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[Single & MV Review] IOI - 'Whatta Man'

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IOI - 'Whatta Man' 


Track list


1. Whatta Man (Good man)


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IOI's sub-unit is snatching wins and fans' hearts with "Whatta Man (Good man)," which is now over 5 million views and still going strong. 

It's a release that many people anticipated, and for fans especially the song was everything they wanted and more. The girls are taking on a whole new, 'different' approach with a 'sexy' concept - one that isn't necessarily novel in K-Pop but hasn't yet been tried by IOI. 


No doubt the concept and song are sexy because, well, it is pretty much a remake of the incredibly sexy song "Whatta Man" by Salt 'N' Pepa which, in turn, is sampled from Linda Lyndell's "What a Man." The chorus to IOI's "Whatta Man" sounds exactly the same as the choruses of "Whatta Man" and "What a Man" by Salt 'N' Pepa and Linda Lyndell, respectively. 


Because I knew from the get-go that "Whatta Man" is just a rendition of the two older songs, I couldn't help but hear the originals in my head even as I listened to IOI's "Whatta Man." This is not to say that IOI's version is godawful; in fact, IOI puts a fun, dance pop spin on it, slowing down the tempo just a teeny bit and harmonizing to the chorus in a noticeably higher pitch that appeal to the general K-Pop audience. From all the recent wins on music shows, it's clear that the song struck a chord with the mainstream masses, and it also speaks to IOI's current 'trending' status. When putting the two elements together (mass appeal & trending status), you've got the recipe for success. 


For me personally, IOI's version didn't really live up to the originals, especially because the originals are so good. IOI's "Whatta Man" honestly sounds like a cheap copy of Salt N' Pepa and Linda Lyndell's songs, and aside from the catchiness of the chorus, the song wasn't all that memorable or impressive. The only part that stands out is the chorus, which sounds pretty much exactly like the older songs. With such a rushed, unoriginal concept and song, I think it's safe to say that the only thing earning the girls all the recent wins is mostly thanks to their popularity. 


MV Review


I can't fathom what is going on in this MV. The whole premise of the MV revolves around Choi Yoo Jung undergoing a total makeover to get the guy she fancies to finally notice her, and when he does notice her, she just snubs him. ...what? If she was just going to snub him in the end, then what was the point of going through all that trouble? The poor guy is so confused at the end, that I almost felt bad for him. Maybe IOI was trying to go for that female empowerment concept, declaring that they 'don't need no man' which is kind of rendered null by the fact that Yoo Jung spent the whole MV dolling herself up to flip her hair at the end. And the song is titled "Whatta Man (Good man)"--emphasis on the good--but the guy in the video is obviously not a "good man" from the way he emotionally torments Yoo Jung so. So yeah, this MV made no sense, and except for the girls looking hot, there is really not much else going on. 


Score


MV Relevance.........5
MV Production........8
MV Concept.............4 


Album Production...5
Album Concept........7
Tracklisting..............5


OVERALL.............5.7

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    fairytaeil Sunday, August 21, 2016

    it would've been better if the writer tried to be constructive instead of only pointing out the flaws of the song

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    cassiecassie Sunday, August 21, 2016

    Why so harsh on the girls? The concept is unoriginal, yes, but it's still good. They're a temporary group so originality has never been their priority. So if not originality, what else do they have to offer? Visual, talent, genuineness, and a song that's catchy enough. This comeback checked every box.I get that the writer is disappointed because this is a more "instant" rendition to their favourite songs, but it's so thoughtless of them to disregard the girls' effort and talent. Look at the powerful choreo by Queen Chungha. Look at Pinky's high note. Look at timid Yoojung's swag. Look at Sohye's clean (enough) moves. Saying that they got here merely by popularity is very stupid.

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    cassiecassie Sunday, August 21, 2016

    As for how it reminds the writer about the original songs - I didn't know these songs before hand so it reminded me of nothing. I honestly don't know why the writer of this review stressed so much on the originality and how it should live up to the originals. That's not the point of IOI. It's like comparing Selena Gomez to Celine Dion and being disappointed that Selena is not as good. You really have to take into account IOI's value as a group. They're an OK group, created not to showcase crazily creative music but to debut talented girls. I will agree with the disappointment on the MV though. The plot is pretty stupid and flat. But it's not unacceptable, it's still realistic to an extent, so I'll take it.

