I thought the year of turning multiple songs into one was 2013? Granted the trend all started with Hyuna’s iconic “Ice Cream” back in October 2012, and continued with HelLOVEnus’ “What Are You Doing Today” in December, and was finally immortalized by SNSD’s “I Got a Boy” on 1/1/2013; then every group decided to get on board last year, but now, over a year later, Block B are doing what all the cool kids did last year by taking at least 5 songs and turning it into one huge mess. But this mess doesn’t even sound remotely good together.
Let’s remember here that I am a fan of Block B. I cried when I found out I couldn’t see them in New York since I’ll be in Greece. Park Kyung is one of my top biases, in terms of males, he’s only behind Kyuhyun, and most of B1A4. I was actually awake right after the “Jackpot” video was uploaded.
My hopes for this comeback were:
- Zico wouldn’t be a super line hog
- Taeil would be properly utilized
- Jaehyo wouldn’t be shafted
- Park Kyung would get to be the flawless greaseball he is
Basically two of those four things happened, so I guess I can’t complain too much, but I’m still going to.
So the video starts off with Block B reusing their clown masks from the “Very Good” video last year. We then see them reusing those colored suits from the “Very Good” stages last year. Way to be cheap, 7 Seasons.
The fact that Zico pulls out the “7th album, 7 members, 7 Seasons” makes me even more suspicious that 7 Seasons is actually Block B managing themselves. That shout out, and the ways they’re saving costs by also reusing props and other sets from “Very Good” too…
The video is actually amazing. It’s one of the most visually compelling boy group videos of the year. There’s a lot going on, so it makes you want to watch the video multiple times. I have, and I still don’t get what the hell this song is.
Zico remains a super line hog worse than all the other super line hogs in K-Pop. I’m not sure if Ukwon even had a line? BBomb got shafted, rather than Jaehyo who actually got to sing a bridge, a pleasant surprise.
Taeil finally got to sing his chorus’ properly and sounded amazing. PO, my least favorite member, actually stood out to me the most this comeback. His voice suits the song so well, and I think his look really suited the video. So he is now my second least favorite member, and Zico has moved down to last simply because he’s a super line hog worse than Jinyoung or GDragon could ever hope to be.
Upon first hearing the song, I was like “wow my precious Park Kyung better not have been reduced to that one line in the chorus or I’m gonna throw my laptop.” But then the little greaseball comes in with his iconic “aiight” and then proceeds to slay everyone with his sing-rapping while wielding knives, whips, and his ultimate weapon: greasiness. He’s so charming it’s gross, considering I really thought he was the worst member upon first watching “Nilli Mambo” back in 2012. Yes, I’ve been a Block B fan longer than a B1A4 fan, how crazy. Anyways, the fact that Kyung always sounds like he has a mouth full of cottonballs is too sexy for his own good. Now if only he could grow a few centimeters. I kid….mostly.
The song itself is such a mess. Zico’s first rap sounds really cool – I like the circus themed background music. Then the first bridge kicks in with a completely different sound. Then the chorus sounds like a completely different song. Then Park Kyung’s singing rap part happens which sounds like it should be it’s own song. And the cycle starts again with the next verse. I think all of these individual parts sound fine on their own, but they don’t sound fine put together. It hurts my head a bit to listen to the song. Maybe it’ll be different without the video (kind of like how I warmed up to a few other songs after listening to them without the video), but this is one of my least favorite songs by Block B to date.
Video – 10000/10
Park Kyung’s hotness – 9000/10 because I hate his hair
Song – 6/10
I’m just so confused since fans seem to be eating this up as much, if not more, than “Very Good” – one of the top songs of 2013. Is this a case of me just not seeing what is so great about the song, or the fans blindly enjoying whatever an artist releases?
If this song was released in 2013, I would have probably tolerated it a bit more and not tear it apart as much as I have been all day.
The mashing songs together trend ended when B1A4 slayed everyone with “What’s Happening” and then the rest of the composers in Korea realized they could never compete with Jinyoung’s masterpiece so they went back to writing music for the masses to enjoy that follows a traditional formula. Honestly it was for the best, since overall the second half of 2013 saw stronger releases….(Aside from that AlphaBAT mess that still tried to be cool in November…)
But apparently Zico is thirsty to bring back the trend. Following Nancy Reagan’s lead, fans, please Just Say No?