[Review] Quit – Jang Wooyoung (2PM)

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Last week, Jang Wooyoung teased the start of his promotions for this latest mini-album, Bye, by releasing the pre-release track, Going Going. Now, with the actual min-album officially out yesterday, Wooyoung has powered ahead with his promotions, with the release of the music video for this title track, Quit. He also released a separate music video for Party Shots and a special video for Don’t Act.

Wooyoung takes an unexpected turn with his main title track. Something along the lines of Going Going or Party Shots would have been understandable, but Quit is just completely surprisingly for me. The song starts with an acoustic guitar, strumming out a pretty nice rhythmic piece. Throughout the entire song, the guitar remains as the centrepiece of the instrumental, which is definitely interesting. They did bring out some percussion but it was much more light compared to the instrumental. What the song does best is bring out Wooyoung’s vocals really well, which isn’t something that you get often. It doesn’t feel masked in any way and just makes the song feel raw and pure. Despite the chill vibes from the song, his vocals add the emotional touch to the song. Overall, while it definitely was not the route I expected Wooyoung to go, its unexpectedness just puts the song into a stronger spotlight, in my opinion.

The entire music video is set after a breakup and how it has an affect on a person’s life. It plays nicely with the song and is definitely a toned down concept that mirrors the toned down nature of the song. Despite that, however, the video was more on the boring side of the spectrum. There just wasn’t enough to make me feel that interested in the video.

I suspect this will have a performance to it but we won’t see one before Thursday (if I am not mistaken). I will update this review (and the Block B review) on Thursday or Friday this week.

Song – 9/10
Music Video – 6/10
Overall Rating – 7.8/10

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[Review] Going Going – Jang Wooyoung (2PM)

Jang Wooyoung will be back with a brand new solo mini-album in South Korea next week. Despite this, Wooyoung has dropped a pre-release titled as Going Going for the fans on Monday, which is why we are here today. Wooyoung has been active in South Korea for the past few years after 2PM went on a hiatus to allow the members to individually enlist in the military. I just haven’t got around to review any of his solo works since Sexy Lady in 2012.

Anyone called for a throwback to the 90s? Going Going is a track that is overloaded with all the same elements (e.g. disc scratching) and vibes as some of the popular music from the 90s. And in reference to my earlier review today, I still think this track could have been a great title track for the Summer months, due to its vibrant sound. But this is just a pre-release, so I guess we have to let that slide. The drums in this song is definitely a successful attempt at trying to get the song to stick in my mind. That bridge with the consecutive drums was definitely a highlight. His English lyrics did catch me off guard when I first listened to it, making me doing a double take back to check the lyrics to be sure I heard correctly. And while I did like the vibrancy of the music, I wasn’t sure about the chorus. It just felt a little plain, in comparison to some of the other parts of the song. I feel like the verses had a lot more colour when compared to the chorus. Great song, though.

Following that vibrancy, the video is clearly shot to make it fit that Summer season. I just don’t know why the video was hit with a dark or pale filter, which really felt unnecessary in my point of view. Some of the shots didn’t seem to have the filters, which was pleasing to watch. Besides that, I don’t think there was much else to the video to comment on.

Song – 7/10
Music Video – 6/10
Overall Rating – 6.6/10

Time Spent Together – 2PM

2PM is back with a brand new song. But you haven’t heard of any comebacks from 2PM? Well, that is because this is a Japanese song for a Japanese comeback. Well, more technically it serves as a goodbye single, from what I heard, as 2PM will be enlisting this year and this would mean that this could be the last song we see from 2PM for a long time (two years or so). Given that fact, it shapes our perception of the song. But more on that below!

Yeah, this is a very sad song. I am quite sure it was not written to be like that, but given the circumstances. But anyway, when I say “sad”, I actually do not mean literally. The reasoning makes the song sad, but the song can be described as touching and quite nice. 2PM has gone for a ballad this time around with all members singing in it. I repeat. All members sing in the song, even Taecyeon, who is the rapper of the band. And damn, do they do a good job at it. The song itself has this warm feeling when you listen to it and you can honestly feel the emotion that band tries to rely across to us. During the time I was listening to the song Beside that, I don’t have much more to say about the song. It is a great song that has a nice warm feeling to it. A song that I would listen to remember good memories and enjoy those times.

