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Big Bang – Love Song: Kpop Music Mondays

April 18, 2011

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Ok, so we started off our video review this week on a bit of a serious/preachy level, but for good reason! This is a really outstanding video. It’s a lot better than Big Bang’s Tonight, if you ask us, even though that was a cool video as well. We like this video a lot more, though, because it seems to go beyond the typical kpop video. Seriously now: there aren’t really any sexual conventions here. Nobody makes sexy faces to the camera, or rubs their lips for no reason, or humps the air or the ground, or rubs themselves, or does anything suggesting that they’re trying to be sexy. Compare that to just about every other Kpop Music Monday we reviewed and you’ll see what we mean, apart from TVXQ’s “Before You Go”. That video doesn’t count, though, because it’s got an interesting story, and still does loads of closeups of TVXQ’s faces. This video, though, has no story, no closeups. Even the camera angles cut off their faces. See what we mean? This video is really different and breaks so many conventions that it’s hard to call it a Kpop video, which is why we’re so impressed by it. Really, really good job.

We’ve read some people saying that this song is a rip off of U2’s “With or Without You.” We gotta admit, when we heard the song U2 was the first thing that came to mind. The song has one of those epic U2 songs feel to it, but that’s about all. It doesn’t seem like you can clearly say that parts of U2’s song were directly lifted and put into this one. It just has a similar sound to it, but that’s about all.

On that note, we’ve been thinking a lot about what Kpop is as a genre lately, and it doesn’t really seem like you can say that Kpop has a genre of music, the way rock is a genre and hip hop is a genre, because every Kpop song seems to take from different genres. On that note, you can really say the same about Big Bang as well. What is their genre, really? What is their sound? They’re clearly distinguishable by their voices, sure, but could you really listen to a beat and say that it has a Big Bang vibe to it? Anyone? Compare this song to Tonight, Baby Goodnight, VVIP, and High High. Aren’t they all toooootally different songs? You can easily say that one group has imitated Big Bang’s image, sure, but what about a Big Bang sound?

Otherwise, does anyone have any good guesses as to what the video’s about? From what we could see in the rubble, there was police tape, burnt cars, a gas station, shopping carts, telephone poles, a sign for a cathedral in Europe, and tires that spit out fire…and then a dropping car. It’d be easy to just dismiss this as weird stuff put together in a cool way, but there’s got to be a better answer for it than that. Anyone?

As always, JB and Annie from [닉쑤] Enjoy Your Happy Life~* are awesome for STILL translating our videos into Korean. Huzzah! Also, Big Bang just released the Special Edition of their latest album, so get yourself a copy by clicking on the image below. Bam!


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  1. Big Bang for sure.

    And you MUST review Itaewon Freedom next week!

    9 years ago
  2. I LOVE RAIN…SOLID

    9 years ago
  3. BIG. BANG.

    9 years ago
  4. Eva

    Rain (:

    9 years ago
  5. Big Bang <3

    9 years ago
  6. I like both Love Songs but I choose RAIN

    9 years ago
  7. wow..BTB…why don’t YOU learn how to offer criticism without sounding like a stick-up-yer-bum. Your passive-aggressive approach: I like your video, but you don’t have musical knowledge, stick with the fluff – makes you sound like a twat.

    9 years ago
  8. harsh

    9 years ago
  9. Bigbang of course it is Bigbang … who esle ?!

    You’re video was really awesome I laughed so much that I end up crying of laugh ! the dream part was awesome.

    And yeah! this MV is really great and in w&b it’s really great, quiet and everything, an exellent MV that proves once and again that Bigbang are just better than anyone … with style ^^
    They should try internationnal albums … I wish they could succed

    9 years ago
  10. umm…unless BB can take their shirts off and “roll” their abs for me, then it must absolutely be Rain. And his song was just beautiful…when I wasn’t being distracted by the shirtlessness. >_>

    9 years ago
  11. Nooooo!!!!!!!! I’m stuck in China and can’t watch your awesomeness cuz China banned youtube!!!!!!!! I feel like crying a river right now because I can’t see your video!

    9 years ago
    • Holy crap that’s terrible! You can still go through our iTunes, I’m pretty sure. Click on the Apple link in the green toolbar at the bottom of the page. We don’t update it immediately; we usually give it a week or so…but at least I don’t think that iTunes is blocked as well…is it?

