September 2016 in Review

Yoo Jae Suk x EXO “Dancing King

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

I thought this video was going to be a big joke, but it ended up being my favorite music video on this list. The song has one of those beats that just goes on forever, but I can’t help but love it for some inexplicable reason. It’s just light-hearted and fun – something that we don’t get to hear from EXO very often. The video captures a day in the life of EXO. We see everything, from Yoo Jae Suk learning how to be an EXO member to the members preparing for their show to their actual show. Simultaneously, we also see the whole day from the perspective of the fans, personified by a cute pink bear. The whole thing is just a really fun and cute concept. My favorite moments are those scenes with the EXO members dancing like dorks in front of the green screen.

Overall Final Score: 4.2/5

BTOB-Blue “Stand By Me

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

Can a song be described as gorgeous? That is the only word that comes to mind as I listen to the vocals. BTOB finally tried out the subunit idea and it paid off. The members of BTOB were made to sing quartet ballads, and I’m so glad that was finally done with this subunit. The video is classy and elegant, though I wish there was more going on. We see the members doing different things around the room, and then about a minute into the video the four of them sit on chairs with their backs facing each other and remain seated for the rest of the video. If they had made that transition to chairs just 40 seconds later, it would have made a huge difference. Having most of the video be them simply sitting and singing dulled what should be a captivating moment. In terms of aesthetics, this is a fantastic video, but they just need more going on to keep my attention.

Overall Final Score: 4/5

Infinite “The Eye

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

So, L has an obsession with staring directly at the sun and the other members do everything they can to stop him from burning his retina and they all pitch in to buy him an artificial lamp so that he can safely fulfill his light-staring addiction? Okay, I’m joking, but hey that’s one way this story can be interpreted. I see this story as essentially L’s preoccupation with the light, which seems to be symbolic of knowledge or wisdom, and the video shows the members trying to shelter him from the deeper meaning that he seeks for his own safety. It is profound, but also confusing. Much of the song sounds pretty epic, however the chorus just doesn’t seem to match that level of epicness heard in the instrumental. The highlight of this comeback, which should come as no surprise, is the dance. The dance breaks are simply breathtaking. This is generally a pretty good video, but I will say that I don’t think it is as memorable as INFINITE’s other comebacks.

Overall Final Score: 4.2/5

Song Ji Eun “Bobby Doll

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

I am so utterly impressed with Song Ji Eun. While I have little appreciation for SECRET as a group, Ji Eun’s solo projects have all been so amazing. Every one of her music videos portray stories that just seem so real. This video is no different. Ji Eun is portrayed as a man’s Barbie doll, who initially doesn’t question her simple existence of entertaining him. Once she escapes and learns about the real world, she is pulled back in by her master and forced to  continue entertaining him, only now she is physically tied down so she does not escape again. Her facial expressions perfectly capture the creepy concept felt through the meaning of the story and the song. The dance also fits perfectly. Everything about it is classy and elegant, which is surprisingly well done considering how small the movements of the choreography are.

I think Song Ji Eun may have just earned herself a spot on the list of female ultimate biases.

Overall Final Score: 4.3/5

Mamamoo “New York

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  • Song: 4/5
  • Story: 2.5/5
  • Cinematography: 3.5/5
  • Wardrobe: 3.5/5

Mamamoo as usual gave us some amazing vocals in this song. The tune itself sounds pretty similar to their other songs, but I really do appreciate the vocal style in this particular song. The story… to be honest I’m still not quite sure what is going on. It looks like the members link the lives of one of the girls to her boyfriend, and through their fantasies about New York make him believe that he is supposed to go to New York. When they all meet, he realizes exactly what they did. They did a good job at storytelling in the beginning, but the editors seemed to have all but abandoned the story completely in the last minute of the video. It’s a shame because it looked like there was a legitimate story in there, but the arc of the storyline is just not clear.

