. These lyrics aren’t 100% accurate with Korean to English translation, but they give an idea:

Good-night Kiss, you’re so sweet
Goodnight my baby
Your sleeping face is so sweet
Can you hear our story?

(Oh my)
Your lips are sweet like candy
K.I.S.S.I.N.G.
(My my)
This is a lullaby for you
K.I.S.S.I.N.G.
(Kiss me baby)

Good-night Kiss, you’re so sweet
Goodnight my baby
Your sleeping face is so sweet
Can you hear our story?

Baby kiss on my
Kiss on my kiss on my lips
My heart goes boom boom that zoom zoom
Let’s dance dance like this
Baby kiss on my
Kiss on my kiss on my lips
Before you fall asleep
(Kiss me baby)

You’re sleeping so well
I want to listen
To you breathing closer
It’s getting getting so
Hot in here hot in here

(Oh my)
Your lips are sweet like candy
K.I.S.S.I.N.G.
(My my)
This is a lullaby for you
K.I.S.S.I.N.G.
(Kiss me baby)

Good-night Kiss, you’re so sweet
Goodnight my baby
Your sleeping face is so sweet
Can you hear our story?

Baby kiss on my
Kiss on my kiss on my lips
My heart goes boom boom that zoom zoom
Let’s dance dance like this
Baby kiss on my
Kiss on my kiss on my lips
Before you fall asleep
(Kiss me baby)

Our lullaby is like
a soft tune singing
I’ll tell you with our own language
On top of your lips
Hold me tight

Good-night Kiss, you’re so sweet
Goodnight my baby
Your sleeping face is so sweet
Can you hear our story?

Baby kiss on my
Kiss on my kiss on my lips
My heart goes boom boom that zoom zoom
Let’s dance dance like this
Baby kiss on my
Kiss on my kiss on my lips
Before you fall asleep
(Kiss me baby)

The lyrics seem to be a very, sweet and cute story of a couple. A lady or gentleman is wanting to give their loved one a “Good-night Kiss”. She/He is just admiring their partner’s beauty and lulling them to sleep with a nice pluck on the lips. 

While these lyrics may be cute and all, it does lack quite a bit of deeper meaning. The chorus in specific lacks anything sophisticated, minus the first part anyways. Anyhow, a solid, sweet story, but with very few detailed lines, it comes out on the average side. 

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Choreography Score: 8/10 – The choreography for “Good-night Kiss” does thankfully live up the standard of Secret. They’ve been known for being able to execute harder, fast paced dances exceptionally well.

For this song, Hyosung and her backup dancers do a great job.

There are lots of syncing between the music and movements, something that’s always pleasing to witness. The backup dancers do an incredible job of supporting Hyosung. The formations and positions were changed throughout the song as well. Another amazing aspect is seeing how the dance reciprocated the song’s intensity; the dancing at the verse was quite calm and gentle, but when the chorus hit, the ladies were definitely putting out some powerful, charismatic maneuvers.

This song hits multiple categories; it’s sexy, cute, graceful, pumped-up. Speaking of sexy, while “Good-night Kiss” does have a butt-shaking part, it is probably the best one I’ve seen. It syncs perfectly and flows well, and it wasn’t executed in any awkward fashion. I’m personally still not a fan of any blatant sexual dance moves such as that, but at least it was pulled off decently. The key points are solid as well.

Although the dance is extremely solid, there are still weak points. The very end is quite unnecessary. Towards the end, Hyosung walks away in a “sexy” style. Or at least I think it was supposed to be sexy. It came out as somewhat awkward. Anyhow, the final blowing kiss she did was perfect, and a final pose would’ve suited more since the song does completely end. The walking end is questionable. Another part is the post-chorus. Now despite how horrible that part is musically, the choreography still does a nice job of syncing. The issue, though, is how plain and strange it looks. Dive down, back up, change directions, repeat. It seemed strange, but that’s the best Hyosung could’ve done with a mediocre part. 

Overall, it’s a solid dance. While it’s well composed, the dance personally doesn’t stick itself as the strongest, but it’s still up there. The syncing and connection with the song’s intensity is amazing.  

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Overall Score: 8/10 (8/10 raw score) – A solid 8/10 song. I’m actually thinking that perhaps the choreography should’ve been a 9, but I’ll go with what I currently have.

I still recommend the song, it’s very catchy. Just prepare your ears for the horrendous post-chorus and all will be fine.

“Good-night Kiss” is definitely a great kiss; the song is fantastic. With soft vocals backing up the lullaby melody, it becomes very soothing to listen to. The dancing is also fantastic and is well executed with syncing to the song, whether it’d be the movements or matching the intensity. Again, the post-chorus is the only part that is unbearable. 

This review took quite a while. I think it took two hours, but it’s not a big deal since K-Pop is amazing and sharing it is quite fun. As always, thank you so much for reading this, it means a lot. Thanks for also sticking around even if my reviews come a little bit slower. I appreciate it, thank you.

For my next song, I’m probably going to go for Sistar’s goodbye song for the summer, “I Swear”. If not that, I’ll try getting the male groups some love with EXO’s “Growl”. When will my next review be? I’m not quite sure, probably this upcoming Saturday at the latest. I still have a lot of essays to write, but I found that after making this blog, writing comes a lot more naturally. For that, I am quite grateful for what this blog has done for me.

Anyhow, check out the dance practice of “Good-night Kiss” if you haven’t already. Then again, I’m not sure what you’re doing if you read this all without even listening or observing the song/dance at least once.

That also reminds me, feel free to check out the MV for this song. It is on the sexier side, but when I watched it, I couldn’t take it seriously. Why? Not because the MV is bad, but because the behind-the-scenes were very humorous, and seeing that before the actual MV made me recall how jocular certain scenes were (silly Hyosung).

The end has arrived so, as always thank you once more, and remember, “This is a lullaby for you” along with a sweet “Good-night Kiss”

Secret – “I’m In Love” Review

Secret – I’m In Love (Dance Practice)

Secret – I’m In Love

Reviewed on August 19, 2014

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Personal Message: I think it has been three days since I last reviewed a song, so I’m definitely doing a poor job of keeping up a decent rate. I’ve been a bit busy these days with some tasks and seeing family (but seeing my amazing cousins is always a great joy!), so forgive me for being late on schedule. Anyhow, the review for tonight is a song “I’m In Love” with. Secret made their summer comeback a few days ago with “I’m In Love” and I have to say, this is an incredible song. It’s been my main song for a couple of days. It features incredible vocals, a killer choreography, and soothing instruments. A total all-kill song it would seem. 

I’m thinking this will be the last review before I take a week break to do some work, and to get school supplies ready since school is starting up really soon. I’m actually wondering how my review schedule will be once school starts up again, so we’ll find out.

Anyhow, let’s take a deeper look at the song “I’m In Love” with.

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Song Total Score: 9/10 (8.6/10 raw score) – Average score of the sub-categories, separate so Choreography Score doesn’t affect it.

– Vocals: 9/10 – I only know one of the members, and that’s Hyosung since I heard about her solo debut with “Good-Night Kiss”, which I haven’t actually listened to, so I might do that. What I did do, however, was watch her behind-the-scenes footage when making that MV, and she definitely won me over with how sweet, dorky, and adorable she was despite how sexual and mature the MV was made out. Or judging from the behind-the-scenes perspective, anyways. I haven’t seen the MV for “Good-Night Kiss” either, let alone listen to it.

Anyhow! Major digression, let’s focus back on Secret as a whole. 

Despite not knowing the rest of the members, I am incredibly shocked at their vocal skills. For this song, they sound fantastic. Lots of great melody coming from the ladies. What’s awesome about this song is how powerful and energetic it is, and a core amount of that charisma comes from Secret’s vocals. Very impressive singing. They’ve shown softer, sexier singing in this song along with an energetic all-in, catchy chorus. A wide range of vocal talent, extremely solid singing in “I’m In Love”.

– Song Structure: 8/10 (8.23/10 raw score) – Going to have scores for “Verse score”, “Pre-Chorus score”, “Chorus score”, etc.)

The song goes in this structure and order:

Introduction, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Rap, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus, Conclusion (Second Half of Chorus)

So for “Song Structure”, I’m going to go through each section (Verse, Chorus, etc) and give a score per section. After that, the average is the “Song Structure” score.

Note: A standard song structure, although it should be noted, the conclusion is only the second half of the regular chorus. The chorus is technically one format, but it repeats for a total of two times.

1. Introduction: 9/10 – Now this is an extremely unique and sexy introduction. So many things occur here, but it’s nothing overwhelming since the pacing is quite slow. The piano melody comes to life here, along with other classy/brass instruments as well (From what I heard, “Classy” instruments is officially termed as “brass”, or at least that’s what I’ve been told).There are some sweet “Ooh” melody vocal work done here as well. Now who really gets the highlight here, though, is Hyosung. She has some key lyrics that, not only add to the song’s theme and build-up, but are also in pure English. How does Hyosung handle it? Professionally. It was very fluent, and her slower, sexier style definitely gave the introduction a solid spice. 

Now after Hyosung is done, all vocals die down. The instrumental is now in focus; there’s a quick, yet smooth, transition into a funkier and energetic instrumental. There’s quite a bit of power going into the soundtrack but it completely fits and truly sets the stage for how energetic the song will be. This start caught me by surprise the first time, since the introduction itself was quite tame and passive. This huge contrast with having the instrumental blast up isn’t a negative thing. It definitely adds a unique twist and it wasn’t an abrupt switch up at all. With such a classy instrumental, not a bad choice here at all. 

Overall, a solid introduction and probably one of my favorite ones now. It does its role of setting up the song, but this introduction takes it further with having an interesting change in the instrumental’s intensity. 

2. Verse: 8/10 – I’m just realizing how many different song sections exist for this song. Thankfully it all makes sense, unlike some other songs where there were multiple sections constructed out of confusion. 

Continuing on, the only verse in the song is sung by Hyosung and Sunhwa. 

Hyosung starts things off with delivering a sweet melody. She’s on the softer vocal side, with medium speed pacing. This is perfect for building up the song and it fits perfectly after the introduction’s instrumental solo. Sunhwa takes it after her fellow leader (I think?) and is even softer with her voice. There’s a nice, short pause that happens after “hanmadie”, but after that, Sunhwa finishes the verse with a catchy part of “bingbingbingbingbing”. 

In short, the verse was well done by the two ladies. It features softer, sexy singing in order to create build-up for the song and it definitely succeeds with such. Furthermore, the transitions to and after are perfect, and even Sunhwa’s last section is quite catchy and it provides a smooth transition to the pre-chorus.

3. Pre-Chorus: 9/10 – Hana and Jieun are in charge of the first pre-chorus. Hyosung replaces Hana for the second pre-chorus while Jieun remains. Both pre-choruses are identical.

For the initial pre-chorus, Hana showcases some fantastic singing. I’m very pleased to see she wasn’t purely placed into rapping, since she does have a rap section later. It’s rare to see rappers have some regular singing moments, but “I’m In Love” gives Hana that. 

Hana does an excellent job of bringing up the song’s energy slightly. Her singing is very melodic and people will definitely fall in love with this section’s flow. Precision to the melody is what she does; there’s nothing extraordinary with her singing here, but with how well she controls her vocals to craft this melody, it makes her lines very lovable. She does have a small note hold at “mandeureo~uwo~” which allows an easy switch to Jieun, the next singer. Speaking of her, Jieun follows up that note hold with English lines. Her line of “You driving me crazy” was quite powerful and this shifts the song’s intensity to a higher point. Jieun’s last line of “Crazy crazy crazy for love~” provides a perfect transition to the chorus due to a final, powerful and energetic line. The note hold at “love~” also helped with bringing the song into the chorus. 

With a very sweet, catchy melody at play here, it’s quite hard to not fall in love with this section. The work done by Jieun is also fantastic; she provides a lot of energy and power for the song for a smooth flow into the chorus, as well as continuing the melody. 

4. Chorus: 9/10 – An extremely catchy chorus. Everyone does chip in for a portion of the chorus. After that part, there’s a solo singer. Sunhwa sings when the first half of the chorus arrives. Jieun sings the solo for the second half of the chorus. Every chorus is the same in terms of singers.

Anyhow, this chorus is amazing. Firstly, all the ladies are singing in unison for the first half of it. This creates a powerful, echoing effect. It gives the chorus an extra punch since Secret is fully committing together. The combined singing sounds very smooth and catchy, and the layering effect due to unison singing makes it even more lingering. 

Now after they all sing, Sunhwa takes the spotlight once more with her lines. She has two lines in English: “Think I’m in love with you” and “I’m in love with you”. Those lines were perfectly fluent. Besides having solid pronunciation, those two lines allowed the chorus to have a moment to “reset” itself. This is crucial to prevent a chorus from becoming dull; a change of pacing and intensity is almost always needed to vary it enough for listeners to enjoy repetitively. Anyhow, those English lines were on the calmer, slower side. After the two lines, Sunhwa does throw back in some Korean. The final Korean line is a lot stronger in comparison to her English lines. This is to allow the song to shift back into the energetic pacing that was established earlier.

The second half of the chorus follows the same format and melody,  the only change being lyrics. Jieun does a similar job to Sunhwa and everyone still sings in unison for a portion. 

In terms of transitioning to the next part, that goes very smooth. Jieun wraps the chorus up with her last line, which becomes softer and calmer. The instrumental also does a phenomenal job of dying down as well.

An extremely catchy chorus that contains an interesting change between unison singing and solo singing. The English lines also add further contrast and the melody and vocals are as sweet as ever. Unequivocally an incredible song section. 

5. Rap: 7/10 – It is now time for Hana’s rapping. 

To be honest, it’s not the best rapping I’ve heard, but I wouldn’t label it as awful. Her part was transitioned to properly, since the intensity level was completely matching due to a calmer previous ending. 

In terms of her rapping, her pacing was towards the slower end, but that is completely suitable. Her melody here is solid, but her flow wasn’t the smoothest. It’s still noticeable as rapping, but there wasn’t any spectacular flow of having words sliding out of her mouth. The instrumental perfectly matches up, although the transition after was based on a quick sound bouncing back and forth. That part could’ve been more solid; it sounded somewhat dull on that section.

Overall, average rapping work done here along with decent instrumental work. Hana’s flow could have been stronger, and the sound bouncing at the end was not the best. 

6. Bridge: 8/10 – Hyosung and Jieun form a duo team for this section.

Despite coming straight after a chorus, the transition to it is flawless thanks to the instrumental dying down perfectly. 

Hyosung is the first to sing. Her part perfectly reciprocated the softer piano tune occuring. She sang in a softer style to reflect that. The melody is still sweet here thanks to Hyosung’s vocals. Now after her part, Jieun comes in, and her part is the complete opposite of soft. Her section was essentially slow and heavy blows; her first line of “bunmyeonghae” had a strong emphasis. Following up that is another slow yet emphasizing line of “ neon wiheomhae”. Now after those two powerful lines, she finishes things with a last line and has a strong yet short note hold of “Whoa~”. A very clean wrap up to the bridge.

Lots of diverse singing styles were utilized here, whether it was being soft or having chunked, powerful lines. Hyosung’s part had a nice contrast to Jieun’s part. A solid bridge, overall. 

