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U-Kiss – Believe: Kpop Music Mondays

June 26, 2012

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Oh boy. Here it is: U-Kiss “Believe.” It was voted in, with a LOOOT of votes, and though f(x)’s “Electric Shock” was creeping close for a while, Believe still won out. Here it is, if you haven’t seen it already:

Ah! We can’t begin to tell you how much it hurt us to do this review. We were in a really difficult position: see, we really like U-Kiss, and we really like Kissme’s as well. They’re an awesome fan group, and constantly vote U-Kiss up to the top of our KpopCharts with every video that comes out. Kissme’s are a big part of our site, so what do we do if a U-Kiss song is voted in that we personally don’t like? You can’t honestly love every song a band makes, right? Our favourite bands have some amazing songs, and they also have some terrible songs. We ripped into Big Bang’s Monster a short while ago, remember? We have to be honest above all, so – with great pains – we ripped into this song and video from start to finish.

There wasn’t a single thing we liked about it:

1) This was the worst U-Kiss beat we ever heard: Maybe it’s because songs like this have a different connotation from us, coming from Ontario and knowing lots of people growing up into Eurodance anthems. FFFUUUU. We hate Eurodance anthems, and this totally reeks of it.

2) This video was really unoriginal: U-Kiss looking emotionally drained in dilapidated quarters. Whoop dee doo. Aren’t they always looking upset in weird homes? I’d take anything now above their mopiness. Hell: I’d even take a cutey boy concept, if I must, so long as I see U-Kiss in a different light.

3) The dance was just…blahzay: U-Kiss usually have some awesome dances. We really loved Neverland and Tick Tack. They looked really crisp and professional. This, though…just seemed too simple. Pointing to yourself for “I,” forming your hands in prayer for “Believe” and pointing to you for “in you” seems like a kids’ dance.

4) The English was weird: I don’t understand what they were trying to say. The beginning was meant to be a hyping of the song, and was supposed to sound cool, but oh boy did it ever sound awkward and come off as weird. Maybe because we’re not as cool as idols we don’t get it. Maybe only kpop idols can say stuff like that? I don’t know. Kpop idols can dress funny; why not let them speak funny as well? Sha ba ba doo ba ba doo.

And we didn’t even talk about the bad pastel pants and the random floating glitter.

We even asked for outside opinions. We have a friend here in Bucheon with us. He’s an English teacher, and he’s not into Kpop at all, but he can comment on a song and video and tell us what he thinks are its pros and cons. Usually we can spark an interesting conversation with him about it, as he’s coming from an unbiased perspective, but helllllll: he couldn’t even finish this video. Cringed and turned it off. FFFFFFUUUUUUU!

Well, this is meant to be a special song and video for Kissme’s, so maybe Kissme’s can like it because of that fact, kind of like when your six year old kid draws you a picture that’s really monkey balls awful, but you love it because it was made for you. You know what I’m saying? We personally would have preferred it if they made a video for Te Amo instead. We like that song a lot more than this one. This…this was just not our style.

Anyhow, enough of that. Really sorry to everyone if we sounded too harsh. We still like U-Kiss. Them having one bad song doesn’t mean we stop liking them, just like we hope that if we have one bad video that doesn’t stop you from liking us as well. We just kinda wish that this song and video never existed. We’ll forget that it happened, like the Super Mario Bros movie.

If you – on the other hand – happened to like this song, you can pick it up on YesAsia. On a happier note, we’re announcing the winners of the Signed MBLAQ cds now! Yay! Here they are!

YouTube: Gabbz613
I still remember the first day I found out about kpop and I was just looking up SHINee videos since they were my first group but then I came across this group called MBLAQ so I watched “Why” and I fell in love at that moment. They are such a good group and I fell in love with their style. I then started to watch shows with MBLAQ, now i’m so in love with them, they’re all so different and yet they come together so well, I will always support them.

Facebook: Maha Mohamed
I have not slept well for the last two days due to this contest! Thousands and thousands are entering *Sweaty palms* So to answer the question. A person doesn’t fall in love when they want to. It kind of just happens :) MBLAQ is my favorite group, why? They have such amazing personalities and a great sense of humor, and although they all have flaws, I respect them for continuing to work hard to create beautiful music. Their looks are just a bonus.