Overall Final Score: 3.4/5

Bada x Ryeowook “Cosmic

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

Based on the content of the video itself, I would have skipped this one in my monthly review, however there is no way I can talk about September releases without including this song. Ryeowook and Bada sound like they were made for each other. Their voices sound absolutely stunning together. It is the perfect combination of delicate and strong. The story is simply subtle and sweet. A girl goes through her day, and unbenounced to her, a guy follows a nearly identical day. They occasionally cross paths, and finally run into each other in the same market. The video then flashes to what looks like the future with the girl going to bed and fondly remembering that fateful day. It can be a little slow at times, but I find the end to be satisfying.

This was also Ryeowook’s last release before enlisting in the military, which makes this video all the more special.

Overall Final Score: 4.4/5

Crayon Pop “Doo Doom Chit

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  • Song: 4/5
  • Story: 2.5/5
  • Cinematography: 3.5/5
  • Wardrobe: 3/5
  • Dance: 3/5

You know, I really did not like Crayon Pop when they first debuted. I found them to be grossly overrated and just did not understand the hype. Despite that, I found myself so excited for this comeback. It’s not a sound I normally like, but I really did miss it in a weird way. They really do have their own charm. The song is just fun. Similarly, the video has just enough ridiculousness to be silly, but also be taken seriously. The story makes no sense, but it’s cute. The set is put together well and the concept is a fun one. In comparison to the rest of the K-pop music videos out there, this isn’t a strong video. The story is minimal and the dance is simple, but it is very classically Crayon Pop which is great for their fans.

Sidenote: My bias Soyul is currently on hiatus from the group. 😥

Overall Final Score: 3.2/5

APink “Only One

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

Alas, Apink played it safe with this song. It is nice, but not much different from their other songs. The video on the other hand stands out in my mind. It is a collection of beautiful images of the members in various aesthetically pleasing rooms. There is no story, yet I would venture to say that this is one of Apink’s better music videos of their career. The dance is pretty darn good. It is very active and dynamic, which I was definitely not expecting from Apink. The video has a very natural feel to it. The members look beautiful and don’t do a whole lot of acting, but they don’t try to look cute as they do in their more cute concepts. It’s a softer, more organic and natural video, and I think it works really well for them.

Overall Final Score: 4.1/5

GOT7 “Hard Carry

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

Wow. GOT7 stepped things up with this comeback. They took on a style that is relatively new for them,and everyone seems to pull off the street style surprisingly well. The sets and lighting are all pretty amazing in this video. I did not include a story score for this video because there does not seem to be a specific plot. Rather, the video takes place in a falling plane and crash site. It’s an interesting concept and worked really well for them. Then there is the dance. This choreography is incredible. It is so complicated and fast-paced. There are so many moments in this dance in which my jaw simply dropped. They perform this song so unbelievably well, and I think this may be one of the best dances of 2016.

Overall Final Score: 4.3/5

Dalshabet “Fri. Sat. Sun

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

Wow. This was a last minute addition to the list, but I’m glad I included it. This is such a good song! The vocals sound so nice and they are complemented with a pretty interesting instrumental. I had a little bit of trouble piecing the story together, but the gist I get is that it is a Thursday night and these ladies are simply done with the work week and ready for the weekend. It is a cute concept, with great sets, and the story is definitely relatable. There were a few holes here and there though that did not make sense. All in all, it’s a great song and concept, but not the most memorable video or dance.

Overall Final Score: 3.9/5

That’s it for September! Finally. Keep an eye out within the next couple of days for an update post from me about where I’ve been and why my posts have been so irregular for the past few months.


Question of the Day:

What was your favorite comeback from September and why?


#NowPlaying: I was debating whether to go with GOT7 or BTS for my song of the day. Both groups released amazing albums this past month. I have been listening to both groups nonstop all week. Today, I’ll go with Mayday by GOT7. On every album they have that one song that just brings out every emotion inside of me, and Mayday was it for their Turbulence album. It is such a good song. Probably one of my favorite GOT7 songs to date.


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2 thoughts on “September 2016 in Review

  1. The story of Cosmic is two people who meet each other in their dreams, but keep missing each other in real life. They finally meet in real life at the flower stand. Watch it again. Dancing King is a bop.

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