Crosswalk – Jo Kwon (2AM)

Jo Kwon has made his solo comeback after 4 years. His first ever solo song was I’m Da One, released back in 2012. He has joined 2AM in a comeback since then, in both Korea and Japan. He is the only member to remain at JYP Entertainment after contracts between the other members and JYP Entertainment ended, hence putting the band in hiatus mode for the past year. Nonetheless, he has decided to continue on with JYP, with this solo release.

One of the few songs which I have not heard of yet, so everything I write today is based on initial thoughts. This time he has returned with a pretty nice ballad. His vocals really suit the ballad genre (and I guess that is why he is apart of 2AM and 2AM is so good at the genre). When he first sang, I almost did not recognise his voice, but I managed to as he continued. The ballad was neither too fast or too slow. Just at the perfect speed so I could detect the emotion that was pouring out of his voice. The lyrics are quite nice and the way the song present the lyrics with Jo Kwon’s vocals is superb. Overall, I think this has the potential to be a perfect song. Not exactly sure how it is going on the charts, but damn, this is one good song.

The video features the one and only Suho from EXO. It is quite funny, but I have read some comments on YouTube, that said that they went to watch Suho, but instead fell for the song straight away. The power of Jo Kwon’s vocals. Okay, about the video. I think it is a very beautiful video. We see the couple break up and Suho walks off the cross walk. But a little later on, the video screen splits into two and there forms two scenarios. Suho either continues with the break up, or goes running back (and hence regretting his decision). One obviously ended up in tears while the other ended up with smiles. I have to compliment and praise Suho’s acting in this video. It is so good, you could see the emotion in his acting (and it is not as cringe worthy as some Korean actors). Love the cross walk effect that appears in the sad part of the video. I think it makes it seem like sad Suho still has a chance to turn back, as the crosswalk that the two were one extended for that one opportunity, until it faded away. Also love the black and white feel.

Needless to say, I think you all know what is coming next. 10/10

 

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Rewind: March 2015

Through this new segment (Finally got to use that one word), we will be looking back at the third month of 2015. I get to rank my top 10 songs. But we also get to look back at other events that happened in the Korean music industry. This way, I can talk about big events in the KPOP industry and rely my thoughts to you all.

Lee Min Ho and Suzy Dating

This by far is the biggest news of March 2015. Just a few days ago, it was confirmed by both companies that Miss A’s Suzy and Hallyu actor Lee Min Ho are officially dating. More importantly, JYP (Suzy’s company) have announced that Suzy would not avoid questions regarding the couple. Now, usually companies try to “Hush” the rumours, so I thought it was a little wierd that JYP would say Suzy would be answering all questions. Though I get that both companies would have to confirm due to the evidence presented, but I think JYP is milking everything they can out of this big piece of news. Dating in the industry is going to be hard but I wish the very best for the two. Now let’s move along with Miss A‘s comeback, shall me?

Red Velvet First Win

The subheading says it all. Congratulations to Red Velvet on their first music show win. At the time I am writing this, they actually have won 4 music show awards. Their latest song is ________________________________________________________________. Sorry. Let’s leave this here and wait for the review to come out. Soon. I promise. I am not YG. It will come soon. Like next week probably.

2AM Members Change Companies

Another big piece of news with the 2AM members splitting up with their company. No, they are not disbanding (though it sounded a lot like it at first) but 2AM members have decided to go with different companies. Jo Kwon decided to stay with JYP Entertainment. Seulong decided to go with SidusHQ and Jinwoon decided with Mystic Entertainment. Changmin signed with Big Hit after his contract ended with JYP last year (I think?). This kind of says something about JYP Entertainment, but at the same time, we should be glad the ballad group are not going away for now. Let’s hope 2AM comebacks with a new song with this different formation with companies. (On a side note: all 2PM members – contract ended around the same time – resigned with JYP).