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    Jimininfires Saturday, August 20, 2016

    um this akp writer didn't pay attention because in the mv yoojung is getting made up so he knows what he's missing out on not so he can get his attention and they be together in the end. The other members plus yoojung all show hate for him while she's getting made up and stuff so idk why this writer thinks that yoojung just suddenly "snubs" him in the end. And Allkpop has always been a positive website loving of all kpop groups and singers, so hiring this writer was clearly a mistake.

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    hana_sakura Saturday, August 20, 2016

    "With such a rushed, unoriginal concept and song, I think it's safe to say that the only thing earning the girls all the recent wins is mostly thanks to their popularity" >> I think this is uncalled for. It's an insult to the girls who have worked hard. I'm glad you stated at the top that this review is only your opinion, jubilantj, because yeah, clearly, it's a biased opinion. Still, even if you're writing your opinion of the song as a writer from AKP, you can still give a constructive review instead of trashing on the girls. There's no need to insult them. Seriously, you're only making AKP look worse here.

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    cococcchanel hana_sakura Sunday, August 21, 2016

    I think the song's great. But, it can't be denied that their popularity has affected the success of the song.

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    hana_sakura cococcchanel Monday, August 22, 2016

    Yeah but to say they're winning mostly because of their popularity is implying that they can't sing and that their efforts are not appreciated, which is not true. I mean, people love the song, and it's a daring concept. I don't think a writer from a news article should express his/her opinions that way.

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    cococcchanel hana_sakura Tuesday, August 23, 2016

    I don't think, in any way, that their wins due to their popularity implies they can't sing. For example, Kim Soohyun and Jun Jihyun, as well as Song Joongki and Song Hyekyo, received high view ratings for their dramas. But, it doesn't mean they can't act. The same goes for IOI. I find the majority of the girls to sing well. Still, their popularity from The Producers has affected the song's success. If the reviewer, on the other hand, does it imply, I can't say – it's an individual interpretation

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    cococcchanel Tuesday, August 23, 2016

    *for their dramas partly because of their already established popularity

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    krell Saturday, August 20, 2016

    suFor the AKP Writer to somewhat 'trash' this *very* popular IOI song, seems somewhat 'brave' and foolhardy at the same time. To big IOI fans, I would suggest that a *bad* review can cause some to *listen* to the song, in order to figure out what is so 'bad' about it. Which, causing people to *listen* to the song; pay attention to the IOI Group, is what you WANT that. So, in the end, I suggest taking these 'not favorable' reviews with a 'grain of salt.' NO REASON to get overly excited about it all, as I see it.

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    ahgase88 Saturday, August 20, 2016

    These writers are rude and biased af, they need to be fired.

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    exocool Saturday, August 20, 2016

    The song and the mv are ok...

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    cococcchanel Saturday, August 20, 2016

    I like Whatta Man a lot. The reviewer should've balanced between what they liked and disliked more, to give of constructive criticism. However, simply because the reviewer didn't like the song, doesn't mean they're a horrible, bad person. I could understand the reviewer's opinion on the MV as I had a similar first reaction since I paid more attention to the song. The plot became clear the second time though, and to me, the MV seemed to celebrate friendship and girl power. It was nice to watch!

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    i_am_diffrent Saturday, August 20, 2016

    Allkpop REALLY needs new reviewers. Fire this horrible reviewer, doesn't even know what the HECK they are saying, it's unbelievable. Terrible review of an otherwise really good song.

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    scifiwifi Saturday, August 20, 2016

    AS EXPECTED,SO LOW! I really think they are doing this on purpose. I kinda agree the MV is kinda cliche but it fits the song and it is tolerable unlike other mvs. The song, on the other hand, is just mind-blowing, vocal-wise. I became a fan of IOI because of this song. I cant put up with how AKP is doing their job. They dont write excellent articles; some of them have typographical errors, a lot are poorly translated,  titles are always clickbait (typical but annoying), and they always want to start fan wars. If only I can manage to check every onehallyu group page for news I wouldnt read another article in this site. Journalism died here.

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