7. Conclusion (Second Half of Chorus): 8/10 – Although I’m grading the VERY last part, it needs to be known that before the very final second half chorus, the previous chorus contains a lot of beautiful two-part singing with Jieun. She throws in some melodic note holds of “Whoa~” and “Oh yeah~” and more. This adds the “final climatic peak” effect; Jieun’s two-part singing added a lot of unique spice to the ending. I will consider this with the very last chorus.

In terms of the concluding section, it is the chorus but it is only the second half of it. 

It follows the same pattern as the standard chorus, except it seems that everyone sings it this time. This gives it a climatic moment, although nothing else occurs such as two-part singing (but keep in mind this did happen earlier with the previous section before the conclusion). The very last moment is perfect with the song fading out; the ladies let their vocals naturally die out and the instrumental follows that as well.

Now judging the conclusion piece alone, it’s not the strongest ending, however, considering the previous chorus flawlessly executed some two-part singing, this will still give the conclusion a solid score. The real climax occurs during the two-part singing in the second-to-last chorus. Anyhow, it’s a solid ending. The fading is perfect and there wasn’t anything overwhelming with intensity; a solid conclusion.

– Line Distribution: 9/10 – Four members are in Secret, so line distribution should be a free 10/10. Or at least I would hope so. 

Hyosung has solo spotlight for the introduction along with sharing a few lines for the verse. She also reappears at the bridge. She has definitely had her time.

Hana has a rapping section and she does regular singing at the first pre-chorus. Unfortunately, that was all she had, but nevertheless, some solid sections.

Jieun is noticed by her role with the chorus along with powerful, slower lines at the bridge. Due to how ubiquitous the chorus is, she technically got her fair share of singing.

Sunhwa possesses a similar scenario as Jieun; she’s in the chorus and thanks to the multiple choruses, she’s heard a lot. She does have some spotlight in the verse as well, so overall she’s well included.

Overall, my only complaint is with Hana; not necessarily herself, but the fact that she didn’t have more lines. She did have a solo rap section where she was the pure highlight, so it isn’t completely bad.

Anyhow, near perfect for line distribution.

– Instrumentals: 9/10 – I thoroughly enjoyed the instrumental for “I’m In Love”. Not only is it brass/classical based, it provides so much for the idols of Secret. It aided their transitions as well as augmenting their vocals by replicating the same energy. Now by itself, it definitely has its own charm. In fact, the solo, funky instrumental for the introduction was incredible and even that holds its own. An extremely solid instrumental.

– Meaning: 8/10 – “I’m In Love”, I’m anticipating another love story, so let’s see what’s that story behind the lyrics. Take a look through these English translated lyrics. Not 100% accurate:

Sometimes I just can’t help it,
Your touch, your smile, your scent,
I‘m crazy for your love

What did you just do to me?
I used to be normal, but where did I go?
When you asked me to hold onto you
I keep getting confused, spinning round and round

Why do you keep burning up my heart?
Why do you keep preventing me from doing anything?
You’re driving me crazy
Crazy crazy crazy for love

I have fallen deeply for you
Each day, it’s getting more dangerous
Think I’m in love you
I’m in love with you
I don’t know if you’re poison or love

Think I’m in love, think I’m in love, yeah
Think I’m in love, think I’m in love, yeah
I’m in love with you
I’m in love with you
I don’t know if this is love or unhappiness

What did you just do to me? My head hurts
Guess you played around a bit You shake me up
You push then pull me back, You push then pull me back
It hurts, I’m in love

Why do you keep burning up my heart?
Why do you keep preventing me from doing anything?
You’re driving me crazy
Crazy crazy crazy for love

I have fallen deeply for you
Each day, it’s getting more dangerous
Think I’m in love you
I’m in love with you
I don’t know if you’re poison or love

Think I’m in love, think I’m in love, yeah
Think I’m in love, think I’m in love, yeah
I’m in love with you
I’m in love with you
I don’t know if this is love or unhappiness

The more I know you, the more I fall into you
As if I can catch you, when I grab it, the dream disappears
It’s clear that you’re dangerous, I can’t stop

I have fallen deeply for you
Each day, it’s getting more dangerous
Think I’m in love you
I’m in love with you
I don’t know if you’re poison or love

Think I’m in love, think I’m in love, yeah
Think I’m in love, think I’m in love, yeah
I’m in love with you
I’m in love with you
I don’t know if this is love or unhappiness

I can’t see anything else but you
The more I fall for you, the more dangerous you get
I’m in love with you
I’m in love with you
I don’t know if this is love or unhappiness

So not a pure love story, after all. Although I didn’t link it, feel free to YouTube the music video; that video gives some further insight on potential meanings for the song.

These lyrics seem to be about a lady OR gentleman, who is confused at their own feelings. Are they in love? Is this just a random feeling, or is this true love? This seems to be the result of their love interest “pushing and pulling” them. For Korean culture, that’s their style of saying “playing hard to get” for American culture. So no, it’s not physical abuse here, thankfully. 

Overall, it seems a poor lady/gentleman is confused at how they feel since their love interest is playing that game; the vague, ambiguous game of not knowing how the other person feels. They might smile and wink at you, but the next day they’ll give you zero words. Anyhow, these lyrics describe the burning passion for their lover, despite not knowing for sure how the other feels.

There are some key details to back that up, such as “THINK I’m in love…” Hopefully you’ll always be able to say, confidently, with 100% sincere meaning, that you’re in love. In “I’m In Love”, however, the main character is unfortunately confused and can only believe they’re in love.

Overall, an interesting story supported with some key details. It is nothing too sophisticated in terms of the details, but due to the interesting plot, it keeps it a solid enough score. 

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Choreography Score: 9/10 – I was quite upset with the dance. Why? Because it was SO close to being the perfect, first, 10/10 score for a choreography. However, it does fall short in a few categories. Nevertheless, this is probably one of the better dances I’ve seen and is almost near the top.

This dance is the first I’ve seen to genuinely reflect off the song’s mood and energy; if you haven’t, check out the beautiful, graceful dancing done, showcased by their dance practice video. 

If the song was in a softer mood, the choreography was the same. However, once the song got upbeat, their dancing completely followed suit with the same charisma. In addition, the syncing in this dance was practically dead-on. Nearly every maneuver, in fact, maybe all, matched up to the music. That’s an incredible feat, to have near perfect sync.

So the energy and charisma matches the song, and the choreography syncs movements with the music as well, it would seem impossible for this song to have any mistakes. Sadly, two aspects have some questionable parts: Hana’s rapping section and the backup dancers. 

Hana’s part had a very awkward butt-shaking part; it’s one thing to have a blatant sexual dance, but it’s another issue if it’s executed awkwardly, and unluckily, it falls within that category. On the bright side though, the butt-shake completely synced with the music, despite how awkward and unfitting it was for “I’m In Love” as a whole.

The second problem with the choreography is the questionable use of backup dancers. There are some sections where they definitely assist the choreography and fill in missing gaps or provide more, such as with Hyosung during the verse, the introduction, and even Hana’s rapping section. However, for primarily the chorus, the backup dancers become too numerous and don’t add any extra effect other than filling in space. Filling too much space. I personally think the chorus would be fine with the four wonderful ladies of Secret dancing with just themselves. Watching the choreography a few more times, if the backup dancers left during the chorus, the dance would feel a lot more clean and give the backup dancers an even more potent effect for when they do appear.

Overall though, ignoring these small blemishes, this dance is absolutely fantastic. It emulates how energetic and intense the song gets. On top of that, the syncing between the song and maneuvers is incredibly well matched. One of my favorite choreography. If the backup dancers disappeared during the chorus and Hana’s butt-shaking dance wasn’t as awkward, this would easily be a 10/10 dance.  

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Overall Score: 9/10 (9/10 raw score) – This brings the song to a final score of a pure 9/10 score, which I definitely agree with. The song is extremely pleasing to listen to and the choreography is just as incredible. I’m curious as to other songs Secret have released, they seem to have a lot of potential. I think it’ll also be fun to become a little more familiar with these ladies; Hyosung has proven to be very sweet and cute; I would assume Hana, Jieun, and Sunhwa have lovable personalities as well. 

This review is the longest one for some odd reason, I wrote for about 2 hours last night and am just now finishing it up in the morning. Hopefully I did this song some justice, for Secret are some amazing, smart, talented singers/dancers.

Check out their dance practice video, although if you haven’t at this point of the review, something’s very wrong.

As I said before, I think this is my last review before I take a week off to catch up on some work and to get school supplies ready. I’m hoping I will still have a consistent review schedule even once school starts up. What is my next review, though? I’ve looked over my “Archive” page and realized I’m being unfair to the gentlemen idols of K-Pop, so I’ll do a male artist of some sort. It might be EXO’s “Growl” or I might go scavenging around for another song, time will tell.

Since the end is here for this review, I would like to thank you for reading this. I sincerely appreciate your time to read this, and I hope this is an entertaining read and that your own musical light turns on. Thanks. I spent a long time with this review, so I hope it comes out well. As always, “I have fallen deeply for you” and “I’m in love with you, I’m in love with you" 

f(x) – “Red Light” Review

f(x) – Red Light (Live Performance)

f(x) – Red Light

Reviewed on August 16, 2014

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Personal Message: Time to start my review list. Today I’m also typing while my laptop’s on my lap, so that’s a fun change up (or at least I did that for a bit). Anyhow, as posted last night, f(x)’s “Red Light” was a song in mind to review. This song is honestly a disappointment. From what I’ve noticed, f(x) is going downhill in terms of music, let alone all the drama happening to them (although my sympathy does go out to Sulli for all the scandals and stress she’s under). Anyhow, f(x) came off as really potent with “Hot Summer” and then with “Electric Shock”. However, after “Electric Shock”, they’ve started a downhill trend with “Rum Pum Pum Pum” and now “Red Light”. 

The biggest issue with “Red Light” has to be how disorganized it is; it’s really chaotic in terms of the song structure and instrumental. I’m extremely disappointed with how this came out. For sure, this song definitely turned on the “Red Light”.

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Song Total Score: 7/10 (7.2/10 raw score) – Average score of the sub-categories, separate so Choreography Score doesn’t affect it.

– Vocals: 8/10 – Thankfully the problem in this song does not lie within the ladies’ vocal talent. For this song, they’re not showing the most outstanding vocal talent, but it still remains solid. During certain sections, their harmony is dead-on when they sing in unison. All the members are able to deliver a catchy melody and stronger, echoing vocals for certain sections.

What is unfortunate about this song is the style of vocals; the ladies aren’t here to showcase any spectacular singing, but instead, all they need to do is create an echoing, robotic voice. That’s the “Red Light” style; robotic vocals that give power.

Overall, solid vocals nevertheless, the only issue is something f(x) isn’t in control of: the style.   

– Song Structure: 7/10 (6.833/10 raw score) – Going to have scores for “Verse score”, “Pre-Chorus score”, “Chorus score”, etc.)

The song goes in this structure and order:

Introduction, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Bridge, Conclusion (Chorus)

So for “Song Structure”, I’m going to go through each section (Verse, Chorus, etc) and give a score per section. After that, the average is the “Song Structure” score.

Note: I checked over the lyrics, and it seems there’s an extra section after the concluding chorus, however, that might be due to the MV version. For this live performance, they skipped that section.

1. Introduction: 5/10 – For “Red Light”, the song starts off with unique buzzing, electronic noises along with a ticking beat. It’s for a short duration. In terms of setting up the song for listeners, it does that well. It prepares people for what’s to come in terms of the instrumental and style. However, accomplishing the role of the introduction was all it did; in terms of the musical side, it’s extremely obnoxious. The instrumental is not pleasing to hear at all, and in fact, this might be one of the worst instrumentals I’ve heard in a song. It’s very stale and doesn’t have a nice melody or sound attached; it’s repetitive and very disorganized.

With such a displeasing sound, that will hurt the score. Thankfully, it does its role of setting up the stage in terms of anticipating what’s to come.

2. Verse: 6/10 – There are two verses in this song, the first is done by Krystal and Sulli while the second is done by Luna with Amber throwing in a few lines here and there. 

For the verse, it almost feels like a rap. It might actually be a rap if you look closely enough, but anyhow I’ll consider it as a regular verse.

The verses are exceptionally short. For this section, the flow is actually quite decent, it has a rapping style in terms of how fast they sing and with how smooth words are being said. Unfortunately, those are the only strengths of the verses. Otherwise, this part is completely dull; their vocals are actually quite monotone and with how short this part is, it seems as if it was just executed without any other benefit. A stale section that’s only pleasing thanks to its flow. The rough instrumental doesn’t aid this part in any way. 

3. Pre-Chorus: 8/10 – Probably the only solid piece in “Red Light” (Ignoring the bridge). For this section, Luna, Victoria, and Krystal are the ones responsible. The second pre-chorus differs in terms of the order of singers, but otherwise remains cloned. 

For this part, the first two singers, whether it’s Luna then Victoria or Krystal then Victoria, do a great job of adding some power and intensity to the song. This part surprisingly fits in with the instrumental and that creates a stronger, energetic part. Now after the first two ladies are done, Krystal or Luna steps in for the last line. Their part is quite beautiful with bringing in some softer vocals, and creating a build-up effect thanks to lowering the song intensity that way. The melody is catchy here and the instrumental goes passive, so a perfect match here. The transition to the chorus goes quite smooth here thanks the instrumental and its rapid beats to change song parts. 

4. Chorus: 6/10 – Now this is where we get to hear quite a bit of dissonance between the vocals and instrumental. Both parties were essentially doing their own agenda. Anyhow, everyone sings for the chorus (although Amber has some solo lines for the first and then Sulli has her solo lines for the second).

This section is quite poor in terms of the style. The ladies are all very dull and have no charisma or charm with their vocals, instead, they all sound like robots. Completely monotone and singing in unison. Perhaps that was the effect “Red Light” was going for, and if so, it completely works. However, for listening to as a song, it’s extremely dull. The vocal work here is decent, but the style of it and how it’s portrayed is very plain. 

Now when the chorus finally hits the “Red Light”, it’s quite energetic and has some power to it. However, this is where the instrumental gets lost. The instrumental has its beats along with a strange electronic bassline occurring, but it does not seem to match whatsoever with the vocals. It’s almost as if the instrumental was doing “filler” work here; stuffing the song with SOME form of background music without any intention of aiding the vocals. 

On the plus side, the ladies have a great harmonized singing for this section. It’s powerful and catchy. Ignoring that, though, and we’ll notice how the instrumental doesn’t connect with the singing and that the singing style is quite dull. 

5. Bridge: 8/10 – If only the rest of the song was competent and could compete with this section. This part is where the ladies can truly sing with a full melody instead of the current monotone, robotic style. Krystal, Amber, and Luna show off some graceful singing here.

The transition to the bridge is somewhat sloppy, after coming from the upbeat chorus, the instrumental had to make an abrupt switch to become passive. Nevertheless, the passive instrumental here was decent.

Krystal is the first one to sing and her lines give quite a decent amount of power. She has a small note hold with also leaves a linger effect. Amber steps in and follows up with continuing the melody. She is singing a bit more softly than Krystal, but it still works out. Luna concludes the bridge by giving strong vocals and by having a final, powerful note hold at “weonhae~”. Thanks to such an outstanding note hold. the transition back into the song was perfect. The intensity level matched up completely with the final chorus. 

