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And the most boring group to debut in 2010 is…

August 19, 2010

Nine Muses! Don’t get me wrong; I don’t particularly mind them. But WOW, what a snooze. Watch these girls on stage and you’ll zone out before 30 seconds are up.

Where is the charisma? Or smiles? Or any attempt to engage the audience? I took dance for several years, starting from age 3, and even from the very first performance I understood that we were supposed to smile and get into the routine. How can these nine women–these “mod-ols,” or whatever they’re being called–fail in that department?

No one’s voice stands out, no one’s aesthetic catches your attention, and no one seems to put much energy into it all.

I don’t want to put all the blame on these girls; they should have gotten a better debut song, for one. I first heard them on Prosecutor Princess because they do the song “Give Me” for the soundtrack. It’s not a great song either, but it has a lot more umph than this. “No Playboy” could possibly pass as a b-side, but the fact that it’s a title track is disappointing. Heck, though, even listening to “Give Me” again makes me notice the lack of emotion in their voices.

So, it’s not like they can’t sing, but that they aren’t singing with enough. To me, that means they need more training or they should not be singers. I’m going to be silly and make a You’re Beautiful comparison: In one episode a character (Go Mi-nam/Mi-nyeo) is recording a track and she’s technically correct in her singing. However, the emotion isn’t there and the producers aren’t satisfied until she is able to procure said emotion. When she does, the track is so much better for it. I also recently read an interview with Taeyang in which he said that he had a period of time in which he struggled as a singer. He finally realized he needed to stop “just singing” his songs and really put emotion into what he was doing. Since he got to that understanding, he was able to finally release the music he worked on for a long time.

My point? Music needs emotion. Sometimes the emotion is significant and will really capture us, but for the most part (in the world of average K-pop) there is a more simple emotion on the scene: enthusiasm. You can see it with some of the female groups promoting right now. From Rainbow to Secret and even to GP Basic, they all show off energy and charm. Even if the song isn’t impressive, or the choreography adequate, or the styling on spot… they all capture your attention with their efforts.

I really wish the Nine Muses well. However, until they can show me some more emotion I will have to wait to be a fan. Please don’t take this the wrong way; in interviews they seem very cute and energetic, but for some reason they aren’t showing that off on stage. I look forward to seeing improvement from them! You can only go up from this point… I hope.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 20, 2010 7:53 am

    It’s just all looks. And I agree with you 100%. The beginning was good until they sang 😦

  2. August 20, 2010 8:06 am

    I completely agree. The song’s underwhelming but a better group would have been able to play around with it and not make it seem so dull.

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