• Squarah

    The styling for IGAB is like Lisa Frank barfed all over them. It’s so early ’90s and just awful. I’m particularly horrified by Sooyoung’s denim jumpsuit. Yuck.

    There are parts of the song I like, but it’s so sloppily arranged and the transitions are so awkward that it’s beyond hope. Glam is doing this style of song a lot better than SNSD right now with “I Like That.”

    I have to agree that the supposedly new SNSD is just like the old. The aegyo thing is really getting lame and embarrassing for them at this point.

  • Squarah

    The styling for IGAB is like Lisa Frank barfed all over them. It’s so early ’90s and just awful. I’m particularly horrified by Sooyoung’s denim jumpsuit. Yuck.

    There are parts of the song I like, but it’s so sloppily arranged and the transitions are so awkward that it’s beyond hope. Glam is doing this style of song a lot better than SNSD right now with “I Like That.”

    I have to agree that the supposedly new SNSD is just like the old. The aegyo thing is really getting lame and embarrassing for them at this point.

  • Squarah

    The styling for IGAB is like Lisa Frank barfed all over them. It’s so early ’90s and just awful. I’m particularly horrified by Sooyoung’s denim jumpsuit. Yuck.

    There are parts of the song I like, but it’s so sloppily arranged and the transitions are so awkward that it’s beyond hope. Glam is doing this style of song a lot better than SNSD right now with “I Like That.”

    I have to agree that the supposedly new SNSD is just like the old. The aegyo thing is really getting lame and embarrassing for them at this point.

  • shannie4888

    I love you Seoulbeats. I just want to say that your reviews are always so honest. You make all those other Kpop blogs look like they’re on the Kpop agency payroll (some of them probably are).

    SNSD’s take on “Mercy” was good, but it didn’t add anything extra to the song. If you’re going to remake such a popular song, you need to take it and make it your own. It should’ve had an SNSD spin on the song, but when you’re finished listening, you always remember that it’s Duffy’s song and that you’re listening to a remake. I like the remake, but it was just okay. It didn’t really add anything different or new to the song, except who was singing it.

    Now onto “I got a boy.” My words will probably fail to express the complete discord in this song. The transitions are terrible and the song is so incohesive. First of all, the song opens with a “verse” that doesn’t even seem like it belongs in the beginning. Then the transitions are all over the place, ruining the flow of the song, and to make matters worse, SNSD is trying to rap. SM needs to get that into its thick head that they do not have any great rappers. It’s just not their strong point. Leave that to YG, Stardom, or TS Entertainment. I like that they’re trying to experiment, but pulling off something like this is for seasoned musicians. SM knows how to make great pop songs, good R&B, and a great ballad every now and then. Maybe they need to stick to that because SNSD’s promotional songs are coming up short. I am so sad that they just can’t seem to get it right. SNSD shines very brightly on the Kpop stage, but the material that they release makes me scratch my head and wonder if they deserve it. 

    The worst part about the whole thing is that even Koreans are complaining about it. On a forum yesterday, a person posted something that is so true. She said the Koreans say that it’s for int’l fans and the int’l fans say that it’s for the Korean fans, so both of them are trying to avoid saying that the song is just bad. 

    I’m so happy you brought up “Bohemian Rhapsody” because fans had the audacity to compare this disaster to such a masterpiece. I was floored. I gently (and sarcastically) explained that “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “I got a Boy” are in vastly different leagues. The latter is in a far lesser one.

    • mos lore

      some isones are so odd, they are saying if you understand the lyrics you will some how magically like the flow of the song. funny thing is Korean fans share the same cirtisms as we do of the “song having several unmatching parts to it”

    • mos lore

      some isones are so odd, they are saying if you understand the lyrics you will some how magically like the flow of the song. funny thing is Korean fans share the same cirtisms as we do of the “song having several unmatching parts to it”

      • shannie4888

        Exactly. Koreans can understand it and many of them are still complaining about it, so what’s the excuse for that? Certainly it’s not a language barrier, so what else could it be but the fact that the song is terrible. The transitions are poor, the song is arranged terribly, and the overall production was a mess. The truth. Plain and simple. Now they’ve just have to admit it to themselves. 

        Sones should realize that admitting the truth does not make them bad fans. They need to complain to SM so that they know that they screwed up and if they keep it up, you guys will not be using your hard earned money to support SNSD when they release garbage. 

        SM needs to realize that SNSD shouldn’t just sit comfortably on the Kpop throne, but rather to keep evolving and maturing as a group to show people how they got there in the first place. This is what can cement their place as the greatest Kpop girl group of all time. They’re playing fickle with what could become a legacy, if SM only had enough sense to see what they’re doing to these girls. Hopefully, they’ll wise up before it’s too late. 

        • MEalways

          Dear Shannie4888,
          I agree with you, and it’s not only to SNSD/SM. 
          But, as far as I know until today, money talks. If that recipe works and it ain’t broken (read: still making lots of money) why fix it?

          You can sell it by cuteness, sexiness, slim/long legs, beauty standard, etc… insert here, good song is a bonus. I realize that and I also here and there buy just because of the package.

          And they play the guilt feeling so well…. ie: If I don’t buy their album, I’m not their true-fan, if I don’t support their video, I’m a bad fan, if I criticize their music, I don’t acknowledge them as goddess thus I’m a bad fan….

          And most of them are under 18, are still searching for identity, very sensitive to peer pressure – to added complication of how we review any group/song. 

          I like SNSD, but only until Genie, after that I just see what’s there on the video/TV music show. I can’t stand to many sweetness, but that’s just my preference.

  • Maddie_H

    Some comments from a forum outside the K-pop fandom with regards to this song

    “So that song and video are supposed to be a joke, right? They wouldn’t seriously release something that bad, would they?”

    “worst song of 2013”

    “Knowing K-pop has returned to the back of the bus where they belong fills my shrivelled bitter heart with joy”

    (obviously sarcastic but shows how this type of drivel appears to others)

    I love K-Pop to bits but it seems to me that this song is a damning inditement of where SNSD are heading imo. This was tacky, boring, had crappy style, piss poor choreography and the rest of the world just sits and laughs that I could ever enjoy music that is so manufactured and generally crappy as this. Please K-Pop, improve.

  • Maddie_H

    Some comments from a forum outside the K-pop fandom with regards to this song

    “So that song and video are supposed to be a joke, right? They wouldn’t seriously release something that bad, would they?”

    “worst song of 2013”

    “Knowing K-pop has returned to the back of the bus where they belong fills my shrivelled bitter heart with joy”

    (obviously sarcastic but shows how this type of drivel appears to others)

    I love K-Pop to bits but it seems to me that this song is a damning inditement of where SNSD are heading imo. This was tacky, boring, had crappy style, piss poor choreography and the rest of the world just sits and laughs that I could ever enjoy music that is so manufactured and generally crappy as this. Please K-Pop, improve.

  • Chocho268

    IGAB is just one big hot mess. I cannot get past the second minute without the intense urge to turn it off. I never thought it could get worse than The Boys but I guess was wrong.

    The whole problem with IGAB is that it tries way too hard to impress. I guess the song was meant to be innovative and different, which is fine with me, but if the ending result doesn’t sound pleasing to the ears, I’d rather listen to another uninspiring, dull kpop song-it may not be a masterpiece, but hey, at least it flows!

    I don’t know whether SM feels a bit threatened with how well YG has been doing lately and felt the need to release something extraordinary for SNSD’s comeback, but the fact remains that his attempts at whatever he was trying to do with this comeback resulted in a disjointed mess of a song and many disappointed fans. I believe there are people, esp. Sones, who might love IGAB, but they probably have much more patience with the girls than a casual listener like me.

  • Chocho268

    IGAB is just one big hot mess. I cannot get past the second minute without the intense urge to turn it off. I never thought it could get worse than The Boys but I guess was wrong.

    The whole problem with IGAB is that it tries way too hard to impress. I guess the song was meant to be innovative and different, which is fine with me, but if the ending result doesn’t sound pleasing to the ears, I’d rather listen to another uninspiring, dull kpop song-it may not be a masterpiece, but hey, at least it flows!

    I don’t know whether SM feels a bit threatened with how well YG has been doing lately and felt the need to release something extraordinary for SNSD’s comeback, but the fact remains that his attempts at whatever he was trying to do with this comeback resulted in a disjointed mess of a song and many disappointed fans. I believe there are people, esp. Sones, who might love IGAB, but they probably have much more patience with the girls than a casual listener like me.

  • gulagula

    best article ever. i cant wait to share this with my friend. :)

  • gulagula

    best article ever. i cant wait to share this with my friend. :)

  • http://twitter.com/#!/shahirashera Shahirashera

    When Jessica said ‘bring it back to 140’ I thought theyre going back to the beat from minute 1:40 when it’s actually 140 beat per min. And to think I naively did that. lol
    In a simple word, IGAB is a mess. idk why the fan keep on defending that WE should look for the lyrics to like it better. In all honesty, if I am a casual listener & come across the song, I wont put much effort to make it likable after the first listen. If SM really intends to appeal the lyrics with more correlation to the song, then it’s their job to put a freaking subtitle along with the MV. Still, for it to sound disjointed I have to give a pat to the fanmade rearrange version for theirs sounds a lot more better than the original.
    And the girls rapping? Seriously SM…

    • xchoccies

      Lol you weren’t the only one. I literally went to the 1.40 minute and was confused for a moment *cue D.O. face*

      • Wen Wu

          Actually it is the part of the chorus, because the intro part (first 30 seconds) doesn’t count as a part of the song.

      • Wen Wu

          Actually it is the part of the chorus, because the intro part (first 30 seconds) doesn’t count as a part of the song.

    • xchoccies

      Lol you weren’t the only one. I literally went to the 1.40 minute and was confused for a moment *cue D.O. face*

  • http://twitter.com/#!/shahirashera Shahirashera

    When Jessica said ‘bring it back to 140’ I thought theyre going back to the beat from minute 1:40 when it’s actually 140 beat per min. And to think I naively did that. lol
    In a simple word, IGAB is a mess. idk why the fan keep on defending that WE should look for the lyrics to like it better. In all honesty, if I am a casual listener & come across the song, I wont put much effort to make it likable after the first listen. If SM really intends to appeal the lyrics with more correlation to the song, then it’s their job to put a freaking subtitle along with the MV. Still, for it to sound disjointed I have to give a pat to the fanmade rearrange version for theirs sounds a lot more better than the original.
    And the girls rapping? Seriously SM…

  • Jui Patel

    Sones comparing SNSD’s trashy song IGAB to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is not only delusional but also blasphemy and shows that they know not what good music is.  I have heard Bohemian Rhapsody (BR) plenty of times and never in so many years of listening that song, have I ever thought BR is mess of 5 different tunes in one. Agreed that like IGAB,Queen’s BR has some sudden transitions in the tempo and flow, but for BR unlike in IGAB those transitions are masterfully handled and the 6 min song sounds beautifully and artfully composed without feeling like a mess.   Same cannot be said about IGAB, where even the MV contributes the disjointed-ness and messiness of the track.

    In future, some should suggest SNSD they stick to their dance-pop tracks w/ cutsey image to avoid this disaster.  And giving it 2.2/5 is giving this song way too much credit. I would have given it 1.5 or even less. 1 point for trying something different and half a point for SNSD effort to make it more palatable even though they were unsuccessful.

    • http://twitter.com/jms177 Justy

      I’m a big fan of SNSD, but I completely agree with your comment, except for the last bit. Personally, I would like them to grow up and stray away from the cuteness and aegyo cuz I know they can do better. It’s just SM gives them crap songs like this. If they would just emulate the style, image, and sound from their Japanese albums, it would do wonders for them and salvage what’s left of their credibility (if they have much at this point).

      It’s really frustrating to be an SNSD fan =(

      • Jui Patel

        I think if they can do sexy-cute dance pop better than anything else then they should stick to it and improve on that image rather than going for complete 180 which would then result in such trash as IGAB.

        • http://twitter.com/jms177 Justy

          True. I’d rather see them evolve from the image they’ve built up for themselves than changing into something they’re not.

        • http://twitter.com/joanax00 joana

          That’s not a trash. You’re too much. hahahaha

    • shannie4888

      The audacity of Sones to compare IGAB to “Bohemian Rhapsody.” I almost passed out from disbelief that they would even mention the two in the same sentence, less much use it as a comparison for how the song is supposed to work. Nobody is supposed to explain music for you to understand it. Music is consumed by your ears and it is a universal language. If its good, your ears will understand it fine, even if it’s in a foreign tongue. The only time music needs explanation is when it turns out like this. A gargled mess of incohesiveness that confused my ears and bewildered my eyes. 

      Freddie Mercury and Queen sing circles around all of SNSD and Kpop combined. Also, “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a genre-bending, historical piece of music that merges rock and opera seamlessly. “IGAB” is a discordant, hip-pop nightmare that leaves more than a lot to be desired.

      I thought “The Boys” was terrible. Boy oh boy was I ever wrong. This outdoes that by a mile. From one trainwreck to the other. SM and SNSD are really on a roll. If they keep this up, they’ll singlehandedly shorten the lifespan of Kpop without even trying.

    • straighttohelvetica

      IGAB feels like SM had five decent songs/beats they were considering producing for this comeback and couldn’t decided on which one they wanted to use. Someone must have suggested, “hey let’s try combining all five” and viola! this is what we got. It feels like the experimental concept was created afterward to help hide the awkwardness of the song rather than SM intentionally writing and producing a song based on different voices (if that makes any sense). The idea of a song having a conversational back and forth sounds interesting; I just don’t honestly believe that was SM’s original intention.

  • Jui Patel

    Sones comparing SNSD’s trashy song IGAB to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is not only delusional but also blasphemy and shows that they know not what good music is.  I have heard Bohemian Rhapsody (BR) plenty of times and never in so many years of listening that song, have I ever thought BR is mess of 5 different tunes in one. Agreed that like IGAB,Queen’s BR has some sudden transitions in the tempo and flow, but for BR unlike in IGAB those transitions are masterfully handled and the 6 min song sounds beautifully and artfully composed without feeling like a mess.   Same cannot be said about IGAB, where even the MV contributes the disjointed-ness and messiness of the track.

    In future, some should suggest SNSD they stick to their dance-pop tracks w/ cutsey image to avoid this disaster.  And giving it 2.2/5 is giving this song way too much credit. I would have given it 1.5 or even less. 1 point for trying something different and half a point for SNSD effort to make it more palatable even though they were unsuccessful.

