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B.A.P. – Rain Sound: Kpop Music Monday

January 29, 2013

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Ok! So time for the first and last Kpop Music Monday we’ll ever do with just one person! It was really difficult to do this all alone, not just for the filming and editing, but for the bouncing of ideas back and forth. This was very one sided, and maybe if Martina was here I’d be able to appreciate the song and video more. As of right now, though, I didn’t like it at all. Here it is. Let me know what you think of it:

You know, I’m not one for sugarcoating, but I actually tried to be as nice as possible while talking about this song. I just really didn’t see anything I liked about it. I also am at the disadvantage of viewing this within the context of B.A.P., who initially did thoroughly, really really REALLY impress me, but now, since Crash, Stop it, and now Rain Sound, I haven’t heard anything that I liked. Their first three songs and videos I liked. The last three, not so much my thing. Maybe people like both sides of B.A.P. I only like the first side.

I know that saying this will get a lot of people upset. Sorry! I can’t censor myself and give people the opinions they want to hear. I just think that it is really rare in this tidal wave of Kpop bands to have groups with their own distinct sound and style. Not every one of them is a special snowflake, and there are a bunch of songs that are interchangeable: some songs you can give to another band, and they’d perform it just fine, but there are other songs that can’t be performed by anyone BUT that band. I couldn’t hear Warrior or Power done by anyone else. Can’t say the same here…

B.A.P. were able to impress me at first with their sound and style, but now they’ve dropped it and are bouncing around from one style to another. Why? I’m not sure, but it doesn’t do it for me. I don’t want to hear PSY sing ballads about heartbreak, for example. I want him to do what they do best, and continue doing it.

Ah! I’m beating a dead horse here. Let me know what you think. Honestly: is this image of B.A.P. as impressive as their original image? Their first videos got something like 7 and 5 million views, right? Is this going to get the same response?

Also, sorry for not having any bloopers this week (I know some of you like watching them). Our bloopers are usually from us bouncing off each other, but with Martina not here, I couldn’t really laugh when I messed up. Oh man. Being without Martina for this long is hitting me SOOOO HARD guise. Really hard. I hope it didn’t affect this week’s video too much and made me look like a grumpy gus, but I definitely need that dynamic with Martina to be more playful.

On that note, I’ll just leave this here:

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  1. Simon, have you noticed that Rain Sound’s chorus is very similar to C-Clown’s Far Away Young Love??? I can practically sing the whole Far Away Young Love chorus in Rain Sound’s…Every time I hear the song I immediately start singing C-Clown…It kinda ruined Rain Sound for me lmao…but it doesn’t matter anyway, I’m not a big fan of BAP. I guess just not my style.

    3 years ago
    • i knew Rain Sound reminded me another song…! And that’s the problem with that song. It sounds so… déjà vu ? (which is kinda weird to use that expression for a song but anyway). It kinda sound like another average kpop song of another average kpop band. (although don’t take me wrong i really did like that song from C-Clown actually ^^’)

      3 years ago
  2. I hope everything is OK with Martina, and will she do a counterpoint in reply to your review of BAP’s Rain Sound? I want to know what she thought of the video too! LOL I love you guys!!! <3

    3 years ago
  3. This was such a great Music Monday, you hit on so many good points, especially about B.A.P’s changing sound. While I agree that it’s kind of disappointing to see B.A.P loose their feirceness and the swag lately, I actually really like this song and I really liked the “aegyo” song “Crash” (though I don’t think it was as aegyo as “Stop It”). My thing with B.A.P is that, when they first debuted with “Warrior” I was IN LOVE with them. “Warrior” was such a fantastic song, it was THE debut of 2012, it was bombastic and different, it was firce and the dance was great and B.A.P basically did everything right with it. It’s still one of my favorite songs of 2012 and my favorite debut song ever! But then they came out with “Power” and “No Mercy” which for me, were so similar to “Warrior” that they just couldn’t compare and ended up seeming worse because of it; although they were good songs, because they were so similar in style, composition and sound to “Warrior” they were both compared to it and just paled in comparison, so I couldn’t get into them. Then B.A.P came out with “Crash”, which, although it was a different sound from what B.A.P usually does, was still fundamentally a B.A.P song with it’s powerful rapping and whistle in the background, and I could appreciate it because it was like B.A.P was trying somehting new but still doing it in their own way and I actually really love the song for that. With “Stop It” the same thing happened as with “Power” and “No Mercy”, it just couldn’t compare to the last song, and to be honest B.A.P just went kinda off the rails with that song and seemed to lose themselves. “Rain Sound” to me is just B.A.P trying a differnet type of song which I can appreciate because it gives me something fresh and new from B.A.P. I do agree with Simon though that B.A.P kind of need to go back to their roots and find themselves a bit more for their next song.

