BAEK AH YEON - "SO SO"
1. So So
2. Something To Say
Singer-songwriter Baek Ah Yeon is back, and riding high on the hit single "So So." The track scored an all-kill, slaying it on all 8 online music charts. The new single album also includes the tune "Something To Say." This is her second digital single.
"So So" sounds exactly like you'd expect from a singer-songwriter. The tune wouldn't be out of place at a coffee house, for example: mid-tempo, acoustic guitar...not that I'm complaining. It's a pretty piece from a pretty singer, sung soulfully, almost mournfully at times. In this song she's pining over the fact that nothing in her life seems exciting, and she conveys this wonderfully. It sounds so good but you almost forget that the lyrics are a bit depressing.
"Something To Say" is livelier than the first track. Would it be heresy to suggest that I like this track more than "So So?" Probably. But I'm going to go out on a limb and say that anyway. You can burn me for it later. There's a lot to like here: Not only does it feature her beautiful voice but also the arrangements for the instruments seem a lot more complex. I get a high amount of enjoyment from a tune that seems like it might be challenging to play. Also, the arrangements seem freer and more playful. But I like the lyrics to "So So" better.
Both of these tracks found their way onto my playlist so what more can I say? Neither of these two tunes are merely so-so.
Baek Ah Yeon is in a hospital and the doctors are trying to figure out what's wrong with her and what might cure her. But every cure fails to work -- they are just so-so. They bring her everything from sinful desserts to a hottie offering her flowers and food. What finally heals her broken heart? I won't spoil the ending...
While the song's a bit sad, the went for humor in the MV. The x-rays show a symbolic heart rather than an actual one, and the doctors and nurses mill about like ants in a hive as they scramble for a cure. Well, that might be just because of the sped up parts, but still it made for a few laughs. Her deadpan expression exemplifies the idea of everything just being unexciting.
The hospital was just a set, but still halfway convincing -- except for the pastel colors. Other than that minor point it was still well-filmed and fun to watch. And the dog was cute as all get-out.