  • Erialk

    What shocked me most about “I got a Boy” was how… “american” it sounded, as in it seemed as if they were trying too hard to get that “american sound”. Seriously, the first part had a beat that sounded like the dougie behind, yoona’s rap immediately made me think of Nicki Minaj (and I hate Super Bass).
    Reading the recent article on Seoulbeats about SM’s “one remake too many” just hit the spot. Why would I listen to a jumbled, confused mishmash of western sounds when I could just listen to it in a language I understand? One aspect of kpop I like is that it sometimes manages to combine different cultures, not necessarily korean, but somehow adding that little “asian” touch (hence why I secretly love “Gee”). Here, in all its aspects, apart from their inherently asian faces… meh.

  • Erialk

    What shocked me most about “I got a Boy” was how… “american” it sounded, as in it seemed as if they were trying too hard to get that “american sound”. Seriously, the first part had a beat that sounded like the dougie behind, yoona’s rap immediately made me think of Nicki Minaj (and I hate Super Bass).
    Reading the recent article on Seoulbeats about SM’s “one remake too many” just hit the spot. Why would I listen to a jumbled, confused mishmash of western sounds when I could just listen to it in a language I understand? One aspect of kpop I like is that it sometimes manages to combine different cultures, not necessarily korean, but somehow adding that little “asian” touch (hence why I secretly love “Gee”). Here, in all its aspects, apart from their inherently asian faces… meh.

  • GracefulCassieShapley

    As my Kpop friend once said, “People find it bad when a twenty year-old get’s all sexed up, but I find it even more disturbing when I see nine young ladies, in their early twenties, acting like fifteen year-old girls and doing aegyo…..its kind of pathetic.” 

    I’m sorry SNSD, I was alright with your aegyo when you were teenagers and there weren’t a lot of images you could convey. I get that, but now that your grown women, it looks downright tacky. Those clothes may be “different”, but even 2NE1 nor F(x) would wear that. 
    However, sadly, as long as they stay in Korea, they will never be allowed to do more mature concepts or really shake things up. 

    “I got a boy” is a hot mess of song that is poorly arranged and incohesive as fuck. In a pop market, this song would be very hard to digest and its so confusing. It tries to be too many different things at once leaving it more mind boggling. Whoever allowed YoonA and Tiffany to rap should be smacked. On the plus side, the elements and components of the song on its own are actually quite good and strong. This hip-hop thing would but have been cool and the girls are energetic enough to pull it off, but just because its hip-hop does not mean it needs to have rap segments. I prefer “The boys” over this any day because at least it flowed. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucaswoodstock Lucas Oliveira Dantas

      okay, i’m sorry, but if you don’t accept aegyo from twenty-years-olds you should perhaps stop k-popping completely. i recomend this: http://seoulbeats.com/2012/10/unpopular-opinion-enough-with-the-aegyo-bashing/

      and excuse me, f(x) and 2ne1 have worn far worst things than these.

      • GracefulCassieShapley

        Look I have come to accept, in some ways, aegyo in Kpop, and I am perfectly fine with cuteness when its done right (e.g. hello venus, etc.)  However, there is fine line that I draw when it comes that. I can’t help but think that the girls look slightly tired of aegyo, especially with their mature and classy image in Japan. 

      • GracefulCassieShapley

        Look I have come to accept, in some ways, aegyo in Kpop, and I am perfectly fine with cuteness when its done right (e.g. hello venus, etc.)  However, there is fine line that I draw when it comes that. I can’t help but think that the girls look slightly tired of aegyo, especially with their mature and classy image in Japan. 

        • http://www.facebook.com/lucaswoodstock Lucas Oliveira Dantas

          in that we agree: their image in japan is better suited to the age they’re getting. but wait, do you think they’re tired of aegyo-ing because they’re visually denouncing it on their performance or because you want to? lol because there’s also a fine line between what we actually see and what we want to. i understand one might grow tired of the cuteness everywhere, but let’s be honest, snsd’s been always cute and aegyo-ing at some extent, why should it be a problem now? those young women are highly professionals because they all do it as if it’s always in them, so i still don’t see a problem lol

          look, i don’t even blame them or SM for the insistence on the aegyo on their korean image. actually i overlook it, i’ve grown accostumed to the fact that his industry WILL KEEP producing cute image on their women while it is something sought by audience. besides, girls’ generation is a relatively young group with a vast adolescent fanbase in korea, so…

          • GracefulCassieShapley

            Ehh, it might be a little bit of both, lol. 

            I see where your coming from, and I don’t blame them, because it is SME. As much as I am tired of the aegyo, it is what made them successful. Business wise, I will admit, I never really doubted SME. They are business mavericks who know how to produce some of the most packaged groups I have ever seen. 

          • http://www.facebook.com/lucaswoodstock Lucas Oliveira Dantas

            exactly! and i’m not an SME stan [although i could be somewhat considered a sone because i love those girls eagerly] at all! i think that all of their groups are way too hyped and most of them don’t deserve it at all. but they do know the industry they’re in and do know their shit to make millions in it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucaswoodstock Lucas Oliveira Dantas

      okay, i’m sorry, but if you don’t accept aegyo from twenty-years-olds you should perhaps stop k-popping completely. i recomend this: http://seoulbeats.com/2012/10/unpopular-opinion-enough-with-the-aegyo-bashing/

      and excuse me, f(x) and 2ne1 have worn far worst things than these.

    • Wen Wu

      “On the plus side, the elements and components of the song on its own are actually quite good and strong.” THIS. What really frustrate me is that the song could have been really good if they didn’t include the rap and if they arranged the song better.

    • Wen Wu

      “On the plus side, the elements and components of the song on its own are actually quite good and strong.” THIS. What really frustrate me is that the song could have been really good if they didn’t include the rap and if they arranged the song better.

  • GracefulCassieShapley

    As my Kpop friend once said, “People find it bad when a twenty year-old get’s all sexed up, but I find it even more disturbing when I see nine young ladies, in their early twenties, acting like fifteen year-old girls and doing aegyo…..its kind of pathetic.” 

    I’m sorry SNSD, I was alright with your aegyo when you were teenagers and there weren’t a lot of images you could convey. I get that, but now that your grown women, it looks downright tacky. Those clothes may be “different”, but even 2NE1 nor F(x) would wear that. 
    However, sadly, as long as they stay in Korea, they will never be allowed to do more mature concepts or really shake things up. 

    “I got a boy” is a hot mess of song that is poorly arranged and incohesive as fuck. In a pop market, this song would be very hard to digest and its so confusing. It tries to be too many different things at once leaving it more mind boggling. Whoever allowed YoonA and Tiffany to rap should be smacked. On the plus side, the elements and components of the song on its own are actually quite good and strong. This hip-hop thing would but have been cool and the girls are energetic enough to pull it off, but just because its hip-hop does not mean it needs to have rap segments. I prefer “The boys” over this any day because at least it flowed. 

  • http://twitter.com/twinnersc Gracie

    I’m only a casual listener of GG, but I’ve enjoyed this song… that is, parts of it.  The “rapping” and the speaking transitional bits annoy the crap out of me, but besides that I really enjoy the individual parts, and I like that they actually seem to have fun with the choreography.  But I guess I’m in the middle camp, neither loving it nor hating it.  And I also enjoy the album, which was surprising to me–but I’ll save those comments for the album review.

  • http://twitter.com/twinnersc Gracie

    I’m only a casual listener of GG, but I’ve enjoyed this song… that is, parts of it.  The “rapping” and the speaking transitional bits annoy the crap out of me, but besides that I really enjoy the individual parts, and I like that they actually seem to have fun with the choreography.  But I guess I’m in the middle camp, neither loving it nor hating it.  And I also enjoy the album, which was surprising to me–but I’ll save those comments for the album review.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucaswoodstock Lucas Oliveira Dantas

    i don’t agree with everything said about “i got a boy” [i personally love the song and i agree with most of reviewers that the transitions should be done better than pauses] but this is a great review!

    what i most like about seoulbeats’ reviewers is that they show their tastes with arguments based on the artists histories, comparing them with themselves, in the contrary of the usual “this sucks because i say it does” we see on other sites on k-pop [*ahem* asian junkie/mcroth residence *ahem*].

    reviewing “i got a boy” along with “dancing queen” was very intelligent and pedagogical because it refreshed on our minds the intentions of SM with both releases. therefore, i also agree with gaya about the “new” SNSD just being their clothes and hairstyle [like MOST of the changes of style on k-pop].

    but i’m more keen on the song’s all-over-the-placeness – it isn’t indeed world peace as die-hard sones would like to think, but it is an interesting and bold move from SM for SNSD, at least in terms of SOUND. i think the rapping parts are great, especially yoona and hyoyeon’s, dialogue, for their high pitch and fast sound resembling a lot with teen girls talking about whatever – it could be annoying, yes, but it’s very accurate and awesomely dellivered by the girls. and the chorus beats they give me life every time they play!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucaswoodstock Lucas Oliveira Dantas

    i don’t agree with everything said about “i got a boy” [i personally love the song and i agree with most of reviewers that the transitions should be done better than pauses] but this is a great review!

    what i most like about seoulbeats’ reviewers is that they show their tastes with arguments based on the artists histories, comparing them with themselves, in the contrary of the usual “this sucks because i say it does” we see on other sites on k-pop [*ahem* asian junkie/mcroth residence *ahem*].

    reviewing “i got a boy” along with “dancing queen” was very intelligent and pedagogical because it refreshed on our minds the intentions of SM with both releases. therefore, i also agree with gaya about the “new” SNSD just being their clothes and hairstyle [like MOST of the changes of style on k-pop].

    but i’m more keen on the song’s all-over-the-placeness – it isn’t indeed world peace as die-hard sones would like to think, but it is an interesting and bold move from SM for SNSD, at least in terms of SOUND. i think the rapping parts are great, especially yoona and hyoyeon’s, dialogue, for their high pitch and fast sound resembling a lot with teen girls talking about whatever – it could be annoying, yes, but it’s very accurate and awesomely dellivered by the girls. and the chorus beats they give me life every time they play!

  • memo soto

    There are 2 things that are facts in here:
    1.- Is not the normal type of song that we all are used to.
    2.- This was a huge risk, for SM and GG.
    But for me, the first time i listened (watch the mv) my face was like this o.O? … but then i bought the album.. and i have listen to the song at least 53 times according to my iTunes, and i can say is a masterpiece, it really grows on you when you play it more than once, it has electropop, rap, dubstep, r&b. So its like a new kind of K-pop and i’m looking forward to see more, cause i think we all need this to finally overcome the despicable song of the Horse dance, (yes i said it)…  

  • memo soto

    There are 2 things that are facts in here:
    1.- Is not the normal type of song that we all are used to.
    2.- This was a huge risk, for SM and GG.
    But for me, the first time i listened (watch the mv) my face was like this o.O? … but then i bought the album.. and i have listen to the song at least 53 times according to my iTunes, and i can say is a masterpiece, it really grows on you when you play it more than once, it has electropop, rap, dubstep, r&b. So its like a new kind of K-pop and i’m looking forward to see more, cause i think we all need this to finally overcome the despicable song of the Horse dance, (yes i said it)…  

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Caroline-Uchiha-Shiroyama-Cassiopeia/100000364406070 Caroline Uchiha Shiroyama Cass

      you see…. having many styles inside is a hard thing to do and very few are able to make it perfectly. the parts didn’t merge. the chorus were addicting, but not the rest. the wigs part was too out of it and totally blow the dance.

      and i don’t know about you, but having to listen the song 53 times to think like that is more like you became used to it than that you really liked it.

      and it’s not a new kind of kpop, but just a, let’s say, more divided kpop song. like ‘O’, tri-angle, and others that had 2 or 3 parts and merged well.
      they just decided to make 5 parts this time, but the merge was awful.
      and the lyrics totally bring the song down.
      childish and hyo’s and yuri’s rap was utterly ridiculous.
      and was a little machist in a way, cuz make the girl worrying about the appearance to please the guy. and the girls were acting like teenagers with the boy and for people in their 20’s isn’t very nice….. it’s cute, but not mature. what’s the point in making mature songs if you go back to childish stuffs again?

      what saved the song was the dance, really.
      not that had many new dances, cuz sme recycled many steps there, but was better thn ITNW.
      if was just the sound, i don’t think many would like, but because have the visual, many people already listen the song and see their favorite scenes in their minds.

      so,
      in dance, i loved
      but the merge was terrible and the lyric nt even compare with the boys korean version that was at least useful somehow. 

    • chamber25

      Hows it a risk when you know your fanbase will buy anything they sell them 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Caroline-Uchiha-Shiroyama-Cassiopeia/100000364406070 Caroline Uchiha Shiroyama Cass

      and, really? do you have to talk bad about PSY?
      he created everything by himself!
      he works for 10 years already and he made a social critic in a comedy form!

      u r just jealous that he not just passed ‘Gee’ and became the first with 100million, but he came to 200,300…… passed justing bieber and now the first with a billion and going even more.
      he has more than 5x the number of likes from LMFAO being in the guiness book!
      and he was in more internation tv shows than anyone! and in ellen’s, which is the most watched one, 2 times!
      his songs have tons of parodies and is internationally know and used.

      i would love to see my 5 gods doing that, bt i don’t take PSY’s credit and talent just out of jealousy.

  • http://twitter.com/phiy3n Yen

    Still can’t believe that SM didn’t recruit a SONE to translate the lyrics. It would have been done for free with the # of SONEs I see defending the video on YouTube. Even Starship is doing it for their idol’s NYE greetings

  • http://twitter.com/phiy3n Yen

    Still can’t believe that SM didn’t recruit a SONE to translate the lyrics. It would have been done for free with the # of SONEs I see defending the video on YouTube. Even Starship is doing it for their idol’s NYE greetings

  • cocoralcara

    Great article guys! However, I actually liked how they incorporated their cute/girly style with the hip hop clothing. Yes, it didn’t show a different or new SNSD (despite being what SM was trying to show) but I was fine with that. I like ‘old’ Soshi – you know, the one that had those good songs without ‘rapping’

  • cocoralcara

    Great article guys! However, I actually liked how they incorporated their cute/girly style with the hip hop clothing. Yes, it didn’t show a different or new SNSD (despite being what SM was trying to show) but I was fine with that. I like ‘old’ Soshi – you know, the one that had those good songs without ‘rapping’

  • suryos

    The biggest disappointment I got from IGAB is not because the song is bad. It’s because SM blew the chance to make one of the best dance tracks in kpop of all time. It got so much potential but they decided to go experimental.

  • suryos

    The biggest disappointment I got from IGAB is not because the song is bad. It’s because SM blew the chance to make one of the best dance tracks in kpop of all time. It got so much potential but they decided to go experimental.

  • xchoccies

    When f(x) made a comeback, I pointed out how as outrageous the ‘concept’ was, being f(x) they could bring it. SNSD seems to have taken much inspiration from f(x), recycled it and put it on, and for some members, it worked (particularly Hyoyeon, Yuri.. I’ll drop in Jessica cos she’s my fave). 

