On a serious note…Big Bang’s single “Monster” is part of their “Still Alive” Album and since it’s release, has achieved an “all-kill” on real time music charts. The song is written by leader G-Dragon, with the rap composed by T.O.P. The tempo of the song changes throughout (from fast rapping to soft melodies), with each interchange adding an additional layer of complexity. In saying that though, the song strikes a fine line between ‘interesting’ and ‘too disjointed’.
On a lighter note…Taeyang’s hair killed me. It’s now officially worse than G-Dragon’s ‘love heart’ hair during the T.O.P&GD “High High” days.
What can I say except: I am disappointed. Now I can’t fault a specific element of the MV; everything in that 4:44 minutes was pretty much flawlessly executed. However, the perfect execution of an unoriginal concept doesn’t hit the spot for me. When I first saw the teasers for “Monster” I was blown away, but the actual MV did not offer anything extra. It simply combined the traditional elements of an action scene: explosions, wreckage, sand etc. with the whole ‘a monster is chasing me‘ concept.
However, this isn’t a traditional MV where you have shots of each member followed up by group dance scenes. “Monster” is made up entirely of solo shots and is symbolic of the fact that each member faces a different ‘inner demon’. In that sense, it is a relatively ‘private’ MV experience.
The Meaning (?):
The Song: The lyrics speak of a falling out between a man and a woman. The man has suffered a scandal and as a result, the public sees him as a monster (perhaps this is in reference to the Big Bang incidents of late 2011). He expresses his pain by saying: ‘Everyone may look at me with judging eyes, but what really hurts is the fact that you have become a part of that ‘everyone.’
The MV: The setting looks like a training complex where the members of Big Bang are being monitored and tested. They seem to be a part of a scientific experiment where each person being turned into monsters against their will. The members have serial numbers on their bodies and the cameras label them as ‘monster project’.
Is the MC a metaphor for the Entertainment Industry? Is is symbolic of the lack of choice that artists sometimes have in exercising their will? Does it refer to being chased by our ‘inner’ monster, by the person who we don’t want to become? Who knows.
Either that or the entire MV is about a psychotic person whose in denial.
The fashion & hairstyles:
We all know that Big Bang likes to push the boundaries when it comes to hairstyles and fashion but I think that they may have taken it a bit too far this time.
1) OMT! – Oh My Taeyang! What have they done to you? I understand that a mohawk does not give the hairdresser much artistic licence but…*sputters*…this can’t be…I’m going to go back to bed. And then I’m going to wake up and convince myself that this has just been a terrible nightmare.
2) I want to go mushroom picking now, since I might pick up a G-Dragon. First he had his seaweed hair…now he has his mushroom hair. What does he want me to do? Make a soup?
3) Are the piercings real? I have to say that that from my experience, this is the first Kpop MV that has members supporting lip and nose piercings. While G-Dragon’s lip thingo looks…nice, I can’t say the same for Daesung.
I never thought I’d live to see the day when nose piercings could also double up as a weapon. Next thing you know, Daesung takes out someone’s eye during a live performance.
4) Contacts: The contact lenses freaked me out at first, but grew on me as the MV progressed. It suited the theme and gave the Big Bang members an eery and supernatural look. But note to producers: T.O.P’s eyes are already lethal enough. No need to give them even more power okay? 😛
Conclusion: not my favourite Big Bang song but I liked the meaning behind it. The lyrics seemed heartfelt and even though the acting seeming stilted and forced at times, the atmosphere was good and the video is comparable to that of a trailer for a Hollywood action flick. As always, the MV for your viewing pleasure: