Tiffany – “I Just Wanna Dance” Review

Tiffany
– I Just Wanna Dance (Music Video)

Edit: Tiffany – I Just Wanna Dance (Live Performance)

Tiffany (from Girls’ Generation) – I
Just Wanna Dance

Reviewed
on May 13, 2016

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Personal Message:
Technically this review can be
considered a request considering a close friend has been strongly urging me to
listen to this song. And indeed, I finally heeded her request and additionally,
have done more than just a single listen as I have been replaying the song for
the purpose of analysis (and enjoyment). Clarifying, my friend is a huge fan of
Girls’ Generation’s Tiffany—though that is expected since her conceited nature would make her love
an idol who coincidentally shares her name
 considering she admires
amazing female idols, be it Apink’s Chorong or Tiffany. Also in no way is my
friend narcissistic at all. Besides, she would never threaten me to give higher
ratings just to fulfill her delusional love for Tiffany. Not even I would ever
be delusional like with claiming that SPICA’s Boa will one day propose to me. Horrible
(inside) jokes aside, although I may be reviewing this song prematurely (as of
this sentence, live performances and/or dance practice have not been uploaded),
I am fine with delaying its post until the choreography is revealed. Nevertheless,
with small clips being uploaded, I very much look forward to the
dance. (From the linked clip, there are fantastic syncing and smooth dancing
points.)

In terms of some delay with reviews,
there are predominantly two reasons: one, I have been busy subtitling videos of
Fiestar, and two, admittedly I have been simply spending a lot of time with my
recently adopted girl. (For readers who are tired of me talking about Venus, my
adorable girl, and “woman’s best friend” in general, feel free to skip ahead.
This will be the last time I directly discuss dogs and Venus as I simply wish
to share a post-adoption reflection with readers who potentially may be
debating on getting a dog or not. Consider this a final bonus before usual
sociological digressions return—and of which many are prepared for the upcoming
reviews in May.)

Regarding dog ownership, as a few
readers may know, on May 1 I adopted Venus from an animal shelter. (On a random
note, I personally do encourage adopting over buying. Unequivocally, “puppy
mills”—puppies sold in a generic pet store—are to be avoided. That is not due
to the puppies in of themselves, but rather, boycotting those puppies is
refusing to participate in an unethical method of mass-breeding dogs as if they
were mere toys. Now regarding buying a purebred puppy from an ethical breeder,
I do find this acceptable if one has
thoroughly considered adopting first.) With nearly two weeks being together
with Venus, I want to now share my post-adoption reflection. Especially with
finally knowing what it means to be a dog parent, I do wish to bestow my
experience and knowledge to readers as potentially, there is a reader who is
contemplating getting a dog now or sometime in the future.

As a disclaimer, however, my
experiences are greatly biased; Venus was very likely an abandoned girl who was
owned before by others. Thus, truthfully I did not have much housebreaking to
deal with—this being something many adopters have to face. The only accident
that has ever occurred was her defecating at the vet office, but that was my
fault as I was still unsure of how to organize a potty schedule for her. (I
will discuss tips later.) Otherwise, she knew how to potty outside and on
schedule from the first day, and assuming she does not have “sniff and potty time”
on walks, knows not to pull on leash. Now regarding issues Venus did come with,
during one night she did get into the trash, but once again, that was
understandably my fault as I had given her only twenty minutes of exercise that
day—an amount that would hardly satisfy the terrier and Dachshund in her, even
if her personality is moreover laid back. In terms of more serious problems, unfortunately
as I have noticed lately, she can become overly excited and seemingly
aggressive towards dogs (and certainly aggressive towards cats), but these are
behavior issues I can cope with and attempt to correct. (And in fact to share,
for another candidate that was in mind, I originally considered adopting a very
dog-aggressive girl. Reason being that, with my lifestyle, we would be a match;
I am not the type of owner who would go to dog parks and, simply said, I spend
no time with other dogs besides my own. While I do try to bring positive dog
socialization experiences whenever we do encounter other dogs, I do sadly fall
short in this realm of dog parenting.) On the positive side, however, what
matters is that my girl is great with humans, and that indeed Venus is (along
with the earlier dog-aggressive candidate). I am certainly working on
correcting Venus’ manners with dogs, but again the fact that she is not
“go-ready” with dogs is not personally a huge detriment, though for some that
would be.

