Did you guys like that segue in the title? Yeah, I thought it was pretty good too.
This is just about the one-year anniversary of KPWOP. We know we’ve been bad lately, but never fear – this blog has NOT been abandoned. The K-pop fever is alive and well in our hearts and the world, and we intend to keep sharing it with you all. We’re going to try out a slightly new format, as well. Fresh year, fresh format!
OK – so let’s get started with TOP’s long-awaited solo venture after “Turn it Up”. Interestingly enough, that video was also in black and white. I can’t complain, I find that the man looks beautiful in monochrome and in full color. But let’s be real here – the video is a little creepy, is it not? I’m going to try to parse out some of the imagery and symbolism, intentional or not, with my uncultured brain.
The boys are back – for the millionth time! I know they must be tired, but their suffering is worth the enjoyment of all of us K-pop fans… right? (Yes.)
So at the behest of their record company, they come out with their next promotional release, “Coffee Shop”, a leisurely, romantic tune that is accompanied by a tranquil video with a comfortable Instagram-esque filter.
This is “Walden”.
This music video is a travesty.
It is really hard for something to be both boring and really unlikeable at the same time, but I think “Expect” has succeeded in this regard. The trick is to use a bunch of K-pop clichés, but also use them very ham-handedly like this video has. Add in a really poorly choreographed and executed dance routine and you have yourself a recipe for FAILURE. Literally. (Spoiler alert: I gave the video an F, and everyone knows my opinion matters a lot to Korean entertainment executives, so don’t take this lightly.)
Apologies for the late review! Kpwop has been busy doing boring non-kpop things, which is no excuse at all.
That being said, I … don’t understand… this video.
Even Lee Hi looks a bit confused.
It’s jarring when a bunch of teenage boys open up a music video in prison. I mean, let’s be real. They’re not exactly bad boys, much less felons. If anything, a few of them are just a bit douchey (AHEM C.A.P.), like those guys everyone has met who are maybe a liiiittle too confident, have a liiiittle too much gel in their hair, and still like to wear aviators and plunging V-necks. (Some people may argue that the latter should be a jailable offense.) But anyways, they’ve chosen to mature from implicated douchiness into full-on criminal for their comeback, promoting their new album No. 1 with the single “Miss Right”.
Shawshank Redemption K-Pop style?
The new thing in K-Pop is clearly to develop schizophrenia and then immediately begin to compose music and direct music videos. (The choreography is free from criticism, for the most part.) SHINee, as a flagship group of SM Entertainment, has seemingly caught the bug with their release “Dream Girl”, but at least the title of the song gives them some sort of excuse.
What I’m trying to say is, SHINEE’S BACK!
Sistar splinter group Sistar19 (a name which I assume was chosen when the members were 19 years old… three years ago) is back with their grammatically correct song, “Gone Not Around Any Longer”! This time it comes as part of a debut mini-album.
Was this song written and choreographed by the same people who did “Dripping Tears” by Son Dam Bi? The similarities are striking, except for the fact that “Gone Not Around Any Longer” doesn’t have any bizarre hallucinatory plot lines (OR. DOES. IT?!?!? No, it doesn’t). However, the dance is similarly sensual and involves a lot of caressing of the face or chest, and the chorus has the same repetitive drone. But there’s something about the Sistar19 iteration that leaves me feeling a little off…