Hyolyn “One Way Love” Music Video Review

Everyone’s first thought upon watching this video: “………Isn’t her name Hyorin?”

Song

Her voice sounded so nice and delicate in this song. She hit those high notes perfectly. I wasn’t so crazy about the rap in the beginning. The melody of the song didn’t really grab my attention, but I like it because of the way she sang it. Even her rapping sounded delicate.

Score: 4.5/5

Story

She is singing about how the guy in her relationship is so selfish and doesn’t care about what she wants in the relationship. She has flashbacks to a happier time when they were all lovey-dovey and affectionate with each other, but now he doesn’t give her the same attention that he used to give her. He is busy doing other things, including drinking, and doesn’t really care about her. Once he decides he wants to kiss her again, she doesn’t let him have it. She doesn’t want him to control the relationship. After a lot of struggle, he finally kisses her and she lets him, symbolizing that he still owns the relationship. It was okay, just very generic. It didn’t get very deep or explain clearly exactly what she was so upset about.

Score: 3/5

Cinematography

The dancing scene was so pretty. It was beautiful, but also looked violent and cold, like the guy. The use of color to represent the happy past versus the cold present was good. There should have been more story scenes. There was really only three things going on (them hugging, her coldly staring at him, or him trying to kiss her) and they just repeated over and over again.

Score: 3.5/5

Wardrobe

She looked very glamorous throughout the whole video. I loved all of the accessories. My favorite outfit was in the dancing scene with the long jacket. I wish there was more of that one. It’s like in her mind she’s ready to just walk out the door of the relationship. I don’t think this short orange hair suits her at all though. That close up scene where she has a lot of eye makeup wearing an orange and black patterned top was just bad. Her eyes were way too much and she looked sweaty, which I’m sure was not the intention. The main white dancing scene could have been really pretty, but having the lace skirt was kind of pointless. It looked like they were trying to go for a 4Minute “Volume Up” sort of look, which would have been really pretty if the shirt was a solid color. As it is, it just looks like she’s wearing her underwear with a shower curtain over it – far from classy. Seriously, though, why has it become okay for girls to dance around in their underwear? She refuses to wear pants or even a whole skirt in this video.

Score: 2/5

Dance

I actually liked this dance a lot. Well for a female artist at least, it was pretty good. There was flow and rhythm between each move. Just like her voice in the song, the movements were very delicate. It wasn’t boring or overly provocative like other girls groups. I was impressed with the sequence during the rap. There was some semblance of a really good dance in there! I really liked the part right before the second chorus when she and the backup dancers make a sort of shelter around them with their hands. The backup dancers were used really well in this dance. They didn’t just make the stage bigger, but added components to the dance that a single performer can’t do alone.

Score: 3.9/5

I know, based on my usual comments on female dances, you’re probably surprised that I actually liked this dance. I do agree with the critics, there was a lot of spreading her legs apart, which is super provocative and frankly kind of disgusting, but when we have Hyuna flashing her butt in everyone’s faces and Girls’ Day rubbing their chest to the beat of the music, I really think this one isn’t as bad. It does deserve critiism, but there are so many dances that deserve it too that these “netizens” seem to ignore. Seriously, compared to pretty much every single 4Minute dance of the past two years, or even other SISTAR dances, this one was tame.

Overall Final Score: 3.4/5

Question of the Day:

What did you think of Hyolyn’s solo debut?

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