Thursday, February 23, 2012

[MV Review] Big Bang - BLUE

Big Bang kicks off their first round of comeback promotions with BLUE.  Does it live up to expectations?

Rather unexpectedly, Big Bang chose to break their long silence with a softer and more mellow side to them than you would expect. BLUE's MV is really nothing more than "BIG BANG IN NEW YORK."

The whole MV consists of very excellent camera panning of the members and it really captures how grand of a city New York is. But since an MV is supposed to hype up the members themselves, many of the shots tend to drown out the members' individual charms, losing that focus in favor of wide panoramic shots. And most of the MV seems to have been edited in a vat of molasses, with most the pacing and flow of the MV slow as fuck. There's obviously no dance bits to this song, so here are some nice cuts from the MV.

These are some really nice shots of the city.
Nice bridge. 
Shameless product placement.
Everyone looks surprisingly normal hair and makeup wise considering how wacky and bizarre the teasers were. But Taeyang seems to have gotten shitteous styling this time around. The usually plain and safe-fashioned guy was really hit hard with the "fashionista" stick.

Poor guy is K-swaggin it in GD's zebra jeggings.
There is some very vague sense of a thematic direction of Big Bang mirroring the actions of some random white girl love interest. All in slow-motion of course, which combined with some eyebrow-raising editing, leads to some hilarious effects.

A typical day for GD dealing with his stans. (Anyone else find that girl intensely creepy and fug?)
The song itself is pretty good. It's a midtempo-ballad-ey song (I seem to be using that phrase too often these days) very slickly combining a piano and guitar backtrack with a light electronica sound. It's a rather stack departure from the usual heavy-handed autotune and synthbeats Teddy and GD are known for, but it's a very pleasant surprise in this case. And I'm sure there's going to be at least one other song on the mini for those who want the Hawking effect in their music.

Personally, I enjoyed Daesung and Seungri's bits the best. They (mostly Daesung) experiment with a different vocal range than we're used to hearing, and the end result works out like sort of like his bit in Cafe did. Thank god GD doesn't sing, and the rap bits aren't grating on the ears either. No Engrish to speak of.

What's great about this song is how it finally seems like Big Bang is returning to their "band" sound again. Much of the criticism they had with their first time coming back was that Big Bang sounded more like 5 soloists collaborating on one song. BLUE is beginning to return to those earlier days, and it'll be interesting to see if this trend continues into the rest of the title tracks.

Ultimately, I don't see this song converting people into new listeners. If you aren't already a fan, it's rather easy to pass this song up if the style isn't your cup of tea. And the MV does nothing to sell you on the song either.

It's almost like a horror movie setup.

TL;DR:
Solid (if not a tad boring) midtempo comeback song with a forgettable MV. 

I give it a 3.75 out of 5.

28 comments:

  1. I've already said my piece about the song (love it) and on another note... I think my family has a very similar Audi...

    I <3 you Zaku!

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  2. I still don't get their stylist.

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  3. Boring song they look like faggots

    GD should go to Jail..Big Bang must disband!
    a killer, an addict, and an alcholic = BIGBANG!~

    VIP are so racist to the girl in it

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    1. kill yourself, faggot

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    2. 2/10 would not big bang

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  4. I LOVE this song, but the video? Not so much. The title is Blue, the video was shot with a blue hue, TOP's hair is blue. We get it. Don't throw it in our faces so much.
    Does GD's hair color change throughout the video or is it his hats? At first I saw yellow hair, then black and then red. I didn't get it...
    But yeah, the song is a 5 out of 5 IMO. I really, really liked it.

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  5. I <3 YOU ZAKU oopppaaa. well said <3<3<3

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  6. i hate bigbang.. but this song really good. like haruharu and lies. they shouldnt do autotune. when they can sing . stupid gd..

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  7. whoa first time i agree with ur review .. i dont know why i always go here after u said daesung is a murderer. u guise almost made my oppar suiside. i hate u . but i love u for this

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  8. vip go die bitches cant take criticism of your oppars

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    1. more like ELF and shawols... those are the dumbiest bitches ever

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  9. FOR FUCK'S SAKE

    KEEP DAESUNG AWAY FROM THAT CAR

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    1. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL stop it u killin me

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  10. I love Big Bang, but I really didn't like the song or video :P

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  11. GAIZ DUN COMMENT ON DIS FAG ARTICLE

    IF MY ARTICLE CAN GET 100 LIKES MY DAD WILL BUY ME A BUTTPLUG

    KTHXBAIII~ <3

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  12. "Ultimately, I don't see this song converting people into new listeners....."
    I totally agree with you. This is the first song of Big Bang that I've listened to and it was okay at best.

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  13. read the lyrics then you'll understand. stupid nigga, the comments are much more creative then the writer. you need to change the writers.

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  14. fuck u all, haters
    BIGBANG is the best and ur fucking words won't change anything so go and fuck u haters so u can calm down then, got it

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    1. best at what? getting high and murdering people?

      yeah, fuckin awesome

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    2. Elitistic bitch...I mean...VIP.

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  15. hahahaha losers.
    i've never seen so many dyed hair faggots in my life.
    really, why do they try so hard to look like women???

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  16. yeah.. they look like fags other than that i still like it

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  17. YG products are so pathetic, they're a pop producing company trying to play off like their shitty products like big bang. Big bang should be in prison for the amount of ripping off they do and it looks like this new group is heading down that pathetic route. YG out of all the crappy ent. companies in Korea rips off American artist the hardest, they are worst than Hyori alone lmao.

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  18. This song is GREAT! The guys look and sound fantastic, the scenery is eye-catching; Big Bang does it again...

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  19. if u asian join asianintel.com peace godbless

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