Overall, a bridge that showcases some elegance and strength. This part seems to be the only section where the ladies of f(x) can truly display their talented vocals. It’s not the best bridge ever, but with how the instrumental and vocals supply each other the needed fuel and strong singing, it marks this bridge as solid. 

6. Conclusion (Chorus): 8/10 – For the conclusion, the chorus is recycled again, which is both good and bad. The chorus was already average enough, so using it for a third time isn’t too keen. However, to add a final climatic effect here, “Red Light” does something interesting. It rotates singers for one line at a time. For example, everyone sings but then Sulli has one line. Then everyone sings again and Amber has one line. This repeats for everyone minus Luna. In terms of the very last part with “red light” being said, it’s played out as usual however there is two-part singing (although it’s more “edited in” than sung) with vocals sounding similar to the verse. This adds a neat layer to it and is actually enough to prevent the already tedious chorus from becoming even more so. 

A solid conclusion to a not-so-good song. 

– Line Distribution: 9/10 – Although the song structure delivered a “Red Light”, let’s see if there’s a “green light” here for Line Distribution.

Victoria appears predominately at the pre-chorus, although she has a few lines elsewhere. 

Amber definitely had her share with her lines scattered throughout the song. Plus she was a part of the bridge.

Luna had time to shine with a multitude of lines. She appears a lot throughout this song.

Krystal is also in the same boat as Luna. She has a copious amount of lines and appears in several sections. Krystal had her part.

Sulli is seen throughout the song as well. Similar to Amber, she has shorter lines spread out everywhere in the song.

Now there’s also something else to note, which is everyone sings for the chorus, so that’s another plus.

It won’t be a perfect score, but it’s near that. The only setback has to be that some members have very short lines, but at least they got a decent amount of them and are seen in multiple song sections. Overall, everyone had a fair bit of lines and with everyone chipping in for the chorus, this deserves a “green light”.

– Instrumentals: 3/10 – I would rate this instrumental as poor, so a score of 3/10 or 1.5/5 seems appropriate. It is honestly one of the most horrible, if not the worst, instrumental I’ve ever heard for a song. 

It’s extremely obnoxious with a weird electronic bassline that sounds like a deeper zipper noise. The beats are also quite plain and don’t serve any sort of listening joy. Furthermore, this instrumental does not aid the ladies’ vocals at all except for a few transitions. Anyhow, there’s no cohesiveness between the vocals and instrumentals whatsoever. It’s a horrible soundtrack and I’m glad f(x)’s singing didn’t get completely ruined by this. Although f(x) is known for an electronic based instrumental, this is not the way to go. “Hot Summer” and “Electric Shock” are still their highlighted instrumentals; those songs properly use an electronic based soundtrack that still gives the “f(x)” style. 

– Meaning: 9/10 – These lyrics are perhaps one of the most confusing, yet enticing lyrics I’ve seen so far. Here they are, translated to English (although it’s not 100% accurate):

Ay- Wait a minute, follow the rules of the jungle
The weak will get eaten
They just push me forward, yeah push me forward
Nah you’ll get stepped on if you lose focus

Ay- Ay- It’s a red light, light
This is real life,
don’t even know what’s wrong
Ay- Ay- It’s a red light, light
Listen to the person
who’s warning you, red light

Breathe for a moment eh- oh- eh- oh-
This isn’t a war

Open your eyes wide,
you’re about to crash, stop the speeding
Be the witness of change
When everyone is being quiet
In front of the rough caterpillar that is being pushed

It turns on, red light
The clear red light
Turns on by itself, red light

Boy your excuses of trying your best
are just filled with doubts to me
True love might just be
a very slow wave (a very slow wave)

Ay- Ay- It’s a red light, light
Let’s look for the special emergency exit
filled with light in each other
Ay ay, think about it, what was it that made
us stop? Red light

Turn around just once eh- oh- eh- oh-
Look for the precious things

Open your eyes wide,
you’re about to crash, stop the speeding
Be the witness of change
When everyone is being quiet
In front of the rough caterpillar that is being pushed

It turns on, red light
The clear red light
Turns on by itself, red light
It turns on, red light
Two of the red lights
In front of the hot sun and you is the red light

A miracle is coming
although it took so long
We’re waiting for and wanting the green light

Stop the speeding
(this is real life, listen to the voice)
Open your eyes wide
(yeah, look at the world before you)
They push me forward
(about to crash, you’re being pushed)
Caterpillar, that’s madness

It turns on, red light
The clear red light
Turns on by itself, red light
It turns on, red light
Two of the red lights
In front of the hot sun and you are the red light

Very symbolic lyrics I would say. Some symbolic objects/things are “red light” and “caterpillar”. Another interesting aspect is the analogy of driving, perfectly fitting with “Red Light” after all.

What are these lyrics talking about? Honestly, I could write a list that goes up to 20 or so potential ideas. It does seem to be in the realm of relationships/dating, though, as there’s a section of “Boy your excuses of trying your best…” and that gives a lot of hints as to what the song could mean. It might be going to the “Red Light” zone after all (dominated relationship, forced to do things, etc), or it might not. Anyhow, it might be about how a lady is pressured too quickly into a relationship. Or, it might be the lady is pressured to do something even though the couple are already going out together. It might also be about the lady giving him a “Red Light”; a warning. Instead of her telling the guy to “stop” whatever is bothering her, she might be the one giving him threats if he doesn’t stop his current actions. Hence the “caterpillar” is her; extremely sluggish and slow but capable of transforming itself into the complete opposite.

Be the witness of change
When everyone is being quiet
In front of the rough caterpillar that is being pushed

The caterpillar is quite symbolic; the “change” goes both ways in terms of how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly and how the lady plans on doing something. This “change” will also only occur once it’s just the couple/if no one will find out. Seems rather threatening, after all, he is messing with a “rough caterpillar”.

Anyhow, these lyrics could mean so many things, whether it’s about a lady giving her partner a warning/threat or telling her partner to stop something, it’s interesting and I love the symbolism in the lyrics and the analogies and such.

Solid lyrics. Definitely vague lyrics but with interpretation, a whole book could be written on the sole question of: “What is ‘Red Light’ talking about?”

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Choreography Score: 8/10 – Even though the song itself is rather hectic, at least the choreography isn’t. This dance is quite solid, in fact. It syncs very well with the instrumental beats and sounds; the dance also becomes more full and energetic as the song does the same. Transitioning around is decent as well. 

Overall a solid dance that reflects the instrumental, despite how horrendous the soundtrack is. It’s an entertaining dance to watch with lots of great arm/hand motions and syncing. 

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Overall Score: 8/10 (7.5/10 raw score) – Well I’m shocked on the score.

Solid vocals along with some strong line distribution and sophisticated lyrics bring “Red Light” into a safer zone. The biggest con of this song is for sure the instrumental and song structure; it’s quite weak in those areas. Thankfully, an upbeat, energetic dance along with the factors stated above give “Red Light” the needed things to prevent it from being the worst song ever. 

Anyhow, do I recommend it? Not even close. In terms of the musical side, it’s horrible. The song’s structure is rather poor with the only decent parts being the bridge and pre-chorus. Looking at “Red Light” from the perspective of the lyrics and such is solid at least. This song is practically the “Jeon Won Diary” for f(x); a decent group doing their best with a mediocre song. For those who don’t get that reference, check out my review of “Jeon Won Diary” by T-ARA N4 and you’ll understand. 

So the end has come and writing this was just as chaotic as the instrumental. I took multiple breaks while writing this but hopefully this review is consistent. Thank you so much for reading. I hope this review was a lot more critical than my other ones and that you see “Red Light” in a different light. Hopefully your own opinions are triggered.

My next review is most likely going to be Secret – “I’m In Love”. Now that song is amazing. Anyways, stay tuned for that. Expect it one or two days, “A miracle is coming, although it took so long”. (And note, after that review, I’ll take my small break)

OnStyle’s Reality Show – “Jessica & Krystal” Review

Reviewed on August 14, 2014

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Alright so I don’t know exactly what I’ll be writing for a show “review”, but perhaps this might just be my personal opinion of the show. Anyhow, this is by far one of the better, if not, the best (reality) shows I have ever seen. It’s heartwarming, funny, cute, dorky, and full of emotions. Heck, this is the first show I’ve watched that made me genuinely cry, and although I can get emotional easily when watching things, I’ve never shed an actual tear until this show. So props for that.

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Anyhow, what is “Jessica & Krystal” about? Well as some of you may know, Jessica is a member of Girls’ Generation, a veteran group of the K-Pop scene (Check out my review of “Mr. Mr.” by them) and Krystal is a member of f(x), a solid quintet group (And see my review of “Electric Shock”). And of course, Jessica and Krystal are both sisters; the Jung sisters (last name). While they both work and perform for the same label company of SM Entertainment, they hardly have time to truly spend time with one another. Nevertheless, their affection and love for each other only grows stronger with being apart. For this show, the crew takes us on a ride. We get to see the real sisters; not the singers/dancers, but the actual, sweet independent ladies they are.

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What’s great about this show is it breaks a lot of the created images of them. People have known Krystal as rude, arrogant, etc. and some have thought that for Jessica as well. However, through following their actual lives and seeing their hectic schedules, people are truly able to understand what they go through and how they truly act. Krystal is a reserved, shy person, not someone who refuses to talk since they’re rude.

Another great thing is they show being an idol isn’t all fun and games; it’s a job. A hard job. Although, in my opinion, the show makes lightly of how busy they are, at least they reveal that. There was an episode showing Krystal getting only a few hours of sleep (2 to 4?) and then having to film and practice for the entire day. This also includes running straight into nighttime. After all the work is done, she has time to sleep for a few hours, and then it repeats. A tough job it is, even if it looks glamorous and fun on the outside.  

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Now besides seeing an idol’s personal life, what this show does focus on is their relationship: Jessica and Krystal. It is extremely heartwarming to see how close they are to one another. They eat together, laugh together, cry together, they share so many moments with each other. Of course, being able to do this was thanks to the show. Without spoiling anything, pretty much the ladies have thanked the show for allowing them to spend time together, since normally they would never have time to do that. Anyhow, their love for each other is something everyone can feel and reflect upon. Love truly is everything. I think that’s a message people forget, so remember to love those who are close to you. 

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Well I guess I just covered points on highlighted things of this show. I sort of just went into this post with nothing in mind, but hey I wanted to share it with you guys. This show is just awesome, it really is. Full of charms and laughs, it provides entertainment and it provides a great behind-the-scenes look at the lives of the Jung idols. I really wish they went for another season, but in reality, this show is meant as a one-time deal; going further wouldn’t have the same, momentous effect it currently has. 

If you haven’t seen this show, check it out. In fact, there are some English subtitled videos for it, so that’s neat. 

Anyhow I’ve come to really love this show and adore these sisters. I’m still shocked that “Jessica & Krystal” made me cry, but that goes to show how genuine the show is and such. 

As usual, thanks for reading. Even though this isn’t the usual music review, I hope you find it just as entertaining. This is more of just my opinion on the show and such, but I hope it’s insightful. I didn’t go into much detail, since spoiling this incredible show would be dishonoring. Check it out for yourself to see. 

For my upcoming review, I’m making a complete change of plans to f(x)’s “Red Light”. That’ll be a really, really fun and critical review, so stay tuned for that. I’m also going to post an “Upcoming Song Review” blog for those wondering what my future plans are. Adding diversity is my main goal. Anyhow, thank you for reading this, check out the ladies’ amazing show. For now, I’m actually going to finish the remaining, precious 8 minutes or so left of the last episode. See you in the next review!

Nine Muses – “Wild” Review

Nine Muses – Wild (Live Performance)

Nine Muses – Wild (Dance Version)

Nine Muses – Wild

Reviewed on August 12, 2014

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Personal Message: Well a double change of plans. So earlier I was doing this review, and got all the way to the Song Structure part, only to have to restart due to a crash. Pretty upsetting and on top of that even more upsetting was realizing how I’m always handed down the “broken” things to use; or well, things I would consider very usable but then torn down since people are expecting too much instead of being glad with what they have. So that was really upsetting but whatever, back to my own personal laptop to use for this blog. 

But, like the K-Idols, regardless of how terrible a day, time to put on a smile for the others who are having a bad day. Anyways, I originally planned to review f(x)’s “Rum Pum Pum Pum” since that’d be quite an interesting, critical review. However, today is Nine Muses’ 4 year anniversary! Well technically it happened yesterday in Korea time but, for my place, it’s today. They’ve had an amazing year with 2013 with releases of “Dolls”, “Wild”, “Gun”, and “Glue”. Although this year is a bit rough, I hope to see these ladies continue to shine with even better songs. Anyways to celebrate their anniversary, I decided to review the song that got me into Nine Muses: “Wild”. 

Besides being one of Nine Muses’ top songs, this song is very, very meaningful to me. To me, this is what started it all; this is what really got my passion for K-Pop, and from that, a complete change. Good change. Change for the better. K-Pop has given so much to me, and without pouring out a list, it has given me positivity. I won’t get too personal, but K-Pop has done so much. Whether it’s due to the incredible songs and choreography, hilarious and sweet group members, or even the darker, shadier side of the industry, it has definitely made an impact on my life. I am very thankful for it, and it all started thanks to these nine, amazing ladies. 

I still remember the first time I watched the MV. Although I didn’t link it, feel free to YouTube it and such. It’s a very sexy MV, but not sexy in terms of pure body-revealing scenes, but rather it has a classy, passionate type of sexy. Anyways, the first time I watched it, it was a bit too much for me to handle, I was honestly disturbed (although now I am completely accustomed to Nine Muses’ style and concept). However, on the bright side, I loved the song. It was very interesting; classy yet electronic based and rocking with amazing vocals. On top of that, a fantastic choreography. 

From there, I became interested in the group. And gradually, I became more and more attached to the members after seeing their dorkier sides, and after seeing the hardships they went through. In fact, former member/leader, Sera, became my role model. Anyhow, I wasn’t just interested in Nine Muses; eventually, I wandered out and found more K-Pop groups and such, and before I knew it, I found a burning passion for K-Pop. Again, it’s more than the beautiful singers/dancers and amazing song, but even the hardships and darker side of the K-Pop industry keeps me staying. This passion and what I have gained out of K-Pop is all thanks to “Wild”. It was what started this all, and without it, this blog wouldn’t be here at all nor would a lot of positivity in my life exist. For that, I am very thankful and as a result, I cherish “Wild” as a very meaningful song to me that started off this amazing journey.

But let’s forget all that stuff for now and focus on the actual song itself. “I’m burning for love love” and that love is for “Wild”, let’s venture in and take a look. 

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Song Total Score: 8/10 (8.2/10 raw score) – Average score of the sub-categories, separate so Choreography Score doesn’t affect it.

– Vocals: 9/10 – Incredible vocal work by the beautiful, intelligent ladies of Nine Muses. As expected from them. The vocals for this song is excellent; they’re hitting a variety of notes and flow. For “Wild”, we can hear the lower notes and the exceptionally higher notes. Their singing style also varies; we can hear a slower, sexier kind of singer, but we also get to hear some very powerful, confident, impacting vocals.