On topic, with having two weeks’
worth of experience of “saving a life and opening a chance for another”—a
notion that still has yet to hit me—I will now answer the big question: Was it
worth adopting a dog? Better said, is
it worth adopting a dog or simply having a dog? Shortly answered, even if this
sounds incredibly pitiful: owning a dog finally makes me feel at ease and
genuinely cheerful at home. There is a grace to dogs that cannot be articulated
in words. Prior to Venus, admittedly my family and I were never quite happy if
at all with being at home. Now with her, the idea of family is truly felt—a
feeling I had not felt since I was a little kid. (Yes, this may be a more
intimate side, but as I always say, I want to share with readers and even
future students for that matter pure honesty.) What about her brings this joy
and connection I do not know, but it is undeniable that she does bring them.
Now although this all sounds good and perfect, I admit: I had huge regrets the
first three days.

I was overwhelmed: my daily routine
had to be completely changed; I am her legal owner and thus had and have the
responsibility of setting vet appointments and other paperwork; I came to the
late realization that I was a dog parent now
and not in three years, and therefore, was not quite emotionally prepared; and
lastly, I just did not know how to give her the best life possible—mentally,
emotionally, and physically. If anyone is in a similar situation I was in or
will be adopting a dog soon, heed my words of encouragement: give it a week.
Not one day, five days, or three days; give the girl/boy an entire week and see
if you two are compatible. To clarify, by “give the girl/boy an entire week” I
do not mean giving her that time to
see if she is the “right” one; this is unreliable as some dogs may need a whole
month to finally blossom with their sincere personality and traits. Instead, I
mean that in the sense of giving you
time to decide if you are responsible and capable of giving a companion the
best life she could ask for. Giving a week allows for the necessary time to
adjust one’s personal schedule, to thoroughly think versus acting off of
emotions, and to gauge the real costs—literal and figurative—of being a pet
parent.

In terms of perhaps the best tip I
can give to readers who are prospective or recent adopters: whatever
assumptions are in mind, forget them. Think you know how much it costs for a
dog? It is much more or less than what you are currently thinking. Think you
know how to properly prevent a dog from pulling on walks through calmness and
assertiveness? Think again. Think you know how to teach fetch to a dog? It will
be easier or harder than what is currently thought of. Point is, we all have an
idea of what it would be like to own a dog—both pessimistic and optimistic
views. None of it is true. Given that dogs are individuals with their own
quirks and personalities, it is just simply too hard to create borders about
what it is like to own a dog. Clarifying, I do acknowledge that some patterns
can be expected; an example would be that a vast majority of Doberman owners
have to invest much time with mental and physical exercises for their girl/boy.
But still, in terms of the minutia, it cannot be easily predicted. For personal
examples, I taught fetch to Venus in merely ten minutes. Who knew that tossing
her favorite rope would cause her to instinctively bring it back to me for a
short game of tug, and of which I can then throw and she will repeat? I had
treats ready to teach fetch systematically, but my assumptions were false.
Similarly, I did not expect vet bills—exams, vaccines, and so forth—to be as
pricey as they currently are. And for a final example, I did not expect that by
Day 6 she would suddenly be less shy and much more energetic and
playful—changes that meant I had to add twenty more total minutes into our
walks and night playtime. Be open-minded with your new or upcoming dog. In
fact, be very open to whomever she happens to be; you might be entering a
shelter looking for a cute, smaller boy but instead come out with an adorable,
sweet Pit Bull mix boy who perfectly matches your lifestyle and energy level.

