Psy Drops New Single ‘Gentleman’_Review Part1

Another mega-hit could be difficult, but well done indeed– especially under the enormous pressure and high expectations after the ridiculously phenomenal hit, Gangnam Style.

-Rising Fast: Only about 24 hours have passed since the music video’s Youtube upload, and it has already hit 19 million. There was even a brief time period yesterday (about 6 hours after the release), the Youtube hit count just could not keep up and stuck at 311 views, although everybody can see about there are already 250,000 likes.

1) Irony and Obviously Fun Elements

The beauty of Gangnam Style music video lies in its irony, so as the Gentleman, at least that is what it is aiming for. Psy himself explained in many previous interviews, that Gangnam video shows how un-Gangnam Psy’s character is, but claims to be Gangnam man (the poshest area of Seoul). Scenes of pulling pranks on female characters clearly were meant to demonstrate the irony of how un-gentleman the character is, though he kept shouting  “mother f**ker gentleman” (and yeah, that is what the “mother father gentleman” means, obviously.)

What I found bit disappointing is the intended ‘fun’ scenes were not that hilarious, and bit stale — once more strengthening the belief that this can never surpass the popularity of Gangnam music video which made even the most bored internet addicts hit replay multiple times.

Just the music itself, apart from the music video, is so Psy, and I personally like it more than Gangnam. While Gangnam was bit all over the place, (however the explosive chorus part compensated all those), Gentleman has very strong and distinctive underlying theme and the feedback loof and every elements are put together, and of course, addictive enough.

Review continues in Part 2 (also published in the Asian Correspondent site)

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