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0330- U-Kiss

I deleted the old review for this because I wanted to amend it.

Lyrics: 5/5
The song is about losing the girl you love and the pain of her leaving. It’s pretty good, the lyrics are simple and repetitive, so there isn’t anything major going on. For the most part I like the raps too (except for “Don’t deny our r-squared pi” … the area of our circle? … ooh… romantic…).
“I still can’t erase you/ I keep thinking of you/ I miss you so much/ I can’t sleep at night/ The raindrops on my heart’s window/ The place you left/ Because I miss you so much/ I can’t sleep at night”

Dance: 5/5
You don’t see most of the dance in the MV, but I like the bits that are there. It seems tight and well done. Also it looks more complete than U-Kiss’ usual work. All in all I think it looks promising.

Story: 4/5
I knocked off a point because it does take several viewings to understand. I think it is a good story, but it wasn’t necessarily pulled off well enough.

You see Dongho sitting to play the piano alone. He’s dreaming of this and smiling. Eli, meanwhile, is just watching him, depressed. From the clues I think Eli either lost his girlfriend or he is worrying over Dongho. The other members go out of their way to keep an eye on both Dongho and Eli. Dongho is running in the rain and meets a girl. He brings her back to their dorm to dry off and wait for the rain to stop. They sit and play piano together.

The other members become increasingly frustrated until Kevin starts to break and Eli snaps. While Dongho is talking on the phone to the girl he grabs the phone out of his hands and slams it. You then see all the scenes with the girl- but now it is only Dongho. He’s been alone the whole time. He can’t handle it and starts to cry, but the others comfort him.

I don’t think it’s a matter of Dongho being crazy. You see a lot of shots of him breaking down, so I think it might be that Dongho lost his girlfriend- I get the impression that she’s dead, because she is always wearing white in the forest, but a breakup would fit too. Either works, and the way I see it, Dongho was so heartbroken the only way he could cope with losing the girl was to imagine another.

So I think the MV isn’t about his psychotic delusions, but about him trying so hard to cope with losing the original girl he loved. The friends follow him to keep an eye on him and help him with his loss. But that’s my guess. I think the director should have made the story clearer… Feel free to post your own interpretations!

Other Things

Like I said in the original review I’m going to post a response to Alexander and Kibum’s expulsion from the group. It will be in the “Rant” section.

Why is it that Eli always gets the English rap, and that his English is always SO awkward??? He speaks English, he should help the songwriter~ or if he writes the raps, as is the case often in K-Pop, he should find a tutor (DON’T DENY OUR R-SQUARED PI).

Kevin has a limited role in this song, which I like. I have nothing against Kevin, I just like that the other members can be heard more. And I like Dongho as a rapper, it sounds good. Kiseop does a great job singing, I’d like to hear more of him.

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Shut Up- U-Kiss

I’m not an anti-fan, I swear, the name of the song really is “Shut Up”!!!!

Lyrics
U-Kiss seems to always go a step further with their songs… Like with “Am I Easy”… “Shut Up” is, as you can tell, not a love song in the least. The English at the beginning of the song really doesn’t fit with the rest of it. The song is a message to a girl who has been playing games with the guys heart for too long. They are tired of hearing her nice words and seeing her fake tears. At this point they want nothing more than for the girl to just shut up and go away. The song really works, you could almost play it to anyone you hate, regardless of if you were in love or anything. There’s really just one line that talks about being in love. I can think of a few former friends I’d like to say this to… A translation note though- the word for “Shut Up” literally means “Noisy!”. In Korea they use it to mean “Shut Up”, but it kind of has a less harsh sense than the English word. It’s more like saying “You’re being noisy, be quiet”, but either translation works in the song.
Shut up!/ shut up!/ shut up!/ shut up!/ Cause your life, cause your mind/ disappear from my sight/ cause your life, I’ll just say/ I can’t hold onto the hope that your heart will change anymore/ I really hate you, I don’t like you anymore

Dance
The dance looks pretty cool actually, I think it’s a lot stronger than the other dances from U-Kiss, and it looks the coolest. One issue I have is that in slower parts or parts where they talk about having been in love they stroke a member, so it kind of looks a bit… awkward… And I’m not a fan of the hand cross thing they do when they say “Shut up”. Oh, and one tiny little thing I’m going to poke at: when they say “Shut up” at one point the kind of throw a hand back and it looks more like they will hit the girl if she doesn’t shut up, which is a bit strong…

Story: Eh~~~/5
There’s kind of not really a story. I think the members labeled it best through their twitter- the girl in the MV is a model, not an actress. You just she shots of her with each member, very close (like, strangely close for as conservative a country as Korea is, there is even a pretty fast kissing scene). But anyways you see her with each guy in intimate positions, but they are looking away and singing their parts of the song. She ignores the words, so I think it is supposed to be that she doesn’t hear them.

Other Things
I’m going to pick on style a lot, just FYI.

1) The cuts- seriously, why are the members covered in fake wounds??? It’s really weird and if they aren’t going to put any scenes in explaining it they shouldn’t have them. I kind of get that it’s a metaphor for being cut up by the girl in love, but seriously… too abstract guys.

