MAMAMOO – “Ms. Obvious” Review

MAMAMOO – Ms. Obvious (Music Video)

MAMAMOO – Ms. Obvious

Reviewed
on April 1, 2016

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Personal Message:
Despite a planned schedule, April
will already be starting off with some changes. This, however, is completely
justified: MAMAMOO has a surprise comeback. Like many fans, I have also been
greatly yet pleasantly surprised by their hasty return. Though a few weeks ago
the ladies have returned with “You’re the Best,” it appears that they will continue
their momentum through this latest comeback of “Ms. Obvious.” Since, like a
vast majority of fans, readers may be confused on why the comeback was quite
subtle, in short what happened is “Ms. Obvious” was merely uploaded onto the
group’s official YouTube channel. No announcements were given; the music video
and song were simply uploaded—no more or less. Thus, this is the reason for why
many have been unaware of the comeback and have been quite pleased to discover
it. That said, I will be linking the music video as it showcases not only
MAMAMOO’s usual adept singing, but also the dance is seen vividly. As a
disclaimer, however, I do apologize if I did in fact link the wrong video. Due
to rushing all over and with how difficult the video was to find, I may have
included the wrong link (even after checking once more).

All that said, given the abruptness
of this release, this review will follow suit with being abrupt in transition.
“Ms. Obvious” is perhaps once again another way MAMAMOO is flaunting off their
skills: they are obviously quite skilled singers, and that is seen in their
latest release. Pessimistically, though, though the vocals are obviously
strong, there are still surprising and obvious flaws to this song.

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Song Score: 7/10
(7.2/10 raw score) – “Above average”


Vocals: 8/10


Sections: 5/10
(7/10 raw score)

Introduction, Verse,
Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Rap, Chorus, Conclusion

1.     Introduction:
5/10

2.     Verse: 5/10

3.     Chorus: 5/10

4.     Rap: 5/10

5.     Conclusion: 5/10


Line Distribution: 9/10

Hwasa:
Introduction, Verse 2, Chorus 2 (Total: 3)

Solar:
Verse 1, Chorus 1, Chorus 2, Chorus 3 (Total: 4)

Wheein:
Verse 1, Chorus 1, Verse 2, Chorus 3 (Total: 4)

Moonbyul:
Introduction, Rap, Conclusion (Total: 3)

Equal Value: 3.5 sections per member.  


Instrumental: 5/10


Lyrics: 9/10

MOO-MOO-MAMA
I’m sorry, but I think I know you
I’m not confused by your eyes
It’s Ms. Obvious
She just glanced over
Please don’t come to me
Oh no, she’s interested in me

There is a girl, hello, Ms. Obvious
I’m caught in your trap, like a puppy
There’s Ms. Obvious
She commits herself
Now, ladies and gentlemen
It’s time to get away

Darling it’s you
Why haven’t you come to your senses yet?
Ms. Obvious, please leave me alone
(Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh)
My love is not for you
Come on
You keep ignoring my heart
Ms. Obvious, she teases me
Shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot
(Hey Miss)
Don’t come out, don’t come out, wherever you are

Your words are bitter like you’re drinking coffee
You’re a determined alpha female wolf
There’s Ms. Obvious
Act innocent; then she might not grab a hold of me
Now, ladies and gentlemen
It’s time to get away

Darling it’s you
Why haven’t you come to your senses yet?
Ms. Obvious, please leave me alone
(Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh)
My love is not for you
Come on
You keep ignoring my heart
Ms. Obvious, she teases me
Shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot
(Hey Miss)
Don’t come out, don’t come out, wherever you are

Say it slow, Ms. Obvious
Your clear-cut acts are like a knife
You just taste people and quickly hunt them
Love is winning for her, but call help for me
MAMAMOO, MAMAMOO, there’s Ms. Obvious
Perhaps it’s not just me; another victim is out there, too
Now, ladies and gentlemen
It’s time to run away

Darling it’s you
Why haven’t you come to your senses yet?
Ms. Obvious, please leave me alone
(Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh)
My love is not for you
Come on
You keep ignoring my heart
Ms. Obvious, she teases me
Shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot
(Hey Miss)
Don’t come out, don’t come out, wherever you are

Hey Miss

Choreography Score: 7/10 (7/10 raw score)

– Syncing: 7/10

– Key Points: 7/10

Overall Score: 7/10
(7/10 raw score)

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Analysis: Before
even diving into the sound of the song, the lyrics deserve much praise. If
correct, the lyrics here will hold the highest score as of yet for all songs
that have been reviewed on the blog. This, however, is certainly not due to
being biased and overly crediting the creative lyrics composer. Explaining the
brilliant lyrics, every desirable trait exists: it is utterly original and in
no way parodying some other song’s lyrics; it has been heavily revised by the
dedicated lyrics composer’s advisor—of who is none other than his/her real and
intelligent pet penguin; and lastly, it deserves much credit for being somewhat
comical and obnoxious. Now, readers may be completely confused; what I listed
above seems to be purely biased remarks and is in no way actual critiques
towards the lyrics’ actual merits. In reply, how often does one read lyrics
that appear to have been written in thirty minutes and with lines that carry
absolutely no meaning? The answer: rarely—or so I hope. Thus, because of simply
how I feel, the lyrics will score a nine. This is completely justified as there
are no instances of partiality.  

