The all American Kpop boy group is back! and this time, I kinda like their song actually. 🙂
Not sure if any of you peeps remember but back in April I wanna say, was when I first talked about this group. Around the time they had just debuted onto the scene with their song Feel Like This. And the way they got onto my radar was because I was seeing a lot of shade being thrown their way. Like I’m not kidding, they were getting mad roasted by what felt like the kpop community as a whole. To the point were even though I ultimately didn’t like the song, I wanted to throw some encouraging words their way and defend them a little bit.
Pretty much my thoughts at the time where that too many people were starting to loose focus of their criticisms and beginning to attack them for the wrong set of reasons. I remember quite a few kpop fans calling them things like “fake” and being outraged that this was a even a thing. As if the group was making a mockery of Kpop by their very sheer existence. With much of the hate being thrown towards them for not being Korean, specially toward the 3 non Asian members.
At the time I was like if they wanna go for it they should in my opinion. At the end of the day it should come down to the level of talent. If their good, people will listen and if they aren’t, people will loose interest and they will simply fade away. Easy peasy. So no, no need to bully anybody for following their dreams just because they may make you feel uncomfortable in some way. And like I also said if you did/do wanna criticize that’s entirely ok but can you please keep it constructive at the very least. What does constructive mean? You know keep it to things they could work on to change or improve.
Now don’t get me wrong there were plenty of people doing just that. The thing like I said previously tho was that I thought way too many(more than just your average troll) were pinpointing their ethnicity as a main problem. This was what rubbed me the wrong way. Cuz what the heck were they supposed to do about that? Have a team meeting and be like, “guys for our next comeback we’re gonna need to make ourselves Korean?” That simply won’t do.
Thus I wanted to help get things back on track and focus on the legit criticisms instead. Because like I previously said I myself had some too. For example, I thought their Korean pronunciations could for sure use some work, I too thought while some of the shots of the MV were nice they lacked a sense of identity, I woulda liked some choreo, and I thought it coulda helped to have some catchier parts. And these were just some of them but as you can see they were all things they could take back to work on.
Now the question is, how’d they do this time around? Well… I think they actually took the legit criticisms to heart and have in fact improved. Is their Korean at a Native level yet, no but it has gotten much much better. Are the shots still “Been there done that,” sorta but that’s probably because of budget restraints. What I will say is that at least the shots match the feel and energy of the song better. Did they add choreo at least, yes actually they did add some. And furthermore, I think this new song showcases their vocals better and even has a rap part that surprised me with its flow.
Would I go as far and say this is gonna be a BOP? hmm, no maybe I wouldn’t go that far but it’s enough to give them another chance to see if they can keep improving. Because while I am saying all these nice things about this new song I do think a big part of why I like this comes down to the beat. Hard to ever go wrong with adding a saxophone. It definitely gives this song tons more energy than their previous one ever had. If their next one doesn’t have an equally poppin’ beat who knows if their improvements are enough to keep me going.
Anywho check out their song for yourselves and tell me what you think. Also let me know if you agree with my thoughts, maybe some of them, or do you completely disagree? Like always I’m cool taking in different opinions. Who knows maybe you can have me change or expand my mind and it’ll lead me to revise my post. 🙂 Until next time! Bye Bye.