[Review] You In My Eyes – Snuper

Snuper is back with a brand new single, a few months following their amazing Tulips comeback. It doesn’t have an official English title but everyone has been using the literal English translation, You In My Eyes, everywhere I look. The track features on a special mini-album, which shares the same name.

Following the likes of Tulips, I expected another amazing song. However, You In My Eyes seems to fall into a more traditional category and doesn’t really sound as aesthetically pleasing as their previous comeback, which is a tad disappointing. However, the song isn’t too bad. There were a few aspects which I thought were nice. The chorus was relatively catchy, though I think it could have been more dynamic rather than straight repetition. The instrumental was quite nice as well, where some of the synths that acted like transitions between different parts of the song were quite cool. The vocals were also quite loud and very expressive, particularly the very first line that grabbed your attention for the very start. I like the rappers, who deep voice added some texture to the song, which I thought made the song less repetitive and plain. The only thing that was a letdown was its plainness.

It seems like the music video was more of a fan service thing. Not the type where it features behind the scenes shots, however. There isn’t too much to the video besides a bunch of close-ups and choreography shots. So, there really isn’t too much to talk about. I liked the idea of how the group ended with what seems to be the end of their live performance.

The choreography, for some odd reason, did not look finetuned. It felt like something that was thrown together towards the end of production for their comeback. There were a few good moves, such as the move at 1:18, which I think looked cool (and offered something that I like from their previous comeback). Other stuff, such as the body roll, looked a little awkward to me.

Song – 7/10
Music Video – 6/10
Performance – 6/10
Overall Rating – 6.5/10

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[Special] Personal Favourite Songs from the First Half of 2018

With the first 6 months of 2018 officially over, it is time to look back at my personal favourite songs from the first half. Last week, I recapped the top songs from the Weekly KPOP Charts. But some songs that I personally liked didn’t really make that list. So here are 15 songs released over the last 6 months that are my personal favourites AND continually listen to (irrespective of the charts and the reviews – as opinions do change).

[Review] Tulips – Snuper

Snuper makes their comeback with Tulips and their 5th mini-album, titled appropriately as Blossom. The members were last on stage with The Stars of Stars. Some of the members did participate in the recent survival shot The Unit: Idol Rebooting Project, however (from memory), they were eliminated in the earlier episodes of the show. Despite this, I am still interested in them for many of their recent releases have been favourites of mine.

Let’s start with something that caught me off guard. I thought that they mispronounce ‘Tulips’ as ‘Your Lips‘ throughout the song. It took me a while to realize that this completely deliberate and thought it was quite smart after I realized. When I listened to the song for the first time, it felt weird. I was not sure if I liked the new hip-hop vibes that they were going for. However, with a few extra listens, the song does grow on you. It is nice to hear something completely new from the group. The verses do sound quite nice yet it still does sound foreign. Like all songs, the chorus does attract my attention. I thought it sounded classy and cool. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, I will admit that. The vocals were nice and the rapping was quite good. Overall, Snuper’s new song may be different but it works perfectly.

It occurs once in a while where I don’t really enjoy the urban or industrial vibes for the music video. This is one of the times. As mentioned before, I thought the chorus was classy and cool. I just didn’t get that in the video. For me, I think the video would have been better if they were dressed up in suits and maybe presented tulips to every girl they saw. While the suits parts were covered in the music video, it was rather limited. Just listening to the song, I just don’t get casual wear vibes. It might just be me but that was what I felt. However, the video was well shot and still looked nice.

Going back to the styling, the choreography works better in suits. I really liked the flower shape that they make with their hands and the lip rubbing felt quite appropriate. Nothing much else to say.

Song – 7.5/10
Music Video – 6/10
Performance – 7/10
Overall Rating – 7/10

 

[Review] The Stars of Stars – Snuper

Snuper is back with the repackaged album of their Back:Hug release, which was dropped in April. Their repackaged album has been retitled as The Stars of Stars, the same title as the promotional song.

The Stars of Stars is a pretty good song. It is extremely refreshing and it can be described as a smooth mix of trance elements. The more happy vibe seems to fit in nicely with the Summer theme that comebacks are aiming to achieve. Their vocals and raps were pretty good. The chorus hooks you in with its melody and catchy lyrics. However, there were disappointing aspects of the song. For example, the instrumental was very consistent. Too consistent. It let the track fall to the more boring side of the spectrum. In agreement with that, the overall instrumental mix was good but not impressive. I was waiting for some more intense or bolder sounds, but that was never seen. Here is where I contradict myself, but I would gladly replay it over and over again, for some reason. But what I said before was what I felt when listened to the song.

It is always hard to find fault in a music video where the idea behind it is to just have some fun. While there were many different scenes in the video, it was all about hanging out and have a good time. And the guys looked like they were having a fun time, while still shooting the music video. The views where they shot the choreography scenes were breathtaking. While I am sure there are people who would disagree about the aesthetics of the wind farms, I think a wide shot of them looks spectacular. The only thing that I felt that the video could have been better at was its colour. It could have been bolder and more vibrant. But that pale filter was applied, which robs the video of that boldness.

I have watched the performance a number of times since yesterday and I can say the introductory segment was amazing.  And while I thought the rest of the choreography suited the song, it just didn’t feel memorable.

Song – 8.5/10
Music Video – 8/10
Performance – 7/10
Overall Rating – 8/10

[Review] Back:Hug – Snuper

Time to add another already-debuted group to the site! Snuper is officially back with their first comeback for 2017, with the title track Back:Hug and the mini-album, I Wanna?. The six-member boy group (currently under Widmay Entertainment and debuted in 2015) landed on my radar after the release of It’s Raining. Other songs from the group’s past discography also include You=Heaven, Platonic Love and Shall We Dance.

After their groovy track, It’s Raining, I expected a track equally as groovy and catchy. Back:Hug attempts to get there, but it just doesn’t feel right. The instrumental is EDM based, more precisely the tropical house style of music. It was good, but it felt flat, with no parts attempting to flare up and stand out in the song. The same could be said with their vocals. Some parts sounded good, other parts felt very dull and disconnected to the rest of the song. Honestly, the two seemed like two separate layers coming together, with little attempts at making them match or blend with each other.  The raps were pretty good. I could tell that they tried to follow the same structure as It’s Raining though, which is pretty smart. However, all of what I have said so far could be thrown out of the window. A similar structure could simply be the selling point for me. I can see this track growing on me, mainly because it reminds me of their previous track. However, for now, the song overall falls short of reaching the goal of topping It’s Raining for me.

There isn’t much going in the video for Back:Hug. The video consists of many close up shots, which are all shot in different areas and choreography scenes, which how most videos go nowadays. There really isn’t much appeal from the video, which does disappoint me. The camera work was interesting, which the camera shots angled abstractly, which made it look trendy. There is an aspect of the video which I didn’t really understand. But some parts were slowed down for just a few seconds, which really made the video feel dragged out. All of that being said though, I don’t mind the video. I don’t find it overly boring, which is a big plus, given what the video compromises and how it doesn’t really stand out in the crowd.

Those few seconds of slowing down made the video feel dragged out, but they also slowed the choreography down. So I tried to watch a live performance of it, and I think I can say that for the majority of the choreography, the dance feels just right. However, the verses felt a tad slower than the tempo of the music, which stood out. Their dance break was quite good. Short, but cool to watch.

Song – 6/10
Music Video – 5/10
Performance – 7/10
Overall Rating – 6/10