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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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Change- HyunA (4 Minute) feat. JunHyung (B2ST)

This is HyunA’s solo song featuring a bit of vocal support from JunHyung of B2ST/BEAST.

Lyrics: 1/5
The lyrics aren’t clear, but (like with 4 Minute songs) the translation makes this a song that sends a bad message. This one particularly sends a horrible one, if the lyrics are saying what the songwriter means them to say. CUBE Entertainment tends to release songs with a lot of English in them (like this one) and that English rarely makes any sense with the Korean, like here. What the song appears to be saying is that no one takes the girl seriously so she decides to change. She says she will change everything, her wishes and her dreams, everything. But it isn’t saying think for yourself, it’s saying “follow me and change”. It just doesn’t feel like a very deep song or one with any particular meaning.

Dance: 4/5
Too much of the same thing for my taste, but it’s a very powerful dance. The entire chorus is hip thrusts, and most of the song follows that. It’s a lot of the same move repeated seemingly endlessly.

Story: NA
The set is an old street, a dance floor, and some random rooms. There isn’t much special about it, it looks identical to the sets from Co-Ed’s “Too Late” and U-Kiss’ “Am I That Easy”. It works well with the song, it’s just nothing new.

Other Things
I think I have socks with more fabric than some of the outfits in this MV. This MV is pure sex appeal, think any 4 Minute MV on steroids. All the outfits are teeny or reveal a lot of stomach, and the dance is provocative to say the least. With the newer restrictions Korean channels are putting on their music programs I’d be surprised if she could even perform this song anymore. In lives she wore WAY more clothes than in any shot of this MV though, so there only the dance is a problem.

I was pretty harsh against this MV, but let me just say that I actually watch this MV a lot. The song is catchy and I think the dance is unique and fits well with it. I just don’t think there is much depth to the lyrics. I don’t think I would like the MV as much if I could completely understand the Korean. It has a nice rhythm and beat, like all 4 Minute songs, and it is performed very well, but the lack of depth and disjointed English phrases make it confusing.

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Bad Girl- Beast

Ok, so before I get to all those English language MVs I’ve been downloading I wanted to do one last check for subbed MVs I passed up (and I got a new one or two).

Lyrics: 2/5
I took off points for a couple of different areas. The first thing I took 1 point off for was the theme of the song. It is about being left by the girl you love and begging her to come back. They did make the song fast paced, as though they were showing off to the girl to try and convince her to come back, so that kept it from loosing 2 points. The song says some good stuff, lines you don’t heart often (such as “I only hated you for one day, then I missed you”) and it could be good if not for-

-the English. I took off 2 points for this, and I really am thinking about going back and taking another. The reason I rated this song is I felt like I should punish it somehow for this. Beast likes to put a lot of English in their songs (Which is actually kind of odd, they don’t have any native English-speaking members as far as I know). I’ve never had a problem with it before this song. The English they use doesn’t make any sense. For example there is a line at the beginning “I wanna come to me girl”… ?

Dancing
I don’t think it fits the song very well. A lot of it seems almost separate, while other parts of it are almost verbatim. I really don’t like what I’ve nicknamed the Superman dance, it’s early on and you can’t miss it.

Story: NA
There is kind of a story in the lyrics, but mis-use of English distracted me so I’m not quite sure what that is either. The stage is oddly familiar, I  think I counted two sets that are almost identical to those in F.CUZ’s “Jiggy”… In fact, the angles on the camera are the same in the two as well…. I wonder if they had the same director…

Other Things
Well now I’m distracted by the similarities with F.CUZ’s “Jiggy”…

The costumes are ok, I like the white ones a lot, but the mirror necklace on KiKwang has to go. it is distracting, and the paneling on it causes it to reflect light in such a way that it looks like something black on his chest got the mosaic treatment… It’s cool, but it makes my eyes hurt after a while…. And the members wearing hats in the scene where they are all in black (stares pointedly at Yoseob) need to stop. It doesn’t look good with the blond hair and the hood pulled up under it. Either show the blond or hide it, but that look really doesn’t suit Yoseob at all.

I’m kind of impaired in my review by being a very new fan of Beast, I don’t know the member’s names yet so I have trouble pointing stuff out on one or more of them… For example: Maknae (youngest, though he kind of looks like the oldest, lol) looks brilliant in this MV, but the member with the mushroom cut really needs a new style.