Twitter: Bliinx

And, on a kinda happy note, here are this week’s Bloopers. Martina got the giggles when she heard the reading of the English at the opening. Could be the jet lag affecting her:

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  1. as a kissme who spent the last 2 weeks voting nonstop for this I must admit it did hurt a little that you didn’t like it, but it’s okay I guess since I’ve also hated songs that you guys love, it’s just a difference in taste :)…. I agree with the video being plotless and unoriginal, tbh when it was released I was underwhelmed but then I grew to like it, mostly because I really like the song, it’s catchy and really fun to dance to :)… I guess this is what happens when kpop groups don’t take a well deserved rest and start rushing things (Bigbang’s monster suffered from this as well in my opinion)… Just hope they rest a little before their next comeback, so it’s totally epic :)

    Thanks guys for stating your opinion even if a lot of fans won’t deal well with it :). Even if I loooooooove UKISS I was still able to laugh watching this and that’s what KMM are there for, right?

    Regarding the showdown, even if I love both songs, my favorite is Believe

    4 years ago
  2. I’m glad that you guys, though a large portion of your fans are Kissmes, (And the fact that even some members of the actual group you’re reviewing watch your videos!) don’t give into pressure to please them and are honest in your reviews. I really respect it! Please continue doing that. I look forward to your videos in the future!

    …Also, I’m having trouble finding Paparazzi by SNSD so I can vote on it. Where can I find it? I already used the search function but came up with nothing.

    4 years ago
    • That’s a Japanese song, right? Simon and Martina said they wouldn’t do any more Japanese songs after Tick Tack by U-Kiss. So it won’t be on the charts, that’s why you can’t find it.

      4 years ago
  3. When are you going to release the game! :P

    4 years ago
  4. Martina, I loved your hairdo in this video – any chance to get a tutorial?=)

    4 years ago
  5. I agree with you two wholeheartedly. This vid leaves a lot to be desired, although I feel like ukiss and a lot of other groups are feeling the pressure to please their fans, so they always go back to what worked before. I call this the Nickleback syndrome, and ukiss has got it bad.. They just need to try something new and different. That’s all.

    Oh and martina, I am loving your sanjaya hair. JS.

    4 years ago
  6. A+!!! Please don’t harass the winners! I understand that one is mostly an FTIsland fan and the other is mostly an Exo/U-kiss fan but we all entered the contest and did our best! EatYourKimchi was able to get the autographed CD’s from MBLAQ, and they were kind enough to hold this contest for us. Everyone knows that the A+ fandom is very considerate and well-mannered so don’t disappoint our MBLAQ boys with this kind of behavior. Let’s all congratulate the winners kindly and thank EatYourKimchi for this opportunity!

    4 years ago
  7. the commercial looked real and if it was real,I would be ordering it XD

    4 years ago
  8. I am a KISSME. I did not like this song. Although I kinda give them the benefit of the doubt for the whole opening in English (since we can just assume it’s like any other song that includes pointless speaking filler parts in the intro…) the lyrics and the club beat, and the techno techno bumpity bump music, and the sad faces, it came together and then exploded into a big mess! UKiss then flushed it down the toilet….. no seriously, and then they danced around in it with jerky motions. I did however love tick tack but after that, things just lost impressive or “new” vibes.

    4 years ago
  9. eehhh I think the choreography was meant to be for a girl group…
    seriously.. some moves are just too O_o? .. you know what I mean right?

    4 years ago
  10. Good for you. Even though you know the fans are going to have a gigantic fit (GIRD YOUR LOINS!) you stick to your guns. You guys are trying to do something very tricky professionally. Maintain an almost personal connection to your viewers, while still retaining professional objectivity. That’s challenging and I admire the effort you put in. It does require that you put a lot of faith in the maturity of the viewers, that even if they disagree with you, they can disagree respectfully. That faith is frequently not rewarded, but you guys don’t let it discourage you from doing this the way you want to do it.

    Also, that board game skit was excellent.

    4 years ago
    • Agree. I loved the board game. I would buy that.

      4 years ago
    • Here Here! +1

      4 years ago
    • *wipes away a tear* THANKSSS IRRITABLEVOWEL!!!!! *huge crushing emotional hug*
      Also, that board game skit took me around 4 hours to prepare and edit for that 2 minute scene! GARHhhhhHHHh but it was worth it to see the reaction. :D

      4 years ago
      • Since you happen to be right here, can I ask Martina a very very important question, how do you get your hair to do that because I always wanted to try that hairstyle, but I was never able to found out how to do it. Can you at least provide w/ the name of the hairstyle? Thanks ^^

        4 years ago
      • Is it weird that I’m trying to find a way to make it real?

