Music Bank 3/26/10

Usually, when I watch the weekend performances, by the time I’ve watched Music Bank, Music Core, and Inkigayo, I have too many things to say about everything so I just never post anything. This week, the only broadcast was KBS’ Music Bank because MBC preempted Music Core with a baseball game and SBS is observing a mourning day in light of the victims lost to a naval ship sinking from a few days ago.

I was looking forward to a couple of performances, and I think the episode was pretty good.

After School

I can’t believe After School is now officially one member short of being the older version of SNSD. From what I see, none of their four new members except for Raina have actually brought anything new to the table. It’s just that with each increase in size, Jungah gets less and less to do, which is so not cool. Gahee has gotten her fair share of popularity now, and well-deserved of course, but Jungah has been in the idol training game for almost as long and she’s a much needed vocalist in a sea of bad ones in this group, so it’s not fair that she gets kicked aside with every single.

So Nyeo Shi Dae

I think SNSD gets to play the sexy thing so little that a lot of them don’t know how to do it/do it really weirdly/are going overboard. A lot of them are throwing their voices at a lower pitch, cuz I guess you have to sing huskier in order to seem sexy. I dunno. The speak/rap parts of the song are really bugging me and Sunny’s cutesy voice has in general bugged me, but Sooyoung has been really breathless with her last speak/rap line in all the perfs. The most consistent ones are Taeyeon and Seohyun to me, and holy moly Seohyun! Underrated in all those crappy cute songs or what?! The girl is so bomb, but she needs to work on her breathing, it is so so so loud.

Amerie ft. 4Minute

Can we just talk about this for a second? I’ve never been a fan of Amerie even though a couple of her songs are pretty catchy, but she’s so obnoxious in this performance. This is her song and 4Minute does much more work than she does. She goes like 2 minutes full without singing anything, and punctuates the air with “GIRRRRRRLS” and “HA! HA! HA!” There is already barely anything left for her to sing after 4Minute rap/sing all their lines, the least she could do was sing her lines without backtrack.

Second, 4Minute were mad fierce in this. I’ve never watched a full 4Minute performance because I don’t like their songs, but this was good. Hyunah’s outfit is boss and Gayoon is snazzy. Someone needs to clue me in on 4Minute repertoire–it’s hard for me to tell Ji Hyun and So Hyun apart :( And Ji Hyun is supposed to be the leader? What in the what? She didn’t even do anything in this track!

  • Pen

    i agree so much with this entire post. firstly, after school. while it’s great that gahee is finally getting recognized, i just feel like they’re shoving jungah aside. i feel like they’re giving too much attention to nana for this single. idk.

    secondly, 4minute. i don’t really enjoy the songs they’ve promoted so far but i’ve always known that they had some sort of potential. i thought they did great and shined more than amerie herself, lol. especially the parts where amerie/hyunah/gayoon would dance. oh and yeah, jihyun gets completely outshone in performances all the time :( which is sad because apparently she’s supposed to be the main dancer of the group. she’s the one at 2:00 and sohyun is the one with the ponytail :) and yes, i do love the outfits they wore for this performance! they all look gorgeous.

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    Seohyun is wonderful! She’s sang a duet or two with someone else in the group (it might have been Tiffany or something, I don’t remember), so I know she can sing but she’s not OUT THERE like the others. And I’m always surprised!

    I’ve been a casual listener of Amerie’s music since her first single, but I haven’t bothered to check what she’s doing in Korea, lol…

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