    3 years ago
    • This exactly is my opinion. Well, not exactly, but I’m not gonna bother with slight differences in thoughts of details. The MV for Rain Sound brings down the song quite a bit, though. And it seems like they need to figure out how to make any song fit all of them together. Their differences has always worked so well together but this song is lacking a bit in that teamwork.

      3 years ago
  4. confession: I actually like Rain sound…. but…. Simon had me peeing my pants laughing so hard, I didn’t notices that Jae actually fondled the mannequin… also, Simon their color is green (green fanlights and all, that’s probs why everything was green) I agree with that one person, Zelo should hit puberty and fast… also I think they keep putting out stuff that fits Jae, Dae, and possibly Upup’s voices… and dont tell me that Channie’s voice didnt sound good, normally he sounds like he’s forcing a demon ou of his throat, but this fits his voice much better

    3 years ago
  5. eyk S <3

    3 years ago
  6. Simon, only thing I wanted to do was give you a hug and comfort you that Martina will be with you soon :) .

    Other than that, sure, the dynamic between the two of you is unique and the best thing ever, but here we got the next best thing ever, which is one part of the duo :D ! How awesome is it that we still get to see videos from EYK ? Hehe.

    As for the review, well, I liked it. Thank you. It’s an epic WIN because you’re still getting it the WTF aspect of some of the stuff you happen to find in videos XD … even though I do admit I would have LOVED to see each of you doing a separate review to see the difference.

    So yeah. You rock. You guys rock. No I’m not biased… wait, yes, I totally am!

    3 years ago
  7. I can’t wait for the Eat Your Kimchi S SubUnit

    3 years ago
  8. Soooo, EYK has a subunit ? ^^

    I vote for MBLAQ-Cry.

    3 years ago
  9. Solid Snake quote! LOLOL

    This honestly might be my favorite review!

    3 years ago
    • I almost spewed my drink all over the keyboard when that quote came up. Freakin’ genius.

      3 years ago
  10. I have been waiting for this all day!!
    Simon we all miss Martina too, come back Martina!
    2. I second this view, im really new to Kpop and i mean a new born baby and i saw your Music mondays on B.A.P all that attitude i was like im gonna vote for the first time on Music monday, oooh B.A.P is here!!! To… Nooo B.A.P, just no.
    Good parts… um..i really loved the makeup (read fangirling)

    3 years ago
  11. I’m a little bit torn here…I also like the powerful B.A.P way~~~ better and I really hope for a badass comeback soon, but if B.A.P only did songs like warrior and power, wouldn’t it get boring? A different concept from time to time is a good idea to make the group more interesting and to show of different sides of the members, but in this case, it was just done poorly.

    3 years ago
  12. B.A.P
    It was funny. miss Martina though.

    3 years ago
  13. I think it’s okay for BAP to experiment with different styles, but there’s a way to make a slower song still be powerful and feel like a BAP song. This song didn’t accomplish that.

    3 years ago
  14. sissy baby, janus by boyfriend, SIMON, WHY YOU NO PICK SISSY BABY BOYFRIEND?!?!

    3 years ago
  15. Ooooh I see that SISTAR19 pic in the back! Oh yeah!!!

