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There was no chance of any song being reviewed today at all. None at all. Just like how Infinite fans totally dominate our Music Monday Request Polls when a new video is out, so too do Sones dominate our polls for a Girls’ Generation video. So here is their new video, The Boys:

 

Now, quick notice before we carry on: we reviewed the English version of the video, which we downloaded before we came to Canada. For some odd reason, though, it’s not viewable on YouTube in Canada. Why? The English version is viewable in Korea, where they don’t speak English, but not in Canada, where they do speak English. What was the point of making an English version of the video if you’re preventing your English audience from watching it? Totally mind-bottling, if you ask me. Our guess is that perhaps SM is worried that the view count will be spread out between the two videos, and won’t look that impressive, so it’s better to force everyone to watch one official version of it. Bah! You can find the English version of the video through illegitimate uploaders, but we’re not ones to promote such activity, so you’ll have to find it on your own.

On to the song and video itself: we’re not as happy with it as we should be, and I’m worried that people are going to start thinking of us as SM haters, which is totally not true. We loved TVXQ’s comeback, and loved f(x)’s comeback as well. Super Junior’s comeback, though, we found really underwhelming, and this song also isn’t doing it for us. In fact, this is our least favourite SM song of the year. Yeah. It’s that bad. Or maybe it’s not that it’s bad, more than it’s underwhelming < --which is not a word, but you can get what we're feeling.

Now don't go calling us Girls Generation haters, either, now. We really love just about every other song they did. Loved Hoot, loved Run Devil Run, and totally freaking loved Genie, which is one of Simon's favourite Kpop songs EVAR. EVAR! We even liked Visual Dreams (but not the rap part)! Seriously! Girls Generation are great singers and have a history of great songs, and we're definitely fans of their singing.

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These are not the monkey balls we are referring to

We are not fans of their rapping, though. Nope. Not even a little bit. It’s irredeemably, terribly, horrifically, monkey balls awful. It makes our skin crawl. We understand that Girls Generation are maybe going for a different image by trying to rap, but this is not working for them. Holy craptacularly terrible. And it’s not that easy for us to say it, because the rest of the song shows their awesome singing, which is what made us originally fans of Girls Generation, but this new twist, this contrast between their awesome singing and monkey balls rapping is like the contrast of watching Jessica Alba in a bikini and then cutting to Simon in his Seungri Time for Kisses wig, in a speedo. Ugh!

The video is just such a terrible match for it as well. If they’re walking around all elegantly, with tiaras in a freaking rose storm, then by what freaking rights should they be rapping afterwards? Who thought of this disconnected image? If you’re going to have them belt out rap lines, about how cocky and arrogant they are, then walking around a giant diamond isn’t the image you need, and doesn’t fit the feel of the song. Put them in a club where they have the chance to prove that they can bring out some boys. Have guys gawk at them. This…this is just all wrong.

We’re trying to figure out why they went this route. We hear that this is Girls’ Generation’s North American debut, so they’re probably trying to change their image to what they think a North American crowd likes more: confident women, rather than aegyo girls. That’s understandable. But it just sounds too unnatural, from our perspective. The whole drumline/cheerleader section sounds like an awkward attempt at Gwen Stefani’s Hollarback Girl sound from a while ago. You know who did drumline right? After School with “Bang”. That song rocked, and it even had sexy drumline uniforms to match and a wicked dance.

And, finally, I don’t think we can belabour this point enough, but we’re totally sick of SM’s boring rooms. They’re so overused that it’s becoming ridiculous. We complain about it with Super Junior, and we thought that we’d get something cooler with Girls’ Generation’s new video, but we got the same ole same ole

SM Oddly Lit Rooms

I see no difference SM. No difference

SM, this needs to stop. Perhaps you think that this is the formula for music videos, and so you’re going to repeat it to no end, but your laziness is apparent to everyone now. Please, hire a new video team, because the one you have now is lazy and comfortable, and feel no need to innovate or create anything exciting or interesting. It’s boring now, just boring, to see people dancing in weird rooms. We know that you make good music. You have that down pat now, when it comes to making good sounding music. Your videos suck though. Not every freaking video needs to be a display of how sexy and attractive your members are. You can show them off AND still have a decent storyline to the video as well, anything then just FUNKY ROOM + DANCE + CLOSE UPS + 360 degree camera.