    IGAB is a confusing mess. I’m a fan of the girls but each new release just seems to be, I don’t know quality-declining? When the teaser came out, as soon as I heard ‘AYO GG’ I gave up hope. I was already turned off by the useless Genie & The Boys rap, SNSD should not rap. SM artists cannot rap, period. I cringed as soon as I saw the Sooyoung-Yuri rap, and Tiffany’s random shout-outs just no. I did like the other parts of the song, love the chorus, and it has started to grow on me, but at the first listen, the transitions were a bit too much. Whether I understand the lyrics or not, the music is what attracts a listener first usually and this just left me confuzzlement. 

    I cannot emphasise how much they need to let go of this aegyo. It frustrates me how they’re still holding on to it. For the love of cupcakes, they’re reaching their mid-20s, like seriously?! And I find the lyrics so childish.  

    I loved the choreography. It was good although awkward Tiffany stood out as she does like her awkward rapping. No hand-swiping thank the Lord. However, I wondered how they would do during live stages and I guessed they would pre-record some of it, because it is intense dancing and SNSD aren’t as good (although during INTW they were) as say Miss A/Secret who can do intense dancing and still perform well vocally.

    P.S. Annoyed there weren’t any Boys in the MV. I mean is it so hard to get some of EXO or Shinee to pop up instead of share one faceless man.

  • xchoccies

    When f(x) made a comeback, I pointed out how as outrageous the ‘concept’ was, being f(x) they could bring it. SNSD seems to have taken much inspiration from f(x), recycled it and put it on, and for some members, it worked (particularly Hyoyeon, Yuri.. I’ll drop in Jessica cos she’s my fave). 

    IGAB is a confusing mess. I’m a fan of the girls but each new release just seems to be, I don’t know quality-declining? When the teaser came out, as soon as I heard ‘AYO GG’ I gave up hope. I was already turned off by the useless Genie & The Boys rap, SNSD should not rap. SM artists cannot rap, period. I cringed as soon as I saw the Sooyoung-Yuri rap, and Tiffany’s random shout-outs just no. I did like the other parts of the song, love the chorus, and it has started to grow on me, but at the first listen, the transitions were a bit too much. Whether I understand the lyrics or not, the music is what attracts a listener first usually and this just left me confuzzlement. 

    I cannot emphasise how much they need to let go of this aegyo. It frustrates me how they’re still holding on to it. For the love of cupcakes, they’re reaching their mid-20s, like seriously?! And I find the lyrics so childish.  

    I loved the choreography. It was good although awkward Tiffany stood out as she does like her awkward rapping. No hand-swiping thank the Lord. However, I wondered how they would do during live stages and I guessed they would pre-record some of it, because it is intense dancing and SNSD aren’t as good (although during INTW they were) as say Miss A/Secret who can do intense dancing and still perform well vocally.

    P.S. Annoyed there weren’t any Boys in the MV. I mean is it so hard to get some of EXO or Shinee to pop up instead of share one faceless man.

    • Streby

      What I would give to see the handsome SHINee boys just stand there and blink man. 

  • samlun100

    “I Got A Boy” give me such a big headache. Please, none of them should ever rap. They sound so terrible rapping.Moreover, they still act like innocent and cute little girls when they’re all in their 20s already.I saw many comments on how fans listened to it many times to try to like it.Please don’t force yourself just because they’re SNSD.

  • samlun100

    “I Got A Boy” give me such a big headache. Please, none of them should ever rap. They sound so terrible rapping.Moreover, they still act like innocent and cute little girls when they’re all in their 20s already.I saw many comments on how fans listened to it many times to try to like it.Please don’t force yourself just because they’re SNSD.

    • leadaegyu

      i completely feel the same with you. from the first listen i know that i can’t handle this song anymore and i wouldn’t even try. most of their songs completely grown on me but this.. nah. a lot of k-netizens left comments like if another B level group come out with this song it’ll flop real hard… so yeah the fact that they’re SNSD is changing the song’s fate. but i hope it’ll flop real hard though, so SM could learn that they shoudn’t give us crappy releases anymore because fans would still buy it no matter what. those blinded fans should really wake up, stop being like “i’ll support my oppars/unnies no matter what” yeah would you still support them if they keep giving you shit?

      • cece22

        THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!! Times a billion. Oh god I could just hug you. Finally someone told the truth about this song. I was so shocked when I saw this atrocity. The rapping and singing was a total, utter fail. Ive been trying to find someone who is actually being honest about this song. But all Ive encountered was bat shit crazy fans telling me that their precious unnies could do no humanly wrong.Aain thank you

    • leadaegyu

      i completely feel the same with you. from the first listen i know that i can’t handle this song anymore and i wouldn’t even try. most of their songs completely grown on me but this.. nah. a lot of k-netizens left comments like if another B level group come out with this song it’ll flop real hard… so yeah the fact that they’re SNSD is changing the song’s fate. but i hope it’ll flop real hard though, so SM could learn that they shoudn’t give us crappy releases anymore because fans would still buy it no matter what. those blinded fans should really wake up, stop being like “i’ll support my oppars/unnies no matter what” yeah would you still support them if they keep giving you shit?

    • http://twitter.com/joanax00 joana

      let us hear you rapping.. it would be more worst, boy…

  • sagedip

    This song sucks.  Period.  The songs I love, I love them on the first listen.  You know a song is crappy if you need to force yourself to listen it again and again while talking yourself into liking it.
     
    What’s impressive about their earlier tracks–Gee, Chocolate Love, RDR–is that they are catchy and the nine girls sound like a cohesive unit.  SNSD aegyos might not be my cup of tea, but they all looked so darn cute and sexy, and their their dance Mvs always have that gorgeous smooth feminine flow.  

    Starting with The Boys and now I Got A Boy, the awkward raps and poor musical arrangements make the girls sound like a group of cheerleaders performing a glossy production.   Where’s the musicality? The visuals are stunning–I meant the color palette–not the try-hard costumes.  Nevertheless, despite the fierce choreography, aegyos and hip hop wannabe swag just don’t mix well.  Kudos to SNSD for  trying, but overall, the concept has a personality disorder.   To my Western eyes, the girls come off looking like a bunch of try-hards.  Tiffany, please don’t ever rap in English again.

    As for comparing it to Bohemian Rhapsody; please don’t even go there.

    • Streby

      “the concept has a personality disorder.”I completely agree with you! I get that they are trying to fit many perspectives of the same event of falling in love with the prince-like boy and it is an admirable idea but its so badly executed that it makes me want to cry. 

  • sagedip

    This song sucks.  Period.  The songs I love, I love them on the first listen.  You know a song is crappy if you need to force yourself to listen it again and again while talking yourself into liking it.
     
    What’s impressive about their earlier tracks–Gee, Chocolate Love, RDR–is that they are catchy and the nine girls sound like a cohesive unit.  SNSD aegyos might not be my cup of tea, but they all looked so darn cute and sexy, and their their dance Mvs always have that gorgeous smooth feminine flow.  

    Starting with The Boys and now I Got A Boy, the awkward raps and poor musical arrangements make the girls sound like a group of cheerleaders performing a glossy production.   Where’s the musicality? The visuals are stunning–I meant the color palette–not the try-hard costumes.  Nevertheless, despite the fierce choreography, aegyos and hip hop wannabe swag just don’t mix well.  Kudos to SNSD for  trying, but overall, the concept has a personality disorder.   To my Western eyes, the girls come off looking like a bunch of try-hards.  Tiffany, please don’t ever rap in English again.

    As for comparing it to Bohemian Rhapsody; please don’t even go there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kelly-Vien/1387894449 Kelly Vien

    I watched ‘Dancing Queen’ and the dance and drama teaser before the MV but paid little attention to other promotional activities for this release. Was it said by SM or any of the girls that this would be a departure from what they’ve done in the past? 

    I say this because I presumed it would just be another catchy song produced and packaged as all SNSD songs are.The musical genre of IGAB is different for sure, but it is signature SNSD fare: catchy repetition, aegyo, pretentious image as before with highly interesting choreo performed typically well by the members (awkward rapping for no discernible reason optional). 

    I understand some people want growth from this group but it seemed that was a little much to expect of SNSD, a kpop idol group with limited control over their musical direction (although I hear a couple of the girls are credited for lyrics on the album?). Also the trajectory of other SM groups (thinking of Super Junior here) have stuck with what works best for them – for better or worse, so I don’t understand why people are as disappointed that the song didn’t match their expectations. It seems to me that a lot of people expected too much.

    As for the song, it is one of their worst releases in their discography (arguably the worst). The peculiar multiple narrator structure (isn’t f(x) the experimental group?? Oo) is ruined by the multiple singers (9 is a lot of people) that change in quick succession. There was no hope for a coherent story combined with the quick changes in set and pace, and very bizarre transitions. The overall effect was overwhelming confusion. The lyrics themselves were not particularly great (at least in translation), esp. compared to the dividing ‘The Boys’ which lyrically (minus the beautifully horrendous choruses) was great. SM made a very ill-advised decision to be experimental IGAB, and I have this feeling that had it been given to another group, in SM that’d be f(x), it would have made more sense and come across better as it fits with their cute-yet-slightly oddly edgy concept.

    As for the concept of IGAB, the fashion is fine – suits SNSD and suits the song. I would argue that the most awkward was Seohyun. The worst styling would probably be poor Sunny, but she works it hard enough that it seems less terrible (which is still bad). The ones who shone in the MV really were Taeyeon, Yuri and Hyoyeon but I imagine if the others had embraced the theme so well the SNSD-feel would be missing. 

    The dance was awesome. It’s not everyone’s best style, but they all did it well enough. Putting the best in the prime view would have been nice, but eh… it’s SM, I know who they want in front. 

    As for the album, I’ve given it a quick couple listens and I have to say it’s standard once again. No overall sound, other than generically pop and friendly. Lots of filler tracks. Probably one standout track is ‘Express 999’ (which reminds me of a certain jpop track). It’s not original by far, but the transition from genre to genre within the song and the genres themselves are very listenable. I did enjoy the generic ballad and sweet songs, but the album is not worth much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kelly-Vien/1387894449 Kelly Vien

    I watched ‘Dancing Queen’ and the dance and drama teaser before the MV but paid little attention to other promotional activities for this release. Was it said by SM or any of the girls that this would be a departure from what they’ve done in the past? 

    I say this because I presumed it would just be another catchy song produced and packaged as all SNSD songs are.The musical genre of IGAB is different for sure, but it is signature SNSD fare: catchy repetition, aegyo, pretentious image as before with highly interesting choreo performed typically well by the members (awkward rapping for no discernible reason optional). 

    I understand some people want growth from this group but it seemed that was a little much to expect of SNSD, a kpop idol group with limited control over their musical direction (although I hear a couple of the girls are credited for lyrics on the album?). Also the trajectory of other SM groups (thinking of Super Junior here) have stuck with what works best for them – for better or worse, so I don’t understand why people are as disappointed that the song didn’t match their expectations. It seems to me that a lot of people expected too much.

    As for the song, it is one of their worst releases in their discography (arguably the worst). The peculiar multiple narrator structure (isn’t f(x) the experimental group?? Oo) is ruined by the multiple singers (9 is a lot of people) that change in quick succession. There was no hope for a coherent story combined with the quick changes in set and pace, and very bizarre transitions. The overall effect was overwhelming confusion. The lyrics themselves were not particularly great (at least in translation), esp. compared to the dividing ‘The Boys’ which lyrically (minus the beautifully horrendous choruses) was great. SM made a very ill-advised decision to be experimental IGAB, and I have this feeling that had it been given to another group, in SM that’d be f(x), it would have made more sense and come across better as it fits with their cute-yet-slightly oddly edgy concept.

    As for the concept of IGAB, the fashion is fine – suits SNSD and suits the song. I would argue that the most awkward was Seohyun. The worst styling would probably be poor Sunny, but she works it hard enough that it seems less terrible (which is still bad). The ones who shone in the MV really were Taeyeon, Yuri and Hyoyeon but I imagine if the others had embraced the theme so well the SNSD-feel would be missing. 

    The dance was awesome. It’s not everyone’s best style, but they all did it well enough. Putting the best in the prime view would have been nice, but eh… it’s SM, I know who they want in front. 

    As for the album, I’ve given it a quick couple listens and I have to say it’s standard once again. No overall sound, other than generically pop and friendly. Lots of filler tracks. Probably one standout track is ‘Express 999’ (which reminds me of a certain jpop track). It’s not original by far, but the transition from genre to genre within the song and the genres themselves are very listenable. I did enjoy the generic ballad and sweet songs, but the album is not worth much.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucaswoodstock Lucas Oliveira Dantas

      finally someone i agree [almoooost] completely! kekeke

      why do people expect so highly from SM groups? isn’t super junior’s lazy ass discography enough? and don’t get me started on f(x)’s because after “nu ABO” all of their lead-singles suffer from the “na na na syndrome”. and wasn’t EXO last year enough for people to give up on expecting so highly something new from SM?

      SM is the greatest agency on k-pop because they have the best formula of the whole industry and they stick greatly to it, and [secretly or not] we all love that! their artists are the best stage performers, their PR and image director are also the best and even if their music sometimes sucks [do i need to repeat about super junior or mention tvxq’s “catch me”? – there i said it!] there’s always huge hype around it and what they visually build for it is jaw-dropping.

      but it is ALWAYS the same formula!

      and along comes “i got a boy”. i will keep defending this song because i’m sure that a week or two from now everyone will be head-over-heels about its quirky production and there’re nothing i love more than saying “i told you so” lol. and the moment SM decides to step out of their formula – even if just a tiny bit as the reviewers stated on the post – nobody gets it AT ALL!

      i’m not saying IGAB’s perfect but it’s far from being the trainwreck people are loving to say it is. and i bet SM gargoyles are laughing hard because snsd’s comeback is still the most talked about everywhere, the song and album have both reached all-kill and their stages are getting more and more liked and acclaimed.

      now the album… there we agree the most. the album is way more disappointing than the lead-single. i hate mcroth [from asian junkie/mc roth’s residence] reviews because he’s ALWAYS so negative i just don’t understand why should he bother, but he had a good point about IGAB’s album: it’s a big pity that SM made an interesting step by releasing such an experimental single but kept all lazy and formulaic on the album.

      i think that maybe if the album had other interesting experimental things along with the usual pop crap/OST balladry they always release, people would credit better the experimental effort of the lead-single.

      but then again, it’s SM, their albums have always sucked in general, so i personally just get used to it and enjoy the best of each.

