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I have dubbed 2014 The Kpopacalypse
The Kpop world needs to take a moment and collect itself.
The fans can't take much more.
MBLAQ will be continuing as a trio, as far as we know... And while I'm glad, I can't help but kinda mourn. MBLAQ was always FIVE-- THESE FIVE GUYS. It's not gonna be the same. And the thing is, unlike a lot of members of other groups, they're close and G.O already posted a slightly passive agressive tweet about Joonie and Thunder being selfish so it's obvious Seungho, G.O and Mir are taking all this personally. I know Joonie's true passion and talent lies in acting and he hasn't been feeling happy or fulfilled and I know that Thunder went into kpop with the express promise from JTune that he would go solo at some point... but they were a team and they always talked about making the choices that were best for THE GROUP and it's all just falling apart for all the fans to see. Makes me a little sad.
Okay... it makes me a lot sad.
But, MBLAQ owns my kpop soul.
They've made me laugh, brought me to people I'd have not known otherwise and given their fans some pretty awesome music.
No matter what ends up happening, I'll support my silly boys even as they go their seperate ways.
But the kpop world really does need to quiet down for the rest of the year.
And since I'm watching MBLAQ videos anyway, here are my two favorite music videos.
"Be A Man"
"This Is War"
Your Taste is Cerebral
You are constantly interested in expanding your mind. You are looking for things that make you think.
You Are Pieris Celestina
You are very perceptive and observant. You rely on your own senses to determine what's going on.
Boy, can I relate. It's not just VA care; it's medical care in general; especially in circumstances where you're on disability/SSI and qualify for medicade, like me. I had to wait four months to even see a doctor at the medicade approved clinic and then another 2 months to see a specialist.
There's talk that marijuana can actually help with fibromyalgia symptoms but I don't know much of the research since it's still illegal in Indiana. All I know is the low-dose antidepressant the doctors give me for symptom management doesn't work anymore. And the dose isn't strong enough to help with depression. And I can't take other medications that have been approved for FMS since it would have terrible interactions with medications I NEED for RA.
So, I'm boned.
- Current Mood: frustrated
Also known as "Guns, leather & chains-- UNF!"
Or "Pedo-noonas, Ahoy!"
Doesn't even need a review.
I'm perfectly content to watch and gape.
But at least I'm not perving alone.
You can blame nerdish for this one. She alerted me.
I slowly back out, murmuring to myself, "That's a nice tall glass of nope. Nope, nope, nope."
Two minutes later, I hear my mother yell and a loud thump. Which was quickly followed by, "Jessica, you damn coward."
My mother slaughtered the hell beast in my stead. And she knows me entirely too well.
B.A.P debuted a year ago and I feel it was the strongest debut I've ever seen. Every debut since hasn't measured up to my standards because B.A.P just knocked it out of the park. Keep in mind, only 2 members are actually of age, the other 4 were still in high school at the time of debut. They debuted the same month as EXO and although I like them both, they can't even be compared. Since debut, B.A.P has steadily released songs, mini-albums and videos and to date, has already had 4 comebacks. That steady flow of finished, polished product is almost unheard of from a year-strong rookie group.
They are an aggressive, rebellious group and again, not usually something that would be a successful debut, especially for the group's age-range. This is a sound I imagine an older audience would appreciate, but again, they circumvent convention and predictability with the considerable age-range their fans represent.
And while they usually have an angry, blunt, hip-hop sound, showcasing two amazing rappers (one with a rather unique, unmistakable voice, the other the maknae [youngest]), they have on hand some lovely voices perfectly suited for ballads which, while not their normal style, they are not afraid to do.
And their mascot is a bunny. A bunny. B.A.P is meant to stand for Best Absolute Perfect. To me, it stands for Bunnies Are Puffy!
*ahem* Okay, on to the video and song...
I don't know what exactly I was expecting when I first watched this, but wow-- talk about a kick-ass anthem. The set is grim and gritty and the guys look disheveled and look very much like they're been fighting. And then I heard Yongguk's voice and the only way I can describe my initial reaction is (0.o). Very deep, very gruff. A perfect fit for a song like this. But to some, it hits the ear wrong. It certainly is an acquired taste. Then there's Zelo, the maknae backing him up. Cute little curly-haired 15 year old. I call him my little motor-mouth because, good Lord, can he rap. There's a bit where you hear him actually take a giant breath after his line and I'm so glad they kept it in.
Something that put me off initially was the uniform platinum blond hair. They all wore different styles so you can tell them apart in the wide shots but I just never really took to it. I know it was supposed to be a point made about the fact they were united and acting as one, but eh... a little too cult-ish for me. But later on, when they changed the colors for each member, it just looked wrong. The blond has become their signature and they've gone back to it more than once.
I LOVE the choreography! Perfect fit for them, the song, everything. The tableaus especially fit in with the verses, my favorite being the tableau at the end where the puppets that Zelo had controlled had broken free of their strings and in their resentment and rage, surround the little guy and shoot him, ending the song. Brilliant and perfectly executed... so to speak. *lol* My favorite part had to be the stomp-y dance break. So much force and enthusiasm that they actually broke the stage at a music show performance. Very much reminds me of my high school step team.
There has been some criticism on the part of their entertainment company. Fans are worried that since their schedules are so packed and they are constantly releasing videos and songs, that the quality will eventually go down or one of the boys will. Thing is, none of them seem overworked, they always give their 100% and enjoy every minute of it. And if their newest video, "Rain Sounds", is any indication, the well of inspiration won't be going dry anytime soon.
I'm including a music show performance of "Warrior" behind the cut just to give you a better idea of the choreography without all the cuts and closeups. Plus, to show how incredibly enthusiastic their fans are and how that seems to drive the boys. Now, don't mind the mic issues. Their dancing was causing the mics to move and their sweat was ruining the tape they usually use on their cheeks to keep them in place. And there's the nice change of pace where all the background dancers end up shooting all six boys instead.