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Big Bang- Fantastic Baby

Lyrics: 2/5
This is a dance song, pure and simple. It would be perfect for a party or rave. The lyrics are all about being at a party. There really is no other way to describe it.
“Wow, fantastic baby/ Dance/ I wanna dan dan dan dan dan dance/ fantastic baby/ dance/ I wanna dan dan dan dan dan dance/ fantastic baby/ boomshakalaka/ boomshakalaka/ boomshakalaka/dan dan dan dan dance/ boomshakalaka/ boom shakalaka/boomshakalaka/ dan dan dan dan dance”

Dance: NA
You don’t see any formal choreography in the MV. There is a lot of free dancing, but nothing I would consider choreography.

Story: 4/5
The story here is about a society where music has been banned. Each member starts to wake up and move again as people rebel against the police and soldiers controlling them. Leader G-Dragon is sitting on a throne atop a heap of scrap metal, T.O.P. appears to have been imprisoned in a painting or a museum. TaeYang is frozen and then he’s a monk (didn’t say it totally made sense), Seungri seems to be held captive by a hord of cat-women (though judging by the claw marks on him he’s been in an orgy), and Daesung is chained to the wall. As the men defeat the police they escape from their respective prisons and come together again in one party space where they sit upon their thrones (which are now all together).

Additional Notes
This is Daesung’s first performance back with Big Bang after the troubles with Korean law. For those of you who don’t know: Daesung was driving home from a church meeting around two in the morning (he goes to a church group which meets in another member’s apartment and they meet later at night to accommodate celebrities). On the way back he was driving down the highway when the car in front of him suddenly swerved. He could not turn his car in time and struck a parked taxi in the middle lane. Daesung did not learn until police arrived that the reason the taxi had stopped was because a motorcyclist had fallen off his bike and was unconscious in the street, Daesung’s car ran him over. The Korean police railroaded Daesung for the crime, and even said they would charge him with vehicular manslaughter. The Korean government took over the case, as they felt he was being unfairly treated due to his celebrity status. Their investigation cleared him of all wrongdoing and ruled it an accident, as the cyclist who died had been extremely drunk, which is why he fell off his bike. Regardless, Daesung paid the man’s funeral expenses and attended his wake to apologize to the family (he also paid the taxi driver, who did not blame him and always told the police it was not Daesung’s fault the man died).

On a lighter note, it is worth watching the MV just to see G-Dragon’s hair extensions. They may win a Guinness record for longest ever.

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Mozeltov- ZE:A

I’d highly recommend ignoring this MV entirely and just skipping to their later stuff… I was personally looking forward to their debut until I heard this song, and so I ignored them until now. I consider them part of the BoyBand-Trio (ZE:A, Teen Top, and Infinite who seem to have had a similar debut and seem to promote at the same time). I’ve decided to give the whole trio a second chance, so here we go…

Lyrics: -5/5
… don’t look at me. I still can’t figure out what the hell this song is supposed to be about. It is filled with random English, only half of which even makes any sense (“Red Beat Down”???????????????) and randomly the world “Mazeltov” is mixed in. And I think this is where the blasted Rebecca Black got that stupid name-the-day-of-the-week thing… As far as I can tell it’s either about being left by a girl you love and trying to move on and have strength to live through the week… but it could be the other way around, with them telling the girl to have strength??? IDK, I’m not sure they even know what the song is about…
Mazeltov/ have strength/ mazeltov/ laugh/ mazeltov/ monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday/ friday, saturday, sunday/ mazeltov/ monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday/ friday, saturday, sunday

Dance: 4/5
There seems to be a little too much of standing in lines to show off how many members they have (9). We get it, you’re a big group, but with a song like this the dance really needs to kill. It’s not bad, I just think if the dance was supposed to clarify the meaning of this weird-ass song then it should have been a little more representative. It seems to mix haphazardly between styles- being arm-heavy and leg-heavy and including popping or a kind of jazz feel…