    3 years ago
  16. Everyone who voted like crazy for BAP….y’all knew this was coming, right?

    3 years ago
    • Just because a review isn’t going to be all happy sunshine and flowers doesn’t mean that fans aren’t still going to want it reviewed. It’s good to see all different criticism.

      3 years ago
      • True. I think Bang Yong Guk is pretty aware about EYK? it was mentioned in S&M’s interview with BAP during their debut showcase. I think it might turn out to be a good idea if BAP hears about Simon’ s perspective on the MV – they could improve on the filming next time? I think it’s a nice song but odd video, that’s all.
        PS: Simon & Martina should have their videos subbed in Korean so that the artistes and management start to pay heed to bad engrish and odd MV directings. :)

        3 years ago
        • Do you honestly think BYG gives a fuck about EYK’s opinion? EYK is nothing more than a fan reaction video with a higher budget. Stop making these two bloggers feel more important than they really are.

          People like Kingsley and Tyler Oakley have 500000-1000 000+ subscribers filming videos in their damn rooms.

          3 years ago
    • Seriously, like seriously seriously. They had to know. With songs that I vote for and love I know what will be picked at and I am sometimes surprised by other things I didn’t notice.
      Like the Younique song that I voted tirelessly for, I knew they were going to have a problem with the SM smash but I still voted.

      3 years ago
    • Exactly, I really don’t get why B.A.P fans voted this up, except for the sake of “winning”… Simon had already said, basically, all he said here! And there are so many videos that would have been so much fun to review… Such a waste of dorkiness…

      3 years ago
      • Well maybe if martina were there… it wouldve been more fun… they couldve come up with funnier things… but Simon looks kind of misserable… and even though… he still made the review funny… its just… martina’s spark thats missing… and fans cant vote for songs expecting positive reviews…. a review is a review…

        3 years ago
        • Simon has always been the more blunt person. Even with the Kpop Charts Update, he was being super snarky and mentioning that if Martina was there it would have been edited out.
          That should have been enough forewarning for Babyz.

          3 years ago
        • lol, meaning that we shouldn’t have voted because we weren’t going to hear a good review?? well that’s very stupid. No offense… Like I said, fans can’t/don’t expect a good review out of every mv that they vote for first place… and B.A.P’s mv was number one way before the k-pop chart update Simon did by himself… so yea

          3 years ago
        • No, vote for it by all means. Just don’t bitch and moan about it later. That’s what I mean.

          3 years ago
      • People did it for more of a song review than a music video review

        3 years ago
        • Welp, they got what they wanted.
          He disliked both song and video.

          3 years ago
      • Well although I’d of much rather had other songs reviewed this was pretty hilarious imo.

        3 years ago
        • It was. It definitely was. I trust Simon and Martina to make a funny KMM out of any video anyways. But I don’t get why people voted for this one in particular, even after Simon said how he felt about it.

          3 years ago
    • I hope Simon’d have looked more into the song cause there is some nice symbolism and it’s pretty good song about breakups although that theme is little overused generally. But I liked somethings he pointed out. I just hope that he wouldn’t have to be so blunt about it XD

      3 years ago
    • Yeah, we pretty much knew from the start, that Simon (and Martina) wouldn’t be happy with the song. :D But it’s fine, everyone has a different opinion. I don’t agree on every point, but I get what he’s saying.

      3 years ago
  17. While I do prefer B.A.P’s more manly image and songs, I appreciate that they are trying to stay out of a “box”. I love that they are willing to try new styles to deepen their understanding and abilities, find what really works for them. Since they are a new group they still have time to settle into a style and sound but trying new things before they are cemented into a sound seems smart to me. I do not mind the fact that not every song will be great to me as long as they are working hard at it and keep improving on what they do best. As for the opinion of Simon, and Martina, I enjoy hearing/seeing what you guys think of songs/videos because it gives me a new perspective from which to view them. Yay!

