Spot On: ROSE (Korean ver.) by Jang Wooyoung (장우영)

It’s a beautiful day! Of course it’s not one without a flaw but still it’s beautiful and all about the groove! Wondering why? Well it all has something to do with the release of one of the finest, grooviest and possibly “greasiest” song I have ever heard in a while. I’m pumped and all hyped up which makes this day very beautiful.

I know there’s another why in there somewhere, and possibly a what but please let me try to express into words my intense excitement, my utmost amazement and my never ending admiration for the man – the one, the only, Jang Wooyoung of 2PM and his newly released song, the Korean version of ROSE. Right, now let me catch my breath.

For those who know, by that I mean fellow human beings whose into KPOP, the Japanese version of the same song was released a few months ago and since then I have been wondering: will there be a Korean version and when will it be released? My question was answered and the answer is exemplary and satisfactory at the same time.

First, let’s look at the special clip. I’ve seen it about 20 or so times since the release but let’s see it; one more won’t hurt:

Were you able to handle the awesomeness blooming right before your eyes? I wasn’t, I got sucked up in a vortex of emotions and the whole time I wish I could dance and that I have a lego bowtie. With that said, I wanna add that I really, really love this version and its MV very much. Most possibly, I love it more than I loved the Japanese version. It has this “It” factor and I’m going to try and break it down in a list because that’s the only way I know how:

  1. Musicality – I dunno if that’s the right term but let’s just say it is, shall we? By this I mean the meeting and blending of sounds from different musical instruments that at first glance you would think won’t be that harmonious but surprise, surprise, you’re wrong and it could make sense with proper arrangement; who would have thought? The feel that this song gives me is like that of September of Earth, Wind and Fire – of course less the trumpet and saxophone but it gives that feeling: get on your feet and let loose, get in to the beat and have fun.
  2. Lyrics – Since I am a big fan of symbolism and figure of speech, I absolutely love the lyrics, ab-so-lute-ly! I also love that it’s not just lyrics but a story all in all, that’s very inviting. Another reason for the reference to September of Earth, Wind and Fire is because both has this nonsensical lines (Badi-ya for September and Da Da Da Da Da Da for ROSE) in the lyrics but I don’t think it would be a good package without it, just saying, that is.
  3. Vocals – I love the smoothness of Wooyoung’s voice and the almost cheerleader type backup vocals at the chorus part, adds variety to the song. I know it sounds biased but I believe Wooyoung did a great job on this song, every note, pitch, it sounds wonderful to me.
  4. Choreography – this is another aspect that I really, really adored. I will never get tired of watching Jang Wooyoung dance. That’s a forgone conclusion since I’ve watched him dance live in Hong Kong and he’s a natural. Very light on his feet and mesmerizing. Although there’s a big difference with watching him dance live and on screen, I’d say they captured “some” aspect of his “natural fluidity” in this video.

Sooo, yes, it’s a beautiful day! I have this song in my head and my head is moving with the beat; good things really come to those who wait. ^^

Spot On: 미친거 아니야?(GO CRAZY!) by 2PM

It’s an awesome Wednesday! Aside from some discomfort and a reminder that I am not a robot, that I am a human being and a woman actually, today is an awesome day!  Why? Because finally, finally the wait for the craziest MV ever is over! Squeeeee! I don’t have any plans of hiding my excitement and glee; nope, I am not gonna hide it, ever!

I know just a few people know that I am a 2PM fan, like just a certain few because I’m a shy KPOP listener, or maybe. And those who know knows that I’ve been waiting for their comeback like crazy, like literally counting the days and checking the official YT account for any update whatsoever because I am WAITING for this. The wait is worth every minute and second of it.

