It’s Certainly That Time AGAIN

What time is it now? It’s time for change, it’s time for a new generation. Time for a new star to shine. It’s 2PM.

JYP’s prided group 2PM made its official comeback on M Countdown on April 23, 2009 with its new hit cover single “Again & Again” after taunting fans with MV teasers, promotional photos and finally an official MV.

To be honest, when this group first debuted, I did not have much faith in their ability to produce a musically artful piece (blame it on my bias against JYP after Wondergirls came out). Sure, in 2008, I was able to see that the members of 2PM were talented dancers, but dancing, singing and rapping do not come in one automatic package. But whatever doubts I had about JYP’s self-professed delight with this new group were completely blown away after hearing this single.

JYP really out did himself this time with this production. I have never gotten myself hooked on JYP productions, mainly because they were all so mediocre with repetitive melody lines that I deemed nothing more than fads. But this single is definitely worthy of praise.

2PM  brings nothing but aweing talent to this stage, displaying power and emotion in what they do. First off, their choreographed dance is executed in wonderful precision: it’s just beautiful. Even if the choreography could be better, the way they hit their tricks and formations make their performance a sight to watch. As for vocals, Junsu, JaeBeom and Junho all show strong and relatively in tune vocal skills. While it’s not perfect, we all have to cut them some slack because they’re singing and dancing (it’s hard, I’ve tried it myself and I know). Taekyon and Changsu bring the power, adding wonderful touches to this song with strong rapping styles.

Mnet really needs to work on its logistical check ups: the mics were faulty and improper vocal balancing tripped up 2PM’s admirable efforts, especially WooYoung’s vocal part in the beginning. But that’s not to say that 2PM in itself was absolutely perfect:

WooYoung’s opening was shaky, even if the mic wasn’t doing him a favor. Nickhyun, JaeBeom and Junsu all go out of tune in their vocal parts, particularly in the added embellishments. They like to add what I like to call the hip hop/R&B scat endings but fail because they don’t have enough vocal control to keep the embellishments in tune. The dance to Taekyon’s rap was a bit off and doesn’t perfectly complement the oompf that he brings to the song with the rap and the lyrics he is rapping.

2PM isn’t perfect, and that’s a wonderful prospect for them and for us because that means we can enjoy the music that they will produce in the future and watch these seven boys grow. These guys have a lot of potential, and I hope to see them start to use that potential like Big Bang, TVXQ and other older groups have in composing, producing and choreographing their own works. But in the mean time, I’ll be happy with enjoying their well performed new single and new found abilities to blend their strong vocals in a different hip hop style:

“니가 밉다 (Hate You)” – 2PM

http://dc153.4shared.com/download/99098630/3c29b962/2PM_-_03____Hate_You_.mp3?tsid=20090427-155230-e6129707

And what fate we have today. Happy Birthday to JaeBeom, 2PM’s talented, witty and charismatic American-born leader.

~ by opusnothirteen on April 25, 2009.

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