Mad Clown x Kim Nayoung – “Once Again” Review

Mad
Clown x Kim Nayoung – Once Again (Music Video)

Mad Clown x Kim Nayoung – Once
Again (Descendants of the Sun OST)

Reviewed
on September 10, 2016

From the verses and choruses and
even in the bridge, the singing remains overly
simplistic. While this may create contrast with the rapping and therefore
enhance Mad Clown’s parts, it still remains problematic, and more so with how
it affects the song structurally.

Personal Message:
It has been quite some time since
the last review—a week, if being specific. Although that is not as drastic as,
say, two weeks, it is still a rather lengthier period given that reviews should
be coming out every four to five days. As such, I do apologize for slightly
lacking. But all that said, I have been incredibly busy. It is already
difficult enough to be consistently atop of school work, let alone reviews and
subtitling videos. I will do my best to balance both university and personal
activities, but as many would expect, university does have a priority. Thus, I
ask for readers’ (and viewers’) patience and understanding, and specifically
with this review and perhaps a few that follow, for being even more concise
than usual.

On topic, though I have said that
GFriend’s reality show, Look After My Dog,
was going to be next, I have decided instead to focus on this request. To the
requester, once again thank you for sending this in and moreover for being very
patient. If the show would have been reviewed first, this current review would then
be pushed back even farther and that is rather unfair to do—hence why this
review is occurring now. Nonetheless, I will review the show at one point if I
find myself busy to the extent that a bonus review is necessary. Focusing on
the song now, personally I was surprised to find that it was a drama OST (for Descendants of the Sun) and not an
actual single. (And on an irrelevant note, I plan to watch Cheese in the Trap at one point and to perhaps review it so as to
mark the first drama review of the blog and first drama I would entirely watch.
And yes, I am unfortunately that
viewer who flails and clenches his hands wildly during romantic scenes along
with chanting “Kiss!” all while probably simultaneously crying. I obviously am
very emotionally stable during dramas.)

Jokes aside, though my knowledge on
dramas is limited, from past experiences and coincidentally past requests, I
have found that drama OSTs tend to be quite solid and as a result have high
expectations for this song. But, once again as in every review, we have to ask:
does this song meet said expectations—both high and standard? And once again,
we will have our answer—but in the review, of course. And, once again, I need
to quit the awful puns if no reader has yet caught them.

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Song Score: 6/10
(6.25/10 raw score) – “Slightly above average”


Vocals: 6/10


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

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

1.     Introduction:
6/10

2.     Chorus: 4/10

3.     Rap: 7/10

4.     Verse: 6/10

5.     Bridge: 5/10

6.     Conclusion: 7/10


Instrumental: 5/10


Lyrics: 8/10

Will I see you again?
I’m standing in front of destiny
that has passed me by again
Was it a dream that we couldn’t wake from?
You’re getting farther away and I couldn’t tell you
Not even once
I love you
Deep inside my heart
Don’t let me cry

You’re a dream that’ll disappear once I touch you
Like snow that melts
When I missed you, I became you
I didn’t hold onto you
because I thought you’d come back
I thought I’d see you again if I kept longing for you
The start and end of my feverish feelings
I’m standing at the start and end
Like an emergency light,
I’m the only one with the light on in the darkness
No matter how much I think about it, the answer is you
But I’m writing the wrong answer in my heart
I try pushing you out but you’re still there
And now you’re inside my dreams

(I don’t wanna lose you,
be without you, anymore)
I thought hard but I don’t know
how to live without you
(I don’t wanna lose you,
be without you, anymore)

Will I see you again?
I’m standing in front of destiny
that has passed me by again
Was it a dream that we couldn’t wake from?
You’re getting farther away and I couldn’t tell you
Not even once
I love you
Deep inside my heart
Don’t let me cry

If only I can go back for one day
If only I can live that day
If only I can turn back the words and actions that hurt you
If only I can make you less lonely and hug you tight
If only that day I crazily regret is given to me once more
I would never let go of your hand again
I only need you to beautifully bloom
I’ll be a thorn for you
Damn it, why didn’t I know back then?
If I held onto you, would things be different?
It’s you anyway for me
Even if I leave you, it’s you anyway

