“Putting my defenses up, cause I don’t wanna fall in love. If I ever did that, I think I’d have a heart attack…”
Released an entire week early, here’s Demi Lovato’s lead single Heart Attack from her upcoming fourth album. I’ll be reviewing it soon after the excitement of new Demi music dies down. Enjoy!
Part 2 of my Rania - Style review. See part one here: http://nitsuji.tumblr.com/post/32001608325/ive-liked-rania-since-their-debut-they-really
Yesterday, there was a lot of stuff I couldn’t really comment on, because I had neither translated lyrics nor a live performance to look over. Now that I have both, I am free to continue my review. (Translated lyrics can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMMw7yQe6ys)
(Live performance can be seen above.)
The lyrics: The song’s pretty well written in my opinion. It’s not very complex, but it’s not so simple as to be ridiculous. I was disappointed, though, that both verses and bridges were the same. After seeing the translation for the first verse, I had high expectations for the second. I was happy to see that the breakdown wasn’t just random syllables and “You’re not my style.” I have absolutely no complaints about the English. It was all pronounced perfectly and used in a grammatically correct manner. A huge thumbs up for that.
The live performance: It was a huge relief to see that Saemi actually did sing, even if it was only two repeated words. Rania’s strong point has always been their live vocals, and they didn’t disappoint. Everyone was great. The only complaint I have is that they, as usual, sang over the track. Watching the live performance gave me a much better look at the choreography. I think the choreography matched the feel of the song, not too strenuous but also obviously not as easy as it looks. Very entertaining.
Final Verdict: 4.4/5
This photo of Rihanna is legitimately interesting to me. The outfit is incredibly tacky in a sort of high fashion way. It works here. Not sure how it would look in a non-modeling environment, but high fashion isn’t really meant for day-to-day wear anyway. I really like the fact that it doesn’t look like she has on
4minute - Volume Up
I love this song! I think it’s the undoubtedly the best comeback song 4minute’s done so far. It’s definitely fresh for k-pop, the lyrics are great, the concept is interesting and not overdone, choreography catches your eye. The lines were distributed pretty evenly. I loved that Jiyoon and Jihyun got to really how off their vocal talent, especially Jiyoon, who got
pretty much the highest note in the song, while Gayoon swallowed her ego harmonized. I liked pretty much everything about the song and the music video. The saxophone is just perfect. If I can get my hands on the official instrumental, I just may do a cover.
…and it was… cute. Pretty campy, but all in all decent. I think I expected too much. Their English was pretty decent, their accents were a bit strong at times, but it was never really hard to understand them. Yenny and Lim definitely had the best English. I was really nervous that there wouldn’t be any Korean in the movie (despite the stars being Korean), but they managed to work “daebak” in there. Like I said, decent movie.
Review: Park Bom - Don’t Cry
My initial response to this song was “Eh.” But after listening to the song a few more times and shaking off my memories of “You and I.” I grew to like the song more and more. This track reminds me of Davichi in a way, verses are slow and soft and builds up to an energetic chorus. Bom’s vocals, of course, are still at their best, despite this not being a ballad. I don’t have the translated lyrics or instrumental, so I can’t really review those yet, but I’m sure they’re rather meaningful. All in all, I like the song.
Nitsuji’s Final Score