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Girls’ Generation’s Ten Best Music Videos (PART 2)

Before you continue reading this, please read the first part of the list here.

Okay, are you ready for the best five? Here they are!

5. Tell Me Your Wish (Genie) (2009)

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After the success of Gee, of course people wanted something more, and out came Genie! They have exceeded people’s expectations with this MV, showing how good they look with military outfits! Because of this particular video, Girls’ Generation became somewhat a religion for Korean soldiers during their service, and you can’t blame them. Out of all the earlier concepts, this concept is my favorite. After all, you can’t say no to girls in hot pants and blazers. The girls have proven that you only need form-fitting outfit and beautiful legs to look sexy. Forget the Japanese version that came out a year after, the original video is much better!

4. The Boys (2011)

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Just when the Koreans thought that Girl’s Generation belonged in Japanese and had no desire to come back, the girls were back with a bang! Forget group outfits! Each member had the chance to wear their own styles and boy did they deliver. There’s a reason why they are fashion icons, and their individual styles were shown here. And don’t forget their powerful dance here! If you like the song, then this MV is a must-see. It has a more powerful impact if you see the video yourself. There are two versions of this MV, the Korean and the English version, but there’s not much of a difference between the two of them.

3. Paparazzi (2012)

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In third place, we have Paparazzi, yet another Japanese MV in this list. I know that they’re a Korean girl group, but seriously, you have to see the MV to why it’s good. It’s the longest video the girls have so far and the intro might be a bit too long, but trust me, it will be worth it! First point is of course the dress! Each member was given different design, but each dress accentuated their personality perfectly. This MV is somehow similar to The Boys, but with more glamour thrown in. Second point is of course the dance! You won’t get enough of “itsu datte anata ga BOOM BOOM BOOM!” part of the MV no matter how many times you watch it. It really helps that there’s a dance version of this MV, even though it mainly shows the girls in sexy tuxedos instead.

2. Flower Power (2012)

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Let me just say that I’m a sucker for futuristic and simplistic concept, and this video had me, and boy it had me good. It’s unclear about what this MV is really about. I mean, I still don’t understand the correlation between futuristic stewardesses, badass biker-outfit girls, and clubber girls (since Hyoyeon and Yoona were dancing by the colorful-wall-thingy so I assume that they are…). But I love the set, love the dance, and I absolutely love their outfits! You can’t go wrong with black and red leather outfit that accentuates your body figure, really.

1. I Got a Boy (2013)

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You gotta admit that this MV is definitely the best out of all SNSD MVs. Forget badass SNSD like the ones you’ve seen in Run Devil Run, The Boys, or Bad Girl; I Got a Boy kicked them all in the ass! Even though the concept might not be as strong as the other “badass” MVs, but the hip hop concept really came through really well. You wouldn’t expect that the girls could pull it through, but they did. Months of their hard work really paid off, what with them winning a YouTube award, and the MV hit more than 100 million views in the site. So far I haven’t seen other MV that is nearly as good as this one, even from another girl groups, proving once more that SNSD is the best girl group of the century.

Don’t you think it’s quite obvious that I Got a Boy is in first place? I dunno about you, but it was really obvious to me. Of course, my opinion might differ to other SONEs. For example, you might think that Day by Day is better than Gee because the girls kissed the screen in the end (I kid you not with this one), or Run Devil Run is more badass than Flower Power, etc. Then again, I really enjoyed watching these ten MVs, and regarded them as the best so far.

And of course there are some MVs that were originally in Korean, but they made the Japanese version, like Gee, Genie, Oh!, and Run Devil Run. Honestly speaking, I prefer the Korean MVs better. Although, I have to admit, that the Japanese MV for Oh! is better. However, I still prefer the Korean version of the song, which lessen the joy of watching the Japanese MV, even though it was slightly better.

Lastly, it might be a little confusing why Mr. Mr. is not included in this list, considering the love I’ve shown for the MV in this post. Well…these other ten are simply better for me. I understand that Korean fashion can be really hard to understand sometimes, but I simply prefer these other concepts than the nurse look on the girls. I LOVE their suits though, even though they don’t show it a lot in the MV. Now that I think about it, I kinda wish that they have the dance version of the MV, focusing only on their suits!