(I don’t wanna lose you,
be without you, anymore)
I thought hard but I don’t know
how to live without you
(I don’t wanna lose you,
be without you, anymore)

I’m standing in front of destiny
that has passed me by again
Was it a dream that we couldn’t wake from?
You’re getting farther away and I couldn’t tell you
My heart

I’m still crying
(Don’t let me cry)
I’m waiting right here
until my heart gets exhausted
Don’t say goodbye
Come back to me
Come to me whenever

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Analysis: Although
an overall rating of a six is nothing to dismiss, I will admit this song was
rather disappointing in terms of what I personally expected. Given the ballad
style of the song with inclusions of rapping, it would, on a superficial level,
seem to be both very unique all while sonically holding well. But,
unfortunately as we will cover, this is not the case.

First,
though, for the strengths of this song, the vocals and the lyrics are of the
stronger aspects. With the latter, it flourishes in the two main features I
look for: details and plot. As noted the rap sections especially but also the
other sections, the lyrics in these parts are very diverse and seldom repeat
identical ideas. Furthermore, even if the plot is of the usual heartbreak,
tear-inducing story (and perhaps to relate to the drama), due to the level of
depth involved and the peculiar composition style—both monologue and dialogue—the
plot is still very exceptional. Focusing on the vocals now, it is a rather
interesting case. Mad Clown’s vocals in his raps remain solid, but on the other
hand with Nayoung’s singing, it does render as stale. Now that said, I will
acknowledge the opposing viewpoint: Certainly the style of the song—and of
which cannot be critiqued directly as discussed in past reviews—elicits a singing
style that is moreover linear and passive, and thus, I should not be critiquing
Nayoung’s singing as stale. However, for my argument, even within a
stylistically linear song, there can—and should, in most cases—be some variety
in the vocals. Nayoung’s vocals, while sonically soothing and charming, lacks
in just that: variety. From the verses and choruses and even in the bridge, the
singing remains overly simplistic.
While this may create contrast with the rapping and therefore enhance Mad Clown’s
parts, it still remains problematic, and more so with how it affects the song
structurally.

On
that note, the sections and instrumental are “Once Again” ‘s weaker components.
The overall issue with these would be how all of them are conducive to creating
an excessively linear flow. Again, linearity as a style is not bad; likewise, a
fast, upbeat song is not automatically good. What matters is the delivery of
said style, and in “Once Again,” the style is absolutely fine but the delivery
of it is a bit weaker. On topic, the instrumental is similar to Nayoung’s
singing: individually it sounds well, but on a larger scale the instrumental only
provides basic transitions and more importantly does not quite progress the
song. In blunt terms, the instrumental is just there; the instrumental provides
a background for the song, but nothing more with adding extra dynamics. That is
why the score is average. Now with the sections, though statistically it is at
a six, the choruses are perhaps the weakest point in the entire song. Reason
behind this is that the choruses are, unfortunately, the result of all of the
mentioned weaknesses: a dull instrumental, duller singing, and a duller
structure. The choruses merely exist and carry on the song, but little is
delivered in terms of actual content itself.

Overall,
“Once Again” is not a song that is flawed by its style; as discussed, the style—as
is any—is fine and the rapping is very much augmented by its form. What is
lacking, however, is that many parts are left and being too simplistic; even within simplicity, unless if properly managed and
executed, there should be some minor variety and changes occurring. Otherwise,
the result is what “Once Again” showcased: a section (or more) that ends up
holding space without providing much else. After all, shouldn’t each aspect to
a song be somewhat memorable and distinct? All in all, “Once Again” is still a
decent song despite these rather significant drawbacks, and indeed the rapping
and ballad combination is, in an overarching view, enticing—even if a more
critical hearing reveals some weaknesses.

