I'M NOT WORTHY
As you all know all too well, Rainbow hasn't made a comeback for a very long time, by Kpop standards at least. I'll take this opportunity to give you all a brief primer on Rainbow to refresh your memories (or educate you about their glory if you're either new or been sleepin' on them, feel free to skip ahead tho).
Once upon a time (aka 2010 through 2011), Rainbow were the darling of the public eye after snatching wigs and taking names with the truly fantastic A and Mach (no MV). Following up with the also great To Me and Sweet Dream, DSP then decided since they were doing so well, they should go to Japan and rake in the big YEN like KARA was. Unfortunately for everyone involved, a combination of Japanese exile, subunit activity (Rainbow Pixie sucked because they tried to copy Orange Caramel), and vocal polyps for Hyunyoung shelved any and all follow up.
Since then, they've sort of drifted away into obscurity. Jaekyung, Hyunyoung, and Jisook have managed to find work as TV show hosts, but everyone else has been languishing away in the DSP basement. It's been a year and seven months since their last full comeback in 2013, not counting Rainbow Blaxx. I'm sure you've all collectively deleted the memory of that particular set of songs off your minds cause both the songs they chose to promote, Tell Me Tell Me and Sunshine were boring as hell. It's a damn shame because that only continued the unfortunate trend of DSP shitting the bed and picking the worst songs from their minis to promote for Rainbow (case in point: the vastly superior I'll Wait for You off Rainbow Syndrome Part 2 went completely under the radar for most people).
That being said, Black Swan is everything we could have asked for and more. The only reason it took so long for them to come back is probably because DSP forgot Rainbow exists, so Jaekyung had to put the whole team on her back and do everything herself: come up with the concept, write the lyrics, write the songs, produce the songs, design the album jackets, press the CDs, distribute the CDs to ship all over Korea and the rest of the world, sew the outfits, make the jewelry and accessories, take the promo photos, think up teasers, produce the teasers, develop the choreography, shoot the MV, edit the MV, secure the venues for promotions, negotiate for variety show tours, schedule press releases, prepare PR articles for media play, and every other thing in between.
>tfw you find out you have a 0 won budget for your comeback preparation
The bad parts of the song, or rather the parts I liked the least, are where it slows down for the rap break (can we PLEASE leave these in the past??) and the fact that it doesn't really... build up to anything. The chorus is great, don't get me wrong, but it's the dominant part of the song to the point where it's difficult for any of the verses to stand out. Many people understandably have griped that the chorus feels like an eternity only because the verses are structured so similarly. Going back to the rap, I don't feel like it was particularly necessary for this song. The beat slows down quite a bit to accommodate for it, and doesn't really get its momentum back despite Hyunyoung's best efforts during her vocal run.
|But boy, does she look good.|
What we do get is an almost symbolic representation of the Rainbow situation up until now. The beautiful girls of Rainbow, left high and dry by goddamn DSP, have descended into madness and despair while languishing in their solitude. All of the cuts where they're seemingly okay before snapping and breaking down in fields of snow or rooms full of cracked mirrors only serve to reinforce this idea. Fragile mental states are only exasperated by a lack of attention and proper care, things poor Rainbow have not gotten in a very long time. Maybe Jaekyung intentionally filmed and edited this way as a silent protest and/or plea for help.
|You don't need to smile through the pain anymore, I GET YOU.|
Jisook already makes a great creepy/deranged serial killer.
Don't get me wrong, what we do get is a nice mix of sexy and elegance as advertised in their pre-release media play. The irony of a group founded on the concept of the 7 colors of the rainbow dropping such a great song with a muted black and white pallet is not lost on me. Jaekyung looks goddamn fantastic, with Hyunyoung easily taking top marks as well. My girl Woori, lame rap aside, is also looking really damn good. Pls help stan her so she can get some work too.
|She's coming for your wigs and your fans.|
Dear God, what have I done.
|Please excuse Jaekyung for not coming up with a more exciting dance,|
she was doing this all by herself.
|I could have sworn I've seen this particular hand dance somewhere else|
before, but at least Hyunyoung's sass is a treasure and a half to watch.
|When in doubt, throw in some hip gyration and you've got yourself a|
When you're REALLY in doubt, put Hyunyoung's well-toned ass and legs in
front of the camera at good angles while she does hip gyrations.
Black Swan is easily one of Rainbow's best tracks to date, but some may need a couple of listens to let it burn in.
- hip gyration
- sexy + elegant concept
- themes of psychological horror
- song so good
- chorus is da best
- can be a grower for some
- rap break, goddamn it Woori
- Yoon Hye still as soulless and creepy as ever
- doesn't really have an explosive payoff for the build-up throughout the song
PS: Now taking submissions for a Fifty Shades of Grey "My interests are very singular" esque photo meme using Jaekyung.