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Excited? Happy? Overwhelmed? I know, Winner finally debuted! They came out with two music videos so I am doing both, hence why the title doesn't say a specific song/MV. I am reviewing both Empty and Color Ring by YG Entertainment's new boy group, Winner.
I like Color Ring but I personally think Empty is better. When I started watching Empty, it started with Mino and me being a Mino fan, I really enjoyed that. Besides how it started though, I just liked the sound, beat, and style better than Color Ring. Color Ring is a bit slower and it is good, trust me, I downloaded it, but I just didn't enjoy it as much. It is a song I can't listen to too often but the one part where they just say "ring, ring, ring, ring" does get stuck in my head.
I am a little disappointed with Winner and Mr. YG. Only because Winner are taking up Big Bang's title and that is a big, big, big responsibility but I expected a fast, upbeat song that I would enjoy more not two slow songs that do not meet my expectations for Winner. I do like the songs and I do like Winner so far but I like other groups more and feel like they could have done better for being "the new Big Bang" and being under YG Entertainment. They kind of sounded like aWoollim Entertainment group in my opinion.
They didn't make much sense to me. Both music videos were just them sitting or walking around and singing. There wasn't really a story to either except in the lyrics, maybe. I mean, watching the one with all the falling into water stuff was kind of weird and made no sense. Was Mr. YG just trying to put something random together? Color Ring's MV also kind of reminded me of Big Bang's Tell Me Goodbye MV with the rain and stuff. Actually with Winner's debut, it all looked like Big Bang's old stuff put together and mixed to make Winner.
My Opinion on These as a debut
I think that these are good and they are catchy but Mr. YG should have done it differently in my opinion. As a debut for a group that is highly anticipated, it's not amazing but good. I was expecting something amazing.
The set for the music videos looked like old Big Bang sets put together, the clothes looked like Big Bang's old clothes, and I just looked at things and thought of something that Big Bang did that had things like that. It's not that I am angry about Winner "replacing" them, I mean of course I don't want them too, but it's just that they looked like wannabes instead and they are not good enough to be Big Bang but I am sure they will get better the more they are around.
I heard of Mino before I heard about Winner because I like Block B and I listened to Zico's solo stuff from Zico on the Block and one of his songs called 4 My Town has Mino featured in it. So listening to Zico, I heard Mino in quite a few of his songs. That is why I am a fan of Mino now. Anyways, I heard Mino in Empty and I was a bit shocked. Why? Because Mino is a great rapper, I heard him rap Doom DaDa, 4 My Town, and some of his underground stuff too and I liked it a lot but hearing him in Winner made me shocked because he didn't sound as good. He sounded good but not as good as he normally is. His voice didn't sound as deep and his rapping in general wasn't as good. I am hoping he sounds better in other songs by Winner and that he doesn't have to keep a different style in Winner than when he is live or singing something underground or with Zico.
I don't know much about these four and I know more about MIno that's why I did Mino separate but I will say that they all remind me of someone from Big Bang and I think that's what YG wanted. Although, I may not get them right because I do not know the members well yet.
Mino reminds me of T.O.P becuase he is the rapper with a deep voice and he is very charismatic.
Seunghoon reminds me of G-Dragon a tiny bit but only because he raps right before or right after Mino just like G-Dragon and T.O.P do. Other than that small reason, he is Taeyang.
Jinwoo reminds me of Daesung, I don't know why.
Seungyoon reminds me of Seungri, he just does.
Taehyun is the one that really reminds me of GD. Taehyun though is the one with fashion, looks, and he seems like the leader, I think he is though, I don't know. But Taehyun just gives off the feel of G-Dragon and I have a feeling he will also make a solo debut in a year or so.
That is all I have to say but I do like Winner and are expecting a lot for them.
In total Color Ring's MV gets a 2 out of 10 and the song gets a 8.4 out of 10. Empty's MV gets a 7 out of 10 and the song gets a 9.8 out of 10.
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