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As
always, thank you to the requester for sending in this song and thank you to
others for reading, both in full or short. I truly appreciate it all, and it is
unfortunate that my robotic, tedious repeating of the earlier line does little
to showcase that. Finally to add, I will apologize if this review proved a bit
less in-depth than usual, but as mentioned due to being quite busy I have no
choice. On the positive side, however, I find it may be best to cover more
songs and to discuss the more critical, provocative points than to dive into
all of the details (as I slightly did in this review). More experimenting is to
occur, and with that, the next review will be on Red Velvet’s “Russian
Roulette.” It will be the first time I review the ladies, and it will also be
the first time I have personally and critically enjoyed a song by them.

Until
then, “Come back to me / Come to me whenever” for a review on Red Velvet’s
recent comeback.

Junggigo – “Too Good” Review

Junggigo (ft. Minwoo) – Too Good (Music Video w/ lyrics)

Junggigo ft. Minwoo of Boyfriend – Too Good

Reviewed on December 14, 2014

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Personal Message: Before the review starts, I would like to mention a quick thank you for the support with my previous review of T-ARA’s “Little Apple.” Perhaps it is due to T-ARA’s soaring popularity, but that review was well received by many of my readers, so for that, I am very grateful. That also reminds me, T-ARA did have a dance practice video. I slightly regret not finding it sooner, for it clearly depicts how flawlessly synced the choreography was. At the very least, I can rest knowing an 8 was an accurate score given for the choreography section. Interestingly, however, “Little Apple” was still within its revision stages; the audio used for the dance practice was different in multiple areas in comparison to the official version.

Anyhow, for this review, we will be looking at a requested song (I’m always open to requests, so feel free to send them in; it’s a great way to interact with my readers). I will be covering Junggigo’s song of “Too Good.” Many will recognize his name; after all, he had a very successful duet song of “Some” with Sistar’s Soyu. From that sweet, romantic ballad, I became very fond of Junggigo’s singing. Although he is embarrassed by the nickname, “Honey Vocals Junggigo” (something along those lines if I recall in an interview) is quite accurate; his voice is exceptionally soothing, and as the name states, very sweet and gentle. While we are on the subject of duet, although “duet” would be an overstatement for this song, a featured person does appear: Boyfriend’s Minwoo. For those who have read my review on Boyfriend’s “Witch,” Minwoo was the main rapper of that song. Due to his specialty in that category, and with both singers being in the same label company of Starship Entertainment, for Junggigo’s song of “Too Good,” Minwoo is featured in a rap section.

Focusing on the song now, “Too Good” is a K-Drama OST (original sound track) for the drama of “High School: Love On.” This is not the first drama OST I have reviewed; Lena Park’s “Only With My Heart” was the first one. Coincidentally, both songs are not only K-Drama OSTs, but they are also ballads and both have been requested for review. On what is different, Junggigo’s song will not induce tears and sadness is more cheery and vastly more upbeat than Lena Park’s song.

Back on topic with “Too Good,” I will fill in some background about the drama according to a friend/teammate (if this is inaccurate, I will blame her Edit: Only the general ideas are accurate. To give a revamped version, the angel’s job was to “transition” people to the “after-life,” but instead, she broke the rules to save her future love-interest. As a result of saving the boy, she lost her angel status, and thus, became a human; a normal high school student like the person she saved). “High School: Love On” is, if romantic love stories are not already, somewhat cheesy in that it tells the story of an angel who, despite her angel mentor’s advice and his distaste towards humans, decides to go to Earth in order to become human. Why? Due to love. She has fallen in love with a high school boy. Yes, “love makes you do crazy things” is completely applied here.

Now, while I love ridiculous, cheesy love plots the drama may seem somewhat absurd (although another drama does follow a similar path; “You Who Came From the Stars” showcased a plot where, instead of an angel, an alien tries becoming human since he fell in love with a lady), thankfully, the song by Junggigo still remains outstanding. On a random note, I could link the music video of this song instead of an audio version, but since it showcases scenes from the drama, many readers would be confused at it. For example, for those confused on why she does not understand the concept of getting hit by a car and the physics associated with such, it is because of exactly that; she does not understand human life (nor love, I would assume, since that would create a romantic, jocular tone). I may add the music video, though, considering the lyrics are included and that there are a multitude of cute, romantic scenes. If not, a simple search of “Junggigo Too Good” will find it. Although the general opinion is that love stories are too ridiculous, I confess, I am a fan of them for the most part. Or at the very least, I would prefer watching love dramas over ones that include gore and such.

