Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Review: Jay Park–“Demon”

Jay Park tangles with a demon in his new music video.

Did you like the song?
To be honest, I don’t think this is anything special. It did grow on me a bit after listening to it several times, but then I started just kind of finding it repetitive. I don’t know if this is a symptom of it being in English or not, but the “she’s a demon” part that’s constantly repeated wasn’t catchy enough for me. I did like the octopus dance music at the beginning.

What was your favorite part of the song?
The rap, hands down (1:29-2:00). I really liked how fast it went, combined with sexytimes onscreen. And seriously, some of the rhyming here was awesome! Like the soul—toll rhyme: “I was trying to go and save my soul/Cause lovin’ you really takes its toll.” Nice.

Does the English make you want to rip your eardrums out?
Of course not; Jay Park is an American from Seattle. I really liked the lyrics and especially some of the nice rhyming going on. There were also some really cool lines, i.e.“the Grim Reaper might as well go wait in the casket,” “I’m a super hero, but you’re just a stronger super villain.”

Did you like the video?
Eh…again, it was all right, but not great. The demon concept has been done before and done better (like in DBSK’s “Mirotic”). No joke, my favorite scene in the entire video is at the very end after the movie slate/clapperboard falls where Jay and Kim Sa Rang drop their personas and just kind of laugh. It’s such a natural and sweet moment.

Was there a storyline? If so, did it make sense?
Yup, femme fatale demon seduces a semi-unwilling man who is drawn into her siren-like clutches (with the assistance of a wind machine, wire, and flowy dress). Been there, done that. Except this one is slightly different because the demon is the daughter of Sauron from Lord of the Rings. Or at least his wardrobe assistant. Seriously, look at the background dancers’ masks! Are they not just blinding versions of Sauron’s mask?


I am your father.

Was the dance cool and distinctive?
Definitely cool and distinctive. Man, Jay Park can dance! It’s like we go from a slow-mo octopus move to the chorus which is…shielding eyes from the glare of the demon’s red eyes? Whatever, it looks cool.

Jay Park gif

Many-handed octupus

Do the members look good?
Jay Park always looks good, but was that a female backup dancer I saw? Awesome!

Which member stood out the most?
Aaah, I’m so torn here! Do I give it to Jay Park’s tattoos or Jay Park’s abs?! Decisions, decisions. They both stole the show. :)

Jay Park abs


Do you like it enough to buy the song?
Not at the moment. Maybe if I listen to it enough it will get stuck in my head.

Any ending thoughts?
Is this actually a Kpop song? Although Jay Park is an American singing only in English here, I’ll count it because he’s clearly a Korean idol.

Boyfriend’s one-liner:
“This is like gangster meets Phantom of the OperaPhantom of the Gangster?”

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  1. You know, I thought it seemed familiar. Mirotic, duh. Oh, Mirotic. So well done and sexy.

    But yeah, Jay always gets my support. And I agree about the "is it kpop" thing... it's by a kpop artist, who cares if it's in English. It's like Simon and Martina reviewing kpop group's Japanese songs. It amounts to the same thing. It's similar to the way kpop works, and the people are Korean. (Jay is, of course, Korean-American, so it counts).

    Nice pictures/gifs ;D WHEREVER DID YOU GET THAT IDEA? o 3o <3 <3

    Jay's raps are amazing.

  2. LOLOL, where did I get the pictures idea?!? Heh heh. I think you're right, it's more fun with pictures and gifs. Though gifs are freakin' hard to host! But oh well. I like captioning them.

    I'm sorry I didn't like this song more... *bites fingernails* But at least the rap was amazing!