Story: NA
It’s just set-based for this MV (again, that would have helped explain what is going on…). It’s meant to show off the members and the group as a whole, nothing much else. And there are very very few solo shots. Some solo camera work is done even with the members dancing in the background, again reinforcing the whole group. AND CAN SOMEONE EXPLAIN TO ME WHY THERE IS A NAKED BOY IN A GLASS BOX IN THE BEGINNING?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Additional Notes
If the song made sense I would have rated everything much higher. The dance can’t make sense if the song doesn’t. You have to ensure they match, and it’s just kind of disjointed. Change the song and I’m happy.

The little clips I’ve seen of ZE:A since this MV show an incredible improvement (AKA- the song doesn’t blow). It has a good rythm and feel, but there is an incredible amount of English, 99.999% of which does not fit with the Korean… Heck, 70% of the English doesn’t fit the rest of the English. And from what I’ve been told of the group isn’t a member from the US or lived there for a time? The English should have been run by him…

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Mr. Simple- Super Junior

Super Junior is finally making their comeback! This is the title song for their last album before they take a hiatus while members do their military service required by Korean law.

Lyrics: 10/5
This song has to have the best message ever. The lyrics aren’t about love or a breakup or anything like that, it’s basically “Shit happens, deal with it”. The song is really just advice. It’s saying grades and test results go up and down, there is no use sweating all the little details. When things get tough don’t keep pushing, take a step back, go drink with your friends (a major social thing in Korea) or spend a night out having fun and relax a bit before tackling the issues. They say things like “Miss Simple, you’re pretty just the way you are” and other little encouraging messages to both men and women. It can be summed up to “Shit happens” and “don’t sweat the small stuff”.
Look Mr. Simple Simple you are cool the way you are/ Look Miss Simple Simple, you are pretty the way you are (SJ Call)/ Look Mr. Simple Simple you are cool the way you are/ Look Miss Simple Simple you are pretty the way you are (SJ Call)/ Lets go lets go, hurry lets go/ when we get blocked let’s go back/ if you’re stressed to death let’s hang out for the day/ anyway, if I run endlessly in this rough world I’ll get tired/ wait, shake it off/ because your day will come soon

Dance: 6/5
The dance has to be one of SJ’s best. Choreographers met with each member individually and had them make up a dance step or series, they combined these with some of their own choreography so that this dance has elements from every member. The dance solo in the middle is, as always, Eunhyuk and Donghae. With them is their pet-project DanceKyu (a member who was previous the “Dance Black Hole” of the group whom they are trying to improve) and Sungmin, a member who has not been included in an SJ dance solo since Super Junior’s “Miracle” MV over 5 years ago!

Story: NA
The teasers suggested a story MV, but that might be coming out later. For now there is no story to the MV, like with “Sorry, Sorry” and “Bonamana” (though there is more color in their outfits). They revealed there is also a Japanese version of the MV that will be released at an undisclosed date, so that may be the story that was appearing in the second teaser (a man or woman tied up with red ropes and a man covered in some kind of plaster or whatnot that he was trying to break free from).

Other Things

Super Junior announced just before the MV was released that this will be their last album before the group goes on a hiatus while the older members enter the Korean military for their mandatory 2 year service (all men must complete this before they turn 30). In light of this they said they will take their time promoting this thoroughly and not rush any aspect. They will also be releasing a repackaged version of Mr. Simple in a month or two with a second MV, just like with all previous albums (Sorry Sorry=Neorago, Bonamana=No Other).

I’m still not seeing the “Ubersexual” concept SM said they would have (at least not outside the teaser images!), but it does have a very cool feel. There is none of Super Junior’s trademark hip-thrust move, but the dance is cool and very well put together.

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What Are You Looking At? (Close Your Mouth)- M&D

M&D is a project group featuring Heechul of Super Junior and Jungmo of TRAX, so I’m tagging both original groups as the M&D tag!

