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Never Gonna Be Alone- Nickelback

I absolutely love this song, and I’m glad there is an MV for it.

Lyrics
The song is about protecting someone you love. No matter what happens in life they promise to watch over and guard the person they love.
You’re never gonna be alone/ from this moment on/ if you ever feel like letting go/ I won’t let you fall/ when all the hope is gone/ I know that you can carry on/ we’re going to see the world on/ I’ll hold you until the hurt is gone

Dancing:
Nope, none for Nickelback, remember?

Story: 9/5
So~sad~
In the story you see a girl on her wedding day holding a bouquet of flowers with a single blue paper flower in the center. She smiles back to her father and remembers him always supporting her through moments of her life- sitting and clapping at her graduation, seeing her off when she goes to prom, teaching her to ride a bike. Then you see the woman as a little girl going to her father’s funeral, leaving for him a yellow paper flower and keeping a blue one. It flashes back through all the moments of her life and you see that her father was really a ghost watching over her.

Other Things
Sad as hell, but a great song. I don’t cry, and I mean it, but this song got a few tears. Plus I’m exhausted and it’s nearly 2am, so I’m kind of softened up already.

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If Today Was Your Last Day- Nickelback

I really like this group, and their MVs are always great.

Lyrics
The song title pretty much tells it all. The song is a message for people to live each day like their last. My personal favorite line in the song is “Against the grain should be a way of life”. It’s just one of those songs that is supposed to inspire people, without much depth on it’s own.
If today was your last day/ tomorrow was too late/ could you say goodbye to yesterday/ would you live each moment like your last/ leave old pictures in the past/ donate every dime you had/ and would you call those friends you never see/ reminisce old memories/ would you forgive old enemies/ and would you find that one you’re dreaming of/ swear up and down that you’re in love/ if today was your last day/ if today was your last day

Dancing
Nickelback, like pretty much all English singers, don’t dance, but that is because they play their own instruments, so they don’t loose cool points.

Story: 5/5
That’s why I love this MV, there is an actual and strong story! You see three groups of people (one in an individual, so one person group!) going around looking suspicious. Some guys are antsy and hop on a subway, some girls are being picked up by their friends in an old car, and a man in a suit with a large empty bag walks into a bank, checks out security, and then walks up and hands the teller a note. You see them all looking increasingly suspicious and then suddenly they all turn out to be doing something good. The two boys who look like they’re selling drugs open up their bags and throw strips of paper into a crows of people, on each is written a tip- “Call a friend you never see” (bits of the song, if you can’t tell), “Forgive old enemies”, etc. The people in the crowd take to heart the paper and are happier. The group of people in the beat up truck look like they are blowing up time square, but they are handing out jackets to cold people with those phrases written on them, and finally the man in the bank took out all his money and walks around just giving it to people.

Other Things
This is a simple MV, most of it is carried by the story, but it’s good. I don’t really have much to say about it…

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Hidden Away- Josh Groban

Ok, sorry I haven’t been so good with my One-Review-A-Day promise, consider this the start. I will post another review tonight, since I’m busy tomorrow, but I’ll get back to regular work.

Lyrics:
Hidden Away is a song encouraging people to stop keeping their hearts guarded and their words locked away. On his YouTube site Josh Groban described this as a message to everyone to not try to contain everything, to speak your mind and say what you want to the ones you love and who care about you. That’s pretty much the kind of song it is.
And all these words/ that you meant to say/held in silence/day after day/Words of kindness/that our pour hearts crave/please don’t keep them hidden away/Sing it out/so I can finally breathe in/I can take in all you say/Holding out for something i believe in/all I really need today/I want to free your heart/I want to see your heart/please don’t keep your heart hidden away.

Dancing
Josh Groban is a ballad singer, and he’s from the US, these two combined put him as far from dancing as a quadriplegic. No offense to quadriplegic’s.