Overall, a huge diversity of vocal work is done and it’s all well executed. Beautiful singing here.

– Song Structure: 8/10 (8.43/10 raw score) – Going to have scores for “Verse score”, “Pre-Chorus score”, “Chorus score”, etc.)

The song goes in this structure and order:

Introduction, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Rap, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Rap, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus, Conclusion (Chorus)

So for “Song Structure”, I’m going to go through each section (Verse, Chorus, etc) and give a score per section. After that, the average is the “Song Structure” score.

Note: So a pretty standard song structure. The only funky thing is the chorus before the final chorus is different lyrically, but melody-wise, is the same. 

1. Introduction: 9/10 – If it’s the introduction’s job to get people hooked, this one did that for sure.

The introduction of this song is the “Oh oh oh” part. From their vocals, they give off a catchy melody for the start. It definitely gets your attention and it starts to produce a small build-up in anticipation for the first verse. Furthermore, the instrumental is well done here. The strong beats are kicking in along with the key instrumental piano melody. 

A very solid start.

2. Verse: 9/10 – I will be grading the first verse, which involves our beloved Kyungri. The second verse is with Minha and Lee Sem, but they replicate the same structure.

Already I’ll say, this is incredible. This song does an excellent job of luring in listeners. Anyhow, the verse is fantastic. Kyungri starts things off with some very solid singing. Her first two lines have a unique “tonight” pause/break at the end of a line that provides build-up and a well-crafted contrast. It’s a nice spice for listeners. Progressing on, she  continues the same style of bringing a catchy melody through her vocals and finishes off the verse with a small note hold at “ dwae~” That allows a smooth transition to the pre-chorus.

Overall, very impressive work by Kyungri, and Minha/Lee Sem towards the later verse. The lines are very sweet and catchy due to the unique melody and the “tonight” provides a nice contrast which prevents any dullness to occur for the verse. Probably one of my favorite verses of all-time.

3. Pre-Chorus: 8/10 – Hyemi and Sera take the first one while Sungah and Kyungri take the second. Again, I’ll cover the first combo since the second pair practically do the same.

Heading into the pre-chorus, Hyemi kicks things off with a very fluent English line of “I’m burning for love love, junbidwaesseo”. This allowed an even smoother transition to the pre-chorus, and it adds to the song’s mood. Passing that, she sings another line in a similar format as above, except it’s purely in Korean. Hyemi’s lines were on the lower pitch side, but that’s great for building up hype and creating a sexy atmosphere. Sera follows up with the same, lower pitch style. However, she modifies things with her final line. For her last line of “neon useumeul juneun danbi gata~”, she adds some extra power for “ta”. It’s enough to give the song the needed intensity boost to transition it to the chorus, so a smooth flow into the chorus thanks to Sera.

Overall, not the most fancy pre-chorus but it definitely showcases their adeptness at singing different notes and styles. They showed off the lower notes here with Sera providing some nice power at the end.

4. Chorus: 8/10 – Wow there are a lot of choruses. I’ll be covering only one, thankfully. Pretty much, Hyemi takes the first one. Hyuna takes the next, followed by Sera. The final conclusion involves quite a few members, but I’ll cover that one separately. 

For the chorus, Nine Muses puts forth high power/intensity. They’re singing with a higher pitch in addition to lots of power, so quite a lot of vocal work here. The instrumental coincides well with the chorus; the vocals and instrumental complement each other quite well. The main point of the chorus is overall the intensity; they’re putting forth a lot of that. Towards, the end, there are some great chunking of the lyrics to help relax the song for a smooth transition to the next piece. On top of that, there is a strong note hold done to further aid that transition. 

Overall, I’ll be honest, not the strongest chorus I’ve heard, but it holds very well, nevertheless. The strength lies in how the song built up, and how now it finally gets to release all that hype. The instrumental plays a key role and there is still a melody going.  

5. Rap: 9/10 – Although the two raps are different, they’re closely related enough for me to not make a different score. Anyhow, hot-shot Euaerin takes the first one while smart, sexy, husky-voiced Eunji takes the second.

Euaerin is killing it with her rap. How murderous can she be? Who knows but her rap was very, very nice. She had a very solid flow and pace going. Words were definitely sliding off smoothly. On top of that, it still matched up with the melody and instrumental. Lots of power and speed for her rapping. Extremely well executed and knowing Euaerin, this is to be expected. She’s a solid rapper by far and she proves it here.

Eunji’s part was solid as well; the use of her deeper voice suited her rap well, especially with the pause in the middle with “Hot Spotlight feels right”. Anyhow, she had lots of flow. Nothing was abrupt or choppy, it was quite fluent and she definitely incorporated the melody and instrumental.

Very solid rapping work done by these two stunning ladies.  

6. Bridge: 8/10 – Hyemi and Hyuna form a duo for this part.

Firstly, the transition to the bridge was somewhat rough. Coming from the high powers of the chorus’ vocals, swapping to the calmer singing in the bridge was pretty rough. At least the instrumental transitioned well.

Moving past that, Hyemi sang in a slower, weaker style in comparison to the chorus. Her lines were well executed and they definitely “relaxed” the song down quite a bit. Hyuna then steps in and does the same for one line. Now at the final line, she has chopped lyrics of “no way, no way, no way…ok?” This was very well synced with the instrumental; the soundtrack followed the same flow and pacing and at the end, went completely quiet at “ok?”. Hyuna sings this part very well and still maintains the melody. This part was used as a way to fully relax the song for building up to the conclusion. 

Overall, a decent bridge. Nothing too strong, and in fact the transition to the bridge wasn’t the smoothest. Hyemi and Hyuna were able to calm the song down in preparation for a final, climatic chorus and that they managed to do. 

7. Conclusion (Chorus): 8/10 – So this is quite an interesting ending. So before we get further, the ladies handling the final chorus are Kyungri, Hyemi, Hyuna, and Sera.

Keep in mind, before the final chorus, there was another chorus beforehand. Although lyrically, it’s different, it follows the same structure and melody. So already, there’s a repetitive dullness feel attached to the conclusion. On top of that, the final chorus plays out exactly as the other choruses in the song; the only difference is there is a noticeable added power. That gives a solid, final climatic effect. In fact, the switch between singers is very interesting and further gives off that final, top-peak of energy effect. However, the biggest issue is how repetitive this part feels. A chorus, and then a final chorus with 4 members singing it. 

Now moving past that, on the positive side, once Sera finishes her final words, the piano melody solely plays out. The key instrumental plays one final time and finally the song fully comes to a stop. 

Overall, while the final, climatic effect is great, this section comes off as rather dull and repetitive. Thankfully, though, the graceful piano ending helps quite a bit but this isn’t the strongest ending at all. 

– Line Distribution: 8/10 – As seen in other groups, sharing lines among 9 members is a daunting task. However, as seen in “Glue”, Nine Muses was perfect with that. For “Wild”, let’s glance at how lines were shared.

Kyungri had her own verse at the start, and appears throughout the song, so she’s covered.

Hyemi had plenty of lines and appears in multiple sections, such as the bridge, a chorus, and more.

Minha only appears once, and that’s for only two lines at the second verse, so she is lacking a bit.

Lee Sem is in a similar case. She appears in the second verse with only two lines as well. Not looking too well here.

Sera had a fair share of lines. She appears near the beginning and makes a completely return towards the end of the song.

Euaerin had her own rap section in which she excelled vastly at, so she definitely had her time.

Eunji had her own rap time, and definitely had a “Hot Spotlight” that certainly “feels right”. Alright maybe that was overkill, sorry.

Sungah appears at the second pre-chorus for about two lines, so like Minha and Lee Sem, she didn’t have too much time.

So overall, the support vocalists are a bit absent for this song; it’s understandable, though, since “Wild” is quite vocally demanding. Nevertheless, having their support on the lesser side will bring this score down to an 8/10. In the future, they thankfully managed to correct this with a perfect 10/10 for “Glue”, but for “Wild”, not quite.

– Instrumentals: 8/10 – The instrumental for this song is very different; in a good way. It utilizes both electronic and classy instruments. There’s the very prominent piano melody as well as the special electronic “screeching” noise. Overall, the soundtrack provided a lot for transitions and it accompanied the ladies’ vocals very well. On its own, however, not the most solid, but nevertheless, a very graceful and catchy instrumental that fits perfectly for “Wild”.

– Meaning: 8/10 – “Wild”. Where does this lead to, especially with a very sexy MV? I expected some racier lyrics, but let’s see if that’s the case through these not-100%-translated lyrics:

Drunk by the captivating scent tonight,
I am excited by the thought of you tonight
I am looking alright today,
I am anticipating something special might happen

I’m burning for love love, I am ready,
You are quite a sweet counterpart
You are a much needed rain which gives me laughter
For a moment in my dull life

You have become the only exit in my heart,
I become refreshed every day because of you
Two is stronger than one,
We have to stay together

I am slowly falling for you
more more and more
I fell for your trap
and I am floundering for you
Oh! my baby come on closer
You’re getting more drunk on me
You continuously cannot let go
In order for us to become one

Under the captivating moonlight, tonight
I am resting on your shoulder. Tonight

I am a little excited right now,
I am anticipating about what will happen if our lips brush

I’m burning for love, love do you know,
try to get more drunk in the perfect moment.
You’re going to melt for me more
and you will keep me inside you so you can dream

Getting saturated and slowly infiltrating,
This is my secret and
Feeling I wanted from you,
The thing that shines us uh!
Hot spotlight feels right,
moment by moment, u makin’ me high!
Our relationship is getting deeper now,
you cannot escape me you’re, you’re mine

You have become the only exit in my heart,
I become refreshed every day because of you
Two is stronger than one,
we have to stay together

The days I have passed without you,
the days I always wasted
I cannot progress further alone
No way, no way, no way… ok?

You become the long lamplight in the dark,
The light shining inside my heart
We make each other more special,
We have to stay together at all times

You have become the only exit in my heart,
I become refreshed every day because of you
Two is stronger than one,
we have to stay together

So…we have some interesting lyrics. In summary, a person (gentleman/lady) is talking about how their partner is their “only exit” for their heart and that they should stay together, since their love is so strong and they’re quite passionate for each other.

I guess I would label these lyrics as a love story, but not so much a story as is a moment. Anyhow, the big question of “is this about a couple getting ‘Wild’ at night?” It could be, like in literature, implying is all we can do. Either way, passionate love is what these lyrics focus in which is a nice change to the usual stories in lyrics. “Wild” focuses on a moment, versus a story, and I like that change up. 

There are interesting details, but nothing too deep in meaning. Anyhow, solid lyrics about a “Wild”, romantic, deeply-in-love moment.

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Choreography Score: 8/10 – I’m doing my best to stay unbiased, so I’ll lean towards an 8. 

For the choreography, this dance is very impressive. Throughout the entire song, they’re constantly in sync with the music which is always pleasant to witness. Transitioning members around go flawlessly and spotlight positioning is excellent with the other members becoming the support dancers. There are some great key dance points as well.

What does hold it back, though, is there’s nothing too unique with the moves; while they sync very well, it feels as if the choreography doesn’t reflect the power in the song. The syncs well with the music, but not with the intensity if that makes any more sense. The choreography feels quite “plain” when juxtaposing the song to it. There isn’t any fix for that to be honest (just how the song runs and the dance to mesh with it), but overall, a really solid dance full of grace, sexiness, and charisma. 

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Overall Score: 8/10 (8/10 raw score) – I’m really confused on how this song hit an 8/10 instead of a 9. 

Perhaps the choreography should’ve been a 9/10, but it just lacked the slightly needed “spice” to make it more interesting. 

Anyways, “Wild” is still a fantastic song and I still hold it on top for my own personal list of best songs of all-time. It’s quite a shame that Nine Muses lost 3 members. Compare this review to “Glue” and you’ll notice how much they’ve improved; it’s insane to see that much growth. But anyways, “Wild” still holds its own and it’s still an excellent song. The vocals are outstanding here and it has a very unique instrumental. The choreography is also excellent; lots of syncing between the music and moves. 

The issue in this song would overall lie towards the repetitive nature at the end, and that the choreography needs to have a unique twist added to make it stand out even more.

It’s still worth checking out, though. Definitely an excellent song and dance still.

Well the end has come once again, and I would like to say, thank you very much for reading. Making these reviews are quite fun, and I hope you enjoy them as much I do. So thank you.

My future review is most likely “Rum Pum Pum Pum” by f(x), so stay tuned for that.

It’s quite late now, but this is what I get for having my earlier entry getting discarded. Anyhow, “You have become the only exit in my heart, I become refreshed every day because of you” I hope you keep reading this blog, after all, “Two is stronger than one, we have to stay together" 

Jiyeon – “1Min 1Sec” Review

Jiyeon – 1Min 1Sec (Live Performance)

Jiyeon – 1Min 1Sec/Never Ever

Reviewed on August 8, 2014

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Personal Message: Alright, it’s been quite a while so I’m quite sorry for that. I’ve been busy with finishing up some summer homework, spending time with my amazing cousins, and recently I’ve been bundled with re-adjusting some technology stuff. While I’m on this topic, a very special person gave my blog a shoutout/advertised it, so if you’re reading this, thank you again and love you! You rock! 

Anyhow, what am I reviewing on this lovely night? Well since T-ARA is making a comeback in September, it’s time to give the “Retro Queens” some love. I’ve already reviewed “Number 9” by them, and I’ve also gave their member, Hyomin, a lot of attention. However, Jiyeon also went solo and I think it’s well deserved she gets her own review, so let’s do it. Oh and before we start, although I didn’t link the MV, I still think it’s worth checking out. It’s a symbolic, meaningful one, however, I’m personally not a fan of it. But check it out anyways. But for now, I’m just linking a live performance. And one last thing, the song title is “doubled” in that it technically has two titles: “1Min 1Sec” and “Never Ever”. For some reason, T-ARA is a big fan of those things (ex. “Do You Know Me?/What Do I Do?”, “I Know The Feeling/Because I Know”, maybe more as well) but it’s not an issue.

Anyways, let’s see how Jiyeon handles singing solo for “1Min 1Sec” and let’s hope she “Never Ever” stops.

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Song Total Score: 8/10 (8/10 raw score) – Average score of the sub-categories, separate so Choreography Score doesn’t affect it.

– Vocals: 8/10 – Before this song, I never thought Jiyeon was too strong of a singer, but I knew she was holding up her weight at least. However, ever since I heard this song, I’ve been quite impressed with her and started to really pay attention to her singing. 

For “1Min 1Sec”, she delivers very solid vocal skills. She’s not pulling off any insane talent to net her any score higher than this, but she’s definitely not falling short. She’s singing in quite a high pitch, but it’s quite soothing and soft. It has a sweet melody to it and it lingers for quite a while. Very solid vocals in this song.

– Song Structure: 8/10 (8/10 raw score) – Going to have scores for “Verse score”, “Pre-Chorus score”, “Chorus score”, etc.)

The song goes in this structure and order:

Introduction, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Bridge, Conclusion (Chorus)

So for “Song Structure”, I’m going to go through each section (Verse, Chorus, etc) and give a score per section. After that, the average is the “Song Structure” score.