        4 years ago
  11. eehhh I think the choreography was meant to be for a girl band… seriously.. some moves are just too O_o? .. you know what I mean right?

    4 years ago
  12. Well, that’s what they get for not using trigonometry, I guess.. :P Personally, I really liked this song. It was both fun and catchy! Still, even tho I never dislike it when bands gives out new singles, I feel like U-KISS have overworked themselves.. Their one of my favorite groups and I’d hate to see them tired. It’s better for them to slow down a bit, I think. Then later, like in a year or so, they’ll make one really epic comeback that will blow our minds :P With super hard dance moves, perfect English, catchy tunes and a great music video where it’s room for everyone.. Like people of the opposite sex :D

    4 years ago
  13. Oh nooooo. It really must be a difference in taste, because I really really love this song! Like, I love it! I loved it from the first time I heard it, and I simply cannot understand why it’s getting so little attention. ;_; And I’m not even a KissMe. In fact, the only song by U-Kiss I like MORE than this one is 0330 (which you guys also didn’t like, lol). That was one of my top favorite songs of the YEAR.

    I actually really liked almost everything about this song and video. I loved the singing. I loved the rapping. I loved the tunnel. I loved their clothes. So….. basically, I just loved it. xD I didn’t quite get Dora Dora. It was okay, but meh to me. Didn’t stand out, I thought. I found it so monotone (which is a weird complaint, because I like SME’s monotone songs sometimes- Lucifer, Mirotic, Machine by Exo). And Neverland was good, but even felt a little disconnected to me. But Believe and 0330…. by far my favorites. <3

    And for your last question, I pick Paradise. I really think it must be a difference in taste, you hated Paradise too but I looooooooove it. Also one of my favorite songs of that year, and hands down my favorite Infinite song ever. I'm starting to think maybe it's an age difference thing? I mean, I was born in 90, so all of the terrible 80s and early 90s music you guys were exposed to… well, I never went through that. So I don't get images like you do of lame clubs and stuff, I just think of it at sounding cool and I only get the images of the kpop mvs with it, which I like. xD

    4 years ago
    • Same here!! ^^ It really must be because we’re both 90s babies…X) I TOTALLY LOVE EURODANCE SONGS!! .>).

      SDJKSDJKAFVBIAS INFINITE. GAAAAAAAAAH~ <3 <3 <3 I LOVE THEIR SONGS TOO.

      4 years ago
      • Oh, I totally love the song Butterfly! The one by Aqua, right? “I~~~I’m your little butterfly! Green, black, and blue make the colors in the sky~”

        I think I like Eurodance songs, but I’m not 100% sure about that genre, so… I really like Cascada, songs like Bad Boy and Miracle… I think Cascada is Eurodance, right? So then in that case, me too! I loooooove it!

        Infinite has AMAZING songs. <33333

        4 years ago
        • YEEEEEEEEEES! THAT SONG!! <3 Aqua…ahh, better take not of that. =P

          Is this supposed to be a coincidence?! I LOVE CASCADA TOO!! 'Miracle'…OMFG. That's probably one of my favourite English songs EVER (and her other song 'Everytime We Touch').

          4 years ago
        • Cascada is Euro dance. So’s Alice Deejay’s Better Off Alone and Be My Lover and Sweet Dreams by La Bouche.

          4 years ago
        • Thanks! I’ll check those out! ^_^

          4 years ago
    • SNAP! I agree.
      First time I heard this song I fell in love with U-Kiss just a little bit more. I also like Paradise by INFINITE.

      4 years ago
    • I loved Believe too! I even thought this was one of the best U-KISS songs… next to 0330 and some songs from the Bran New Kiss album and the Neverland album that don’t have an MV. And I thought the set was not that usual for a K-pop video, lol. I even liked the dance. Am I weird or what? The only thing I didn’t like was the lipgloss.
      And when Doradora came out, I thought: Oh, the video looks really cool, the song’s okay, but they had better songs. Glad to see someone who thinks the same…
      PS: I like Paradise too! :D

      4 years ago
  14. Wow, Kevin and I are watching this as we speak and we are incredibly hurt. We worked really hard, you know! (even though I got one line) Not to mention the fact that it was released not too long after doradora! :c You should see Kevin right now; he’s sobbing in my arms x_x But on the flip side, thank you for letting me get closer to him ;) And please anticipate our next single coming out by the end of next month! ^_^

    4 years ago
  15. Definitely voting for INFINITE!!!

