Month: April 2015

Shuffle-It Sunday

Well, it’s been a really long time since our last Shuffle-It Sunday, and I’m really glad to have found some time to do it this week, despite having a research report to write. This was always my favorite day of the week for our blog. No reviews though, just a list. Enjoy!

1. Kim Hyun Joong – Smile

 

2. Aaron Yan – 這不是我 (That’s Not Me)

 

3. Dalmatian – Lost in Love

 

4. C-Clown – 멀어질까봐 (Far Away… Young Love)

 

5. CN Blue – Cold Love

 

6. Jung Dong Ha – Mystery

 

7. Jun.K ft. J.Lim – Don’t Go

 

8. MyName – Baby, I’m Sorry

 

9. EXO – XOXO

 

10. TeenTop – 향수 뿌리지마 (Don’t Spray Perfume)

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The Ark – 빛 (The Light)

Okay! Moving on from SM to, I believe it’s Key Entertainment. Anyway, up next we have rookie girl group The Ark’s debut with The Light!

Okay, not bad. It definitely has that motivational feel, and heartbreaking kind of sound. I’m excited to see the voices to the faces I don’t know yet. The only downside is that, although I like the song overall, nothing really surprised me. It sounded very much like a song meant for a rookie debut. I like that it’s a different sound from most rookie girl groups, but The Ark is also debuting among some big sunbaes, so I was hoping they would deliver something more. I also noticed that this song has a lot of Kim Yuna rapping. But there are other rappers, right? Why didn’t it get split up a little more equally? I would have loved to hear more from each of the members? But it seems like some of the members got overshadowed greatly, and I feel like they all actually have beautiful voices. Nonetheless, The Ark has garnered my interest, and I look forward hearing more of them and seeing them grow.

I give the music video a 10 because that mom is beautiful and sure can act.

Overall score: 8.5. I don’t think I’ll add it to my iTunes, but it is a beautiful song. I first saw Jeon Min Joo on KPOP Star 2, and she had IDOL written all over her. From YooYoo, she had the most potential in the industry in my opinion. I’m glad she’s officially debuting now, and I look forward to more from her.

Got a song you think is great? Share it with us! Email us at zoda_reviews_94@yahoo.com, tweet us at @zodareviews94, or to our personal Twitters found in the About page.

– Zoey

Girl’s Generation – Catch Me If You Can

We’re on an SM roll! We have Girl’s Generation’s newest release next: Catch Me If You Can!

Okay, I know I’m going to get bashed and hated on, but in my honest opinion, this did not help me recover from Mr. Mr., although I do like it much more. And that opening sound did not sound pretty to my ears. I had to pull my headphones out because it made me cringe. Overall, the song sounded a lot like the female twist of DBSK’s Catch Me. I can see that this song is geared more towards dance, but come on! It was very monotone in my opinion. It actually kind of bored me. But, I did love Seohyun’s and Taeyeon’s parts. Their voices never fail to get me. I noticed that Yuri and Hyoyeon got more parts as well, which was a nice low-tone to hear from them. I also noticed Sooyoung’s voice more, which has a beautiful, clear ring to it. I’m not hating on GG because I know they can sing their hearts out, but who oversaw the production of this song?!!!

As for the music video, I liked it much more than I liked the song. The choreography was definitely meant for GG. Although, what was with the random, and awkward, lip bite from Tiffany?

Overall score: 7. I’m actually feeling very neutral about this song. I don’t absolutely hate it, but nor do I love it. So, I don’t really have anything else to add. I guess I’m just a bit disappointed.

Got a song you think is great? Share it with us! Email us at zoda_reviews_94@yahoo.com, tweet us at @zodareviews94, or to our personal Twitters found in the About page.

– Zoey

EXO – Call Me Baby

We’re a little late in the game, but here’s our review for EXO’s latest release, Call Me Baby!