A very standard song structure. Something to note, though, is that after the first chorus, there is technically a “post-chorus” with the “huuhuu~” melody part, but just to keep things simple, I’ll just consider that in with the chorus. 

1. Introduction: 8/10 – I feel that lately for a lot of my reviews, there hasn’t really been a “true” introduction for songs, most just take a few seconds to warm things up and then the verse happens. “1Min 1Sec” takes a very different approach by actually having a legitimate introduction; Jiyeon is following a melody with “hoo hoo~” and eventually we hear “Never ever, ever never” and then the same “hoo~” melody continues until a final “Never ever, ever never”.

Now this introduction sets the stage perfectly; it showcases Jiyeon’s softer vocals and it builds up the mood of the song. It gives a sadder emotional feel and the instrumental does a fantastic job supporting that as well. 

Overall, a solid start that prepares listeners for Jiyeon’s gentle vocals while setting up the tone of the song completely.

2. Verse: 8/10 – I’m a huge fan of this verse, it’s extremely catchy in terms of the flow and Jiyeon’s vocals are quite nice here.

For the verses, Jiyeon begins singing in a slightly fast pace, but she still remains in the higher pitched range. She’s still keeping the softer, gentle style. The flow and melody here are extremely catchy; there’s a lot of “note tossing”, by that I mean how she goes from one note to a second note, but then swaps back to the first note and then goes back to the second note; it’s quite hard to describe but if you ever try playing this on an instrument, you’ll instantly understand. Anyhow, this effect due to the flow makes this part very luring; it lingers and it just baits you in for more. Very solid verses in this song that plays off its catchy note tossing. Jiyeon does a great job with her vocals here. She remains very sweet and high pitched and that further aids the melody and tone of “1Min 1Sec”

3. Pre-Chorus: 8/10 – A short pre-chorus, but it’s to the point.

As expected from a pre-chorus, lots of build up starts occuring here. For this section, Jiyeon starts to deliver a lot more power for her singing; she’s bringing in a lot more energy/intensity. She’s still maintaining the melody and keeping the same high pitch as well. A key detail of this pre-chorus is also the final English lines used at the end: “I wanna be with you, but I will pray for you baby~”

This is a beautiful part. Firstly, it’s in English which creates emphasis due to the contrast of the regular Korean lyrics. Furthermore, the meaning of it also augments the song a lot; it adds more to the lyrics’ story/meaning and it also aids the song’s tone as well. 

Now ignoring the theory/significance side, in terms of singing aspects, it still remains beautiful. For this part, Jiyeon executes it very fluently; for English speakers, it’s completely smooth. This is always a hard task for Korean speakers, so well done Jiyeon for that. But of course besides proper pronunciation, her last part at “baby~” was a solid note hold. It was on the shorter side, but it added enough intensity for a proper transition to the chorus. The note hold itself was also nice to hear since she had a few pitch changing to do there. 

Anyhow, an exceptional pre-chorus that does its job with transitioning to the chorus. However, that wasn’t it; instead, we get to see some great lyrics work along with some stunning singing from our lovely Jiyeon.

4. Chorus: 8/10 – Finally, we’ve come to the center of the song: the chorus. The well known part, in both terms of dance and song.

The flow here is very melodic and it has multiple ways of getting people hooked.

The chorus kicks off with a decent amount of power. Jiyeon starts things off with “Never ever”, the key phrase of this song. Anyhow, after saying that, she resumes singing in Korean but still possesses decent power. She’s still bringing the sweet, softer melody. Anyways after that, the stronger, slower pace of “Never ever” occurs again followed up with the usual line again.

Now after that, Jiyeon brings her vocal intensity down, and has a weaker, slower paced line with “han ja han ja jeogeonaejanha ne ireumeul tto”. A greatly placed line since this allows the chorus to “reset/recycle” itself once again; the same structure starts over once again after this pause in the middle.The very last line, however, does differ. She brings some final power back for her last line of “sumdo swiji motae neo eobsin 1bun 1chorado”. It’s not too much power, but on the bright side, she didn’t abruptly drop the song’s energy. This allows for a smooth transition to the post-chorus, which is the “hoo hoo” melody that occured at the introduction.

The post-chorus, while I’m not grading it necessarily with its own score, I will say, it serves a great purpose. Since the verse is a lot slower and softer than the chorus, it’d be way too contrasting to have a verse follow up immediately after the chorus. As a result, having this post-chorus with the “hoo” melody is perfect to let the song relax itself back and to match itself once again to the verse. Well planned out.

Anyways, a very solid chorus for “1Min 1Sec”. For listeners, the key phrase “Never Ever” happens here and it definitely lingers around and remains catchy. There’s a lot more power in this area and the intensity is increased here. A well satisfying chorus.

5. Bridge: 8/10 – Now we’re at the bridge. Before we start, the transitions to and after are well done. Despite coming straight from the chorus, it merges in completely. In terms of ending it, that goes smoothly as well.

For this bridge, Jiyeon has some interesting singing to do. She would be singing in quite a high pitch for one line, but then for her next line, she’d sing in a middle-high pitch. This repeats for practically the whole bridge, but it creates a very unique contrast between lines. This boosts the intensity without going overboard. For “1Min 1Sec”, it has to stay within its borders since it’s a sadder song. Adding too much energy/intensity would ruin that balance. Anyhow, the bridge does a perfect job with adding just the right amount of extra intensity through the switching pitches between the lines. A very unique thing done here with that swapping of pitches.

Now coming towards the end, I want to highlight the instrumental work done as well. While Jiyeon is doing an amazing job singing, let’s not forget the instrumental backing her up. There’s lots of great syncs with the instrumental, the violins(?) match up completely with Jiyeon’s choppier lines near the end, but with this sync, it further increases the intensity. 

Overall, a solid bridge that plays off its unique line-pitch-swapping tactic. Jiyeon does an exceptional job with carrying the flow and melody, and the instrumental supports her very well. Furthermore, the transitions to and after are flawless. A solid bridge.

6. Conclusion (Chorus): 8/10 – For “1Min 1Sec”, it recycles its chorus for the final conclusion.

I was actually afraid of some two-part singing happening here; the beauty of “1Min 1Sec” is it’s a calmer, yet powerful song. It doesn’t play off intenser vocals, but rather, it just utilizes the synergy between the vocals and instrumental along with its melody/flow. 

Thankfully, nothing overboard happens here. In fact, it’s practically just the chorus once again. While this may seem plain, the top-peak climatic moment shouldn’t be anything too high; that would completely ruin this song’s tone and style. Now moving to the very last few seconds of this song, Jiyeon does her final “Hoo hoo” melody and gradually, it begins to fade out. In terms of the instrumental, the main instruments die off right when she begins the “Hoo hoo” melody but it all truly dies down when Jiyeon is done as well. 

A completely sound ending; it wraps things up completely, it stays in its realm of intensity/energy level, a well suiting conclusion.

– Line Distribution: X/10 – Unfortunately, Jiyeon isn’t with her T-ARA members so can’t be scored.

– Instrumentals: 8/10 – The instrumental for this song is very graceful and classy; in fact, listening to the instrumental by itself is really interesting. Firstly, there are a lot of symbolic sounds, such as thunder and rain. Actually, not sure about the rain. Anyhow, it plays off a piano melody and other classy instruments. I’m rather shocked at how “subtle” the instrumental is; like Jiyeon’s voice, it’s gentle. Nothing too rigorous. A perfect fit with her voice and it does its role of providing for transitions and complementing her singing.

Very solid.

– Meaning: 8/10 – So we know this song contains a sad tone, but what’s the meaning? These English translated lyrics may help us. Not 100% accurate but we’ll get an idea:

huhu huuuu
huhu huu
huhu huuuu
Never ever ever never
huhu huuuu
huhu huu
huhu huuuu
Never ever ever never 

Rain falls then the sun rises
The weather is just like my heart
I cry then I laugh, walk then I run
Disappearing like a dream
Rain falls then the sun rises
The weather is just like my heart
It’s cloudy then it’s clear, tears fall
Then I pretend I’m fine

I’m a nice girl, already wishing for your happiness
I wanna be with you
But I will pray for you baby

Never ever, I can’t give up on you
Never ever, I’m writing down
each letter of your name
Never ever, don’t hide from me
Never ever, don’t leave me
I can’t breathe without you, not for 1 minute 1 second
huhu huuuu
huhu huu
huhu huuuu
Never ever ever never

I hope this is a dream when I close my eyes and open them
I pray and pray then I get tired and fall asleep
I keep having the same nightmare
I can’t escape from it
I hope this is a dream when I close my eyes and open them
I pray and pray then I get tired and fall asleep
Then it repeats again
Please just leave me alone

I’m a nice girl, already wishing for your happiness
I wanna be with you
But I will pray for you baby

Never ever, I can’t give up on you
Never ever, I’m writing down
each letter of your name
Never ever, don’t hide from me
Never ever, don’t leave me
I can’t breathe without you, not for 1 minute 1 second

It’s foolish but you know I’m this kind of girl
So please, this is my last favor
If you ever run into me
Will you please smile at me, who can’t forget you?

Never ever, I can’t give up on you
Never ever, I’m writing down
each letter of your name
Never ever, don’t hide from me
Never ever, don’t leave me
I can’t breathe without you, not for 1 minute 1 second
huhu huuuu huhu huuuu

These lyrics tell the story of a lady (although it could be a male, but in this story specifically, a female) who just can’t seem to forget her ex-partner. She seems to be attached to him and just can’t let him go. As a result, she’s all over the place. She’ll be fine one second but then the next, she’ll be in tears. 

There are some notable lines such as during the verse. It describes her emotions like the weather; the sun comes out (normal, happy) but then rain comes (sad, thinking of the past again).

Now where does the title come from? The line of “I can’t breathe without you, not for 1 minute 1 second” and the second title comes from “Never ever, ——” where she’s refusing to let go of her previous lover.

Anyhow, not the most sophisticated lyrics; I do love the examples, though. It’s a sad story, but I think, although unfortunately, some people can definitely relate to the lyrics. Giving up and trying to forget an ex-partner can certainly be taxing on your emotional and mental health. 

Solid lyrics.

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Choreography Score: 8/10 – I’ve never been so torn between choosing an 8 or 9. So difficult. I think overall, an 8.

The choreography is very, very well synced. It fits in completely; whether it’s snapping maneuvers to match a beat, or fitting hip rolls to match the “hoo hoo” melody, it’s all there. Lots of synchronicity between the dance and song. I’m always a huge fan for that. 

There are some highlighted dance parts, such as the “mirror” dance where Jiyeon has a backup dancer reflecting her movements. There’s also a male dancer who appears a bit and later at the bridge, has a duo dance with her which was unique. 

Now what does throw this dance off a bit are these smaller details. For one, the hip rolling part during the “hoo hoo” melody seems to be slightly out of place; it matches the song but it doesn’t seem fitting. And in fact, it looks slightly awkward. Another thing is one of the key dance points: bat dance! Using her own label for it (I think she called it that), it’s quite unique and the hip movements there completely sync, but it overall does look rather strange. At least it’s one-of-a-kind. Lastly, my last complaint would be the conclusion (chorus) where Jiyeon and the backup dancers all get on their knees and bring their jacket down and just fling their hair like crazy. While it’s synced and I guess arguably matching with theme (going crazy?), it just seems a bit too hectic and what it doesn’t fit, is the “classier” and gentle mood that has been established.

But other than those things, this dance is super entertaining to watch. Lots of great syncing but I wouldn’t say it’s the most spectacular dance I’ve witnessed. 

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Overall Score: 8/10 (8/10 raw score) – Literally a perfect 8 everywhere. I laughed a bit since who would’ve guessed I’ve found the perfect above-average song? Although I think there was another review where it was practically pure 8s all across, but I don’t recall getting straight 8s even inside the Song Structure part.

Anyways, I think this describes “1Min 1Sec” quite well: the perfect above-average song. It’s definitely above average, but nothing incredibly out of this world. Nevertheless, it’s a song worth listening to. If you ever want a song that focuses more on the melody and pacing versus lots of build up and climatic moments, this is the perfect song. It’s a really relaxed song in comparison to a lot of other ones.

It took me 1.5 hours this time for this review, but no problem. It’s always a pleasure to write, but of course, thank you very much for reading. You reading this makes it well worth writing. So thank you once again.

Anyhow, check out Jiyeon’s solo song, “1Min 1Sec”. She does a fantastic job, and if you want to see her other member’s solo, Hyomin with her “Nice Body” (no pun intended) is also another fantastic solo release. I’m really happy with Jiyeon’s work for this song and I hope more can come from her or other members go solo. That’d be quite exciting. At this point, I really can’t pick a “favorite” member of T-ARA. Jiyeon and Hyomin have capitivated me with their solos while the rest of them are still adored. Anyhow, favorites aren’t worth picking since every single one of those ladies are beautiful, smart, and extremely hardworking. Although I have to say, I can relate to Jiyeon with not going out often since she said that she stays home versus going out. Do what makes you happy, whether that’s staying home and being a nerd or going out and having fun. Whatever makes you happy.

Anyways! T-ARA is definitely on a roll I would say, and I can’t wait for their comeback in September. Let’s see how the “Retro Queens” will return. 

Hopefully I didn’t get too dull on this review. I’ll be honest, I’m writing this even though I’m in a more tired state. But it’s all worth it thanks to my readers and since K-Pop is amazing. 

For my next review, I think I’ll spice things up and review a not-so-good song. Which will it be? I have no idea, although I’ll try to get a mediocre song from a group who I still consider very decent. (See my review of “Jeon Won Diary” by T-ARA N4 for an example of what I mean. Amazing group but, not quite that for the song)

Lots of ideas around, so who knows. 

Anyways, the end has come, thanks once again. Hopefully I “Never ever” stop and that you guys keep coming back. After all, “I can’t breathe without you, not for 1 minute 1 second”

Wheesung – “Night and Day” Review

Wheesung – Night and Day MV

Wheesung – Night and Day (Live Performance)

Wheesung – Night and Day

Reviewed on August 5, 2014

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Personal Message: Alright, it’s been two days I believe since I did a review, so nothing too bad. I’m back into posting, though. I’ve been away due to lots of family visits and such. Quite a fun time. Anyhow, what song am I reviewing today? None other than a song by the best male singer I know of so far: Wheesung! From what I heard, he was doing military service for 2 years (not sure on that) and he was finally discharged a few months back. Now being away for that long, one would wonder how his singing would be. He came back full force with “Night and Day”.

Anyhow, I’m really excited to review this song as Wheesung is the male equivalent of Ailee; his singing is beyond anything in this world. If the female K-Idols made me feel bad about my looks, well now I’m a wreck since Wheesung brings down my confidence about my voice. He has an extremely extraordinary voice; his skill is similar to that of Ailee. He can hit both the high and low notes. He’s capable of holding out straining note holds. His ability to add so much power and charisma into his singing is phenomenal. Versatility is what he possesses. All I have to say is thank you Wheesung for getting on the show, “Hello Counselor”. When he got up to sing, I was paralyzed. Instantly I stopped watching and looked up “Night and Day”.

With all this praising said, it is time to see the “Night and Day” of Wheesung’s singing.

