2PM, of course. Guilty pleasures, oh guilty pleasures…
I friggin’ love the choreography of this song, Come Back When You Hear This Song and those suspenders on Junho? Yum. It’s a song that I liked immediately upon first spin and watch. That said, it’s no surprise that it’s been my flavor of the week.
As for the second single, A.D.T.O.Y or really just All Day Think of You – it’s slick, alright. But if I’m to be honest, there’s a level of manufactured sophistication to the song, like it’s trying too hard, that I just don’t dig. Plus the falsetto towards the end by Nichkun …ouch, my ears. I love it as much as Come Back When You Hear This Song, but I like it in that KPop-catchy frenzy way, as opposed to being naturally attracted. Not necessarily a bad thing, but that sensual dance move? Hahaha cracks me up every time. These are fine specimens of men, don’t get me wrong, but it’s seriously like selling sex, the male version. It’s working hey, but it’s also oddly funny.
In general, I love it whenever groups make long-awaited comebacks. I’m in no position to judge, critic or whatever 2PM‘s comebacks and songs, having only listened to their singles – I hate Hands Up, to be honest – and seeing some of them in Kdramas and variety shows. However, if I may answer the question on whether or not this comeback is well-worth the wait and quality, especially bearing in mind, the fact that their album is critically titled GROWN – I’d like to try.
As a casual fan, I like the album overall, plus obviously enjoying the singles and loving the choreography in both; more one that the other, but I’ve been catching their live stages – always a good indication. I can’t remember the titles, but there are one or two slower songs in the album that I enjoyed and a particular one they’d sing live sometimes, Suddenly – so obviously an OST track, that it’s no wonder it’s used for Taecyeon’s Jdrama last year, but it’s a great one. Overall, as someone who didn’t really give their previous albums a spin… I dig this one, I do.
If I may bring another relevant topic though, personally, I’ve also always thought that Junho is overshadowed by the rest. Taecyeon and Wooyoung have obviously established their individual popularity through Dream High and other stuff they do; Jun. K is apparently quite the singer-songwriter-composer whammy talent or something along those lines (though personally his persona onscreen turns me off, because he always exudes this exaggerated swag that always translates to Trying Too Hard to me); Chansung‘s physical advantage quite honestly, is his height – he’ll always stand out in a group photo that I can’t help but notice him – and since the (abominable) Kdrama Level 7 Civil Servant, no doubt his market value and significance are now all the more apparent; Nichkun is an obvious standout being a non-Korean and all that jazz – again, I personally don’t find him good-looking but Second Sis positively flails at the sight of him… – which leaves us with… Junho, who caught my attention through the show Music & Lyrics spring last year when he was adorably paired with actress Kim So Eun. Those two were positively adorable and thanks to the show, I found out that he’s also a singer-songwriter-composer triple threat, but unlike Jun. K, he doesn’t seem – to me at least – to be getting the same amount of attention as his group member – which I personally think, is unfortunate. I’ll be honest myself – I think he’s got a great voice and is quite the looker himself, but for some reason I keep finding that he’s surprisingly forgettable when put together with his team.
For this reason then, I’m very happy that he’s given the opening lines and lots of them, in general, in both new singles! Not loving the knee-length pants and long socks outfit in the A. D. T. O. Y. MV but like I said, those suspenders in the other… Yum.
As an added blurb, legendary idols SHINHWA also has a new single and album out. I friggin’ love the album jacket – very, very sophisticated and damn right classy – and loving the choreography too. My only qualm, which is unfortunately an obvious eyesore, is this…
I know the above is from today’s live performance at MBC’s Music Core, but dear God… They look like… I’ll just say it – gigolos, or along those lines. The outfit, the patterns – no, just no. Unfortunately, though less aghast, the outfit is still a miss even in the official MV, which you can stream below.
So… 2PM versus SHINHWA? I love both and I absolutely LOVE Eric – so super sexy, this dude, that it’s a crime – but the former’s comeback is the one that does me in and is yes, my current flavor of the week. Regardless, welcome back all twelve of you oh-so-fine men!