Comebacks for April

BIG BANG HAS BEEN CONFIRMED!!! Though, not exactly sure when the comeback is exactly. But BIG BANG HAS BEEN CONFIRMED to be the first YG artist making their comeback in 2015. On top of that, EXID will be making their comeback. Miss A and EXO just made their comeback at the end of the month. Dal Shabet, Mamamoo, Cross Gene have also be confirmed. SNSD (Girl’s Generation) will also be making their comeback in May BUT they will be releasing a track during April in both Japan and Korea.

Yewon and Lee Tae Im Scandal

This scandal I am not familiar with. Essentially what happened is that Yewon spoke informally to Lee Tae Im. After Lee Tae Im got angry and left, Yewon decided to curse out at Lee Tae Im, and hence causing this controversy. Essentially, Yewon is more of a younger person in the industry, so she had to be formal. I get it sometimes. I come from as Asian background and sometimes I don’t think the formality thing is right. Just because they are older does not mean they are right. Imagine this: the older person is cursing the daylights out of you and your loved ones, and you “disrespectfully” defended yourself and your family. Is the older person right and you are at fault? Though this is not what had happened, it seems like the industry zooms in on one part and leave the rest out for every bad situation. We don’t know 100% what happened. We will never know what 100% happened. Something could have happened before that got both angry. Those are just my loosely put together thoughts on the whole thing. Maybe Yewon is in the wrong. But what if she isn’t? Remember I am not siding with her. I am just being “opened minded” about things.

Top 10 songs of the month

1. Paradise Lost – Gain (Brown Eyed Girls)

2. Between Night n Music – B.I.G

3. FM – Crayon Pop

4. You’re Pitiful – Fiestar

5. Donghae & Eunhyuk – Growing Pains

6. I Am A Woman Too – Minah (Girl’s Day)

7. Ice Cream Cake – Red Velvet

8. Apple – Gain (Brown Eyed Girls) ft. Jay Park

9. Growing – K.Will

10. Bounce – Boyfriend

Catch Up Review #4 – 2PM, 2AM, Beast

 

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Once again, another KPOP catch up review with the biggest boy groups and bands in the industry today. And there are so much, that I had to split this category into 3 or 4 other reviews (which will be released gradually). On with the reviews:

Go Crazy – 2PM

One of the biggest boy groups in South Korea finally made their comeback with a new album. I liked the song, however their comeback was not successful overall.  However, that is a completely other story. Go Crazy kind of mirrors Hands Up, which to date, I believe is their most successful song, however I really expected a little more. The vocals are great and the song really wanted me to dance, but it just sound generic and really does not set the bar higher for future releases. The music video is a little boring. I really was not that amazed with guys flying across the moon and stuff like that. The dance was a little more freer and I thought it was nice to have a “random” choreography. It adds to the more fun and crazy side of the song. 6/10

Over The Destiny – 2AM

Let’s look at the opposite side. 2AM recently made their comeback with Over The Destiny and I honestly have no idea why I am reviewing this. But anyway, the song is a ballad. I am not a big fan of 2AM (mainly because I never got into them), but this song has a hint of catchiness in the chorus). Correct me if I am wrong, but Changmin has a pretty nice voice and this song showcases the fact he has a nice voice. As for the music video, I am a little confused regarding the actual concept, but at the same time, it was a very interesting concept. The dude was running to his main goal (the girl), but everything around him was dropping from the sky. Some things are not really stuff you find in the sky that is there to drop, hence it was a pretty interesting video to watch. Just the slow motion… 6/10

12:30 – Beast

This has to be one of the greatest ballad dance songs ever. The vocals in this song were superb. Like I don’t think, while listening to the song, that I was disappointed in it any one bit. Yoseob had an amazing voice during the song and all the other members. Rapping is not really a great combination with such a slow song, but Junhyung pulled it off really well. The instrumental itself was really amazing as well. As for the music video, it was boring to watch. Great a clock, great a scene between two characters arguing. It just was too cliche. Whereas on the other hand, the cinematography was amazing. The dance was pretty good as well, though it did mimic the cliche clock moves that all the clock concepts have had, but the dance here was really well done. 9/10

So yeah, that is my views on the comebacks by such big names. But hey, you probably are wanting to know where the biggest group Super Junior review is coming? Cause they too are a very big boy group as well and widely popular. Well guess what? It is the next review! Super Junior reviews everywhere!!!

