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Posted by Lorr-Ye Monday, August 16, 2021

[Single & MV REVIEW] NCT's TEN - 'Paint Me Naked'

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[This review reflects the opinions of the author and not necessarily those of allkpop.]



Track List:

1. Paint Me Naked

2. Paint Me Naked - Instrumental

TEN is an idol of many skills. Exhibiting a huge array of talent and seemingly limitless possibilities for artistic expression, he is an idol that many fans have their eye on to pioneer a new age in K-Pop.TEN gifts fans with"Paint Me Naked," a boisterous and in-your-face pop single that functions as a catchy earworm.

However, that is the extent of it for "Paint Me Naked." Otherwise, the song is a reflective example of generic top 40 pop. I would have preferred to see SM opt for more of a risk, given they have such an artistic powerhouse in their arsenal. Rather than utilize TEN's moldability, they chose to go down a more run-of-the-mill path, which ultimately hurt them on this release. Here's to hoping that TEN will pursue a Taemin-like arc where he will eventually get to comeback with more intriguing concepts that reflect his abilities and direction in a more personal and expressive way.

MV REVIEW

TEN's MV for "Paint Me Naked" is definitely a display of his talents as a solo artist. TEN is a renaissance idol in the sense that he can seemingly do it all, and in "Paint Me Naked," we are able to see him shine in a number of ways. Fashion-wise, it seems that he has no issue with taking risks, as TEN served some fantastic getups in this video. From colorful streetwear to runway-inspired designs, TEN is stunning visually. Additionally, TEN's phenomenally fluid dance performance also brings extra flavor to an already compelling performance. Though this MV concept is rather simple in nature, it manages to maximize every second to pack it full of exciting content to watch. 

MV SCORE:

MV Relevance…..8

MV Production…..9

MV Concept……..8

MV Score: 8.33

SINGLE SCORE:

Single Production…...7

Single Concept……...7

Tracklisting…………...n/a

SINGLE Score: 7

Overall: 7.8

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missymello
missymello1,030 pts Monday, August 16, 2021 0
Monday, August 16, 2021

I loved the song. I love its lyrics. 😍

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N3O8OY
N3O8OY2 pts Monday, August 16, 2021 0
Monday, August 16, 2021

What I liked about Paint Me Naked is that it wasn't what anyone expected--it wasn't overly conceptual, it wasn't musically complex--it was light, and bright, and fresh. It had a sound all it's own and a concept that reflected a view of TEN we don't often see represented in either NCT/WAYV or SuperM. He himself said PMN was an opportunity for him to show who he is/his frame of mind at this present time. He didn't have to mold himself into anyone else's concept of sexy TEN, or cool TEN--for a moment, he could be himself and simply have fun. He was involved in every aspect of PMN, and it's a direct reflection of his own creative process, and as such, it was a project that allowed him to express himself, to make manifest his vision, and therefore grow as an artist.

TEN is a multifaceted and gifted artist in his own right. He should strive to be the artist he wants to be. And although he might be inspired by Taemin, he shouldn't feel pressured to emulate Taemin. His artistic journey is his own, and I rather like TEN being TEN. His own arc is impressive.

Every song and concept doesn't have to be maximalist to be worthy. Paint Me Naked is wonderfully free-spirited, and is filled with such positive energy, that it has put a smile on the face of everyone I have shared it with. The lyrics are lovely, the MV is a visual treat, and any chance to listen to TEN sing and watch him dance, is transcendental.

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