The Wonder Girls give fans a fast-paced, hot performance in their new music video.
Did you like the song?
After two years of performing in America, the Wonder Girls are back with their new music video. Others have said this, but the song this most reminds me of is Mariah Carrey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” And while I really like that song and I certainly enjoyed parts of “Be My Baby,” it wasn’t as edgy or powerful as I had anticipated based on the teasers. (Oh no, a catchy Korean song I didn’t completely fall in love with—take note; it doesn’t happen often.)
My problems with “Be My Baby” are similar to why I didn’t like 2NE1’s “Ugly”—namely, I was let down by the English in the chorus and by the fact that the message is at odds with the concept. Longer English phrases in Kpop songs often lead to songs slowing down and the lyrics repeating a lot. But I also can’t get behind the message of the girls being so obsessed with being this guy’s girlfriend. (Why should the Wonder Girls have to beg for a guy to date them? They’re the freakin’ Wonder Girls!)
Another thing: I was not feeling some of the vocals, especially Sohee’s. It seemed like notes were at times out of her range or unclear or just nasally. I don’t know what it was, as I don’t have much experience with the Wonder Girls. Maybe it’s just her voice or maybe it’s the song. (Yenny’s, Lim’s, and Sunye’s were generally fine, though.)
And then we come to Yubin’s rap. Oh my God, what was happening with that? Impressively fast though it was, it felt so out of place and just rhythmically off that I lost the whole groove of the song, which never came back for a big finish. Instead, it just kind of fizzled out without any high notes or cool points. I was pretty disappointed.
What was your favorite part of the song?
Honestly, I’m going to have to give this to the first eight seconds of the song before the main Christmassy overtones take over. That part stole the show in terms of having both a fun dance and an interesting sound. Too bad it had to change.
Does the English make you want to rip your eardrums out?
Nope, although it’s not 100% perfect, it’s very good (especially during the chorus). Just as I would expect from the Wonder Girls, who have been promoting in America. If you’re interested, there’s also an English version of this song, which is quite listenable, basically equal to the Korean version. All of the grammar and most of the pronunciation is spot on, too. :)
Did you like the video?
So this and Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” were both choreographed by the same person (Jonté Moaning), and people are making a big deal about this fact. Sure, there are obvious similarities between the two in the video style, i.e. the black and white stages and the way the lighting swings from white to grey to black, but other than that, I don’t really see it. I wouldn’t have known the same people were involved without being told.
Was there a storyline? If so, did it make sense?
Nope, just dancing on a few different stages. I liked the main “WG” stage and the circular stage when the backup dancers suddenly arrived on the scene.
Was the dance cool and distinctive?
There are several different moves here, none of them particularly distinctive or easy to emulate, so I don’t predict that this dance will go as viral as the dances from “Nobody” or “Tell Me.” But it’s still fast-paced and fun, kind of reminiscent of Secret’s “Love is MOVE.”
Do the members look good?
OH HELLS YES. Just look at this stuff!
I think Yenny and Lim look the prettiest, but honestly everyone looks sexy and classy. These styles suit everybody.
Which member stood out the most?
Curses, I knew this question would come, and I really can’t choose. I want to give it to Sunye for her flirty attitude and unique hair, to Yenny for looking the most memorable, to Sohee for being onscreen a lot and looking great while dancing and spinning, to Yubin for rapping so quickly and basically taking over the end of the music video, and to Lim for looking distinctively pretty and sounding great. So I guess this is a cop out, but to me, this was truly a team effort.
Do you like it enough to buy the song?
Not this song, but congratulations, Wonder Girls, for having the entire album on iTunes for your fans in America! I wish more Kpop companies would learn a lesson from this! I do like the songs “Me, In” and “Stop!” from the album, as well as Lim’s badass rap in “Act Cool,” though I only like “Me, In” enough to buy it. (By the way, I just found out that “Me, In” is a remake of Shin Junghyun’s “The Beauty,” which is a cool song, although I prefer this remake.)
Any ending thoughts?
Speaking of “Me, In,” I’m disappointed that it wasn’t the title track. It was kind of suggested from the first teaser:
Though now I notice the title says “Album teaser.” But man, I really wanted to see this concept onscreen (and the way Sunye hits that microphone is awesome!). Maybe they will do a follow-up music video for this song? (Please, please, please, JYP?) But whatever, at least it’s on iTunes for meee. :)
“Wonder if these extras are men as well.” [He’s referencing the former controversy as to whether or not one of the backup dancers in Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” was actually a man dressed as a woman. Turned out to be false.]
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