    3 years ago
  18. Totally agree with you. Love BAP’s initial style but this song… I couldn’t even finish watching the entire video bc it was so… not them? I figured there was probably some symbolism there… somewhere… but the awkward trying-to-squeeze-tears-out scenes with the members made me laugh in a sad way lol
    I miss Martina too, even though we’re in the same country rn and probably in the same city at this very moment… MARTINA </3 ;___;

    3 years ago
  19. honestly when the song first came out i wasn’t really anticipating it, same like you simon i preferred bap’s earlier songs than the recent ballad ones, but then i listened to it anyway, i was like why don’t i give it a try? right? the result, hm…not that bad at all, i like it way more than stop it, which i find quite cheesy for boy group like bap to be singing such song hehehehe…;D

    3 years ago
  20. Bullshit. Bands nowadays need to show other concepts, if B.A.P only have their hip-hop style, everybody would say they are boring and colorless.

    3 years ago
    • I wholeheartedly disagree. I believe it’s better to do one thing that your good at, then try a whole slew of stuff that you’re just mediocre at.

      3 years ago
    • agreed. Tho I like warrior and power concept the most… I still listen to all their songs and I love their hiphop ballads… like voicemail.

      3 years ago
    • There’s a difference in showing other concepts and actually being able to pull them off in a believable manner.
      Maybe B.A.P came on too strong and with a concept that was too out there. Maybe that’s why Crash, Stop It, and Rain Sound completely missed the mark for me.
      Speaking personally as someone that was a fan from debut, the last 3 releases really really disappointed me. They lacked a lot and I couldn’t get into them.
      Rain Sound’s not bad but I can’t watch the video without cringing, and the song is okay as long as it’s low and I’m not focusing on it.

      3 years ago
    • Nope! I love BAP from last year. Thi song, tho…not my fav.

      3 years ago
    • Personally I wouldn’t agree… For example I think that (sorry for the YG Bias, it’s the first examples that come to mind!) 2NE1 and Big bang generally have a wide range and experiment with some different sounds, but still managing to maintain a core identity. I think the key point in what Simon was saying, and what I’d agree with, is growth… Allowing a band to build an identity that can show them as a complex identity changing and improving over time, with a certain something particular to them, rather than just a number of different genre boxes ticked off a list. I do quite like the song, especially the rap parts, but I do think that maybe companies are sometimes a little quick to rush their bands into lots of different styles for every new single.

      3 years ago
    • Not everyone would say that. I wouldn’t.

      3 years ago
  21. I’m not big fan of aegyo B.A.P but I’m ok with “Rain Sound” because I think even the powerful groups should have their ballads too… If every B.A.P title song would be like the first powerful ones, I think at least I would get bored. They are just showing the audience what they can do and trying to gain more fans because of it.
    But still I don’t understand the aegyo theme…

    3 years ago
  22. Well, I got my sad lonely Simon skit so I’m happy =D

    3 years ago
  23. Simon!!!!!! Who kicks you????? How dare…….

    3 years ago
  24. I agree with pretty much everything you said and wrote about this
    i got a few bad tweets and unfollowers for what i said but i can’t take rain sound serious.
    the song sounds like everything else that’s already been done and while it’s not bad it just doesn’t stand out at all and i wouldn’t know who it was by if it wasn’t for all the baby’s on my timeline
    zelo’s rap doesn’t fit the song at all because his voice is too high and i hope he hits puberty soon…like really soon
    the video was so awkward i wanted to punch myself, specially the whole rain scene and then they got shot and i laughed so much at how bad it looked i didn’t know what to feel anymore
    the whole thing was like a “omg look at how sad we are now that she left us”-version of their badass videos except that it’s just bad
    i got someone telling me that i should be totally into this since i’m always so sad and lonely and depressed etc etc etc but it just doesn’t do it for me

    edit: i forgot to say that i’m voting for mblaq

    3 years ago
  25. vw

    have to agree – i’d like B.A.P to promote and have MVs of their stronger, macho-er and cooler songs instead of ballads. they’re pretty weak in this department. can always promote ballads as their follow-up. i want the warriors back !

