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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. Really like both songs, but … RAIN wins this one <3

    8 years ago
  2. BIG BANG

    8 years ago
  3. BIGBANG~ !
    love ya guys !

    8 years ago
  4. RAIN!!!!!!!!! He’s gonna be all over you like egg on a bowl of bibimbap!

    8 years ago
  5. The most important part of this MV is that it’s a non-cut MV!!!!
    OMG… I can’t make up my mind…. shall I vote to Big Bang?! or Rain?!
    facing the dilemma…

    8 years ago
  6. Sorry, I commented twice.. don’t know why :(

    8 years ago
  7. big bang…. though I like Rain too!

    8 years ago
  8. Love Song video is not a “story” but a symbolic adventure depicting the devastation when love goes bad…. just the wreck of a life. Cheery, huh?

    8 years ago
  9. Simon, i’d stan you if you were in Big Bang. And i have to vote for Rain

    8 years ago
  10. This song is actually about a lover who has recently died ( you can see from the lyrics of the rap part and articles about this song) and bigbang is showing despair after their lover died in this video. I don’t kno what actually happened during the accident but let’s just say that the video was about a man grieving over his lover’s death by singing this beautiful love song to her :)

    8 years ago
  11. rain i vote for rain…Rain no.1

    8 years ago
  12. I vote for Rain
    The Cloud always suppost for you !
    Fighting !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Rain’s Love Song very good !!!!!!!!!!!!

    8 years ago
  13. I vote for Rain’s Love Song

    8 years ago
  14. RAIN’S LOVE SONG. (gotta love his sexy dance)

    8 years ago
  15. Big Bang’s Love Song. Because it doesn’t take a whole bunch of staged loving and fighting in a music video to show what a (sad) love song is. :(

    8 years ago
  16. BiG BanG !!!

    8 years ago
  17. of course my vote goes to bigbang. The MV is so beautiful. and the song is so addicting. plus TOP is hot and seungri is soo cute. i love seungri’s suit.

    8 years ago
  18. I vote for bb! I like Rain but there’s no way I can compare him to bb, sorry, they’re just too awesome to handle :P
    By the way it’s strange how there are people that say bigbang has not a definite music style, while others say their music sound all the same… My personal opinion is that they try many different styles, but always with a common feel to them, like they make any style their own (maybe I’m exaggerating?).
    Love Kpop music mondays, really, keep going!

    8 years ago
  19. Xin

    I vote RAIN despite big bang’s video is really good.

    8 years ago
  20. definitely BIGBANG. rain’s lovesong gives me the creep. what can i say the song is actually nice the MV too until that one dance move. lol

    8 years ago
  21. I vote we send YG a petition to get TOP’s autograph for Martina :)

    8 years ago
  22. I got to say. You so got to do Itaewon freedom.

    8 years ago
  23. And Martina has got a wonderful magical mysterious mouth…I tried to do that in front of a mirror. I couldn’t.

    8 years ago
  24. Well my theory about that video : The song is about a guy who can’t get over his girlfriend’s death and decide to join her, right ? SO what if, at the end of the video, they make that “jump” =O This can explain why all the accessories are on the right side at the end of the video. If you look closely, all the members have a pin on the left side of their jacket (that’s where the heart is =O) !

    Or it’s just product placement. XD They’ve been sporting a lot of CHROME HEART jewelry lately

    Ok, I must say; my english is not the best thing and even if I try to explain in my native language, I get confused. That video has a Donnie Darko feeling. Totally awesome but as hars as you try to understand it, you just can’t…

    PS: i vote for BIG BANG XD And thank you for that awesome review too !

    8 years ago
  25. Looks like Seungri is wearing a tutu. Black Swan? MEEEHHHHHH??! o_O?

    8 years ago
  26. Why does Simon’s chest look so massive in this video? Working out hardcore mayhaps?

    8 years ago
  27. Oh no!!! This is so hard to choose from!!!!! Rain or Big Bang!!?

    Bigbang

    8 years ago
  28. Martina you look so good with short black hair :D so sexy~ and Simon’s scared face was hilarious! You guys were great, I really liked this review :3

    Big Bang by the way!

    8 years ago
  29. You’re missing the whole point of the video. TOP dances for once. CHOOM TOP!

    8 years ago
  30. L – lovable

    O – outstanding

    V – valuable

    E – extremely awesome

    S -stunning

    O – obsessive

    N – nothing better

    G – gorgeous in every single way!

    <3

    8 years ago
  31. I vote for Big Bang (although I do like Rain too :) such a great MV!

    8 years ago
  32. I likeeee Rain’s love song :3

    I soooooooo love you dragon pjs :D <3

    8 years ago
  33. BIG BANG BIG BANG BIG BANG!!! I vote for Big Bang ^^
    I can’t say anything about MV or MM..because it’s totally cool!!! YG is one step ahead of all kpop culture!
    P.S. You know, I was looking at Simon’s shirt about one minute because I was trying to read it ^^

    8 years ago
  34. BIGBANG!!!!!!

    8 years ago
  35. amm i will vote for big bang ^^ love song <3

    8 years ago
  36. I vote for bigbang.. I felt the song through their video…

    And here’s my say on the music video. which i made a few days ago…

    “One reason why I love this video. Dismissing the FACT that they are BIG BANG, the story plot, the continuous camera, being expressionless, the dance, being black and white and the car explosion in the end. I love the video because of the message delivered. How globally we are at chaos. The cracks – is to earthquakes. The fuel entrance refers to the decreasing gas reserve. Kostel P Marie shows us how people are losing their faith. The burning toy refers to the lose of innocence among children and child abuse. The cars, the destroyed place refers the happenings in our surrounding, wars, obstruction to mother earth and many more. The most freakish of all. The Car from heaven that exploded. END OF THE WORLD. For me, the music video delivered a clear message. Have faith in God. And stop war.”

    8 years ago
  37. Martina, where did you get your robot jacket? <3 MUST HAVE. :D

    8 years ago
  38. BIGBANG !!! woohooo

    8 years ago
  39. RAIN <3 is AWESOME ! <3

    8 years ago
  40. Amazing video.I also liked BIGBANG “I hate this love song”video because it was not the typical kpop video.
    The Simon’s dream part reminded me of Inception(dream in a dream).Was that was the meaning of:”Simon, time for kisses!”? :D :D
    I really liked this Music Monday!^^

    8 years ago