On this note, regarding actual
adoption tips, for one I do wish to reassure readers who are going to adopt
soon that the process—the mechanical process and not the emotional and
financial preparation and disputes—is far from difficult. From my experience,
that is. In short: you enter a shelter, fill out a questionnaire, request
specific dogs to see, and then wait around thirty minutes to an hour and then
you are allowed to meet four or so dogs (one at a time) before having to get
back in line (waiting thirty to an hour once again). It is recommended that you
know the dogs prior to setting up a meeting, be it seeing them in person at the
kennels or browsing through the available dogs online. Furthermore, it is
recommended that you know what you
are looking for; again, not who per
se such as “I want a Rottweiler” or “I want a Toy Poodle.” Rather, you want to know
what qualities and traits you want in a dog. For example, asking yourself
whether shedding would be an issue and asking how much exercise you would want
with your girl/boy are far more useful than looking for a specific size and
breed. And from there, an adoption counselor would help you through the process
of finding the right match, and if all goes well, a new family member will be
coming home shortly.

Sharing the biggest tip in deciding
the best candidate, as hinted at earlier, energy level is perhaps the most important
factor to consider. Why? This is where individuality matters over, for
examples, breed and size. If I come into the shelter looking for a jogging pal
and instantly pick a gorgeous Border Collie mix—of whom, according to
standards, should be very active
mentally and physically—I would be making a horrible decision. There is a
chance that she, despite her breed’s characteristics, would be a very lazy girl
who desires to simply walk for thirty minutes and to lay down for the rest of
the day. Conversely, I might have then overlooked a tiny Rat Terrier who would
have, despite initial judgment on size, been the perfect jogging companion. And,
although I should have addressed this at first, for why energy level even
matters in the first place: physical and mental exercises are critical with
being a dog parent. Owning a dog is not about pure love and affection—these are
absolutely necessary, but they should come after daily training and mental and
physical exercises. Without being able to properly offer your dog the right
amount of exercises, if not the behavioral issues that are to come, then at
least consider the ethical side. It is unfair to overwork a slow senior
Labrador who only desires to rest because one desires a marathon companion, and
likewise it is unfair to not be able to provide an exceptionally energetic,
young puppy the mental and physical exercises it needs. All in all, this is
where being open-minded matters and to be open with allowing adoption
counselors to help guide the process.

Overall, to summarize this minor
reflection (and tips), while I did have initial regrets with adopting a dog, I
am now incredibly satisfied and no longer regret doing so. In fact I wonder why
I did not own a dog sooner. Venus brings me so much joy, teaches me
selflessness and responsibility, motivates me to get my cardio exercise, and so
much more. To end on a cliché saying: I am not sure on who saved who.

Returning back to the review and
K-Pop, Tiffany’s solo has been garnering much praise as of the late. Many love
her song, singing, performances, and other aspects. More extremely, there are
those who are citing “I Just Wanna Dance” as the best summer song they have yet
to hear—or was that just my friend? Jokes aside, let us uncover whether Tiffany’s
first solo song is a song that makes me “just wanna dance.”

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Song Score: 6/10
(6.0/10 raw score) – “Slightly above average”


Vocals: 6/10


Sections: 6/10
(5.83/10 raw score)

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

1.     Introduction:
6/10

2.     Verse: 5/10

3.     Pre-Chorus: 5/10

4.     Chorus: 6/10

5.     Bridge: 6/10

6.     Conclusion (Chorus): 7/10


Instrumental: 6/10


Section Distribution: X/10

Tiffany:
All

Equal Value: X sections per member.  


Lyrics: 6/10

It’s been raining for a few days and
it finally stopped tonight
I feel good
Light reflects on the wet streets

The city is like an empty stage
after a show ends
It’s alright, it’s alright
Into the wet air
The street lights shine on me
I like it, my body is moving

I just wanna dance the night away
As I close my eyes, dance in the moonlight
It’s getting hotter
I can’t stop myself, no way
I just wanna dance the night away
Dance the night away
I just wanna dance the night away
Dance the night away
I just wanna

I wanna get more messed up
than being immersed in a very sad movie

The headlights are like
the rhythm dancing on the highway
It’s alright, it’s alright
The buildings that completely fill up the space
are like an audience
Everything is ready

I just wanna dance the night away
As I close my eyes, dance in the moonlight
It’s getting hotter
I can’t stop myself, no way
I just wanna dance the night away
Dance the night away
I just wanna dance the night away
Dance the night away
I just wanna

I hid myself behind the masks
that change every day
I just wanna
get more honest right now

I just wanna dance the night away
In the beat that my city has made
I’m falling deeper
In this moment, I feel the real me
I just wanna dance the night away
(I just wanna, I just wanna dance)
Dance the night away
I just wanna dance the night away
(I just wanna)
Dance the night away
I just wanna

Choreography Score: X/10 (x/10 raw score)

– Syncing: X/10

– Key Points: X/10

*The
choreography does exist, but as of the time of writing, none have been
officially uploaded. Thus, to keep reviews going, I will be skipping it.

