History - "Might Just Die"
KMUSE: I am a huge History fan! HUGE! And while I enjoyed this song more after three or four times, it was really for the sexy video that I was fangirling. I loved the memories of their past romances (and YAY for there being different girls and not just one per group), the filters the director used were beautifully haunting. And then they pull out the big guns. OH HOLY HEAVEN SEXY AB ROLLS. It is a good thing that part was towards the end because you can't really focus on anything else after seeing that...and rewinding...... and rewinding again. OK, let's just say that 3 seconds have been watched a great many times.
DONGSAENG: Not being a History major myself, this being my first real exposure to them, I can tell you my initial take after watching this video. My own History 101 if you will. The first thing to stand out was their amazing dancing. And uhm...ab roll?? What glorious deliciousness was that??? Yeah, I might just die from the heart attack they just gave me. I do believe that I'm going to have to study my History just a little bit closer from now on. O_O I really liked this song overall - the music itself, the video (I'm a sucker for black and white), and yes, especially the dance.
SHINee - "View"
|SHINee's back - hahaha! get it?? Because it's a picture of their backs?? bwahahahaha! Oh Dongsaeng, you're so punny. ;)|
And boy are they back! And they added a new member to the group, namely, Minho's arms!
KMUSE: Min Ho's arms are glorious. Makes a noona (you're right, that is better) just want to touch them, and caress them, and maybe watch him pick up heavy lumber or something. When it comes to the MV as a whole, I must say I completely approve. Shinee managed to declare that they are grown up and have shrugged off their last of their boyishness all in one 3 minute song. And they did it without being overtly, in your face, sexual which is a fine line.
Seul Ong - "Mood Swing" (Feat. Black Nut)
DONGSAENG: First, can I confess a little something to you? I knew this guy from the drama Fool/Ho Goo's Love but had no idea he was a singer. The really sad thing is too that I have actually seen 2AM in concert before, and still had no idea. It was a happy discovery for me though, because of course I loved his quirky character in the drama and it's always fun to see entertainers you like wearing different hats in the industry. Sure, my inner voice yelled "Ho Gooooooo!" when I saw him on screen, but I quickly got over that. Ish. I got over it-ish. I'm still partly yelling it and picturing him as his character, but I'm sure that will pass.
Second, and maybe I should preface this with a "I really liked this song", but I have a teeny tiny bone to pick with it. I know that every single MV out there (and every concert performance for that matter) uses lip synching. They have the prerecorded track playing and the singers are never actually singing in the videos. This is no big secret, I get that and accept that. But come on, at least try to look authentic. Try to keep the mirage, or suspended disbelief, or whatever you want to call it, alive. When he starts "singing", his lips are barely moving and they're not in synch. It's called "lip synching" for a reason. Kinda important to get the whole "lip" and "synch" elements in there, don't you think? I'm okay with the idea of lip synching in general, but when it is so obvious like this was, it is distracting and takes away from the song. Anyway, that one slight criticism aside, this really actually is a good song and it honestly will probably stay stuck in my head all day.
KMUSE: I guess I am less observant, or more likely, distracted by his gorgeous cheekbones, since I totally did not focus in on the lip syncing. I was also surprised at how gorgeously high his voice range is. Really like his solo debut, and am looking forward to listening to the full album.
Zion.T - "Eat"
DONGSAENG: A hauntingly beautiful and simple song with MV styling that I really liked. You don't always need complex sets and effects - it's nice when the music just speaks for itself using basic imagery. I do have to say though, that for some reason, at one point, he reminded me of Jaleel White, the guy who played Urkel on the old sitcom, Family Matters. How random is that? I don't even know what it was that triggered it, but yeah, he'll kind of always be the Korean Urkel to me.
Oh, and no, the cracked glasses didn't make me all kinds of twitchy or anything. Totally didn't even notice them. At all. *twitch*
Monsta X - "Trespass"
KMUSE: Unlike Dongsaeng, I am all for great new rookie groups! And it is nice to see that most of these boys at least look older then 16 (if they aren't, don't tell me.... want to live in my legal khottie bubble). Great dancing and fun visuals make this MV a win for me.
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