Lyrics: 7/5
This is a VERY arrogant song, but the content is rather unique, and I love it ^^. The song takes place during a fight between a boyfriend and a girlfriend. The boy is asking what style the girl wants: rock, rap, dance. Sounds like she keeps complaining and left the guy as a way to try and make him change. He is having none of it though and says things like “There are no men waiting for you” and “There are plenty of girls waiting for me”. He later talks about the girl wanting to get back together saying “I have no time to meet you, I am with other girls then”. “Snarky” barely begins to cover this song ^^

Okay, fine/ should I dance?/ Okay, I understand/ should I rap?/ okay, good choice girl/ should it be rock?/ I got it/ get off, get off, get off/ (what are you looking at)/ there are plenty of girls looking for me/ (what are you looking at)/ there are no men chasing you/ (what are you looking at)/ that’s the difference between me and you/ Even so, you’re leaving?/ That’s great, oh bye, bye bye

Dance: NA
No dance for this duo

Story: 3/5
Heechul directed this himself, and the quality is really good! The MV doesn’t really tell a story though, so I had a lot of trouble deciding if it should be treated like a story MV. Basically it’s Heechul walking through the halls of the SM Entertainment Apgujeong EverySing store (a karaoke studio and press release studio run by SME) with his friends from Chocoball, a club for 4D celebrities with the AB blood type run by Heechul. Miss A’s Jia is featured as a girl who leaves Heechul then keeps trying to get him back. That is all there is as far as story goes, otherwise he’s just grabbing his friends from the hallways.

Other Things
For an MV Heechul claims to have filmed in ten minutes (most of it is one-shot style) I think this was really well done. It’s more fun to watch than a lot of MVs from professional directors.

The snarky song, the unusual MV style, everything works well in this. I absolutely love this MV.

In the lyrics Heechul repeatedly says “Get off”. These are the official lyrics, but in the song and MV he seems to be saying “Get up” instead. I’m not sure what the verdict here is as far as which are the actual lyrics.

One comment against Heechul: his lip-sync is overdone. He isn’t as bad as DBSK (THEY NEED LIP-SYNC CLASSES!), but it’s definitely a tad over the top.

This is the first MV I’ve linked to here where I actually subbed it. I hope you like my style! I couldn’t find a good version with subs that wasn’t hard to read or wrong in parts, so I subbed it myself.

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Hello Hello- FT Island

This just came out today. Three lines into the song I paused it, called my friend (a huge FT Island fan) into my dorm room, and told her this was the best MV and song they’ve ever released.

Lyrics: 7/5
I really love FT Island’s style. They don’t do many slow songs about loss and love, they tend to be quicker paced (probably because this is a band, and not just a solo singer, so everyone has to do their parts). But this song is no different.  The song is about a girl who stole their heart and suddenly left them. They can’t forget her and are just telling her that they still love her. It has a strong “Bad Woman” feel to it, but the music itself is like “Bad Woman” meets “I Hope” (two of my favorite songs). I’ll explain the chorus a bit in the “Other Things” section, if you don’t know Korean it may be a bit confusing.
The word annyeong is hello hello/ now it’s goodbye goodbye/ Even if I constantly try to forget you/ It can’t be done/ I hello hello/ Oh you, goodbye goodbye/ it’s a word that means I still love you

Dance: NA
FT Island is one of only 2 idol bands in Korea (the other being C.N. Blue). That means one singer and the other members are on guitar or drums. FT Island is the original, so their singer only sings, and he doesn’t dance (CN Blue’s members all play an instrument).

Story: (starts to complain)/5
I say “Starts to complain” because I really don’t know how to rate it. The story itself would get a “3/5” for being a little unclear, but it has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with the lyrics and story in the song, so I feel like it should get a “0/5” for that, but it was still really cool so I want to give it a “5/5″… So IDK, you chose which rating you want.