With all of that said, Junggigo offers his incredible vocals for this K-Drama OST. “Too Good” is a melodic, soothing yet upbeat ballad that will captivate listeners on the sole basis of his voice. Hopefully the song title is an accurate representation of the song itself; let’s take a look and see if this song is truly “Too Good.”    

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Song Total Score: 7/10 (7.25/10 raw score) – Average score of the sub-categories

– Vocals: 9/10 – With Junggigo, a very high score is anticipated. The vocals in this song are melodic, smooth, soothing, and as his nickname implies, very sweet with the romantic tone of “Too Good.” Being an adept singer, his singing is rather versatile; the range of slow and calm to powerful and upbeat is seen. During slower and calmer sections, his voice drifts off as extremely comforting, and for the upbeat parts, very charismatic and energetic. Furthermore, Junggigo’s note range is equally adaptable; high and low pitches are heard. If “Some” has not proven his talent, this OST ballad speaks for that. Junggigo is an incredible vocalist, and with such a sweet and charming voice, ballads are easily dominated by him.

Overall, amazing vocals exist in this song. For a ballad, everything is included. His singing brings in emotions, varying melodies and pacing, and it has both aspects of being soothing yet upbeat.

– Song Structure: 7/10 (7.43/10 raw score)

The song goes in this structure and order:

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

1. Introduction (Verse): 8/10 – Strangely, the introduction is using another song section. I believe this is the first song I’ve reviewed that has utilized this, but nevertheless it proves to be promising. To keep it less confusing, the verse itself will be discussed in-depth at the verse section. Instead, I will simply address whether the introduction benefits from this style.

Although it seems rather unusual to have a song dive straight into its core without a proper setup, “Too Good” manages to pull it off. Considering the verses are on a relatively lethargic pace, the introduction does not come off as too potent. The instrumental also follows suit with the pacing.

A methodical, patient setup occurs due to the verses’ original format and style, and as a result, a standard introduction becomes rather obsolete. The verses in “Too Good” work both roles as an introduction and verse. While I won’t dive into the actual verses here, considering how solid they are and the aspect of how the verses’ format fit as an introduction role, a higher score will be given. A proper setup occurs; melodic vocals are showcased, and the song’s overall mood and structure are unveiled.

2. Verse: 8/10 – Peering more closely at the verses, they hold as outstanding. For the most part, they all follow the same structure.

The verses begin slowly with both vocals and instrumental. Junggigo’s utilizes lower notes at the start. In terms of the melody, it differs and changes throughout the section. Eventually at the end, he does hit a higher note to conclude.

Looking at a verse entirely, it is exceptionally well done. With starting off slow, it creates a steady yet solid build-up. Another benefit is also gained: lower notes. Due to the verse’s initial rate, lower notes perfectly fit and that adds a smooth component to the verses. Focusing on the flow and melody, with Junggigo’s captivating voice, that in itself augments the softer tone that is bestowed. At the very end, Junggigo does toss in a higher note. This allows a proper shift to the next section, and in addition, some diversity is seen in regards to the notes. Instead of hearing solely slower and lower pitched lines, an energetic one is added.

Overall, an exceptionally charming section. This section definitely holds a solid score, and if I were being biased, I would add even more points. Junggigo’s voice utterly suits this section; lines became additionally gentle and soothing. Excellent pacing and build-up, varying notes, and a fantastic, soothing melody are the winning aspects to this section.  

3. Chorus: 8/10 – Strangely, although not completely alien, the song dives straight into the chorus. Considering how the verse worked, however, this is acceptable; the previous section did subtle build-up for the song as a whole, and the transition ended on an impactful line that would suit a chorus.

For this part, Junggigo’s stronger vocals are heard. The instrumental also follows suit with bringing in more energy. In terms of his lines, the first two were impacting, and they had stretched endings. After that, Junggigo resumed a standard singing pace backed with a pleasing melody.

