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[Song & MV Review] 2NE1 - 'Goodbye'

By eric_r_wirsing   Monday, January 23, 2017   50,248   11,907   15



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1. 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.


MV Relevance.......9
MV Production......8
MV Concept..........9


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NovaLuna Tuesday, January 24, 2017

This song is definitely 10/10 for me. I'm a BLACKJACK  and I belong only to this fandom. Hearing the song the first time genuinely made me cry because of the disbandment (Well, actually I started crying right then when I saw that CL was lying on "CRUSH" album blanket, surrounded by the candles :'( ) But when I listened to it a couple more times, I realized, that the lyrics are so beautiful and mean much more than just a goodbye...

kddicted Tuesday, January 24, 2017


sndalo Monday, January 23, 2017

of my point of view this is 10 !! yes! legends all the way  2ne1

whogivesa Monday, January 23, 2017

Dara's part may not have been as long as CL's and Bom's, but it was beautiful and very fitting for her voice. The song and mv were overall beautiful. Never thought I'd cry for anything kpop related but man, this got me good. 2ne1 were and will always be legends. I will never get over their breakup. They deserved better.

federick Monday, January 23, 2017

lol . 8.5?????

Yolo212121 Monday, January 23, 2017

*cries a fucking ocean*

miitsss Monday, January 23, 2017

Dara is vocally not great... giving her a large chunk in any song would be unfair to the others lol.

miitsss Monday, January 23, 2017

Also I thought the verses were emotionally stronger, rawer, than the chorus... it's the lyrics and the knowledge that this is will be their last song that makes it hit the spot - but objectively, in itself the chorus feels a bit repetitive and the accoustic guitar becomes a bit *cough* annoying *cough*

Sakura_Chan Monday, January 23, 2017

I cried when I listened to this song. As a blackjack, I feel what CL is trying to convey. Losing Minzy is painful. She's like the baby of the group. Plus the video isn't helping at all. It's so melancholic. Don't worry, you guys will reunite sometime in the future. It may not be soon but I have hope that it will happen.

pandabarrels Monday, January 23, 2017

I think the songwriting deserves a bit more credit. A lot of meaningful lyrics, but one of my favorite lines of the song was when CL sang "When winter passes, spring will come again, you know this." Not only does it give a sense of hope, it also has a double meaning because Bom's name means spring in Korean. <3

Lea_Assuno_Sun Monday, January 23, 2017

Sgwriting 10!!

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