2NE1 - GOODBYE
Sad but true, 2NE1 bid us farewell last year. But there is a silver lining: they did leave us this final gift to remember them by, one last song before the curtain falls. Their swan song.
The tune itself is a melancholy one, sung to an acoustic guitar with some unique chord progressions, almost like it was sampled backwards. The vocals really lend themselves to the subject matter and are intensely evocative. The times when Park Bom and CL launch into the chorus, there is a single word, "goodbye," that echoes slightly, and the girls nail that part. It's raw and definitely emotional.
In some ways, the song felt a bit incomplete, or at least lopsided member-wise. This might be because of the absence of Minzy, but I realized that we don't get much Dara at all. Each of the members really had a purpose in their music. CL was tough as nails, Park Bom was the vocal powerhouse, and Dara was always there to smooth things out and soften the songs a bit. Throughout this song, she gets two tiny parts, which I felt a bit unfair.
Still, overall, the tune was awesome. I know it was originally written for Minzy and then edited to be for the fans as well, but I think it serves its dual purpose admirably. While I might want something more badass, this is far more appropriate. It is the last song, and it is a good one.
If I thought the song was emotional, I wasn't prepared for the MV. And it's here that the sense of isolation that the song imparts is given its match. Through candles, silhouettes, and superimposed images, along with snatches of other performances and MVs from 2NE1 with Minzy, bring a lot of feels to the fore.
If you're a blackjack, you're going to need tissues to watch this one.
Everything here suggests something to tug at the heartstrings, like veiled figures, the remaining members walking alone, backgrounds that echo devastation, and grim expressions. This is not played for fun in any way and lays bare the bleakness that a lot of us must have felt when we heard the news. There's no dancing, no fanfare, and no color.
But I think there is one thing that gives hope. The candles that appear in so many of the scenes are a symbol of comfort, of a light in the darkness. We can trust that in time we can look back fondly and remember. As the song says, "Until the faraway day when we meet again."
The MV handles all this rather adroitly, and I misted up a bit. This song, this video, both of them go hand in hand. Definitely, a combo not to be missed.