[Double Review] Is Who + Zero – Minseo

Minseo made her debut this year with The Grand Dreams but I have no recollection of this debut whatsoever. However, she then came back with Is Who in June and this caught my attention. By the time I decided to actually review her, I saw that she will be making an additional release with Zero in July and thought I wait for that. And with the music video for Zero released, we are here today to have a closer look at Minseo, who is under APOP Entertainment.

Is Who caught my attention for its instrumentation which really made the track feel very unique. The song takes on a folk sound, which isn’t something you hear all too often in KPOP nor is it something that I commonly review. However, the instrumentation made the song so colourful, that I couldn’t pass the opportunity. On top of that, her vocals were superb in the song. They were extremely husky and my favourite bit was the bridge (I am not too sure how to refer to it (music jargon is non-existent in my life) but it felt almost like freestyling vocals sound effects).

Zero shows off how Minseo is capable of diversity. Instead of folk, this time around she stays within the parameters of classical music. But the instrumentation is extremely epic sounding that it leaves me in shivering. Another way which I would describe it is a dramatic cinematic soundtrack to a very suspenseful movie. I loved the intensity of the percussion and the dramatic nature of the violins throughout the song. Throw in her clear yet crisp vocals and we pretty much have a winning combination.  I pretty much enjoy the song, despite it leaving me speechless each time.

Is Who‘s music video takes on a circus concept, without the circus. I found the video very confusing and found that the words shown on the screen went by a little too fast for my liking. That resulted in me start stopping the video every time some words popped up (even though I didn’t get very far with a plotline). I did like the choreography shots, which I thought were quite cool. Zero’s music video was far more easy to grasp. If you enjoy parkour, this video is pretty much for you. But what I think the video is showing the two people are in parallel universes (i.e. they never interact and appear in the same spot after the other), which shows different perspectives on the world. A little cryptic at the end with how the guy has both the bike and the keyrings. And I am not too keen on her outfit. But other than that, it was a really well-done video.

Is Who has come choreography, which I think fits perfectly with the song’s instrumentation and upbeat vibes. Liked how it also went with the concept of the video as well.

Is Who
Song – 10/10
Music Video – 9/10
Performance – 8/10
Overall Rating – 9.3/10

Zero
Song – 10/10
Music Video – 9.5/10
Overall Rating – 9.8/10

 

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