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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!

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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.

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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. I liked this mv & song. I am biased though kkkkkk

  2. omgosh simon thats what i thought to :D when they say believe i hear billy HAHA WHICH IS FUNNY SINCE MY NAME IS BILLY >:)

  3. jazminjhnsn
    jazminjhnsn

    LOVE Martinas hair, game board clip mad creative

  4. mita_rose

    wow the acapella version is soo good!
    but who won from the wonder girls?

  5. ritu jain

    totally unrelated but martina i lovee your hurrrrrrr :) :)

  6. I thought that this song was one of the best of U-kiss though…

  7. Actually I didn’t like the song for the same reasons as you, I liked Electric shock better (and for the love o K-pop you should totally review The Chaser and Baby Goodnight!) but as a loyal eat you kimchi follower an kiss me i voted on both songs everytime. Having a U-Kiss review from time to time is already a tradition here I would say and It’s interesting to ear your opinion about the stuff that’s not so interesting (also, if the member actually happen to see this video, I hope they take your advice into consideration and keep away from this kind of stuff and go back to doing good stuff)

  8. i’m only fan of the song not the mv

  9. Martina! I absolutely LOVE your outfit and hair in this video! It’s amazing! And…where can I get that Captain Spudgy game? :3

  10. YEAHdongho

    People really have varying opinions. I loved Believe ♥ But I found it amusing how courageous the two of you were in ripping the song UKISS dedicates for KissMes. In my opinion, Believe was one of UKISS’ Best Songs. I’m not being bias but it was really good. Maybe the two of you were tired of listening to these kind of songs and looking for something new for you. Thanks for the review anyway.

  11. I’m with the irritablevowel. That board game was laugh out loud funny. But good job walking the thin line of being critical but respectful to the band and fans.

  12. Paula Willis

    Please release that board game! Or at least upload the rules and a printable set of cards!

  13. As I’m reading through the comments, I realize KISS ME’s are a really mature fan base.. And I can understand why Simon and Martina are really hesitant on ripping off the song. They did it gently though, and it’s because Kiss Me’s are dear to them and, as irritablevowel said, they had faith in Kiss Me’s that even if they disagree, they disagree respectfully.. If it were for a different artist’s MV Simon and Martina would’ve prop up their “I’ll get you trolls!” sequence. But they didn’t, because they know Kiss Me’s won’t bash them.

    As for the song, yeah didn’t like it either, I’d prefer Dora Dora over this. First two seconds on the song and I’d cover my ears. I’m trying to think that the intro rings a bell and someone here mentioned Butterfly from Dance Dance Revolution, hahaha.. BINGO! Initially I thought of 90’s Jpop, but yeah, Butterfly rings a louder bell for this one.. However I still convinced myself to watch the video with the volume lowered down in hopes of getting some glimpse of Kevin.. XD

    It is a matter of preference. There are people who likes these kind of music, and there are ones who hate it. I’m one of the latter though.. hehe

  14. totally voting for infinite :3

  15. Although I don’t exactly agree with your review I really really appreciate everything you’ve done to expose people around the world to KPOP and Korea. Your reviews always make me look closer at videos. Like in 0330 I didn’t even know what was goin on I just thought dongho was seriously in love and his friends are just… Creepy. So, even though I was mad at this review when I first saw it I think it’s kinda true. 사랑해!!

  16. Believe, in my opinion, is one of the best songs ever made in k-pop. My vote will obviously go to U-kiss.

  17. I vote for U-Kiss’s Believe. Yes, it does sound like ’90s Euro dance. But that works out great for me, because I like ’90s Euro dance. (One of my favorites? Mr. Vain by Culture Beat.)

  18. oh! And P.S- I am proud of your opinion you guiseee <3 There is nothing wrong with it at all :) even if some people disagree!

  19. Overall, U-Kiss is not my favorite Kpop group, but I found that this song was not that bad.The song’s beat wasn’t horrible, nor was the singing. I did not addition, dislike it as much as you guys, but I found it pretty bland and unoriginal. I mean, they looked good and everything ^.^ I am not denying that ( super smexy kpop faces awwwh yea), but I felt like this type of song and chord progression has happened a billion times before and does not stand out to previous songs they have made. I thought the dance was pretty nice though >.< but that could have been because I could keep up with the moves they were making hehe. In general the song wasn't a terrible song and I wouldn't object to not ever listening to it again, or like become incredibly disgusted if I heard it again, it really isn't THAT bad, but yea… meh.

  20. Desiree Wilson

    I would totally play that board game. You guys should patent it.

  21. Lately I’ve been trying out some of U-Kiss’s music even though their sound isn’t my favorite. The release of this song made it THAT much harder to even want to listen to their music. COME AT ME KISS ME’S.

  22. Seriously, it wasn’t even that bad..

  23. Wow, you’re right. The beat really is 90s techno…

    I really want that game x)

    Voting for Infinite!

  24. I could see this game being made (and people buying it) – Kickstarter perhaps? :D

  25. kawaii_candie
    kawaii_candie

    omg, you guys… that board game was pure genius… GENIUS…

  26. elf4eternity

    I almost forgot, I saw Super Junior’s photos teaser there!
    6jib is coming!

  27. elf4eternity

    I’m not shawol but from my knowledge, SHINee got more activities than UKISS
    They are promoting in Japan, Europe last year (if this count), SMTOWN, Asia Tour, etc.. But to compare UKISS to SHINee is kinda harsh, I mean, SHINee is famous for their complicated dance move.. no offense kiss me..

