JayneStars’ new music video roundup for this week includes three dance tracks from Hong Kong’s Big Four, and Taiwan’s Show Lo and Cyndi Wang. Only the best filtered for your listening pleasure!
Big Four – “Everyone is Lucky” <大家利事>
The four brothers, Dicky Cheung (張衛健), Andy Hui (許志安), William So (蘇永康), and Edmond Leung (梁漢文), are finally back! I have been a quiet fan of Big Four since their formation in 2009. The four of them each had their own successful music and film careers before grouping together, so their formation was a pleasant surprise and unexpected. “Everyone is Lucky” was also a pleasant surprise. A great surprise, actually, because I am absolutely loving the song.
It’s not the first time seeing Big Four tackling a dance track. Their so-called debut song – self-titled “Big Four” was a dance track, but the song was neither catchy nor pleasant to listen to. Seeing four, middle-aged man attempting to dance is also not what I had in mind when viewing the MV. “Everyone is Lucky” is a hip hop dance track, and while Big Four also tries to bust out some dance moves for this one, it does not hurt my eyes as much. Big Four is mainly a vocal group, so I forgive them for their horrible dancing skills.
The song is nice, but the MV is not. I am immediately reminded of Far East Movement at the start of the video, both in terms of the style of the song and the style of the MV. The MV is also too crowded with awkward filming angles. This song shares a lot of similarities with American electropop dance songs. Although it is not groundbreaking music, it is something you do not normally hear in Cantopop, which is what makes this song special. This song has no autotune! Is that a bad thing or a good thing?
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Show Lo – “The Dance Limit” <舞極限>
I have always liked watching Show Lo’s (羅志祥) MVs, and this one was no exception. I appreciate Show’s efforts in making each and every one of his MVs both similar and different at the same time (similar, as in the title of his songs always involve the word “dance”; different, as in he manages to keep the creativity consistent with the repetitive dance title).
The MV makes the actual song much more interesting to listen to. The MV had a budget of over $8 million TWD. Also, the military tank and a jet turbine engine seen in the MV is not CGI, but the real thing.
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Cyndi Wang – “The Capricious Lover” <任性情人>
I am very used to seeing Cyndi Wang (王心凌) singing ballads or bubbly bubblegum pop songs. “The Capricious Lover” is a dramatic change from that image I had of hers. The song is very catchy, the dancing is slick and smooth, and Cyndi is also very gorgeous, but who directed this music video? I got a huge headache from watching it. The colors are all over the place, and the camera is also all over the place. I am also not very fond of Cyndi’s panda background dancers.
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This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.
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