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Song Total Score: 9/10 (9/10 raw score) – Average score of the sub-categories, separate so Choreography Score doesn’t affect it.

– Vocals: 10/10 – It’s Wheesung. Moving on. 

Alright ignoring my horrible recycle of an already atrocious joke from my earlier review of Ailee’s “Singing Got Better”, this gentleman is incredible. 

He has everything; his vocals can be exceptionally powerful and can give so much energy off for the song. His note range is the spectrum of high to low. He can maintain lengthy note holds. Lastly, he adds so much emotion, passion, and charisma into his singing. Hearing him sing gives you the same energy he puts into his vocals, it’s amazing.

Pretty much, he is tied with Ailee. I consider Ailee the queen vocalist in the K-Pop scene (although there are quite a few other singers as well that could compete), so I think it is well deserved to label Wheesung as the king vocalist of K-Pop.

– Song Structure: 9/10 (8.8333/10 raw score) – Going to have scores for “Verse score”, “Pre-Chorus score”, “Chorus score”, etc.)

The song goes in this structure and order:

Introduction, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Bridge, Conclusion (Chorus)

So for “Song Structure”, I’m going to go through each section (Verse, Chorus, etc) and give a score per section. After that, the average is the “Song Structure” score.

1. Introduction: 8/10 – Before I get any further, probably the most standard song structure I’ve dealt with in a while. Actually it might be identical to “Singing Got Better” by Ailee. Anyhow, that’s to be expected as “Night and Day” is a ballad/R&B genre song. 

Anyhow, time to focus on the introduction.

A piano melody instantly starts the song off. A very peaceful and melodic tune. A few more seconds in, and Wheesung is already showing some adept singing. He throws in a mini “Ooh~” note hold, however, it isn’t accurate to label it as a single note hold; it should be plural: notes. He does some very fast pitch changing during this note hold, a really difficult feat. Now after that, the piano melody carries on by itself and eventually it leads into the first verse. An extremely impressive and solid start for the song.

2. Verse: 9/10 – To show off the versatile vocals Wheesung has, the verses reflect that. He starts off on the softer, lower pitch side. From here, he’s slowly building up the song through his singing. The instrumental is still mostly composed of the single piano melody. This is perfect chemistry as it allows for a lot of potential hype. 

The melody here is very solid and loving for the ears; in fact at the end of every line, he has a small note hold. This is all great for build up and showing off softness and some strength. He’s also hitting a variety of notes, ranging from the higher side to the lower pitches as well. Very solid verses for this song and it definitely flows straight into the pre-chorus. It sets the stage for build up very well.

3. Pre-Chorus: 8/10 – There’s some very interesting flow in this section. Nevertheless, an extremely solid section as well.

For the pre-chorus, there are moments where Wheesung sings “For your love…” very softly. This allows a quick break and rest for the song, but then he resumes singing with the usual softness as seen in the verses. After that, though, the break of “For your love…” is added once again. This dive-fly up and repeat flow allows for some more build up as well as creating a unique pacing for listeners. It’s a great contrast to the verse, so this prevents any dullness from occurring while still technically allowing Wheesung to sing in a soft, melodic fashion.

However, after the second break, he begins to release his powerful vocals; his singing becomes a lot more solid/stronger and he has a short yet impacting note hold. For example, in the first pre-chorus, “harureul deo neulligo sipeo~” has a note hold at the last word. That is when the intensity of the song starts to unwrap itself. Now this isn’t the end. A really beautiful thing after that line is the instrumental completely stops. This allows pure focus on vocals and it emphasizes that. Wheesung’s last line before the chorus is an exceptionally powerful straining note hold. So much intensity and energy is brought into the song on the sole basis of this gentleman’s voice. That is just incredible; with the instrumental dying, it was his vocal talent at work to create the transition and it works perfectly. Very solid work. 

4. Chorus: 9/10 – Now this is the core part of the song. A diamond core.

Instantly the chorus begins with an English line of “I love you 24 hours”. This makes a key mark for the chorus as well as bringing in the emotion and mood of the song. For the chorus, Wheesung goes insane; he has note holds all over this section. He’s singing full force with power; no more softness. The beastly vocals are ravaging this section. He’s hitting a diversity of notes. The high notes to the middle/lower notes.

Later in the chorus, there’s the unique part of “‘Cause I’m your knight na na knight…” This key phrase serves a multitude of purposes. For one, it’s a catchy part of the chorus that can be easily remembered. It’s a significant piece. Next, it allows the song to slowly de-escalate in terms of intensity/energy level; Wheesung is still able to sing with a huge amount of energy, but with the pacing being changed to choppier lengths (Knight na na knight), it allows him to slow down fully and to calm his singing. Anyhow, perfect transition thanks to this win-win scenario of the final line.

5. Bridge: 10/10 – I really can’t decide between a 10 or 9. I think overall a 10 since this section is outstanding. Very majestic.  

For this bridge, the instrumental starts becoming more passive. This is to spotlight the vocals and to back up a very climatic point that occurs.

Wheesung’s first 3 lines are very powerful lines; he’s putting forth a lot of energy. However, after those 3 lines, he switches things up by singing in English and by adjusting his pacing. “My baby, I pray, I wanna lay, you down” Now this section is sliced up (based on the commas), but he’s still singing in full force power. Anyhow, what gives then, for this change of pace? Well my answer to that is it allows further build up to occur. From here, it seems that he’s slowly “storing” energy by taking his time and going by chunks. After this English section, he resumes the same strength with singing but then when he’s at the end, he holds probably one of most beautiful and graceful note holds I’ve seen/heard in my entire life so far. For practically 6 seconds (that’s a LONG time for such a straining and powerful note hold) he’s holding out “girl~” with so much energy. This is practically the biggest climatic peak in “Night and Day”. This is mind-blowing and graceful; this part is beautiful and it shows off the charisma and strength of his vocals (and lungs). 

I still have to say Ailee’s “Singing Got Better” is still the best bridge I’ve heard, but nothing has come close to Wheesung’s incredible note hold here. It’s extremely powerful and brings out such a climatic moment.

Before progressing, the transition to the conclusion is perfect. He lets the note hold naturally die and to ensure a smooth transition, he throws in a quick “Ima love you night and day”. 

Overall, solid transitions. This bridge plays off hyping up itself through chunked sections and by having the most fantastic note hold ever in a song. It isn’t just blind power; it is absolutely fitting. Incredible here. Just incredible.

6. Conclusion (Chorus): 9/10 – A conclusion that uses its chorus once again, but that’s no issue.

For this part, the standard, already almighty chorus is sang again, however this time Wheesung is doing a lot of two-part singing for the final top peak of intensity. The final punch if I may say that. Anyhow, it goes smoothly and a final intense chorus is played out. Now towards the end, the key phrase of “knight na na knight” is sang a couple of times. It delivers a final linger effect and at the very end, the instrumental dies off perfectly and Wheesung bestows a final “knight~” with a small note hold. There’s also an interesting detail where we can hear a solid (knigHT) “tut” sound as the last part. It gives it a final cherry-on-top effect. 

Very astounding ending to a marvelous, beautiful and powerful, rich song. Well done, Wheesung for this majestic singing.

– Line Distribution: X/10 – He’s running solo so can’t be applied.

– Instrumentals: 9/10 – A very classy instrumental background; lots of piano melodies, etc. This instrumental does a great job with transitioning things around, but the best part is how well it coincides with Wheesung’s singing. If he slams the gas pedal and goes head-on with power, the instrumental does the same. The opposite is true as well. If Wheesung has his singing relaxing, the instrumental does the same. 

Overall, a very beautiful soundtrack like Wheesung’s voice.

– Meaning: 8/10 – The catchphrases of “I love you 24 hours…” and “I’m your knight na na knight” doesn’t seem to relate to “Night and Day”, but if we take a look at the English lyrics (not 100% accurate), it starts making sense:

Even though I’m not asleep,
I am dreaming
Even when I’m with you,
I can’t believe it

For your love,
I want to gain strength
For your love,
I want to extend a day
I want to be the only man

I love you 24 hours, thank you for being you
It’s amazing every time I see you,
you’re so beautiful
The sun rises high during the day,
the moon rises at night
Because I will always protect you
Cuz I’m your knight na na knight
I’m your knight na na knight

There’s nothing about you
that I don’t need
All of you is everything
I wanted and hoped for

For your love,
I want to know many things
For your love,
I want to learn more about the world
Only for you

I love you 24 hours, thank you for being you
It’s amazing every time I see you,
you’re so beautiful
The sun rises high during the day,
the moon rises at night
Because I will always protect you
Cuz I’m your knight na na knight
I’m your knight na na knight

In the future, even when we close our eyes
I pray that our love will be
talked about for a long time
My baby I pray I wanna lay you down
The main character of my life is you girl

Ima love you night and day

I love you 24 hours, thank you for being you
It’s amazing every time I see you,
you’re so beautiful
The sun rises high during the day,
the moon rises at night
Because I will always protect you
Cuz I’m your knight na na knight
I’m your knight na na knight

Knight na na knight
I’m your knight na na knight

In short, these lyrics are about a gentleman expressing his love for his partner. It’s almost an ode; he’s praising her. Anyhow, a love story. 

This person is expressing how he loves everything about his lady; she’s the world to him and that he wants to protect her. “Night and Day” is pretty much the title since she IS his night and day; the gentleman being able to protect her since they’re in love with each other makes it so that “The sun rises high during the day” and “the moon rises at night”.

Overall, very heartwarming lyrics. Nothing too deep, but it’s quite meaningful. After all, any lady OR gentleman (yes, gentleman) loves feeling protected by their love. 

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Choreography Score: X/10 – Err, let’s see how I describe this part.

Technically, there is a dance. However, technically, Wheesung isn’t dancing. 

The choreography is composed of 4 women and 4 men who dance around Wheesung. He’s just sitting/standing in the middle of it all, but doesn’t necessarily do any of it. As a result, since there aren’t any full camera shots of this dance, I can’t judge it accurately. On top of that, Wheesung is essentially just sitting so I’m leaving this off.

Regardless, I still find it a solid dance. Check out the live performance above to see. (Although let’s be honest, who really cares about the dance when this gentleman’s voice can conjure thunder) 

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Overall Score: 9/10 (9/10 raw score) – So with just the pure Song Total Score, it brings us to a solid 9/10 which I wholeheartedly agree with.

Wheesung is probably the strongest singer I’ve heard so far, and I’m going to claim he’s tied with Ailee for my personal list of best vocalists. He is just phenomenal; his singing is just so powerful and majestic. He’s extremely skilled and versatile. The masters of ballad music are definitely Wheesung and Ailee. 

Well the end has come. Before this ends, if you haven’t go listen to this song right now. In fact if you haven’t even heard this song yet and you just read this first, shame on you. Have a taste of this gentleman’s voice. Anyhow, feel free to check out the live performance of this song. Yes, it is live. Like Ailee, he makes it seem as if it’s not live, but this is the result of hardwork. 

So our review has ended, as promised, I changed things up. I reviewed a male artist this time and I swapped over to the ballad genre of K-Pop. Actually wouldn’t it technically be called K-Ballad? Maybe I’m complicating things. Anyways, thank you so much for reading this. I had a blast writing this. “Night and Day” is an incredible song; it’s so beautiful and powerful. A really moving song. Wheesung deserves a lot more recognition; he has the charms and looks, he seems to be very kind, and his voice is borderline divine. I can’t wait to actually watch “Hello Counselor” where he appears as a guest along with NS Yoon-G (and if you haven’t read my review of “Yasisi” by her, check it out!).

Anything is up for grabs now in terms of what I’ll review next, but I have a few ideas. I’ll see if I can get a variety of artists going on this blog. I’m leaning towards Jiyeon, though, with “1Min 1Sec” No promises this time, though.

Anyways, thank you once again for reading. It means so much to me. Remember, “I love you 24 hours” and I’ll always be here, “’Cause I’m your knight na na knight”.

Hello Venus – “Do You Want Some Tea?” Review

Hello Venus – Do You Want Some Tea? (Live Performance)

Hello Venus – Do You Want Some Tea? MV (w/ Eng Sub)

Hello Venus – Do You Want Some Tea?

Reviewed on August 3, 2014

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Personal Message: I might do two reviews in one day, I’ll see. That’ll be really interesting but I doubt I have enough time, although it’d be great if I did that since then I would have a day off posting. Oh and also a funny note, I completely forgot to add “Review” to my last review of “Mr. Mr.”. That has been fixed, thankfully. 

Anyhow, today I’ll be reviewing a song by Hello Venus. And I didn’t say “Hey time to review this group since they’re losing two members!”, it was pure coincidence. In fact, I actually feel slightly bad since this review is around the time Hello Venus lost their two members: YooAra and Yoonjo. I won’t be going over the news since I’m not too sure and haven’t kept up, but from what I heard, pretty much there was a company split and that meant YooAra and Yoonjo had to go to a different agency or something. Don’t quote me on this at all, just go look it up if you want to find out the real story.

Looking at this song, I believe it was their latest song and I have a say, it’s a shame that Hello Venus lost their members. They actually had quite a bit of potential; the song isn’t bad nor is their singing. 

With that said, let’s see how much “potential” they had with their last song. Get comfortable for this review, and while you’re here, “Do You Want Some Tea?”

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Song Total Score: 8/10 (8.2/10 raw score) – Average score of the sub-categories, separate so Choreography Score doesn’t affect it.

– Vocals: 8/10 – Hello Venus is not lacking in terms of vocals at all; the six ladies are all quite talented. They each provide for the song. For “Do You Want Some Tea?”, they showcase sweet, softer vocals along with being able to hit some higher pitches. Very gentle and melodic voices are heard, a solid score here.

– Song Structure: 8/10 (8/10 raw score) – Going to have scores for “Verse score”, “Pre-Chorus score”, “Chorus score”, etc.)

The song goes in this structure and order:

Introduction, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Rap, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Bridge (Rap), Conclusion (Chorus)

So for “Song Structure”, I’m going to go through each section (Verse, Chorus, etc) and give a score per section. After that, the average is the “Song Structure” score.

A pretty standard structure. The bridge is a bit interesting; it’s a mix of rapping and some singing. More will be covered with that later.

1. Introduction: 8/10 – A super solid introduction. 

“Do You Want Some Tea?” (I’lll probably abbreviate that…) starts with a sweet, gentle piano melody. YooYoung then starts to throw in some questions and such. There isn’t much melody to her words, but that’s not the purpose at all; her purpose was to set the stage and that she does. It sets the mood of innocence and builds some small hype. In addition, the instrumental does a great job with transitioning to the verse. 

A very solid introduction. Sweetness and great transitioning from the instrumental. 

2. Verse: 8/10 – YooAra and Alice take the first…only verse in the song. A very solid duo and verse.

YooAra starts the song by adding some sweet lines. She’s building the melody and already, we can hear YooAra’s solid singing by witnessing her following through with a slower pace, maintaining a sweet melody, and some small note holds with “iljjae~” and “hagimanhae~”. The two short note holds were also very matching, with the “ae” sound at the end. This subtle detail gave a small lingering effect, nevertheless, so a neat feature here.

