February 2016 in Review

We’re nearly halfway into March, but I have not forgotten the comebacks from February. Here are the top ten music videos that still deserve some attention from this past month:

Taeyeon “Rain

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  • Song: 4/5
  • Story: 3.5/5
  • Cinematography: 4.5/5
  • Wardrobe: 3/5

This is such a coffee shop song. Taeyeon starts off SM’s 2016 project with a beautiful song and music video. There is a lot of imagery revolving around rain and sunshine. As I see the story, Taeyeon is stuck in the concept of rain and sadness in her head, which then translates into everything she sees and interacts with in her room. All storms have an ending however, and just that happens to Taeyeon in the end of the video when the sun finally comes out. With the sun coming out, she can finally get out of her head and wake up to a brighter day. All of the effects in this video are so pretty and give a simpler video life.

Sidenote: Did anyone catch Taeyeon reading The Order of the Phoenix? Harry Potter fans unite!

Overall Final Score: 4/5

AOA Cream “I’m Jelly Baby

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  • Song: 4.9/5
  • Story: 4/5
  • Cinematography: 3.5/5
  • Wardrobe: 3.5/5
  • Dance: 2.9/5

Wow. This is one catchy song, with some really good singing as well. The song and video are all so much fun. The jealousy that the AOA Cream members feel when they see their man with another girl enables them with superpowers which they use to terrorize him whenever he looks at another girl. Certain parts may be a little overly cute and unrealistic, but for the most part this is a decent video. I love that they got costumes to go along with the superpowers.

Overall Final Score: 3.8/5

Kim Jae Joong “Love You More

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  • Song: 4/5
  • Story: 4/5
  • Cinematography: 3.5/5
  • Wardrobe: 3.9/5

This is a pretty darn good comeback for someone who is currently away at the military. It is always a nice surprise when artists leave behind something for their fans after they depart for their service. Jaejoong is one of the few who have done real rock in his solo career and he does it so well. The video follows a few different characters who are all trying hard to succeed at what they love. It is a nice and uplifting concept, however I wish they could have stuck with one solid idea. We have scripted stories of anonymous characters, but at the same time we also have Jaejoong making his music video. The video goes in two different directions, which doesn’t make it seem very cohesive or unified.

Overall Final Score: 3.9/5

K.Will, Junggigo, Jooyoung, & BrotherSu “Cook For Love

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  • Song: 4/5
  • Story: 4/5
  • Cinematography: 4/5
  • Wardrobe: 5/5

Talk about eye candy – and I am totally referring to the food. While a lot of this video looked like one long restaurant commercial, it does have a sweet story. The four men are quite literally cooking for their loves. It is a really nice touch to have captured four different relationship stages in the different storylines of this video: young love, dating, engaged, and married with kids. Everything about this is so visually pleasing. Also, even though K.Will is known for not thinking himself attractive enough to appear in his music videos, I personally think he looks the best out of everyone in this one. Just saying.

Overall Final Score: 4.3/5

Jo Kwon “Crosswalk

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  • Song: 3.9/5
  • Story: 4/5
  • Cinematography: 4.9/5
  • Wardrobe: 4.9/5

This video went from 0 to 100 very quickly. The moment the split screen comes in, all of the themes and symbolism fall into place perfectly. As Suho leaves the girl and goes back home, he pictures in his mind – for us, on the left side of the screen – what could have happened if he had just turned back and returned to the crosswalk. The use of the crosswalk timer and disappearing crosswalk lines is so perfect in tying the concept in with the idea of time slipping away for the couple. So much about this comeback is so well done. My only complaint would be that the slow-motion effect is a little overdone.

Overall Final Score: 4.4/5

NU’EST “Overcome

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  • Song: 3/5
  • Story: 3/5
  • Cinematography: 4.5/5
  • Wardrobe: 4.5/5
  • Dance: 4.5/5

I was going to write a full review of this song but it got to be too late by the time I actually got around to scoring it. I have been waiting for Nu’est to come back basically since their last comeback over a year ago. The song is definitely unique. The beginning is a little too abrupt, but after the first chorus the different sounds come together pretty well. I see the story as showing the member’s allegiance to the queen, who disappears long enough to test the memebers’ true loyalty to her. The scenes of Minhyun traveling in the snow look pretty cool and surprisingly authentic. The editing and set design are done very nicely in this video. There is definitely a great sense of royalty and elegance in this video. This comeback isn’t their best, but it is pretty good, especially after such a long wait.