    • they were promoting around the world with the same songs though and just came back earlier this year, while U-KISS kept releasing new songs AND going around the world. UKISS is also capable of dancing well, thats actually one of their strengths, but the fact that they release new songs so quickly is actually bringing them down. I blame their management for that one :(

  28. Ogochukwu Agali

    This was an interesting song. I want them to have a story type music video, but above all, I want them to rest. They need to sleep, eat, and sleep. Then they should come out with a new song and win! Gah. Can you guys please do Teen Top’s To You?

  29. I feel bad you guys were exposed to the onslaught of 80’s music while you were growing up. Unfortunately I don’t have any kind of distaste for a certain type of sound like you do so Believe and Paradise didn’t bother me the slightest bit.

    Although I agree that Believe isn’t U-Kiss’s best song, far from it actually, I truly don’t think it sounded bad. I’m not taking into consideration the awkward English or the pronunciation, nor am I thinking of the MV as I say this. Truthfully, the 90’s beat didn’t bother me. In fact, having grown up during the 90’s, I’ve developed a soft spot for that particular sound.

    However, with Paradise it’s a slightly different story. When Paradise came out I was just barely coming to terms with my long-time dormant Inspirit side and though I am an extreme lover of Infinite’s music now, keep in mind that my opinions of the song were formed before I had sworn any kind of loyalty to the group.

    I ABSOLUTELY loved the song. Though it had the very prominent 80’s sound that you two have said you detest, there was a certain level of melancholy in the song that even when coupled with the synthesized beats, just sounded too beautiful to be true and not to mention the lyrics were awesome. I love all of Infinite’s songs but hands down Paradise is one of the few songs I can never get enough of in the entirety of kpop. There’s this quality that Infinite’s songs posses that makes even non-kpop listeners do a double take, but in a good way. Paradise was actually a favorite amongst the Japanese fans and there were even several praises for the song by foreign music reviewers. Even now it is still considered one of Infinite’s best promoted tracks.

    So my vote is for Infinite’s Paradise, no question.

  30. Lol Martina im pretty sure i didnt hear a word you guys said, i was way too busy looking at your AMAZING HAIR O_O Its…its…just.. AMAZING!

  31. You guys really need to release a version of the “Captain Spudgy’s MV Board Game!”

  32. I actually liked the song, not the video. I hate all the make up they wear and im start
    ing to find their themes repetitive, and their dance moves as well. But the song i really like

  33. Respeito a opinião de vocês, mas……. eu sinceramente discordo em partes [mesmo odiando essas críticas lixosas], concordo que Believe não foi a melhor deles e podia ‘ser melhor’, mas falar que o MV não foi original ou que não entendeu o inglês deles foi meio que desnecessário c_c Eles não são obrigados a falar uma língua que não nasceram sabendo, mesmo sabendo que sempre tem um sotaque quando se aprende uma língua nova. Ainda sim, não consigo não gostar de nenhuma música que eles fazem porque sei que fazem para as KISS MEs, e isso basta para deixá-los perfeitos. ;-; <3

    Infinite vs U-KISS? U-KISS <3

  34. Siwon’s Card is the Best!! No matter what Simon and Martina said about the MV, I’m gonna love it regardless! I didn’t agree with them in some parts but I gotta respect what they say since it’s their opinion after all. As much as I love Ukiss, I’m gonna vote for Infinite’s Paradise because I love that song! I have it on a loop di loop! That and Before The Dawn :) I’m a Fan of Infinite as well. :) That jam makes me want to do that hip thrusting bad like jumping out of my seat and dance! If Kevin or AJ read this; I love You Guise!

  35. I do reviews myself and I share the same hurt and burden in creating constructive criticism on a biased act. I was unable to create a review on “Believe” and kept the comments to myself. But being a huge fan of yours, I would like to share mine.

    I am a HUGE fan of UKISS (a certified Filipina KISSME) and I was nodding the whole time reading and watching your review. Although it is dedicated to the fans and is even penned by AJ himself, I wasn’t crazy about it. The thought of a special album was sweet, but the song? Really? I thought, “AJ can do better than that.” The lyrics was pretty awesome though. The composition is just flat.

    As for the styling (which I comment a lot on my reviews), I couldn’t stop banging my head on the wall (of course I mean that figuratively). The wardrobe sets for DORADORA was so damn beautiful. I guess the styling was pretty much as flat as the song itself. And the lip gloss on Kevin and Kiseop’s? Really frosted. Not my style.

    I pretty much could go on and on about the video, but I just had to stop myself. I love love LOVE UKISS, just like Simon said, I miss the UKISS in 0330. They are more than capable of lurking behind and dancing wherever – they ARE artists.

    Hopefully, there next material would earn a more positive review. :)

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  36. PunkyPrincess92
    PunkyPrincess92

    aaaahhhhh is that a SHINee Etude House tin????
    i think it is!!!!!!!

  37. The comments this time was wayyyy too harsh TT.TT You didn’t have to go on to talk about your english friend who turned it off right away, U-kiss can read english you know?
    But yes, it was obviously quite rushed because they filmed it only 3-4 days before the release, but I think this song was better than Dora Dora :)
    And I vote for U-Kiss ^^
    (You should have talked about their green pants!! XD)

  38. Since this is my first time listening to a U-Kiss song, I feel like I have to listen to their previous songs to compare. Still, I enjoyed the video. BTW, Simon, where did you get that Phineas (and Ferb) t-shirt? Love it!

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