Friday, November 25, 2011

Review: MBLAQ–“Cry”

MBLAQ’s music video would have been so much better with the addition of a pirate ship.

Did you like the song?
Today by request is MBLAQ’s “Cry.” I’m a relatively new fan of MBLAQ, really only hopping aboard the A+ bandwagon with the release of their absolutely gorgeous song “Mona Lisa.” Unfortunately, I don’t like “Cry” as much, mainly because I’m just generally not a fan of slower R&B songs. But I was impressed by how well the concept fit the song: they’re crying, so there’s a big focus on water imagery in the video and drip-drop, bubbling sound effects in the song. There’s also an interesting tambourine or other bell effect that really emulates raindrops falling.

MBLAQ Cry gif

MBLAQ make a splash (…too much?).

What was your favorite part of the song?
I liked the buildup to the chorus; it was one of the most powerful moments of the song.

Does the English make you want to rip your eardrums out?
Time is too slow for Thunder, baby, lol. The English in this song is really good! The “you make me cry” parts and Mir’s rap are all fine. :)

MBLAQ Cry members

Seungho, G.O, Joon, Thunder, and Mir.

Did you like the video?
At first I kind of didn’t like this video, but after the underwater sequences I did a complete 180 and really started to enjoy and appreciate it. My problem was the guys seemed just so depressed and emotionally broken that it was almost comical at first. The (above-water) crying scenes were a bit much for me in the beginning. I mean, I’m all for men showing their softer sides, and I am definitely for men proving that crying is very healthy and natural—but at the same time, I didn’t much like seeing anybody that sad on camera, regardless of gender and regardless of how good their acting is. And to see onstage crying in an idol song was very strange.

But then I realized that it was strange because I’d fallen into a pattern of expecting idols to be 100% on their game and putting on fake smiles all the time, and that’s not realistic or fair or even healthy, either. So my final verdict is: although the crying in the rain is odd at first, it’s actually rather a brave and unusual artistic choice. I do appreciate MBLAQ attempting to show that it’s okay for guys to show their feelings when they’re upset.

Was there a storyline? If so, did it make sense?
There’s not really a story; it’s more of an interpretive danceee—okay, I’ll let you in on the super-sekrit story of MBLAQ’s “Cry.” So our five heroes are living in the Land of Obsidian, where there has been no life or vegetation in months. Their crops have failed; their people are dying.

MBLAQ Cry set

The Land of Obsidian is a cold, harsh mistress.

So they do the only thing they can think of—they make an offering to the rain gods in the form of an interpretive dance. Well, it turns out that the rain gods are actually ALIENS from a DISTANT WORLD! They arrive in their brightly lit spaceship of hope and hover over the Land of Obsidian.

MBLAQ Cry spaceship

Close encounters of the Rain kind (haha, I am so punny today).

Our heroes are so overcome with awe at the splendour that they fall to their knees in gratitude and then dance for the alien gods’ pleasure.

MBLAQ Cry screenshots Joon

They are overcome with hope for the future.

The boys dream of the riches of water they will have if the aliens are pleased—so much water they could fully immerse themselves. Finally, their dreams come true, and—overcome by the awesomeness of their rain dance—the aliens open their spaceship provisions and shower our heroes with an amount of water unimaginable, beyond even their wildest dreams. They weep, for they have indeed saved their people.

MBLAQ Cry puddle

And there was much rejoicing. The End.

Was the dance cool and distinctive?
OH HELLS YES. I don’t know if anybody could recreate what MBLAQ have done here. They’re rolling and sliding on the floor, they’re interpretive dancing on the stage, they’re dancing in rain and in puddles, they’re interpretive dancing underwater…it’s amazing and looks totally gorgeous with those flowing clothes.

MBLAQ Cry members underwater

Awesome underwater shoot is awesome.

Do the members look good?
Everybody is in heavy eyeliner, and everybody is wearing military/pirate/steampunk-esque stuff with serial killer black gloves. But, unsurprisingly, everybody looks awesome.

Which member stood out the most?
I’m personally a fan of Mir, but I think Thunder stole the show here. He just looks really good with blond hair and heavy eyeliner, especially underwater [insert electrocution pun here].

MBLAQ Cry Thunder


Full disclosure, though: to my boyfriend’s displeasure every Halloween, I tend to think almost all guys look good in eyeliner, and especially guys in Kpop.

Oh, who am I kidding; there’s no way I can give this to anything but Joon’s four-second-long lip wipe. Joon, why you be making me nearly pull out a timer to find out how long you’re wiping your lip for?!

MBLAQ cry joon lip wipe gif

You should probably see a doctor to get that drool problem checked out.

Do you like it enough to buy the song?
Nope, sorry, MBLAQ. To win my vote, you should stick to faster songs. And considering how popular you were in Bulgaria with “Mona Lisa”—number one on their charts for over a month!—you should include accordion in more of your songs. (Yesss, I approve of this accordion trend.)

Any ending thoughts?
Does anybody else think G.O looks weird without his trademark facial hair? I miss it. He looked really cool and distinguished with it.

Boyfriend’s one-liner:
“This song was so emo that the only reason their clothes were all cut up was that they weren’t allowed to cut themselves.”

Congratulations to BEAST and 2NE1 for winning Best Artist and Best Album (respectively) at the Melon Music Awards! Also, I hope all you Kpop fans in America had a good Thanksgiving with lots of turkey. Please comment, subscribe and request a review if you’d like. :)


  1. This review had me giggling a bit. Gotta agree on the eyeliner though, guys (ESPECIALLY Kpop guys) look hot in it. 

  2. Joon had a chance to totally showcase his ballerino training underwater :) "You should probably see a doctor to get that drool problem checked out." -- funny you should say that :) Have you seen any shows with them?

  3. I know, right?! I make my bf wear it every Halloween, heh heh. And I don't think I've ever seen Kpop guys  look bad in it. :D

  4. No, I haven't seen any shows with MBLAQ yet--just their music videos and I think maybe I've seen a few clips of them from things that I thought were funny. Joon seems like such a playboy! But so pretty. I personally like Mir best, from what I've seen. I should get to know them more, definitely. They seem to have a good dynamic. Have you seen any shows with them?

    And yeah, I just saw that Joon has ballerino training! That is so awesome!

  5. you should watch mblaq idol army, sesame player and hello baby... they have a lot of appearances on variety shows (too many and too lazy to type it up, so search for more if you're still interested) 

  6. Cool--thanks! I'll check them out...eventually...ugh, my to-do list is insane...

    1. You're welcome :)
      i hope you'll enjoy and like the shows as much as i did :)
      if you want to know more about joon's backgound you should also check out strong heart ep 145 (he's on alot of eps but this is my favourite ep of him in strong heart ... It just shows how strong his character is )