Girls Generation The Boys Album

Ah! That’s enough. We’re using this video and Girls’ Generation as an excuse to complain about SM’s moviemaking skills, but that’s not fair to the band, who still are awesome singers. If you’re interested in picking up the album, you can do so by clicking the image to the right here to get the album shipped to you anywhere in the world. Or, if you’re indifferent to getting physical albums, you can get the song on iTunes here. Or if you’re not into buying stuff you can torrent it, I guess. BOOM! And, lastly, what good is a Music Mondays if we don’t put up some bloopers!

 

We had to film this Music Monday outdoors, because – if you don’t know by now – we’re in Canada! We surprised our families, who had no idea that we were coming (but that’s a story for another video, coming up soon!). Anyhow, we couldn’t pack our lighting gear with us, so we had to film Music Monday outdoors, and there’s construction going on outside, so, pooh to the noisiness. Damn! We’re hanging out in Toronto and probably going on a road trip somewhere, as soon as we handle some business here first, so if you see us around make sure you say hi! If you’re in the Toronto area, and would like to meet up with us, we’re having a meet and greet Q&A kind of thing over at U of T, our Alma Mater! Sign up for it on Facebook and make sure you come out! Woohoo!

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  1. nannonator

    they performed this on some late show here in America… I forgot which one.. so this song was the first I heard from them, and why I fell in lessthanthree.

  2. In my opinion,. the video and the song was ok..It just depends on the person watching the video if they like it then they like it if not then no..for me, when i watch SM ENTERTAINMENT’s videos i dont feel bad that they trap their artist on “boxes”..I dont see it as a bad thing..I just support my fave girl/boy group all the way..

  3. i dont really hate the video or the song. i think it was ok..for me there was nothing wrong but i guess it depends on the person that is watching the MV..whenever i see music videos of SM ent. i dont feel bad or hate it when they trap their artist on “boxes”..I am more focused on the song rather than the video..well, everyone is entitled to their opinion.,,:D

  4. Michikohime
    Michikohime

    I know what you mean : I did hate the song too when I first heard it. But after about a year, now, I like it. I know it’s not the purpose of SM Entertainement though, but still, in certain situation, I really like to listen to this song… Definitely one of the worst Girls’ Generation single though.

  5. either way, The Boys won so many awards and this is the most watched Kpop video of 2011 :)

  6. ShIirasate

    i want to request 2am “i wonder if you hurt like me” . I found out that there isn’t any monday music Kpop about them :/

  7. xxmalle-mus

    It’s not that I like the whole trapped-in-a-boring-room-that’s-really-a-box-thing. But I did not think that their rooms were that boring this time. They were quite mysterious, I liked that. But I must say, that I totally agree – they should’ve brought some boys out. I mean, I can’t just stand here and brag about all the boyfriends I have, when I have none. At least it would be very awkward.. That’s kinda the feeling I get when I watch it. But hey, the girls are pretty. And SM really do know, how to make a video that shows just how gorgeous they are. 

    As for the song, I didn’t really feel like there was any kind of chorus. All of a sudden, the second verse began. That came as quite a shock to me. But I didn’t have much against the chanting. Not once did it strike my mind, that they  were rapping. I’ve never seen it as rapping, to be honest. But! I did like the Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears, American pop-feel to it. Even in k-pop, it’s nice with some change once in a while. 

  8. I really disagree with you. I can say like this b’cuz I’m S♡NE, which is GG’s official fan, however, please listen to my opinion. (I’m from Korea)

    To start off, [The Boys] can be a new challenge for GG because they are the only one group of SM which is not having the rapping part. It can be their new experience to decide their genre or style of songs may be next time.

    Second of all, I think you don’t have to care about their M/V’s awkward scenery as long as you are . I think it is their concept for their song. As you all know, singers have to try various kinds of concepts. Can you think of TVXQ or Super Junior always trying to sing dance music? If there are no problems for you to watch [The Boys] M/V, I think you can just enjoy and understand them. We can’t always criticize the singers because of my opinion and emotions.

    Lastly, if you are sick of boring rooms, I think then, don’t watch their videos;; Just kidding LOL. On the other hand, I think your opinion cannot be strong as other 2 opinion b’cuz including Super Junior’s M/V, their M/V’s background is not only the one, the one you said as boring rooms. Additionally, it can be no difference b’cuz they are at the same entertainment.

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  10. It’s kinda funny you’ve mentioned SM’s boring rooms. Been getting on my nerves a lot lately. But then again, there is barely any difference between all the bands. That’s just today’s trend. Maybe that’s why many people (myself included) prefer staying with older projects as well and absorb all the variety of the past.

