Posts Tagged ‘2PM’

2PM is b-b-b-back

This song is a grower. I’m really into the whole package of the song: the choreo, the easy-going nature of the melody and vocals, the look of the group. If this were the only title song 2PM was promoting for this comeback after two years, I’d be a lot more dismissive, but it’s not, so I think it’s okay that it doesn’t have that instant “wow” factor that drives passionate conversation.

I prefer a less aggressive 2PM and I think the group owns the mature, mid-tempo R&B dance sound that other boy groups haven’t been to do very well. This song has JYP stamped all over it, but of all their past R&B title tracks, I think 이 노래를 듣고 돌아와 is a more successful iteration of the yearning-young-male-constipated-by-love thing that JYP keeps shoving on them. (I’ll Be Back, Without U were okay as songs but they were too much as packages: the burdensome choreography, the burdensome stage outfits.) (Watch, just because I complained about this, “하.니.뿐” is going to feature them dressed in bird feathers and wearing rhinestone eye makeup.)

Barring a couple of weird moves, I also really dig the choreo. I like that it’s very musical stage-ish, enhanced by the fact that they look like a bunch of prep school boys. A boy group can essentially never go wrong with a suit concept, but there are two sides of the suit spectrum: the grown-up side, and the young man side. The young man side is what it is (Shinee with Dream Girl, Infinite with Man in Love), but the grown up side is always a failure in the making with K-pop guy groups. It’s always too dramatic and desperately screaming “BOY BAND” in some way or another, which renders the concept tacky and outdated. U-Kiss’ image team is a serial offender of this, and Stop Girl was really ridiculous because Dongho’s vest had to match Eli’s jacket which matched Soohyun’s pants which looked like Kevin’s bowtie. Like, why?

2PM look well-dressed, they can move and breathe in their clothes, and it fits their style and personalities. I do think that 2PM is at a stage in their careers where they can afford to discard an identity of sameness in favor of a more fluid individuality within the group, while still preserving a unique kind of boy group unity.

I approve of this comeback

This is probably one of the funnest Kpop performances I’ve seen in a while. I would kind of kill to watch them perform this at some sort of venue where I can jump and dance. This song is not innovative to be sure, but it’s just the right amount of 2PM fun that we’ve been missing from our lives ever since their earth shattering Jay scandal, no? Everyone looks so good and the energy of the song fits 2PM perfectly. It’s also really age appropriate, which is something I can almost never say about anything Kpop related ever. (Grown ass girls holding lollipops as props, underage boys wooing women twice their age, adolescent boys dressing up like 50 year old bikers…)

Adolescent boys one-shotting and gyrating feverishly: PERFECTION.

My one and only complaint, and this is a repetitive complaint, is: why is the Junho to Chansung line ration always like 1:50? Who the fuck is paying money to listen to Chansung sing? To even open his mouth, in fact? Don’t get me wrong, I l-o-v-e Chansung but it’s just some sort of worldly injustice to keep a good Junho down to let Chansung rap and sing teeth-gnashingly bad.

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Junho is my favorite

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Dream High

This was one of the loveliest harmonizations I’ve ever heard. I actually teared a little. I love you, Kim Soo-hyun! I love you IU! You guys should be duet buddies for life.

I find the Dream High story kind of silly, but there are tons of little gems nestled in everywhere that I can’t completely ignore it. (Like Wooyoung’s reactions during the whole thing. LOVE.)

Actually, Wooyoung is just generally all around really great:

Am I going to have to lay down some whoop ass?

To preface, I love this couple. I have a bit of a Victoria weakness, but hey Nichkhun’s amusin’.

This episode, was not. It’s like watching an episode of a bad K-drama where you’re just hitting yourself in the head because the second female lead is doing stuff that only a second female lead would do to pursue a crush on a male lead — stay up all night to make food, follow-up on a promise meticulously …

This is now becoming one of those unfortunate stories where the girl is a little bit too much into the guy and talks about it happily with her girlfriends and then the guy’s like whaaaatevaaaazzzzz yo, I don’t need to do shit and I’ll still charm your panties off!! I hope Vic lays the smackdown and makes Khun work for it a little bit more.

I think the couple has a lot of chemistry and I hope it exists outside the show, but Vic is more believable than Khun, only because Khun is a helluva sweet talker and I’m glad Vic doesn’t fall for that shit so easily. (Though I wish she’d lighten up in thinking that this was actually a real relationship…)