Edit: Well, it is too late to review the choreography, but I have linked the live performance to the song. Feel free to watch it–and not for the review, but as a way to respect Tiffany’s hard work at the least.

Overall Score: X/10
(x/10 raw score)

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Analysis: For
purpose of speed and experimenting, I will be taking a new approach with this
review. Rather than being systematic, I will opt for an informal yet serious
tone. As such, I hope the review will begin sounding moreover as commentary versus
that of a report. Before embarking on that, for some clarification, I do want
to address why I am not analyzing the choreography. It is not because it does
not exist in the first place; video clips and teasers clearly show that a dance
exists. Rather, I am excluding it as, sadly, there is no official upload yet of
it. Thus, I could either delay this review until a video is released, or I
could skip it and focus instead on the sonic component to “I Just Wanna Dance”—the
latter being what I am doing. (From clips, I would predict the choreography
scoring at perhaps a seven, for those curious.)

Focusing
on the actual review now, let us begin with the introduction—a suiting,
chronological start. “I Just Wanna Dance” does possess a smooth introduction.
With it being gradual in progression, it allows us to get into the song without
feeling overwhelmed or lost, but furthermore, the introduction creates
anticipation as it is a very calm, muffled sound. After all, with hearing the
introduction, listeners are able to grasp the style of “I Just Wanna Dance”
without knowing exactly how the song will go down. All of these aspects—hooking
listeners and creating anticipation—are all welcomed and desired for a solid
introduction. Nonetheless, what slightly holds down this section is the sound
itself, the instrumental, is nothing outstandingly appealing. A muffled,
quieter instrumental is used, and while those traits are not inherently bad or
ineffective (far from the case as seen), the delivery of such in “I Just Wanna
Dance” is simply too plain for sonic appeal. There is nothing engrossing of the
instrumental; it is the structure of the introduction that is enticing, not the
sound per se.

Transitioning
now to the verse and pre-choruses, the gradual buildup should be highly
appreciated. The progression from a calm state to a more excited state is
nothing underwhelming or overwhelming—it is perfect. Additionally, all while
the two sections are pushing “I Just Wanna Dance” to its choruses, decent
vocals are unveiled. Now that said, although the sections play off Tiffany’s huskier
yet sharp singing voice, admittedly there is nothing infatuating with her
singing melody, pitches, and control. The vocals perform their role in the
verses and pre-choruses, but nothing more. Before misunderstandings occur, the
prior critique is not to bash Tiffany’s general singing; indeed she is a solid
singer and is quite capable. However, in this song and specifically those
sections, the vocals are, harshly said, nothing worthy of admiring nor of
disliking. What weakens these sections is that, despite the solid progressions,
the vocals and instrumental are simply lacking in appeal. There is no
intriguing, complex melodies nor simple melodies that prove infatuating. During
these moments, “I Just Wanna Dance” can be dismissed as any other average pop
song—hence the sections’ scores.

