JEA - "BAD GIRL"
1. Bad Girl (Feat. Jung Yup)
2. Isle of Tears
JeA of the talented girl group Brown Eyed Girls is back with a new single, "Bad Girl." Her first solo effort in three years, the leader of BEG produced this disc. Jung Yeop of R&B boy band Brown Eyed Soul composed and wrote the lyrics for the title track.
"Bad Girl" is the title track on this single, an acoustic ballad played on piano. The piano matches her note for note initially, and then, pleadingly, Jung Yeop's soft voice comes in, making it somewhat of a duo. He exits quickly, leaving her to deliver a blistering outro. I like some the vocal snaps she gives, right before taking a breath, giving the song more style than a less capable singer might bring. The song has kind of a messed up message: "I love you, but I cheated on you. Now hate me and make it easy on me so I can leave."
On "Isle of Tears" she does something entirely different with her vocals, instead hitting high notes and those gusty refrains where it sounds literally if the music is torn out of her and given voice. The piano and string combo for the instrumentation is pushed to the background here, allowing JeA's voice to shine through. It's fairly evocative, too: "like islands in the memories trapped in tears." JeA's telling her man that she's in pain because they broke up.
Overall, I think this is another strong outing for JeA. She has a fairly strong voice which really makes these two singles pop. If you're a fan of Brown Eyed Girls, or just a fan of ballads in general, pick this up.
The MV has her covering up furniture and repainting, even as memories intrude, forcing her into reverie as she tries to do this. It's an interesting effect, as she puts superhuman effort into the coverup job, throwing herself into her work. She doesn't finish. And even as the paint-speckled singer pauses, we can see paint buckets of various colors around the room. It's obvious that pink was merely her latest attempt.
They do a good job of conveying pain and regret. It's pretty obvious what's going on here, from the contemplative looks to the episodes with the paint, stains that won't come off. JeA's also a lovely woman, which helped keep my interest.
The costuming is an interesting contrast. At first we have tank top and shorts, the 'I don't care too much what I look like' outfit. And during some scenes, she's all dolled up - her hair up - and sporting a nice, tasteful dress. It works well and lends a dynamism to the MV.
Ultimately, this MV works on a lot of different levels. There wasn't much in the way of special effects but what they did have was refined and well done. The obvious scenes of remorse were well done, and gave you the definite sensation of a woman in pain. Videos like this are a pleasure to watch.