    • KrisMyStar

      I do remember Yoona saying in her cimeback story video that she’s nervous about this comeback because it’s something SNSD hasn’t done before so yes, they did state it will be something different this time.

    • ISayyy

      Since Super Junior was mentioned here, I thought it would be fair to say that SFS is actually a vast improvement from their previous releases, namely Bonamana and Mr. Simple. At least their song, despite not being that exceptional, was a good change for the group. I don’t know where others get the idea of SFS being a replica of Mr. Simple. Aside from the electronic hook, SFS is by far the most refreshing release SJ has had so far. SNSD’s I Got A Boy is definitely a change but a bad one at that. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kelly-Vien/1387894449 Kelly Vien

         I agree with you, and I actually love SFS which has a refreshing sound (esp. for Suju who had been stuck with that ‘Sorry, Sorry’ sound forever). I still cringe at the “mingle” and “bingo” mentions but I can overlook it because the song sounds great.

  • KrisMyStar

    Am I the only one who is replaying this song? The first time I heard it I thought it was pure crap, but parts of that song just kept replaying in my head that I had to go back and rewatch the mv. and now I’m addicted. It just randomly grows on me.
    And also I think the song actually has nine sections corresponding to the nine members?

  • KrisMyStar

    Am I the only one who is replaying this song? The first time I heard it I thought it was pure crap, but parts of that song just kept replaying in my head that I had to go back and rewatch the mv. and now I’m addicted. It just randomly grows on me.
    And also I think the song actually has nine sections corresponding to the nine members?

    • Gabrielle Minor

       This song will do either two things: Grow on you or make you vomit. It grew on me. I don’t even like SNSD, but I fucking love this song.

      But I’m not going to deny that what I like (love even) are pieces of this song. And it took a certain section being stuck in my head to even get me to listen to it again.

      The song is messy. The transitions are jarring. And that first section should of completely been cut out. I can’t even listen to that part. It’s soooo awkward. Rapping is not fast talking, or “talk singing.” Someone should of sat them down in front of legit female rappers and made them practice. Because that shit was painful.

      That being said, if you do continue to listen to it (for whatever reason), you get used to it, and learn to expect the transitions, but that doesn’t make them any less awkward. It’s like listening to a musical and another girl comes in the scene saying, “let me put this another way,” and there goes the next scene. To be honest, if I’m listening to a song, I shouldn’t have to get “used to it” like I had to for this song to be able to play it on repeat and bob my head to it. I should just enjoy it, not make it a test of my will until I get to my favorite part, only to grit my teeth 40 or so seconds later.

      I wish they had just stuck with one or two solid “songs” (NOT THE FIRST RAP SECTION. NEVER AGAIN), and worked on making that flow. The song would of been just fine. GLAM has a song that goes from a pop/hip-hop song to a slower, cutesy song, but it works. It’s not like someone slapped you in the face with the chorus.

      Someone…someone just needs to edit this music…

  • Jocey

    This article really shows us what ” there is no pleasing everyone ” means:

    If SNSD stick with their usual aegyo, people would moan and complain about
    how boring and lame the girls are since they are all in their mid twenties. 

    If SNSD go all funky and vibrant, people would moan and complain about how
    the new style doesn’t suit them at all and why SM gave them such strange new looks. 

    If SNSD mix n match their outfits, people would moan and complain as one can mix n match one’s outfits privided one is a memebr of F(X).

    If SNSD go all hip-pop and sexy, people would moan and complain as one can be hip-pop and sexy provided one is a memebr of 2NE1.

    Some people just don’t know what what they want,

  • Jocey

    This article really shows us what ” there is no pleasing everyone ” means:

    If SNSD stick with their usual aegyo, people would moan and complain about
    how boring and lame the girls are since they are all in their mid twenties. 

    If SNSD go all funky and vibrant, people would moan and complain about how
    the new style doesn’t suit them at all and why SM gave them such strange new looks. 

    If SNSD mix n match their outfits, people would moan and complain as one can mix n match one’s outfits privided one is a memebr of F(X).

    If SNSD go all hip-pop and sexy, people would moan and complain as one can be hip-pop and sexy provided one is a memebr of 2NE1.

    Some people just don’t know what what they want,

    • Skittles

      I felt like the criticisms very valid. The song was just very messy and uncohesive. SNSD can — and has done — better. 

    • Himei

      And this comment will show that fangirls/boys are blind.  I’m not a fan of them because their songs sucks (to me) but love the girls to death.  I like artists for guess what?  Their songs..OMG, is that so hard to understand?    

      AND your comment has nothing to do with the main point of this article, its about THE SONG, not their fashion.  Fashion is mentioned last because it has to do with the image/concept of the song.

  • Jocey

    This article really shows us what ” there is no pleasing everyone ” means:

    If SNSD stick with their usual aegyo, people would moan and complain about
    how boring and lame the girls are since they are all in their mid twenties. 

    If SNSD go all funky and vibrant, people would moan and complain about how
    the new style doesn’t suit them at all and why SM gave them such strange new looks. 

    If SNSD mix n match their outfits, people would moan and complain as one can mix n match one’s outfits privided one is a memebr of F(X).

    If SNSD go all hip-pop and sexy, people would moan and complain as one can be hip-pop and sexy provided one is a memebr of 2NE1.

    Some people just don’t know what what they want,

  • Cherry_Blueberry

    I don’t care what anyone says. I Got A Boy is a bad song. It had so much potential with the chorus and Taeyeon and Sunny’s part that started at 2:25 but everything together is a mess. Even Jessica’s bridge would have been great in another song. And I don’t know what some people are on but the rapping is waaayyy worse than The Boys. The only part that was ok was Sooyoung’s and that’s because it was short (anyone else notice how they unnecessarily cut to a close up of Yoona in Sooyoung’s rap). Yuri’s sounded awkward because it slowed down weirdly and Hyoyeon’s last line (…my la goo) sounded off. Yoona’s was just bad. This song had soooo many parts that could have been used to make individual songs and a great album at that, but they dropped the ball. Now I know why SM always buys foreign songs. It’s because their in house composers are uninspired and lack musical understanding. They’re just plain bad. There was some saving grace though. Yuri looks AMAZING! Taeyeon did so good with that beginning dance sequence even almost looking like BoA and the choreo is awesome. But this song is just…SMH!

    • Himei

      It’s a pretty bad song or can i say, songs.  It’s too over the place, and it doesnt work.  THe chorus is great but doesnt match the other songs within the song, the solo was unneeded.  They tried and failed but we all know they will still top charts, something SM has done with their acts, no matter how bad the song is.  

      Thing t note, the girls look great though.

  • Cherry_Blueberry

    I don’t care what anyone says. I Got A Boy is a bad song. It had so much potential with the chorus and Taeyeon and Sunny’s part that started at 2:25 but everything together is a mess. Even Jessica’s bridge would have been great in another song. And I don’t know what some people are on but the rapping is waaayyy worse than The Boys. The only part that was ok was Sooyoung’s and that’s because it was short (anyone else notice how they unnecessarily cut to a close up of Yoona in Sooyoung’s rap). Yuri’s sounded awkward because it slowed down weirdly and Hyoyeon’s last line (…my la goo) sounded off. Yoona’s was just bad. This song had soooo many parts that could have been used to make individual songs and a great album at that, but they dropped the ball. Now I know why SM always buys foreign songs. It’s because their in house composers are uninspired and lack musical understanding. They’re just plain bad. There was some saving grace though. Yuri looks AMAZING! Taeyeon did so good with that beginning dance sequence even almost looking like BoA and the choreo is awesome. But this song is just…SMH!

  • 271828

    The song works much better as a performance track. I like the song infinitely more when it’s done live compared to the music video. In fact it may even be ENJOYABLE when I can watch them dance to it (Taeyeon :Q___________)
    The main problem with this song is that yes it is a hot mess but its even messier when compared to SNSD’s previous releases which were all (bar The Boys) very clean and organised. I blame this on the introduction of RAPPING TO SNSD WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT SHOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED.
    SNSD was one of the only groups in Kpop that DIDN’T RAP AND NOW THAT IS RUINED. Kpop rapping sucks. No, don’t even try to deny it no matter how “good” your bias rapper is. I don’t mind hip-hop but I really don’t like rapping.
    The individual parts of the song are quite catchy but pieced together it’s not a masterpiece. It’s a fun song and that’s all I want from Kpop. And plus how cute is Yoona’s rapping? :3
    As a more relaxed SONE the only things I want from SNSD are for 1. them to enjoy what they’re doing and 2. fun, catchy songs and I think IGAB satisfied both of those criteria (I’m finding myself singing along to the IGAB bit)
    Criticism is deserved though, and its obvious that not many will genuinely like this song as a song itself, but once again as a performance I believe it is okay because of the great choreography.
    Also:
    >implying Bohemian Rhapsody isn’t overrated

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kelly-Vien/1387894449 Kelly Vien

      I agree with this, but for the comment on Bohemian Rhapsody which has the amazing power of uniting people for a nostalgic singsong (or is this more a British thing??)

      Edit: and yes, Yoona’s rap was adorbs :3

  • http://twitter.com/LumpySpaceKid J

    I find a lot of people don’t like I Got a Boy. But personally, I really like it. It may sound crazy to many, but it might be in my top 5 SNSD Korean songs. While I feel a little strange for liking something that everyone seems to hate, I realized that I’m simply a minority, and that is okay. Personally, I like the mixed beats and the story that they tell through the song. The choreography is amazing. And the girls seem to have a ton of fun performing, the live performances have all been really well done. Maybe I’m just a crazy delusional Sone but I liked the song and feel SNSD brought something new to K-pop.

  • http://twitter.com/LumpySpaceKid J

    I find a lot of people don’t like I Got a Boy. But personally, I really like it. It may sound crazy to many, but it might be in my top 5 SNSD Korean songs. While I feel a little strange for liking something that everyone seems to hate, I realized that I’m simply a minority, and that is okay. Personally, I like the mixed beats and the story that they tell through the song. The choreography is amazing. And the girls seem to have a ton of fun performing, the live performances have all been really well done. Maybe I’m just a crazy delusional Sone but I liked the song and feel SNSD brought something new to K-pop.

  • fanimnida

    Valid criticism. I’m no sone by any means but I love this song and it’s energy. It comes off very much like a musical theater song with all the different voices and styles. The live performances and the dance routine add to the song as well.

  • http://www.twitter.com/veiledheart veiledheart

    Thanks for explaining it. I’ve gotten like 3 different explanations as to what exactly is going on the lyrics from Sones. Which probably says something about the song. What makes me the most angry about IGAB is that I like parts of it (same for the album) but then what I liked just disappears and something new and awkward takes its place. Express 999 off the album is the most frustrating because I LOVE it at the beginning and then the chorus happens and all my excitement disappears. It’s this constant build up to nowhere. There is no payoff in any of these songs. UGH.

  • http://twitter.com/nicholys Nicholas_SB

    If viewed in parts the song is not too bad, like I did get into some varied bits half a minute into them. The problem is that once you have started to get used to the sound of things, the song than changes, completely disrupting flow very big time. 

    “I Love You” managed to put more disparate elements together and make it work better. 

    Then again, such excessive music layering could only be a hallmark of Yoo Young Jin, to stack multiple electronic sounds on top a simple underlying beat. The problem is that this time, he has really over-done things. His over-layering could work very well with some songs “Don’t Don”, “O Ban Jung Hap” and “Lucifer”, okay with some “Girls On Top” and poor with others “Nu ABO”. IGAB for me falls nearer the third category, unfortunately.

  • Sentimental Muffin

    There is so much going on with this song and it’s so overwhelming. I feel IGAB, as an entire package could have been slightly more endurable if it were given to a smaller group like a 4 or 5 member group. The song and the MV styling (clothing, MV set and colour palette) for a 9 member group is over stimulating. It is just too much to take in one sitting and it is a lot to focus on.

    I was definitely vibing with the hip-pop first verse. it was fresh and unexpected from SNSD.

    • asianromance

      That’s exactly how I was feeling.  I was wondering how much better it would have worked if it was done by f(x), by SNSD’s TTS, or just another SNSD subgroup.  

      When I heard the official teaser of the “I’ve got a boy” song, I liked the song, but after listening to the full song, it’s really too messy – like a remix of what would have otherwise been good songs.  Then the video came and it’s too much all at once (though the choreography’s awesome!).  And I wish we got to see more of this boy they’ve got.  

  • happy_slip

    A sone friend of mine explained to me how the transitions worked (supposedly), since each part represents a different point of view and that they are structured to make the song a theatrical performance of some sorts. Reading the lyrics, observing how the verses are arranged and taking the performances to account, I kinda see what she’s trying to say so I’d give SNSD and their team some kind of a pass here with what (I think) they were trying to accomplish with this song.

    Personally though, I feel that there’s so much ‘going back and forth’ in the song so it’s really messy. I’m not sure why it had to sound like it has a lot of point of views either; it felt like I was literally literally listening to a group of girls excitedly conversing together after not seeing each other for a long time — meaning no one gets to finish what she has to say because everyone is just so busy butting in so they could say their own piece. That’s totally different from just alternating the moods within the song, which in my opinion, what the producers should have done instead of trying to make the verses outdo each other by desperately making all of them stand out. It’s kind of a waste because there are verses in the song that could have been turned into another good song without having the need to compete with other catchy verses in there. 

    I Got A Boy sounded like a mini-album medley. I’m not sure if SME is ready for songs drastically structured this way because they’ve tried this before with f(x)’s NU ABO and SHINee’s Sherlock (then again at least these two songs’ combined verses are complementary)…songs that took some time getting used to, not to mention from groups that can deliver these kind of songs really well. I have no problems getting used to seemingly weird structured songs, if only the delivery and overall approach is convincing enough (see: Sherlock). 

    Which is, I think, one of SNSD’s biggest problems with IGAB. The approach is somewhat questionable, the way they visually presented the song is so jarring that at least 80% of the video felt so awkward with them doing cute and I look pretty while wearing funky clothes expressions every time they attempt to go A-yo GG on us. I honestly don’t mind their brand of cute and girlish charm that they tend to emulate in most of their songs and videos as I have enjoyed some of them, I just wished the team responsible for this made up their damn minds on choosing which quality (the A-yo GG or the Aegyo GG lol) they want to emphasize more. Because this is not working, as much as I would like to give them a nod for trying to re-create a “unique” feel to what SNSD usually does. I mean shit, if the video just did without the cheesy parts they shared with that faceless guy and just danced (since they are already pretty without having to put on a “pretty expression” anyway) it wouldn’t be so bad. Or if those scenes were as necessary as the others, putting them in the beginning as some sort of an intro would suffice imo. 

    I liked that they’re having fun here, but I can’t really get into the song and it’s a shame because there are parts of it that are really good had it been turned to a full song on its own.