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Take Care of My Girlfriend (Say No)- Beast/B2st

This is a great MV. Not the usual style this group puts out, but I like it.

Lyrics: 5/5
The lyrics have a new approach that is very refreshing. They aren’t about loosing someone you love (well, not entirely) and all that jazz. The song tells a kind of story. You don’t know how this couple separated, but the guy feels really strong regret. The song begins when the singer’s friend came to him and asked if he could date the guys ex. The singer said fine, he didn’t care, the relationship was dead. The song is partly a message to the friend asking him to take care of the girl and saying what she likes or doesn’t like, the other part is a message to the girl begging her to say no, that she still loves him.
Oh girl/ oh can’t you see/ I’m still loving you/ still my heart cannot let you go/ Say no, no, no, no ,no!/ say no, no, no, no, no!/ Say that it can’t be/ that in your heart you’re still waiting for me/ say no

Dancing: NA
There is no dancing in this MV, which is actually unusual for Beast.

Story: NA
You see the members standing in various places during a storm, but you don’t really get any story beyond the lyrics.

Other Interesting Things
This MV proves something about Beast that hasn’t been revealed before. Something that can only be revealed through a song with no dancing: they really suck at lip sync~ The expressions don’t match the audio from the song and it’s really just not working. Each guy has a shot where his look is great, but then it kind of looks awkward, like too long of a solo shot.

There is no dancing in this song, but one guy tries, bless his heart. It’s just not working well though, one guy dancing with only small arm movements. Another is doing pretty well, but he keeps falling to his knees and his lip sync is one of the worst.

Ok, the cube chair is back, I don’t know if it is a Beast thing or if it is supposed to symbolize their company (Cube Entertainment). I mentioned this in my review of the “Shock” MV by Beast- this chair appears in every music video~ Even in this one, where it REALLY doesn’t fit. Every member is outdoor somewhere except for the one on the chair in the same dark basement we’ve seen before.

I don’t like the double shot of the members. What I mean is when you see one member in the foreground, then a copy of that member in the background. It really doesn’t work.

Most awkward member award goes to Yoseob (the blond one in the field). His lip sync is not working, and he really doesn’t know what to do with his hands in solo shots- so he keeps doing the one where he hits his chest. I think a song like this needed a story to go with it, since the members don’t seem comfortable with these solo shots and no choreography.

Don’t get me wrong, I love this song, but the video is kind of awkward. They don’t look comfortable at all with this.

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Shock- Beast

I’m just starting to listen to stuff by Beast, and so far I’m impressed. This is the music style I like the most- the fast dance style with an addictive beat.

Lyrics: 3/5
I almost always give the lyrics full points, but that is because I like the message. I really love the lyrics to this song, but I took points off because I’m not sure I’m completely getting what they are saying… Even watching the translations I am a little confused. I think it is a message begging an old love to come back, apologizing for something they did wrong… I just don’t understand what “shock” is in the song. The song is seriously awesome, and I completely love it, but when I actually sat down to write this I realized I don’t understand what it is about~ the beginning seems to take place just before a breakup, the middle takes place during the breakup, and the end is after everything is over? Maybe that’s the key~
Every day I shock/ Every night I shock/ I’m sorry, could you please come back to my side?/ Every day I shock/ Every night I shock/ Because of you I can’t even think straight, oh/ come to me/ oh-oh-oh tonight’s so-so crazy/ come back-back-back to me/ I’m waiting for you, you!/ oh-oh-oh tonight’s so-so crazy/ that’s why I think I won’t be able to wake up form this/ This is ma shock

Dance: 5/5
I really love this dance. It’s very together and looks awesome, but it is very easy to follow. I’m not sure what all to say about it, haha ^^

Story: NA
There isn’t a story in the MV. The set is very familiar, I think CUBE Entertainment uses it in a lot of MVs. I can’t think right now where I’ve seen it, other than Beast’s “Take Care of My Girlfriend (Say No)” MV. The end of the MV features a girl sitting in the big cube chair where the wristbands and gloves of one member are sitting as though he vanished on the chair. At the bottom it says “Up Next From the Cube”, I don’t think this is part of a story for the MV though. I think it might be a way to reveal a new singer getting ready for her debut.

Other Interesting Things
I’m a pretty new fan of Beast. They seem to have gotten great popularity in a very short amount of time, and hopefully they will be around for a long time to come.

I don’t have much to say here, I don’t know any behind-the-scenes type stuff about this MV… But it’s really great!

 

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