Knowing Junggigo’s singing is in its prime here, a solid section can be expected. Powerful vocals are showcased here. This works out perfectly considering the previous sections, the verses, end on a higher note. Thus, the higher level of intensity seen at the chorus fits the established trend and structure. Focusing on the melody, Junggigo’s hitting a variety of notes although most of them are within the same range. An interesting aspect was also how the melody was “stretched” at the beginning; while I won’t regard the first two lines as note holds, it showcased beautiful vocals. Additionally, the pacing switch prevents any staleness from occurring. Since the first two lines were slower and the remaining were faster, there is a lively flow to the section.

Overall, an impressive chorus in “Too Good.” Junggigo’s singing continues to be charming, and with a unique structure in terms of the pacing, melody, and vocal strength, a higher score will be given.

4. Post-Chorus: 7/10 – The post-chorus does have a subtle transition. Nevertheless, that should not be an issue, and this section is very definable and can be differentiated easily. All of the post-choruses are fully identical.

At the start, “Baby” is repeated three times. After that, a line follows it up. This entire format repeats for a total of three cycles, although for the very last line, an English line of “I’ll be always loving you” is utilized. Focusing on the singing, the “Baby baby baby” part takes the form of background vocals, and for the line that follows, it comes off as more prominent yet it remains gentle.

While the post-choruses are still decent, in comparison to the verses and choruses, this section does slightly falter. The use of “Baby baby baby” for background vocals allow a change in style to contrast the other sections, but this line is on the weaker side. Unlike the melodic singing Junggigo has shown, “Baby” remains lackluster; little energy is added nor is any pleasurable tune heard. The only asset is that the progressing line ends up sounding more impactful and becomes slightly emphasized, but other than that, the background vocals strip away the established sweet and melodic style of the song as a whole.

In the end, this section still holds as above average. Alternating lines of background to main vocals may add a varying section, but the background vocals were on the duller side. Nevertheless, for the other lines, Junggigo’s singing heavily compensates. The post-choruses are still decent sections, but juxtaposing it to the previous parts, it does become slightly overshadowed.

5. Bridge: 6/10 – The bridge of “Too Good” has potential, but unfortunately, it does not manage to hold as exceptionally spectacular.

This section initiates with an English line of “You’re my beautiful baby girl” (my opinion on this line will be at the Meaning section). A similar line, also in English, is sung after that first line. Now after that, Junggigo sings the final line in Korean. The final line does contain a stronger end.

Firstly, the initial singing took the form of background vocals, and homogenous to the post-choruses, the same issue of being dull occurs. Sadly, the background vocals has a longer duration here unlike the post-chorus. The contrast of how “Too Good” in its entirety is rather melodic hurts this section’s beginning; this background singing fails to fit the established standard. There is no pleasing melody, and the instrumental remains neutral and passive. To end on a positive note, when the main vocals are heard, Junggigo delivers the usual sweet tune and finishes the bridge with a perfectly suiting high note hold. That creates a solid wrap up, even if the beginning was rougher.

As mentioned earlier, this section has the proper structure to do well. It fits the overarching gentle and calmer tone since no insane note hold was used, and furthermore, it did not hold as utterly and absurdly passive. What does fail is the background vocals used; plain singing would have been more beneficial. Slightly above average is the rating here.

6. Rap: 7/10 – Finally, the section where Minwoo from the group Boyfriend raps.

Minwoo’s rap is accompanied by a slightly more passive instrumental. His rap maintains a decent speed and flow. In terms of the melody, the rap did not fluctuate too much with different notes, but nevertheless retained the softer atmosphere of the song.

Taking into account that seldom do ballads possess rapping sections, this part may seem somewhat unusual. Thankfully, however, Minwoo proves that raps in ballads are indeed viable. For his rap, the instrumental’s shift to becoming passive works out favorably; Minwoo’s rap becomes the sheer highlight. Looking at the rap itself, considering the song is a ballad, his style would need to utterly suit the romantic, sweet tone that has been created. In this situation, he succeeds. The pacing is slow enough so that it suits the ballad genre, and on the other side, sufficiently fast enough to prevent the rap from feeling lethargic. Onto his flow, words proved to be smooth; line after line, word after word, it was all rather fluent. In fact, certain word endings supported that: “deureowaseo” and “mannasseo” as well as “ani” and “sigani” are examples. When it comes to the melody, this is perhaps the weakest aspect to the rap. There was little diversity with pitches, but considering raps are not meant to be melody oriented, but rather, heavily focusing on speed and flow, it is a very miniscule issue.