Hongki is seen walking down the street when he spots a crowd in front of a house with smoke coming out the windows. Presumably he knows someone in the house, because he runs in to save them. He runs through the house until he finds all the FT Island members in a room together (playing their instruments, but I think it’s just supposed to represent him finding them) and gets everyone out when the firefighters were too afraid to enter.

So that’s where it has nothing to do with the song. It’s a love song, but he isn’t saving the girl he loves, he’s saving the other members. And at the end of the video you see him just walking down the street listening to the song on his MP3 player. He looks at the building and it’s fine, then it fades back to the fire and getting his friends out. That part makes no real sense, so I think it’s a lead in to an upcoming MV?

Other Things

OK, here’s the thing with the chorus: In Korean the word 안녕 (annyeong) can be used to say both “Hello” and “Goodbye”. The song is about the duality of that, saying the boy is saying “Hello”, while when the girl say it it turns into “Goodbye”. Think of it like “Aloha” in Hawaiian. He’s also talking about the changing of the girl, saying she’s first using “Annyeong” as “Hello”, then suddenly starts saying it to mean “Goodbye”.

I LOVE the style of this song. Like I said, it’s kind of “Bad Woman” meets “I Hope” in the feel, but it also kind of has a “Nightmare before Christmas” feel for some reason on the guitar solos (that’s just my opinion). It is a very fast song, and very sad at the same time.

Overall this is doubtless my favorite FT Island MV. I can’t say how excited I was to see this out ^^ And like I said, 3 lines in I’d already decided it was my favorite song of theirs ^^ And I LOVE Hongki’s hair. First he had 80s hair in “Bad Woman”, then that orange mess in “I Hope”, then in “Love Love Love” that scarlet… stuff (it looked like a bad wig), and this is just simple black hair. It actually looks a lot like Jung Yonghwa’s debut hairstyle (Jung Yonghwa is the head of CN Blue, who acted with Hongki in a drama before debut).

The same problem as always with FT Island MVs though- other than full group shots you barely see the other members. They severely lack in face time, especially leader Jonghun and drummer Minhwan. At one point I actually thought they’d lost a member.

Not sure if this relates to the maybe-sequel, but when the members get out of the building Hongki isn’t with them, only 4 leave the building, then suddenly Hongki is standing apart from the group who rushed to them to make sure they were OK and is standing apart looking sad… So… Either he wasn’t there that day of filming, they just kind of put him off to the side, or he was supposed to be dead.

The dead thing might make sense, he collapses in the hall of the building and is unconcious until a white light shines on his face, which he follows to his members. I took that as just, something showed him the way, but now I’m wondering if he didn’t die. The smoke seems to have stopped when he gets up, like it’s frozen in the background. He walks through a door into a room that probably shouldn’t be there and finds the members… Is it supposed to be that he’s a ghost still trying to get them out?

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Fiction- Beast

I’ll warn you, this is an odd MV, and my review is going to be all over the place. I’m glad I separated these reviews into categories all those months ago when I started writing!

Lyrics: 4/5
They stick to Korean (mostly) this time, and the English is like a word or two long at most, so that raised their score (as I constantly rant- CUBE Entertainment composers have the WORST English…). I like the balance between melody, rap, and just the normal dance-song sound. I think the chorus is a bit anti-climactic, maybe even a little weak, and it doesn’t really pick up by the end of the song. That’s the only point I’d change. It needs to build power, but by the end you’re just where you started (I’m sure there’s some metaphorical meaning to that). The chorus is so flat I think I might strongly dislike it… Maybe it just has to grow on you (I’m writing this after only watching it 3 times, usually before a review I watch an MV 5+ times to get a full feel).
Again I’m like this (fiction in fiction)/ can’t forget (fiction in fiction)/ In my heart I’m writing a story with no ending/ I’ll hold on to you (fiction in fiction)/ I won’t let you go (fiction in fiction in fiction)/ in our never-ending story/ even today in fiction