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Girls’ Generation’s Ten Best Music Videos (Part 1)

In a matter of days, it will be Girls’ Generation’s 7th anniversary as a group. So far they are the longest-lasting girl group in Korea, and the second-longest lasting group after Shinhwa (male group from SM Entertainment which debuted in 1998). For someone who has just been into K-Pop in less than a year, at first it was not such a big deal for me, but knowing that some other famous girl groups like Fin K.L., Baby V.O.X, Wonder Girls, and KARA have disbanded or don’t have their original members anymore, it just awed me that a group consisting nine girls could stay intact for such a long time.

Thus, it’s only natural that as a fan I give something to commemorate this occasion by dedicating my next blog posts for them, one post every day before their anniversary. In this post I’m listing the ten best Girls’ Generation music videos (MVs)! Of course, to say that it’s their best is a little overboard, since they will have more awesome music videos in the future so the ten MVs that I’m listing here are my absolute favorite, the ones that brought me down to my knees for them!

…okay that’s a little too much fangirling there, but you know what I mean.

Well, that aside, let’s get on with this list, shall we? You can click on the title to see the MV 🙂

10. Mr. Taxi (2011)

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The main point about this MV is the outfit! Oh my God, those yellow-black-white outfits are really cute and sexy! The outfits look similar, but they are different from one member to another! Don’t get me started on their sexy jet-black leather outfits. Those awesome outfits, combined with harmonious dance from the group really made this Japanese MV! Don’t you wish you have sexy taxi drivers like them?

9. Gee (2009)

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If you’re talking about Girls’ Generation, then of course you have to see this MV! This video went viral for a reason, and it’s because of the freshness that the girls brought. Their concept was really simple but really cute, and marked a new fashion era in Korea, and possibly in all of Asia. Colorful skinny jeans became a staple fashion item for girls because of GG, for its simplicity and yet femininity. Fashion aside, the dance and the song really completes this video, don’t you think so? You can’t not love the song after you watch the MV.

8. Kissing You (2008)

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Doo doo do do do do, Kissing You baby! Ah, this MV might be too girly for some people, but I personally love the concept and the video. This video was out less than a year after the girls’ debut, so innocence was still the main point that they have to show. However, in this video, the girls also have shown the playful and funny side to them, that you can’t see the first time you see this MV. The more you see this video, the more you’ll see how much of a prankster they really are, and will love them more after you’ve finished watching. Oh, and have I mentioned about the dance and the outfit? Cute!

7. Time Machine (2012)

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Don’t expect any easy-to-follow dance in this Japanese MV. In this video, you’ll see a more mature side of the girls, as well as their acting skills. Each girl had their own story but they all have one wish: to hop on a time machine and re-do everything. This video is really beautiful and heart-breaking, and I kinda wish there are nine different MV for each member so their stories are shown more.

6. Love & Girls (2013)

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In sixth place, we have Love & Girls! This MV was released in summer 2013 and is a really fun MV to watch! The MV itself was a major scale MV which involved hundreds of Japanese SONEs. I think I will say fun more than I should here because, well, it IS a fun video! The girls have admitted that Love & Girls were one of their most enjoyable and fun MV to shoot because they could dance together with their fans, which explains why their faces are naturally happy. Make sure to watch the dance version of this MV to see how to do the shampoo dance correctly!

And that’s it for the first part! The second part will be posted tomorrow, but in the mean time, can you guess which MV is in first place?

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Girls’ Generation – Mr.Mr. Mini Album and Music Video Review

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The ‘me’ a year ago won’t believe that I’m actually going to write a review for a Girls’ Generation album and MV, but here I am, after spazzing out on their newest music video Mr.Mr. while I’m having my dinner with some colleagues, on my bed typing my review. Since I’m a newbie SONE*, I might have different opinions about this album than my SONE sunbae-nims**, but still might not sound so objective from a general POV.

Mind you, I’ve listened to all their album, both Japanese and Korean, except their first Japanese album, so this review is based on what I heard on their previous albums compared with this mini album. So, Without further ado, let’s start with the album, shall we?

Here’s my review for each tracks:

Mr.Mr.
When I first heard this song, my first thought was, “Wow, the girls have matured a lot.” Their voices sound better than their previous albums, since this song leans heavily on the singing technique than their dancing ability. In I Got a Boy, the girls did a great job on making a surprising comeback with their funky and unique music, but this song it only has a short dance break, and the rest are pure magic on their improving singing technique. You might be surprised (and possibly disappointed), but for SONEs, this song showed the mature side of Girls’ Generation.