I’ve seen this MV last night, coz like they said, the MV will be released on the 10th of September and it was. At exactly 12:00am KST (7:00pm GST) the MV was released for the world to view, in all its colorful and fun glory:

It is soooo awesome I passed out, and when I regain my senses I listened to it again then passed out; repeat 10, 20 and most probably more times. 2PM made an MV to go crazy for and I don’t have the right words to say how incredible the song and the MV are. I do, by the way, want to list what’s so awesome about the MV, here it is:

  1. The element of fun. I’m sure a lot will agree that fun is a necessity, it is a must have to make everything bearable, work, everyday life and love life, let’s include that though it’s a “Not Applicable” for me. I think the concept they adopt for this MV is “it’s the weekend, we are all burned out from our daily routine, let’s have some crazy fun time.” And believe it or not, in my 20s, I did that every once in a while.
  2. Easy to follow and fun choreography. I keep saying fun because watching this MV I really had so much fun, the choreography is really easy to follow that I was copying the motorcycle dance on my first listen. Like there’s nothing to it. And I’m not a good dancer, I just love trying.
  3. The multitude of colors. I’ve watched a lot of 2PM MV and so far this is the most colorful and I love it, I really do love it. They all managed to look really good in their colorful clothes, I bet only a few people can pull that off. Wooyoung’s outfit gave me a flashback of Secret Garden, Kim Joo-won’s track suit. Shining shimmering splendid! I so love blue!
  4. Portrayal of intoxication. I think Do Min-joon whenever I see someone floating with the moon on their back and to see six beautiful people do that, I might be intoxicated and so are they.
  5. Being themselves. I watched about all the Real 2PM vids and this MV shows the side of them they usually show when they sit together, just goofing off being young people. It’s cute.

Yeap, they went crazy; they just had a go at fun and came out looking oh so deliciously awesome. I’m thankful they drop the MV earlier, makes a good company while waiting for the album to be released. I’m happily camping and I might dance and go crazy while I’m at it.

Getting into the Groove with MBLAQ

Or my completely dimwitted way of saying “a written reaction to Be a Man’s MV”

Right, so I never thought this day would come that I’d be writing something like this; who would have thought. But I guess it’s something inevitable, something that was on the way or maybe has already arrived but I refuse to acknowledge, or maybe more than that. Anyway, it’s too late to turn back, and since I’m already here anyways, by that I mean I am already into K-ent, why not go all the way. Thus, I am embracing it fully and taking the plunge.

A few weeks ago.. Wait, let me check my calendar to be sure.. *checking calendar* Yup, a few weeks ago, out of curiosity and because I’ve been receiving tweets from @soompi and reading post all over fb and some blogs that I follow, I watched the MV of Be a Man by MBLAQ. Admittedly, it’s not really my first time to watch a Kpop MV; I’ve watched a few – EXO’s, Wonder Girls’, Taeyang’s and some other, the occasion though, is rare. I don’t count watching FT Island’s MVs as watching Kpop because for me, FT Island is more K-alternative rock-ish band. I do count them as a boy band though because they are all boys and in a band.

Well, enough of my fixation with FT Island for now, as I said, I watched the MV of MBLAQ’s Be a Man and surprise, surprise, hot stuff:

From my visual perspective, it’s no doubt a feast for the eyes: awesome choreography, editing and phasing; not to mention hot boys in suits, just the right ingredients for a hearty, scrumptious feast for the eyes. As for the musicality, they have done an exemplary job of putting together an awesome mix of R & B and Soul with a twist of modern jazzy pop that makes me wanna bust my dancing shoes off its hiding place. And no I am not claiming to be a dancer, but I do like to dance especially if the occasion calls for it.

And most importantly, the lyrics; yes, I am very critical when it comes with the lyrics, must be the frustrated poet in me or something; anyways, the lyrics, it’s heartfelt and sad. You would think that because it is an upbeat-ish song it has a lovey dovey lyrics or something, wrong! It’s expressed with the way MBLAQ sung each single line of the lyrics – yearning and indecision. I particularly love the rap part, the way it sounded so sarcastic yet heartbreaking, that’s somehow a feat to express, I’m completely impressed.

To sum it all up, the picture this MV painted in my head is that of a guy, dancing and expressing his heart out trying to reach out to his lover who dumped him; somehow insisting that she is his air. Inspiring and overwhelming at the same time. Wicked! It’s such a good idea that I checked this MV, well probably not so good since I just took another step towards the point of no return but who cares. I’m going to explore some more and this is definitely not the last time I’ll be watching an MLAQ MV, that I am sure.