 

I’m Da One – Jo Kwon

Song

I absolutely fell in love with this song when I first heard it. It was catchy, it was upbeat and technically, it deserve more than one award. There was nothing wrong with the song (well, exaggeration here, I will explain later). Though it is quite different for him to have an upbeat, happy, light hearted yet meaningful song since 2AM normally does Ballads, or actual sad dance songs, I was quite surprised that he pulled the song off quite well. It is a really good song to listen to. I was not that confident in his album. Beside this song, I really liked Heaven, but the rest, I felt it was kind of bland and not as outgoing as Jo Kwon is portrayed on TV shows.

The only thing I must say about this song, is that it has the worse pronunciation mistake, or what I think it is, ever. When Jo Kwon goes Girls, Girls, Girls and Boys, Boys, Boys, it sounded like a whole different language. It sounded much different than Korean, but did not match with another language. So yeah, that bothered me, but beside that, it was a good song.

Music Video

This music video on the other hand was good, but quite cliché. I mean, like from the start you could tell that the Jo Kwon’s assistant or “manager” wants to overthrow Jo Kwon, with the help of the storybook, since most fairy-tales would be told the same way. Also when the poster of the “manager” is put up, and with the rain. darkness and snow, you knew automatically that the newer poster would fall and Jo Kwon’s face would appear.

However, despite the cliché start and middle, I was quite surprised with the ending. The “manager” either grew bored of having power or kind of just went blanked, while in power and just handed the crown over to Jo Kwon. Though I was like “eh”, I was surprised, since, and I must admit, the music video was slowly building up to its climax, and then it just went straight down, in the worst story form ever.

Anyway, I love the fact that Ga-In was in the video. It was not that hard to find her was it?

Live Performance

I found the dance kind of boring, and not appealing. The music was upbeat, the music video was great, but then the dance just sucked. I agree with 2AM when they said they looked awkward when dancing n stage, Jo Kwon was definitely awkward on stage without the others.

And The Rating?

7.5/10. Sorry, but the music video, song and performance’s flaws were kind of big. Sorry.

Have Fun Watching. 😀 Troy

Live Performance Here:

Music Video Here:

I Wonder If You Hurt Like Me – 2AM

Song

Ummm…. Nice engrish? “I Wonder If You Hurt Like Me”. Shouldn’t it be “I Wonder If You’re Hurt Like Me?“? LOL.

2AM is back with another slow but moving song. I am not a fan of 2AM and I don’t really like listening to their songs. However this song is much different. For some reason, I just can’t listen to a whole album or song by 2AM. I am a fan of ballads and that is what 2AM sings, however they are not the best. This song is much slower than normal songs and I am very pleased about the qualities of song. The vocals are very slow and blend themsleves nicely into the slow instrumental. I really love the chorus of the song and the “Hoo, Hoo … Hoo, Hoo” part.

Music Video

I personally love all their music videos on the other hand. They have a clear and defined plot. Their plots are usually much different from other KPOP ballads. The music video is about Jinwoon. The mini piano is what allows him to remember things. Without it, he would not remember anything. Hence why, he has only around 10-12 memories books on the shelf because the mini piano had broken a year and a bit ago. Without the piano everything will slowly be wiped out of his memories including all the photographs of his girlfriend and the letters she had written to him. Why? Because (and I am only assuming), the girl is dead and the only thing that can remind him of her are his memories. By the end of the video, all the memories would have gone. Since there is nothing on this world that would bring them back, Jinwoon too goes (or dies). Hence, why the piano is left at the end at the old man’s shop, no one to pick it up.

NOTE: I believe my plot summary is confusing and dodgy. For a more accurate response, don’t take my summary literal.

Live Performance

No dance for a song that requires no dance. 😛

And The Rating?

Very first 2AM song which I enjoyed. 8.5/10.

Have Fun Watching. Troy 😀