Overall Final Score: 3.9/5

B.A.P “Feel So Good

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  • Song: 4.5/5
  • Story: 3.9/5
  • Cinematography: 4/5
  • Wardrobe: 4/5
  • Dance: 3.5/5

This video definitely does make you “feel so good.” It sounds like such a summer song, which is ironic considering it’s the middle of winter. The video matches the feel of the song as we see the members of B.A.P messing around and wreaking havoc on their little town. They are caught several times, but always somehow manage to beat the odds. When the lights go down, they come out as the cool B.A.P we all know and love and perform their song. There are so many genuinely fun and funny moments in this video. Part of it is scripted, but a majority of it looks like them authentically having fun, which translates to the audience. I would also like to point out that this wardrobe features what I think are some of B.A.P’s best looks ever (particularly for Daehyun and Yongguk).

Overall Final Score: 4/5

Taemin “Press Your Number

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  • Song: 4/5
  • Story: 4.5/5
  • Cinematography: 3.9/5
  • Wardrobe 3.5/5
  • Dance: 3.5/5

I had high expectations for Taemin’s first comeback, because of how good his debut mv was and his given talent as a performer. In some ways, this video is an upgrade from Danger, but in other ways I think it falls short of his talent. The song is pretty solid. It isn’t anything super special or amazing, but it is good and the lyrics flow really well throughout the whole thing. The story is incredibly confusing, and the interpretation I put together is deep and complicated, but it is far-fetched and I doubt it is the right one. Here is what I have: After a break-up phone call, Taemin flips out and develops multiple personality disorder. He wakes up after a car accident and initially remembers crimes he committed against a girl, but then realizes that he was actually committing those things to himself. This explanation makes so much sense to me considering how the video comes together, but I don’t know that it is something K-pop would think of.

I’ve actually read a book with a very similar plot twist. It is called Thr3e by Ted Dekker. If any of you are looking for something new to read, it’s pretty good.

Overall Final Score: 3.9/5

Ladies’ Code “Galaxy

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  • Song: 4.5/5
  • Cinematography: 4/5
  • Wardrobe: 3.5/5
  • Dance: 4/5

There were a lot of emotions tied to this video, but in the end, Ladies’ Code really gave us a beauty. I have not always been a fan of Ladies’ Code’s sound, but this song is just something else. The melody and instrumental is so unique, and the ladies harmonization is just beautiful in the chorus. The entire video has such a sophistication and classiness to it. The dance is also very pretty and elegant. The whole concept of triangles and 3’s is very nice. It’s interesting that they are putting so much emphasis on the fact that there are only three members left. I’m not quite sure what to make of that.

Overall Final Score: 4/5

MAMAMOO “You’re the Best

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  • Song: 3.9/5
  • Story: 4.5/5
  • Cinematography: 4.5/5
  • Dance: 3/5

I love the concept of this story. The ladies of Mamamoo check into a suite, and all fall for the pool boy. However throughout the video, they all realize that it just takes too much effort to keep trying to impress him, so they forget him and go on to simply enjoy their vacation together. It puts a silly spin on something so painfully relatable, but doesn’t get too cheesy or overdramatic like so many other girl group videos. The song of course has Mamamoo’s amazing vocals, though I don’t think this is their best song. Nothing about this song in particular really wows me.

Overall Final Score: 4/5

Thank you for bearing with me and my lateness. I had a busy schedule these past couple of weeks and then I got sick this week. But I have not forgotten you all. I am also currently planning for April’s A to Z challenge, which I am so pumped about! I can’t wait to share everything with you all! 😀


Question of the Day:

I’m really curious: How did you interpret Taemin’s story?


#NowPlaying: Melted by AKMU. This song came out two years ago, and I have not once gotten tired of it. If anything, I think my love and appreciation for this song has grown over time.


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