  • minty_chip

    Surprisingly, I actually enjoyed this song more than The Boys. When I first heard I Got a Boy I thought it was a hot mess but after I listened to it again I was addicted. Even though the lyrics aren’t the greatest, the amount of fun the girls have, the choreography, and the beat make up for it. Plus, I loved seeing Taeyeon rocking the choreography and her lines.

    • kitsukushima

      i only agree with taeyeon part.i think she’s rock the song.but still IGAB is a big mess.

  • Jgg55

    I Got a Boy is actually so bad. SNSD have not had a decent single since the release of their first Japanese album. This song is just as bad as The Boys and their recent slew of shit Japanese singles.

    I mean come on, these girls are the apparent queens of k-pop and all their recent songs sound worse than a fart.

  • edenhyper

    These girls would be a success even if they came out bald and sang two lines – thus is the power of these girls. I commend them (or their company) for a new direction. For some this is apparently innovative and new. I’m not sure. It sounds like a bad mash-up even if the change in tempo “make sense”. The song purely put didn’t sound good to my ears and I was disappointed with the choreography too. I’m sitting here waiting for (finally) a grown-up choreography for these girls considering I rate them highly in the dancing of idol world. Instead it was…that. People kept throwing the name out of whoever mad that routine. I was not impressed.

    Do SM hate Sunny? Why are they trying to make her as unattractive as possible. The whole set-up was too f(x) for me.

  • Streby

    I earlier said nothing could be worse than ‘The Boys’; I take that back. 

  • Jaclyn

    I have trouble watching the MV. It makes the song even more confusing.

    On a good note, watching I Got A Boy live makes it much better, less separate and jilted. It’s also a lot more fun (and complete?).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Caroline-Uchiha-Shiroyama-Cassiopeia/100000364406070 Caroline Uchiha Shiroyama Cass

    not just sunny, but the maknae just had 1 descent look to me >.<

  • http://twitter.com/Uranium222 Uranium

    Just when you though that there couldn’t be anything worse than “The Boys”, then “I Got A Boy” comes along.

    For me, what makes the song cringy is the lack of harmony and fluidity between each segments. You can’t even tell what the song is. Pop, Hip Hop etc. I know SM wants to make something of SNSD but this song is just so horrible.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/26AOR2RR6ITHVUFLZJD5UJPZM4 Dana

    Reviews from Western media publications / websites about Girls Generation’s “I Got A Boy”

    1) LA Times
    “‘I Got a Boy’ by Girls’ Generation, a gleefully chaotic song that says much about pop music’s trajectory.”

    2) Billboard
    ” to create one of the most-forward thinking lead pop singles heard in any country. With this title track, Girls’ Generation just set the bar truly high for pop in 2013.”

    3) MuuMuse
    ““I Got A Boy” probably won’t click on first play/view (actually, it definitely won’t), but with each listen, the track’s genius becomes increasingly obvious: It’s a majorly forward-thinking, fearless production that bends the rules of pop, and further cements Girls’ Generation’s legacy as one of the most exciting South Korean girl groups of the decade.”

    4) Popdust
    “A song this slammin’ deserves an equally as brilliant music video, and as expected, Girls’ Generation delivers. ”

    5) MTV
    “it’s pretty much impossible to watch it just once. Ahem, not that we’re complaining…”

    6) Allkpop
    “I have absolutely no complaints about this song. It is without a doubt the strongest release by Girls’ Generation—and perhaps in all of K-Pop—to date. Kudos to SM Entertainment for their obvious hard work to transition these girls from an object of the male gaze to a legitimate musical group. ”

    7) Toronto Star
    “The result — arguably among the most adventurous pop music being made on the planet — both invites resistance and makes it difficult to summon any up. ”

    I would add links to this article so you can read the full articles for yourself but for some reason it wont let me

    • Gaya_SB

      Oh wow, I actually know a Dana, what a coincidence!

      • Dana_SB

        Gaya, you are my favorite person of all time.

        • Gaya_SB

          I love you too, real Dana <3

    • k_db

      Losing faith in humanity.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/26AOR2RR6ITHVUFLZJD5UJPZM4 Dana

        Because Western critics arent fangirls who already have a bias against the #1 kpop music act and they actually review the music ???

        • k_db

          Who cares if no-name critics give “I Got a Boy” a decent review.  It’s not GG’s target audience. What is actually important is the view of the people who may or may not buy the product.  IE Koreans and International Fans.  I don’t think I have to tell you what most people think of it. 

          • hapacalgirl

            Also of the three that has credence, only one attempted to review the song in any depth.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Xenia-Petrova/100000801489224 Xenia Petrova

            Oh, come on, 97% of SB visiters will rather bite their right hand off than buy SNSD’s product, so review here means zero. SNSD have more chance to find their “target audience”, well, anywhere. Antarctics included XD

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/2O2A3MG36XPEZ553L4GUYO74KI Kim

          No, because they ARE fangirls who have a bias against your “#1 kpop music act.”

    • hapacalgirl

      Is that billboard korea or billboard U.S? As for the rest, I would take them with a grain of salt.  As for the allkpop comment, he lost his credibility the minute he stated that it was the strongest release of kpop to date.

    • CJux

      The only actual pop music critic out of that list (from the only music reviewer that is not a Sone) is probably that guy writing for LA Times, although this journal has a reputation of not knowing how to do their proper homework, especially when it comes to K-pop articles. But I can’t tell if he’s praising the song or using IGAB to mock the current stage of pop music. Especially when you have sentences like this: “Both reflect the kitchen-sink, short-attention-span present.” 
       
      As for the others you listed…

      Jacques Peterson (PopDust) – he’s the guy at the TheProphetBlog and everyone knows he’s quite the SNSD fanboy. Cute guy btw.

      Bradley Stern (MuuMuse) – another SONE, friends of theprophet

      Jeff Benjamin (Billboard) – SONE. Twitter denounces everything.

      Allkpop and their “contributing writers”… Might as well add in the opinions of PopReviewsNow, McRoth’s Residence and DummyMag, though I suspect you purposely ignored them.

      That review from MTV is not from MTV, but from MTV STYLE, which is their fashion department. And if you read the review, you’d see it’s a fashion review, not a music review. 

      I wouldn’t consider those vapid weekly Anti-Hits Lists from Toronto Star “reviews”.

    • Dana_SB

      FYI Seoulbeats folks — THIS IS NOT ME.  But I have a feeling you all know who it is anyway :)

    • Dana_SB

      FYI Seoulbeats folks — THIS IS NOT ME.  But I have a feeling you all know who it is anyway :)

      • thedutchesse

        Okay so what’s going on here? Is someone pretending to be you?

        • Dana_SB

          Indeed.  If I were to wager a guess, I think our mystery Dana is an individual who has notoriously trolled nearly all of our posts related to SNSD in the past and has been banned under multiple usernames.  Perhaps he/she thought that by using the name of a Seoulbeats author, people would assume it was me and attack me instead?

          In any case, it’s not me :) I do love me some SNSD, but even I know better than to label allkpop a “Western critic.”

          • thedutchesse

            Oh trolls. Yeah I knew it wouldn’t be you since I’m pretty sure you don’t write ignorant passive aggressive posts. You’re actually my favourite writer here (:

          • thedutchesse

            Oh trolls. Yeah I knew it wouldn’t be you since I’m pretty sure you don’t write ignorant passive aggressive posts. You’re actually my favourite writer here (:

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    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kelly-Vien/1387894449 Kelly Vien

      I didn’t really make it clear in my (ridiculously) long comment that I think the song sounds rather good, but the main reason the song fails to impress me is because the transitions (production) and lyrics are so poor. The MV also makes the song hard to appreciate, but that’s a criticism of the marketing? rather than the song.

      IGAB stands out amongst other kpop songs absolutely. A lot of kpop follows the same generic formula and has boring production so IGAB definitely sets ‘the bar truly high’ in that respect, but I feel these reviewers are being too nice. The song has great potential, but seems in need of work still.

  • Black_Plague

    I was traumatized from watching the MV. I wanted to turn it off but I was too much in shock to even lift a finger and when it ended, all I said was “Dafuq was that?!” 

    Honestly, the song was a wreck. Even as a casual SONE, much of SNSD’s songs had been a hit-or-miss for my taste though granted, I still prefer their earlier stuff such as Genie, Chocolate Love and RDR. For recent, Let It Rain, Trick and Mr Taxi.  

    Whoever advocated for any of the members to do rapping needs to go back to fucking school and if the SNSD members themselves want to take rapping itself seriously, they need to cut down on their schedules and actually LEARN how to rap. The Boys was bad enough but the rapping in this was just outright shit. Am I seeing someone potentially worse than Taecyeon and Chansung in rapping? Lord help us. 

    I’m hoping SM would dearly come back with something better than that horrid song for a comeback but I’m probably putting my hopes too high. 

    • http://twitter.com/joanax00 joana

      if you hate that much, just go back to your closets and watching another songs… I think you have no sense of music xDDD

  • intheshort

    I actually thought the music video was meant to be a montage of different songs on purpose. But after reading this article I guessed SM trolled me again.

    Fool me once, shame on you. But fool me twice…I guess I should have known better. 

  • MoontosUp

    The best review of I Got A Boy IMO and the only UNBIASED one that I’ve come across. SM must have invested a lot in those other blogs to say positive things about this HORRIBLE song.

    And the fact that SNSD tried to combine a supposedly hip hop concept with aegyo. No.. just no. 

    P.S. Don’t even get me started on “AYO GG” and Yoona’s “rap”.. ugh.

  • justsaying09

    hahhh, gosh for me this song just some guilty pleasure song because of catchy beat but have awkward transitions make it not blend together not to mention some ‘great’ rap parts. Hot mess song with good choreo by eye candy girls with no flow at all that touch your heart . 
    Although many western media put this song with many positive credit but this song just went like that for me. Oh ok this is catchy, innovative concept but this song not grew in me.
    But congrats for their powerful comeback, SM really did good job .Kpop really need some groundbreaking, this song really make new standard of kpop. 
    But again , I dont like this song as much as people do.
    ps: dont bring igab with Bohemian Rhapsody in same sentence or paragraph, both song not comparable with all due respect.

  • hapacalgirl

    The thing with “I got a boy” is that it has the potential to be a good song if only the production was cleaner.  Kudos for SMent in trying something different, as the use of the rhapsody style in music hasn’t been really explored in kpop and is more common in instrumentals than modern music,  but it would of served them well to find an outside composer/producer that is more capable in this style.  What kills this song is that it completely lacks flow, which says more about the producer than the song itself. What made Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” work so well and why it is so timeless is because each of the sections flow almost seamlessly into one another. In a good rhapsody, although the parts are very different they make sense. Also the fact that their lyrics are actually meaningful adds to its timelessness. The choppyness between the sections, the harsh pauses is what really kills this song and why it sounds like 5 different songs to many people. Also if anyone tries to convince me that SNSD are capable rappers, they seriously should consider getting their hearing checked, they are serviceable at best but really nothing to write home about.  I do love the fact that they tossed out the chipmunk voices and allowed the more capable singers to really use their voices well though. Also while simpler than I was expecting, the choreo is definitely a big improvement from most of their previous releases.

    As for the music video, like the writer says, it feels like same ol’ SNSD just in another concept.  At least its colorful and I would actually wear some of their clothing, so I guess that’s some positive movement.

  • ShineeWorld52911

    Hey you brought up the same f(x) comparison that I did when I saw the teaser. Poor Soshis, it seems likes SM has no idea of what to do with them anymore. I would’ve been more happy if SM just use the concept used for ‘The Boys’ which was being mature, strong, fierce women and just ran with it, instead of giving us this new ‘Bam! What now bitches!’ kind of concept and imagery. SNSD has been around since 2007 and they should be at a point in their career where their image should be solidified, instead of changing comeback to comeback. Honestly, if you take out the awkward rapping bits and nauseatingly overused dance breaks that ‘I Got A Boy’ consists of and replacing with some good singing; the mature, fierce concept that ‘The Boys’ had could’ve worked perfectly for this song. SNSD are women and their concept should be just that. That they’re women. Mature, grown women.

  • k_db

    This song…

    Is exactly why I hate loving K-Pop.  It’s almost become some SONE’s job to spread “the good points” of the song to everyone who even made a whisper of not liking it.  

    Leave me alone.  They don’t like the song.  So what.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Xenia-Petrova/100000801489224 Xenia Petrova

    Dear SNSD, I like you very much since your debute. Please, please, please, never make attempts in rap again. You are my favourite Korean pop girl group exactly because you have no rappers in staff. Also, I kind of dislike all that colourful a la hip hop concepts. Though, girls looked cute in the video, so it made it a bit better. Like f(x), idek.

  • fanimnida

    Is there going to be an album review or just the title song and dancing queen?

    • k_db

      They usually do an MV review and album review seperate.

  • WorthInClay

    Hello Gaya, thanks for being so brave to review and frankly speak out the common sentiments that most general K-pop listeners have of TGAB. Hope you are still alive! :D

    Anyway, it’s great to visit a site with commentors that do not post inane comments and run into vehement fanwars and angry defensive mode readily. Even those who disagree and enjoyed IGAB, have been pleasantly calm in expressing their different opinion. Nice!

    Anyway, I agree with most parts of what Gaya and some commenters said – my first impression is just “Huh??” “It’s… kinda… schizophrenic…??” Whether or not the lyrics are styled such that it’s meant to be a conversation between the girls, the music itself it just “all over the place”, “a mess” (quoting the common responses).

    I think if this had been a release by a rookie group or lesser known girl group, it could be more easily forgotten and forgiven. But it’s from the so-called “Queens”…. Hence, so much struggle with having to come to acceptance??

    Lastly, does anyone else not also feel that music and image styling of IGAB gives off some of the vibes of trying to be like G-Dragon’s Crayon? Like they are trying to be very versatile and break into new outrageous fun images (which to SM, probably = must have bright clothes, excessive accessories, crazy rainbow hair to go with the “funky” turns of the tune)?

    PS: just saw on Soompi that IGAB sets the record for 10 mill views on Youtube and there’s word that the power of Sones are aiming to dethrone Gangnam Style??? Seriously… I think I might see disaster for SNSD and Kpop when Sones set the record of dethroning GS and the world starts to view IGAB and wonder, ” this is the GG and Kpop???” I think it might be the end of Hallyu…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nate-Broadus/100003245734823 Nate Broadus

      Yeah, the “power of Sones” is going to get a rude awakening. Gangnam Style’s views exploded because not only was it getting views from Korean music followers, but also from people all over the world. The fact that I Got A Boy has gained 10 million views isn’t so noteworthy when compared to Kpop songs released by other popular artists — especially knowing how seriously some fans seem to take youtube views as somehow indicative of their bias’ love. 