Now moving to Alice, she continues the sweet vocals. The pacing is still on the slow slide, but it starts picking up near the end. After her first line, there’s a unique pausing, slower moment with her saying “eotteokhae…eotteokhae…” (What do I do is the meaning). Now her final line has a small note hold, but here, it is noticeable that she adds some slight power to her singing. This is perfect for a transition. 

Overall, a solid way to start the song off. YooAra and Alice provided their sweet vocals. Their ability to follow the slow pacing and to craft the melody was well done. They got the wheels moving for sure.

3. Pre-Chorus: 8/10 – Now this is some nice build up for the upcoming chorus; for the first pre-chorus, we have 4 of the ladies singing. Nara, Lime, YooYoung, and Yoonjo are responsible for it. The second pre-chorus is done by Nara, Alice, and Yoonjo. 

I’ll be covering the first one as the melody is the same for both pre-choruses. 

Nara is the one to start things off for the pre-chorus. Her line of “Every day! Every night! eonjejjeum deo gakkawojilkka” was quite powerful; through stronger vocals, she added intensity to the song. The English words were quite impacting with power. Lime’s part followed up with stronger vocals, but, she kept a very nice, high pitched melody going. This was very nice to hear. Next is YooYoung, and her part replicates Nara’s part in a way; YooYoung has English words of “Stupid boy, silly boy” and the flow is quite similar. Her voice isn’t as strong, but her part still fits very well. Finally we have Yoonjo finishing things off with some higher pitched, short note holds. This allowed a great transition into the chorus. 

The beauty of this pre-chorus is the build up done; the instrumental was a huge piece; it accompanied the vocals very well and at Yoonjo’s part, it supported her with the transition. Overall, a solid pre-chorus that does its job of creating hype for the chorus.

4. Chorus: 8/10 – Now we’re at the chorus. I’ll be covering the first group that handles it, which is YooAra, Alice, Yoonjo, and Lime. The other choruses are the same minus different members singing.

Anyhow, YooAra initiates this part. Her singing is vastly stronger here; this is to keep the chorus in a high intensity state, and it works perfectly. She still maintains the sweet melody as well. Alice then continues YooAra’s part by providing her power-filled vocals as well. Alice’s lines are quite similar in terms of keeping up the melody along with adding to the chorus’ energy. Next, YooAra comes back and brings the intensity back down through lowering her pitch at the end of her last line and by having a mini note hold there. The sweet melody is still kept. 

Despite this, though, it isn’t the end of the chorus. Now there is a small break in the middle of the chorus; in the background, we can hear “Oh baby my boy” and such repeated for a few seconds. The instrumental is still somewhat strong here. Anyhow, after this break, Yoonjo comes in with solid singing. She’s continuing the intensity with stronger vocals and carries the melody. Lastly, Lime finishes off the chorus with slowing the pacing and by ending with a lower pitched, short note hold.

Overall, a solid chorus. Nothing too spectacular but it was good. The flow was great. Seeing the ladies offering stronger vocals to increase the intensity was awesome. The melody was still very sweet and catchy. The pause in the middle was short enough to not cause any problems, but I found its use there fine. It allowed a quick pause and allowed the instrumental to be highlighted for a bit. 

5. Rap: 7/10 – Time for YooYoung’s rap.

The instrumental allowed a smooth transition to her spice of “Hey, boy listen”.  Her execution wasn’t bad at all, but this rapping wasn’t too solid. She didn’t give too much melody nor was her flow/pacing extremely catchy. It felt like a filler part; with the instrumental still being in a relaxed state, YooYoung’s part felt like it was there just for the sake of having vocals. Not the most solid rapping I’ve heard, but it wasn’t terrible. The placement could’ve been better. After coming from an energetic chorus, having a slower, dull rapping part gave a really rough switch.

Not too bad, but it wasn’t anything special at all. Executed and forgotten.

6. Bridge (Rap): 8/10 – Now this part is really unique; it has a blend of singing and rapping. Alice, Lime, and YooAra cooperate for this part. Pretty much, Lime does the rapping while Alice and YooAra support her with regular singing.

Alice starts things off. Her part wasn’t to show off any fantastic singing, rather, it was to provide a smooth transition to Lime. Alice’s part was her starting from a high pitch, but gradually, she lowers her pitch. Doing so brings the intensity down, which then would allow Lime’s rapping to fit in quite well. Once Lime starts rapping, she’s on faster side and is on the low pitch. An interesting thing done here is YooAra provides some two-part singing here in order to layer/back up Lime’s rapping. For example, Lime rapped “naenae gominhaesseo” but YooAra also sang that line. This created a layering effect and a small energy boost for this section. And finally, YooAra finishes up the bridge with a sweet yet extremely powerful line. At the end of her line, she does a very high pitched note hold with “…tende~ Oh oh~”. This allowed a quick transition for the final chorus.

Overall, lots of great chemistry here. Rapping mixed with some powerful vocals was awesome. Lime did an excellent job of executing her rap and YooAra finishes it all up nicely. 

7. Conclusion (Chorus): 9/10 – The conclusion reuses its chorus. 

Now, the ending is just the regular chorus however, for the final peak of intensity and to follow up YooAra’s previous work in the bridge, there’s a lot of two-part singing done here. This allows a final climatic moment, very satisfying work here.

Now towards the very end, YooAra does her final line and has a small note hold and slowly it dies out. The instrumental has also emulated that; it dies off only a few moments after YooAra’s voice does. A very nice conclusion. The amazing two-part singing brings it all together for a final peak of intensity. In terms of ending the song, the instrumental dies out properly along with YooAra’s final note hold. A very strong ending. 

– Line Distribution: 9/10 – 6 members, let’s see how the lines were split.

Alice had plenty of lines throughout the song and had some impacting parts, so no problems for her. She and YooAra were the prominent singers.

Nara was heard at the first and second pre-choruses. However, that was it, so a bit lacking in comparison to the other members.

YooAra had plenty of lines, and similar to Alice, had lots of vocal spotlight for her amazing talent; no issues here.

Yoonjo was heard throughout the song; her lines weren’t lengthy, but due to how ubiquitous she was, she had her fair share. She appears at first pre-chorus and chorus, the second pre-chorus, and the conclusion.

Lime had a few short lines, but she did have a rapping section all to herself (excluding YooAra’s two-part singing of course).

Lastly, YooYoung has her solo rapping part along with a line at the verse. Let’s also not forget she was the one with the introduction, so she definitely had time to shine.

Overall, pretty solid line distribution. The only issue is Nara is a bit absent at times, but she’s still there. Lime is also a bit lacking, except her bridge section redeems that. 

– Instrumentals: 8/10 – A very solid instrumental soundtrack. The piano melody is a huge component; this instrumental backs up the ladies’ vocals extremely well. Transitions are also helped with thanks to this. Furthermore, the instrumental perfectly reciprocates the intensity of the vocals; if the ladies sing softly, the instrumental does the same. Once the ladies pick it up, so does the instrumental and it becomes more intense.

A very beautiful, sweet and joyful soundtrack. Solid for sure.

– Meaning: 8/10 – “Do You Want Some Tea?”, an interesting title. Let’s see what story is behind the title through these translated English lyrics, not 100% accurate:

Hey, listen up!
Where you at now?
You ready to tell me, boy!

It’s been 100 days since we started dating
It’s still a bit awkward between us

Today I have a date with you for the first time in a while
What do I do, what do I do,
The sun is already setting

Every day, every night hen will we get a bit closer?
I can’t even say it because I’m the girl
Stupid boy, silly boy, I can’t wait any longer
Today I will be courageous and tell you

After the evening sun sets, after the darkness falls
Will you take me home?
I don’t want to say goodbye yet
Do you want to get to know me more?
Then do you want to come in and have some tea?
This night is too long by myself
I want to know you more
I ask of you until the morning comes

Hey, boy listen,
I went to that cafe with you
But now let’s be together at my place
It’s embarrassing but I will take courage and tell you
Do you want to have some tea at my place?

That’s strange, I’m curious,
Do you even love me?
Or are you just caring for me?
No, stupid, this isn’t what I want
I will throw away my pride and tell you

After the evening sun sets, after the darkness falls
Will you take me home?
I don’t want to say goodbye yet
Do you want to get to know me more?
Then do you want to come in and have some tea?

Want to have some tea? Come on in
I want to be with you alone together
I thought hard about this on our way home
Don’t just stand there like a fool and come to me
It would be nice if you would notice this first

After the evening sun sets, after the darkness falls
Will you take me home?
I don’t want to say goodbye yet
Do you want to get to know me more?
Then do you want to come in and have some tea?
This night is too long by myself
I want to know you more
I ask of you until the morning comes

A really innocent story. Pretty much, a lady is wanting to ask her boyfriend out on a date (a tea date, etc.); however, due to stereotypical gender roles, shyness, and a bit of awkwardness still among the couple, she’s reluctant to ask.

Now before we get any further, I do want to be critical and rant a bit about “Do You Want Some Tea?” with its story. In specific, the gender stereotype. Regardless of your gender, I think there should be absolutely no shame whatsoever when it comes to who asks who out; does it matter? If you two are in love with each other, whoever asks is whoever. Both people should be taking each other out, not just the man or woman.

However, ignoring that, I find the story extremely cute. It’s very innocent with how the lady is mustering up the courage to be the person to do the asking, hence, “Do You Want Some Tea?” The question and offer of being the person to take her boyfriend out.

There are some interesting details that further construct this story, but nothing too sophisticated. Nevertheless, above average lyrics.

Oh and before I end, there are some people who believe this song could be somewhat racy, and to be honest, looking over the lyrics, that’s potentially true. However, Hello Venus themselves addressed it and that was not the intended idea. Nevertheless, even if it does lean that way, the same sweetness and innocence is kept in terms of the lady gathering the strength to be the first one to ask. 

So overall, very solid lyrics. An interesting and adorable story. My only complaint is the gender stereotype situation, but other than that, not an issue.

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Choreography Score: 7/10 – The choreography isn’t bad at all; don’t get me wrong, it’s decent, but it feels really repetitive.

The dance for this song has quite a decent amount of syncing between this and the music, it’s lacking at some points but otherwise great connections. Transitions are smooth and spotlight positioning is great. The biggest issue though, is as I said earlier, it gets somewhat repetitive. While the dance matches the mood of the song very well with staying sweet and innocent, due to the more passive moments, it does become dull. A lot of the moments seem too similar to one another. As a result, it starts getting a bit boring near the end.

All in all, a decent dance that does everything perfectly when it comes down to the mechanics and staying in theme. It just becomes a bit too repetitive with staying all soft and gentle. 

It’s a tough situation since adding a bit more power/change up to the choreography would most likely ruin the theme, so there’s no easy solution. Anyhow, I feel that Hello Venus did their best with executing the dance, so props to them for that.

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Overall Score: 8/10 (7.5/10 raw score) – This leaves us with a 8/10. I can agree with that. The choreography is actually on the weaker side when it comes to this song, but the musical piece itself is very solid.

The vocals are extremely sweet, powerful, and melodic. The instrumental is also just as solid. A really great song.

It’s quite saddening to hear that Hello Venus lost two valuable members. “Do You Want Some Tea?” proves that they had potential; this song wasn’t the best, but it was far from the worst. They definitely could’ve kept growing. While I am not a fan of the cuter concepts, Hello Venus managed to get me despite that. Perhaps in the future we will see them overcoming this setback. Hopefully, we get to see Hello Venus again with an even stronger song. 

So the end has come once again, thank you for reading this. Hopefully you enjoyed this and I do apologize if this is subpar to my other reviews. I was a bit rushed and in fact, I did the song section but then had to leave for a few hours and then once I returned, I finished the rest. Apologies if anything seems off.

I’m not sure on what to review next although I still am going off that list from way back in July, so perhaps one of those songs. Anyhow, expect more reviews to come. I might change it up and do a male group since I’ve been focused on only the female groups for the past reviews.

Anyhow, thank you again for reading. “I don’t want to say goodbye yet” but I do want to ask “Do You Want Some Tea?”

Girls’ Generation – “Mr. Mr.” Review

Girls’ Generation – Mr. Mr. (Dance Practice)

Girls’ Generation – Mr. Mr.

Reviewed on August 1, 2014

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Personal Message: It is now the time of August! Time to look back at my Archive page to see how hectic July was. But anyhow, a new month, a new chapter. I started this blog on my birthday of July 7, and seeing how time flies by is scary; I hardly expected much to come out from this blog but, that’s been proven wrong. Anyhow, let’s keep the journey going, shall we? Oh and on a smaller note, I’ll probably be busy for a few days so reviews may become scarce for the time being. I’ll try my best to keep posting, though. 

As promised, today I’m going to review “Mr. Mr” by Girls’ Generation. Personally, I’m not exactly familiar with them. I think they’re an excellent group, but I sadly don’t quite follow them. Anyhow, they’ve been one of Korea’s top groups. They’re stylish, talented, cute, and dorky. Very talented and experienced, seasoned ladies by this point in time, so let’s see how well their latest song fares. 

“Let’s go!”

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Song Total Score: 8/10 (7.8/10 raw score) – Average score of the sub-categories, separate so Choreography Score doesn’t affect it.

– Vocals: 9/10 – After listening to this song for a copious amount of time, I’m confident to say that the vocals are excellent.

Every line holds its own; from what I can tell, every member does their part. There are some more intense vocal work done in this song, most notably, at the later parts. At the bridge section, for example, there are some crazy singing skills at play. 

All in all, very solid vocals from the nine ladies of Girls’ Generation. Extremely talented singing was done.

– Song Structure: 8/10 (8.43/10 raw score) – Going to have scores for “Verse score”, “Pre-Chorus score”, “Chorus score”, etc.)

The song goes in this structure and order:

Introduction, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Bridge 1, Bridge 2, Conclusion (Chorus)

So for “Song Structure”, I’m going to go through each section (Verse, Chorus, etc) and give a score per section. After that, the average is the “Song Structure” score.

Note: A “standard” song structure. There’s the verse, then pre-chorus, then chorus, then repeat. Of course, with the usual introduction, conclusion, and a bridge. So quite normal for a song and the syntax/order of it is normal as well. The only differing part would be the bridge; I’ve classified it into two types: Bridge 1 and Bridge 2. Both are in the bridge category, but there’s a momentous change from the first to the second.

1. Introduction: 7/10 – The introduction I’m referring to here is before any singing occurs at all. Just the instrumental; the electronic bass, distorted sound. 

I feel guilty to label this part as the sole “introduction”, since to be honest, the first verse is practically the introduction as well. But, just to keep it consistent with how I’ve reviewed songs in the past, I’m following the same trend.

The introduction here isn’t extremely solid. It’s average. The moment the song starts, the key instrumental is given away, but it’s very stale by itself. It’s the bass-line sound; distorted and “electrified”. Later once the vocals accompany it, it works very well, however, on its own for the start, very plain. 

A standard start. It sets the key instrumental but nothing else is brought up. While this may a rough initial score, it does get better. 

2. Verse: 8/10 – There are two verses in this song; the first is the pair of Taeyeon and Seohyun while the other verse is with Jessica and Tiffany.

I’ll be grading the first pair since Jessica/Tiffany replicate the other verse.

