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[MV & Album Review] B.A.P - 'Rose / Wake Me Up'

By AllK_Maknae   Tuesday, March 14, 2017   26,327   2,958   25



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The rough and rowdy guys of B.A.P are back and bringing more edge to their music than ever with "Wake Me Up," an intense, dark track of off their 6th single album 'Rose.' Their comeback has been anticipated and the boys deliver - with some tracks being more rewarding than others.


"Wake Me Up" is a deep song that has more power in the words rather than the beat. Their instrumental is filled with everything a rock dream is made of - a powerful electric guitar (with steady strumming), blaring sounds and clapping throughout the instrumental and a lot of rises in the tempo towards the refrain as they shout "Wake Me Up" repetitiously. See for yourself in the MV below. 

While the song may be addictive to others, it is simply not my cup of tea. Their voices really blend nicely with the tough instrumental, especially during the raps and the cooing "Ooh Ooh Ooh" chorus, but I wasn't impressed by this song entirely.

The MV does justice for the song as it creates a really compelling story as you can see the two main leads struggling within themselves and trying to "wake up." As you watch the lyrics alongside the MV, the story comes to life quite easily. Although it may seem like a song with a familiar concept, the lyrics have a deeper meaning. 

Lyrics like "I'm awakening a different me inside. The faint light that was turned off, Wake me up, open my eyes," and "That innocent child has grown up suddenly. Now I'll awaken this fearful society" have me wondering if the idea of "waking up" is to see through someone or something after all this time and facing the lie head on.

The 'Rose' mini album continues to go on with the dark and intensified concept with "Dystopia." The heavy, rock sound and electric guitar alongside the blaring drumming are very overwhelming for those who aren't into the rock scene. The vocals are still gentle and compelling but the instrumental is, without a doubt, rough. Matching its name, the song "Dystopia" is definitely chaotic and noisy, to say the least.

After  "Wake Me Up." the album comes to a close with "Diamond 4 Ya." This song has an obvious trap and hip hop influence that was done quite well. It almost sounds like something SHINee would be found singing. The melody is whiny and odd as there is a faint screeching in the background alongside the auto-tuned vocals and industrial sound effects. In a word, it is mystifying and a lot more attention grabbing than the other tracks.

Overall, the 'Rose' album was a bit weaker than I had hoped. While I appreciate most of the meaningful lyrics in the songs and was impressed to see such a strong rock sound coming from a K-Pop group, it just didn't blow me away. Although "Wake Me Up" is a lyrical masterpiece, I wasn't feeling it on the instrumental side - and when it comes to music, the sound is a major aspect of truly enjoying the music. Maybe B.A.P's next album can bloom into something more rewarding.


MV Relevance..........7
MV Production.........8
MV Concept.............7
Album Production....8
Album Concept........9


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julee22 Monday, April 24, 2017

I've definitely learned that BAP has a specific sound to them despite their exploration into a multitude of genres. You'll probably never hear a 'clear' or 'clean' song from them. And if you're not into it, then you're not so I agree with the author's take on Dystopia. I preferred Skydive musically over Wake Me Up but the lyrical importance of Wake Me Up always has me replaying it.

NoelaMiki_ARMY Thursday, March 16, 2017

Go stuff your biased mouth with dirty socks. Allkpop is such trash, I can't believe it. This is so unproffesional. You should be objetive when writing a review. Who gives a fuck about your personal opinion? Nobody does, you're an irrelevant nobody.

oliviasolscott Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Please go to journalism school and learn how to write a proper review, dear. Reviews are supposed to be unbiased, which yours is not. You're not supposed to compare one thing to something more your style either. I'm not telling you this as a B.A.P fan: I am telling you this as a writer. Your opinion will be respected more if you had a professional tone, unbiased writing, and wrote using more depth. Second, the "Wake Me Up" MV has more than "two main leads."

LeNoirFromRose Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Yeah well, who wrote this should be KING ... But the KING of stupidity! You should like typical groups with dancing songs and catchy that attract with cheap marketing, visits bought, sponsorships and well you know, what the common people listen. For your information author of this mediocre review, B.A.P is not for everyone and it is a fact that his note is more personal style becoming an Anti resent. It is a taste that does not like B.A.P because as I said it is not for any worldly, it is for people who can listen to TRUE music and that we remain at the forefront of what this rotten world offers us. So I hope and continue polluting your mind and bad musical ear with your marketing groups cheap.

Rainbow185 Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Miss me with your biased ass reviews. Noir which was one of the best albums of 2016 also got 7/10 . So popular groups music can get 9/10 but BAP who have both skilled vocals and rappers and experiments with genres are normally successful always get this score? Bye.

BabyArmy13 Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Oh, and also, I don't know where "auto-tuned vocals" are, but there isn't a second of autotune in this entire single album, what the hell. Diamond 4 Ya has a lot of stuff in it. Reverb, yes. Some kick ass falsetto. Some awesome contrasting rhythmic devices that act as counterpoint to a more static vocal rhythm, which creates a soncally interesting package, especially when coupled with the parts that line up between the two in the chorus, definitely. But not a lick of autotune. This reviewer either knows nothing about music and musical devices in pop music, or didn't care enough to really listen.

shubhajan Wednesday, March 15, 2017

great score!

Sanjaree0409 Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wow this is some top class shit of an article. I want to say so many things but I guess most of the other comments covered it. Oh and btw this is why groups like BAP don't get enough recognition cause you would rather see them dance to some catchy beats than produce actual music.

wienmel Tuesday, March 14, 2017

This author definitely has some weird tastes in music.

dahyessi Tuesday, March 14, 2017

LMFAO twice's mv got 9 but you give 7 and 8 to wake me up? what a fcking joke

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