The music video that came with the song shows the guys having fun and enjoying each others company. For all we know, this could be their final time together as a group. And to the person who pointed it out when Nichkhun looked at the picture that he took of the others when he was sitting on the stairs alone, it is kind of sad to see something like this, since Nichkhun will be the only member who will not be enlisting and hence would have more of those moments in the future. Way to dampen my viewing experience, but honestly, I can’t say much. The video’s slowness complimented the slow tempo of the song and fitted in with the happy feels. What more can you ask for?

So you can tell I am very impressed with this Japanese comeback. Hopefully, 2PM will return one more time to South Korea before enlisting. 10/10

 

My House – 2PM

2PM is finally back with a new song. Last year, they made their comeback with Go Crazy which was seen as a go to party song for everyone to dance to. It did that job and probably turned into one of the most popular songs for parties for last year. This time, they are back with a more fantasy world comeback. I can’t think of the word for it. Maybe mystical?

The song is a pretty solid song. Though I have to admit it was a little disappointing for me. I think the song was a solid display that the vocal work and rapping was still pretty decent. But I don’t really associate this sound with 2PM. Jun.K wrote the song and I think he did a wonderful job with a song that had a bit of a mix up in the middle in terms of the sound. I feel like Nichkhun, Chansung and Junho got overshadowed in this song but I feel like they got their parts at the same time. It is a pretty nice song that reminds of the late 90s boy bands. I really enjoyed the autotune ad-libs during the song (the Rabbit in other words). I liked the guitar at the start with the slight electro feel we get in the song. The chorus wasn’t that appealing in my point of view and it just didn’t get me into it. But I think the song did its job pretty well, but it just lacked for me.

As for the music video, I liked the concept they are going for. It is pretty original. While I am sure we have all seen 1 fairytale story in a music video somewhere, I don’t think there has ever been a combination of them together in one video. We see different fairy tales in this video mashed up into one including: Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves,  Alice In Wonderland, Red Riding Hood, Beauty and The Beast, Rapunzel etc. I thought it was a very well thought concept that matched the song as well. And the animals in this music video. I kid you not, the rabbit made my day when I watched the music video. I thought the rabbit scenes were adorable and so freaking cute. The wolf matched Taecyeon very well, so I guess their Beastly Idol image remains. It is a little confusing to talk about how it all fits in but I think the music video was pretty nice to watch. It wasn’t boring because I found that I was more intrigue about who she was going to choose.

When I first saw the dance, I thought they were pulling luggage. Not joke, it just made so much sense to me. So when I found that they were holding the girls hand and leading the way back to “their house”, my mind was blown. The dance fitted the style of the song (and the lyrics)  but to me it doesn’t have that 2PM feel to it. It just seemed like a pop song’s dance.

Overall, even though I find 2PM now losing a lot of their colour and identity, this was a pretty nice comeback. 7.5/10

Guilty Love – 2PM

2PM is back in Japan with a brand new single, Guilty Love. For a while now, 2PM has been focusing more on the Japanese industry with more regular releases of albums and songs than compared to the Korean market. With both Jun.K and Junho starting their solo careers in Japan in 2014, 2015 will see 2PM’s Wooyoung make his official debut later this month (according to insiders). On top of that, their newest Japanese single is receiving a lot of love with the song peaking at number 1 in the Japanese charts.

The title of the song sounded a lot like a ballad, so I was quite surprised when I first heard this song. But instead we get this Las Vegas sounding songs with a lot of trumpet work and with a grand feel to it. It really does not have that 2PM feel to it. Instead there is more of a popish feel to it, rather than a manly feel to the song that we usually get from 2PM.  The song is actually pretty good, and I feel that Jun.K’s (well the chorus) parts hook me to the song. The 5 grunts were totally unnecessary after Taecyeon’s rap.  But his rap is pretty good still. I feel that 2Pm really needs one of their Japanese songs to be one of their Korean songs. 2PM put out good music while in Japan, and sadly, they haven’t been as successful for their last two comebacks in Korea.

Prepare for me to review 1 minute and 32 seconds of basically the first part of the song. They carried the Las Vegas feel of the song to video. The background looks like the Las Vegas lights we see and think of when we hear about Las Vegas. The combination of the band and black and white filter gives off this really retro feel to the song. Even their hairstyles remind us of the retro times. I’d be a little creeped out my jukebox has a bunch of dudes just waving at you. And really beside that, I can’t say much about the music video. Seriously, Japan really needs to start releasing the full version of their videos, like when the song is released. Makes my life 10x easier.