Dance: 0/5
Yes, yes, I know I’ll get yelled at for this. The members do the dance very well, they are very together, and I like the domino effect where one member starts the choreography and each member starts a beat after the member before them, that looks great. So what cost this song 5 points in the dance category? That stupid penguin-walk thing that seems to be the chorus point of their dance. Once would have been… ignorable, but this happens whenever they do the chorus. I don’ t know if it’s supposed to represent kicking your toes or stumbling through life or whatever, but it looks bad. Beast has shown they can handle hard dances, and they really had it right with “Breath”, but that pengin dance… Look at a video of how penguins walk, it’s the same thing.

Story: 7/5
See? This review bounces all over the place.

The story features JunHyung as a man who lost his girlfriend (probably dumped). He writes in a notebook, creating a whole world of his own. At first he is wandering alone through this world, but as the song lyrics suggest he’s just creating the world where he can be trapped with this girl forever, a “room with no exits so you can’t leave me”.

He finds an old picture of the girl he loved and vanishes into his own fiction world. The girl he loved is wandering through the study/office/place (apparently she’s a crazy stalker?) and sees the book. She opens it and, instead of just showing writing, it shows a small screen of the guy wandering alone through this world. You’re meant to assume everything you see is what the girl is reading, but I really love the approach of a screen in the book instead of just text. Also, from the way she leaves a bigger book on the shelf and goes to the small notebook on the table I think it represents that he’s written tons of volumes of a fake life with this girl.

Anyways, he wanders through the empty city, then out into a desert where he sees her in front of him. He reaches out to touch her, but she cries and vanishes. Not long after he dissolves too, presumably giving up his fictional world and abandoning all hope.

The girl closes the book and turns to leave, then returns to write a note on a blank page. I asked my roommate to translate it (half the words are blurry and I couldn’t make them out). The Angel read it to me in English, so here is the translation, according to a Korean: “Right now I am so happy. I am writing a story. Still, it is all just my hope.”, the last bit I think could also be said as “Still, it’s all just hoping”, as in nothing has come of it.

The last lines are added when you see the camera pan, the girls hand is replaced by a guy’s, and he is writing the rest of the note. So it’s, I think, supposed to represent the girl writing “Right now I am so happy”, but then you learn, through the next shot and the rest of the writing, that the girl was never in the office, she never came back to see him, that it was all a story within his story (I guess that’s where “Fiction in Fiction” comes in).

Other Things
I like their styles, but I think the short hair theme went a bit far. All the members have very short cut hair, which… IDK, it’s not as visually sound as their other songs. And I think KiKwang needs to ditch the short hair and grow it out again, he looks too old with short hair.

I’m also grateful there were no shirtless members here too. It’s fine to show off the muscles, but it gets dull when someone does it all the time (I’m sure hard-core Beast fans will disagree with me on this).

Overall what impressed me most with this MV was JunHyung. He plays the male lead of the MV. Considering his normally tough image and the sad tones of the song I think it was a very logical choice. At first it seems unusual, why make the tough-looking member a sad, wandering man, but just think of it this way: he would have looked awkward trying to look as sad and lost as the members did when they sung. Putting him in the MV… IDK, it doesn’t fit with the image he normally has, but I really really like it.

And I think JunHyung’s acting was surprisingly good. As far as I know he doesn’t have an acting background, though he *was* a member of a ballad group when he was younger (see “Artist Profile- Xing” and scroll to whichever generation has “Poppin’ Dragon”). I guess that would explain the acting pretty well. Overall though I was seriously impressed with his work.

Again, don’t get mad, but I was happy to see less of KiKwang and Yoseob in the MV for once. I HAVE NOTHING AGAINST THOSE MEMBERS- if you follow me regularly you know how I feel about groups where one or two members are featured over the others. With this one especially I was happy to see so much of Junhyung. He’s definitely a very popular member, but he doesn’t tend to get as much screen time as the others. I’d like to see more of him and DooJoon, or perhaps more of HyunSeung, who also seems to get minimal exposure.