Focusing
on the line distribution, the numbers speak for themselves. Nevertheless, this
is impressive considering MAMAMOO has—based on past reviews—struggled with
maintaining an equal share of lines. This is mostly in part to the group’s
dynamic as Moonbyul is oriented towards rapping and as a result, will receive
significantly less lines than the other ladies, but in “Ms. Obvious,” a drastic
change occurred. It is almost as if this song was not truly by MAMAMOO but
instead by perhaps some silly reviewer since, after all, this appears to be
against MAMAMOO’s standard style. But of course only a mean reviewer would make
up a song to fool her/his readers, so that is absolutely not the case. On
topic, to also address the choreography, it is above average. Why, readers may
ask? An obvious answer: because the key points and syncing are rated at above
average. And why is that specifically the case, as readers may ask? Once again
another obvious answer exists: because the Choreography Score averages out at a
seven and therefore above average. In no way am I committing the argument
fallacy of circular reasoning. Of course I would never do that. Especially as a
reviewer whose arguments have to be rooted in evidence and reasons, I would
never dance around a choreography score. All that said, once again the
choreography is above average because it just is above average.

Focusing
on the surprisingly weaker aspects to “Ms. Obvious,” the sections and
instrumental are both rated at average. Now, readers may suspect I will repeat
the fallacy of circular reasoning once more, but this time I actually do have reasons.
Both of these aspects rate plainly because the song is not unique at all. In
fact, it is so plain that I cannot even describe it—and no this is not to, for
example, cloak over the fact that there is no song. Obviously there is indeed a
“Ms. Obvious”: she’s the one who refuses to settle down, as the lyrics discuss.
Point is, take my words as earnest truths: the song sounds so plain to the
point that it sounds like it does not even exist as a song. Despite those
setbacks, however, one aspect will always shine with MAMAMOO: their vocals. And
that, thankfully, is true even in “Ms. Obvious.” After all, consider the
MAMAMOO vocals that occur: MAMAMOO stuff. Yes, that is correct; “MAMAMOO stuff”
perfectly describes the vocals. Since it is MAMAMOO, I will just toss in that
there are amazing note holds and vocal beltings in “Ms. Obvious”—even though
these points are highly abstract and irrelevant as, indeed, it is not about
what occurs but rather the delivery. Thus, even if there were indeed note holds
and so forth—and of which there is; “Ms. Obvious” showcases that—it would not
matter since it is about the context in how the note holds, beltings, and so on
are conducted.

In
the end, “Ms. Obvious” concludes at above average. Regardless of the ratings,
it is a song that is truly indescribable. Truly.

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First,
I do hope this advanced posting feature on Tumblr works. It will be very clear
if it fails or not, that is. But, if it succeeds, then this review will mark
the first review of April. Perfectly timed as well, it is exactly on the first day
of April to signify a strong beginning to the month. With this review, I
strangely feel as if I wrote atrociously. It might just be the curse of the
first day of April, however. Specifically with living in America, this phenomenon
of writing poorly on the first day of April is quite common. There has to be something
peculiar about this day.

Ignoring
that, though, I do hope readers enjoy the review and song. Hopefully this
review is informative and brings smiles—smiles from a great song and not from laughing
at this very serious review, that is. Also, the link should have worked, but if
not and it somehow redirected readers to some random parody video of another
song, I do apologize. Either way, however, whether “Ms. Obvious” or a parody of an American song,
both should be enjoyable. With the latter, after all, despite being a parody it
still contains lyrics
that are much better than the original—musically and socially
 sounds
fantastic. (On a serious note, the lyrics in the original song that is parodied does lead to a
very important discussion. I hope to discuss that later in the future.)

Look
forward to more reviews, and specifically much stronger reviews. Once again,
the first day of April has to be blamed. Certainly, there is something strange
on this day (in at least an American context). Forgetting that, I hope I do not
have to ask readers: “Why haven’t you come to your senses yet?” because readers
should be asking that to me. Stay tuned for more reviews.