In the end, an above average rap. Minwoo’s flow and speed were very suitable to the song as whole. Nothing was lacking nor overly done. The only issue derived from this section is something easily overlooked, although it will prevent potentially higher scores. A decent section nevertheless, and with how rare and difficult it is to craft a rap section in a ballad, accomplishing that feat is stunning.

7. Conclusion: 8/10 – While a final post-chorus does play out, I am counting the very last moment with the instrumental playing out.

For the conclusion, the instrumental and vocals run for a few seconds. Slowly, the instrumental fades away, and as expected, Junggigo’s vocals of “Oh” and such follow suit.

Even though the conclusion is rather short, it is a solid wrap-up to the song. Having the instrumental and vocals fade slowly leaves a lingering presence of the song. Additionally, it was a proper way to conclude “Too Good”; nothing was abrupt nor was it seemingly too long.

A solid conclusion for the beautiful ballad. It was concise, precise, and an important aspect, efficient. “Too Good” holds a satisfying end.

– Line Distribution: X/10 – Minwoo is only featured, so this song is still mainly a solo ballad. This will not be graded.

– Instrumental: 7/10 – The instrumental for “Too Good” is on the stronger side. Progression is a key aspect to the soundtrack; starting off slow and gradually becoming more complex aids the song as a whole. From the verse to post-chorus, and of course other sections, the instrumental’s intensity correlates to Junggigo’s singing. Solid chemistry is seen from both sides, and due to that, the song is vastly augmented. On that subject, when it comes to how well the instrumental suits the vocals, it does an excellent job. Considering that Junggigo is an outstanding singer, by having a soundtrack that simply adds a foundation layer to the song, Junggigo’s vocals are supported without leeching away attention. Lastly, for how well the soundtrack sounds on its own, it holds as solid as well. A cheerful, happier and romantic mood can be gleaned from the instrumental possessing graceful sounds. Adding on, the soundtrack proves to be soothing or energizing, similar to the singing.

Above average is the rating for the instrumental. It fulfills its role of helping the vocals and it remains delightful on its own.

– Meaning: 6/10 – With a song title of “Too Good” coupled by the fact that the K-Drama is related to a romantic plot, I am expecting some sweet, love-filled lyrics. Perhaps the lover believes their love-interest is “too good,” or that their life is now “too good” thanks to their love-interest. Anyhow, through these Korean-to-English translated lyrics, let’s uncover the story behind the song. As always, these lyrics are not 100% accurate due to pure translating, but with the music video also supplying lyrics, it should be very accurate:

It feels like I’m living in a dream every day
I’m still not used to this kind of life
When I’m with you, the stars twinkle during the day

I don’t want to meet anyone else but you
Without you, I don’t want to do anything
When I’m with my friends, I’m always thinking about you

You’re too much for me
You’re too good for me
Anyone can see you’re beautiful
Everyone wants you
I can’t believe you’re mine

Baby baby baby, you’re too much
Baby baby baby, you’re too good
Baby baby baby, today and tomorrow
I’ll be always loving you

When I see you, it feels like the whole world is mine
I don’t want to be anyone else but me
If it’s for you, I feel like I can do anything

You’re too much for me
You’re too good for me
Anyone can see you’re beautiful
Everyone wants you
I can’t believe you’re mine

Baby baby baby, you’re too much
Baby baby baby, you’re too good
Baby baby baby, today and tomorrow
I’ll be always loving you

You’re my beautiful baby girl (so beautiful)
You’re my only one baby girl
You’re more dazzling than the sun in the blue sky

Anyone can see that we’re so close now
You’re my sunshine, I’m your sunflower
I’m so glad that you came into my life
I was lost for a while but I finally met you
Our first meet was a bit awkward
It was no coincidence did you know?
Spending time with you and the flowers in full bloom
Even when the seasons change, I will like you a lot