OK, I’ll stop digging my grave now. I think Beast fans will get mad at me for making fun of that dumb penguin-dance thing and saying I’m glad two of the most popular members got less face time (I DON’T MEAN ANYTHING BAD BY IT! I think this song is OK, and I have nothing against Beast. They aren’t my favorites, but they’re pretty good).

Oh, one more bit- from what I’ve been seeing I believe this isn’t the whole MV. Like with SNSD’s “Oh” and “Run Devil Run”, I get the impression that this is just part 1, with part 2 either to follow soon, or to appear as the second half of their promotions. Everything says “The Fiction and the Fact”, and I don’t think that only pertains to the fiction that the girl came back and the fact that the “Real world” bits were still in the story.

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Mirror Mirror- 4 Minute

… *sigh* I give up…

Lyrics: 1/5
Every. Freakin’. Song. With 4 Minute you get very shallow songs and they all sound pretty much alike, hence points off. The lyrics are a mixture of asking a boy why he never looks at the girl and why he teases her, and the other part are talking directly to the mirror. They talk about wanting to be the most beautiful so the boy will notice them.
Mirror, Mirror, who is the most beautiful in this world?/ Mirror, mirror, am I the most beautiful in this world? / Tell me that I appealed to you from the beginning/ When I think of you/ my reflection appears brighter in the mirror/ I’m so beautiful/ but why do you keep thinking of different things/ Why are you not looking at me/ My mirror (mirror, mirror, mirror, mirror)/ Mirror (mirror, mirror, mirror, mirror)/ My mirror (mirror, mirror, mirror, mirror)/ Mirror (mirror, mirror, mirror, mirror)

Dance: 4/5
As shallow as 4 Minute songs are, they can at least dance well. The dance is very together and seems to follow the lyrics pretty strongly. Most of the dance is just to show off the body of the members, which is pretty much what the song is too so it fits.  4 Minute has developed this weird tendency to stroke their legs while they sing, or touch their chests. All in all their dances tend to be more risque than other Korean groups, and they tend to come under fire for it.

Story: NA
Most of the sets are the members in mirror boxes or silver rooms. There are some shots that almost look like they’re supposed to be some kind of street, but the mirrors are still present. All in all the set is largely abstract.

Other Things

Seriously… I’m pretty disappointed in this group. The girls can sing and they are very talented, that isn’t my complaint. It’s their songs- all very shallow. This group seems to exist on pure sex appeal and not much else (if anything). I’d like to see more stuff like “Heart to Heart”. It doesn’t even have to be as sweet and cute as that song, they could do rock easily, just something with a little depth and not all about how the members are so beautiful and better than everyone else but they can’t get dates.

4 Minute was stunned when they had to change their “Spread-Legs Dance” (You’ll see in the MV) because music companies deemed it too sexy… seriously? The Korean music market is known for being very conservative when it comes to girl groups, I think they were just sad they had to PG the song even a little bit, since sex appeal is what sets them apart from the other girl groups.

I’ve complained about this quite often (whenever I review a video for a CUBE Entertainment group I believe): the English. Here the English makes sense, so it’s more the pronunciation. You can hear it right in the beginning “4 Minutes Left” (one of the first things even said). Hyun-A has amazing pronunciation usually, but not so much here… This might just be me, but it sounds more like “4 Minute Slut”, which I’m pretty sure is NOT what she was going for. The difference is only in the emphasis of letters, so hopefully she fixes that for live performances. I’ve looked around the fan sites and YouTube comments and I’m not the only one who hears it.

I don’t like this song as much as others. I always complain about the content and how they all sound alike, but overall I tend to like the songs (HUH and I My Me Mine are favorites), but I’m not as big a fan of this song, it’s not their best…

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