House of the Dragonfly
I guess I’ll start with the more mainstream songs I’ve really dug recently.
First up is TVXQ’s “Something,” which is the first TVXQ song I have been excited about since “왜 (Keep Your Head Down).” The meaning of “Something” can be a bit deceptive at first without the Korean lyrics; it’s about how popular TVXQ are and how a woman is lacking something unless she skillfully approaches them. Just going by the meaning, I would absolutely detest this song.
“Something” is so much more than just its meaning. With a swinging jazz section, choreography, and fashion that screams 20’s, the sound of the song and the look of the video had me hooked the instant the lame intro finished. I’m not even exaggerating – that double bass combined with the rope choreography like plucking strings? Fabulous! And I really appreciated the fact that the choreography continued to use the rope: as mike stands, as boxing ring ropes, to sharply pull Yunho’s body in different directions… Some choreographers take a prop and throw it away after one use, which I think is a bit of a waste.
The one thing I was not impressed by (aside from the lyrics) was the weird modern jazz section in the middle with comparatively boring choreography. I’m not a huge fan of modern jazz in the first place, and when it splices amazing Roaring 20’s delectableness, a modern section pales in comparison. Fortunately, this is edited out of the actual audio track, so I often forget this deviance exists.