    3 years ago
    • Rain Sound is pre-release.. let’s see what their title track is going to be. Maybe it’s going to be hip hop this itme.

      3 years ago
  26. Though I really like B.A.P and I liked the overall concept of this song and video, the acting was way too awkward to watch. I can’t make a gif or take a screenshot of Zelo where he’s not looking like he has a stomachache.

    3 years ago
  27. I miss Martinaaaaaaaaaaa!!! too much testosterone!!!!!!!!!… no offense Simon…. :D

    Ps: Rain sound is a pre-release.. they aren’t promoting this song perse .. so i’m hoping for the actual single to be better and bombastic!!

    3 years ago
  28. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL !!!
    “This video is for you since Martina isn’t here” thnks for reminded me

    3 years ago
  29. 1. SIMON YOU DID A GREAT JOB!!
    this is one of the best MM´s ever :D
    and 2. your look damn good!
    now we all got a simon overload haha

    3 years ago
  30. Was that Martina or Mystery Intern playing the cruel box kicking stranger? XDDD Don’t tell me it was preprepared emergency KMM footage?!! :PPP

    3 years ago
  31. The song itself is pretty good & has a nice beat to it but the video is pretty cheesy. They definitely should have gone a different direction with it.

    3 years ago
  32. I couldn’t stop laughing at this review XD Simon you’re the best!!!

    3 years ago
  33. I agree with Simon 100%, this video and song is just meh… I want the powerful version of B.A.P. back. It was refreshing. Now after listening to Stop it and Rain Sound I think the boys (read: TS Ent.) are trying to hard to fit in and loosing their identity on the way.

    3 years ago
  34. I am pretty much the same as you Simon. I like the fun care free songs, as soon as a kpop group releases a ballad my interest plummets. For some reason I can enjoy a fun song without knowing the lyrics, but a ballad in another language just doesn’t do it for me.
    Then again I am usually not a fan of ballads anyway.

    As for the video, it seems like they just did some crap that seemed “deep” and hoped people would find it ever so deep and meaningful and full of layers and what not. But it just comes across as forced.

    3 years ago
  35. Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion.

    For me, this song is a huge welcome relief. ‘Hajima’ was OK, but B.A.P and TS pushed it.
    I love the steady beat ‘Rain Sound’ has and their voices all mixed well together.
    It didn’t have that semi awkward transition that ‘No Mercy’ had (rap parts that switched over to Daehyun’s long notes).
    I thought everything for this song flowed quite nicely.

    I do miss Warrior and Power eras with an extreme passion, but their comebacks are pretty much a guessing game for us. It’s kind of fun thinking about what style or concept they will come out with next.
    Let them experiment now instead of 5+ years down the road where fans might not like big changes after they have gotten used to like one type of style or something.

    3 years ago
    • nah. Dancing in the rain was way too happy. seemed like it was about getting together with a girl for a short fling and having the best time ever, but nothing long lasting. Rainsound was like… “omg what happened to this relationship i think i wanna kill myself” XD

      3 years ago
    • no kidding….

      3 years ago
  36. I totally agree with you Simon except, I don’t really like BAP to begin with, but I do appreciate it when a group has a distinct sound.Oh, and hang in there, Martina will be back soon!

    3 years ago
  37. MARTINA, COME BACK! ='(

    3 years ago
  38. Yeah because it’s so possible to choose between Cry and Rain Sound!!!

    3 years ago
  39. Brovaries? I totally want that on a shirt, Simon. It reminds me of how my friends and I say, during the hot, humid summer, that we are sweating our metaphorical balls off.

    3 years ago
    • Funny, because in the winter I call it “scrotum tighteningly cold”

      3 years ago
      • Eh, I’m in North Dakota (about 80 miles south of Winnipeg). It’s just about that time of year where all men become women. I think we’ve topped out at -32C so far, but that’s warmer than usual.

        3 years ago
  40. eat your kimchi-s XD you guys are awesome or in this case simon you’re epic :D

    3 years ago