    And yeah, I *did* wonder what Eli was doing in the bathroom. I though the song wasn’t bad so much as really forgettable – same with the video. I got the impression that it was a bit thrown together, just to appease the fans, and not meant to really appeal to anyone else.

    Oh, and HILARIOUS as usual guys! XD

    4 years ago
  16. this was a difficult song for me to get through too, and i usually try to keep myself updated on u-kiss’ stuff. every artist has their hits and misses, doesnt make me think any less of them.

    4 years ago
  17. Awww.. I’m so sad I didn’t win the MBLAQ signed CD. T__T I’m such a huge A+. ;___; Maybe next time… Pleace do another giveaway. ^_^ And I’m a KissMe but I’m not offended by your comments on the song. Everyone has their own opinion and sometimes even I as a KissMe do not like some of their songs compared to other ones. And that’s ok. Doesn’t mean I hate them right?

    4 years ago
  18. I quite like ths song, I think U-KISS are great at eurodance anthems, It would be nice however to have another video like 0330, I think Te amo would have been a great music video drama like 0330.
    My vote is going to be U-KISS <3

    4 years ago
  19. Why do you have Super Junior teaser images on your laptop for a U-Kiss review? It doesn’t make any sense to me.

    4 years ago
    • They always display teasers for something exciting that’s coming out soon, or show a message of support sometimes (like they showed Block B when they were going through their controversy). Or sometimes they show a fanart or a funny image.

      4 years ago
      • I realize that something is always displayed, but it seems to me that it usually is related to the review. For example, the Mr. Simple teaser photos were shown in the Mr. Simple review. They can do whatever they want, I was just confused, and a little disappointed. I can’t stand seeing the new teasers even as an ELF.

        4 years ago
  20. COME ON INSPIRITS :D Even though they didn’t review The Chaser, we can still prove our love for INFINITE here :DDD My vote goes to Paradise~ The chorus is just so catchy even though I can’t speak or understand Korean. I go nananunununu paradise~ nanununununuparadise oh oh oh oh oh! XD

    4 years ago
  21. Oh nose, prepare for the fangirl hate onslaught

    4 years ago
  22. I couldn’t get through this song either (-_-), but I still love U-KISS! Loved your review. You were honest and gave legitimate reasons! That board game skit was awesome, by the way! My vote’s for Infinite’s “Paradise,” because I have a weakness for 80’s inspired songs O_o

    4 years ago
  23. This your opinion, everyone have different taste in music, for me I liked it like A LOT, yeah I’m not a U-KISS fan but this is the first song of them that I fell in love with…

    4 years ago
  24. wow. even though I totally loved this song and video, I can totally see where you guys are coming from. From your review, I noticed Dongho’s awkward necklace. You guys always point these unnoticed things, and I really respect you guys for that. I don’t understand why people will be and are being so butthurt. It’s your opinion, and most of the things you brought up were true.

    4 years ago
  25. the video is pretty horrendous, and the dance was lackluster and made me laugh~~~but!! i loved the song! i feel like it’s for the same reason you didn’t~~it made me nostalgic and reminded me of school days… being in Philly area, tho, not Canada, i think i was a little more removed from discotheque sounds floating over from Europe…

    4 years ago
  26. I have to say, I AM disappointed in this Music Monday, not because you didn’t like the music video, but because nothing happened in it, it was just really hard to poke fun at them. Not your fault, but definitely why I didn’t vote for them.

    4 years ago
  27. It’s almost entertaining how diametrically opposite our tastes are sometimes. Like you were all over Sistar’s Alone while that song lulls me to sleep and while you liked Visual Dreams I felt like my sense of music was personally insulted when I heard it, honestly a bottom 10 song of all time, all genres included (and I’m primarily an SNSD fan too).