As for the dance, it looks pretty solid. Not as memorable or catchy as their previous dances, but still pretty good.

Nice comeback for Japan. I think we need a comeback in Korea. Comeback to Korea after Wooyoung’s solo okay? 8/10

All Day I Think About You – 2PM

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Woah, long overdue review much? Released like over 3 weeks ago or something, 2PM made their official comeback with A.D.T.O.Y, while “Come Back When You Here This Song” (review here), aka. the longest song name to date ever. Once again they have a quite a long title, this time they shortened the song to an abbreviation with no meaning. Congratulations JYP. You have done well. I also lied. Yesterday, I tweeted (Twitter Here!!!) that I will post new reviews on the 8th and 9th of June. I lied. Today is the 31st of May. I am a horrible person, I know. Guess this review is unexpected right?

Wow. I am surprised that the guys are not ranked as high. Actually, have they won an award yet? Have they actually won one award yet? Gasp!!!!! Anyway, this song is amazing. The vocals are amazing and the rap by Taecyeon and Chansung were pretty cool as well. Junho and Nichkhun sang the chorus which sounded amazing. They also did some high voice. At first, I thought this was kind of weird. It sounds like guys shrieking. After a while, I realized that this is a pretty cool addition to the song. Junsu and Wooyoung both sound great as well, however, not much emphasis is placed on them in the song as well. The song itself is about how a guy thinks about his girl. Heart yearning for her. All the cheesy but sounds amazing when in song form.

The music video is okay. Black and white, sex, sex, sex and sex. Did I miss something? Oh, yeah. I pretty much don’t like the music video for this song. It is kind of empty. There are many closeups and the guys themselves look really cool. I guess they went for a more casual feel this time around. I was quite disappointed. It is not flashy. I, to be honest, prefer Come Back When You Hear This Song more than this music video. The other has colour and is more colourful. Actually you can see that the use of black and white is getting a bit too trendy. If it fits the feel of the song, which here, it does not, then no, it is a horrible use of effects. So yeah, nay for the music video.

As for the live, the use of chairs seems fresh, simple and quite appealing. Their dance too is sexy as well, rubbing backsides and asses. The dance itself is really good, but it seems that the members are lacking emotion on stage.

So here, I am typing a review while watching Castles. 7/10. As I said, I prefer Come Back When You Hear This Song. That is the last time I am going to refer to that song ever again. It takes too long to type or write it out.

Sexy Lady – Wooyoung (2PM)

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Song

Guys, I don’t know what my feelings are for this particular song. I don’t listen to it much at all compared to other songs that came out around the same time. I don’t think it is bad, but it is not technically good at all. I think we can all agree that this song is not the best solo debut song out there. I actually prefer label-mate Jo Kwon’s song more than this.

As I am typing this up, I actually think his song does not really fit this type of club music. This voice is a bit too husky for this song and I think he relied on a bit too much of the background vocals in the chorus. I also felt the song’s beat and rhythm was a bit dead to be a clubbing style song. Clubbing song, which will be reflected in the Music Video section, should be more uplifting, not an average KPOP song.

[NOTE]: I am not being biased here. Wooyoung  is my favourite member of 2PM, just this song was not it. Actually, little side note as well: the whole album was not right for him as well.

Music Video

This music video felt a bit dead. There Wooyoung is and his is rocking at a club, probably getting all the ladies, and there is just him and a few dancers, dancing in the middle of the stage, surrounded by the most saddest crowd in the world. I thought girls would squeal and scream when they see Wooyoung not stand around and thinking that this is some kind of ballroom dance. Hands Up had this as well, and now Wooyoung?

Also, what is with that car and the dancers, are they trying to make themselves look cool? The lighting is off, giving Wooyoung weird coloured skin and the dancers are just pretending to be cool. The only thing that I would agree with in this song, is the amount of girls in the video. If you are puzzled, just watch The Boys by Girl’s Generation.

Live Performance

I actually like this dance. It is pretty good and actually reflect the lyrics. At the start of the chorus where he is all like “You keep circulating in my head”, he touches his head and rocks side by side, like blood is circulating in his head. As for the Sexy Lady part, I am not sure. There is a time and place to but ants down your pants.

And The Rating?

I would give a 7/10. Sadly, I expected more of a dance song, from the lead dancer of the group, not some thing that tries to sell him.

Have Fun Watching Troy 😀

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