The beautiful ballad-brewing boys of K-Pop, BTOB, are back once again to bring delight to the stage with their latest track "Movie" off their album 10th mini album 'Feel'eM.' While some may have found the upbeat, new jack swing track thrilling and fun, I felt it was done before and lackluster.
While "Movie" showcases an adventurous new sound for BTOB, the MV and song as a whole fell short. "Movie" has an upbeat instrumental, filled with jazzy instruments and blaring sounds, and gives me 2010 nostalgia with the heavily autotuned voices - but there is nothing catchy in particular. Even the smooth and soothing way the boys sing and the power behind the rap was a little dry. Check out the song in the MV below!
The MV and lyrics for "Movie" are just as plain as you'd expect. The MV lacks any real storyline and the whole Joker and Harley Quinn relationship fad is so overly played out. Lyrics like "I'll always be new and manly, so you can have my everything" and "Love is like a movie, I hope to love you just like that" don't fall far from any cliches. The idea is charming but overall I wasn't impressed.
The 'Feel'eM' album isn't as disappointing as their promotional track. The electronic-funk sound of "Just Tell Me" is more attention grabbing, easy on the ears and playful overall. Aside from having a wonderful synthetic instrumental and wicked rap, the song does lack a few powerful pieces (like an addictive refrain) in order to make it worthy of a promotion track, but it is a lot more upbeat and exciting than "Movie." It is a great opening track that sets the mood for the album concept.
"About Time" is another autotuned track that utilizes a more mid-tempo beat, steady clapping, and livelier vocals. This synthetic ballad is very appealing and is another reason why "Movie" should have been a side track. "About Time" is very easy to get into and contains a lot of angelic vocals and creates a soothing atmosphere for anyone who listens.
"Rock N Hiphop" is a real game changer as it will completely throw you off as the boys flip the switch on their concept. This song is well-crafted and contains every element to make you addicted and keep this song on repeat.
The beat is fast yet calm, the vocals are steady and clear and it contains a lot of English lyrics which make it easier for international fans to sing along to. "Rock N Hiphop" shockingly has a heavy dose of swag that cannot go unnoticed and showcased a new side of BTOB that I would love to see more of.
Towards the end of the album, BTOB return to their original ballad sound in "Someday." As expected the ballad is well done and familiar, making it easy for new and old fans to enjoy their perfect vocal ranges. "Someday" is heavenly as it utilizes a lot of violins, silence in between the bridge and refrain and has minimal distractions in the instrumental. Overall, it is a great balled to conclude the album with.
In the end, I appreciate BTOB's new approach to music. They showcased a lot of variety, explored their musical identity and created a nice album. However, their promotion track "Movie" was a real miss and will (unfortunately) do poorly for the group. Their other tracks offer so much more potential and power that I hope they plan out their next comeback more thoroughly next time.