With GD's new album just around the corner, I finally get to Ri's release!
This one has some really nice camera effects and use of lighting and reflection and shadow to very effectively generate a cool & distant mood amid the warm sounds of the acoustic guitar. At length I do think that the artsiness of the reflections does get to be more of a distraction than the effective tool they start out as, but it's an interesting stab at a unique cinematic device.
Also, SeungRi looks good in this video; suave and classy, smoothe and sexy, and everything he's been trying to be forever, he's finally captured the idea he's been grasping at for years and he did it very well. None of it feels over the top or ridiculous, and the same smoldering looks he's been utilizing for years have finally clicked perfectly into place here, he's finally learned to use them in just the right way. I'm not a huge fan of the choreography, it's pretty straight forward and rather more "pretty-boy popstar" than "Kpop all-kill" but SeungRi can make it work well enough. Downsides, there is no detailed cinematic story-line, the artsy imagery covers the choreo, and the dance isn't even all that spectacular to begin with . . . so it really can't score very high, regardless of the fact that I like it.
Trackwise, it's very well balanced and spatialized, his voice is utilized well and mixed perfectly into the melodic structure, gaining support where he needs it and rising above where he can shine. The vamps are spectacular, there's an ever so slight BPM boost as we swing into the chorus and it's just lovely to listen to. Lyrically it's okay, I'm not a huge fan of the chorus, but I like the melodic-rhythmic-interplay elements it makes use of as it drops down well over an octave and the verses pack in what meaning is lacking in the chorus. And then the way the bridge lets the pounding bass fall away, but pushes up the tension by having the piano playing double-time and letting it all echo away into the lower frequencies . . . *shivers* THAT is how a bridge is supposed to feel, not like it hits you, but like suddenly you've run out of sidewalk and are hanging in the air about to fall. I do wish the return was a bit more dramatic, so that you do feel a fall before you slide back into the verse, but the way it's done here an admirable sliding of support back under your feet in almost an apologetic manner (like "we're sorry we didn't have a sign about the road coming to an end, here have some more and we'll pretend this never happened"...). The song does have build and evolution, but it doesn't feel like you really get anywhere with it. Perhaps if the chorus had more to it, if that part could evolve along with the rest of the track . . . because as it is, the movement isn't really felt, even though it is there . . . at least not until the 'end' when the dubstep thing ramps up. I honestly LOVED that part, but I did wish that some of the artsiness would have cleared away, that the vamp wasn't quite as strung out as it is, and that it didn't just slide back into the feel of the chorus . . . even so, great track.