Story: 3.5/5
It’s incredible, but there is actually a kind of semi-quasi story to this one. In true US style though a story begins with the MV and is kind of dumped and ends up half explain and really not. There is a scene missing. That’s it, one scene at the beginning, even just 15 seconds, and this could have had a perfect score. Anyways, you see Josh Groban putting a letter in his door (which really makes no sense, and by the way his door is unlocked, so thieves should attack) and walking away sadly. A while later a girl comes home, takes the letter, and starts to walk after him. You never know their story, so ignore it.  You see three other people in the MV. A lonely little girl waiting for someone, a girl in either late junior high or high school sitting alone at a bus stop, and a stressed and harried business man. By the end of the MV they all get something they’ve wanted. Josh Groban’s girl comes to see him play for a small room, the little girl get’s her father home to hug her, the school girl gets her friends and the business man gets a drink with someone he loves. It’s kind of half-done, but oh well.

Other Things
The fact that it was a quasi-story MV is a huge improvement. I love Josh Groban’s voice, but face the facts, he’s really boring to actually sit down and watch. Fans really need his CDs, DVDs will make you bored out of your mind. His MVs are usually just shots of him singing and playing the piano, so I really like that this one has at least some changes in scenery, even though most shots of him are still him sitting and playing the piano.

I’m just venting here, but Josh Groban and his producer really need to wake up. It’s been over 2 years since his last CD, for the last 2 years he’s been living off promoting his old CD. This CD he’s been pushing slowly out for MONTHS. Hidden Away was released as an MP3 a month and a half ago, if not 2 months. He’s still saying his CD will “Come out soon”, and the MV is just now being released. This is ridiculous. I’m only a fan of his voice, at this point, when you compare him to other singers, he just comes out as lazy. Plus his concert tickets are at obnoxiously high prices so it’s like impossible for a fan with a normal income to afford to go (I was planning on going to one a while ago, the worst seats in the venue were still $190 a seat).

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Time for Miracles- Adam Lambert

Was this song in “2012”? Because if not I won’t believe you. Every background shot is a reference to the movie, and there are shots from the movie in it. I saw “2012” about 4 times in theaters and I don’t remember this song from it, but still.

Lyrics:
The song is about facing the end of a relationship and wishing there was a way to save it… Or it is about being lonely and without love and wishing for one last chance at love. Either way it is asking for a miracle, saying it is time for even a little hope and luck.
I know this flame isn’t dying/ so nothing can keep me from trying/ baby you know that/ maybe it’s time for miracles/ cause I ain’t givin’ up on love/ you know that/ maybe it’s time for miracles/ cause I ain’t giving up on love”

Dancing
None- just some shots directly from “2012” and some shots that are kind of like “While this was happening lets look on the next street”. Their favorite theme is the scene where LA is being destroyed by an earthquake. You don’t see the cast directly (the limo a lot), but you see people running and Lambert walking calmly down the street singing amidst the destruction.

Story
Watch 2012. I don’t think this song fits perfectly into the movie, but I’ve seen worse choices. For example: “What I’ve Done” in “Transformers”. That song made absolutely no sense as the credit song. But this one works I guess. It draws more focus to the love story aspect of the movie, namely the love story between the President’s daughter and the scientist (I don’t remember character names… The girl from “Avatar” and the guy from “Serenity”). I think the song in the MV focuses more on the idea of asking God for a miracle after all the horrors of the movie “2012”.

Other Things

Take the song away from the plot for “2012” and you have a totally different meaning. Just saying.

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For Your Entertainment- Adam Lambert

I really have missed typing reviews these last two weeks, I think I’m in a review-withdrawal… So I’m going to try to take care of some tonight to get back on the wagon ^^

Lyrics:
This song is definitely a hit away from the usual you hear from Lambert (well, at least what I’ve heard). It’s a bit more of a sexy song… Ok, I liked, it’s a LOT more of a sexy song. You can take it two ways, but it is definitely meant to be taken in a more sexual way. If you listen with the right mind though you could tweak the lyrics. I’ll explain later. The song is about having met a seemingly sweet boy who turns out to be a bit of a wild child.
No escapin’ when I start/ once I’m in I own your heart/ there’s no way to ring the alarm/ so hold on until it’s over/ oh, do you know what you got into/ can you handle what I’m about to do/ cause it’s about to get rough with you/ I’m here for your entertainment/ oh, I bet you thought I was awfully sweet/ though an angel swept you off your feet/ but I’m about to turn up the heat/ I’m here for your entertainment”

