[Review] Call Your Name – JBJ

Despite some talks of contract extensions for the popular JBJ, they have just unveiled their final comeback song, Call Your Name. Call Your Name is featured on their 1st full-length album, which consists of all their previous tracks such as My Flower and Fantasy, while also featuring 2 new tracks. It will be sad to see them go however it does mean that they will be returning to their original groups and hopefully we will see them all on stage once again.

Listening to the song the first time around, it sounded very bittersweet. It didn’t help that I watched the video as well. More on that later. While it is an upbeat sound, there is still a heavy atmosphere surrounding the song. The lyrics aren’t much help with dissolving this atmosphere with touching lines like ‘We both knew the end but why did we give love to each other‘ and ‘Let’s meet again on a fine day‘. Even though I was not a fan of JBJ, it does sadden me when I see such lyrics in a farewell song. The song had a nice yet very typical (in today’s standard) instrumental. I like the alternating vocals and raps throughout the song and the rapping in this song (for both rappers) felt extremely fitting. I particularly loved the rapping just before each chorus, pairing well with the violins in the background. The drops into the chorus were nice and following that buildup, felt somewhat epic.

As mentioned previously, the music video was no help with the bittersweet feels from the song. There were moments throughout the video where the members (individually) looked away from what was going on, knowing that these are their final moments together. Arghhh… The feels. Besides that, the music video featured a nice beach scenery, where the members hang out for the day, before going back inland to camp. The music video looked like they were having a lot of fun and I thought they pretty much enjoyed their time.

As far as I am aware, there is no choreography for this comeback. As far as I know, they won’t be promoting it. This final comeback was just their final say of goodbyes to their fans. Though, if something is uploaded involving a choreography, I will update this part as soon as possible.

Song – 9/10
Music Video – 9/10
Overall – 9/10

[Review] My Flower – JBJ

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JBJ have made their return with My Flower. The project group made their debut last year with Fantasy and is due to disband later this year. However, there have been talks of JBJ extending their contracts, which is clearly a thing that fans want to hear about! This comeback comes in the form of their second mini-album, which is titled as True Colors.

To me, My Flower is very standard. It feels like a traditional pop song that doesn’t have much within itself to make it a memorable track, which is disappointing since Fantasy was a really good song. The song does have some colour or flare to it but I just don’t think it is enough to be another great track. I liked the falsettos during the chorus, which were somewhat catchy. I liked the instrumental during the post-chorus parts, giving off a faster tempo and more intensity than the other parts of the song. But that is all I can say. The first rapper wasn’t horrible but his parts felt unfitting for the song. The drop into the chorus felt underwhelming and the ending to the post-chorus instrumental break just seemed misplaced in the middle of the track (it felt more like something that should have been only at the end of the track). Overall, it was definitely a let-down in many ways but still listenable in others.

While I didn’t like the song as much as I hoped I would, the music video was a far more superior aspect of the comeback. The video reminded of the similar concept previously done by Oh My Girl. Just a lot more simplistic in terms of its presentation. And I liked it. The white background allowed the members to pop (with their coloured clothing) and the use of colours as the video progressed just made everything feel more bold and vibrant. The use of the coloured lights during the post-chorus definitely added to the moment.

There are two sections of the choreography which I liked. The first being the second half of the chorus (this could become viral) and the second part is the post-chorus instrumental break. Besides that, everything else was good but not as memorable.

Song – 5/10
Music Video – 7.5/10
Performance – 8/10
Overall Rating – 6.4/10

[Review] Fantasy – JBJ

Another group has emerged from Produce 101 Season 2. JBJ (Just Be Joyful) is another project group consisting of trainees (and artists) from different companies, who did not make it into Wanna One. JBJ came about due to fan requests and the group is made up of Noh Tae Hyun, Takada Kenta, Kim Sang Gyun, Kim Yong Guk, Kwon Hyun Bin and Kim Dong Han.

JBJ debuted with Fantasy during the week and the song is actually quite good. The track is another dance track but it has a slower tempo, compared to other dance tracks. But in a way, the slowness allows the thumps in the instrumental to actually sound quite strong and feel more intense. It does get a little more upbeat once the raps come into play and it remains like that for the rest of the track. There is also an air of seriousness when you listen to it, which makes it quite intriguing. The vocal and raps that feature in this song are also a strong effort from the members. Taehyun’s pre-chorus section was by far the most dynamic part of the song and personally shined the brightest in the entire song. The song does lack a more prominent and strong hook. But overall what we get in the song is decent enough for me to say it is a good song.

The music video was confusing but that makes it intriguing to try to understand the storyline. There was a bland element that stayed throughout the video and did stay within your mind when you watch the video. The editing of the video made everything more visually appealing. The way they filmed the choreography scenes with its zoomed in motion and somewhat shakiness made it feel more natural and suited the song quite nicely.

The choreography was really nice. They seemed to display a more sensual side to their performance, which made it look quite good. The blank and serious facial expressions just seem to make everything seem more intense.

Song – 9/10
Music Video – 8/10
Performance – 8.5/10
Overall Rating – 8.5/10