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[Song & MV Review] iKON – 'New Kids Repackage – The New Kids'




iKON – 'NEW KIDS REPACKAGE – THE NEW KIDS'


Track List:


1. I’M OK

2. BLING BLING

3. LOVE SCENARIO

4. KILLING ME

5. FREEDOM

6. B-DAY

7. Rubber Band

8. BEAUTIFUL

9. COCKTAIL

10. ONLY YOU

11. EVERYTHING

12. LOVE ME

13. DON`T LET ME KNOW

14. GOODBYE ROAD

15. LONG TIME NO SEE

16. BEST FRIEND

17. JUST GO

18. ADORE YOU

19. DON’T FORGET

20. JERK

21. PERFECT

22. HUG ME

23. JUST FOR YOU



iKON is telling you they're okay on their new title track, but don't believe 'em. iKON has just released their newest repackage album. This has the entire 'New Kids' series on there from 2017-2018, 23 songs from 'New Kids: Begins,' 'New Kids: Return,' 'New Kids: Continue,' and 'New Kids: The Final.' It's fronted by the new title track, "I'm OK." B.I co-composed and co-produced the track, and Bobby, B.I, and Kim Jong Won provided the lyrics.

I've already covered the other 22 tunes in the previous reviews, so I'll just focus on "I'm OK" here. The song is supposed to depict the aftermath of a breakup and the forlorn feelings that go right along with it. B.I said that the message has to do with wanting to cry more when told not to, and feeling even worse when asked 'are you okay?'

The song is a downbeat one, a more mellow offering from these boys. It features the mainstream sound they adopted for the New Kids line (don't believe me? Go listen to songs like "Born Hater" and "Dumb and Dumber" and get back to me). They don't want you to be happy while listening to it.

The lyrics are a testament to pain as well, shrugging off help and hiding how bad they feel -- badly. Lyrics like "If you see my tears/Please act like you didn’t," "Cause I’m used to/Being alone anyway," "Don’t comfort me, don’t pity me/You don’t need to be by my side/Cause I’m OK." reflect their melancholy. They're words that talk of pain and depression, and just wanting everyone to go away so they can wallow.

And it pretty well describes the aftermath of a breakup, at least what's going on internally. I think it could be better, though, as I've been through a few breakups; you ask yourself what went wrong, and you see things and remember better times. I think they could have gone deeper with it. Still, if you liked the other albums in this sequence, then this would just be icing on the cake since you get all four albums plus this tune as well. A worthwhile purchase, especially if you missed any of them previously.

MV REVIEW



The MV starts out dynamically, with a raging fire surrounding a car. I guess they wanted to hook you with a bang first.

Not like the rest of it is bad, though. Quite the contrary. The MV features all seven boys in a blue mood. They all seem quite sad, with glum looks and downcast faces, as they sing the tune.

The locations are quite interesting, as one sings atop chairs, Bobby is surrounded by TV sets, one in a claustrophobic hallway, another sitting atop a ladder, the boys surrounding a car and then inside of it, driving. The imagery seems to center around fire, as they want to burn all the depressive feelings away. Holding a bouquet of burning roses, a flaming wheel rolling right through the center of a different scene, a car spontaneously exploding, etc. I'm not sure what the point of the banged-up car is, unless they're likening the relationship to something that crashed and burned.

This video has a number of electro-charged scenes. Even if the song might be a little depressing, what I just watched was far from it. You wanna pack an MV chock-full of fire and explosions? Fine. You've got my attention. I can definitely say this is one of the best videos I've seen in 2019.

Score

MV Relevance.......8

MV Production......8

MV Concept...........8

MV SCORE: 8.0

Songwriting..........7

Composition.........9

Impression............8

ALBUM SCORE: 8.0


OVERALL............8.0

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Anythingyg 13 days ago 0
13 days ago

y’all cheated and disrespected the entire series all year just to REITERATE your stupid score? But give bts 9:10 for idol lol I can’t

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Yuimei19 13 days ago 0
13 days ago
Songwriting 7? I am not Ikonic but I'm impressed by the lyrics, it is like a poetry.
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mpatl 13 days ago 1
13 days ago

The song was not just about being heartbroken. It is more than that. As what Hanbin said and if you really comprehend the lyrics, it's about life and love in general. Its about what they've been through for the past few years. The MV is really deep too. Everything, every scenarios symbolizes something. I would like to enumerate it but i don't like typing too much, so ye. The album is also really nice. It shows how versatile the boys are- genre & vocal wise, the songs have nice meaning & melody- it really shows how great lyricist/composer Kim Hanbin is.

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qeelqeel 13 days ago 0
13 days ago

I was about to say the same thing. The first verse is about life, the second verse about love. Although, the reviewer believes the sound is more mainstream than some of their past releases, it is clear the song isn't your typical Kpop song- all you have to do is visit the comments section of the MV to see that the song is extremely relatable and I suppose in a sense it offers solace to its listeners. If the reviewer doesn't fully grasp the content of the song how can they give a proper review? Also, from the tone of the article it seems somewhat biased- but this is just my review of this review.

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A2Z 13 days ago 0
13 days ago

Songwriting 7? He won Songwriter of the year!

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NIKKIEF 13 days ago 0
13 days ago

Songwriting 10 :)

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tenty_tenty 13 days ago 0
13 days ago

I just can't with this nonsense about the MV, it's like this person that wrote the article didn't even bother watching and understanding the song/lyrics and their relation to the MV at all, and calling the song depressing... mate seriously... I mean, I know it's the opinion of the author and he has a right to it, but seriously...it's not a bloody action movie..

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