Dancing:
There is actually dancing here, which impressed me. It’s done almost exclusively by backup dancers, but he plays a good part in the dance and follows the moves with his own rhythm. I don’t know if he does this on stage, I hope so. I especially like the work with the cane and the dancers. it is all very quick and he does surprisingly well. Like I  said, I sincerely hope he does this in live performances, the dance works. You really only see it on the chorus, but still.

This live performance got Lambert in a lot of trouble~

Story:
There isn’t really a story in the lyrics or in the video. The scenery seems REALLY disjointed though. The MV starts with shots of a city street, then it pans underground to a dim and wild club, which fits perfectly with the song and the MV. My issues are with the shots of Adam Lambert walking through a forest. It doesn’t fit with anything and I think it was a bad idea. While it doesn’t really bother you at first glance, when you think about it it just doesn’t fit. At the end the camera pans right back up to the street. I like MV’s that end like that- it suits them well.

Other Things

Adam Lambert, for those of you who haven’t heard, is one of the only mainstream openly gay people out there. This MV has a very good balance that kind of shows that without really overly promoting it. I don’t mean it’s bad or anything that he’s gay, it’s hard to explain. You know those MV’s where the director dwells too hard on something? Yeah, that kind of thing. The ones where you think “Ok, we get it, move on”. This one did a really great job of creating a balance between the preferences. In the MV Adam Lambert does sexy dances with both men and women without drawing any attention to the difference, it’s just there. I like that he’s taking that approach. It’s a very natural MV.

Ok, what I was saying about the lyrics. You can almost imagine him saying “I’m here for your entertainment” to mean he’s here to sing for you and entertain you and even though he may not look like much he is a powerful performer. But the song is definitely meant in a more sexual way. But you don’t necessarily have to take it like that. If you switched up the lyrics in like 2 spots you can change the entire meaning of the song. I think that is what I like most about it, it’s difficult to hammer down.

I do have a bit of a complaint with Lambert himself, and this was up to the director to monitor, so the blame lies with both of them. It’s in Lambert’s expressions in his solo shots. They are kind of all over the place and then become repetitive. The director should have been keeping an eye on that and making sure the expressions were what was needed, and Lambert should have practiced more at home. It feels kind of unnatural to him and awkward.

I would have liked it if the shots with the dancers was a little more clear. You can see Lambert perfectly, but the dancers around him are kind of hard to see at times. While I know Lambert is the important one here, if you are going to have dancers you need to find a way to make them visible without overriding the singer. They are kind of half-blurred and it just draws your eye from him to them, which I’m thinking is the opposite of what was intended.

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I Must Not Chase the Boys- Play

I think this is one of the only songs by them I still like. I really loved their music and everything back when they were promoting, but this is the only MV I look back on and don’t think “What the hell was I thinking?”

Lyrics
The song is about being caught between a child and a woman. They want to go after boys but still aren’t supposed to, which is driving them crazy. It has a faster feel and isn’t their usual kiddie-pop sound. For the first time they don’t dance and have a band with them, so I guess it feels more rock, but it’s still a pop group for sure. The song is sexier and more mature than any of their other MVs.
I wanna give into the woman in me/ I wanna be someone they don’t want me to be/ the moral of the story is I’ve got no choice/ I must not chase-/ I wanna go left when they tell me go right/ Don’t wanna be the little girl they’re kissin’ good night/ the moral of the story is I’ve got no choice/ I must not chase the boys

Dancing
None here, the members are at microphones in front of a band, so they don’t dance.

Story: NA~ish/5
The sets here play large parts, but there isn’t really a story. You see each member in a different location. One is chasing the ghost of a boy, like a memory, and one is locked in a large cage with the key around her neck (which is kind of weird~). The last two members are both writing “I must not chase the boys” over and over again, even on their own arms (that was a pretty cool costume idea!).