      9 years ago
  12. I love RAIN n BIGBANG!!!
    How can I choose???
    I ‘ll go w RAIN
    Sr BB :(((((((((((

    9 years ago
  13. BIGBANG! <3

    9 years ago
  14. this has to be my favorite kpop mv of all time. not only do the boys look great but cinematography wise, it’s nearly perfect.
    but watching simon as big bang members was painful to watch.

    9 years ago
  15. Tough choice. Rain has a nice smooth love song, but gotta go for BIG BANG. I like the meaning more, and the video is awesome.

    Also, my vote for next week’s Music Monday: Park Bom “Don’t Cry”

    9 years ago
  16. Rain! While I love the Big Bang song, the way Rain whispers, “Saranghae” at the end gets me every time ^.^

    9 years ago
  17. Rain!!!! I LOVE HIMM!!!
    could you review “Mirror,Mirror”- 4MINUTE
    OR
    DR.FEEL GOOD- RaNia

    9 years ago
  18. big bang!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    9 years ago
  19. I love your videos, always makes me think! ^^

    9 years ago
  20. absolutely bigbang-love song.. it’s a song that full of meaning. in every step of their moves, their lyrics, it’s all telling content of the song. about a crush car that means a crush of their heart when they remind the girl, and also their bird moves that mean they wanna run to the girl to cure their loneliness even it’s hard for them… wooah, this is amazing song and music video for me.. thank you for sharing . :D

    9 years ago
  21. RAIN HANDS DOWN~!!!! I mean who can beat Bi?!

    9 years ago
  22. This video is really funny ! ( I am Korean :) )

    9 years ago
  23. YES. ITAEWON FREEDOM. COME’ON.
    (you could just.. once… ignore all requests and do the one we all know you want to next week? :D or not.. :c )
    And I’ll have to give those two lovesongs a tie, if I’m allowed to. :3

    9 years ago
  24. im a big fail on k-pop music because i just found it and i dont know who big bang or top or g-dragon are but, thank you for introducing them to me

    9 years ago
  25. BIGBANG’s love song!!

    Park Bom “Don’t Cry” next week please!!!

    9 years ago
  26. RAIN!! Rain’s Love Song!!

    9 years ago
  27. definitely bigbang’s love song!

    9 years ago
  28. DAMN! I really love Big bang but Rain got me into KPOP….
    errrrr I’ll pick…

    …..

    BOTH!!!

    9 years ago
  29. While I admit that would love the job of glistening Rain’s arms or being the one that he dancing to^_^ BIGBANG’s love song i think is more upbeat and catchy

    9 years ago
  30. I think Some love affair caused them to somehow be in a huge accident and time is breifly frozen so the members of BigBang can have a sort of out of body experience and lament their fate. They’re really in the car that explodes at the end. At least, that’s how I put it together. In the end though, it’s BigBang, so it really doesn’t matter if it makes sence…

    9 years ago
  31. I think I may be the only female not in love with Rain but I will vote for him anyway because he made MBLAQ :) and also I find his ridiculous shirt dance quite halarious!

    9 years ago
  32. rainnnnnn <3

    9 years ago
  33. itaewon freedom for music monday!!!

    9 years ago
  34. Rain Rain Rain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Whooooooo!!!!!!!!! And ya u should do a song by ft island!!!! Ok

    9 years ago
  35. without any doubt Rain

    9 years ago
  36. My vote is for big bang love song !!
    hey guys why don’t you do a music show about FT island I really love them <3<3<3

    9 years ago
  37. Ren

    okay so theres this really funny website that makes fun of famous stars in korea and its really funny… check it out~ supper funnyy! >.<

    http://mujigay.com/tag/nichkhun

    9 years ago
  38. Hey Simon and Martina~!
    I really wish you’d do a K-Pop music mondays for Itaewon Freedom because…well. It’s Itaewon Freedom- can’t say much more hahaha!
    However, I have a feeling that because of f(x)’s comeback, you will not be able to do so. I know a lot of viewers including me and my own friends would like you to at least do a short video, perhaps on the bonus channel, over your feelings about the video. No fancy schmancy video editing or fancy schmancy camera necessary xD

    9 years ago