2NE1 are back with a new single guaranteed to make Blackjacks cum buckets (not like they needed any provocation). My intros are getting lamer and lamer, so just hit READ MORE already.
I Love You's MV is at first blush simply a slideshow of random closeups, posing, and walking around aimlessly with a bit of writhing thrown in here and there. Boy, are you wrong. Upon closer inspection, I have discovered a whole new world of symbolism and meaning to this MV. And I didn't need no help from no stinkin' Blackjacks neither. It's actually a storyline MV broken up by the aforementioned random closeups, posing, and walking around in order to prevent our mortal minds from collapsing at the weight of it all.
ILY's storyline is gripping and full of mindbending symbolism that shoves a big "FUCK YOU" up Christopher Nolan's Inception. CL plays herself in in this soul-searching quest with chilling ramifications for the world. Here is a series of gifs I compiled that summarize I Love You's storyline.
If you managed to make it this far, I commend you for your astounding force of will. It's one of the best storylines I've seen to date, 2 thumbs up. It definitely blows anything YG has produced in the last decade out of the water, let alone the shit everyone ELSE is pushing out. Truly inspiring work from the original, fresh, innovative, original global fresh superstars that are also original and innovative.
The rest of the MV's shenanigans are surprisingly palatable. After the clusterfucks that were I am the Best + Ugly and the blatant anti-Japanese sentiment of Hate You, it's nice to see 2NE1 take a step back and give us something easily digestible like Lonely was. Everyone's hair and makeup look decent, and there aren't
any many garish outfits dug out of Jeremy Scott's capslocked asshole. Minzy is the hands-down standout in the MV, with Dara actually coming in at second (Skrillex hair and all). I do feel the need to bitch out whoever thought that rattyass blonde bob wig on Minzy was a good idea though.
|Writhe, writhe like there's no tomorrow.|
However, the song itself fails to live up to the high bar set by the storyline MV. It's quite frankly a jumble of different song concepts, tempos, beats, whathave you. A veritable house of Legos, so to speak. It sort of chugs along until the second chorus where it clashes the most offensively with the pacing of the song established up til then. Worst offender goes to CL's vocal run (more on that later) that culminates in an autotuned "Bring it back" that serves to literally bring the song back to the beginning. It makes no sense at all.
I will give credit where credit is due though. Minzy sounds AMAZING in her bits to the point where you might even prefer her to replace Bom as main vocal. Dara's verses were surprisingly good, and I honestly wouldn't mind if they continued this trend of lightly autotuned singtalkrapping for her in the future. Bom wasn't bad, but nor was she good either. The little rap breakdown at the end was kinda nice, but again, it feels roughly tacked on to the house of Legos like a Megabloks chimney.
Spotlight must be shown on how incredibly grating CL's voice was for me in this song, especially since she's being used so much in 2NE1's songs lately. She's a decent vocalist within her range, but she sings like she's trying to be the next Adele or something. She reaches for notes she cannot hope to grasp, and she attempts vocal embellishments that make her sound like a wailing cat. Special mention must be brought to her vocal run at the psuedoclimax of the song. I cried #thugtears at how bad that shit was.
|LONG LIVE DARUGGIN COUPLE|
Amazingly subtle storyline MV for an okay song composed like a house of Legos.
- surprisingly normal concept
- Minzy's writhing (Fuck off, Chris)
- Minzy's parts
- Dara's singtalkrapping bits
- JJANGBAK storyline
- CL'S VOICE
- jumbled composition that feels like 3 songs stapled together
- snoozeworthy use of Bom
- Minzy's hideous wig
- CL writhing in a catsuit
- too much CL period
I give this song a 2 out of 5. Minzy and Dara were not enough to save this shit.