As I’ve stated earlier, the harsher introduction perfectly slides in the song once the vocals kick in. Taeyeon kicks things off with a very powerful “Let’s go!”. This was a perfect line as it connected the introduction to the verse. In fact, thanks to this, the introduction by itself isn’t necessarily bad anymore; “Let’s go!” attaches itself to the introduction in a way that meshes the first verse with it. 

Anyhow, the verses in this song are excellent. Taeyeon’s first lines give off quite some power and that already starts establishing the intensity of “Mr. Mr.” Seohyun’s line are quite similar; although her vocals are slightly weaker, she still brings in the same effect.

A really key feature about the first verse is there’s a play on words, or more accurately, the sound of words, from English to Korean.

Taeyeon’s line of “Let’s go!” has the same sound as her second line of “dwaetgo”. Both “…go” were parallel in sound and in power; a really subtle but amazing detail added here. Adding on, Seohyun follows that pattern with the words “jaego” and her “Oh oh oh…” ending. Now speaking of Seohyun’s “Oh oh” ending, that allowed an easy transition to the next part of the song. 

In total, a solid verse. Lots of powerful vocals exchange in addition to a great play on the ending of words for the first verse. Solid singing from the ladies.

3. Pre-Chorus: 9/10 – For the pre-chorus, there’s quite a bit of variety in terms of singers; for the first pre-chorus, Sunny, Yoona, and Jessica take it. The second pre-chorus has the trio of Sunny, again, along with Sooyoung and Yuri. As usual, I’ll be grading the first squad of Sunny, Yoona, and Jessica. The second pre-chorus is different lyrically, but musically, it follows the same melody and pacing and such.

The pre-chorus is definitely a very solid part of the song. Let’s break down the different aspects.

So the moment the pre-chorus hits, the instrumental morphs itself; it has the “build up” sound quality to it in terms of getting passive in order for a build up to occur. This works to the function of the usual pre-chorus, the standard hyping up for the chorus. 

In terms of singing, Sunny takes the lead. She brings a softer melody to the song, in contrast to the powerful vocals that the previous section has given. Yoona follows up and emulates Sunny’s line. Both the ladies are bringing the intensity/energy level of the song down slowly. This is perfect for creating a climax. After Yoona, we get to hear Jessica. Her singing is on the slower pace, and her pitch is on the lower side. This is just adding on to the build up process. Her final lines, though, are quite catchy. “You bad bad bad boy, you so bad”.

So far what we can notice is Sunny and Yoona had normal paced lines, but Jessica gradually slows down the song with her part. Her final line made the song feel like it came to a complete stop; now this is stretching out a build up process for sure, but at least it wasn’t over done. The last word of “bad” was editted and distorted and had its pitched lowered and lowered, so even more work towards reaching the chorus. This part is fine. It granted a smooth transition for sure.

In short, the pre-chorus was a very, very extensive build up process. The 3 ladies worked together to slowly bring the song down which would then allow an extremely energetic chorus. Thankfully, it worked out; the build up was excellent and it definitely gets listeners hyped for the chorus. The only risk is it can be considered too long for a build up, but since it was mostly Jessica bringing the song down, it didn’t feel too long. Overall, solid work by the ladies.

In terms of the other pre-chorus, it follows the same trend, the difference, though, are the lyrics. 

4. Chorus: 9/10 – Looking at the song lyrics, I could’ve made a post-chorus section, but I think overall, just keeping it was one chorus would make life a lot easier. Anyways, it’s time for the chorus. After such a dramatic hype for it, will it disappoint? Let’s see.

It definitely does not disappoint at all; an extremely catchy and solid chorus.

There are so many powerful aspects to this song’s part, but before we continue, I’ll be covering the first chorus. Every other chorus follows the same format, except different members sing. 

Moving on, the best way to describe the chorus is through one word: teamwork. Firstly, everyone is singing the chorus (or at least it seems that way, if I’m wrong, then well free credit to Girls’ Generation).

Now, through the chorus, there are some nice two-part singing. Nothing intense, but it’s a nice added layer. To be specific, every time the ladies sing “Mr. Mr”, some other member sings. Yuri does that for the first chorus with “Mr. Mr. (nal bwa)”, for example.

Continuing, after the first 4 initial “Mr. Mr.” have passed, a member has a solo singing part. For the first chorus, Taeyeon was that person. Her part brought back the song to a single voice versus the entire group singing. She sang with sufficient power to match the chorus’ high intensity but she still managed to carry the flow and melody perfectly. After her, Tiffany comes with with a small line to carry out the flow and power, but quickly after her, Seohyun steps in and does the same. That isn’t the end, though, now both the ladies finish the chorus together with “Geuge baro neo Mr. Mr.” They continued the same melody and pacing as well.

Finally, the chorus ends by repeating “Mr. Mr.” until it fades into the verse. A perfect transition for the next part. Adding on, the instrumental also provides a lot of intensity to the song and it aids the vocals very well. Great synergy between vocals and instrumental.

The real beauty behind this chorus is probably through how lines are shared. Everyone is singing, then a member has her spotlight with two-part singing. After that, a member has a few lines to sing alone. Then after that, a member takes a few words followed up by another singer who takes a few words. However, after that, they both sing the same final line. Just the switch up between the singers in the group is fantastic; it provides a really climatic moment for the song in addition to hearing a diversity of sweet voices. An impressive chorus for sure.

5. Bridge 1: 7/10 – This is the part with the countdown. Err, count…up? We’ll just call it counting. 

Ignoring the terrible joke, Bridge 1 honestly felt like a bridge, for the bridge. This part is where the counting occurs and then the funky instrumental begins. There’s very little singing although words are thrown in such as “Hey, hey” and “Mr. Mr., Mr. Mr.” Bridge 1 isn’t quite the strongest, especially for a bridge, it doesn’t seem to be a bridge for the song as a whole, it seems to be building up towards another part, which actually seems to be the intended goal. Either way, the funky instrumental is unique yet useful. It allows the song to calm itself and to recycle itself so that another top-notch intense/energetic part can occur again. 

Why Bridge 1 is somewhat weak is due to it relying upon a weaker instrumental; the same distorted, electrified bassline is heard. It’s a bit more…distorted and it gives it a powerful funky tune. Hearing this alone, though, isn’t enlightening. As stated earlier, the instrumental works well WITH vocals, but not without. The transitioning to and after are great. Previously, the past section had the instrumental down down properly. Now transitioning to the next part has the instrumental changing into a different tune. It becomes lighter and perfectly fits for the higher notes to come.

6. Bridge 2: 10/10 – I love this part. For sure, this is my favorite part of the song.

For this section, there’s a lot of support role done along with very, very outstanding vocal work done. 

Bridge 2 kicks off with Sooyoung and Yoona singing their lines together. They sing in a high pitch, but they do it quickly and quietly. They provide support for Taeyeon’s singing that occurs. Taeyeon’s line are extremely powerful; the melody is carried by her as well through her strong singing. Sooyoung and Yoona are aiding their vocals to back her up. Now next up we have Hyoyeon and Yuri doing the support role. This time, Tiffany is adding her powerful vocals at work. It isn’t over yet, though. Once Bridge 2 transitions to the final chorus, Tiffany adds the final climatic peak of energy through an extremely powerful, high pitched, and lengthy note hold of “Mister~ Oh~”

Bridge 2 does a fantastic job with having a main singer then back up singers. Teamwork is showcased here. Furthermore, Tiffany’s final note hold was an astonishing, satisfying, last-top-peak energetic line. An amazing bridge that utilizes extraordinary vocals along with great supporting vocals as well.

7. Conclusion (Chorus): 9/10 – A perfect ending. After such an energetic Bridge 2, “Mr. Mr.” manages to wrap itself nicely.

For this part, the chorus is recycled once more, but it is a lot more energetic. The instrumental is also “lighter”, this helps augment the higher pitched vocals at this point. For the last chorus, it’s homogeneous to the other choruses except this one has some great two-part singing to add the final sprinkle of intensity. There are lots of “Oh~” and “Whoa~” parts added. The ladies here are adding everything they can for a final shot; higher pitched note holds, very melodic voices, lots of power, it is definitely a solid punch for an ending. Very satisfying. At the very end, the instrumental dies out properly as well. A quick, but smooth end. No cuts or abruptness. 

– Line Distribution: 8/10 – Nine members, so let’s see how the ladies had their lines shared among each other.

Taeyeon had so much spotlight, but she wasn’t dominating it. She was used when powerful vocals were needed, and serve she did. Excellent vocal work done by her, and her given lines proves it. 

Jessica had a lot of lines as well; she was seen at the verses, pre-choruses, and does some two-parting at the conclusion. So for sure, she had her spotlight.

Sunny was heard in multiple sections; although she lacks near the end, she was quite prominent through the other parts.

Tiffany was similar with Taeyeon in that she provided a lot of powerful lines; she had a huge impact on the song. Positively, she had her time.

Hyoyeon is on the quieter side; nevertheless, we hear her with two-parting at one chorus along with tagging up with Yuri towards Bridge 2. I think she’s also in the conclusion, so she wasn’t exactly left out. 

Yuri seems to be on the quieter side as well. She does some two-parting but also has a great solo part for the second pre-chorus. 

For Sooyoung, she had some tag-teaming with Yoona for Bridge 2, and she seems to have added the “Mr. Mr.” during Bridge 1. Also, she had one line at the second pre-chorus. Not completely ditched.

Yoona probably has the least from what it seems like; she had one line at the first pre-chorus and then later partners up with Sooyoung for Bridge 2. She could’ve used maybe one more line, though.

Seohyun is the last on the list, but she definitely had some lengthier lines. She is in the first verse, has a few words at the first chorus, then makes a return at the conclusion. She had her time for sure.

Overall, I’ll give an 8/10 since some members are lacking and could’ve had some more, but we have to remember, everyone does sing the chorus, so props for that. Not disappointing, though, and as always, sharing lines among nine members is extremely difficult. Their line distribution was the best it could be with allowing the stronger singers to strive while still allowing everyone else lines. And of course, everyone sings along in the chorus. 

– Instrumentals: 7/10 – As mentioned earlier, the instrumental by itself is quite weak. Electronic based. It serves its job on the bright side, with aiding transitions, which it does extremely well, and it complements Girls’ Generation’s vocals very well.

Average instrumental alone, but with the singing of the ladies, it works very well. 

– Meaning: 7/10 – Many of you may be inquiring, “Mr. Mr.”, what could the lyrics be about? I had no idea, perhaps a way of flirting with a mister, or maybe a way of telling off a mister. Who knows, but let’s find out through the English translated lyrics. Not 100% accurate, but close: 

Let’s go! What are you worried about?
What are you afraid of?
If you keep measuring things out, it’ll be too late
Oh oh oh~, Oh oh oh~

Every day brings a different kind of nervousness
I want someone to take the lead
But you ignore it and close your eyes
You bad bad bad boy, you so bad

Be stronger
Mr. Mr. (look at me)
Mr. Mr. (yes you, you, you)
You made my heart race
Mr. Mr. (the best man)
Mr. Mr. (that’s you)
You make broken glass from scars
turn into stars Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr.
The chosen one to make me shine,
that is you Mr. Mr.

Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr.
Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr.

Why can’t you believe it yet?
I’ll tell you the real secret
Of why you are a special Mr.
Oh oh oh~, Oh oh oh~

You have the key to open the future
So have a dream that is bigger than a little boy’s
Place me in your shining eyes
My Mi, Mi, Mister, Rock this world

Be stronger
Mr. Mr. (look at me)
Mr. Mr. (yes you, you, you)
You made my heart race
Mr. Mr. (the best man)
Mr. Mr. (that’s you)
You make broken glass from scars
turn into stars Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr.
The chosen one to make me shine,
that is you Mr. Mr.

1, 2, 3, 4
Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey,
Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr.
Hey, Hey, Hey
Wooh~

(In this world) in front of you
(before anyone else) throw yourself
(More intensely) more intensely
(Mr. Mr.) Mister
(Only you) can fulfill
(just one thing) for the tomorrow
(That you and I will live inside) Mister

Be stronger
Mr. Mr. (look at me)
Mr. Mr. (yes you, you, you)
You made my heart race
Mr. Mr. (the best man)
Mr. Mr. (that’s you)
You make broken glass from scars
turn into stars Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr.
The chosen one to make me shine,
that is you Mr. Mr.

Alright, the meaning seems to be about a lady telling the gentleman she’s in love with to, well, be a “Mr. Mr.” and to make the move. What’s the move, you ask? Proposing to finally be girlfriend/boyfriend, marriage, etc.

The lyrics are average; it’s just the lady explaining why she loves him and that she’s urging him to make the first move and to “Be stronger” and take that chance.

There are some interesting details, but nothing sophisticated at all. A love story, or a give-me-your-love story as I like to call them. 

Average lyrics.

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Choreography Score: 9/10 – “Mr. Mr.” does contain a very fun choreography to watch; it’s classy and stylish, and therefore sexy. It’s also quite powerful when the chorus hits.

The syncing is dead-on, lots of connections between the music and movements. Transitioning goes very smoothly. Positioning also highlights the singers, which is always awesome. Later, male dancers do come in as back up, and normally seeing SO many people dancing would seem chaotic, but “Mr. Mr.” has it in check; they’re there to provide the ladies someone to dance with for certain parts. Some background filler it seems, but fitting.

The only part I find out of place is the single male dancer part; while Jessica and him share a specific scene, once Tiffany comes in and knocks him to the ground (not literally, of course), he does a roll and the ladies walk over him. Not the smoothest transition to get out, and it would’ve been nicer if Tiffany’s entrance had pushed him out versus placing him on the floor. Would’ve made the transition easier and then the dance would possess no awkward rolling-around part.

Overall though, very solid dance. The bridge dance part is also quite badass if I may use that word; lots of power there and great execution.

Check out the video above to see!

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Overall Score: 9/10 (8.5/10 raw score) – A 9/10, I agree with that.

“Mr. Mr.” is an awesome, fun song. Lots of incredible singing done by the ladies of Girls’ Generation. The song itself is quite catchy and solid, and the choreography is amazing. I highly recommend this song. 

Considering the ladies are practically veterans in the K-Pop industry, I think this song does them some justice; I haven’t heard all of their other songs, though, but I heard enough and I think “Mr. Mr.” does show off their very skilled singing abilities. 

As always, thank you very much for reading this review and my blog. I sincerely appreciate it, so thank you very much. Before we end, like I said, I may not have anything up for a few days since I’ll be away. On top of that, I have some other things to do and I personally might be grinding and training hard for my E-Sports thing for a bit. BUT, knowing how much I love Korean Pop and reviewing songs, I doubt I’ll be away (if at all) for a while. 

Cheers for a new month! A brand new month so a time to hone in some stronger, entertaining and thought-provoking reviews. I will work even harder for my readers, so expect that. 

And before I forget, I have to do my obligated advertisement of “Jessica & Krystal”, watch that show if you haven’t checked it out. That show follows the daily lives behind the sisters. Very cute, heartwarming, and funny. K-Pop idols are truly one of the most hardworking people out there and they provide a great example for others. 

Anyhow, time for me to get off soon since I’m going to have to wake up super early. Thanks once again. “You make broken glass from scars
turn into stars” and “The chosen one to make me shine, that is you”