You’re too much for me
You’re too good for me
Anyone can see you’re beautiful
Everyone wants you
I can’t believe you’re mine

Baby baby baby, you’re too much
Baby baby baby, you’re too good
Baby baby baby, today and tomorrow
I’ll be always loving you

“Too Good” ‘s lyrics positively unveil a love story. Reflecting back on the drama, these lyrics could perhaps reciprocate what the boy feels towards the angel. Anyhow, analyzing the lyrics from a neutral stance, the song tells a story of a lover who is exceptionally infatuated with his love-interest. Specifically in this case, and by adding in context of the drama, the lover is most likely the teenage boy who feels a certain way towards the girl, the angel who saved him. The boy feels as if he is in a “dream” since his love-interest is, as stated from the title, “too good.”

Overall, the lyrics prove to be very adorable and sweet. While I enjoy the love tone, it does remain rather lacking in details. Many ideas repeat, such as the concept of how the girl is “too good” and that his life has completely changed for the better thanks to her. Nevertheless, decent lyrics that will be rated as slightly above average. Extra details would easily bump it up to a 7.

Transitioning to the bonus part of the Meaning grading section, I will now take a more critical stance on some of the lyrics. I will not account this into the grading unless if something erroneous pops up. As mentioned earlier, there is the line of “baby girl” that is used at the bridge. Now, while the lyrics do depict a story of a boy and girl falling in love, “baby” is an understatement. An over-understatement, more precisely. While the connotation is sweet and all, I personally find it rather absurd; especially in a more realistic setting of love where, instead of teenagers, adults are the ones in love, being referred to as a “baby” would seem less charming than expected. Unless if there is literally a “baby girl” as the subject, it would be vastly better to find other delightful words to express love and care towards a love-interest.

I could also begin a rant towards how the lyrics place seemingly extra value towards physical beauty, but since it does not go in-depth towards the love-interest’s physical attributes, I will not bother going on a tangent on this topic. Nevertheless, I will reiterate that love is truthfully hardly based on physical attraction; a person’s intelligence, attitude, personality and such are the main factors to determining attraction. Additionally, beauty should be loosely attached to physical aspects. I will end it off here for the time being.

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Choreography Score: X/10 – With being a ballad and an OST, a dance is not included. This section will be excluded.

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Overall Score: 7/10 (7.25/10 raw score) – With only the Song Total Score being accounted for, this leaves “Too Good” with a 7/10, which is actually shockingly lower than expected. This song should be at an 8/10 I would imagine. Perhaps the Meaning score should have been a 7, but I will leave the score as is. Biasedly, I hold this song at an 8.

As always, thank you very much for reading this review. I apologize for being exceptionally delayed with reviews; it has been 8 days (I think) since I last posted, so huge apologies. I have been slacking with reviews. To compensate, a few speed reviews are in the work, and depending on how they go, I may opt to find a balance between my current style of reviews and a “speed review.” To the person who requested this, thank you so much for sharing an incredible song. I do feel ashamed, though, that this review is rather weak. Due to slightly rushing and having weaker writing for this review, I feel regretful and wish I could have done a better job. I will strive harder to improve my writing and reviews. Anyhow, thank you once more for sticking around and being patient. I sincerely appreciate every reader.

For those curious on upcoming reviews, I still have a requested song to finish, and along with that, a plethora of other songs I have been yearning to review. I have been multi-tasking and have begun a speed review, so I plan to quickly finish that one soon. Look forward to them, and with Winter Break coming soon, positively, reviews will come out rather quickly.

With all of that said, I believe this is a proper place to conclude this review. I am personally slightly frustrated at myself for writing a lacking review, but I will attempt to have a stronger one for next time. Thank you once more for reading, and to the requester, it has been a pleasure to receive this song. Expect MAMAMOO’s “Piano Man” to come out shortly along with other songs. Stay tuned and continue to check back. I will attempt to fix my current rate of reviews. “You’re too good for me,” so I will work harder to bring better reviews.