Goodbye
The first thing I noticed was Hyoyeon’s beautiful voice. In their previous albums, the Dancing Queen always had the least part in the song, but in this song she really shines with her sexy alto voice. And forget Sunny’s cutesy voice in the previous albums. She sounds grrreat in this song, without losing her familiar singing voice. This track is yet another proof that the girls have improved a lot in their singing.

Europa
If you have listened to their Love & Peace Japanese album, this track might remind you a bit with ‘Do the Catwalk’. This song is showcasing their falsetto voice, which I think will be such delight to listen to while you’re walking around and having fun with your loved one. Sunny and Jessica’s soprano voices I think is the highlight of this song, so for fans of both the girls, this song will make you proud of the Aegyo Queen and the Ice Princess.

Wait a Minute
Being one of my favorite track in the album, I kinda hope that they will make a video for this song. The song might not be easy to hum with, but the song itself is so catchy that you can’t help but hum “Oh my Gosh” with Tiffany (she’s the lead vocal in this song). I think this song portrays the exact feeling of a girl who’s flustered with her own feelings.

Back Hug
My absolute favorite track of the album! I instantly fell in love with this ballad song the first time I heard it, and can’t help but blush hearing the girls sing it! Even now, I still find myself smiling to myself once the intro for this song is played. This song is really fluffy, that if you have a Soshi couple you ship you will instantly imagine them back-hug each other! Seriously though, I thought I’m the only one, but a lot of people have been telling me the same thing. That’s how good this song sounds! And with a warm ending by Taeyeon’s ‘Please cover my heart’, you can’t help but say “Awww!” the first time you hear it.

Soul
This is a remake version of their chinese track entitled Find Your Soul. A lot of SONEs have been expressing their disappointment since the final track of the album is not a new song. But that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing to look up to from this track. Look forward to hearing Tiffany and Hyoyeon’s rapping in this track, which made a lot of people love this track.

Overall Album Review
As I’ve mentioned a lot above, the girls have matured a lot in their singing technique. Before this album, people know Soshi as the girl group dancing in sync, with easy-to- follow dance moves and familiar songs, but not this one. You hear them showing off their singing abilities, and some people might find it disappointing because it seemed like a decline from the ever-lovable Gee or powerful I Got a Boy. But at the same time, you can’t hate this album and can’t stop listening to it! And before you know it, you’re anxiously waiting for the music video.

And now, the exciting part and most-awaited part of Mr.Mr.:

The music video.

When the very first teaser came out during Marchen Fantasy concert last December, it showed a masculine concept from the girls, with black and white video, but nothing else. And then there was another image teaser by SM early February, teasing the desperate SONEs showing what looked like a cross-over between the famous slasher movie Saw and the mysterious-Soshi concept, with the girls donned in pink nurse clothes.

Confused with my description? So did SONEs, but the 40 second teaser was more than enough to spark our curiosity since SM already informed about their masculine concept, and the latest teaser was nothing close to masculine.

After all the ‘mishap’ from SM (which I think was just a marketing strategy) and making all SONEs desperately waiting for any information on their newest MV, at February 28th 2014, at exactly 10 pm KST the girls are back with their long-awaited music video.

I have to be honest that I’ve only watched the video once and my jaw literally dropped. I have mentioned that I watched the video while I was having dinner with my colleagues? Yeah well they were so intrigued since I said “Daebak!***” a lot, especially during the dance break.

They did have that Saw-Mysterious Soshi crossover, AND their masculine concept during the dance break. It’s like the puzzle pieces showed the big image we’ve all been waiting for anxiously. It’s just…awesome.

I mean, currently a lot of Korean girl groups have been using sexy concept for their 2014 comeback, and Soshi confidently use a sexy-masculine concept, and they’re rocking it, clearly showing their class as the nation’s best girl group without showing their cleavage as the bait to make people curious! I don’t think the word ‘Daebak” cuts it.

It calls for a “Heol, daebak sagun!****”

Phew.

Now that the digital and physical album came out, and their MV too, what’s next?

Promotional activities of course! The girls will be making their comeback on M! Countdown on 6th of March so expect a lot of TV appearances after that!

Notes:
*SONE: fanbase for Girls’ Generation. It’s read “so-won”, means “wish” in Korean. It also have different meaning, which is “Soshi (a nickname for Girls’ Generation) and fans are ONE”
**sunbae-nim: in Korean “sunbae” means “senior”, and “-nim” is a Korean suffix to show respect to someone older or have more experience in something.
***daebak: in Korean it means “amazing” or “awesome”
****heol, daebak sagun: in Korean it means “Gasp/Wow, how epic!”

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