[Review] Without U – Romeo

“Romeo is back ~” (if you guys don’t get it, it is the opening for this song).  Totally the right line to use to open this review. This is Romeo’s 4th mini album to date, which is titled as Without U, as well. While Romeo is a lesser known KPOP group,  it usually takes one song to thrust them into the spotlight and Miro is just that song. Miro was released back in June last year (I only reviewed them in December). However, it was not their latest release (before this comeback), as they later returned in August with Treasure.

If you want your pure KPOP fix, this song probably has it all. The first time I ever listened to this song, it reminded me of the bright and vibrant times for boy groups. It has the exact same feel. While I do prefer boy groups with a more tough and dark sound/concepts, it is always nice to have some music that is lighter in sound. It captures the similar song style that the boys have done before. That being said, the song doesn’t necessary show a new side to them, music wise. The instrumental was quite good (love the whistles)  during the chorus)and the chorus was probably the best part of the song. The verses felt a little dry and typical. While the vocals suit the song quite nicely, the rapper felt more suited for that tougher and darker sound. But while I do find some flaws in the song (here comes my hypocritical moment), I actually enjoyed listening to the song. Why? Well, my exact reasons were written at the start of this paragraph. It is a familiar sound that sounds, which is nice once in a while. Actually no, it is much needed, especially after listening and reviewing to all the songs recently released.

The music video is your typical KPOP video. While there is a plot this time around (well, a more understandable one), it is pretty generic. The main couple has a little awkward tension between them. I am a little confused on how they manage to get back together, though. Like he participates in a dance battle and she liked his dancing… So, now what? That ending scene where they just stand there and awkwardly look at each other doesn’t help. Anyway, let’s talk more about the video. The acting of the people in the background looked out of it and they made me cringe a bit. The black and white filter was used to make things look a little edgier and while it did have that effect, the song just didn’t suit it as much. Overall, the video felt generic and bland. I don’t think there is any other way to put it.

I think the video would have been better with just choreography scenes. It is honestly a pretty cool dance, but quite forgettable. Every time I watch the performances, I don’t really remember much at the end. The start (where there are whistles) looks pretty intense, but it does show off their skills and potential. It may not be memorable, but the dance does the job and suits the song quite nicely.

Song – 7/10
Music Video – 4/10
Performance – 6/10
Overall Rating  – 6/10 

[Review] Miro – Romeo

[This review was written and scheduled a few months back in preparation for my absence in December. For any reviews for end of November and December comebacks will be posted next year. This also includes any end of year related posts.]

Romeo returned this year in June with their 3rd mini album. Both their mini-album and title track were titled as Miro. Romeo is a boy group that has been in the industry for nearly 2 years now. I did review them once before, at the end of the 2015 year, for their Target comeback.

Miro is probably my favourite song from Romeo thus far. It is honestly quite good. When I first listened to the song, I felt like it was very typical. It just didn’t seem to stand out. But I returned to the song a few weeks later and started falling for it. It was really catchy and an addictive track to listen to. The chorus, by far, was the best part of the song. The start of the song sounded weak and wasn’t up to par with the rest of the song. But when the song starts to build up, it was when the catchiness of the song started to kick in. And not once did the song stop to take a breather. It was fast paced and the tempo kept constant, which made the track work pretty well. The instrumental itself packed a punch on its own. My only issue with the track was with the vocals. But rather it wasn’t ‘what’s wrong with the vocals?’ but rather, ‘what’s missing?’. They were okay. It would have been nice to have a member belt out the chorus, particularly the end. It would have pushed the song to another level.

The music video stars Minho from SHINee, which did catch me off guard. Didn’t expect this appearance. But I think it did attract some attention, which is good thinking on the company’s part there. While I did like the choreography parts of the video, the rest seemed a little boring. Like they couldn’t get passed a gate, so they went to look for keys. When the keys were found, the gate opened and they were mysteriously transported to a chess board and Minho picks up the queen. I read somewhere that the video adopted an Alice in Wonderland. Minus the actual sets, I don’t really see an Alice in Wonderland concept. Overall, I guess it was an okay video.

The dance was pretty good. Also read somewhere that they were inspired by Maze Runner. Hmmm.. Alice in Wonderland and Maze Runner. Such an odd combination. Love how fast paced and fitting the dance is for the song. Their moves also look quite cool. They also sound amazing live.

Rating – 8/10

Target – Romeo

Brand new boy group is in town. Romeo is a 7 member boy group that debuted back in May 2015 with Lovesick. I was planning to review them back in May, but due to time constraints was unable to do so. But they are back with Target and have been receiving attention in the media for their comeback, so hence I am reviewing them now. The group is made up of Seunghwan, Yunsung, Milo, Minsung, Kyle, Hyunkyung and Kangmin.

The song sounds very generic. It really does not set the guys a part from their competition. But while the song is pretty generic, the chorus is pretty catchy and I guess that is what we find in all KPOP songs. I think the instrumental over powers the vocals a lot, particularly during the chorus. The instrumental is definitely way flashier than it needed to be. If it was toned down or if the vocals and rapping were a little more powerful, they would not have this problem. I think that is the main problem with the track, because to me, everything else seems to be fine. The song overall reminds me of a more dubstep centred version of Love Style by Boyfriend (released ages ago).

The music video is once again the generic KPOP music video with the flower boys and their pastel colours and aegyo (cringe worthy acting). Their acting isn’t so great in the video. It just made cringe a whole lot. The music video has this plot which I think is interesting, but their acting ruined it for me. One of the members have this either crush or instant love at first site type of thing, but misses out getting her attention. So he prays and somehow that stops time, leaving himself and his band members to search everywhere for her, while everyone perfectly still. Not really into their pastel colours and that grey like filter over the whole video to make it cool. It looks boring to me. I think if the video was more brighter, the video would compliment the song more and also add more depth to the video.

This group is obviously centred on their dancing. And boy, are they in sync or what? Their dancing is much suited for the song. Everything is in time of the beat and I think with their dancing skills plus a combination of a powerful comeback, this boy group can start becoming a threat to other popular boy bands with powerful dances and concepts. It just seems like a mish mash between the concept that they are going for and the dancing. One is like all cutesy, while the other seems to be serious business. You understand?

Overall, pretty generic comeback. I feel like the boys need a better concept and song to launch themselves into popularity. 5.5/10