[Review] Gone – Lee Changsub (BTOB)

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With the impending military enlistment of Changsub confirmed for next year, he is saying farewell (for the next two years) through a solo debut mini-album titled Mark and the title track, Gone. This isn’t the first time I reviewed Changsub’s solo work, as Changsub released another solo single as part of Piece of BTOB, At The End. BTOB also returned a few weeks back with Hour Moment and the single, Beautiful Pain as a parting gift to their fans before the military enlistment of each member.

Given Changsub’s vocals, it was expected he would go with a song that would show off his vocals. Gone does just that. It is a ballad that has a standard ballad instrumentation but manages to incorporate some flair into the song. The buildup instantly comes out of nowhere, which was a great way of offsetting the slow start to the song, which I felt made the song feel too standard. So, this buildup was definitely needed. His vocals start off really nice, matching that slow, soothing sound. But it built up at the same rate as the instrumentation’s buildup, remaining as the main focus of the song. And I liked how powerful his vocals got, which really gave the song a needed kick. Despite that, I like his soft touch to the ending, which made the song feel like it ended as a complete circle. Overall, a pretty cool solo debut ballad.

The music video features APINK’s Chorong, who I found out are friends in real life, based on what I am reading. I not 100% sure on what the video is about and I have yet to find English lyrics to really give me hints. But here is my take on it. Changsub is a top celebrity, who is tired of his work. He decides for a night out at a small bar, where he meets Chorong, who is a singer at the bar. Chorong is verbally abused for probably being a poor singer and she is about to attack her abuser when Changsub stops her and drags her away. She thanks him by inviting him back to her part-time work to have a soft jam session. He writes a song with her in mind and he performs it at the same bar. He is slightly nervous, but Chorong is present to support him, which leads to a successful performance. It was a nice video to watch, overall.

Song – 8/10
Music Video – 7/10
Overall Rating – 7.6/10

3 thoughts on “[Review] Gone – Lee Changsub (BTOB)

  1. Hi! I think I can provide some clarification that may make the MV make a little more sense/give it a little more meaning. Changsub is a singer who has burned out (and is perhaps lapsing into a slight depression and alcoholism) and doesn’t want to make music anymore. Then he meets Chorong’s character after listening to her at the bar and trying to sell his guitar to her. He meets her at the bar again and prevents her from getting into a fight. She recognizes him as a singer and they have this convo (translation taken from a comment in the YouTube video):
    chorong: why aren’t you doing music (anymore)? i like your music.
    changsub: then why are you singing? no one even listens.
    chorong: because it makes me happy. because it makes me feel alive. isn’t that enough?

    Changsub is reinvigorated and begins writing a new song + pulling his life back together. He eventually musters the courage to do his first performance in a long time at that bar, and the last part of the video just illustrates what music truly means to him. It’s particularly meaningful because the scene at the beginning was real footage of Changsub tearing up at BTOB’s concert and it implies that this is an almost real representation of what Changsub and many other singers go through to realize the impact their music has on themselves and other people. Thanks for supporting Changsub and BTOB’s music!

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