  11. Jasmine Ha

    i loooved genie too. :) and aw, i actually really enjoy the rap part, haha. but i agree, i found the rose petal, slow motion part really awkward and irrelevant to the song.

  12. Amos Patiag

    GENIE!! My favorite! HAHA

    You have to listen to the song more than once. It grows on you. Haha

  13. Anonymous

    I find it funny that people have to defend themselves when they talk about SNSD, because they would be attacked as “haters.” It’s rather sad actually.

    Anyways, totally agree with the review. I briefly watched the MV just because they changed their concept, but it just didn’t do it for me. I think they should stick to songs like Oh, Hoot, etc…

  14. SNSD are nice. they did nothing to hurt people so please do respect them, they are also human they also get upset and feel sad…SNSD FIGHTING!!!

    • Stephanie D.

      Criticism of one’s professional work is part of being a professional.  There is a huge difference between critiquing a song or video, saying what works and what doesn’t, and ripping into the people who made the song or video.  It’s a difference Simon and Martina respect.  They have never shown disrespect towards any of the member of SNSD. 

  15. the problem of us, humans is that, whenever we see someone on the TOP, we would always do our best to pull them DOWN!, which, as i see, is not right at all. I do respect your opinion but please do the same to us, SONES who get hurt whenever we hear these kind of words. try to put your feet in our shoes and try to imagine what would you feeel if someone do this to your idols. thanks. i am here to simply state my feeling. no ofense

  16. Anonymous

    I love SNSD The boys. I love this song although they change their style but it’s work. New image and cool song. I think many people don’t like this song at first because they aspect cute song from them but when you listen this song again and again and forget about their cute images you’ll love this song like me…hahaha just my opinion 

  17. Kisa YuffYuff

    Yeah same here, I was expecting the usual awesomeness of SNSD, but I was disappointed by the song and um, surprised by the rapping. I hope this doesn’t continue and SNSD makes more great songs in the future.

    Totally U-Kiss Neverland for the showdown.

  18. Anonymous

    I think you meant “mind-boggling” ;) unless there was some awesome pun there that I missed.

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  21. Anonymous

    I choose U-Kiss Neverland!!^^

  22. Anonymous

    sorry i think UKiss should win. honestly if you put snsd agaisnt ukiss its too obvious whos gonna win. why dont we be spontaneious…
    i really loved UKiss’s Neverland.

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  24. Rychele Tacadena

    U-Kiss!!!!!!!!! I love Neverland, and their awesome hard core dancing :D

  25. I agree with you. I prefer the old SNSD than the image they are trying to send out now. It’s not the image for them. They are like the Queens of this image and boom. They went down spiral. I want the real SNSD. It’s a like child going through puberty with bad choices. SM, stop it before they go down. They are the only cute female group I love and now. I’m very disappointed.

  26. Anonymous

    I choose U-KISS!!!…
    (..just because everyone else chose SNSD..)
    BWAHAHAHAHA!!!! 유키스 화이팅!

  27. It got took down because they wanted the views on the Korean version, plus the English version is on VEVO, you can watch it there.
    The box room thing is old, true, but the 360 degree camera me like, the boxes are pretty as well lol.
    Nah it’s not the worst SM song. Personally, I think Mr Simple is the worst. Don’t get me wrong, I like SuJu but A-cha > Mr Simple and Mr Simple is on the bottom of my list for this year’s SM (title) songs

  28. Anonymous

     GIRLS GENERATION THE BOYS WIN

  29. Anonymous

    WHY U GAVE THEM 4 U KNOW THE WRITER OF THE SONG IS ENGLISH SPEAKER AND THE ENGLISH WERE GOOD IF U UNDERSTAND THE KOREAN U WILL UNDERSTAND THE WHOLE THING THE SHOWDOWN EMMMMM SNSD THE BOYS

  30. Anonymous

    GIRLS’GENERATION

  31. Anonymous

    THE SHOWDOWN SNSD ..DUH! 

  32. Anonymous

    GIRLS’ GENERATION ALL THE WAY

  33. Anonymous

    SO VOTING FOR SNSD

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  35. Anonymous

    snsd all the way

  36. Anonymous

    SNSD  jjang  I dont like neverland i love the boys

  37. Anonymous

     I like the boys more so I choose snsd

  38. Anonymous

    I think the song is amazing and the rap was great not just becuz they always act cute that mean they cant rap yeah we not use to it but it was really good i always want to hear them rap and they are daebak for the showdown SNSD 

  39. Anonymous

    I vote for snsd 

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