    On the flip side I love Geoura Geoura while you more or less called it the song that cemented the fact that 4minute was in a slump… So when you said this was terrible it convinced me to actually give it a go and sure enough, I found it surprisingly good! Sure, a bit cheesy and overblown, but in a fun retro way, tickles my nostalgia sense a bit.

    So yeah, might not be able to use you for recommendations so much… But
    you’re still hilarious which after all is the most important thing
    here… :)

    4 years ago
    • We’re like your magic eight ball for music! When we’re like, “THIS SONG SUCKS” you can be like, “OOHHH YAY! A new song for me!” Heheheh :D

      Oh wait, we should try it now. Ummm…do you like 2ne1’s “Ugly”? It’s one of my LEAST favourite songs by them EVAR and I’m always in the minority since most people like it. What do you think? -M

      4 years ago
      • Ok, let’s try this… But actually I haven’t heard it so I gotta go listen to it now because 2NE1 happen to be the one girl group that I know the least about compared to how well known they are… And the reason for that is… Of the things I have heard, they’ve never done anything that I really find interesting… Like “I Am The Best” is all like “look how weird and edgy we are! aren’t we weird and edgy? come on! awesome! and the song has no real melody! totally rad!”… So yeah, you liking 2NE1 and me not caring overly much seems to fit the theory.

        Ok, review time! Ugly… It’s alright… Might even be the favorite 2NE1 song I remember having heard (not a huge endorsement though)… Like the verse just fine but the disted guitars in the chorus are a bit jarring… Ehm… It’s ok, might grow on me eventually, listened to it twice and liked it better the second time cause, I mean, the melody is good enough… It’s just those guitars… Higa biga…

        But I mean, it’s not a perfect theory, I like Electric Shock too… :)

        Might take this opportunity to test you out too… Nana’s solo song Eyeline on After School’s recently released mini album is my fave k-pop song of the year thus far… There’s no vid obviously so wont interfere with K-pop Monday, but what do you think of it?

        4 years ago
  28. I liked the dance ._. and i love the song…. lol it seems we arent very compatible huh? The english in my opinion, sounded fine. “I do believe you, you” it makes sense :/

    4 years ago
  29. I thought they were saying peeling at first… =D

    4 years ago
  30. And now I want to make a seaweed pack necklace. Good thing we just bought a bunch recently~! :D

    I guess I didn’t like this song as much either because I didn’t go back to listen or watch the video after it was released – compared to how many times I listen to DoraDora. And you guys are right, they could really use some more time to develop more awesome songs and videos. We all know they’re fantastic, and they’re not getting the chance to really show it with so much on their plate.

    4 years ago
  31. I have to agree with almost everything you said about the video, it’s not the best, I was actually hoping f(x) would pip them to the post so it could pass by relatively un-noticed :P

    I do have to disagree with 2 things though:

    1. The euro-dance thing, I’m from England (so almost Europe) and this actually reminds me of home so I like it
    2. The pronunciation of ‘believe’, to me it is the normal korean mispronunciation of the ‘v’ i.e. changing to to ‘b’ so it became ‘beliebe’ (you can actually see the lead singer form that letter when he’s singing too, which I get because he’s supposed to be the Japanese speaker right?)

    All in all, I love U-KISS but it’s kind of a ‘meh’ song and a boring video (I didn’t even get to see the punching version, boo!)

    4 years ago
  32. oh btw
    love your curly unicorn hair Marts’

    4 years ago
  33. O.O I need that board game!

    4 years ago
  34. i’m glad you guys can dislike songs :) I do it all the time but never let anyone know lest I get slaughtered by a bajillion fangurlz lol

    4 years ago
  35. :) it’s ok. we love you.

    4 years ago
  36. :/ You really couldn’t find one nice thing to say, guys?

    4 years ago
  37. Yes, the lurking is strange and I feel like these directors are just trying to make U-kiss look pretty. I wouldn’t be surprised if that game board went into production and became a big hit (I’d love one! ho ho).

    4 years ago
  38. thanks for the review! i didnt favorite this song as well and some of the moves look recycled – but funny review as always!

    4 years ago
  39. I’ve thinking some thing..I’m a Kissme too but about the video..that’d too simple..if they were make the video more detils and difficulty like neverland, perhaps it will make them better..KISSme they believe to us,, and we must do something..?!

    4 years ago
  40. that song sucks but i still love ukiss!!!

    4 years ago
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