Other Things
This was a good look for Play, but I remember it being a huge culture shock for their fans. I was around the average age of the fan group back when it came out. After the other kiddie-friendly Play this sexier and older one was just too abrupt.

I REALLY love their outfits. The corset-tops are great and really work well with the feel and pace of the song.

Visually this is one of my favorites. The colors are all faded out so that it is just a step above black and white, and it was filmed in such a way that I think it made the members look less… stupid? than their other MV (I will review that one eventually). It looks very intelligent and thought out, like they put effort into breaking the kiddie-pop image and didn’t just half-ass it.

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Hug (English Version)- Dong Bang Shin Ki

Omo~! do you have any idea how hard it was to find this MV??? I suggest you download it as soon as possible if you want it, since it’s been disappearing from YouTube at a rather epic rate. Since it was recorded as Tohoshinki (see Dong Bang Shin Ki’s Artist Profile for that explanation) SM doesn’t upload it on their YouTube page and since it is old and therefore before their official foray into the Japanese market AVEX doesn’t upload it either~

Lyrics:
Just like the Korean version (Which I didn’t review, I’m really lacking in english subbed DBSK videos~) this song is a confession of love for the girl they love. They talk about being unable to keep quiet about their feelings. I have to say that the English is a little choppy and there are some issues with it not fitting together well. The Grammar is fine, but they repeat some phrases back to back in an effort to match the rhythm of the original song, but I think they did a pretty good job… It just has that sound to it like the person who translated it was not a native English speaker… I don’t really know how to describe it. It’s good, but it isn’t a natural cross over between languages like their other songs. It’s kind of an awkward translation. And there are a lot of extra words that aren’t needed… And one phrase doesn’t make sense (the last in the chorus).
“Whenever you look in my eyes/ there are so many smiles in the Earth (it is either “In the earth” or “in there”)/ I was born to love/ feel so deep inside/ if you need me I’ll be your man/ whenever you look in my eyes/ I do want to show you my love/ I make up my mind/ make your dreams come true/ nobody can stop me to say/ I love you”

Dancing
DBSK sometimes dances, meaning they usually dance but the MVs usually feature the members standing still. This is a still one, but to be perfectly fair the Korean Version was also stationary. I think for the set they used (a large concert hall where they stand in the center) they really should have been dancing… But oh well.

Story
There isn’t a story to this MV, it is purely shots of the members, and absolutely nothing else. So visually it is kind of repetitive and dull, especially since they are using like 2 sets only, but I think this was a kind of half-MV, meaning they put all their work into the Korean Version and this one was kind of made last minute when they released this album in Japan. I guess I mean to say it doesn’t feel as sincere an MV as any of their others.

Other Things
You can tell they spent a lot of time working on pronunciation. Even though the English is really sketchy (I think the phrase “Nobody can stop me to say I love you” is a mistranslation that was supposed to be more like “Nobody can stop me from saying I love you”) and there are a lot of unnecessary words (“I do want to show you my love” can just be “I want to show you my love”) the English is understandable and very clear. They did a great job. Usually when groups do English songs they can only pull them off if they have an English-speaking member in the group, and since DBSK has Mickey (Who lived in Virginia for a while, or as Junsu says it “Ver-gina”) they had that extra boost.

I like the song, I really do. Not as much as the Korean version, but it’s nice to hear DBSK and be able to understand them without having to worry about subtitles. I think they should have used one of the English-speaking trainees at SM Entertainment to double-check everything (but this was around 2005 and at that point the only English trainee they might have had would be Jessica or Tiffany from SNSD).

DBSK is kind of a funny group, and you see a bit of that here. They are really great at singing. They are really great and dancing. They are really bad at lip-sync. It’s kind of  an epic thing in their MVs, especially with this one being in a foreign language. That is something they really needed to work on as a group. But now that they are disbanded I guess it isn’t really an issue~

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