2) Shirtless…. Two members are featured shirtless in this MV to show off abs. The thing is they aren’t even kind of trying to not draw attention- they are standing shirtless with a jacket thrown over their shoulders or are only wearing shirts that cover their pecks, leaving their abs on display constantly. It’s kind of annoyingly in your face. I wish the stylist had shown some discretion. Especially with Kiseop, I don’t think there is a single shot of him where he isn’t half naked. I like my slip shots of abs to be more like Leeteuk in Super Junior’s “Bonamana” (he is wearing an open black jacket and no shirt under it), still visible, but not on display so prominently. Oh, and Kevin is awkward in the shots where he is just standing holding his jacket. The lighting is bad and it puts weird shadows on his pectorals, so it looks like he has moobs (man boobs).

3) The hair- sometimes it rocks, sometimes it sucks. I think they constantly over-style Kevin and Eli, and they come out looking really bad. Dongho and Alexander look great in really any shot but the ones in white suits. In the white suit shots every member suddenly has flat hair and it doesn’t look as strong as it could.

4) Makeup- every style can be ruined by too much makeup, and I think that’s a chronic mistake for them. What’s weird is that this phenomenon seems focused on Kevin and Eli. They chronically have too much makeup on and Kevin ALWAYS has too much eye makeup on. He comes off looking really feminine, even though I think the point of so much makeup was to balance out his softer face It isn’t a problem when his hair is spiked out for the black-outfit shots, but in every other shot his hair is flat and it just looks bad…

I’ll say this for Kevin- even if in the shirtless shot the shadows give him moobs those abs are impressive. Kiseop’s too, though they are way too featured. Kevin did a good job of hiding those, I don’t think anyone guessed he could have that 6 pack hidden. It’s like 2AM’s JoKwon, he’s way too skinny for you to think he works out.

I picked on this MV a lot, especially the styles, but don’t misunderstand- I liked it a lot. I just don’t like how they overdid everything. That seems to be a constant flaw of the U-Kiss stylists, they do great with most members, but there are always like 1 or 2 who just look like they got the steroid version of the style everyone else had.

I could only find the MV with subs attached, sorry if you were hoping for a raw one!

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Bingeul Bingeul (Round and Round)- U-Kiss

I’m not reviewing Version 1 and Version 2. The only difference between them is the opening shot, they are the exact same thing.

Lyrics:
The song is about being in love and going crazy because of it. They feel like they are being spun around by the girl. Only the girl can satisfy them and make everything stop spinning. It is also about being confused by the girl. Later on in the song they talk about her leaving them, but then it sounds as if the girl only is thinking of leaving, so I don’t quite know which is which.
Don’t leave me/ I definitely need you/ I just want you here baby/ right now now(yeah) now (yeah)/ I love you/ spin spin spin spin (around you)/ spin spin spin spin/ spin spin spin spin (today too)/ spin spin spin spin

Dancing
I like this dance a lot more than Man Man Ha Ni. It’s more active and less stationary. The movements are bigger and look good. It’s definitely more interesting to watch.

Story
No story in this MV. The set is a rotating one that looks cool. I can’t tell if the members are being turned or if the camera is or both or if the set is moving around them, but it looks good.

Other Interesting Things
New member Kiseop is finally looking his age, in “Man Man Ha Ni” he looked about 5 years older. He has no solos and is only the lead in the dance. I would like to see more even coverage of each member. If anything he should get more shots as the new member.

Ok, who wrote Eli’s rap?  BINGO AND EAGER DON’T RHYME. Eli pronounces them similarly to make it sound similar, but it still doesn’t make any sense. That is what bothers me with this song. If you have a rap it needs to be a good one.

A huge controversy boiled out of the promotions for this song when Fillipino DJ Mo Twister insulted the members styles and looks. I’ll explain it in “Rant #10- Watch Your Words”.

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Man Man Ha Ni (Am I That Easy?)- U-Kiss

This song marked U-Kiss’ newest member Kiseop’s debut. IT is the groups most popular song to date (and the first song I ever heard by them). Fans of Xing will recognize First Generation members Kibum (Marumir) and Kevin.

Lyrics
The song is about being toyed with by a girl and finally getting sick of it. They ask “Am I that easy?” and talk about how tired they are of the girl treating them like nothing even though they have always been there for her. It’s an angry song, that’s for sure.
You just come around/ it’s loves final round/ that sly smile you always give/ it comes to my mind/ and makes me go crazy/ stop pestering me and leave me/ am I that easy to you?/ is love that easy for you?/ is our memory that insignificant?/ is everything that easy for you

Dance
The dance matches the angry tone of the song. The members look ready for a fight. The key point in the choreography is that which goes with “Am I that insignificant”. They raise their arms as though they are going to smack the girl and grab their shirts.

Story
There is no story in the MV. The whole thing was filmed on a darker stage made to look like an alley. It really works well with the song.

Other Interesting Things
They don’t say their company name, but they do say “Brave Sound”. That would be the name of the composers of the song, which I count as being just as annoying as when the company name appears. Brave Sound is a famous composer also known as “Brave Brothers”, even though it is just one man.

I like the styles the members have in this MV. Kevin finally manages to look something other than cute, though new member Kiseop looks like he would be the eldest, even though he is one of the younger members. I don’t like Alexanders puffy hairstyle, but the costumes look brilliant!

I personally think Kevin’s voice doesn’t usually fit with the other members voices. His voice tends strongly towards the slow ballad type, and he usually stands out in a song. However, in his one he actually fits in much better. I think it was a good move giving most of the solos to other members.

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