EXO (Shimmy Shimmy) KO KO BOP


I can’t help it. That “Shimmy, Shimmy” needs to be added on the title.

Last July 18, SMEnt finally released EXO’s comeback song Ko Ko Bop, much to EXO-L’s delight. EXO’s been lying low for a while so this comeback is definitely much-awaited and considered long-overdue to fans.

So here are my two-cents on the video and the song. Yes, I do have two separate opinions about the MV and the song itself.

The MV is trippy (in very good way)! As expected of most Kpop music videos, the colors are basically “in your face”. The blues and greens, which are very prominent in the video, give off a pretty cool aesthetic. Combined with the splashes of reds, yellows, pinks here and there reminded me of those colorful gumballs. Basically, I think, the whole video is one Gumball Machine and EXO and everything else are gumballs.

No? Ok, I’m stopping right here.

As always, the boys’ visuals never disappoints, and though I facepalm myself everytime I see Baekhyun’s mullet and Kai’s dreads, the group’s overall look still hits a punch.

And yes I have to make mention of Kai’s well-toned abs, Sehun’s slightly open shirt, and Xiumin! OMG have you seen Xiumin?!? His visuals in this comeback definitely stood out!

Ko Ko Bop is… I don’t really know how I feel about the song. I didn’t like it when I first heard it so I’ve listened to it a couple more times just to see if my opinion would be slightly different. I think after doing so all I can conclude is that it is an okay song. There are definite parts where it sticks to you like Chen’s “It goes down, down baby” (Chen’s vocals always gets me) and the part where they sing “Ah woo”, which sounds really good by the way, BUT was it a strong comeback song? I think no.

I remember when I heard Growl for the first time, I knew right off the bat it was an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G song, and I still think so. I even blogged about it at that time because I was that impressed by it. You can check out the post HERE if you’re interested. Sadly, I didn’t feel the same impact with Ko Ko Bop.

As a whole, EXO’s 4th album “THE WAR”, is for sure better than their previous ones. Their sound definitely matured and got better and I really dig that. I just happen to finish listening to the album last night,  and I must say, for now, my favorites are “Going Crazy” and “The EVE”.

Speaking of The EVE, how excited was I to wake up and see this golden fancam on my youtube feed?

There’s a non-fancam version of this performance, but I prefer this one better, because I get to see the group dance as a whole without the camera going back and forth between members and making me dizzy af. Plus, we can all better appreciate their very rude choreography in this angle more.

I died! asdfghjkl! (credits: gangbangjimin.tumblr)

I want an MV of this song ASAP!!!

 

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Growling for EXO


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Disclaimer: This post, though informative, contains some fangirl-ing and quite a bit of spazzing.  🙂

EXO, is a 12-member South Korean-Chinese boy band under SM Entertainment agency formed in 2011. Though considered and promotes as one group, they are subdivided into two subgroups, EXO-K (korean) and EXO-M (mandarin), to target both Korean and Chinese audience. Group members include Suho (leader), Baekhyun, Chanyeol, D.O., Kai, Sehun, Kris (EXO-M leader), Xiumin, Luhan, Lay, Chen and Tao.

Despite being overly publicized months before their actual debut, I wasn’t impressed. When I heard that a group of 12-member boys are going to debut under SM Ent, the first thing I thought of was Super Junior. Is Lee So Man trying to make a group like SuJu? I know that Super Junior members are already at an age where they would be enlisting in the army, in fact a few members had already done so, and thus hindered them from promoting as a whole. So this made me think — is EXO another of Mr. Lee’s clever ideas to not stop promoting in China? Well it seems like it to me, especially since EXO has a subgroup named EXO-M, just like Super Junior has a subgroup named Super Junior-M (or SJM), where they sing songs in Mandarin and do promotions in China.

Anyway, I wasn’t initially in awe of EXO. I guess it was because I am a big Super Junior and Big Bang fan and I find EXO too young for me to spazz over. However, since it was an SME group, I am inclined to watch their first debut MV (History) and my first impression was that they are a cross between SHINEE and SUPER JUNIOR — they have SHINEE’s youth and Super Junior’s number. LOL! So far I wonder if they would have the charm and versatility that Suju had, because Suju seriously did almost everything. They are not hailed as the “Kings of Hallyu Wave” for nothing you know. In any case, I have to say that Lee So Man did right with EXO what he did wrong with Super Junior, and that is in debuting both Korean and Chinese members together. Of course, I’m not going to elaborate any further, SuJu fans know exactly what I’m talking about — “SuJu 13” anyone?

Going to the reason why I’m doing this post, I just saw EXO’s latest MV “Growl” a week ago and fell in love. Unlike their previous song releases, this song is a bull’s eye! Like Cupid’s arrow finally hit me and I just can’t help but drool over my one true love (ok that’s too much! LOL!) What I was trying to say is that the song just fits EXO to a T as compared with their past singles. I never totally got hooked with History, Mama etc — I just don’t think the songs match with EXO vocally speaking. It just feels like the songs were forced on them — like that isn’t exactly the case with most kpop groups under SME.

So back to the song, “Growl” is a great EXO song and the music video is just O-M-G! I think I’ll just let you watch first to see. There are two versions, obviously, and both are muy perfecto! 🙂

KOREAN VERSION

CHINESE VERSION

To better appreciate the song, below is one with english subs (+romanization+hangul)

I think the idea of shooting this MV in one take is just brilliant! The boys are great dancers and the video showcased just that! (apart of course from their great style and good looks 🙂 ) The lighting, the location and the outfits are young, cool and fresh. The boys never looked so appealing to me as they did in “Growl”. I feel like growling myself. LMAO!

To end this post, I finally get to have my EXO bias 🙂

:) KAI :)
The sexy KAI 🙂