As
a summary: so far, from what we can tell, the vocals and instrumental are
moreover average, and likewise the song’s sections seem to follow suit with being
average. Perhaps the choruses could change these points. In terms of the
mentioned sections, “I Just Wanna Dance” does have a unique style for them—though
it should be noted it takes more than just
differing styles to create appeal. With the choruses, a keen feature is that
rather than the vocals reaching a climactic state, it is actually the
instrumental that does. Tiffany’s vocals remain moreover the same as prior
sections, and although that does not help with the vocals’ rating, on the
positive side the section thrives with its instrumental taking the lead—specifically
that of being able to mesh well with the plainer singing. Mixing the slower,
electronic beat with Tiffany’s vocals—of which are quietly echoing and
reverberating—allows the choruses to become an incredible concise, cohesive and
highlighted section. Lastly to praise, the section deserves credit for how,
towards the latter half, a change in pacing occurs. In fact, one could argue a post-chorus
becomes active, but from my take, I still do consider it as one chorus given
how it all links together. But regardless of the label, it is certain that the
change in pacing provides some variety to “I Just Wanna Dance,” a change that
is definitely necessary after the verse, pre-choruses, and initial half of
choruses being incredibly repetitive and undeviating. Unfortunately, although
there is much praise for the choruses, there are still equally prominent
issues: the song overall still relies on the same, linear route that is seen
throughout. In other words, although there is nothing wrong with a  linear style (as seen in ballads), with “I
Just Wanna Dance,” it does become problematic as all of the sections still do
sound awfully alike. From the verse to chorus, even with the slight change in
pace with the choruses’ latter half, the song in an overarching view still
retains its slower, unchanging instrumental and vocals. This all leads to a
tedious sounding song.

Even
with accounting for the bridge, while one could argue that the bridge provides
the song its variety, I disagree. The bridge only elevates the vocals and
instrumental pitches, but in the end, the same repetitive, linear style is
followed—a style that makes “I Just Wanna Dance” sound like any other pop song.
At most, for a part that deserves spotlight, the song does end on a strong note—no
pun intended. The ending chorus is accompanied by two-part singing, of which
finally gives “I Just Wanna Dance” its variety, both in vocals and instrumental.
In fact, it is this point that convinces me to give the vocals not a five, but
instead, a six as Tiffany is showcasing stunning two-part singing.

Since
this review is admittedly more jumbled than desired, let us now wrap this all
up. In the end, “I Just Wanna Dance” has slightly above average vocals. The
stagnant, repetitive vocals are what contribute to that. Adding on, however, the
final chorus where two-part singing occurs is what helps maintain it at that rating
and not drop to a mere “average.” Homogeneously, the same can be said for the
instrumental. Though catchy, the instrumental fails to provide variety and
thus, said catchiness soon becomes distasteful. As for the sections, as
covered, all have their strengths and weaknesses though, once again, the same
issue is seen: staleness. All of the sections fail to provide a unique aspect
to the song, even if there are some stronger points individually per section.
And lastly, even the lyrics are only slightly above average, reason being that
dull, repeated details lower the rating while the plot and certain lines are
interesting. Overall, Tiffany’s solo of “I Just Wanna Dance” is, contrary to
many fans and listeners, not an absolute, captivating song. Instead, it is only
slightly above average. This, however, does not mean the song is bad; the song is
definitely not bad. But, even so, I would hesitate to say this song is “good.”
It is enjoyable and biasedly I have been listening to it, but if being neutral
I do claim the song is only slightly above average. After all, the best way to
describe “I Just Wanna Dance” is that it is a usual pop song—nothing more or
less.

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As
always, thank you to all for reading. Strangely enough I did find this form of
writing more accessible—if that makes sense. I did not feel restrained with
writing, and I hoped to keep a conversational tone going. Feedback, as always,
would be appreciated. I will do more experimenting, but the main style I wish
to now have with reviews is that of a casual, conversational tone. Deviating
away from the usual “vocals are this, sections are this, etc.” seems to help.
Again, more to experimented with.

In
terms of the next review, I do have one in mind along with, I hope, an interesting
digression. However, to cleverly conceal how I am uncertain about exactly the
next review, I will instead tell readers to simply look forward to it. Look
forward to the next review. On a more serious note, the following reviews will
all be of artists that have yet to be reviewed, and furthermore, a bonus show
review will be coming. With the extra time during summer, I do hope to catch up
and to even start storing reviews for the upcoming school year. (And indeed I
am going to take one course during the summer so that I am not overwhelmed next
semester.)

Look
forward to either a trot or ballad song, and for anything else that is to come.
“I just wanna dance the night away” with more reviews—if this even makes any
sense at all.