P.O – MEN'z NIGHT
1. MEN'z NIGHT (Feat. Chancellor)
Block B's P.O has graced us with a solo single. He teams up with Chancellor to bring you this one. Both men are mentioned as writing, composing, and arranging the track.
"MEN'z NIGHT" is a funky song about heading out and having a good time. Hardly original lyrically, though there are clever references to Liam Neeson and pop photographer Philippe Halsmann. No, it owes its originality to two sources -- the funk backing track, and (oddly enough) Michael Jackson.
They aren't the first ones to ape the retro funk style. P.O seems to have a fascination with funk and jazz (as can be seen in the BASTARZ releases) and it's where he seems to be most at home. And frankly, this is probably one of the best musical pastiches I've listened to in this style. I think it's the guitars that keep the time, and the distinct lack of horns until later in the song to smooth it out.
The second influence is Michael Jackson. I don't think I need to introduce him, a Google search will tell you more than you ever wanted to know. Suffice it to say he sang in an almost falsetto register, except that that was mostly his normal voice, just exaggerated. His voice shows up in the chorus, and I almost wonder if it's not a sample, but it's more likely autotune.
Autotune and rap play a fairly large part here. I can say that the raps are done well by both P.O. and Chancellor, and somehow seamlessly connect with the sung parts. I have to commend the arrangement there. There's a lot of rap parts that seem tacked on. But not here.
I have to admit that the first time I heard this I was underwhelmed, and definitely not in a party mood. But now that I listen to it more, I like it. And not only that, it makes me want to party and dance. The hooks are catchy, the raps are sick, the melody is on point, and the whole thing is just a beautiful ode to feeling good. Well done.
The MV is a roller-coaster ride of imagery, color, and sound. At first, the duo drinks on a plane and then playing around in a hotel hallway. The majority of the shots of them are on a large-looking stage, festooned with lights and all. The special effects seem to revolve around making digital doppelgangers of their heads, or sometimes their entire bodies.
I'm not sure what the deal with money is, but it might be the reference to bourgeois in the lyrics. The money seems to play a rather large part for the single reference, but they seem to have been trying for literal interpretation, like with the tiny baby when he likens himself to "a good dad."
And while it is catchy, the "Ladies' Night" refrain is at odds with the song title, which is "MEN'z NIGHT." Although it might have been easier to make the latter into an effective hook. There is a reference to the title at the very end delivered by P.O, but that's part of the MV and not the tune.
I love what they cram in here, from the swanky first-class airline accommodations to the boat at the end. It certainly looks like they spent money on this, and the special effects (I feel) are a tribute to what they did in the '70s to liven up a performance video. If you're looking for deep symbolism, look elsewhere. If you're just looking to live it up with P.O and Chancellor, then this MV is for you.
MV SCORE: 8.7
SONG SCORE: 8.3