Needless to say, I liked it; it’s a very catchy song. Honestly though, it didn’t get me on the first listen like Wolf or Growl did, and I think those two songs will be hard for EXO to top, personally. But the song did slowly grow on me after listening to it a few more times. I actually like the Chinese version more though. Anyway, as always, the chorus was what did the trick. I found myself humming along to it after the second listen. D.O.’s voice also really stood out to me this time. Well… D.O., himself, really stood out to me. Of course I knew he could sing, but for some reason, I could really hear his voice this time around. I especially loved his harmonization with Chen. I also loved that Lay got more prominent parts in the song. I’ve always loved hearing his voice; it’s sweet, smooth, and very clear. His voice is one that makes me just want to smile.

As for the music video, I loved the dance overall. All I have to say is, who styled Kai? I honestly did not like how he looked in this MV, and could someone please stop the stylists from ever giving middle-split hair to these idols?! It did no justice for both Kai and Chen!

Overall score: 8. I like the song, and I could listen to it every now and then, but I probably won’t play it as many times as I did with Wolf and Growl. It’s kind of hard to not compare EXO’s songs to these because those two songs were the songs that really got me into EXO. I’ve stopped listening to Overdose for awhile now already; I just listen to it whenever I have my iTunes on shuffle. I also didn’t think this album followed up well to EXO’s previous albums, but that’s because of my personal preference for music. I know a lot of other people who absolutely loved the album, like Darice. I’m sure that some time down the road, the album will grow on me. I did, however, like El Dorado and Hurt. I could also, for some odd reason, really hear where Kris would have had his parts if he was still in the group. On the other hand, because EXO has so many beautiful vocals, missing Luhan’s voice wasn’t as noticeable. But everyone has moved on, and I hope this will be the last time I mention EXO, Kris, and Luhan in the same post. Anyway, regardless of my opinion, Xiumin, Suho, Lay, Baekhyun, Chen, Chanyeol, D.O., Kai, Tao, and Sehun are all doing great after overcoming a harsh year in 2014, and are continuing their rise in fame.

“Never don’t mind about a thing.”

On a side note, SM, please use your money to get your English right. Sehun sounds like Google Translate. How about trying, “Don’t you worry ’bout a single thing” next time?

Got a song you think is great? Share it with us! Email us at zoda_reviews_94@yahoo.com, tweet us at @zodareviews94, or to our personal Twitters found in the About page.

– Zoey

À La Folie, Pas du Tout (He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not)

It’s time for a Film Friday, and we have the French movie He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not as our choice!

Angélique is a successful art student, who works part-time at a cafe and house sits for a wealthy family that is on vacation. The movie opens with her purchasing a single pink rose and has it delivered to her lover, Dr. Loïc Le Garrec, who is married. Although Angélique’s friends disapprove of her relationship, she insists that Loïc will leave his wife for her. And the opportunity comes when Loïc’s wife has a miscarriage, bringing hardship to the married couple. However things change when Angélique realizes that her planned romantic getaway with Loïc falls through as he decides to reconcile with his wife. She falls into depression with destructive behavior, losing her job and scholarship along the way.

When Loïc is charged with assault of one of his patients, Angélique sees her chance to win him back by going to the patient’s house to convince the patient to drop the charges. But Angélique’s presence causes the patient to have a heart attack and die. She covers it up by making the incident look like it was a robbery, but in the end, Loïc is framed for the murder. As Loïc is arrested, he shares a love-filled embrace with his wife, which Angélique sees. Angelique thus attempts suicide through gas inhalation…

And then we rewind to the beginning, and see everything through Loïc’s point of view.

My French teacher in high school showed this movie to us during class after an exam, and I absolutely loved it! It was very entertaining and I really enjoyed watching it and seeing the story line unfold. If you love psychology, then I would definitely recommend this movie for you! Audrey Tautou is a wonderful actress, and I cannot see anyone else portraying Angélique other than her.

– Zoey