      Sones are more likely to fart than explode on that one.

  • http://dvqd92.tumblr.com/ Elizabeth

    I liked SNSD’s Dancing Queen it was a good, okay and decent song and the music video and the choreography was good. SNSD’s I Got A Boy on the other hand the song I Got A Boy itself was all over the place and it didn’t work as it isn’t good song and once again their weakest song. I Got A Boy’s image and concept for it was a combination of f(x), 2NE1, Miss A, 4Minute, Spice Girls, Destiny’s Child and SNSD’s own image/concept/music/trademark pierced together into one which isn’t working after at all i mean i’ll take The Boys image and concept over I Got A Boy image and concept any day because the image/concept for The Boys worked except for the weak and lackluster music for The Boys. The only saving grace for I Got A Boy was the choreography. SNSD’s cute image and concept for Gee, Kissing You and Oh! worked backed then because it was suitable for them but now SNSD is in their twenties and the members themselves have said they outgrown their cute image and when they do cute it seems forced for example the Japanese version of Oh! to me unlike and also seen in their mature image and concept shows. SM needs to give SNSD good music again like their Japanese and their capable of it and also good image and concept a mature one like their Japanese image which suits them not I Got A Boy image and concept and also I wouldn’t mind if SM hired Japanese producers for their music in Korea seeing as how SM is hiring European producers to work with SM artists in Korea so go for it SM sure needs it. That’s my two cents.

  • beyondhallyu

    I actually wrote about the song and video a couple of days ago. Honestly I find the representation of women quite offensive and insulting to the members. http://beyondhallyu.com/k-pop/girls-generation-i-got-a-boy/

    I agree with your barbie comment as well, it felt like some weird Barbie does street dance video which I think undermines their strong performance at times which is a real shame.The weird thing is that stronger sexier or more independent songs consistently sold better last year so I don’t think it would have hurt them to come out with something with a stronger image.

  • thu pham

    Thank you for your review <3333.
    I always wait for your reviews more than any sites out there. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nate-Broadus/100003245734823 Nate Broadus

    Alright then… Dancing Queen was a good effort. It’s a decent remake of Duffy’s song, so it gets no indictment from me. Girl’s Generation doesn’t try to do anything revolutionary with it — you could even call it “Gee 2.0” if it tickles your fancy.

    I Got A Boy? I didn’t hate it, didn’t love it, for the most part I spent the video with a perpetual look of “o_o” on my face. If I squint my eyes REAL hard, I think I can just barely see what SM was going for with this video. They were obviously aiming for reinvention — to forge new personas for the girls. That said, the one word that came to my mind while watching it was not “edgy”, or “forward thinking”, or “fierce” or even “brave.”

    What word popped into my head so swiftly while this song and video were playing out? 

    Poser.

    I am sure that will piss off some SNSD fans, but that is exactly the feeling I got while listening to this song. This isn’t forward thinking. It isn’t even revolutionary. It is jigsaw-ing together a bunch of pieces that already fucking exist and then repackaging it for mass consumption. Apples and Oranges, granted, because much of Kpop functions that way, but they usually don’t try to cram five genres into one song like this “masterpiece”. If SONE’s weren’t already heavily indoctrinated into the cult of Girl’s Generation, they would be able to see it, as well. 

    There was no rapping in the song. I don’t sprinkle powdered sugar on a tire and call it a donut; don’t listen to mildly fast talking with faux-attitude and slap a rap label onto the face. It is insulting to real lyrical compositions with complexity.

    I don’t ordinarily like to make sweeping statements, but any journalist who called this Frankenstein monster of a pop song “forward thinking” should probably see about getting their frontal lobe put back in their skull. Stitching 5+ different styles together into one song does not equate forward thinking — and believe it or not, GG are not the first to have done this before (makes me wonder if those reviewers ever heard of mixtapes). 

    I’m going to be completely honest, if the video did not have 9 very attractive girls on screen my mouse would have been halfway to the red x before the first break. I listened to the entire song in order to form an objective opinion, only to find that I agree with about 95% of the people who commented before me. 

    This song isn’t a hot mess. It is like if you put schizophrenia into song form and then hired 9 girls to sell it with their looks. The song doesn’t know what it wants to be, and that is painfully obvious from the first listen. It is also a cardinal sin of pop songs. Successful pop songs aren’t ones that you have to listen to repetitively to “get” — they are like earworms that dig in and don’t let up from the first listen. Do you think people listened to Somebody That I Used To Know and thought, gee, I better listen to this about 10 more times until it becomes catchy? As soon as Gotye belted out “She didn’t have to cut me off” in his best Sting voice, that was it — hit record. That is how pop songs are supposed to function. It’s all in the damn word: Pop — meaning a sudden, reverberant and impactful noise. Great pop songs are ones that grab you by the throat from the first listen. 

    When I watch this video, it just feels like Girl’s Generation are trying to be something they are clearly not. A natural image shift is supposed to feel seamless. If it appears the artist is trying too hard to convince you that they are genuinely shifting, it all falls apart — which is what happens in this video for me. 

    Forward thinking would be innovating something that already exists, or inventing something new; this is just trying to cram too many genres into one short song. Let’s not call a chipmunk a fucking tiger here.

    1.5/5

    • thedutchesse

      By schizophrenia I think you mean dissociate identity disorder, if you’re going to use a mental illness to make a point for a song at least use the right one.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nate-Broadus/100003245734823 Nate Broadus

        No, I meant the phenomenon of having contradictory elements, not a disorder in which more than one distinct personality trait exists. This song has no distinct identity. It is not electropop, dubstep, rap or otherwise; it fails to achieve any identity, whatsoever. I can’t say anything about you, personally. We’ve never met. However, I choose my words very carefully. I knew my intent when I made the statement. 

        I agreed not to use the term again on this site, but didn’t feel the need to go back and edit it out. What I wrote was my honest assessment at the time, and unless the mods choose to edit it for me, I will leave it as is to reflect my opinion on the subject as made at the time of writing. 

        • thedutchesse

          I don’t know you either, and I’m not judging you, I just personally don’t like it when people use an illness that many people are coping with to make a point on a pop song. Or make a point in general, even if it has a general use (though I’ve never heard of it). It shouldn’t, and I think that it’s very disrespectful to the people that suffer from it.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nate-Broadus/100003245734823 Nate Broadus

            Understood, but what was said was said, cannot be changed, nor should it be changed. I’ve already given Gaya my word that I will not use the term in this way again. It’s not my place to say who can or should be offended by whichever term is used, but I will refrain simply because Gaya asked calmly and rationally. It seems only respectful. 

            In the end, though, if that is the one thing people can pick out of my assessment to critique, I think I’ve made a valid point.lol

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nate-Broadus/100003245734823 Nate Broadus

            Understood, but what was said was said, cannot be changed, nor should it be changed. I’ve already given Gaya my word that I will not use the term in this way again. It’s not my place to say who can or should be offended by whichever term is used, but I will refrain simply because Gaya asked calmly and rationally. It seems only respectful. 

            In the end, though, if that is the one thing people can pick out of my assessment to critique, I think I’ve made a valid point.lol

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nate-Broadus/100003245734823 Nate Broadus

            Understood, but what was said was said, cannot be changed, nor should it be changed. I’ve already given Gaya my word that I will not use the term in this way again. It’s not my place to say who can or should be offended by whichever term is used, but I will refrain simply because Gaya asked calmly and rationally. It seems only respectful. 

            In the end, though, if that is the one thing people can pick out of my assessment to critique, I think I’ve made a valid point.lol

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nate-Broadus/100003245734823 Nate Broadus

            Understood, but what was said was said, cannot be changed, nor should it be changed. I’ve already given Gaya my word that I will not use the term in this way again. It’s not my place to say who can or should be offended by whichever term is used, but I will refrain simply because Gaya asked calmly and rationally. It seems only respectful. 

            In the end, though, if that is the one thing people can pick out of my assessment to critique, I think I’ve made a valid point.lol

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nate-Broadus/100003245734823 Nate Broadus

            Understood, but what was said was said, cannot be changed, nor should it be changed. I’ve already given Gaya my word that I will not use the term in this way again. It’s not my place to say who can or should be offended by whichever term is used, but I will refrain simply because Gaya asked calmly and rationally. It seems only respectful. 

            In the end, though, if that is the one thing people can pick out of my assessment to critique, I think I’ve made a valid point.lol

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nate-Broadus/100003245734823 Nate Broadus

            Understood, but what was said was said, cannot be changed, nor should it be changed. I’ve already given Gaya my word that I will not use the term in this way again. It’s not my place to say who can or should be offended by whichever term is used, but I will refrain simply because Gaya asked calmly and rationally. It seems only respectful. 

            In the end, though, if that is the one thing people can pick out of my assessment to critique, I think I’ve made a valid point.lol

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nate-Broadus/100003245734823 Nate Broadus

            Understood, but what was said was said, cannot be changed, nor should it be changed. I’ve already given Gaya my word that I will not use the term in this way again. It’s not my place to say who can or should be offended by whichever term is used, but I will refrain simply because Gaya asked calmly and rationally. It seems only respectful. 

            In the end, though, if that is the one thing people can pick out of my assessment to critique, I think I’ve made a valid point.lol

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LL4QDJLVFDT2RDIZYBALSE75JE angel29

      Very well said. 

  • Almira Agathas

    Putting I Got A Boy in the same sentence with Bohemian Rhapsody is a crime! I’m glad you’re in the same boat as me.
    Freddie Mercury is shaking his head in disappointment above there. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nate-Broadus/100003245734823 Nate Broadus

      No sane person would ever take that comparison seriously. The only remotely similar traits the two songs share is that they are both songs.

      • thedutchesse

        Besides, you know, that both have significant tempo changes.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nate-Broadus/100003245734823 Nate Broadus

          Bohemian Rhapsody has seamless transition; I Got A Boy has abrupt stops leading to entirely different genre attempts. Even the changes are not as similar as they seem on the surface.

          • http://arbitrary-greay.livejournal.com/ Arbitrary_greay

            “Seamless” is a stretch. If the transitions were actually seamless, it wouldn’t be so much of a rhapsody anymore. And the “Fandango” section is a pretty abrupt genre change. Rock –> faux opera seems to be more different than Hip hop –> electro.

            Nonetheless, I don’t think IGAB is a rhapsody either. 

            It’s clearly a capriccio. ;)

            But I’ll give you that “We Will Rock You’s” sing-rapping was miles better than SNSD’s.

            But other than the…*shudders*…”rapping” in this thing I love this song. Tbh, it’s closer to classical music than Bohemian Rhapsody. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YDMsVsNBcA

          • http://arbitrary-greay.livejournal.com/ Arbitrary_greay

            “Seamless” is a stretch. If the transitions were actually seamless, it wouldn’t be so much of a rhapsody anymore. And the “Fandango” section is a pretty abrupt genre change. Rock –> faux opera seems to be more different than Hip hop –> electro.

            Nonetheless, I don’t think IGAB is a rhapsody either. 

            It’s clearly a capriccio. ;)

            But I’ll give you that “We Will Rock You’s” sing-rapping was miles better than SNSD’s.

            But other than the…*shudders*…”rapping” in this thing I love this song. Tbh, it’s closer to classical music than Bohemian Rhapsody. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YDMsVsNBcA

          • http://arbitrary-greay.livejournal.com/ Arbitrary_greay

            “Seamless” is a stretch. If the transitions were actually seamless, it wouldn’t be so much of a rhapsody anymore. And the “Fandango” section is a pretty abrupt genre change. Rock –> faux opera seems to be more different than Hip hop –> electro.

            Nonetheless, I don’t think IGAB is a rhapsody either. 

            It’s clearly a capriccio. ;)

            But I’ll give you that “We Will Rock You’s” sing-rapping was miles better than SNSD’s.

            But other than the…*shudders*…”rapping” in this thing I love this song. Tbh, it’s closer to classical music than Bohemian Rhapsody. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YDMsVsNBcA

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nate-Broadus/100003245734823 Nate Broadus

            Ugh, I hate having to go deeper into the layer of an adjective on the internet, but c’est la vie — this is inevitable when every word can be dissected and placed into whichever context fits the reader’s interpretation the best.lol

            By strict definition, I agree, seamless is a stretch. There are very few pieces of music that truly flow without any separation into another frame, stanza or movement. However, if you listen to Bohemian Rhapsody, you will notice the most significant changes happen at around 3:06-3:08, and 4:10-4:13 — these are the points in the song where a big stylistic change occurs (though the latter is by far the most significant). The shift between the first style and the second isn’t a drastic one — both begin with harmonious singing, both styles are led by the piano. The second change, however, gets very little lead-in. It is guitar driven and sounds more like your average rock song. On the second one, you could make a case for the transition being only slightly smoother than the changes in I Got A Boy — but in both cases with Bohemian Rhapsody, the music, if you listen carefully, informs you a change is about to occur. Always. It dips, it elevates, there is SOMETHING to indicate a shift is coming.

            I Got A Boy doesn’t have transition — it has an abrupt stop, at which point a Girl’s Generation member pops up on screen to say, “Hold up, we’ve changed our minds.” or some such.

            That pretty much maps out the context for the word “seamless” in my post. Whether or not the music flows unobstructed into each frame in Bohemian Rhapsody, what it always does is inform you a change is about to happen. Every time. Even the second major change in Bohemian Rhapsody before the guitars let you know the fit was about to hit the shan (the percussion sped up, the harmony pitch went higher alongside, etc). 

            As for I Got A Boy, capriccio doesn’t quite do it either. It is fucking FAR from a free flowing piece.lol If you want to stick with capriccio, it would be more of a patchwork capriccio that some mad scientist stitched together from various musical corpse parts in a laboratory.

          • http://arbitrary-greay.livejournal.com/ Arbitrary_greay

            Given the dialogue nature of the lyrics, the need to use the instrumental for transition doesn’t really apply to “I Got a Boy.” At the point at which the lyrics have a narrative, they hold additional transitional value. Bohemian Rhapsody would not be able to use a single spoken line as a legitimate transition because the meat of the song is in the aural timbre, not the lyrics. Neither does it do a full POV switch, as the narrator’s POV is maintained during the opera section, whereas in “I Got a Boy” there should be and there is a timbre change to reflect how the girl in love has such a different attitude compared to the gossipers in previous sections. (The POV change in “Somebody that I Used to Know” doesn’t need one because she’s are on the same plane as Gotye interacting with the same issue, directly confronting the other’s claims.)

            “I Got a Boy” should really be considered in the context of some of the more contemporary dialogue/monologue musical songs rather than Bohemian Rhapsody. For example, “Rose’s Turn” from Gypsy, “Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen” from A Chorus Line,  or “Hello Little Girl” from Into the Woods. 

            And comparing Capriccio vs. Rhapsodie Espagnol, it’s easy to see which one “I Got a Boy” resembles more. Rimsky’s various sections are so disjointed he had to separate them into separate movements. (And then tie the last two anyways XD) 

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nate-Broadus/100003245734823 Nate Broadus

            Musically, stripped down to nuts and bolts, I could almost agree — but I will never place I Got A Boy in the same realm as any of the songs you mentioned.lol Those songs furthered an overall narrative; I Got A Boy is no more artistically heavy than Sk8er Boi. 

            In the end, I think that is from where a lot of the backlash derives. So much artistic merit is awarded to this song (claims of forward thinking, revolutionary changes in Kpop as a whole, some pretty grandiose shit), when it really is just SM’s attempt to shift the girls into different demographics and tastes. Plus the comparison to Bohemian Rhapsody…

            Freddie Mercury didn’t write Bohemian Rhapsody to be mainstream, it was just a slightly weird, operatic near-parody that formed in his own mind. It made a statement because it truly was forward thinking (nothing like it had been done in pop music before — maybe even since). I Got A Boy sounds no different or more revolutionary than some mixtapes I’ve heard of different genre pieces stitched together. The only statement it makes is “You like dubstep? Throw in dubstep. You like colorful outfits like Big Bang and 2NE1? Hurry up and make some crazy colored outfits.”

            Nothing in I Got A Boy feels like, looks like, sounds like, or achieves innovation, in my opinion. If others want to see it that way, hey, I don’t control thought. I just don’t see it, and I have a hard time believing time will open my eyes any wider. I don’t squint at something and assume I see the whole picture. I took a nice long look and came away with little registered substance. 

          • http://arbitrary-greay.livejournal.com/ Arbitrary_greay

            Fair enough. 

            Besides, I think the comparisons to Bohemian Rhapsody are not only uncalled for as well, but that they do a disservice to IGAB because IGAB has such different intent and style, as you’ve pointed out, and does not aim to excel where Bohemian Rhapsody did. 

            I brought up the Broadway songs as songs that IGAB would be closer to in style than Bohemian. They’re certainly deeper than IGAB. Content-wise, as I commented above, IGAB is more akin to “Baby Got Back” with a side of frustrated-with-man-Beyonce.

          • http://arbitrary-greay.livejournal.com/ Arbitrary_greay

            Fair enough. 

            Besides, I think the comparisons to Bohemian Rhapsody are not only uncalled for as well, but that they do a disservice to IGAB because IGAB has such different intent and style, as you’ve pointed out, and does not aim to excel where Bohemian Rhapsody did. 

            I brought up the Broadway songs as songs that IGAB would be closer to in style than Bohemian. They’re certainly deeper than IGAB. Content-wise, as I commented above, IGAB is more akin to “Baby Got Back” with a side of frustrated-with-man-Beyonce.

          • http://arbitrary-greay.livejournal.com/ Arbitrary_greay

            Fair enough. 

            Besides, I think the comparisons to Bohemian Rhapsody are not only uncalled for as well, but that they do a disservice to IGAB because IGAB has such different intent and style, as you’ve pointed out, and does not aim to excel where Bohemian Rhapsody did. 

            I brought up the Broadway songs as songs that IGAB would be closer to in style than Bohemian. They’re certainly deeper than IGAB. Content-wise, as I commented above, IGAB is more akin to “Baby Got Back” with a side of frustrated-with-man-Beyonce.

          • thedutchesse

            Dude, I’m not saying that SNSD’s song in any way compares to  Bohemian Rhapsody, or Queen at all. Queen is legendary. I’m just saying that there was a basis for the comparison. 

          • Almira Agathas

            Yep. Bohemian Rhapsody has a smooth transition. From the ballad, then to the opera and then finally to the rock and roll parts. It’s seamless. And the lyric is like a story narrated by the ‘boy who put a gun against the man’s head’. I never get enough of that song :)

          • Almira Agathas

            Yep. Bohemian Rhapsody has a smooth transition. From the ballad, then to the opera and then finally to the rock and roll parts. It’s seamless. And the lyric is like a story narrated by the ‘boy who put a gun against the man’s head’. I never get enough of that song :)

          • Almira Agathas

            Yep. Bohemian Rhapsody has a smooth transition. From the ballad, then to the opera and then finally to the rock and roll parts. It’s seamless. And the lyric is like a story narrated by the ‘boy who put a gun against the man’s head’. I never get enough of that song :)

  • Gaya_SB

    Thank you everyone for your comments so far! But if I could kindly ask that, going forward, we stop referring to the song as “schizophrenic?” As poor as we feel the song to be, it’s not really comparable to a severe mental disorder characterised by paranoia and hallucinations. I don’t mean to single anyone out here, but I think it’s important to keep things in perspective. Thank you!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nate-Broadus/100003245734823 Nate Broadus

      I get what you’re saying, but schizophrenia has a general use. It is a shorter way of saying something is disjointed and consists of far too many elements. One word replaces 8 or more words. The difference comes from whether or not you are using it as a noun, referring to the condition of Schizophrenia, or as a general usage adjective or adverb. 

      However, since this is your site, I will abide by your request in the future.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nate-Broadus/100003245734823 Nate Broadus

      I get what you’re saying, but schizophrenia has a general use. It is a shorter way of saying something is disjointed and consists of far too many elements. One word replaces 8 or more words. The difference comes from whether or not you are using it as a noun, referring to the condition of Schizophrenia, or as a general usage adjective or adverb. 

      However, since this is your site, I will abide by your request in the future.

      • Gaya_SB

        Well, this is more of a personal request than anything, but thank you for your consideration.

        I think “disjointed” is an apt descriptor, actually…

    • WorthInClay

      Yes, actually you rightly point it out – we do tend to mis-use medical definitions to our individual (erroneous) (re)interpretation and this is not at all doing justice to medical terms (and their afflicted), nor towards the lesser informed general public.

      Ye shall not abuse medical terms (as Kpop abuses Engrish)! ;b

    • RainbowsnDaggers

      I looked up some synonyms for schizophrenic : “batty,
      bizarre, cracked, crazed, cuckoo, daft, demented, derailed, deranged, fatuous,
      frenzied, idiotic, impractical, irrational, irresponsible, lunatic, mad,
      maniacal, mental, moonstruck, nuts, nutty, of unsound mind, off one’s rocker,
      out of one’s mind, paranoid, psychotic, rabid, raging, raving….”

      Schizophrenic was the first word that popped into my mind when I saw this video, but I think I’ll switch to the phrase “Lucid in the Sky with Diamonds”.

      • WorthInClay

        Hi, I think Gaya was trying to remind that schizophrenic originates from a medical term itself, although in literature, writers had previously used it as something like a figure of speech but it’s not the true origin of its meaning and could only continue to mislead the public about what real medical schizophrenia is – which is what she mentioned about having hallucinations etc. I think it’s also something about being mindful to the roots of an illness that a person suffers from, rather than adding them to thebasket of unpleasant synonyms as common thesaurus quotes. I am not targeting at you but I was also guilty of using it as an adjective carelessly.

        Edit: oh, i think i misunderstood u – sorry! anway, just wanna highlight in general that schizophrenia is not just = to the above words that thesaurus tend to suggest. It has its roots which should not be misunderstood. ok sorry, hope i haven’t got people more confused… ;b

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2O2A3MG36XPEZ553L4GUYO74KI Kim

     It’s not crazy, because there are people who like it. There’s also just an abundance of people who don’t like it.

  • nima adar

    i have a general question to ask about something i’ve sort of realized as time goes on…is it just me or do big bang sort of set a trend for other kpop acts? like when they came out with their alive album and songs they had the colorfull hair and all and then other kpop acts just ran with it and emulated them. now girls generation has caught on with the trend…. i might be wrong  however but i feel like i’ve seen this whole fun concept before! (btw i’m not trying to bash any artist or group, just tryna point out the trend and where i first saw it). 

    i feel the same way about the song as most of u do…i think there were MUCH better songs on the album that should have been the title song and dancing queen can’t cut it for me now….it was shot and marketed for the gee time period and should have stayed there…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kelly-Vien/1387894449 Kelly Vien

      I think the hair thing has been a ongoing trend for a while now. BB has really influenced the music variety within kpop though. I would say that when BB turned towards electronic music it really had an impact on kpop thereafter.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

      • ErinMHz

        Big Bang’s popular, but I certainly wouldn’t give them credit for influencing the sound of K-pop. Rather, Big Bang’s turn toward electronic music is a reflection of what’s happening to much of pop and hip-hop music today. Western pop artists are including more electronic elements in their music today then they were 10 years ago. Compare the early music of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to the music on the radio now, like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. “Part of Me” and “I Wanna Go” sound drastically different from “… Baby One More Time.” Dubstep is also becoming a popular element to include, especially for a dance break (Hyuna, NU’EST, and TVXQ immediately come to mind. Even Taylor Swift is incorporating dubstep elements in her songs.

  • haiitsvi

    Honestly, the more I listen to I Got a Boy is grows on me but it’s still a horrible combination of awkward tempo changes and shallow lyrics. Seems like the producers might have been trying to pull of a Sherlock which was a combination of two songs, Clue and Note. Except this time, it didn’t work. The separate parts alone seem like good songs but when you put them together it just stops making sense.

    Gaya, I agree with you for the most part except for your opinion on the choreography. I was surprised to read that it was choreographed by the same people who did BoA’s Only One. That was by far my favorite Kpop choreo of 2012! I Got A Boy on the other hand is like when I watch my university’s cheerleading/dance team try to pull off a hip hop routine. They try too hard to be something they’re not. Can you honestly look at any member of SNSD apart from maybe Hyoyeon and Yuri and say that this choreo fits their personal dance style? I also didn’t think it was so “revolutionary” from earlier reports of SNSD’s change since they weren’t going to wear their signature heels. I was expecting something along the lines of krumping, locks, and isolations.

    After a year without Korean promotions I was expecting something better. 

    • http://twitter.com/LulcKathy kat

      Yeah I’d totally buy it if someone told me this song is a smash up of multiple songs, an awkward smash up that is.

    • http://twitter.com/Destined2beboss Destiny

      So glad I am not the only on who didn’t like the dancing. The choreography was AMAZING but GG’s execution of it was not quite there.  And I agree with you that that had greatly to do with this type of dancing not being majority of the members style.

    • danielle

      as a dancer I think its totally unrealistic to expect krumping or locking from a group who just stopped dancing in heels. you don’t just get up and start locking.

      • Gaya_SB

        this is why I get so annoyed that Hyoyeon is not the centre at any point in the choreo. The soshi who can pop and she’s off to the side smh

        • danielle

          I can understand that. I think if you’re the stronger dancer you should be upfront… however I think Yuri is a good dancer and I like her upfront.

      • haiitsvi

        It just didn’t live up to the hype, idk. Admittedly, 3 months after posting that comment, IGAB remains on my workout playlist.

        • danielle

          SNSD didn’t have any hype to live up to with me because I was introduced to them and became a fan because of IGAB.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Grace-Hong/15213088 Grace Hong

    no hit to the girls, as I know it’s the stylists, schedule, and what not, but releasing these two at the same time kinda shows they make them wear a LOT of makeup now >_< And while they were skinny then, they're even skinnier now T__T Let them rest!! Let them EAT!!

  • http://arbitrary-greay.livejournal.com/ Arbitrary_greay

    This song is improved by about 1000x if you replace the opening rap parts with “Oh. My. God. Becky. Look at her butt. It’s so big. She looks like one of those rap guys girlfriends. Who understands those rap guys. They only talk to her because she looks like a total prostitute. I mean her butt. It’s just so big. I can’t believe it’s so round. It’s just out there. I mean, it’s gross.”

    Pretty much the same lyrics. XD

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nate-Broadus/100003245734823 Nate Broadus

      36-24-36? Only if she’s 5’3″.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U67SZ37IJIJVTT4Y5GYLDQ6DB4 Bailey

         Why, yes I am (and yes, those are my measurements, lol). ;)

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U67SZ37IJIJVTT4Y5GYLDQ6DB4 Bailey

         Why, yes I am (and yes, those are my measurements, lol). ;)

  • Chyrita Bonita

    I don’t completely dislike the song but I just hate how the girls are pretending to be something they are not. I’m pretty sure Sooyoung does not call out “Ayo GG” to the girls in her everyday life so their street image is just not believable. 

  • Chyrita Bonita

    I don’t completely dislike the song but I just hate how the girls are pretending to be something they are not. I’m pretty sure Sooyoung does not call out “Ayo GG” to the girls in her everyday life so their street image is just not believable. 

  • Chyrita Bonita

    I don’t completely dislike the song but I just hate how the girls are pretending to be something they are not. I’m pretty sure Sooyoung does not call out “Ayo GG” to the girls in her everyday life so their street image is just not believable. 

  • Chyrita Bonita

    I don’t completely dislike the song but I just hate how the girls are pretending to be something they are not. I’m pretty sure Sooyoung does not call out “Ayo GG” to the girls in her everyday life so their street image is just not believable. 

  • Chyrita Bonita

    I don’t completely dislike the song but I just hate how the girls are pretending to be something they are not. I’m pretty sure Sooyoung does not call out “Ayo GG” to the girls in her everyday life so their street image is just not believable. 

  • Chyrita Bonita

    I don’t completely dislike the song but I just hate how the girls are pretending to be something they are not. I’m pretty sure Sooyoung does not call out “Ayo GG” to the girls in her everyday life so their street image is just not believable. 

  • Chyrita Bonita

    I don’t completely dislike the song but I just hate how the girls are pretending to be something they are not. I’m pretty sure Sooyoung does not call out “Ayo GG” to the girls in her everyday life so their street image is just not believable. 

  • Helene Holter

    Wow, I don’t agree with you at all, but at least you articulate very clearly why you don’t like it, and you make a lot of sense (apart from the part about the lyrics, though, because, I mean, it’s k-pop you’re writing about. I can’t recall any k-pop lyrics I’ve read that had any substantial depth, however it might be that I am listening to the “wrong stuff”, idk). 

    IMO, IGAB is worthy of all the praise. It’s not a secret that the song could’ve/should’ve been more polished in the transitions. but the individual parts are very good in themselves, and it feels a lot smoother with increased listens – maybe that can help IGAB be tolerated by the public ear for longer than many other pop song smash hits are? Because it grows on you, and it grows into this song that I for one could listen to for hours on repeat? I don’t know. I really, really like it at very much the moment, at least. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/dim.tso Dim Tso

    Dancing Queen was nothing special…it didn’t move me in the slightest.

    I was actually quite surprised with the choreography the girls managed to pull off in “I Got a Boy.” They greatly exceeded my expectations and I’m happy for that. I agree with the review for the most part. The video felt like 2-3 different videos simply put together. There’s no flow. 

    I love “I Got a Boy” though, the choreography excites me every time I watch it. 8/10 overall. Good comeback.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dim.tso Dim Tso

    Dancing Queen was nothing special…it didn’t move me in the slightest.

    I was actually quite surprised with the choreography the girls managed to pull off in “I Got a Boy.” They greatly exceeded my expectations and I’m happy for that. I agree with the review for the most part. The video felt like 2-3 different videos simply put together. There’s no flow. 

    I love “I Got a Boy” though, the choreography excites me every time I watch it. 8/10 overall. Good comeback.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dim.tso Dim Tso

    Dancing Queen was nothing special…it didn’t move me in the slightest.

    I was actually quite surprised with the choreography the girls managed to pull off in “I Got a Boy.” They greatly exceeded my expectations and I’m happy for that. I agree with the review for the most part. The video felt like 2-3 different videos simply put together. There’s no flow. 

    I love “I Got a Boy” though, the choreography excites me every time I watch it. 8/10 overall. Good comeback.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dim.tso Dim Tso

    Dancing Queen was nothing special…it didn’t move me in the slightest.

    I was actually quite surprised with the choreography the girls managed to pull off in “I Got a Boy.” They greatly exceeded my expectations and I’m happy for that. I agree with the review for the most part. The video felt like 2-3 different videos simply put together. There’s no flow. 

    I love “I Got a Boy” though, the choreography excites me every time I watch it. 8/10 overall. Good comeback.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dim.tso Dim Tso

    Dancing Queen was nothing special…it didn’t move me in the slightest.

    I was actually quite surprised with the choreography the girls managed to pull off in “I Got a Boy.” They greatly exceeded my expectations and I’m happy for that. I agree with the review for the most part. The video felt like 2-3 different videos simply put together. There’s no flow. 

    I love “I Got a Boy” though, the choreography excites me every time I watch it. 8/10 overall. Good comeback.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dim.tso Dim Tso

    Dancing Queen was nothing special…it didn’t move me in the slightest.

    I was actually quite surprised with the choreography the girls managed to pull off in “I Got a Boy.” They greatly exceeded my expectations and I’m happy for that. I agree with the review for the most part. The video felt like 2-3 different videos simply put together. There’s no flow. 

    I love “I Got a Boy” though, the choreography excites me every time I watch it. 8/10 overall. Good comeback.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dim.tso Dim Tso

    Dancing Queen was nothing special…it didn’t move me in the slightest.

    I was actually quite surprised with the choreography the girls managed to pull off in “I Got a Boy.” They greatly exceeded my expectations and I’m happy for that. I agree with the review for the most part. The video felt like 2-3 different videos simply put together. There’s no flow. 

    I love “I Got a Boy” though, the choreography excites me every time I watch it. 8/10 overall. Good comeback.

  • http://www.facebook.com/folake.jo Folake Jo

    I understand some of your arguments but, I like it. On first viewing too (shocker!) I just showed it to my mom and she liked it too. Also, reading what SM was trying to do with the song by making it like a conversation makes me like it more.

    Now, I’ve never felt the need to write and defend SNSD, since different strokes for different folks and all that, but some of y’all are too much. Even you seoulbeats.
    1. From what I’ve read, I wouldn’t call Dancing Queen a remake of Mercy if they were produced at the same time but Mercy came out first and the writer of the song gave all the royalties to Duffy. Dancing Queen is more of just another version.
    2. Some of these comments just makes my eyes roll. It’s like people read too much into something or will find any reason to hate. I mean calling SNSD posers, really. Isn’t that all of kpop, hence the term ‘concept?’ Isn’t pop music and to a lesser extent other types of music just an image no matter the language or country. And it’s not like the girls are going around being all “we’re so hard” “we’re gangsta”. They’re not trying too hard or trying to be anything they’re not. They got a concept and, in my opinion, I think they all worked it (sans Tiffany. sorry but..) I wouldn’t even say they’re going for a hip-hop image but just a mash up of different genres. It;s a hot fantastic mess! The only part I can do without is the wig part.
    3. The rap. Call me crazy but I like it and I think they (the four who rapped) did well, even Yoona. The opening with Yuri and Sooyoung was great. Hyo is good too. Yoona’s was a little weird at first but it worked for their image. Again, she’s not trying to be anything she’s not. Just because it’s not Tablo level doesn’t mean it’s horrible. And we’ve all heard much worse I”m sure.

    I feel like some people will just blindly hate it since it’s SNSD no matter what. Which is ok. But the exaggerating is just too funny. Come on, can’t we just give credit where credit is due.

    All in all, I love this new SNSD. I love the album, especially the slower/ballad songs. (Their ballads never fail to impress me). I think the girls are definitely maturing, and I like seeing that some of the girls wrote some of the best songs on the album. Above all, I like seeing that the girls are having fun with this concept.

    side note: why do people abhor IGAB but like glam’s ‘i like that’? why are people comparing this to 2ne1? I don’t see 2ne1 ever doing something like this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nate-Broadus/100003245734823 Nate Broadus

      “I understand some of your arguments but, I like it. On first viewing too (shocker!) I just showed it to my mom and she liked it too. Also, reading what SM was trying to do with the song by making it like a conversation makes me like it more.”

      Wonderful. I mean that sincerely. You have as much of a right to like this song as others to dislike it. In fact, liking it doesn’t even necessarily make you a fangirl. You may have perfectly valid reasons for enjoying the song.

      As for the rest of what you said… I hope you can see the hypocrisy beginning to take shape. If not, I feel obliged to point it out since I don’t detect any maliciousness in your comment. 

      Just as you should speak on why you like or even love the song, for whatever reasons, everyone should speak just as loudly on why they dislike or even hate the song — and not all of the reasons for said dislike will be irrational. If that is a lesson of which you were not already aware, it is one you should take to heart now. Not all love or hate is a result of biased attitudes. Occasionally, rational people can and will like/dislike the same thing. This is just something that happens when you deal with a broad range of people with differing tastes. 

      Since I’m PRETTY sure the “poser” comment referenced something I said (I haven’t read through this entire topic to see if anyone else made the statement), I feel I should clarify. Being a poser rests entirely on what you do or the actions you take — it is not a state of being that can never be changed (i.e. You’re not a poser because you just are, but because of something you have done that goes against who you have established yourself to be for any disingenuous reason). In the case of I Got A Boy, it is painfully obvious that Girl’s Generation, or at least SM toward their flagship girl group, are TRYING to shift directions, instead of smoothly shifting — and it is more chaotic than smooth. Admittedly, most changes tend to have rough transitions, so to demonize SNSD for a less than stellar movement would be illogical. However, labeling SNSD posers for I Got A Boy is not demonizing the group as a whole — just this one piece of ill-advised (in the eyes of some) material. It really is no different than critiquing MC Hammer after he went gangsta rap to change his image — in both instances the artist/s is/are attempting to pass off a new look or sound in a very inorganic way. In other words, they are trying to be something they are not. Notice that few people have criticized Dancing Queen. This is because it feels natural from the group. What is more, the girls themselves (well, MOST of them — there are a few admitted aegyo haters in the group) seem infinitely more comfortable within that concept. 

      There is no shame in being who you are — even if that is an aegyo queen. At least it is genuine. It is only when you try to pull one over on somebody that they feel the need to go, “Who do you think you’re fooling?” Attempting reinvention is all well and good, but there is a great difference between SNSD awkwardly attempting to change images, and say Pink when she moved away from her Laface hip hop image to a more natural punk aesthetic. She sold it  because she wasn’t TRYING to be punk, she was just going to what was comfortable and familiar. As Haiitsvi said, you can tell just by watching the video that Yuri and Hyoyeon are about the only members that seem comfortable within this concept; the others look like good girls trying to be more rebellious and edgy than they are in reality. 

      It may sound corny, but screw it: be yourself. 

      There is nothing wrong with being who and what you are, and if SM was really concerned with letting the girls be individuals within the group, why not allow them to throw their two cents into the pot instead of implanting one wide concept and expecting the group to mold perfectly? Unless they have pulled the greatest con of all time by passing off fake personas over the years, the members of SNSD have indicated who they are and what they like. IIRC, Jessica likes ballads; Taeyeon likes quirky and vocally challenging stuff, so on and so forth. I’m not even a SONE and I still know at least a few small tidbits about these members.  But I grossly digress.

      The point is, going back to the beginning, not all hate is irrational. Those of us who call something disjointed, who use the poser label, or even viciously critique something are not always doing so out of a knee jerk reaction.

      Occasionally, the truth hurts. In this case, the song and awkward concept falters in my eyes. I have more than a few reasons for seeing it that way (even ones that I have yet to post about), but it is still truth. It may be my truth, and different from whatever your eyes show you when you watch this video, but my truth is no more or less relevant than anyone else’s. So maybe you should hold off on assuming everyone hates this song for biased reasons — because I guarantee you this is not the case for everybody.

  • Fatricia Fatlegs (Trish Okeke)

    It’s so bad. Simple.

  • Teena Alex

    I got a boy: 
    i know snsd could do better. but this song is just horrible. when i first watched it i was so confused. the choreography is good, but the rap in the beginning was very awkward, i dont think they should let yuri rap it was just weird. 

  • straighttohelvetica

    It’s funny that they look more mature in the video from 4 years ago than they do in IGAB. Also, I don’t think Tiffany’s part at 2:41 is an editing error. It think she’s singing the back vocal that can barely be heard over Sooyoung’s line.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513439726 Sharon Overlord

    Finally! A decent review. Yeah sure, praise for SM to release something different but there is a lot of improvements that can be made.

    – It really does seem like the music stopped, and another one is being played
    – yeah there is some conversation going on, but seems like conversations I expect a teenager to have with her friends.
    – I don’t believe their hip hop style at all. Only some of them can pull it off
    – they honestly still seem like their kids who fall in love for the first time and I don’t see an image change

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513439726 Sharon Overlord

    Finally! A decent review. Yeah sure, praise for SM to release something different but there is a lot of improvements that can be made.

    – It really does seem like the music stopped, and another one is being played
    – yeah there is some conversation going on, but seems like conversations I expect a teenager to have with her friends.
    – I don’t believe their hip hop style at all. Only some of them can pull it off
    – they honestly still seem like their kids who fall in love for the first time and I don’t see an image change

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513439726 Sharon Overlord

    Finally! A decent review. Yeah sure, praise for SM to release something different but there is a lot of improvements that can be made.

    – It really does seem like the music stopped, and another one is being played
    – yeah there is some conversation going on, but seems like conversations I expect a teenager to have with her friends.
    – I don’t believe their hip hop style at all. Only some of them can pull it off
    – they honestly still seem like their kids who fall in love for the first time and I don’t see an image change

  • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

    First time I heard it, it reminded me of the pacer test we do in gym class, where the music changes after completing a few laps, getting faster for each section. It’s a different tempo every time. That’s how I felt listening to IGAB. :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mona-Sharma/631638344 Mona Sharma

    I dont understand how B2ST’s Beautiful Night got a lower score than SNSD’s I got a boy….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mona-Sharma/631638344 Mona Sharma

    I dont understand how B2ST’s Beautiful Night got a lower score than SNSD’s I got a boy….

  • dsherpa

    Just when i thought it couldn’t get worse than “The Boys”…smh*_*

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000627761204 André Vittor Souza

    I’m so sorry for hyoyeon, this is the perfect concept for her and she can barely shine because they gave her so little attention, she would be better as a solo act in YG because if she improved her vocals a tad more she could be the next BoA

    • SAMUS

      impossible, korean find her to be ugly and they also hated her voice

    • SAMUS

      impossible, korean find her to be ugly and they also hated her voice

    • SAMUS

      impossible, korean find her to be ugly and they also hated her voice

  • jesuis2

    Only SNSD songs I really like are “Echo” and “Genie” – the rest are mediocre to just plain awful (esp. they’re recent singles).

    SM Entertainment is trying too hard.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000627761204 André Vittor Souza

    THIS IS LIKE A GREAT MUSICAL <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000627761204 André Vittor Souza

    THIS IS LIKE A GREAT MUSICAL <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000627761204 André Vittor Souza

    THIS IS LIKE A GREAT MUSICAL <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000627761204 André Vittor Souza

    THIS IS LIKE A GREAT MUSICAL <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000627761204 André Vittor Souza

    THIS IS LIKE A GREAT MUSICAL <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000627761204 André Vittor Souza

    THIS IS LIKE A GREAT MUSICAL <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000627761204 André Vittor Souza

    THIS IS LIKE A GREAT MUSICAL <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000627761204 André Vittor Souza

    THIS IS LIKE A GREAT MUSICAL <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000627761204 André Vittor Souza

    THIS IS LIKE A GREAT MUSICAL <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000627761204 André Vittor Souza

    THIS IS LIKE A GREAT MUSICAL <3

  • Bob Snofferburg

    Personally, I like igab. Its got its not so good points, but overall, its enjoyable and fun. The dance is definitely the best part of the mv, but the verses are good too. I only had to listen to it once to like it. I’m not sure if it would be better or worse if the individual components were taken and expanded upon in separate songs, or if that would ever happen, but I think it might work. As it is though, its not that bad. That’s just my opinion though. And as for dancing queen, I like it way better than mercy. I couldn’t get myself to even listen to it. I just really dislike duffy’s voice. But the soshi version was way better.

  • Rebecca M

    Because of SeoulBeats, I’ve just started my own K-Pop blog at
    http://kpopforevr.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/k-pops-hidden-gem-mfbtys-sweet-dream.html

  • SoonkyuCaine

    I truly respect everbody’s perspective with this but then why be so obnoxious. I got a boy may not be the best snsd release but stop judging sones. It is quite understandable and natural to show love to our unnies even if their songs just don’t work out. Stop judging us or saying we’re delusional. If you have nothing good to say just shut your mouths up for goodness sake :(

  • danielle

    IGAB was my initial introduction to SNSD. I like it. I play the song on repeat. I’ve watched the video a million times and I keep checking for live performances. I don’t get why everyone is so baffled by the song format. It wasn’t jarring to me at all, but perhaps that’s because I didn’t know them during the Gee days (even though I love Gee, Genie, Kissing you, Day by Day etc) you get the point. I’m going to go with Yay. It’s intro’d me to k pop and now I’ll explore other groups on my own.

  • Christie Casterwell

    OMG IGAB was choreographed by NappyTabs? Really oh god the SYTYCD fangirl in me is showing

  • Christie Casterwell

    OMG IGAB was choreographed by NappyTabs? Really oh god the SYTYCD fangirl in me is showing